• Clayton Wood, D.O., MBA, Joins Stormont Vail Emergency Department

    Monday June 6, 2016

    Stormont Vail Health is proud to announce that Clayton Wood, D.O. has joined the emergency medicine department at Stormont Vail Health.

    Dr. Wood received his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, and a Master’s of Business Administration degree at Rockhurst University, Kansas City, in 2012. He completed a residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, in 2015. He has served as chief resident at the University of Kansas Emergency Medicine since 2014. He most recently practiced as an emergency medicine physician at Research Medical Center, Kansas City.

    Dr. Wood is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He is married with a 19-month-old son. He enjoys golf, exercise, travel and time with his family.

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  • Stormont Vail Health Receives Top Quality Awards For Both Stroke and Heart Failure Care

    Tuesday May 31, 2016

    Stormont Vail Health has received the Get With the Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite Plus and also a Get With the Guidelines®-Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for heart failure care.

    Both were achieved by participating in a quality improvement program that helps hospital teams follow the most up-to-date, research-based standards with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions in heart failure and stroke patients.

    The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite Plus recognizes the hospital’s commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

    Stormont Vail Health has received the Get With the Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite Plus and also a Get With the Guidelines®-Heart Failure Gold Plus with Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll Quality Achievement Award.

    Both were achieved by participating in a quality improvement program that helps hospital teams follow the most up-to-date, research-based standards with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions in heart failure and stroke patients.

    The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite Plus recognizes the hospital’s commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

    Stormont Vail Health has achieved the highest award possible. The gold plus portion of the award shows that we demonstrate consistency in compliance with significant quality and achievement measures related to the care of the stroke patient. 

    The Target: Stroke SM Honor Roll Elite Plus portion of the award was achieved in 2015, the first year it was offered.  Stormont Vail Health achieved this award by treating more than 50 percent of ischemic stroke patients who met certain criteria in less than 45 minutes from the time they arrived in the Emergency Department.

    In order to treat patients this quickly, we have an excellent team that consists of stroke nurses, physicians, lab phlebotomists, CT technicians, nurses and patient care technicians that all work together to make sure the needs of the patient are met. 

    In addition, Stormont Vail Health has received the Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Gold Plus Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation’s secondary prevention guidelines for patients with heart failure.

    Stormont Vail Health earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients. These measures include evaluation of the patient, proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies, such as ACE inhibitors/ARBs, beta-blockers, diuretics, anticoagulants and other appropriate therapies. Before patients are discharged, they receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, get a follow-up visit scheduled within seven days, as well as receive other care transition interventions.

    This award is the highest award possible for heart failure quality measures. Enrollment in these programs is an initiative that provides hospitals with educational tools, prevention programs and treatment guidelines designed to reduce the risk of heart failure patients ending up back in the hospital. Hospitals are required to meet criteria that improves medication adherence, provides early follow-up care and coordination and enhances patient education to achieve the awards. The goal is to reduce hospital readmissions and help patients improve their quality of life in managing this chronic condition.

    About Stormont Vail Health:

    Stormont Vail Health is a nonprofit integrated health care system that has been serving the health care needs of northeast Kansas for more than 130 years. It is comprised of Stormont Vail Health, a 586-bed acute care hospital, and Cotton O’Neil Clinic, a multi-specialty physician group with 244physicians. More than 4,800 employees provide care and support services for patients in the hospital and 27 other locations, including the Cotton O’Neil Heart Center, Cancer Center, Diabetes & Endocrinology Center, Digestive Health Center, Pediatrics clinics and multiple regional primary care clinics. Stormont Vail Health is committed to its mission of improving the health of the community by providing high quality, compassionate care with state-of-the-art equipment in convenient, comfortable facilities for patients and families.

    About Get With The Guidelines

    Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 6 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org.

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  • 2016 Excellence in Nursing Award Winners

    Tuesday May 31, 2016

    Stormont Vail Health hosted its 9th Annual Excellence in Nursing Awards on May 12, in the Pozez Education Center Auditorium. This year 36 patient care staff finalists were nominated to receive an Excellence in Nursing Award. Following a short program, the following winners were announced in nine categories:

    • Excellence in Nursing Practice – A registered nurse who demonstrates outstanding patient care and clinical expertise, collaborates with nursing colleagues and other health-related professionals, and keeps abreast of current trends and issues in nursing practice.

