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anya Khvitsko doesn’t take her ability to run for granted. “I run because I can,” the 26-year-old Kansas City area woman said. But that wasn’t always the case. Tanya was born in Belarus four years after the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster, and like many children there, was affected by the fallout.

Then eight years ago, Tanya came to the United States to live and attend college, graduating with her associates, bachelors and master’s degrees. She’s made her home in the Kansas City area, where she works for Knit-Rite, a company that specializes in prosthetic socks and is supporting the Liberty Hospital Half Marathon/Norterre 5K. Four years ago, she began working with a prosthetics company in Florida that created two sets of custom legs for her, one for walking and one for running. After receiving her prosthetic running blades, Tanya began participating in smaller, local races, gradually advancing to longer events. This year she’s set her sights on reaching a goal few runners achieve— completing a full marathon.

In preparation for that event, Tanya is taking part in Liberty Hospital’s Half Marathon March 4, 2017. “I understand that the course is hilly. I am looking forward to this new challenge and the opportunity to train for a full marathon.” In advance of the Liberty Hospital Half Marathon, Tanya’s training regimen includes running five times a week. She also leads a free workout for others early Wednesday mornings as part of the November Project Kansas City. “We do strength training and lots of stairs,” she said. “It’s a great workout that builds strength and supplements my running.” Tanya now has been running for four years, competing in dozens of races, something she said never gets old for her. “I enjoy the competitive aspect of running,” she said. But Tanya also hopes she serves as an inspiration to others who might want to sign up for the Liberty Hospital Half Marathon.

Tanya Khvitsko will run the Liberty Hospital Half Marathon March 4 as part of her training regimen for a full marathon. “Honestly, many people take their legs for granted. I want people to know me as a runner and to appreciate their lives. Running is a great way to stay fit, be healthy and have fun with life!”


When she was just 6 years old, Tanya began traveling to the United States each summer to receive medical care here. During the school year, she returned to Belarus.


“My hands and legs never fully formed,” Tanya said. She was born without a left foot and no right leg below the knee.



1. Promote health and wellness 2. Raise funds for LiveWell Grants 3. Highlight Liberty and the Northland as a destination to live, work and play




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What is a LiveWell Grant? A LiveWell Grant is given to a nonprofit organization whose goal is to improve the health of residents in the Liberty Hospital service area. The grants are used to impact residents’ health through early detection, wellness and prevention, community health initiatives, direct healthcare services, and general access to healthcare by the medically underinsured and underserved.




n avid reader, 9-year-old Macey Magera never complained about any problems seeing words on a page. Because she was such an excellent reader and she passed vision tests without any problems, it never occurred to her parents, James and Jody Magera, that their daughter could have a serious eye condition that impaired not only her ability to read, but also, could lead to lazy eye. “We were very surprised when her school sent home the SPOT Vision Screener report showing that she had a vision deficit that needed to be investigated,” Jody said. “No one in our family ever has had any vision problems.” Purchased through a LiveWell Grant, SPOT Vision Screeners are portable machines used for eye testing in the Liberty Public Schools. “They are capable of screening six different potential abnormalities and our health services department has been able to help identify impairments,” said

NORTHLAND. Erin Black-McKahan, who uses the SPOT machines in the district. Macey was one of those students with an identified impairment, so her parents took her to an eye doctor. “The SPOT identified that her eyes were slightly different shapes, which causes the eyes to have different refractive power,” Jody said. “In Macey’s case, her left eye was perfectly functioning, while her right eye was found to be significantly farsighted, affecting her ability to focus on objects nearby.” Her condition is called refractive amblyopia – or lazy eye. It occurs in children when one eye does not develop proper vision. The brain chooses to take in images from the stronger eye and ignores images from the weaker eye. For Macey, glasses have corrected the condition – which left untreated could have been a lifetime condition. “Macey sports her new glasses everywhere now,” Jody said. “She loves how she sees so much better now.”

Macey Magera Liberty Public Schools student

Erin Black-McKahan, R.N., BSN, is one of the nurses with Liberty Public Schools who uses the SPOT Vision Screeners.

While the SPOT is used for all ages, it is particularly helpful with conducting screenings at the district’s Early Childhood Center. “The SPOT can screen a student in a matter of seconds,” said Kelly Meyers, who conducts screenings for the Early Childhood Center. “Eye charts are not needed and there is no guessing or trying to play a game to engage the student to respond. Many students at the Early Childhood Center are non-verbal, autistic or simply don’t want to participate in a screening.”

