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Stroke awareness to be featured at Lunch & Learn

Melissa Hall Chief Nursing Officer

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

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

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 – 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 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 Atmos Energy can also be accessed through social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Media Contact:
Jim Bartling

Coffey County Business Expo 2017

Coffey County Business Expo 2017

Explore. this is a one-day event, whether you are in the start-up phase or a long-established company, the Business Expo has the resources you need to stay a step ahead of your competition.

Ignite. your entrepreneurial spirit at the Coffey County’s business-to-business expo! Small Business Expo helps small business owners, start-ups and entrepreneurs like you take their business to the next level.

Grow. your business and take the next step to success, join us.

This event is free and open to the public… come explore our businesses serving Coffey County, Kansas.


VENDORS – Reserve your space by contacting the Coffey County Chamber of Commerce or Coffey County Economic Development.

Booth (10′ x 10′) costs: $25.

Coffey County Chamber of Commerce
(620) 364-2002

Coffey County Economic Development
(620) 364-8780

Hernandez Named to “60 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know”

Hernandez Named to “60 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know”

Leonard Hernandez

A national healthcare publication once again named Coffey Health System Chief Executive Officer Leonard Hernandez to its list of “60 Rural Hospital

CEOs to Know.” Becker’s Hospital Review announced its annual list of innovative rural healthcare leaders on January 31. Hernandez and Dennis Shelby, CEO of Wilson Medical Center, are the only Kansas representatives on the list. Both were also included in the 2016 list.

“The 60 CEOs on this year’s list possess extensive experience in healthcare management, demonstrating their commitment to offering high-quality, accessible care to rural populations,” the announcement read. “Under the CEOs’ leadership, many of their institutions have earned recognition as top-performing rural hospitals in the nation…Becker’s Hospital Review analyzed compilations by ranking and award agencies, such as The Leapfrog Group’s listing of top rural hospitals and the National Rural Health Association’s list of top rural community hospitals. The editorial team also accepted nominations for the list. Individuals cannot pay for inclusion on the list.”

Since his arrival at CHS in September 2015, Hernandez led a sweeping financial overhaul resulting in a $2 million turnaround.

“Leonard has done a remarkable job in just sixteen months,” states Judy Reese, chair of the CHS Board of Trustees. “In addition to our $2 million turnaround, he is implementing broader initiatives that can bring even greater financial security in the years to come. This tremendous progress stems from Leonard’s leadership, knowledge, and passion for rural healthcare. He works extensively with the staff, board, county commission, and the community—and we all join together to celebrate this much-deserved national recognition.”

Hernandez shares this honor with his CHS colleagues.

“I am truly humbled and honored to be recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the 60 Rural CEOs to know for 2017,” Hernandez states. “Many things have to be in place for individuals to be included in lists like this one. I believe it takes a great staff, a great medical staff, a very committed board of directors, and very positive backing from the county commissioners to keep us all moving in a positive direction. It also takes community support and their continued utilization of our local services. I believe that Coffey Health System and Coffey County have all of those things in place. I appreciate the hard work our staff puts in every day! I share this recognition with each of them.”

The announcement includes a brief biography of each recipient. Of Hernandez, Becker’s writes “Mr. Hernandez became CEO of Coffey Health System, a 36-bed hospital with nine staff physicians and 13 outpatient specialty physicians, in September 2015. Mr. Hernandez concurrently serves as the vice chairman for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas board of directors. He has accrued more than 25 years of healthcare experience at hospitals across the state. Prior to Coffey, he held administrative positions at Morton County Health System in Elkhart, Wellington-based Sumner Regional Medical Center, Holton Community Hospital, Plainville Rural Hospital, and Wichita County Health Center.”

The full list is available at Becker’s Healthcare and Becker’s Hospital Review are leading sources of cutting-edge business and legal information for healthcare industry leaders.

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.

Media Contact:
Tracy Campbell
Director of Marketing & Public Information Officer
Coffey Health System
801 N. 4th, Burlington, KS 66839
(620) 364-4507

2017 Rate Changes for FedEx Shipping Services

2017 Rate Changes for FedEx Shipping Services

As you plan your 2017 shipping program, we want to inform you that FedEx Express, FedEx Ground, FedEx Home Delivery®, FedEx SmartPost® and FedEx Freight will increase shipping rates effective January 2, 2017. Additionally, there will be changes to shipping fees and surcharges that may apply to your shipment and affect your total shipping rate.

Which rates are changing in January 2017?
• FedEx Express will increase shipping rates by an average of 3.9% for U.S. domestic, U.S. export and U.S. import services.
• FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery will increase shipping rates by an average of 4.9%.
• The FedEx Express and FedEx Ground U.S. domestic dimensional weight divisor will change from 166 to 139. Learn more.
• FedEx SmartPost rates will also change.
• FedEx® Retail Rates will change.
• FedEx One Rate® pricing will change.
• Effective January 2, 2017, the FedEx Freight Extreme Length surcharge will change from $85 to $150 and will be applied to shipments with dimensions of 12 feet or greater versus the prior 15 feet.
• FedEx Freight will increase shipping rates by an average of 4.9%. This rate change applies to eligible FedEx Freight® shipments within the U.S. (including Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands), between the contiguous U.S. and Canada, within Canada, between the contiguous U.S. and Mexico, and within Mexico.

