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We Together: A Communication of Stormont Vail Health (October 12)

Dear Community Partners,

Here are today’s updates:

  • Stormont Vail Health Welcomes Hospitalist Eric Hazbun, M.D.
  • “To Your Health” on WIBW-TV Tonight
  • Stormont Vail Trauma & Critical Care Symposium Friday
  • Celebrating Our Physician Assistants
  • Pediatric Nurses Recognized for Contributions
  • Join the Stormont Vail Health Community Blood Drive – Wednesday, Nov. 1

Stormont Vail Health Welcomes Hospitalist Eric Hazbun, M.D.

Stormont Vail Health proudly welcomes Dr. Eric Hazbun, M.D., a hospitalist specializing in internal medicine, to the Hospitalist team at the Flint Hills Campus hospital in Junction City. Dr. Hazbun will provide a spectrum of inpatient care.

 “I try and see each and every one of my patients as a human being that requires the utmost attention. I try to imagine that person is my family member and provide care as though I was providing care to my family member,” he says.

Dr. Hazbun was born in Colombia, the son of two immigrants. His decision to enter the medical field arose from the helplessness and confusion he felt as a young man watching his aunt struggle and eventually succumb to ovarian cancer. This experience, while heartbreaking, propelled his curiosity about medicine and desire to help others through similarly difficult challenges. It also instilled the importance of empathetic, patient-centered care and doctors’ vital influence on patient education and understanding.

Dr. Hazbun pursued his medical career in Puerto Rico, where he obtained his medical degree at the Ponce Health Sciences University (formerly Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences) before completing the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital Family Practice Residency Program in Florida. In addition, Dr. Hazbun is a Certified Medical Review Officer.  Prior to joining Stormont Vail, Dr. Hazbun worked as a hospitalist at Baptist Hospital, Pensacola, Fla., and was an Associate Clinical Professor at the Florida State University School of Medicine. He enjoys spending time with his wife and children, as well as traveling, hunting and fishing.

“To Your Health” on WIBW-TV Tonight

October is all about breast cancer awareness and that’s the topic of tonight’s WIBW “To Your Health” when a Stormont Vail team member will share her journey as a patient facing a breast cancer diagnosis. 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 wibw.com.

Stormont Vail Trauma & Critical Care Symposium Friday

The 2023 Stormont Vail Health Trauma & Critical Care Symposium will be Friday, Oct. 13, in person at Stormont Vail Hospital. The focus on the 2023 conference is cardiac arrest and features Dr. Bryan Bledsoe from The University of Nevada Las Vegas and Kevin Joles, EMT-P, with Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical. A “fireside chat” with a local woman who survived a cardiac arrest while out shopping will also be a part of the program. In addition, the team of bystanders and emergency personnel who came to her aid will share their view of the events of that day.  

Celebrating Our Physician Assistants

PA Week is celebrated annually Oct. 6-12, during which we recognize the Physician Assistant profession. At Stormont Vail Health, we appreciate and celebrate all that our PAs do to improve the health of patients and our communities. They are committed to putting patients first and using their medical expertise, comprehensive diagnostic skills and compassion in caring for patients in a variety of areas of our system. Thank you to each one of our Physician Assistants for all that you do!

Pediatric Nurses Recognized for Contributions

We celebrated our pediatric nurses last week during Pediatric Nurses Week with a social media post that garnered a lot of traction through lots of “likes” and shares. We are grateful to our pediatric nurses for helping our youngest patients thrive at every age.  

Join the Stormont Vail Health Community Blood Drive – Wednesday, Nov. 1

The current national blood shortage affects millions of people, including many within our community. One donation might seem like a drop in the bucket, but even one contribution can save as many as three lives. Our upcoming Community Blood Drive is an excellent way to look out for and support those in need. Wednesday, Nov. 1, is your chance to make a difference. Sign up to reserve a time between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Donations will take place in Centennial Rooms A & D inside Stormont Vail Health Topeka Campus Hospital. Register Today.

We together,
Dr. Kenagy

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