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Health Insurance Marketplace In this issue The beauty of CT scanners Pre-concussion screenings New family practice opens PH OTO B Y E A R L R I CH A R DSON

Fall 2013

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Health Insurance Marketplace No doubt, you’ve been hearing about the new Health Insurance Marketplace, a key part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the federal health care reform measure that was signed into law in 2010. The law was designed to make affordable health care and health insurance available to more people. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, about 365,000 Kansans — or 13.1 percent of the population — were uninsured in 2010-2011. That rate is significantly lower than the uninsured rate of 16 percent for the United States as a whole in 2010-2011. But the numbers in Douglas County tell a different story. During that same time, about 17.7 percent of Douglas County residents under age 65 were uninsured — that’s about 15,500 of our community neighbors. And just who uninsured Kansans are might surprise people. • More than half are between 19 and 44 years old. • Two-thirds have family incomes above the federal poverty level. • Two thirds are white non-Hispanic. • Three out of four adults in Kansas are working. About the Marketplace Beginning January 1, 2014, the new law says, almost all people must have health insurance or pay a tax penalty. To compare insurance offerings for Kansans or to purchase health insurance, visit the Health Insurance Marketplace at This website has been compared to travel websites that let consumers compare flight or hotel rooms. The Marketplace will list all health insurance policies that you are eligible to buy and will provide side-by-side comparisons. Another good resource is from the Kansas Insurance Department.


It includes videos, FAQs, a cost calculator and other helpful information. All health insurance plans offered on the Marketplace are qualified health plans and must cover these “essential health benefits”: • Ambulatory (outpatient) services • Emergency services • Hospitalization • Maternity and newborn care • Mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment • Prescription drugs • Rehabilitative and facilitative services and devices • Laboratory services • Preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management • Pediatric services, including dental and vision care

You can choose Plans are categorized into bronze, silver, gold and platinum. All offer the same set of essential health benefits. In general, bronze-level plans with lower premiums will have higher outof-pocket costs, which may be good for relatively healthy people who do not need a lot of medical care or prescription drugs. On the other hand, platinum-level plans will tend to have the highest premiums, but you will pay less in out-of-pocket costs. A platinum level plan may be right for you if you expect a lot of doctor or hospital visits or require many prescription drugs. Everyone is eligible to buy health insurance, even people with pre-existing conditions. Insurance companies may no longer charge more just because someone has been sick in the past, and women may not be charged more than men. Previously, insurance companies would use health status and other factors to determine premium costs. Now companies

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may only use these four factors to determine premium amounts: • Your age • Whether you are purchasing coverage for yourself or for yourself and family members • Where you live • Whether you use tobacco You’ll see at that enrollment started October 1 for coverage that begins as soon as January 1, 2014. For Spanish-speaking consumers, Cuidado also has been updated in preparation for the coming Marketplace. On the websites, you also can see if you qualify for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or savings you can use now to lower your health insurance premiums. Have questions? Consumer assistance will be available online, on the phone or in person. A toll-free number, 1-800-318-2596, will be answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Customer service representatives will be available to speak in English and Spanish, and there will be a language line to provide callers with assistance in more than 150 languages. Trained, unbiased professionals — known as certified navigators and certified application counselors — also will be available in the community. In Lawrence, Heartland Community Health Center was awarded funding for a navigator, and many other community organizations, including Douglas County Senior Services and Lawrence Public Library as well as Lawrence Memorial Hospital, are expected to offer assistance. Watch for announcements in the media about efforts to educate the community about this complex law. —Janice Early, LMH Associate I L LU S TRATI O NS BY DA RR E N MO O R E

Beginning January 1, 2014, most Americans must have health insurance or pay a tax penalty.

Everyone is now eligible to buy health insurance, even those with pre-existing conditions.

Enrollment started October 1 for coverage that begins as soon as January 1, 2014.

ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETPLACE Provided by Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger Q: Will Medicare change? A: Medicare beneficiaries will continue to use their Medicare and will not use the Marketplace. The law does not cut benefits to regular Medicare beneficiaries.

