VIEWS AND NEWS TOWN HALL MEETING AT KANSAS HEART
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On Thursday, July 24th, 2014, Dr. Greg Duick, President and Chairman of Kansas Heart Hospital (KHH), and Joyce Heismeyer, COO, hosted a town hall meeting for all employees and staff at KHH. There were two sessions each lasting approximately one hour in duration followed by a question and answer period.
“We like the town hall approach for our employees,” said Joyce Heismeyer, “since it provides an opportunity to hear first hand what administration is doing and thinking. The transparent nature of the town hall forum also gives employees a chance to ask questions.”
Dr. Duick informed the attendees that KHH was listed by a nationally recognized healthcare rating agency in the top ten percent (10%) nationally for Patient Safety and, for two years in a row, in the top five percent (5%) nationally for the Outstanding Patient Experience Award. “Our vascular surgery program has truly been outstanding for a long time which is a credit to our vascular surgeons and our surgery team,” commented Dr. Duick. “For the past five years KHH has been awarded a five star recipient for peripheral vascular surgery and also a five star recipient for the past nine years for carotid artery surgery.”
Education continues to be front and center at KHH. KHH was listed in the top fifty (50) hospitals in the US for RN online to BSN degrees. “Our model has always embraced nursing and we are pleased to be recognized for our efforts,” said Joyce Heismeyer.
Physician Alliance of Kansas or PAK, a locally owned physician accountable care organization, has relocated to Suite #104 at the Kansas Heart Office Plaza. KHH is a contracting hospital with PAK.
KHH administration reported that a new GE x-ray room was being installed at the end of July and that the KHH wireless system was being expanded. A new GE monitoring system in ICU, Telemetry, Surgery and Intermediate areas is scheduled to be installed this fall.
Lastly, Dr. Pat Crawley will be joining Cardiovascular Consultants of Kansas in September, 2014. Dr. Crawley graduated from the University of Kansas medical school and completed her internal medicine residency at KU-Wichita. She finished a three year cardiology fellowship at the University of Tennessee and for the past year has pursued an interventional cardiology fellowship at the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, in Brooklyn, New York.