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  • Young Cancer Fighter Offers Message of Hope

    Friday, September 29, 2017

    On this week's To Your Health, we take a look at how cancer tested the body of 13-year-old Edwin, but not his spirit.

  • West Nile-postive Mosquitos Are Near; Should You Worry?

    Friday, September 22, 2017

    In this week’s To Your Health, Cliff Jones, M.D., discusses the risks of contracting West Nile virus and on the precautions to take so you can enjoy being outside without letting mosquitos ruin your day.

  • Study Links REM, Dementia Risk

    Friday, September 15, 2017

    In this week's To Your Health segment, Shawn Magee, M.D., Sleep Center director, talks about the importance of quality sleep on your health and well-being.

  • Survivor Touts Benefits of Early Breast Cancer Detection

    Friday, September 8, 2017

    In this week's To Your Health, Deb Yocum, vice president and clinic operations officer at Stormont Vail Health, talks about how her routine mammogram helped detect her breast cancer early, leading to successful treatment and survival.

  • Early Flu Season?

    Friday, September 1, 2017

    Although influenza cases don't usually show up this time of year, people can still become infected given the right circumstances. In this week's To Your Health segment, Andrew Barnes, APRN, Emergency Department, lists ways to help prevent catching the flu and emphasizes the importance of getting a flu shot before the peak flu season begins.

  • Area Schools Take Action to Protect Young Athletes from Concussion with the Help from Our Outreach Program

    Friday, August 25, 2017

    In this week's To Your Health segment, Cotton O'Neil Orthopedic & Sports Medicine staff members Mike Longhofer, certified athletic trainer, and Ryan Tomlins, M.D., explain how the clinic's outreach program is using cognitive testing and injury management to help protect young athletes from the dangers of concussions.

  • Gluten-Free More Than a Fad for People with Certain Health Issues

    Friday, August 18, 2017

    In this week’s To Your Health segment, meet the local owner of Shana Cakes, a Topeka business that sells allergy-friendly baked goods for those who can’t tolerate gluten or have any number of other food allergies. Also, Cotton O’Neil Digestive Health Center physician assistant Tanner Speake, PA-C, explains celiac disease and how removing gluten can dramatically improve symptoms.

  • Dr. Marefat Explains the Dangers Posed by Looking at an Eclipse

    Friday, August 11, 2017

    Protect your eyes while you enjoy the Aug. 21 solar eclipse, warns Dr. Babak Marefat, Cotton O’Neil ophthalmologist. Dr. Marefat says you must use the special eclipse viewing glasses if you want to look at the eclipse to avoid permanently damaging your vision.

  • Spiritual Care Boosts Overall Health

    Friday, July 28, 2017

    In this week’s To Your Health segment, Stormont Vail Health chaplain Regan Saoirse, discusses the role that spiritual care plays in the health of an individual in a hospital or treatment setting.

  • Study Puts Teen Activity Level Similar to 60-Year-Olds

    Friday, July 28, 2017

    In this week’s To Your Health segment, Cotton O’Neil pediatrician Dr. Randall Schumacher, M.D., FAAP, reveals a new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore that says the average teen is as inactive as the average 60-year-old.

  • Coalition Launches Effort to Boost KS Adolescent Immunization Rate

    Friday, July 21, 2017

    In this week’s To Your Health segment, Dr. Jo Ann Harris, M.D., Cotton O’Neil Infectious Disease, describes the importance of teens and young adults receiving the meningococcal vaccine to protect against meningitis.

  • Pet Therapy Offers Dose of Good Medicine

    Friday, July 7, 2017

    In this week’s To Your Health segment, meet Jenny, a therapy pet who visits patients at the Cotton O’Neil Cancer Center in addition to patients in the Senior Behavioral Health unit and on nursing units at Stormont Vail Hospital. Patients look forward to seeing Jenny and her owner, volunteer Carlie Gurske, once a week to forget about treatments and exam rooms. Studies show that therapy pets can reduce blood pressure and promote relaxation. 

  • Don't Get Burned by Fireworks Fun!

    Friday, June 30, 2017

    In this week’s To Your Health segment, Teresa Taylor, RN, with Stormont Vail Health and Safe Kids Shawnee County reviews firework safety to help keep your Fourth of July festivities from sparking a trip to the emergency room.

  • Young Woman's Story Shows Seriousness of Tick-borne Illness

    Friday, June 23, 2017

    In this week’s To Your Health segment, Cotton O’Neil infectious disease specialist Jo Ann Harris, M.D., explains why ticks and tick-borne illnesses must be taken seriously. She offers tips on how to best protect yourself if you’ll be in the great outdoors this summer.

  • Warmer Temps Bring Reminders to Keep Kids Safe

    Friday, June 9, 2017

    In this week’s To Your Health segment, Teresa Taylor, RN, Stormont Vail Health’s injury prevention coordinator and Safe Kids Shawnee County representative, shares some summer safety tips for parents.

  • Reverse Approach Offers New Option for Shoulder Pain

    Friday, May 26, 2017

    In this week’s To Your Health segment, Dr. Jake Deister, orthopedic surgeon at Cotton O’Neil Orthopedic & Sports Medicine, explains how a total reverse shoulder replacement makes up for the deficiency of a torn rotator cuff, allowing patients to have less arthritis pain and more range of motion.

  • Thinking FAST Helps Woman Survive Stroke

    Friday, May 19, 2017

    In this week’s To Your Health segment, meet stroke survivor Wyoming Snyder, and find out from Dr. Hartej Sethi, M.D., with Cotton O’Neil Neuro & Spine Center, just how important time is when seeking treatment for a stroke.

  • Procedure Tames Tendon Pain Without Major Surgery

    Friday, May 12, 2017

    Dr. Ryan Tomlins with Cotton O’Neil Orthopedics & Sports Medicine offers a new procedure to treat pain associated with plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow and certain knee and shoulder pain. In this week’s To Your Health segment, we take a look at how the Tenex procedure is repairing tendons and getting patients back on their feet.

