• The Trauma Center at Stormont-Vail HealthCare 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.”

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  • 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


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  • 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.” 

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  • Stormont-Vail HealthCare 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.

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  • 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.”

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  • Stormont-Vail Breaks Ground for New Primary Care Clinic

    Wednesday March 25, 2015

    Stormont-Vail HealthCare has officially broken ground for a new primary care clinic with an ExpressCare 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 ExpressCare 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 ExpressCare, 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. 

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  • Stormont-Vail HealthCare 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

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