We Together: A Communication of Stormont Vail Health (Sept 16, 2022)

Dear Community Partners,

Here are today’s updates:

  • Expanding the Stormont Vail Family
  • Mayo Clinic Care Network Patient Story to be Featured
  • Walk With a Doc This Saturday: Dr. Wade Stinson
  • Welcome Baby Jubilee is Sunday
  • Foundation to Host 22nd Annual Golf Tournament
  • Rehabilitation Awareness Week Sept. 19-25
  • Mobile Clinic Featured in TK Magazine

Expanding the Stormont Vail Family

Today marks a big day for Stormont Vail Health and Geary Community Hospital and Rural Health Clinic.  After assessing the Geary Community operations and needs for the future, a new organizational structure will be shared with 250 Geary Community team members over the next two days. Details about the jobs that will be available as Geary Community integrates into the Stormont Vail system will also be communicated. Those who choose to apply and are hired by Stormont Vail, will join the Stormont Vail family Dec. 11. Stormont Vail is now managing Geary Community and will take over operations on Jan. 1, 2023.

We hope that many of the Geary Community team members will consider these positions with Stormont Vail, and join us as we provide high quality and safe care in our region. There are some roles that will be supported by our system’s centralized support departments (Information Technology, Finance, Human Resources, Quality, Compliance, etc.) so job titles and responsibilities may change for Geary staff who choose those opportunities. Several positions also expand in scope to include regional operations supporting both Flint Hills and Manhattan. Geary Community team members will also be encouraged to consider positions within the Stormont Vail system at other locations.

There are some open key leadership and management positions, including the Hospital Administrator/ Regional Director of Operations, Director of Nursing and Manager of Surgical Services. There are also 30 vacant positions at Geary and over 600 openings within Stormont Health. We will also be converting certain contracted positions and resources into full-time employment opportunities.

Helping retain healthcare services in Junction City and the region surrounding Geary County has been a huge undertaking for our organization and our team. We truly appreciate all of the hard work. We also acknowledge the strong, dedicated team at Geary Community and want that team to be our future at Stormont Vail Health – Flint Hills Campus. As Geary Community team members consider joining Stormont Vail, they should know they would be joining a talented and valued group of 5,500 team members, a Magnet-designated system, and a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network.

Mayo Clinic Care Network Patient Story to be Featured

We had a wonderful visit Wednesday with Mayo Clinic Care Network representatives, exchanging information about practices and innovations that help our patients and team. We encourage all of our team members to share the story of how our organization is a member of this network that provides valuable medical resources to our patients and community.

One such story will be shared tonight on WIBW’s “To Your Health” segment about a patient of Dr. Marc Baraban, Stormont Vail plastic surgeon. The patient was diagnosed with a Merkel cell carcinoma and requested a Mayo eConsult through Dr. Baraban. eConsults are provided at no cost to the patient. This is a great way for our Stormont Vail experts to assist patients in getting a consult on their medical condition from a Mayo Clinic expert.

Joining Dr. Baraban and the patient on the WIBW segment tonight will be Dr. Mark Larson, Medical Director, Provider Relations for Mayo Clinic Care Network. The “To Your Health” 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

Thank you to everyone who helped with or participated in a Mayo Clinic Care Network session Wednesday, and most of all, thank you for spreading the word about this great resource. Our collaboration with Mayo Clinic Care Network gives us the ability to work with like-minded organizations across the globe to achieve our goal of improving the outcomes and delivery of health care.

Walk With a Doc This Saturday: Dr. Wade Stinson

The community is invited to this Saturday’s Walk with a Doc when Wade Stinson, M.D., will lead a walk through Washburn University. Dr. Stinson, a critical care and trauma surgeon, will share information prior to the walk about fall prevention. The walk will be 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The walk is free and no pre-registration is needed. Attendees are asked to park in the Lee Arena parking lot and meet on the east side of Lee Arena.

Welcome Baby Jubilee is Sunday

Stormont Vail Health will host new, expecting, and potential mothers at Welcome Baby Jubilee from 2 to 4 p.m. this Sunday at the Pozez Education Center on the main campus of Stormont Vail. Mothers-to-be will have the opportunity to speak with Stormont Vail professionals, including Birthplace staff who will provide information on the Birthplace, Breastfeeding Clinic, Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU), Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM), pediatric services, and delivery services available at Stormont Vail.

This event gives new moms, expecting moms, and women who are thinking about having a baby the chance to meet not only the Stormont Vail team, but also the opportunity to talk with local vendors who have resources available in the community. More information is online.

Foundation to Host 22nd Annual Golf Tournament

The Stormont Vail Foundation will host its 22nd annual BIG HEARTS Golf Tournament on Monday, Sept. 19, at Topeka Country Club. The tournament has already raised more than $230,000 in sponsorships, gifts and registrations. The golf tournament will have an 8 a.m. morning flight and 1 p.m. afternoon flight, with a dinner and awards ceremony following the tournament. There are 234 registered players for the event.

Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the relocation and expansion of Stormont Vail Health’s Simulation Lab. Simulation training is an important component of Stormont Vail’s approach to providing exceptional patient care. Each year Stormont Vail Heath physicians and staff log some 26,000 learner hours in the organization’s Sim Lab. Honorary tournament chairs are Rick and Sheri Kendall. The presenting sponsor is the Hospital Assistance Program with Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds & Palmer and Lockton Companies serving as title sponsors.                                                                                                                                           

Rehabilitation Awareness Week Sept. 19-25

Get ready to tell the rehabilitation experts and assistants in your world how much you appreciate all they do. National Rehabilitation Awareness Week is Sept. 19-25. At Stormont Vail Health, we have rehabilitation experts and assistants who work as physical, occupational, speech, cardiac and addiction/mental health therapists. We are grateful to have them on our team. They are an important part of providing high quality care to our patients and communities.

Mobile Clinic Featured in TK Magazine

Check out our mention in TK Business Magazine this month. We are so proud of the work that Karla Hedquist and the Community Engagement team do for Stormont Vail Health, not to mention the amazing support that our mobile clinic provides to the Topeka community.

We are thankful to be a part of the bigger picture. MAP (Mobile Access Partnership) enables Stormont Vail, Valeo Behavioral Health Care, the Topeka Rescue Mission, Shawnee County Health Department, the Topeka Police Department, and so many more to bring necessities to unhoused individuals in need. Keep doing amazing work!

We together,
Dr. Kenagy

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