    Natalie Roeder, BSN, RN - PACU and Lisa Sylvester, BSN, RN – Neonatal Intensive Care

    • Excellence in Nursing Leadership - A registered nurse who promotes a culture of staff who is positive, challenged and involved, has creative problem solving that leads to improved health care outcomes and enhances the role of the nurse. 

    Jana Tenbrink, BSN, RN – Medical Critical Care

    • Excellence in Nursing Mentorship – A registered nurse who serves as a resource for the growth and development of others, supports and facilitates positive learning experiences and demonstrates passion that inspires peers.

    Steve Peterson, BSN, RN-BC – 5 North and Jon     Quanstrom, BSN, RN – EP Lab

    • Excellence in Nursing Preceptorship - A registered nurse who provides accurate, constructive feedback, promotes multidisciplinary collaboration and provides clinical experiences to promote professional growth. 

     Amy Baker, BSN, RN – EP Device Clinic

    • Excellence in Nursing Research - A registered nurse who is actively involved in nursing research, communicates findings by podium or poster presentation and/or publication, is involved in research to improve the quality of care, and provide economic benefit to the community/hospital, or has the potential broader social impact. 

    Finalist – Ruth Ohm, Ph.D., APRN, RN – Baker School of Nursing 

    • Excellence in Licensed Practical Nursing – A licensed practical nurse who fosters a culture that promotes quality nursing practice environments, serves as a patient/family advocate, and collaborates with nursing colleagues and other health-related professionals to facilitate quality care.

    Trishelle Alexander, LPN – Diabetes Support Services and Linda Wiese, LPN - Birthplace

    • Rising Star - Nurses who show commitment to Stormont Vail Health, exemplify high standards of practice and professionalism, and actively seek out professional growth opportunities. 

    Jamie Andrews, LPN - Rheumatology and Nicholas Schneider, BSN, RN - Surgery

    • Excellence in Patient Care - Patient care technicians or operating room assistants who are self-directed, require minimum supervision, exhibit excellence in follow-through skills, are team players and remain eager and willing to learn. 

    Nikki Picotte, PCT - Pediatrics; Teresa-Renee Fred, PCT – Emergency Department; Teresa Hernandez, CST - Surgery; and Josh Witt, PCT – Medical Critical Care

    • Distinguished Community Service - A nurse who makes significant contributions through community service activities and influences and inspires others to be involved. 

    Jean Pope, RN, CPAN - PACU

    Award honorees were nominated by physicians, nurses, colleagues, mentors and friends who took the opportunity to recognize those who continually strive for and contribute to the professionalism of patient care.

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  • Stormont Vail Health Sponsoring Free Skin Cancer Screening April 9

    Wednesday May 25, 2016

    Appointments Can Now Be Made by Calling Health Connections

    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 9, at the Cotton O’Neil Cancer Center, 1414 S.W. 8th Ave., Topeka.

    An appointment is required. To make an appointment, call Health Connections at (785) 354-5225.

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  • Cotton O’Neil North Ribbon Cutting

    Monday May 23, 2016

    INVITATION TO MEDIA:

    Members of the media are invited to a ribbon cutting Monday, May 23, at 4:30 p.m., for the new Cotton O’Neil North Family Medicine, 4505 N.W. Fielding Road. The location is east of Highway 75 and N.W. 46th street.

    Stormont Vail Health administrators, physicians and staff will be on hand to celebrate the opening of the building.

    About the Cotton O’Neil North Family Medicine Building:

    The top level of the new building houses Cotton O’Neil Family Medicine. Drs. Patrick Raney, Melissa Herrman and Timothy Borchers began seeing patients at this new location May 16, 2016. The main level is 19,785 square feet with 36 exam rooms and two procedure rooms. The building has been designed using a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) concept that facilitates relationship based care. Staff will greet patients in an open and inviting waiting area and check-in kiosks allow for shorter wait times. As patients move to treatment areas, color-coded pods create an open, collaborative clinic. This concept allows for a team-based approach to an individual’s treatment with a constant flow of information between providers who are all working together to deliver care. Flexible ancillary rooms are available for group visits to engage patients in the process of wellness learning. A lab is available for blood draws, as well as an X-ray room with an all-digital unit.

    A community open house is planned for July 2016. 

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  • 2016 Excellence in Nursing Awards

    Thursday May 12, 2016

    Stormont Vail Health will host its 9th Annual Excellence in Nursing Awards at 6:30 p.m. on May 12, in the Pozez Education Center Auditorium. This year 36 patient care staff finalists were nominated to receive an Excellence in Nursing Award. Following a short program, winners will be announced in the following categories:

    • Excellence in Nursing Practice – A registered nurse who demonstrates outstanding patient care and clinical expertise, collaborates with nursing colleagues and other health-related professionals, and keeps abreast of current trends and issues in nursing practice.

