Hospital staffing and capacity a concern for Kansas communities as COVID-19 multiplies
TOPEKA — Concerns are growing about adequate staffing levels and bed capacity at Kansas hospitals and nursing homes strained by rising COVID-19 cases. Hospitals in southeast Kansas already are struggling with capacity issues. Ascension Via Christi Hospital announced this week it would implement its surge plan and cease all elective surgeries because of a spike […]
Report: Kansas obesity rate at 10.6% for youth ages 10 to 17
Kansas' obesity rate among youth 10-17 years old is an impressive 10.6%, but the state's adult rate is more than three times higher.
Kansas ERs burdened by worsening mental health crisis, overflow from state hospitals
TOPEKA — Emergency rooms across Kansas are seeing an increase in people with behavioral and mental health issues seeking care amid the pandemic, and the medical facilities lack necessary resources or staff dedicated to serving these patients. Many of them are awaiting an open bed at Osawatomie State Hospital or Larned State Hospital, both inpatient […]
Kansas health organizations seek reversal of decline in child vaccination
A trio of Kansas health organizations are concerned with reduction in child immunizations and wellness visits to clinics amid COVID-19.
Kansas adds to Flint Hills Trail in Osawatomie for bikers, riders, hikers
TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly joined local officials in Osawatomie to recognize improvements in Miami County to the Flint Hills Trail used by cyclists, pedestrians and equestrians. The 117-mile trail stretches from Osawatomie to Herington and cuts through five counties in east-central Kansas. It is the seventh-longest rail-to-trail in the United States. Flint Hills Trail […]
Medical document shows Marshall’s notes from terminated pregnancy
Document shows U.S. Senate candidate Roger Marshall, a physician opposition to abortion, terminated a dangerous ectopic pregnancy in 2000.
Restoring full $8 million for Kansas water programs harder than turning a faucet
Revision of Kansas tax revenue estimates in November will offer clue as to whether State Water Plan budget cut can be reversed by Legislature, governor.
Kansas mental health crisis exacerbated by rising stress, worker pay disparity
The leading legislator on a committee charged with analyzing the state’s behavioral health system says the mental health crisis in Kansas has become more apparent amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Across the state, mental health workers are underpaid, stress levels are rising and Kansans are struggling to access the care they require. Rep. Brenda Landwehr, a […]
Kansas health secretary says first wave of COVID-19 isn’t over, expect more infections
TOPEKA — Kansas Department of Health and Environment secretary Lee Norman on Wednesday said the state remains in the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and the number of infections will be worse when the second wave arrives. Between 3-5% of the state’s 2.9 million people have already been infected, Norman said, and the spread […]
Kansas allocates $636,000 to boost internet services to young children
Kansas officials move more than $600,000 in CARES Act funding to help families with young children resolve internet access problems.
KU, Haskell and K-State to collaborate on $6 million intermittent stream research project
KSU, Haskell and KU in Kansas will collaborate on $6 million, four-year NSF research project on water-quality issues of intermittent streams.
Disadvantaged Kansans demand expansion of Medicaid amid health crisis
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Charles Carney has seen firsthand how disadvantaged Kansans have struggled with access to health care, especially amid the pandemic. Carney, a recovering alcoholic, said those in recovery often face a difficult choice between overpriced treatment options or trouble with law enforcement. “We ask for beds and health care and, instead, we […]