Showing all Releases for October 2013

  • Stormont Vail Foundation Welcomes New Leadership Members

    Tuesday October 29, 2013

    New officers and four new Trustees have been elected to the Stormont Vail Foundation Board for the fiscal year, which began Oct. 1, 2013. 

    The officers for the new year are: Judy Moler, chairperson; Jane Mackey, president; Steve Tyler, vice chairperson; Kevin Han, vice president; Shelle McCoy, secretary and Ken Stone, treasurer.

    We are pleased to welcome the following new trustees: 

    • Miranda Carmona, attorney at Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds & Palmer, L.L.P. 
    • Kevin Hahn, DVM, chief medical officer at Hill’s Pet Nutrition. 
    • Glen Scott, president and CEO of Envista Credit Union. 
    • Doug Wolff, president of Security Benefit Life. 

    Two trustees, Mary Anne Durall and Richard Ross, have been elected to a second three-year term. 

    Additional Foundation Board members for 2013 include: Kevin Cassidy, D.D.S., Jim Birkbeck, Kent Cornish, Jared Holroyd, Rick Jackson, Rosalind Jennings, Tom McBride, Maynard Oliverius, Jim Parrish, Darrel Pavelka, Randy Peterson, Deborah Rose, Mark Ruelle, Olga Smith and Mike Worswick.

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  • Stormont Vail Foundation Supports Nursing Education

    Wednesday October 16, 2013

    The Stormont Vail Foundation was pleased to fund nursing scholarships totaling $64,325 for 98 students at the Baker University School of Nursing, Stormont Vail Campus, for the Fall 2013 semester.  Congratulations to the following nursing students who were awarded scholarship assistance.

    Avis Van Lew Nursing Scholarship
    Mackenzie Turner, Lenexa, Kan.; Amanda Rice, Baldwin City, Kan.

    Christ’s Wolff Nursing Scholarship
    Jarrod Altenborg, Lindsborg, Kan.; Katrina Autry, Dayton, Ohio; Katharine Baldwin, Columbia, Mo.; Amanda Bare, Topeka, Kan.; Christina Beat, Denver, Colo.; Jenny Beaver, Topeka, Kan.; Helen Benefiel, Lawrence, Kan.; Alanna Blackwell, Topeka, Kan.; Kaylene Bonjour, Formoso, Kan.; Stephanie Bruggeman, Oberlin, Kan.; Laura Brunner, St. Joseph, Mo.; Emily Buhler, Topeka, Kan.; Richelle Burgess, Manhattan, Kan.; Tashe Campbell, Tonganoxie, Kan.; Jeffrey Bradford Casperson, Southlake, Texas; Amber Cessarich, Topeka, Kan.; Alexandria Clark, Junction City, Kan.; Cierra Clark, Lyndon, Kan.; Rachael Clopton, Emporia, Kan.; Erika Crews, Overland Park, Kan.; Emilie Durgan, Lawrence, Kan.; Amanda Edelman, Sabetha, Kan.; Laurel Edwards, Newton, Kan.; Annie Elder, Seneca, Kan.; Shaley Epperson, Silver Lake, Kan.; Shayla Farley, Pisgah, Iowa; Lorin Feiden, Shawnee, Kan.; Katherine Gardner, Winfield, Kan.; Rebecca Giancana, Topeka, Kan.; Mercy Githara, Topeka, Kan.; Stephanie Glasper, Wichita, Kan.; Joanie Gleason, Centralia, Kan.; Elyse Hawthorne, Soldier, Kan.; Sandra Hohner, Topeka, Kan.; Leia Karimul Bashar, Wamego, Kan.; Kaylen Klocke, Wichita, Kan.; Crystalee Masarik, San Luis Obispo, Calif.; Sharon Tarbutton, Overland Park, Kan.

    Blanche Bryden Nursing Scholarship
    Emily Amack, Rossville, Kan.; Shannon Good, Topeka, Kan.; Rebecca Frazee, Topeka, Kan. 

    Carol Perry-Lumb Nursing Scholarship
    Randi Richards, Silver Lake, Kan.

    Klemmer Endowed Nursing Scholarship
    Johna Herrera, Topeka, Kan.

    Carson Family Nursing Scholarship
    Madeline Luther, Olathe, Kan.

    Lawrence Gabel Nursing Scholarship
    Nicole Chrisopulos, Rowlett, Texas; Eric Grandon, Overland Park, Kan. 

    Gault-Hussey Nursing Scholarship
    Mary Jones, Kansas City, Kan.; Jennifer Quintanilla, St. Mary’s, Kan.; Ashley Sampson, Lee’s Summit, Mo.; Erin Stephan, Leawood, Kan.; Elizabeth Taylor, Lawrence, Kan.; Amanda Tofflemire, Topeka, Kan.; Michelle Tran, Wichita, Kan.; Jordan Whitehead, Silver Lake, Kan.; Auston Whitmer, Highlands Ranch, Colo.; Beth Whitworth, Unionville, Mo.; Erin Whittington, Olathe, Kan.; Whitney Williams, Topeka, Kan. 

    Marjorie Groll Nursing Scholarship
    Sara Busby, Topeka, Kan.; Christi Colley, Topeka, Kan.; Suzanne Duckworth, Topeka, Kan.

