Showing all Releases for April 2014

  • Stormont Vail Health Receives 2014 VHA Excellence Award for Clinical Care

    Tuesday April 29, 2014

    Stormont Vail HealthCare announced today it has received an Excellence Award for Clinical Care from VHA Inc., national health care network. The award recognizes Stormont Vail’s achievement of exceptionally high levels of performance in clinical care when compared to national benchmarks. The award was presented Sunday, April 27 during VHA’s national Navigating to Excellence Forum in Las Vegas. 

    “The VHA Excellence Award for Clinical Care recognizes the excellent care and support services that our staff provides as we work together toward a healthier community,” said Randy Peterson, president and chief executive officer of Stormont Vail HealthCare. “This, along with other recent awards, is a reflection of the great care our staff members strive to provide every day.” 

    To determine the winners of the Clinical Care Award, VHA used cost, length of stay, readmission and clinical outcome data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to determine an integrated performance score for each of its member hospitals. In addition to scoring above the 90th percentile, as compared to other VHA members, the hospital must also have participated in a VHA improvement program in 2013. Stormont Vail was one of seven acute care hospitals (with more than 250 beds) recognized for excellence. 

    “Hospitals today are focused on improving clinical outcomes, making operations more cost effective and enhancing the patient’s experience,” said Byron Jobe, VHA executive vice president, service and delivery. “VHA’s Clinical Care Award honors institutions who are succeeding in those areas and that are diligently working to identify areas for improvement to deliver even better results and lower costs for the communities they serve. Their spirit and commitment to continuous improvement reflects VHA’s mission, and we are proud to recognize Stormont Vail’s achievements.”

    VHA is a national network serving more than 5,100 health system members and affiliates that work together to achieve new levels of clinical performance and operational efficiency. By recognizing institutions for their commitment and achievements, VHA hopes that other health systems will apply these leading practices in their own organizations to further enhance the overall level of quality in our nation’s health care system.

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  • Stormont Vail Health Honored with Quality Achievement Award for Stroke Care

    Tuesday April 29, 2014

    Stormont Vail HealthCare has received the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for the treatment of stroke patients.

    Get With The Guidelines Stroke helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Stormont Vail HealthCare earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

    Stormont Vail also received the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll for meeting stroke quality measures that reduce the time between hospital arrival and treatment with the clot-buster tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. People who suffer a stroke who receive the drug within three hours of the onset of symptoms may recover quicker and are less likely to suffer severe disability.

    “Stormont Vail HealthCare is dedicated to improving the quality of stroke care and The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Stroke helps us achieve that goal,” said Frisco Morse, D.O., hospitalist and medical director of the stroke program at Stormont Vail HealthCare. “With this award, our hospital demonstrates our commitment to ensure that our patients receive care based on internationally respected clinical guidelines,” added Morse.

    According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number four cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

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  • Stormont Vail Health employees donate $293,404.10 to United Way

    Thursday April 17, 2014

    Stormont Vail HealthCare employees raised $293,404.10 for the United Way 2013 campaign. This is a 2.56 percent increase from the previous year’s campaign and is the second highest amount ever donated by Stormont Vail employees in the organization’s history. 

    Donations were raised during the Stormont Vail annual employee giving campaign in October 2013. 

    “It is a pleasure to recognize the employees of Stormont Vail for their generosity and commitment to the United Way Campaign,” said Randy Peterson, Stormont Vail HealthCare president and chief executive officer. “This level of giving is an indication that our employees live Stormont Vail’s mission of ‘Working together to improve the health of our community’ in partnership with the United Way.”

    Stormont Vail employees were involved in a number of awareness events during October. The events included a cupcake sale, a pizza lunch serving LaRocca’s pizza, and a gift basket contest consisting of 22 baskets donated by various departments within Stormont Vail. 

    The Stormont Vail United Way Committee, under the direction of Christina Kratochvil, Emergency Department quality analyst, organized the events for the United Way campaign 2013.

    Miriam Krehbiel of the United Way of Greater Topeka attended a presentation at Stormont Vail today and accepted the check.


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  • 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

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  • Stormont Vail Health 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.

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