Showing all Releases for September 2014

  • Miguel Tsukayama-Oda Joins Cotton-O’Neil Clinic Pulmonary Medicine

    Thursday September 11, 2014

    Stormont Vail HealthCare and Cotton O’Neil Clinic welcome the addition of Miguel Tsukayama-Oda, M.D., to the pulmonology medical sub-specialty at Cotton O’Neil Clinic. Dr. Tsukayama Oda joins fellow pulmonologists Shawn Magee, M.D., Vlad Dimitriu, M.D. Ali Kanchwala, M.D. and Salah Najm, M.D. at 823 S.W. Mulvane in Topeka. He is currently accepting new patients by physician referral.

    Dr. Tsukayama-Oda received his medical degree from San Martin de Porres University School of Medicine, Lima, Peru, in 2004. After relocating to the United States, he completed a residency in internal medicine followed by a fellowship in geriatric medicine at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, New York City, in 2011. He completed a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care medicine in 2014.

    He is board certified in internal medicine, geriatric medicine and pulmonary disease and is a member of the American College of Chest Physicians and the American Thoracic Society.

    For more information about this new Cotton O’Neil Clinic pulmonologist, visit or call Stormont Vail Health Connections at (785) 354-5225.

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  • Stormont Vail Foundation receives grant from Capitol Federal® Foundation to provide tools for newborn nutrition management system

    Monday September 8, 2014

    The Stormont Vail Foundation has been awarded a grant of $50,250 from the Capitol Federal® Foundation for a bar code system in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. These tools for the newborn nutritional management are critically important for the health of newborns.

    The proprietary software will interface with the patient’s medical record and provide tracking of breast milk, donor milk and formula. Using a unique bar code, the system ensures infants receive the correct feeding product, tracks the inventory for expiration dates, does inventory management for quantity and provides processing management for fortified milk. The system includes texting capability to keep the mother engaged and informed about milk inventories for her child.

    Stormont Vail has always promoted and supported mothers who are able to breastfeed their babies. An extensive stay for the child in the NIC often makes breastfeeding a challenge since mother and baby may be in different locations.

    For mothers who are not able to initiate or continue breastfeeding, Stormont Vail has implemented the use of donor human “banked” milk as an alternative. On rare occasions, babies are provided formula with additional supplements. By increasing the opportunity for human milk feedings, there is a reduction in neonates developing necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) which is a serious intestinal disease affecting premature infants that can be life threatening.

    At Stormont Vail, 85 percent of all babies in the NIC are fed mother’s milk. Last year, 480 infants were cared for in the Stormont Vail NIC. Stormont Vail became the sixth and largest hospital in the state of Kansas to be designated a “High 5 for Mom and Baby” hospital in August. High 5 promotes the adoption of five evidence-based maternity care practices that support breastfeeding success.

    Stormont Vail is one of only three health care organizations in Kansas with a neonatal intensive care unit to care for babies with the most serious health needs. Stormont Vail has been providing neonatal intensive care services since 1984 and moved into its current location in 2005, with the increased capacity to care for 35 babies.  In 2013, Stormont Vail and St. Francis Health began collaborating on pediatrics and neonatal services to better serve the community and region. The result is more children and babies are able to receive the appropriate level of care in the community without being transferred to Kansas City. That decreases stress levels for families.

    The Stormont Vail Neonatal Intensive Care (NIC) is Joint Commission Disease Specific Certified in Prematurity. It also received the 2014 PRC National Excellence in Healthcare 5-Star Award, which is given to health care facilities and providers scoring in the top 10 percent of the Professional Research Consultants’ national client database. The award is based on the percentage of patients who give a rating of “Excellent” for overall quality of care.

    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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