Stormont-Vail HealthCare Earned an ‘A’ Grade for Patient Safety in Leapfrog’s Fall 2015 Hospital Safety Score
Wednesday October 28, 2015
Stormont-Vail HealthCare has earned an “A” in The Leapfrog Group’s national patient safety ratings program. The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog, announced the Hospital Safety Score results nationally today, recognizing Stormont-Vail’s strong commitment to patient safety.
"Stormont-Vail has established a strong track record of patient safety as a top priority in our organization. Leapfrog's recognition of those efforts is validation of the efforts by our medical staff, nurses, allied health professionals and all other staff members who work together to create a patient-centered and safe culture," said Randy Peterson, president and CEO of Stormont-Vail. "We are extremely proud of this recognition. It is a reflection of the dedication of the staff at Stormont-Vail."
The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading patient safety experts and administered byThe Leapfrog Group, a national, independent nonprofit. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Hospital Safety Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.
“The Hospital Safety Score provided by The Leapfrog Group is becoming the gold standard measure of patient safety,” said Doug Rose, M.D., Stormont-Vail’s Chief Medical Quality Officer. “It uses national performance measures to grades hospitals on how safe they keep their patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. Patient safety is a top priority for Stormont-Vail HealthCare. Leadership supports strong health care teams to reduce infection rates, put checks in place to prevent mistakes, and ensure strong lines of communication between hospital staff, patients, and families. This effort has earned Stormont-Vail Hospital an “A” Grade for Hospital Safety; a distinction only five other hospitals in the state of Kansas earned for the Fall 2015.”
“Stormont-Vail’s A grade is a powerful reminder of its commitment to putting patient safety above all else, and we are pleased to recognize the persistent efforts of your clinicians and staff to protect your patients,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Our families, neighbors, colleagues and friends deserve a hospital that will pull out all the stops to keep them safe, and we urge Stormont-Vail and all other A hospitals to preserve and renew your commitment to safety year after year.”
Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single A, B, C, D, or F score, representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in October 2015, with 773 hospitals receiving an A grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, offering a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades on the website. Patients can also review their hospital’s past safety performance alongside its current grade on the Hospital Safety Score site, allowing them to determine which local hospitals have the best track record in patient safety and which have demonstrated consistent improvement.
To see Stormont Vail’s full score, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.
Cotton-O’Neil Clinic Announces Annual Flu Shot Clinics
Tuesday September 29, 2015
Cotton-O’Neil Clinic, a division of Stormont-Vail HealthCare, has scheduled many opportunities for Cotton-O’Neil Clinic patients to obtain a flu shot. Here is a list of all the flu shot clinics.
Drive-thru Flu Shot Clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 13, and 20, 2015. Cotton-O’Neil Clinic patients 18 years of age and older should go to the Stormont-Vail Surgery Center parking garage for their vaccination. Any Cotton-O’Neil patient who has previously had a seasonal flu vaccine with no complications, can participate in the Drive-thru Flu Shot Clinic.
Walk-in Flu Clinic at the HealthWise Clinic will be held every Tuesday and Thursday in Oct. and Nov. 3 and 5, 2015 from 8 a.m. to Noon. Flu shot clinics will also be held every Wednesday in Oct. and Nov. 4 from Noon to 4:30 p.m. These flu shot clinics are for Cotton-O’Neil Clinic patients ages 6 months and older. The HealthWise Clinic is located at Medical Arts Pharmacy Building, 2252 S.W. 10th Ave.
Walk-in Flu Clinic at PediatricCare will be held Wednesday, Oct. 12 and 21 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. These flu shot clinics are for PediatricCare and Cotton-O’Neil Clinic patients ages 6 months and older. Vaccines For Children (VFC) patients are also welcome to attend this clinic. PediatricCare is located at 4100 S.W. 15th St.
The seasonal flu vaccine is especially important for pregnant women, people 65 years of age and older, and others with chronic illnesses like asthma, diabetes, heart disease or lung disease. People with chronic illnesses may have an increased chance of developing pneumonia as a result of getting the flu. Those who may have close contact with high-risk individuals including infants, should also be vaccinated. That might include: adults or children living with or caring for people at high-risk of developing complications.
Consent forms in English and Spanish are available at stormontvail.org/flu and may be completed and brought to the seasonal flu shot clinic to save time.
Stormont-Vail HealthCare plans Neonatal IntensiveCare Patient and Family Reunion
Saturday September 26, 2015
Stormont-Vail HealthCare and the Stormont-Vail Foundation will host a Neonatal IntensiveCare patient and family reunion from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, at Stormont-Vail HealthCare. The event will be held in the Surgical Suites covered parking lot.
NIC graduates and their families are invited to come to this event to enjoy refreshments and fun. The Stormont-Vail NIC opened its doors 30 years ago and cares for approximately 450 premature and sick babies each year. It is staffed with five neonatologists, and five neonatal nurse practitioners and many other specially trained nurses and clinical staff.
