• Digital Consultations with Mayo Clinic Increases Access to Advanced Health Care in Topeka

    Monday April 24, 2017

    Stormont Vail Health Celebrates Three-Year Anniversary as Mayo Clinic Care Network Member

    Electronic consultations are not just a luxury in health care, and at Stormont Vail Health they’ve become an integral part of the health care delivery system as it celebrates its third anniversary as a Mayo Clinic Care Network member. Through Stormont Vail Health, Topeka and surrounding communities have increased access to advanced care, allowing for advanced diagnosis and treatment, reducing the cost of care, helping to improve patient outcomes and, most importantly, keeping patients close to home.

    The media are invited to an interview session at 9 a.m. on May 1, 2017, in the Auditorium of the Pozez Education Center, located within Stormont Vail Hospital, where officials from Mayo Clinic and Stormont Vail Health will be on site to talk about how digital consultations, also called eConsults, have changed local care since Stormont Vail Health joined the Mayo Clinic Care Network in April 2014.

    As part of the network, Stormont Vail physicians can collaborate with Mayo experts through eConsults and through access to the Mayo Clinic’s online repository of disease management information and evidence-based treatment recommendations. By embracing collaboration through technology, Stormont Vail Health and Mayo Clinic are ensuring that patients with complex conditions have access to trusted teamwork and expertise − all while staying close to home, and at no additional cost to the patient.

    Stormont Vail Health President and Chief Executive Officer Randy Peterson cited eConsults between Stormont Vail and Mayo Clinic physicians and leadership as the foremost accomplishment of the membership since starting the collaboration.

    “I am pleased to report that our physicians have completed 546 eConsults for patients since our first year,” said Peterson. “That means 546 times our physicians were able to consult with Mayo specialists as they work to ensure the best diagnosis and treatment options are found for our patients, while keeping their care close to home,” said Peterson.

    “As technology expands and we find global opportunities to treat patients, it is important not to lose sight that patients do best with support systems around them, and with familiar environments and routines in place. Both Stormont Vail and Mayo Clinic share a commitment that health care should be provided close to home whenever possible.”

    Also available through the Mayo Clinic Care Network is AskMayoExpert. This online resource tool delivers Mayo Clinic physician-vetted medical knowledge and puts answers to common clinical questions into the hands of Stormont Vail Health providers. AskMayoExpert and eConsults are two of several professional services that Stormont Vail Health providers have access to through this collaborative relationship with Mayo Clinic.

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  • Stormont Vail Health Receives an “A” for Patient Safety in Spring 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

    Wednesday April 12, 2017

    The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety and transparency in the U.S. health care system, today released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide. Stormont Vail Health was one of 823 hospitals to receive an “A” for its commitment to reducing errors, infections and accidents that can harm patients.

    “I am proud of our organization’s commitment to putting patient safety first,” said Randy Peterson, president and CEO of Stormont Vail Health. “This honor belongs to every one of our team members. They all contribute to the positive outcomes by patients at Stormont Vail Health.”

    “Hospitals that earn top marks nationally in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, have achieved the highest safety standards in the country,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “That takes commitment from every member of the hospital staff, who all deserve thanks and congratulations when their hospitals achieve an ‘A’ Safety Grade.”

    Developed under the guidance of an expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

    To see Stormont Vail’s full grade and to access consumer-friendly patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org or follow the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter or Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade mobile app for Apple and Android devices. 

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  • Radiation Oncologist Physician Ajay Tejwani, M.D., M.P.H., Joins Cotton O’Neil Cancer Center

    Wednesday April 5, 2017

    Stormont Vail Health is proud to announce that Ajay Tejwani, M.D., M.P.H., has joined our medical team and is practicing as a radiation oncology physician. Stormont Vail Health’s radiation oncology services are provided in partnership with The University of Kansas Cancer Center. Dr. Tejwani is practicing at the Cotton O’Neil Cancer Center, 1414 S.W. Eighth Ave. in Topeka.

    “As the son of a medical oncologist, I have grown up around medicine my entire life,” said Dr. Tejwani. “Seeing the fulfillment my mother gained from practicing oncology eventually inspired me to pursue medical school and a subsequent path toward treating cancer patients.”

    Radiation oncology was the intersection of many of Dr. Tejwani’s clinical interests. “I appreciated the cutting-edge technology the field demonstrates and the ability to eradicate disease or palliate symptoms non-invasively,” said Dr. Tejwani. “My favorite aspect of working in oncology is the ability to work in a team setting with several disciplines regularly.”

