Showing all Releases for 2013

  • Stormont-Vail Foundation receives $25,000 grant from Kansas Health Foundation

    Monday December 16, 2013

    The Stormont-Vail Foundation has been awarded a $25,000 grant through the Kansas Health Foundation’s Recognition Grants program. This money will help support the Care Line Family Services program, which provides emergency assistance to patients and their families.

    “We are grateful for the Kansas Health Foundation’s support of the Care Line,” said Jane Mackey, president and executive director of the Stormont-Vail Foundation. “Through this grant, the Foundation will continue to play a pivotal role in sustaining the program’s Family Services assistance, which helps parents and caregivers continue to support their children while they are hospitalized or receiving medical care.” 

    Since its inception in 1992, the Care Line has been a critical bridge to establishing normalcy for patients and their families in times of crisis. Parents and caregivers access Care Line Family Services through hospital or clinic staff after all other resources have been exhausted. Assistance provided through this program includes temporary lodging, clothing, transportation, and meals. It is estimated that more than 8,500 people served by the Stormont-Vail HealthCare system in 13 northeast Kansas counties will receive Care Line services in 2013. 

    Recognition Grants expand the Kansas Health Foundation’s support to a broad range of health-related organizations throughout the state. The program is targeted for organizations and agencies proposing meaningful and charitable projects or initiatives that fit within the Foundation's mission of improving the health of all Kansans. In addition to supporting projects, the Foundation also seeks to support initiatives that focus on promoting policy, systems and environmental transformations that support health.

    “Each year we are amazed at the incredible projects being done by organizations across Kansas,” said Steve Coen, president and CEO of the Kansas Health Foundation. “This grant program allows us to support these innovative and impactful community initiatives and recognize the groups and individuals making them a reality.”

    This fall, the Kansas Health Foundation provided more than $900,000 through this program to help organizations accomplish 51 different projects intended to improve the health and wellness of Kansans. Using a competitive application process, the Foundation allocates up to $2 million each year for the Recognition Grants program. Application deadlines for the two cycles are March 15 and Sept. 15 each year. Any tax-exempt, nonprofit organization using the money for charitable purposes and proposing a project meeting the Foundation’s mission to improve the health of all Kansans is eligible.

    For more information about this project or to learn how you can make a donation to the Stormont-Vail Foundation or volunteer, please visit stormontvail.org/foundation or call (785) 354-6851.

    About the Stormont-Vail Foundation
    Established in 1984, the Stormont-Vail Foundation provides voluntary gift support to the Stormont-Vail HealthCare system for patient care services and community health education programs. In 2013, the Foundation granted nearly $650,000.

    About the Kansas Health Foundation
    The Kansas Health Foundation is a private philanthropy based in Wichita, but statewide in its focus. Its mission is to improve the health of all Kansans. To learn more about the Foundation, please visit www.kansashealth.org.

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  • Walk-in Flu Shot Clinics offered for Cotton-O’Neil and PediatricCare Patients

    Friday December 13, 2013

    Cotton-O’Neil and PediatricCare patients who still need to receive a flu shot will have an opportunity to do so on Tuesday, Dec. 17 or Thursday, Dec. 19 from 8 a.m. to noon at the HealthWise 55 Clinic located at 2252 S.W. 10th Ave. 

    No appointment is needed, but you must be a Cotton-O’Neil or PediatricCare patient age 6 months or older to participate. 

    Consent forms in English and Spanish are available at stormontvail.org/flu-clinics and may be completed and brought to the flu shot clinic to save time.

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  • Travis DeVader, M.D., Emergency Medicine Physician, Joins Stormont-Vail HealthCare

    Monday November 11, 2013

    Stormont‐Vail HealthCare announces the addition of Travis DeVader, M.D., to the Stormont‐Vail Emergency and Trauma Center physician team.

    Dr. DeVader, a Holton native, received his medical degree at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, in 2008. He completed a residency program in Emergency Medicine at St. Luke’s Hospital and Health Network, Bethlehem, Penn., in 2011. He went on to complete a fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice and the Institute for Palliative Medicine, San Diego, Calif., in 2012. Dr. DeVader has practiced as a Palliative Medicine physician and as an emergency medicine physician. He most recently was employed as the Director of Hospice and Palliative Medicine at Kaweah Delta Healthcare District, Visalia, Calif.

    Dr. DeVader is board certified in Emergency Medicine and Palliative Medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine, the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Care.

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  • Sherri Jackson, M.D., MPH, Maternal Fetal Medicine Physician, Joins Stormont-Vail HealthCare

    Friday November 8, 2013

    Stormont-Vail HealthCare announces the addition of Sherri Jackson, M.D., MPH, to the Maternal Fetal Medicine Department. She joins John Evans, M.D. in practice at Stormont-Vail.

    Dr. Jackson received her Doctor of Medicine and Bachelor of Liberal Arts accelerated degree at the University of Missouri – Kansas City, in 2004. She also completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Missouri – Kansas City, in 2008. She completed a Master’s of Public Health degree in Epidemiology at University of California, Los Angeles, in 2010. She completed a fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, in 2011. Most recently she has been in practice as a maternal fetal medicine physician at Obstetrix Medical Group of Kansas and Missouri, P.A. in Kansas City. 

    Dr. Jackson is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and maternal fetal medicine. She is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a member of the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine.

    Dr. Jackson sees patients by physician referral. 

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  • Stormont-Vail Foundation Welcomes New Leadership Members

    Tuesday October 29, 2013

    New officers and four new Trustees have been elected to the Stormont-Vail Foundation Board for the fiscal year, which began Oct. 1, 2013. 

    The officers for the new year are: Judy Moler, chairperson; Jane Mackey, president; Steve Tyler, vice chairperson; Kevin Han, vice president; Shelle McCoy, secretary and Ken Stone, treasurer.

    We are pleased to welcome the following new trustees: 

    • Miranda Carmona, attorney at Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds & Palmer, L.L.P. 
    • Kevin Hahn, DVM, chief medical officer at Hill’s Pet Nutrition. 
    • Glen Scott, president and CEO of Envista Credit Union. 
    • Doug Wolff, president of Security Benefit Life. 

    Two trustees, Mary Anne Durall and Richard Ross, have been elected to a second three-year term. 

    Additional Foundation Board members for 2013 include: Kevin Cassidy, D.D.S., Jim Birkbeck, Kent Cornish, Jared Holroyd, Rick Jackson, Rosalind Jennings, Tom McBride, Maynard Oliverius, Jim Parrish, Darrel Pavelka, Randy Peterson, Deborah Rose, Mark Ruelle, Olga Smith and Mike Worswick.

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  • Stormont-Vail Foundation Supports Nursing Education

    Wednesday October 16, 2013

    The Stormont-Vail Foundation was pleased to fund nursing scholarships totaling $64,325 for 98 students at the Baker University School of Nursing, Stormont-Vail Campus, for the Fall 2013 semester.  Congratulations to the following nursing students who were awarded scholarship assistance.

    Avis Van Lew Nursing Scholarship
    Mackenzie Turner, Lenexa, Kan.; Amanda Rice, Baldwin City, Kan.

