Showing all Releases for 2014

  • National Healthcare Decisions Day Set for April 16

    Tuesday April 8, 2014

    Stormont-Vail HealthCare, along with other national, state and community organizations, is leading an effort to highlight the importance of advance health care decision-making—an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). As a participating organization, Stormont-Vail HealthCare is providing information and tools for the public to talk about their wishes with family, friends and health care providers, and execute written advance directives (health care power of attorney and living will) in accordance with Kansas state laws.  These resources are available online using the patient/visitor information tab at

    On April 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Stormont-Vail HealthCare will have materials available in the North Tower/Main Entrance lobby at the hospital. There will also be an information table set up at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library at that same time with free information about advance care planning and advance directive forms. 

    “As a result of National Healthcare Decisions Day, many more people in our community can be expected to have thoughtful conversations about their health care decisions and complete reliable advance directives to make their wishes known,” said Lisa Johnson, BSN, RN, CPN,Stormont-Vail HealthCare.  “Fewer families and health care providers will have to struggle with making difficult health care decisions in the absence of guidance from the patient. Health care providers and facilities will be better equipped to address advance health care planning issues before a crisis and be better able to honor patient wishes when the time comes to do so.” 

    For more information about National Healthcare Decision Day, please visit

  • Stormont-Vail HealthCare Announces Collaboration with Mayo Clinic

    Tuesday April 1, 2014

    Stormont-Vail HealthCare and Mayo Clinic officials announced today that the Topeka-based health system has become a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, a national network of like-minded organizations that share a commitment to better serving patients and families. Stormont-Vail HealthCare is the first health system in Kansas to join the network.

    “Stormont-Vail HealthCare is committed to being a national leader in health care through collaboration and innovation,” said Randy Peterson, president and CEO, Stormont-Vail HealthCare. “Working with Mayo Clinic through the Mayo Clinic Care Network offers our physicians yet another resource to help them provide the kind of innovative care that our patients have come to expect from us.”

    Stormont-Vail HealthCare specialists now have access to Mayo Clinic resources to enhance patient care, including the latest Mayo-vetted medical information through its AskMayoExpert database and eConsults that connect physicians with Mayo Clinic experts on questions of diagnosis, therapy, or care management. These tools will allow staff at Stormont-Vail to continue to improve the quality of health in the community.

    “We have known and respected our colleagues at Stormont-Vail for many years, and we are excited to strengthen and grow our collaboration through the Mayo Clinic Care Network,” says David Hayes, M.D., medical director, Mayo Clinic Care Network. “The network is about delivering the right care, at the right place, at the right time. And we believe that by working together more patients will be able to stay closer to home for care.”

    “Stormont-Vail HealthCare is home to some of the most accomplished health care professionals in the region and the nation,” said Kent Palmberg, MD, chief medical officer, Stormont-Vail HealthCare. “This union of forces means our physicians now have more than 4,000 new colleagues to collaborate with. This collaboration means patients will have access to our specialists and additional Mayo Clinic expertise right here at home.”

    Stormont-Vail is an integrated health care system based in Topeka, Kan. The organization employs more than 230 physicians and is comprised of the Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center, a 586-bed acute care center, the Cotton-O’Neil and PediatricCare clinics and a variety of ancillary services. It has the region’s only Level III neonatal intensive care and trauma center. Stormont-Vail recently received redesignation as a Magnet facility by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2014 after first receiving this recognition for excellence in nursing services in 2009.

    The Mayo Clinic Care Network represents non-ownership relationships. Members of the network remain independent and share a goal of improving the delivery of health care in their communities through high-quality, collaborative medical care. Launched in 2011, the Mayo Clinic Care Network now has members in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Dakota and Wisconsin, as well as Puerto Rico and Mexico.

