Friday, October 24, 2014

The University of Kansas Hospital ranks high among nation’s academic medical centers

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – The University of Kansas Hospital ranks seventh in quality and safety in a national study of the top academic medical centers.

It is the ninth year in a row the hospital has finished in the top 13 of the University HealthSystem Consortium’s Quality and Accountability Study.

“It is the commitment to our patients by physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals which produces such constant outstanding results.  It is one thing to be ranked among the best in the country; it is even more remarkable to stay at such a high level,” said Bob Page, president and chief executive officer of The University of Kansas Hospital.

The Institute of Medicine’s 6 domains of care (safety, timeliness, effectiveness, efficiency, equity, and patient centeredness) were again used as a guide in structuring the performance categories, and measures of mortality, safety, effectiveness, equity, and patient centeredness were specifically identified and included to determine rankings.  

Thursday, October 23, 2014

KANSAS CITY METRO TRAFFIC ALERT: I-35 at the Santa Fe Street Bridges in Olathe

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- Northbound and southbound I-35 on either side and under the Santa Fe Street Bridges will be reduced to one open lane each direction as the City of Olathe installs roadway lighting on the bridges beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 25 and will reopen to all traffic by no later than 4:00 p.m. that same day.

The lane closures are required to allow the contractor to attach lighting conduit to the Santa Fe Street bridges over I-35.

All ramps at the I-35 and Santa Fe Street interchange will remain open.

Traffic will be direct through the project work zone via signage and cones. There will be no lane restrictions or speed reductions throughout the duration of the lane closures.

Drivers should expect delays during the weekday lane closures and may wish to use alternate routes, if possible.

Updated daily traffic information for this project and for the entire Kansas City Metro Area can be viewed online any time at:

The Kansas Department of Transportation and  the Kansas Turnpike Authority urges all motorists to be alert, obey the warning signs, and “Give ‘Em a Brake!” when approaching and driving through the project work zone.

ELECTION NEWS: Kansas State Troopers Association endorses Paul Davis for Governor

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- -Citing his strong commitment to public safety, the Kansas State Troopers Association Political Action Committee today announced their endorsement of Paul Davis for Governor.

While many in public safety have endorsed Davis this year, including the Fraternal Order of Police and Kansas State Council of Firefighters, the Trooper endorsement is particularly significant: they endorsed Sam Brownback in 2010.

Since the PAC’s inception, the Troopers have never before endorsed a challenger over an incumbent governor.

“We are proud to endorse Paul Davis and Jill Docking for Governor and Lieutenant Governor,” said Mitch Mellick, member of the Kansas State Troopers Association PAC board. “Paul has been a strong voice for the law enforcement community and has consistently fought for tough laws that help us hold criminals accountable and keep our roads and communities safe. His Kansas values, his steadfast commitment to law enforcement officers and dedication to the safety of our communities make him the best choice for governor.”

The association has a long history of advocating for the safety of Kansas communities. Many on both sides of the aisle note their long history of support for the safety of Kansas communities.

The association works to improve public safety for Kansans and contributes to their communities by supporting the work of the Kansas Special Olympics, sponsoring families of officers slain in the line of duty to attend the National Law Enforcement Memorial, and much more.

“The Kansas State Trooper Association works around the clock to keep Kansas roads, communities and families safe,” Davis said. “I am honored to have their endorsement and look forward to working with them to support law enforcement officers, ensure that they have the resources they need on the job, the support they deserve in retirement and enhance the state’s ability to protect families.”

Davis advocated for groundbreaking laws to strengthen penalties against child rapists and protect women and children from sex trafficking and stalking.

He also wrote legislation to close loopholes that allowed sex offenders to avoid prosecution. Davis has a strong record of supporting first responders and issues important to their organizations, including protecting KPERS, investing in public safety, and fighting for tough on crime laws.

“Jill and I are proud to have the endorsement of the Kansas State Troopers Association PAC, along with the Kansas Fraternal Order of Police and the Kansas State Council of Firefighters,” Davis said. “These men and woman fight every day to keep our families safe and we will do all we can to provide them with the support and resources they need to do their duty.”

