September 2008

Welcome to Headline News
Welcome to the September issue of Headline News. This newsletter is published bi-monthly to feature what is happening at the KUSM-W Medical Practice Association. For more information contact Lorene Valentine at

In the Spotlight – Cynthia Battiste, MD
Cynthia Battiste, MDCynthia Battiste, MD, an Associate Professor at the University of Kansas School of Medicine – Wichita in the Department of Pediatrics, has been with KUSM-W for 29 years.

Dr. Battiste spends much of her days doing clinical work at Via Christi St. Francis. She conducts two-week elective training sessions for fourth year medical students and a four-week elective training for Pediatric residents in cardiology. These sessions involve students and residents shadowing Dr. Battiste in the hospital setting to observe what she does. Additionally, Dr. Battiste lectures on cardiology to the third year medical students.

“I enjoy working with the students and residents,” said Dr. Battiste. After completing her Bachelor’s of Science degree at the University of Illinois in Champaign, Ill., Dr. Battiste, attended the Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, Ill. She received her medical degree in 1973 and completed her Pediatric residency with the West Virginia University Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va., in 1976. Dr. Battiste went on to complete two fellowships with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., in pediatric cardiology from 1976 to 1978 and then again in 1985.

Before beginning her work at KUSM-W, Dr. Battiste worked as assistant professor at the Marshall University Medical School in Huntington, W.Va.

She has served on the American Board of Pediatrics Sub-board of Pediatric Cardiology and is currently an active member with the American Medical Association, the Kansas Medical Society and the Sedgwick County Medical Society. Dr. Battiste also served as president of the Greater Wichita Pediatric Society from 1994-1996 and as vice-president from 1992-1994.

In her spare time Dr. Battiste works on landscaping her yard.

Sweet Harvest Sunflower

The 14th Annual Sweet A’Fair - Sweet Harvest will be September 9, 2008 from 6-9 p.m. at #6 Crestview Lakes. Guests are requested to park at the shopping center at 21st and Oliver and ride the trolley to Dr. Sweet’s. There will be fabulous fun, picnic foods, live and silent auctions, and homemade desserts.

The Picnic is hosted by George and Donna Sweet and generously sponsored by Wichita Nephrology Group, P.A. and Consumer’s Pharmacy. There is a $25.00 suggested donation per person to benefit The Sweet Emergency Fund helping HIV and AIDS patients pay for medicines and other medical and dental care.

Donations can be sent to: The Sweet Emergency Fund c/o UKSM-W/MPA, 1010 N. Kansas, Ste. 3034, Wichita, Kansas 67214

E-mail Etiquette Helps Improve Communication
E-mail has become an essential tool for communication. It also can pose potential risks, including breaches of confidentially and legal liability, related to the content of hastily composed e-mail messages.

Remember that e-mail is a direct representation of you and the organization. Also e-mail sent from a workplace is not private. It is owned by the organization and is even discoverable and admissible as evidence in court.

Here are some e-mailing tips from

  • Use the subject field to indicate content and purpose.
  • Try to respond within a reasonable time frame.
  • Use a signature that includes your contact information such as your name and title, phone number and mailing address.
  • Don’t use e-mail as an excuse to avoid personal contact.
  • Read your e-mail before you send it.
  • Never send an attachment the first time you contact someone you don’t know.
  • Add a confidentiality notice disclaimer to your e-mail stating that if the receiver is not the intended recipient, they should delete the e-mail and notify you of the error.

Step Above Awards
Do you know someone deserving recognition for service or performance that goes “A Step Above”? Nomination forms can be found in the KU Internal Medicine Clinic, Psychiatry Clinic, KU Internal Medicine Midtown Clinic, or in the administrative office in Room 3049. We welcome feedback from employees, faculty, residents, students, and patients. We would love to hear from you if you would like to recognize any MPA employee for their customer service excellence. Questions should be directed to Leigh Knubley, HR Manager, at (316)293-3549, or

Vacation Roll Over Reminder
Remember, there are caps on the amount of vacation time that can be rolled over from one calendar year to the next. Please keep this in mind as you plan your time off in the next six months. Any hours available above the cap for your classification will be forfeited at the end of each year. The caps are as follows:

Before tax deduction per pay period:  
Classified staff: Maximum Accumulations
0-5 years of service 144 hours 18 days
5-10 years of service 176 hours 22 days
10-15 years of service 208 hours 26 days
15+ years of service 240 hours 30 days
Unclassified staff: 304 hours 38 days

We want you to enjoy your time away from work, so please try to schedule some time before the end of the year, especially if you are close to the caps, so as to not lose any accrued vacation time. If you have any questions contact Leigh Knubley, HR Manager, (316)293-3549, or

Employee Anniversaries
Congratulations to those celebrating anniversaries with the MPA.

