HAYS, Kansas – NOTICE: HaysMed will be conducting a series of small controlled burns over the next few weeks. These burns are a natural weed and vegetation control to care for our prairie grasses. The Hays Fire Department is aware and has approved these burns. Thank you for your patience as we move forward with our grounds upkeep.
Recipient of the Sr. Mary J. Mollison Nurse of the Year Award was Cheryl Glassman, RN. This award honors a nurse who displays excellence in the areas of job knowledge and performance, quality improvements, self-development and participation in hospital and community affairs Glassman is currently serves as an admission’s nurse and part-time chaplain at the hospital.
The Vic Eddy, MD, Physician of the Year Award was presented Dr. Lee Hodny, OB/GYN at HaysMed. The award recognizes a physician who displays a high level of clinical experience and an extraordinary dedication to improving healthcare delivery in the community.
Dr. Kevin McDonald
Dr. Ross Buckles
Dr. Heather Harris
Dr. Anthony Hornick
Dr. Mohammed Janif
Hays, Kansas – Kylie Geist, RN and Ann Arnold, RN were recognized as HaysMed DAISY Award Winners. Geist works on the acute care unit and Arnold works in the special nurse services unit.
Geist and Arnold were selected from a group of blinded nominations voted on by the HaysMed Practice Committee. The Practice Committee consists of Staff and Supervisors from a variety of departments across HaysMed. Nominations are received from patients and family members, physicians, volunteers and Associates for nurses in inpatient, outpatient and clinic settings.
“Their nominations epitomize teamwork, leadership and customer service,” said Terry Siek, VP of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at HaysMed. “We are so fortunate to have nurses of her caliber and dedication working at HaysMed.”
The DAISY Award is a nationwide program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day. HaysMed is proud to be a DAISY Award Hospital Partner, recognizing one of our nurses with this special honor every quarter.
To nominate a HaysMed nurse for the DAISY Award online, go to www.haysmed.com/daisyaward. If you have questions, you can call 785.623.2388
HAYS, Kansas – Alan Wamser, IT Manager, was recently awarded HaysMed’s quarterly Associate Spirit Award. The Associate Spirit Award recognizes an outstanding Associate who has gone above and beyond their daily job duties to care for a patient, visitor or Associate at HaysMed, part of The University of Kansas Health System.
Wamser went above and beyond when the HaysMed Foundation needed to move existing data from an old database to a new cloud based solution. On his own personal time he wrote a program that pulled the nearly 2000 files from the old database, assigned them to the correct donor record and pulled them into a format that could be used to import into the new database. The solution saved the foundation countless hours of manual labor moving information from one database to another with the added benefit of eliminating any errors in aligning the data.
Wamser was awarded the traveling “Associate Spirit Stick”, $50 in chamber checks, and his own Associate Spirit Award parking spot for 90 days.
Hays, Kansas– It may take only a few minutes, but for the victim of sudden cardiac arrest, it can be the event of a lifetime.
Sudden cardiac arrest strikes about 250,000 adults in the United States annually. More than 95 percent of its victims die before reaching a hospital – many because they don’t receive cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation in time. Defibrillation is a process in which an electronic device gives an electric shock to the heart to help restore the heart’s normal rhythm.
To help improve those odds, the HaysMed DeBakey Heart Institute and the Hays Medical Center Foundation will hold its 18th annual Staying Alive Hands Only CPR Training on Saturday, March 23, at the Center for Health Improvement at Hays Medical Center. The one and one half hour class is designed for members of the general public, eight years and older; and is not for those seeking professional certification. More than 30 certified instructors and volunteers will donate their time to the event.
Classes in adult and pediatric CPR will be offered at 10:00 am. To register, call 1-800-248-0073, ext 5500 or 785-623-5500 or go to www.haysmed.com/education/
When performed immediately, CPR may double a cardiac arrest victim’s chances of survival by adding critical minutes to a patient’s life. With CPR, breathing and chest compressions circulate oxygenated blood to the brain, heart and other vital organs until defibrillation is performed.
Cardiac arrest survival is directly linked to the amount of time between the onset of sudden cardiac arrest and defibrillation. Chances of survival drop 7-10 percent with every minute of delay. Brain death starts to occur in just four to six minutes
Seventy-five to 80 percent of all sudden cardiac arrests happen at home, so knowing how to perform (CPR) can mean the difference between life and death for a loved one, according to the American Heart Association.
Hays, Kansas – HaysMed clinics and services are now fully operational. We experienced a non- weather related power outage at the hospital late Sunday afternoon and temporarily suspended seeing patients in several areas on Monday.
“The hospital has procedures outlined for situations such as this,” said Bryce Young, chief operating officer at HaysMed. “Once the outage occurred we successfully implemented backup measures within minutes. At no time was patient safety compromised.”
