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Coffey County Hospital Earns Mammography Accreditation

Coffey County Hospital Earns Mammography Accreditation

Coffey County Hospital’s mammography department earned a three-year accreditation from the American College of Radiology in late July. Accreditation assures that staff, equipment, processes, and image quality at Coffey County Hospital meet the ACR’s stringent requirements for patient care.

“Our mammography staff works very hard all year to provide the best quality service possible, and this accreditation reflects their commitment to our patients,” said Coffey Health System Chief Executive Officer Leonard Hernandez.
Coffey County Hospital has four certified mammography technologists: Lynn Bolen, Melinda Chiroy, Jeanne Gerrelts, and Mary Ann Magnuson.

“Statistics show that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer,” Hernandez said. “This statistic drives our mammography team to maintain a high degree of excellence, with the ultimate goal being early detection for our patients. I couldn’t be more proud of this very high accomplishment,” Hernandez said.

Coffey Health System encourages annual mammograms beginning at age 40. Women with a family history of breast cancer should visit with their physician about earlier mammograms.

About Coffey Health System
Coffey Health System offers a wide range of healthcare services in Coffey and Woodson Counties. In addition to Coffey County Hospital, five physician clinics serve patients in Burlington, Gridley, LeRoy, Waverly, and Yates Center. The CHS continuum also includes Coffey County Emergency Medical Services; The Meadows, CCH Home Health Agency, and CHS Rehabilitation & Wellness Services in Burlington; and Sunset Manor long-term care in Waverly.


Tracy Campbell
Director of Marketing & Public Information Officer
Coffey Health System
801 N. 4th, Burlington, KS 66839
(620) 364-4507
tcampbell@coffeyhealth.org
www.coffeyhealth.org

Kansas Department of Commerce recognizes CHS as regional award winner

Kansas Department of Commerce recognizes CHS as regional award winner

Coffey Health System is among 19 businesses throughout Kansas recognized as regional winners in the Kansas Department of Commerce Governor’s Award of Excellence program. A plaque and letter from Governor Sam Brownback were presented at the CHS board meeting on July 24.

KDOC representative Barbara Anderson read Brownback’s message, which read, in part, “This award is an acknowledgement of your business’s outstanding contributions to your community, the state economy and the people of Kansas. I offer you my sincere congratulations. Every year, Business Appreciation Month gives us a chance to recognize businesses and entrepreneurs for their leadership which keeps our state and local economies strong…For that, we cannot thank you enough.”

Each year, the Commerce Department uses the month of June for its annual celebration of Kansas businesses and the contributions made to their communities and the state economy. Businesses are nominated in one of four categories: manufacturing/distribution, service, retail, and hospital/non-profit.

Coffey County Economic Development Director Stacy Haines nominated CHS for its role in the community.

“At a time when many rural hospitals are struggling and/or closing, this recognition showcases the strength and quality of our hospital and what an amazing asset Coffey Health System is as we recruit new industry and residents to our county,” Haines said.

The detailed nomination outlined the commitment of CHS and its employees to supporting local school programs and developing community leaders.

“This process shed a new light on our staff, and I couldn’t be more proud to be part of this team,” said Chief Executive Officer Leonard Hernandez. “Our people are also coaches, mentors, volunteers, church leaders, school board members, and city council representatives. Our various departments and facilities work with area schools to support programs that give area youth opportunities to broaden their horizons and bridge generations.”

The nomination highlighted leadership roles in professional organizations, and included 26 state and national awards earned by CHS and individual staff members in the past five years.

CHS’s economic impact to the region was also an important factor. With an annual operating budget of $24 million and nearly 300 employees, the organization generates an estimated $30 million economic impact to the community.

“We are very fortunate to have Coffey Health System in our community. Not only does CHS provide stellar medical services, but it also supplies well paying jobs and gives back to our community,” Haines said. “They are well deserving of this award as a major employer and community asset for Coffey County.”

