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Cotton O’Neil Kanza Park Building Ribbon Cutting
Wednesday December 30, 2015
Members of the media are invited to a VIP-ribbon cutting event at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 6, at the Cotton O’Neil Kanza Park building, 2660 S.W. 3 rd St. A short program with local dignitaries, Stormont Vail leaders and a ceremonial ribbon-cutting will begin at 4 p.m.
To attend the VIP-ribbon cutting, please contact Nancy Burkhardt, Director of Marketing, at (785) 354-6927 or nburkhar@StormontVail.org.
About the Cotton O’Neil Kanza Park Building:
The second floor (top level) of the new building will house Cotton O’Neil Orthopedic & Sports Medicine (the new name of the combined practices of Kansas Orthopedic and Sports Medicine and Cotton O’Neil Orthopedic Surgery). Physicians who will be located in this area include: John Gilbert, M.D., Peter Lepse, M.D., Michael McCoy, M.D., Joseph Mumford, M.D., Bradley Poole, M.D., Michael Smith, M.D., Shaun Steeby, M.D., Brett Wallace, M.D. and Brian Wilson, M.D. Kellie Bartlow, D.O., Family Medicine and Sports Medicine physician, also will relocate her practice to the new facility. Dr. Bartlow also will supervise a concussion clinic. The physicians will begin seeing patients in the new building on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. Parking and entry will be on the west side of the building.
Cotton O’Neil Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy (Stormont Vail Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy services, formerly located at Fleming Place and KOSM) will be located on the first floor (middle level) of the building. The parking and entrance for this service will also be on the west side of the building. Cotton O’Neil Occupational & Speech Therapy will start to see patients for rehabilitation therapy on Monday, Jan. 4, 2016.
Stormont Vail Single Day Surgery will be relocated from its current location at 823 Mulvane, to the Lower Level of the new building. The parking and entrance for this service will be on the east side of the building, closest to MacVicar. Single Day Surgery will conduct its first outpatient surgery case on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016.
The total building space is 88,000 square feet and features a total of 266 parking spaces in both lots to accommodate new patients. A community open house is being planned for Spring 2016.
Stormont Vail Health Earned an ‘A’ Grade for Patient Safety in Leapfrog’s Fall 2015 Hospital Safety Score
Wednesday October 28, 2015
Stormont Vail Health has earned an “A” in The Leapfrog Group’s national patient safety ratings program. The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog, announced the Hospital Safety Score results nationally today, recognizing Stormont Vail’s strong commitment to patient safety.
"Stormont Vail has established a strong track record of patient safety as a top priority in our organization. Leapfrog's recognition of those efforts is validation of the efforts by our medical staff, nurses, allied health professionals and all other staff members who work together to create a patient-centered and safe culture," said Randy Peterson, president and CEO of Stormont Vail. "We are extremely proud of this recognition. It is a reflection of the dedication of the staff at Stormont Vail."
The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading patient safety experts and administered byThe Leapfrog Group, a national, independent nonprofit. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Hospital Safety Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.
“The Hospital Safety Score provided by The Leapfrog Group is becoming the gold standard measure of patient safety,” said Doug Rose, M.D., Stormont Vail’s Chief Medical Quality Officer. “It uses national performance measures to grades hospitals on how safe they keep their patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. Patient safety is a top priority for Stormont Vail Health. Leadership supports strong health care teams to reduce infection rates, put checks in place to prevent mistakes, and ensure strong lines of communication between hospital staff, patients, and families. This effort has earned Stormont Vail Hospital an “A” Grade for Hospital Safety; a distinction only five other hospitals in the state of Kansas earned for the Fall 2015.”
“Stormont Vail’s A grade is a powerful reminder of its commitment to putting patient safety above all else, and we are pleased to recognize the persistent efforts of your clinicians and staff to protect your patients,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Our families, neighbors, colleagues and friends deserve a hospital that will pull out all the stops to keep them safe, and we urge Stormont Vail and all other A hospitals to preserve and renew your commitment to safety year after year.”
Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single A, B, C, D, or F score, representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in October 2015, with 773 hospitals receiving an A grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, offering a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades on the website. Patients can also review their hospital’s past safety performance alongside its current grade on the Hospital Safety Score site, allowing them to determine which local hospitals have the best track record in patient safety and which have demonstrated consistent improvement.
To see Stormont Vail’s full score, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.
Cotton-O’Neil Announces Annual Flu Shot Clinics
Tuesday September 29, 2015
Cotton O’Neil, a division of Stormont Vail Health, has scheduled many opportunities for Cotton O’Neil patients to obtain a flu shot. Here is a list of all the flu shot clinics.
Drive-thru Flu Shot Clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 13, and 20, 2015. Cotton O’Neil patients 18 years of age and older should go to the Stormont Vail Surgery Center parking garage for their vaccination. Any Cotton O’Neil patient who has previously had a seasonal flu vaccine with no complications, can participate in the Drive-thru Flu Shot Clinic.
Walk-in Flu Clinic at the HealthWise Clinic will be held every Tuesday and Thursday in Oct. and Nov. 3 and 5, 2015 from 8 a.m. to Noon. Flu shot clinics will also be held every Wednesday in Oct. and Nov. 4 from Noon to 4:30 p.m. These flu shot clinics are for Cotton O’Neil patients ages 6 months and older. The HealthWise Clinic is located at Stormont Vail Retail Pharmacy Building, 2252 S.W. 10th Ave.
