For Janet Hamous, becoming the interim executive director of the Wichita Business Coalition on Health Care was a matter of good timing.
“It happened to work out perfectly,” said Hamous, who had been taking a break from work to help care for her grandchildren. She had just decided to work again when she received a call from the chairman of the board about the position.
Hamous replaced Ron Whiting, who stepped down as executive director in September. Hamous has a month-to-month contract until a national search is concluded.
Prior to joining the coalition, Hamous spent more than 20 years in various roles at Wesley Medical Center, including the position of vice president of human resources. She also has worked as director of human resources for the Via Christi regional network and interim vice president for human resources at Via Christi Health System. She also served as vice president of human resources at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center.
Outside the office, Hamous enjoys fiber arts and is a member of the Wichita Weavers, Spinners and Dyers’ Guild. She also enjoys history and restoration: She and her husband restored a Victorian house.
Health care is an unusual industry in that the people who are receiving the services often aren’t the ones paying for the services. Employers, because they provide insurance, are paying for those services. … So employers who see their costs rise every year for the health insurance for their employees need to have a voice in all this.
Every stakeholder comes at this from a different position. Everyone brings their own background and needs and position of their organization. Sometimes not everyone agrees on how we figure out how to work together to better the health of our community.
Another area I see as one of the biggest challenges is price and cost transparency. We are in an area of the U.S. where we have very limited knowledge of what costs are, so it’s very difficult for a consumer to make a decision.
But there’s so much going on in health care right now that we can’t really afford to do that.