Showing all Releases for December 2012

  • Stormont Vail Foundation receives $25,000 from the Walmart Foundation to support the Care Line

    Tuesday December 18, 2012

    (Topeka, Kan., December 18, 2012) – The Stormont Vail Foundation received a $25,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation’s Kansas State Giving Program. The grant will be used to provide Care Line service to patients and families. Care Line is a program to provide emergency medical assistance to patients who have exhausted all other resources. It provides assistance for unmet emergency needs that often fall outside of the scope of regular health care such as: meal and gas vouchers, temporary lodging, transportation, clothing, durable medical goods, and prescriptions.

    Care Line assistance fills a critical gap for patients as it serves as a bridge for patients to help begin their treatment and recovery and coordinates with other community assistance programs.

    “In 2012, we saw an increase of 19 percent in the number of patients served, as well as an increase in the cost for services,” said Jane Mackey, President and Executive Director of the Stormont Vail Foundation. “This funding is vital for the Care Line to serve more than 6,800 Northeast Kansans.”

    “The Walmart Foundation is very pleased to be supporting the Stormont Vail Foundation, and is committed to helping those in need in the communities where we serve,” said Ryan Irsik, Walmart Public Affairs and Government Relations. “Through this grant, we are hopeful that Kansans in need can be
    further served by this outstanding organization.”

    About Stormont Vail Foundation
    Founded in 1984, the Stormont Vail Foundation provides voluntary gift support for Stormont Vail patient care services and community health education programs including: Care Line, HealthWise and Nursing Scholarships. To learn more about the Stormont Vail Foundation, visit

    About Philanthropy at Walmart
    Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are proud to support initiatives that are helping people live better around the globe. In May 2010, Walmart and its Foundation made a historic pledge of $2 billion through 2015 to fight hunger in the United States. The Walmart Foundation also supports education, workforce development, environmental sustainability, and health and wellness initiatives. To learn more, visit

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  • Stormont Vail Health Receives National Award for Organ Donation Rate

    Tuesday December 18, 2012

    (Topeka, Kan., Dec. 18, 2012) – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services presented awards to 18 Kansas and Missouri hospitals for their success in increasing the number of organs available for transplantation. Stormont Vail HealthCare received the Silver award.

    Hospital executives, and Midwest Transplant Network (MTN) received the Department’s Medal of Honor for Organ Donation for
    achieving and sustaining national goals for donation, including a donation rate of 75 percent or more of eligible donors at their
    facilities. They were recognized at the 7th National Learning Congress for the Donation and Transplantation Community of
    Practice in Grapevine, Texas, Oct. 4-5, 2012.

    “Our success is greatly influenced by the success of our hospital partners,” said Jan Finn, MTN chief operations officer. “We
    would like to congratulate Stormont Vail HealthCare and thank them for their support of our mission to save lives.”

    MTN officials presented the Silver award to Stormont Vail HealthCare senior leadership on Tuesday, Dec. 18. They also presented a memorial floragraph portrait that will be on the Donate Life float in the 2013 Rose Parade®. The floragraph is a memorial for Landon Mitchell who was a patient at Stormont Vail in 2010 and donated his organs, tissue and cornea that helped more than 50 individuals.

    Award winners were:
    Gold – Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, Kan.
    Silver – Centerpoint Medical Center, Independence, Mo.; Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City; Heartland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph, Mo.; North Kansas City Hospital, Kansas City; Overland Park Regional Medical Center, Overland Park, Kan.; Research Medical Center, Kansas City; St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Topeka, Kan.; Saint Luke’s Hospital, Kansas City; Stormont Vail HealthCare, Topeka, Kan.; Truman Medical Center, Kansas City; University Hospital and Clinic, Columbia, Mo.; University of Kansas Hospital, Kansas City; Via Christi Hospital-St. Francis, Wichita, Kan.
    Bronze – Freeman Health System, Joplin, Mo.; Olathe Medical Center, Olathe, Kan.; Shawnee Mission Medical Center, Shawnee Mission, Kan.; St. Joseph Medical Center, Kansas City

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