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Remembering Mike Frost

Mike Frost

To many at GPHA, its hospitals and networks, Mike Frost was a mentor, a friend and a strong leader and advocate for rural health.

The former Vice President of Regional Operations passed away on September 6 at Hays Medical Center in Hays, Kan., after more than 45 years in the health care industry, 25 of which were with GPHA.

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Posted by Aaron Miller on January 12th, 2015 in Our People


The Flex Time Advantage

Increasing employee satisfaction and efficiency, and saving on costs

The times, they are a changin’. Over the past 25 years there has been noticeable shift in what had been a largely ignored employment arrangement: the schedule. In recent studies as many as 85% of employers offer some form of flex time in their organization. What has changed in the past two and half decades that would merit such a drastic change of typical business practices that existed for hundreds of years? The answer is simple: employee satisfaction.

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Posted by Aaron Miller on December 15th, 2014 in Healthcare Improvement, Human Resources and Personnel Management, Our People


The Top of the Stack

World Class Plumbers

Entering the world of hospital administration, it has been fun for me to replace my acronym saturated military lexicon (TDY, TOT, MRE, OPR, CC, BX, MP, IP, etc etc etc) with a new, equally extensive, medical vocabulary (OB, PT, OP, RT, OT, CT, MD, RN, on and on).  One of the terms that has captured my attention the most through the course of my transition, however, is the term “leak”.  

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Posted by Aaron Miller on November 26th, 2014 in GPHA Hospitals, Healthcare Improvement, Our People


Reducing the Cost of Prescription Drugs

Drug company gives free medication to elderly woman, avoids injectable medications and hospital visits

A 92 year old woman, now in assisted living, had an aggressive bacterial infection. The infection had limited options for treatment. Only a few oral prescription drugs and a small number of injectable drugs have been shown to cure this particular infection. Zyvox (linezolid) developed by the Pfizer corporation is one of the oral prescription drugs that has demonstrated success in the past. This breakthrough medication is necessary to keep the upper hand in the continuing fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Without it, patients may be required to get days or even weeks of continuous injectable antibiotics, often multiple times per day. These treatments can be uncomfortable, inconvenient, and in some cases unsuccessful. At the end of several weeks of treatment, if the infection persists, hospitalization may be required.

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Posted by Aaron Miller on November 11th, 2014 in GPHA Hospitals, Healthcare Improvement


Board Report – October 2014

An Excellent Resource for Non-Profit and Healthcare Board Members

“The 8 Principles of Effective Governance: A Handbook for Directors of Non‐Profit Organizations”  written by John W. Mize, a healthcare attorney with Clark, Mize & Linville, Chartered.  Having been involved in the healthcare industry for many years, John Mize has a vast amount of knowledge on the topic of governing Non-Profit entities.  

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Posted by Aaron Miller on October 23rd, 2014 in Healthcare Improvement, Reports


GPHA Takes Leading Role in Rural Healthcare Improvement Pilot Project

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GPHA has taken on the role of lead fiscal agent and applicant for a federal grant for Phase II of the Kansas Rural Health Systems Improvement Pilot Project (KRHSIPP). The project focuses on three target areas that were identified during Phase I of KRHSIPP:

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Posted by admin on July 25th, 2014 in Healthcare Improvement, Our People, Reports


New Administrators Join Four GPHA Hospitals

We are pleased to welcome new administrators at four GPHA hospitals: Sharon Cox, Rawlins County Hospital; John Hart, Fredonia Regional Hospital; Manuela (Manny) Wolf, Harlan County Health System; and Tyson Sterling, Wichita County Health Center.

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Posted by admin on July 23rd, 2014 in GPHA Hospitals, Healthcare Improvement, Our People


GPHA Hospitals Selected For Rural Health System Improvement Project

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Six GPHA hospitals have been selected for a three-year pilot project aimed at developing high quality health care systems in rural areas. Participation in The Kansas Rural Health Systems Improvement Pilot Project was by proposal.

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Posted by admin on July 22nd, 2014 in GPHA Hospitals, Healthcare Improvement, Our People


August and September Events

Don’t miss these upcoming events for GPHA employees and affiliate hospitals.  Specialized conference calls through GPHA’s Midwest Health Systems Data Center are also included.

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Posted by admin on July 21st, 2014 in GPHA Events


Meet Mark Hoffman, GPHA Financial Services

Mark HoffmanMark Hoffman joined the Reimbursement and Financial Analysis Department in January. Although he’s new to GPHA’s Financial Services in Wichita, Hoffman has provided auditing and accounting services for GPHA hospitals for several years.

Hoffman has more than 35 years’ experience as a Certified Public Accountant. He began his career in January 1978 with Fox and Company, which merged with Grant Thornton in 1985. In 2010, he joined BKD’s Wichita office when Grant Thornton sold its health care practice to BKD.

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Posted by admin on July 18th, 2014 in GPHA Hospitals, Healthcare Improvement, Our People