• Stormont Vail Health Welcome Baby Jubilee: Invitation to Media

    Wednesday June 21, 2017

    Media: If you would like to attend, please contact Niki Maloney, communications manager, at (785) 249-2721 and she will make arrangements to meet you in the main entrance lobby and escort you over to the event. 

    Stormont Vail Health will host an open house from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. tonight for expecting moms and women thinking about having a baby. Moms-to-be will have the opportunity to speak with Stormont Vail professionals, including Birthplace staff who will provide information on the Birthplace, Breastfeeding Clinic, Neonatal Intensive Care (NIC), Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM), pediatric services and delivery services available at Stormont Vail Health.

    Tours of the Birthplace, Breastfeeding Clinic, NIC and MFM will be available. Local individuals and organizations will be available to discuss child and baby services offered in the community. Expectant moms may register to win either a Medela breast pump or a $250 gift card to Babies R Us along with a variety of other prizes.

    Dads, grandparents, partners and family who will spend time with the baby are welcome to attend and will have the opportunity to get their Tdap vaccination. Tdap is a vaccination that prevents tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis and is highly recommended for anyone who will be in the presence of a newborn.

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  • Safe Family Fun in the Summer Sun

    Tuesday June 20, 2017

    As temperatures outside rise, so should our attention to summer safety as families enjoy the lazy days of summer.        

    Whatever your plans are between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Cotton O’Neil Manhattan family medicine physician, Dr. Regan Dulin, D.O., has some Safe Kids Worldwide safety tips to share.  

    “Whether you plan to spend some R&R in the backyard or load up the family vehicle for a road trip, summer can best be enjoyed when you plan out some ways to keep your adventures as safe as they can be,” said Dr. Dulin.

    Here are some tips to consider.

    Grilling Safety:

    • Position the grill well away from siding, deck railings, out from under eaves and overhanging branches and a safe distance from lawn games, play areas and foot traffic.
    • Keep children and pets away from the grill area by declaring a three-foot “kid-free zone” around the grill.
    • Keep all matches and lighters away from children. Teach your children to report any loose matches or lighters to an adult immediately.

    Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke:

    According to Safe Kids Worldwide, every 10 days, across the United States, a child dies from being left in a hot car. It only takes a few minutes for a car to heat up and become deadly to a child inside. As summer temperatures rise, more kids are at risk.

    “Create reminders for yourself,” said Dr. Dulin. “When you put a child in the back seat place one of their things, like a shoe or favorite stuffed toy, up in the front seat with you so that reminds you that they are in the back. You could also place your cell phone, purse or one of your personal items in the back with the child so you have to go into the back seat first when you exit the car.”

    Water Safety:

    Dr. Dulin suggests you assign an adult to watch children around water. Whether a public pool or in a backyard, don’t’ assume someone else is watching them. Use a lanyard or fun hat that marks the person whose sole responsibility is watching swimmers.

    Safe Kids Worldwide offers a free download for a Water Watcher Card that identifies someone at all times as the designated responsible adult to keep an eye on kids in the water at all times. Other tips include:

    • Swimming aids such as water wings or noodles are fun toys for kids, but they are not appropriate to be used in place of a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket.
    • Age appropriate and complexion appropriate sunscreen should be applied 30 minutes before sun exposure and needs to be reapplied every two hours after that. Dr. Dulin recommends zinc oxide. It is safe for all.

    Road Trip Safety Tips:

    “Adults should set good examples for children and make sure they are buckled up every time they are in a vehicle,” said Dr. Dulin. “It is the single most important thing a family can do to stay safe in the car.”

    Seventy-three percent of car seats are not used or installed correctly, so before you hit the road, check your car seat. Safe Kids Worldwide has an online Ultimate Car Seat Guide to help protect kids on the move.         

    For these and other safety tips, and to find the Water Watcher Card or Ultimate Car Seat Guide, visit www.safekidsworldwide.org.

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  • Safe Family Fun in the Summer Sun

    Friday June 16, 2017

    As temperatures outside rise, so should our attention to summer safety as families enjoy the lazy days of summer.        

