We Together: A Communication of Stormont Vail Health (September 7)

Dear Community Partners,

Here are today’s updates:

  • Kimberly Brey, M.D., Honored with NAMSS Leadership Award
  • Emporia Clinic Team Members Promote Community and Connection
  • “To Your Health” on WIBW-TV Tonight
  • Welcome Baby Jubilee is Sunday, Sept 10

Kimberly Brey, M.D., Honored with NAMSS Leadership Award

Dr. Kimberly Brey, current Chief of Staff and member of the Stormont Vail OB/GYN team, has been awarded the 2023 National Association Medical Staff Services (NAMSS) Leadership Award. This prestigious award recognizes her outstanding contributions to healthcare leadership.

Each year, the Leadership Award is given to one physician or healthcare executive who demonstrates support for NAMSS or for the activities and mission of education, networking, and advancement of the profession of medical services professional.

Dr. Brey’s dedication, passion, and commitment to advancing healthcare elevates our organization and positively impacts patient care daily. This award is a testament to Dr. Brey’s unwavering pursuit of advocating for her peers’ growth and for prioritizing patient safety.

“Dr. Brey goes well beyond what is asked of her,” said Dr. Kevin Dishman, Stormont Vail’s Senior Vice President and Chief Medical and Quality Officer. “She’s understanding, supportive, compassionately firm, and appreciative! She cares about others’ success, accuracy, and education on the latest changes. She is a great leader, and it is an honor to work with her.”

Please congratulate Dr. Brey on this well-deserved honor and thank her for her continued dedication to our patients and the medical field as a whole.

Emporia Clinic Team Members Promote Community and Connection

We’re excited to highlight our team at the Emporia Clinic for doing its part to make the community a better place for everyone – even those with four legs and fur.

The Emporia Clinic’s Community Involvement Committee recently completed their first project – a Pet Photo Contest for team members to raise donations for the Emporia Animal Shelter and Humane Society of the Flint Hills. Altogether, 31 team members submitted 55 pet photos featuring cats, dogs, goats, cows, and even a turtle (the second-place winner!).

The Emporia Clinic’s Community Involvement Committee collected $260 in monetary donations and two car trunks full of needed items for the animal shelter.

“It is such a good feeling when we can give to others,” said Angela Birk, a Licensed Practical Nurse at the Emporia Clinic who headed the project. “We feel that this first project was a huge success, and we can’t wait to start on our next project.”

The fundraiser went a long way to promote engagement within both the community and the team. In addition to enhanced camaraderie, the Community Involvement Committee gained two new members.

“Everyone really enjoyed seeing each other’s pets. It got our team members talking, which was one of our main goals,” said Angela. “The Emporia Clinic has three floors, so we’re pretty spread out, which makes it hard to engage with each other and enjoy that camaraderie that’s so important to our day-to-day work.”

The Emporia Clinic Community Involvement Committee meets monthly and plans to complete a community project every quarter. They are requesting ideas from other team members for the next initiative. To share yours, email Angela Birk at [email protected].

“To Your Health” on WIBW-TV Tonight

Marcy Lechner, Stormont Vail’s chair of the Cultural Ambassadors, will discuss the organization’s Small Moments culture on tonight’s WIBW “To Your Health.” Marcy will share why culture is important in the workplace and how our tenets to respect and value others helps everyone feel a part of the team. 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

Welcome Baby Jubilee is Sunday, Sept 10

Stormont Vail Health’s fall Welcome Baby Jubilee is right around the corner! Join us to learn why Stormont Vail Health is the place to welcome your baby. This is the perfect opportunity to meet our team, ask questions about breastfeeding, find out what resources are available to you in the community, and take a tour of the Stormont Vail Birthplace. The free event is 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 10, in the Pozez Education Center at Stormont Vail’s Topeka hospital. For more information about childbirth preparation and parenting classes, go to Stormont Vail’s website.

We together,

Dr. K

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