Showing all Releases for January 2014

  • Stormont Vail Health 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 on-site 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 multidisciplinary 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. 

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  • 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. 

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  • 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.

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