Published on December 15, 2021

2021 - A Year in Review

Pandemic Response

  • Deployed staff to support Unified Command’s efforts to vaccinate the county’s healthcare workers.
  • Deployed staff to support the Unified Command Equity Impact Advisors plan designed to address vaccine accessibility for people experiencing barriers to transportation, limited access to internet and social supports, or no connection to a health system.
  • Partnered with Lawrence Douglas County Health Department to distribute vaccinations at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.
  • Announced vaccination against COVID-19 as a condition of employment for all employees, staff, volunteers, and vendors who work in the hospital system and health system locations.
  • Supported vaccinations for 5-11 year olds and partnered with Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health to streamline communication and scheduling information.
  • Kept our staff, providers and community members informed of the latest in the COVID situation while telling our hospital’s story in a meaningful and effective way.
  • Continued online course offerings.

Patient First

Provider Engagement

  • Welcomed new providers in family practice, interventional cardiology, hospital medicine, Palliative Medicine, LOGS, and other areas.
  • Appointed Dr. Stuart Thomas as Chief Medical Officer.
  • Expanded Physician LLC Board to include a hospitalist.
  • Formed 3 LLC subcommittees (Finance, Operational and Quality), with expanded membership from our employed providers to serve on the committees.
  • To ensure high equity of care levels for all patients, the ID&E Health Equity Advancement Team, Credentials Committee, and the Medical Executive Committee recommended that effective January 1st, 2022, providers with LMH will be required to complete continuing medical education (CME) pertaining to the social and racial influences of health care.

Clinical Integration and Excellence

  • Achieved a Grade A from Leapfrog
  • Relocated the physical therapy team to the 6th and Maine site, doubling the amount of space and allowing for enhanced treatment of patients.
  • To ensure high equity of care levels for all patients, the Office of Health Equity Advancement, Care Coordination and IT identified an opportunity to improve language visibility on the patient chart, which will help staff meet our patients’ communication needs in a more efficient and patient-centered manner – the banner bar in all Cerner clinical applications will display the patient’s preferred language. This illustrates system-wide change and collaboration between departments to address inequities. 

Cultural Beliefs

here for good

LMH Health 100 Years

  • Welcomed back Dr. Pasha for 6 additional workshop sessions on Social Determinants of Health and Implicit Bias that were offered to all employees. 
  • Developed and delivered 12 Conversation Classes on race, diversity and inclusion for associates on 12 unique topics. Several classes welcomed different speakers and the opportunity for meaningful conversations among staff.
  • Welcomed local high school juniors and seniors to take a peek behind the scenes, participate in executive meetings and shadow healthcare providers for the third summer in a row through the LMH Health Summer Leadership Academy.

Workforce Support & Excellence

Technology, Learning and Innovation

  • Named 2021 Most Wired
  •  Launched equity-centered primary care strategic planning.
  • Completed the first outpatient partial joint replacement using Mako robotic arm.  
  • Continued delivery of TeleHealth, making it available for all providers and increasing average monthly use.

Financial Stewardship

Community Leadership

  • Provided ongoing leadership and program development for the Douglas County Crisis Center, working with community partners to evaluate local behavioral health crisis response system needs and develop the service lines and facility design to suit.
  • Recognized LMH Health President & CEO Russ Johnson, who was named one of Ingram’s 250 most-influential business executives and leaders throughout the Greater Kansas City region.
  • Coordinated and executed a year-long centennial celebration for LMH Health.
  • Partnered with the Community Children’s Center (CCC) through a matching grant from the LMH Health Foundation to support development for an early childhood community center in USD 497’s Kennedy building in Lawrence. Improving access to high quality education, especially for low income communities, is an investment in upstream solutions to address social determinants of health.

2021 - A Year in Review

Media Inquiries

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Amy Northrop
Director of Communication
Phone: 785-505-2931