HOW SPOT WORKS: The SPOT has colors and sound that helps the student look directly at the device which enables the screening to take just seconds. The information is accurate and objective and can be printed out immediately for parents. More than 4,100 students have been screened in the past year, and more than 300 children have had identified impairments.

To do even more good, sign up to participate in the Liberty Hospital Half Marathon/Norterre 5K!


Jody was a member of the Liberty Hospital Foundation board at the time LPS was selected as a LiveWell grant recipient. “I was excited about the good it could do for the families in our school district,” she said. “I never imagined one of my children would be one of the kids in the district spotted as having a vision problem. We are grateful to the Liberty Hospital Foundation and the Liberty Public School District for their collaboration to purchase and use the SPOT Vision Screeners!”

Read more about LiveWell grants on page 8.



Liberty Hospital Overhauls Kearney Man’s Heart

Liberty Hospital has everything

you need to care for your heart. From your first evaluation to recovery and rehabilitation, our

dedicated team works together to get you back to doing the things you love. - MICHAEL GORTON, M.D., FACS. LIBERTY CARDIOTHORACIC SURGEONS


s the owner of a 1963 Chrysler 300 convertible, Ed Kosick is a self-described “hot rodder.” So when the Kearney resident went to see his primary care physician at the Kearney Clinic in 2013, he thought he might need a “tune up,” but not a major “overhaul.” “I had been having what I thought was heartburn for about a year,” Ed said. “But it wasn’t getting better and the symptoms weren’t always connected to something I ate. I thought it was odd that it would wake me up at 5:00 a.m. and I hadn’t eaten a thing.”

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Ed’s primary care provider thought his symptoms were odd, too, and suspected he might need surgery to repair a faulty aortic valve. That’s why he referred Ed to Michael Gibson, M.D., FACS, Liberty Cardiothoracic Surgeons. To diagnose Ed’s problem, he underwent a cardiac ultrasound, an electrocardiogram (EKG) and a

cardiac catheterization. The cardiac ultrasound confirmed a faulty aortic valve that he likely was born with; the EKG showed atrial fibrillation, a heart rhythm disturbance; and the catheterization revealed a blocked artery in his heart. With so many potentially dangerous issues to repair, there was no delaying heart surgery. “It was June when this happened and the middle of car show season,” Ed said. “I asked if we could put the surgery off until fall, but Dr. Gibson said, “No.’” Instead, a few days later Dr. Gibson replaced Ed’s aortic valve and performed coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) to re-route the blood flow around the blocked artery in his heart. After only five days, Ed was ready to return home. He spent two more weeks recovering, then came back to begin Liberty Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, which is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

Ed Kosick of Kearney is grateful to be back to doing what he loves– driving his restored Chrysler– after undergoing heart surgery at Liberty Hospital.

There, the program’s staff watched him carefully, constantly monitoring his heart rate and blood pressure while he got his heart back in shape and learned the importance of diet and exercise to heart health. Now three years following surgery, Ed is still on the road, exercising, eating right and enjoying his classic Chrysler. He and Dr. Gibson even “bonded” over their cars, with Ed advising his surgeon on how to restore a car of his own. “Right from the start, Dr. Gibson made me feel very comfortable at Liberty Hospital, explaining what was wrong with my heart and the surgery I needed to correct it,” Ed said. “I never had any doubt that all would go well. Everyone at Liberty Hospital provided me with excellent care!”

Check Under the Hood for Just $50 Liberty Hospital offers you a high-tech, low-cost way to assess your risk for heart disease with a $50 calcium score screening cardiac CT scan. The scan is a noninvasive test that takes pictures of your heart. These pictures can be used to measure the amount of calcium in your heart arteries, or your “calcium score.” Your calcium score may help predict your risk of a heart attack, and tells you and your doctor how

much more aggressive you should be in your efforts to reduce your risk factors for heart disease. “This test can help us predict your risk for a heart attack five to 10 years before an event,” Dr. Soundarraj said. “This is an opportunity to treat heart disease long before it becomes lifethreatening.” To schedule a $50 cardiac CT scan at Liberty Hospital, call 816-792-7016.



