Lady Blue Devils blank Haskell twice; home Friday, Saturday

by Alan Hoskins

Kansas City Kansas Community College’s Lady Blue Devils continued their assault on opposing pitchers Monday, pounding out back-to-back 8-0 wins at Haskell University.

The sweep boosted the Blue Devils’ overall record to 22-8 heading into a doubleheader at Cottey College Tuesday before returning home to play host to Cloud County Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. and Brown Mackie Saturday at noon to 2 p.m.

Leftfielder Mierra Morisette paced a 14-hit attack in the opener, driving in four runs with a double and two singles.

Lacey Santiago added a triple and single, Elizabeth Seimears a double and single and Justice Scales and Leslie Ford two singles each.

Ford went the 6-inning distance for her 15th win of the season, allowing just two hits, striking out five and walking one.

KCKCC jumped in front 3-0 in the second on singles by Ford and Ashley Henington, a run-scoring triple by Santiago and a 2-run double by Morisette and added three more in the fifth on singles by Ford, Seimears, Santiago, Scales and another 2-run double by Morisette.

Hanna Barnhart’s single and a 2-out double by Seimears and a single by Laura Vanderheiden scored the final two runs in the sixth.

Myranda Ybarra made her first start of the season in the nightcap, allowing four hits, striking out two and walking two in the 5-inning game.

Santiago’s four singles paced a 15-hit KCKCC assault. Scales and Morisette added three singles each while Barnhart and Megan Dike each singled and doubled.

Three times in the contest, the top three hitters in the Blue Devil lineup – Santiago, Scales and Morisette – started scoring outbursts with back-to-back singles.

Barnhart’s 2-out double staked KCKCC to a 1-0 lead in the first.

Amanda Holroyd’s sacrifice fly and hits by Seimears and Dike contributed to a 4-run uprising in the third, Morisette’s third hit made it 6-0 in the fourth and the Blue Devils closed out the scoring in the fifth on a single by Barnhart, double by Dike and single by Santiago.

Da Vinci robotic surgical system delivered to Providence Medical Center

The da Vinci Robotic Surgical System recently was delivered to Providence Medical Center, making state-of-the-art surgical care available for Kansas City, Kan., residents.

“Many of the physicians who practice at Providence are trained in robotic surgery,” said Randy Nyp, Providence CEO. “This investment by Prime Healthcare makes it possible for them to now offer the latest technology to their patients, performing complex minimally invasive procedures at Providence. The da Vinci gives our patients the opportunity for the best possible surgical outcomes, while staying closer to home for their care.”

The da Vinci Surgical System is a tool the surgeon uses to perform procedures such as a prostatectomy, hysterectomy or gallbladder surgery. Its movements are controlled by the surgeon’s, but its 3-D high-definition vision system, special instruments and computer software allow the surgeon to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control.

The system can magnify images up to 10 times so the surgeon has a close-up view of the area he or she is operating on.

The da Vinci instruments have mechanical wrists that bend and rotate to mimic the movements of the human wrist, allowing the surgeon to make small, precise movements inside the body. It offers surgeons greater precision and can be used for a wide range of procedures. A hallmark of da Vinci surgery is that doctors can make much smaller incisions than are used in traditional open surgeries.

Compared with open surgery, studies have shown da Vinci surgery may result in:

• A shorter hospital stay.

• Less blood loss.

• Fewer complications

• Less need for narcotic pain medicine.

• A faster recovery.

• Smaller incisions for minimal scarring.

“We’re very excited to be able to offer minimally invasive da Vinci surgery to our patients,” said Karen Orr, Providence chief nursing officer. “The da Vinci has a proven track record that is making it the new standard of surgical care.”

Over the past decade, hundreds of studies have been published on the use of the da Vinci Surgical System demonstrating improved surgical outcomes when compared to open surgery.

To date, more than 1.5 million surgeries have been performed worldwide with this system. Surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System is a type of minimally invasive surgery.

Most major insurance plans include da Vinci surgery in their minimally invasive coverage. Insurance providers have more information about coverage.

– Story from Providence Medical Center


Friends of Bonner Springs Library plan book sale April 10-12

April 10, 11 and 12 are the dates for the spring book sale at the Bonner Springs Library sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

A variety of fiction and nonfiction along with CDs and DVDs, large print and many books for children are available.

Hard back volumes are $1 and paperbacks are 50 cents, as well as a bargain corner of older items for only 25 cents.  Many donated items are like new and would make great gifts.

Nonfiction is arranged by genre and books are identified by signs noting each category.  There is a large selection of science fiction and romance novels as well as many volumes from favorite authors.

Thursday’s hours are from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and is a preview sale for Friends members.  To take advantage of this special time one can become a member at the door for $5 membership dues for the entire year.

On Friday and Saturday the sale will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The sale is located in the basement storm shelter area which is available from the parking lot in back of the library. The Bonner Springs City Library is at 201 N. Nettleton Ave., Bonner Springs.