    Dr. Tejwani received his medical degree at Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana, in 2008. He completed a radiation oncology residency at New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn, New York, in 2013.

    Dr. Tejwani actively enjoys being able to offer clinical trials to patients in the community and strives to ensure his patients understand their disease and treatments. His patients have described him as enthusiastic, straight-forward, patient and even-tempered.

    When he is not in clinic, Dr. Tejwani enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons, ages 5 and 3. He loves to play basketball and golf in his free time. He says being born and raised in metro Detroit, he is an avid Detroit Pistons basketball fan and a Detroit Lions football fan.

    Dr. Tejwani is now accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment, talk to your specialist about a referral to this radiation oncology physician.

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  • Stormont Vail Health Sponsoring Free Skin Cancer Screening April 8 Appointments Can Now Be Made by Calling Health Connections

    Monday April 3, 2017

    A free community skin cancer screening will be provided by Stormont Vail Health in an effort to improve the health of our community. This is an opportunity to have suspicious moles and other spots checked for signs of cancer, and to determine if further analysis is necessary. 

    Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers and accounts for half of all cancers in the United States.

    The free skin cancer screening clinic will be held from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 8, at the Cotton O’Neil Cancer Center, 1414 S.W. 8th Ave., Topeka.

    An appointment is encouraged, but not required. To make an appointment, call Health Connections at (785) 354-5225. Walk-ins are accepted.

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  • Stormont Vail Health Celebrates Doctors’ Day

    Tuesday March 28, 2017

    March 30 is the day set aside for our nation to celebrate Doctors’ Day, but according to Cliff Jones, M.D., Stormont Vail Health vice president, Subspecialty Care, “Every day is Doctors’ Day at Stormont Vail Health; this organization does a good job of honoring and respecting its physicians.” He adds, “What a privilege it is to be involved in patient care. I have a physical license that allows me to be intimately associated with people, who inspire me every day.”  

    Bill Sachs, M.D., vice president, Surgical Services, summed up what he feels is the best part of being a physician.

    “The ability to immediately change somebody’s life for the better,” he said.

    Practicing medicine has many sides to it says Doug Rose, M.D., vice president and chief medical quality officer. “Being a physician has an emotional side, as well as an intellectual side,” said Rose. “The emotional side is doing the right thing for the patient every day. The intellectual side is that health care is an ongoing puzzle. Every day we have to understand what is new, what is changing, so that ultimately we are better able to do the emotional side of our job.”

    According to Robert Kenagy, M.D., senior vice president and chief medical officer, physician leadership is vital at Stormont Vail Health during the transition to a population health organization.

    “Intimate understanding of a patient’s experience allows physicians to advocate effectively during times of change. Doctors take the pulse of the key health issues their patients face and help guide the organization in a rapidly evolving environment,” said Kenagy.

    “Patients are looking for guidance or wisdom about their health,” said Dr. Kenagy. “They want to look to someone who they respect, a professional with the mantle of authority and compassion. I have the privilege to be a colleague to a tremendous number of skilled physicians who change the lives of thousands of patients every day for the better.”

    When asked what the best part of practicing medicine has been for him, Dr. Kenagy said, “As a physician, I’ve had the joy of being involved in many patient’s loves over time, being a part of multiple generations of a family, hearing about their joys and concerns, seeing a child that I’ve cared for in a special care nursery do on to college. These were the aspects of practice that brought me the most joy.”

    The first Doctors’ Day was on March 30, 1933, in Winder, Georgia. The idea came from Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond, on the anniversary of the first administration of anesthesia by Dr. Crawford W. Long in Jefferson, Georgia, in 1842.

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  • Stormont Vail Health Welcomes Family Medicine at Tallgrass and Immediate Care at Tallgrass to Cotton O’Neil Family

    Friday March 10, 2017

    Stormont Vail Health announces the purchase of Family Medicine, Immediate Care and Occupational Medicine at Tallgrass located at 601 S.W. Corporate View Rd., Suite 200, in Topeka.

    Current Family Medicine at Tallgrass practicing physicians, Betsy Johns, M.D., and Karen Bruce, M.D., will become Cotton O’Neil providers and will continue to see all current primary care, urgent care and worker’s compensation patients starting June 12, 2017.

    Dr. Johns received her medical degree from Hahnemann University and completed residency in family medicine at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Dr. Johns is board certified in family medicine. She also received a Master of Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh and has experience teaching family medicine residents.

