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Susan B. Allen News and Events

Better Hearing and Speech Month recognizes importance of communication

Communication impacts many areas of a person’s life. A person’s speech and hearing are vital to good communication. May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, and the theme this year is “Communication: The Key to Connection.”
“Hearing and speech go hand in hand,” said Carly Sturm, Au.D., Audiologist at Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital. “The purpose is to improve communication.”
One way to do that is to be aware of your hearing health.
“People of all ages are recommended to get screenings... Click here for more information.

Celebrate National Hospital Week

The Kansas Hospital Association invited communities to join area hospitals in celebrating National Hospital Week, May 7-13. This annual observance celebrates hospitals and the men and women who, day in and day out, support the health and wellbeing of their communities through dedication and compassionate care from the heart. Celebrated since 1921, National Hospital Week is a time dedicated to reinforcing the valuable contributions hospitals make in their communities, 24-hours a day, seven days...Click here for more information

SBAMH Family Birth Center receives High 5 for Mom & Baby Award

The Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital Family Birth Center’s efforts to encourage breastfeeding have been recognized with a High 5 for Mom & Baby Award.

A focus on evidence-based maternity care practices began with the World Health Organization’s Healthy Baby-Healthy Start Initiative that created 10 steps for new mothers and their babies.

“There are studies that show if you follow at least five of those guidelines it will impact the breastfeeding rate,” said Deb Rieb, Family Birth Center Manager.

The High 5 program encourages adoption of five of these guidelines. Hospitals have to meet those requirements at least 80 percent of the time to earn the High 5 Award, which is an initiative supported by the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund and promotes hospital practices that encourage breastfeeding.

“That just leads to a healthy baby across the board,” Rieb said.

SBAMH got involved with the initiative about a year ago...Click here for more information.

Auxiliary hosts Inspirations and Sweet Indulgences event

The rain Saturday didn’t keep the crowd away from the Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital Auxiliary’s Inspirations and Sweet Indulgences fundraiser.

The event replaced the long-time Holiday House Tour, previously hosted by the Auxiliary.

“We are so thrilled you took the time to come and support us,” Volunteer Coordinator Karen Hockett told those gathered for the sold-out event. “We plan on doing this every other year in lieu of our Holiday House Tour.”

The event began with shopping and social time. Attendees could browse the items for sale by the Auxiliary and Sewing Saints, as well as purchase their tickets for the wreath raffle. Auxiliary members made 65 wreaths... Click here for more information. 

Kenny Ehrlich recognized as Employee of the Quarter

Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital would like to recognize our newest Employee of the Quarter, Kenny Ehrlich. Working as a Culinary Tech in the Dietary Services Department, he has dedicated almost 9 years of influential service to the staff, patients and visitors that come through the SBA Cafeteria.   Because of the hard-work ethic he has and the friendly atmosphere he creates, this is Kenny’s second Employee of the  Quarter award.

The anonymous peer nomination was filled with example after example of the positive impact Kenny makes on the people around him. “I have watched Kenny over the last several years work cheerfully with co-workers, hospital employees, patients and their families. He is eager to serve others and make them feel comfortable and welcome in the SBA cafeteria. Kenny goes out of his way to help when someone is confused about dining procedures and most gracious when someone drops their tray or forgets to pay for their meal. In the last two years, Kenny has gone out of his way to make the Project Search Students a genuine part of the  hospital. He is patient with them, offering direction in a manner that is relaxed and helpful. He makes corrections with grace and good humor. I watch these students turn to him many times a day, and sometimes an hour, asking for help and guidance. Their eyes and the tone of their voices speak respect for one who has become a mentor.”

To recognize the great work that he has been doing Kenny was surprised with a department party, a $50 gift certificate and special use of the Employee of the Quarter parking space.

SBAMH Food and Nutrition Department Keeps Busy

Food provides our bodies with the energy, protein, essential fats, vitamins and minerals to live and function properly. We need a wide variety of different foods to provide the right amounts of nutrients for good health. When you have health issues, your food choices may affect greatly how quickly you recover from the illness. Think of Vitamin C when you have a cold or reducing colorectal cancer with a high fiber diet that reduces constipation.

What goes into a meal takes planning and expertise. Would you believe the Food and Nutrition Department staff has served more than 35,000 meals during the first two months of 2017?

