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Bourbon County Health Care Sales Tax Is Approved By A Wide Majority, REH Discussion Beginning In Washington D.C.

Voting in the Bourbon County Courthouse in 2018.

The unofficial results of the May 14 election are in.

Bourbon County residents voted 1611 to 496 in favor of a one-quarter cent retail sales tax. Nine ballots were blank and are listed as “undervotes”,” Bourbon County Clerk Jennifer Hawkins said. “We have a total of 12,418 registered voters which equals a turnout of 17.03% which is slightly less than the city/school election last November which had a turnout of 19.35%.”

The tax becomes effective October 1, 2024, and continues for five years and will used for the establishment and operation of an Emergency Department in Bourbon County.

When the tax terminates in five years, the remaining tax funds will be used for Emergency Medical Services and/or property tax reduction as determined by the Bourbon County Commissions.

 

The emergency room at 401 Woodland Hills Blvd.

Rural Emergency Hospital Discussion Starts In Washington

In a related category, the U.S. Senate had legislation introduced recently that starts further federal discussion of rural emergency hospitals.

Mercy Hospital Fort Scott closed in December 2018, citing declining patient numbers. Ascension Via Christi then took over operations of  Mercy’s Emergency Room in 2019 and closed in December 2023.

To view prior stories:

Mercy Hospital Fort Scott to Close

Ascension Via Christi to close Emergency Department in Fort Scott on Dec. 20

That emergency room, at 401 Woodland Hills, Fort Scott, is currently closed.

Today U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.)  announced they have introduced legislation to expand access to federal resources for rural hospitals through the Rural Emergency Hospital (REH) Medicare designation, according to a Moran press release

 

“The Rural Emergency Hospital Improvement Act would increase opportunities for Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) and rural hospitals to convert to an REH and make technical improvements to the designation. These changes would help make the conversion to an REH more appealing by giving rural hospitals facing closure access to critical resources from the federal government to remain open.

 

“Access to emergency health care saves lives and helps rural communities prosper,” said Sen. Moran. “Too many rural hospitals in Kansas and across the country are struggling to keep their doors open, and this legislation offers those hospitals a lifeline. The Rural Emergency Hospital designation has already helped save numerous rural hospitals, and expanding access to this successful program is a common-sense way to make certain more hospitals stay open.”

“Rural hospitals provide health care in areas where it isn’t otherwise easy to access, so when their doors close, communities are left with almost no options, and that’s dangerous. If you’re dealing with a medical emergency or you just went into labor, the last thing on your mind should be whether your local hospital is still open,” said Senator Smith. “This bill is about public safety. It will make sure that if a hospital is in truly dire straits, they can remain open for emergency care – including obstetric care.”

 

“Created as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, REH is a new Medicare provider designation that offers certain rural hospitals the opportunity to convert and continue operating with limited services rather than closing. The provisions in the REH Improvement Act are the result of numerous conversations Sen. Moran held with rural health care providers and CEOs of hospitals that are eligible for the REH designation.”

According to the Moran press release:

“The Rural Emergency Hospital Improvement Act would:

  • Allow previously closed rural hospitals to re-open and apply for the Rural Emergency Hospital designation if they can demonstrate they met all eligibility requirements between Jan. 1, 2015 and Dec. 27, 2020.
  • Direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to create a waiver program for facilities operating similarly to an REH in order to convert to an REH.
  • Allow REH facilities to maintain or create a unit for inpatient psychiatric care, obstetric care and allow for limited inpatient rehabilitation services.
  • Require the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to provide additional funding for laboratory services.
  • Clarify that REH facilities are eligible for Small Rural Hospital Improvement grants.
  • Direct the Secretary of HHS to allow an REH to be eligible as a National Health Service Corp site.
  • Authorize REH facilities to transfer patients from acute care to a Skilled Nursing Facility without leaving the hospital, in accordance with the Social Security Act.
  • Allow an REH facility to revert back to a Critical Access Hospital (CAH) to regain necessary provider status, only if the facility was designated a necessary provider prior to converting to REH.”

 

AD: The Shead Farm Festival is this Saturday at 10 a.m.

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Shead Farm Festival May 18th 10am

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Come join us for an exciting, entertaining event that people of all ages will enjoy!

  • Explore and gather ideas from Shead’s sustainable lifestyle farm where Veggie Powder is grown!
  • Get ideas on how you can grow your own food.
  • See gardens growing vertically and horizontally.
  • Learn how things were done in the good ol’ days.
  • Enjoy great food while you shop our vendor booths.

Music | Children’s Activities | Farm Tour | Farm Store and Vendor Booths | Food Court

A wonderful outing that ALL ages will enjoy!

