• Cotton O’Neil Cancer Center to Recognize Childhood Cancer Awareness Month Activities

    Monday September 26, 2016

    September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Join us on Tuesday, Sept. 27, from 9-11 a.m., as pediatric cancer patients will brighten the entrance to the Cotton O’Neil Cancer Center with chalk art and also serve lemonade to patients and families to increase awareness of childhood cancer.

    According to the American Cancer Society, cancer is the second leading cause of death in children aged 1 to 14 (after accidents). About 1,250 children younger than 15 years old are expected to die from cancer in 2016. 

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  • Topeka RoadRunners Partner with Stormont Vail Health to Present Diabetes Awareness Night

    Thursday September 22, 2016

    The Topeka RoadRunners, in partnership with Stormont Vail Health, announced today that Diabetes Awareness Night will be Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Kansas ExpoCentre when the RoadRunners host the Springfield Jr. Blues in a North American Hockey League game.

    RoadRunners General Manager Joe Clark said the event is designed to help raise awareness of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

    “This is a great opportunity for our community to come together and help battle diabetes, as well as educate people about the disease,” said Clark. “With the help of Stormont Vail and Cotton O’Neil Diabetes & Endocrinology, we plan on this being a big night for everyone involved.”

    Cotton O'Neil Diabetes & Endocrinology patients and their families can get a voucher for reduced admission at their next patient visit or by visiting the event page on Facebook. With this voucher, ticket pricing is $5 for adults and children 12 and under will be admitted free.

    “We are very proud to partner with the RoadRunners for this event. Every year, 1.4 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes. Recognizing the symptoms of diabetes and receiving treatment is vital to a person’s wellness. Cotton O’Neil Diabetes & Endocrinology physicians and staff value your wellness and are trained to care for patients of all ages affected with diabetes, ” Katie Barger, M.D. said.

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  • Stormont Vail Health to Close Two Regional Clinics

    Thursday September 15, 2016

    Stormont Vail Health announced today plans to close two regional clinics. Cotton O’Neil Lyndon will close Dec. 31, 2016, and Cotton O’Neil Alma will close Jan. 31, 2017.

    “Stormont Vail Health and Cotton O’Neil have been proud members of these communities for many years,” said Deb Yocum, vice president and clinical operations officer. “And while we may not have a physical clinic in those towns, the care of our patients there remains our priority.”

    Clinic staff will work with current patients in both locations to transfer their care to other clinic locations including Osage, Carbondale and Lebo for patients at the Lyndon Clinic; and Wamego, Rossville and Manhattan for patients of the Alma clinic. Diana Katt, M.D., from the Alma Clinic has graciously agreed to relocate her practice to the Cotton O’Neil Wamego clinic and will welcome all of her Alma patients. Patients will receive a letter describing how to transition their care.

    Stormont Vail Health will continue to review ways to help maintain access to primary care for these communities.

    “We want the people of Lyndon and Alma, and the surrounding area, to know that this decision was not made lightly. However, the current 4% Medicaid cuts, which totaled $3 million in reduced reimbursement for Stormont Vail Health, along with the impact of the state’s failure to expand Medicaid makes it difficult to continue to fund these community clinics,” stated Randy Peterson, president and CEO.

    Stormont Vail Health is making every effort to provide continued employment for the staff affected by these changes.

    “Stormont Vail Health is facing a monumental task: to continue to provide compassionate, high quality and integrated care, all while experiencing continued cutbacks. Unfortunately that causes us to have to make difficult decisions like this one, so that we can continue to provide comprehensive care for the region,” Peterson explained.

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  • Maternal Fetal Medicine Physician Laura Hughes, M.D., Joins Stormont Vail Health

    Monday September 12, 2016

    Patients of Laura Hughes, M.D., describe her as thoughtful, compassionate and thorough, and say it is her reputation, down-to-earth attitude and observant attention to detail that sets her apart from others in her field.

    “I get a great deal of personal satisfaction when caring for others,” said Dr. Hughes. “I appreciate having the opportunity to care for high-risk pregnant women and their unborn babies.”

    Stormont Vail Health is proud to announce that Dr. Hughes has joined our medical team and is practicing as a maternal fetal medicine physician. Her practice is located in Stormont Vail Hospital at 1500 S.W. 10th Ave. in Topeka.

    Dr. Hughes received her medical degree at Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1998. She completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology in 2002 at St. Elizabeth Health Center - an affiliate of Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine, Youngstown, Ohio. She completed a fellowship in maternal fetal medicine in 2005 at Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.

    She is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and maternal fetal medicine and she is a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists as a fellow, and also a member of the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine.

    Dr. Hughes enjoys spending time with family and friends, as well as watching movies and reading.

    To schedule an appointment, talk to your obstetrics and gynecology provider about a referral to this specialty physician.

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  • Stormont Vail Foundation to host 16th Annual Golf Tournament

    Thursday September 8, 2016

    The Stormont Vail Foundation will host its 16th annual BIG HEARTS for little hearts Golf Tournament on Monday, Sept. 12, at Topeka Country Club. The tournament has already raised more than $204,000 in sponsorships, gifts and registrations.

    The golf tournament will have an 8 a.m. morning flight and 12:30 p.m. afternoon flight, with a dinner and awards ceremony following the tournament.

    Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Stormont Vail Foundation Children’s Endowment Fund. This fund supports important services and programs that are dedicated to children at Stormont Vail Health including the mother and infant services: Level III Stormont Vail Neonatal Intensive Care, Stormont Vail Birthplace, and Stormont Vail Breastfeeding Center. The Fund also provides support for pediatric services including the Stormont Vail Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Stormont Vail Pediatrics, as well as pediatric services with Stormont Vail Behavioral Health, Cotton O’Neil Heart Center, Cotton O’Neil Cancer Center, and Cotton O’Neil Diabetes & Endocrinology Center.

    This year’s honorary tournament chairs are Tom and Meef McBride.

    “The quality of care for kids in our area is amplified by the generous support we receive from sponsors and golfers,” said Tina Long, Stormont Vail Foundation development officer. “We are thankful for their faithful support throughout the years as well as the excitement and generous giving we have seen from new sponsors.”

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  • John Evans, M.D., Open House Retirement Reception

    Friday September 2, 2016

    John Evans, M.D., Maternal Fetal Medicine physician is retiring after 24 years of practicing medicine.  

    An open house retirement reception is planned for Tuesday, Sept. 6, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Maternal Fetal Medicine office located within Stormont Vail Hospital, 1500 S.W. 10th Ave. in Topeka.

    Dr. Evans started his medical career in family practice, but then switched to obstetrics and gynecology before settling in his specialty of maternal fetal medicine in 1992.

    Over the years Dr. Evans has been involved with multiple organizations to help facilitate improved perinatal medicine. He has been presented several awards, most notably the Khunshi Award by the Great Plains Organization for Perinatal Health Care, the March of Dimes Saving Babies Award, and the Distinguished Service to Kansas Children award from the Kansas Children’s Service League for his work as a member of the Shawnee County Alliance for Drug Endangered Children. He was appointed in 2009 by then Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to the Blue Ribbon Panel for Infant Mortality and has served as a past medical director for the Shawnee County Health Department’s Mothers and Infant program. He was one of the founding members of the Perinatal Association of Kansas.

    Dr. Evans loves flying and has been a pilot for more than 52 years. He was a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force and serves as a volunteer for Angel Flights, an organization that arranges free air transportation for any legitimate, charitable, medically related need. He has donated his twin-engine Cessna plane, as well as operating expenses, and has flown some of the missions himself. He has also flown Stormont Vail Health staff for family emergencies when the need arose over the years. In 2015, he received the Wright Brothers Master Pilot award. He has also been awarded the Federal Aviation Administration’s Perfect Flying Record award.

    The Topeka Zoo has used Dr. Evans as a consultant, and he has assisted with many pregnancies at the zoo, providing sonograms for some of the pregnant animals and mammals.

    In addition to flying, in his spare time Dr. Evans enjoys model train collecting and spending time with his son and daughter and their families, as well as his two granddaughters.

    Dr. Evans has kept in contact with many of his past patients, including numerous sets of multiples who have sent him photos over the years. 

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  • Neurological Surgeon Kelli Crabtree-Wilson, M.D., Joins Stormont Vail Health: Helping Patients Recover From Neurological Diseases and Injuries Through One of the ‘Last Frontiers of Medicine.’

    Wednesday August 31, 2016

    Kelli Crabtree-Wilson, M.D. believes the field of neuroscience is one of the “last frontiers” of medicine and that there will be major advancements in the field over the next couple decades that will allow her to help future patients recover from neurologic diseases and injuries in ways we can only imagine.

    Stormont Vail Health is proud to announce that Dr. Crabtree-Wilson has joined our medical team and will practice as a neurological surgeon. Her practice will be located at 823 S.W. Mulvane in Topeka.

    Dr. Crabtree-Wilson first became fascinated with medicine and surgery at a young age when her grandmother underwent urgent open-heart surgery and then suffered a stroke in immediate post-operative care. Witnessing her grandmother’s physicians as examples of inspiration, something clicked within the young girl and she knew she wanted to spend her life helping other people.

    “Practicing neurological surgery is truly a privilege,” said Dr. Crabtree-Wilson. “I get to work on the incredibly complex nervous system, which allows each of us to move, speak, think and feel, while also having the opportunity to help patients and their families during some of the toughest times of their lives.”

    Dr. Crabtree-Wilson is dedicated and passionate in her specialty. She has comprehensive clinical training in all aspects of neurological surgery including brain and spine tumors (benign and malignant), pituitary tumors, degenerative spinal disease, and cranial and spinal trauma.

    She received her medical degree at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, Kansas, in 2010. She completed a residency in neurological surgery in 2016 at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas.

    “Many patients are nervous about seeing a neurosurgeon and can feel scared or overwhelmed by the symptoms that are bringing them in, so I strive to make each patient feel at ease,” said Dr. Crabtree-Wilson. “I try to carefully listen so that patients know their concerns are being heard and fully addressed. I think it is essential to explain their disease process and the possible treatment options in a way that is easy for them to understand so together we can determine the best plan for them.”

    Dr. Crabtree-Wilson is a member of the Midwest Neurosurgical Society and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, as well as the American College of Surgeons and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

    As a competitive gymnast from early childhood through college, Dr. Crabtree-Wilson has always believed remaining physically fit is an important part of life. She currently enjoys running, tennis, water skiing and yoga. Having grown up in a suburb of Kansas City, Dr. Crabtree-Wilson has always enjoyed supporting the Kansas City Royals, Kansas City Chiefs and University of Kansas basketball. 

    To schedule an appointment, talk to your primary care physician about a referral to this specialty physician.

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