    Christ’s Wolff Nursing Scholarship
    Jarrod Altenborg, Lindsborg, Kan.; Katrina Autry, Dayton, Ohio; Katharine Baldwin, Columbia, Mo.; Amanda Bare, Topeka, Kan.; Christina Beat, Denver, Colo.; Jenny Beaver, Topeka, Kan.; Helen Benefiel, Lawrence, Kan.; Alanna Blackwell, Topeka, Kan.; Kaylene Bonjour, Formoso, Kan.; Stephanie Bruggeman, Oberlin, Kan.; Laura Brunner, St. Joseph, Mo.; Emily Buhler, Topeka, Kan.; Richelle Burgess, Manhattan, Kan.; Tashe Campbell, Tonganoxie, Kan.; Jeffrey Bradford Casperson, Southlake, Texas; Amber Cessarich, Topeka, Kan.; Alexandria Clark, Junction City, Kan.; Cierra Clark, Lyndon, Kan.; Rachael Clopton, Emporia, Kan.; Erika Crews, Overland Park, Kan.; Emilie Durgan, Lawrence, Kan.; Amanda Edelman, Sabetha, Kan.; Laurel Edwards, Newton, Kan.; Annie Elder, Seneca, Kan.; Shaley Epperson, Silver Lake, Kan.; Shayla Farley, Pisgah, Iowa; Lorin Feiden, Shawnee, Kan.; Katherine Gardner, Winfield, Kan.; Rebecca Giancana, Topeka, Kan.; Mercy Githara, Topeka, Kan.; Stephanie Glasper, Wichita, Kan.; Joanie Gleason, Centralia, Kan.; Elyse Hawthorne, Soldier, Kan.; Sandra Hohner, Topeka, Kan.; Leia Karimul Bashar, Wamego, Kan.; Kaylen Klocke, Wichita, Kan.; Crystalee Masarik, San Luis Obispo, Calif.; Sharon Tarbutton, Overland Park, Kan.

    Blanche Bryden Nursing Scholarship
    Emily Amack, Rossville, Kan.; Shannon Good, Topeka, Kan.; Rebecca Frazee, Topeka, Kan. 

    Carol Perry-Lumb Nursing Scholarship
    Randi Richards, Silver Lake, Kan.

    Klemmer Endowed Nursing Scholarship
    Johna Herrera, Topeka, Kan.

    Carson Family Nursing Scholarship
    Madeline Luther, Olathe, Kan.

    Lawrence Gabel Nursing Scholarship
    Nicole Chrisopulos, Rowlett, Texas; Eric Grandon, Overland Park, Kan. 

    Gault-Hussey Nursing Scholarship
    Mary Jones, Kansas City, Kan.; Jennifer Quintanilla, St. Mary’s, Kan.; Ashley Sampson, Lee’s Summit, Mo.; Erin Stephan, Leawood, Kan.; Elizabeth Taylor, Lawrence, Kan.; Amanda Tofflemire, Topeka, Kan.; Michelle Tran, Wichita, Kan.; Jordan Whitehead, Silver Lake, Kan.; Auston Whitmer, Highlands Ranch, Colo.; Beth Whitworth, Unionville, Mo.; Erin Whittington, Olathe, Kan.; Whitney Williams, Topeka, Kan. 

    Marjorie Groll Nursing Scholarship
    Sara Busby, Topeka, Kan.; Christi Colley, Topeka, Kan.; Suzanne Duckworth, Topeka, Kan.

    Dr. Charles S. & Doris F. Joss Nursing Scholarship
    Olivia Kennedy, Auburn, Kan.; Emily McGinnis, Tecumseh, Kan.; Brittany Miller, Shawnee, Kan.; Kristen Skillin, Overland Park, Kan.

    Mary B. Storey Medcalf Nursing Scholarship
    Melissa Naff, Lawrence, Kan.

    Schane/Winans Nursing Scholarship
    Kayla Schmidt, Lyndon, Kan.

    Security Benefit Group Nursing Scholarship
    Kayla Smith, Topeka, Kan. 

    Stormont-Vail HealthCare Auxiliary Nursing Scholarship
    Saige Huninghake, Bern, Kan.

    Stormont-Vail Foundation Nursing Scholarship
    Maggie Holmberg, Topeka, Kan.; Chelsey Huddleston, Frankfort, Kan.; James Jordan, Clay Center, Kan.; Cathy Kofoid, Newton, Kan.; Kerry Kurta, Overland Park, Kan.; Elizabeth Louden, Richmond, Kan.; Holly Martinez, Prairie Village, Kan.; Faith May, Topeka, Kan.; Cathryn McClelland, Lawrence, Kan.; Hannah Moore, Lawrence, Kan.; Angela Nguyen, Wichita, Kan.; Lisa Nguyen, Maize, Kan.; Thuy Nguyen, Overland Park, Kan.; Sarah Nichols, Eudora, Kan.; Jordon Oldfather, Hilo, Hawaii; Cynthia Orser, Shawnee, Kan.; Emily Padilla, Topeka, Kan.; Janice Paslay, Lawrence, Kan.; Kelsey Pearson, St. George, Kan.; Courtney Pfau, Fort Riley, Kan.; Kristen Potter, Topeka, Kan.; Kaitlin Pukach, Topeka, Kan.; Melanie Rettele, Seneca, Kan.; Breann Sherbert, Junction City, Kan.; Madelyn Tong, El Dorado, Kan.

    Woman’s Club Nursing Scholarship
    Linsey Gilroy, Overland Park, Kan.; Taylor Weishaar, Winchester, Kan.

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  • Robert Porter, M.D., FACP, 2013 Bal Jeffrey Recipient

    Monday October 14, 2013

    The Stormont-Vail Foundation proudly announces Robert D. Porter, M.D., FACP, is the recipient of the 2013 Bal Jeffrey award. The award is named for Balfour S. Jeffrey, Stormont-Vail’s longest tenured board member, and recognizes individuals or groups who have made significant contributions to health care in northeast Kansas.

    Dr. Porter, a nephrologist, is credited with starting lifesaving dialysis therapy in 1974 for patients experiencing kidney failure in Topeka and northeast Kansas. He impacted the lives of thousands of patients over the past 40 years. During that time he displayed kindness and respect as well as knowledge and skill. He will be recognized at a dinner on Oct. 23 at the Ramada Inn Hotel and Convention Center. 

    When Dr. Porter started the first dialysis unit in Topeka, there were only six machines and the patients who were seen received about 1,000 treatments a year. The program has grown to 50,000 treatments yearly. He expanded dialysis, along with the treatment of hypertension and renal insufficiency that supported and lengthened life for many patients.

    Prior to his arrival in Topeka, all patients traveled to Kansas City, Wichita, Omaha or Denver for treatment, if they were able to obtain it at all. Dr. Porter’s dream was to offer acute services for hospitalized patients, as well as chronic dialysis treatments to outpatients. The dream also included home dialysis and transplants for eligible patients.

    From 1974 to 2012, Kansas Dialysis Services (KDS) grew to an organization providing approximately 180 patients with in-center dialysis treatments and a home and peritoneal dialysis program. During Dr. Porter’s years as medical director of KDS, services expanded to five additional locations in northeast Kansas and four additional nephrologists were hired.

    Dr. Porter received a B.A. in Biology from Ottawa University and his medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, in 1967. He served his internship, residency and Nephrology Fellowship at the University of Kansas Medical Center. In 1974, he moved to Topeka to begin nephrology practice. He remembers seeing his first patient on the 4th of July.

    Dr. Porter has participated in clinical research and has written articles and abstracts for publication. He has had an adjunct academic appointment at Kansas University Medical Center and has served as an instructor for the Internal Medicine Residency Outreach site in Topeka.

    From 1969-1971, Dr. Porter served as the Squadron Flight Surgeon for the 48th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, U.S. Air Force. In 1970, he was the Aerospace Defense Command Flight Surgeon of the Year. Since 1974, he has served as a Senior Aviation Medical Examiner for the Federal Aeronautics Administration.

    Dr. Porter made two short-term medical mission trips to Thailand  during 2012. There he worked in medical clinics, one of which was in an area heavily populated with HIV/AIDS patients. He also helped the people of that area build fish ponds, which would enable them to become economically self-sustaining. Dr. Porter also served on a medical mission in the Republique, Zaire in the summer of 1988.

