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“The opening of Liberty Hospital Sports Medicine is a landmark occasion.” —DAVID FEES, Liberty Hospital President and CEO 2


Liberty Hospital Sports Medicine is set to open June 2 at 398 Blue Jay Drive in Liberty. The new 12,000-square-foot building is located in the Liberty Triangle behind Dick’s Sporting Goods. The facility will house two areas of care: sports medicine and outpatient rehabilitation. It will replace and enhance the hospital’s current outpatient facility, which now is across from Kmart in Liberty. The new building features two gyms, four private exam rooms and a 40-yard outdoor track. “The opening of Liberty Hospital Sports Medicine is a landmark occasion, not only for the hospital, but also for our surrounding community,” President and CEO David Feess said. “Area athletes will have a place close to home to take care of their sports rehabilitation. Liberty Hospital is excited to be providing this new service.”

One of the new services will be a throwing program for baseball and softball players, according to Director of Rehabilitation Services Sharla Leon, M.S., SLP-CCC. Plans include the addition of services such as gait and running analysis; performance, condition, speed and agility clinics for area sports teams; and, the expansion of yoga classes. “This facility is the first of its kind in the Northland,” Leon said. “We will have the services and facility available to aid athletes in their return to their sport.” Physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech language pathologists all will be located in the new building. A full-time athletic trainer will be on staff. A physician’s referral is necessary for rehabilitation services. An open house for the community will be at 10:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 12.

40-YEAR SPOTLIGHT DOROTHY BRANT Liberty Hospital Volunteer Dorothy Brant of Liberty is the longest continuously serving volunteer at Liberty Hospital. When the hospital opened its doors in February 1974, Brant was here. Forty years later — at the age of 97 — she still is committed to serving her native community through the hospital. “The years I have been volunteering have been a real plus in my life,” Brant said. She began as a volunteer in the gift shop while she still was a school teacher during the day. She retired from teaching in 1978 but never retired from being a hospital volunteer. “When they first opened the hospital, it was a very great thing for Liberty to have its own hospital,” she said. “It’s been rewarding to see Liberty Hospital grow from a small hospital to the size it is now. It’s been great for the whole surrounding community.” Besides the gift shop, Brant also spent several years serving in surgical services, assisting patient families and staff as needed. Brant serves at the hospital twice monthly at the main information desk. She said she never gets tired of volunteering. “I need to be out there and doing something for somebody else,” she said. “I’d rather do that than just play Bridge and go to lunch. It’s rewarding to volunteer. I really love what I do.” For information on how you can be a volunteer, contact the Volunteer Services office at 816-792-7191.

Trinity Willbanks

Bracelets for kids ONE ACT OF KINDNESS LENDS JOY FOR ALL INVOLVED Liberty fourth grader Trinity Willbanks turned a school project into a community service opportunity by donating 23 handmade bracelets to the pediatric unit at Liberty Hospital. Pediatric Unit Nursing Coordinator Leslie BrunsLamb accepted the gifts on behalf of the hospital April 29. “I was already making bracelets since I had gotten a loom for Christmas,” Willbanks said. “So when my teacher said for a class project that we had to do something to help our community and do it alone because the project

is for Power of One, I thought about how happy the children in the hospital would be to get a bracelet. I had seen an article online about kids doing a bracelet project for a hospital in California, so that’s how I got the idea to call Liberty Hospital.” Liberty Hospital — which has the only pediatric unit in the Northland and is in Willbanks’ hometown — was her first choice, she said. “I plan to bring more as needed. I love making these bracelets.” Trinity is the daughter of Tom and Colette Willbanks of Liberty. WWW.LIBERTYHOSPITAL.ORG


Patients attended for Pre-surgical Testing AT LIBERTY HOSPITAL

“The great thing about the new Pre-surgical Testing Department was that everyone came to me. I didn’t have to walk all over the hospital.” —CHARLIE SPURGEON 4



harlie Spurgeon has been a patient at Liberty Hospital three times, but his last trip to the hospital included a visit to the recently renovated Pre-surgical Testing Department.

area easily is accessible for patients and much more spacious,” Gray says. The rooms also include a recliner, extra seating for family or friends, flat-screen televisions and beverage service.

