Morning Medical Update Monday 6-10-24

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Jill Chadwick

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Key points from today’s guests:

Morning Rounds

Tammy Peterman, president, Kansas City Division, The University of Kansas Health System

  • The University of Kansas Health System is opening a brand new campus in Johnson County.
  • It's all about the people and we have great people providing great care and services in this region.
  • Having access to these specialty areas is really great for this community and I think people will find this to be easy to access.
  • We've been integrating since the day we signed the deal and that's been a fabulous relationship.
  • We are continuing to grow as many people have seen additional locations around Kansas City over the last few years.

Jason Hannagan, CEO, Southwest Market, The University of Kansas Health System

  • The goal here is always bringing the hands-on care to the community. And this is great tangible evidence of that.
  • We're going to have specialty care, including plastics, urology, and orthopedics with rehab imaging and lab services.
  • I think ultimately at the beginning of the year we're going to have 10 operating rooms on the second floor with 20-plus post-op bays.
  • We're very grateful for the expanded leadership as we joined the University of Kansas Health System because the vision of this footprint has expanded as we combine the academic specialty with the community specialty
  • It's about access, access access, and so our patients are going to feel it really alleviates the bottleneck we have in some of our other areas as we expand the services in this in this market.

Focus Topic

Sarah Hendren, living with migraine

  • Sarah lived in Minnesota for 40 years and went through 100 different types of migraine treatments.
  • She was part of trial for Botox for migraine treatment at the Mayo Clinic – it helped, but was not a long-term solution for her.
  • When she moved to Kansas City, Sarah finally found relief and a preventative medication that would stop her headaches before they began. Six years later, Sarah feels better and is making up for lost time.
  • She gets an injection once a month and it does not totally eliminate her migraines. She lives with an average of eight to nine migraines a month, but they are controllable.
  • She uses the word “onward” to describe her approach to dealing with migraine. Move forward and don’t look back.

Dr. Deetra Ford, division chief, General Neurology, The University of Kansas Health System

  • I always try to talk to people and let them know that this is a medical diagnosis. This is not just a headache.
  • Migraine is a medical diagnosis just like diabetes or hypertension.
  • If you look at the data, many people actually miss work and their normal life activities in their 20s to 40s, which is the most productive time because of this disease.
  • I think that's why words matter -- making sure that we recognize that this is a disease process. It's a medical issue.
  • Basically, migraine is caused by this area in the brainstem that has some pain generators, and it releases all these inflammatory cytokines and things that cause pain and what then happens is it spreads throughout the rest of the head and causes this throbbing unilateral headache.
  • There are different options for treatment and that is dependent on each patient’s situation.
  • Going to your family doctor first is definitely the way to start. A lot of the primary care physicians now are able to start these medications or at least get the conversation going by the time you're able to get with a neurologist.

Tuesday, June 11 at 8 a.m. is the next Morning Medical Update. People of all ages can get interstitial lung disease (ILD), even children. We explore the causes, the treatments and the symptoms. Thanks to new research and developments, people are living much longer, fuller lives with ILD.

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