Q: What will happen to veterans’ health care coverage? A: Nothing. The law does not make any changes to TRICARE or VA benefits.

Q: Will I still be able to buy my health insurance from an insurance agent after the Health Insurance Marketplace is in place? A: Yes. Using insurance agents is still a valuable method in deciding what health insurance policy is right for you. As always, you can call the Kansas Insurance Department at 800-432-2484 to verify that your insurance agent and/or company is licensed to do business in Kansas.

Q: What is the difference between an insurance agent, a navigator, and a certified application counselor (CAC)? A: Insurance agents, navigators and CACs are all helpful resources when trying to figure out which health insurance plan is right for you. Insurance agents are a great resource to turn to if you are not sure which plan is right for you and you need someone to recommend a plan that is best for you. Navigators and CACs can help you use the Marketplace. They can give you information you need about the plans available to you, but they cannot recommend what plan you choose and they cannot sell insurance.

Q: Will I pay more for my health coverage because of the law? A: The answer will vary from person to person. All people enrolled in a health plan share the costs associated with that plan. Since the ACA requires that nearly every adult purchase health insurance or pay a penalty, more people may be enrolling in coverage. If more people enroll in your plan, the costs will be spread among a larger group, and your costs could go down. Costs may increase for some, depending on how many people are enrolled and how much their health care costs.

Q: I want health insurance but I can’t afford it. What can I do? A: The law specifically assists people who have not been able to afford coverage in the past. Depending on your annual income, you may qualify for tax credits and/or subsidies to help pay for health insurance premiums and out-of-pocket costs. These will be available for people who have incomes up to 400 percent of the federal poverty level. There is a sliding scale of income to determine this, based on the number of family members. For example, in 2012, 400 percent of the federal poverty level is $44,680 for an individual and $92,200 for a family of four. Want to find out more about the Health Insurance Marketplace? Join us for one of these information sessions at Lawrence Memorial Hospital: • Thursday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m. • Thursday, October 24 at 3 p.m. • Tuesday, October 22 at 7 p.m. • Friday, November 8 at 1:30 p.m. (all seminars will be in the Auditorium at LMH)

DocTalk We welcome these 16 physicians who recently joined Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s medical staff.

Bonnie Cramer, MD

Dr. Cramer comes to Family Medicine of Baldwin City from Concordia, Kan., where she specialized in family medicine since 2009. Born and raised in northeast Kansas, Dr. Cramer earned her medical degree in 2006 from the University of Kansas School of Medicine, where she won numerous awards for excellence and graduated at the top of her class. Dr. Cramer completed her residency in 2009 at the Smoky Hill Family Medicine Residency Program in Salina and earned board certification in family medicine. She has moved to Baldwin City with her family. Family Medicine of Baldwin City 406 Ames Street | Baldwin City, KS 66006 785-594-2512

Miranda C. Fowler, MD

Dr. Fowler is a native Kansan who completed her undergraduate degree in biology in 1999 at Bethany College in Lindsborg. She was awarded her medical degree at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in 2006. Following medical school, Dr. Fowler was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army Medical Corps, completing her family medicine residency at C. R. Darnall Army Medical Center in Fort Hood, Texas. She was deployed to Iraq in 2010-2011. She served on the teaching faculty at the Martin Army Community Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program, and as a primary care physician for soldiers and their families. She is board certified in family medicine. Dr. Fowler enjoys running, cycling, gardening, and outdoor activities with her husband and two daughters. Lawrence Family Practice Center 4951 W. 18th St. | Lawrence, KS 66047 785-841-6540

Waco Goodnight, MD

Dr. Goodnight is joining Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, P.A. He recently completed his residency in general pediatrics at Phoenix Children’s Hospital in Arizona. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Kansas in 2006 and graduated from the KU School of Medicine with a medical degree in 2010. Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, P.A. 346 Maine Street | Lawrence, KS 66044 785-842-4477

