We Together: A Communication of Stormont Vail Health (July 20, 2023)

Dear Community Partners,

Here are today’s updates:

  • Mark Your Calendar: Magnet Update 2 p.m. July 31
  • June Person of the Moment – Lisa Gearhart, RN, Triage Nurse
  • “To Your Health” on WIBW-TV Tonight: Courageous Conversations
  • July is BIPOC Mental Health Month
  • Stormont Vail Makes Change to Captis

Mark Your Calendar: Magnet Update 2 p.m. July 31

As you know, Stormont Vail Health first received Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2009 and received re-designation in 2014 and 2018 before reapplying for another four-year designation in September 2021.

We are excited to announce that we anticipate receiving information about our fourth Magnet designation on July 31.

The Magnet designation distinguishes us as a health system delivering the absolute best care possible to patients. All Stormont Vail team members have been are invited to attend or virtually join the call, which will be available through SVnet.

The call will be at 2 p.m. Monday, July 31, in Pozez Auditorium, located at the north end of the Topeka hospital.

Thank you for your continued dedication and excellent work in caring for our patients and community.

June Person of the Moment – Lisa Gearhart, RN, Triage Nurse

The June Person of the Moment has been awarded to Lisa Gearhart, RN, Triage Nurse – a very worthy recipient. She demonstrated 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,” without a second thought when a patient was in need.

“Because Lisa recognized stroke symptoms, and went the extra mile to remain on the phone with a patient experiencing a medical emergency, she ensured the patient was located and transported timely.  This allowed the patient to receive quick treatment with thrombolytics in the ED,” her nominator said. Congratulations, Lisa, we are very proud and honored to have you as a part of the Stormont Vail family.

“To Your Health” on WIBW-TV Tonight: Courageous Conversations

Having courageous conversations can sometimes take you out of your comfort zone, but the discussions are important to have, especially as we seek to gain greater understanding and perspectives of others. Laura Smith, Director of Experience, and David Villanueva, System Director, Human Resources, will share about having those important community conversations when they are interviewed tonight on WIBW’s “To Your Health.”

The two will also share information about the upcoming Courageous Conversation symposium, “Unlocking Implicit Bias,” that will be Aug. 4 in Pozez Education Center. Guest speaker will be Jabraan Pasha, M.D. who will discuss theories surrounding automatic or unintentional biases and how they affect our judgments, decisions and behaviors. The symposium will be 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The conference is offered in person and virtually via Zoom. Preregistration is required with no registration fee – click here for more details. Registration for the symposium closes Aug. 2.

The WIBW segment will air at 10 p.m. tonight 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

July is BIPOC Mental Health Month

More people than ever are talking about mental health. But despite the normalization of mental health conditions, not everyone knows how to identify them or how to ask for or offer help. It can be particularly difficult for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Historically, these populations face stigma, institutional inequities, and cultural barriers that significantly limit mental health care access.

BIPOC Mental Health Month aims to change that by raising awareness of the unique struggles these groups face every day. Read our new blog on here to learn more about these challenges and find mental health resources for minority groups.

Stormont Vail Making Change to Captis

Stormont Vail Health is becoming a member of Captis, a quality and supply chain organization supported by Mayo Clinic and Vizient, a group purchasing organization, and made up of a collaborative network of more than 90 members and health systems across the country,

As a part of Captis, Stormont Vail will utilize Mayo Clinic expertise and Vizient purchasing strategies to provide quality products and services for our team and patients; participate in innovative approaches to promote clinical excellence, safety and economic efficiency; and strengthen long-term ability to provide quality resources and technology for care delivery.

Stormont Vail has previously participated in MSS, a Vizient aggregation group. Beginning Oct. 1, Stormont Vail will have access to all Captis agreements.

We together,
Dr. Kenagy


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