Caitlin Luttjohann (above left), Education Specialist at the Flint Hills Discovery Center in Manhattan, made a visit to Learn & Grow Depot in Abilene recently to give a presentation on bats. Caitlin first read a book to the children about bats and their habits. The children pretended to fly like bats at night and sleep like bats during the day. Following the book reading, preschool children enjoyed a craft project, provided by Caitlin, in which they created their own bats to take home.
Telling a young boy that he can not touch or play with toys and books in a doctor’s office or other locations in public is hard for a parent to do. Especially when that is exactly why those items are there… to be played with and used. That is what Cooper Holloway of Abilene has to do, not touch those types of things.
Cooper, 6, was diagnosed in May of 2013 with a Common Variable Immune Disease which makes it hard for his body to fight off illness. He has to have a plasma transfusion with T and B cells once a week. When making trips to the hospital in Kansas City, Cooper had to bring a bag of his own toys and books from home. One day while at the hospital, Cooper said to his mother, Dawn, that he wished that all of the kids had their own bag of things.
That started the idea of “Cooper’s Care Cases” (C3). The “case” is a draw-string sack, with Cooper’s colored handprints on it, that contains a notebook for writing and coloring, a story book, small notepads, crayons, a pen, pencils, and a note from Cooper to “stay strong like Cooper.” Cooper, along with family and friends, have made some of the bags for the cases and some bags have been donated by the Eisenhower Center.
He began making and filling the “cases” and taking them to be distributed to children at the hospital in Kansas City where he has spent a great amount of time.
Cooper also wanted to help children locally and recently made a stop at Memorial Hospital in Abilene. He brought with him 150 Cooper’s Care Cases to be given to children that are patients in Heartland Health Care Clinic, Med/Surg Department, and the Emergency Department.
Cooper gives his care cases to help children “stay strong”, just like him, during their stay in a medical facility.
The MHS Volunteer Corps Scrub Sale offers scrubs and more.
You will find a wide variety of scrubs, shoes, and accessories at the Memorial Health System Volunteer Corps Scrub Sale. The convenience of shopping, where you can feel items and try them on, comes to Abilene at Memorial Hospital from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 22 and to Village Manor from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, October 23. This sale will be held in a mobile unit parked in the east parking lot at Memorial Hospital and in the parking lot at Village Manor.
The MHS Volunteer Corps uses the proceeds from the fundraiser to support special projects within Memorial Health System. Anyone with questions may contact Michelle McClanahan, Director of Volunteer Services, at 785-263-6692.
Hospice of Dickinson County will host the monthly Hospice Volunteers meeting on Tuesday, October 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Home Health and Hospice Office, 1111 N. Brady, Abilene.
The topic of the program is “Hand Massages, a Comforting Touch”. All Hospice volunteers and individuals interested in volunteering are encouraged to attend.
Anyone who needs more information can contact Hospice of Dickinson County in Abilene at (785) 263-6630.
Shown from left: (back row) Michelle McClanahan, MHS Director of Volunteer Services; Janice Roth, Member-at-Large; Doris Chaput, President-Elect; Naoma Foltz, Recording Secretary; Joan Marshall, Corresponding Secretary; (front row) Nancy Gugler, President; Sue Murry, Treasurer; Phyllis Welton, Past-President; and Rocky Welton, MHS Volunteer Corps Volunteer.
The Memorial Health System Volunteer Corps was awarded the Gold Award of Excellence for the twenty-third consecutive year at the annual joint convention for Kansas Hospital Association (KHA) and Hospital Auxiliaries of Kansas (HAK) in September.
The Corps must complete 17 requirements to be eligible for the award each year. The goals attained included their involvement in health-related community service programs such as Fit and Fine Wellness, contributing to a health career scholarship, membership recruitment, recognizing hospital personnel, promoting National Volunteer Week, and offering a health information program to the community such as Healthwise 55.
Memorial Health System Director of Volunteer Services, Michelle McClanahan, commended the volunteers on the accomplishment.
