• Stormont-Vail HealthCare Welcomes Bala Napa, M.D., Kumar Vellaichamy, M.D. and Laura Murphy, M.D., to Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

    Thursday July 23, 2015

    Stormont-Vail HealthCare is proud to welcome Bala Napa, M.D., Kumar Vellaichamy, M.D. and Laura Murphy, M.D. to the PICU at Stormont-Vail HealthCare.

    Dr. Bala Napa, FAAP is the medical director of the PICU. He completed his medical degree at Madras Medical College, Madras, India, in 1989. He completed post-graduate training and fellowship appointments in Dublin, Ireland from 1989 to 1993. He is a member of the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom and Ireland. He relocated to the U.S. and completed a residency in pediatrics at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., in 1995. He completed a fellowship in pediatric intensive care at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wis., in 1998. Most recently he has practiced as the medical director and pediatric intensivist at Mercy Medical Center, Des Moines, Iowa.

    Dr. Kumar Vellaichamy completed his medical degree at Madurai Medical College Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India, in 1990. He completed a residency at All India Institute of Medical Sciences Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India, in 1995, followed by the completion of a residency in pediatrics at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1998. He completed a fellowship in pediatric critical care at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, Ill., in 2000. He went on to complete another fellowship in pediatric critical care at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, in 2006. Most recently he has been in practice as a pediatric intensivist through Pediatrix Medical Group, a leader in providing maternal-fetal, pediatric medical and surgical subspecialty physician services. He has served as a faculty member at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Wichita, for the past seven years.

    Dr. Laura Murphy completed her medical degree at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Tulsa, Okla., in 1998. She completed a residency in pediatrics at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Wichita, in 2001. She completed a fellowship in pediatric critical care at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, in 2008. She joins us from Wesley Medical Center, in Wichita, were she practices as a pediatric intensivist. She will begin her practice at Stormont-Vail HealthCare in September.

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  • Christopher Jenks, M.D., Joins Cotton-O’Neil Clinic – Osage City

    Wednesday July 15, 2015

    Cotton-O’Neil Clinic, part of the Stormont-Vail family of care, welcomes Christopher Jenks, M.D., family medicine physician, to the practice. He joins James Seeman, M.D. and Carrie Hagemann, D.O. in practice at the clinic in Osage City. He will provide primary care services for adults and children of all ages. He is now accepting new patients in his clinic at 131 W. Market, in Osage City.

    Dr. Jenks, a native of Topeka, received his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, in 2011. He completed a residency in family and community medicine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, in 2015. He is a member of the American Association of Family Practitioners, the American Medical Association and the American College of Sports Medicine.

    Dr. Jenks is now at Cotton-O’Neil Clinic – Osage City, located at 131 W. Market in Osage City. To schedule an appointment, call (785) 528-3161.

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  • Irina Smith, M.D., Joins PediatricCare in Mission Woods

    Monday July 6, 2015

    PediatricCare, part of the Stormont-Vail family of care, welcomes the addition of Irina Smith, M.D., pediatrician, to the medical staff at the southwest Topeka location.

    Dr. Smith received her medical degree from Siberian State Medical University, Tomsk, Russia, in 1993. After relocating to the U.S., she received a Bachelor’s of Health Services in Medical Imaging from Washburn University, in 2006. She completed a pediatric residency at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Wichita, in 2015.

    Dr. Smith is now accepting new patients at PediatricCare located at 2860 S.W. Mission Woods Dr., in Topeka. To schedule an appointment, call (785) 273-7571.

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  • Sai Konduru, M.D., MPH, Cardiologist, Joins Cotton-O’Neil Heart Center

    Monday July 6, 2015

    Cotton-O’Neil Heart Center, part of the Stormont-Vail HealthCare family of care, announces the addition of Sai Konduru, M.D., MPH, cardiac electrophysiologist, to the cardiology practice based in Topeka. He is currently accepting new patients at the clinic.

