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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

10 Kansas Facilities earn A’s in Spring Leapfrog Grades

Ten Kansas medical facilities earned A’s in the spring 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to healthcare quality and safety. Every six months, it assigns its grades, assessing how well a facility prevents medical errors and other harms to patients.

The hospitals earning top grades were AdventHealth Ottawa, AdventHealth Shawnee Mission, Geary Community Hospital, Overland Park Regional Medical Center, Pratt Regional Medical Center, Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, Saint Luke’s South Hospital in Overland Park, University of Kansas Health System St. Francis Campus in Topeka, and Wesley Medical Center and Wesley Woodlawn Hospital & ER, both in Wichita.

Other Kansas hospitals were assigned the following grades: B’s — Hays Medical Center, Labette Health in Parsons, Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park, Stormont Vail Health in Topeka, the KU Hospital in Kansas City; C’s — Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, Kansas Medical Center in Andover, Newton Medical Center, Olathe Medical Center, St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City, Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital in El Dorado, Ascension Via Christi Hospitals St. Teresa, St. Joseph and St. Francis in Wichita and Western Plains Medical Complex in Dodge City; and D’s — Coffeyville Regional Medical Center, Hutchinson Regional Medical Center, Salina Regional Health Center, Southwest Medical Center and Ascension Via Christi Hospital Manhattan.


Ascension Via Christi Donates Locally Made Face Shields to Rural Partners

When the COVID-19 pandemic caused an international shortage of personal protective equipment, Ascension Via Christi worked with Wichita aviation manufacturer Spirit AeroSystems to provide locally made face shields.

Besides providing the face shields for its Wichita locations, Ascension Via Christi gifted nearly 900 of the shields to three critical access hospital networks in Kansas sponsored by Ascension Via Christi and a few other rural hospitals in Kansas. Made possible by a $45,000 gift from Spirit to the Via Christi Foundation, the masks were distributed to nine of the 10 hospitals in the Wheat Plains Health Network and Kansas Alliance for Sustainable Health, four hospitals that comprise the Flint Hills Regional Health Network and the Girard Medical Center.



Mitchell Bartley, DO


Michael Tilley, MD

Family Med Physician, Orthopedic Surgeon Join Stormont Vail Health

Family medicine physician Mitchell Bartley, DO, and orthopedic surgeon Michael Tilley, MD, have joined Topeka-based Stormont Vail Health.

Motivated to become a physician after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease, Dr. Bartley earned his medical degree in 2011 from Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his family medicine residency at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine in 2014.

Dr. Tilley also had a personal reason for choosing his medical path, after being introduced to the field of orthopedics and sports medicine following a sports injury. Dr. Tilley earned his medical degree in 2004 and completed his orthopedics residency in 2009 from The University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City. He completed his orthopedic surgery and trauma fellowship at Regions Hospital/University of Minnesota in 2010.



Tony Bendall


Richard Winslow, PhD

Kansas Health Science Center Hires Two Deans

The Kansas Health Science Center in Wichita, which is starting the proposed Kansas College of Osteopathic Medicine, has hired Tony Bendall as Assistant Dean for Assessment and Outcomes and Richard Winslow, PhD, as the Associate Dean of Student Affairs. The Kansas College of Osteopathic Medicine is in the applicant status-seeking accreditation process with the American Osteopathic Association and would become the second medical school in Kansas.

Bendall has spent the past nine years working as a founding member of three colleges of osteopathic medicine in South Carolina, North Carolina and Idaho. Before that, he spent 30 years in the field of software design, data analysis and reporting.

Winslow spent 16 years with William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, overseeing various student life areas and spent the past six years as the Vice Provost of Enrollment and Student Services at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, Missouri. He recently published his first book, Straight Talk for College Parents: An Insider’s Guide to Helping Your Student Survive the First Year of College.


Wesley Woodlawn Hospital & ER reopens with limited services

After a nearly six-week suspension of most operations during the COVID-19 pandemic, Wesley Woodlawn Hospital & ER reopened May 20.

The facility had suspended its inpatient operations on April 10, leaving only its Emergency Department and associated support services available, to help support Wesley Healthcare’s Hillside campus in its ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On May 20, it began offering surgical, procedural and inpatient services on a limited basis as it ramped up operations.

Tripp Owings, CEO of Wesley Woodlawn, says he expected the process of fully reopening Wesley Woodlawn to take time, but anticipated ongoing growth of services as the community continued to become more comfortable with seeking care.

“We will monitor utilization and community need carefully and continue to adjust capacity as needed,” he says.


Kansas Medical Center Shuts East Wichita ER

Andover-based Kansas Medical Center closed its east Wichita emergency room two years after opening it, citing not enough patients were being directed to the ER.

“We didn’t have enough business and traffic,” Kansas Medical Center CEO Badr Idbeis, MD, told The Wichita Eagle when it reported the closure in early April. “It was clear that it was not financially viable.”

Dr. Idbeis, a cardiothoracic surgeon, reportedly plans to open a cardiology office in the 10,000-square-foot facility.