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Elizabeth M. Guastello, MD

Dr. Guastello recently completed a cardiovascular fellowship at the University of Missouri–Kansas City, training at St. Luke’s Hospital. Originally from Kansas City, she earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Kansas in 1996, a master’s of business administration from KU in 1999, and a master’s of public health from the University of Minnesota in 2000. Dr. Guastello was awarded her medical degree from UMKC in 2006. She completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Michigan in 2009. She is board certified in internal medicine and board eligible in cardiology. She enjoys cooking, traveling and watching football. Cardiovascular Specialists of Lawrence 1130 W. 4th Street, Suite 2050 | Lawrence, KS 66044 785-841-3636

Paul D. Kolkman, MD

Dr. Kolkman is originally from North Platte, Neb. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Kansas State University in 2002 and his medical degree from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in 2006. He recently completed his general surgery residency program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, which included a twoyear international surgical fellowship in India. Dr. Kolkman is working toward a master’s degree in public health. He and his wife have an infant son, and Dr. Kolkman enjoys golfing, fishing and exercising. Lawrence General Surgery 330 Arkansas, Suite 202 | Lawrence, KS 66044 785-505-2200

Justin W. Labart, DDS, MD

After earning a bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 2002, Dr. Labart completed a doctorate of dental surgery degree in 2006 and a medical degree in 2012, all at the University of Missouri– Kansas City. He recently completed residencies in both oral and maxillofacial surgery and general surgery at Truman Medical Center in Kansas City. In his free time, Dr. Labart enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. His hobbies include golfing, fishing, landscaping/ home improvement and traveling. Wakarusa Oral Surgery 4901 Legends Drive | Lawrence, KS 66049 785-856-6010


At the forefront of technology New CT scanners at LMH offer even more precise imaging

Images provided by the new CT scanners at LMH are incredibly precise. Shown here are three successive 360-degree images, called “slices,” from a patient’s chest cavity. Images of coronary arteries can be captured between heartbeats.

This summer, Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s Imaging Services installed, tested and began using two new computerized tomography (CT) scanners. For LMH patients, the new scanners — also commonly referred to as CAT scanners — mean far lower doses of radiation and much quicker scans. Brian Bradfield, director of Imaging Services and Special Procedures, said that depending on a patient’s particular case, radiation exposure is down 40 to 60 percent. “That was a huge motivator,” Bradfield said about the decision to upgrade LMH’s CT scanners. “The second piece was the speed.” How quickly images can be captured comes into play for a variety of people, including many pediatric patients or people who are claustrophobic. And speed is helpful for patients who are trauma victims and are in pain, for patients who are inebriated and for other people who have difficulty remaining still. “The image quality is phenomenal,” Bradfield added. Robert Knight, MD, of Radiologic Professional Services also underscored the benefit to cardiovascular patients. For example, one scan now takes one-quarter of a second, during which images of coronary arteries can be captured — between heartbeats. “We don’t have to slow the heart down,” said Dr. Knight, who is medical director for LMH Imaging Services. For stroke patients, the improved scanning technology will pinpoint more effectively the stroke’s effects in the brain, such as what tissue is renewable, Bradfield said. And the new scanners can identify the type of stones in a kidney, which will help physicians determine the best course of treatment and preventive measures.

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The possibilities are many. As Bradfield said, “It’s a pretty smart machine.” Dr. Knight agrees. “We’re definitely at the forefront of this technology,” he said. Ronald Stephens, MD, of LMH Oncology Center said less exposure to radiation is particularly important to younger patients. “The thing that we worry about with CT scans and the high radiation is most applicable to the pediatric age group,” he said. “We do think that no one should have more radiation than is absolutely necessary. Anything that would reduce radiation exposure is ideal and an improvement.” Roger Dreiling, MD, of Cardiovascular Specialists of Lawrence views the new CT scanners as an additional diagnostic tool. “The CT scanner is going to give us an easier and perhaps a safer way to look at coronary anatomy,” he said. Before purchasing the more than $2 million worth of CT scanners, LMH staffers researched the benefits of the technology upgrades. “We’re buying equipment that major hospitals have,” Bradfield said. “There aren’t many community hospitals that are going out and buying this.” And there are very good reasons that Lawrence Memorial Hospital has made such an investment, said Gene Meyer, LMH president and CEO. “We have a commitment to be as technologically advanced as we can reasonably afford,” he said. These purchases will make a difference in the lives of patients because of the scanners’ speed and reduced doses of radiation. “This new technology will offer greater capacity to diagnose patients,” Meyer said. —Caroline Trowbridge, LMH Associate