    Dr. Konduru received his medical degree from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, Karnataka, India, in 2001. He then completed a Master’s of Public Health at University of North Texas Health Sciences Center, School of Public Health, Fort Worth, Texas, in 2003. He completed a residency in internal medicine followed by a fellowship in cardiology at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, La., in 2010. He completed a fellowship in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology at St. Luke’s Mid-America Heart Institute, University of Missouri, Kansas City, in 2012. Dr. Konduru has clinical interests in electrophysiology as well as the management of abnormal heart rhythms such as atrial fibrillation.

    Dr. Konduru is now accepting new patients for his cardiology practice at the Cotton-O’Neil Heart Center. To schedule an appointment, speak with your primary care physician for a referral or call (785) 270-4100 or toll-free at (866) 468-0177.

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  • ProviDRs Care To Acquire Century Health Solutions Provider Network

    Thursday July 2, 2015

    Century Health Solutions, Inc. (Century), Topeka, announced today it recently entered into a definitive agreement for WPPA (dba ProviDRs Care), Wichita, to acquire its Preferred Provider Organization (PPO), including its client service contracts and a majority of its participating provider agreements.  The network acquisition closed on Monday, June 15, 2015. 

    Century is an affiliate of Stormont-Vail HealthCare and has owned a medical provider network in northeast Kansas since 1993.  “Century feels the transaction is in the best interest of our clients and our network providers over the long term.  The combined business volume for ProviDRs Care will allow it to provide a competitive PPO network in our medical service area,” said Gina Ochsner, President and CEO, Century Health Solutions, Inc.  “The sale of our provider network will allow Century to focus on the strength of its insurance agency and consulting services for employer groups and individuals”.  Century has also operated an independent agency since 1998 which provides insurance solutions for employee benefit programs and individuals under and over age 65. 

    ProviDRs Care is a statewide PPO network owned by the Medical Society of Sedgwick County and has been operational since 1985.  Currently there are 9,000 providers and 130 hospitals contracting in the network that is for lease by insurance companies and third party administrators.  The acquisition of the Century PPO network will primarily improve provider access in the greater Topeka area and northeast Kansas. 

    ProviDRs Care has assumed all client service agreements and certain participating provider agreements held by Century.  All contracts have assigned at current terms and conditions.  Minimal disruption is expected with the network change.        

    “We are extremely excited about this expansion of providers and delivering greater access and choice to our members.  This acquisition strengthens our network in northeast Kansas, adding over 2,000 providers and 10 hospitals, and allows us to provide border-to-border access for our clients,” said Karen Cox, CEO, ProviDRs Care. 

    Members of the Century provider network will receive new Identification Cards as soon as possible following the closing date.  The cards will include a new phone number and web link to locate participating providers and to provide new claim submission instructions for providers. 

    ProviDRs Care will continue to conduct on-going education to Century providers regarding the transition plan and service requirements for newly acquired clients, members and patients.  The Provider Relations Department at ProviDRs Care can be reached at (800) 801-9772.  

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  • Stormont-Vail HealthCare Named One of the Nation’s Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals

    Wednesday July 1, 2015

    Stormont-Vail HealthCare announced today that it has been named one of the nation’s Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics. Among the top 50, Stormont-Vail ranked one of only 15 community hospitals named in the United States.  

    The Truven Health Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals is an annual quantitative study that identifies the nation's best providers of cardiovascular service. Selected from more than 1,000 U.S. hospitals, these celebrated winners provide outstanding care and set new standards in excellence for the health care industry. Hospitals do not apply and winners do not pay to market their honor.

    The Truven Top 50 designation is based on analysis of Medicare patients. These hospitals have the following in common:

    • Significantly higher inpatient survival
    • Fewer patient complications
    • Higher survival rates for heart attack and heart failure
    • Lower re-admission rates for heart attack and heart failure
    • Better performance on Medicare and Medicaid Core Measures
    • Lower length of stay
    • Lower cost per patient case


    “This is quite an accomplishment,” said Joe Hopeck, Stormont-Vail HealthCare administrative director of the cardiovascular service line. “When it comes to providing high quality cardiovascular care at Stormont-Vail, we are not just surviving in this environment, but we are thriving, and that is great news for our patients.”

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  • 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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