    Whatever your plans are between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Cotton O’Neil Emporia family medicine physician, Dr. Robert Stewart, M.D., has some Safe Kids Worldwide safety tips to share.  

    “Whether you plan to spend some R&R in the backyard or load up the family vehicle for a road trip, summer can best be enjoyed when you plan out some ways to keep your adventures as safe as they can be,” said Dr. Stewart.

    Here are some tips to consider.

    Grilling Safety:

    • Position the grill well away from siding, deck railings, out from under eaves and overhanging branches and a safe distance from lawn games, play areas and foot traffic.
    • Keep children and pets away from the grill area by declaring a three-foot “kid-free zone” around the grill.
    • Keep all matches and lighters away from children. Teach your children to report any loose matches or lighters to an adult immediately.

    Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke:

    According to Safe Kids Worldwide, every 10 days, across the United States, a child dies from being left in a hot car. It only takes a few minutes for a car to heat up and become deadly to a child inside. As summer temperatures rise, more kids are at risk.

    “Create reminders for yourself,” said Dr. Stewart. “When you put a child in the back seat place one of their things, like a shoe or favorite stuffed toy, up in the front seat with you so that reminds you that they are in the back. You could also place your cell phone, purse or one of your personal items in the back with the child so you have to go into the back seat first when you exit the car.”

    Water Safety:

    Dr. Stewart suggests you assign an adult to watch children around water. Whether a public pool or in a backyard, don’t’ assume someone else is watching them. Use a lanyard or fun hat that marks the person whose sole responsibility is watching swimmers.

    Safe Kids Worldwide offers a free download for a Water Watcher Card that identifies someone at all times as the designated responsible adult to keep an eye on kids in the water at all times. Other tips include:

    • Swimming aids such as water wings or noodles are fun toys for kids, but they are not appropriate to be used in place of a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket.
    • A large portion of boating accidents each year involve alcohol consumption by both boat operators and passengers. To keep you and your loved ones safe, it is strongly recommended not to drink alcoholic beverages while boating.

    Road Trip Safety Tips:

    “Adults should set good examples for children and make sure they are buckled up every time they are in a vehicle,” said Dr. Stewart. “It is the single most important thing a family can do to stay safe in the car.”

    Seventy-three percent of car seats are not used or installed correctly, so before you hit the road, check your car seat. Safe Kids Worldwide has an online Ultimate Car Seat Guide to help protect kids on the move.

    For these and other safety tips, and to find the Water Watcher Card or Ultimate Car Seat Guide, visit www.safekidsworldwide.org.

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  • Welcome Baby Jubilee Provides Valuable Information for Expecting Mothers

    Thursday June 15, 2017

    Stormont Vail Health will host an open house from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 21, for expecting moms and women thinking about having a baby. Moms-to-be will have the opportunity to speak with Stormont Vail professionals, including Birthplace staff who will provide information on the Birthplace, Breastfeeding Clinic, Neonatal Intensive Care (NIC), Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM), pediatric services and delivery services available at Stormont Vail Health.

    Tours of the Birthplace, Breastfeeding Clinic, NIC and MFM will be available. Local individuals and organizations will be on hand to discuss child and baby services offered in the community. Expectant moms can register to win either a Medela breast pump or a $250 gift card to Babies R Us along with a variety of other prizes.

    Dads, grandparents, partners and family who will spend time with the baby are welcome to attend and will have the opportunity to get their Tdap vaccination. Tdap is a vaccination that helps prevent tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis and is highly recommended for anyone who will be in the presence of a newborn.

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  • Family Medicine Physician, Karen Bruce, M.D., Joins Stormont Vail Health

    Tuesday June 13, 2017

    Stormont Vail Health is proud to announce that Karen Bruce, M.D., has joined our medical team and will practice as a family medicine physician. Her practice will be located at Cotton O’Neil Corporate View, 601 S.W. Corporate View Road in Topeka.

    Dr. Bruce started off as a chemical engineer and entered medical school planning on a career in biomedical research. But she found that providing direct clinical care was an incredible experience that not only allowed her a view into her true calling in life, but that would also modify her career path.

