• Stormont Vail Foundation to host 17th Annual Golf Tournament

    Thursday September 14, 2017

    The Stormont Vail Foundation will host its 17th annual BIG HEARTS for little hearts Golf Tournament on Monday, Sept. 18, at Topeka Country Club. The tournament has already raised more than $212,000 in sponsorships, gifts and registrations.

    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 will benefit the Stormont Vail Foundation Children’s Endowment Fund. This fund supports important services and programs that are dedicated to children at Stormont Vail Health including the mother and infant services: Level III Stormont Vail Neonatal Intensive Care, Stormont Vail Birthplace and Stormont Vail Breastfeeding Center. The Fund also provides support for pediatric services including the Stormont Vail Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Stormont Vail Pediatrics, as well as pediatric services with Stormont Vail Behavioral Health, Cotton O’Neil Heart Center, Cotton O’Neil Cancer Center and Cotton O’Neil Diabetes & Endocrinology Center.

    This year’s honorary tournament chairs are Shawn and Olga Smith. The presenting sponsor is the Hospital Assistance Program with Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds & Palmer and Lockton Companies serving as co-title sponsors.

    “The quality of care for children in our area is amplified by the generous support we receive from our sponsors, golfers and volunteers,” said Tina Long, Stormont Vail Foundation development officer. “We are thankful for their faithful support throughout the years as well as the excitement and generous giving we have seen from new partners.”

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  • Palliative Medicine Physician Brandy L. Ficek, M.D., Joins Cotton O’Neil Mulvane

    Monday September 11, 2017

    Stormont Vail Health is proud to announce that Brandy L. Ficek, M.D., has joined our medical team and will practice as a palliative medicine physician. Her practice will be located at Cotton O’Neil Mulvane, 823 Mulvane, in Topeka.

    Ficek says the differences between palliative medicine and hospice care are often misunderstood.  Although both are focused on providing symptom management and support for patients with serious illnesses, palliative medicine doctors care for patients throughout the entire trajectory of their illness – both during and after traditional treatments.

    “I enjoy being able to care for patients throughout every stage in their illness,” said Dr. Ficek.  “As a part of their healthcare team, I’m committed to helping them make positive changes in their lives and the lives of their family members.”       

    Dr. Ficek received her medical degree at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, in 2008 and completed a family medicine residency at Scottsdale Healthcare, Scottsdale, Arizona, in 2011. She completed a faculty development fellowship at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and then completed a hospice and palliative medicine fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, both in Phoenix, Arizona. She received Phoenix Magazine’s “2016 Top Doctor” award.

     Dr. Ficek was raised with the mindset of using whatever talents you have to help others. She is committed to building close relationships with her patients, often spending extra time to get to know them and their families. She enjoys an active lifestyle, dedicating some of her free time to running, hiking, traveling and reading.

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  • Family Medicine Physician Stephanie Kehoe, M.D., Joins Cotton O’Neil Croco Clinic

    Wednesday September 6, 2017

    Stormont Vail Health is proud to announce that Stephanie Kehoe, M.D., has joined our medical team and will practice as a family medicine physician. Her practice will be located at Cotton O’Neil Croco, 2909 S.E. Walnut Drive, in Topeka.

    Making a positive impact on people every day while providing personal care is the main reason Dr. Kehoe chose practicing medicine as a career.

    “It is a privilege to share the intimate relationships that I have developed with patients as a family doctor,” said Dr. Kehoe. “My current position, which I have held for nine years, has shown me that it is those relationships that drive me to do and be my best every day.”

    Dr. Kehoe received her medical degree at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, Vermont, in 2004. She completed a family medicine residency at Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, Vermont, in 2007.

    Dr. Kehoe has a warm smile and infectious laugh. Attentive, kind, caring, compassionate, thorough and supportive are words that her past patients have used to describe the care she provides.   

    She enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys, ages 9 and 11, as well as boating, reading, knitting, walking and shopping.

    Dr. Kehoe is accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment, call (785) 270-4440.

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  • Two Family Medicine Physicians Join Cotton O’Neil North Clinic

    Tuesday September 5, 2017

    Stormont Vail Health is proud to announce that two new family medicine physicians, Lalitha Rayavarapu, M.D., and Melissa Zepp, M.D., will be joining our medical team at Cotton O’Neil North, 4505 N.W. Fielding Road, in Topeka.  

    Dr. Rayavarapu received support and inspiration from her father, a pediatrician, but the real turning point for her was her experience as a patient.

