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Timken Awards Grant to NRMC Foundation

Jennifer Wilson-Loving, HR Manager at The Timken Company in Fort Scott, KS hands a check off to Dana White, CFO, and Crystal Beshore, Outpatient Services Manager of Nevada Regional Medical Center.

 

The Timken Foundation of Canton recently approved a grant proposal from Nevada Regional Medical Center (NRMC) Foundation to fund the purchase of a new endoscope sterilization system which will allow NRMC to double the number of scopes that may be performed on any given day.

The Timken grant amount of $45,000 will fund the majority of the project, which totals nearly $74,000. The project is being co-funded by the NRMC Auxiliary in the amount of $25,000.

In June of 2019, the hospital purchased a new high-tech endoscope system. The new sterilizer will not only increase the efficiency and speed of the sterilization process, but it will extend the life of the new equipment by reducing wear and tear as they are disinfected.

“We are very grateful for this investment into our endoscopy program,” said Dana White, CFO at NRMC. “This will help us to take the best care possible of our patients and improve workflow for our employees.”

NRMC Welcomes Dr. Seals to Full-Time Staff

Dr. Larry Seals. Submitted photo.

 

Nevada Regional Medical Center (NRMC) is happy to announce that gynecologist and obstetrician, Larry Seals, DO will become a full-time member of the hospital’s medical staff beginning September 27th. His clinic will be located on the second floor of the south tower at 800 S. Ash Street in Nevada, in the NRMC Professional Practice Clinic. Dr. Seals is board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and is licensed in both Kansas and Missouri.

With the closing of Mercy Hospital in Fort Scott at the end of 2018, Dr. Seals shifted the delivery of his patients’ babies to either NRMC or Via Christi in Pittsburg, Ks. Since January of 2019 Dr. Seals has been dividing his time between his practice at the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas and his procedural and newborn delivery work at NRMC. Going forward, all of Dr. Seals’ obstetric and gynecological services will be performed at NRMC.

“Dr. Seals has always received a lot of positive feedback from our staff, employees, and community,” said Steve Branstetter, Chief Executive Officer at NRMC. “He is well known for his excellent caring attitude for his patients. We are very excited about him making NRMC his home.”

Dr. Seals attended medical school at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine where he graduated in 1993, earning his doctorate. He completed a traditional rotating internship at Michiana Community Hospital in South Bend, Indiana in 1994 and an obstetrical and gynecology residency at Deaconess Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. in 1998.

Dr. Seals is accepting new patients and can be contacted at NRMC’s Professional Practice Clinic at 417-448-2121.

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About Nevada Regional Medical Center

Serving a six-county area since 1937, Nevada Regional Medical Center is a 71-bed acute, intensive and skilled care hospital. Nevada Regional Medical Center has earned recognition as a respected regional medical center for its comprehensive health care services, skilled and caring employees and state-of-the-art medical technology. Staff represent more than a dozen medical specialties, including family practice, women’s services, neurology, urology, psychiatry, orthopedics, wound care services, and general, vascular, thoracic and oncological surgery. Additionally, consultation clinics are held regularly by specialists in oncology, pulmonology, podiatry, ear, nose, and throat and cardiology.

Nevada Medical Center Welcomes Kately Erwin, Nurse Practitioner

NRMC Clinics Welcome Erwin, DNP

Nevada Regional Medical Center (NRMC) is pleased to welcome family nurse practitioner, Katelyn (Triplett) Erwin to Primary Care Center, located at 627 S. Ash in Nevada and at NowCare Clinic at 345 S. Barrett as needed.

A graduate of Nevada High School, Erwin earned her Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Nursing at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Ks. In May of this year, she completed her Doctorate, also from PSU. For the past four years Erwin has worked part-time on the Medical/Surgical and Intensive Care Units at NRMC. Much of her clinical education hours were spent at NRMC alongside Dr. Amanda Turner, Dr. Jacqueline Youtsos, Sonja Albright, DNP, and Dr. Dan Barnes.

In primary care you see people through the lifespan,” says Erwin. “That’s what I like – that there’s a little bit of everything. I’ll be seeing OB patients prior to delivery and then their babies for their well-child visits, helping manage chronic conditions and making sure my patients stay healthy and out of the hospital.”

Recently married, Katelyn is a new stepmother to three children. She enjoys spending time with her family, including traveling and outdoor activities. Her favorite hobbies include refinishing old furniture as well and reading, although she laughingly says, she would prefer it not be a textbook.

