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We Together: A Communication of Stormont Vail Health (August 22)

Dear Community Partners,

Here are today’s updates:

  • Stormont Vail and Kansas State Expand Research Partnership
  • Coping with Extreme Heat

Stormont Vail and Kansas State Expand Research Partnership

The ribbon cutting at Stormont Vail’s Manhattan Campus at the edge of Kansas State University last Friday was more than the opening of new location. It marked another level of partnership between the regional healthcare system and the nation’s first land-grant university. The ribbon cutting was the backdrop to announce an expansion to the entities’ ongoing relationship by launching a new clinical research space at the Stormont Vail facility.

The Kansas State University and Stormont Vail Health Research Collaboration will create a dedicated research space inside Stormont Vail’s Manhattan building to facilitate and support collaborative clinical research studies. The new research space, which will open later this year, is provided by the C. Clyde and Midge Jones Family.

Clyde Jones, a 100-year-old Manhattan resident, served as the first dean of Kansas State University’s College of Business and has a long-running record of community service in Manhattan. He and his late wife Midge, are the parents of Clif Jones, M.D., Vice President, Subspecialty Services, and an Infectious Disease Physician. Dr. Clif Jones practices at the Stormont Vail Health Topeka, Manhattan, and Flint Hills campuses. Both were in attendance Friday for Stormont Vail’s Manhattan Campus festivities.

“K-State is conducting research in nearly all areas affecting human health and wellness, including health science and healthcare, infectious disease and vaccines, diseases and treatments, assistive technologies and therapeutics, fitness and nutrition, and more,” said David Rosowsky, K-State Vice President for Research. “The addition of this state-of-the-art research facility near our Manhattan campus will enhance current collaborations with Stormont Vail Health and further leverage the university’s commitment to providing excellent teaching, research, clinical care and service to Kansans.”

Kansas State University and Stormont Vail first became research partners in 2020 when Stormont Vail’s Research Center became the enrollment site for a study with K-State investigator Carl J. Ade, Ph.D. This study investigated the impact of 5-FU chemotherapy on small blood vessel functions. Since this project, the organizations have partnered for additional studies with cardiology and oncology, focusing on the effects of chemotherapy on cardiovascular health.

In 2020, the two organizations formed an academic partnership in the College of Health and Human Sciences’ Physician Assistant Program, with the inaugural class beginning in Spring 2021 and opening the Stormont Vail Health Simulation Lab adjacent to the Manhattan Campus.

Stormont Vail’s Manhattan Campus provides primary care, specialty care, and laboratory and imaging services all in one location. The facility is at 1325 Research Park Drive, off Manhattan Avenue at the east edge of the K-State campus.

Coping with Extreme Heat

As the temperature rises outside, the risk of having a heat-related illness also increases. This can include heat exhaustion and heatstroke. High temperatures coupled with high humidity can result in heat exhaustion. Without prompt action to cool down and hydrate, heat exhaustion can lead to heatstroke, a life-threatening condition needing emergency medical care.

Here are some tips from our partners at Mayo Clinic on how to beat the heat:

  • Stay cool.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Avoid alcohol as it can make you more dehydrated.
  • Wear light-weight or loose-fitting clothes.
  • Avoid being outside during the hottest part of the day.
  • Do not leave anyone or pets alone in a vehicle.
  • Check on friends, family and neighbors.

Stormont Vail Health is a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network and through that partnership has access to Mayo health information and expertise to share with patients and the Kansas region we serve.

We together,
Dr. Kenagy

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