The Medical Society of Sedgwick County is taking on a new community partner that’s a natural fit: The Wichita Business Coalition on Health Care.
The coalition’s board voted July 17 to merge the coalition into the nonprofit Medical Society of Sedgwick County Physician Leadership Alliance. The move was spurred by the retirement of Janet Hamous, WBCHC executive director since 2013, and discussions about ways to ensure the future of the coalition.
Shelley Duncan, executive director of Central Plains Health Care Partnership, and Phillip Brownlee, MSSC executive director, will oversee management of the coalition. The MSSC is a longtime member of the coalition. In addition, one of the coalition’s annual events, the Wichita Business Roundtable on Health Care, was begun four decades ago by the Medical Society.
Founded in 2008, the WBCHC connects local businesses and the health care community to work together to control costs and improve health outcomes. That makes it well suited to come under the umbrella of the MSSC and provides opportunities for better connecting the Medical Society’s physician members with others in the business community.
“It’s a real opportunity to engage with businesses and physicians in health benefit design,” said Duncan, adding that she had already begun to connect with similar organizations nationally and research their efforts.
Brownlee said the coalition fits well with a strength of the MSSC, which serves as a connecting point for community initiatives, physicians and other providers. “Our members are business people as well as doctors, and we look forward to physicians and our business partners working closely together to improve care and control costs.”
Duncan said growing membership of the coalition would be a priority. Its current membership of 40 includes Dillons, INTRUST Bank, Fidelity Bank, the cities of Wichita and Derby, Kansas Health Foundation, Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas, Friends University, Hinkle Law Firm, Foulston Siefkin, Via Christ, Wesley Medical Center, West Wichita Family Physicians, Mid-America Orthopedics and ProviDRs Care.
The coalition is planning an annual Innovation Summit on Nov. 1 at Wichita’s new Advanced Learning Library downtown. Details and registration information are upcoming, so those interested should look to the coalition’s website, www.wbchc.com.
The merger was approved by the boards of both the MSSC and the coalition. Under the merger, the coalition’s board will become an advisory council and the MSSC board will take over governance of the WBCHC.
“The merger helps ensure the coalition’s continued financial and operational viability, while creating opportunities for growth,” said Teresa Rupp, who was the WBCHC’s board chair. “It allows us to focus on the programs and initiatives that are valuable to its members, while accessing the resources of a vital organization like the Medical Society. It will also provide a path to better engage with the physicians in our community.”
by Jed Delmore, MD —
Dad, would you carry this box out to the car for me?” Feeling manly and helpful having carried the 15-pound box to her car, I pass my 120-pound daughter carrying a 35-pound squirming little boy, an overnight bag, diaper bag and car seat, like a Sherpa up Mount Everest, all the while laughing with my grandson. Hmm, who’s the “weaker sex”?
A study from Duke University published in 2017 looked at gender-specific survival in seven populations under extreme conditions from famines, epidemics and slavery. In virtually all populations, across almost all ages, women survived better and lived longer than men. Newborn girls were able to survive severe mortality hazards better than newborn boys, where behavioral and social differences would be minimal. Stronger? Check. Survivors? Check.
Over 70 countries have had female heads of state. Currently, Christine Lagarde heads the International Monetary Fund. Nobel Prizes in physics, chemistry, physiology and medicine have been awarded to 18 women. The Nobel Prize in literature has been awarded to 16 women, and the Peace Prize awarded to 16 women. In terms of being law-abiding citizens, women have the clear lead: 95 percent of those incarcerated in U.S. prisons are men. In the past century, more international conflicts and wars were started by men than women. Leadership skills, intelligence, law-abiding and peaceful? Check.
How about gender equality? When I was a student at Texas A&M University in 1968, I had a total of six women in all my classes. Women now represent 49 percent of the 51,000 undergraduate students at A&M. As a Medical Society, a more pertinent measure of gender equality would be medical school statistics.
Data gathered from the American Association of Medical Colleges shows that women accounted for 49 percent of medical school graduates in 2007 and 47 percent of graduates in 2017. Data specific to the University of Kansas School of Medicine for the same time shows women accounting for 39 percent of graduates in 2007 and 40 percent of graduates in 2017.
Currently, 31 percent of medical school basic science departments nationally are headed or chaired by women, while 18 percent of clinical science departments are headed by women. But at the University of Kansas School of Medicine just 11 percent of clinical science departments are headed or chaired by women, and 4 percent of clinical departments are headed or chaired by women, according to AAMC data.
From a non-academic standpoint locally, things look a bit better. Female physicians hold the position of chief medical officer and chair of the Surgery Executive Committee at one hospital, and chair of the Ob-Gyn Section in both hospital systems. Female physicians have also served both hospital systems as president of the medical staff, and been elected president of the Medical Society of Sedgwick County and Kansas Medical Society. Still, leadership roles are lagging, in medicine and elsewhere. That’s nothing new, of course. As Virginia Woolf wrote, “For most of history, anonymous was a woman.”
