Showing all Releases for July 2012

  • Medical Associates of Manhattan to Join Stormont Vail Health System of Care

    Wednesday July 25, 2012

     (Topeka, Kan., July 25, 2012) Medical Associates of Manhattan, a medical clinic with a long history of providing exceptional care in the Manhattan region, has made the decision to join Cotton O’Neil Clinic, a division of Stormont Vail HealthCare, effective Aug. 1, 2012.

    Seven internal medicine physicians: Diana Brightbill, M.D., Scott Coonrod, M.D., Sandra Killingsworth, M.D., Palmer Meek, M.D., Roger Peck, M.D., Roger Reitz, M.D., and Preeti Singh, M.D., and one family medicine physician: Jay Reppert, M.D., will be involved in the transition. The medical group also employs three mid-level providers and approximately 62 employees.

    "My colleagues and I have discussed this transition for months and feel this is not only a good decision for our clinic but also provides a strengthened foundation to maintain and grow our ability to care for our patients and the community. We are extremely proud to be part of the Stormont Vail system of care and want our patients to know this relationship only strengthens our ability to care for them," said Scott Coonrod, M.D., internal medicine physician, Medical Associates of Manhattan.

    The transition will be virtually invisible to patients. The staff will continue to provide the same level of care in Manhattan.

    Medical Associates of Manhattan is located at 1133 College Ave., Suite E-110, in Manhattan.

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  • Fouad Antoine Medlej, M.D., Joins Stormont Vail Health Pediatric Hospitalist Program

    Tuesday July 24, 2012

    (Topeka, Kan., July 24, 2012) – Stormont Vail HealthCare and Cotton O’Neil Clinic announce the addition of Fouad Antoine Medlej, M.D., to the pediatric hospitalist program. Dr. Medlej is now caring for sick or injured pediatric patients who are hospitalized at Stormont Vail Regional Health Center.

    Dr. Medlej received his medical degree as well as additional training in general pediatrics from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, in 2007. This university collaborates with many prestigious universities, including Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where Dr. Medlej completed a clerkship in pediatric hematology in 2007. He completed his residency in pediatrics at Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center, St. Louis, Mo., in 2012. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and fluently speaks English, French and Arabic.

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  • Stormont Vail Health is Re-Verified as a Level II Trauma Center

    Tuesday July 24, 2012

    Topeka, Kan., July 24, 2012 –  Stormont Vail HealthCare has been re-verified as a Level II trauma center by the Committee on
    Trauma of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This achievement recognizes the Trauma Center's dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients. Verification by the ACS is the highest level of designation a trauma center can receive.Having a verified trauma program offers several advantages to patients:

    • Critically injured patients meeting our trauma activation criteria are met in the Trauma Unit by a team consisting of a trauma surgeon, emergency, ICU, OR, and surgical floor nurses, lab and radiology technicians, a respiratory therapist, and an anesthesiologist upon arrival, saving valuable time during the critical period after a traumatic injury.
    • Once patients are stabilized and beginning their recovery, they continue to be cared for by a specialized trauma team. A team comprised of a trauma surgeon, trauma physician assistant, pharmacist, chaplain, physical therapist, dietitian, social worker, case manager and a registered nurse care for trauma patients each day during their hospital stay.
    • This team approach has improved patient outcomes and decreased mortality and length of stay. Research shows that an organized approach to trauma care reduces mortality by 20 to 30 percent.
    • Level II trauma centers also must have 24/7 neurosurgery coverage. Excluding the Kansas City Metro Area, Stormont Vail HealthCare is the only hospital in northeast Kansas to have this level of neurosurgery coverage.

    "When minutes – even seconds – count, having the right people in the right place with the right resources will save lives," said
    William Sachs, M.D., who serves as Stormont Vail TraumaCare's medical director.

    The staff of the Stormont Vail Emergency & Trauma Center Department include; Angela Gamber, RN, MBA, administrative director,
    Emergency and Trauma Services, Richelle Rumford, RN, MSN, trauma program manager and education and prevention
    coordinator, Kenton Erb, PA-C, trauma specialist, , PA-C, Amanda Geist, PA-C, trauma specialist, Kim Smith, business manager,
    and Amy Bucholtz, Michelle Wisher, and Dawn Sheltrown, trauma data analysts.

    Along with the Trauma Services staff include our surgeons, William Sachs, M.D. Trauma medical director, Bradley Woods, M.D.,assistant medical director, Brian Boyd, D.O., Ralph Park, M.D., Nason Lui, M.D., and numerous nursing and patient care staff who all care for critically injured patients.

    There are only nine verified trauma centers in Kansas including Stormont Vail Regional Health Center. They are:
    Level I
    University of Kansas Hospital, Kansas City
    Via Christi Regional Center, Wichita
    Wesley Medical Center, Wichita

    Level II
    Stormont Vail Health, Topeka
    Overland Park Regional Medical Center, Overland Park

    Level III
    Hays Medical Center, Hays
    Hutchinson Regional Medical Center, Hutchinson
    Labette Health, Parsons
    Via Christi Regional Medical Center, Pittsburg

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  • Stormont Vail WoundCare Center Moving to New Location

    Monday July 23, 2012

    (Topeka, Kan., July 23, 2012) – The Stormont Vail WoundCare Center has outgrown its space at 6th and Frazier and will be relocating to the lower level of 823 S.W. Mulvane St. on July 27 and 30. Patients will begin to be cared for at the new location on Tuesday, July 31. The new location includes a larger waiting room and three additional exam rooms. The phone and fax numbers for the center will remain the same.

    Since opening its doors eight years ago, the Stormont Vail WoundCare Center has healed more than 2,000 hard to heal wounds. Dedicated to the management of chronic, non-healing wounds, the center brings together an integrated team of professionals (two of which are clinical wound care specialists) that includes general and orthopedic surgeons, internal medicine physicians and podiatrists. The center also boasts a full-time nursing staff, educated and experienced with wounds and the special dressings and wrappings necessary to create a healing environment.

    Services at the center are designed to help patients significantly improve their quality of life. These services include Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO), compression therapy, surgical debridement and other adjunct therapy including human skin equivalents and wound vac. For more information on the Stormont Vail WoundCare Center, ask your physician for a referral or call the center directly at (785) 368-0400.

    The Stormont Vail WoundCare Center¨ is owned by Stormont Vail Health and managed by Healogics.

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