5th Anniversary
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We would like to welcome the following people:

Stephanie Bally Stephanie Bally, has joined the Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences as an LPN.

Cindy Pinkerton Cindy Pinkerton, has joined Pediatrics as an ARNP working with the Juvenile Detention Facilities. Cindy comes to the MPA from San Jose, California where for six (6) years she worked as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.

Dr. Mark Romereim Dr. Mark Romereim, is joining the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences as a child psychiatrist. Dr. Romereim is a recognized expert in ADHD across the lifespan.

Kathryn Thiessen, has returned to the Internal Medicine Clinic – Midtown in the position of ARNP. Kathryn spent a year working for the Clinton Foundation in Lesotho, South Africa.

Dr. Tracy Williams has joined the Department of Family and Community Medicine and will be working at the Via Christi Family Medicine Residency Program.

Best Wishes
The following people have recently left the MPA:

Tony Archer - Internal Medicine Clinic
Kim Butteris - Internal Medicine Clinic
Julie DuBree - HOPWA
Vicki Gromala - Pediatrics
Janet White - Internal Medicine Clinic

To: Crystal Harvey, with the birth of her grandson Colby Jack, on July 1, 2008 he weighed 6 lbs. 7 oz., and 19 inches long.

To: Susan Stipp, with the birth of her granddaughter Shaeffer Leann, on August 11, 2008 she weighed 7 lbs. 6oz., and 20 inches long.

If you would like to extend Congratulations to anyone in the MPA please contact, Jennifer Herington, Administrative Coordinator, at (316)293-3526, or

The University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita Medical Practice Association (MPA) was established in 1973 so that full-time faculty at the KU School of Medicine-Wichita (KUSM-W) could practice medicine in order to teach medical students.

Coders Corner
Prevention Visits -
Per Current Procedure Terminology (CPT) to bill for preventative medicine visits a comprehensive preventive medicine office visit note must include an age and gender appropriate history, examination, along with counseling/anticipatory guidance/risk factor reduction interventions. Counseling/anticipatory guidance/risk factor reduction interventions include discussion of issues common to a specific age group, a review of safety issues, diet, or exercise.

New or Established Patient -
If a Provider changes practice affiliations and a patient follows that Provider to the new location it would not be appropriate to bill a new patient service. If the Provider or an associate of the Provider has seen the patient within the last three (3) years an established patient visit should be billed regardless of the new location.

Career Opportunities
Part Time -
PRN, RN or LPN as needed for KU Internal Medicine Midtown Clinic. The individual will work 2-3 days per month to fill in for absent staff. The person must be able to work with short notice. LPN must be IV certified.

Full Time-
Housing Assistant is needed for the Kansas Care Through Housing department. The individual should have a bachelor’s degree in business or related field and a minimum of three (3) years experience with a housing related program.

Medical Assistant is needed for the KU Internal Medicine Clinic.

All interested internal applicants need to complete an internal application form, available in Human Resources.

If you know someone who might be interested in this position, please have them contact Leigh Knubley, HR Manager, at (316)293-3549, or

The MPA is an equal opportunity employer.

Holiday Reminders
Veteran’s Holiday Reminder
Veteran’s Day will be observed on Tuesday, November 11, 2008. However the clinics will be open this day. All clinical staff scheduled to work on Tuesday, November 11, 2008, should schedule their replacement holiday between Monday, October 13, 2008 and Friday, December 12, 2008. Please note that you are not eligible for pay in lieu of taking this holiday. You must schedule this day in advance with your supervisor’s approval by filling out the portion marked Veteran’s Day on the Time Off Request Form. For more information, please contact Leigh Knubley at 293-3549 or

Discretionary Day Reminder
Remember to use your Discretionary Day for 2008. It must be scheduled with supervisory approval and taken no later than Friday, December 12, 2008.

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