  • Community Skin Cancer Screening April 5

    Thursday March 13, 2014

    A free community skin cancer screening will be provided by Stormont-Vail HealthCare in an effort to improve the health of our community. This is an opportunity to have suspicious moles and other spots checked for signs of cancer, and to determine if further analysis is necessary. 

    Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers and accounts for half of all cancers in the United States.

    The free skin screening clinic will be 8 a.m. to noon. Saturday, April 5, at the Stormont-Vail Cancer Center, 1414 S.W. 8th Ave., Topeka. Appointment is required. Call Health Connections, (785) 354-5225.

  • Stormont-Vail HealthCare Announces Changes to Visitor Entrances

    Monday March 10, 2014

    In an effort to improve safety for patients, visitors and staff, Stormont-Vail HealthCare will implement changes to visitor entrances at the hospital. The changes will be effective Monday, March 17, 2014.

    Hospital visitors are encouraged to park in the main parking garage, near 9th and Garfield, and enter through the main entrance, which is open 24-hours-a-day. A photo ID will be required for entry between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.

    Beginning March 17, the South Tower and Surgery entrances will open at 5 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. (currently open until 9 p.m.). Also on March 17, the Pozez Education Center entrance will become a staff-only entrance. Visitors attending events in the Pozez Education Center should park in the garage, enter through the main entrance, and follow the signs to the Education Center.

    The South Tower Outpatient Center entrance hours will remain the same, opening at 7 a.m. and closing at 5 p.m. As always, the Emergency Department will continue to be open to patients 24/7.

    “We know this may be a transition for some and apologize for any inconvenience,” said Randy Peterson, Stormont-Vail HealthCare President and CEO. “However, safety for all is our number one priority.”

  • Stormont-Vail Foundation Supports Nursing Education

    Monday February 17, 2014

    The Stormont-Vail Foundation was pleased to fund nursing scholarships totaling $69,425 for 96 students at the Baker University School of Nursing, Stormont-Vail Campus, for the Spring 2014 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.; Amanda Vickers, Topeka, Kan.

    Blanche Bryden Nursing Scholarship
    Emily Amack, Rossville, Kan.; Alexandra Schlauch, Centralia, Wash.; Amanda Welcher, Lawrence, Kan.

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

    Carson Family Nursing Scholarship
    Madeline Luther, Olathe, Kan.

    Christ’s Wolff Nursing Scholarship
    Katrina Autry, Dayton, Ohio; Katharine Baldwin, Columbia, Mo.; Christina Beat, Denver, Colo.; Jenny Beaver, Topeka, Kan.; Helen Benefiel, Lawrence, Kan.; Tyler Bessey, Shawnee, 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.; Lorin Feiden, Shawnee, Kan.; Katherine Gardner, Winfield, Kan.; Rebecca Giancana, Topeka, Kan.; Mercy Githara, Topeka, Kan.; Stephanie Glasper, Wichita, Kan.; Elyse Hawthorne, Soldier, Kan.; Sandra Hohner, Topeka, Kan.; Leia Karimul Bashar, Wamego, Kan.; Kaylen Klocke, Wichita, Kan.; Sharon Tarbutton, Overland Park, Kan.

    Conkling-Hussey Nursing Scholarship
    Erika Crews, Overland Park, Kan.; Cathy Kofoid, Newton, Kan.; Cathryn McClelland, Lawrence, Kan.; Amanda Vickers, Topeka, Kan.

    Emery A. Dains Nursing Scholarship
    Jennifer Huynh, Wichita, Kan.

    Gault-Hussey Nursing Scholarship
    Jessica Grider, Emporia, Kan.; Rebecca Johnson, Lindsborg, Kan.; Alyssa Partridge, Buhler, Kan.; Jennifer Cantillon, St. Marys, Kan.; Ashley Sampson, Lee’s Summit, Mo.; Erin Stephan, Leawood, Kan.; Amanda Tofflemire, Topeka, Kan.; Michelle Tran, Wichita, Kan.; Jordan Whitehead, Silver Lake, Kan.; Auston Whitmer, Highlands Ranch, Colo.; Erin Whittington, Olathe, Kan.; Whitney Williams, Topeka, Kan.

