Every morning, Dr. Charles Barnes treks up to the roof of Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., to pull a collection slide out of the hospital's spore trap, a small machine consisting of a vacuum pump and wind main.
The little plastic slide may not look like much, but it provides an accurate pollen count for the entire Kansas City metro area.
"We've had this same technology and process for the last 24 years," Barnes says. "It's really pretty simple."
Sophisticated medical robots like these are being used at a growing number of hospitals in Kansas and elsewhere, including small, rural facilities such as Hamilton County Hospital in Syracuse. Chief executive Bryan Coffey credits a robot with helping turn around the hospital's troubled finances while saving residents long drives to big-city medical centers for specialty care.
Some small, rural Kansas hospitals are using highly sophisticated medical robots in ways that are helping ease the shortage of specialists in their areas and - in at least one instance - boosting the bottom line.
Hamilton County Hospital, in Syracuse, Kan., was on the brink of closing little more than a year ago because of financial and staffing problems, but use of a robot has been a key factor in the facility’s dramatic turnaround, according to chief executive Bryan Coffey.
The nation’s largest education and advocacy group for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community has recognized Children’s Mercy Hospital for its progressive policies toward LGBT patients, employees, and families.
The Human Rights Campaign will honor Children’s Mercy in Kansas City, Mo., with the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Award.
A 4-story institute for translational medicine building would be built on top of an existing parking structure at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City - if Jackson County voters approve a 1/2 cent sales tax increase in November.
On Wednesday, the Hall Family Foundation announced that it was pledging $75 million to Children's Mercy Hospital for build a translational medicine research building on Children's Mercy's campus on Hospital Hill.
Doctors at the University of Kansas Hospital expect a three-week-old girl to make a full recovery after they closed an aneurysm in her brain, using super glue.
Jared and Gina Julian knew there was something wrong with their three-week-old daughter. Her mother says little Ashlyn began screaming and showing other symptoms.
“She was very stiff, then very rag-doll limp, and then kind of not super responsive,” says Gina Julian. “And later that night, she again projectiled, at which point in time we just were, she’s going back to the hospital.”
Recent tragedies in Connecticut and Colorado have elevated the discussion around firearms and more recently, around how to best respond to kids who’ve experienced trauma like a school shooting or community violence.
Children's Mercy gets out of the HMO business, Kansas Dems seek to increase school funding & a bill could override Missouri governor's authority in creating a health care exchange: A daily digest of headlines from KCUR.
Kansas City, MO – The idea that a child might die is something that's difficult to grasp, even for hospitals. Children's Mercy in Kansas City has only had a palliative care program for a few years. Rosemary Hubble manages the program. She's a petite woman, originally from Great Britain. But as KCUR's Elana Gordon reports, she serves an important - though not prominently featured - role at the hospital.