Katelyn is a welcome addition to our clinics,” says Steve Branstetter, Chief Executive Officer at NRMC. “Having the extra health provider opens up possibilities for extending clinic hours which we know would benefit our community.”

To become an FNP, one must first pass the NCLEX-RN to become a licensed RN. During years spent as an RN, crucial experience is gained. From there, most FNP hopefuls will work toward a Master’s Degree in Nursing (MSN) with a concentration in family practice, a post graduate degree specific to FNP preparation, or a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) as Erwin did.

FNPs have advanced clinical training and possess a graduate-level education, qualifying them to diagnose and treat complex health conditions. They can perform a wide variety of duties that include but are not limited to development of treatment plans, education, and guidance for disease prevention and healthy living, health examinations, performing diagnostic tests and screenings, and prescribing medicine.

To schedule an appointment with Katelyn Erwin, call Nevada Regional Primary Care Center at (417) 448-3600 or visit the Patient Portal at www.nrmchealth.com.

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About Nevada Regional Medical Center

Serving a six-county area since 1937, Nevada Regional Medical Center is a 71-bed acute, intensive and skilled care hospital. Nevada Regional Medical Center has earned recognition as a respected regional medical center for its comprehensive health care services, skilled and caring employees and state-of-the-art medical technology. Staff represent more than a dozen medical specialties, including family practice, women’s services, neurology, urology, psychiatry, orthopedics, wound care services, and general, vascular, thoracic and oncological surgery. Additionally, consultation clinics are held regularly by specialists in oncology, pulmonology, podiatry, ear, nose, and throat and cardiology.

Local Woman Considers Rally for Awareness of Trafficking And Pornography

Tonya Cliffman, submitted photo.

Tonya Cliffman is a woman on a mission: human trafficking awareness.

She has organized an Awareness Rally of Human Trafficking and Child Pornography in Nevada, MO on September 19.

Cliffman is also considering a rally on the issue in Fort Scott this fall, if there is local interest.

 

Cliffman’s purpose is to bring the topic of human trafficking into everyday conversation, she said.

“Whether it’s in the car as they drive by the rally, or in the living room after reading an article about the event.  To start conversations between families, neighbors and friends.”

 

 

“Parents need to have open communication with their children, be involved with their children’s online activities and know what resources are available to them,” Cliffman said.  “Parents need to be empowered and comfortable having these conversations and knowing the vulnerabilities of the children.  For example, the techniques that a ‘groomer’ would use to build trust online with their child in a chat room.”

 

 

“I have five great-nieces, and three great-nephews,” said Cliffman, who is also a mother of a teenage daughter. “According to the Center for Disease Control, the statistics are one in four girls. So I’m sitting there looking at my nieces, and I thought ‘I am not willing to sacrifice a single one of them to trafficking or sexual abuse.’ When you really look at the odds, and see one of them could be affected, it was really overwhelming. I’m not satisfied with that.”

 

 

” I know of instances where there’s ‘sextortion,’” Cliffman said, referring to a minor exchanging sexually explicit pictures with an adult. “I know that some of our teenagers are out there having conversations with men. Because if you have a sad story, they’ll send you money. I think it’s a dangerous road to go down.”

 

People can get involved in the rally by joining the event and educating themselves with the organizations that have resources available in prevention of these abuses, she said.

People can learn to use the resources available from established organizations whose sole purpose and function is fighting these rising abuses.

 

Human trafficking is not something that happens in far off places.

 

There was a recent human trafficking incarceration in Bourbon County,  in July 2020, according to Captain Alvin Metcalf with the sheriff’s office.

“He was arrested in Kansas City and transported here,” Metcalf said.

“This was an investigation done by the Dept. of Homeland Security,” Bourbon County Sheriff Bill Martin said.  His office had no involvement in the investigation, he said.

 

 

“My cell is 417-321-2550 and my email is tcliffman@yahoo.com or they can send a message through the Awareness Rally Event page,” Cliffman said.

http://Event link on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/310128863441718

 

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Protect-the-Children-585461948802797

 

Pittsburg Youth Chorale Fall Enrollment Open


Area singers in 4th, 5th, and 6th grade are invited to join Pittsburg Youth Chorale, directed by MJ Harper.

The purpose of this vocal ensemble is to further grow vocal abilities, musical knowledge, and choral repertoire.

Performers will prepare music for community events and music festivals. COVID guidelines will be observed.

Rehearsals are Tuesdays from 6-7PM at First United Methodist Church, 415 N. Pine, Pittsburg, KS and begin September 8th.

