4:45 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Wichita State Professor Named National Humanitarian PA Of The Year

Gina Brown
Credit Wichita State University

A Wichita State University professor has been honored with the National Humanitarian Physician Assistant of the Year award. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…

The American Academy of Physician Assistants awarded this year’s honor to Gina Brown, assistant professor of the physician assistant program at WSU.

Brown’s own students nominated her for the award, which recognizes a PA who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to human rights and to providing accessible and quality health care on both domestic and international levels.

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2:14 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

KDADS Seeks Remedies To Crisis At Osawatomie State Hospital

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The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services is starting an effort to restrict the number of patients admitted to the state mental hospital at Osawatomie. Bryan Thompson has more...

Federal regulators are requiring extensive renovations to make the antiquated Osawatomie State Hospital safer for patients.

KDADS Secretary Kari Bruffett says patients can’t be housed in areas where construction work is being done. That means 60 beds have to be emptied.

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5:52 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Blue Bell Creameries Is Closing Its Wichita Distribution Center

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Blue Bell Creameries announced it's shutting down a distribution center in Wichita. The decision is part of a string of nationwide layoffs the company announced last week.

An outbreak of listeria in Blue Bell Ice Cream prompted the company to recall all of its products earlier this year. The lack of production has now led to over 1,400 employees being laid off and 14 distribution centers being shut down.

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11:22 am
Fri May 15, 2015

HHS Estimates 1.3 million Kansans Eligible For Free Preventive Care

Michael Munger, MD, consults with a patient at his office in Overland Park.
Credit AAFP

Federal officials estimate that more than 1.3 million Kansans now have private health insurance that includes preventive services at no out-of-pocket cost. Heartland Health Monitor’s Bryan Thompson has more.

To meet the standards set by the Affordable Care Act, health insurance plans must offer a range of preventive services at no out-of-pocket cost to the patient--things like an annual wellness check-up, cancer screenings, and recommended immunizations.

The idea is to encourage people to catch serious health conditions like cancer or diabetes as early as possible.

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3:48 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Blue Bell Has Known About Listeria In Its Plants Since 2013

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Update:  Blue Bell has laid off a third of its workers after listeria concerns halt ice cream production.

A government study released on Thursday says that listeria, which contributed to the deaths of three people in Wichita, was found in Blue Bell Ice Cream facilities as early as March of 2013. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports...

Three patients, who had been admitted to Via Christi Hospital St. Francis for other illnesses, became sick and died as the result of consuming single serve ice cream products purchased from various Blue Bell Creamery facilities.

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2:06 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Maryland Company Partnering With Kansas Doctors To Form ACO

Dr. Jennifer Brull, in her clinic in Plainville, Kansas
Bryan Thompson

A new partnership hopes to reduce the cost of caring for Kansans on Medicare by keeping them healthier—and to share in the savings that result. Heartland Health Monitor’s Bryan Thompson explains.

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5:00 am
Fri April 24, 2015

SPJ Award Winner: Dangerous Chemical Invades West Wichita Drinking Water

A small portion of a map provided by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. It illustrates the plume of tetrachloroethylene that sits underneath many homes in west Wichita.
Kansas Department of Health and Environment


This story originally aired during Morning Edition on 05/04/2014. 

Residents of a West Wichita neighborhood learned in March that their private water wells had been contaminated with a chemical likely to cause major health defects. They’ve also learned that the contamination could be decades old.

Ron Barnhart owns a well groomed, one story home in west Wichita.

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2:34 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Rural Kansas Hospitals Struggle To Stay Afloat

Phillips County Hospital, in Phillipsburg--one of 84 Critical Access Hospital in Kansas.
Credit Bryan Thompson

There are a lot of small, rural hospitals in Kansas. Without them, many residents would have to travel long distances for care. And in many small towns, the hospital is one of the largest employers - making it vital to the local economy. But declining populations, combined with changes in the way hospitals are paid for services, are making it more difficult for many to survive. Heartland Health Monitor's Bryan Thompson has more.

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1:39 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Big Piece Of Plan For Balancing Kansas Budget Is In Trouble

An $80 million-dollar piece of Governor Sam Brownback's plan for balancing the next state budget is in trouble in the Legislature because a major health insurance company opposes it.

Budget Director Shawn Sullivan said in a statement yesterday that the governor's office is having active discussions with Aetna, legislators and the state Insurance Department about the disputed measure.

It would increase a fee paid by HMOs to 5.5 percent from 1 percent.

Three private health insurers that manage the state's Medicaid program would pay most of it.

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5:00 am
Wed April 22, 2015

'Look Good Feel Better' Program Helps Cancer Patients

Cosmetologist Bridget Mack and Volunteer Coordinator Becky Jones begin the Look Good Feel Better workshop.
Credit Deborah Shaar

It’s estimated that more than 14,000 people in Kansas will receive a new cancer diagnosis this year. A little less than half will be women and the majority of those new cases will be for breast cancer.

There are support programs available to help women manage the appearance-related side effects once treatment begins.

KMUW’s Deborah Shaar reports on the “Look Good, Feel Better” program offered by the American Cancer Society.

A short, upbeat video provides the first introduction to the Look Good, Feel Better Program.

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