Thursday, May 11, 2017

Kansas Telehealth Hero Awards

Joy Williams, Melanie Leepers, Carol Bush,
and Vicky McGrath
For 25 years, KU Center for Telemedicine and Telehealth (KUCTT) has collaborated with communities to connect Kansas patients with specialty providers via telemedicine. KUCTT began its silver jubilee by presenting Telehealth Hero Awards to some of the exceptional community professionals across Kansas who champion telemedicine for patients and families.

 Deb White
At the Midwest Cancer Alliance Annual Conference in March, KUCTT presented awards to these dedicated professionals: Melanie Leepers, cancer program manager from Salina Regional Health Center; Deb White, RN, from the Great Bend Heartland Central Cancer Care Center; Vicky McGrath, Director of the Cotton-O’Neil Cancer Center in Topeka; and Carol Bush, oncology nurse consultant with MCA in Wichita.

 Joy Williams, Sandy Kuhlman,
and Ashley Spaulding
A Telehealth Hero award was also presented to Sandy Kuhlman, executive director of Hospice Services in Northwest Kansas, who pioneered one of the country’s first TeleHospice services with Dr. Gary Doolittle in 1998. Her team continues to break new telemedicine ground with TeleHospice services delivered to the home via iPads. Hospice Services Inc. has utilized telehealth to advance the highest quality hospice care in its sparsely populated 15,322 square mile service area, which encompasses two time zones in 16 frontier Kansas counties.

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