Showing all Releases for August 2017

  • Internal Medicine physician, Charisse Symmonds, M.S., D.0., joins Stormont Vail Health in Emporia

    Monday August 21, 2017

    Stormont Vail Health is proud to announce that Charisse Symmonds, M.S. D.O., has joined its medical team and will practice at Cotton O’Neil Emporia.

    Dr. Symmonds knew she wanted to become a doctor after reading the book “Think Big” in the fifth grade.

    “It fascinated me and took my love for learning to the next level,” said Dr. Symmonds. “It inspired me to consider a future in medicine.”   

    Dr. Symmonds received her medical degree from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. She completed her residency at Northside Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida, where she served as the co-chief resident.  

    She joins six additional internal medicine specialists, four family medicine providers, two obstetrics & gynecology physicians and one pediatrician at Cotton O’Neil Emporia, 1301 W. 12th Ave., Emporia. Dr. Symmonds will see adult patients and specialize in diabetes and weight management, including insulin pump therapy and glucose monitoring.

    Dr. Symmonds is accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment, call 620-343-2900.

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  • Urology Specialist, Steve Walter H. Waxman, M.D., J.D., FCLM, joins Stormont Vail Health

    Tuesday August 15, 2017

    Stormont Vail Health is proud to announce that Steve Walter H. Waxman, M.D., J.D., FCLM, a urology specialist, has joined our medical team..

    Coming from a family of physicians, Dr. Waxman grew up in an environment of helping others and learning about medicine from his parents.

    “Becoming a doctor was truly a calling,” said Dr. Waxman. “I get fulfillment from helping others from a medical perspective.”  

    Dr. Waxman received his Doctorate of Medicine from and completed his residency at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, Kansas. He completed a fellowship in female and reconstructive urology at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina and a fellowship in pediatric urology and urologic oncology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences, Denver Children’s Hospital, Denver, Colorado.

    In addition to his medical career, Dr. Waxman also received his Juris Doctorate with Health Law Concentration from Indiana University Law School. Dr. Waxman currently serves as a Colonel and flight surgeon in the 35th Combat Aviation Brigade with the Missouri Army National Guard.

    As a flight surgeon, Dr. Waxman spends one weekend a month and two weeks a year making sure pilots and air crew are in good health and fit to fly.

    “Some of my patients call me talkative, especially if there is a military connection,” said Dr. Waxman. “I like to hear what branch of the service they were a part of and hear about their experiences. It’s one of the ways I connect with my patients.”

    When Dr. Waxman is not working or flying with the Army National Guard, he enjoys hiking, running and spending time with his family. 

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  • Family Medicine Physician, James M. McIntosh, M.D., joins Stormont Vail Health

    Tuesday August 15, 2017

    Stormont Vail Health is proud to announce that James M. McIntosh, M.D., a family medicine physician, has joined our medical team and will practice at Cotton O’Neil Wamego, 1704 Commercial Circle, Wamego, Kansas.

    Dr. McIntosh says that like most physicians, he got into medicine because he wanted to help people.

    “As a family medicine physician, my role is to treat the whole person, checking every system in the body, including the psycho-social aspect,” said Dr. McIntosh. “My role is to help my patients navigate everything they need to be healthy. If that means we work with a specialist, I help them find the right one. But most importantly, I help my patients with preventative care.”

    Dr. McIntosh received his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, Kansas and completed his family medicine residency at Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana. As a resident, Dr. McIntosh was awarded the Resident of the Year award given to a resident who has shown outstanding clinical and academic performance, exceeds expectations and promotes teamwork in residency.

    “There aren’t many things that are more important than someone’s health,” said Dr. McIntosh. “I get to touch my patients’ lives in so many ways. Medicine today can be convoluted and difficult. I get to help my patients navigate the system so they can be healthy.”

    Outside of work, Dr. McIntosh enjoys landscaping and watching movies, both of which he uses to connect on a more personal level with his patients. 

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  • Stormont Vail Health Recognized by U.S. News & World Report

    Tuesday August 8, 2017

    For the second year in a row, Stormont Vail Health was recognized among the best hospitals in the country in the U.S. News & World Report 2017-18 Best Regional Hospitals rankings. Stormont Vail Health was ranked second in Kansas and achieved the highest rating possible in five procedures or conditions. Two of the highest performing areas were cardiac care with recognition in heart bypass surgery and heart failure, and orthopedics with recognition in knee surgery. Other areas of recognition include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and colon cancer surgery.

    “Being listed in these rankings affirms the hard work and excellent care our doctors, nurses and other health care professionals provide right here in Kansas,” said Randy Peterson, Stormont Vail Health President & CEO. “We will celebrate this accomplishment with our team and continue to be a national leader in quality, innovation and patient experience.”

    Mayo Clinic, with whom Stormont Vail Health is affiliated through the Mayo Clinic Care Network, was ranked first in the nation on U.S. News & World Report’s 2017-2018 Best Hospitals Honor Roll, ranking first in more specialties than any other hospital in the nation.

    The U.S. News analysis of hospitals includes data from nearly 5,000 centers across multiple clinical specialties, procedures and conditions. Scores are based on a variety of patient outcome and care-related factors, such as patient safety and nurse staffing. Hospitals are ranked nationally in specialties and regionally in states and major metro areas. U.S. News assigns a rating to hospitals in a handful of common procedures and conditions.

    According U.S. News, the Best Regional Hospitals rankings were created to provide consumers who want to stay close to home with an overall assessment of their region's hospitals across multiple areas of care. To be recognized regionally, a hospital must have been either nationally ranked in one of the 12 specialties or received ratings of high performing in four or more of those specialties or the procedures and conditions.

    For patients and their physicians, these and other rankings and ratings should be seen as a starting point when considering where to go for care. Individual diagnosis and personal priorities will dictate their personal best choice.

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  • Infectious Disease Specialist, Siddhi Mankame, M.D., joins Stormont Vail Health

    Monday August 7, 2017

    Stormont Vail Health is proud to announce that Siddhi Mankame, M.D., an infectious disease specialist, has joined our medical team.

    Dr. Mankame grew up in India and attributes her interest in infectious diseases to the myriad of maladies she saw growing up.

    “Every monsoon brought its flood of malaria, dengue fevers, typhoid and hepatitis. Even leprosy, a disease eradicated in the West, was still prevalent in poorer neighborhoods. This has definitely given me an edge in terms of exposure and knowledge,” said Dr. Mankame.

    Dr. Mankame received her degree in Medicine from Seth G.S. Medical College, Mumbai, India. She completed an internal medicine residency at Jacobi Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, and went on to complete an infectious disease fellowship at North Shore Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New York. In addition to practicing infectious disease medicine, Dr. Mankame has served as an academic instructor at Hofstra North Shore LIJ School of Medicine, New York, and has authored numerous publications on infectious diseases.  

    “Growing up, I had a great interest and flair for science. I also wanted to work with people. Medicine allowed me to apply science, working directly with people,” said Mankame.

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