“The great thing about the new Presurgical Testing Department was that everyone came to me,” the 73-yearold Kearney man says. “I didn’t have to walk all over the hospital. The process was much more convenient and quicker,” he adds.

Patients scheduled for inpatient or outpatient surgery at Liberty Hospital visit the department one to 14 days before their procedure. “Our new rooms are very private, and we have space for all the different health professionals involved in the patient’s care to meet with them there,” Gray explains. “Nationwide, this is becoming a best practice. Everyone comes to the patient.”

That’s exactly what Karen Gray, R.N., BSN, CAPA, Pre-surgical Testing Department nursing coordinator, likes to hear. “The newly renovated

Karen Gray, R.N., BSN, CAPA, Pre-surgical Testing Department Nursing Coordinator The primary reason behind Presurgical Testing is patient safety. During the appointment, the patient and doctors can discuss the patient’s health history, as well as any issues that might have an impact on the type of anesthesia used. “Anesthesia today is very safe, but Pre-surgical Testing ensures that we are all aware of any potential problems,” Gray says. During the Pre-surgical Testing visit, patients typically: n

Speak to an anesthesiologist;

n Speak to a nurse about health history;

n Have any blood or diagnostic tests ordered by the physician performed; n Receive specific instructions to prepare for surgery; n Receive specific instructions on exercises and therapies for after surgery; and n Learn what to expect while staying at the hospital.


Ultimately, the goal is to detect and resolve any possible health problems during the patient’s Presurgical Testing visit, so that all goes smoothly the day of surgery. “Having surgery can be very stressful and intimidating, but after going through this process, our patients seem much better prepared and more relaxed,” Gray adds. And, improved communication is resulting in improved patient satisfaction for Liberty Hospital’s patients, including Spurgeon. “I wouldn’t change a thing about the new Presurgical Testing Department,” he says. “I was well taken care of.”



“Whether you have one child or 13, you just have to learn to roll with the punches. As long as everyone is healthy and no one

A Baker’s Dozen 13 and counting:

ended up in the emergency room that day, it’s been a good day.” —SARAH KIEL


Kent Tegeler, M.D., delivered the Kiels’ newest child, Matthew, April 4 at Liberty Hospital. He has delivered 10 of the family’s 13 children. 6



n the last 25 years since Liberty Hospital began delivering babies, more than 22,000 babies have been born — 12 of them belonging to Sarah Kiel, 38, and her husband Scott. Her youngest child, Matthew, was born Friday, April 4, in the hospital’s state-of-the-art Birthing Center. Assisting Sarah with five of her 12 deliveries at Liberty Hospital has been Gina Pusateri, R.N. “Gina is an awesome nurse,” Sarah says. “She’s thorough, compassionate and supportive. She really knows how to take care of her patients.” In fact, Sarah and Scott have appreciated Gina’s help so much, they named their 11th child after her. “We were trying to think of a name, and Gina jokingly said, ‘I kind of like Gina,’” Sarah recalls. “My husband and I agreed, and we named her Regina.” WORTH THE DRIVE Sarah has delivered 12 of her 13 children at Liberty Hospital, and even though she lives in Lee’s Summit, she believes the 40-minute drive is well worth it. “I had my oldest child at another hospital, but didn’t have a good experience there,” she says. “I started seeing Kent Tegler, M.D., my obstetrician, when I became pregnant with my second child. I had my oldest child by Cesarean section, but Dr. Tegler supported my decision to try to have my other children vaginally. He has personally delivered 10 of our 13 children.”

