Health

Surge in COVID-19 cases overloads ICUs in western Kansas

Last weekend, for the first time during the pandemic, Dr. Drew Miller was unable to send a severely ill COVID-19 patient to the intensive care unit. Miller and other staff at Kearny County Hospital in southwestern Kansas had done what they could, putting the patient on a maximum oxygen flow. ...

Panda Pediatrics to merge with Heartland Community Health Center

A Lawrence pediatric health care center plans to merge with an expanding nonprofit health care provider early next year. Panda Pediatrics and Heartland Community Health Center announced the merger in a press release Wednesday and said the move will provide more unified access to integrated ...

New COVID-19 death in county raises total to 19; 3 deaths at LMH Health this week

One more Douglas County resident has died from COVID-19, according to the health department’s Wednesday update about the virus. Previously, Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health announced that 18 people — five residents between the ages of 65 and 74, one resident between the ages of 75 and ...

Douglas County reports 38 new COVID-19 cases; 283 of 2,877 remain active

Douglas County reported 2,877 cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday, an increase of 38 cases since Monday. George Diepenbrock, spokesperson for Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, said some of the new cases reported Tuesday were due to an update in the state's disease surveillance system that ...

New COVID-19 death in county raises total to 18; 2,839 cases overall

One more Douglas County resident has died from COVID-19, according to the health department’s Monday update about the virus. Previously, Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health announced that 17 people — five residents between the ages of 65 and 74, one resident between the ages of 75 and 84 ...

Kansans among the most vulnerable in the country to surprise medical bills

Kansans remain among the most vulnerable in the country to surprise medical bills — charges from outside an insurance network that the consumer only discovers after treatment. A new research brief from the Kansas Health Institute points to studies suggesting the charges are common in Kansas. ...

LMH West Campus aims to be one-stop shop for breast health

The new Women’s Center at the LMH Health West Campus was designed to handle most of the care patients needed all under one roof, with multiple services just a few seconds’ walk away from one another. Megan Pedersen, director of specialty clinics, said this multidisciplinary approach was ...

COVID-19 spreading half as quickly in counties with mask mandates, KU research shows

Kansas counties that have mandated the use of face masks in public have seen much lower spread of COVID-19 than the statewide average, new research from the University of Kansas shows. The analysis by KU's Institute for Policy and Social Research found that counties with mask mandates had ...

Douglas County reports 12 new COVID-19 cases; 265 of 2,796 remain active

Douglas County reported 2,796 cases of COVID-19 as of Friday, an increase of 12 cases since Thursday. The county has averaged about 16 new cases per day over the last 14 days, according to a 14-day moving average graph updated weekdays by the health department. The current average of 15.64 new ...

Kansas vaccination plan prioritizes health care workers

Story updated at 1:29 p.m. Wednesday TOPEKA (AP) — Health care workers and long-term care residents will be among those who will get the coronavirus vaccine first in Kansas, a draft plan shows. Kansas’ 45-page plan was filed in the past week with the Centers for Disease Control and ...

Two COVID-19 deaths in county raise total to 17; KU adds 10 new cases of COVID-19

Douglas County's health department was notified Tuesday by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment of two COVID-19-related deaths of county residents that occurred in August. Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health said in its daily update that it was notified on Tuesday of the two ...