• Cotton O’Neil Manhattan Staff Spread Warmth this Holiday Season

    Monday November 27, 2017

    As temperatures outside begin to drop, the importance of a warm, winter coat is becoming more obvious.

    The staff at Cotton O’Neil Manhattan partnered with the Unified School District 383 Families in Transition (FIT) Closet and Clothing Exchange to provide warmth by providing 42 coats to families this holiday season.

    “As an individual, it’s easy to feel like your donation, your contribution is small,” said Preeti Singh, M.D. “Something as simple as partnering with your co-workers can really demonstrate how these little acts of kindness can have a big influence on another family’s life.”

    The FIT Closet and Clothing Exchange is USD 383’s way of providing essentials such as food, clothing, toiletries and school supplies to families in need. It depends on the support of individuals, churches and businesses in the Manhattan area that donate all of the clothing and essential supplies.

    The staff at Cotton O’Neil Manhattan encourages other businesses to do the same this holiday season.

    “That one coat you find that you or your child has outgrown could improve someone’s comfort this winter season,” said Scott Coonrod, M.D. “It’s small acts like these that help us further the mission of Stormont Vail Health to work together to improve the health of our community.”

    The clinic plans to make this an annual giving opportunity for their staff.

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  • Sridevi Donepudi, M.D., MMM, FAAFP, Joins Stormont Vail Health as Chief Medical Quality Officer

    Monday October 30, 2017

    Stormont Vail Health is proud to announce that Sridevi Donepudi, M.D., MMM, FAAFP, will join the organization as the new chief medical quality officer.            

    Donepudi is returning to Stormont Vail, having previously been a practicing family medicine physician for the health system.

    “I am excited to return to the team at Stormont Vail Health and to pledge my commitment to drive forward the work of the organization to manage costs, improve experiences and advance the health of our communities,” said Donepudi. “In healthcare, quality is our obligation and our promise and I’m excited to partner with Stormont Vail as we reach for our potential – for our neighbors and ourselves.”

    Donepudi received her Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, Kansas, in 2000. She completed her family practice residency at Lutheran General Hospital Family Practice Program, Park Ridge, Illinois, in 2003. She also received a master’s degree in Medical Management from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 2016. Donepudi joins Stormont Vail Health from Christiana Care Health System in Newark, Delaware, where she served as the associate chief medical informatics officer. During her tenure at Christiana Care Health System, Donepudi also served as the founder and co-chair of the ambulatory clinical informatics committee and practiced part time as a family medicine physician.

    She is a member of the American College of Physician Executives and a fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice. She is board certified in family medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine and board certified in Clinical Informatics.

    Donepudi will begin her new position early February, 2018.

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  • Robert O. Langland, CPA, Joins Stormont Vail Health as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

    Thursday October 26, 2017

    Stormont Vail Health is proud to announce that Robert O. Langland, CPA, will join the organization as the new senior vice president and chief financial officer on Monday, Nov. 27.     

    “I am pleased to welcome Robert Langland to the Stormont Vail Health team,” said Randy Peterson, Stormont Vail president and chief executive officer. “Langland will work to ensure that our patients receive the best value for the services that we provide.”

    Langland is a seasoned executive with more than 33 years of health care finance experience, having served the past eight years as the vice president of financial services at St. John Health System in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His experience includes both for-profit and non-profit health care, as well as serving as a vice president and corporate controller during a health care takeover. 

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  • Stormont Vail Launches New Cardiac Procedure to Reduce Stroke Risk

    Monday October 9, 2017

    Stormont Vail Health is the first in the area using a new device called the Watchman, a first-of-its-kind, minimally invasive, local solution for stroke risk reduction in patients with atrial fibrillation.

    “The Watchman device is a permanent implant designed to close off the left atrial appendage so blood clots can’t form there and escape to cause a stroke,” said cardiac electrophysiologist Alap Shah, M.D. “It is proven to lower the risk of stroke and long-term bleeding in patients with atrial fibrillation.”

    Topeka is one of only five hospitals in Kansas who are currently offering the Watchman to its patients.  

    Sandy Snovell is one of the first patients to have had the procedure performed at Stormont Vail Hospital. Snovell had lived with atrial fibrillation for eight years with a history of blood clots.

    “The biggest reasons for me to have the procedure done were that it would lower my risk of stroke and blood clots, and that I wouldn’t have to go through the monthly blood draws,” said Snovell. “I was only in the hospital for one night, and was feeling great by the next day.”

    Snovell no longer has to take her blood thinner medication and for her, this was great news.

    “I was taking eight medications every day,” said Snovell. “If I can stop taking a few of these, that will make me a happy woman.”

    The Watchman is a permanent implant, the size of a quarter, made of light and compact materials commonly used in other medical implants. Open-heart surgery is not required. The procedure is performed in a lab under general anesthesia in less than an hour. Patients come back after 45 days for a follow-up appointment to evaluate the device’s efficacy.