Please contact Nancy Burkhardt, Stormont-Vail HealthCare director of marketing, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (785) 354-6927 for more information about this event.
Stormont-Vail Foundation Supports Nursing Education
Thursday September 17, 2015
The Stormont-Vail Foundation was pleased to fund nursing scholarships totaling $63,600 for 79 students at the Baker University School of Nursing, Stormont-Vail Campus, for the Fall 2015 semester. Congratulations to the following nursing students who were awarded scholarship assistance.
Avis Van Lew Nursing Scholarship
Allison Arnold, Baldwin City, KS
Katherine Cleary, Overland Park, KS
Lydia Hardin, Olathe, KS
Samantha Mills, DeSoto, KS
Rebecca Wood, Olathe, KS
Blanche Bryden Nursing Scholarship
Lauren Burks, Valley Center, KS
Frankie Farrant, Meriden, KS
Keishly Franco, Junction City, KS
Kristen Queen, Manhattan, KS
Caring Hearts Nursing Scholarship
Michelle Abendroth, Carbondale, KS
Carol Perry-Lumb Nursing Scholarship
Jillian Benson, Lenexa, KS
Natasha Jones, Castle Rock, CO
Carson Family Nursing Scholarship
Jillian Benson, Lenexa, KS
Christ/Wolff Nursing Scholarship
Conkling-Hussey Nursing Scholarship
Cotton-O’Neil Clinic 20th Anniversary Nursing Scholarship
Dean Kathleen L. Harr Nursing Scholarship
Emery A. Dains Nursing Scholarship
Gault-Hussey Nursing Scholarship
Marjorie Groll Nursing Scholarship
Dr. Charles S. & Doris F. Joss Nursing Scholarship
June D. Billingham Nursing Scholarship
Klemmer Endowed Nursing Scholarship
Kohl’s Family Nursing Scholarship
Lawrence Gabel Nursing Scholarship
Mary B. Storey Medcalf Nursing Scholarship
Schane/Winans Nursing Scholarship
Security Benefit Group Nursing Scholarship
Stormont-Vail HealthCare Auxiliary Nursing Scholarship
Stormont-Vail Foundation Nursing Scholarship
Woman’s Club Nursing Scholarship
30th Anniversary Nursing Scholarship
Jared Elliott, M.D., Joins Stormont-Vail Hospitalist Program
Tuesday September 15, 2015
Stormont-Vail HealthCare is proud to announce that Jared Elliott, D.O. has joined the Stormont-Vail Hospitalist program.
Dr. Elliott received a doctor of chiropractic degree from the Cleveland Chiropractic College in Overland Park, in 2007. He received an osteopathic medicine degree at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, in 2012. He completed a residency program in internal medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, in 2015.
Dr. Elliott will practice as a hospitalist and manage the treatment of only hospitalized patients at Stormont-Vail HealthCare.
BIG HEARTS for little hearts Golf Tournament Benefits Stormont-Vail Children
Monday September 14, 2015
The Stormont-Vail Foundation will host its 15th annual BIG HEARTS for little hearts Golf Tournament on Monday, Sept. 14, at Topeka Country Club.
The golf tournament will have an 8 a.m. morning flight and 12:30 p.m. afternoon flight, with a dinner and awards ceremony following the tournament.
Proceeds from the tournament benefit the Stormont-Vail Foundation Children’s Endowment Fund. This fund supports important services and programs that are dedicated to children at Stormont-Vail HealthCare including Stormont-Vail’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and The Birthplace, where 1,800 babies are born each year. Other pediatric services that benefit from the fund are the Breastfeeding Clinic, the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), the 15-bed Pediatric Department and 7-bed Young Adult Center, the Stork’s Cradle Program for at-risk mothers, the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner/Sexual Assault Response Team Program, the Child and Adolescent Behavioral Medicine Program at Stormont-Vail West, and pediatric specialty areas for cardiology, endocrinology, hematology and oncology.
John and Brenda Dicus are the honorary tournament chairs this year.
“The generosity of our community in supporting the children of northeast Kansas is phenomenal,” said Tina Long, Stormont-Vail Foundation development officer. “We are truly grateful to our generous sponsors and golfers who have helped us with the tournament over the years.”
Shaun Steeby, M.D., Joins Cotton-O’Neil Clinic – Orthopedic Surgery
Thursday September 10, 2015
Cotton-O’Neil Clinic – Orthopedic Surgery, part of the Stormont-Vail family of care, welcomes the addition of Shaun Steeby, M.D.
Dr. Steeby received her medical degree at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, in 2009. She completed a residency in orthopedic surgery followed by a fellowship in orthorpedic trauma surgery at the University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo., in 2015. She is a member of the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society.
Dr. Steeby specializes in the surgical and non-surgical management of complex fractures and musculoskeletal injuries. She will care for patients in a clinic setting and will be part of the trauma team that cares for patients 24/7 in the Stormont-Vail Emergency and Trauma Center.