Walk-in Flu Clinic at Pediatrics will be held Wednesday, Oct. 12 and 21 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. These flu shot clinics are for PediatricCare and Cotton O’Neil patients ages 6 months and older. Vaccines For Children (VFC) patients are also welcome to attend this clinic. PediatricCare is located at 4100 S.W. 15th St.
The seasonal flu vaccine is especially important for pregnant women, people 65 years of age and older, and others with chronic illnesses like asthma, diabetes, heart disease or lung disease. People with chronic illnesses may have an increased chance of developing pneumonia as a result of getting the flu. Those who may have close contact with high-risk individuals including infants, should also be vaccinated. That might include: adults or children living with or caring for people at high-risk of developing complications.
Consent forms in English and Spanish are available at StormontVail.org/flu and may be completed and brought to the seasonal flu shot clinic to save time.
Stormont Vail Health plans Neonatal Intensive Care Patient and Family Reunion
Saturday September 26, 2015
Stormont Vail Health and the Stormont Vail Foundation will host a Neonatal Intensive Care patient and family reunion from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, at Stormont Vail Health. The event will be held in the Surgical Suites covered parking lot.
NIC graduates and their families are invited to come to this event to enjoy refreshments and fun. The Stormont Vail NIC opened its doors 30 years ago and cares for approximately 450 premature and sick babies each year. It is staffed with five neonatologists, and five neonatal nurse practitioners and many other specially trained nurses and clinical staff.
Please contact Nancy Burkhardt, Stormont Vail Health director of marketing, at nburkhar@StormontVail.org or (785) 354-6927 for more information about this event.
Stormont Vail Foundation Supports Nursing Education
Thursday September 17, 2015
The Stormont Vail Foundation was pleased to fund nursing scholarships totaling $63,600 for 79 students at the Baker University School of Nursing, Stormont Vail Campus, for the Fall 2015 semester. Congratulations to the following nursing students who were awarded scholarship assistance.
Avis Van Lew Nursing Scholarship
Allison Arnold, Baldwin City, KS
Katherine Cleary, Overland Park, KS
Lydia Hardin, Olathe, KS
Samantha Mills, DeSoto, KS
Rebecca Wood, Olathe, KS
Blanche Bryden Nursing Scholarship
Lauren Burks, Valley Center, KS
Frankie Farrant, Meriden, KS
Keishly Franco, Junction City, KS
Kristen Queen, Manhattan, KS
Caring Hearts Nursing Scholarship
Michelle Abendroth, Carbondale, KS
Carol Perry-Lumb Nursing Scholarship
Jillian Benson, Lenexa, KS
Natasha Jones, Castle Rock, CO
Carson Family Nursing Scholarship
Jillian Benson, Lenexa, KS
Christ/Wolff Nursing Scholarship
Conkling-Hussey Nursing Scholarship
Cotton O’Neil Clinic 20th Anniversary Nursing Scholarship
Dean Kathleen L. Harr Nursing Scholarship
Emery A. Dains Nursing Scholarship
Gault-Hussey Nursing Scholarship
Marjorie Groll Nursing Scholarship
Dr. Charles S. & Doris F. Joss Nursing Scholarship
June D. Billingham Nursing Scholarship
Klemmer Endowed Nursing Scholarship
Kohl’s Family Nursing Scholarship
Lawrence Gabel Nursing Scholarship
Mary B. Storey Medcalf Nursing Scholarship
Schane/Winans Nursing Scholarship
Security Benefit Group Nursing Scholarship
Stormont Vail HealthCare Auxiliary Nursing Scholarship
Stormont Vail Foundation Nursing Scholarship
Woman’s Club Nursing Scholarship
30th Anniversary Nursing Scholarship
Jared Elliott, M.D., Joins Stormont Vail Hospitalist Program
Tuesday September 15, 2015
Stormont Vail HealthCare is proud to announce that Jared Elliott, D.O. has joined the Stormont Vail Hospitalist program.
Dr. Elliott received a doctor of chiropractic degree from the Cleveland Chiropractic College in Overland Park, in 2007. He received an osteopathic medicine degree at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, in 2012. He completed a residency program in internal medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, in 2015.
Dr. Elliott will practice as a hospitalist and manage the treatment of only hospitalized patients at Stormont Vail HealthCare.
BIG HEARTS for little hearts Golf Tournament Benefits Stormont Vail Children
Monday September 14, 2015
The Stormont Vail Foundation will host its 15th annual BIG HEARTS for little hearts Golf Tournament on Monday, Sept. 14, at Topeka Country Club.
The golf tournament will have an 8 a.m. morning flight and 12:30 p.m. afternoon flight, with a dinner and awards ceremony following the tournament.
Proceeds from the tournament benefit the Stormont Vail Foundation Children’s Endowment Fund. This fund supports important services and programs that are dedicated to children at Stormont Vail HealthCare including Stormont Vail’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and The Birthplace, where 1,800 babies are born each year. Other pediatric services that benefit from the fund are the Breastfeeding Clinic, the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), the 15-bed Pediatric Department and 7-bed Young Adult Center, the Stork’s Cradle Program for at-risk mothers, the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner/Sexual Assault Response Team Program, the Child and Adolescent Behavioral Medicine Program at Stormont Vail West, and pediatric specialty areas for cardiology, endocrinology, hematology and oncology.
John and Brenda Dicus are the honorary tournament chairs this year.
“The generosity of our community in supporting the children of northeast Kansas is phenomenal,” said Tina Long, Stormont Vail Foundation development officer. “We are truly grateful to our generous sponsors and golfers who have helped us with the tournament over the years.”
Shaun Steeby, M.D., Joins Cotton-O’Neil Clinic – Orthopedic Surgery
Thursday September 10, 2015
Cotton O’Neil Clinic – Orthopedic Surgery, part of the Stormont Vail family of care, welcomes the addition of Shaun Steeby, M.D.
Dr. Steeby received her medical degree at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, in 2009. She completed a residency in orthopedic surgery followed by a fellowship in orthorpedic trauma surgery at the University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo., in 2015. She is a member of the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society.
Dr. Steeby specializes in the surgical and non-surgical management of complex fractures and musculoskeletal injuries. She will care for patients in a clinic setting and will be part of the trauma team that cares for patients 24/7 in the Stormont Vail Emergency and Trauma Center.
Camille Adeimy, M.D., Joins Cotton O’Neil Cancer Center
Wednesday September 9, 2015
The Cotton O’Neil Cancer Center is proud to welcome Camille Adeimy, M.D. He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of all types of cancers and blood-related disorders. He joins the Cotton O’Neil Cancer Center team of five adult hematology/oncology physicians and two pediatric hematology/oncology physicians.
Dr. Adeimy received his medical degree at the American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon, in 2009. He completed a residency in internal medicine at Saint Louis University School of Medicine and VA Saint Louis Health Care System, in 2012. He completed a hematology/oncology fellowship at Loyola University, Maywood, Ill., in 2015. He is board certified in internal medicine.
He is a member of the American College of Physicians, the American Society of Hematology and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Adeimy, speak with your primary care physician or call (785) 354-5300.
Brian Ruggle, M.D., Joins Medical Associates of Manhattan
Wednesday September 2, 2015
Medical Associates of Manhattan, part of the Stormont Vail family of care, welcomes the addition of Brian Ruggle, M.D., family medicine physician, to the medical staff.
Dr. Ruggle received his medical degree from the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, in 2012. He completed a family medicine residency at Duluth Family Medicine Residency Program, the University of Minnesota, Duluth, Minn., in 2015.
He is a member of the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Dr. Ruggle will provide primary care services for adults and children and is now accepting new patients at Medical Associates of Manhattanlocated at 1133 College Ave., Suite E-110 in Manhattan. To schedule an appointment, call (785) 537-2651.
Research Project for Breast Cancer Survivors Promotes Healthy Weight, Lifestyle
Monday August 31, 2015
An innovative, yearlong research project to determine whether a healthy weight and lifestyle can improve the quality of life for breast cancer survivors is underway at a Topeka, Kansas cancer center.
This project was launched through the efforts of Stormont Vail HealthCare, an integrated health care system in Topeka, funding and support from the Midwest Cancer Alliance, and collaboration with three partners providing expertise and support to the project’s participants.
The research project is three-pronged, with expertise coming from the partners: New Directions Behavioral Health®(New Directions), Hy-Vee and Genesis Health Clubs. New Directions provides telephonic health coaching to promote and assist participants with healthy lifestyle changes. Hy-Vee provides nutritional counseling through a registered dietician. Genesis provides fitness training and an exercise venue.
“Although weight loss has been a positive outcome, a majority of the women have experienced less joint pain, more energy, increased awareness of healthy food choices and improved well-being,” said Cindy Giessel, study coordinator for the Cotton O’Neil Cancer Center.
Giessel also noted that having the support of the community partners has had an undeniable impact on the breast cancer survivors, and most say they wish the program would have been available at the time of their diagnosis.
“Participants are enthusiastic about the program,” said Dottie Pfannenstiel, health coach for New Directions. “They look forward to the phone calls with the health coach, knowing they can share their struggles and successes as they work toward positive change.”
“New Directions has added another layer of quality support for participants who are looking to change their lifestyle,” said Jakica Tancabelic, M.D., Stormont Vail’s physician investigator. “We are excited about this study and pleased to be working with the partners we have.”
The research project, which began in January 2015, can accommodate up to 80 participants. To date, 28 people have qualified for the study. Participants must be or have been patients of the Cotton O’Neil Cancer Center with a breast cancer diagnosis and have a BMI of 25 or higher. Stormont Vail will analyze the data and evaluate results when the project concludes at the end of the year.
For more information about the study or to set up interviews, please contact:
Nancy Burkhardt, Director of Marketing, Stormont Vail HealthCare, (785) 354-6927 or nburkhar@StormontVail.org
Deborah Mower, Communications Manager, New Directions, 816-994-1519 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Katie Barger, M.D., Joins Cotton-O’Neil Diabetes and Endocrinology Center
Tuesday August 25, 2015
Cotton O’Neil Clinic, a division of Stormont Vail Health, announces the addition of Katie Barger, M.D., pediatric endocrinologist. Dr. Barger is currently accepting new patients by physician referral at the Cotton O’Neil Diabetes & Endocrinology Center.
