We Together: A Communication of Stormont Vail Health (Apr 4, 2023)

Dear Community Partners,

Here are today’s updates:

  • Manhattan Campus Signage Goes Up
  • Ficek Helps Develop Palliative Care State Plan
  • Virtual Career Fair to Highlight Health Care Jobs
  • Baker Cares Program Provides Students with Healthcare Career Experience
  • “Just Another Magnet Monday” Podcast – Episode 5: Culture of Safety

Manhattan Campus Signage Goes Up

Our signage at the new Stormont Vail Health Manhattan Campus was installed the past week, giving the community a big message that we are making progress toward completion of our medical facility.

It is located on the edge of the Kansas State University campus at 1325 Research Park Drive, just off Manhattan Avenue, and will consolidate all of the health services we currently provide in Manhattan, as well as expanding to some new services. The various departments will move in through a phased approach during the month of July. We want to thank our design and construction team and our Manhattan team – and the many others across the system who have been involved in helping us get this beautiful new location to the finish line!

Dr. Ficek Helps Develop Palliative Care State Plan

The Palliative Care & Quality of Life Interdisciplinary State Council and palliative care consumer and professional education program created through Kansas legislation in 2018 is making a difference. Brandy Ficek, M.D., MBA, Medical Director of Stormont Vail Health’s Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care, was nominated to the council after it was formed and has served as chair for the past four years.

The council, along with contributions of others, has created Kansas’ first Palliative Care State Plan, which is a five-year plan that was published in March. This provides a roadmap for the state priorities for palliative care. Thank you, Dr. Ficek, for all of your work on this council as well as all that you do to improve the availability, delivery and quality of palliative care to our patients and communities.

Virtual Career Fair to Highlight Health Care Jobs

A virtual 2023 Health Care Career Day to help students learn about what it takes to become a health care professional and connect them to employers is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 19. The Kansas Hospital Association is joined by the Kansas Chamber and the Kansas Department of Education in sponsoring the event.

The virtual career fair will give students and educators in Kansas an opportunity to learn about in-demand jobs in health care without leaving their classrooms. There is no cost for students and schools to register for the career fair. It is open to all grade levels. To learn how to register for the career fair, go to

Baker Cares Program Gives Students Healthcare Career Experience

The Baker University School of Nursing is offering a realistic experience for students this summer to have a hands on experience with nursing skills and participate in discussions with interdisciplinary healthcare professionals. The program will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 26.  There is no cost to participate in the CARES program. To learn more about the program and get an application, go to Applications are due Thursday, May 18.

“Just Another Magnet Monday” Podcast – Episode 5: Culture of Safety

Episode five of “Just Another Magnet Monday” dives into the culture of safety for patient centered care, nursing and healthcare as a whole. Carol Perry, Chief Nursing Officer, MollyPatt Eyestone from Marketing and Communications, and Richelle Rumford, RN and Administrative Director of Acute Care Services, talk about how a culture of safety is practiced among an entire organization focused on patient centered care, preventing and learning from mistakes, and supporting one another to create change.

The group also dives into how we protect our patients, safety and also value our team’s safety. This conversation provides great insight into how team members have helped improve safety in the work environment.

You can listen to episode five of “Just Another Magnet Monday” here on, here on SVnet, or through Apple. You can also listen while you’re on the go, on your personal devices, through Spotify – just search “Just Another Magnet Monday.”

We together,
Dr. Kenagy

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