    Dr. Bruce received her medical degree from the University of Washington and completed residency training in family medicine at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. Dr. Bruce taught at East Carolina University School of Medicine for two years before moving to Topeka to help start the Family Medicine Residency Program in Topeka. She is board certified in family medicine.

    “We are very excited to have these two physicians and their team join the Cotton O’Neil family,” said Deb Yocum, vice president and clinic operations officer for Stormont Vail Health. “At Stormont Vail Health and Cotton O’Neil we are not just a family, we are a team. In this era of providing patient-centered care to an entire population, it is important that providers work together as a team to keep patients healthy. That team is also important to ensure any illness or injury is treated quickly and completely to allow the patient to get back to their life.”

    In addition to the two physicians, the clinic staff includes five full-time and two part- time midlevel providers who will continue to see patients.

    All current employees of the clinic will become Stormont Vail Health employees and both physicians will be accepting new Cotton O’Neil patients. Patients may call (785) 234-0880 or (785) 295-4500 to set up a new appointment.

    The new name of the location will be Cotton O’Neil Corporate View. The location has onsite X-ray and Laboratory services and will accept most major insurance plans. Patients will also have access to MyChart, a free service through Stormont Vail Health that gives patients direct, online access to their medical records. Patients can view medical records, manage appointments, request prescription renewals, and stay in touch with their physicians.

    “Patients will soon appreciate having their electronic medical records available at every step from their primary care physician’s office to specialty care office and at the hospital if that level of care becomes necessary,” said Yocum.

    “Both Dr. Bruce and I are happy to be joining the Cotton O’Neil family of providers,” said Dr. Johns. “Joining this team allows us to continue to help each patient become healthier with personalized attention and creates new opportunities for providing quality medical care in our community.”

    Tallgrass Anesthesiology Associates, Tallgrass Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, LLC, and Tallgrass Surgical Center, LLC are not part of the acquisition and will continue to operate separately.

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  • Stormont Vail Foundation Supports Nursing Education

    Friday March 3, 2017

    The Stormont Vail Foundation was pleased to fund nursing scholarships totaling $80,100 for 87 students at the Baker University School of Nursing, Stormont Vail Campus, for the Spring 2017 semester. Congratulations to the following nursing students who were awarded scholarship assistance.

