Niernberger named family physician of year

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Jerry Niernberger, MD

MSSC member Dr. Jerry Niernberger, DO, has been picked as Family Physician of the Year by the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians.

Dr. Niernberger, who practices with Via Christi Clinic, will be honored June 9 at the KAFP annual meeting in Wichita.

Dr. Niernberger grew up in Liberal, served in the Army and graduated from Wichita State University. He attended medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, interned at Wichita’s Riverside Hospital and completed his osteopathic residency at Denver’s Rocky Mountain Hospital/St Luke’s Medical Center. He also did an allopathic residency at Wichita’s St. Francis Medical Center.

Dr. Niernberger is chief of the Family Medicine Department at Via Christi Health and serves on the Via Christi Clinic Board of Directors. For 22 years, Dr. Niernberger volunteered at Guadalupe Clinic.

“He is truly a good example of a compassionate physician who strives to live his life by serving others,” Ronda Hanneman, a certified physician assistant with Via Christi Clinic, told the KAFP.

Health ICT plays key role in getting BikeShareICT rolling

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Becky Tuttle of Health ICT at the kickoff.

Becky Tuttle of Health ICT at the kickoff.

With the support of two foundations and the vision of Health ICT’s Becky Tuttle and others, the city now has a bike-share program that will consist of 100 bikes and 19 stations in central Wichita.

During a May 4 kickoff at the Popup Park downtown along Douglas, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas announced it would give $194,000 to BikeShareICT, while the Knight Foundation Fund at the Wichita Community Foundation gave $30,000.

The bicycle program is managed by the Health & Wellness Coalition of Wichita and Health ICT. Tuttle has been project manager for MSSC affiliate Health ICT and serves as chair of the wellness coalition.

At the kickoff, Mayor Jeff Longwell told how the program was part of making the community a better, more active place to live, one attractive to young people, and good for economic development as well.

“Becky Tuttle and Scott Wadle started this conversation,” Shelley Prichard, president and CEO of the Wichita Community Foundation said, referring to the city planner active in bike and pedestrian issues. “It started small but thanks to Becky and Blue Cross Blue Shield this got much larger.”

BikeShareICT utilizes Zagster, which runs bike share programs around the country, to supply the bikes, bike station and the app that gives users access.

Andrew Corbin, BCBSKS president/CEO, mentioned a motivation that applies to Health ICT and other participants: “The ulterior motive is better health.”

“This truly was a community-wide collaboration,” Tuttle said.

How BikeShareICT works
  • Cost: Yearly memberships are $30 ($20 for college students) or riders can borrow bikes for $3 per hour.
  • What it takes: Download the Zagster phone app at Google Play and iTunes.
  • Learn more:

Tuttle becoming YMCA community development director

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Health-ICT-logoBecky Tuttle, project manager of Health ICT, is leaving the program next month to return to the Greater Wichita YMCA as its director of community development.

Tuttle worked with the Y before starting MSSC affiliate Health ICT, a CDC-funded program that combats diabetes, obesity, heart attack and stroke. The position was one Tuttle said she couldn’t pass up, as it involves healthy eating initiatives, workplace wellness, after-school programs, community outreach and other areas that overlap with Health ICT’s work.

“They really want to expand what they do in the community. That was really the clincher for me. It was a hard decision,” said Tuttle, who will join the YMCA June 13 but will assist in hiring Health ICT’s next leader.

Tuttle will fill the position held for 17 years by Mim McKenzie, who is now YMCA operations manager.

Among Health ICT accomplishments, Tuttle is proudest that “we are a trusted and reliable community partner, and that we have increased awareness for the need for public health and clinical care to work together.”

MIHC undergoing leadership shift

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MIHC-logo-rgbThe Maternal Infant Health Coalition, founded in 2010 and coordinated by the MSSC, is undergoing a leadership change.

The coalition had been chaired by MSSC Executive Director Jon Rosell and Christy Schunn of the Kansas Infant Death and SIDS Network (KIDS Network). Rosell joined the KMS in January, and Schunn has decided to step aside. Schunn said the decision is a natural step in the evolution of the coalition, as it has succeeded in bringing together people working in common areas to address gaps and problems. Molly Brown, program director of BabyTalk, will become the group’s co-chair, with another co-chair expected to join soon. The coalition consists of professionals, including MSSC member physicians, representing local groups working to make Sedgwick County a better place for children to be born and grow up.


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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
New Applicants

Bryan Henderson, MD
[BC] Pediatrics
Wesley Medical Center
OFF: 962-2000
550 N. Hillside, 67214

Brian Goentzel, MD
[BC] Anesthesiology
Via Christi Clinic, PA
OFF: 613-4670
1947 Founders Circle, 67206


Randall Lais, MD
Advanced Orthopaedic Associates, PA
OFF: 631-1600 / FAX: 631-1698
2778 N Webb Rd, 67226

Roster Updates

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Keep your 2017 Roster current by adding the information listed below and in the Membership section of this issue of the MSSC News:


Sara E. Purdy, DO
Via Christi Clinic Derby
OFF: 789-8222
1720 Osage, 67037

Emily C. VinZant
Primary Care Associates
OFF: 684-2851
7111 E 21st St. S-A, 67206

Abraham Tatpati, MD
& Olga Tatpati

Tatpati Medical Group, LLC
OFF: 689-6803 / FAX: 689-0818
8110 E 32nd St N S-170, 67226


Christi L. Leach, MD
Via Christi Psychiatry Clinic
OFF: 316-689-9205 / FAX: 316-689-6467
1131 S Clifton, Suite A, 67218


Kristina M. Manion, DOmoving out of state


Debbie Gruenbacher, DO
Eileen Wong, MD

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