More students pre-screened for sports-related concussions During the past year, student-athletes at six Lawrence and area schools took a 30-minute test designed to ensure that if they received a concussion, they wouldn’t return to play before their brains had time to heal. Lawrence Memorial Hospital and the six schools teamed up to offer the free pre-concussion screenings to 1,275 students participating in football, volleyball, soccer, golf, basketball, cross country, cheerleading, swimming and bowling. The screenings were administered by athletic trainers and reviewed by LMH-affiliated physicians, and the screenings provided a baseline for health care providers who might treat symptoms of concussions. The test, which is called Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing, or ImPACT, documents an athlete’s brain processing speed, memory and visual motor skills. “The baseline tests are important in that they are an individual perspective,” said Adam Rolf, physical therapist and athletic trainer with LMH Therapy Services. The baselines have a shelf-life of two years before they should be repeated. These LMH-affiliated healthcare providers also received training on post-concussion testing: Daniel Dickerson, MD of Eudora Family Care; and Thomas Marcellino, MD, Joy Murphy, MD, and Karen Evans, DO of Mt. Oread Family Practice. Last school year, 40 patients were treated for concussion symptoms and the trained physicians administered the test again. ImPACT can be repeated several times as the student-athlete recovers, measuring his or her progress. Rolf said it’s important for parents and their —Adam Rolf children to understand the effects of concussions. “We want to be a resource for parents to understand what a concussion is and to help them understand these are the signs and symptoms, and this is what you should do if this occurs,” he said. “I’m really pleased that people understand that we’re not trying to hold a kid back from getting in the game.” These schools participated in ImPACT pre-concussion screenings during the 2012-13 school year: Eudora middle and high schools; Bishop Seabury Academy, Free State and Lawrence high schools; and Veritas Christian School. And the numbers are growing. LMH Therapy Services has created partnerships with club sport teams to provide concussion screenings at an affordable rate, and Tonganoxie school officials will offer screenings this year to 300 to 400 middle and high school students in that district. “We will continue to look at how we can reach out to all of the schools in the Lawrence area,” said Jaye Cole, director of LMH Therapy Services. —Caroline Trowbridge, LMH Associate

“ We want to be a resource for parents. I’m pleased that people understand that we’re not trying to hold a kid back from getting in the game.”

Mark J. Oertel, MD

A Leavenworth native, Dr. Oertel earned his bachelor’s degree in human biology with a minor in chemistry from the University of Kansas. In 2010, he received his medical degree from the KU School of Medicine. He completed his internal medicine internship in 2011 and residency in 2013 at KU Medical Center. Dr. Oertel is married and enjoys running, traveling, golf and Jayhawks sports. Reed Medical Group 404 Maine Street | Lawrence, KS 66044 785-842-3635

Cleve R. Pilakowski, DPM

Dr. Pilakowski has joined Lawrence Podiatry Center. He previously worked in Wilmington, N.C., and Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Dr. Pilakowski earned his undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Nebraska in 1991 and completed his doctor of podiatric medicine degree at the William M. Scholl School of Podiatry in Chicago in 1996. He completed a surgical podiatric residency at Genesys Medical System in Genesee, Mich., in 1997. He is board certified in podiatry and podiatric surgery. Lawrence Podiatry Center 5100 Bob Billings Parkway, Suite 100 | Lawrence, KS 66049 785-843-1839

Emily Riggs, MD

Dr. Riggs grew up in Olathe and completed a bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of Kansas in 2004. She earned her medical degree from the KU School of Medicine in 2009. She recently finished her obstetrics and gynecology residency at Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver and is looking forward to being back at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, where she worked as a medical clerk while a student at KU. Dr. Riggs enjoys watching movies and KU basketball, as well as yoga, jogging and spending time with her husband and son. Lawrence OB-GYN Specialists 330 Arkansas, Suite 300 | Lawrence, KS 66044 785-832-1424


