Employees of Memorial Health System (MHS) recently wore blue jeans at work for another “Jeans Day” fundraiser. Employees who make a donation of at least $5 are allowed to wear blue jeans on the last Friday of the month. A total donation of $215 was presented to the Abilene Breakfast Optimist Club. The day was organized by the MHS Employer of Choice (EOC) committee. Pictured from left are: Harold Courtois, MHS CEO; Michelle McClanahan, EOC committee member; Rhonda Schmid, EOC committee member; Jarad Waite, Abilene Breakfast Optimist Club t-ball committee chairman; and Dan Willey, Abilene Breakfast Optimist Club President.
Home Health & Hospice of Dickinson County will host a support group for caregivers on Tuesday, May 8th, at 6:30 p.m. in their office conference room located at 1111 N. Brady, Abilene. Chris McKee, LSCSW, Bereavement Counselor, will be the facilitator. Speaking on the topic of “facility placement” will be Amanda Shirack, LBSW, Social Worker for Home Health and Hospice of Dickinson County and Memorial Hospital in Abilene.
Everyone is welcome to attend. If you care for a spouse, parent, family member or friend, you may be able to help others who are new to caregiving. If you have recently admitted your loved one into a nursing home or assisted living facility, you may have questions or concerns that the group could help answer. The purpose of the group is to provide support for caregivers who are dealing with a variety of situations.
If you have any questions, or would like more information, please contact Home Health & Hospice of Dickinson County at (785) 263-6630.
The Dickinson County Diabetes Support Group will meet on Tuesday, May 1, at 1:00 p.m. at Memorial Hospital, in Abilene, Conference Room B. Jennifer Kirkpatrick, the dietitian at Memorial Health System, invites everyone to attend the meeting.
“Join us at this month’s meeting to learn more about fiber, where to find it, and how to include it in your meal plan,” Kirkpatrick said. “We will also learn how to look at food labels to find the carbohydrates with the most fiber. Hope to see you there!”
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.
A Memorial Health System (MHS) Volunteer Appreciation Bingo Party was recently held at the Nichols Education Center in Abilene. The event was a “Thank You” to MHS Volunteer Corps members and Hospice of Dickinson County volunteers for the tremendous care and support they provide. Pictured (at left) is the group of volunteers in attendance playing bingo and ready to win some prizes. Shown on the right: Harold Courtois, MHS CEO, was one of three bingo callers who were announcing the numbered balls as they came out. Also shown assisting Courtois is Debbie Bielefeld. 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.
Village Manor in Abilene was one of a dozen members from across the state to participate in the LeadingAge Kansas Careers in Aging Services Day.
Staff from the Village Manor leadership team went to Abilene High School and met with students regarding careers in aging services. “We presented the different career opportunities in aging services,” Village Manor Executive Director, Amy Hoch Altwegg said. “Nursing is a big part of what we do, but we emphasized the different kinds of nursing and all the other services from Chef’s to Social Workers.”
The goals of the day were to promote careers in aging, connect potential students with aging services providers, and raise the image of aging services with young people in Kansas.
The population of adults in the United States aged 65 and older will increase from 47.8 million in 2015 to 88 million in 2050. The aging services workforce will need to grow exponentially to serve that population. LeadingAge Kansas is helping their members prepare for this increase by focusing on tomorrows workforce and leaders in aging services.
“The Careers in Aging Services Day is a natural evolution of that need.” Said Dana Weaver, Chief Operating Officer for LeadingAge Kansas. “Working in this field is extremely rewarding and can become a lifelong vocation for many. It’s important that we expose young people to our field now and show them the rewards of working with our seasoned population.”
LeadingAge Kansas members who are participating in the Careers in Aging Services Day:
- Bethany Home Association in Lindsborg
- Brewster in Topeka
- Good Samaritan Society – Communities of Olathe
- Good Samaritan Society in Minneapolis
- Good Samaritan Society in Ellsworth
- Good Samaritan Society in St. Francis
- Kansas Soldier’s Home in Fort Dodge
- Logan Manor Community Health in Logan
- Pleasant View Home in Inman
- Via Christi Village Ridge Wichita
- Village Manor in Abilene
- Pine Village in Moundridge
“It is our hope that as the years go on, more and more providers and educational entities participate,” stated Weaver. The more excitement we can gain around the field, the better services and supports aging Kansans will have when they need those services.”
Memorial Health System is pleased to announce that the restriction placed on visitation at Memorial Hospital in Abilene has been lifted.
Visitation was restricted as a precautionary measure to protect the health of patients, visitors, and staff. The initial restriction had been in place since December 27, 2017 due to wide-spread illness in the community. That restriction was lifted on March 16, and then re-instated during the evening of March 19. Although the prevalence of illness has decreased, Memorial Hospital asks anyone experiencing flu or flu-like symptoms to not visit.
Memorial Health System is excited to announce that beginning May 1st Heartland Health Care Clinic (HHCC) will begin an early morning walk-in clinic.
“There is a need in the community for a walk-in clinic,” HHCC Director, Cindy Vermillion said. “We have been discussing this idea for a while, and now we are ready to get it started.”
The Heartland Health Care walk-in clinic will begin Tuesday, May 1st. Patients who need to be seen, for an acute illness, such as: fever, sore throat, flu, ear infections or minor aches, sprains and pains may come to the clinic without an appointment between 7:00 – 9:00 a.m., Monday-Friday.
“The walk-in clinic is for acute needs only, so things like physicals, well-child and well-woman exams, etc. will not take place during this time,” Vermillion explained.
If you have questions about this new service, please contact Heartland Health Care Clinic at (785) 263-4131.
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 April 24. 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 first week of April was recognized as Community Helpers Week at Learn and Grow Depot in Abilene. Folks from a wide variety of fields came in and spoke to the children about their jobs. Each day of the week featured a different “community helper.”
Pictured left to right: Monday, Jeremy Stuck with the Abilene Fire Department; Rhonda Schmid, Director of Radiology at Memorial Hospital in Abilene; Brittany Buller and Lindsay Overturf with Dickinson County EMS (standing behind children); Brent Gering and Stephen Gray with the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Department; and Whitney Gilbert, a Veterinary Assistant with the Abilene Animal Hospital. Learn and Grow Depot thanks these folks for taking time out of their busy schedules to speak to the children about their careers.
Find great savings on items for yourself or to give as gifts when you shop at the Memorial Health System Volunteer Corps HCI fundraiser. You will find values up to 80 percent below retail! Save big on an assortment of purses, clothing, accessories, jewelry, gadgets, electronic accessories, personal items, gifts, and so much more at this sale. Products are available for women, men, and children during this two-day fundraising event. This is a great opportunity to purchase some terrific gifts for graduations, Mother’s Day, birthdays, and more!
The fundraiser will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, April 23, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24, in Memorial Hospital’s Lobby, 511 NE 10th, Abilene.
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.