Showing all Releases for September 2013

  • 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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