    Many Thursdays for the past five years, Dr. Porter has volunteered at the Abilene and Smoky Valley Railroad. There he does maintenance as well as serving as a conductor and engineer on the train crews.

    Dr. Porter notes two important advancements in dialysis and treatment of kidney disease during his medical career: first, the development and advancement in anti-rejection medicines for transplantation and the progress in home nocturnal dialysis. 

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  • St. Francis and Stormont-Vail to collaborate on Pediatrics and Neonatal Services

    Thursday September 19, 2013

    Stormont-Vail HealthCare and St. Francis Health will soon begin a new collaboration of Pediatrics and Neonatal services. The collaboration is anticipated to bring more consistent and efficient inpatient Pediatrics and Neonatal care to northeast Kansas. The ultimate goal is to provide the highest quality care in the most efficient way as close to home and family as possible.

    “Topeka is a health care hub for our region,” said Randy Peterson, President and CEO of Stormont-Vail HealthCare. “By working together, we will be able to maintain, grow and enhance the services offered here in Topeka.”

    “We are called to be more creative, accountable and innovative in delivering the highest quality of care and the most value for those that we are privileged to serve in our ministry, “said Robert Erickson, President and CEO of St. Francis Health.   “We did not have to look far to find a partner to collaborate in this endeavor.   It is a new day and we look forward to working together for the benefit of our patients and the communities we collectively serve in northeast Kansas.”

    Currently, each hospital has its own Pediatric Hospitalist staff, plus several pediatric specialists. The new collaboration will combine the Pediatric Hospitalist staffs into one group which will provide inpatient pediatrics care at both hospitals. This will allow both hospitals to provide the same high quality care as always, but in a more efficient and cost effective way.

    “It’s great to see Stormont Vail and St. Francis working together for neonatology and pediatric patients at both facilities, for the betterment of the entire region we serve,” said Thomas J. Hamilton, DO, St. Francis Health Chief Medical Officer.

    In neonatology services, Stormont-Vail Neonatal Intensive Care physicians will provide coverage for St. Francis’ Special Care Nursery. The result will be more capacity in Topeka for infants who need specialized care at or shortly after birth. Neonatal coverage will enhance the care at St. Francis’ Special Care Nursery, and will establish an efficient care path for babies who need to be referred for intensive care at Stormont-Vail’s NICU.  At the same time, if Stormont-Vail’s NICU is at capacity, babies requiring the services of a Special Care Nursery could be transferred from Stormont-Vail to St. Francis when necessary.

    "We hope that the clinical collaboration between our hospitals will provide a continuum of care between the St. Francis Special Care Nursery and Stormont-Vail NICU that will allow more babies to receive their high-level neonatal care right here in Topeka," said Sue Hall, MD, Medical Director, Stormont-Vail Neonatal Intensive Care.

    Stormont-Vail and St. Francis have collaborated to provide several other services. The two organizations jointly operate Building Blocks, a daycare center, and LifeStar, an air ambulance service. In the past, the two jointly owned and operated Kansas Dialysis and MRI Center of Kansas.

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  • Thomas Alderson, II, M.D., Nephrologist, Joins Cotton-O’Neil Clinic

    Tuesday September 17, 2013

    Cotton-O’Neil Clinic, a division of Stormont-Vail HealthCare, announces the addition of Thomas Alderson, II, M.D., to the Cotton-O’Neil Nephrology practice based in Topeka. Dr. Alderson is currently accepting new patients by referral at the clinic.

    Dr. Alderson received his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, in 2007. He completed a residency in internal medicine at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn., in 2010. He completed a fellowship in nephrology at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, in 2013.

    Dr. Alderson is now accepting new patients for his nephrology practice at Cotton-O’Neil Clinic. To schedule an appointment, speak with your primary care physician for a referral or call (785) 354-9591.

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  • Alap P. Shah, M.D., Cardiologist, Joins Cotton-O’Neil Heart Center

    Tuesday September 17, 2013

    Cotton-O’Neil Heart Center, a division of Stormont-Vail HealthCare, announces the addition of Alap P. Shah, M.D., cardiologist, to the cardiology practice based in Topeka. He is currently accepting new patients at the Heart Center.

    Dr. Shah received his medical degree from the University of Missouri – Kansas City, in 2004. He completed an internship at the University of Texas – Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, in 2006. He completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Colorado Health Science Center, in Denver, Colo., in 2007. Dr. Shah went on to complete a fellowship in cardiovascular disease followed by a fellowship in clinical cardiac electrophysiology in 2011. He has clinical interests in electrophysiology as well as the management of abnormal heart rhythms such as atrial fibrillation, ventricular tachycardia and supraventricular tachycardia.

    Dr. Shah 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, toll-free (866) 468-0177.

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  • James Novak, M.D., Emergency Medicine Physician, Joins Stormont-Vail HealthCare

    Tuesday September 17, 2013

    Stormont-Vail HealthCare announces the addition of James Novak, M.D., to the Stormont-Vail Emergency and Trauma Center physician team.

    Dr. Novak, a Topeka native, received his medical degree at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, in 2010. He completed a residency program in emergency medicine at Resurrection Medical Center, Chicago, in 2013.

    Dr. Novak is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine and the American Medical Association.

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  • Cotton-O’Neil Flu Clinic Schedule Changes

    Friday September 13, 2013

    Date changes have been made to the Cotton-O’Neil Flu Shot Clinics. The second week of the Cotton-O’Neil Drive-thru Flu Shot clinic has been rescheduled for October 1, 2 and 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Walk-In Flu Shot Clinic at HealthWise 55 will resume on October 1. It will be available 8 a.m. to noon, Tuesdays and Thursdays through November 21. No appointment is needed for any of the flu shot clinics, but you must be a Cotton-O’Neil or PediatricCare patient. Please visit our website at stormontvail.org for more information. 

    Updated locations and schedules for the Cotton-O’Neil Seasonal Flu Shot Clinics are as follows:

    Drive-thru Flu Shot Clinic - NEW DATES
    Stormont-Vail Surgery Suites Parking - enter from 9th & Garfield
    Oct. 1, 2 & 3
    9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 
    Open to Cotton-O’Neil patients 19 and older with no previous complications from the flu shot.
    No appointment needed. 

    Walk-in Flu Shot Clinics - NEW DATES
    HealthWise 55 Clinic - Medical Arts Pharmacy Building, 2252 S.W. 10th
    Tuesdays and Thursdays - October 1 through November 21
    8 a.m. to noon
    Open to all Cotton-O’Neil and PediatricCare patients 6 months and older. No appointment needed. 

    PediatricCare, 15th & Gage
    Tuesday, September 10 and Wednesday, September 18
    4:30 to 6:30 p.m. 
    Open to all Cotton-O’Neil and PediatricCare patients 6 months and older. 
    No appointment needed.

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  • Cotton-O’Neil Clinic Announces Annual Flu Clinics

    Tuesday September 3, 2013

    Cotton-O’Neil Clinic, a division of Stormont-Vail HealthCare, has set the dates for its 2013 Seasonal Flu Shot Clinics. The clinics will be available September 3 through November 21. Cotton-O’Neil Clinic physicians, including pediatricians, recommend everyone 6 months and older get an annual flu shot as soon as it becomes available in your area. 

    A new walk-in clinic at HealthWise 55 has been added this year, and will be open for walk-ins Tuesdays and Thursdays 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 3 through Nov. 21. The popular drive-thru clinic will be open Sept. 10, 11, 12 and 17, 18, 19. In addition, PediatricCare will host two special flu shot evening clinics. Any Cotton-O’Neil or PediatricCare patient will be able to get vaccinated on these evenings. 

