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    What to Expect During a Well-Woman Exam

    Last updated 9 months ago

    By Jaime Thompson, CNM, Nurse Midwife from Specialists in Women's Care.

    Women have much different health concerns than men, and thus require a special kind of care. If you’re a woman, you should consider going in for an annual well-woman exam. During the exam, a midwife will provide essential screening procedures to ensure that you’re in good health. This Mother’s Day, the medical professionals at Overland Park Regional Medical Center urge you and your female family members to schedule well-woman exams with skilled and experienced midwives.  

    Pelvic Exam

    We offer our female patients a safe and comfortable environment free of judgment and embarrassment. During the pelvic exam, one of our midwives checks for abnormalities of the external and internal genitalia. The pelvic exam is especially important for women who are sexually active, and can help identify the presence of a sexually transmitted disease. The exam is also important for identifying uterine fibroids and other conditions that could potentially interfere with reproduction.   

    Breast Exam

    Breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer in American women. During a well-woman exam, one of our midwives will carefully examine your breasts for signs of abnormalities and teach you how to perform your own self-examination. If you’re over 40, your well-woman exam may include a mammogram, which can provide a more detailed look at your breast tissue.

    Pap Smear

    One of the most important aspects of a well-woman exam is the pap smear, during which a midwife collects cells from the patient’s reproductive organs and has them analyzed. A pap smear is important for detecting the presence or cervical cancer or human papillomavirus infections that could potentially lead to the development of cancer. For the sake of your own health and your family’s peace of mind, it’s important for you to visit an experienced midwife for an exam as recommended by your physician.


    To learn more about what’s involved in a typical well-woman exam, contact Overland Park Regional Medical Center. Our Certified Nurse Midwives have years of experience providing compassionate healthcare services for women in Overland Park and the surrounding areas. Call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (800)-386-9355 for more information.

    Ashlee N. Peterson Named Vice President Marketing And Public Relations At HCA Midwest Health System

    Last updated 12 months ago

    Accomplished healthcare marketing, communications and public relations professional will spearhead efforts for HCA hospitals in the Kansas City, Louisiana and Mississippi markets.

    Kansas City, MO – HCA Midwest Health System, Kansas City’s largest healthcare provider and private sector employer, today announces it has named Ashlee N. Peterson as Vice President Marketing and Public Relations.  Peterson, who will be headquartered in the Kansas City Division office, assumes responsibilities of marketing, communications and public relations efforts for HCA hospitals, outpatient centers, clinics, physician practices, surgery centers and an array of other services in the Kansas City, Louisiana and Mississippi markets.

    Peterson is a highly regarded healthcare marketing professional and effective leader and is no stranger to HCA’s mission and culture.  From 2005 through 2011 she served at Menorah Medical Center as Director of Marketing, Public Relations and Business Development and as Director of Marketing and Media at Sunrise Hospital/Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas.

    Since March 2011, Peterson served as Senior Director of Marketing at a Kansas City healthcare system. She led the marketing efforts for a high-profile expansion and executed many measurable physician, hospital and service line marketing programs, among other accomplishments.

    “We are pleased to welcome Ashlee back to the HCA Midwest Health System family,” says M.L. Lagarde III, President, HCA Midwest Health System. “She brings a well-established reputation for developing effective and innovative marketing and communications strategies in the highly competitive healthcare sector.”

    “It is an honor to rejoin such an incredible team and be charged with helping develop and share information that consumers will use to make important healthcare decisions for themselves and their families,” says Peterson.   “I look forward to continuing to build relationships and support the communities served by our hospitals and healthcare providers.”

    Peterson earned a degree in communications at the University of Missouri-Columbia and an MBA at Baker University in Kansas City. 


    What Pregnant Women Should Know about Influenza

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Since pregnancy brings on changes to the immune system, pregnant women are more vulnerable to the flu than women who aren’t pregnant. If you are pregnant, you should work closely your physician to make sure you take precaution to prevent the flu.