KCK Job Fair to be held Oct. 28

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- The Center for Workforce Development and Entrepreneurship at Kansas City Kansas Community College is sponsoring a Mini Job Fair next week in conjunction with the college’s Work Readiness Week.

The Mini Job Fair is from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 28 in Upper Jewell on the main KCKCC campus, 7250 State Ave.

Approximately 30 companies will be in attendance, and all have current job openings. The job fair is open to those on the KCKCC campus as well as community members.

Companies attending include:

·         Primerica
·         Long Motor Corporation
·         Amazon
·         Acrobat Outsourcing
·         Hatch Staffing
·         New York Life Insurance
·         AT&T
·         SPX Cooling Technologies
·         Whelan Security
·         Baker University
·         Kevin Remy
·         Burlington Coat Factory
·         GDIT (General Dynamics Information Technology)
·         Crossroads Hospice
·         Rasmussen College
·         Synchrony Financial
·         G4S Secure Solutions
·         Express Employment Professionals
·         Operation Breakthrough
·         Fed Ex
·         Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp)
·         Western & Southern Life
·         Infinite HealthCare
·         Farmers Insurance
·         First Student
·         Pegasus Cleaning Corporation
·         Legal Shield
·         Target
·         American Academy of Family Physicians

For those planning on attending the Job Fair, come prepared to interview on site with a recruiter and bring several resumes for distribution.

More information about the Mini Job Fair is available by contacting the Center for Workforce Development and Entrepreneurship at 913-288-7644.

KCKCC to Host Employer Panel Discussions

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- Kansas City Kansas Community College is hosting two Employer Panel Discussions as part of its Work Readiness Week, Oct. 27 to 31.

The Employer Panel Discussions be at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Oct. 28, in Upper Jewell.  Local employers will discuss what they are looking for in job applicants and how employees can advance in their careers after being hired.  Audience questions are encouraged.

Topics discussed at the panel discussions will include reliability, appearance, work ethic, teamwork, communication skills and professionalism in the workplace.

Employers will also discuss how the following issues could affect an applicant’s chances of getting a job - tattoos and piercings, social media use, credit scores and criminal history.

This is a great opportunity for students and the community to find out directly from local employers what they value in job applicants, how to best prepare for an interview and how to enjoy success and advancement in one’s career.

These panel discussions are free and are open to KCKCC students and staff as well as to community members. For further information, please call 913-288-7170.

Sporting KC concludes 2014-15 CCL group stage in Costa Rica on Thursday

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- Sporting Kansas City concludes the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League group stage Thursday night in Costa Rica against Deportivo Saprissa.

The defending MLS Cup champions control their own destiny and will advance to the knockout stage with a win or draw. Sporting KC can also advance with a one-goal loss or a two-goal loss as long as Sporting KC scores two or more goals. Thursday's match will kick off at 9 p.m. CT and will be broadcast on FOX Soccer Plus.

Sporting KC is currently in first place in CCL Group 2 with seven points through three games. Saprissa is in second place in the group with four points and Nicaraguan side Real Esteli rounds out the group with two points after four matches.

Sporting KC opened the group stage in Nicaragua marking the second consecutive year the club played Real Esteli at Estadio Independencia to begin the tournament.

The match ended in a 1-1 draw on August 19. Sporting KC then earned back-to-back victories at Sporting Park, a 3-1 win over Saprissa on September 18 and a 3-0 result over Real Esteli on September 23.

Join KCKCC’s TAASU for “100 Black Men in Ties” Event

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- The African American Student Union at Kansas City Kansas Community College is working to promote solidarity and unity with a simple wardrobe change.

TAASU is planning the 100 Black Men in Ties event at 11 a.m. Oct. 30 in Upper Jewell on the KCKCC Main campus. Jeremiah McCluney, admission specialist and TAASU advisor at KCKCC, said the goal is to get 100 Black men, faculty, staff and students to commit to wearing a dress shirt and a tie for the day.

Although the event is called 100 Black Men in Ties, the event is open to the public and classes are encouraged to attend.

“This is our attempt to organize an act of solidarity and unity as a community and to bring positive awareness to our community,” he said. “Lately, Black males have been highlighted in the media for conflicts with law enforcement and for the immense violence against each other within the community. We want to bring some positive media attention.”