    Any Cotton-O’Neil patient, 19 years of age and older, who has had a seasonal flu vaccine with no complications, can participate in the Drive-thru Flu Shot Clinic. All others should visit one of the Walk-in Flu Shot Clinics. 

    Families under the care of a PediatricCare physician, who need help to pay for their child’s flu vaccine, are encouraged to talk to their pediatrician to learn how to participate in the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program. 

    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-clinics and may be completed and brought to the seasonal flu shot clinic to save time. 

    Locations and schedules for the Cotton-O’Neil Seasonal Flu Shot Clinics are as follows:

    Drive-thru Flu Shot Clinic
    Stormont-Vail Surgery Suites Parking - enter from 9th & Garfield
    September 10, 11, 12 and 17, 18, 19
    9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 
    Open to Cotton-O’Neil patients 19 and older with no previous complications from the flu shot.
    No appointment needed. 

    Walk-in Flu Shot Clinics
    HealthWise 55 Clinic - Medical Arts Pharmacy Building, 2252 S.W. 10th
    Tuesdays and Thursdays - September 3 through November 21
    8 a.m. to noon
    Open to all Cotton-O’Neil and PediatricCare patients 6 months and older. No appointment needed. 

    PediatricCare, 15th & Gage
    Tuesday, September 10 and Wednesday, September 18
    4:30 to 6:30 p.m. 
    Open to all Cotton-O’Neil and PediatricCare patients 6 months and older. 
    No appointment needed.

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  • Chen Hoe Chow, M.D., Cardiologist, Joins Cotton-O’Neil Heart Center

    Thursday August 29, 2013

    Cotton-O’Neil Heart Center, a division of Stormont-Vail HealthCare, announces the addition of Chen Hoe Chow, M.D., cardiologist, to the cardiology practice based in Topeka. He is currently accepting new patients at the clinic.

    Dr. Chow received his medical degree at Dalhousie University, Faculty of Medicine, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, in 2005. He completed a residency in internal medicine at Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, in 2008. He completed a fellowship in heart failure in 2009 and a fellowship in cardiac imaging in 2010, followed by a fellowship in general cardiology at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio, in 2013. He has clinical interests in heart failure and echocardiography.

    Dr. Chow is board certified and 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, toll-free (866) 468-0177.

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  • Cotton-O’Neil Clinic Recruits Additional Family Medicine Physician Ashley Hisel, D.O.

    Friday August 23, 2013

    Cotton-O’Neil Clinic, a division of Stormont-Vail HealthCare, announces the addition of Ashley Hisel, D.O., family medicine physician, to the clinic located at 823 S.W. Mulvane St. in Topeka.

    Dr. Hisel, a Topeka native, received her doctor of osteopathic medicine degree at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, Kansas City, Mo., in 2010. She completed her residency in Family Medicine at  the Research Family Practice Residency Program.

    Dr. Hisel is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Medical Association. She is now accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment, call Cotton-O’Neil Clinic at (785) 354-9591.

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  • Cotton-O'Neil Clinic Welcomes Additional Urologist

    Thursday August 22, 2013

    Stormont-Vail HealthCare and Cotton-O'Neil Clinic announce the addition of Kristopher Carlson, M.D., to the Cotton-O'Neil Clinic -Urology medical group. He joins fellow urologists Mark Brandsted, M.D., Chu-Chi Chen, M.D., Richard Isaacson, M.D., and Kevin Nasseri, M.D., in practice at 823 S.W. Mulvane St., Suite 275, in Topeka.

    Dr. Carlson, a former resident of Topeka, received his medical degree at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, in 2006. He then completed an internship at the Medical College of Georgia, Department of Surgery, Division of General Surgery, Augusta, Ga., followed by the completion of a residency in urology in 2011. Prior to bringing his urological skills to northeast Kansas, Dr. Carlson was in practice in Alexandria, Minn.

    His clinical interests include: adult and pediatric general urology for male and female patients with clinical interests in male infertility, vasectomy reversal, erectile dysfunction, urologic stone disease, pediatric urology, and minimally invasive treatment methods for a variety of urologic disorders.

    Dr. Carlson is currently accepting new patients through physician referral. For more information about this physician, talk with your primary care physician or call Cotton-O'Neil Clinic - Urology, (785) 270-4355.

     

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  • Seshu Rao, M.D., Cardiologist, Joins Cotton-O’Neil Heart Center

    Thursday August 22, 2013

    Cotton-O’Neil Heart Center, a division of Stormont-Vail HealthCare, announce the addition of Seshu Rao, M.D., cardiologist, to the cardiology practice based in Topeka, where he is currently accepting new patients.

    Dr. Rao received a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees from Adichunchanagiri Institute of Medical Sciences, Rajiv Gandhi, University of Health Sciences, Bangalore, India, in 2004. He received a Master’s of Science degree in Experimental Pathology from New York Medical College, Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, N.Y., in 2006. He completed a residency program in internal medicine at the University of Missouri Kansas City, Kansas City, Mo., in 2009. Dr. Rao then completed a fellowship in cardiology at Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute/University of Missouri, Kansas City, Mo., in 2012. He completed a fellowship in interventional cardiology at Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute, Kansas City, Mo., in 2013.

    Dr. Rao is an associate member of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions; the American Society of Echocardiography; the Heart Rhythm Society; the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology; the American Heart Association; and the American College of Physicians. He is also a member of the American Medical Association.

    Dr. Rao is board certified in internal medicine and nuclear cardiology. He has clinical interests in echocardiography, interventional cardiology and nuclear cardiology. He 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 or call (785) 270-4100 or toll-free (866) 468-0177.

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  • Westar Energy Foundation Helps Kids Fight Cancer

    Monday July 29, 2013

    Thanks to a more than $10,000 gift from Westar Energy Foundation, children of northeast Kansas are better equipped to fight cancer. 

    When the Stormont-Vail Cancer Center opened in 2007, only patients over the age of 16 were served. More than six years later, the community has proved a need and Stormont-Vail HealthCare has responded by recently adding a second Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist, Dr. Youmna Othman, to join Dr. Jakica Tancabelic at the Cancer Center. Drs. Tancabelic and Othman are the only two Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologists in Northeast Kansas. This allows for not only more children to be seen, but also a 24-hours/day, 365-days/year rotation of care. 

    Using evidence-based practices and financial support from the Westar Energy Foundation, a project was developed to enhance the exam and treatment rooms at the Stormont-Vail Cancer Center so that children may be treated and heal more comfortably. The project was coordinated through the Stormont-Vail Foundation. 

    This project transformed a portion of the Cancer Center from an adult-oriented treatment center to include an area that is a child/young-adult oriented treatment and healing center. New enhancements include: 

    • video gaming system
    • children and young adult bibliothearpy library
    • two exam and one treatment room updates

    This enhancement project allows families to have a better experience at the Cancer Center. The enhancements are already impacting young patients. Imagine laughter coming from a treatment room as two brothers fight a dragon or the chance a mother might have missed if not for the books available to read to her children while she receives treatment. 

    These small changes are having a great impact on the lives of the families from around northeast Kansas. Dr. Tancabelic raved about the enhancements. 

    “It’s good for teens and small kids—it’s lively,” said Dr. Tancabelic. “We are thrilled to have this update. Even the parents are excited. The kids love the video games.”

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  • Stormont-Vail HealthCare Receives Blue Distinction® Recognition

    Thursday July 25, 2013

    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas has recognized Stormont-Vail HealthCare with a Blue Distinction Center® designation for delivering quality cardiac care, as part of the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® program, according to Andrew C. Corbin, BCBSKS president/CEO. Stormont-Vail is the first hospital in the health insurer’s 103-county service area to be recognized for its cardiac care.