Sarah also has found Dr. Tegler down-to-earth and matter-of-fact in his approach to obstetrical care. “Dr. Tegler is thorough, but not dramatic. He treats me as an individual and supports my choices as a mom. I really appreciate that.” HAVE FAITH Today, Sarah’s back home with her newest baby, who joins 10 sisters and two brothers. “Scott and I are

Gina Pusateri, R.N., assisted Sarah Kiel with the birth of her 11th child, a daughter. The Kiels chose to name her Regina in honor of their nurse. traditional Catholics and consider each of our 13 children a blessing from God,” she says. “We believe we will have as many children as God means for us to have. We have been very fortunate that every pregnancy and delivery has gone smoothly, and all of our children are healthy. “Liberty Hospital is a great environment to give birth in,” she says. “The whole staff is knowledgeable, friendly, professional and incredibly supportive! I would never go anywhere else.” EVEN “KIEL” Sarah and Scott Kiel began homeschooling all of their children about four years ago, and have found it a wonderful way to spend more time together. “Some days have their challenges, but for the most part, this decision has made our family stronger,” Sarah says. But how do the Kiels juggle their busy lives with 13 children? “It really helps to be organized,” Sarah says. “I start first thing in the morning by getting myself ready, theneveryone else.

The Stats for the Kiel family HOUSE: 4 bedrooms with lots of bunk beds VEHICLE: 15-passenger van EACH WEEK, THEY: n

Do up to 36 loads of laundry.


Drink six gallons of milk


Eat six loaves of bread.

n Eat three to four large bags of Malt-O-Meal cereal.

And, my children are very helpful— the older ones definitely help their younger siblings.” The Kiels also believe it’s important to maintain a balanced life. “We try not to put too much responsibility on the older children—we want them to have the opportunity to be kids, too,” she says.





hen Rodger and Leann Weller found out they were expecting another child, they never considered going anywhere else but Liberty Hospital for the birth. “Our two oldest boys were born at Liberty and we had wonderful experiences here,” Leann says. “We had moved to Lee’s Summit a few months earlier to be closer to family, but we wanted to have this baby at Liberty Hospital too.” Though Leann had a healthy pregnancy, their infant daughter, Kyleigh Elizabeth Weller, passed away at birth on April 5, 2012. “The people at Liberty Hospital are quite remarkable,” Rodger says. “They could not have done a better job of helping us through Kyleigh’s death.” Immediately, the Wellers knew they wanted to do something to honor Kyleigh’s memory, and the wonderful care they had received from the Birthing Center doctors, nurses and staff. “We established a fund through the Liberty Hospital Foundation and called it Kyleigh’s Gift,” Rodger explains, “but we didn’t know exactly how the funds would be used.” Then Cathy Bonderer, BSN, RNCOB, NE-BC, Liberty Hospital Birthing Center director, learned of a project she knew would make a difference for every baby born at the hospital. “For some time, I have wanted to be able to provide each baby born at Liberty Hospital with the gift of a SleepSack,” Bonderer says. “It encourages safe sleep habits and potentially has a positive impact for so many families in our community.”



The Weller family attended a reception to launch Kyleigh’s Gift SleepSacks March 12 at Liberty Hospital where they were presented with a framed SleepSack in memory of their daughter. The Wellers are Rodger, Leann and sons, Oliver (right) and Garrison. A SleepSack is a wearable microfleece blanket. It replaces loose blankets in the crib that can cover a baby’s face and interfere with breathing. In addition to helping babies sleep more safely, a SleepSack swaddles the baby tightly, keeping him or her safe and warm. Since 2005, the American Academy of Pediatrics has suggested the use of wearable blankets. Using good sleep habits and a wearable blanket have been proven to prevent infant deaths from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and asphyxiation. “When the idea of the SleepSacks was presented to us, we knew this was how we wanted to use the fund,” Leann says. “This is a meaningful way to remember Kyleigh, and hopefully a way to prevent any other family from going through what we did.” Over the past year, the Wellers have partnered with the Foundation and the Birthing Center to develop the Kyleigh’s Gift fund. Today, every baby

born at the Liberty Hospital Birthing Center leaves with a SleepSack bearing Kyleigh’s name. “It’s wonderful to know that the SleepSack gives families a tool to protect their baby and prevent infant death,” Rodger says. “Seeing Kyleigh’s name on each SleepSack that goes home with each newborn is a beautiful way to remember our daughter. We hope it will motivate others to act in her honor.” For the Wellers, working with the Foundation and Birthing Center staff has helped the family cope with their loss, while making a positive contribution for others. “Even though she was only with us for a short time, it’s amazing to see how Kyleigh continues to teach us and touch our lives,” Rodger says. “It brings us great joy to know that even though Kyleigh can’t be with us, in spirit she is making a difference in the life of every baby born at Liberty Hospital.”

