Industry veteran seeks to advocate for Kansas Physicians so they can continue to provide high-quality care.
Jon Rosell, the new Executive Director of KMS
In his 10 years as the executive director of the Medical Society of Sedgwick County (MSSC), Jon Rosell frequently collaborated with the staff of the Kansas Medical Society (KMS).
“KMS is a highly respected organization — truly because of the work of Jerry Slaughter, who is the former executive director of 40-plus years,” says Rosell, who now follows Slaughter as the new Executive Director of KMS.
“Jerry worked tirelessly to build the integrity and effectiveness of the organization, and my job is to protect that integrity and build on its effectiveness as well,” says Rosell.
This includes being an ear and a voice for physicians as policy is being created.
“I think there are many opportunities before us — many of them, certainly, at the policy level or the advocacy level, including representing Kansas physicians at the state capital and making sure their voices are heard as laws are debated,” Rosell says. “Physicians desire to deliver good-quality care to their patients, and despite the many changes at the policy level, that constant desire remains — both in the Sedgwick County area and across the state of Kansas.”
In Sedgwick County, Rosell saw those efforts and desires produce a number of positive outcomes.
“As a physician community, we were able to implement a number of things to improve care,” Rosell says. “Some of the key things we worked on included helping to initiate a health information exchange program that expanded to a statewide effort led by the KMS and the Kansas Hospital Association.”
The result of those efforts was the Kansas Health Information Network.
MSSC was also a ground-level contributor to the Kansas Sports Concussion Partnership, which helped lay practical groundwork to protect school athletes who may have sustained sports-related head injuries.
Sedgwick County’s Project Access program, as well as its efforts to raise awareness of the county’s very high rates of infant mortality, also gained significant momentum in the past decade.
“I think collaboration was a theme of the work that we did,” Rosell says. “It’s certainly a collaborative effort. When we can work cooperatively with other entities who share the same vision or aspirations, and unify our resources and focus, we can make significant progress on issues.”
Collaboration will continue to be a key element of Rosell’s approach.
“Obviously health care is undergoing major changes at the federal level, the state level and the practice level,” Rosell says. “The major challenge before us is to help physicians navigate those changes so they can continue to deliver good-quality care but also continue to derive enjoyment from the work of being a physician.”
Rosell says that in both his past and present jobs working with physicians has been one of the highlights of what he does, along with wrestling with the complex issues associated with health care.
“I enjoy working with men and women physicians across the state,” he says. “Their hearts are absolutely in the right place, and they want to deliver quality care. I continually come away with a deep sense of appreciation and respect for the hard work that they do.”