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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.