With September being Women in Medicine month, let’s start by acknowledging that women are equally qualified for leadership positions. And then, every month, let’s all go to work on the bias that has held them back.
Sometimes it helps to look backward in order to move forward. In fall 2016, The Only Woman in the Room project, started by Drs. Anne Walling and Marilee McBoyle and supported by the MSSC, began documenting the experiences of female physicians who entered practice before 1990. The stories and the memories are powerful, humorous, emotional and sometimes disturbing in the head-shaking discrimination they recall. But by documenting those experiences, we can learn from them. Surely, young female physicians can find role models in those who went before, if only in seeing others driven to overcome challenges to become doctors.
The project gathered another collection of stories during an Aug. 14 session at the MSSC offices, and plans to do the same at the end of September. During this month’s session, veteran physicians recalled the rush of female patients coming to see them when they entered practice, patients eager to consult a doctor who looked like them.
Medicine and our society should build on that progress, by increasing the diversity of those in leadership roles. It’s surely well past time for considering women novel in any medical role and instead see them for what they are: good doctors and good leaders.
Project Access plans to kick off a yearlong celebration as it nears its 20th anniversary in 2019.
Beginning the march toward that landmark will be an Oct. 26 function at the New York Life building downtown that will celebrate another major milestone: $200 million in donated care and services since Project Access started in 1999. That event will recognize and thank the many physicians, hospitals and other providers who worked with Project Access to provide care for uninsured Sedgwick County residents, many of whom are the working poor.
The event also will launch a yearlong fund-raising campaign “designed to help secure the next 20 years for Project Access,” said Shelley Duncan, executive director of Project Access. This campaign will culminate next August with an event that can only be described right now as “sky high and edgy.”
The Oct. 26 celebration will be part of the city’s Final Friday art crawl and will showcase artwork by physicians and patients. Proceeds from the sale of these artworks will benefit Project Access. Potential donors can contact Duncan at email@example.com or 316-688-0600.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently ruled that certified Diabetes Prevention Programs are a covered benefit, removing a longtime barrier to getting patients into the beneficial programs.
Diabetes Prevention Programs are CDC-recognized programs that provide a supportive environment where participants work in small groups to learn healthier eating skills and increase physical activity to reduce their risk of developing diabetes.
The program, which is led by a trained lifestyle coach in a classroom setting, is delivered over a 12-month period, beginning with 16 weekly sessions followed by eight monthly maintenance sessions.
The programs have been shown to reduce the incidence of type 2 diabetes in pre-diabetic patients by nearly 60 percent. Locally, the Greater Wichita YMCA offers a recognized DPP.
Potential participants may qualify for the DPP by 1) being at least 18 years old, 2) being overweight and 3) by being either at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes by a consensus screening tool or having blood glucose levels in the prediabetic range.
For more information on local DPPs, as well as to take the free online prediabetes screening test, visit www.preventdiabeteswichita.com.
Health ICT, an MSSC affiliate, can provide free technical assistance to providers interested in developing a standardized process of identifying patients at risk for diabetes and referring them to the DPP. To learn more, contact Matt Thibault at 316-683-9441 or MattThibault@med-soc.org.
Dr. William J. Salyers Jr. has been named chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at the KU School of Medicine-Wichita.
Since 2011, Dr. Salyers has served as gastroenterology division chief at the medical school, internal medicine residency program director and associate professor at the medical school, and director of internal medicine education at Wesley Medical Center.
Dr. Salyers succeeds Dr. Jon Schrage, who is retiring and was chair of the department since 2003. He will lead 24 faculty and staff and continue as program director for the residency program.
A 1998 graduate of Sterling College, he earned his medical degree from KUSM-Wichita in 2003 and also earned a master of public health there in 2008. Dr. Salyers did his internal medicine residency at KUSM-W and a gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Florida College of Medicine. He has published over 80 manuscripts and abstracts/presentations. He won the Internal Medicine Residency Faculty Teaching Award in 2013 and was a Wichita Business Journal “40 Under 40” honoree in 2015.
MSSC members Drs. Zachary and Stephanie Kuhlmann and Cari Schmidt, right, director of the Center for Research for Infant Birth and Survival at KUSM-Wichita, received the KIDS Network Collaborators Award on Aug. 9. All three have been active in safe sleep research, designing projects, publishing in journals, and presenting at national and international conferences. Both of the Kuhlmanns serve on the MSSC Safe Sleep Task Force and have worked closely with the KIDS Network, which has a mission to reduce the risk of infant death and support those who have lost a child. KIDS Network Executive Director Christy Schunn, who has worked closely with the task force and the Maternal Infant Health Coalition, presented the awards at the KIDS Network 20th anniversary event at the Drury Broadview.
The Jager Club, which focuses on medical history, has announced its 2018-19 meeting schedule and speakers. The club administered by KU School of Medicine-Wichita is named after Wichita medical pioneer Dr. Thor Jager and meets four times a year.