    Dr. Charles S. & Doris F. Joss Nursing Scholarship
    Olivia Kennedy, Auburn, Kan.; Emily McGinnis, Tecumseh, Kan.; Brittany Miller, Shawnee, Kan.; Kristen Skillin, Overland Park, Kan.

    Mary B. Storey Medcalf Nursing Scholarship
    Melissa Naff, Lawrence, Kan.

    Schane/Winans Nursing Scholarship
    Kayla Schmidt, Lyndon, Kan.

    Security Benefit Group Nursing Scholarship
    Kayla Smith, Topeka, Kan. 

    Stormont Vail HealthCare Auxiliary Nursing Scholarship
    Saige Huninghake, Bern, Kan.

    Stormont Vail Foundation Nursing Scholarship
    Maggie Holmberg, Topeka, Kan.; Chelsey Huddleston, Frankfort, Kan.; James Jordan, Clay Center, Kan.; Cathy Kofoid, Newton, Kan.; Kerry Kurta, Overland Park, Kan.; Elizabeth Louden, Richmond, Kan.; Holly Martinez, Prairie Village, Kan.; Faith May, Topeka, Kan.; Cathryn McClelland, Lawrence, Kan.; Hannah Moore, Lawrence, Kan.; Angela Nguyen, Wichita, Kan.; Lisa Nguyen, Maize, Kan.; Thuy Nguyen, Overland Park, Kan.; Sarah Nichols, Eudora, Kan.; Jordon Oldfather, Hilo, Hawaii; Cynthia Orser, Shawnee, Kan.; Emily Padilla, Topeka, Kan.; Janice Paslay, Lawrence, Kan.; Kelsey Pearson, St. George, Kan.; Courtney Pfau, Fort Riley, Kan.; Kristen Potter, Topeka, Kan.; Kaitlin Pukach, Topeka, Kan.; Melanie Rettele, Seneca, Kan.; Breann Sherbert, Junction City, Kan.; Madelyn Tong, El Dorado, Kan.

    Woman’s Club Nursing Scholarship
    Linsey Gilroy, Overland Park, Kan.; Taylor Weishaar, Winchester, Kan.

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  • Robert Porter, M.D., FACP, 2013 Bal Jeffrey Recipient

    Monday October 14, 2013

    The Stormont Vail Foundation proudly announces Robert D. Porter, M.D., FACP, is the recipient of the 2013 Bal Jeffrey award. The award is named for Balfour S. Jeffrey, Stormont Vail’s longest tenured board member, and recognizes individuals or groups who have made significant contributions to health care in northeast Kansas.

    Dr. Porter, a nephrologist, is credited with starting lifesaving dialysis therapy in 1974 for patients experiencing kidney failure in Topeka and northeast Kansas. He impacted the lives of thousands of patients over the past 40 years. During that time he displayed kindness and respect as well as knowledge and skill. He will be recognized at a dinner on Oct. 23 at the Ramada Inn Hotel and Convention Center. 

    When Dr. Porter started the first dialysis unit in Topeka, there were only six machines and the patients who were seen received about 1,000 treatments a year. The program has grown to 50,000 treatments yearly. He expanded dialysis, along with the treatment of hypertension and renal insufficiency that supported and lengthened life for many patients.

    Prior to his arrival in Topeka, all patients traveled to Kansas City, Wichita, Omaha or Denver for treatment, if they were able to obtain it at all. Dr. Porter’s dream was to offer acute services for hospitalized patients, as well as chronic dialysis treatments to outpatients. The dream also included home dialysis and transplants for eligible patients.

    From 1974 to 2012, Kansas Dialysis Services (KDS) grew to an organization providing approximately 180 patients with in-center dialysis treatments and a home and peritoneal dialysis program. During Dr. Porter’s years as medical director of KDS, services expanded to five additional locations in northeast Kansas and four additional nephrologists were hired.

    Dr. Porter received a B.A. in Biology from Ottawa University and his medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, in 1967. He served his internship, residency and Nephrology Fellowship at the University of Kansas Medical Center. In 1974, he moved to Topeka to begin nephrology practice. He remembers seeing his first patient on the 4th of July.

    Dr. Porter has participated in clinical research and has written articles and abstracts for publication. He has had an adjunct academic appointment at Kansas University Medical Center and has served as an instructor for the Internal Medicine Residency Outreach site in Topeka.

    From 1969-1971, Dr. Porter served as the Squadron Flight Surgeon for the 48th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, U.S. Air Force. In 1970, he was the Aerospace Defense Command Flight Surgeon of the Year. Since 1974, he has served as a Senior Aviation Medical Examiner for the Federal Aeronautics Administration.

    Dr. Porter made two short-term medical mission trips to Thailand  during 2012. There he worked in medical clinics, one of which was in an area heavily populated with HIV/AIDS patients. He also helped the people of that area build fish ponds, which would enable them to become economically self-sustaining. Dr. Porter also served on a medical mission in the Republique, Zaire in the summer of 1988.

    Many Thursdays for the past five years, Dr. Porter has volunteered at the Abilene and Smoky Valley Railroad. There he does maintenance as well as serving as a conductor and engineer on the train crews.

    Dr. Porter notes two important advancements in dialysis and treatment of kidney disease during his medical career: first, the development and advancement in anti-rejection medicines for transplantation and the progress in home nocturnal dialysis. 

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