When Valerie Creswell isn’t globetrotting, you’ll find her at Wesley Medical Center, where she serves as the hospital’s infectious-disease medical director.
Creswell describes her job as detective work, looking at patients’ symptoms, histories and lab work to determine what sort of disease they have.
“You get to ask a lot of questions and things change so much. We have new infections we hadn’t heard of 10 years ago; there are changes in how we treat people. If you just look at antibiotic resistance, there are all sorts of new challenges,” Creswell said.
She’s been to all 50 states and 36 foreign countries.
“My favorite place was Bhutan,” she said. “They are the kindest, gentlest people there and are so friendly. Of course, with my fear of heights it didn’t help that it was in the Himalayas.”
Creswell did her undergraduate, medical school and residency work at the University of Kansas, and she calls herself a proud Jayhawker. Her fellowship in infectious disease was conducted at the University of Oklahoma.
She’s been at Wesley Medical Center for about 20 years.
We’re having some sporadic influenza A (in Wichita) but I anticipate we will see it increase after the holidays since people travel and can bring it back to their homes.
The problem is collection of data requires personnel to go through that data and that becomes incredibly time consuming ... which sometimes takes away from being here on the floor where we really can do the most good for our patients ...
The way we’re doing reporting requirements now I don’t think is incredibly useful for the average patient who is trying to make decisions as far as which hospital they would like to go to.