MERRIAM, Kan. – Whether it’s during a game of football or the result of a nasty fall, getting hit in the head shouldn’t be taken lightly. Any trauma to the head can lead to a concussion – a mild traumatic brain injury that occurs when the head moves at a rapid speed and then suddenly stops, causing the brain to shift inside the skull.
“Many people think concussions are temporary injuries, but in some cases there is more permanent damage,” says Gregg Coup, MD, Family Medicine Physician with Shawnee Mission Primary Care. “Regardless, it’s important to receive prompt treatment for the best recovery.”
MERRIAM, Kan. – Benny and Edith Lee have made a $1 million gift to The Foundation for Shawnee Mission Medical Center to name the Atrium of the new Shawnee Mission Birth Center. Currently under construction, the Birth Center will open in March 2013 and provide care for 5,000 newborns and their mothers each year.
“Shawnee Mission Medical Center is grateful to Benny and Edith Lee for their investment in the care of our community’s newest members,” said Ken Bacon, hospital President and CEO. “Their dedication to provide the highest quality services for our babies, as well as their mothers and families, will touch thousands of lives each year.”
MERRIAM, Kan. – Shawnee Mission Medical Center (SMMC) has been honored with an “A” Hospital Safety ScoreSM by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.
During the past several weeks, news outlets have reported a fungal meningitis outbreak in patients who received lumbar spine steroid injections for back pain. Meningitis cases have been reported in 10 states, none of which are from Kansas or Missouri.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has linked the contaminated drugs to the New England Compounding Center, a pharmacy in Framingham, Mass., who has since recalled all of its products.
The Center for Pain Medicine at Shawnee Mission Medical Center (SMMC) administers lumbar spine steroid injections, however does not use products from this manufacturer. SMMC receives lumbar spine steroid injections from Pfizer and we have no reason to believe there are contamination risks with our supply.
SMMC did receive other medications from the New England Compounding Center, none of which have been linked to any sort of contamination. At our first knowledge of the meningitis outbreak, the SMMC Pharmacy proactively pulled all medications from the New England Compounding Center as a precautionary measure, even before the recall was issued.
At this time, we have no reason to believe that any of our current or former patients have been negatively affected by medications from the New England Compounding Center. Because our patients have come to trust our services, it is our priority to communicate effectively to alleviate any concerns.
MERRIAM, Kan. – Shawnee Mission Medical Center (SMMC) has been awarded UnitedHealth Premium® Designations for Cardiac Services, as well as its Total Joint Replacement and Surgical Spine specialty centers.