Day: October 2, 2017

Mammogram special begins at South Central Kansas Medical Center

A report from the American Cancer Society finds that about 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer during her lifetime. In 2017 alone, an estimated 252,710 women will be diagnosed and an estimated 40,610 will die with invasive breast cancer. At South Central Kansas Medical Center, specially trained technologists and doctors continue to work to diagnose and treat breast changes that might be cancer. Some of the services that provide an increased likelihood of early cancer detection include digital mammography and same-day surgical biopsies. To increase awareness of this disease within the local community, SCKMC will give each woman receiving a mammogram screening during the month of October a certificate for a free mammogram screening to donate to someone in need. For more information about this offer or to schedule an appointment, call the SCKMC radiology department at (620) 441-5770. This information was provided by South Central Kansas Medical Center Marketing Director Clayton Pappan. 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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Mound of Sound Marching Festival returns Oct. 10 to Southwestern

WINFIELD — Southwestern College will be host to the fourth annual Mound of Sound Marching Festival at 10 a.m. Oct. 10 at Richard L. Jantz Stadium. The event is open to the public and there is no admission charge. “We are very excited to host the Mound of Sound again,” said Jeremy Kirk, assistant professor of music at Southwestern College. “Participating schools will showcase their talents while receiving feedback from our panel of professional adjudicators. The feedback is intended for schools to make improvements in their performance at football games and other marching festivals.” The event is approved by the Kansas State High School Activities Association and Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association. Approximately 700 students from eight schools will participate. Each school will compete in one of four classes, which are determined by band size, not school classification. Schools participating and their times of performance are: 10 a.m. — Dexter High School; 10:20 a.m. — Riverton High School; 10:40 a.m. — Pratt High School; 11 a.m. — Winfield High School; 11:20 a.m. — lunch break; noon — Great Bend High School; 12:20 p.m. — Arkansas City High School; 12:40 p.m. — Ponca City (Okla.) High School; 1  p.m. — Enid (Okla.) High School. Awards include grand champion, runner-up, second runner-up, outstanding percussion, outstanding color guard and outstanding drum major. Best in Class awards are determined by total score. About...

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Ark City High School, ACPD practice responses during ALICE intruder drill

Arkansas City Police Department officers were at Arkansas City High School on Sept. 28 to lead teachers through a series of armed intruder drills. The drills served as a refresher to the ALICE training provided by the police department. They offered teachers the opportunity to plan and practice specific responses. ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate. It’s essentially a response model that gives a set of options to consider during an active intruder situation. “It used to be expected that teachers and students would just turn the lights off and huddle together in a corner of the classroom,” said ACPD Capt. Mark McCaslin. “Now, we want everyone to know they have options and empower them to choose the safest response.” The drill gave teachers the opportunity to hear blank rounds being fired throughout the school and then practice locking down, barricading doors, evacuating, and even engaging the “intruders.” McCaslin said he knows teachers often think of students as their own and are willing to do what it takes to protect them. “I feel like the drill went really well — everyone was attentive (and) engaged, and we were pleased with how well teachers responded,” he said. “Ultimately, we wanted to give the group experience and help them gain confidence.” USD 470 Superintendent Ron Ballard said the safety of students and staff is the district’s top priority,...

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Candidate Q&A: Lance Niles — USD 470 Board of Education

Name: Lance Niles Position you are running for: USD 470 Board of Education (BOE) Family members (e.g. spouse, children, grandchildren): Tamara Niles, spouse; children — Natalie Niles, eighth-grader at Arkansas City Middle School, and Will Niles, sixth-grader at Arkansas City Middle School. We also are hosting an exchange student this year — Lucia Lara is in 11th grade at Arkansas City High School. How long have you lived in Arkansas City? 30+ years. I was born and raised in Arkansas City, and after completing college spent 10 years in the Kansas City area before returning to Arkansas City in 2005. Have you served on any boards previously? Spent 9 years on the South Central Kansas Medical Center Board of Trustees, Past President of the Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Past President of the Arkansas City Rotary Club Board of Directors, Big Brothers Big Sisters Advisory Board, and Twin Rivers Developmental Board of Directors. Why did you choose to run for this position? I had been out of public service for the last couple of years and felt the need to find another way to serve the Arkansas City community in that capacity. When Dr. (Aaron) Watters resigned from the BOE, I felt that was the time to step up and fill that void. In doing so, I felt like if I was going to make that...

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SCKMC emergency room providers to sponsor Lifesaver of the Month

Medical providers at South Central Kansas Medical Center recently launched a new program to honor staff who assist with the care of the facility’s most critical patients. Providers with Integrity Healthcare Professionals announced the recognition program last week. Integrity Healthcare Professionals partners with the medical center to provide emergency room (ER) coverage at the facility. “Integrity Health is proud and honored to announce the initiation of our Lifesaver of the Month Award at SCKMC,” said Dr. Joseph O’Donnell, director of quality and co-founder of Integrity Healthcare Professionals. “This distinction is set forth to recognize those individuals at SCKMC who have had a ‘lifesaving impact’ in the recent care of our patients.” While the Integrity providers concentrate on caring for emergency patients, the award program is open to all medical center staff. “This extraordinary individual may contribute from anywhere within the line of care of the patient, and from any department,” O’Donnell said. “Our hope is to fully appreciate and aptly recognize this person’s special contribution to our culture of premier health care delivery at SCKMC.” The monthly recipient will have his or her picture posted within the facility, along with a brief synopsis of the exceptional measures taken to assure the best possible care for the patient. In addition, the Lifesaver of the Month will receive a personalized coffee mug denoting the award and a “family night out” package that...

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