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Saint Luke’s East Hospital

Saint Luke’s East Hospital, one of the newest hospitals in the Kansas City metropolitan area, is part of a comprehensive health care campus serving Lee’s Summit and surrounding communities.This state-of-the-art facility features a 117-bed acute hospital with 24-hour emergency services, the first maternity center in Lee’s Summit in more than 60 years, complete inpatient and outpatient diagnostic testing, rehabilitation services, physician offices, and much more. Saint Luke’s East Hospital incorporates leading-edge technology with high-quality care—all in a hospital designed for unparalleled patient comfort and convenience.

As a member of Saint Luke’s Health System, patients needing advanced treatment for heart or stroke care have immediate access to care protocols established by the renowned Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute and Saint Luke’s Brain and Stroke Institute. When patients experiencing heart attack, stroke, and other conditions arrive at Saint Luke’s East Hospital, they are immediately treated using the same models of care that have earned Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City worldwide recognition for innovative, life-saving care.

Saint Luke’s East Hospital is unlike any health care campus in Kansas City. Separate entrances make it easy to know where to park to access services. The walls are filled with beautiful works of art created by local artists, available for sale through a unique partnership with Summit Art. From its private admitting stations to its beautiful decor, every aspect of Saint Luke’s East Hospital was designed to promote healing and make patients and their families feel welcome, secure, and comfortable.
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May 19, 2006
For Immediate Release
Media contact: Kerry O’Connor (816) 932-8646, pager (816) 440-0001
New technology in treating chronic sinus infections now available
at Saint Luke’s Hospital
Balloon catheter unblocks sinus passageway
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A new, minimally invasive technology for treating chronic sinus
inflammation is now available at Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City. The technology
uses a small catheter and balloon to quickly open and expand blocked sinuses.
Sinusitis is one of the most common chronic health problems in the U.S., afflicting 37
million Americans each year. Patients suffer headaches, congestion, fatigue, and other
symptoms. This condition significantly impacts an individual’s physical, functional, and
emotional quality of life.
Until recently, sinusitis patients were limited to two treatment options: medical therapy
such as antibiotics and topical nasal steroids, or conventional sinus surgery such as
Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS). Medical therapy can help alleviate
symptoms for 75-80 percent of patients but is inadequate for the rest. For them, sinus
surgery is often the best option. However, FESS is a conventional surgery that requires
bone and tissue removal in order to open up blocked sinus passageways. In lieu of a
desired treatment, more than 600,000 patients elect to live with painful sinus conditions.
Now, there is an evolution in endoscopic sinus surgery with the balloon technology. A
small, flexible balloon catheter is placed through a nostril into the blocked sinus
passageway. The balloon is then inflated to gently restructure and open the sinus
passageway, restoring normal sinus drainage and function.
Otolaryngologist R. Vanneman Spake, M.D., is the first physician in the area to offer this
technology. He said, “The Balloon Sinuplasty™ device is a true advance in sinus care
because in many cases it can be done without removing any tissue or bone. That means
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faster recovery times and less post-procedure discomfort. I’m seeing encouraging results
in my first patients who are experiencing significant improvement in their symptoms.”
Patricia Schmaus of Prairie Village was one of Dr. Spake’s first balloon sinuplasty patients in April. Schmaus suffered from pain and congestion for years. During and following the procedure, no pain medications were necessary, nor was any post-surgical packing to stop bleeding. “I felt better immediately,” said Schmaus. “So far, so good.”

Sinusitis patients who are considering their options should talk with their physician. For
more information about the technology visit www.balloonsinuplasty.com.

Saint Luke’s Hospital is a member of Saint Luke's Health System, which consists of 11
area hospitals and many primary care practices, and provides a range of primary, acute,tertiary, and chronic care services. The health system is an organization in which the physicians and hospitals, functioning as an integrated unit, assume responsibility for the delivery of comprehensive, cost-effective, quality health care for people in the metropolitan Kansas City area and the surrounding region.
The 117-bed hospital features:
  • A 24-hour emergency center
  • A maternity center with secure, separate entrance
  • A Level II Neonatal Intensive Care nursery
  • Intensive care beds with an extra layer of care provided by Saint Luke's eICU
  • Medical/surgical beds
  • A sleep lab
  • A rehabilitation center offering physical, occupational, and speech therapy, and cardiac rehabilitation
  • A state-of-the-art surgery center
  • A full-service laboratory and draw station
  • Comprehensive diagnostic testing
  • An on-site medical building
  • Pain management clinic
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    Saint Luke's East Hospital
    100 N. E. Saint Luke's Blvd.
    Lee's Summit, MO 64086