We Together: A Communication of Stormont Vail Health (Aug 09, 2022)

Dear Community Partners,

Here are today’s updates:

  • Kavitha Rao Discussed Monkeypox on WIBW-TV’s “To Your Health”
  • International Day of the World’s Indigenous People is Today
  • An Ace Orthopedic Surgeon: Dr. Poole
  • Current Status at Stormont Vail Health

Dr. Kavitha Rao Discusses Monkeypox on WIBW-TV’s “To Your Health”

Stormont Vail Health’s Dr. Kavitha Rao, an infectious disease specialist, will discuss monkeypox, a rare disease from the smallpox virus family, on this week’s WIBW-TV’s “To Your Health” segment.

On Monday, public health officials announced there is a probable case of monkeypox in Shawnee County, potentially through an exposure by an out-of-state visitor. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment reports there are two cases of monkeypox in Kansas and that the risk of it spreading in the state remains low.

Dr. Rao explains that monkeypox can be spread by close contact with an infected person or by contact with items such as clothing or towels, which may contains the virus. She notes that if a person believes they have been exposed to isolate from others and contact their health care provider. A monkeypox vaccine is available to those who have had a high-risk exposure, however the vaccine supply is limited in the U.S.

Dr. Rao says that people can protect themselves by following basic health hygiene practices such as handwashing and limiting exposure to large groups. Learn more about monkey pox with Dr. Rao on Thursday’s “To Your Health.” 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

International Day of the World’s Indigenous People is Today

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is commemorated annually on Aug. 9 to raise awareness of the needs of indigenous peoples globally. On Dec. 23, 1994, the United Nations General Assembly decided in resolution 49/214 that the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People shall be observed on Aug. 9 every year. The date marks the day of the first meeting, in 1982, of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations.

On this day, people from around the world are encouraged to spread the UN’s message on the protection and promotion of the rights of indigenous peoples. This year’s theme is “The Role of Indigenous Women in the Preservation and Transmission of Traditional Knowledge.” According to, “Indigenous women are the backbone of indigenous peoples’ communities and play a crucial role in the preservation and transmission of traditional ancestral knowledge.”

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples | United Nations

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2022 | United Nations For Indigenous Peoples

An Ace Orthopedic Surgeon: Dr. Poole

Sports and injuries go together like baseball and Cracker Jack®. When an injury occurs, having the right orthopedic surgeon and care team can ensure you’re back out on the field, court, track or mat as quickly as possible.

To say Dr. Bradley Poole knows sports medicine would be an understatement. He knows the ins and outs of sports and sports medicine because sports is a major part of his life. Not only has he been a part of Cotton O’Neil Orthopedics & Sports Medicine for 15 years, but he also played Division I baseball at the University of Pittsburgh. In addition, he has two daughters who are both active in sports.

Meet Dr. Poole, an ace orthopedic surgeon!

Current Status at Stormont Vail Health

The weekly COVID-19 scorecard is posted on the Stormont Vail website. Here are highlights are from the scorecard:

  • 17 inpatients are COVID-19 positive. That compares to 13 last week.
  • 86% of recent COVID-19 admissions are unvaccinated or had last dose/booster more than 6 months ago.
  • COVID-19 inpatient discharges (previous week): 28. Deaths: 0.
  • 1 COVID-19 positive patient in the outpatient Enhanced Primary Care program.
  • 25.2% of people tested for COVID-19 at Stormont Vail facilities the past seven days were positive, similar to last week.
  • 58 team members and 7 providers on contact leave for COVID-19. The total of 65 people on contact leave this week compares to the same number last week.
  • 106,093 vaccinations (included boosters) administered.
  • To schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment:

We together,
Dr. Kenagy

Posted in

In Other News

Fall Prevention Week – Sept. 18 – 22, 2023


Leading the Charge to Reduce Violence in Our Community

2023_Violence Summit

A Heartwarming Journey at Stormont Vail Health Flint Hills Campus Birthplace

Flint Hills Birthplace inspiring family story.

We Together Celebrate Stormont Vail Health Veterans


We Together: A Communication of Stormont Vail Health (September 14)