“Receiving the Gold Award for 23 consecutive years is amazing and proof of the commitment level and hard work that our volunteers provide every day to Memorial Health System,” McClanahan said. “Each and every volunteer has earned this Gold Award in their support of our projects and caring for others.”
According to McClanahan, there are many opportunities to volunteer for the Memorial Health System Volunteer Corps. Those who are interested in volunteering may contact Michelle at (785) 263-6692.
The Memorial Health System Volunteer Corps Fall Social is Thursday, October 22 at 9:30 a.m. at Frontier Estates in Abilene.
Members of the Volunteer Corps are encouraged to bring a guest to the Fall Social and tell them what being a MHS volunteer is all about. Waffles and ice cream will be served. Flu shots will be given to active volunteers (those who have donated 10 hours or more at MHS this year).
Call Michelle McClanahan, MHS Volunteer Corps Director, at 263-6692 to RSVP yourself and your guest, if you will be bringing one.
Dr. Amanda J. Baxa is joining the staff of Heartland Health Care Clinic and will begin seeing patients of all ages on November 2. Dr. Baxa practices family medicine with obstetrics. She has a special interest in women and children’s health.
Dr. Baxa received a Doctoral Degree in Medicine (M.D.) from the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Wichita, and completed the Family Medicine Residency program there. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Life Science with a minor in Biology. She is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians.
The public is cordially invited to attend a meet-and-greet reception for Dr. Baxa on November 3 in the Memorial Hospital lobby from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. For more information, contact Heartland Health Care Clinic at 263-4131.
Teresa Hudson, Memorial Hospital Registered Nurse, is shown checking the blood pressure of Rod Jones at the health fair in 2014.
Memorial Health System’s annual health fair, Fit and Fine Wellness, will be held October 12 from 7:00 to 10:00 a.m. in the Memorial Hospital lobby. There will be health information that pertains to everyone including free screenings, very low cost lab tests, free specialty services, and a variety of free health information.
Heartland Health Care Clinic will offer flu shots for $35 unless otherwise covered by the individual’s health insurance. Recipients do not have to be patients of HHCC to receive a flu shot. Individuals are asked to bring their health insurance cards, and clinic staff will process insurance claims.
Memorial Hospital’s Lab will offer a lipid panel that analyzes cholesterol and sugar levels for only $5. This test also determines if you have or are at risk for diabetes. Those interested should fast for 12 hours prior to the blood draw. A complete blood count that checks white cells, hemoglobin, and hematocrit will also be available for only $5. This test evaluates overall health and can detect a wide range of disorders such as anemia or leukemia.
Free screenings will include balance/fall risk and blood pressure checks. Information on home water quality testing will be available, and a sonogram demonstration will show how a sonogram detects clogged vessels. Free items and health information will be available at Fit and Fine Wellness booths. Informational booth topics include DIY Healthy Seasonings, CPR, heart health, stroke, sleep studies, and peripheral vascular disease.
For more information about Fit and Fine Wellness, call Memorial Health System Director of Volunteer Services Michelle McClanahan at 263-6692.
Abilene High School students are promoting breast cancer awareness and joining the local fight against the disease by accepting donations at two events in October.
The AHS Volleyball Team will have ‘Dig For A Cure’ pink night on October 6 at 5:15 p.m. when they host Chapman in the high school gym.
The AHS Football Team’s pink night will be October 9 when they ‘Tackle 1 For A Cure’ against Clay Center. The varsity game kicks off at 7:00 p.m. in the stadium.
Students encourage the public to come out to the events, wear pink, and help support the teams’ local fight against breast cancer. All donations will be given to Impact the Cure, a local initiative that provides free mammography services for uninsured living in Dickinson County.
Impact the Cure had 330 registered participants who helped raise funds for mammography services for uninsured in Dickinson County. Shown above is the start of the 5K race. The 2-Mile Walk followed. New this year were kid’s races. Awards were presented to Impact the Cure 5K winners in the following categories: over-all male, over-all female, and the top three in each age group.
For the list of those that placed, go here: http://mhsks.com/ImpactCure/index_31_1473909254.pdf
For pictures from the event, go here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1055877984422467.1073741898.145001265510148&type=3