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ReseaRch Medical centeR
a Publication foR staff, Physicians and custoMeRs
octobeR 2012
CARE
COMPASSiON. AttitUDE. RESPECt. ExCEllENCE.
In this issue:
Page 2: October is Breast Cancer
Awareness Month
Jason Eppler, MD, Named Emergency
Department Medical Director
Page 5: Clinical Excellence Update
Page 6: Deon McKinzy Enjoys
Caring for 4 North Patients
Page 11: Employee Health
Screenings
editor:
Denise Charpentier
VP, Marketing/PR
Research Medical Center has announced Jason Eppler, MD, as its
new emergency department medical director. In this role, Dr. Eppler
will provide medical leadership required to support the growth,
development, and operation of emergency medical services at
Research Medical Center, a Level 1 Trauma Center. Most recently
Dr. Eppler was assistant medical director at Centerpoint Medical
Center’s Level 2 Trauma Center. Dr. Eppler was previously a member
of Midwest Emergency Physicians, serving as an emergency medicine
physician at Research Medical Center for three years. He has served
similar emergency medicine physician roles at various other hospitals
in Kansas, Tennessee, and Oklahoma.
(816) 276-9293
denise.charpentier@hcamidwest.com
layout/writer:
Mike Ralston
Director, Marketing/PR
(816) 276-9475
“We are truly excited to have Dr. Eppler join our staff and fully support his leadership role,”
said Kevin J. Hicks, chief executive officer at Research Medical Center. “He brings a wealth
of emergency medicine experience and will be a great asset as we continue to serve the
community as a Level 1 Trauma Center, Accredited Chest Pain Center and Certified Primary
Stroke Center.”
mike.ralston@hcamidwest.com
facebook.com/researchmedicalcenter
Dr. Eppler earned a double major in microbiology and biochemistry at the University of
Oklahoma-Norman, and received his medical degree at the University of Kansas School
of Medicine. He also completed an emergency medicine fellowship at the University of
Tennessee Health Sciences Center and Jackson-Madison County General Hospital in Jackson,
TN. In addition, he completed his family medicine residency at the University of Oklahoma
Health Sciences Center and Department of Family and Preventative Medicine in Oklahoma
City, OK.
Patient Guide
Research Medical Center Unveils
New Patient Guide
EASE THE TRANSITION
T E l EPHONE
DIREcTORy
From Hospital to Home
Page 7
@ResearchMed
Page 29
SPEAK UP!
Ask Questions & Voice Concerns
Page 15
STAy SAfE
How to Stop Falls, Prevent DVT
and Fight Infections
Page 16
researchmedicalcenter.blogspot.com
In cooperation with Healthy Advice ® , Research Medical Center
will soon unveil a new Best Bractices Patient Guide, replacing
the admitting folder. Its award-winning educational content
library, which includes Joint-Commission-certified content, is
very engaging and easy to understand for patients. Each patient
being admitted will receive a booklet upon arrival to their
assigned room.
Photo Courtesy of Phil Licata
Search Your oPtionS For aFter-care ServiceS at healthyadvice.com/researchMedicalcenter
2316 Meyer Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64132
816-276-4000
www.researchmedicalcenter.com

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month B y S tephanie G raff , MD As a

By Stephanie Graff, MD

As a breast oncologist, I commonly hear in my practice, “I never thought this would happen to me…I had no risk factors for breast cancer.” In reality, many of the women who come to me DO have risk factors for breast cancer. Women need to take the opportunity to educate themselves

about what factors increase the risk of breast cancer, and what factors do not increase the risk

of breast cancer so they can make educated decisions on their breast health.

