• 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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  • Cotton O’Neil Kanza Park Community Open House

    Friday April 22, 2016

    INVITATION TO MEDIA:

    Members of the media are invited to a Community Open House event from 1-3 p.m., Sunday, April 24, at the Cotton O’Neil Kanza Park building, 2660 S.W. 3 rd St. (two blocks north of 6th and MacVicar Sts)

    Activities for the community will include building tours, prize drawings, free ice cream and snacks, family-friendly activities including face painting, a flower-planting activity, and a free inflatable obstacle course.

    About the Cotton O’Neil Kanza Park Building:

    The second floor (top level) of the new building houses Cotton O’Neil Orthopedic & Sports Medicine (the new name of the combined practices of Kansas Orthopedic and Sports Medicine and Cotton O’Neil Orthopedic Surgery). Physicians who are located in this 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. Parking and entry for Cotton O’Neil Orthopedic & Sports Medicine is on the west side of the building.

    Cotton O’Neil Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy services, formerly located at Fleming Place and at KOSM) is located on 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 previous 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 St.

    The total building space is 88,000 square feet and features a total of 266 parking spaces in both lots to accommodate new patients. All services within the building started seeing patients and the first outpatient surgery case was performed in January. An employee open house and ribbon cutting was held on Jan. 6, 2016. 

     

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  • 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 Cotton O'Neil 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 Cotton O'Neil 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 & 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 & Speech Therapy (Stormont Vail Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy services, formerly located at Fleming Place and at Kansas Orthopedic & 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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