Archive for Friday, January 6, 2006

Governor asks for $5 million annually for KU cancer center

January 6, 2006


— Gov. Kathleen Sebelius today called on lawmakers to commit $5 million annually to the cancer center at the Kansas University Medical Center.

"The doctors, researchers and scientists here are devoted to advancing the cause of medicine, never forgetting the ultimate goal of medicine is to help people," said Sebelius during a news conference.

"I truly believe this will be a center for cancer research not just for Kansas City, or for the state of Kansas, but for the entire Midwest," she said.

Lawmakers will consider the proposal as the 2006 legislative session convenes Monday.

KU officials have declared one of the university's top priorities is obtaining National Cancer Institute designation for the cancer center.

Dr. Roy Jensen is director of the KU Cancer Center and the Kansas Masonic Cancer Research Institute.

"At the KU Cancer Center we are blessed with the support of a growing number of allies and friends," Jensen said.

"We will continue to reach out to build robust relationships with many other organizations who share our vision and passion. And we will seek the support of private donors who will find in our work a legacy worthy of their investment."

Nearly half of all Kansans will face a cancer diagnosis in their lifetimes.


dbr4ever 12 years, 5 months ago

This is great. My husband is seen every three months at the cancer center, and this is a great place. They need the support to keep up the battle against cancer.

kuthruandthru 12 years, 5 months ago

Senseless Construction? Yeah, saving lives is totally senseless, why we are at it lets go ahead and tear down our schools, because we are wasting bricks.

avhjmlk 12 years, 5 months ago

Actually, the name was changed as part of the greater University's PR campaign because, after doing some research (I believe), people outside of the Lawrence/Kansas City area didn't recognize that the "KU" in "KUMed" referred to the University of Kansas. So, the changed the official name of the hospital to "The University of Kansas Hospital" (not Kansas University Hospital), but still use the term KU Med officially as an abbreviation. The entire thing is still referred to as KUMC (KU Medical Center) in reference to the whole campus (the Hospital, the Med School, the Nursing School, and the other professional programs housed there), but the hospital itself is the Unviersity of Kansas Hospital.

avhjmlk 12 years, 5 months ago

Not having the physicians actually work for the hospital isn't unusual at all. Few physicians who work at hospitals work for the hospital. Probably 95% or better of anesthesiologists (whoa...spelling?) who work at hospitals are actually in practices that have dedicated contracts with the hospital. They're still not employed directly by the hospital--their practice is paid a fee under the contract which is then paid to the docs. Generally, the only doctors who actually work for a hospital are the ED docs and the pathologists. Even then, there are still many who work as contractors, not employees.

avhjmlk 12 years, 5 months ago

This is a situation that has, in part, been created by the medial malpractice arena. Not by any specific hospital's actions, but by the way malpractice cases have been interpreted in the courts. My guess is that KUMed doesn't do anything much different than any other academic hospital does in regards to how the physicians are employed.

Remember, also, that many of the doctors at KUMed are also/in part employed by the state through the university as FACULTY. It is a TEACHING hospital.

avhjmlk 12 years, 5 months ago

wendt, I was not trying to insinuate that you aren't aware that KU is a teaching hospital. I was actually saying that for the benefit of people who aren't as familiar with the hospital.

I also didn't say that the physicians' employment setup wasn't advantageous to the hospital in a malpractice suit. I was just saying that KU Med is likely set up similarly to all other academic hospitals in the way that physicians are employed, and that much of the standard practice of how hospital-based physicians are employed/protected has been carved out over time by the malpractice litigation in this country.

laughingatallofu 12 years, 5 months ago

The current legislature will never go for it. There are more important priorities:

  1. Tax cuts
  2. More tax cuts
  3. OK let's try something else: Medicaid cuts so that they can pass MORE tax cuts

  4. Extending the SBOE's contract with the consultant who is "training" their lapdog, Bob "Corky" Corkins, how to be a "edukashun komishoner" <---my best guess as to how the SBOE would spell that.

Good start, don't ya think?

Gamble 12 years, 5 months ago

Well, as a former nurse at the University hospital, I can't let Wendt's ridiculous accusations go unanswered. Wendt may have delusions of grandeur about "saving lives" while at KU, but in fact, he was just a technician who was fired for being an obnoxious know-it-all. As I understand it, it took a jury about 15 minutes to decide that his claims of "wrongful discharge" were nonsense. The fact is, the hospital became a separate state agency so that it could compete more effectively in the KC market. The results of that change speak for themselves in terms of the success of the hospital and the new cancer center is another great addition. The egos of soreheads like Wendt will never permit them to shut up or move on and one must simply ignore them.

gbulldog 12 years, 5 months ago

I suggest that the Governor due something daring that would eliminate one of the major causes of cancer.


Now wouldn't that be something.

MyName 12 years, 5 months ago

Swell idea, except the tobacco tax is probably the only thing keeping the State solvent. Without the cig tax, we'd have to go broke or raise taxes on rich people.

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