    Pregnant women don’t just have a higher risk of contracting the flu; they tend to suffer harsher symptoms as well. Also, a severe case of the flu can lead to premature labor and delivery or birth defects. Flu season is not over. If you haven’t gotten a flu shot this winter, it is not too late. If you come down with flu-like symptoms, alert your physician immediately so you can protect yourself and your unborn baby.

    Flu shots are still available at one of the many HCA Midwest Health System’s Urgent Care Centers, CareSpot. For a location close, go to or call (913) 814 – 3788 or contact your provider. 

    The midwives at HCA Midwest Health System hospitals and clinics are always available to discuss health matters, and we are part of the most comprehensive Certified Nurse Midwife Program in the area. Call (913) 541-5562 with health-related questions or if you need a physician or midwife referral.


    Last updated 1 year ago

    HCA Midwest Health System CMO says it’s not too late to get the simple flu shot
    to help prevent this contagious virus.

    KANSAS CITY, MO – Each year from November to April, millions of people are impacted by the flu and currently Kansas City is seeing an all-time high of reported flu cases, mostly Influenza A. Medical experts, including Darryl K. Nelson, MD, HCA Midwest Health System Chief Medical Officer and Denise K. Miller, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Menorah Medical Center, agree that while the flu — which usually enters the body through the mouth or nose — can be dangerous, it can usually be prevented with a simple flu vaccine.

    And it’s not too late to get that shot.

    “One of the most effective ways to stop at least 75 percent of those infections is through a flu shot — it decreases the chance of hospitalization by 60 percent and death from the contagious virus by 80 percent,” says Dr. Nelson. “The flu virus can become airborne if an infected individual coughs or sneezes, which tends to spread the flu rapidly to people in close proximity. 

    Flu symptoms can be mistaken for a cold, but that the onset is typically more sudden and includes symptoms such as severe muscle aches, chills and fever, extreme fatigue, sore throat, headache and cough.

    “We are seeing patients getting ill that have been vaccinated,” says Dr. Miller.  “The vaccine is not 100 percent, but most medical professionals believe it shortens the illness if you do get ill, despite being vaccinated.  Secondary complications such as pneumonia are lessened if vaccinated.”

    Dr. Miller urges for people to exercise common sense when the flu hits.  “Mild flu symptoms can quickly escalate and become severe.  This is one time you don’t want to share with others,” she says.  “People with the flu should take precautions to protect themselves, their families and co-workers, and others by avoiding close contact and staying home from work or school until fever-free for at least 24 hours.  This helps to stop the virus from spreading.”

    Both Dr. Nelson and Dr. Miller stress the importance of contacting a healthcare provider or being seen as soon as symptoms such as fever, aches and cough start to get on treatment to limit duration and severity.  

    The CDC has recently revised guidelines for flu shots. 

    “The flu vaccine is recommended for children 6 months and older, and especially for those in high-risk groups including adults age 65 and older, pregnant women, people with certain chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease and asthma,” says Dr. Nelson. “People with compromised immune systems due to cancer and HIV or AIDs are also considered at-risk and should consider a flu shot.  People who have experienced an allergic reaction to a previous flu vaccine should not receive a shot.  If someone is acutely ill with a fever, they should wait until they are recovered.”

    In addition, Dr. Nelson notes that people with severe egg allergies or Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a rare neurologic condition, should not have a flu shot. “It’s always sensible to consult with your physician if you have health concerns before getting a flu shot,” he says. “Although it’s ideal to get a flu vaccine prior to the season starting, you can continue to receive a shot throughout the season.”

    “Side effects from the vaccine are usually minimal, “ says Dr. Miller.  “Nearly 15 percent of patients receiving the vaccine report a soreness or redness at the shot site, and serious reactions are one in a million. In addition to the shot, there is a nasal spray vaccine for select patients.”

