We Together: A Communication of Stormont Vail Health (July 26, 2022)

Dear Community Partners,

Here are today’s updates:

  • Family Medicine Provider Ryan Vonderhorst, M.D., Joins Stormont Vail
  • Meet Tim Schaeffler, Administrative Intern at Stormont Vail Health
  • Current Status at Stormont Vail Health

Family Medicine Provider Ryan Vonderhorst, M.D., Joins Stormont Vail

Stormont Vail Health is proud to announce that Ryan Vonderhorst, M.D., has joined our team to practice as a family medicine provider, located at Cotton O’Neil Manhattan, 1133 College Ave.

Dr. Vonderhorst grew up in the small town of Arlington, north of Seattle. He enjoyed exploring and hiking in the Pacific Northwest before moving to Kansas 20 years ago when he became a medic in the army at Fort Riley. “It was certainly a change, but it’s a very welcoming community,” said Dr. Vonderhorst. “I love living here, so I elected to stay after military service.”

After Dr. Vonderhorst’s first couple of years at Fort Riley, a deployment, and developing friendships in the community, he decided to go to Kansas State University for his undergrad. After graduation, he knew he wanted to stay in Kansas so he went to KU for medical school. He met his wife who also happens to be a Manhattan native, while she was in Kansas City doing her residency program. He decided to return to Fort Riley after his residency program to be a physician.

Calling northeast Kansas home started to feel like fate for Dr. Vonderhorst. “I want to stay in the Manhattan area for essentially, indefinitely…so, I would love to get to know my patients and form a long-term connection. I want to help them make the life they live worthwhile, and I don’t define that, the patient does. I want to help guide them through their life, meet the goals that they want to meet, help treat them better, make good decisions, and help with medications, procedures…that’s what I like to do!”

Outside of the office, Dr. Vonderhorst also likes to learn new skills. He’s a self-taught, YouTube woodworker who can make a barn door and sliding drawers. He would like to add to that list. He is also a proud husband and dad to two young sons.

Dr. Vonderhorst graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Life Sciences before attending the University Of Kansas School of Medicine. He completed his Family Medicine Residency at Fort Benning in Georgia. Most recently, he has been the Brigade Surgeon to the 1st Sustainment Brigade at Fort Riley and the Medical Director for Farrelly Health Clinic on Fort Riley. Dr. Vonderhorst is now accepting new patients, newborns, pediatrics, adults and elderly care patients at Cotton O’Neil Manhattan. Please call (785) 354-6000 to schedule an appointment.

Meet Tim Schaeffler, Administrative Intern at Stormont Vail Health

Growing up, Tim was always interested in medicine and the health care field. When he enrolled at the University of Missouri, his intended major was pre-med. His plan was to work in the physical therapy field. However, his focus changed and he found a new interest in the administrative side of health care.

After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science with an emphasis on leadership and policy, Tim entered Mizzou’s graduate program and began working toward a Master’s in Health Administration. The program requires an internship at a hospital, and with the help of fellow Mizzou alum and Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Tracy O’Rourke, Tim was able to secure one here at Stormont Vail.

“This internship has been great!” Tim said. “I’ve gotten a lot of hands on experience during my time at Stormont Vail. I’ve sat in on important meetings, been a part of day-to-day operations, and seen firsthand how Operating Committee manages the health system.”

During his time here, Tim has worked closely Mary Martell, Vice President and Regional Administrator, on the development in Manhattan. This includes writing policies for design and construction of a coffee shop/wellness café that would be located in the Stormont Vail Health, Manhattan Campus.

Despite being a huge Mizzou fan, Tim is currently living in Lawrence. He’s even managed to walk around the University of Kansas campus and plans on visiting Allen Fieldhouse at some point. When he’s back home in St. Louis, Tim enjoys attending St. Louis Cardinals games with his sister and their friends. We wish Tim great success during his internship and upcoming fall semester!

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. This is an increase from 13 last week.
  • 84% of recent COVID-19 admissions are unvaccinated or had last dose/booster more than 6 months ago.
  • COVID-19 inpatient discharges (previous week): 32. Deaths: 0.
  • 1 COVID-19 positive patient in the outpatient Enhanced Primary Care program.
  • 29% of people tested for COVID-19 at Stormont Vail facilities the past seven days were positive. That is similar to last week.
  • 62 team members and 7 providers on contact leave for COVID-19. The total of 69 on contact leave this week compares to 67 last week.
  • 105,674 vaccinations (includes boosters) administered.
  • To schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment:

We together,
Dr. Kenagy