The club has dues of $50 a year but anyone can attend its meetings, which have a $35 charge for dinner. All meetings are at the Wichita Marriott, 9100 Corporate Hills Drive. Contact Hope Kessinger at 293-3594 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more or register.
Oct. 18: “The History of Insulin,” Dr. Richard Guthrie, first chairman of pediatrics and a founder at KUSM-Wichita.
Nov. 8: “The History of Plastic Surgery at the KU Medical Center,” Dr. Mani Mani, professor emeritus, KU Medical Center.
Feb. 28: “The History of Heart Transplantation, ” Dr. Tom Estep, retired transplant surgeon with Wichita Surgical Specialists.
March 28: “The Amazing J.R. Brinkley: The Milford, KS, ‘Goat Gland’ Doctor,” Jerry Harper, attorney/historian from Lawrence.
The Earl L. Mills Educational Trust is accepting applications from practicing physicians for scholarship funds to support additional study in medicine lasting 4-12 months at an approved institution or to attend local educational seminars offering postgraduate opportunities.
Applicants must have practiced in Kansas for at least five years and be a member of a medical group no larger than five. The deadline is Aug. 31, 2018. To request an application, call Stephanie Clausen with Intrust Bank at 383-1912.
MSSC extends its condolences to the family of Dr. Ketterman.
Family medicine physician Dr. Diana Kay “DeeDee” Ketterman of McPherson died July 24, 2018. Dr. Ketterman attended Colby Community College and graduated from Wichita State University. She graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1985 and completed her residency at St. Francis Medical Center in 1988. She was board certified in family practice. Dr. Ketterman began practicing in Wichita in 1988 and then served as associate director of the family residency program at St. Francis Medical Center from 1993 to 2001. In 2002, she returned to private practice in Wichita. She retired in 2017 due to health issues.
Members of the Society who know a good and sufficient reason why any of the following applicants are not eligible for membership are requested to communicate with the Medical Society of Sedgwick County office.
[BC] Board Certified [R] Residency [F] Accredited Fellowship [F*] Unaccredited Fellowship [AT] Additional Training
Caitlin R. Chiles, MD
[BC] Family Medicine
Hunter Health Clinic
OFF: 262-2415 / FAX: 262-0138
527 N Grove, 67214
Rao V. Chundury, MD
Grene Vision Group
OFF: 721-2701 / FAX: 721-8612
3910 N Ridge Rd, 67205
Bethany J. King, MD
[F*] Plastic Surgery
Kansas Surgical Arts
OFF: 722-1333 / FAX: 722-3085
3460 N Ridge Rd S-160, 67205
Son T. Nguyen, DO
[R] Family Medicine
Premier Hospitalist of Kansas
OFF: 755-0144/FAX: 844-274-1204
100 S Market S-2C, 67202
Vu T. Nguyen, DO
[R] Family Medicine
Via Christi Clinic – East 21st
OFF: 609-4501 / FAX: 636-4076
9211 E 21st St N, 67206
Emily A. O’Dell, DO
[R] Family Medicine
Via Christi Clinic- Derby
1640 E Tall Tree, 67037
Thomas L. Sanders, Jr., MD
[F] Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
[R] Orthopaedic Surgery
Advanced Orthopaedic Associates
2778 N Webb Rd, 67226
Brandon R. Scott, MD
[R] Orthopaedic Surgery
[F] Orthopaedic Trauma
Advanced Orthopaedic Associates
2778 N Webb Rd, 67226
Cameron E. West, MD
West Wichita Family Physicians
OFF: 721-4544 / FAX: 721-8307
8200 W Central, 67212
Keep your 2018 Roster current by adding the information listed below and in the Membership section of this issue of the MSSC News:
Elisha Brumfield, DO
8533 E 32nd St N, 67226
Theresa Cusick, MD
Wichita Surgical Specialists
Maged El-Zein, MD
Pulmonary & Sleep Consultants of Kansas
8710 W 13th St N S-105, 67212
Joseph Galichia, MD
Galichia Medical Group, PA
9415 E Harry S 407, 67207
Stephen F. Hagan, MD
New Suite # – 1035 N Emporia S-102
Phone and Fax the same
Bryon K. McNeil, MD
Kansas Medical Center-ER Dept
1124 W 21st St, Andover, 67002
Moneeshindra Mittal, MD
New office address
Via Christi Clinic – Psychiatry
1515 S Clifton S-300, 67218
Via Christi Clinic-Derby
New office address
1640 E Tall Tree
Steven Garner, MD
Emily O’Dell, DO
Camilo Palacio, MD
Sara Purdy, DO
Stephen Olson, MD
Kristin Harkin, MD – moved out of state
Erin Kenny, MD – moved out of state
Hasmet Uner, MD – moved out of state
Lisa Unruh, MD – moved out of state
Laura Veras Mena, MD – moved out of state