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New group looks into children’s health

A new regional collaborative group of medical professionals will address children’s health during the pandemic and transition into next phases of societal impacts.

Kansas COVID Workgroup for Kids (KCWK) exists to provide a collaborative group of regional medical experts to identify, address and provide guidance on the physical, social and psychological impacts on children related to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers said.

This work group is sponsored by the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita Department of Pediatrics and is comprised of both local and regional experts with the goals of providing clinical guidance and community support for children’s health with a unified approach for the region and state.

MSSC members serving on the workgroup are Brent Duran, DO, Gretchen Homan, MD, Stephanie Khulmann, DO, Philip Newlin, MD, Brian Pate, MD, Rebecca Reddy, MD, Amy Seery, MD, and Paul Teran, MD.


Wichita Urology Group to expand

Wichita Urology Group is expanding its east office and adding a new 26,300-square-foot surgery center at its 2626 N. Webb Road location.

The nine-physician Wichita Urology Group specializes in robotic surgery, prostate disease, erectile dysfunction, incontinence, kidney stones, urinary oncology, vasectomies and vasectomy reversal, infertility, and laparoscopic surgeries.


> NEW! Call for member updates

Graduated? Earned a certification? Got married, had a baby or moved your practice? We’d like to hear from you!

The MSSC newsletter is looking to run a new feature highlighting physician milestone moments, personal achievements and bragging rights on items that don’t fall under roster information.

Share your good news with us! E-mail items with the subject line “Member Update” to Denise Phillips by the first week of each month for publication. Include a photo if you have one!

Contact Denise at denisephillips@med-soc.org


Wichita Urology Group to expand

Wichita Urology Group is expanding its east office and adding a new 26,300-square-foot surgery center at its 2626 N. Webb Road location.

The nine-physician Wichita Urology Group specializes in robotic surgery, prostate disease, erectile dysfunction, incontinence, kidney stones, urinary oncology, vasectomies and vasectomy reversal, infertility, and laparoscopic surgeries.


MSSC welcomes Rhonda Welch

Rhonda Welch is the new membership coordinator/front desk attendant for MSSC. She oversees membership records, roster information and sales, dues, continuing education reporting and patient referrals. Reach Rhonda at rhondawelch@med-soc.org or at (316) 683-7670.


KUSM-Wichita slowly opens back up

Provided there is no dangerous surge in COVID-19 cases, the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita is slowly resuming student activities and is planning to reopen its campus for the fall semester.

Executive Vice Chancellor Robert Simari, MD, has asked all three campuses to work together to open at the same time, KUSM-Wichita Dean Garold Minns, MD, said.

Third-year student programs in hospitals and clinics resumed June 1 after halting in April and May. First- and second-year students are out, as per usual, for the summer and will resume student activities at the end of July, Minns said. Fourth-year students also resumed activities on June 1.

Residents never took a break from the hospitals, but their duties were mostly modified to take care of non-COVID patients, Minns said. For now, most KUSM-Wichita employees are still working from home.

Students who were supposed to be in the hospital during April and May still came to campus for classes, but they were mostly didactic and lectures with demonstration videos.

“We think things are under control, but it requires cautious watching,” Minns said.


ProviDRs Care relocates to downtown

ProviDRs Care Network, also known as WPPA Inc., has nearly tripled its square footage at its new downtown location, a 5,000-square-foot building it’s leasing between 1st and 2nd streets.

Chief Executive Officer Karen Cox is asking providers to take note of the new address immediately in order to expedite claims: 238 N. Waco Ave., Wichita, KS 67202

Cox notes that it could take up to a year for payers to update the new address on their member ID cards, so all claims, including those addressed to third-party administrators, should be made as soon as possible.


Earl L. Mills scholarship funds available

Scholarship funds are now available from the Earl L. Mills Education Trust to physicians who meet the following criteria:

Applicants must have practiced in Kansas continuously for at least a five-year period and may not be a member of a medical group of more than five practicing physicians.

Funds may be used for study in medicine or health care for a period of at least four months, but no more than one year, at an approved institution.

The Earl L. Mills Education Trust also provides funds for educational seminars in Sedgwick County, which support post-graduate medical opportunities to practicing physicians.

The deadline for applications is Aug. 31. Applications should be sent to:

Earl L. Mills Education Trust
INTRUST Bank, N.A.
ATTN: Janeen Hughes, MS 1.4
P.O. Box 1
Wichita, KS 67201-5001