Dr. Barger received her medical degree at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Neb., in 2009. She completed a residency in pediatrics at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Maricopa Medical Center, Phoenix, Ariz., in 2012. She completed a fellowship in pediatric endocrinology at Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics and the University of Missouri – Kansas City, in 2015.
She is a member of the Endocrine Society, the Pediatric Endocrine Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is board certified in pediatrics.
Dr. Barger and the other pediatric endocrinologists care for children with diabetes, insulin resistance, thyroid disorders, hypoglycemia, disorders pertaining to development, and obesity.
Regan Dulin, D.O, Joins Medical Associates of Manhattan
Tuesday August 4, 2015
Medical Associates of Manhattan, part of the Stormont Vail family of care, welcomes the addition of Regan Dulin, D.O., family medicine physician, to the medical staff.
Dr. Dulin received her osteopathic medicine degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, Kansas City, in 2012. She completed a family medicine residency at the Research Family Medicine Residency Program, Kansas City, in 2015. She is board certified in family medicine by the American Board of Family Physicians.
She is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Osteopathic Association, and the American Academy of Family Practice.
Dr. Dulin is now accepting new patients at Medical Associates of Manhattanlocated at 1133 College Ave., Suite E-110 in Manhattan. To schedule an appointment, call (785) 537-2651.
Matthew Carey, M.D., Joins Stormont Vail Behavioral Health Services
Thursday July 30, 2015
Stormont Vail HealthCare is proud to announce that Matthew Carey, M.D. has joined the medical staff at Stormont Vail Behavioral Health.
Dr. Carey received his medical degree at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, in 2003. He completed his residency in a combined Internal Medicine/Psychiatry training program at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City Iowa, in 2008. He is board certified in internal medicine and psychiatry and neurology and will be able to treat patients with multi-system health concerns. Most recently, he has held the position of assistant professor of internal medicine and psychiatry at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, in Kansas City.
Dr. Carey will care for hospitalized patients at Stormont Vail Behavioral Health Services.
Stormont Vail Health Welcomes Bala Napa, M.D., Kumar Vellaichamy, M.D. and Laura Murphy, M.D., to Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
Thursday July 23, 2015
Stormont Vail HealthCare is proud to welcome Bala Napa, M.D., Kumar Vellaichamy, M.D. and Laura Murphy, M.D. to the PICU at Stormont Vail HealthCare.
Dr. Bala Napa, FAAP is the medical director of the PICU. He completed his medical degree at Madras Medical College, Madras, India, in 1989. He completed post-graduate training and fellowship appointments in Dublin, Ireland from 1989 to 1993. He is a member of the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom and Ireland. He relocated to the U.S. and completed a residency in pediatrics at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., in 1995. He completed a fellowship in pediatric intensive care at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wis., in 1998. Most recently he has practiced as the medical director and pediatric intensivist at Mercy Medical Center, Des Moines, Iowa.
Dr. Kumar Vellaichamy completed his medical degree at Madurai Medical College Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India, in 1990. He completed a residency at All India Institute of Medical Sciences Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India, in 1995, followed by the completion of a residency in pediatrics at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1998. He completed a fellowship in pediatric critical care at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, Ill., in 2000. He went on to complete another fellowship in pediatric critical care at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, in 2006. Most recently he has been in practice as a pediatric intensivist through Pediatrix Medical Group, a leader in providing maternal-fetal, pediatric medical and surgical subspecialty physician services. He has served as a faculty member at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Wichita, for the past seven years.
Dr. Laura Murphy completed her medical degree at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Tulsa, Okla., in 1998. She completed a residency in pediatrics at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Wichita, in 2001. She completed a fellowship in pediatric critical care at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, in 2008. She joins us from Wesley Medical Center, in Wichita, were she practices as a pediatric intensivist. She will begin her practice at Stormont Vail HealthCare in September.
Christopher Jenks, M.D., Joins Cotton-O’Neil Clinic – Osage City
Wednesday July 15, 2015
Cotton O’Neil Clinic, part of the Stormont Vail family of care, welcomes Christopher Jenks, M.D., family medicine physician, to the practice. He joins James Seeman, M.D. and Carrie Hagemann, D.O. in practice at the clinic in Osage City. He will provide primary care services for adults and children of all ages. He is now accepting new patients in his clinic at 131 W. Market, in Osage City.
Dr. Jenks, a native of Topeka, received his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, in 2011. He completed a residency in family and community medicine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, in 2015. He is a member of the American Association of Family Practitioners, the American Medical Association and the American College of Sports Medicine.
Dr. Jenks is now at Cotton O’Neil Clinic – Osage City, located at 131 W. Market in Osage City. To schedule an appointment, call (785) 528-3161.
Brandon Pruitt, M.D., Joins Stormont Vail Emergency Medicine
Wednesday July 15, 2015
Stormont Vail HealthCare is proud to announce that Brandon Pruitt, M.D., has joined Stormont Vail as an emergency medicine physician.
Dr. Pruitt received his medical degree at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, in 2012. He completed a residency in emergency medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, in 2014, and was named chief resident in emergency medicine at the same training facility. He is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians.