  • Hidden Home Dangers

    Friday, May 5, 2017

    On this week’s To Your Health segment, we take a look at hidden dangers lurking in your home that could be hazardous for small children. Teresa Taylor, RN, Trauma Prevention Coordinator, Outreach Educator, Safe Kids Shawnee County, takes a tour through a home to see what dangers may be hiding in plain sight.

  • Athletic Trainers Start Early to Keep Kids in the Game

    Friday, April 21, 2017

    On this week’s To Your Health segment, Dr. Ryan Tomlins, Cotton O’Neil Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, explains the partnership between Cotton O’Neil athletic trainers and area high schools and how vital athletic trainers in keeping local athletes in the game.


  • Clinic Keeps Watch to Keep Heart Failure Patients Out of Hospital

    Friday, April 14, 2017

    On this week’s To Your Health segment, Joni Miller, APRN, at the Cotton O’Neil Heart Center’s Heart Failure Clinic, explains how the clinic’s goal is to catch and correct problems in heart failure patients before they end up back in the hospital. She says working with patients to maximize their efficiency through education, adjusting medication and monitoring symptoms, such as weight and swelling, makes all the difference.

  • Three Lives Intersect

    Friday, March 31, 2017

    On this week’s To Your Health segment, meet a former University of Kansas basketball star, a Lawrence woman, and an Army veteran whose lives intersect as they shine a light on living organ donation. Dr. Scott Solcher, a nephrologist with Cotton O’Neil, was among those involved with Alonzo Jamison’s care. He explains how, like for all organs, there is a gap between the need for kidneys, and the number of donors.

  • Genes Help Doctors Target Cancer Treatments

    Friday, March 10, 2017

    Genes help doctors target cancer treatments. On this week’s To Your Health segment, Dr. Camille Adeimy of the Cotton O’Neil Cancer Center explains how genetic testing is considered a necessity in diagnosing cancers and finding out what specific drugs work better on cancer to produce better outcomes.

  • Young Cancer Fighter Joins Search for New Treatments

    Friday, March 3, 2017

    On this week’s To Your Health segment, we check in and catch up with Rachel Howland, a young cancer fighter whose journey started at Stormont Vail Health two years ago, but has led her on a journey to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to be the first in the world on a new trial for a treatment that will bring hope to her and many more children facing this same disease. 

  • Coffee vs. Tea: Which is the Better Brew?

    Friday, February 24, 2017

    On this week’s To Your Health segment, Allison Gunnoe, RD, LD, dietician at Stormont Vail Health, explains the health benefits and warnings for both coffee and tea drinks.

  • New Treatments Offer Hope for Cancer Patients

    Friday, February 10, 2017

    In this week’s To Your Health segment, Dr. Mehmood Hashmi of the Cotton O’Neil Cancer Center explains how immunotherapy treatment can offer new hope for some cancer patients by allowing their own bodies’ man-made antibodies to kick their immune system into fighting cancer. Also meet Misty Nimz, a young local mother of three and cancer patient with melanoma who has been utilizing immunotherapy treatment. Her results have been beyond everyone’s expectations, allowing her more precious time with her family.

  • The Wonder of Willow

    Friday, February 3, 2017

    In this week’s To Your Health segment, meet Willow Long, 3-year-old Heart Survivor, who will be recognized this Saturday at the American Heart Association’s annual Topeka Heart Ball. Willow was born with Down syndrome and at 12 days old, an echocardiogram found a complete defect of her atrioventricular canal. She has had two open-heart surgeries to correct this congenital heart defect. Dhiraj Singh, M.D., pediatric cardiologist at the Cotton O’Neil Heart Center, explains what happens to the heart in patients with defects to an atrioventricular canal.

  • Baby Boomers Beware: Health Experts Explain Heptatitis C Risk

    Friday, January 27, 2017

    Three-quarters of the more than three million people living with Hepatitis C are baby boomers, but most have gone undiagnosed. In this week’s To Your Health segment, Cyndi Peterson, APRN, Cotton O’Neil Infectious Disease, explains treatment advances, as well as why it is important for those born between 1945-1965 get screened.

  • Influenza on the Upswing in NE Kansas

    Friday, January 20, 2017

    Influenza cases are on the rise around northeast Kansas. In this week’s To Your Health segment, Dr. Jo-Ann Harris, Cotton O’Neil Infectious Disease, offers some tips on how to protect yourself against getting the flu.

  • Mumps Cases Hit 10-Year High, What Parents Should Know

    Friday, January 6, 2017

    Mumps cases are on the rise in the United States, especially on college campuses. In this week’s To Your Health segment Dr. Randy Schumacher, Cotton O’Neil Pediatrics, shares what college-age students can do to protect themselves from contracting and spreading this highly contagious disease.

  • Getting Foot in the Door Pays Off for Stormont Vail Workers

    Friday, December 30, 2016

    This week’s To Your Health segment introduces three Stormont Vail Health employees who started as housekeepers in the Emergency Department and then went back to school to pursue a dream to care for patients. With the support of family and their Emergency Department co-workers, and the help of Stormont Vail Health’s tuition reimbursement benefit, all three say that they are thankful that Stormont Vail Health was there to encourage them to advance.

  • Winter Weather Poses Special Health Risks

    Friday, December 23, 2016

    Emergency Department physician Sarah Sartain, M.D., covers cold weather tips on this week’s To Your Health segment.

  • New Approach Offers Valve Replacement Option to High-Risk Patients

    Friday, December 16, 2016

    Learn how cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons at the Cotton O’Neil Heart Center are working together to offer minimally invasive transaortic valve replacement (TAVR) on this week’s To Your Health segment. Dr. Jack Jones, a cardiologist at the Cotton O’Neil Heart Center explains the procedure that is for high-risk patients who have very few surgical options and who see significant symptomatic improvement immediately after the procedure.

  • Young Survivor Teaches Importance of Listening to Your Heart

    Friday, December 9, 2016

    On this week’s To Your Health segment, meet Go Red for Women Heart Survivor Heather Ryan and learn from Carol Bragdon, APRN, Cotton O’Neil Heart Center, what atypical symptoms for a heart attack women tend to have, as well as how vital it is for a heart problem to be recognized early and intervention performed quickly.