One in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime, meaning all women have about a 12% lifetime risk of developing breast cancer. This disease will certainly touch someone you know. The majority of breast cancer cases occur in women 50 and older, but, breast cancer can touch younger women as well. As you get older, your risk for breast cancer increases. However your risk for breast cancer is increased and decreased by a variety of factors— some of which we can control. As science advances, so does our understanding of risk factors. Risk factors for breast cancer include:

faMily hiStory

Although many women believe family history to be the most important risk factor, less than 10% of breast cancers are linked to a hereditary cause. However, for those that do have a family history, your risk for breast cancer is particularly increased if you have had more than one immediate family member (parent, sibling, child), a male family member, or a family member diagnosed before the age of 50 with breast cancer.

lifeStyle

Your lifestyle affects the way that your breast tissue is exposed to hormones, such as estrogen, over your lifetime. Higher exposures to some hormones increase the risk of breast cancer. For example, delaying childbirth or not having children increases your risk for breast cancer. In addition, easily modified lifestyle risk factors for developing breast cancer include alcohol intake, inactive lifestyle, and obesity.

MeDical hiStory

Having your first period at an early age (younger than12 years old) or going through menopause at a later age (older than 55 years old) can increase your risk for breast cancer. Also, using postmenopausal hormonal therapy increases your risk for breast cancer. Women who have had precancerous breast changes including atypical hyperplasia or lobular carcinoma in situ, as well as a personal history of a prior breast cancer are at an increased risk of developing breast cancer in the future.

Factors that have Not been proven, by research, to increase breast cancer risk:

Many things have attracted media attention and generated urban myths that are simply not proven by research as risk factors for breast cancer. For example, hair dyes, use of deodorant/antiperspirant and underwire bras do not increase the risk for breast cancer. Also, having breast implants has not been proven to increase your risk for breast cancer. Research studies focused on electromagnetic fields and environmental pollutants have consistently shown no link to breast cancer. However, because so much concern continues to exist about the relationship of the environment on breast cancer, Susan G Komen for the Cure ® has commissioned the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to conduct a comprehensive review of breast cancer research on the environment.

regardless of your risk factors, the best way to detect breast cancer at its earliest most curable stage is to get regular annual screening mammography, starting at age 40. If you find that you have risk factors as discussed above, talk to your physician or call about a high risk screening or prevention program to help reduce your risk of breast cancer. For more comprehensive information about breast cancer risk and prevention, visit Susan G. Komen for the Cure at www.komen.org.

Research Medical Center, as part of the HCA Midwest Health System, is a proud sponsor of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Pink Promise Brunch.

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The Breast Center at Research Medical Center offers complete breast care from a multidisciplinary team of specialists working together to provide the best treatment options for our patients. Academic-caliber case conferences are conducted by a collaborative team of physicians and breast care specialists to give patient cases their undivided attention and expertise. Our breast care navigator helps make the process convenient with personalized attention and quick access to care. For information about our Breast Center, call our breast care navigator at 816-276-9735.

The Breast Center at Research Medical Center offers:

Biopsy

• Digital mammograms (screening and diagnostic)

• Extended hours and Saturday appointments

• Breast care navigator

• Online scheduling

• Ultrasound (full-service)

• Walk-In screening mammograms - no appointment necessary on the Research Brookside Campus

call 816-276-4088 to schedule a screening mammogram or visit researchmedicalcenter.com/breastcare

or visit r esearch m edical c enter . com / breastcare Here’s what’s happening at
or visit r esearch m edical c enter . com / breastcare Here’s what’s happening at
or visit r esearch m edical c enter . com / breastcare Here’s what’s happening at
Here’s what’s happening at The Breast Center at Research Medical Center: Wear pink day -
Here’s what’s happening at
The Breast Center at Research Medical Center:
Wear pink day - october 5
Wear pink to help raise awareness in the fight against
breast cancer. Join us in the cafeteria during lunch to
learn about Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
Wear Jeans Day
Oct. 5 and Oct. 26
All non-patient care staff can pay $5/day and wear jeans
on these two Fridays in October. All funds raised will
benefit the Research Medical Center’s Making Strdes
Against Breast Cancer walk team.
Research Medical Center (main campus)
Extended hours and Saturday appointments will be
offered for screening mammograms.
Monday-Friday • 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday • Oct. 6, 13 and 20 • 7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Research Brookside Campus
Walk-in screening mammograms are welcome, except on
Saturdays, which is by appointment only.
Monday-Friday • 7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturdays • 7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
A free gift will be given to each person who receives a
screening mammogram during the month of October. To
schedule a screening mammogram, call 816-276-4088. All
regular fees apply for mammogram screenings.
Research Medical Center supports the American
Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast
Cancer Walk on Saturday, Oct. 27.
 

