• Cotton O’Neil Kanza Park Building Now Open and Seeing Orthopedic, Rehabilitation and Single Day Surgery Patients

    Tuesday January 26, 2016

    The Cotton O’Neil Kanza Park building, located at 2660 S.W. Third St., north of Sixth and MacVicar, opened for business in early January 2016. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Wednesday, Jan. 6. The 88,000 square foot facility offers ample space, easy access and beautiful views for Stormont's orthopedic, rehabilitation and single day surgery services.

    The second floor (top level) of the new building houses Cotton O’Neil Orthopedic and Sports Medicine (the new name of the combined practices of Kansas Orthopedic and Sports Medicine and Cotton O’Neil Orthopedic Surgery). Physicians who relocated to this new building 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 relocated her practice to the new facility and supervises a concussion clinic there. Parking and entry is on the west side of the building.

    Cotton O’Neil Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy (Stormont Vail Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy services, formerly located at Fleming Place and at Kansas Orthopedic and Sports Medicine) relocated to the first floor (middle level) of the building. The parking and entrance for this service is also on the west side of the building.

    Stormont Vail Single Day Surgery relocated from its location at 823 Mulvane, to the lower level of the new building. The parking and entrance for this service is on the east side of the building, closest to MacVicar.

    At the ribbon cutting event for the Kanza Park facility, Randy Peterson, Stormont Vail Health president and chief executive officer, announced that the building has been dedicated as the Dr. Kent Palmberg building.

    A community open house is being planned for Spring 2016. 

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  • Stormont Vail Health Chief Medical Officer announces retirement plans; Successor named

    Tuesday January 12, 2016

    Topeka, KS (January 12, 2016) – Stormont Vail Health Senior Vice President/Chief Medical Officer Kent Palmberg, M.D., announced today his plans to retire later this year. Palmberg, who has been with Stormont Vail Health since it merged with Cotton O’Neil in 1995, and with Cotton O’Neil since 1978, will spend much of 2016 transitioning. His official last day is yet to be determined.

    “Dr. Palmberg’s contributions to this organization and to health care in this community are enormous,” said Stormont Vail Health President and CEO Randy Peterson. “He is a pioneer who understands the business of health care but has never lost sight of the number one priority of taking care of people. He will be truly missed. We are happy for him and are looking forward to celebrating his contributions and accomplishments in the coming months.”

    Dr. Palmberg has been at the forefront of many advances in health care access in Topeka and across the region, including engineering with others more than 20 years ago the merger between Stormont Vail and the Cotton O’Neil Clinic to create the model, regional integrated health care system that exists today. And impressively, Dr. Palmberg has recruited more than 350 physicians to the area.  

    Some of Palmberg’s other accomplishments include leading the startup of the state’s first hospitalist program, and developing Stormont Vail Health’s trauma program and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. In the community, Dr. Palmberg has received numerous accolades. He was inducted into the Topeka Business Hall of Fame in 2011. He received the Philanthropic Leadership Award from the Topeka Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 2015 and the Donald A. Wilson Visionary Award from the Kansas Hospital Association in 2007.

    Peterson also announced today plans for Palmberg’s successor. “I am pleased to announce that Robert Kenagy, M.D., M.M.M., will join Stormont Vail Health as Senior Vice President/Chief Medical Officer on April 15, 2016.” Dr. Kenagy, a family medicine physician who was born in Wichita, Kan., most recently has served St. John Health System in Tulsa, Okla. as Senior Vice President St. John Health Network. Prior to that, he served in several leadership positions at Via Christi Health in Wichita, including President and CEO for Via Christi Clinic and Senior Vice President of Physician Services.

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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 and 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 and Speech Therapy (Stormont-Vail Physical, Occupational and 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 Physical, Occupational and 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. 

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  • Stormont-Vail HealthCare Earned an ‘A’ Grade for Patient Safety in Leapfrog’s Fall 2015 Hospital Safety Score

    Wednesday October 28, 2015

    Stormont-Vail HealthCare 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 HealthCare. 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.