    Marjorie Groll Nursing Scholarship
    Carla Caywood, Topeka, Kan.; Caitlin Davis, Wichita, Kan.; Jacob Nicolay, Lenexa, Kan. 

    Dr. Charles S. & Doris F. Joss Nursing Scholarship
    Danielle Busch, Smith Valley, Nev.; William Hess, Auburn, Kan.; Amanda Schulte, Garnett, Kan.; Sharon Tarbutton, Overland Park, Kan.; Madelyn Tong, El Dorado, Kan. 

    Klemmer Endowed Nursing Scholarship
    Jodi Brandt, Topeka, Kan.

    Kohl’s Family Nursing Scholarship
    Elizabeth Mariner, Topeka, Kan. 

    Lawrence Gabel Nursing Scholarship
    Nicole Chrisopulos, Rowlett, Texas; Erica Grandon, 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
    Zachariah Reeb, Baldwin City, Kan.

    Stormont-Vail HealthCare Auxiliary Nursing Scholarship
    Ashlyn Clark, Kingman, Kan.; Lauren Mitchell, Stilwell, Kan.

    Stormont-Vail Foundation Nursing Scholarship
    Garrett DeLong, Tecumseh, Kan.; Marci Flory, Lawrence, Kan.; Maggie Holmberg, Topeka, Kan.; Chelsey Huddleston, Frankfort, Kan.; James Jordan, Clay Center, Kan.; Cathy Kofoid, Newton, Kan.; Melissa Kramer, Topeka, Kan.; Kerry Kurta, Overland Park, Kan.; Elizabeth Louden, Richmond, Kan.; Elizabeth Mariner, Topeka, Kan.; Holly Martinez, Prairie Village, Kan.; Faith May, Topeka, Kan.; Cathryn McClelland, Lawrence, Kan.; Tanner McCrary, Berryton, Kan.; Hannah Moore, Lawrence, Kan.; Lisa Nguyen, Maize, Kan.; Jordon Oldfather, Hilo, Hawaii; Emily Padilla, Topeka, Kan.; Rebekka Parker, El Paso, Texas; Courtney Pfau, Fort Riley, Kan.; Kristen Potter, Topeka, Kan.; Hannah Prohaska, Topeka, Kan.; Kaitlin Pukach, Topeka, Kan.; Amanda Schulte, Garnett, Kan.; Breann Sherbert, Junction City, Kan.; Madelyn Tong, El Dorado, Kan.; Erin Whittington, Olathe, Kan.

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

  • Stormont-Vail HealthCare Receives Highest Nursing Credential with Prestigious Magnet® Recognition…For the Second Time

    Tuesday January 28, 2014

    Recognition reinforces commitment to providing patient care excellence 

    Stormont-Vail HealthCare has again attained Magnet® recognition as part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®. This voluntary credentialing program for health care organizations recognizes excellence in nursing. This credential is the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice. “Receiving Magnet redesignation shows that Stormont-Vail staff is setting and maintaining excellence as the standard,” said Randy Peterson, Stormont-Vail HealthCare President and CEO. “Our physicians and staff provide high quality, safe and compassionate care, comparable to other top tier health care facilities across the nation. This Magnet redesignation is another step toward our vision of being a national leader in providing compassionate, high-quality and efficient integrated care.” 

    Magnet recognition has become the gold standard for nursing excellence and is taken into consideration when the public judges health care organizations. In fact, U.S. News & World Report’s annual showcase of “America’s Best Hospitals” includes Magnet recognition in its ranking criteria for quality of inpatient care. To achieve initial Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff. The process begins with the submission of an electronic application, followed by written documentation demonstrating qualitative and quantitative evidence regarding patient care and outcomes. If scores from the written documentation fall within a range of excellence, an on-site visit will occur to thoroughly assess the applicant. After this rigorous onsite review process, the Commission on Magnet will review the completed appraisal report and vote to determine whether Magnet recognition will be granted. 