    Blue Distinction Centers are hospitals shown to deliver quality specialty care based on objective, transparent measures for patient safety and health outcomes that were developed with input from the medical community. The Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program was developed in 2006 to help patients find quality providers for their specialty care needs, while encouraging health care professionals to improve the care they deliver.

    To receive the Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care® designation, Stormont-Vail demonstrated success in meeting both general quality and safety criteria (such as preventing hospital-acquired infections) and cardiac-specific quality measures (related to lower rates of complications and death following cardiac surgery; and non-surgical procedures, such as cardiac stent placement).

    “Our Blue Distinction program recognizes hospitals that demonstrate higher levels of quality care for patients,” Corbin said. “Improving quality of care is integral to transforming the health care system. Since cardiac procedures, including bypass and stent replacement, are among the most common major medical procedures provided by the U.S. health care system, it is imperative that we strive for quality and safety.

    “Everyone at Stormont, especially those directly responsible for its cardiac program, should take pride in being named a Blue Distinction Center,” he said.

    This is the third Blue Distinction designation for Stormont-Vail, which has previously been recognized for its spine surgery and joint replacement programs.

    "We are proud to receive this recognition affirming the high quality care we provide in cardiac services and other services closely tied to cardiac care. The honor compliments our accreditation as a Chest Pain Center and the many other honors we have received for quality patient care. It is truly a reflection of the great work our physicians and staff do at every level," said Randy Peterson, Stormont-Vail HealthCare president and CEO.

    Stormont-Vail HealthCare has long been a leader in heart care, performing Topeka's first open heart surgery in 1975, and establishing the Cotton-O'Neil Heart Center in 2001. Stormont-Vail cardiovascular services is led by 18 cardiologists and cardiovascular and thoracic surgeons, and a wide range of clinic and hospital patient care staff providing a continuum of care for heart patients across northeast Kansas. Three new cardiologists, one who joined this month, and two joining later this summer, will enable Stormont-Vail to offer some heart services previously not available in Topeka. Stormont-Vail HealthCare cardiovascular services has received accreditation as a Chest Pain Center from the Society of Chest Pain Centers and has received the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Foundation's NCDR ACTION Registry - Get With The Guidelines (GWTG) Platinum Performance Achievement Award. 

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  • Stormont-Vail Foundation receives $10,000 grant from the March of Dimes

    Monday July 15, 2013

    (Topeka, Kan., July 15, 2013) – The Stormont-Vail Foundation has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the March of Dimes to enhance current programming at Stormont-Vail HealthCare that improves the health of our community through the reduction of premature births. 

    In an effort to reduce the infant mortality rates in Shawnee County, the March of Dimes and Stormont-Vail HealthCare will continue to offer an incentive-based pre-natal class free of charge for community members as well as a free pre-natal class to students in the USD 501 school district. Research proves that the programming is improving birth outcomes. 

    “The Stormont-Vail Foundation’s partnership with the March of Dimes improves the lives of mothers and infants in our community,” said Jane Mackey, president and executive director of the Stormont-Vail Foundation. “Creating a healthy community depends on these strong partnerships.” 

    Stormont-Vail HealthCare has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Prematurity - recognizing it as a national leader by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. The certification award recognizes Stormont-Vail HealthCare’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards. The March of Dimes and their programming is one of the many collaborative efforts that has helped Stormont-Vail attain this level of distinction. 

    The March of Dimes programming helps mothers have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies. Additionally, they research problems that threaten babies and work on preventing them. Stormont-Vail HealthCare system has a long standing relationship with the March of Dimes. Their partnership includes raising money for research and implementing programming using evidence-based models created by the March of Dimes for community programs. 

    Each year Stormont-Vail HealthCare employees participate in the annual March of Dimes’ March for Babies event and raise funds to support their programs. In 2013, ten teams, comprised of 200 employees, participated in the walk that was held on May 4 at the State Capitol grounds. In 2013, Stormont-Vail HealthCare employees also raised $23,800 through fundraising efforts for the March of Dimes.

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  • Stormont-Vail’s Neonatal IntensiveCare Recognized as National Leader: One of Eight in U.S. to Achieve Certification from the Joint Commission

    Monday July 1, 2013

    (Topeka, Kan., July 1, 2013) – Stormont-Vail HealthCare has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Prematurity by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. The certification award recognizes Stormont-Vail HealthCare’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

    The Stormont-Vail Neonatal IntensiveCare (NIC) department underwent a rigorous on-site review in June 17, 2013. A Joint Commission expert evaluated the Stormont-Vail NIC for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, prevention of skin breakdown and supporting the utilization of mother’s milk.

    “In achieving Joint Commission certification, Stormont-Vail HealthCare has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients with prematurity,” says Jean Range, MS, RN, CPHQ, executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and I commend Stormont-Vail for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

    “With Joint Commission certification, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down. Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence,” says Nicki Bradbury, MSN, RN, NE-BC, director of NIC. “Achieving Joint Commission certification in prematurity, for our organization, is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.”

    The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification Program, launched in 2002, is designed to evaluate clinical programs across the continuum of care. Certification requirements address three core areas: compliance with consensus-based national standards; effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

    Stormont-Vail is one of eight hospitals in the nation awarded this certification. The other seven hospitals are: Mississippi Baptist Medical Center, Jackson, Miss., St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis, Ind., Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center, Lincoln, Neb., Plantation General Hospital, Plantation, Fla., Carolinas Medial Center, Charlotte, N.C., Inova Fairfax Hospital, Falls Church, Va., and Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, Richmond, Va.

    Neonatal IntensiveCare at Stormont-Vail, is Topeka’s only Level III neonatal intensive care unit. It was founded on a tradition of compassionate, expert care for critical babies in 1985. The Stormont-Vail NIC is staffed with four full-time neonatologists and five neonatal nurse practitioners along with many specially-trained nursing and patient care staff. The unit offers 27 spacious private rooms, specially designed to accommodate state-of-the-art neonatal care equipment. All babies can be monitored and cared for individually in private quiet, light-controlled environments that enhance the little ones’ ability to thrive. A six-bed “step up” unit is available for babies who are nearing discharge to home.

    Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,600 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,600 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also certifies more than 2,400 disease-specific care programs such as stroke, heart failure, joint replacement and stroke rehabilitation, and 400 health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.

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  • Cotton-O’Neil Clinic Opening in Lyndon in Mid-July

    Friday June 28, 2013

    (Topeka, Kan., June 28, 2013) – Cotton-O’Neil Clinic, a medical clinic with a long history of providing exceptional care throughout northeast Kansas, will open a primary care clinic in downtown Lyndon on Monday, July 15, 2013. The clinic, part of the Stormont-Vail HealthCare family of care, will offer an advanced practice registered nurse to care for patients ranging in age from newborn to senior citizen. James Seeman, M.D., a family medicine physician, will manage the treatment provided at the clinic and will see patients one day a week. Hours for the clinic will be Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Representatives from Stormont-Vail worked with local community leaders to determine a location for the clinic. Together we will provide a strengthened foundation on which we can maintain and grow the clinic’s ability to care for the residents of Lyndon. The building is 2,500 square feet in size and will be equipped with exam room equipment and limited lab services.

    The Stormont-Vail Foundation provided funding for remodeling and equipment to open the new clinic. The funding was made possible through monies received from the Lewis Humphreys Charitable Trust. Lewis Humphreys and his wife Elva were originally from the Lebo/Arvonia area. Lewis was a member of the Stormont-Vail HealthCare Board of Directors and the Stormont-Vail Foundation Board of Directors.

    Cotton-O’Neil Clinic is enthusiastic to have the opportunity to provide a caring and experienced provider to the Lyndon community. “We thank the Humphreys’ family for their support of the Lyndon area and of Stormont-Vail,” said Deb Yocum, vice president and Clinic Operations Officer.

