January 2019 Around Town

BigWigs Selects Amy Patel, M.D., of Liberty Hospital

The Susan G. Komen Foundation of Kansas & Western Missouri selected fellowship-trained breast imaging specialist Amy Patel, M.D., to participate in its BigWigs campaign. She is the medical director of Liberty Hospital Women’s Imaging.

During the campaign through February 2019, each BigWig will raise at least $1,500 to help ensure access to essential breast health services, education programs and support research to find the cures for breast cancer.


Park Hill South Students Paint Holiday Windows at Spin! Pizza

On a cold, sunny afternoon, students from Park Hill South High School (PHSHS) spent several hours painting holiday artwork on the windows of SPIN! Pizza in the Village at Burlington Creek for the community to enjoy. Seniors in Meg Carson’s Studio Art class, who are planning careers in art, were given an opportunity to try a new technique while sharing their colorful holiday designs with the community.

After SPIN! Pizza reached out with an invitation for her students to paint the windows followed by a pizza party to thank them for their artwork, teacher Meg Carson challenged her students to create sketches that incorporate both a holiday theme and pizza. Several students’ designs were incorporated in the paintings that now decorate SPIN! Pizza’s windows.

To see the students’ artwork, which will be up until January 13, visit SPIN! Pizza in the Village at Burlington Creek, 6100 NW 63rd Terrace in Kansas City, MO. For more information, visit SpinPizza.com.


St. Luke’s Nurse Wins DAISY Award

Amy Brummer, Saint Luke’s North Hospital Chief Nursing Officer, and Glen Smith, Intermediate Care Nurse Manager, were present for the presentation of the Saint Luke’s North Hospital DAISY Award to Mary Yap, Intermediate Care RN, for the 3rd quarter 2018. Mary received a DAISY lapel pin, flowers, a banner that will hang in her unit for the following quarter, and cinnamon rolls for her unit. She will also be recognized on the DAISY Foundation website as a DAISY Award Honoree.

Mary’s receipt of this award is well-deserved. She always puts her patients’ needs first, and goes above and beyond to ensure their comfort during treatment. Mary seeks to lift her patients’ spirits and contribute positive thoughts which contributes to the healing process.

The DAISY Award was established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of ITP, an auto-immune disease. The Barnes Family was awestruck by the clinical skills, caring and compassion of the nurses who cared for Patrick, so they created this international award to say thank you to nurses everywhere. 

St. Pius X Students work to combat hunger

St. Pius X High School students partnered with the Bishop Sullivan Center to help families in need this holiday season.

Students held a food drive in November. Students loaded their cars with food items to bring to the school, hoping to share a little extra with families in need this holiday season. A total of 7,594 canned and packaged food items were collected during the week-long food drive. 

The Bishop Sullivan Center provides supplementary food to about 70 families per day between the two food pantries. They deliver meals to about 20 homebound seniors each month.

Following the food drive, the St. Pius X community adopted 13 families, with a total of 35 children, from the Bishop Sullivan Center Adopt-A-Family Christmas Program. Students collected money, bought and wrapped the gifts and delivered them to the Bishop Sullivan Center.  The students set a monetary goal of $2,700 to ensure the children in need would receive the items they needed and maybe a few items they wanted. They exceeded the goal by collecting over $3,000 in just three days!