  • Got a Bug? Why You Might Have to Wait it Out?

    Friday, December 2, 2016

    On this week’s To Your Health segment, Cotton O’Neil Express Care physician, Korri Phillips explains why antibiotics don’t work for viruses such as the common cold or the flu. It’s best to focus on prevention. Wash your hands frequently and get your flu shot. It’s not too late! Call your primary care physician’s office to schedule a flu shot today!

  • Giving Thanks for Family – Couple Shares Journey to Parenthood

    Friday, November 25, 2016

    Ashley and Erik Wisner are more than the average, thankful, first-time parents. On this week’s Thanksgiving edition of To Your Health, they share their daughter Cecilia’s birth story and the long journey they took to finally become parents.

  • Painful Reality: The Opiod Crisis

    Friday, November 18, 2016

    On this week’s To Your Health segment, Eric Voth, M.D., vice president, Primary Care Services, discusses how prescription opioids have given rise to addiction and death, and how the health care community is using the Kansas Tracking and Reporting of Controlled Substances program (KTRACS), a database that captures information on all prescriptions of controlled substances written and filled by participating doctors and pharmacists.

  • Find Out the Dangers of Sleep Apnea

    Friday, November 11, 2016

    On this week’s To Your Health segment, Angie Brockmann, APRN, and specialists at the Stormont Vail Sleep Center, explain what is involved in a sleep study and how it can help doctors determine if you have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is when a person’s breathing stops and starts repeatedly during sleep. A few pauses during the night are normal, but more than five times an hour can be a concern. Brockmann explains that even if you feel like you are getting a full night’s sleep, but you wake up tired, or are irritable and unable to focus, or if your partner has noticed you snore, you may have an undiagnosed sleep condition.

  • Topeka Triplets Example of Progress in Neonatal Intensive Care

    Thursday, May 5, 2016

    In this week&rquo;s To Your Health, Candi and Chris Temple talk about the special care their triplet daughters, born premature at 29 weeks 13 years ago, received at Stormont Vail Health, helping the three become the happy, healthy teens they are today.

  • Take Steps to Keep Skin Cancer in the Dark

    Thursday, March 31, 2016

    Ginger Reeves, APRN, Cotton O’Neil Cancer Center, talks about how sun exposure increases your risk for skin cancer. Stormont Vail Health is offering a free skin cancer screening from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 9, at the Cotton O’Neil Cancer Center. To schedule your appointment, call Health Connections at (785) 354-5225.

  • Stormont Vail Health Earns the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Distinction Center+ for Maternity Care

    Wednesday, March 9, 2016

    In this week’s To Your Health, Kristin Perez, certified nurse midwife, talks about some of the things that helped Stormont Vail Health earn the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Distinction Center+ for Maternity Care.

  • Heart Survivor Spreads Vital Message

    Thursday, February 18, 2016

    In this week’s To Your Health, we learn about Stormont Vail employee Sabrina Robinson and her son Zach as they share their heart attack survival story.

  • Eight-Year-Old Diagnosed with Rare Brain Tumor

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

    In this week’s To Your Health, we learn about 8-year-old Parker Monhollon, a Silver Lake resident, who has a rare brain tumor called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, or DIPG.

  • Ahead of the Game

    Thursday, February 4, 2016

    Athletic trainer Michael Longhofer, who is assigned to Seaman through a partnership with Cotton O’Neil Orthopedics, spoke with WIBW about the new processes schools have to protect their students from the dangers of repeated traumatic head injuries. 

  • Eye Professional Puts Focus on Glaucoma

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

    Babak Marefat, M.D., ophthalmologist, at Cotton O’Neil, was interviewed by WIBW-TV Channel 13 about glaucoma, an eye disease that can lead to blindness if not treated in a timely fashion.

  • Role of the Nurse Midwife

    Friday, December 25, 2015

    While there are many myths about what midwives do, these women’s health care practitioners have gone mainstream and are helping women in the Topeka area with prenatal, delivery and post-delivery care, plus provide wellness checks. Learn more in this WIBW-TV report about the role of the midwife from certified nurse midwife Kristin Perez, with Stormont Vail Maternal and Fetal Medicine.

  • Holiday Cheer Comes with Imaging

    Friday, December 18, 2015

    The holidays have arrived at the Radiology Department at Cotton O’Neil. The staff has decked the halls for the holidays and that not only brings enjoyment to the patients, but relaxation, too. Research shows that decor can actually help patients relax for an image, resulting in fewer scans. Learn more about the holiday decor in this WIBW-TV report.

  • Doctors Explain Lymphoma Diagnosis

    Friday, December 11, 2015

    Chiefs star player Eric Berry, who was has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, has called the disease his toughest opponent yet. In a recent WIBW-TV interview with Dr. Mehmood Hashmi, an oncologist and hematologist at Cotton O’Neil Cancer Center, Dr. Hashmi explains that Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system that tackles a person’s immune system. Learn more about Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in this WIBW To Your Health report.

  • Cutting Stress Could Protect Heart

    Friday, December 4, 2015

    While the holiday season is supposed to be fun, stress often comes with all the festivities. The American Heart Association says there is no clear relationship between stress and heart health, but Carol Bragdon, ARNP, at the Cotton O’Neil Heart Center, says stress definitely impacts the body in ways that could indirectly harm the heart in the long run. Learn more in this WIBW-TV report about how controlling stress can help control risk factors.

  • Antibiotics May Not Always Be the Answer

    Thursday, December 3, 2015

    Antibiotics may not always be the best answer during cold and flu season. Stormont Vail Pediatric Infectious Disease specialist Jo Ann Harris, MD, explains why. 

  • STAR Program Helps Cancer Survivors

    Friday, November 27, 2015

    A new program at Stormont Vail Health helps patients who have had a diagnosis or treatment for cancer to not only survive, but thrive. Called the STAR program - Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation - the program screens patients who have been diagnosed or treated for cancer to determine if they can benefit from physical, occupational or speech therapy. Learn more about this exciting service in a recent WIBW-TV segment.