    Appointments for new patients are now being accepted at (785) 828-3207. Cotton-O’Neil Clinic – Lyndon is located at 715 Washington St., Suite B.

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  • Stormont-Vail HealthCare announces Excellence in Nursing Award Winners

    Thursday June 20, 2013

    (Topeka, Kan., June 20, 2013) – The Stormont-Vail Foundation is a proud sponsor of this year’s Excellence in Nursing Awards which was held on May 9 at Stormont-Vail HealthCare‘s Pozez Education Center. The awards recognize and celebrate outstanding professional work by Stormont-Vail HealthCare patient care staff. 

    Sixteen award winners were chosen from a large number of high quality nominations. 

    2013 Award Recipients are: 

    Excellence in Nursing Practice
    Melanie Bowers, RN - Cancer Center
    Connie Rundle, APRN, ACHPN - Palliative Care

    Excellence in Nursing Leadership
    Belinda Underhill, RNC-NIC, BSN, MHCL- Neonatal IntensiveCare

    Excellence in Nursing Mentorship
    Margaret Blevins, RN - 7 North Cardiac
    Kim Scamman, RNC-NIC, C-NPT, BSN - Neonatal IntensiveCare

    Excellence in Nursing Preceptorship
    Stacy Scott, RNC - Birthplace

    Excellence in Nursing Research
    Theresa Tetuan, PhD, RN - Cotton-O’Neil Clinic

    Excellence in Licensed Practical Nursing
    Shannon Currie, LPN - Birthplace
    Patti Elliott, LPN - Education and Organizational Development

    Excellence in Patient Care
    Amber Barnes, PCT - 5 North Stroke
    Willa Hayes, LMHT - Stormont-Vail West
    Elizabeth Johnston, PCT - Cotton-O’Neil Clinic 
    Darla Rowe, PCT - Post-Surgical

    Distinguished Community Service
    Debra R. Heston, RN - Infusion Center

    Rising Star
    Maranda Green, RN - Spine Center
    Joshua Nemechek, RN - Cancer Center

    The Selection Committee included Shirley Appleton, RN, Bernie Becker, Deborah Heaney, LPN, Jane Mackey, Brenda Moffitt,RN, Judy Moler, Dani Patterson, RN, Carol Perry, RN, and Connie Pritchard, LPN and Cheryl Stanley, RN. The Selection Committee had the difficult task of selecting awardees who were both highly qualified and accomplished caregivers. While the task was challenging, it also provided a sense of gratification and appreciation for the importance of the work done at Stormont-Vail HealthCare and Cotton-O’Neil Clinic and the quality and compassion with which patient care services are delivered.

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  • Stormont-Vail HealthCare announces Excellence in Nursing Award Winners

    Thursday June 20, 2013

    (Topeka, Kan., June 20, 2013) – The Stormont-Vail Foundation is a proud sponsor of this year’s Excellence in Nursing Awards which was held on May 9 at Stormont-Vail HealthCare‘s Pozez Education Center. The awards recognize and celebrate outstanding professional work by Stormont-Vail HealthCare patient care staff. 

    Sixteen award winners were chosen from a large number of high quality nominations. 

    Excellence in Nursing Practice
    Melanie Bowers, RN - Cancer Center
    Connie Rundle, APRN, ACHPN - Palliative Care

    Excellence in Nursing Leadership
    Belinda Underhill, RNC-NIC, BSN, MHCL- Neonatal IntensiveCare

    Excellence in Nursing Mentorship
    Margaret Blevins, RN - 7 North Cardiac
    Kim Scamman, RNC-NIC, C-NPT, BSN - Neonatal IntensiveCare

    Excellence in Nursing Preceptorship
    Stacy Scott, RNC - Birthplace

    Excellence in Nursing Research
    Theresa Tetuan, PhD, RN - Cotton-O’Neil Clinic

    Excellence in Licensed Practical Nursing
    Shannon Currie, LPN - Birthplace
    Patti Elliott, LPN - Education and Organizational Development

    Excellence in Patient Care
    Amber Barnes, PCT - 5 North Stroke
    Willa Hayes, LMHT - Stormont-Vail West
    Elizabeth Johnston, PCT - Cotton-O’Neil Clinic 
    Darla Rowe, PCT - Post-Surgical

    Distinguished Community Service
    Debra R. Heston, RN - Infusion Center

    Rising Star
    Maranda Green, RN - Spine Center
    Joshua Nemechek, RN - Cancer 

    The Selection Committee included Shirley Appleton, RN, Bernie Becker, Deborah Heaney, LPN, Jane Mackey, Brenda Moffitt, RN, Judy Moler, Dani Patterson, RN, Carol Perry, RN, and Connie Pritchard, LPN and Cheryl Stanley, RN. The Selection Committee had the difficult task of selecting awardees who were both highly qualified and accomplished caregivers. While the task was challenging, it also provided a sense of gratification and appreciation for the importance of the work done at Stormont-Vail HealthCare and Cotton-O’Neil Clinic and the quality and compassion with which patient care services are delivered.

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  • Stormont-Vail HealthCare employees donate $128,288 to the I Care. I Give. 2013 Giving Campaign

    Wednesday May 8, 2013

    (Topeka, Kan., May 8, 2013) – Stormont-Vail HealthCare employees contributed $128,288 to the Stormont-Vail Foundation I Care. I Give. Employee Giving campaign in the month of April. Monies raised support three vital programs and services funded through the Foundation: the Care Line, Education and Emerging Needs.

    The Care Line: The Care Line, a signature program of the Stormont-Vail Foundation, serves patients in need. More than 6,800 Stormont-Vail HealthCare patients in 2012 received assistance through: meal and gas vouchers, temporary lodging, prescription assistance, clothing and durable medical goods. Care Line 2012 assistance included $78,500 in prescriptions, 543 nights of temporary lodging, 2,591 pieces of clothing, and more than $24,650 in transportation vouchers for cabs, bus fare or gas, including a way for transient patients to get home or to a family member.

    “We are proud that our caregivers are able to help patients after discharge,” said Jane Mackey, President and Executive Director of the Stormont-Vail Foundation. “Care Line is often the answer to prayers of patients with nowhere else to turn. The need for Care Line services sharply increased in 2012 and because of the community’s and employee generosity, we were able to meet all of the needs.”

    Education: Each year 40 to 50 staff members, including clinic staff, receive continuing education with Foundation support and more than 150 nursing students receive scholarships. Community education programs such as HealthWise55, as well as prenatal classes, are also supported.

    Emerging needs: The Stormont-Vail Foundation works in tandem with Stormont-Vail HealthCare to identify and respond to capital and departmental needs. Projects range from the $5.2 million Neonatal Intensive Care unit campaign to small projects that improve the day-to-day efficiency of departments.

    “The generosity of our physicians and employees impacts the way we are able to help patients,” Randy Peterson, President and CEO Stormont-Vail HealthCare said. “Our caregivers understand that wellness extends beyond a patient visit and their gifts prove their commitment to community wellness.”

    During the month-long campaign employees who signed up to donate were entered into weekly drawings for prizes. Community members and local businesses supported the giving program by providing prizes and underwriting. Special thanks to Envista Credit Union and Hospital Assistance Programs for being major sponsors.

    About Stormont-Vail Foundation: Founded in 1984, the mission of the Stormont-Vail Foundation is to provide voluntary gift support for Stormont-Vail patient care services and community health education program. To learn more about the Stormont-Vail Foundation, visit www.stormontvail.org.