Christina Salazar, MD

Dr. Salazar is a Lawrence native and received a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Kansas in 2002. After earning her medical degree from KU in 2007, she completed internship and residency training in internal medicine at Ohio State University in 2010. Board certified in internal medicine and board eligible in cardiology, she recently finished a fellowship in cardiovascular medicine at Ohio State. Cardiovascular Specialists of Lawrence 1130 W. 4th Street, Suite 2050 | Lawrence, KS 66044 785-841-3636

Luis D. Salazar, MD

Dr. Salazar will be practicing at both Total Family Care and OrthoKansas. He is board certified in family medicine and sports medicine. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Indiana University in 2001, a master’s degree in medical science from the Indiana University School of Medicine in 2003, and a medical degree degree from KU in 2007. He completed a family medicine residency in 2010 and a primary care sports medicine fellowship in 2011, both at Ohio State University Medical Center. He served as a team physician for Ohio State University Athletics, medical director for Columbus City School Athletics, and assistant professor for the Department of Family Medicine at Ohio State. Total Family Care 1130 W. 4th Street, Suite 3200 | Lawrence, KS 66044 785-505-5850 OrthoKansas, P.A. 1112 W. 6th St., Suite 124 | Lawrence, KS 66044 785-843-9125

Ajay Tejwani, MD, MPH

Dr. Tejwani has joined the Lawrence Cancer Center as a radiation oncologist. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics in 2004 from Northwestern University, and a master’s degree in public health/epidemiology and a medical degree from Tulane University in 2008. He served an internship at Lemuel Shattuck Hospital in Jamaica Plains, Mass., in 2009 and recently completed a radiation oncology residency at New York Methodist Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical College in Brooklyn. He served as chief resident in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and was named New York Methodist Best Resident in 2011. He enjoys basketball, martial arts, drawing and investing. Lawrence Cancer Center 330 Arkansas, Suite 120 | Lawrence, KS 66044 785-749-3600


Established physicians open new medical practice in Lawrence The name says it all. Total Family Care — Lawrence’s newest medical practice — opened in late August on the top floor of the Fourth Street Health Plaza, 1130 W. Fourth St. on the LMH campus. This family practice clinic emphasizes accessibility through expanded clinic hours to ensure their patients’ urgent and routine medical care needs are met. And while this family practice clinic on the Lawrence Memorial Hospital campus is new, the founding physicians are seasoned medical care providers. Before opening Total Family Care, Sherri Vaughn, MD, and Joy Murphy, MD, had practiced at Mt. Oread Family Practice. Both clinics are affiliated with LMH. Drs. Vaughn and Murphy are joined by Luis Salazar, MD, a family practitioner with sports medicine training and experience with chronic disease management, who splits his time between Total Family Care and OrthoKansas. The new practice focuses on health care for the entire family, from birth to the end of life. “We love family-centered care,” Dr. Vaughn said. “We really want to care for the whole family.” It was clear because of the number of patients at Mt. Oread, 3510 Clinton Parkway, that the practice should expand, explained Dr. Vaughn, who has practiced in Lawrence for more than 14 years and was affiliated with Mt. Oread for more than five years. In addition, Drs. Vaughn and Murphy wanted to increase the number of days they were in the office, which just wasn’t possible at Mt. Oread because of space constraints.

