• Stormont Vail Auxiliary’s Angel Tree Project Celebrates 10th Anniversary and Raises $17,926 for Stormont Vail Cancer Patients

    Wednesday February 10, 2016

    The Stormont Vail Health Auxiliary raised a record amount of $17,926 during the 2015 Stormont Vail Auxiliary Angel Tree Program.

    Proceeds from the sale benefit the Angel Fund for Stormont Vail Cancer Center patient needs. This fund provides emergency financial assistance for any special needs of cancer patients and their families such as housing, food, utilities, transportation, cosmetic prosthetics and medicine.

    2015 marked the 10th anniversary of this annual fundraising project. Every year during the holiday season, trees inside Stormont Vail Health and the Stormont Vail Cancer Center are adorned with beautiful angels, each purchased in honor or in memory of someone special. The angels are purchased by Stormont Vail employees, volunteers, patient families, and the public during the month of November and December and hung on the trees. After the holidays, angels hung on the trees were distributed to those who purchased and requested their angels returned.

    This year, a 12-ft. tree in the north tower lobby and similar trees in the Pavilion lobby at the hospital, and at the Cancer Center, were decorated to capacity, and all 2,000 angels were sold.

    Martha Granger, Angel Tree Project chair, said that in the last 10 years she is very pleased that over $120,000 has been raised through the angel fund for cancer patients.

    Individuals or groups may also donate to the fund at any time throughout the year.

    Please call the Stormont Vail Auxiliary at (785) 354-6095 for more information or to make a donation to the Angel Fund.

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  • Cotton O’Neil Kanza Park Building Now Open and Seeing Orthopedic, Rehabilitation and Single Day Surgery Patients

    Tuesday January 26, 2016

    The Cotton O’Neil Kanza Park building, located at 2660 S.W. Third St., north of Sixth and MacVicar, opened for business in early January 2016. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Wednesday, Jan. 6. The 88,000 square foot facility offers ample space, easy access and beautiful views for Stormont's orthopedic, rehabilitation and single day surgery services.

    The second floor (top level) of the new building houses Cotton O’Neil Orthopedic and Sports Medicine (the new name of the combined practices of Kansas Orthopedic and Sports Medicine and Cotton O’Neil Orthopedic Surgery). Physicians who relocated to this new building include: John Gilbert, M.D., Peter Lepse, M.D., Michael McCoy, M.D., Joseph Mumford, M.D., Bradley Poole, M.D., Michael Smith, M.D., Shaun Steeby, M.D., Brett Wallace, M.D. and Brian Wilson, M.D. Kellie Bartlow, D.O., Family Medicine and Sports Medicine physician, also relocated her practice to the new facility and supervises a concussion clinic there. Parking and entry is on the west side of the building.

    Cotton O’Neil Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy (Stormont Vail Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy services, formerly located at Fleming Place and at Kansas Orthopedic and Sports Medicine) relocated to the first floor (middle level) of the building. The parking and entrance for this service is also on the west side of the building.

    Stormont Vail Single Day Surgery relocated from its location at 823 Mulvane, to the lower level of the new building. The parking and entrance for this service is on the east side of the building, closest to MacVicar.

    At the ribbon cutting event for the Kanza Park facility, Randy Peterson, Stormont Vail Health president and chief executive officer, announced that the building has been dedicated as the Dr. Kent Palmberg building.

    A community open house is being planned for Spring 2016. 

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  • Stormont Vail Health Chief Medical Officer announces retirement plans; Successor named

    Tuesday January 12, 2016

    Topeka, KS (January 12, 2016) – Stormont Vail Health Senior Vice President/Chief Medical Officer Kent Palmberg, M.D., announced today his plans to retire later this year. Palmberg, who has been with Stormont Vail Health since it merged with Cotton O’Neil in 1995, and with Cotton O’Neil since 1978, will spend much of 2016 transitioning. His official last day is yet to be determined.

    “Dr. Palmberg’s contributions to this organization and to health care in this community are enormous,” said Stormont Vail Health President and CEO Randy Peterson. “He is a pioneer who understands the business of health care but has never lost sight of the number one priority of taking care of people. He will be truly missed. We are happy for him and are looking forward to celebrating his contributions and accomplishments in the coming months.”

    Dr. Palmberg has been at the forefront of many advances in health care access in Topeka and across the region, including engineering with others more than 20 years ago the merger between Stormont Vail and the Cotton O’Neil Clinic to create the model, regional integrated health care system that exists today. And impressively, Dr. Palmberg has recruited more than 350 physicians to the area.  

    Some of Palmberg’s other accomplishments include leading the startup of the state’s first hospitalist program, and developing Stormont Vail Health’s trauma program and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. In the community, Dr. Palmberg has received numerous accolades. He was inducted into the Topeka Business Hall of Fame in 2011. He received the Philanthropic Leadership Award from the Topeka Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 2015 and the Donald A. Wilson Visionary Award from the Kansas Hospital Association in 2007.

    Peterson also announced today plans for Palmberg’s successor. “I am pleased to announce that Robert Kenagy, M.D., M.M.M., will join Stormont Vail Health as Senior Vice President/Chief Medical Officer on April 15, 2016.” Dr. Kenagy, a family medicine physician who was born in Wichita, Kan., most recently has served St. John Health System in Tulsa, Okla. as Senior Vice President St. John Health Network. Prior to that, he served in several leadership positions at Via Christi Health in Wichita, including President and CEO for Via Christi Clinic and Senior Vice President of Physician Services.

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  • Cotton O’Neil Kanza Park Building Ribbon Cutting

    Wednesday December 30, 2015

    Members of the media are invited to a VIP-ribbon cutting event at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 6, at the Cotton O’Neil Kanza Park building, 2660 S.W. 3 rd St. A short program with local dignitaries, Stormont Vail leaders and a ceremonial ribbon-cutting will begin at 4 p.m.

    To attend the VIP-ribbon cutting, please contact Nancy Burkhardt, Director of Marketing, at (785) 354-6927 or nburkhar@stormontvail.org.

    About the Cotton O’Neil Kanza Park Building:

    The second floor (top level) of the new building will house Cotton O’Neil Orthopedic and Sports Medicine (the new name of the combined practices of Kansas Orthopedic and Sports Medicine and Cotton O’Neil Orthopedic Surgery). Physicians who will be located in this area include: John Gilbert, M.D., Peter Lepse, M.D., Michael McCoy, M.D., Joseph Mumford, M.D., Bradley Poole, M.D., Michael Smith, M.D., Shaun Steeby, M.D., Brett Wallace, M.D. and Brian Wilson, M.D. Kellie Bartlow, D.O., Family Medicine and Sports Medicine physician, also will relocate her practice to the new facility. Dr. Bartlow also will supervise a concussion clinic. The physicians will begin seeing patients in the new building on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. Parking and entry will be on the west side of the building.

    Cotton O’Neil Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy (Stormont-Vail Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy services, formerly located at Fleming Place and KOSM) will be located on the first floor (middle level) of the building. The parking and entrance for this service will also be on the west side of the building. Cotton O’Neil Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy will start to see patients for rehabilitation therapy on Monday, Jan. 4, 2016.

    Stormont Vail Single Day Surgery will be relocated from its current location at 823 Mulvane, to the Lower Level of the new building. The parking and entrance for this service will be on the east side of the building, closest to MacVicar. Single Day Surgery will conduct its first outpatient surgery case on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016.

    The total building space is 88,000 square feet and features a total of 266 parking spaces in both lots to accommodate new patients. A community open house is being planned for Spring 2016. 

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  • 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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