Schodorf calls for outside employment to end for secretary of state

Jean Schodorf, Democratic candidate for Kansas secretary of state, on Saturday told an audience in Kansas City, Kan., that she wants an end to outside employment for the secretary of state. (Photo by William Crum)

by William Crum

Democratic candidate Jean Schodorf today called for an end to outside employment for the Kansas secretary of state.

Secretary of state should be a full-time position, she said.

She made her remarks March 15 at the Wyandotte County Third Saturday Democratic Breakfast at the Hilton Garden Inn, Kansas City, Kan. It was the 10th anniversary of the breakfast.

Schodorf said she favored making the office business-friendly, encouraging businesses, including new startup businesses, to come to the state.

She also said she would like to eliminate a lot of restrictions that make it harder to vote in Kansas.

More than 200 people attended the meeting today, along with city, county and state public officials.

State Sen. Pat Pettey, D-6th Dist., gave an update on bills in the Kansas Legislature.

Suspicious package determined to be harmless

An office building near 4th and State was evacuated about 3 p.m. Friday after a suspicious package was found.

Officers responded to a reported bomb threat at 400 State Ave. They found that a package had been shipped to the building, and when it went through an X-ray machine, it revealed unknown objects, a police spokesman said. No threat had been made about an explosive.

During the investigation it was determined that the package was not an explosive nor any type of threat to the business or the public, the police spokesman said.

New less invasive defibrillator implanted by KU Hospital doctors

Cardiologists at The University of Kansas Hospital, Kansas City, Kan., are the first in the region to offer the S-ICD system, an implantable defibrillator that sits just under the skin, leaving the heart muscle untouched.

The device is designed for patients at risk of sudden cardiac arrest, an abrupt loss of heart function caused by chaotic activity of the heart. The S-ICD system constantly monitors a patient’s heart, delivering a lifesaving shock if sudden cardiac arrest strikes.

What makes the S-ICD system different from other implantable cardiac defibrillators is that it sits just under the skin without the need for thin, insulated wires, or leads, to be placed into the heart itself. This leaves the heart and blood vessels untouched, providing many benefits for patients. Those include less scarring, less chance of infection and a quicker recovery.

“This is an insurance policy, it’s like a couple of paramedics sitting in your chest all the time just riding around, and when your heart needs something it springs into action and shocks it back into rhythm,” said Dr. Rhea Pimentel, an electrophysiologist at The University of Kansas Hospital. “It’s the perfect device for patients who don’t need the pacing that a traditional implantable defibrillator provides.”

The American Heart Association estimates approximately 850,000 people in the United States are at risk of sudden cardiac arrest and need an implantable pacemaker but remain unprotected.

A KU Hospital video about the defibrillator is online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pl3Cb73xf3Y.