Christopher Jenks, M.D., Joins Cotton-O’Neil Clinic – Osage City
Wednesday July 15, 2015
Cotton O’Neil Clinic, part of the Stormont Vail family of care, welcomes Christopher Jenks, M.D., family medicine physician, to the practice. He joins James Seeman, M.D. in practice at the clinic in Osage City. He will provide primary care services for adults and children of all ages. He is now accepting new patients in his clinic at 131 W. Market, in Osage City.
Dr. Jenks, a native of Topeka, received his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, in 2011. He completed a residency in family and community medicine followed by a fellowship in sports medicine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, in 2015. He is a member of the American Association of Family Practitioners, the American Medical Association and the American College of Sports Medicine.
Dr. Jenks is now at Cotton O’Neil Clinic – Osage City,located at 131 W. Market in Osage City. To schedule an appointment, call (785) 528-3161.
Stormont Vail Health Receives American College of Cardiology Award for Cardiac Care
Thursday July 9, 2015
NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum award recognizes high standards
Stormont Vail HealthCare has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2015. Stormont Vail HealthCare is one of only 319 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.
The award recognizes Stormont Vail HealthCare’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that Stormont Vail HealthCare has reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.
To receive the ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award, Stormont Vail HealthCare consistently followed the treatment guidelines in the ACTION Registry–GWTG Premier for eight consecutive quarters and met a performance standard of 90 percent for specific performance measures. Full participation in the registry engages hospitals in a robust quality improvement process using data to drive improvements in adherence to guideline recommendations and overall quality of care provided to heart attack patients.
“The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association commend Stormont Vail HealthCare for its success in implementing standards of care and protocols. The full implementation of acute and secondary prevention guideline-recommended therapy is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients,” said James Jollis, MD, FACC, ACTION Registry-GWTG Chair and Professor of Medicine and Radiology at Duke University Hospital.
The Center for Disease Control estimates that over 700,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. A heart attack occurs when a blood clot in a coronary artery partially or completely blocks blood flow to the heart muscle. Treatment guidelines include administering aspirin upon arrival and discharge, timely restoration of blood flow to the blocked artery, smoking cessation counseling and cardiac rehabilitation, among others.
“This award is a proud achievement for Stormont Vail HealthCare. It reflects the hard work and dedication of the staff who care for some of our most seriously ill patients and their families,” said [HOSPITAL SPOKESPERSON]. “The implementation of these guidelines requires successful coordination of the cardiovascular team and emergency personnel and is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients.”
Irina Smith, M.D., Joins PediatricCare in Mission Woods
Monday July 6, 2015
PediatricCare, part of the Stormont Vail family of care, welcomes the addition of Irina Smith, M.D., pediatrician, to the medical staff at the southwest Topeka location.
Dr. Smith received her medical degree from Siberian State Medical University, Tomsk, Russia, in 1993. After relocating to the U.S., she received a Bachelor’s of Health Services in Medical Imaging from Washburn University, in 2006. She completed a pediatric residency at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Wichita, in 2015.
Dr. Smith is now accepting new patients at PediatricCare located at 2860 S.W. Mission Woods Dr., in Topeka. To schedule an appointment, call (785) 273-7571.
Sai Konduru, M.D., MPH, Cardiologist, Joins Cotton-O’Neil Heart Center
Monday July 6, 2015
Cotton O’Neil Heart Center, part of the Stormont Vail HealthCare family of care, announces the addition of Sai Konduru, M.D., MPH, cardiac electrophysiologist, to the cardiology practice based in Topeka. He is currently accepting new patients at the clinic.
Dr. Konduru received his medical degree from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, Karnataka, India, in 2001. He then completed a Master’s of Public Health at University of North Texas Health Sciences Center, School of Public Health, Fort Worth, Texas, in 2003. He completed a residency in internal medicine followed by a fellowship in cardiology at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, La., in 2010. He completed a fellowship in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology at St. Luke’s Mid-America Heart Institute, University of Missouri, Kansas City, in 2012. Dr. Konduru has clinical interests in electrophysiology as well as the management of abnormal heart rhythms such as atrial fibrillation.
Dr. Konduru is now accepting new patients for his cardiology practice at the Cotton O’Neil Heart Center. To schedule an appointment, speak with your primary care physician for a referral or call (785) 270-4100 or toll-free at (866) 468-0177.
ProviDRs Care To Acquire Century Health Solutions Provider Network
Thursday July 2, 2015
Century Health Solutions, Inc. (Century), Topeka, announced today it recently entered into a definitive agreement for WPPA (dba ProviDRs Care), Wichita, to acquire its Preferred Provider Organization (PPO), including its client service contracts and a majority of its participating provider agreements. The network acquisition closed on Monday, June 15, 2015.
Century is an affiliate of Stormont Vail Health and has owned a medical provider network in northeast Kansas since 1993. “Century feels the transaction is in the best interest of our clients and our network providers over the long term. The combined business volume for ProviDRs Care will allow it to provide a competitive PPO network in our medical service area,” said Gina Ochsner, President and CEO, Century Health Solutions, Inc. “The sale of our provider network will allow Century to focus on the strength of its insurance agency and consulting services for employer groups and individuals”. Century has also operated an independent agency since 1998 which provides insurance solutions for employee benefit programs and individuals under and over age 65.