Additional changes in February 2017 or later:
• Effective February 6, 2017, FedEx Express and FedEx Ground fuel surcharges will be adjusted on a weekly basis. Learn more.
• The FedEx SameDay® City pricing changes for calendar 2017 will be announced later this year.

What you should do to receive the rate and fuel surcharge changes:
Customers on FedEx shipping applications will automatically receive the rate changes effective on January 2, 2017.

For FedEx Ship Manager® Server: Customers must upgrade to FedEx Ship Manager Server versions 14.0.9, 15.0.5 or 16.0.2 to receive the 2017 fuel surcharge updates on February 6, 2017. The appropriate software version will be downloaded to your device; please accept the software upgrade to ensure your rate quotes remain accurate.

For FedEx Web Services: Customers will automatically receive the 2017 fuel surcharge updates on February 6, 2017.

For FedEx Ship Manager®: Customers must upgrade to FedEx Ship Manager software version 3011 or higher to receive the 2017 fuel surcharge updates on February 6, 2017. Version 3011 will be downloaded to your device; please accept the software upgrade to ensure your rate quotes remain accurate.

Where do I find the newest updates?
Go to for details of all changes to rates and surcharges. You may also:
• Learn how to use FedEx rate tools.
• Get answers to frequently asked questions.

If you have any questions, please contact your FedEx customer integration consultant or contact the Technical Support Center at 1.877.FDX Assist 1.877.339.2774, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. CST; and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CST. For more information, go to

Angel Investor Tax Credit Progam Helps Ensure Success of Kansas Businesses

Angel Investor Tax Credit Progam Helps Ensure Success of Kansas Businesses

Angel Tax Credits

ks-department-of-commerceEntrepreneurship is important to the Kansas economy in many ways. There are more than 246,000 small businesses in Kansas. These businesses account for 35.1 percent of all Kansas businesses. In some cases, small businesses require assistance to get their ventures up and running.

The Kansas Department of Commerce has a specific program that helps with this. The Angel Investor Tax Credit program removes barriers that restrict businesses from accessing capital they need.

“The Angel Investor Tax Credit is one of the most important advantages entrepreneurs in the state of Kansas have to help their business succeed,” said Kansas Commerce Secretary Antonio Soave. “These credits have been responsible for helping businesses across Kansas receive the start-up capital they need to get their business off the ground.”

The Angel Investor program assists businesses by providing tax credits to qualified individuals who provide seed-capital financing for emerging Kansas businesses. These businesses much be engaged in development, implementation, commercialization of innovative technologies, products and services.

“Commerce is very proud of the Angel Investor program. This is a program that will help businesses that may have become leaders in innovation,” said Secretary Soave. “It will give new businesses a chance to start, helps already established businesses grow and ensures that Kansas businesses remain competitive in the global market.”

The success of the Angel Investor program has been profound. Between the years of 2005 and 2014, the program raised $345 million in capital, attracted $35.4 million in out-of-state capital investment, added or saved 1,584 direct jobs and has had an overall economic impact in excess of $484 million.

“From 2005 to 2014, for every $1 of tax credits issued as part of the Angel Investor program, $6.95 of capital was raised,” said Brett Sayre with the Kansas Department of Commerce. “In addition, companies receiving the Angel Investor Tax Credit reported $297 million in revenue during this time. This shows the Angel Investor program’s contribution to the state’s economy, while helping small businesses succeed.”

The credit issued in the Angel Investor Tax Credit program is 50 percent of the investors’ cash investment in the qualified security of a qualified Kansas business.

“The Angel Investor Tax Credit program is a tool the Kansas Department of Commerce uses to ensure the success of Kansas businesses,” said Secretary Soave. “The program’s success and the businesses that are assisted by it enhance the already robust entrepreneurial spirit in the state of Kansas.”

To apply for an Angel Investor Tax Credit, you must be certified as a qualified Kansas business. To review the certification process or for more information about the Angel Investor program, please contact the Kansas Department of Commerce at (785) 296-5272.



DAY ONE – 2010
The first-ever Small Business Saturday took place on Nov 27.
It encouraged people across the country to support small, local businesses.


The United States Senate unanimously passed a resolution of support for Small Business Saturday. U.S. Senate officially recognized the day


From Washington D.C., to Washington State, governors, mayors, and even President Obama championed Small Business Saturday.


The day continued to grow, with more individuals and local organizations pledging to support the day as Neighborhood Champions.


American Express encouraged small business owners to take charge of the day, helping them promote their businesses with free personalized ads, which appeared millions of times across the web.

Shoppers supported their neighborhood businesses like never before, continuing to embrace the day as a holiday shopping tradition.



This information is available on the American Express website.

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