    The Watchman is ideal for patients whose atrial fibrillation is not caused by heart valve problems and who have experienced major bleeding while taking blood thinners or those who have a lifestyle, job or health condition that puts them at risk for major bleeding.

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  • Foundation Supports Nursing Education

    Wednesday October 4, 2017

     The Stormont Vail Foundation was pleased to fund nursing scholarships totaling $81,350 for 93 students at the Baker University School of Nursing, Stormont Vail Campus, for the Fall 2017 semester.  Congratulations to the following nursing students who were awarded scholarship assistance.


    Avis Van Lew Nursing Scholarship

    Aidan Allen, Soldier, KS

    Cassandra Long, Harrisonville, MO


    June D. Billingham Nursing Scholarship

    Andrea Barton, Manhattan, KS

    Maren Dannenberg, Wichita, KS

    Morgan Koelzer, Silver Lake, KS


    Blanche Bryden Nursing Scholarship

    Jordyn Beck, Topeka, KS

    Laura Gonzales, Topeka, KS


    Caring Hearts Nursing Scholarship

    Katherine Kelly, Lawrence, KS


    Carol Perry-Lumb Nursing Scholarship

    Chelsea Peuser, Bucyrus, KS

    Corey True, Beloit, KS


    Carson Family Nursing Scholarship

    Katherine Kelly, Lawrence, KS

    Caitlin Shields, Oberlin, KS


    Christ’s Wolff Nursing Scholarship

    Jessica Abendroth, Carbondale, KS

    Aiyat Abuanga, Kansas City, KS

    Cody Barger, Hoyt, KS

    Ryan Debus, Meriden, KS

    Taylor Dunagan, Tucson, AZ

    Abbigail Eisenhut, Topeka, KS

    Baleigh Haag, Wichita, KS

    Helen Hawkins, Lawrence, KS

    Morgan Hofmeister, Overland Park, KS

    Christ’s Wolff Nursing Scholarship (cont.)

    Katelynn Hoobler, Horton, KS

    Allissa Houchin, Gypsum, KS

    Alyssa Hurla, Paxico, KS

    Lakisha Irwin, Raytown, MO

    Taylor Knoth, Salina, KS

    Amanda Lasswell, St. Marys, KS

    Megan Lee, Topeka, KS

    Krysten Lile-Brown, Lawrence, KS

    Cambry Lynch, Lawrence, KS

    Chelsey Mann, St. Joseph, MO

    Kaitlin McAlister, Perry, KS

    Tanner Mihesuah, Flagstaff, AZ

    Jamesha Murry, Lawrence, KS

    Breanna Nutt, Dennis, KS

    Riley Obetz, Overland Park, KS

    Dylan Price, Wellsville, KS

    Heidi Prockish, Westmoreland, KS

    Cheyenne Ratner, Topeka, KS

    Erica Ray, Topeka, KS
    Katie Ridgeway, Topeka, KS

    Natalie Romo, Overland Park, KS

    Jacey Rottinghaus, Seneca, KS

    Andrea Schmeissner, Valley Falls, KS

    Grace Sexton, Abilene, KS

    Whitney Silkey, Tecumseh, KS

    Bailey Snyder, Manhattan, KS

    Hailey Stapleton, Topeka, KS

    Erinn Steere, Topeka, KS

    Jodi Stegman-Mullins, Topeka, KS

    Taylor Stoever, Wimberley, TX

    Ruth Story, Lawrence, KS

    Susan Stromgren, Scranton, KS

    Jeris Thomas, Topeka, KS

    Molly Thomas, Lawrence, KS

    Haley Thompson, Rogers, AR

    Tori Tomlinson, Osage City, KS

    Lisa Tran, Wichita, KS

    Corey True, Beloit, KS

    Samantha Twenhafel, Nortonville, KS

    Brianna Vann, Valley Center, KS

    Rose Wahlmeier, Burlington, KS

    Sydney Wedel, Minneapolis, KS

    Chase Winter, Augusta, KS


    Conkling-Hussey Nursing Scholarship

    Darby Soloman, Englewood, CO

    Raymond Whitaker, Perry, KS


    Cotton O’Neil Clinic 20th Anniversary Nursing Scholarship

    Darby Soloman, Englewood, CO


    Dean Kathleen L. Harr Nursing Scholarship

    Sarah Fugate, Overland Park, KS

    Lindsey Unrein, Shawnee, KS

    Emery A. Dains Nursing Scholarship

    Sarah Fugate, Overland Park, KS


    Wilma M. Dains Nursing Scholarship

    Alisa Becker, McPherson, KS

    Rhianna Becker, Sabetha, KS

    Emily Brent, Topeka, KS

    Jamie Crockett, Merrillville, IN

    Cassidy Eisenbarth, Baileyville, KS

    Addison Ellis, Lawrence, KS

    Tara Folsom, Lawrence, KS

    Mary Allyson Fry, De Kalb, MO

    Lexus Gower, Topeka, KS


    Gault-Hussey Nursing Scholarship

    Lili Gagin, Grayslake, IL

    Hannah Green, Ottawa, KS

    Catherine Gronniger, Topeka, KS

    Caroline Gustafson, Overland Park, KS

    Whitney Silkey, Tecumseh, KS


    Klemmer Endowed Nursing Scholarship

    LaTasha Scales, Hutchinson, KS

    Hailey Stapleton, Topeka, KS


    Lawrence Gabel Nursing Scholarship

    Nicole Haug, Baileyville, KS


    Marjorie Groll Nursing Scholarship

    Nicole Haug, Baileyville, KS

    Mikayla Henderson, Carbondale, KS

    Ezekiel Kramer, Bancroft, KS

    Grayson Manley, Topeka, KS


    Dr. Charles S. & Doris F. Joss Nursing Scholarship

    Mikayla Lady, Topeka, KS

    Mitchell Lierz, Sabetha, KS

    Shannon Maxwell, Auburn, KS

    Chloe McMahon, Lenexa, KS


    Kohls Family Nursing Scholarship

    McKenzie Hartzog, Wichita, KS

    Josh Horton, Topeka, KS


    Mary B. Storey Medcalf Nursing Scholarship

    McKenzie Hartzog, Wichita, KS


    Schane/Winans Nursing Scholarship

    Chloe McMahon, Lenexa, KS

    Jonathan Nye, Topeka, KS


    Security Benefit Group Nursing Scholarship

    Allissa Houchin, Gypsum, KS

    Grayson Manley, Topeka, KS

    Casey Pierron, Topeka, KS

    Stormont Vail Auxiliary Nursing Scholarship

    Josh Horton, Topeka, KS

    Roxana Modarres, Lawrence, KS


    Stormont Vail Foundation Nursing Scholarship

    Breanna Nutt, Dennis, KS

    Jonathan Nye, Topeka, KS


    Woman’s Club Nursing Scholarship

    Casey Pierron, Topeka, KS


    30th Anniversary Nursing Scholarship

    Cambry Lynch, Lawrence, KS

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  • Cotton O’Neil Announces Annual Flu Shot Clinics

    Friday September 29, 2017

    Cotton O’Neil, a division of Stormont Vail Health, has scheduled many opportunities for the public and Cotton O’Neil patients to obtain a flu shot. Here is a list of all the flu shot clinics.

    Public Walk-In Flu Clinics will be held at Cotton O’Neil Express Care Noto, Cotton O’Neil Express Care North and Cotton O’Neil Express Care Midtown weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cotton O’Neil Express Care North and Cotton O’Neil Express Care Midtown will also host public walk-in flu clinics on the weekends from noon to 3 p.m.

    Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17 and 24. Cotton O’Neil patients 19 years of age and older should go to the Stormont Vail Surgery parking, located at the corner of 10th and Garfield Ave. for their vaccination.

    Walk-in Flu Shot Clinic at Cotton O’Neil Pediatrics Gage will be held Thursday, Oct. 12 and Tuesday, Oct. 24 from 4 to 7 p.m. and Wednesday Oct. 18 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. These flu shot clinics are for Cotton O’Neil patients ages 6 months and older. Vaccines For Children (VFC) patients are also welcome to attend this clinic. Cotton O’Neil Pediatrics Gage is located at 4100 S.W. 15th St.

    Walk-in Flu Shot Clinic at the HealthWise Clinic will be held every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in October 2017, from 8 a.m. to noon. These flu shot clinics are for Cotton O’Neil patients ages 6 months and older. The HealthWise Clinic is located in the Stormont Vail Retail Pharmacy building, 2252 S.W. 10th Ave.

    The seasonal flu vaccine is especially important for pregnant women, people 65 years of age and older, and others with chronic illnesses such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease and 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 www.stormontvail.org/flu and may be completed and brought to the seasonal flu shot clinic to save time.

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  • Douglas Rose, M.D., Vice President and Chief Medical Quality Officer Announces Retirement

    Thursday September 28, 2017

    Douglas Rose, M.D., vice president and chief medical quality officer and medical director of Population Health, has announced his intention to retire from Stormont Vail Health on Jan. 13, 2018.

    Dr. Rose has been with the organization for 23 years, serving as an Emergency Department physician and then medical director of the Emergency Department before taking on his current role.

    He has earned numerous external awards for quality and safety, and was elected chair of the Kansas Hospital Association's Council on Quality and Patient Safety in 2013.

    Dr. Rose has worked diligently on helping develop a culture of high performance grounded in teamwork and the scientific method. During his tenure, the Emergency Department has been redesigned and transformed into a welcoming front door to the hospital.

    He has also worked on numerous quality improvement initiatives, including Patient Safety First, Lean process improvement, Clinical Documentation Improvement and the Mayo Clinic Care Network Colorectal Surgery Enhanced Recovery collaborative.

    Dr. Rose will be moving to DeKalb, Illinois, where his wife has accepted the position of president of Northern Illinois University. He plans to spend his time boating, hiking, traveling and supporting his wife’s role in the university.

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