Who administers these grants? The Liberty Hospital Foundation disperses the grants based on priorities described in the Community Health Needs Assessment conducted by Liberty Hospital. Those priorities include: n Focus on nutrition, physical activity, mental health, oral health, vision, speech and hearing, and injury prevention

Who can apply for a LiveWell grant?

n Increased access to services and improved quality of life for underinsured and underserved populations

A non-profit organization whose goal is to improve the health of residents in the Liberty Hospital service area.

When are applications accepted? Applications are accepted through March 31, 2017. Eligibility requirements and the application are available at

n Reducing rates and/or prevention of top chronic diseases in our community, including: cancer, heart disease, COPD and diabetes n Providing pediatric services from newborn to age 18, including but not limited to: well-child care, preventative medicine, physical examinations, immunizations, drug education, special needs and managing acute and chronic conditions

Liberty Hospital Half Marathon/Norterre 5K supports LiveWell Grants in the Northland HERE’S HOW LIVEWELL GRANTS HAVE BEEN AT WORK IN OUR COMMUNITY: “The number of falls have reduced from 62 before our modifications to only two after our modifications,” McQuerry said. “One of our primary goals is reducing the number of hospital readmissions, and we are certain we have accomplished this for many of our clients, thanks to the LiveWell grant.”

Rebuilding Together Clay County. The Safe at Home program strives to create safe and accessible living environments for those who are not physically or financially able to make safety modifications themselves. “The key component of Safe at Home is to help individuals or families to live longer in their homes before being required to move into full-time care facilities,” said Clay McQuerry, Executive Director. Safety modifications include installation of handrails, bathroom assistive devices, wheelchair ramps, low-rise steps, etc. 8


Barry and Adrienne Campbell of Liberty said the modifications made to the house they have lived in for 23 years never would have been done otherwise. “It’s hard to ask for help, but they told us to make a list,” said Adrienne. “Volunteers installed handrails on both sides of our indoor stairs, in our shower and painted the outside of the house and prepared it for winter.” Liberty Sertoma Club. “Sertoma’s national direction always has been based on addressing hearing needs in communities,” said Brad Schmidt, president of the Liberty Sertoma Club. “The LiveWell grant provided a way for us to partner our national strategy on hearing with Liberty Hospital and Liberty Public Schools. With our club’s matching grant, we can focus on hearing in our community.”

The grant has been used, in part, to purchase hearing testing equipment for Liberty Public Schools and in a case referred to them by LPS, two students were fitted with hearing aids. Earnest Shepherd Memorial Youth Center. Built in the 1970s, the youth center needed upgrades to accommodate youth with physical disabilities so they can participate in the center’s teambuilding and summer camp leadership programs. “The new shelter house has the potential to impact 4,000 young people,” said Sheila Bruns, executive director. “It is scheduled to be ready to open this spring.” Liberty Community Health Action Team (LCHAT) was created to address childhood obesity of Liberty’s children. “Childhood obesity is a national problem to which the Liberty community is not immune,” said Diane Kipping, R.N., who represents Liberty Hospital as part of LCHAT. Friends of Clay County CASA. The Healthy Futures Program focuses on the physical activity, mental health and oral health of foster children by providing access to extracurricular activities.

NEW ORTHOPEDIC SURGEONS CLINIC OPENS AT LIBERTY HOSPITAL Adam Rives, M.D., and Les Thomas, M.D., now are available at The Orthopedic Surgeons Clinic at Liberty Hospital. Dr. Rives, who has practiced at Liberty Hospital since 2013, most recently was located at The Specialty Clinic across from Sam’s Club. Dr. Thomas, an orthopedic surgeon for more than 25 years, founded Northland Bone and Joint in 1988 in Liberty. It closed last year. Dr. Rives is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, earned a Subspecialty Certification in Surgery of the Hand from the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is fellowship-trained in hand, upper extremity and microvascular surgery. He received his medical

degree from Tulane University and completed his internship and residency at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He also completed a fellowship at the LES THOMAS, M.D. ADAM RIVES, M.D. University of CaliforniaSan Francisco. He is a After residency, he served as a staff Fellow of the American Academy of orthopedic surgeon at Offutt Air Force Orthopaedic Surgeons and a member of the American Society for Surgery of Base. He is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a the Hand. Fellow of the American Academy of Dr. Thomas completed his medical Orthopaedic Surgeons. degree at St. Louis University. His The Orthopedic Surgeons Clinic is internship in general surgery and his located in the Doctors Building, Suite residency in orthopedic surgery were 310, 2521 Glenn Hendren Drive, completed at the University of Illinois and Cook County Hospital in Chicago. Liberty. Phone 816-415-3420.


