Showing all Releases for May 2017

  • Christine Hogan-Newgren, MSM, CPA, FHFMA, Joins Stormont Vail Health as Chief Compliance Officer

    Friday May 26, 2017

    Christine Hogan-Newgren, MSM, CPA, FHFMA, believes that in the current health care industry, hospitals have a greater capacity to remain focused on patient care and the health of the community. She also knows that strategic initiatives to ensure expansion and growth of a system are both exciting and challenging.

    Stormont Vail Health is proud to announce that Hogan-Newgren has joined our team as chief compliance officer.                 

    “I am a problem solver at heart,” said Hogan-Newgren. “That is truly what compliance and audit are all about—managing and completing a task that is in the best interest of the organization and its patients and that protects the physical, financial, patient and employee assets, as well as its reputation.”            

    Hogan-Newgren received her Master of Science in Management from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, in 2017. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, Minnesota, in 1987. Hogan-Newgren most recently served as the chief compliance officer and chief audit executive of the University of Colorado Health. Previously she worked as chief compliance office and director of internal audit for the University of Colorado Hospital. She has also worked at Exempla Healthcare as vice president of corporate responsibility and internal audit, Centura Health as vice president and chief compliance officer, and Benedictine Health System as vice president of corporate compliance and audit services/system integrity.

    She is a certified public accountant, a certified health care financial professional and a fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

    “I take the responsibility of corporate compliance very seriously,” Hogan-Newgren said. “I really enjoy broadening our scope of coverage by creating meaningful partnerships with individuals at all levels of the organization.”

    Hogan-Newgren has three children and one stepson and three stepgranddaughters. She and her husband enjoy camping, ATV riding, biking and grilling out, and they love to travel and being outdoors hiking with their children and visiting local wineries. 

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  • 2017 Excellence in Nursing Award Winners

    Wednesday May 17, 2017

    Stormont Vail Health hosted its 10th Annual Excellence in Nursing Awards on May 11 in the Pozez Education Center Auditorium. This year 38 patient care staff finalists were nominated to receive an Excellence in Nursing Award. Following a short program, the following winners were announced in nine categories:

    • Excellence in Nursing Practice – A registered nurse who demonstrates outstanding patient care and clinical expertise, collaborates with nursing colleagues and other health-related professionals, and keeps abreast of current trends and issues in nursing practice.
      Sheri Lee, RN – Digestive Health, Carolyn Zeller, BSN, RNC  – Neonatal Intensive Care 
    • Excellence in Nursing Leadership - A registered nurse who promotes a culture of staff who is positive, challenged and involved, has creative problem solving that leads to improved health care outcomes and enhances the role of the nurse. 

    Erica Bletscher, RN-BC – Post Surgical

    • Excellence in Nursing Mentorship – A registered nurse who serves as a resource for the growth and development of others, supports and facilitates positive learning experiences and demonstrates passion that inspires peers. 

    Staci Petersen, BSN, RNC-NIC – Neonatal Intensive Care 

    • Excellence in Nursing Preceptorship - A registered nurse who provides accurate, constructive feedback, promotes multidisciplinary collaboration and provides clinical experiences to promote professional growth. 

    Jennifer Schley, BSN, RN – IV Therapy and Jessie Koci, BSN, RN, 7-North

    • Excellence in Advanced Practice - An advanced practice provider who demonstrates clinical expertise, serves as a resource for growth and development of others, collaborates with all team members, serves as a mentor to peers, advocates for patients and caregivers, demonstrates leadership in research and evidence-based practices, and educates for the advancement of health and disease prevention. 

    Gary Graf, APRN-C – Cotton O’Neil Diabetes & Endocrinology Center

    • Excellence in Licensed Practical Nursing – A licensed practical nurse who fosters a culture that promotes quality nursing practice environments, serves as a patient/family advocate, and collaborates with nursing colleagues and other health-related professionals to facilitate quality care.

    Anna Bailey, LPN – Cotton O’Neil Osage City and Cindy Degand, LPN – Pediatrics 

    • Rising Star - Nurses who show commitment to Stormont Vail Health, exemplify high standards of practice and professionalism, and actively seek out professional growth opportunities. 

