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Palliative care can alleviate pain, suffering for patients with life-threatening illnesses

As strange as it may seem, Jenae Arbuckle’ssuicide attempt this past June ultimately improved her quality of life.

Via Christi requests extension for kidney transplant program

The kidney transplant program at Via Christi is at least another three months from restarting, according to hospital officials.

Hospitals asking more: How will you be paying?

Before undergoing an MRI, a CT scan or a surgery to clean up that wobbly knee, consumers had better become accustomed to hearing: “How do you intend to pay for that?”

Two Kansas health information exchanges to link, improving access

The two electronic health information exchange networks that operate in Kansas have agreed to connect, which will allow medical providers access to patients records statewide.

Whooping cough cases in Sedgwick County at five-year high

The number of cases of pertussis, or whooping cough, is at a five-year high, according to a news release from the Sedgwick County Health Department.

Minimally invasive procedure offers hope for heart patients

After undergoing a heart procedure at Via Christi last month, Jene Hanes no longer feels as if she’s at death’s door.

Safety net clinics look to integrate mental health services

For many area safety net clinics, the next big step in delivering care is to integrate medical and behavioral health services.

Cardiologist sues Via Christi Clinic alleging breach of contract

A former Via Christi cardiologist has filed a lawsuit against Via Christi Clinic in Sedgwick County District Court alleging breach of contract, according to court documents.

GraceMed reports its first enrollee on federal health insurance website

Local navigators at GraceMed, who were hired to help people enroll in the online health insurance marketplace at HealthCare.gov, say they have finally enrolled their first person using the website.

Retiring neurosurgeon to continue health mission in native Philippines

After more than 25 years of practicing neurosurgery in Wichita, Dr. Eustaquio Abay is retiring from his private practice.

HCA posts higher revenue for quarter

Hospital Corporation of America, the parent company of Wesley Medical Center, announced Tuesday that its revenues for the third quarter totaled $8.456 billion, an increase of 4.9 percent over the same period in 2012.

Students take on 'real life' cases in medical simulation program

One patient is an elderly man with chest pain.

Corizon wins contract to provide health care at Kansas prisons

Corizon, one of the larger for-profit providers of health care for correctional facilities, recently won a multimillion-dollar contract with the Kansas Department of Corrections starting next year, according to a news release.

Wesley sees patient safety score improve, while Via Christi’s grades drop

Recently updated safety grades for hospitals show that Via Christi scores have dropped since last year, while Wesley Medical Center’s scores have improved.

Wesley using robot to help in preventing spread of infection

Wesley Medical Center has a new robot, and its name is Johnny Five.

Health care coverage options fall short in rural areas

As technical failures bedevil the rollout of President Obama’s health care law, evidence is emerging that one of the program’s loftiest goals – to encourage competition among insurers in an effort to keep costs low – is falling short for many rural Americans.

Direct-to-consumer testing: Taking the doctor out of the doctor’s orders?

Need a lipid test, electrolyte panel or discreet drug screening?

Wesley to install new MRI this weekend

Wesley Medical Center, 550 N. Hillside, will begin installing a new MRI machine this weekend as part of a $1.9 million project, according to a news release.

Enrollment via Kansas health insurance marketplace creeping along

More than three weeks into the online health insurance marketplace, enrollment in Kansas is going slowly.

Suicide rate climbs by 30 percent in Kansas

It’s been just over a year since Scott Dennis, a 42-year-old fitness company owner in Overland Park, was getting ready for an industry convention in Las Vegas.

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