Admission: Single Ticket – $5 or Family Pass $25 (5+ members)
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Children’s Activities: Fun, Educational Gardening Games and Activities, Face Painting, Animal Arena, Story Station, Head-in-the-Hole Picture Booths, Bug Hunt, Milking Cow, Butter Making, Large Sandbox, Children’s Store, and more!
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Historical Activities: How to Milk Cows, Make Butter, Laundry w/o Electricity, 1864 Barn Loom Weaving, and more!
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Farm Tour: Gardens, Greenhouse, Fruit Grafting, Animals, etc.
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Plant Pavilion: Worm Farms, Plants, Berries, Carts, Compost, Trees
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Food: Serving Walking Tacos, Pulled Pork Sandwiches and Supercharged Cookies, Homemade Baked Goods, Dill Pickles, Snack Shack, Homemade Root Beer, Kettle Corn, Cotton Candy, Lemonade, Pastries & Iced Coffee
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Many Vendor Booths: Soaps and Salves, Honey, Eggs, Spices, Bakery Items, Baskets, Jams & Jellies, Weaving, Spinning, Farm Decor, Kitchen Items, etc.
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Farm Store Items: Veggie Powder, Garden Plants, Toys, Hats, Aprons, Books, Cards, Earrings, etc.
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Sheadfarm.com
2468 Cavalry Rd, Garland, KS
(620)224-4149

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AD: Join the Key Apparel Sales Team

The loading dock of Key Industries Inc., located at 400 Marble Road, in Fort Scott’s Industrial Park, parallel to Hwy. 69.

KEY Apparel is searching for an entry-level Business to Business Junior Sales Professional to join our KEY For Business team.

The focus will be developing KEY’s direct sales customer base, including sales to businesses and government entities.

Visit https://www.keyapparel.com/careers-at-key/ for more information.

AD: Junior Sales Professional Is Needed At Key Apparel

Key Industries Inc. is located at 400 Marble Road, in Fort Scott’s Industrial Park, parallel to Hwy. 69.

KEY Apparel is searching for an entry-level Business to Business Junior Sales Professional to join our KEY For Business team.

The focus will be developing KEY’s direct sales customer base, including sales to businesses and government entities.

Visit https://www.keyapparel.com/careers-at-key/ for more information.

AD: The City of Uniontown Is Searching For a City Clerk

 

Uniontown is located 17 miles west of Fort Scott.

The City of Uniontown is Searching for City Clerk

 

Would you like to make an impact in your community while broadening your skill set, connecting with people, working close to home, and receiving good pay & great benefits?

As Uniontown City Clerk/Municipal Court Clerk you can do all this and more!  This is a 40 hours per week position with above average wage and benefits, including:                        

  • Paid Time Off: 10 Holidays, 1-4 weeks Vacation, 12 days Sick Leave, & More
  • Retirement Plan: participate in KPERS (Kansas Public Employees Retirement System)
  • Health & Life Insurance available
  • Wage Scale: minimum $15.00, may be more depending upon experience

 

Personal Requirements:

  • You must be a Motivated, Self-Starter
  • High Attention to Detail
  • Basic Computer, Accounting, and Secretarial Skills
  • Ability to Maintain Confidentiality and Discretion
  • Live Within 10 Miles of Uniontown
  • Valid Driver’s License & Pass Pre-Employment Drug Screen

The Clerk position entails performing all duties as defined by Kansas State Statute and City Ordinances:  receive and disperse monetary funds and maintain financial records; complete various administrative reports; grant applications & administration; prepare, mail and apply payments of monthly customer utility billing; assist residents via phone or walk-in; attend and record minutes of all city council meetings, write monthly community newsletter; other duties as required (a more detailed job description and list of duties available upon application).

Apply in person at Uniontown City Hall, call 620-756-4742, or submit your resume via email to [email protected] .  Applications accepted until position filled.

 

AD: Key Apparel Is Seeking a Sales Professional

Key Industries Inc. is located at 400 Marble Road, in Fort Scott’s Industrial Park, parallel to Hwy. 69.

KEY Apparel is searching for an entry-level Business to Business Junior Sales Professional to join our KEY For Business team.

The focus will be developing KEY’s direct sales customer base, including sales to businesses and government entities.

Visit https://www.keyapparel.com/careers-at-key/ for more information.

AD: The City of Uniontown is Searching for City Clerk

Uniontown is located 17 miles west of Fort Scott.

The City of Uniontown is Searching for City Clerk

 

Would you like to make an impact in your community while broadening your skill set, connecting with people, working close to home, and receiving good pay & great benefits?

As Uniontown City Clerk/Municipal Court Clerk you can do all this and more!  This is a 40 hours per week position with above average wage and benefits, including:                        

  • Paid Time Off: 10 Holidays, 1-4 weeks Vacation, 12 days Sick Leave, & More
  • Retirement Plan: participate in KPERS (Kansas Public Employees Retirement System)
  • Health & Life Insurance available
  • Wage Scale: minimum $15.00, may be more depending upon experience

 

Personal Requirements:

  • You must be a Motivated, Self-Starter
  • High Attention to Detail
  • Basic Computer, Accounting, and Secretarial Skills
  • Ability to Maintain Confidentiality and Discretion
  • Live Within 10 Miles of Uniontown
  • Valid Driver’s License & Pass Pre-Employment Drug Screen

The Clerk position entails performing all duties as defined by Kansas State Statute and City Ordinances:  receive and disperse monetary funds and maintain financial records; complete various administrative reports; grant applications & administration; prepare, mail and apply payments of monthly customer utility billing; assist residents via phone or walk-in; attend and record minutes of all city council meetings, write monthly community newsletter; other duties as required (a more detailed job description and list of duties available upon application).

