Carol Whitehair, Home Health and Hospice of Dickinson County Director and Kansas Home Care and Hospice Association Board Chairman, recently attended the Forum of States Meeting in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with the National Association of Home Care and Hospice “March on Washington”. She was accompanied by Kansas Home Care and Hospice Association Executive Director Jane Kelly. Whitehair and Kelly visited the Kansas Congressional Offices to discuss recent Medicare changes and to advocate for Home Care and Hospice. Pictured at left, from right to left, are Kelly, Whitehair, Kansas Congressman Ron Estes, and Estes’ wife Susan. Pictured at right are Whitehair (left), Kansas Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins (middle), and Kelly (right).
The Dickinson County Diabetes Support Group will meet on Tuesday, April 3rd at 1:00 p.m. at Memorial Hospital, Conference Room B. 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 Jennifer Kirkpatrick, 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 (MHSVC) recently purchased a bariatric reclining shower chair for use in the Inpatient Unit at Memorial Hospital through the volunteers’ annual gifting program. The Inpatient Unit requested the chair to allow bariatric patients to be more comfortable and safe when showering. Pictured with the chair, from left, are: Samantha Nunweiler, Inpatient Unit C.N.A.; Kristen Srna, Inpatient Unit Nurse Manager; Logan Fugate, Inpatient Unit C.N.A.; Michelle McClanahan, Director of Volunteer Services; Linda Padgett, MHSVC member; and Judy Lauer, MHSVC member.
Memorial Hospital lifted visitation restrictions last week, but has reinstated the restrictions again as of Monday night. Visitation is restricted at Memorial Hospital in Abilene for patient and visitor protection due to the prevalence of illness in the community.
“We have seen six positive influenza tests this week,” MHS Chief Nursing Officer, Brenda Moffitt said. “We were hopeful the flu season was on its way out, but unfortunately it is not over yet. Limiting visitation is not something that we take lightly or like to do.”
Memorial Hospital has restricted visitation to immediate family members only. Immediate family members should not visit if they are not feeling well or have had close contact with a person who is ill.
Village Manor in Abilene is strongly encouraging visitors to evaluate the potential for exposure and to please use caution when visiting to protect residents’ health. Staff suggests calling or emailing the resident. Resident greetings can be emailed to Village Manor by visiting the Village Manor website, www.villagemanor.org, and clicking the “Message a Resident” tab.
Memorial Hospital patient greetings can be emailed to Memorial Hospital by visiting the Memorial Health System website, www.caringforyou.org, clicking on the “Contact US” button followed by the “Click Here to Send a Patient Greeting” button.
Kiescha Gormley is completely blind, but that does not stop her from living a full and independent life.
“I depend on all of my other body parts to work so I can continue to live at home, the way I want to live,” Gormley said.
Physical therapy has helped her to maintain her independence more than once. About five years ago, Kiescha was suffering from spinal stenosis. Her back pain was debilitating, and she could not walk. “That’s when I came here (to physical therapy) for the first time,” she said. “Within a month, I walked out of here on my own, and didn’t have to come back. They taught me what to do and how to do it, and if I ever start to feel my back pain get worse, I just do the exercises they taught me and the pain begins to decrease.”
Gormley had been to other physical therapists, but she had not experienced much improvement until she came to physical therapy at Memorial Health System’s Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine. “They made me work hard, but not too hard,” she said with a smile. “The therapists here have a plan, and they know what they are doing and they help people get better.”
MHS Physical Therapist, Jacob Loucks said, “Kiescha has a wonderful sense of humor, but also knows when it’s time to be serious. She’s a true inspitation in more ways than one; she refuses to be defined by any limitations; she comes in ready to work. It’s a true blessing to learn from her each day.”
Recently, a fall resulted in Kiescha breaking her arm in three places and tearing her rotator cuff. She had surgery, and spent a week in the hospital (in Salina) and then another week as a patient at Memorial Hospital, in Abilene. “I could not move my arm, and I needed physical therapy again, so of course, I came here because I knew they would be able to help me.”
“Kiescha has an uplifting attitude that is contagious,” Physical Therapy Assistant Melissa Hunninghake said. “She works hard because she wants to do what is needed to get better and stronger, and stay independent for as long as she can.”
