• Stormont-Vail HealthCare Earned an ‘A’ Grade for Patient Safety in Leapfrog’s Fall 2015 Hospital Safety Score

    Wednesday October 28, 2015

    Stormont-Vail HealthCare has earned an “A” in The Leapfrog Group’s national patient safety ratings program. The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog, announced the Hospital Safety Score results nationally today, recognizing Stormont-Vail’s strong commitment to patient safety.

    "Stormont-Vail has established a strong track record of patient safety as a top priority in our organization. Leapfrog's recognition of those efforts is validation of the efforts by our medical staff, nurses, allied health professionals and all other staff members who work together to create a patient-centered and safe culture," said Randy Peterson, president and CEO of Stormont-Vail. "We are extremely proud of this recognition. It is a reflection of the dedication of the staff at Stormont-Vail."

    The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading patient safety experts and administered byThe Leapfrog Group, a national, independent nonprofit. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Hospital Safety Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay. 

    “The Hospital Safety Score provided by The Leapfrog Group is becoming the gold standard measure of patient safety,” said Doug Rose, M.D., Stormont-Vail’s Chief Medical Quality Officer. “It uses national performance measures to grades hospitals on how safe they keep their patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.  Patient safety is a top priority for Stormont-Vail HealthCare. Leadership supports strong health care teams to reduce infection rates, put checks in place to prevent mistakes, and ensure strong lines of communication between hospital staff, patients, and families.  This effort has earned Stormont-Vail Hospital an “A” Grade for Hospital Safety; a distinction only five other hospitals in the state of Kansas earned for the Fall 2015.”

    “Stormont-Vail’s A grade is a powerful reminder of its commitment to putting patient safety above all else, and we are pleased to recognize the persistent efforts of your clinicians and staff to protect your patients,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Our families, neighbors, colleagues and friends deserve a hospital that will pull out all the stops to keep them safe, and we urge Stormont-Vail and all other A hospitals to preserve and renew your commitment to safety year after year.” 

    Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single A, B, C, D, or F score, representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in October 2015, with 773 hospitals receiving an A grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, offering a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades on the website. Patients can also review their hospital’s past safety performance alongside its current grade on the Hospital Safety Score site, allowing them to determine which local hospitals have the best track record in patient safety and which have demonstrated consistent improvement.

    To see Stormont Vail’s full score, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

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  • Cotton-O’Neil Clinic Announces Annual Flu Shot Clinics

    Tuesday September 29, 2015

    Cotton-O’Neil Clinic, a division of Stormont-Vail HealthCare, has scheduled many opportunities for Cotton-O’Neil Clinic patients to obtain a flu shot. Here is a list of all the flu shot clinics.

    Drive-thru Flu Shot Clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 13, and 20, 2015. Cotton-O’Neil Clinic patients 18 years of age and older should go to the Stormont-Vail Surgery Center parking garage for their vaccination. Any Cotton-O’Neil patient who has previously had a seasonal flu vaccine with no complications, can participate in the Drive-thru Flu Shot Clinic.

    Walk-in Flu Clinic at the HealthWise Clinic will be held every Tuesday and Thursday in Oct. and Nov. 3 and 5, 2015 from 8 a.m. to Noon. Flu shot clinics will also be held every Wednesday in Oct. and Nov. 4 from Noon to 4:30 p.m. These flu shot clinics are for Cotton-O’Neil Clinic patients ages 6 months and older. The HealthWise Clinic is located at Medical Arts Pharmacy Building, 2252 S.W. 10th Ave.

    Walk-in Flu Clinic at PediatricCare will be held Wednesday, Oct. 12 and 21 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. These flu shot clinics are for PediatricCare and Cotton-O’Neil Clinic patients ages 6 months and older. Vaccines For Children (VFC) patients are also welcome to attend this clinic. PediatricCare is located at 4100 S.W. 15th St.