    Avis Van Lew Nursing Scholarship

    Jessica Abendroth, Carbondale, Kansas

    Rebecca Brown, Topeka, Kansas 

    June D. Billingham Nursing Scholarship

    Gabrielle Betsch, Olathe, Kansas 

    Blanche Bryden Nursing Scholarship

    Heidi Hayen, Topeka, Kansas

    Caring Hearts Nursing Scholarship

    Chase Winter, Augusta, Kansas

    Carol Perry-Lumb Nursing Scholarship          

    Tanner Mihesuah, Flagstaff, Arizona                                                                                                 

    Carson Family Nursing Scholarship                  

    Kayla Bales, Muscotah, Kansas               

    Christ/Wolff Nursing Scholarship                                                                           

    LaTeka Allen, Overland Park, Kansas  

    Andrea Barton, Manhattan, Kansas

    Jordyn Beck, Topeka, Kansas

    Alisa Becker, McPherson, Kansas                                                                                                                    

    Jillian Benson, Lenexa, Kansas                                                                                      

    Emily Brent, Topeka, Kansas

    Brenna Cook, Leawood, Kansas           

    Melissa Cushing, Topeka, Kansas

    Taylor Dunagan, Tucson, Arizona

    Tara Folsom, Lawrence, Kansas

    Lydia Hardin, Olathe, Kansas                                                                                                          

    Alexis Hartzog, Wichita, Kansas

    Michelle Haug, Baileyville, Kansas

    Heidi Hayen, Topeka, Kansas

    Molly Hiett, Leawood, Kansas

    Sarah Hightree, Lawrence, Kansas

    Stephanie Hinchey, DeSoto, Kansas

    Katelynn Hoobler, Horton, KS

    Cassidy Hulsing, Baileyville, Kansas

    Lakisha Irwin, Raytown, Missouri

    Samantha Max, Manhattan, Kansas

    Shannon Maxwell, Auburn, Kansas

    Shelly Nichols, Kansas City, Kansas

    Carrie Pierpont, Lecompton, Kansas

    Casey Pierron, Topeka, Kansas

    Dylan Price, Wellsville, Kansas

    Kristen Queen, Manhattan, Kansas

    Cheyenne Ratner, Topeka, Kansas

    Erica Ray, Topeka, Kansas

    Sarah Reedy, McPherson, Kansas

    Jacey Rottinghaus, Seneca, Kansas

    LaTasha Scales, Hutchinson, Kansas

    Maceyn Schreiber, Stafford, Kansas    

    Grace Sexton, Abilene, Kansas

    Bailey Snyder, Manhattan, Kansas

    Anthony Stapleton, Topeka, Kansas

    Jodi Stegman, Topeka, Kansas

    Lidia Strecker, Lawrence, Kansas

    Christina Taylor, McPherson, Kansas

    Skyler Taylor, Kansas City, Kansas

    Jeris Thomas, Topeka, Kansas

    Molly Thomas, Topeka, Kansas

    Tori Tomlinson, Osage City, Kansas

    Lisa Tran, Wichita, Kansas

    Corey True, Beloit, Kansas

    Samantha Twenhafel, Nortonville, Kansas

    Lindsey Unrein, Shawnee, Kansas

    Sydney Wedel, Minneapolis, Kansas

    Chase Winter, Augusta, Kansas

    Conkling-Hussey Nursing Scholarship             

    Regina Georgeson, Topeka, Kansas

    Kaysha Green, Topeka, Kansas

    Cotton O’Neil Clinic 20th Anniversary Nursing Scholarship

    Ilina Kay, Forest Hill, New York

    Dean Kathleen L. Harr Nursing Scholarship

    Ilina Kay, Forest Hills, New York                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

    Emery A. Dains Nursing Scholarship

    Morgan Koelzer, Silver Lake, Kansas

    Klemmer Endowed Nursing Scholarship

    Lauren Burks, Valley Center, Kansas

    Lawrence Gabel Nursing Scholarship

    Shelly Nichols, Kansas City, Kansas

    Marjorie Groll Nursing Scholarship

    Addison Ellis, Lawrence, Kansas

    Alexis Hartzog, Wichita, Kansas

    McKenzie Hartzog, Wichita, Kansas

    Dr. Charles S. & Doris F. Joss Nursing Scholarship

    Frankie Farrant, Meriden, Kansas

    Baleigh Haag, Wichita, Kansas

    Morgan Hofmeister, Overland Park, Kansas

    Kohl’s Family Nursing Scholarship

    Alisa Becker, McPherson, Kansas

    Mary B. Storey Medcalf Nursing Scholarship

    Katelynn Hoobler, Horton, Kansas       

    Schane/Winans Nursing Scholarship

    Ryan Debus, Meriden, Kansas

    Security Benefit Group Nursing Scholarship

    Katelynn Hoobler, Horton, Kansas

    Stormont Vail Health Auxiliary Nursing Scholarship

    Kelli Bauman, Sabetha, Kansas

    Stormont Vail Foundation Nursing Scholarship

    Emily Brent, Topeka, Kansas

    Jamie Crockett, Merrillville, Indiana

    Rachel Dobbins, Kansas City, Missouri

    Taylor Dunagan, Tucson, Arizona

    Abbigail Eisenhut, Topeka, Kansas

    Lydia Hardin, Olathe, Kansas

    Lakisha Irwin, Raytown, Missouri

    Julie Johnson, Renton, Washington

    Savannah Keller, Manhattan, Kansas

    Sabrina Knoll, Eudora, Kansas

    Taylor Knoth, Salina, Kansas

    Amanda Lasswell, St. Marys, Kansas

    Megan Lee, Topeka, Kansas

    Sarah Ludwig-Eatmon, Topeka, Kansas

    Cambry Lynch, Lawrence, Kansas

    Chelsey Mann, St. Joseph, Missouri

    Kaitlin McAlister, Perry, Kansas

    Jessica McKenzie, Lawrence, Kansas

    Allyson Moore, Lenexa, Kansas

    Jamesha Murry, Lawrence, Kansas

    Karen Nissen, Lawrence, Kansas

    Riley Obetz, Overland Park, Kansas

    Heidi Prockish, Westmoreland, Kansas

    Grace Sexton, Abilene, Kansas

    Hailey Stapleton, Topeka, Kansas

    Woman’s Club Nursing Scholarship

    Alexis Hartzog, Wichita, Kansas

    Erinn Steere, Topeka, Kansas 

    30th Anniversary Nursing Scholarship

    Carrie Pierpont, Lecompton, Kansas

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