flu clinics

 

SAVE THE DATES!

 

Please note that everyone must use the electronic format and bring the completed form to the clinic. For those who cannot make the clinic dates/times, HCA’s Wellcare Medical Plan covers flu shots under the preventive and wellness benefit. It must be administered by a network provider, and there may be a charge for an office visit that would be the employee’s responsibility. However, the flu shot itself is covered at 100 percent. Going to CVS or Walgreen’s is not considered in-network and the employee would be responsible for 100 percent of the cost of the flu shot. Flu shots will only be administered at the following clinics:

 

octoBer 24

6:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. (3 East)

 

octoBer 26

6:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. (3 East)

 

octoBer 30

7 a.m. 12 p.m. (3 East)

 

For those who receive their vaccination elsewhere, stickers will be provided ONLY at the influenza vaccination clinics and within the Employee Health department during the following times:

octoBer 9

7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. (3 East)

 

Mondays • 7:15 - 8:30 a.m. Wednesdays • 2-3 p.m. Thursdays • 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

 

octoBer 17

7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. (Research Brookside Campus)

 

octoBer 18

6:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. (3 East)

 

Why should I get a flu shot?

 

Flu vaccine facts for patients of all ages

 
By Kelly O’Brien, MD The flu can spread very quickly Seasonal flu is generally passed

By Kelly O’Brien, MD

The flu can spread very quickly Seasonal flu is generally passed from person to person through touching, sneezing, coughing, etc. Flu season starts in the fall and can run through the end of spring, peaking during January and February. People who have the flu can be contagious even before the first symptom shows up, potentially exposing others to the disease.

Vaccination protects you and others

nasal vaccine has additional limitations on age and some caveats for those with compromised immune systems, it is important to ensure your physician knows your health history, allergies, past reactions to vaccines, etc.

Who should be vaccinated In general, the guidelines recommend vaccination for all persons six months and older. It is especially important for certain people and those around them to be protected from the flu:

Each year as we head into the fall and winter, one of the most frequent questions I hear from patients is “should I get a flu vaccine?” My answer is most always an unqualified yes.

Kelly O’Brien, MD, is a family medicine physician

Both the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the

with Research Family Physicians.

 

American Academy of Family Practice (AAFP) recommend routine annual influenza vaccination for people ages six months and older. The flu can produce symptoms ranging from relatively minor cold-like sniffles and coughs to severe respiratory problems, and as we tell patients, is a disease which can make even the healthiest very ill. Additionally, someone with a relatively mild case of the flu can easily spread the disease to others who could experience serious complications. The single best measure to avoid catching and spreading the flu is the seasonal vaccine which is likely now available at your physician’s office.

Each year a “seasonal flu” vaccine becomes available that includes protection against the three strains of flu that researchers and experts believe

will be the most common during the flu season. The vaccine produces antibodies that develop

about two weeks after vaccination which protect us from infection. For the most effective prevention, we recommend that you get your vaccination early in the flu season to give the antibodies a chance to start protecting you before flu season gets well under way.

