Pop Up Food Pantry in the UMKC Health Sciences District
Our plans to keep everyone healthy:
- Harvesters has kindly offered to send additional produce, expecting more residents than a typical distribution.
- The distribution will mostly be a drive through distribution but we will also serve residents that walk, cycle or ride the bus in a line outdoors with two tables between the volunteers and the residents.
- We will mark the 6 ft. distance for the line with chalk to keep social distancing measures.
- Two to three Food Inspectors will patrol the line to make sure that residents are keeping their distance.
- All volunteers will have gloves, masks, and goggles. Under no circumstances will a resident grab their own produce.
- We will purchase new bags to pack food for residents.
- We will have touchless antibacterial gel stands at the beginning and end of the line.
- Residents should wash the produce once home.
COVID-19 Updates for Patients
UMKC School of Dentistry:
- As of March 17, 2020, in an effort to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in our community, all UMKC School of Dentistry clinics will be seeing PATIENTS OF RECORD FOR EMERGENCY APPOINTMENTS ONLY. If you have an appointment for dental care, your appointment is cancelled and you will be rescheduled at a later date.
- EMERGENCIES INCLUDE: Injury to the mouth requiring sutures, 2. Swelling of the face or mouth, 3. Uncontrolled bleeding for the mouth, 4. Pain that is not controlled by over-the-counter medications.
- When calling the on call emergency doctor, please let them know if any of the following apply to you: 1. Any flu-like symptoms, including fever, cough, sneezing or shortness of breath, Travel within the last two weeks, 3. Contact with someone infected with COVID-19.
- For emergency care for patients of record (seen in the last 12 months), please call 816-235-2100
Children’s Mercy Hospital
Children’s Mercy is implementing full visitor restrictions to keep you and your child safe:
- No visitors, including sibling visitors
- Parents/guardians are not considered visitors
- Parents/guardians must be free of respiratory symptoms and fever to be in the hospital
In order to help keep our patients as safe as possible, we are working to reschedule some of our specialty clinic visits, non-urgent imaging procedures and elective surgeries. If your child’s appointment needs to be changed, our team will be reaching out to you directly. We appreciate your understanding as we work to keep our patients and staff as safe as possible from the spread of COVID-19.
Truman Medical Centers
TMC is pre-screening patients for COVID-19 before they arrive
at the medical center. When calling with appointment reminders, staff ask patients if they are running a fever, experiencing a cough and experiencing shortness of breath. Patients also are being asked if they have had contact with anyone with COVID-19 or experiencing symptoms.
If you are feeling ill, running a fever, and have shortness of breath, please call TMC before coming to the medical center. Please call (816) 404-CARE (2273). It is important that you call.
UMKC School of Medicine students show patients how much they care on Valentine’s Day
More than a dozen UMKC School of Medicine students displayed the humanistic side of medicine on Valentine’s Day. The students, members of the school’s Gold Humanism Honor Society, delivered more than 200 roses and hand-made Valentine’s cards to their patients at Truman Medical Center Health Sciences District during their lunch hour.
“This reinforces the idea that our patients are not just patients, they’re also human beings,” said sixth-year student Rmaah Memon.
The fifth- and sixth-year students and their Gold Humanism Honor Society faculty sponsor, Carol Stanford, M.D., have been handing out roses to their patients for Valentine’s Day as part of the organization’s Solidarity Week for Compassionate Patient Care since 2011.
A few years ago, the students began inviting their classmates to join in on the Solidarity Week campaign by getting together during the week to create hundreds of their own hand-made Valentine’s cards to pass out with the roses.
“A lot of these patients are here on Valentine’s Day all alone,” said Athira Jayan, a sixth-year student. “You’re handing them a rose, but you’re also getting a chance to just visit with them, give them some company. A lot of patients here, that’s something that they value, the ability for someone to comfort them and give them someone to talk to.”
Elsa George, another sixth-year student, said this is an opportunity for the students to show their patients that someone cares.
“Sometimes, when we come into their room and just talk to them briefly about their medical conditions, patients think we don’t really care about how they feel as a person,” George said.
Two years ago, the School of Medicine received the Gold Humanism Honor Society’s Distinguished Chapter of the Year. That honor recognized the chapter’s impact, leadership, service activities and humanistic learning environment.
The organization has nearly 180 chapters in medical schools and residency programs throughout the United States.
Original story link: https://med.umkc.edu/umkc-school-of-medicine-students-show-patients-how-much-they-care-on-valentines-day/
UMKC researcher part of $1.5-million NIH grant-funded project on novel tissue-preservation technique
Surgeons world-wide currently perform more than 240,000 corneal transplants a year to address a wide range of eye diseases. Researchers and physicians, however, estimate as many as 10 million patients could benefit from the procedure if enough viable tissue was available.
The University of Missouri-Kansas City Vision Research Center is part of a $1.5-million National Institutes of Health grant-funded project exploring the capability of a novel, ultra-fast technique of cryopreservation that could help meet those far-reaching clinical needs in ophthalmology and a number of other fields of medicine.
The NIH awarded a phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant to CryoCrate, a Columbia, Missouri-based company active in biomedicine working with the University of Missouri-Kansas City Vision Research Center. The new two-year award is for $1,566,168 and includes a subcontract of $722,870 to UMKC’s Vision Research Center. It is a follow-up grant to previous phase I SBIR funding from the NIH for earlier collaborative work between CyroCrate and UMKC.