ANNA CLARK GIBSON, M.D., FACS Anna Clark Gibson, M.D., FACS, has joined The Surgeons Clinic at Liberty Hospital. A general surgeon, Dr. Gibson’s special interests include skin and soft tissue, endocrine, breast, trauma, advanced laparoscopic surgery and colorectal surgery. Dr. Gibson earned her medical degree and completed her residency at the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK. She is board certified by the American Board of Surgery. She and her husband, Michael Gibson, M.D., FACS, who is a cardiothoracic surgeon at Liberty Hospital, have three children and live in the Northland. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Anna Gibson, call 816-781-3515.

The 65,000-square-foot Healthy Living Center under construction next to Liberty Hospital will offer more than 50 classes per week, including yoga and Pilates, cardio and strength training and spin. On-site personal trainers and health coaches will create customized wellness plans for each member. There will be a running and walking track, high impact studio, stretching area, warm-water excercise, therapy and lap pools, spa with salon services, massage and other treatments and a demonstration kitchen emphasizing healthy food preparation and nutrition. Expected to open this fall, Norterre now is accepting advance memberships for the Healthy Living Center. Membership is open to individuals or families, 18 or older which includes full access to the Healthy Living Center. Companies in the Northland area can sign up for corporate memberships to create internal health initiatives for a healthier workforce, which includes annual biometric screenings with health coaching and referrals at Norterre. Doctors also will be able to prescribe participation in Norterre’s programs, such as diabetes prevention and physical therapy, which Norterre navigation teams customize and administer. To learn more, go to or call 816-550-8544.



Daily Arrivals.

Sign up for these classes at Birthing Center

All Birthing Center education classes are free, but registration is required. To register, visit or call 816-792-7250. Classes are in the Liberty Hospital Education Center unless otherwise noted.

LIBBY’S BABY STATION A lactation consultant provides support and education to new mothers experiencing difficulties. (no registration required) Date: Wednesdays Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. BREASTFEEDING BASICS Choose one-day class or take online. This class helps expectant families identify the benefits of breastfeeding and prepare them to manage breastfeeding for the first few weeks at home. Date: April 5, June 7 Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. To take class online, go to: No registration is necessary to take it online.

FITNESS & SPORTS PERFORMANCE ADULT FITNESS Small group training aimed to assist our participants in their pursuit to living a healthier lifestyle. Our coaches will create individualized programs designed specifically to meet our participants’ fitness goals. Participants attend class two to three times per week. Classes are Monday-Friday at: • Morning: 5:00 a.m., 6:00 a.m., 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. • Afternoon: 12:00 p.m. • Evening: 5:00 p.m. Classes are $15 per training session. First class is FREE! Call 816-407-2323 to register. Classes at Liberty Hospital Sports Medicine.

PREPARED CHILDBIRTH Choose one-day class or online/halfday combo class. Class covers the mechanics of the labor and birthing process and offers breathing and relaxation techniques, as well as the role of the coach. A guided tour of the Liberty Hospital Birthing Center is included. Dates for one-day class: March 11, May 13 Date for half-day class: April 8, June 10 Sign up for the half-day class only if you take the “Gift of Motherhood” online class at BABY CARE BASICS Prepares parents for thriving within the first few weeks at home with their new baby. Dates: Feb. 21, March 21, April 18, May 16 Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Register at


TOUR THE BIRTHING CENTER Register at Dates: Feb. 25, March 11, April 1, April 22, May 13

All fitness and sports performance classes are at Liberty Hospital Sports Medicine, 398 N. Blue Jay Drive, Liberty (behind Dick’s Sporting Goods). See all classes at or call 816-407-2315. SPORTS PERFORMANCE For details, go to www.libertyhospital. org/sportsmed or call 816-407-2315. Advanced Strength & Conditioning - For any advanced high school/ collegiate athlete looking to increase their athletic performance, while reducing the risk of injury. Developmental Strength & Conditioning (12-15 years) - Teach good habits/technique early to avoid injuries later. Team Strength & Conditioning - Sport-specific strength, speed, and agility training for teams.