There is a fee of $25 per session (Sept-Dec/Jan-May) to cover the cost of music.

Scholarships are available.

To enroll, contact MJ Harper at 620-719-6633 or email maryjo.harper@usd234.org, deadline September 8th.

NRMC Sleep Center Earns ACHC Accreditation

NRMC Sleep Center Staff with their most recent accreditation certificate. L-R: Andrea Miller, RT, Cardiopulmonary Supervisor at NRMC, and Amber Brundridge, RT. Submitted photo.

Nevada Regional Medical Center (NRMC) proudly announces its approval of accreditation status by Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) for the NRMC Sleep Center.

“Our Sleep Center provides a consistently high level of service for our area that is comparable to larger hospitals,” said Steve Branstetter, Chief Executive Officer at NRMC. “Since opening, our staff have worked hard to repeatedly earn this accreditation.”

Every two years the ACHC surveys the Sleep Center to determine whether or not NRMC demonstrates compliance with national standards. Accreditation by ACHC reflects an organization’s dedication and commitment to meeting standards that facilitate a higher level of performance and patient care.

“Our accreditation is proof of our commitment to providing the highest quality healthcare to our community,” says Andrea Miller, Cardiopulmonary Supervisor at NRMC. “Through accurate sleep monitoring, we are able to help our patients determine the specific sleep disorder they may have, and take corrective measures to drastically improve quality of life.”

NRMC Welcomes Orthopedic Surgeon

 

Nevada Regional Medical Center (NRMC) is proud to welcome Justin S. Ogden, MD to its medical staff. Dr. Ogden is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, and a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Dr. Ogden was born in Joplin and is a lifelong Missouri resident. After graduating high school in Lockwood and undergraduate school at Missouri State University, he earned his medical degree from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo in 2001 and went on to complete his internship and residency in orthopedic surgery with the University of Louisville, Kentucky.

After working as an orthopedic surgeon at the Ferrell-Duncan clinic for four years in 2010, he began working full time at Cox Barton County Hospital (CBCH – formerly Barton County Memorial) where he will still work part-time. He also serves at the Medical Director of Physical Therapy at CBCH, a position he has held since 2011.

“QUOTE FROM OGDEN”

Dr. Ogden is scheduled two days each week at NRMC beginning September 2 in the Professional Practice Clinic located on the second floor of the south tower at 800 S. Ash Street in Nevada. He is accepting new patients and no referral is needed. Initially, he will see all ages for office visits and outpatient surgery with plans to develop an inpatient and total joint surgery program.

Currently, Dr. Ogden serves as Vice President of the Lamar R-1 School District Board of Education, where he has been a board member since 2014. In the fall, Dr. Ogden spends many hours working with high school youth, serving as the Lamar High School Football Team Physician for the past ten years.

“The extent of orthopedic services that Dr. Ogden will provide has been a big need in our area for many years,” says Steve Branstetter, NRMC Chief Executive Officer. “We couldn’t be more excited to be partnering with him to offer excellent orthopedic care again.”

To schedule a visit with Dr. Justin Ogden, call the NRMC Professional Practice Clinic at (417) 448-2121.

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About Nevada Regional Medical Center
Serving a six-county area since 1937, Nevada Regional Medical Center is a 71-bed acute, intensive and skilled care hospital. Nevada Regional Medical Center has earned recognition as a respected regional medical center for its comprehensive health care services, skilled and caring employees and state-of-the-art medical technology. Staff represent more than a dozen medical specialties, including family practice, women’s services, neurology, urology, psychiatry, orthopedics, wound care services, and general, vascular, thoracic and oncological surgery. Additionally, consultation clinics are held regularly by specialists in oncology, pulmonology, podiatry, ear, nose, and throat and cardiology.

New COVID 19 Case In Bourbon County

Bourbon and Allen Counties both have new COVID 19 cases today, said Bourbon County Health Officer Rebecca Johnson.
“Bourbon County has a new positive COVID-19 case today,” she said. “This individual is also symptomatic and in isolation. Their family is in quarantine. The investigation is complete.”
“Allen County has a positive COVID-19 case today,” Johnson said.  “The individual is symptomatic and in isolation. Their family is in quarantine. The Allen County Public Health Department is diligently working to notify all close contacts and complete the investigation.”

Gordon Parks Museum Adds Interactive Learning

Submitted photos. Elijah Knight and Jax Armstrong use interactive technology at the Gordon Parks Museum.

A  July 2019 grant from the Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas is helping to support interactive technology for youth and young adults, at the Gordon Parks Museum.