    The seasonal flu vaccine is especially important for pregnant women, people 65 years of age and older, and others with chronic illnesses like asthma, diabetes, heart disease or lung disease. People with chronic illnesses may have an increased chance of developing pneumonia as a result of getting the flu. Those who may have close contact with high-risk individuals including infants, should also be vaccinated. That might include: adults or children living with or caring for people at high-risk of developing complications.

    Consent forms in English and Spanish are available at stormontvail.org/flu and may be completed and brought to the seasonal flu shot clinic to save time.

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  • Stormont-Vail HealthCare plans Neonatal IntensiveCare Patient and Family Reunion

    Saturday September 26, 2015

    Stormont-Vail HealthCare and the Stormont-Vail Foundation will host a Neonatal IntensiveCare patient and family reunion from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, at Stormont-Vail HealthCare. The event will be held in the Surgical Suites covered parking lot.

    NIC graduates and their families are invited to come to this event to enjoy refreshments and fun. The Stormont-Vail NIC opened its doors 30 years ago and cares for approximately 450 premature and sick babies each year. It is staffed with five neonatologists, and five neonatal nurse practitioners and many other specially trained nurses and clinical staff.

    Please contact Nancy Burkhardt, Stormont-Vail HealthCare director of marketing, at nburkhar@stormontvail.org or (785) 354-6927 for more information about this event.

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  • Stormont-Vail Foundation Supports Nursing Education

    Thursday September 17, 2015

    The Stormont-Vail Foundation was pleased to fund nursing scholarships totaling $63,600 for 79 students at the Baker University School of Nursing, Stormont-Vail Campus, for the Fall 2015 semester. Congratulations to the following nursing students who were awarded scholarship assistance.

    Avis Van Lew Nursing Scholarship
    Allison Arnold, Baldwin City, KS
    Katherine Cleary, Overland Park, KS
    Lydia Hardin, Olathe, KS       
    Samantha Mills, DeSoto, KS 
    Rebecca Wood, Olathe, KS

    Blanche Bryden Nursing Scholarship
    Lauren Burks, Valley Center, KS
    Frankie Farrant, Meriden, KS
    Keishly Franco, Junction City, KS    
    Kristen Queen, Manhattan, KS

    Caring Hearts Nursing Scholarship
    Michelle Abendroth, Carbondale, KS

    Carol Perry-Lumb Nursing Scholarship
    Jillian Benson, Lenexa, KS
    Natasha Jones, Castle Rock, CO          

    Carson Family Nursing Scholarship
    Jillian Benson, Lenexa, KS

    Christ/Wolff Nursing Scholarship                                        
    Michelle Abendroth                                                                  
    Tyler Bessey                                                                          
    Malaya Deemer                                                                      
    Garrett DeLong                                                                        
    Marci Flory                                                                            
    Melissa Kramer                                                  
    Tanner McCrary                                        
    Lisa Nguyen                                                                          
    Karen Nissen                                                                          
    Eresiya Odom
    Alaina Olsen
    Alyssa Partridge
    Zachariah Reeb
    Holly Santee
    Amanda Schulte
    Lindsay Seele
    Judith Ugwuegbu
    Halley Urich
    Amanda Vickers
    McKenzie Walker
    Gwen Warton
    Amanda Welcher
    Jessica Wilson
    Erika Young
    Angela Zielinski

    Conkling-Hussey Nursing Scholarship
    Alexis Hartzog          
    Madison Votipka
    Carly Walsh

    Cotton-O’Neil Clinic 20th Anniversary Nursing Scholarship
    Rachel McGhee

    Dean Kathleen L. Harr Nursing Scholarship
    Kelli Bauman        

    Emery A. Dains Nursing Scholarship                             
    Rachel McGhee

    Gault-Hussey Nursing Scholarship 
    Regina Georgeson
    John Herynk
    Tyler Bessey
    Kendra Jermark
    Brandi Priest
    Sarah Reedy
    Christina Taylor

    Marjorie Groll Nursing Scholarship
    Nicole Blanton
    Rebecca Brown

    Dr. Charles S. & Doris F. Joss Nursing Scholarship
    Laura Ruhnke
    Allison Russell          
    Breton Sloop                                                                              