    “At a very young age, I had to undergo open heart surgery to correct a heart murmur,” Rayavarapu said. “The medical care, comfort and guidance that I received from the medical team left a lasting impression of what it means to be a health care provider.”

    Dr. Rayavarapu received her medical degree at the Pravara Medical Trust Medical College, Loni, Maharashtra, India, in 2003 and completed a family medicine residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska, in 2015.

    Dr. Zepp took an interest in the medical field from an early age, growing up in a family of medical providers in Meriden, Kansas.

    “Both of my parents were nurses, so I’ve been surrounded by the medical field for my entire life,” Dr. Zepp said. “I never even considered being anything other than a doctor.”

    Dr. Zepp received her medical degree at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Wichita, Kansas, in 1996. She completed a family medicine residency at Cleveland Clinic Health Systems, Fairview General Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio, in 1999 and an obstetrics fellowship at the same location in 2000. She considers her patients as an extension of her family and enjoys being part of their lives.

    Both doctors are accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment, call 785-270-4440.

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  • Family Medicine Physician Brian Bondurant, M.D., Joins Cotton O’Neil Carbondale Clinic

    Friday September 1, 2017

    Stormont Vail Health is proud to announce that Brian Bondurant, M.D., has joined our medical team and will practice as a family medicine physician. His practice will be located at Cotton O’Neil Carbondale Clinic, 211 E. Main St.

    Dr. Bondurant says practicing medicine is like the best of both worlds.

    “Medicine provides the rigorous intellectual challenges I have always enjoyed with the personal interaction I have always wanted,” Bondurant said. “The personal connection and growth that medicine facilitates is what makes working as a physician a truly rewarding career for me.”

    Dr. Bondurant received his medical degree at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, Kansas, in 2014 and completed a family medicine residency at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois, in 2017, serving as the chief medical resident. Prior to joining the medical field, he spent time in both engineering and finance.

    “Having spent time overseas, in the dirt on jobsites and in boardrooms with CEOs, I bring a very unique perspective to my practice,” Bondurant said. “I can easily relate to and understand diverse populations and situations.”

    In his spare time, Dr. Bondurant loves to travel. He’s spent time in Cuba, Iceland, Boston, London and Prague. He’s also a huge sports fan, both playing and watching, and loves to cheer on the Chiefs, Royals and Wildcats.

    Dr. Bondurant is taking new patients. To schedule an appointment, call 785-836-7111.

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  • Behavioral Health Physician Gregory C. Hahn, D.O., Joins Stormont Vail Behavioral Health Center

    Friday September 1, 2017

    Stormont Vail Health is proud to announce that Gregory C. Hahn, D.O., has joined our medical team and will practice as a behavioral health physician. His practice will be located at Stormont Vail Behavioral Health Center, 3707 S.W. Sixth Ave., in Topeka.

    Dr. Hahn enjoys caring for his patients and helping them lead better lives.

    “I’ve always had an interest in health care,” Dr. Hahn said. “Prior to medical school, I served as a nurse for eight years.” 

    Dr. Hahn received his medical degree at the Des Moines University School of Osteopathic Medicine, Des Moines, Iowa, in 2007 and completed a psychiatry residency through the National Capitol Consortium at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C., in 2011.

    A 20-year military veteran, Dr. Hahn deployed to Afghanistan with the 1st Infantry Division as a psychiatrist. Drawing on his experience in the military, he is known for being patient and taking time to listen to the issues of his patients. He enjoys spending time with his family, listening to music and traveling. 

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  • Internal Medicine physician, Charisse Symmonds, M.S., D.0., joins Stormont Vail Health in Emporia

    Monday August 21, 2017

    Stormont Vail Health is proud to announce that Charisse Symmonds, M.S. D.O., has joined its medical team and will practice at Cotton O’Neil Emporia.

    Dr. Symmonds knew she wanted to become a doctor after reading the book “Think Big” in the fifth grade.

    “It fascinated me and took my love for learning to the next level,” said Dr. Symmonds. “It inspired me to consider a future in medicine.”   

    Dr. Symmonds received her medical degree from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. She completed her residency at Northside Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida, where she served as the co-chief resident.  

    She joins six additional internal medicine specialists, four family medicine providers, two obstetrics & gynecology physicians and one pediatrician at Cotton O’Neil Emporia, 1301 W. 12th Ave., Emporia. Dr. Symmonds will see adult patients and specialize in diabetes and weight management, including insulin pump therapy and glucose monitoring.

    Dr. Symmonds is accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment, call 620-343-2900.

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