 

The museum is located on the campus of Fort Scott Community College, 2108 S. Horton.

 

“The interactive technology tablet is up and running,” Museum Director Kirk Sharp said.

 

Submitted photos.

 

The museum purchased a tablet kiosk, a stand for the kiosk, and operational interactive software.

 

“It is designed to deliver content in an interactive setting for all of our visitors, especially younger audiences,” Sharp said. “This interactive software will not only provide information about Gordon Parks but will also allow the visitors to view photos, videos, interviews, review books, listen to music, create a drawing/painting, interactive trivia quiz game and much more.”

 

 

Submitted photos.

 

“It has been a goal of the museum board to offer an additional and more modern approach to learning, viewing and appreciating all of the collections and works of Gordon Parks,” Sharp said. “Providing interactive displays in different areas of the museum will benefit the viewer(s) by providing additional details and content to each supported exhibit. This tablet helps us achieve this goal.”

 

“This project helped to give us the ability to provide a more engaging way for the younger generation to learn more about our museum and keep visitors fully engaged,” Sharp said. “The interactive technology has helped make our museum more appealing to younger crowds and to encourage visitors return for future visits.”

 

 

“This project also supports our mission of using Gordon Parks’ remarkable life story to teach about artistic creativity, cultural awareness and the role diversity plays in our lives,” Sharp said.

 

Submitted photos.. Caleb Clay uses interactive technology at the Gordon Parks Museum.

 

“When the museum teaches about creativity, cultural awareness and diversity, it needs to be able to reach our visitors in creative ways, and by providing interactive technology, this will help us deliver on that objective,” Sharp said.  “We want our visitors’ experience to be engaging, educational and interactive, especially for the youth so we can help to keep the Gordon Parks legacy alive for generations to come.”

 

 

SEK COVID 19 Update June 9

SEK Multi-County Health Departments

Allen, Anderson, Bourbon, and Woodson Counties

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

June 9, 2020

Allen County

Current Positive Cases 0
Current Recovered Cases 1
Total Positives Since Testing 1
Deaths 0

Anderson County

Current Positive Cases 0
Current Recovered Cases 1
Total Positives Since Testing 1
Deaths 0

Bourbon County

Current Positive Cases 0
Presumptive Cases 1-listed on KDHE website, tested negative
Current Recovered Cases 7-includes presumptive case
Total Positives Since Testing 7
Deaths 1

Woodson County

Current Positive Cases 0
Current Recovered Cases 6
Total Positives Since Testing 6
Deaths 0

Recovered cases are based on dates of onset of symptoms, not on day testing results are received.

Southeast Kansas Library System Newsletter June 2020

The SEKnFind Newsletter
 June 2020

This newsletter about new books is distributed to people who are registered adult users at a southeast Kansas library participating in the SEKnFind catalog. We hope you find it useful, but if you don’t wish to receive this anymore, you can click on the “Manage Subscriptions or Unsubscribe” link at the bottom.
All the books included in this newsletter are new additions in one or more SEKnFind libraries–and since the catalog is shared, that means they are available to you whether they are in your local library or not!  Just place a hold on the item(s) you want.  If you don’t know how, your librarian can show you.

New Nonfiction

The rural diaries : love, livestock, and big life lessons down on Mischief Farm
by Hilarie Burton Morgan

The actress best known for One Tree Hill chronicles her move from Los Angeles to Rhinebeck, New York where she and her husband manage a farm, raise their children, build chicken coops and make dandelion wine. 100,000 first printing.

No ordinary dog : my partner from the SEAL Teams to the Bin Laden raid
by Will Chesney

Tells the true story of a SEAL Team Operator and military dog handler, and the dog that saved his life. Illustrations.

Magnolia Table : a collection of recipes for gathering / Volume 2 :
by Joanna Gaines

Beautifully photographed, and filled with dishes that should be shared, the author, in this second volume, gives readers abundant reasons to gather together through 145 recipes for each meal of the day. 2000K first printing. Illustrations.

Find your path : honor your body, fuel your soul, and get strong with the Fit52 life
by Carrie Underwood

The Platinum award-winning music artist outlines common-sense approaches to health and fitness that can be incorporated into a busy schedule, sharing personal meal plans, recipes and weekly workout programs for long-term results. 500,000 first printing. Tour.

Empires of the sky : zeppelins, airplanes, and two men’s epic duel to rule the world
by Alexander Rose

The Golden Age of Aviation is brought to life by the story of the giant Zeppelin airships that once roamed the sky and ended with the fiery destruction of the Hindenburg. Illustrations.