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  • Cotton-O’Neil Clinic Announces Annual Flu Shot Clinics

    Tuesday September 29, 2015

    Cotton-O’Neil Clinic, a division of Stormont-Vail HealthCare, has scheduled many opportunities for Cotton-O’Neil Clinic 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 Clinic 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 Clinic patients ages 6 months and older. The HealthWise Clinic is located at Medical Arts Pharmacy Building, 2252 S.W. 10th Ave.

    Walk-in Flu Clinic at PediatricCare 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 Clinic 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.

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  • Stormont-Vail HealthCare plans Neonatal IntensiveCare Patient and Family Reunion

    Saturday September 26, 2015

    Stormont-Vail HealthCare and the Stormont-Vail Foundation will host a Neonatal IntensiveCare patient and family reunion from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, at Stormont-Vail HealthCare. 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 HealthCare director of marketing, at nburkhar@stormontvail.org or (785) 354-6927 for more information about this event.

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  • 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                                        
    Michelle Abendroth                                                                  
    Tyler Bessey                                                                          
    Malaya Deemer                                                                      
    Garrett DeLong                                                                        
    Marci Flory                                                                            
    Melissa Kramer                                                  
    Tanner McCrary                                        
    Lisa Nguyen                                                                          
    Karen Nissen                                                                          
    Eresiya Odom
    Alaina Olsen
    Alyssa Partridge
    Zachariah Reeb
    Holly Santee
    Amanda Schulte
    Lindsay Seele
    Judith Ugwuegbu
    Halley Urich
    Amanda Vickers
    McKenzie Walker
    Gwen Warton
    Amanda Welcher
    Jessica Wilson
    Erika Young
    Angela Zielinski

    Conkling-Hussey Nursing Scholarship
    Alexis Hartzog          
    Madison Votipka
    Carly Walsh

    Cotton-O’Neil Clinic 20th Anniversary Nursing Scholarship
    Rachel McGhee

    Dean Kathleen L. Harr Nursing Scholarship
    Kelli Bauman        

    Emery A. Dains Nursing Scholarship                             
    Rachel McGhee

    Gault-Hussey Nursing Scholarship 
    Regina Georgeson
    John Herynk
    Tyler Bessey
    Kendra Jermark
    Brandi Priest
    Sarah Reedy
    Christina Taylor

    Marjorie Groll Nursing Scholarship
    Nicole Blanton
    Rebecca Brown

    Dr. Charles S. & Doris F. Joss Nursing Scholarship
    Laura Ruhnke
    Allison Russell          
    Breton Sloop                                                                              

    June D. Billingham Nursing Scholarship
    Kennedy Beck
    Allyson Moore

    Klemmer Endowed Nursing Scholarship
    Abigail Bundy                                               

    Kohl’s Family Nursing Scholarship
    Stephanie Hinchey

    Lawrence Gabel Nursing Scholarship
    Sierra Morgison

    Mary B. Storey Medcalf Nursing Scholarship
    Abigail Bundy                                                                                            

    Schane/Winans Nursing Scholarship
    Wakako Nakura

    Security Benefit Group Nursing Scholarship
    Gabrielle Betsch

    Stormont-Vail HealthCare Auxiliary Nursing Scholarship
    Michelle Haug
    Alexandra Scobee

    Stormont-Vail Foundation Nursing Scholarship
    Kelli Bauman
    Chelsee Burnside
    Briona Busch
    Stephanie Chappell
    Megan Clark
    Breanna Cunningham
    Megan Decker
    Jessica Dill
    Rachel Dobbins
    Katelyn Eichelberger
    Shelley Ellenburg
    Samantha Johnson
    Chelsea Kaighin
    Savannah Keller
    Sarah Ludwig-Eatmon
    Alexis Lundeen
    Desiree Martinez
    Katelin Masters
    Emily Tucker 

    Woman’s Club Nursing Scholarship
    Stephanie Hinchey

    30th Anniversary Nursing Scholarship
    Gabrielle Betsch         

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