There are two types of vaccines, the flu shot, and the nasal spray flu vaccine. Both vaccines are considered very safe, with most people experiencing no serious problems from them. Because there are a few cases where people should not receive the shot, and the

• People with chronic medical conditions such as asthma or chronic lung disease, or lowered immune systems

• Pregnant women

• Those older than 65

• Children six months to four years

Keep yourself and others healthy From my perspective, the benefits of flu vaccination far outweigh any drawbacks. A flu vaccine can help keep you well and prevent you from spreading a potentially serious disease. In short, it is one of the best steps you can take to keep yourself and your family healthy.

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Clinical Excellence Update C ompetenCy F air • L ast C hanCe For 2012! Police
Clinical Excellence Update C ompetenCy F air • L ast C hanCe For 2012! Police

Clinical Excellence Update

CompetenCy Fair • Last ChanCe For 2012!

Police Department, will be held Thursday, Oct.11, 7:30- 8:30 a.m., in the Auxiliary Lounge on B-level. Come join us and receive 1.0 Continuous Education Hour.

Save the Date

To anyone who has not yet attended this year’s Competency Fair, you only have one chance left! This is required for those hired prior to Dec. 31, 2011. Our last Competency Fair is Oct. 3 from 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. on the Research Brookside campus. you must have your 2012 Code of Conduct and Safety Quiz completed prior to starting stations. Stations must be started by 2 p.m.

liSten anD learn “coDe White - What Do i Do? Where Do i Go?”

Our Fall Med/Surg Symposium is scheduled for Friday, November 16 at 8 a.m. Speakers will include Michael Waxman, MD, Vikram Zadoo, MD, Michael Connor, MD, Sascha Taghizadeh, MD, and Ahmad Al-Mubaslat, MD. This is a FREE event and CEs will be provided. Stay tuned for more information!

This Listen and Learn, presented by Joe Keary (Emergency department) and a representative from the Kansas City

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The purple ribbon has become a symbol of remembrance

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The purple ribbon has become a symbol of remembrance for those who have lost their lives to a person they once trusted and loved.

Join Research Medical Center’s Domestic Violence Task Force and build awareness around the impacts of intimate partner violence. Below are ways you can get involved this month:

Attend October’s Domestic Violence Task Force Meeting on Oct. 18 from 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Stop by the information table on Thursdays in the cafeteria

Donate items on the Rose Brooks Center’s list of urgent needs. Visit rosebrooks.org for a listing of needs.

If you would ike to learn more about the Domestic Violence Task Force or are interested in becoming a volunteer Bridge advocate, contact

Wear Purple Wednesdays

anDrea pantoja

Learn about domestic violence and healthcare on HealthStream

Research Medical Center Bridge Coordinator andrea.pantoja@hcamidwest.com (816) 276-3186

Attend Listen & Learn seminar on Domestic Violence, Trauma and Mental Health on Oct. 17 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. in Mtg. Room 1

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News Briefs

StePhaNie graFF, md, diSCuSSeS womeN’S health oN aha radio Program Stephanie Graff, MD, medical oncologist

StePhaNie graFF, md, diSCuSSeS womeN’S health oN aha radio Program

Stephanie Graff, MD, medical oncologist and breast cancer specialist at Research Medical Center, along with Leslie Porch, RN, CNM, nurse midwife at Lee’s Summit Medical Center, recorded an AHA radio program on women’s health issues. The program will air Oct. 13. AHA is America’s Healthcare Advocate Show and airs on multiple stations, including 980AM KMBZ and 98.1FM.

reSearCh mediCal CeNter StaFF reCogNized at State, NatioNal eveNtS

Missouri Hospital Association on Venous Thrombotic Embolus and what Research Medical Center is doing to prevent and treat the disorder. VTE or sometimes known as DVT (deep vein thrombosis) is the formation of a blood clot in one of the deep veins within the body, such as in the leg or pelvis. The participants at the state meeting have hands-on experience in implementing programs that improve care. And, the presenters offer more than just a story — peer-to-peer learning and coaching sessions are included to translate programs that work into systems that attendees can replicate in their own hospitals.