    Emily Hartzell, LPN – 5-North and Paula Sanders, BSN, RN – Hospitalists 

    • Excellence in Patient Care - Patient care technicians or operating room assistants who are self-directed, require minimum supervision, exhibit excellence in follow-through skills, are team players and remain eager and willing to learn. 

    Hannah Green, PCT – Post Surgical; Isabel Marquez, PCT – 6-North; Krista Miller, PCT – 5-North; and Lyle Spencer, PCT – Pavilion

    • Distinguished Community Service - A nurse who makes significant contributions through community service activities and influences and inspires others to be involved. 

    Ashley Toyne, MHCL, BSN, RN – Pavilion

    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.

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  • Stormont Vail Health Receives Top Quality Award For Stroke Care

    Tuesday May 16, 2017

    Stormont Vail Health has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s (AHA/ASA) Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite Plus. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

    Hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures to receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

    To qualify for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability. Stormont Vail Health 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 quality measures are designed to help hospital teams follow the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.

    “A stroke patient loses 1.9 million neurons each minute stroke treatment is delayed. This recognition further demonstrates our commitment to delivering advanced stroke treatments to patients quickly and safely,” saidCarol Perry, MSN, BSN, RN, FACHE, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer.  “Stormont Vail Health continues to strive for excellence in the acute treatment of stroke patients. The recognition from the AHA/ASA’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke further reinforces our team’s hard work.”

    “The AHA/ASA recognize Stormont Vail Health for its commitment to stroke care,” said Paul Heidenreich, M.D., M.S., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. “Research has shown there are benefits to patients who are treated at hospitals that have adopted the Get With The Guidelines program.”

    Get With The Guidelines®-S puts the expertise of the AHA/ASA to work for hospitals nationwide, helping hospital care teams ensure the care provided to patients is aligned with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal to save lives and improve recovery time, Get With The Guidelines®-S has impacted more than 3 million patients since 2003.

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  • Cotton O’Neil Express Care Midtown Open and Ready to See Patients

    Monday May 15, 2017

    The story of exceptional wellness care and ready and reliable urgent care for the community continues with the opening of Cotton O’Neil Express Care Midtown in the Cotton O’Neil 909 Mulvane building located at 909 S.W. Mulvane St.

    About the Cotton O’Neil Midtown Building:

    The top level of the building houses Cotton O’Neil Express Care Midtown and Cotton O’Neil Intensive Primary Care.

    Cotton O’Neil Express Care Midtown will start seeing patients on May 15. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Appointments are never necessary, and patients do not need to have a previous medical history with Cotton O’Neil to be treated.

    Physicians and mid-levels at this urgent care clinic treat minor illnesses and injuries that can’t be immediately treated by a primary care physician.

    Common ailments or injuries that can be treated at Express Care include:

    • Situations that aren’t life-threatening
    • Urgent concerns that normally could be seen by your primary care doctor’s office, except that it is after office hours or needs immediate attention.
    • Suspected broken bones (wrist, hand, ankle, foot). If the bone hasn’t broken the skin and isn’t obviously deformed. All Cotton O’Neil Express Care locations have X-ray equipment and radiologic technicians.
    • Cuts and/or stitches, if the wound doesn’t affect any tendons.
    • Animal bites and insect stings.
    • Routine viruses and common symptoms that have persisted but may need immediate attention, such as ear pain, sore throat, vomiting and fever without rash.

    A lab is available in the building for blood draws, as well as an X-ray room with an all-digital unit.

    The lower level of the Cotton O’Neil 909 Mulvane building houses the Stormont Vail Infusion Center.

    Parking on the south side of the building is for Cotton O’Neil Express Care Midtown and Cotton O’Neil Intensive Primary Care. Parking for the Stormont Vail Infusion Center is on the north and west sides of the building.

    For more information about Express Care clinics, please call Health Connections at (785) 354-5225.

