Showing all Releases for April 2017

  • Stormont Vail Health submits letter to SCL Health, preparing to assume operations, assets of St. Francis Health

    Friday April 28, 2017

    Today, Stormont Vail Health submitted a letter of intent to move forward in assuming the operations of St. Francis Health as of July 1, 2017.

    “We are committed to ensuring uninterrupted, local health care for our community,” said Randy Peterson, president & chief executive officer of Stormont Vail Health. “We are ready to strengthen the health care services in Topeka and the region and safeguard continued access to care close to home.”

    Transition planning is already underway, and Stormont Vail Health would work closely with SCL Health to expedite what is typically a longer process for operational transitions. Stormont Vail has a strong, resourced transition team to move through a project of this scale thoroughly and quickly.

    “Stormont Vail is a not-for-profit health system, locally owned and managed, and we will ensure business stays in Topeka, and profits are reinvested in our community, just as we’ve done throughout the years” said Peterson. “The mission of St. Francis and Stormont Vail are well aligned, and we have received strong support within the community for this transition.”

    Stormont Vail Health is hopeful to work with SCL Health throughout this process to ensure staff and patient care are able to transition successfully.

    “The employees of St. Francis are more than just our neighbors; they are our friends in health care,” said Peterson. “Through this proposed transition, we would welcome them to join our team, and continue the tradition of bringing high-quality care and compassion to patients.”

    Stormont Vail Health has built a strong health system by connecting services across our medical group and hospital, and are continuing to work on advancing care with partnerships like the Mayo Clinic Care Network that bring additional expertise to Topeka.

    “As a member of this community since 1884, Stormont Vail Health has experienced many changes in health care in our community. Our commitment to this community remains the same with a renewed sense of collaboration,” Peterson continued. “Change is a part of health care and we are equipped to adapt and expand, and have continued to do this throughout the years so that we can provide the highest level of care to the areas we also call home.”

    Community members interested in learning more about Stormont Vail Health and its commitment to the community should visit

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  • Digital Consultations with Mayo Clinic Increases Access to Advanced Health Care in Topeka

    Monday April 24, 2017

    Stormont Vail Health Celebrates Three-Year Anniversary as Mayo Clinic Care Network Member

    Electronic consultations are not just a luxury in health care, and at Stormont Vail Health they’ve become an integral part of the health care delivery system as it celebrates its third anniversary as a Mayo Clinic Care Network member. Through Stormont Vail Health, Topeka and surrounding communities have increased access to advanced care, allowing for advanced diagnosis and treatment, reducing the cost of care, helping to improve patient outcomes and, most importantly, keeping patients close to home.

    The media are invited to an interview session at 9 a.m. on May 1, 2017, in the Auditorium of the Pozez Education Center, located within Stormont Vail Hospital, where officials from Mayo Clinic and Stormont Vail Health will be on site to talk about how digital consultations, also called eConsults, have changed local care since Stormont Vail Health joined the Mayo Clinic Care Network in April 2014.

    As part of the network, Stormont Vail physicians can collaborate with Mayo experts through eConsults and through access to the Mayo Clinic’s online repository of disease management information and evidence-based treatment recommendations. By embracing collaboration through technology, Stormont Vail Health and Mayo Clinic are ensuring that patients with complex conditions have access to trusted teamwork and expertise − all while staying close to home, and at no additional cost to the patient.

    Stormont Vail Health President and Chief Executive Officer Randy Peterson cited eConsults between Stormont Vail and Mayo Clinic physicians and leadership as the foremost accomplishment of the membership since starting the collaboration.

    “I am pleased to report that our physicians have completed 546 eConsults for patients since our first year,” said Peterson. “That means 546 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, while keeping their care close to home,” said Peterson.

    “As technology expands and we find global opportunities to treat patients, it is important not to lose sight that patients do best with support systems around them, and with familiar environments and routines in place. Both Stormont Vail and Mayo Clinic share a commitment that health care should be provided close to home whenever possible.”

    Also available through the Mayo Clinic Care Network is AskMayoExpert. This online resource tool delivers Mayo Clinic physician-vetted medical knowledge and puts answers to common clinical questions into the hands of Stormont Vail Health providers. AskMayoExpert and eConsults are two of several professional services that Stormont Vail Health providers have access to through this collaborative relationship with Mayo Clinic.

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  • Stormont Vail Health Receives an “A” for Patient Safety in Spring 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

    Wednesday April 12, 2017

    The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety and transparency in the U.S. health care system, today released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide. Stormont Vail Health was one of 823 hospitals to receive an “A” for its commitment to reducing errors, infections and accidents that can harm patients.

    “I am proud of our organization’s commitment to putting patient safety first,” said Randy Peterson, president and CEO of Stormont Vail Health. “This honor belongs to every one of our team members. They all contribute to the positive outcomes by patients at Stormont Vail Health.”

    “Hospitals that earn top marks nationally in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, have achieved the highest safety standards in the country,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “That takes commitment from every member of the hospital staff, who all deserve thanks and congratulations when their hospitals achieve an ‘A’ Safety Grade.”

    Developed under the guidance of an expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

    To see Stormont Vail’s full grade and to access consumer-friendly patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit or follow the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter or Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade mobile app for Apple and Android devices. 

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  • Radiation Oncologist Physician Ajay Tejwani, M.D., M.P.H., Joins Cotton O’Neil Cancer Center

    Wednesday April 5, 2017

    Stormont Vail Health is proud to announce that Ajay Tejwani, M.D., M.P.H., has joined our medical team and is practicing as a radiation oncology physician. Stormont Vail Health’s radiation oncology services are provided in partnership with The University of Kansas Cancer Center. Dr. Tejwani is practicing at the Cotton O’Neil Cancer Center, 1414 S.W. Eighth Ave. in Topeka.

    “As the son of a medical oncologist, I have grown up around medicine my entire life,” said Dr. Tejwani. “Seeing the fulfillment my mother gained from practicing oncology eventually inspired me to pursue medical school and a subsequent path toward treating cancer patients.”

    Radiation oncology was the intersection of many of Dr. Tejwani’s clinical interests. “I appreciated the cutting-edge technology the field demonstrates and the ability to eradicate disease or palliate symptoms non-invasively,” said Dr. Tejwani. “My favorite aspect of working in oncology is the ability to work in a team setting with several disciplines regularly.”

    Dr. Tejwani received his medical degree at Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana, in 2008. He completed a radiation oncology residency at New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn, New York, in 2013.

    Dr. Tejwani actively enjoys being able to offer clinical trials to patients in the community and strives to ensure his patients understand their disease and treatments. His patients have described him as enthusiastic, straight-forward, patient and even-tempered.

    When he is not in clinic, Dr. Tejwani enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons, ages 5 and 3. He loves to play basketball and golf in his free time. He says being born and raised in metro Detroit, he is an avid Detroit Pistons basketball fan and a Detroit Lions football fan.

    Dr. Tejwani is now accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment, talk to your specialist about a referral to this radiation oncology physician.

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  • Stormont Vail Health Sponsoring Free Skin Cancer Screening April 8 Appointments Can Now Be Made by Calling Health Connections

    Monday April 3, 2017

    A free community skin cancer screening will be provided by Stormont Vail Health 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 cancer screening clinic will be held from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 8, at the Cotton O’Neil Cancer Center, 1414 S.W. 8th Ave., Topeka.

    An appointment is encouraged, but not required. To make an appointment, call Health Connections at (785) 354-5225. Walk-ins are accepted.

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