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C E N T E R P O I N T M E D I C A L C E N T E R • A P U B L I C AT I O N F O R E M P L O Y E E S & V O L U N T E E R S

Health Beat

December 2012


Centerpoint Employees Volunteer with Local Independence Schools Centerpoint Cardiology Department employees have been busy helping kids in the community through the Independence School District’s Character Plus partnership.

Jane Baker, RN, assisted Truman High School students with their fall “Rake and Run” event on November 18. They spent several hours raking and bagging leaves in yards in the neighborhood directly behind the school.

Dan Thieman, Non-Invasive Cardiology Manager, spent the morning of December 12 at Benton Elementary serving as a spelling bee judge. The students thanked him for his service with a beautiful poinsettia. Michelle Meyer, Director of Cardiology Services, Jon Ellis, Owner of Paradise Park, and Benton’s principal Leslie Hochsprung, presented perfect attendance award winners with passes to Paradise Park on behalf of Centerpoint. Each winner also received a special gift bag from Centerpoint. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

Centerpoint has been assigned to Truman High School and Benton Elementary for this school year as part of our Character Plus partnership. Efforts to assist each school will continue throughout the year. A food drive benefitting Benton Elementary is currently taking place. A collection bin will be outside the hospital cafeteria through the month of December. Food items collected during will be given to families in need at Benton Elementary. Canned goods and non-perishable items only please.

Panthers Star Proves Resilient Despite Injuries His football recruiting web page describes a motivated junior in high school that is determined to play college football. He is a self-described leader on and off the football field who will not quit and vows to never be disrespectful to his coaches or teammates. He is prepared to prove himself to any recruiter and is ready to make an impact on college football. Skyler Hulse, a Junior at Oak Grove High School puts his body on the Above: Skyler Hulse #54 line every Friday night in the fall during football season. Acting as offensive lineman, whose primary job is to block, means his body is subject to forces roughly equivalent to trying to catch a bowling ball dropped from the 13th floor of a building. His drive and determination helped lead the team to conference play for the first time in eight years.

But no person, no matter how strong, is immune to the physical impact of serious illness. In September while warming up for practice Skyler started having severe pain in his side while catching the football. After a short conversation with his athletic trainer, a decision was made to take Skyler to his family physician who diagnosed him with appendicitis. He was then admitted to Centerpoint where he was evaluated by Dr. Jonathan Patterson, a general surgeon, who confirmed the diagnosis. After only 30 minutes in the hospital he was taken to surgery.

“Skyler underwent a laparoscopic appendectomy, which is pretty much the standard practice these days for acute appendicitis,” said Dr. Patterson. “For young healthy kids like Skyler, the recovery is usually very good and they can return to normal activities fairly soon after surgery. I think a lot of credit should go to his doctor who made the right diagnosis and got Skyler to the hospital right away.”


During his stay at Centerpoint Skyler had a quick and smooth recovery. “Getting back to normal immediately was the only thing I thought about while in the hospital. I thought it was going to keep me away from everything - school, football. The nurses were attentive and very good at meeting my needs. On such short notice, they

took action immediately and I was taken care of very well. I left the day after and felt great,” said Hulse.

After he was well enough to play, Skyler joined his teammates on the field. It wasn’t long before he suffered another minor setback. On Halloween night during their second district game against Pembroke Hill he was hit in the chin causing it to split open. Because of his determination to help his team win the game, Skyler played the entirety of the game with his injured chin. After the game his mother took him to Centerpoint’s Emergency Department. Seven stitches later, he returned home.

As the team continued to hold its 11-1 record, they were one game away from winning the Class 3 District 7 championship against Center High School. The Panthers set out to win it all as their season was on the line. Hulse, considered to be one of the five best linemen in the state, was not given a chance to help his team capture a win because he was knocked out in the first quarter, suffered a concussion and did not return to the game. The Panthers would be defeated in the second half 21-6. “It came out of nowhere. I was hit so hard I don’t even remember playing in the game. I was taken directly to Centerpoint where Dr. Dyke treated me for a severe concussion. I’m going through concussion management now and it is very hard. My only advice to other kids is to always look around and be aware of your surroundings because you never know what is going to happen,” said Hulse.

Lightheartedly, Skyler’s mother, Amy Hulse, reacts to her son’s multiple injuries throughout the football season, “You all have seen us a lot this season, but we have had great experiences each time we visit. The nurses have been attentive and very nice to work with.”

Skyler and Dr. Patterson discuss the recovery process.


Tiny Two Giraffe Project Brings Comfort to Parents In 2007 Phil and Stacy Barter eagerly anticipated the arrival of their twins Truman and Taylor after years of trying to conceive and undergoing IUI treatments. Unfortunately, Stacy went into labor at 22 weeks and the twins were delivered at 24 weeks, unable to survive on their own outside of the womb.

“Immediately we wanted to do something to assist other people in the same situation. Our plan was temporarily put on hold when we found out we were expecting naturally conceived twins in 2008; 11 months to the day we lost Truman and Taylor, Thomas and Tanner entered our lives,” Said Stacy.

