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Vicki's Clinic: A Women's Heart Health Program

Vicki's Clinic is named for Vicki Russo McCombs, who in 2005 lost her battle with heart disease without ever knowing she was in a fight.  Vicki was an active 53-year-old - a wife, mother, sister and friend.  One minute, she was eating dinner with her husband, laughing and talking.  In the next minute, she was gone.

Vicki's sister, Leslie Russo Bayer, herself a cardiac arrest survivor, gathered with a group of neighbors and friends in early 2012 and began brainstorming how they could make a tangible difference in the lives of Kansas City women.  They came up with the idea of doing a new event, And the Beat Goes On... the proceeds of which would go to women's heart health.  They chose to partner with the Kansas City CARE Clinic in order to bring screening, prevention and education to the uninsured and underinsured - women who often put their health behind family, jobs and other obligations. 

The first Vicki's Clinic was held on November 30th, 2012, and in 2013 became a standard set of evaluations for women at the Kansas City CARE Clinic.  Acitivies of Vicki's Clinic include:

  • Education for patients on the risk factors for heart disease, and what a heart attack actually feels like
  • Preventive care to reduce risk
  • Routine screenings to evaluate heart health
  • Purchase of blood-pressure monitors and other heart-health equipment
  • Review of patient profiles by St. Luke’s Health System cardiologist, who identifies risk factors most necessary for immediate intervention by Clinic staff
  • Training for select patients at the Mayo Clinic, so they may bring further education back to their community

Click here to download a full brochure on Vicki's Clinic, and what you need to know about women's heart health.

A special group of Kansas City's leading heart health experts form the Vicki's Clinic Advisory Board.  They include:

Michelle Buchanan
Nurse Leader
Guided Chronic Care/Quality Resources
Truman Medical Center Hospital Hill

Vickie Franck
Executive Director
Heart & Vascular Services
Shawnee Mission Medical Center

Deb House, RN
Clinical Director
Saint Luke’s Cardiovascular Consultants

Marcia McCoy, RN, MSN
Director
Muriel I. Kauffman Women’s Heart Center
Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute

Velda McMorris
WomenHeart Champion

Ruth Miller
Operations Manager
Cardiovascular Services
Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt
Truman Medical Centers

Karin Morgan, RN
Program Coordinator
Adelaide C. Ward Women’s Heart Health Center
University of Kansas Hospital

Paul Nager, DO, FACP, FACC, FASCAI
Midwest Heart & Vascular Specialists
Centerpoint Medical Center

Rhea C. Pimentel, MD
Mid-America Cardiology
University of Kansas Hospital

C. David Rios, MD, FACC
Midwest Heart & Vascular Specialists
Research Medical Center

Ashley Simmons, MD
Mid-America Cardiology
University of Kansas Hospital

Rachel Sosland, MD
Midwest Heart & Vascular Specialists
Menorah Medical Center

Tracy Stevens, MD, FACC
Medical Director
Muriel I. Kauffman Women’s Heart Center
Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute