Showing all Releases for June 2012

  • Cotton O’Neil Clinic Gastroenterology Specialist Robert Braun, M.D., Announces Retirement

    Monday June 18, 2012

    (Topeka, Kan., June 18, 2012) – After 35 years of dedicated patient care, Robert Braun, M.D., gastroenterologist at the Cotton O’Neil Digestive Health Center, has announced he is retiring effective Friday, June 29, 2012.

    Public Retirement Reception for Robert Braun, M.D.

    • Friday, June 29, 2012
    • Employee Reception: 2 to 3 p.m.
    • Public Reception: 3 to 5 p.m.
    • Cotton O’Neil Digestive Health Center
    • 720 S.W. Lane St., Topeka

    Robert Braun, M.D., is a graduate of Rockhurst College, Kansas City, Mo, in 1966. He received his medical degree at the University of Missouri Medical School, Columbia, Mo., in 1970. He completed an internship and residency in internal medicine, followed by a fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1977. He is also a member of the American Gastroenterological Association and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

    Dr. Braun served in the U.S. Army Medical Corp, Fort Riley from 1974 to 1976. He served his community by being active in Boy Scouts of America at the troop and council levels. He is a 32-degree Mason and member of Shriners International.

    Dr. Braun shared the following message of thanks to those who he's encountered throughout his career as a physician, "I want to express sincere gratitude to my family for their support and understanding of the time commitment and absences from family affairs required in the practice of medicine. To my patients and their families, thank you for your trust in me as I cared for your loved ones. To my nursing staff, thank you for your support, which made me a better physician. All of these relationships have provided me the greatest rewards in the practice of medicine," said Dr. Braun. "Finally, I thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for gifting me with the ability and opportunity to practice medicine for these many years."

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  • Cotton O’Neil Clinic Family Medicine Physician Gerald Marcell, MD, FAAFP, Announces Retirement

    Monday June 18, 2012

    (Topeka, Kan., June 18, 2012) – After 26 years of dedicated patient care, Gerald Marcell, M.D., family medicine at Cotton O’Neil Clinic – Carbondale, has announced he is retiring effective June 30, 2012. "It is with mixed emotions that I came to the decision to retire from my practice but I know my patients will be left in the very capable hands of my partners Dr. Alleyne and Dr. Penn," said Dr. Marcell. "I have valued every patient and thank each one for their loyalty and trust over the years."

    Gerald Marcell MD, FAAFP, received his medical degree at the University of Kansas Medical School, Kansas City, in 1983. He completed a residency in family medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, in 1986. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Marcell practiced at Cotton O’Neil Clinic in Lyndon prior to joining Cotton O’Neil Clinic – Carbondale in 1993. During his career he has mentored many first and fourth year medical students from the University of Kansas Medical School of Medicine.

    In his retirement, Dr. Marcell said he looks forward to fishing, relaxing on his boat and catching up on projects around the house.

    Public retirement reception for Dr. Marcell

    • Wednesday, June 27, 2012
    • 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
    • Cotton O’Neil Clinic – Carbondale
    • 211 East Main St., Carbondale

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  • Stormont Vail Health Receives Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation for Comprehensive Cancer Program

    Tuesday June 12, 2012

    (Topeka, Kan., June 12, 2012) - Stormont Vail HealthCare has been granted Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), for its compliance with standards set by the CoC for superior cancer programs. This is the second time Stormont Vail's cancer program has achieved this status.

    Accreditation by the CoC is given only to those facilities that are dedicated to providing the highest level of quality cancer care. A facility receives accreditation by a physician surveyor following an on-site evaluation in which the facility demonstrates a Commendation level of compliance with standards such as cancer data management, clinical services, and quality improvement.

    Stormont Vail's cancer center is located at 1414 S.W. 8th Ave. in Topeka, and provides access to excellent medical oncology and radiation therapy programs for both children and adult patients. The cancer center has also been recently accredited for its Radiation Therapy services by the American College of Radiology.

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  • Eagles Give to Cotton O’Neil Cancer Center's Research Department

    Monday June 11, 2012

    (Topeka, Kan., June 11, 2012) – A fraternal organization has given $32,839 to the Clinical Research Department at the Cotton O’Neil Cancer Center, part of the Stormont Vail HealthCare family. The cancer center has been designated as the recipient of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Presidents Statewide Charity.

    The donation was presented over the weekend at the Eagles' state convention in Great Bend. It will be used for cancer research.

    Currently, the Research Department at the cancer center is tracking 395 patients and 95 clinical research trials. Since 1978, the program has enrolled approximately 1,580 patients in research trials.

    The Fraternal Order of Eagles is an international non-profit organization uniting fraternally in the spirit of liberty, truth, justice, and equality, to make human life more desirable by lessening its ills and promoting peace, prosperity, gladness and hope.

    The Cotton O’Neil Cancer Center is located at 1414 S.W. 8th Ave., in Topeka, and provides access to a full radiation therapy program as well as medical oncology for both children and adult patients.

    The cancer center recently achieved accreditation for its Radiation Therapy services through the American College of Radiology (ACR). It is the only ACR-accredited radiation oncology treatment facility in Kansas. It was also re-accredited with commendation as a Comprehensive Cancer Program by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.

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  • DaVita Acquires Kansas Dialysis Services

    Friday June 1, 2012

    TOPEKA — June 1, 2012 – St. Francis Health Center and Stormont Vail HealthCare are pleased to announce DaVita, a leading provider of kidney care, has acquired the dialysis practice of Kansas Dialysis Services in Topeka, Lawrence, Ottawa and Sabetha, effective today.

    Currently, KDS provides outpatient, inpatient and home dialysis care to 350 patients in the four Kansas cities. The physicians, nurses and staff will stay employed at each facility to ensure patient care continues uninterrupted.

    “For many reasons, we believe this is the time for KDS to partner with DaVita,” said Scott Solcher, MD, FACP, KDS medical director. “DaVita is the world leader in proving superior dialysis services, and I am confident our patients will continue to receive outstanding care in the communities we serve.”

    ”We look forward to continuing to provide the highest quality care to KDS patients,” said Colleen Kasson, divisional vice president at DaVita. “Almost as exciting to us is bringing the patients and team into the DaVita Village, where we think and act like a community first and a company second.”

    Kansas Dialysis Services, owned by affiliates of St. Francis Health Center and Stormont Vail HealthCare, has served northeast Kansas with high-quality kidney dialysis for more than 20 years. DaVita will continue to have a working relationship with both organizations.

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