COMMUNITY SUPPORT GROUPS The following support groups meet at Liberty Hospital, 2525 Glenn Hendren Dr., Liberty. BREASTFEEDING The group is hosted by a lactation consultant who provides support and education to new mothers experiencing difficulties. Infant weight checks also are available. Date: Every Wednesday Time: 1:00 p.m. Location: Liberty Hospital Education Center HUNTINGTON’S DISEASE It is open to individuals with this condition, as well as their family and caregivers. Date: Second Monday of every month Time: 7:00 p.m. Location: Liberty Hospital Education Center For more information contact Rosalie Hamilton at 816-935-4267.

PUMPERS For individuals who are insulindependent, this group offers education, discussion and time to share problems or solutions. Date: June 21 Time: 10:00 a.m. to noon Location: Doctors Building, Ground Floor, Classroom 1 STROKE This group is for stroke survivors and their families. Dates: Second Tuesday of each month Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Location: Liberty Hospital Education Center, Room 5

The following support groups meet at Home Health & Hospice, 1134 W. Kansas St., Liberty. Please note offices are moving to Liberty Hospital, so all groups will meet there after July 22. For more information about these classes, call Jennifer Funston, MSW, at 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. 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.

HOW YOU CAN HELP Kyleigh’s Gift is a mission-based fund through the Liberty Hospital Foundation, and because approximately 1,100 babies are born at the hospital each year, there is an ongoing need for contributions to purchase SleepSacks. Leann currently is working in partnership with the Foundation on a candlelight walk/run scheduled for Oct. 11 in conjunction with Infant and Pregnancy Loss Awareness Day. Funds raised during the event will benefit Kyleigh’s Gift. Details about the candlelight walk/run will be available closer to the date of the event at Individuals interested in donating directly to Kyleigh’s Gift also can visit the Foundation’s website to make a contribution, or call 816-792-7014.

Liberty Hospital Board Chairman Rick Boswell (right) presents a check to Josh Ache and Darryl Lindsey of Hy-Vee in Liberty during a groundbreaking ceremony March 18 for Sprouts, an educational community garden program for children. The hospital joins several other community businesses and the City of Liberty in sponsoring this healthy foods initiative.



COMMUNITY EDUCATION CLASSES HEARTSAVER AED CPR ADULT & PEDIATRIC This course teaches Adult, Child, and Infant CPR and the use of an AED for victims 1 year of age or older. This class is not for Healthcare Providers. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Will be practicing skills that will require working on your hands and knees, bending and standing. This class is taught by American Heart Association instructors following AHA guidelines. You will receive a course completion card with this class. A non-refundable fee covers class materials. Participants must be 12 years of age or older. CPR classes are held monthly. Registration opens 30 days prior to the class date. Dates: June 26 and July 22 Time: 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Location: Liberty Hospital Education Center Cost: $40 Register at

PRE-DIABETES MANAGEMENT This class is for people diagnosed with Pre-Diabetes, Impaired Glucose Tolerance, Hyperglycemia, or Insulin Resistance. It is taught by a Certified Diabetes Educator and will include: instruction to delay the onset of Type 2 Diabetes, nutrition and exercise. The non-refundable fee includes class materials. Dates: Third Thursday of each month Time: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Location: Liberty Hospital Education Center Room 5 Cost: $25 Contact: 816-792-7267 DIABETES CLASS This class is offered Wednesdays from 8:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Diabetes management instruction is coordinated by a Certified Diabetes Educator and includes diabetes management, medications, diet, exercise and stress management. This class requires a physician order and is charged to your insurance company. For more information, call 816-792-7267.