ProviDRs Care is a statewide PPO network owned by the Medical Society of Sedgwick County and has been operational since 1985. Currently there are 9,000 providers and 130 hospitals contracting in the network that is for lease by insurance companies and third party administrators. The acquisition of the Century PPO network will primarily improve provider access in the greater Topeka area and northeast Kansas.
ProviDRs Care has assumed all client service agreements and certain participating provider agreements held by Century. All contracts have assigned at current terms and conditions. Minimal disruption is expected with the network change.
“We are extremely excited about this expansion of providers and delivering greater access and choice to our members. This acquisition strengthens our network in northeast Kansas, adding over 2,000 providers and 10 hospitals, and allows us to provide border-to-border access for our clients,” said Karen Cox, CEO, ProviDRs Care.
Members of the Century provider network will receive new Identification Cards as soon as possible following the closing date. The cards will include a new phone number and web link to locate participating providers and to provide new claim submission instructions for providers.
ProviDRs Care will continue to conduct on-going education to Century providers regarding the transition plan and service requirements for newly acquired clients, members and patients. The Provider Relations Department at ProviDRs Care can be reached at (800) 801-9772.
Stormont Vail Health Named One of the Nation’s Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals
Wednesday July 1, 2015
Stormont Vail HealthCare announced today that it has been named one of the nation’s Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics. Among the top 50, Stormont Vail ranked one of only 15 community hospitals named in the United States.
The Truven Health Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals is an annual quantitative study that identifies the nation's best providers of cardiovascular service. Selected from more than 1,000 U.S. hospitals, these celebrated winners provide outstanding care and set new standards in excellence for the health care industry. Hospitals do not apply and winners do not pay to market their honor.
The Truven Top 50 designation is based on analysis of Medicare patients. These hospitals have the following in common:
- Significantly higher inpatient survival
- Fewer patient complications
- Higher survival rates for heart attack and heart failure
- Lower re-admission rates for heart attack and heart failure
- Better performance on Medicare and Medicaid Core Measures
- Lower length of stay
- Lower cost per patient case
“This is quite an accomplishment,” said Joe Hopeck, Stormont Vail HealthCare administrative director of the cardiovascular service line. “When it comes to providing high quality cardiovascular care at Stormont Vail, we are not just surviving in this environment, but we are thriving, and that is great news for our patients.”
The Trauma Center at Stormont Vail Health Receives Re-verification as a Level II Trauma Center
Monday June 22, 2015
The trauma center at Stormont Vail HealthCare has been re-verified as a Level II Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee (VRC), an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma (COT) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This verification is valid through April 14, 2018.
Verified trauma centers must meet the essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance, as outlined by the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Trauma.
To retain its Level II Trauma Center verification, Stormont Vail maintains trauma surgeon coverage 24 hours a day, as well as coverage of specialties including orthopedics, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, radiology and critical care. Stormont Vail also provides community trauma prevention education, continuing education for staff and incorporates a comprehensive quality assessment program.
“We are excited, but not surprised about our re-verification as a Level II Trauma Center,” said Angela Gamber MBA, BSN, RN, NE-BC, Trauma Services administrative director. “We work hard to provide the highest quality care for all of our patients. This is not something we scramble to achieve before the committee arrives, we operate at this level every day so that we can give our most critical patients the best possible outcomes.”
Richelle Rumford RN, BSN, MSN, CEN, trauma program manager said, “The trauma verification process, through the American College of Surgeons, ensures that when a tragedy occurs, patients and families can count on the Stormont Vail Trauma Team to provide the highest level of trauma care in our area.”
Cotton-O’Neil Diabetes and Endocrinology Center and Family Service and Guidance Center to Sponsor a Camp for Kids with Type 1 Diabetes
Thursday June 18, 2015
Beginning Monday, June 22, 2015, Cotton O’Neil Diabetes & Endocrinology Center along with Family Service and Guidance Center will sponsor an A1C day camp for kids with Type 1 diabetes. The camp will provide fun and empowerment as the children gather to learn how to live with diabetes.
Kids with diabetes are welcome to bring a friend or sibling with them to the camp. Parents may also be included in the sessions. The camp runs from noon to 5 p.m., Monday, June 22 to Friday, June 26, at Gage Park’s Snyder Cabin. Cost is $25 per child and $10 for a friend or sibling.
To register for the A1C Day Camp, call Trish at (785) 235-7585 or Lillie at (785) 368-0736.
The media is invited to attend this event. Please contact Nancy Burkhardt at nburkhar@StormontVail.org or (785) 354-6927 if you plan to attend.
2015 Excellence in Nursing Awards
Tuesday June 9, 2015
Stormont Vail HealthCare held its 8th Annual Excellence in Nursing Awards on May 7, in the Pozez Education Center Auditorium. This year 16 patient care staff members were selected to receive an Excellence in Nursing Award. “These individuals represent different clinical specialties, but have in common careers that combine professional knowledge with human caring,” said Carol Perry, MSM, BSN, RN, FACHE, vice president and chief nursing officer. “They exemplify the image of nursing by acting as role models, acquiring and incorporating new learning in their practice environment, demonstrating strong leadership and interpersonal skills, inspiring others through their service as mentors and preceptors, and promoting diversity in the workplace.