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  • Cotton-O’Neil Clinic Nurse Practitioner Achieves Certification As Nephrology Nurse Practitioner

    Friday April 19, 2013

    (Topeka, Kan., April 19, 2013)  – Karen Hammond, MSN, NP-C, CNN-NP, Cotton-O’Neil Clinic – Nephrology, became the highest scorer in the country after taking the Certified Nephrology Nurse Practitioner certification exam. She is now one of only two nurses in the state of Kansas to be certified as a Nephrology Nurse Practitioner. According to the 2011 NNCC Annual Report, only 67 nurse practitioners nationwide have the title Certified Nephrology Nurse-Nurse Practitioner. Certification ensures that patients are getting a higher level of care that has been verified by the Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission (NNCC).

    Hammond began working at Cotton-O’Neil Clinic – Nephrology in 2010. She is based in Topeka but also sees patients at an outreach clinic in Lawrence as well as dialysis units in Ottawa and Sabetha. Prior to Cotton-O’Neil Clinic, she worked in the areas of hemodialysis, kidney/pancreas transplantation and primary care. Hammond is also certified in Family Practice by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

    About the NNCC

    The NNCC was established in 1987 to develop and implement certification examinations for nephrology nursing. It is the goal of the NNCC to promote the highest standards of nephrology nursing practice through the development, implementation, coordination and evaluation of all aspects of the certification and re-certification processes.

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  • Tausif Rehman, M.D., Neurological Surgeon, Joins Cotton-O’Neil Clinic

    Tuesday April 16, 2013

    (Topeka, Kan., April 16, 2013)  – Cotton-O’Neil Clinic announces that Tausif Rehman, M.D., neurological surgeon, has joined Cotton-O’Neil Clinic and is now in practice at 823 S.W. Mulvane, in Topeka. 

    Originally from Pakistan, Dr. Rehman received his medical degree from Aga Khan University, Pakistan, in 2002.  He participated as a research assistant at Aga Khan University Department of Neurosciences following his medical degree. After relocating to the United States in 2004, he completed an internship in general surgery at Brown University, Providence, R.I., in 2005. He then completed an additional year of training in general surgery at Weil Cornell Medical College and New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York City, in 2006. In 2006 he began a residency in neurosurgery at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, N.M., which he completed in 2011, along with an infolded fellowship in Neuroradiology.

    Dr. Rehman is a member of the Congress of Neurosurgeons and the American Association of Neurosurgeons.

    He has clinical interests in the diagnosis and treatment of general neurosurgery disorders that include: brain, pituitary and spinal tumors; and minimally invasive spine surgery; and clinical research. 

    Dr. Rehman is currently accepting new patient consultations through physician referral. For more information about this surgeon, call Cotton-O’Neil Clinic at (785) 354-9591.

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  • Stormont-Vail Foundation Supports Nursing Education

    Tuesday April 9, 2013

    (Topeka, April 9, 2013) – The Stormont-Vail Foundation was pleased to fund nursing scholarships totaling $60,300 for 97 students at the Baker University School of Nursing, Stormont-Vail Campus, for the Spring 2013 semester. Congratulations to the following nursing students who were awarded scholarship assistance.

    Avis Van Lew Nursing Scholarship
    Katrina Autry, Dayton, Ohio, David Beaver, Tecumseh, Emily Brickey, Kansas City, Mo., Richelle Burgess, Manhattan.

    Blanche Bryden Nursing Scholarship
    Chelsea Amack, Rossville, Helen Benefiel, Lawrence, Theresa Bunting, Maryland Heights, Mo.

    Christ’s Wolff Nursing Scholarship
    Stephanie Bruggeman, Oberlin, Tisha Chavez, Topeka, Erika Crews, Overland Park, Katelyn File, Beloit, Shannon Good, Topeka, Mary Jones, Kansas City, Kelsey Pearson, Garden City, Courtney Pfau, Fort Riley, Alyssa Phillips, Lecompton, Kristen Potter, Topeka, Kathleen Pyle, Hiawatha, Melanie Rettele, Seneca, Karalie Richards, Tecumseh, Randi Richards, Silver Lake, Chelsea Rosenberger, Hiawatha, Johanna Rourke, Enterprise, Ala., Brooke Sanders, Bonner Springs, Breann Sherbert, Junction City, Ashley Srna, Manhattan, Thomas Stipp, Wichita, Jessica Streeter, Topeka, Demetria Swindell, Topeka, Elizabeth Taylor, Lawrence, Lauren Thames, Lawrence, McKenzie Thompson, DeSoto, Madelyn Tong, El Dorado, Kristina Vazquez, Manhattan, Stephanie Walters, Overland Park, Rebecca Wharton, Wichita, Auston Whitmer, Highlands Ranch, Colo., Erin Whittington, Olathe, Beth Whitworth, Unionville, Mo., Whitney Williams, Raytown, Mo., Kelsey Wise, Tulsa, Okla., Charles Woolsoncroft, Baldwin City, Kimberly Wormsley, Lawrence, Amanda Zwiener, Lawrence.

    Dr. Charles S. & Doris F. Joss Nursing Scholarship
    Elizabeth Garcia, St. Mary’s, Rebecca Giancana, Topeka, Erica Grandon, Overland Park, Levi Grimm, Morrell, Heather Gruber, Stilwell, Ashley Haverkamp, Seneca, Kate Hennessy, Yorkville, Ill., Emily Padilla, Topeka.

    Emery A. Dains Nursing Scholarship
    Brandon Speer, Effingham.

    Gault-Hussey Nursing Scholarship
    Elyse Hawthorne, Soldier, Johna Herrera, Topeka, Sandra Hohner, Topeka, Maggie Holmberg, Topeka, Saige Huninghake, Bern, Lori Hunsinger, Carbondale, Sarah Hutchings, Topeka, Amber Jacobs, Kansas City, Mo., Emily Padilla, Topeka, Brandon Speer, Effingham, Jordan Whitehead, Silver Lake.

    Kohl’s Family Nursing Scholarship
    Emily Padilla, Topeka.

    Marjorie Groll Nursing Scholarship
    Kaylene Bonjour, Formoso, Emily Buhler, Topeka, Jazmen Dumbauld, Wichita, Natasha Eames, Topeka, Amanda Edelman, Sabetha, Lorin Feiden, Shawnee, Kaylyn Ferrera, Louisville, Colo., Rebecca Frazee, Topeka, Stephanie Glasper, Wichita, Brandon Speer, Effingham.

    Schane/Winans Nursing Scholarship
    Larry Barnes, Topeka, Jessica Green, Lawrence, Ashley Haverkamp, Seneca, Brandon Speer, Effingham.

    Security Benefit Nursing Scholarship
    Annie Bates, Manhattan, Shelby Dorris, Lenexa, Brandon Speer, Effingham.

    Stormont-Vail Foundation Nursing Scholarship
    Alexandria Clark, Junction City, Elizabeth Garcia, St. Mary’s, Sarah Keenan, El Dorado, Mallory King, Olathe, Shasta Long, Ulysses, Holly Martinez, Prairie Village, Crystalee Masarik, San Luis Obispo, Calif., Emily McGinnis, Tecumseh, Amy Miglionico, Penns Hills, Pa., Jordan Mitchell, Baldwin City, Hannah Moore, St. Joseph, Mo., Kayla Morse, Shawnee, Angela Nguyen, Wichita, Sarah Nichols, Baldwin City, Cynthia Orser, Shawnee, Emily Padilla, Topeka, Sarah Sexton, Shawnee.

    Stormont-Vail HealthCare Auxiliary Nursing Scholarship
    Christi Colley, Topeka, Emilee Durgan, Lawrence, James Fischer, Onaga, Brandon Speer, Effingham.