  • Stormont Vail Turns Stethoscope on Itself – Offers Prevention Program to Improve Employee Health

    Thursday, November 19, 2015

    A new prevention program offered to employees at Stormont Vail is producing big results. 709 employees have lost more than 5,000 pounds. Two of the participants recently shared their success stories.

  • Stormont Vail Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Jo-Ann Harris Says Flu Vaccine is Best Way to Guard Agaist Influenza

    Thursday, October 15, 2015

    Jo-Ann Harris, M.D., pediatric infectious disease specialist at Stormont Vail Health,  was interviewed by WIBW-TV13 about the importance of getting an annual flu shot. "The flu can be fairly serious, causing a secondary pneumonia, that can be devastating," said Dr. Harris. The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone over the age of six months. To learn about the many Cotton O’Neil Flu Shot Clinics, call our automated Flu Line at (785) 354-6789.

  • Celebrating 20 Years of Partnership

    Friday, October 9, 2015

    The merger of Stormont Vail and Cotton O’Neil 20 years ago put the Topeka-based health care organization on track to become the regional health care provider it is today. According to a recent WIBW-TV interview with two leaders of the organization, it spurred the creation of an integrated electronic medical record, recruitment of more primary care and specialty physicians and efforts to provide coordinated care. Learn more in this WIBW To Your Health report.

  • Diaper Need an Issue for Children’s Health

    Thursday, October 1, 2015

    Sarah Sachs-Jepson, APRN-BC, of Pediatrics, was interviewed for this weeks To Your Health segment. The segment shines the light on the need some families have for diapers and how stretching diaper use can cause a threat to your child’s health.

  • Polly Shines Light on Preventing Hospital-Acquired Infections

    Thursday, September 24, 2015

    When you check into the hospital, you expect to go home healthy – not bring someone else’s germs with you. Learn from Kim Lynch, Environmental Services Manager, in this WIBW-TV report how “Polly,” a germ-zapping robot from the Xenex company is using UV cleaning at Stormont Vail to reduce readmissions for health care acquired infections.

  • A 3-D View Helping With Screens

    Thursday, September 10, 2015

    Three-dimensional technology is giving doctors a better view to spot breast cancer earlier. Stormont Vail Health started offering 3-D mammography the past spring and doctors say they are already seeing the difference. Dr. Olufolajimi Obembe, a radiologist, explains in this WIBW-TV report how 3-D mammography takes multiple images of the breast in thin layers, or slices, enabling doctors to see the breast on different planes. You can request a 3-D mammography appointment at the Stormont Vail Women’s Center by calling (785) 354-5960. Be aware that not all insurance plans cover the 3-D option, so be sure to check in advance.

  • Siblings Thank Team That Took Care of Them

    Thursday, September 3, 2015

    Stormont Vail’s collaborative approach to health care helped put Jeff and Jayme King on the road to recovery after their serious car accident.

  • Family Shares NICU Story

    Thursday, August 27, 2015

    Cayden was born 15 weeks early and weighed only 16 ounces. Her chance of survival was only 25 percent. Today she is happy and healthy. Watch this video to see how her stay at Stormont Vail Neonatal Intensive Care helped her reach this point.

  • New Labels Could Make it Easier to Spot Sugar in Food and Drinks

    Thursday, August 20, 2015

    Mary Alice Scheer, RD, LD, certified diabetes instructor at the Diabetes Learning Center, tells us about hidden amounts of sugar found in everyday foods and drinks. Soon that information will be easier for everyone to understand. The FDA has proposed new food labels that will have a separate line indicating any added sugars.

  • New Program Educates Mom Before Baby Arrives

    Thursday, August 13, 2015

    Professor Libby Rosen, PhD, RN, IBCLC, announces a new OB Nurse Navigator position at Stormont Vail Health. Kris Myers, RN, will meet with expectant moms at Lincoln Center and the Shawnee County M&I clinic before they deliver to promote successful breastfeeding after the baby arrives.

  • Stormont Vail Health Recently Named One of the Nation’s Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals

    Thursday, August 6, 2015

    Joe Hopeck, administrative director, Stormont Vail Cardiovascular Services, talks about Stormont Vail’s recent designation as one of the nations Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Analytics.

  • Add Health Checkup to Kids’ Back-to-School List

    Thursday, July 23, 2015

    Maryam Tabrizi, M.D., pediatrician at Pediatrics in Mission Woods, was interviewed by WIBW-TV 13 about sports physicals, their importance and the benefit of having them done by your family physician.

  • Living in the Shadows

    Thursday, July 16, 2015

    Howard Parr, M.D., pediatrician at Pedatrics in Mission Woods, was interviewed by WIBW-TV Channel 13 about a rare genetic disorder called Erythropoiectic Protoporphyria ,or EEP, which causes serious burns to the skin when exposed to the sun.

  • Care Close to Home

    Thursday, July 9, 2015

    Getting care close to home is important for this Topeka teen battling cancer. Dr. Youmna Othman, pediatric oncologist, tells why it is important to have the support of family and friends when dealing with a serious illness.

  • Seniors Get a Leg Up on Fall Prevention

    Thursday, June 25, 2015

    Falls and restricted mobility don’t have to be a fact of growing older. Find out more about the Stormont Vail Stepping On Class. The next class begins Sept. 1, 2015. Call Health Connections for more information or to register at (785) 354-5225.

  • Radial Cath Approach Produces Good Outcomes for Patient and Cardiologist

    Tuesday, June 16, 2015

    Seshu Rao, M.D., at the Cotton O’Neil Heart Center, talks about the radial catheterization procedure, which is easier on patients and provides better outcomes overall.

  • Summer Camp Helps Kids Live with Type 1 Diabetes

    Thursday, June 11, 2015

    James Casey, M.D., and Naziya Tahseen, M.D., talk about a camp for kids with Type 1 diabetes and how it teaches children a lifestyle so they are able to accommodate living with Type 1 diabetes and not see it as a stigma.