    “I enjoy people and I love learning,” said Dr. Bruce. “Family medicine combines both of these interests and offers a unique opportunity to maintain relationships with patients and their families over decades and generations. From my engineering background I enjoy the use of electronic records, data and data management, and I believe this type of background also trained me for the type of problem-solving that is integral to primary care.”

    Dr. Bruce received her medical degree at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, Washington, in 1987. She completed a family practice residency at both San Pedro Peninsula Hospital, San Pedro, California, and East Carolina University, Greensville, North Carolina. Dr. Bruce completed a fellowship in Family Medicine Faculty Development at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

    Her patients describe her as caring, compassionate and curious, and they often recognize her by the cowboy boots she wears to the office.

    Dr. Bruce enjoys the outdoors and trail riding with her husband. She loves gourmet cooking, which she calls her personal therapy, and she is classically trained in both piano and cello. Dr. Bruce has four children who range in age from 10 to 17. 

    Dr. Bruce is now accepting new patients. Patients may call (785) 234-0880 or (785) 295-4500 to set up a new appointment.

     

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  • Family Medicine Physician, Betsy Johns, M.D., Joins Stormont Vail Health

    Tuesday June 13, 2017

    Stormont Vail Health is proud to announce that Betsy Johns, M.D., has joined our medical team and will practice as a family medicine physician. Her practice will be located at Cotton O’Neil Corporate View, 601 S.W. Corporate View Road in Topeka.

    Dr. Johns says trying to combat illness fascinates her about practicing medicine, but more importantly, she sees her role as assisting her patients in preventing disease.

    “I became a physician because I love science and working with people,” said Dr. Johns. “Medicine allows me to study and understand the biology of the body, the chemistry of medicines and how behavior impacts our health. I’m passionate about using that science to help patients make decisions about their health. ”

    Dr. Johns received her medical degree at the Hahnemann University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1994. She completed a residency training in family practice at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and a faculty development fellowship at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, St. Margaret, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. Johns completed a Master of Public Health degree at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

    Her patients describe her as professional and compassionate, and they appreciate her courteous, thorough and professional staff.

    “The doctor-patient relationship is very important, and I endeavor to listen to every patient, even in a world of time pressures,” she said. “Patients receive the best care possible when we are working together to make decisions.”  

    Dr. Johns is involved in her church and with her extended family. She enjoys traveling, photography, playing tennis and reading.

    Dr. Johns is now accepting new patients. Patients may call (785) 234-0880 or (785) 295-4500 to set up a new appointment.

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  • Psychiatrist Matthew Masterson, D.O., Joins Stormont Vail Behavioral Health

    Friday June 9, 2017

    Stormont Vail Health is proud to announce that Matthew Masterson, D.O., has joined our medical team and will practice as a psychiatrist with a subspecialty in pediatric and adolescent psychiatry. His practice will be located at Stormont Vail Behavioral Health, 3707 S.W. 6th St. in Topeka.

    Dr. Masterson has always had a strong interest in science and helping others. He had a deep respect for the physicians that worked in the town where he grew up, and he saw them as knowledgeable, caring, helpful individuals, and he aspired to be like them.

    “I was determined to pursue a career in medicine with a goal of serving the community where I lived and promoting the health of others,” said Dr. Masterson. “I am passionate about what I do, and I find great satisfaction in helping others work through issues while working towards wellness and health.”

    Dr. Masterson received his degree in osteopathic medicine at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, Kansas City, Missouri, in 1998. He completed a psychiatry residency, and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii. Dr. Masterson also has a Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho, and an Associate of Arts and Sciences in Pre-Medicine from Ricks College, Rexburg, Idaho.

    What sets Dr. Masterson apart from others in his field is his wide range of practice experience from working in multiple locations and different environments throughout his career. His focus is on a holistic approach to mental health wellness, taking into account medical, social, environmental and mental health issues. His patients describe him as caring, compassionate, easy to engage and knowledgeable.

    He loves the outdoors, and in his spare time Dr. Masterson enjoys a wide variety of outdoor activities.

    Dr. Masterson is now accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment, talk to your primary care physician about a referral to this psychiatrist.

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