“All of the therapists here impress me,” Gormley said. “I can’t say enough about them. When someone tells me they need therapy, I always say they need to come here.”
“Kiescha has been a wonderful person to work with,” MHS Physical Therapist, Jeff Sanborn said. “She works hard in her therapy sessions and always puts forth her best effort. She entertains us with her good humor and helps us, I think, as much as we have helped her.”
Memorial Health System is pleased to announce that the restriction placed on visitation at Memorial Hospital and Village Manor in Abilene has been lifted.
Visitation was restricted as a precautionary measure to protect the health of patients, visitors, and staff. The restriction has been in place since December 27, 2017 due to wide-spread illness in the community. Although the prevalence of illness has decreased, Memorial Hospital and Village Manors asks anyone experiencing flu or flu-like symptoms to not visit. Flu is still in the community, and you may still receive a flu shot.
Home Health and Hospice of Dickinson County is offering a Bereavement Support Group monthly in Abilene. It will be on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. The next class will be on March 27. These classes are held at the Home Health and Hospice office, 1111 N. Brady, Abilene. The meetings will continue once per month through June. Chris McKee, LSCSW, Bereavement Counselor, serves as the group facilitator.
These gatherings are designed to help individuals work through the period of transition, allow 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, if you would like a copy of the book used, a donation to cover that cost would be accepted and appreciated. Persons interested in the support group are encouraged to bring along a supportive person. Pre-registration is not required.
Anyone with questions should contact Home Health and Hospice of Dickinson County at 785-263-6630 in Abilene.
The Memorial Health System Volunteer Corps (MHSVC) recently purchased a dining room table and chairs for Memorial Hospital’s ROSE Unit through the volunteers’ annual gifting program. Pictured with the gifted items are, from left: Michelle McClanahan, Director of Volunteer Services; Linda Padgett, MHSVC volunteer; Sara Boyd, Rose Unit Nurse Manager; and Joe Sanfilippo, MHSVC Treasurer.
Memorial Health System (MHS) is pleased to announce the promotion of Andrea Taylor to Chief Human Resource Officer. Taylor has served as the Human Resource Director for Memorial Health System since July 2015. She began working in the HR department at MHS in September 2011. She is a graduate of Fort Hays State University with a master’s degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Organizational Leadership.
Taylor’s new role gives her a seat on the MHS Executive Team, joining Harold Courtois, Chief Executive Officer; Elgin Glanzer, Chief Finance Officer; Brenda Moffitt, Chief Nursing Officer; and Amy Hoch-Altwegg, Executive Director of Village Manor.
“Andrea has shown remarkable maturity and knowledge since I came to MHS eight months ago, and brings great value to our executive team,” Courtois said. “We look forward to Andrea’s contributions as we move into the future.”
In addition to the Human Resource department, Taylor will now have oversight of five MHS departments including Impact Sports & Fitness, Food and Nutritional Services, Learn & Grow Depot, Environmental Services, and the MHS Dietician.
“I am looking forward to this new opportunity and the challenges it will bring,” Taylor said. “I want to collaborate with others to help make Memorial Health System the employer and health care provider of choice for our community.”
Andrea is married to Cy; they have three boys: Canyn (10), Cayne (6), and Crayton (4). She serves as Board President of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA); she is a board member of Sister City; the board President Elect and Education officer for the Kansas Hospital Human Resources Association. She is a member of the Employee Safety Group and Workforce Committee with the Kansas Hospital Association, and she is a State approved Mediator.
Andrea enjoys watching her children’s activities, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Find the perfect gift for an Easter basket, Mother’s Day, graduation, birthday, or treat yourself at the Memorial Health System Volunteer Corps Spring Collective Goods Sale. The sale will be on March 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and March 23 from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Memorial Hospital lobby, 511 NE 10th Street. The public is welcome to attend.
Collective Goods offers discounted prices (up to 80% off retail prices) on bestsellers, children’s books, children’s toys, cookbooks, electronics, home décor, and other gift items. Proceeds will be used by the MHS Volunteer Corps to support programs within Memorial Health System.
Anyone with questions may contact Michelle McClanahan, Director of Volunteer Services, at (785) 263-6692.