  • Is Your Child’s Summer Camp Safe?

    Thursday, June 4, 2015

    Maryam Tabrizi, M.D., pediatrician, at Pediatrics at Mission Woods, explains the importance of being aware of children’s summer camp safety.

  • Genetic Counseling Could Give Babies a Better Start

    Thursday, May 28, 2015

    The certified genetic counselors at Stormont Vail’s Maternal Fetal Medicine help expectant moms learn what risk factors could affect their pregnancy and help families process the information if their baby is at a higher risk for certain conditions.

  • Survival Story Spurs Bicyclist’s Safety Message

    Thursday, May 14, 2015

    The medical director of Stormont Vail Emergency & Trauma Center and a Topeka bicyclist who was injured when a car hit him on his bicycle both shared important bicycle safety tips for the road in a recent WIBW-TV report.

  • Constant Contact May Be a Pain

    Thursday, April 30, 2015

    Having issues with text neck or pain from prolonged use of smart phones, tablets and e-readers because you are looking down for long periods of time? Learn from neurosurgeon Stephen Eichert in this WIBW-TV report what you can do now to minimize the damage.

  • Snuffing the Sniffles

    Thursday, April 16, 2015

    Watery eyes and sniffles means spring is in the air for some people. Dr. Balil Kahn, an allergist at Cotton O’Neil, explains there is relief for seasonal allergy sufferers - you just have to plan ahead. Learn more in this WIBW-TV To Your Health segment.

  • The Power of Collaboration

    Thursday, April 9, 2015

    Dr. Lambert Wu explained the community benefits of Stormont Vail Health’s membership in the Mayo Clinic Care Network in a recent WIBW-TV report. Of the 163 patients who received consultations with a Mayo expert through their Stormont Vail provider during the first year, 90 percent stayed in their home community for treatment.

  • A List for Health Checkups

    Thursday, April 2, 2015

    Women have a unique health checkup list they need to follow to prevent or have early detection of potential health concerns. A big reason, according to radiologist Dr. Jimi Obembe, is the hormone estrogen. Learn more about what should be on the list in this WIBW-TV report.

  • Physical Therapy Part of Overall Health Care

    Thursday, March 5, 2015

    Physical therapy might just be what the doctor orders when you have a sore knee. Until recently you had to wait for a physician’s order. Kansas law changed in July 2013 to allow patients to directly schedule appointments with physical therapists. Patients still need a primary care physician with whom the physical therapy team can communicate with about the patient. Learn more in this WIBW-TV report.

  • Double Blessing

    Thursday, February 26, 2015

    Wanting to share her experiences of being a mom of twins who were patients in Stormont Vail’s Neonatal Intensive Care, a Kansas woman’s writing has now been published into a book. One of the twins, a daughter, died at 25 days old. The other twin, a son, is now 12 years old. Erin Burks and her family recently toured the NICU and talked about their experiences in a WIBW-TV To Your Health segment.

  • Surviving a Stroke

    Thursday, February 19, 2015

    Kerry Livgren inspires many people with his music and now is delivering a message he hopes will save lives. Livgren suffered a stroke in 2009. Now recovered, he is spreading the word about warning signs of a stroke. Dr. Sarah Sartain, of the Stormont Vail Emergency Department, says recognizing those signs and seeking immediate treatment are important. Learn more in this WIBW-TV To Your Health report.

  • Heart Month: Super Molly’s Story

    Thursday, February 12, 2015

    Meet Molly. At 18 months old, she is thriving. She was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Because her mom was classified high-risk early in her pregnancy and early intervention was done, doctors were prepared to provide special care when she was born. Molly’s family will share their story at the American Heart Association’s annual Heart Ball on Feb. 21. Learn more in this WIBW-TV Channel 13 report.

  • Tools for Better Health

    Thursday, February 5, 2015

    Having a real-time report on your physical activity for the day might just be the motivation you need to get moving. Michael Bagwell, DPT, a physical therapist with Kansas Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, explained how wearable fitness trackers and smartphone apps can be good tools to consider when working to improve your health. Learn more in this WIBW-TV Channel 13 report.

  • Kansas Urged to Take Precautions Against Measles

    Thursday, January 29, 2015

    With a measles outbreak making headlines in the U.S., now is the time to make sure you and family members are fully immunized. Dr. Jo-Ann Harris, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Stormont Vail Health, urges people to make sure they are protected since measles spreads easily and has the potential to cause severe symptoms. Learn more about protecting your family from measles in this WIBW-TV Channel 13 report.

  • Monitor Smartphone Use at Bedtime

    Thursday, January 15, 2015

    When youngsters use their smartphones at bedtime it could result in them not getting adequate sleep according to a recent study. The study showed that youngsters with a smartphone near them got 21 minutes less sleep and experienced fatigue in the morning. Dr. Maryam Tabrizi, a pediatrician with Pediatrics, says those lost minutes of sleep can add up and can affect the child’s health and concentration in school. Learn more in this WIBW-TV report.

  • Influenza Cases on Rise

    Thursday, January 8, 2015

    Physicians at Stormont Vail Health are seeing an increase in patients with influenza. Dr. Scott Teeter, Cotton O’Neil, explains in this WIBW-TV report what symptoms people with the flu may experience, and provides information about what levels of care may be appropriate depending on a persons health situation.

  • Clinic Aims To Keep Kids With RSV Out Of Hospital

    Thursday, January 1, 2015

    Bronchiolitis, which can cause mucus and breathing difficulties in young children, is the leading cause of hospitalization for children under the age of two. To prevent that, Stormont launched an outpatient bronchiolitis clinic in December, says Dr. Steven Crouch, pediatric hospitalist. Parents are directed to the clinic only after their child is diagnosed with an infection like RSV at their regular doctor, an urgent care clinic or the ER.