Award honorees were nominated by physicians, nurses, colleagues, mentors and friends who took the opportunity to recognize those who continually strive for and contribute to the professionalism of patient care. This year, 77 patient care employees were nominated.
The award winners include:
- Sue Legino, RN – Neonatal Intensive Care, Excellence in Nursing Practice
- Christel Massey, BSN, RN – Patient Centered Medical Home, Excellence in Nursing Practice
- Janet Brunner, BSN, RN – Cotton O’Neil Clinic, Excellence in Nursing Leadership
- David Dean, BSN, RN – Pavilion, Excellence in Nursing Mentorship
- Joni Koch-Pfortmiller, RN – Cotton O’Neil Clinic, Excellence in Nursing Mentorship
- Nicholas Eilert, BSN, RN – 5 North, Excellence in Nursing Preceptorship
- Shirley Appleton, MS, MS, RN, CNOR – Information Systems, Excellence in Nursing Research
- Amy Karle, LPN – Cotton O’Neil Cancer Center, Excellence in Licensed Practical Nursing
- Tina Mosher, LPN – Cotton O’Neil Research Clinic, Excellence in Licensed Practical Nursing
- Tina Briggs, LPN – Cotton O’Neil Carbondale Clinic, Distinguished Community Service
- Paul Murphy, RN – 7 North, Rising Star
- Trey Pruden, BS, RN – Cardiology, Rising Star
- Kali Arney, PCT – Birthplace, Excellence in Patient Care
- Jenny Beaver, PCT – 7 North, Excellence in Patient Care
- Courtney Emig, PCT – 5 North, Excellence in Patient Care
- Bobbie Fox, MA – Kansas Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, Excellence in Patient Care
Stormont Vail Receives Excellence Award
Tuesday May 19, 2015
Award recognizes exceptionally high performance in clinical effectiveness
Stormont Vail HealthCare has received the Excellence Award for Clinical Effectiveness from VHA, Inc., for achieving exceptionally high levels of performance in clinical effectiveness when compared to national benchmarks.
Stormont Vail was one of six VHA-member hospitals in the nation to receive the Excellence Award for Clinical Effectiveness. VHA, Inc. is the largest member-owned health care company in the country, serving 5,000 health system members and representing more than a quarter of the nation’s hospitals. The award was presented May 14 at a VHA conference in Las Vegas.
“This award demonstrates the high standards of our physicians, staff and organization in providing quality care for our community,” said Randy Peterson, president and chief executive officer of Stormont Vail HealthCare. “We are evolving into a system that is based on value instead of volume. Value emphasizes quality, service and wellness. This award is an indicator that we are successful in that effort while continuing to provide excellence in care.”
To determine the winners of the Clinical Effectiveness Award, VHA evaluated all qualifying member hospitals that achieved exceptionally high scores on several key national pay-for-performance measures as well as a high level of engagement in VHA improvement programs.
“Hospitals across the country are focused on making the transition to a value based model for care delivery while also working to ensure they are meeting new performance measures for clinical effectiveness,” said Byron Jobe, VHA executive vice president, service and delivery. “VHA’s Clinical Effectiveness Award recognizes and celebrates those member organizations that have been most successful in making this critical transition while continuing to deliver high quality care in the communities they serve.”
Stormont Vail Health Celebrates One Year Anniversary as Mayo Clinic Care Network Member
Thursday April 9, 2015
Stormont Vail HealthCare joined the Mayo Clinic Care Network one year ago this month. In a news conference today, Stormont Vail and Mayo Clinic officials commemorated the anniversary by providing an update to a group of board members, staff and community leaders.
Stormont Vail President and Chief Executive Officer Randy Peterson cited collaboration between Stormont Vail and Mayo Clinic physicians and leadership as the foremost accomplishment of the membership in the first year. “I am pleased to report that our physicians completed 163 eConsults for patients in the past 12 months. That means 163 times our physicians were able to consult with Mayo specialists as they work to ensure the best diagnosis and treatment options are found for our patients,” said Peterson.
Lambert Wu, M.D., Cotton O’Neil cardiologist, is Stormont Vail’s physician champion for the network relationship. “I am pleased with the Mayo Clinic Care Network collaboration,” said Dr. Wu. “Many of our physicians have embraced the collaboration and are now providing our patients with access to Mayo Clinic expertise, while keeping their care right here at home.”
Cotton O’Neil Oncologist Mehmood Hashmi, M.D., has used eConsult 15 times in the past 12 months. “The eConsult service is an excellent resource for Stormont Vail physicians and patients,” said Dr. Hashmi. “I have used it in complex cases and it has helped me to provide the best possible solution for patients.”
Jakica Tancabelic, M.D, Cotton O’Neil Pediatric Hematologist and Oncologist, said the eConsult service is a great opportunity to discuss complicated cases with experts in the field and to confirm that the treatment provided here at Stormont Vail is on target.
In addition to the eConsult service, Stormont Vail also has taken advantage of networking opportunities with other Mayo Clinic Care Network members. Stormont Vail sent staff to the network’s Leadership summit and the health care symposium this past year. “Both of these meetings allowed us to meet and interact with other network members, assist in investigating and developing new services for members and share best practices on key strategic issues like population health, cybersecurity and managed care strategies,” said Peterson. Peterson also served on a panel of network CEOs that met to discuss strategies around population health.
