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Health care operator eyes distressed Topeka hospital

A group that specializes in turning around distressed hospitals has expressed interest in acquiring a nonprofit Catholic hospital in Topeka. California-based Prime Healthcare’s nonprofit arm notified Gov. Sam Brownback last week that it has “potential interest” in “saving” St. Francis Health. The letter was given anonymously to The Topeka Capital-Journal …

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Kansas families seeking treatment options for their children with autism

Kansas families, who have children with autism, may have a hard time finding places for their children to thrive. After Jill and Eric received their son Ridley’s autism diagnosis, they immediately reached out to treatment providers: “but even then, it was a struggle.” Early behavioral intervention plays an important role …

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The rates of autism go up in the U.S.

The number of children diagnosed with autism in the U.S. has increased at an alarming rate, from 1 in 150 children in 2000 to 1 in 68 children in 2014. Jill and Eric Fitzmorris both graduated with degrees in social work: “We’ve both worked in schools, so we knew what …

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Health officials train to deal with infectious diseases

Staff from Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Lawrence Health Department, KDHE, and surrounding health departments participated in a training on how to deal with an infectious disease. Michael Williams, Vice President at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital, said training was very similar to a real life situation. “They had patients present with avian …

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Kansas lawmakers fail to override veto of Medicaid expansion

Kansas legislators have sustained Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s veto of a bill that would have expanded the state’s Medicaid program. The House voted 81-44 Monday to override the veto shortly after the conservative governor announced it. Backers of the measure fell three votes short of the two-thirds majority necessary to …

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A month of prevention and awareness

The month of April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and local organizations want the community to get involved. Jenn Preston of the Douglas County Health Department said it starts with a conversation. “The biggest thing we can do is just to get to know the kids in our community, …

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The Latest: Kansas lawmakers postpone vote on Medicaid veto

The Latest on Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback vetoing an expansion of the state’s Medicaid program (all times local): 11:45 a.m. Kansas legislators have postponed a vote on overriding Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s veto of a bill that would have expanded the state’s Medicaid program. Supporters of the bill launched an …

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Douglas County named one of the healthiest counties in the State

It is good news for Douglas County after the County Health Rankings were released. Douglas County was ranked 7 out 102 counties in the state as one of the healthiest counties. It has ranked in the top 10 since the first report was released 7 years ago. A large part …

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Report ranks Douglas County as seventh healthiest in Kansas

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Douglas County moved up one spot to the seventh healthiest county in Kansas, according to the County Health Rankings report released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. When it comes to health outcomes — length of life and quality of life …

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Vote to repeal Obamacare is scrapped for now

President Donald Trump says he would be willing to reopen negotiations for a health care bill with Democrats if they were open to the idea. He predicted the current law would soon collapse. The president says he has a great relationship with the Republican Party and isn’t going to speak …

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