Day: April 27, 2017

South Central Kansas Medical Center finishes another profitable month

South Central Kansas Medical Center is showing profit for the second month in a row. The total revenue for March was $789,471, an increase of more than $100,000 from March 2016. SCKMC Chief Financial Officer Holly Harper credited the increase to the new Geriatric Psych Unit and a laboratory program the hospital entered into recently. The senior health unit has increased the overall average daily hospital census to 18.29 — more than six people above the so-called “sweet spot” of 12. The lab program has seen revenue of $9.3 million, but the net profit only has been $713,000 so far due to setup costs. In addition to those increased revenues, the hospital has reduced its accounts payable, Harper told the SCKMC Board of Trustees during Thursday morning’s meeting. Harper reported that there no longer are any bills that are more than 120 days past due. The total accounts payable still is around $1.5 million, but that number at one time exceeded $2 million and most of that debt was not as current as SCKMC’s bills today. SCKMC board reorganization The trustees also unanimously approved the following reorganization of officers, as presented by board member Karen Zeller: Carol Hearne — board chair; Hap McLeod — vice chair; Zeller — secretary; JoLynn Foster — treasurer. In other business, the trustees: unanimously approved the amended January meeting minutes. unanimously approved the March...

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Annual Habitat for Humanity fundraiser taking on Cinco de Mayo feel

Habitat for Humanity in Arkansas City will hold its annual fundraiser next week — with a bit of a Latin twist. This year’s event will be May 5 at the V.J. Wilkins Family Center for the Arts at the Burford Theatre, located at 118 S. Summit St. There still will be a silent auction during the fundraiser, but this year, the live auction will take center stage. “One of the live auction items at ‘Cinco de Mayo’ is a luxury Mexican vacation in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico,” said event organizer Cindy Freeland. This vacation is for Sept. 1-8. The accommodations include two king-sized bedrooms with pullout couches, as well as a private plunge pool, a terrace with a magnificent ocean view, pools, tennis, golf, a beach, a kids club, a spa, restaurants and a pool bar. Event features Other auction items include a dollhouse with furniture, jump parties, mosaic coffee tables, oil paintings, a barbecue cookout for 12, soup for six months, a shotgun and Kansas City Royals tickets with a hotel stay. In addition to the live auction, Jan Hatfield and friends will provide entertainment for the night. Margaritas, piña coladas, wine and beer will be available through a cash bar. A limited number of tickets are available at the Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce. A full list of the items up for auction can be found there,...

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Arkansas City Recreation Center offers variety of summer sports, fitness

The Arkansas City Recreation Center offers many opportunities for the community, from sports to a fitness center that all can enjoy. If you are looking for something to do this summer or want to enjoy a sport, the Ark City Rec Center has just the thing for you. For instance, softball and baseball are coming up, for ages 3 and older. There are organized leagues and tournaments. Leagues are determined by age. Soccer games are played Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Summer sports Upcoming summer sports include youth football, summer youth volleyball leagues, summer gymnastics, summer tennis, youth golf lessons and youth team golf. Youth football registration is from May 1 through July 28 for grades 3-6. Practices will start in early August and games are scheduled for Saturdays in September and October. The fee for football is $65, which included equipment. Register at the Rec Center, located at 225 E. Fifth Ave., or online at, with a $3 fee per transaction. Volleyball registration begins May 1 and lasts through June 23 for students in grades 3-6. Team practices will start in July, with games scheduled on weeknights in July through mid-August. The fee is $20. Gymnastics is offered in two-week sessions that are held on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings during the summer. The cost per session is $30. Tennis for grades K-12 will be offered during...

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Townsley to open Renew Wellness massage at old Jensations location

On May 1, there will be a new massage therapist in Arkansas City. Misty Townsley has more than 20 years of experience in the field. “I’ve been doing house calls in Florida, New Jersey, Japan, Virginia and Kansas City over the past 20 years,” she said. “I am licensed in Florida and received a graduate license from (the) Coastal School of Massage Therapy (in) Atlantic Beach, Florida.” Townsley said she is excited to offer her services in Cowley County. “Life is too short to have muscle pain,” she said. Her new business is called Renew Wellness and it will be located in the Chestnut Executive Offices at 119 E. Chestnut Ave. Setting up shop “Through years of doing house calls, I knew that having an office would enable me to lower my rates and help more people,” Townsley said. “Then, after moving back to Cowley County, this opportunity to open my own studio was divine intervention. My dear friend, Jen (Ross) of Jensations, was relocating and offered me her location.” Renew Wellness will have flexible hours, with appointments available at times ranging from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. “I use all natural oils and essential oils to create a total experience for my clients to unwind into a state of relaxation,” Townsley said. Renew Wellness can be found on Facebook at Appointments can be scheduled...

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Arkansas City Public Library receives chamber’s Open Arms Award

The Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Board of Directors overwhelmingly chose the April 2017 Open Arms Award to go to the Arkansas City Public Library. The library offers a plethora of events, crafts, services and resources to the greater Arkansas City community. It provides many resources and books, as well as many services, including: computers; Wi-Fi; audiobooks; children’s story time and craft times; a new Makerspace; Lego Club; Family Game Night; children’s movies; Summer Reading Program; Newman’s Quest; many more programs. In addition, the Ark City Public Library always is willing to collaborate with other businesses and schools in the community. “Thank you, Ark City Public Library, for your many resources, which include current technological devices, and for your community-minded spirit,” said Chamber President Kammy Downs. The Open Arms Award is given to a nonprofit organization for exemplary achievement in community aid advancement, development, expansion, involvement or other outstanding accomplishments. Open Arms Award recipients then are eligible for the annual Open Arms of the Year Award. This information was provided by Arkansas Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kammy Downs. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new...

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