“When these situations happen, our patients are the main concern,” added Young. “Our staff is well trained and came together seamlessly to carry out the downtime procedures.”
The hospital has resumed normal operations as of this publication.
Hays, Kansas – HaysMed experienced a non- weather related power outage at the hospital late Sunday afternoon. Due to the outage several HaysMed clinics/services will be closed temporarily until power is restored.
The following are closed temporarily:
Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Center including Medical Oncology and Radiation Oncology
Nuclear Medicine testing
The following clinics/services are still seeing patients:
Breast Care Center
DeBakey Heart Clinic
Wound Care Center
Patients are being notified of any cancellations that affect them. If you have any questions please call your providers office.
Hays, Kansas –Leslie Engel, BSN, RN-WCC and Michelle Weigel LPN CHT WCC successfully passed the national board certification exam in wound care. The certification is awarded by the National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy. The certification certifies that the recipients have completed coursework in evidence-based, wound care management and treatment strategies based on national standards.
Engle works as a case manager in the wound center, directing and managing care of the patients alongside the providers. Weigel is a certified hyperbaric technician. Both have been HaysMed Associates for 8 years.
Hays, Kansas – HaysMed, part of The University of Kansas Health System, has expanded services to their cardiac program recently. Drs. Rhea Pimentel and Madhu Reddy have been seeing patients for several months at the Debakey Heart Institute. Both physicians are electrophysiologists, cardiologists who specialize in the electrical functions of the heart.
“Our affiliation with The University of Kansas Health System has made it possible to bring these much needed services available locally,” said Bryce Young, Chief Operating Officer at HaysMed. “We were able to make arrangements for these physicians to come to Hays on a regular basis to see patients in our heart clinic. The addition of the two electrophysiologists will help strengthen the cardiac services available at HaysMed.”
Dr. Pimentel graduated completed medical school at Northwestern University. She did here residency at the University Hospital of Cleveland at Case Western Reserve University and a fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine.
Dr. Reddy completed medical school at the Armed Forces medical College and did a residency and fellowship at Creighton University and a fellowship at The University of Kansas Medical Center.
While cardiologists typically evaluate and treat patients with heart-related symptoms, including a fast or slow heartbeat, chest pain, dizziness and other symptoms, electrophysiologists deal with the diagnosis and management of irregular heart rhythm. In most cases, when a cardiologist suspects a patient has an arrhythmia, they refer that patient to an electrophysiologist for further care.
Arrhythmia is a condition in which the heart beats with an irregular or abnormal rhythm, whether that is too fast, too slow or erratically. When the heart is unable to beat properly, it can affect blood flow, which can cause damage to or even shut down the brain, lungs and other organs. Some arrhythmias are harmless, but others can be life-threatening.
One of the most common arrhythmias that electrophysiologists treat is atrial fibrillation, also known as AFib. AFib occurs when the heart’s upper chambers—the atria—contract irregularly. AFib is the most common type of heart arrhythmia in the U.S., and it is a leading cause of blood clots that can result in a deadly stroke.
The number of people with arrhythmias is increasing and as the population ages, that number will continue to go up.
“We are excited to be able to help patients in this region with their electrophysiology needs so they can have the convenience of receiving this type of care closer to home.” Said Dr. Jeffery Curtis, Cardiologist and Administrative Director of the DeBakey Heart Clinic.
“We’re fortunate that being part of the system has given us the opportunity to have access to additional cardiologists to focus on our patients with heart rhythm problems. Any time we can partner and offer additional services for our patients it is a win-win situation. It is definitely a benefit of being part of The University of Kansas Health System”
For more information please call 888-625-4699 or go to www.haysmed.com/debakey-heart-institute/
Hays, KS– The Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic at HaysMed, part of The University of Kansas Health System, welcomes Lindsey Stephenson, Audiologist and Rhonda Schenk-Pitts, APRN, FNP-BC to their staff. They join Dr(s). Douglas E. Barnes, Justin R. Bond, MD, FACS, Michael Franklin, Matthew D. Glynn, Tyler Grindal, Scot Hirschi, Robert V. Lane and Jason A. Meyers at the Ear, Nose and Throat clinic at HaysMed.
Stephenson graduated from the University of Kansas Medical Center with a doctorate in audiology.
“We are very happy to be able to add audiology services to our ENT clinic.” Said Jay Moore, Executive Director of Clinics. “The clinic has been very successful and we are always pleased when we can expand and provide a much needed service to our patients.”
Schenk-Pitts completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and also her Master of Science in Nursing at Fort Hays State University. She specialized in Family Nurse Practitioner and Nursing Administration.
“We are pleased to have Schenk-Pitts join the ENT staff.” Said Bryce Young, Chief Operating Officer at HaysMed. “This will allow us to see more patients on a regular basis in the clinic.”
The ENT clinic is accepting new patients. Please call 785-650-2880 or go to haysmed.com/ent