On August 17 lab director Jack Jensen joined Dr. Waxman and Teresa Wiseman at the National Hospital Research Education and Training meeting in Chicago to present this information to organizations from across the United States.

 

Through their involvement with the Hospital Engagement Network (HEN), pulmonologist Michael Waxman, MD, and Teresa Wiseman, RN, MHA, led a discussion for the

 

Deon McKinzy Enjoys Caring for 4 North Patients

 

By Sherry oSBurn

Deon McKinzy, PCT, 4 North, became interested in the healthcare field while enrolled in a vocational-technical program at Westport High School, but it’s his work at Research Medical Center that has confirmed his career goals.

at Westport High School, but it’s his work at Research Medical Center that has confirmed his
 

“I enjoy taking care of the heart patients on my unit,” McKinzy says. “Sometimes I get to know some of them and their family members. It’s rewarding when I see them improving, or when they come back to visit the unit to give us an update on how they’re doing.”

McKinzy also likes the team spirit and camaraderie on 4 North. “We have daily huddles where we receive updates on the unit, how things are going, what we need to work on, and insights they can provide us. That’s really important to how well we function as a team.”

McKinzy’s co-workers nominated him by describing him as dedicated, loyal and helpful. “Deon never tells you no to anything, and if you need help he is always willing to relieve you or willing to help anyone when asked.” “Deon is the most loyal employee at Research,” another said. “Deon’s dedication is great. He is very soft spoken and brings his experience to a high level,” a third added.

“It was an honor to be nominated as PCT of the Year and I was surprised to win,”McKinzy says. “My co-workers are always encouraging me to go further with my education, to keep up the good work, and that’s my goal,” he adds. In addition to working at Research, McKinzy is taking classes at Longview Community College and eventually plans to pursue a bachelor’s of science in nursing degree.

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U PCOM i N G

Events

oCtober 5: wear Pink day

@ Research Medical Center

cafeteria (during lunch).

oCtober 5: light the Night ® walk @ cleveland chiropractic, 10850 lowell, 6 p.m.

oCtober 20: family caregiver Conference @ Research Brookside Campus, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Call (816) 444-1121.

oCtober 24: Goppert-trinity family care fundraiser for

Kansas City Medicine Cabinet

@ Research Brookside Campus

(Home Base), 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

oCtober 25: Volker Awards Banquet @ Sheraton Kansas City (formerly Hyatt Regency), 7 p.m.

oCtober 27: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer @ liberty Memorial, 9 a.m.

November 2: AHA Bi-State Stroke Symposium @ Overland Park Convention Center.

November 3: 14th Candlelight Ball @ Overland Park Sheraton Hotel. Call 276-4218 for details.

@ Overland Park Sheraton Hotel. Call 276-4218 for details. facebook.com/researchmedicalcenter @ResearchMed

facebook.com/researchmedicalcenter

Hotel. Call 276-4218 for details. facebook.com/researchmedicalcenter @ResearchMed researchmedicalcenter.blogspot.com

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Hotel. Call 276-4218 for details. facebook.com/researchmedicalcenter @ResearchMed researchmedicalcenter.blogspot.com

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14th Annual Candlelight Ball

tiCkets avaiLabLe!

You’re invited to attend the 14th Biennial Candlelight Ball benefiting The Research Foundation on Saturday, November 3! Hosted at the Sheraton Overland Park Hotel, this event will most certainly be a night to remember as guests enjoy a cocktail reception, a gourmet five-course dinner, live music courtesy of The Dave Stephens Band and dancing.

To register, please visit The Research Foundation’s website at theresearchfoundationkc. org or call (816) 276-4218. Individual tickets are available for $175 and corporate sponsorships are also available. All proceeds from the ball will support The Research Foundation’s health education and scholarship programs.

October Blood Drive

education and scholarship programs. October Blood Drive Blood and its components can be used to assist

Blood and its components can be used to assist with many medical procedures. Individuals who have been in car accidents and have suffered massive blood loss may require transfusions of up to 50 pints or more of red blood cells. Cancer, transplant, trauma and open-heart surgery patients require platelet transfusions to survive.

