Getting Jazzed about Rheumatology


With our 2017 NORM Conference in Kansas City, MO in September 14-16, we wanted to learn more about our host town. We sat down with Kaleena James, Kansas City destination services manager, so she could give us the inside scoop on how to act like a local in KC.

Tell us a little about Kansas City.

History, culture, and, of course, terrific barbecue, are a few of the memorable findings groups can uncover in Kansas City, MO. The Heart of America, Kansas City offers a world of vibrant arts, delicious dining and Midwest hospitality at its finest.

This will be a lot of folk’s first time in Kansas City. Can you tell us about some of the great attractions nearby?

WWI Museum 

Union Station 

Crown Center Shops

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum 

American Jazz Museum 

The College Basketball Experience 

Kansas City Power and Light District 

City Market 

Can you tell us about anything within walking distance people should check out while we stay in KC?

The Kansas City Power and Light District is a premier dining, entertainment, and shopping district in the heart of downtown Kansas City. With more than 50 unique and captivating restaurants, bars, shops and entertainment venues, the Power and Light District offers something for everyone. Located in the heart of downtown, this vibrant, new nine-block neighborhood links the convention Center to the Sprint Arena and is bringing the beat back to Kansas City.

What is something unique folks could do in KC in an afternoon?

Along every boulevard and around every corner, there’s something to do that’s unique to Kansas City. With a thriving creative arts scene, eclectic mix of entertainment and die-hard sports—it’s safe to say there’s something for everyone. Find your way in KC by doing it all … or, at least trying to.

Do you have any suggested links where people can go for more information? 


Let’s play a game of fill in the blank!

If you’re looking for a good time at night in Kansas City, you should… try a blues and jazz bar in the historic 18th & Vine District

If you’ve never eaten in Kansas City, you have to try our… BBQ
If you brought your kids to Kansas City, they’d love…Crown Center’s Sea Life and Legoland
If you’re looking to relax in Kansas City, you should go to…visit one of the 200 beautiful fountains. Kansas City has more fountains than any other city in the world except for Rome.
If you want to really experience Kansas City, you have to…Go to a Kansas City Chiefs football game!
If you want to sound like a local say…”Hi, How May I Help You?”
If you want to eat like a local…Eat at Arthur Bryant’s BBQ


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  • As a speaker at the first ad hoc meeting of rheumatology practice managers gathered in a single small room at its infancy a decade ago, I’m amazed to see how NORM has blossomed into a high energy organization of depth and professional meetings with parallel break-out symposia between plenary sessions. NORM has truly come of age. This is where the “business” of rheumatology gets learned. The ”guildmanship” for rheumatology practice management is now strong.- Paul H. Caldron, DO, FACP, FACR, MBA, Arizona Arthritis and Rheumatology Associates
  • In a time of demanding changes in the management of medical practices in the US, NORM has been a lifesaver to the community of Rheumatology practices.  NORM has allowed our practice to stay ahead of the many demands of CMS and others payors and has ensured that our practice remains cognizant of new issues that arise in HIPPA compliance, human resources and medical billing to name a few. Sending our Practice Manager to NORM's conferences has been cost-effective and beneficial to our practice because she returns to our office with an abundance of information that otherwise would have taken months to compile. Every Rheumatology practice that wishes to stay on top of emerging issues in practice management should consider sending a member of their staff to NORM's conference.- Michael S. Rosen M.D., Chester County Rheumatology PC
  • Thanks to all those wonderful people in the NORM Network who respond to emails, offering their advice, experience, time, and support ... I haven't even been a member a full year yet and I am amazed at the dedication of everyone who responds to helping via emails and the NORM Organization itself! I have barely had a chance to explore the resources and I have yet to really dive into requests for help still I am silently learning so much and do occasionally offer what I can! Thank you all!- Cheryl Piambino, Kenneth E. Bresky, DO

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