Jeff Sanborn, Memorial Health System (MHS) Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine Director, is shown demonstrating the Russian-stim (stimulator) function of a machine to Landen Fisher, Abilene Middle School (AMS) eighth grade student. The machine stimulates nerves and made Landen’s fingers move to a position like he was holding something in his hand without him actually doing it. Landen was shadowing Sanborn as part of a Middle School class. He was selected after writing a paper on pursuing a career in sports medicine and/or physical therapy.
Village Manor, 705 N. Brady, Abilene, is hosting a program on Wednesday, May 4, at 2:00 p.m. presented by the Patriot Angels regarding the Veterans Aid and Attendance Program. This program can help eligible wartime veterans and/or their surviving spouses defray the cost of senior care and assisted living accommodations.
The Patriot Angels, who work with accredited attorneys, are providing this complimentary seminar to help seniors understand whether they are eligible to receive the VA Aid and Attendance Benefit. The seminar will cover eligibility, pension benefits, financial assistance, when and how to apply for benefits, and more. A question and answer session will follow the presentation. The program is open to senior care facility residents, their families, friends, medical professionals, anyone working with or in senior care, and the general public. Refreshments will be served.
For more information, please contact Debbie Davis, Village Manor Social Worker, at 263-1431.
The Memorial Hospital Radiology and Imaging Services Department passed a recent Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) survey with zero deficiencies, the highest level of achievement.
During the survey, KDHE staff inspects all technologists’ credentials, equipment performance, the radiation physicist’s survey, the department’s policies and procedures, equipment maintenance logs, and radiation safety for both patients and personnel.
KDHE completes surveys to meet requirements of the Kansas Radiation Protection Regulations. All of the radiation producing equipment in the department including, but not limited to, CT, X-ray, Fluoroscopy, and Dexa (bone density) is included in this survey.
Matt Schlagel, Memorial Hospital Director of Food and Nutritional Services, has been elected to serve a two-year term as Secretary on the Board of Directors for the Kansas Chapter of the Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals (ANFP), formerly the Kansas Dietary Manager’s Association. Schlagel has served as the Wichita District Secretary and currently serves as the Wichita District Treasurer of the Kansas ANFP Chapter. The Kansas Chapter is an affiliate of the national not-for-profit ANFP.
As a member of the board, Schlagel will meet quarterly to keep notes at meetings to insure timely recording of the minutes and distribution to board members and will forward information to the newsletter chairperson for publication. ANFP works to position the Certified Dietary Manager as the expert in food service management and food safety and have continuing education hours to stay current with the latest food service requirements.
Schlagel has served as the Director of Food and Nutritional Services at Memorial Hospital for five years and has been employed there for six years. He has an Associates Degree in Pre-Dietetics, 20 years experience in military food service, which includes being a member of a military competition culinary arts team, and is ServSafe qualified at the manager level.
ANFP was established in 1960 and today has over 14,000 professionals dedicated to the mission of providing optimum nutritional care through food service management.
Kids love to go to summer camp and they’ll be anxious to attend the new Fit and Fun Camp offered by Impact Sports and Fitness this summer. This camp is for ages 5 through 12. Groups will meet for 45 minutes every Wednesday for four weeks.
Two camp sessions are being offered. The first session will be held each Wednesday from June 1 through 22 and the second session will be held from July 6 through 27.
Kids will be grouped by age in the appropriate fitness level. Two fitness levels will be offered. Fitness Level 1 (age 5-8) will focus on having fun, learning the basics of fitness, and sportsmanship. Level 1 groups will meet from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. each Wednesday. Fitness Level 2 (age 9-12) is geared to higher energy activities such as kickboxing and cross fit workouts. Level 2 groups will meet on Wednesdays from 11:00 to 11:45 a.m.
Each group will be led by a certified personal trainer and group instructor. A fitness nutrition specialist will also teach the participants about fitness nutrition.
The cost per session is $30. A discount is available for those who enroll in both the June and July camp sessions. Contact Impact Sports and Fitness at 263-3888 for details. The registration deadline is May 25. There are a limited number of slots so don’t delay. Parents, help your kids have fun while staying physically active this summer.
Amy Hoch Altwegg, Village Manor Executive Director has been elected to serve a three year term on the Board of Directors of LeadingAge Kansas, a not-for-profit organization that advocates for the needs of aging Kansans.
As a member of the board, Altwegg will meet quarterly to help advance policies and promote practices and learning opportunities that empower seniors to live fully as they age. LeadingAge Kansas works to support seniors in the areas of Advocacy, Education and Leadership Development, Information Sharing, Member Diversification, Financial Stewardship, Quality Improvement, and Communications/Public Relations.
Altwegg has served as the Executive Director of Village Manor since 2002. She is a graduate of Kansas State University with a degree in Social Sciences with an emphasis in industry and labor relations and a second major in gerontology with an emphasis in long-term care. Altwegg has 23 years of senior care administrative experience.
LeadingAge Kansas is composed of nearly 160 not-for-profit providers of services to over 25,000 seniors in Kansas. Eighty-six percent of LeadingAge Kansas members provide nursing home care. Leading Age Kansas is a partner of the national association, LeadingAge.
Mary Amess, Chairman of the Village Manor Meals on Wheels board, thanks the volunteers during the group’s annual coffee gathering. The group has approximately 35-40 full-time and substitute volunteers who deliver 25-30 noon meals seven days a week. The meals are prepared by the Village Manor dietary staff. The program began in 1971 and has not missed a day of delivering meals since it began. If you are interested in delivering meals or volunteering for the program, call 785-263-1126.
Memorial Health System (MHS) Volunteer Corps member Janice Roth is all smiles while showing her winning bingo card at the MHS Volunteer Appreciation Bingo Party recently. The event, held at the Nichols Education Center in Abilene, was a “Thank You” to MHS Volunteer Corps members and Hospice of Dickinson County volunteers for the tremendous care and support they provide. Anyone with questions about becoming a volunteer may contact MHS Director of Volunteer Services, Michelle McClanahan, at (785) 263-6692 or Hospice of Dickinson County Volunteer Coordinator, Debbie Bielefeld, at (785) 263-6630.
A group of fourth and fifth grade girls who are members of Girl Scout Troupe 20106 in Solomon toured the Memorial Hospital Emergency Department to learn about emergency health care. Deann Feldt, an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in the department, showed the girls the decontamination shower that is used for patients who have been exposed to hazardous materials, explained types of burns, and what an AED is and when it should be used. She stressed safety practices that can help prevent accidents and discussed some common accidents that result in visits to a hospital emergency department.
Memorial Health Foundation Director, Jennifer Elliott, will be the guest speaker at the Healthwise 55 luncheon. She will speak about the Foundation’s support of Memorial Health System (MHS).
The event will be on Thursday, April 28, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Conklin Conference Center at Memorial Hospital, located at 511 N.E. 10th, Abilene. The cost is $5.00 to cover the price of the meal. Please call Michelle McClanahan, MHS Director of Volunteer Services, at (785) 263-6692 by Monday, April 25, to make a reservation.
Healthwise 55 is a luncheon and health information program hosted by the MHS Volunteer Corps. It is open to the public for individuals ages 55 and older. It includes a meal followed by a health care professional speaking on a health-related topic.