These meals not only include the inpatients, but...   To read more, click here.

Donation from Susan B. Allen benefits Hutchinson Community College Radiology Students

A donation from Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital’s Radiology Department is benefiting students at Hutchinson Community College. The Hospital donated an old C-Arm imaging scanner to the college for their radiology students.

“We haven’t donated a large piece of equipment like that before,” said Crystal Schlegel, Radiology Supervisor.

The donation came about because of the HCC radiology students who have been training at SBAMH for more than 10 years...   Click here to read more.

Susan B. Allen Employee's Commitment to Healthy Lifestyle Leads to Boston Marathon

A new pastime turned into a healthy lifestyle for Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital’s Network Administrator Lew Harter.

In 2012, Lew and his daughter, April Harter, began running to have an activity they could do together.

He said he had been sedentary for some time so this was a change for him.

“Prior to that I never considered myself a runner,” he said.

Now they have run 5K, 10K, 15K, and half and full marathon races. They are currently training for the Eisenhower Marathon in Abilene in April. Lew also has qualified for the Boston Marathon...   To read more, click here.

Doctors Day 2017 Video
Thank you to our Doctors! (0:25)

Thank you to our Doctors!

Doctors play an important role in the lives of many people. Doctor’s Day is a chance to say “thank you” to doctors for the work they do. The first Doctor’s Day was observed in 1933 in Georgia, then the national recognition began in 1990 and is celebrated on March 30 each year. “We regularly get great patient feedback about our doctors letting us know that they are caring and understanding,” said Dr. Paige Dodson, Chief Medical Officer. “The reason I think our doctors are so great is they feel like they ‘want’ to work here. It is a great feeling to provide care to a community who gives back.” To all of the doctors at Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital, thank you for your dedication and commitment!

Our dedicated physicians are an integral part of how Susan B. Allen cares for the health of our community. Celebrate the physician what has made a difference in your life with a gift in their honor to the Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital Foundation in time for Doctor’s Day. You can make a gift online here.

View a list of our current providers here.

Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital Implements Telemedicine Program

Faced with a growing shortage of physicians, rural hospitals in Kansas are using telemedicine to ensure consistent physician coverage, and now Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital is the
latest Kansas hospital to use the innovative technology to enhance its Hospitalist program.
“We are pleased to bring the benefits of telemedicine to our patients and our community,” said Paige Dodson, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at SBAMH. “The new program will allow us to continue to provide
the exceptional care our community has come to expect of us, and enhance those capabilities during evening and overnight hours, including weekends. The team of telemedicine physicians we are working with are partners who collaborate with our own doctors and provide guidance and expertise to our nurses and other clinical staff.”

To read more, click here.

Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital Welcomes New Board Members

Dr. Gregory Joyce, Brandi Lane and Suzie Locke were recently welcomed by the Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees as new members.  “We are very pleased to have these community members join the Hospital’s Board,” said Jim Kirkbride, Susan B. Allen President and CEO.  “Each of them gives us a fresh viewpoint from different areas of expertise, and will provide new ideas which will benefit the Hospital and our community as we move forward.”

For more information, click here.

Susan B. Allen welcomes Vikrant Azad, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon

Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital is happy to welcome Vikrant Azad, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon, to the Susan B. Allen Medical Staff.  Dr. Azad received his medical degree from Goa Medical College in Goa, India and completed his orthopedics residency at Maulana Azad Medical College and Associated Hospitals in New Delhi, India.  He has completed a Musculoskeletal Oncology Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, a Foot and Ankle Fellowship at the University of Alabama – Birmingham, and an Adult Reconstruction (Arthroplasty) Fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University.

"The wonderful complexity of the human body and ability to help others, as well as the respect and appreciation one gets in return, motivated me to go into medicine," said Dr. Azad.  "My ideal place of practice is a smaller hospital with all specialties, as I feel this combination allows me to connect with staff and the hospital's administration, one-on-one, which allows for quicker changes and improves quality of care.  I saw this combination at Susan B. Allen."

Dr. Azad, along with Caleb Grove, PA-C, and Bill Wallace, APRN,  now provide a wide range of orthopaedic services including

  • Total joint replacement (knee and hip)
  • Scoliosis and spondylosis
  • Arthritis
  • Congenital club foot
  • Carpal/tarsal release
  • Tendon and ligament injuries or degeneration
  • Bone and joint infections
  • Adult and pediatric fractures.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Azad, call the Flinthills Orthopedics office at 316-321-8757.   

Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital Announces New Services in Motion Health

Featuring DARI, a markerless predictive human motion analytics system developed by Kansas entrepreneurs.

Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital (SBAMH) in El Dorado, Kansas, announced the creation of Susan B. Allen Motion Health Services. The new service line combines elements of current SBAMH offerings — occupational medicine, sports medicine and training, and concussion management — with new advanced motion health capabilities promoting bone and joint health.

SBA Motion Health will serve physicians, employers, athletes, and health-minded people of all ages.

The expansion includes the acquisition of breakthrough medical technology by Scientific Analytics named DARI, a markerless predictive human motion analytics tool. The system is the world’s most advanced technology in motion health, quickly and accurately capturing musculoskeletal movements to identify possible threats to bone and joint health, and identifies areas of weakness where conditioning can be targeted to improve wellness and performance.

To read more, click here.

Kirkbride Named Hospital President and CEO

The Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees announced the hiring of James “Jim” Kirkbride, MBA, RT (R), as the new President and CEO of Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital.  Mr. Kirkbride will assume responsibilities at the Hospital on March 14.

“This is an amazing opportunity and honor to become the leader of this outstanding healthcare organization,” Kirkbride said.  “Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital is a progressive, well-respected organization with a long history of providing quality care to members of the community.  The facilities and medical equipment at this hospital are exceptional for an organization of this size, and the team of care providers I came in contact with were progressive and innovative thinkers, and very tenured.  I am very excited to become part of an organization with staff members who have dedicated themselves to this organization  and its patients for so long, it assures me that it’s a great place to work, and a great place to receive care.  This is the type of organization I want to be a part of.”

To read more, click here.

Susan B. Allen Earns ‘Top Performer’ Recognition from The Joint Commission

Susan B. Allen has been recognized by The Joint Commission as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®.  The Joint Commission recognized the Hospital for its excellence in accountability measure performance shown to improve care for certain conditions and is one of only 1,224 hospitals in the United States to achieve the distinction as a 2013 Top Performer.

Susan B. Allen has been recognized for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for Pneumonia and Surgical Care.

“At Susan B. Allen, we have made it a top priority to address patient safety and quality health care by improving upon our evidence-based care processes,” said Gayle Arnett, FACHE, President and CEO. “We are proud to be named a Top Performer and thank our entire Hospital staff for its knowledge, teamwork and dedication to improve our Hospital’s performance.”

For more information about the Top Performer program, including eligibility criteria, visit

Auxiliary and Volunteer Programs Donate Signs

The Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and Volunteers got together and did something pretty extraordinary for the Hospital.  The two groups recently put their efforts together and made a donation in the amount of $130,000 to purchase two property monument signs for the Hospital - one which is at the main entrance to the Hospital in El Dorado, and the other at the Susan B. Allen Immediate Care facility in Augusta.  These signs not only designate the business names, but also include large LED panels which display messages created to help educate the public about services, providers and announcements at those facilities. 

“Our previous monument sign didn’t allow us the ability to post messages for our community,” says Gene Kimble, Director of Marketing at SBAMH. “The new signs allow us to educate community members about new providers and other Hospital news and give us the opportunity to update or change information as needed.”

The SBAMH Auxiliary runs the Hospital Gift Shop and also hosts 12 fundraising events each year to support the Hospital. Annual events include two Life Uniform scrub and accessory sales, three book fairs sponsored by Books Are Fun, three Mountain Man Nut and Fruit Company sales, a logo apparel sale for employees, and the Everything $6 sale, which features jewelry and purses and is held three times each year.

“Our Auxiliary is very active and enthusiastic about supporting our Hospital,” says Karen Hockett, Volunteer Coordinator and Gift Shop Manager at SBAMH. “The majority of Auxiliary proceeds go directly to the Hospital in the form of a gift (with the remainder of the proceeds funding healthcare educational scholarships), so when you purchase from the Auxiliary, you are supporting Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital.”

For more information about the SBAMH Auxiliary and ways you can become involved, call (316) 321-8708.

720 W. Central El Dorado KS 67042.  (316) 321-3300