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Saint Luke’s Health System has selected a new leader. After a nationwide search, the organization named Melinda L. Estes, M.D., MBA, as its new president and CEO.
Patients needing CT scans at Saint Luke’s East-Lee’s Summit now have access to a new scanner with specialized radiation-reducing technology that produces a more accurate image.
A study supported by the Saint Luke’s Hospital Foundation and conducted by a U.S.-Egyptian research team has uncovered the earliest documented case of coronary atherosclerosis – a build-up of plaque in the arteries that supply the heart muscle that can result in heart attack – in a princess who died in her early 40’s and lived between 1580 and 1550 B.C.
Every few weeks or so, a middle-aged woman makes her way to an emergency room to seek treatment for her asthma attacks. Doctors treat her and prescribe medicine for her. She takes her medicine but her condition does not improve.
Debe Gash, vice president and chief information officer for Saint Luke’s Health System, has been named an IDG Computerworld 2011 Premier 100 IT Leader.
G. Richard Hastings, president and CEO of Saint Luke’s Health System, will retire effective July 31, following more than 35 years with the organization. An extensive internal and national search is underway to identify his replacement.
The new Women’s Center at Saint Luke’s Hospital opened in spring 2010 and recently received its finishing touch – a graceful new sculpture at the exterior entrance to welcome patients and visitors.
Advanced practice nurse Debbie Summers, MSN, ACNS-BC, CNRN, CCRN, FAHA, of Saint Luke's Brain and Stroke Institute, is being honored with the Excellence in Cardiovascular Nursing Clinical Practice Award. Summers will receive the award from the American Heart Association Council on Cardiovascular Nursing at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2010 in Chicago on Tuesday, Nov. 16.
Kim Smolderen, M.D., a post-doctoral fellow at Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute who is supported by the American Heart Association Pharmaceutical Roundtable/Spina Outcomes Research Center, has been awarded a Veni-grant worth more than $420,000.
Hospitals in Saint Luke's Health System continue to rank high in patients' perspectives in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital – Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey of patients' hospital experiences.