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Training in substance misuse

With the opioid epidemic and growing rates of depression and suicide, experts agree there is a need for behavioral health and medical professionals to more fully address substance use as well as mental health in a comprehensive way.

A free, day-long training session on July 25 will educate about substance misuse, stigma and changing the language and culture around substance use. There will be a brief discussion on screening tools related to substance use, and participants will practice brief negotiated interviewing and referral skills. In addition, the sessions will discuss barriers to screening and intervention as well as improving referral mechanisms to ensure continuity of care for patients.

The training session is sponsored by the Opioid Overdose Crisis Response Grant funded by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Credits and certificates are available upon course completion.

To register, please visit

Lowell Ebersole, DO, promoted to CMO

Dr. Ebersole

Lowell Ebersole, DO, has been promoted to chief medical officer for Wesley Healthcare effective Aug. 1.

Ebersole was hired in January 2019 as Wesley Healthcare’s first-ever associate chief medical officer.

“I am privileged to serve as CMO and to work with the talented providers and staff that make Wesley Healthcare one of the top-rated hospitals in the nation for quality and patient safety,” Ebersole said.

Ebersole completed his residency at Via Christi Family Practice. He began his medical career as a hospitalist for Kansas Inpatient Services. He became the medical director of Via Christi’s hospitalist program in 2013, serving as a hospitalist for Via Christi and Sound Physicians through 2018. Ebersole received his doctor of osteopathy from Des Moines University in Des Moines, Iowa.

Francie Ekengren, MD, who last year announced plans to move toward retirement, will take on the chief of staff role during the transition, focusing on quality markers such as patient safety, physician wellness, Medical Staff Services, GME, CME, and the Wesley Leadership Institute.

“After 19 years as CMO, it is time for me to focus on administrative efforts and many other things that I am personally passionate about that will continue to drive the mission and values of Wesley Healthcare,” Dr. Ekengren said. “It is my honor to be a part of the Wesley Healthcare team and I am looking forward to working with Dr. Ebersole as he transitions into his new role.”

Save the dates for these MSSC events

Access the Edge – Project Access fundraiser
Thursday-Friday, Aug. 29-30

Project Access is holding a 20th anniversary fundraising event on Aug. 29-30. Participants who raise $1,000 will get to rappel down the side of the Ambassador Hotel in downtown Wichita. For more information or to register, visit

MSSC General Membership Meeting – celebrating international medical graduates
Tuesday, Oct. 1

Mark your calendars for the MSSC General Membership Meeting celebrating international medical graduates on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at Botanica.

Grant to help combat mental illness

Kansas has received a $1.8 million federal grant to help combat an upward trend of mental illness in children.

The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and will be used in collaboration by the KU School of Medicine-Wichita departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, and the KU Center for Public Partnerships & Research. Kansas is one of three states to receive a Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Grant, which is designed to help those 21 years and under.

New kidney stone hotline available

Wichita Urology has established a Kidney Stone Hotline for patients suffering from kidney stones.

The hotline, listed as 1-833-62-STONE, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for anyone experiencing symptoms of a kidney stone. An announcement from the practice says a Wichita Urology representative will help the caller determine his correct path of care and assist with getting the care needed.

Callers will be assisted in scheduling an appointment to be seen the next business day.