Day: October 10, 2017

Drive-through flu shot clinic available Oct. 11 at Agri-Business Building

Oct. 11 is the first opportunity for local residents to obtain a 2017 influenza vaccination without having to leave the comfort of their car or truck. The City-Cowley County Health Department will be host to a drive-through flu shot clinic from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Agri-Business Building, located at 712 W. Washington Ave. in Arkansas City. “Our clinics serve multiple purposes,” said Health Department Administrator Tom Langer. “We test our ability every year to respond to a biological disaster or infectious disease outbreak that may possibly occur in Cowley County. If an event would occur, we would have to rapidly vaccinate or administer life-saving medicine to a vast number of our citizens. The clinics are ideal opportunities for us to exercise our public health response. By holding the drive-through clinics, we test our methods of seeing multiple patients in as short a time as possible, while still providing high-quality control and service.” Each year, many local residents, especially elderly residents or those who have mobility challenges, attend the drive-through clinic. In doing so, they need only go from their home to their car and they eliminate the need to negotiate parking lots, curbs, steps, doorways or other barriers to walking. Families also have found the clinic helpful. They can get into the car and everyone can be vaccinated in one quick, simple visit. The health department...

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Eight students graduate Oct. 10 from Cowley College paramedic program

Graduation for eight students in Cowley College’s paramedic program was held Oct. 10 in the Earle N. Wright Community Room on the school’s main campus in Arkansas City.   The program completed the associate of applied science degree requirements for the graduating members of the class: Janna Chanthabouly; Katherine Chanthabouly; Brooke McDowell; Jennifer Patterson; Greg Simpson; Luke Steele; Travis Unruh; Michaela Youngers. The event began when Chris Cannon, EMS program director and chair of the Health and Human Services Department, welcomed those in attendance. Cannon thanked the graduates for their extensive work during the program and the graduates’ families for supporting them during a difficult year. Deryk Ruddle, former lead paramedic instructor at Cowley College, delivered the keynote address to the graduating class. Cannon and Steve Storm, former paramedic instructor at Cowley, conferred the certificates and presented the honor awards for the class. McDowell was the program honor graduate, Unruh was the winner of the Lyle E. Eckhart Award and Youngers was the Dr. Patrick J. McAtee Award recipient. Cowley paramedic graduates treat more than 100,000 patients each year. Cowley currently has three paramedic programs — one at the Allied Health Education Center in Winfield, one in Andover through a partnership with Butler Community College, and an online program through partnerships with Neosho County Community College and Flint Hills Technical College. All of the graduates of the Cowley paramedic...

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