TOTAL JOINT REPLACEMENT FREE CLASS This class is open to patients, family members and anyone interested in learning about total joint replacement and rehabilitation. Registration is not required. Dates: June 10, 17 and July 1, 8 and 15 Times: 8:30 a.m. to noon on June 17, July 1 and 15; 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. June 10 and July 8 Location: Waiting room on 3 East (3rd floor of main hospital) 816792-7030. YOGA CLASS The course is designed for beginners (ages 15 and up) and is taught by a certified yoga instructor. Bring a yoga mat. All Liberty Hospital employees and Liberty School District employees receive 20% off registration with a valid ID. Time: Monday, 5:15 to 6:30 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. NEW Location starting June 2: Liberty Hospital Sports Medicine, 398 Blue Jay Dr., Liberty (behind Dick’s Sporting Goods) Cost: $15 per class or $66 for six weeks or $99 for 12 weeks. Register by calling 816-407-2315. LOOK GOOD, FEEL BETTER Look Good…Feel Better is a free educational program that teaches beauty techniques to women diagnosed with cancer and to help combat the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. This unique class is offered by a licensed cosmetologist. Pre-registration is required. The next program is 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., Aug. 25. To register, call 816-792-7253.

Michael Gibson, M.D., of Liberty Cardiothoracic Surgeons addressed heart health with residents at Benton House of Shoal Creek in Kansas City Feb. 14. The seminar, “How to Mend a Broken Heart,” addressed heart health for all ages and was part of Benton House’s participation in the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women emphasis. 10


Liberty Hospital Women’s Imaging OPENS JUNE 9


iberty Hospital Women’s Imaging will open June 9 to provide a new experience for women when they need mammograms or other imaging services. The new office will open on the lower level of Medical Plaza East. “We will offer walk-in mammograms in a soothing atmosphere, immediate results and have easy access and parking,” Director of Diagnostic Imaging Julie Osbahr said. “Our staff is friendly and personable with highly experienced technologists.”

All Birthing Center education classes are free, but registration is required. To register, visit or call 816-792-7227. PREPARED CHILDBIRTH Class covers the mechanics of the labor and birthing process and offers breathing and relaxation techniques, as well as the role of the coach. Topics also include interventions, complications and pain management. A guided tour of the Liberty Hospital Birthing Center is included. We suggest that you complete this class by the time you are at 36 weeks gestation. Registration is required. Dates: July 1 and 8; Aug. 5 and 12; Sept. 2 and 9 Time: 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Location: Liberty Hospital Education Center

Rather than go through the traditional hospital patient registration process, Liberty Hospital is creating this new female-friendly environment to make the imaging experience as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Women’s Imaging will offer same-day services, such as additional imaging and further testing to eliminate the anxious wait for results. “Having a mammogram — or any test — can create anxiety,” Osbahr said. “We have tried to make this experience as easy as possible while still providing a high quality level of care for our patients.”

BABY CARE BASICS Baby Care Basics prepares for survival of the first few weeks at home with your new baby. Dates: June 17, July 15, Aug. 19 Time: 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Location: Liberty Hospital Education Center BREASTFEEDING BASICS This class provides information for expectant families to identify the benefits of breastfeeding for mom and baby. This class is intended to help manage breastfeeding for the first few weeks at home. Liberty Hospital is an official Medela pump station and a lactation consultant can answer all of your questions, as well as provide information regarding pump rental/sales and supplies. Registration is required. Dates: July 2, Aug. 6, Sept. 3 Time: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Location: Liberty Hospital Education Center

Registration and the exam will take place in the same office. Walk in appointments will be available from 7:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Services will include screening and diagnostic mammograms, stereotactic biopsy, ultrasound biopsy, ultrasounds and bone densitometry. New 3D mammograms will be available later this summer. Women’s Imaging is accredited by the American College of Radiology. Plans are for an October grand opening ceremony in conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

BIRTHING CENTER EDUCATION 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. Your child must be registered to attend. Dates: June 7, July 12, Aug. 2 Time: 9:30-11 a.m. Location: Birthing Center, third floor of Medical Plaza East

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A free, fun event centered around children’s outdoor recreation with an emphasis on SAFETY! LIBERTYHOSPITAL.ORG The mission of Liberty Hospital is to work in partnership with our community to improve the health and well-being of those we serve.

Connections summer 2014  

Liberty Hospital Connections is distributed in the Northland area of Kansas City, MO.

Connections summer 2014  

Liberty Hospital Connections is distributed in the Northland area of Kansas City, MO.