Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) Project Applications Open

National Rural Health Services Center

In response to the increasing number of rural hospital closures, the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy administers the Small Rural Hospital Transition Project (SHRT).  The program provides technical assistance (TA) through comprehensive onsite consultations to eligible hospitals that have 49 beds or less and located in a federally designated persistent poverty county. Core areas of technical assistance include: 1) financial operational assessment (FOA) and 2) quality improvement (QI) projects. A total of nine hospitals will be selected based on a competitive process. A minimum of three FOA projects and three QI projects will be selected in each core area. Interested applicants that meet SRHT readiness requirements and project expectations must submit the required Letter of Intent by September 15. If a sufficient number of applications is not received, SRHT on-site TA may be extended to small rural hospitals (49 beds or less) residing in non-persistent poverty counties. Should this option become available, additional information will be provided.

Register Early for Let’s Move, Kansas and Save

 

KAFP-Foundation

Be sure and sign up for the Let’s Move, Kansas run and walk by August 19 for the early bird rate! $5 discount for residents and medical students with promo code STURES19. Join a team and enjoy $3 off each registration! ​Let’s Move Kansas aims to promote an active, healthy lifestyle for all Kansans. The run/walk  will again be at Sedgwick County Park, Wichita, Kansas.

All registration proceeds and sponsorships benefit the KAFP-Foundation.  Join us in motivating Kansans to move, and supporting the future of family medicine!

Thank you to the Let’s Move, Kansas presenting sponsor, KU School of Medicine-Wichita; platinum sponsor, Grene Vision Group; and gold sponsor, Wichita Urology. Those interested in being a sponsor may download sponsorship packet. A secure online commitment form is available for your convenience.  If your hospital, clinic, or company would like additional information or has questions , please contact Marina Spexarth or 316-721-9005.

Free Webinar Inspires Physicians to Live Well and Lead Effectively

KAFP

Join us for the upcoming RISE webinar with Dr. Amaryllis Sanchez Wohlever on July 24 at 12:15 p.m. She will inspire you to live well and lead effectively!

About Amaryllis Sanchez Wohlever, MD

I am the wife of a pilot-turned-preacher, the happy mom of three terrific children, and have been a physician leader for twenty-five years. My life was transformed years ago through a heartfelt prayer. Since then, my work as a physician turned into a ministry as I learned to care for people from the heart. I strive to care for the soul and minister to the spirit while treating the body.

I served as chief resident and as president of the Florida Association of Family Medicine Residents. I have served two terms on the Board of Directors of the Florida Academy of Family Physicians and chair the FAFP Physician Wellness initiative. I am a graduate of the Florida Medical Association Leadership Academy and assisted the 2018 launch of the FMA’s statewide Healthy Living initiative. I am passionate about Helping Docs Thrive™ in the midst of a broken system in constant flux and feel blessed by the many opportunities I have to enhance physician wellness and prevent burnout at the state and national level.

The RISE program is a wellness initiative of KAFP designed to help Kansas family physicians RISE above burnout. Register for the upcoming free RISE webinar on Wednesday, July 24, 12:15 – 12:45 p.m. “Nurturing A Heart of Service Without Burning Out,” with presenter Amaryllis Sanches Wohlever, MD.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify at least three specific ways to nurture a servant heart in a busy practice.
  • Consider ways to safeguard the heart and soul from burnout.
  •  Gain new tools to commit to a healthier way to practice medicine in this tough climate.

Although our RISE Webinar Series is complimentary for KAFP members, registration is required to receive log-in credentials to access the webinar.

RISE resources include:

Retiring EVP’s Last Day in the Office is Friday

KAFP

The Board hired incoming Executive Vice President, Tarah Remington Brown, to allow EVP Carolyn Gaughan, CAE, to retire at the end of the summer. The transition has been in progress since May 13, 2019. Carolyn’s last day coming to the office daily is Friday, June 28. She will use accumulated vacation and leave days through most of July and August, and plans to be in the office only occasionally. Tarah will take over more responsibility during the transition. Carolyn’s last official day as EVP is August 31, 2019. As part of the transition, Carolyn will no longer monitor the e-mail kafp@kafponline.org after Friday, June 28. After Friday, all e-mail sent to that address will receive an auto-reply message directing the sender to others within the organization. We hope you will join us for a retirement party for Carolyn on Wednesday, August 28 from 4 – 6 p.m. at the KU School of Medicine – Wichita.  Further details to come!

