We Together: A Communication of Stormont Vail Health (June 15, 2023)

Dear Community Partners,

Here are today’s updates:

  • Celebration of Life Event Honors Organ, Eye and Tissue Donors
  • Nurse Residency Program Focus of “To Your Health” on WIBW-TV Tonight
  • Courageous Conversations Conference is Aug. 4

Celebration of Life Event Honors Organ, Eye and Tissue Donors

A Celebration of Life for the families of those who have given the selfless gift of organ, eye and tissue donation will be held from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. today in Centennial C in Pozez Education Center and the Pavilion lobby of Stormont Vail’s Topeka hospital.

During this event, the loved ones of donors are invited to view a short video, enjoy refreshments and interact with the Gift of Life Memorial Wall, which is located in the first floor Pavilion lobby. The interactive Memorial Wall is where names and biographies of donors are shared, and information is presented about the importance of organ donation.

Along with Stormont Vail Health, the event is sponsored by Midwest Transplant Network and Saving Sight. MTN will have their aftercare support team available to provide information about resources and ongoing support available to families.

Jana Tenbrink, RN, Director of Critical Care Services, has been meeting with families the past several months to glean information for the biographies of donors shared on the Memorial Wall.

“It has been meaningful to me to hear their loved ones’ stories. It’s important for them to talk about their loved ones and to share,” she says.

Jana notes that donor families may still be experiencing grief, but the Celebration of Life event offers them the opportunity to return to the hospital and to memorialize their loved one in a more relaxed setting and to gain some closure.

Nurse Residency Program Focus of “To Your Health” on WIBW-TV Tonight

Today we celebrate and congratulate our nursing residents who are graduating from our Nurse Residency Program. Tonight, learn more about the residency program and how it helps our new nurses feel better prepared and supported in their early nursing career on the “To Your Health” segment on WIBW-TV. Ann Garcia Brinker, Nurse Residency Program Manager, is interviewed for the television segment and discusses how the program impacts our new team members. 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

Courageous Conversations Conference is Aug. 4

Stormont Vail Health is proud to present guest speaker Jabraan Pasha, M.D., as he presents Unlocking Implicit Bias from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 4 in Pozez Auditorium.

During this educational conference Dr. Pasha will discuss theories surrounding automatic or unintentional biases and how they affect our judgments, decisions, and behaviors. The conference is offered in person and virtually via Zoom. Preregistration is required with no registration fee – click here for more details and to register today.

We together,
Dr. Robert Kenagy

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