6:13 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Wesley Medical Center Opens "Ready Care"

The entrance to Wesley Medical Center's Emergency Department
Credit Sean Sandefur


Wesley Medical Center’s new Ready Care area opens on Tuesday morning. The $350,000 project hopes to better serve patients who arrive with minor and moderate emergencies.  

The Ready Care area at Wesley Medical Center was once a large waiting room, now it features beds and IV equipment sectioned off by curtains. 

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8:56 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Whooping Cough Outbreak In Pottawatomie County

Pottawatomie County in northeast Kansas is seeing an outbreak of whooping cough cases.

All schools within the Wamego School District have had free vaccination clinics for staff members. A clinic for students was held Wednesday at West Elementary, the hardest hit school in the district Pottawatomie County has had 17 confirmed cases reported. Last year, the county had just one case.

The state has 172 confirmed cases so far this year, compared to 405 cases in all of 2013.

5:00 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Managing Food Allergies In The School System

The most common allergens- fish, shellfish, wheat, peanuts, soy, tree nuts, milk, and eggs.

Original air date 9-03-14

For some parents, the beginning of the school year has scarier implications than a child riding the bus for the first time or not finding the right classroom. Food allergies are on the rise, and in USD 259 Wichita Public Schools, students and staff and parents have to be more vigilant than ever. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…

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11:59 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Respiratory Illness Sickens Hundreds Of KC Kids

Hospitals in Kansas City have been seeing hundreds of kids with a viral respiratory illness.

Bryan Thompson reports, the virus typically causes only mild--if any--symptoms, but it can be severe in some cases.

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10:20 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Great Bend Medical Facility Will Reduce Size And Cut Staff

Officials have announced an $11 million plan to demolish a mostly unused Great Bend hospital building and remodel nearby buildings.

The changes are coming more than three years after the Central Kansas Medical Center converted into an outpatient care center, called the St. Rose Ambulatory and Surgery Center. The project will reduce the campus from 240,000 square feet to a little more than 30,000 square feet.

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12:20 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

KanCare Questions Persist

January of 2013, Kansas turned the management of its $3 billion Medicaid program over to three big, for-profit companies and renamed it KanCare.

At the time, Governor Sam Brownback said privatizing Medicaid would both reduce costs and improve the care provided to low-income, disabled and elderly Kansans. But as Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, more than a year after KanCare's launch, questions remain about how well it's working.

Find more information here about KanCare and how its working.

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12:24 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Health & Wellness Coalition Of Wichita Announces Working Well Awards

KMUW Assistant News Director Carla Eckels emceed the 10th annual Working Well Award ceremony Tuesday morning, August 26th, at the Hyatt in Wichita.
Credit Missty Luchner

The Working Well Award recognizes outstanding employers in Sedgwick County who demonstrate extraordinary success in worksite wellness. Awards are given to applicants who provide a supportive and healthy environment for their employees to make positive healthy lifestyle changes.

The 2014 award winners are listed in bold and italics:

Small Employer Category (100 or less):

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4:42 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Kansas Providers Discuss Expanded Role For Nurses

Groups representing Kansas doctors and nurses are scheduled to meet today in Topeka, to compromise on legislation that would allow specially trained nurses to set up their own practices.

Jim McLean reports...

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11:01 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Lawrence Residents Want Smoking Ban Enforced

Some Lawrence residents say a state law that bans smoking within 10 feet of a public building's entrance is not being enforced by authorities.

Lawrence has a provision in its city smoking ordinance that directs the fire department to enforce a 2010 statewide smoking ban.

The fire department enforces the rule when it receives a complaint, but the city's fire chief says the department seldom receives them.

A Lawrence resident has started an online petition seeking to ban smoking on one of the city's most popular streets through downtown. It has nearly 200 signatures.

1:57 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

KanCare Providers Miss Benchmark For Timeliness In Claims Processing In 2013

Health officials say none of the state's KanCare providers met benchmarks for timeliness in claims processing during 2013.

The state set a goal to have all claims without mistakes processed in 20 days and all claims processed in 60 days.

An August report from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment said the state's three KanCare providers - Amerigroup, Sunflower Health and United Healthcare - failed to meet that benchmark in any month last year.