    June D. Billingham Nursing Scholarship
    Kennedy Beck
    Allyson Moore

    Klemmer Endowed Nursing Scholarship
    Abigail Bundy                                               

    Kohl’s Family Nursing Scholarship
    Stephanie Hinchey

    Lawrence Gabel Nursing Scholarship
    Sierra Morgison

    Mary B. Storey Medcalf Nursing Scholarship
    Abigail Bundy                                                                                            

    Schane/Winans Nursing Scholarship
    Wakako Nakura

    Security Benefit Group Nursing Scholarship
    Gabrielle Betsch

    Stormont-Vail HealthCare Auxiliary Nursing Scholarship
    Michelle Haug
    Alexandra Scobee

    Stormont-Vail Foundation Nursing Scholarship
    Kelli Bauman
    Chelsee Burnside
    Briona Busch
    Stephanie Chappell
    Megan Clark
    Breanna Cunningham
    Megan Decker
    Jessica Dill
    Rachel Dobbins
    Katelyn Eichelberger
    Shelley Ellenburg
    Samantha Johnson
    Chelsea Kaighin
    Savannah Keller
    Sarah Ludwig-Eatmon
    Alexis Lundeen
    Desiree Martinez
    Katelin Masters
    Emily Tucker 

    Woman’s Club Nursing Scholarship
    Stephanie Hinchey

    30th Anniversary Nursing Scholarship
    Gabrielle Betsch         

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  • Jared Elliott, M.D., Joins Stormont-Vail Hospitalist Program

    Tuesday September 15, 2015

    Stormont-Vail HealthCare is proud to announce that Jared Elliott, D.O. has joined the Stormont-Vail Hospitalist program.

    Dr. Elliott received a doctor of chiropractic degree from the Cleveland Chiropractic College in Overland Park, in 2007. He received an osteopathic medicine degree at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, in 2012. He completed a residency program in internal medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, in 2015.

    Dr. Elliott will practice as a hospitalist and manage the treatment of only hospitalized patients at Stormont-Vail HealthCare

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  • BIG HEARTS for little hearts Golf Tournament Benefits Stormont-Vail Children

    Monday September 14, 2015

    The Stormont-Vail Foundation will host its 15th annual BIG HEARTS for little hearts Golf Tournament on Monday, Sept. 14, at Topeka Country Club.

    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 benefit the Stormont-Vail Foundation Children’s Endowment Fund. This fund supports important services and programs that are dedicated to children at Stormont-Vail HealthCare including Stormont-Vail’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and The Birthplace, where 1,800 babies are born each year. Other pediatric services that benefit from the fund are the Breastfeeding Clinic, the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), the 15-bed Pediatric Department and 7-bed Young Adult Center, the Stork’s Cradle Program for at-risk mothers, the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner/Sexual Assault Response Team Program, the Child and Adolescent Behavioral Medicine Program at Stormont-Vail West, and pediatric specialty areas for cardiology, endocrinology, hematology and oncology.

    John and Brenda Dicus are the honorary tournament chairs this year.

    “The generosity of our community in supporting the children of northeast Kansas is phenomenal,” said Tina Long, Stormont-Vail Foundation development officer. “We are truly grateful to our generous sponsors and golfers who have helped us with the tournament over the years.”

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  • Shaun Steeby, M.D., Joins Cotton-O’Neil Clinic – Orthopedic Surgery

    Thursday September 10, 2015

    Cotton-O’Neil Clinic – Orthopedic Surgery, part of the Stormont-Vail family of care, welcomes the addition of Shaun Steeby, M.D.

    Dr. Steeby received her medical degree at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, in 2009. She completed a residency in orthopedic surgery followed by a fellowship in orthorpedic trauma surgery at the University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo., in 2015. She is a member of the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society.

    Dr. Steeby specializes in the surgical and non-surgical management of complex fractures and musculoskeletal injuries. She will care for patients in a clinic setting and will be part of the trauma team that cares for patients 24/7 in the Stormont-Vail Emergency and Trauma Center.

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