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Recent news, promotions, awards, new hires and special announcements from Kansas City’s medical community

HCA Midwest Health

HCA Midwest Health System has appointed Vikesh Tahiliani to the position of chief medical information officer (CMIO).

Vikesh Tahiliani

As CMIO, Tahiliani is responsible for overseeing clinical informatics efforts, focusing on the utilization of information technology systems to drive improved clinical outcomes. He will work closely with the seven HCA Midwest Health facility chief medical officers to optimize the systems currently in place and assist in the development and implementation of future enhancements. Among Tahiliani’s areas of expertise are population health, hospital information systems, health care quality indicators and medical education and managed care programs.

“Dr. Tahiliani’s extensive experience in information technology will help HCA Midwest Health and our seven hospitals, outpatient centers, clinics, physician practices, surgery centers and an array of other services continue to focus on making the healthcare we provide to patients and their families throughout the region more connected, more convenient and more accessible,” says Darryl Nelson, HCA Midwest Health chief medical officer.

The Hospital Safety Score

Menorah Medical Center, Centerpoint Medical Center and Research Medical Center, all part of HCA Midwest Health, as well as Shawnee Mission Medical Center were honored with an “A” grade in the Fall 2015 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals prevent medical errors, injuries and infections within the hospital. The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), an independent industry watchdog. The only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to inform themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

“The Hospital Safety Score and our  ‘A’ grade are a reflection of the work we have collectively done to provide safe, quality and affordable healthcare for our patients,” says Dr. James S. Bower, chief medical officer of Research Medical Center, which earned an ‘A’ for the third consecutive time.

“Shawnee Mission Medical Center’s ‘A’ Hospital Safety Score is demonstrative of our team’s tireless efforts to deliver a safe patient experience,” says Lori K. Clayman, administrative director of quality and safety at Shawnee Mission Health.  “While we are proud of our scores, we are always reaching to be even better the next time.”

Truman Medical Centers 

Truman Medical Centers (TMC) and Cerner have formed a strategic relationship dedicated to the transformation of health care in Kansas City and across the world.

By working closely, the organizations will pilot innovations using progressive health care information technology.

The expanded relationship will promote opportunities to create and research advancements in technology to enhance cutting-edge patient care, and will further support TMC’s mission to provide quality, safe and customer-focused care in both of its hospitals and its growing number of clinics throughout the area.

Doctors, nurses and medical staff will benefit from technology designed to make their jobs easier and give them an advantage in treating patients. Having early access to the latest in health care technology will help set Truman apart.

“We are excited to work with Cerner on this initiative for our patients and staff,” says TMC president and CEO Charlie Shields. “The Cerner-TMC alignment will help our organizations learn from each other, innovate together and improve health care delivery for better health across the community and beyond.”

University Health

University Health  (services provided by Truman Medical Centers), downtown Kansas City’s new and only freestanding outpatient specialty and surgery center, opened Oct. 28 with a ceremonial grand opening and ribbon-cutting. University Health (2101 Charlotte Street) offers the latest in technology, including 3-D mammography and a state-of-the-art surgical center with capability for the most advanced surgeries including eye, orthopaedic, oral and reconstructive services.

“The opening of University Health ushers in a new era for the organization and the care of patients in downtown Kansas City,” Shields says. “With our focus on giving our patients quality specialty care, cutting edge technology and physicians with the expertise and resources you would expect from a premier academic medical center, University Health is the future of outpatient care in the metro area.”

Construction on University Health, a $29 million, 90,000-square-foot, outpatient specialty care center that offers patients easy access to a vast array of highly sought after services and a multi-disciplinary team of trusted academic physicians and surgeons, began in July 2014. The first services opened for patient care in October, with additional areas opening in November and January.

Kansas City CARE Clinic

Craig Dietz, the chief medical officer at the Kansas City CARE Clinic, has been named the 2015 Physician of the Year by the American Osteopathic Foundation.

Hired in 2004 as the nedical director for general medicine, Dietz is now responsible for care throughout the clinic. In his 11-year tenure, he has witnessed extensive growth in the clinic’s scope of care. In 2004, the Clinic served 4,000 patients. Today, the clinic serves 9,000 through more than 20,000 annual clinical appointments. He has championed the expansion of the clinic’s HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C prevention and testing services.  More recently, Dietz oversaw the transition to electronic medical records and the clinic’s transformation into a Federally-Qualified Health Center and Patient-Centered Medical Home.

Vice President of General Medicine at the Kansas City CARE Clinic Obie Austin says, “Dr. Dietz’s greatest strength is his depth of knowledge and his ability to relay that knowledge on to the new practitioner in a way that is easily understood yet still drives the person to a higher level of critical thinking.”