  • Secondhand Smoke Harmful to Children

    Friday, November 21, 2014

    The dangers of secondhand smoke to children was highlighted in a To Your Health segment on WIBW-TV recently. Lisa Johnson, Stormont Vail pediatric nurse, explained the risks the secondhand smoke, and said quitting is the best way to keep the risks from harming children.

  • Time to give health coverage a checkup

    Friday, November 7, 2014

    Tis is the season for people over the age of 65 to give their health coverage a checkup. With Medicare open enrollment through Dec. 7, individuals can review their plans to make sure their coverage is still what they need, according to Bob Evenson with Century Health Solutions, a division of Stormont Vail. Evenson says such factors as a change in location, medications or health situations may be taken into consideration when the review is done. Learn more in this WIBW-TV report.

  • Screening the Heart Attack Risk

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

    A cardiac calcium score screening done via a CT scan provides a new tool to assess patients with risk factors for heart disease. Dr. Timothy Allen, a radiologist at Stormont Vail Health, explains in a recent WIBW segment that the screening looks for narrowing in the coronary arteries that can lead to heart attacks.

  • Screening Settles Score For Heart Attack Risk

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

    People interested in having a cardiac calcium score screening should talk to their doctor for a referral. It costs $100 and is not covered by insurance.

  • Tiny Device Can Make Big Difference

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

    A tiny device can make a big difference for a heart that may be in a weakened state, but needs a surgical procedure. Dr. Seshu Rao, interventional cardiologist with the Cotton O’Neil Heart Center, was recently interviewed by WIBW-TV about the Impella catheter-based device that is billed as the worlds smallest heart pump. Dr. Rao said the device can be used to support a weakened heart through surgery and can also be left in for a few days following a heart attack to support damaged muscle during the healing process.

  • Journey Through Anorexia

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

    Dr. Ann Sachs, Cotton O’Neil, was recently interviewed by WIBW-TV about eating disorders and how they can affect the long-term health of a person. She said treatment of eating disorders, such as anorexia, bulimia or binge eating, takes a team approach.

  • New Rule Shifts Gears on Health Exams

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

    A new requirement concerning health examinations for commercial drivers has shifted gears - and now the health professionals giving those exams must meet certain criteria. Dr. Dale Garrett, medical director of Stormont Vail Work Care who is certified to provide the exams in Topeka, explains in this WIBW-TV report just what that means in keeping everyone safe on the road.

  • Immunizations Important

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

    Immunization for measles is important, especially this year with an outbreak of measles occurring across the country. Dr. Randy Schumacher, a pediatrician at Pediatrics, explains in this recent WIBW-TV report the complications that can occur in children with measles, and the protection an immunization can provide.

  • Treatment Stops Rapid Heartbeat Episodes

    Thursday, July 3, 2014

    A relatively new treatment to control rapid heartbeat episodes has been successful for patients of Dr. Alap Shah, a cardiac electrophysiologist with the Cotton O’Neil Heart Center, who says the condition can really impact people’s lives because they don’t always know when it will happen. Learn in this WIBW-TV report how Dr. Shah helped one patient.

  • Importance of Pertussis Vaccine Hits Home for Hospital CEO

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

    Stormont Vail CEO Randy Peterson has heard from the doctors at work why its important for adults around infants to be immunized because of a recent pertussis outbreak. But it was when he heard it from his daughter, who is expecting her first child this fall, that he got the message loud and clear. She told him if he wanted to see his new granddaughter, he needed to get the vaccination. Find out in this WIBW-TV report why it’s so important for grandparents and others who will be in contact with a newborn to have this immunization.

  • New 3T MRI Gives Doctors Better Look

    Thursday, June 19, 2014

    The new 3T MRI at Stormont Vail Health has a stronger magnet, hence physicians can get a better, clearer image when making a diagnosis, especially for neurological cases or orthopedic issues in smaller structures like the hand. While the powerful MRI isn’t needed for all patients, it helps doctors give a firmer diagnosis and it is a quicker process for patients.

  • Book Club Setting for Organ Donation Story

    Thursday, June 12, 2014

    At a book club meeting where a Stormont Vail nurse gave a talk to raise awareness about organ donation, two members of the group shared their personal stories. One was a recipient and the other had a brother who had died and his organs were donated to others in need. Because of privacy involved, they had no idea at the time they their stories were actually intertwined. WIBW-TV Channel 13 detailed the women’s story in this report.

  • The Risk of Strokes

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

    Dr. Frisco Morse, D.O., medical director of Stormont Vail’s Stroke Program, says 85 percent of strokes are related to a blood clot, where it breaks off, travels to the brain and lodges in an artery to the brain. Any brain tissue beyond the clot, he says, is then deprived of oxygen that’s in the blood and is at risk of dying if blood flow is not restored. Dr. Morse discussed the differences between men and women when it comes to their risk for stroke in a recent interview with WIBW-TV.

  • A Pitch for Safety

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

    Here’s a pitch that’s hard to ignore. The story of Peyton Workman, a softball player who is encouraging others to wear a properly fitted helmet and face mask to avoid serious injuries - something she experienced last summer in a softball tournament. Athletic trainer Mike Flynn, with Cotton O’Neil, agrees that many sports injuries could be prevented with such protective equipment.

  • Caring for Young Patients and Families

    Thursday, May 1, 2014

    A Topeka family said the support their family received while they had an infant in the Stormont Vail Neonatal Intensive Care department was vital. Both the NICU staff and March of Dimes contributed to that support. Learn more in this WIBW-TV report.

  • Keeping Kids From Being Forgotten In Cars

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

    A new program from Safe Kids Shawnee County aims to prevent a tragedy that is more common than people might think. Last year in the United States, 44 children died from being left in hot cars. Richelle Rumford, trauma manager at Stormont Vail Health, said the most common reason it happens is because a parent simply forgets the child is in the car. She says, with all the distractions of busy lives, sadly, it can easily happen.

  • Class Gives Girls With Special Needs Info on Growing Up

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

    For parents talking to pre-teens about changes they are experiencing in their bodies can be difficult. Stormont Vail Health has offered the ÒFrom Girl to WomanÓ class for a number of years and now has developed a session specifically targeted to girls with special needs and their mothers. The class will be April 26. Learn more about the class in this WIBW-TV report.