Clay County Senior Services offers Clay County residents 60+ a discount for adult fitness classes at Liberty Hospital Sports Medicine. Call 816-407-2323 for details. 10

BIG BROTHER/ BIG SISTER CLUB Stimulates discussion with expectant siblings and their parents about the upcoming birth and family changes. Includes a tour, video, discussion, snacks and a painting session. An adult must accompany the child/ children. It’s for ages 3–7 and class size is limited. Date: April 1, June 3 Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Register at

Throwing Program - Addresses both the physical and mechanical faults to provide a throwing athlete with a more efficient throwing pattern. Running/Gait Analysis - A physical therapist will evaluate and identify your running stride and help correct any concerns that are diagnosed. YOGA Designed for beginners (ages 15 and up) and taught by a certified yoga instructor. Yoga straps and blocks will be available for participants to use, but we recommend that you bring your own yoga mat to each session. Yoga classes are non-refundable. $15 per session or $66 for 6 sessions or $99 for 12 sessions.







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DIABETES CLASS Instruction is by a Certified Diabetes Educator. This class requires a physician order and is charged to your insurance company. Dates: March 15, April 12, May 17 Time: 8:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information, call 816-792-7267.

COMMUNITY SUPPORT GROUPS HUNTINGTON’S DISEASE This group welcomes everyone interested in learning more about HD. It is made up of families who are living with HD or are at-risk of developing HD. Date: Second Monday of every month Time: 7:00 p.m. Location: Education Center Contact Rosalie Hamilton at 816-935-4267. HEALING HEARTS This group is for anyone who has experienced a heart attack, undergone heart surgery or had any cardiac event. Spouses and family members are welcome to attend. No registration is necessary. Date: May 11 Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Location: Doctors Building, ground floor, classroom 2 Contact 816-792-7087.

HEARTSAVER AED CPR/ ADULT & PEDIATRIC This American Heart Association course teaches adult, child and infant CPR and the use of an AED for victims 1 year of age or older. Participants must be at least 12. Dates: March 16, April 12, May 25 Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Location: Liberty Hospital 4 West, Classroom 1 Cost: $40 Register at LOOK GOOD, FEEL BETTER This is a free program from the American Cancer Society designed for women dealing with hair loss and skin changes due to chemotherapy and radiation. You will learn specific techniques to help make the most of your appearance while undergoing treatment. You also will take home a makeup package valued at $200. Date: May 8 Time: 1:00 p.m. Location: Medical Plaza East, Suite G30 Contact Trish Vanderpool, 816-251-5622

COMMUNITY EDUCATION CLASSES AARP SMART DRIVER COURSE Learn adjustments to accommodate common age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time. Consult your agent for details. AARP membership is not required to take the course. Date: April 27 Time: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Location: Education Center, room 5 Cost: $15 for AARP members; $20 for non-members To register, call Beverly Hunter, 816792-7248. KIDNEY SMART Kidney Smart is a comprehensive, interactive disease education class for chronic kidney disease patients. Date: Third Wednesday of each month Time: 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Location: Education Center at Liberty Hospital No registration is required. Free classes. For questions, contact Connie Green at 816-820-8167.

All support groups meet at Liberty Hospital, 2525 Glenn Hendren Dr., Liberty. STROKE This group is for stroke survivors and their families. Date: Second Tuesday of each month Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Location: Education Center, Room 5 Contact Jayne White, R.N., BSN, SCRN, at 816-792-7268.

For more information about the following classes, call Jennifer Funston, MSW, at 816-407-2100. LIVING AFTER LOSS This professionally facilitated group is for the newly bereaved and those who have been grieving for longer periods of time. Date: Third Thursday of each month Time: 11:00 a.m. to noon or 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Location: Doctors Building, Ground Floor Conference Room

CAREGIVER RESOURCES Get information on keeping aging or disabled loved ones safely at home, palliative care for a loved one with chronic or debilitating illness and community assistance resources. Date: Third Thursday of each month Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Location: Home Health and Hospice office, Doctors Building, ground floor. Registration is required at or call 816-407-2100. ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVERS This group is for anyone who has a loved one with Alzheimer’s. Date: Third Thursday of each month Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Location: Doctors Building, Ground Floor Conference Room





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Connections Spring 2017  

This is published by Liberty Hospital, Liberty, Missouri.

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