We Together: A Communication of Stormont Vail Health (July 06, 2023)

Dear Community Partners,

Here are today’s updates:

  • “To Your Health” on WIBW-TV Tonight
  • Person of the Moment: Katie Hegarty
  • Flint Hills Campus Surgical Team Makes an Impact
  • From Caregiver to Needing Care – a Full Circle Journey

“To Your Health” on WIBW-TV Tonight

Training new phlebotomists is the focus of a new program at the Topeka Center for Advanced Learning and Careers (TCALC) that USD 501 is partnering with Stormont Vail Health to roll out to the community. The first class is underway this summer and students were recently able to achieve their first successful “sticks” on their journey to a healthcare career. The program will be featured on WIBW-TV’s To Your Health segment tonight. The “To Your Health” 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 In addition to supporting the new phlebotomy program at TCALC, Stormont Vail also supports a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program for high school students.

Person of the Moment: Katie Hegarty

Help us to recognize the May 2023 Person of the Moment, Katie Hegarty. Katie is a night shift Social Worker in the Stormont Vail Health Emergency Department who went the extra mile to provide expert care.

Her nomination states: “Katie was made aware of a caller through Health Connections who was reaching out for support due to an intimate partner violence situation. Katie spoke with the patient and determined they needed to contact law enforcement to help ensure the patient’s safety. Katie requested a welfare check and officers were able to assist the patient in getting to a safe place. The patient later called Katie to also confirm that they were in a safe place and Katie ensured the patient was aware of community resources.”

This recognition is well deserved and we could not be prouder to have a team member like Katie Hegarty to represent the Stormont Vail tenet, “Together we own patient safety and the patient experience. We provide safe, high-quality care with a kind and generous spirit.”

Flint Hills Campus Surgical Team Makes an Impact

Meet Jacari. He recently underwent a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy at the Stormont Vail Health Flint Hills Campus. Jacari was brought to Stormont Vail in Junction City by his mother, Krista, because he was having chronic breathing and swallowing problems due to enlarged tonsils and adenoids. For an active six-year-old like Jacari, being slowed down by anything, let alone health issues, was not popular.

The surgery was a team effort. Jacari was brought back to the surgery center via a wagon, waving to all the Stormont Vail team members as he passed by. “The surgical staff were very good. They were very pleasant and put him to sleep before they did the IV. Between the nurses, the anesthesia team, and the surgery center, they took very good care of him,” says Krista. “He’s back to being his happy, energetic, and care-free self. I couldn’t ask for more!”

Read this week’s Stormont Vail blog on here highlighting the great care the Flint Hills surgery team provided to a local family.

From Caregiver to Needing Care – a Full Circle Journey

Working at Stormont Vail Health, we see or hear from patients’ caregivers on a daily basis. These individuals make it possible for their loved ones to receive help and go through recovery. We can’t deliver our amazing care and services without caregivers making sure the patient gets where and what they need.

A special Stormont Vail blog highlights the journey of a husband and wife through the unexpected twists and turns of caregiving – read their story on here.

We together,
Dr. K

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