  • Giving Time Gives Rewards To Local Volunteer

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

    Richard Allen, Stormont Vail Health volunteer, was featured on a recent To Your Health television segment for the assistance he has been providing patients for the past three years as a volunteer. Richard is among the 500 volunteers who give nearly 50,000 hours of service each year to Stormont Vail. Volunteers are utilized in more than 65 areas of the organization, adding a personal touch, and helping staff provide safe, high-quality care.

  • New Crohn’s Treatment Approved

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

    A Kansas woman has not only utilized a new therapy for Crohn’s Disease to manage the chronic gastrointestinal disorder, she has helped gain its approval by the FDA for others to benefit. She participated in a clinical research trial through the Cotton O’Neil Digestive Health Center after her doctors made her aware of the trial. Learn more in this WIBW-TV report.

  • Learning About Kidney Disease

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

    One in nine Americans has kidney disease and even more people are at risk for developing it. Dr. Scott Solcher, a nephrologist at Cotton O’Neil, was recently interviewed by WIBW-TV, Channel 13, about kidney disease and being knowledgeable about risks. Dr. Solcher says the kidneys are a vital part of functioning.

  • Promoting Patient Safety

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

    Dr. Sridevi Donepudi of  Cotton O’Neil says health care has evolved into a partnership between doctors and patients, with patients being active participants in managing their health care and communicating with their doctor. That’s the foundation for improved patient safety, a focus this week - National Patient Safety Awareness Week. To enhance communication between providers and patients, Stormont Vail provides patients secure access to an online patient portal, where patients can access medical records, see summaries of their doctors’ visits, request prescription refills, even send notes to ask questions. Learn more in this WIBW-TV report.

  • Get Moving to Boost Brain Power

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

    A pair of recent studies found evidence that having young people move their bodies could be the best medicine to boost their brain power. Stormont Vail physical therapist Michael Bagwell says What’s good for the heart is also good for the brain. Learn more about the physiological impact of exercise in this WIBW-TV report.

  • Screening Can Have Important Impact

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

    A pulse oxygen screening to detect a congenital heart defect in newborns is standard practice for babies born at Stormont Vail Health since the screening was added to the U.S. Health and Human Services list of recommended screenings 18 months ago. Find out from neonatologist Dr. Heather Morgan in this WIBW-TV report why this is an important screening.

  • Planning Ahead

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

    The time to make decisions about the type of care you want at the end of life is when you are healthy. The use of advance directives can be the tool to utilize to make your voice heard when you’re unable to speak, according to Anne Kindling, risk management manager for Stormont Vail. Stormont Vail has suggested forms available for patients to fill in on its web site. Learn more in this WIBW-TV report.

  • Program Aims to Help with Sleep

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

    Sleepless nights don’t just make sufferers tired, they could be harming health. Dr. Shawn Magee, Stormont Vail Sleep Center, was interviewed recently for a To Your Health segment on WIBW-TV about sleep apnea. Dr. Magee explained why sleep is important. The television segment also highlighted a program that Stormont Vail and the Kansas Equipment Exchange have created to help uninsured clients of the Marian Clinic get access to no longer used, but restored CPAP machines to assist with sleep.

  • Stormont Vail’s Lifeline Offers Peace of Mind

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

    A little button can provide piece of mind. The Lifeline program at Stormont Vail provides a person with a button that can be worn around their neck or wrist that links to a base unit and is attached to a landline telephone. With the press of the button, a call is activated to get assistance for the person. Learn more about the Lifeline program in this WIBW-TV report.

  • Lisa&rquo;s Legacy

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

    To honor the memory of a family member who died from breast cancer, a local family made a donation recently to help the pediatric patients at the Cotton O’Neil Cancer Center. Learn more about Lisa’s Legacy in this WIBW-TV report.

  • Influenza Arrives With Chill

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

    Influenza-like illness has arrived in Kansas and the Stormont Vail Emergency Department is seeing an increase in patients. Emergency physician Matthew Lockwood says the best treatment usually is to rest, drink plenty of fluids and take ibuprofen or acetaminophen for aches. Find out from Dr. Lockwood in this WIBW-TV report when you should see a doctor or go to the emergency room.

  • Spotting a Stroke

    Thursday, December 19, 2013

    Some astute observations and actions by a friend and a Cotton O’Neil Heart Center nurse, helped a Topeka man suffering a stroke get the medical help he needed. Learn how they helped in this WIBW-TV Channel 13 report.

  • &rquo;Tis the Season for Sniffles

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

    Its not too late to get an influenza vaccine. According to Dr. Jo-Ann Harris, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Stormont Vail Health, cold weather can fuel the flu season. Flu spreads through respiratory secretions so the more closely people are packed together indoors during cold weather, the more likely they are to transmit viruses.

    There are two remaining flu shot clinics this season for Cotton O’Neil patients who are six months of age and older. They are 8 a.m. to noon Dec. 17 and 19 at the HealthWise office, 2252 S.W. 10th Ave, just east of S.W. 10th and MacVicar.

  • A Heart Healthy Mission

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

    A retired Kansas National Guard brigadier general has a new mission - spreading the word of heart health. Despite having a healthy lifestyle, Deborah Rose suffered a heart attack and underwent double bypass surgery. Now she says no matter how healthy you think you might be, you need to have your health care monitored and listen to your body. 

  • Family Has Reason to Give Thanks

    Thursday, November 28, 2013

    During the holiday season, one Topeka family has reason to give thanks. Their 6-year-old child battled brain cancer over the past year and was able to recently complete her final treatments in Topeka. Dr. Youmna Othman, a pediatric oncologist at Cotton O’Neil Cancer Center, provided the care close to home. Learn more in this WIBW-TV Channel 13 report.

