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Donor Gift to Fund Renovations

Marcella BuchmeierA bequest from a Topeka resident with an interest in healthcare, education and self-improvement will be used to fund an expansion of space for a department dedicated to women experiencing high-risk pregnancies needing specialized care.

While Marcella Buchmeier had no known relationship with Stormont-Vail HealthCare prior to her death, in her will she directed proceeds from the sale of bonds to maternal services at the hospital. That gift will be used to renovate the Maternal and Fetal Medicine clinic, including adding some 500 square feet of space.

Since 1988, the Maternal and Fetal Medicine program has been providing specialized obstetric care to women in northeast Kansas. In 2012, the clinic saw more than 3,200 new patients and inpatients. Recently, a second perinatologist - Sherri Jackson, M.D. - joined the Maternal and Fetal Medicine team.

Maternal and Fetal Medicine offers an increased level of diagnosis and care for women identified with "high-risk" pregnancies, according to the program's medical director, John Evans, M.D. Patients are referred to the program when there are questions about ultrasound findings, maternal health concerns, or concerns regarding prior pregnancy losses or issues.

"Our team is excited to have expanded space for the Maternal and Fetal Medicine program within the Health Center," said Evans. "We are grateful the gift Mrs. Buchmeier provided to Stormont-Vail will be used to make our location both functional and comfortable for our patients."

Among the clinic renovations will be the addition of two exam rooms, an additional sonography room, small conference room, and office. The reception desk will also be relocated to the clinic's dedicated waiting area. Work is expected to be completed by June 1.

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