(Aug. 30, 2019) – I am pleased to announce that this year, we will be awarding two individuals with the Donald A. Wilson Visionary Award: Marshaun Butler, vice president, clinical support services and Children's Mercy Hospital Kansas Operations | chief diversity officer, Children's Mercy Hospital Kansas, Overland Park and Robert Moser, MD, Dean, University of Kansas School of Medicine, Salina.
The Kansas Hospital Association established this award to recognize individuals who have made an outstanding, innovative contribution to health care delivery, health care financing or other initiatives that improve the health and clinical outcomes of their community. The Donald A. Wilson Visionary Award provides KHA members the opportunity to recognize individuals who have truly been an agent for change in the hospital industry.
Marshaun Butler's focus is always putting the patient at the center of the equation. For example, she led and implemented an outreach strategy by opening specialty center clinics in critical regional markets in an effort to better serve patients who often traveled hours for a clinic visit. Marshaun also worked with hospital leaders in rural markets to develop regional and outreach models to improve their access to pediatric specialists. This included in-person visits, as well as telemedicine visits with even the hardest to find and most specialized specialists so patients could receive the care they need in their communities.
Marshaun led a Children's Mercy Kansas Saturday Clinic initiative to improve access to clinic visits for working parents. This clinic model involved rotating clinics on Saturdays so families could attend visits without missing work or school. Marshaun also was instrumental in opening the Sports Medicine Center at Village West, a visionary concept that includes Sporting KC players training and rehabbing in the same venue as youth patient athletes.
Marshaun knows that leadership involves mentoring and encouraging the next generation of leaders. As such, in recognizing Children's Mercy's increasingly diverse patient population, she has helped increase efforts to focus on recruiting and retaining a workforce that reflects this changing patient demographic.
Dr. Robert Moser has worked tirelessly to address the challenges of rural healthcare in our state, first as a dedicated and innovative primary care physician spending some years as the lone provider in Tribune, then as secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
Most recently his work as executive director of the Kansas Heart and Stroke Collaborative (now the Care Collaborative), a program of the University of Kansas Health System through the CMS Innovation Center, has measurably improved the care of rural patients across more than half the state. Utilizing a boots-on-the-ground approach toward training and educating entire provider communities in evidence-based practice and quality improvement, participating hospitals now meet and exceed national standards in heart, stroke and sepsis care.
Dr. Moser is regularly called upon, formally and informally, to address members of our state legislature, bringing his many years of experience and unique understanding of rural health care to important delivery system discussions. As a former cabinet secretary, and perhaps more importantly a caring and committed physician, his words carry the weight of someone who truly believes all Kansans deserve the highest level of health care no matter where they choose to live and work. In his new position as dean, University of Kansas School of Medicine, Salina, we know Dr. Moser's visionary work will continue.
Congratulations to Marshaun and Dr. Bob. We look forward to officially presenting this honor during the KHA Awards Luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 5, at the KHA Annual Convention and Trade Show in Wichita. I invite you all to attend and join us in honoring Marshaun, Bob and other health care leaders who will be recognized.