We Together: A Communication of Stormont Vail Health (Apr 6, 2023)

Dear Community Partners,

Here are today’s updates:

  • Shamik Shah Receives Department of Defense Patriot Award
  • Infusion Center and Cancer Center Featured in Blog
  • Congratulations to MollyPatt Eyestone
  • April Is Occupational Therapy Month!
  • “To Your Health” on WIBW-TV Tonight

Dr. Shamik Shah Receives Department of Defense Patriot Award

Dr. Shamik Shah, neurohospitalist, had a surprise presentation this week when he received the Department of Defense Patriot Award. The award was presented by Cora Ford, APRN in the Neurohospitalist Department, who nominated Dr. Shah for the honor.

The patriot award is an award of support and appreciation for a member in the National Guard. Military members can nominate supervisors as a thank you. The Patriot Award reflects the efforts made to support citizen warriors through a wide-range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families, and granting leaves of absence, if needed.

Cora joined with Dr. Shah a year ago in her current role and said she didn’t think Dr. Shah quite understood what her duties as a medic in the Kansas National Guard entailed until she told him she needed to be off for a two-week period to fulfill guard duties. She said Dr. Shah has always been very supportive.

“He has taken it in stride, learning what is required of me from the military, and understanding when I need to leave for training with the military,” Cora said. Cora has been in the National Guard for nine years. Prior to working in the Neurohospitalist Department, she was an RN on 5 North for seven years.

Thank you, Dr. Shah, for all you do to support our team members and to care for our patients. We are proud to have both you and Cora on the Stormont Vail team!

Infusion Center and Cancer Center Featured in Blog

With a multitude of clinics and centers around Topeka and the surrounding areas, our Stormont Vail team delivers top tier care for countless patients. You’ve seen the buildings, the new construction, and have heard the names, but what goes on behind the doors of our Infusion Center and Cancer Center?

Read this week’s Stormont Vail blog here on to see what goes into the care we provide throughout different sectors of our system.

Congratulations to MollyPatt Eyestone

Congratulations to MollyPatt Eyestone for her participation and graduation from Leadership Manhattan. MollyPatt, Communications Supervisor in Marketing & Communication, was one of two from the Leadership group to be class speakers at the graduation earlier this week. The program is sponsored by the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce.

April Is Occupational Therapy Month!

We have many occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants employed at Stormont Vail Health. We have occupational therapists at our Topeka hospital, our outpatient clinics and at the Flint Hills Campus.

Occupational therapists provide a unique role at Stormont Vail to improve, rehabilitate or maintain a patient’s ability to perform activities of daily living (ADL). They work with patients across the lifespan, from preemies to geriatrics. Occupational therapists enrich patient’s lives through the therapeutic use of self and restore function to the highest level of independence achievable. Thank you to our wonderful occupational therapists for making a difference in the lives of our patients every day!

 “To Your Health” on WIBW-TV Tonight

Learn what Stormont Vail Health is doing to address community needs highlighted in the recently released Community Health Rankings on tonight’s “To Your Health.” Karla Hedquist, Director of Community Engagement, and Amber Groeling, RD, CSOWM, LD, Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Program Manager, will be interviewed. The segment will air at 10 p.m. on WIBW-TV, Channel 13. The segment will typically repeat at 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. Fridays on 13 News This Morning and be posted on

We together,
Dr. Kenagy

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