“It made more sense to start a second practice,” Dr. Vaughn said. “It’s still a hospital-affiliated practice, with the same procedures.” To help the physicians provide even more accesDr.Vaughn sible care to their patients, a physician assistant joined Total Family Care. “We think that access means you can be seen for an acute illness that day,” said Dr. Murphy, who started practicing in Lawrence in 2001 Dr. Murphy and joined Mt. Oread two years ago. Within a month or so after opening, the physicians planned to evaluate how the practice is operating, with a continued focus on providing health care at convenient times. “We’ll look at expanded hours, such as early-morning or lunch-hour appointments that aren’t traditionally available,” Dr. Vaughn said. Both physicians feel fortunate to continue their affiliation with LMH, while launching a new medical practice. Dr. Murphy added: “It’s quite an opportunity to start a new practice from the ground up and have your philosophies incorporated from the beginning.” And at the core of the doctors’ mission are their personal relationships with patients. Said Dr. Vaughn, “The more you know about a person, the better care you can take of them.” —Caroline Trowbridge, LMH Associate

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Joy R. Murphy, MD—family practice Luis D. Salazar, MD—family practice, sports medicine Sherri L. Vaughn, MD—family practice Bethany K. Vardiman, PA-C

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Karen Evans, DO John Gravino, DO Thomas Marcellino, MD W. Greg Stueve, MD Patricia Neis, APRN-C

Penny Jones golf tournament raises $115,000 The 2013 edition of the Penny Jones Open golf tournament included about 350 paid golfers and raised $115,000 for the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association. Since 1982, which was the tournament’s inaugural year, the event has raised about $1.3 million for LMH. “The Penny,” as it’s often called, is named in honor of Dr. H.P. “Penny” Jones, who was a prominent member of the Lawrence medical community for more than 60 years. He loved golf, and he was a regular at Lawrence Country Club. Penny Jones retired in 1986 at age 80, and he died January 26, 1997. Each year, The Penny provides a day of golf. It also brings together hundreds of volunteers and donors, all giving their time and money to benefit LMH. “We so appreciate all of the people at Lawrence Memorial Hospital and throughout our community The Penny Jones Open golf tournament is a fun who participated and helped at this year’s event,” event that benefits Lawrence Memorial Hospital said Kathy Clausing Willis, vice president and chief Endowment Association. It’s held annually on the development officer. “The Penny is a great opportunity Friday after Labor Day. for people to come together and have fun, all in support of LMH.” The 2014 tournament is set for the Friday after Labor Day, which is Sept. 5. —Caroline Trowbridge, LMH Associate

McLouth practitioner has strong ties to the community The nurse practitioner who provides wellness care at McLouth Medical Clinic is well-acquainted with McLouth and Jefferson County. Anna Marshall, who is a master’s level nurse practitioner, has strong family ties to both Jefferson County and to medicine. Her grandfather, Dr. F.W. Huston, practiced for 57 years in Winchester. Marshall joined the Lawrence Memorial Hospital-affiliated practice in April. “It’s a cool move for me,” she said. “I like being in a rural setting.” Marshall continues to run into folks who depended on her grandfather for Anna Marshall medical care. “He went there for what was going to be a temporary position and ended up staying for 57 years,” she said. “He was a great physician, and they felt fortunate to have him, being in a small town.” So fortunate and grateful, in fact, that Jefferson County’s medical center in Winchester and its pharmacy bear his name. And now, his granddaughter is providing medical care to residents of McLouth and the surrounding area. “I’m super excited about being there,” Marshall said. William Weatherford, MD, of Family Medicine of Tonganoxie, also an LMH practice, is a collaborative physician for the clinic, which is open Monday through Friday. —Caroline Trowbridge, LMH Associate


Kevin A. Heath, MD

Dr. Heath has joined Lawrence Hospitalist Physicians after working as an associate nephrologist at North Texas Kidney Consultants in Grapevine, Texas. Dr. Heath earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and philosophy in 2000 from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. He went on to earn a master’s degree in clinical anatomy in 2001 and his medical degree in 2006, also from Creighton. He also completed an internal medicine residency at Creighton University Medical Center in 2009. Dr. Heath finished a fellowship in nephrology at Stanford University Hospital and Clinics in 2011. He is board certified in internal medicine and nephrology.