Shortly after, the Tiny Two Giraffe Project was formed. The care packages are assembled by a group of mothers, fathers, grandparents, and friends who have unfortunately walked a similar path as the Barter family. The items in the box were carefully chosen based on their experiences. The boxes are made by hand for the family and tied with a bow so they can tie the memories away if they need to, and open them when they are ready. One patient described the impact of the Tiny Two Giraffe Project. “March 18th, 2012 was one of the most difficult days of my life. I arrived at Centerpoint in active labor expecting to deliver my healthy little girl, but when they went to hook me up to monitoring they couldn’t find a heartbeat. Our daughter, Cora Elizabeth Padilla was stillborn at 7:14 that morning. I honestly don’t remember when the beautiful handmade box was brought in to our room; I know it sat there for a couple of hours before I could bring myself to look inside. I don’t think words can fully express how much the contents of that box have helped us over the last few weeks. Everything in there was wonderful but what stood out to me the most were the matching little quilts. We got to use one to tuck our daughter in when we said goodbye at the funeral home and we have one to keep with us always. We just want to say thank you, thank you so very much,” said Michelle Padilla, former Centerpoint patient. Tiny Two Giraffe Project Package Contents: Keepsake box , Set of Matching Blankets (one for the baby and one for the family), Hankie (antique or new but all with a personal touch), Disposable Camera, New Stuffed Animal, Chapstick, Travel sized Lotion, Journal/Notebook, A set of Notecards, Writing Pen, Travel sized Kleenex, Kleenex Holder (optional - a grandmother makes these with her grandchildren), Chocolate, Tic-Tacs, Stillborn, Miscarriage, and Understanding Death flyer, When Hello Means Goodbye by Pat Schwiebert, A Guide for Fathers When a Baby Dies by Tim Nelson.

Convenience Care

Convenience Care at Centerpoint Physicians Group is now open to Centerpoint employees and their family members 18 and older. Walk-in Clinic Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. In Suite 245 of the Centerpoint Medical Office Building.

Convenient, high quality, compassionate care without an appointment! Call (816) 373-0655 for more information.

iTriage Saves Time All smart phone users now have the option to check-in early with the iTriage app. A free download from an app store allows consumers to notify urgent care facilities and emergency departments of their pending arrival through the app’s iNotify feature. The app also offers an enhanced patient-provider experience. Start with any symptom, understand the causes, get the right medical help and book your appointment.



Employee of the Month

Hospital Safety Scores

Kim May, Analyst- Quality & Risk was named November Employee of the Month. “Kim’s job responsibilities have evolved throughout the years. Even though she is not at the patient’s bedside, she still puts the patient first. Kim is seen as the expert when it comes to Core Measures. She is always very pleasant & helpful to staff & physicians when it comes to educating them on Core Measures. Kim always has a good attitude & takes pride in working for CTMC.”

Our division hospitals in Eastern Jackson County were recently recognized by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits, with high Hospital Safety Scores. Centerpoint Medical Center was honored with a “B” and Lee’s Summit Medical Center was honored with an “A” on the recent Hospital Safety Score. We were the only two hospitals in the division with these high scores.

DAISY Award Winner

Elena Robinson, from Mother/Baby unit was selected as the November DAISY award winner. “Elena was most helpful and informative. She went above and beyond in helping us out after delivering the baby. She made us feel 100% comfortable all of the time. I wish I could have taken her home with me.”

The A, B, C, D or F scores assigned to U.S. hospitals were based on preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections. The Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of patient safety experts and is designed to give the public information they can use when selecting a hospital for emergency services or other health care. To see how our scores compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at People can also check their local hospital’s score on the free mobile app, available at


Please welcome the following new employees to Centerpoint: Jessica Bretches, RN - Women’s Services Stephanie Chatburn, RN - Women’s Services Abelino Bautista, Cardiology Technician - Cardiovascular Services April Cooper, EVS Technician - Environmental Services Robert Donaldson, RN, Director Risk Management Risk Management Falisha Garroutte, Respiratory Therapist - Respiratory Care Sherrie Gervy, RN - Medical Oncology Georgia Gray-Solovic, Cardiac Sonographer Cardiovascular Services Darell Hedges, EVS Technician - Environmental Services Rhonda Henderson, RN - Intensive Care Unit Christopher Hollaman, Volunteer - Volunteer Services Lori Hutcherson, RN - Women’s Services Denetia Jeffries, Nutrition Care Assistant Food & Nutrition Services Denise Johnson, HBO Technician - Wound Care Center June Langham, Ultrasound Tech - Imaging Services


David Lindow, Security Officer - Security Stacey Louis, Respiratory Therapist - Respiratory Care Alishia Maxwell, Unit Secretary - Intensive Care Unit Erin McCoy, RN - Rehabilitation Services Tammy McDowell, Ultrasound Tech - Imaging Services Chris McElroy, RN - Cardiovascular Services Jessica McMillan, RN - Surgical Ortho Sinthia Pujols, File Clerk - Medical Records Shannon Ray, Receptionist - Administration Tara Scott, Office Coordinator - Rehabilitation Services Krishawn Scott, Phlebotomist - Laboratory Jennifer Smith, Respiratory Therapist - Respiratory Care Michael Taylor, Operating Engineer - Maintenance Rebecca Wagner, Polysomnographic Tech - Sleep Lab Tommy Weatherspoon, EVS Technician Environmental Services Paul Wright, Nutrition Care Assistant Food & Nutrition Services


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