Daily Archives: Jan. 19, 2011

Wichita charity clinic executive recommended for a seat on a possibly dying state board

GraceMed CEO Dave Sanford with Health and Human Services Secretary and former Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius

TOPEKA — Congratulations on becoming an officer, welcome to the Titanic.

That could be the situation that Dave Sanford, chief executive officer of the GraceMed Clinic in Wichita, is facing with state government.

At a confirmation hearing Wednesday, the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee unanimously and enthusiastically recommended Sanford for a position on the board of the Kansas Health Policy Authority.

Just one problem. The authority is one of eight state agencies that Gov. Sam Brownback is targeting to eliminate in his budget proposal.

If the governor gets his way, the authority will shut down less than six months from now and its functions of overseeing publicly funded health care programs will transfer to the Department of Health and Environment.

“We have been told, through the public anyway and the governor’s State of the State (speech), that the Kansas Health Policy Authority as we now know it is not forecast to continue in that role,” said Sen. Pete Brungardt, R-Salina, who chaired the meeting. “Do you know anything about that?”

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