There were 19 regional winners and 44 merit winners for the Governor’s Award of Excellence. A complete list of Regional Winners of the 2017 Governor’s Award of Excellence follows:

  • Southeast Kansas
    • Coffey Health System
    • Systech Environmental Corporation
    • Home Town Health Care
  • Southwest Kansas
    • Home Lumber Company
    • Kearny County Hospital
  • Southcentral Kansas
    • Winfield Public Library
    • Reedy Ford, Inc.
    • Mid Kansas Cooperative
  • Northeast Kansas
    • Clay County Medical Center
    • Inclusion Technologies, LLC
    • Valerie’s Gifts & Such
    • Webcom Resources
  • Northwest Kansas
    • A Fairpoint Knight
  • Eastcentral Kansas
    • Daylight Donuts of Kansas City
    • AnswerPro Limited
  • Northcentral
    • Rooks County Health Center
    • Crop Production Services
    • Central Veterinary Services, PA
    • Rolling Hills Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Finalists for the Governor’s Award include:

  • Boot Hill Distillery
  • Cereal Ingredient, Inc.
  • CertainTeed Corporation
  • Community National Bank & Trust
  • United Telephone Association/United Wireless Communications, Inc.

“Business Appreciation Month gives the Commerce Department the opportunity to show its support, recognition and gratitude for the businesses who work hard to excel in the state of Kansas,” said Kansas Commerce Secretary Antonio Soave. “These businesses that have been selected as winners of the 2017 Business Appreciation Month represent the dedication of Kansas workers, the resounding infrastructure that these businesses are built on and the level of support created by the state of Kansas, for every type of business.”


For additional information, please contact:
Tracy Campbell
Director of Marketing
Coffey Health System
801 N. Fourth, Burlington, KS 66839
(620) 364-4507
tcampbell@coffeyhealth.org

Lunch & Learn June 9 | Organ donation: learn the facts, save a life

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Submitted: June 2, 2017

By: Virginia DuBuke, Coffey Health System marketing assistant

Organ donation: learn the facts, save a life

Nearly 500 Kansans await lifesaving transplants. Tens of thousands more need life-enhancing tissue or cornea transplants each year. Just one donor can save as many as eight lives and directly improve the lives of up to 50 others. Are you registered?

Midwest Transplant Network will present the June 9 installment of Coffey Health System’s Lunch & Learn series at noon in the Coffey County Hospital conference room. MTN is dedicated to increasing awareness and education about the need for organ, tissue and eye donation.

Attendance and lunch are free. Seating is limited, so register today by calling Virginia DuBuke at (620) 364-2121 Ext. 4174. Evening callers may leave a voice-mail including their name, telephone, and the number of people wanting to attend. Reservations are also taken online at www.coffeyhealth.org.

The Lunch & Learn series is a community service of Coffey Health System.

About Coffey Health System
Coffey Health System offers a wide range of healthcare services in Coffey and Woodson Counties. In addition to Coffey County Hospital, five physician clinics serve patients in Burlington, Gridley, LeRoy, Waverly, and Yates Center. The CHS continuum also includes Coffey County Emergency Medical Services; The Meadows, CCH Home Health Agency, and CHS Rehabilitation & Wellness Services in Burlington; and Sunset Manor long-term care in Waverly.


For additional information, please contact:
Virginia DuBuke
Marketing Assistant
Coffey Health System
801 N. Fourth, Burlington, KS 66839
(620) 364-2121 Ext. 4174
vdubuke@coffeyhealth.org

Paid Job Training For People 55+

SER Jobs for Progress, Inc., Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)

SER SCSEP is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and focuses on the needs of mature workers, the community and employers. SER SCSEP prepares eligible mature workers for unsubsidized jobs through training at community based organizations. The eligible worker will receive a stipend while he or she is in training with the goal of getting unsubsidized employment.

Discover today what SER-SCSEP can offer you:

  • Services tailored to each individual
  • Second career training opportunities
  • Training at community based organizations
  • Training with flexible schedules
  • Receive On the Job Training
  • Receive a paid stipend while participating

What are the eligibility requirements?

  • 55 years or older
  • Be unemployed & need further training to perform jobs available in the area
  • Meet family income requirements (Limit of 125% of Poverty Guidelines)
  • Be a resident of the county where the program is managed by SER
  • Authorized to work in the US

Provide acceptable source documents to prove age, income for the last 6 or 12 month (including family size), residency and employment authorization.