    Finalists – Allison Alexander, BSN, RN, CMSRN; Natalie Roeder, BSN, RN; DeAnna Fitzgerald, BSN, RN; Lisa Sylvester, BSN, RN; Derek Lenherr, RN

    • Excellence in Nursing Leadership - A registered nurse who promotes a culture of staff who is positive, challenged and involved, has creative problem solving that leads to improved health care outcomes and enhances the role of the nurse. 

    Finalists – Gina Anderson, APRN, FNP-C; Karen Copeland, MSN, BSN, RN, OB-C, CNL-C; Jana Tenbrink, BSN, RN

    • Excellence in Nursing Mentorship – A registered nurse who serves as a resource for the growth and development of others, supports and facilitates positive learning experiences and demonstrates passion that inspires peers. 

    Finalists – Laura Caby, BSN, RN; Steve Peterson, BSN, RN-BC, Tresha Flanary, MHCL, BSN, RN; Jon Quanstrom, BSN, RN; Staci Peterson, BSN, RNC-NIC

    • Excellence in Nursing Preceptorship - A registered nurse who provides accurate, constructive feedback, promotes multidisciplinary collaboration and provides clinical experiences to promote professional growth. 

    Finalists – Amy Baker, BSN, RN; Jaime Maine, BSN, RN; Katherine Schmidt, BSN, RN

    • Excellence in Nursing Research - A registered nurse who is actively involved in nursing research, communicates findings by podium or poster presentation and/or publication, is involved in research to improve the quality of care, and provide economic benefit to the community/hospital, or has the potential broader social impact. 

    Finalist – Ruth Ohm, Ph.D., APRN, RN

    • Excellence in Licensed Practical Nursing – A licensed practical nurse who fosters a culture that promotes quality nursing practice environments, serves as a patient/family advocate, and collaborates with nursing colleagues and other health-related professionals to facilitate quality care.

    Finalists – Trishelle Alexander, LPN; Trudi Richardson, LPN; Kelli Eiserman, LPN; Linda Wiese, LPN; Kellie Haney, LPN

    • Rising Star - Nurses who show commitment to Stormont Vail Health, exemplify high standards of practice and professionalism, and actively seek out professional growth opportunities. 

    Finalists – Jamie Andrews, LPN; Nicholas Schneider, BSN, RN; Rachel Cessna, BSN, RN; Paige Wynne, BSN, RN; Emily McGinnis, BSN, RN

    • Excellence in Patient Care - Patient care technicians and operating room assistants who are self-directed, require minimum supervision, exhibit excellence in follow-through skills, are team players and remain eager and willing to learn. 

    Finalists – Jessica Bulmer, PCT; Nikki Picotte, PCT; Teresa-Renee Fred, PCT; Nicole Williams, PCT; Teresa Hernandez, CST; Josh Witt, PCT

    • Distinguished Community Service - A nurse who makes significant contributions through community service activities and influences and inspires others to be involved. 

    Finalists – Cynthia Cook, LPN; Jean Pope, RN, CPAN; Teresa Taylor, BSN, RN

    Award honorees were nominated by physicians, nurses, colleagues, mentors and friends who took the opportunity to recognize those who continually strive for and contribute to the professionalism of patient care.

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  • Samantha Muppalla, M.D., Joins Cotton O’Neil as Family Medicine Physician

    Wednesday April 27, 2016

    Samantha Muppalla, MDCotton O’Neil is proud to announce that Samantha Muppalla, M.D., has joined Cotton O’Neil and will practice as a family medicine physician. Her practice will be located at 901 S.W. Garfield Ave., in Topeka. She is now accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment, call Health Connections at (785) 354-5225.

    Dr. Muppalla, received her medical degree at Guntur Medical College, Guntur, India, in 2002. She completed an internship at Guntur General Hospital, Guntur, India, in 2003. After relocating to the U.S., she went on to complete a residency in family medicine at Wesley Family Medicine, in Wichita, in 2011. She has two daughters and enjoys classical dance, walking and crafting.     

    Most recently, Dr. Muppalla has been employed at St. Francis Health Center. She is board certified in family medicine and obesity medicine. She is a member of the American Obesity Society, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians. She is now accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment, call Health Connections at (785) 354-5225.

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