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• I spent most of Tuesday in Westwood at the KU Hospital Board meeting, so here’s a few nuggets of information I gleaned while there.
The hospital is the official health care provider of the Kansas City Royals. So, Tammy Peterman, the hospital’s chief operating officer, shared a few photos with the board, including one of the big scoreboard during “MLB Health Care Trivia,” sponsored by KU Hospital. This, apparently, occurs between innings and involves people in the stands answering a question on the big board.
Apparently, Peterman said, there was an issue with MLB Health Care Trivia in the early going. The questions were too hard, and no one was getting the answers.
They’re better now, Peterman said. You apparently no longer need a Ph.D. to answer them. I haven’t been to a game this year, but I’d be curious to know what kind of stuff these questions ask about…
• Also, Barbara Atkinson, KU Medical Center executive vice chancellor, presented a report on the growth occurring there.
Enrollment is growing, faculty are growing (thanks to the growth of the hospital), private fundraising (particularly for the cancer center) is growing.
But here were two interesting points I took from that discussion. She talked about how, using new space at the Hemenway Life Sciences Innovation Center, the school has been able to bring on new faculty and use the space to go from 75th in NIH funding rankings to 60th, out of 127 ranked schools of medicine.
She said, though, in order to move up the rankings more, she would need more space.
“It would take another building the size of Hemenway (about 200,000 square feet) to move up much more than this,” she said.
The second interesting thing she said referenced something I’ve written about before, and that’s how the government’s budget situation will affect the KU Cancer Center’s quest to obtain designation from the National Cancer Institute.
“I hope the government has enough money to build a new research center, because I think that’s the biggest risk we have at this point,” Atkinson said.
• And I’ll leave you with a fun video I found on Kansas Athletics photographer Jeff Jacobsen’s blog, showing the many faces of Kansas athletes, with some fun thrown in, too.
• Maybe we should have an Official Heard on the Hill KU Trivia Game. I’ll see if I can come up with good questions. Send in tips (or try to stump me with a trivia question) at firstname.lastname@example.org.