Participant Recruitment Application (click here)

Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland Honors Gold Award Recipient From Waverly

Suzanne Fehr

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 30, 2017

Media Contact:
Darcy Gray
(888) 686-6468
dgray@gskh.org

Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland Honors Gold Award Recipient From Waverly

EMPORIA — Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland will be honoring nine 2016-17 Girl Scout Gold Award recipients during special ceremonies this weekend, including a Gold Award recipient from eastern Kansas.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest achievement a Girl Scout can earn, comparable to the Eagle Scout rank in Boy Scouts. The Gold Award recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through Take Action projects that have a sustainable impact in their communities and beyond. Girl Scout Gold Award recipients who join the armed forces enter one rank higher than other recruits, and they qualify for exclusive scholarships.

“Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award is truly a remarkable achievement, and the young women who earn this award exemplify leadership in all of its forms,” said Liz Workman, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland. “They saw a need in their communities and around the world, and took action. Their extraordinary dedication, perseverance and leadership are making the world a better place.”

Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland’s Recognition Breakfast & Annual Meeting will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 1 at Emporia State University’s Visser Hall. The 2016-17 Gold Award recipient from eastern Kansas who will be honored is:

• Suzanne Fehr, a 2016 graduate of Waverly High School. She wanted to give people around the world a way to locate the final resting place of family members, ancestors and loved ones in Coffey County. She created a website showing directories for Coffey County cemeteries, and she also made a display case and kiosk for a physical directory.

Other Girl Scout Gold Award recipients being honored this weekend include: Alexandra Adkins of Wichita, Maureen Botros of Wichita, Melanie Cotton of Logan, Ericka Hiser of Wichita, Elizabeth Kemper of Montezuma, Emily Lowe of Kirwin, Shawna Mendenhall of Concordia, and Shayna Snavely of Concordia.

About Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland
Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland serves more than 14,500 girls and adults in 80 Kansas counties through its operational headquarters in Wichita, Kan., and regional offices in Salina, Hays, Emporia and Garden City. Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts is the leading authority on girls’ healthy development and is the pre-eminent leadership development organization for girls. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

Stroke awareness to be featured at Lunch & Learn

Melissa Hall Chief Nursing Officer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Submitted: March 28, 2017

By: Virginia DuBuke, Coffey Health System marketing assistant

Stroke awareness to be featured at Lunch & Learn

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United Sates and is a major cause of serious disability for adults. Conditions, behavior, and even family history can play a role in knowing the risk of having a stroke.

In the April 14 installment of Coffey Health System’s Lunch & Learn series, Chief Nursing Officer Melissa Hall will discuss stroke awareness, including stroke facts, symptoms, and what to do if you suspect you or a loved one are having a stroke.
Attendance and lunch are free. Seating is limited, so register today by calling Virginia

DuBuke at (620) 364-2121 Ext. 4174. Evening callers may leave a voice-mail including their name, telephone, and the number of people wanting to attend. Reservations are also taken online at www.coffeyhealth.org.

The Lunch & Learn series is a community service of Coffey Health System.

About Coffey Health System
Coffey Health System offers a wide range of healthcare services in Coffey and Woodson Counties. In addition to Coffey County Hospital, five physician clinics serve patients in Burlington, Gridley, LeRoy, Waverly, and Yates Center. The CHS continuum also includes Coffey County Emergency Medical Services; The Meadows, CCH Home Health Agency, and CHS Rehabilitation & Wellness Services in Burlington; and Sunset Manor long-term care in Waverly.


For additional information, please contact:
Virginia DuBuke
Marketing Assistant
Coffey Health System
801 N. Fourth, Burlington, KS 66839
(620) 364-2121 Ext. 4174
vdubuke@coffeyhealth.org

13th Annual Wolf Creek WildBlue BBQ

WildBlue BBQ is open to vendors!