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  • 2017 Excellence in Nursing Awards

    Tuesday May 9, 2017

    Stormont Vail Health will host its 10th Annual Excellence in Nursing Awards at 6:30 p.m. on May 11 in the Pozez Education Center Auditorium. This year 38 patient care staff finalists were nominated to receive an Excellence in Nursing Award. Following a short program, winners will be announced in the following categories:

    • Excellence in Nursing Practice – A registered nurse who demonstrates outstanding patient care and clinical expertise, collaborates with nursing colleagues and other health-related professionals, and keeps abreast of current trends and issues in nursing practice.
    • Excellence in Nursing Leadership - A registered nurse who promotes a culture of staff who is positive, challenged and involved, has creative problem solving that leads to improved health care outcomes and enhances the role of the nurse.  
    • Excellence in Nursing Mentorship – A registered nurse who serves as a resource for the growth and development of others, supports and facilitates positive learning experiences and demonstrates passion that inspires peers. 
    • Excellence in Nursing Preceptorship - A registered nurse who provides accurate, constructive feedback, promotes multidisciplinary collaboration and provides clinical experiences to promote professional growth. 
    • Excellence in Advanced Practice - An advanced practice provider who demonstrates clinical expertise, serves as a resource for growth and development of others, collaborates with all team members, serves as a mentor to peers, advocates for patients and caregivers, demonstrates leadership in research and evidence-based practices, and educates for the advancement of health and disease prevention. 
    • Excellence in Licensed Practical Nursing – A licensed practical nurse who fosters a culture that promotes quality nursing practice environments, serves as a patient/family advocate, and collaborates with nursing colleagues and other health-related professionals to facilitate quality care. 
    • Rising Star - Nurses who show commitment to Stormont Vail Health, exemplify high standards of practice and professionalism, and actively seek out professional growth opportunities. 
    • Excellence in Patient Care - Patient care technicians and operating room assistants who are self-directed, require minimum supervision, exhibit excellence in follow-through skills, are team players and remain eager and willing to learn. 
    • Distinguished Community Service - A nurse who makes significant contributions through community service activities and influences and inspires others to be involved. 

    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.

    Special Note: If you are interested in covering this event, please call or email Linda Ruiz to make arrangements for her to meet you and escort you to the event location.

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  • Stormont Vail Health remains committed to community after recent announcement from SCL Health and St. Francis Health

    Thursday May 4, 2017

    With today’s announcement from SCL Health that Nashville-based Ardent Health Services, in partnership with University of Kansas Health System, will assume operations of St. Francis Health on July 1, 2017, Stormont Vail Health’s commitment to Topeka and the surrounding communities remains the same.

    “When we stepped up to help St. Francis, we wanted to do the right thing to strengthen health care for the community,” said Randy Peterson, president and chief executive officer at Stormont Vail Health. “As a not-for-profit, locally owned, operated and managed health system, we will continue to do what is best for the health and well-being of the region.”

    Stormont Vail Health has a long history of collaborating with partners across the region to improve the health of patients, including St. Francis, and would extend the same to Ardent Health Services.  Stormont Vail will also encourage leadership at Ardent, a for-profit organization, to commit to keeping care and investments local in the region.

    “As a member of this community since 1884, we have witnessed Topeka and the surrounding area undergo many changes in health care,” said Peterson. “We are pleased that the doors of St. Francis will stay open. Stormont Vail has remained a strong and dedicated health care provider. Our commitment to deliver compassionate, high-quality and integrated care through collaboration will continue for years to come.”

    Community members interested in learning more about Stormont Vail Health and its commitment to the community should visit https://www.stormontvail.org/community-served.

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  • Stormont Vail Health Hosts Celebrate Life Organ Donation Reception: Invitation to Media

    Monday May 1, 2017

    Stormont Vail Health, along with Midwest Transplant Network and Kansas Eye Bank, will host a reception to honor our patients, and their families who have been organ, tissue and eye donors during the previous year.

    Thursday, May 4, 2017
    5:30 p.m.
    Stormont Vail Health
    1500 S.W. 10th Ave., Topeka, Kansas

    If you would like to cover this event, please meet in the lobby of the main entrance to the hospital at 5:20 p.m. to be escorted to the ceremony location.

    In 2008, Stormont Vail Health dedicated the Gift of Life Garden on our main campus to help increase awareness of organ and tissue donation. Directly adjacent to the garden is a Gift of Life Memorial Wall in an interior hallway. This is an area that is utilized to recognize our organ and tissue donors by name.

    Transplantation offers patients a new chance at healthy, productive and normal lives and returns them to their families, friends and communities. Every year, there are approximately 30,000 tissue donors and more than 1 million tissue transplants, and the need for donated tissue is steadily increasing. A single tissue donor can help more than 75 people. To learn more about organ, eye, tissue and living donation, visit DonateLife.net.

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