Apply in person at Uniontown City Hall, call 620-756-4742, or submit your resume via email to [email protected] .  Applications accepted until position filled.

 

AD: Key Apparel Is Looking For A Print Coordinator

Key Apparel is seeking a motivated person to join our Embellishment Team as a Print Coordinator.  This position will work primarily with screen printing and heat transfer processes with an opportunity to learn embroidery. As part of the Embellishment Team, you are responsible for embellishing uniforms, hats, outerwear, and other accessories.

A Print Coordinator should have an eye for detail, be comfortable on their feet and moving product, be able to navigate graphic design software, and be able to create expertly designed prints that fully meet the customer’s expectations. You should have the ability to work efficiently while staying on top of multiple projects.  Prior experience is not required, but a willingness and excitement to learn is!

 

Compensation/Benefits:

 

Key offers competitive compensation including a highly competitive benefits package.

 

Please submit your resume to: [email protected], or stop by and pick up an application at our offices located in the Industrial Park at 400 Marble Rd in Ft Scott.

AD: Key Apparel Is Seeking A Print Coordinator

Key Apparel is seeking a motivated person to join our Embellishment Team as a Print Coordinator.  This position will work primarily with screen printing and heat transfer processes with an opportunity to learn embroidery. As part of the Embellishment Team, you are responsible for embellishing uniforms, hats, outerwear, and other accessories.

A Print Coordinator should have an eye for detail, be comfortable on their feet and moving product, be able to navigate graphic design software, and be able to create expertly designed prints that fully meet the customer’s expectations. You should have the ability to work efficiently while staying on top of multiple projects.  Prior experience is not required, but a willingness and excitement to learn is!

 

Compensation/Benefits:

 

Key offers competitive compensation including a highly competitive benefits package.

 

Please submit your resume to: [email protected], or stop by and pick up an application at our offices located in the Industrial Park at 400 Marble Rd in Ft Scott.

AD: Kansas Recovery Institute Is Hiring For All Positions

401 Woodland Hills Blvd. Kansas Renewal Institute, a behavioral healthcare treatment center will open soon.

The Kansas Renewal Institute, located at 401 Woodland Hills Blvd. in Fort Scott, is a pioneering behavioral healthcare center specializing in treating adults and adolescents.

Our mission is to provide exceptional, accessible behavioral health services across Kansas, fostering resilience and renewal in our communities.

Kansas Renewal Institute offers full-time, part-time, and per-diem employment for all persons wishing to become a part of an exciting team of behavioral health professionals.

We need dedicated, responsible, caring individuals who have a passion for assisting others throughout their treatment process.

Join Our Team!
If you have a passion for helping others, join Kansas Renewal Institute to be part of a team that is saving lives! Our team provides compassionate treatment for children, adolescents, and adults who are struggling with their mental health and/or substance
use concerns.

We work to meet each patient’s unique needs to help them achieve mental wellness so they can live happier lives full of hope.

Located in Fort Scott, our residential treatment programs provide modern, safe, and patient-friendly environments that encourage positive interactions conducive to health, hope, and healing.

Behavioral Health Technicians Needed: A Great Career Starter
Helping children as a Behavioral Health Technician (BHT) could be your calling! No experience, certification, or college degree is necessary – we will train you on the job! Applicants must be 20 years or older with a high school diploma or GED. As a BHT, you will provide care and support to patients ages 6 to 18 who are
struggling with their mental health. We invite you to be their bridge to better health!

Masters Level Therapist (must be licensed in Kansas or eligible for licensure):
Monday- Friday (days).

Case Manager: Monday-Friday (days).

Behavioral Health Technician providing direct care for Patients. Day, Night, and Weekend Shifts are needed.
(Applicants will be subject to a Drug Test and Background Check if hired)

If interested, please send an Inquiry to Jessica Allison @
jessica.allison@kansasrenewal.com

The beginning date is 03/25/2024.

Taking Care of Our Team

The heart of our work is helping people. That means offering our employees a robust benefits package that ensures they’re able to care for themselves and their families, while they help children in need. Benefits include:
 Competitive pay for the industry
 Medical plans with generous employer contribution
 Tuition, CEU and licensure reimbursement
 Generous paid time off
 A strong focus on promoting internally
 Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging
 AND MUCH MORE!

**Must be at least 20 to apply.

If interested, please send an Inquiry to Jessica Allison @
jessica.allison@kansasrenewal.com