With current techniques, many types of cells and tissues, including cornea tissues, cannot be preserved at all or lose their function when subjected to the freeze-thaw process of cryopreservation. Peter Koulen, Ph.D., professor of ophthalmology, endowed chair in vision research at the UMKC School of Medicine and director of basic research at the UMKC Vision Research Center, and Xu Han, Ph.D., president and Chief Technology Officer of CryoCrate, jointly developed a new cryopreservation technique to preserve the viability and functionality of cornea and bioartificial ocular tissues. The new phase II SBIR funding will allow Han and Koulen to extensively test and refine the technology before taking it to the clinics.
Thus far, traditional methods of cryopreservation have been unsuccessful to preserve and store human corneas for use in patients due to the fact that cells critical for cornea function are lost during freezing. Corneas need adequate numbers of such cells to be present and properly functioning in the grafted tissue for the surgery to be successful. This currently limits storage of corneas to refrigeration, which is insufficient in delaying the deterioration of cornea tissue beyond a few days and creates numerous clinical challenges shared by other areas of transplantation.
CryoCrate is headquartered at the Missouri Innovation Center. It commercializes a new cooling method that better preserves tissue in a frozen state with only negligible mechanical damage to the tissue. The technology is co-developed and co-owned by CryoCrate and UMKC. It also eliminates the need for so called cryoprotectants, chemicals that facilitate successful recovery of live tissue from freezing, but pose a range of medical and regulatory challenges. International patents pending and patents by CryoCrate and UMKC protect the technology and will enable CryoCrate and Koulen’s team at UMKC to address the urgent worldwide clinical needs and rapidly evolving fields of transplantation medicine.
The new NIH SBIR phase II grant allows Han and Koulen to further develop an upgraded system that is equally effective in the cryopreservation of whole corneas and large bioartificial tissue. This would enable long-term storage of the tissues and could make them more readily available when and where needed for clinical use and research.
Early tests at the UMKC Vision Research Center detected no statistical difference in the number and quality of the cells that determine cornea health and function, when comparing corneas cryopreserved using the new technology with fresh cornea tissue. This level of efficiency in preserving corneal tissue has not been achieved previously with traditional corneal cryopreservation techniques.
If further tests prove to be equally effective, the goal is to introduce the new cryopreservation products for clinical use in patients following completion of the new NIH SBIR phase II grant and subsequent regulatory steps of product development.
Kansas City Researcher Earns National PCORI Engagement Award
Kansas City Researcher Earns National PCORI Engagement Award
Funds will support an easy-step program to encourage at-risk communities to take charge
of vascular health, starting with a first public event on Nov. 13
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Nov. 6, 2019) — Local researcher Kim Smolderen, Ph.D., was recently approved for a funding award of nearly $300,000 through the Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards program, an initiative of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) based in Washington, D.C. The funds will support a two-year program to encourage at-risk members of the Kansas City community to take charge of their vascular health.
Dr. Smolderen, Associate Professor in Implementation Science at the University of Missouri–Kansas City (UMKC) School of Medicine and Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute Outcomes Research Scientist, will lead the engagement project. This latest phase builds on an earlier project, also funded by PCORI*, that studied a group of patients’ quality of life as they navigated care for a new diagnosis of peripheral artery disease (commonly known as PAD). Patients from the Kansas City area and across the U.S. were enrolled.
As part of this first project, Dr. Smolderen and her research team developed patient education tools, including an online decision aid called Show Me PAD. The new engagement project will take their messaging about PAD a step further and will focus directly on community involvement and reaching members of the community most at risk for peripheral artery disease.
To this end, the team has worked to develop key partnerships with local community organizations and the City of Kansas City, Mo. This engagement project will engage residents of Kansas City’s Paseo Gateway neighborhood, which is also the recipient of a Choice Neighborhood grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to revitalize the area and improve quality of life.
“PAD affects 8.5 million Americans. It narrows the arteries of the legs, can cause pain while walking, and is associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. Data from the American Heart Association shows that inner-city neighborhoods are especially at risk of late diagnosis, and if PAD goes untreated, it can lead to amputation,” Dr. Smolderen explains. “We want to reach people where they live and get their input on ways to make a meaningful impact on their health.”
Kansas City Community Invited to Town Hall
The program will kick off December 5, 5-7 p.m., with a community town hall meeting at the Mattie Rhodes Center Northeast Office, 148 N. Topping Ave., Kansas City, MO 64123.
“We invite all members of the community to participate and provide input,” Dr. Smolderen said. “Among several engagement activities as part of this effort, we will discuss a community art project that will serve as a visual expression of the importance of vascular health, as well as provide ways for people to learn about PAD, testing and different treatments available.”
To learn more about the project and the kickoff event, visit https://showme-pad.org/blog/.
Background on the PCORI Award
According to Jean Slutsky, PCORI’s Chief Engagement and Dissemination Officer, “This project was selected for Engagement Award funding because it will involve stakeholders in actively disseminating PCORI-funded research results to those who can use this information to inform healthcare decisions. We look forward to working with Dr. Smolderen, UMKC and Saint Luke’s Hospital throughout the course of this two-year project.”
Dr. Smolderen’s work and the other projects approved for funding by the PCORI Engagement Award Program were selected through a highly competitive review process in which applications were assessed for their ability to meet PCORI’s engagement goals and objectives, as well as program criteria. For more information about PCORI’s funding to support engagement efforts, visit https://www.pcori.org/content/eugene-washington-pcori-engagement-awards.
PCORI is an independent, non-profit organization authorized by Congress in 2010 to fund comparative effectiveness research that will provide patients, their caregivers, and clinicians with the evidence needed to make better-informed health and healthcare decisions. PCORI is committed to seeking input from a broad range of stakeholders to guide its work.
For more info on Dr. Smolderen’s program:
This program is funded through a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award (EA #14505).
*IP2 PI000753-01; CE-1304-6677