    An organization seeking to reapply for Magnet recognition must provide documented evidence of how Magnet concepts, performance, and quality were sustained and improved over the four-year period since the hospital received its initial recognition. In particular, the Magnet model is designed to provide a framework for nursing practice, research, and measurement of outcomes. Through this framework, ANCC can assess applicants across a number of components and dimensions to gauge an organization’s nursing excellence. The foundation of this model is composed of various elements deemed essential to delivering superior patient care. These include the quality of nursing leadership and coordination and collaboration across specialties, as well as processes for measuring and improving the quality and delivery of care. Magnet recognition has been shown to provide specific benefits to hospitals and their communities, such as: 

    • Higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help, and receipt of discharge 
    • information 
    • Higher job satisfaction among nurses 
    • Lower nurse reports of intentions to leave position 

    “Receiving Magnet redesignation validates the excellence our staff provides every day, 24/7,” said Carol Perry, Stormont-Vail HealthCare Vice President and chief nursing officer. “The honor is a reflection of the wonderful multi-disciplinary team we have at Stormont-Vail.” 

    Being recognized as a Magnet facility for the second time is a great achievement for Stormont-Vail HealthCare as it continues to proudly belong to the Magnet community—a select group of 397 health care organizations out of nearly 6,000 U.S. health care organizations. Stormont-Vail HealthCare was initially designated a Magnet hospital in 2009. Hospitals must reapply for Magnet recognition every four years based on adherence to Magnet concepts and demonstrated improvements in patient care and quality. 

  • Stormont-Vail Foundation receives grant from Lewis H. Humphreys Charitable Trust to purchase state-of-the-art neonatal ventilators

    Monday January 27, 2014

    The Stormont-Vail Foundation has been awarded a grant of $33,079 from the discretionary funds held by the Lewis H. Humphreys Charitable Trust, Bank of America, Trustee, to purchase four non-invasive ventilators for premature babies. The non-invasive ventilators are state-of-the-art treatment for babies needing assistance with breathing. In 2013, Stormont-Vail was one of eight neonatal intensive care units in the U.S. to receive the Gold Seal of Approval for Prematurity from the Joint Commission.

    “The Humphreys’ family were always such great supporters of our Neonatal IntensiveCare Unit,” said Nicki Bradbury, Director, Stormont-Vail Neonatal IntensiveCare. “It is fitting that their gift assured the purchase of these non-invasive ventilators allowing us to provide the latest technology for our tiniest patients who have respiratory issues.”

    For more information or to learn how you can make a donation to the Stormont-Vail Foundation or volunteer, please visit or call (785) 354-6851. 

  • Wael Khreiss, M.D., General Surgeon, Joins Cotton-O’Neil Clinic

    Monday January 13, 2014

    Cotton‐O’Neil Clinic, a division of Stormont‐Vail HealthCare, announces the addition of Wael Khreiss, M.D., to the general surgery practice at 823 S.W. Mulvane St., in Topeka. He is currently accepting new patient consultations at the clinic.

    Dr. Khreiss received his medical degree at American University of Beirut, Lebanon, in 2005. He completed at residency in general surgery at American University of Beirut, Lebanon, in 2007. He then completed an internship and residency in general surgery at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., in 2013. He is a member of the American College of Surgery and is skilled to surgically treat a variety of diseases and conditions including, cancer, hernias, conditions affecting the breast, gallbladder, endocrine system, and gastrointestinal tract. He is also a member of the Stormont‐Vail Trauma team.

    Dr. Khreiss is now accepting new patients at Cotton‐O’Neil Clinic. To schedule an appointment, speak with your primary care physician for a referral or call, (785) 354‐9591.