If you’d like a booth to sell your products at WildBlue on Saturday, July 15, fill out the form below to reserve a spot. Display areas will be outdoors, the
size of one parking stall, and a limited number of spaces will be available. Set-up will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, July 15. Booths can remain open until 2p.m. Each participant is responsible for transportation, sales, tables, chairs and display needs. If you plan to bring a tent, please be aware that the booths will be located on cement parking lot.

The cost is $25 for one space/$40 for two spaces.
For questions, call Monique Hart, (620) 364-8831 ext. 4616.

Coffey County launches new website!

BURLINGTON – Coffeycountyks.org has a fresh new look, upgraded features, and improved navigation.

The colorful and engaging redesign features local photography from the Capture Coffey County Photo Contest, and large, colorful buttons that make navigating the website easy. The new website is Mobile Responsive, which means it is easily viewed from all devices including tablets and smart phones – something that was missing with the previous website.

The primary goal of the new site is to create a better online resource for residents to find county government information easily. Secondly, the website creates an attractive digital presence for those visiting our community as well.

“It is important to have a great website for our residents so they can access county services with ease,” said Stacy Haines, Economic Development Director and Chair of the Website Committee. “But it is equally as important for visitors, or potential residents, who may visit our website before coming to our county. This is our first impression – our digital doorstep into Coffey County.”

The website redesign includes updated and in-depth information on each county department, as well as recreation and community information. Website visitors will find information on meetings and events through the Calendar and News sections right on the homepage, and will be able to access documents and forms much easier.

The redesign project started in May 2016 when the Website Committee selected Vision Internet as its new website provider. The committee worked with Vision on all aspects of the new design, layout, navigation, and graphics. The committee utilized data, resident feedback, and surveys to form decisions about the new website’s look and navigation. Members of the Website Committee include: Jim Dale, Coffey County Commissioner; Bill Bauer, Technology Director; Stacy Haines, Economic Development Director, Lindsay Payer, Health Department Administrator; Russel Stukey, Emergency Management Coordinator; Randy Rogers, Sheriff; Tim Hammye, Sheriff’s Office Chaplain; Lisa Manwaring, Sheriff’s Office Records Clerk; Ronda Truelove, Economic Development Administrative Assistant; and Angie Kirchner, County Clerk.

“We encourage everyone to visit the new website and provide feedback through the survey on the homepage,” said Haines. “There are always ways to improve the website and make it better for our users, so your feedback is incredibly important.”

Atmos Energy Launches “Yard Rescue 811” Contest During National Safe Digging Month

OLATHE, KS (March 30, 2017) – If your yard is in need of a makeover, Atmos Energy invites you to enter its Yard Rescue 811 contest. As part of National Safe Digging Month in April, the contest reminds property owners, construction crews and do-it-yourselfers to stay safe by always calling 811 before digging.

The greatest risk to underground natural gas pipelines is accidental damage during digging, according to Atmos Energy. Even minor damage, such as a gouge, scrape, dent, or crease in a pipeline or its coating, can cause a leak or failure.

By calling 811 in advance, property owners and contractors are connected to their state’s one-call center, which notifies all appropriate utilities about the excavation. Professional locators mark all underground utility-owned lines at the digging site with flags or spray paint.

Yard Rescue 811: Atmos Energy’s Yard Rescue 811 contest, which begins on April 1, offers participants the chance to win $811 for a yard makeover.

The Yard Rescue 811 contest is open to all residents in the communities and environs served by Atmos Energy Corporation’s natural gas distribution divisions in Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia, excluding company employees, vendors, suppliers, agencies and 811 damage-prevention centers. See http://www.atmosenergy.com/contests for details. Contest ends at midnight CDT on April 30, 2017.

 

About Atmos Energy

 Atmos Energy Corporation, headquartered in Dallas, is the country’s largest, fully-regulated, natural-gas-only distributor, serving over three million natural gas distribution customers in over 1,400 communities in eight states from the Blue Ridge Mountains in the East to the Rocky Mountains in the West. Atmos Energy also manages company-owned natural gas pipeline and storage assets, including one of the largest intrastate natural gas pipeline systems in Texas. For more information, visit www.atmosenergy.com. Atmos Energy can also be accessed through social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Media Contact:
Jim Bartling
(816)-718-3888

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