COVID-19 Update (Aug 19, 2021)

Dear Community Partners,

Today marks a wonderful milestone for Stormont Vail Health and for 41 of our nurses. We are celebrating the completion of a nurse residency program by these new graduate nurses. This is a program that was developed through the work of an interdisciplinary team to help new nurses receive a thorough orientation and successful start to their nursing careers.

The first cohort of new RN graduates in the residency program hold positions across the hospital, from the Emergency Department, Medical-Surgical and Critical Care to Pre-Post, PACU and Pediatrics, said Jackie Koch, Magnet Manager, who helped facilitate some of the education sessions.

As part of the program work, the nurses developed Lean A3 projects that they will share as part of a wrap-up today marking the completion of the residency program for this group. Nurse managers were able to participate in a similar cohort building on leadership and teamwork skills and developing Lean projects.

For the new graduates, the residency program has provided an extensive clinical orientation to being a nurse at Stormont Vail as well as an assigned mentor for growth and development. The nurses also had the opportunity to participate in monthly educational sessions about patient experience, nursing practice resources, mentoring, care planning, inter-professional teamwork, quality improvement, time management and other professional and skills development topics.

The benefits of a new graduate nursing residency lead to greater job satisfaction, improved retention, clinical competency and performance, and patient safety. The Magnet recognition program of the American Nurses Credentialing Center requires healthcare organizations develop such a program. Stormont Vail Health has received the Magnet designation three times, the first in 2009. The organization will be submitting re-designation documentation in 2022.

Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer Carol Perry says the new RN residency program is a win for everyone involved. “Our new nurse graduates get immersed into our organization and culture right from the start. Our staff quickly becomes acquainted with these new team members and can provide   support to help them succeed. Our patients also benefit because collaboration and team work leads to safe, quality care,” she noted. Future nursing residency programs are in the planning stages.

Here are today’s updates:

  • “To Your Health” on WIBW-TV Tonight
  • COVID-19 Scorecard
  • COVID-19 Vaccines

“To Your Health” on WIBW-TV Tonight

Tonight’s “To Your Health” segment on WIBW-TV, Channel 13, will feature Dr. Brian Wilson, orthopedic surgeon, and Morgan Carranza, a Washburn soccer player who had an ACL injury during a Washburn game. The experience has nudged her career path into athletic training. The segment will repeats at 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. Fridays on 13 News This Morning and be posted on

COVID-19 Scorecard
Here’s a look at today’s COVID-19 scorecard:

  • We have 54 inpatients who are COVID-19 positive. The percentage of hospital patients who are unvaccinated is 83%. Vaccinated is defined as fully vaccinated individuals for greater than 14 days since the last immunization.
  • From the previous day – COVID-19 inpatient discharges: 0. Deaths: 1.
  • We have 117 COVID-19 positive patients in the outpatient Enhanced Primary Care program.
  • The percentage of patients testing positive for COVID-19 at Stormont Vail facilities the past seven days is 23.0% percent. The percent of positive cases who are unvaccinated is 80%.

COVID-19 Vaccines

  • We have administered 87,432 vaccinations, which includes first and second doses of the vaccine.
  • All Kansans age 12 and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • COVID-19 vaccines are available through the Stormont Vail Retail Pharmacy, 2252 S.W. 10th Ave.
  • To schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment:
  • Walk-ins are welcome from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

We together,

Dr. K

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