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  • Area Residents Recognized for Outstanding Job Performance

    Monday April 8, 2013

    (Topeka, Kan., April 8, 2013)   –  Two Stormont-Vail HealthCare employees from  the area received recognition at Stormont-Vail HealthCare’s 50th  Annual Employee Awards Banquet in February, and another received recognition  in March.

    Vida  Lewis, RN, clinic  office manager, Cotton-O’Neil Clinic, Carbondale and Osage, received a  Lamley award for her exceptional service to patients. The Lamley Award was  named for Carl Charles Lamley and the high performance standards he set.  Vida is also a past Employee of the Quarter.

    Vida  has been a nurse at Stormont-Vail since 1999. Her nominators shared that she  comes to work every day with a positive attitude and a smile on her face.  She fosters cooperation and compassion throughout her work environment. She  is willing and able to set the example and get her hands dirty taking on  multiple job roles. Vida provides leadership to multiple clinics, and is  always available to help with staff and physician questions and clinic  issues.

    Missy Brauner,  lab assistant, Stormont-Vail HealthCare,  received a Pusitz Award for her outstanding patient care. The Pusitz Awards  were created in 1970 when Manuel E. Pusitz established a trust  in honor of his wife Anne’s outstanding care while a patient at  Stormont-Vail. This trust provided funds to be used as awards for nurse’s  aides and orderlies who exemplified the care his wife received. The  guidelines were later broadened. This award is given to four Stormont-Vail  employees who have performed exemplary acts of compassion, caring or  communication with patients.

    Missy has seven years  of service with Stormont-Vail. She is described as an extremely kind and  caring individual. Her patient’s well being is always her primary concern,  and she goes out of her way to make their experience at Stormont-Vail as  pleasant as possible. Missy had a patient over the holiday season that was  depressed because of family circumstances. After the patient’s blood was  collected, she purchased a small Christmas tree for the patient. The patient  was overwhelmed by Missy’s generosity.


    Darin Carter, LPN,
    Carbondale and Osage City Clinics, was recently  named Stormont-Vail HealthCare Employee of the Quarter, in March.  Employees are nominated by their peers for their outstanding commitment to  their career and to the patients we serve.

    After seven months of service, Darin has proven to  be a great asset to Stormont-Vail. He always has an upbeat and positive  attitude. He is a knowledgeable, caring and dependable nurse. His co-workers  enjoy his subtle humor and willingness to help others. Darin helps our  patients in any way he can and is an advocate for the elderly.

    He has  only worked in at the clinic for several months as a float LPN. Darin went  “Above and Beyond” during the past year. He was walking down the hall and  happened to look out the front window and saw an elderly man out in our  parking lot with his truck hood up broken down. Darin did not hesitate and  went out to assist this man in finding the problem and getting his truck  started again so he could head home. It was over 100 degrees outside. He not  only helped him out with his truck, but also was there to help the  patient.

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  • Nadia Cabrilo, M.D., FAAP, Pediatrician Joins PediatricCare – Mission Woods

    Tuesday April 2, 2013

    (Topeka, Kan., April 2, 2013)  – Stormont-Vail HealthCare announces that pediatrician Nadia Cabrilo, M.D., has joined PediatricCareMission Woods, 2860 S.W. Mission Woods Dr., in southwest Topeka.

    Dr. Cabrilo received her medical degree from the University of Kansas, Kansas City, in 2006. She completed an internship and residency in pediatrics at Florida State University and Sacred Heart Health System, Pensacola, Fla., in 2009.  She is board certified in pediatrics and is a fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Cabrilo has practiced as a general pediatrician in the Topeka area since 2011.

    Dr. Cabrilo is currently accepting new patients ranging in age from newborn to 18 years of age. To schedule an appointment for your child, call PediatricCareMission Woods at (785) 273-7571.

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  • Muhammad Salamat, M.D., Hematologist/Oncologist, Joins Stormont-Vail Cancer Center

    Wednesday March 6, 2013

    (Topeka, Kan., March 6, 2013)  – Stormont-Vail HealthCare announces that hematologist/oncologist Muhammad Salamat, M.D., has joined the Stormont-Vail Cancer Center, 1414 S.W. 8th Ave, in Topeka.  

    Originally from Pakistan, Dr. Salamat received his medical degree from Rawalpindi Medical College, University of Punjab, in Pakistan, in 1990. In 1994, he relocated to the U.S. and began a residency program at West Suburban Hospital, which he completed in 1997. He completed his fellowship training in hematology/oncology at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, in 2001. He has been practicing in the Kansas City area since the completion of his medical education.

    Dr. Salamat has clinical interests in the diagnosis and treatment of breast and lung cancers, in addition to the treatment of cancers related the prostate, kidneys, bladder, testes, head and neck, as well as myeloma and lymphoma.

    He is currently accepting new patient consultations through physician referral. For more information about this physician, call the Stormont-Vail Cancer Center at (785) 354-5300.

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  • Stormont-Vail HealthCare Receives Platinum Performance Achievement Award for Heart Attack Response

    Wednesday January 23, 2013

    (Topeka, Kan., Jan. 23, 2013) - Stormont-Vail HealthCare has received the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Foundation's NCDR ACTION Registry - Get With The Guidelines (GWTG) Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2012. This achievement is completed by fewer than 164 hospitals nationwide. The award recognizes Stormont-Vail for its commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients. It also signifies that Stormont-Vail has reached an aggressive goal of treating heart attack patients at recommended levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.

    To receive the ACTION Registry-GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award, Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center consistently followed the treatment guidelines in the ACTION Registry-GWTG Premier for a minimum of two years, and met a performance standard of at least 90 percent for specific performance measures. Following these treatment guidelines improves adherence to ACC/AHA Clinical Guideline recommendations, which helps ensure drug safety monitoring and the overall quality of care. The full implementation of acute and secondary prevention guideline-recommended therapy is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients.

    "Because the number of heart attack patients is expected to grow over the next decade due to increasing incidences of heart disease and an aging population, it is instrumental to maintain an exceptional response time when a heart attack patient calls 911," said Joe Hopeck, administrative director, cardiovascular service line, Stormont-Vail HealthCare. "We have been focused on improving the quality of cardiovascular response times for a decade and being part of the ACTION Registry-GWTG database allows us to track our times with other hospitals across the nation," added Hopeck.

    About ACTION Registry-GWTG
    ACTION Registry-GWTG is a partnership between the American College of Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart Association with partnering support from the American College of Emergency Physicians, Society of Chest Pain Centers and the Society of Hospital Medicine. ACTION Registry-GWTG empowers health care provider teams to consistently treat heart attack patients with coronary artery disease according to the most current, science-based guidelines and establishes a national standard.

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  • Gilbert Katz, M.D., Cardiologist, Joins Medical Associates of Manhattan

    Friday January 4, 2013

    (Topeka, Kan., Jan. 4, 2013)  – Medical Associates of Manhattan, the Cotton-O’Neil Heart Center and Stormont-Vail HealthCare announce the addition of Gilbert Katz, M.D., cardiologist, to the Medical Associates of Manhattan. Dr. Katz is now accepting new patients for his cardiology practice in Manhattan. He begins seeing patients Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013.

    Dr. Katz received his medical degree at Boston University School of Medicine, in 1987. He completed an internship in general surgery at New England Deaconess Hospital, Boston, in 1988. He completed a residency in internal medicine at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Boston, in 1993, followed by a cardiology fellowship, which he completed in 1996.

    Dr. Katz practiced cardiology in Topeka for many years and performed clinical outreach in several rural communities in northeast Kansas during that time. He has clinical interests in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease and has particular interests in pacemaker and defibrillation devices, nuclear studies and interventional cardiology.

    To schedule an appointment or refer a patient to his clinic, call Medical Associates of Manhattan,  (785) 537-2651.

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