Inge’s war : a German woman’s story of family, secrets, and survival under Hitler
by Svenja O’Donnell

The award-winning Bloomberg UK political correspondent shares the long-secret story of her German grandmother, who endured the brutal Nazi regime and postwar years before the advancing Red Army separated her from the father of her baby. Illustrations. Maps.

Run to the finish : the everyday runner’s guide to avoiding injury, ignoring the clock, and loving the run
by Amanda Brooks

“In her first book, popular runner blogger Amanda Brooks lays out the path to finding greater fulfillment in running for those who consider themselves “middle of the pack runners” — they’re not trying to win Boston (or even qualify for Boston); they just want to get strong and stay injury-free so they can continue to enjoy running. Run to the Finish is not your typical running book. While it is filled with useful strategic training advice throughout, at its core, it is about embracing your place in the middle of the pack with humor and learning to love the run you’ve got without comparing yourself to other runners. Mixing practical advice like understanding the discomfort vs. pain, the mental side of running, and movements to treat the most common injuries with more playful elements such as “Favorite hilarious marathon signs” and “Weird Thoughts We all Have at the Start Line,” Brooks is the down-to-earth, inspiring guide for everyone who wants to be happier with their run”

Growing old : notes on aging with something like grace
by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

Part memoir and part life-affirming map all of us may follow to embrace our later years with grace and dignity, this look at the social and historical traditions related to aging explores a wide range of issues connected with growing older. 50,000 first printing.

New Fiction

Have you seen me? : a novel of suspense
by Kate White

Arriving at work to discover that she has suffered a dissociative fugue and lost five years of her memory, a finance journalist examines a traumatic past event before connecting her experience to an unsolved murder. 20,000 first printing.

The crow’s call
by Wanda E. Brunstetter

When the sole providers of their Pennsylvania Amish Country family are killed in a devastating accident, Amy helps her mother take over their greenhouse business, which is being threatened by shifting family roles and a competitive rival. Original.

Family for Beginners
by Sarah Morgan

Falling in love with a widower, Flora accepts an invitation to accompany his family on an annual summer holiday to England’s Lakes District, where she struggles to bond with her boyfriend’s grieving teenage daughter. 10,000 first printing.

The great texas dance
by Mark C Jackson

“Zebadiah Creed tells a tale of the Texas Revolution, not as history, but a personal portrayal of men and the consequences of their decisions, sometimes made during the savagery of battle, most times made in quiet, their desperate acts allowing them no way out other than through loyalty and friendship, or ultimate betrayal”

A witch in time
by Constance Sayers

After discovering that her teenage daughter is involved with a married painter in 1895 Paris, a witch casts a curse that binds the pair to relive the doomed affair and die tragically over and over again. 50,000 first printing.

Mrs. Mohr goes missing
by Maryla Szymiczkowa

Planning a charity auction sponsored by her wealthy neighbors, bored professor’s wife and socialite Zofia Turbotynska investigates a suspicious death at a local nursing home only to become 1893 Cracow’s most clever amateur sleuth.

Marguerite
by Marina Kemp

A young live-in nurse forges an unlikely connection with her once-powerful elderly charge before the influential people of their village begin targeting the relationship with gossip and a scheme to get the nurse fired. A first novel.

Old Lovegood girls : a novel
by Gail Godwin

Separated by a devastating loss, two estranged college roommates reach out to each other years later in the face of unpredictable hardships before discovering the power of their unbreakable bond to transform their lives. Illustrations.

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Join Kansas Youth Connect

Kansas Youth Connect is a brand new youth leadership group of about 15-20 youth from across Kansas. It is a youth-created, youth-led umbrella organization designed to support the efforts of youth prevention and leadership groups across the state.

The goal of KYC is to connect youth across Kansas in an effort to bring about positive change.

KYC youth will be able to collaborate with other youth, grow their leadership skills, and provide their perspective on important uses related to substance misuse prevention, mental health and wellness, community engagement, and more!

The application deadline is June 12th. Middle, high school, and college youth are encouraged to apply.

 

Here’s the link to the application: https://bit.ly/2TN9h16

 

For questions, contact Gabriela Hernandez at gabriela.hernandez@wichita.edu.

 

Submitted by

 

Lydia Fuqua

Kansas Prevention Specialist

DCCCA

Prevention Services

3312 Clinton Parkway

Lawrence, KS 66047

785-312-8342

www.DCCCA.org