    Flu season typically begins in November and runs through March. One shot protects against different strains that the CDC has predicted to be most active.  In addition to the vaccine, Dr. Miller urges people to be vigilant in good hand hygiene and in covering their nose and mouth when sneezing.  “Get plenty of rest, drink fluids and practice good nutrition, too,” she says.  “This will increase your protection during the flu season, and also against other cold viruses typical during the fall and winter months.”

    HCA Midwest Health System is Kansas City’s largest healthcare provider and private sector employer.  Menorah Medical Center is part of HCA Midwest Health System.


    Last updated 1 year ago

    Accomplished healthcare executive will further the hospital’s position as a renowned medical center.

    Kansas City, MO
    HCA Midwest Health System, Kansas City’s largest healthcare provider and private sector employer, has appointed Kevin J. Hicks as Chief Executive Officer of Overland Park Regional Medical Center.  Hicks will assume responsibility of the 350-bed acute-care hospital, which is also a Regional Trauma Center, Accredited Chest Pain Center and one of the busiest hospitals in the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area, on Feb. 1, 2014.

    Hicks is regarded in the industry as a consummate healthcare professional and has more than 30 years of experience, including a decade at the multi-facility level.  He has been with HCA since 1987, working in the El Paso, Texas market prior to relocating to Johnson County and Overland Park Regional Medical Center in 1993.  During his tenure as CEO from 2003 – 2006, Hicks developed the state-of-the-art private Level IIIB NICU and Women’s Center, which has grown into the region’s leader in neonatal critical care, among other accomplishments.

    Since August 2006, Hicks has served as Chief Executive Officer of Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo., also part of HCA Midwest Health System. His strategic vision, leadership, compassion and relationship-building skills have allowed Research Medical Center to flourish both in its staff recruitment, patient and visitor experience and market presence. In addition, Hicks has served as an HCA Midwest Health System ambassador in the community, developing vital relationships with many organizations.

    “Kevin is a highly effective leader and an accomplished hospital administrator who is respected as a consensus builder and is adept at creating authentic, credible and lasting collaborative relationships with community leaders and decision makers,” says M.L. Lagarde III, President, HCA Midwest Health System.  “His knowledge of the Greater Kansas City and Johnson County areas, along with an impressive ability to form robust, credible and lasting partnerships with employees and physicians, makes him the perfect fit to once again lead Overland Park Regional Medical Center.”

    “I am excited to return to Overland Park Regional Medical Center at a crucial time in its growth, especially as it moves forward with its multi-million-dollar, unprecedented expansion,” says Hicks.  “In addition, I, along with the hospital’s strong leadership team, will continue to focus on strategic initiatives that are deeply meaningful to staff, physicians and patients, including developing a culture of excellence in the patient and visitor experience and improving physician engagement. I am committed to fostering the collaborative partnership within the community, which is a vital part of Overland Park Regional Medical Center’s mission and vision.”

    “On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we would like to warmly welcome Kevin back to the Overland Park Regional Medical Center family,” says Barb Brown, Board of Trustees Chair, Overland Park Regional Medical Center and retired Executive Director,  Lewis & Clark Research Institute, Leavenworth, Kan.  “His dedication, commitment to the community and leadership for excellence in patient care will provide the hospital the right vision for the future.”

    “Kevin provided Overland Park Regional a great foundation for Women’s Services more than 10 years ago when the Neonatal ICU was established and continues to thrive today,” says Tony Moulton, MD, Ob-Gyn, Women’s Healthcare Group, incoming Board Chair, Overland Park Regional Medical Center.  “On behalf of the medical staff, we are excited to have him back at Overland Park Regional as we complete the historic $110 million expansion which will provide more accessible emergency and trauma services to the region.”

    An active search for Hicks’s replacement at Research Medical Center will begin immediately. Research Medical Center’s Chief Operating Officer, Matt Sogard, will act as Interim Chief Executive Officer.



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