Memorial Health System recognizes the Maintenance staff for all they do to optimize the health care physical environment during National Health Care Facilities & Engineering Week, October 23-29, 2016. They are important members of the health care team. The Maintenance staff keeps the MHS facilities operational, safe, and efficient. Because of all they do, there is power; running water; and a clean, comfortable, and safe healing environment for all who walk through our doors. What you may think is ordinary is truly extraordinary. Without our Maintenance staff’s efforts, the doors of MHS would not be open.
The Memorial Health System (MHS) Volunteer Corps’ Annual Meeting was held on October 27 at the First Presbyterian Church in Abilene. Speakers at the event included emcee Doris Chaput, 2016 MHS Volunteer Corps President, and Mark Miller, Memorial Health System CEO.
The theme for the meeting was “Memorial Health System All-Star Volunteers.” Those attending the meeting were encouraged to wear sports-themed attire. Entertainment was provided by Terry Chaput and Joe Sanfilippo as they revised the famous Abbott and Costello skit “Who’s on First?”. Phyllis Shaft led the group in singing of “Take me Out to the Ball Game.”
The meal was catered by Memorial Hospital’s Food and Nutritional Services Department. The meal was served by MHS Department Managers.
According to MHS Director of Volunteer Services Michelle McClanahan, MHS volunteers donated a total of 6,236.25 hours in 2016, through September 30. The value of that volunteer time in Kansas is equivalent to $137,322.23. Since the inception of the Memorial Health System Volunteer Corps in 1992, total volunteer hours is 156,924.50. The MHS Volunteer Corps is comprised of 67 active members.
There are many volunteering opportunities available within Memorial Health System. To learn more, contact Michelle at (785) 263-6692.
Holm Automotive and Hope Lives presented Memorial Health System and Impact the Cure with a check for $7,000 on Tuesday to help women in Dickinson County pay for mammograms. Making the presentations were (from left, row 1) Pam Hasselman, Deb Foltz, Brenda Holm, Rhonda Schmid, Jennifer Elliott, Jamie Hodges, Jim Barten, (row 2) Andy Elliott, Hunter McMillen, Diane Wyatt, Ranae Veal, Ross Taplin, Mindy Thorson, (row 3) Tim Holm, Greg Bilderback, Matt Holm, Darwin Alderson, Jerry Keck, Dave Surritte, Bob Swartz, Brad Signer, Jeff Holm and Michelle Holm.
Photo by Gail Parsons, Abilene Reflector Chronicle
Christine Hoffman is not only an employee at Memorial Health System, she is also an AVON representative. During the month of October, Hoffman pledged to donate her AVON proceeds to help raise money for Impact the Cure, which funds free mammograms for the uninsured in Dickinson County. “I believe in the cause, and I am happy to do anything I can do to help,” Hoffman said.
Impact the Cure is a 5K race and walk event, which took place in Abilene on October 1, 2016. Over 350 participants came out for the event, and many more came for the fun, food and entertainment. Hoffman had a booth at the event to display and sell her AVON Breast Cancer Crusade products, “This is the first year I have had a booth at Impact the Cure, and I am pleased that I am able to help the cause. I look forward to making it bigger and better next year.”
Home Health and Hospice of Dickinson County is offering a Bereavement Support Group that is being held on Monday nights beginning at 6:00 for six to eight weeks at the Home Health and Hospice office, 1111 N. Brady, Abilene. The first meeting is November 7. Chris McKee, LSCSW, Bereavement Counselor, serves as the group facilitator.
These eight-week workshops are designed to help individuals work through the period of transition, allowing time for sharing personal experiences and feelings, and provide guidance toward learning and coping skills.
The public is welcome to attend. The sessions are free; however, a donation to cover the cost of materials is accepted and appreciated. Persons interested in the support group are encouraged to bring along a supportive person. This group is open to the public and pre-registration is not required.
Anyone with questions should contact Home Health and Hospice of Dickinson County at 785-263-6630 in Abilene.
The Dickinson County Diabetes Support Group will meet on Tuesday, November 1, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Memorial Hospital Conference Room B. This month is a social event. Please feel free to bring a healthy snack to taste. A small sample will do. Bring along the recipe so others may be able to make it at home. Please do not feel obligated to bring something. This is our social event and only your attendance is requested.
The Dickinson County Diabetes Support Group is open to anyone with diabetes and family members of those with diabetes. The group meets the first Tuesday of each month.
The Dickinson County Diabetes Support Group is affiliated with the American Diabetes Association, Memorial Health System, and K-State Research and Extension, Dickinson County. For more information, call Beth Helmerichs, RD, LD, Memorial Health System, 785-263-6676 or K-State Research and Extension, Dickinson County, at 785-263-2001.
The Memorial Health System Volunteer Corps Annual Meeting will be on Thursday, October 27th at 11:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 1400 N. Cedar in Abilene.
The theme of this year’s meeting will be “Memorial Health System Volunteers are All Stars”. Wear your favorite baseball hat and come join the fun.
Lunch will be provided for active volunteers. Guests or those who are interested in becoming an MHS Volunteer are welcome to attend for $10 to cover the cost of a lunch.
Reservations are required for the meeting, and can be made by contacting Michelle McClanahan, Director of Volunteer Services, at 263-6692 by Friday, October 21st.
Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department staff came to work in pink Team Tammy T-shirts today to welcome back and encourage their co-worker, Tammy Black, APRN.
On August 31, 2016, Black had her annual mammogram. She was called back the following day for additional testing. A biopsy followed. Unexpectedly, she received her breast cancer diagnosis on September 20th. Black had a double mastectomy on October 3, 2016. Today is October 13th, and she is back to work.
“This all happened so fast,” Emergency Department Manager, Erica Forbes said. “Tammy’s attitude is phenomenal, and we are going to do everything that we can to support her during this journey.”
Black has had an annual mammogram every year for the past 12 years. She said she would have not known about her cancer without the screening. “I’m telling everyone – get your annual mammogram.”
Black is 51 years young, and plans to continue to work full-time during her cancer treatments, which begin at the end of the month. Black and everyone at MHS reminds everyone that cancer screenings can save your life. October is breast cancer awareness month! Schedule your mammogram!
Inbound phone calls to Memorial Health System on Monday, October 17, 2016 from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. may be interrupted by a short downtime, of about 15 minutes, while phone lines are transferred to a new service. Phone lines that will be affected include inbound calls to the Hospital, Home Health, Heartland Health Care Clinic and Surgery and Learn & Grow Depot. If you are having a medical emergency, please call 911.
You’re invited to an Open House at Memorial Hospital to meet the staff of Senior Life Solutions on Thursday, October 27th from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Senior Life Solutions, an intensive outpatient group counseling program, provides assistance to individuals over the age of 65 suffering from depression, anxiety and other emotional or behavioral needs often related to aging.
If you are a senior over the age of 65 with depression, anxiety, sadness, loneliness, difficulty sleeping, coping with loss or feelings of hopelessness, please don’t hesitate to call Senior Life Solutions in Abilene, 785-263-6805.