The ideal candidate will have significant experience in caring for CMC. Approximately 80% of the position will be dedicated to clinical service, including outpatient clinics, telemedicine clinics, and care coordination. 20% of the position’s effort will be available for pursuit of academic and research interests. Additional characteristics that are desirable but not required include: experience with inpatient management of CMC; training and/or evidence of success in Health Services/Outcomes Research; and previous leadership experience.
Quality improvement programs are integral to the Beacon Program; its providers and staff constantly strive to improve processes and efficiency. The Beacon Program has multiple active research projects; participation in these efforts is an expectation of all Beacon Program physicians.
The Beacon Program began in November 2013 and cares for approximately 300 of the most medically complex and technologically dependent patients in the Kansas City metro area, as well as over 100 of their siblings. It also provides consultative telemedicine support to primary care providers in more distant, rural communities who care for CMC. Additionally, the Beacon Program works closely with pediatric specialists and hospitalists to provide continuous care at all access points in the healthcare system.
The Beacon Program is directed by Service Line Director Ingrid Larson, DNP and Interim Medical Director Kristi Williams, MD, and is housed within the Division of General Academic Pediatrics, directed by George Phillips, MD, MBA. At Children’s Mercy Kansas City, all primary care clinics including the Beacon Program are fully accredited NCQA Medical Homes under the new 2017 Guidelines, with additional Distinction for Behavioral Health Integration.
The Beacon Program is well supported with 2.4 FTE nurse practitioner care managers, 0.5 FTE nurse manager, 1.5 FTE nurse clinical services coordinators, 2 FTE social workers, 1 FTE registered dietitian, 1 FTE clinical psychologist, 1.6 FTE care assistants, 1 FTE pharmacist (PharmD), and 2.9 FTE clinic nurses. There are also numerous ancillary support services, including respiratory therapy, interpretive services, and administrative support staff within the team.
Improving care for CMC is a strategic priority for Children’s Mercy Kansas City, and the Beacon Program is championed by administrative and academic leadership at the institution. With future growth, the Beacon Program plans for to care for approximately 450-600 of the most complex and technologically dependent children in the Kansas City metro area. This is an incredible opportunity for a physician to care for CMC within an established yet growing, well-supported clinical program.
Children’s Mercy Kansas City is the largest pediatric teaching center for the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine and the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Teaching faculty at Children’s Mercy Kansas City enjoy academic appointments in both institutions.