Please share your gift with local hospital patients who need it by donating at the next Community Blood Center Blood Drive. The blood drive will be held in Classroom 1 on Thursday, Oct. 11 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Please come and share the gift of life. Walk- ins are welcome.

To make an appointment online go to www.esavealifenow.org and use sponsor code research. You may also contact Susan Johnson at (816) 276-3906 or susan.johnson2@ hcamidwest.com.

Healthy Habits Update

october’s Superfood of the month is whole grains. Come check out the superfood display in the cafeteria. Don’t forget to stop by the Dietitian Corner and pick up information that discusses health benefits on the superfood of the month. There will also be different recipes each week that feature good sources of fiber through the month of October. On Wednesday, Oct. 17 Chef Michael will be featuring an Apple Farro Salad with Chicken in the cafeteria. Come try it out!

Courtesy of the Food and Nutrition Department

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Susan Hale Enjoys Range of Patients She Sees as a Nurse Practitioner

 
Susan Hale, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, CNRN, always wanted to be a nurse. “My grandmother was

Susan Hale, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, CNRN, always wanted to be a nurse. “My grandmother was a nurse, so it runs in my family,” Hale says. But by becoming a nurse practitioner, she’s taken her career to the next level.

In 2011, Hale served as the neuroscience nurse practitioner at Research Medical Center, working with neurosurgical patients diagnosed with everything from head injuries to brain tumors. “I rounded on all of the neurosurgical patients, and also provided critical care education in both the ICU and housewide,” Hale says.

Hale started her career in healthcare a decade ago, working at Overland Park Regional Medical Center as a tech while attending the Research College of Nursing. After graduation, she was offered a job in the Research ICU, where she enjoyed working with patients and their families. “I had done a lot of shadowing of nurse practitioners on my own and that helped me to decide that I wanted to return to school to pursue my master’s degree, but I also wanted to remain in a hospital setting, involved in patient care,” Hale says.

The Research College of Nursing offered exactly what she was looking for—a master’s of science in nursing with a focus on becoming a nurse practitioner. When she completed the program in 2008, Hale had the opportunity to put her degree to work alongside the hospital’s neurosurgeons.

“I enjoy interacting with the patients and their families, informing and educating them,”Hale says. “I have more autonomy as a nurse practitioner. I am able to look at the whole picture and guide my patients’ treatment plans from day to day. That’s very gratifying.”

She also likes the wide variety of people she sees working with the neurosurgical patients. “I never know from one day to the next how many patients I will have, or what their diagnoses will be, but I like that diversity. I like not knowing how my day will turn out and as a nurse practitioner, I’m ready for whatever comes my way.”

 

Research Medical Center Blog to feature ceo Posts

 
 
  Check out Research Medical Center’s blog in the coming weeks! In an effort to keep

Check out Research Medical Center’s blog in the coming weeks! In an effort to keep staff, physicians and customers well-informed, chief executive officer Kevin J. Hicks will maintain a presence on the hospital’s blog — researchmedicalcenter.blogspot.com.

 

His first post will appear on Oct. 15.