 

Board Takes Action on Resolutions

KAFP

The 2019 Reference Committee recommendations were announced and members were heard at the Member Meeting on Friday, June 7 during the KAFP Annual Meeting at the Wichita Marriott. The Board discussed and took  action on the resolutions at its Board meeting on Saturday, June 8. Three of the resolutions involved the topic of medical aid in dying / physician-assisted suicide and there was impassioned testimony at the Board meeting from widely differing perspectives. The Board intends to conduct a survey this summer to gain a better understanding of members’ attitudes and opinions on the related topics.  Download the full Board Action on 2019 Reference Committee Report on Resolutions.  Please note that this document is a draft until the Board meets at its fall meeting to adopt the June 8, 2019 minutes.

Register for Free Opioid Epidemic Program – July 19

KUSM-Wichita

You are invited to participate in The Opioid Epidemic: Next Steps in Prevention & Treatment on Friday, July 19 at KU School of Medicine-Wichita, Roberts Amphitheater, Wichita. For more information, download the flyer or contact Tiffany Bonfiglio at tbonfiglio@kumc.edu or call 316-293-3533.

Registration is available online.

 

Complete Annual Meeting Evaluation by Friday, June 28

KAFP

Thank YOU if you attended the 2019 KAFP Annual Meeting and submitted your evaluation. If you have not yet completed it, please don’t forget. The number one way to provide the Professional Development Committee with your input to improve the Annual Meeting for future years is to give us your opinions and feedback from this year. Please complete the evaluation.

Active, life and non-member attendees who complete the evaluation and submit with their name by midnight June 28, will be placed into a drawing. The prize is FREE REGISTRATION to the 2020 Annual Meeting, June 4-6 in Manhattan, Kan. Good luck! Residents and medical students already attend the conference free of charge. Thank you ALL for sharing your thoughts. It’s so important to us!

 

Combat Burnout and Attend RISE Free Webinar

KAFP

New research from KUSM-Wichita shows burnout is common even in med school and residency. Read full article. Combat burnout and attend KAFP’s upcoming RISE webinar on July 24 at 12:15 p.m.

The RISE program is a wellness initiative of KAFP designed to help Kansas family physicians RISE above burnout. Register for the upcoming free RISE Webinar Series on Wednesday, July 24, 12:15 – 12:45 p.m. “Nurturing A Heart of Service Without Burning Out,” with presenter Amaryllis Sanches Wohlever, MD.

There is no charge for the RISE Webinar Series. However, registration is required to receive the log-in information for the webinar.

RISE resources include:

RISE: Restore, Invigorate, Strengthen, Energize.

KAFP Responds to Hilburn Decision

KAFP
The Kansas Supreme Court recently issued a ruling (Hilburn v. Enerpipe, LTD) that will impact physicians, hospitals, and ultimately Kansas patients. The Court ruled that the state laws limiting non-economic damages (i.e. damages for pain and suffering) in civil cases are now unconstitutional. The ruling was a surprise to the legal community and reverses the Court’s 2012 decision in Miller v. Johnson which upheld the cap’s constitutionality. The Kansas Academy of Family Physicians (KAFP) condemns the potential effects of this ruling and last week sent an e-mail to membership regarding the impact. Read the letter.

 

 

Registration Open for “Let’s Move, Kansas” Run/Walk

 

KAFP-Foundation

​The Kansas Academy of Family Physicians-Foundation is proud to announce the fifth annual Let’s Move, Kansas run/walk is set for Saturday, October 19. Let’s Move Kansas aims to promote an active, healthy lifestyle for all Kansans. The run/walk  will again be at Sedgwick County Park, Wichita, Kansas.

Be sure and sign up by August 19 for the early bird rate! $5 discount for residents and medical students with promo code STURES19. Join a team and enjoy $3 off each registration!

Proceeds benefit the KAFP-Foundation.  Join us in motivating Kansans to move, and supporting the future of family medicine!

Thank you to the Let’s Move, Kansas presenting sponsor, KU School of Medicine-Wichita; platinum sponsor, Grene Vision Group; and gold sponsor, Wichita Urology. Those interested in being a sponsor may download sponsorship packet. A secure online commitment form is available for your convenience.  If your hospital, clinic, or company would like additional information or has questions , please contact Marina Spexarth or 316-721-9005.