Hays, Kansas– The Public CPR Training set for March 21 at HaysMed has been cancelled.
Hays, Kansas – HaysMed, part of The University of Kansas Health System will open a COVID-19 Hotline effective 9:00 a.m. Monday, March 16. The hotline will be available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The number is 877-261-7140. The hotline is designed for people who have questions about the novel coronavirus.
The rise of the novel coronavirus is a global, national and local concern. We want to assure our patients and the community that HaysMed is working closely with local and state agencies to monitor and prepare accordingly.
Our top priority at HaysMed is keeping our patients and visitors safe.
Our team treats patients with several respiratory illnesses every day. We have the training, tools and techniques in place to isolate and care for patients who are potentially at risk for COVID-19 following the guidelines identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Plus we have direct access to the premier experts at the University of Kansas Health System in Kansas City.
If you are feeling ill, contact your doctor’s office if you think you have symptoms or have been exposed. Call before you arrive at your doctor’s office and let them know your symptoms. COVID-19 symptoms include fever, coughing and shortness of breath. Also, let your doctor know if you have traveled recently or been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19. If you do not have a doctor you can call the hotline. Please do not go to the Emergency Department unless instructed by your doctor or other healthcare provider.
Preventing the spread of respiratory diseases, including the flu and COVID-19 is a key factor. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use alcohol-based sanitizer. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Avoid close contact with sick people, clean and disinfect regularly and most important stay home when you are sick.
Hays, Kansas – HaysMed, part of The University of Kansas Health System, is sponsoring a free healthy cooking class for breast cancer survivors on Wednesday, March 18 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. The event will be held at The Center for Health Improvement Education Room at 2500 Canterbury Drive in Hays.
This is a hands-on cooking class and demonstration and will include nutrition tips from a registered dictation and interactive cooking. You will be able to socialize with other breast cancer survivors in a casual setting, enjoy a meal and leave with a simple health meal to make at home.
Please RSVP by March 16 at 11:00 am to 785-623-5441. Registration is required and seating is limited
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 19th annual Staying Alive Hands Only CPR Training on Saturday, March 21, 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 https://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.
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Hays, Kansas –Dr. Oluwaseun Akinbo, orthopedic surgeon at HaysMed, part of The University of Kansas Medical Center, was recently recognized as a top 10 reviewer for Orthopedics journal. The award recognizes the quantity, quality and timeliness of reviews for the journal. This is the second consecutive year Dr. Akinbo has been recognized.
For over 40 years, Orthopedics, published by Slack, Inc. has been the preferred choice of orthopedic surgeons for clinically relevant information. A bimonthly, peer-reviewed journal, Orthopedics offers clinically valuable, original articles covering all aspects of adult and pediatric orthopedic surgery and treatment.
Dr. Akinbo has been a peer reviewer for Orthopedics since 2015. In addition, he serves as a peer reviewer for three other publications. According to Akinbo, peer review is a way to ensure that only the most rigorously researched papers make it to publication, and inform practices and patient care of fellow orthopedic surgeons in an evidence based manner.
Hays KS – HaysMed, part of The University of Kansas Health System, has recently opened a new allergy and immunology clinic. The clinic is located in the existing Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) clinic at the hospital. They specialize in treating patients with environmental allergies such as pollen weeds, grass and pet. Food allergies will not be part of the treatment services offered.
Rhonda Schenk-Pitts, APRN-C will be overseeing the clinic and allergy testing services.
“We are excited to be able to offer allergy services.” said Jay Moore, Executive Director of physician clinics. “Hays has been without an allergy clinic for several years and the addition of allergy testing and treatment in our ENT clinic is something that is high demand.
The clinic will diagnose and treat a broad range of common allergic conditions and symptoms such asthma, chronic sinusitis, ear disease/infections, eczema, hay fever, headaches, nasal polyps and rhinitis. Allergy testing and treatment for environmental allergies such as pollen weeds, grass and pet will be available. Food allergies will not be part of the treatment services offered. Allergy shots and counseling on controlling your environment will also be offered.
To make an appointment or for more information call 785-650-2880.
Hays, KS– HaysMed, part of The University of Kansas Health System, is pleased to welcome Kent Gleed, MD to the DeBakey Heart Institute. Dr. Gleed has recently begun seeing patients in the DeBakey Heart Clinic.
Dr. Kent Gleed is an electrophysiologist who focuses on the heart’s rhythm, or electrical, system and on diagnosing and treating heart rhythm abnormalities. Electrophysiologists are qualified to perform special tests of your heart’s electrical system to diagnose and treat abnormal heartbeats or arrhythmias.
“We are very happy to add Dr. Gleed to our heart team.” said Jeffery Curtis, MD, Director of Cardiology Services. “Having an electrophysiologist on staff will allow us to expand the services we can provide at HaysMed including cardiac ablation for patients with atrial fibrillation conditions. Dr. Gleed will be a great asset to our heart program.”
Dr. Gleed completed medical school at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He completed a residency in internal medicine and fellowships in cardiology and electrophysiology at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics. Dr. Gleed is board certified in cardiovascular disease and electrophysiology.
“HayMed is committed to providing the people of western Kansas with a full range of heart services and maintaining a strong cardiology presence in the region.” Curtis further added. “Our focus has always been to offer patients quality healthcare as close to home as possible.”
For more information or to request an appointment call 785-623-6544 or go to www.haysmed.com/cardiology
HaysMed is committed to ensuring the health and safety of our patients, staff and the community. We are coordinating locally with the Fort Hays State Student Health Center, the County Health Department and the Kansas Department of Health to keep abreast of developments and recommendations from the United States Center for Disease Control on the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV or WN-CoV) originating in Wuhan, China.
HaysMed will continue to monitor the situation as well. Below you will find links to resources we consider to be reliable sources for additional information on the Novel Coronavirus.
Kansas Department of Health and Environment Website: http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/index.htm
CDC Website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
HAYS, Kansas – Four registered nurses at HaysMed were honored recently at a recognition ceremony and luncheon. They completed the yearlong RN Residency Program offered at HaysMed, part of The University of Kansas Health System.
The program began a year ago in February 2019 and the nurses spent the first 3 weeks in a classroom setting. The remainder of training focused on clinical experience, one on one mentorship with their preceptor, high-fidelity simulations and on the job training. Additionally, nurses received training from professionals in several departments, such as radiology, pharmacy, cardiac care, peri-op and others.
The RN Residency class included Victoria Donnelly, RN, Aubree Karlin, RN, Rose Lewis, RN and Tiffany Trapp, RN.
“It is so important for new nursing graduates to have a group of peers and mentors who assist them in enhancing their skills and becoming comfortable with the challenges of practice,” said Shari Hertel, RN Residency Coordinator. “Our program is evidence based, with positive clinical outcomes that will help not only the participating nurses, but also our patients.”
Currently there are 4 nurses scheduled in the next program which begins February 5. The program is open to newly graduated RNs and RNs that have less than one year of acute care experience.