 
bookmark the link below! researchmedicalcenter.blogspot.com

bookmark the link below! researchmedicalcenter.blogspot.com

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Healthcare Community Credit Union international creDit union Week Enter to Win a NOOK Color! Join
Healthcare Community Credit Union
international creDit union Week
Enter to Win a NOOK Color! Join us from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Research Medical Center cafeteria all week beginning
Monday, Oct. 15. During International Credit Union week learn how members matter most and enter our drawing to win a
Nook Color and various other prizes!
start enjoying aLL the beneFits oF membership!
Free Checking!*** Receive FREE online banking – FREE bill pay - First 50 checks FREE – View paid checks online –
Unlimited check writing – FREE Debit Card
are you SavinG enouGh for retireMent?
Open a Traditional or Roth IRA. Contributions can be made conveniently through payroll deduction. Join today at
cuonthenet.org or visit us on the B-level of Research Medical Center. Contact Madeline at (816) 276-9403 or Dwight at (816)
276-9404 for more details.
*APR=Annual Percentage Rate, based on credit history and other factors
**Available for qualified homeowners. Contact your tax advisor for complete details.
***With Direct Deposit or $300 Minimum Balance
Employee of the Month
Jeremy lippold • supervisor, inpatient Rehabilitation services
Congratulations to Jeremy Lippold, supervisor, inpatient rehabilitation services, for being selected
Employee of the Month for September. Below are several comments from his co-workers:
• “Jeremy goes above and beyond to help patients and employees. He is great to work with
and an excellent leader. He makes himself easily available for any assistance one may need.”
• “Jeremy makes the patients and staff his customer and provides the attention and service
that we all strive to achieve.”
• “Jeremy’s encouraging ways and positive attitude are one of the main reasons we have such
an outstanding Physical Therapy department that works so well with our nursing staff.”
• “Jeremy is the epitome of caring.”
• “He does a great job of mentoring and managing the inpatient Rehab staff.”
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Samuel James Kuykendall, MD, Joins Kansas City Urology Care Research Medical Center is pleased to
Samuel James Kuykendall, MD, Joins
Kansas City Urology Care
Research Medical Center is pleased to announce the addition of urology specialist Samuel
James Kuykendall, MD, to its medical staff.
Specially trained in minimally-invasive procedures with the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical
System, Dr. Kuykendall received his medical degree at the University of Tennessee College of
Medicine. He completed his fellowship at Cedars Sinai Medical Center specializing in female
pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery.
Dr. Kuykendall is accepting patients on the Research Medical Center main campus:
reSearch MeDical center
6400 E Prospect, Suite 228
Kansas City, MO 64132
(816) 276-6405
“Equipping and Encouraging Family Caregivers”
A FREE workshop and resources for
family members caring for loved ones
Saturday, Oct. 20 • 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
curry EducatiOn cEntEr • rESEarch BrOOkSidE campuS
6675 hOlmES • kanSaS city, mO 64131
tOpicS will includE:
• “Understanding Medicare”
• “Tips on Hospital Stay & Discharge Planning”
• “Essential Legal Documents”
• “Home Care and Living Options”
• “Music for Caregiving and Self-Care”
of KC Central
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tuition Reimbursement

 

If you are interested in participating in the tuition reimbursement program, here is some important information that you should keep in mind:

 

Application for tuition reimbursement must be received in Human Resources, signed by your director, prior to the start date of the course from an accredited college or university.

Once the course is completed, you must submit a grade card for the course and proof of payment for the tuition.

If the grade card and paid receipt are not received within 45 days of completion of the course, reimbursement will be denied.

Reimbursement will be added to your payroll and may be subject to taxation as income under the guidelines set forth by the internal revenue service.

Funds will count toward the annual allowance of the year in which the funds are disbursed, not the year in which the course was completed.

If you have any questions or would like to apply for tuition reimbursement, contact Cheri Hampton in Human Resources at cheri.hampton@hcamidwest.com or (816) 276-4669. Forms may be obtained from the lobby of Human Resources, outside of Nursing Operations, or on the intranet.

Employee Health Screenings

 

It’s not too late to sign up for an Employee Health Screening! Please note the following dates and times at Research Medical Center from 6:30 - 11:30 a.m. on the B-level: Friday, Oct. 5; Tuesday, Oct. 23; Friday, November 2; Wednesday, November 7.

 

The H2U health screening and Personal Health Assessment (PHA) are intended to give employees information about their lab scores and health status. H2U provides the results of the screening and PHA results based on the accepted national standards for risk-assessment of the general population. The assessment is not intended to diagnose any diseases, illnesses or health conditions or to replace the opinion of a personal physician with knowledge of a participant’s specific conditions. Employees who have questions or concerns about their results are encouraged to follow-up with their personal physician. You may schedule a screening at any open location, including other HCA facilities.