Peter D. Morris, MD

Dr. Morris has joined Lawrence Emergency Medicine Associates. He recently completed an emergency medicine residency through MetroHealth Medical Center/Cleveland Clinic Foundation/Case Western Reserve University in Ohio. While there, he worked as a flight physician, provided injury and illness care to event spectators at the Cleveland Browns Stadium, and served as a clinical instructor and lecturer. He earned his medical degree from Saint Louis University in 2010 and his bachelor’s degree in microbiology from Kansas State University in 2005. He worked as a clinical phlebotomist at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

Benjamin J. Newell, MD

Dr. Newell has joined Lawrence Anaesthesia, P.A. For the past six years he has been working in Kansas City, where he also serves as an assistant professor at the University of Missouri– Kansas City. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College in Illinois in 1999 and his medical degree from KU in 2003. After completing an internal medicine internship at UMKC in 2004, he finished a three-year residency in anesthesia at Northwestern University in Chicago. He is board certified in anesthesiology.

Michael J. Sanders, MD

Dr. Sanders has joined Radiologic Professional Services, P.A., after completing a fellowship in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich. Dr. Sanders earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of California–San Diego in 2000 and his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2007. He completed an internal medicine internship at the University of Nevada–Reno in 2008 and a residency in diagnostic radiology at the KU School of Medicine in Wichita in 2012. He is board certified in diagnostic radiology.

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Two Lawrence business professionals join LMH Endowment Association staff Caroline Trowbridge, longtime Lawrence Journal-World reporter and editor, is the new planned giving specialist at LMHEA. And Earl Reineman, longtime vice president at Weaver’s Department Store, is the Endowment’s new major gifts specialist. Trowbridge is a University of Kansas Journalism School graduate and worked for 30 years at the Journal-World, most recently as managing editor. The award-winning journalist also had been editor and publisher at Tonganoxie and Basehor Trowbridge Reineman newspapers owned by the JournalWorld’s parent company. She is a former president of Kansas Press Association and serves on the board of trustees of the William Allen White School of Journalism. “I’ve been an admirer of Lawrence Memorial Hospital for many years,” Trowbridge said. “There aren’t many places that I would leave the world of journalism for, and LMH was on that very short list.” Reineman began his career at Weaver’s in 1989, helping with the day-to-day management and operation of the company. He has been active in numerous community organizations, including Leadership Lawrence, United Way of Douglas County and Downtown Lawrence Inc. “I’m so fortunate,” Reineman said, “to move from one local icon to another. I’m especially excited to be able to blend my business experience with my community service experience at the Endowment Association.” “It’s great to have the talent and professionalism of Caroline and Earl on the LMH Endowment Association team,” said Kathy Clausing Willis, vice president and chief development officer for Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

For your calendar Health Insurance Marketplace Information Sessions Join us in the Auditorium at LMH to learn more about the Health Insurance Marketplace and how it affects you. • Thursday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m. • Tuesday, October 22 at 7 p.m. • Thursday, October 24 at 3 p.m. • Friday, November 8 at 1:30 p.m.

Stepping Out Against Breast Cancer Saturday, October 26, 8 p.m.–midnight at Crown Toyota Pavilion • Proceeds support breast cancer education and detection • Entertainment by SELLOUT! • Costume contests, a grand prize drawing and more • Tickets: $40 (available at The Etc. Shop, Mario’s Closet, LMH Gift Shop, Weaver’s, Hurst Fine Diamonds) or call 505-3315 • For more information:, or

Your Virtual Afterlife: How to Get Your Digital Ducks in a Row Wednesday, November 6, 4 p.m. at Lied Center Pavilion You’ve taken all the right steps to plan your estate. Or have you? This seminar could open your eyes about assets you might not realize you have. It features Lauren Bristow Williams, an attorney with Shepherd Elder Law Group, LLC, and Amy Gonzales, director of, both of Overland Park. • $15 per person • Continuing education credits are pending • RSVP by Oct. 31 to Caroline Trowbridge: 785-505-3313,

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Connect Newsletter Fall 2013  

Connect is published by Lawrence Memorial Hospital. The information in this newsletter is intended to educate readers about subjects pertine...

Connect Newsletter Fall 2013  

Connect is published by Lawrence Memorial Hospital. The information in this newsletter is intended to educate readers about subjects pertine...