  • Lessons About Diabetes

    Thursday, November 21, 2013

    Silver Lake second-grader Lily Schuckman is helping educate her peers about what it like to live with Type 1 diabetes, which is when the pancreas doesn’t make insulin to keep blood sugar levels normal. Patients take insulin to compensate, but how much is needed is affected by what they eat and their activity level. Lily and her doctor, Dr. Katarina Gambosova, pediatric endocrinologist with the Cotton O’Neil Diabetes & Endocrinology Center, shared the lessons of living with diabetes in a recent interview with WIBW-TV Channel 13.

  • Women Need to Take This to Heart

    Thursday, November 14, 2013

    Health experts say it’s a message all women need to hear: Heart disease remains the leading killer of women. Carol Bragdon, APRN, Ph.D., ACNS-BC, Cotton O’Neil Heart Center, was recently interviewed by WIBW-TV, Channel 13, and says women may ignore symptoms because they are caring for others and neglecting themselves. Learn more in this news report.

  • Local Teen Gets Care Close to Home

    Thursday, October 24, 2013

    Meet Zach. He has a heroic tale to tell. He was recently diagnosed with leukemia and has been able to get care close to home in Stormont Vail’s Pediatric Intensive Care unit and at the Cotton O’Neil Cancer Center. Learn more about Zach’s inspirational story on this WIBW-Channel 13 report.

  • A New Top Dog is Making Rounds in Stormont Vail’s Pediatrics Unit

    Thursday, October 17, 2013

    The Stormont Vail Pediatrics department has recently introduced a new furry friend to help ease the stress of hospital stays for our younger patients. Learn more about the Pediatrics Pet Therapy program on this WIBW-Channel 13 report.

  • Santa Fe Trail Coach Teaches Lessons About Physical Emotional Fight Against Breast Cancer

    Thursday, October 10, 2013

    Being well informed before a mastectomy can streamline the process for reconstructive surgery. Listen to this heartwarming story from one of our Cotton O’Neil Cancer Center patients on this WIBW-Channel 13 report.

  • Nursing Scholarships Provide Opportunity at a Time with Needed Most

    Thursday, October 3, 2013

    Nursing can be a rewarding career. Scholarships are available through Baker School of Nursing to help fulfill those dreams of becoming a nurse. Find out how on this WIBW-Channel 13 report.

  • Don’t Rush Your Baby’s Birthday

    Thursday, September 26, 2013

    Studies prove that a baby’s brain and lungs are still developing between 35-39 weeks gestation. Stormont Vail Birthplace wants your baby to get the best start possible. Learn about the new Hard Stop policy on this WIBW-Channel 13 report.

  • The Benefits of Family Dinners

    Thursday, September 19, 2013

    Family dinners have more significance than most people know. Studies show that there is decreased risk of alcohol, drug and tobacco use among teens who eat dinner with their family. The more frequent the family meals, the greater the benefit, says Cotton O’Neil’s  Dr. Ashley Hisel. Plan to have dinner with your family this coming Monday for Family Day - A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children. It is coordinated statewide by Kansas Family Partnership.

  • Changes Aim to Improve Flu Vaccine

    Thursday, September 5, 2013

    The flu virus changes every year, which is why the vaccine does too. Our Cotton O’Neil Infectious Disease physician discusses these changes in this WIBW-Channel 13 report.

  • Stormont Vail Recognized as One of the Safest Places to Have Surgery in Kansas

    Thursday, August 29, 2013

    Stormont Vail was recently recognized by Consumer Reports as one of the safest places to have surgery in Kansas. Get a behind the scenes look at safe surgery practices at Stormont Vail in a recent report on WIBW-channel 13.

  • Trial Tests Plant-Based Remedy For Ulcerative Colitis

    Thursday, August 15, 2013

    A new plant-based remedy is being studied for treatment of ulcerative colitis, which is an inflammation of the colon. Our Cotton O’Neil Digestive Health physician discusses the treatment study on this WIBW-Channel 13 report.

  • Back-to-School Safety Lessons Important For Kids And Adults

    Thursday, August 8, 2013

    It’s back-to-school time! That means more children will be walking and biking to school during your morning commute. Stormont Vail Emergency and Trauma experts would like to refresh your school safety knowledge on this WIBW-Channel 13 report.

  • Two Cases of Cyclospora Reported in Kansas

    Thursday, August 1, 2013

    The CDC has reported two cases of the parasite called Cyclospora in Kansas this month. This parasite is linked to contaminated imported produce and may cause chronic diarrhea among other symptoms. Learn the precautions and treatment for Cyclospora on this WIBW-Channel 13 report.

  • Stormont Vail Earns Recognition for Cardiac Care

    Thursday, July 25, 2013

    Stormont Vail Health recently received the Blue Distinction Center designation in cardiac care from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas.

  • Campaign Urges Community to Cut Body Fat to Cut Cancer Risk

    Thursday, July 18, 2013

    Dr. Scott Teeter, an internal medicine physician with Topeka’s Cotton O’Neil and a member of Stormont Vail’s Cancer Committee, says the link between obesity and cancer isn’t completely understood, but it is thought to be related to inflammatory factors more prevalent in people who are carrying extra pounds. The Cancer Committee has a communitywide prevention campaign, "Cut Fat - Cut Cancer," to give people the skinny on fat.

  • Stormont Vail Neonatal Intensive Care has recently been recognized as a national leader.

    Thursday, June 27, 2013

    Stormont Vail’s Neonatal Intensive Care department was recently awarded The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for exceptional care of premature infants. See what this certification means to patients on this WIBW-Channel 13 report.

  • Cancer Center Makes Cancer Treatment Less Scary for Kids

    Thursday, June 20, 2013

    Cancer is a scary word, especially when it affects children. The Cotton O’Neil Cancer Center has made some new updates to help ease the anxieties of its pediatric patients. Learn about these changes on this WIBW-Channel 13 report.

  • Taking Care of Yourself When the Heat Goes Up

    Thursday, June 13, 2013

    The hot summer months are upon us. Taking care of yourself, especially young children and the elderly are important in preventing heat stroke. Learn from Stormont Vail Emergency Department physician Dr. Sartain how to beat the heat on this WIBW-Channel 13 report.