During the past year, Stormont Vail staff has also consulted with Mayo Clinic experts on several specific patient care issues, including nurse retention strategies, palliative care resources for patients and families, and during the Ebola crisis Mayo Clinic resources were consulted to develop site-specific protocols for identifying and treating Ebola virus.
Stormont Vail and Geary Community Hospital Announce Affiliation Plans
Wednesday March 25, 2015
Stormont Vail HealthCare of Topeka and Geary Community Hospital of Junction City have announced an affiliation arrangement between the entities. Their respective Boards of Trustees each approved the agreement during their regular March board meetings.
Health care systems throughout the country have faced increased financial and quality pressures in recent years. “While we may not know exactly what the future holds for health care, we do know this – we must change the way we deliver care. We must improve quality and decrease costs,” stated Randy Peterson, Stormont Vail HealthCare President and Chief Executive Officer. “We must provide a more patient-centered experience than ever before. Creating collaborative relationships with like-minded partners like Geary Community Hospital is a step in the right direction for Stormont Vail.”
As affiliates, the organizations will join forces to purchase supplies at a lower cost. They will also collaborate on such things as better integration of clinic services and the sharing of best practices in non-clinical activities. “We look forward to working together to share knowledge and expertise and to develop and strengthen health care in our region,” said Peterson.
“This is not a buyout, a merger, or a management agreement with Stormont,” said Geary Community Hospital Chief Executive Officer Joe Stratton. Each organization maintains its independence, management and structure. “We are talking about a committed strategic collaboration that will focus on improving our quality of care, decreasing our costs, and ultimately enhancing positive patient experiences at both GCH and Stormont Vail.”
Stormont Vail Breaks Ground for New Primary Care Clinic
Wednesday March 25, 2015
Stormont Vail Health Care has officially broken ground for a new primary care clinic with an Express Care clinic on the lower level. The building will be located at 4505 N.W. Fielding Road, just north of Topeka. The new building will be home to Family Practice physicians Timothy Borchers, M.D., Melissa Herrman, M.D., and Patrick Raney, M.D., on the main level. The lower level will be home to an Express Care clinic. For information about Cotton O’Neil physicians who are accepting new patients, call Stormont Vail’s Health Connections at (785) 354-5225. Anyone will be able to receive care at Express Care, regardless of who their primary care physician is.
The building will be 39,302 square feet. This is a prototype for a patient-centered medical home. A patient-centered medical home (PCMH) is a team approach to health care that focuses on the relationship between patients and their health care professionals. There is space for four physicians and eight advanced practice providers on the main floor. For patient convenience, lab and X-ray services will be available.
The new building is scheduled to be completed in early 2016. Architectural design was provided by HMN Architects. The general contractor is Murray Company.
Stormont Vail Health Named One of the Nation's 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics
Wednesday March 11, 2015
Stormont Vail HealthCare has been named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics,TM a leading provider of data-driven analytics and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care.
The Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals® study identifies hospitals and leadership teams that provide the highest level of value to their communities, based on a national balanced scorecard. The 100 Top Hospitals balanced scorecard measures overall organizational performance across 11 key analytic measures including patient care, operational efficiency and financial stability. The study has been conducted annually since 1993. This is the first year Stormont Vail has been recognized with the 100 Top Hospitals award.
“Having Stormont Vail receive this honor, ranking us among the best hospitals in the country on overall performance, is tremendous,” said Randy Peterson, president and chief executive officer of Stormont Vail HealthCare. “Being identified as a 100 Top Hospitals award winner establishes us as high performing health care organization providing exceptional value to our community, and positions us as a national leader. Our medical staff, employees and leadership have worked hard to achieve these national benchmarks and should be very proud.”
To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Truven Health researchers evaluated close to 3,000 short-term, acute-care, nonfederal hospitals. Risk-adjusted methodologies were used to analyze public information – Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MEDPAR) data, and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare reports. Hospitals do not apply, and winners do not pay to market this honor.
The winning hospitals were announced in the March 2, 2015, edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.
“This year’s 100 Top Hospitals represent the highest national standards in hospital care and management today. They set the benchmarks for peers around the country to follow – consistently delivering outstanding quality of care, satisfaction and community value at a reasonable cost,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and the 100 Top Hospitals program at Truven Health Analytics. “The majority of the 2015 award winners have produced year-to-year performance improvement, as well. This speaks to the consistent focus on excellence by the entire organization and the men and women who serve patients.”
The study shows that if all hospitals in the U.S. performed at the level of this year's winners:
- 126,471 additional lives could be saved
- 108,926 additional patients could be complication-free
- $1.8 billion in inpatient costs could be saved
- The average patient stay would decrease by half a day
- Episode-of-illness expense would be 2 percent lower than the peer average
More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at 100tophospitals.com.
Stormont Vail Health Sponsoring Free Skin Cancer Screening April 25
Thursday March 5, 2015
Appointments Can Now Be Made by Calling Health Connections
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 25, at the Cotton O’Neil Cancer Center, 1414 S.W. 8th Ave., Topeka.
An appointment is required. To make an appointment, call Health Connections at (785) 354-5225.