Participation in the H2U health screening will impact employee choice of medical plan options for 2013. Follow the steps below to have more than one medical plan option for 2013 and to earn up to $400 in Wellness Credits in a 2013 Health Reimbursement Account (HRA). Note: Employees who do not enroll in an HCA medical plan for 2013 will not be eligible for Wellness Credits, even if they participate in the HCA Wellness Program. To participate in a health screening:

1. Log in to www.hcarewards.com using your 3+4 ID and password and click on Schedule a Health Screening.

2. Select Step 1: Schedule a Health Screening from your H2U Wellness Path page. If you have not previously accepted H2U’s privacy and HIPAA policies, you will be asked to do so before proceeding.

3. Select the state where you would like to complete your on-site health screening.

 

4. Select the screening location, date and time that works best for you.

5. Accept each of two EHS consent forms by checking the “I agree” boxes and signing your name.

 

6. You will see an on-screen appointment confirmation if your appointment was successfully scheduled.

 

7. Print a copy of the confirmation page to take with you to the screening. This is especially important if you make the appointment less than 48 hours prior to the event as your name may not appear on the printed schedule at the registration table.

If you have any questions, please contact Cheri Hampton in Human Resources at cheri.hampton@hcamidwest.com or 816-

276-4669.

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Quality and Patient Safety Week Oct. 23-31
Quality and Patient Safety Week
Oct. 23-31

sChedule Of events

MOnday, OcT. 29 2-4 p.m. • Cafeteria • Recognition of the top Physicians who meet
MOnday, OcT. 29
2-4 p.m. • Cafeteria
• Recognition of the top Physicians who meet Quality
Driven Performance
• Patient Safety video session
• Poster review sessions
• Quality and patient safety items available
Tuesday, OcT. 30
12-2 p.m. • hOme Base (light refreshments provided)
researCh BrOOkside Campus
Distirbute Quality by Design newsletter
Mayoral proclamation to be read at 12 p.m.
Poster session review and gather nomination forms
Wednesday, OcT. 31
12-2 p.m. • hOme Base (light refreshments provided)
researCh BrOOkside Campus
• Patient Safety video session
• Quality and patient safety items available
• Pick-up our new Joint Commission booklet!
For more information, contact:
Deborah Flores, RN, Ed.D, MBA, CPHQ
V.P., Performance Improvement
816-276-3119
Deborah.Flores2@hcamidwest.com

Tuesday, OcT. 23

12-2 p.m. • Cafeteria (light refreshments provided)

Distirbute Quality by Design newsletter

Mayoral proclamation to be read at 12 p.m.

Poster session review and gather nomination forms

Raffle drawing; prizes include gift certificates, food and gift baskets

Wednesday, OcT. 24 12-2 p.m. • Cafeteria

Displays in cafeteria - nominate posters for an award

Recognition of the Most Outstanding Quality Driven Department

Answer Joint Commission table top questions and enter your name for a chance to win gift certificates, food and gift baskets

Raffle drawing; prizes include gift certificates, food and gift baskets

Review of table top cards in patient rooms

thursday, OCt. 25 12-2 p.m. • Cafeteria

Patient Safety video session

Awards presented to the top three storyboards

Quality and patient safety items available

Pick-up our new Joint Commission booklet!

Note: Did you get to attend most of the sessions this week? Drop your name in the grand prize box for a chance to win!

sunday, OcT. 28

12 -2p.m. and 10 p.m.-12 a.m. • Cafeteria

Patient Safety video session

Displays, quality and patient safety items available

Answer table top ten questions and enter your name for a a chance to win gift certificates, food and gift baskets

Note: Flu shots will be provided. Stay tuned for more details!

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