Patients at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center may never cross paths with Lance Kellenbarger, but they benefit in many ways from his work behind the scenes.
Kellenbarger is the new site manager of Information Technology Services (ITS) at St. Rose; he also is ITS manager for CHI Kansas. CHI stands for Catholic Health Initiatives, which owns St. Rose.
ITS is directly involved in all St. Rose departments, as it configures the technology involved in all patient-centered computer programs.
"Our work includes everything from the pharmacy to medical records to billing to hooking up the MRI to the network," Kellenbarger said. "We provide all applications, as well as support for those applications, including networking and storage capabilities.
"Our only priority is high-quality healthcare services in all departments," he added. "Since the best way to achieve our goals is electronically, there are many technology projects in the works that will enhance services to patients."
One example is the Smart IV. The IV pump is connected to the computer network and will report that the dosage is correct.
"But if there is a problem, the computer will immediately say ‘this doesn’t seem right; check this out,’" Kellenbarger said.
He was born in Hutchinson and lived in Wichita for many years before moving to Derby. He now lives in Garden City and divides his time between St. Rose and St. Catherine Hospital, a CHI sister facility.
Kellenbarger has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Wichita State University and a master’s in management information systems from Friends University.
Prior to his position with CHI, he owned PC & Network Consulting by Lance Kellenbarger, where he emphasized small-business computer, networking and infrastructure needs. He was senior IT project manager at Hawker Beechcraft Corp. and IT manager for Chance Rides Manufacturing.
Other positions included network facilitator/administrator and internal auditor at Emprise Bank, where he worked for a decade.
Mark Mingenback, director of business strategy and marketing, said St. Rose is fortunate to have an ITS manager with Kellenbarger’s expertise.
"Lance’s credentials are extraordinary," Mingenback said. "His background will help St. Rose continue to offer the best in patient care with the latest in technology."
Kellenbarger and his wife, Trisha, have a daughter, Audrey, and son, Christopher; both are in college. He has been involved for many years in civic clubs and volunteer work.