Day: October 20, 2017

Wilson Park train re-dedication, Arkalalah kickoff, free film planned Oct. 24

The City of Arkansas City will be host to a special Arkalalah kickoff event that features a train unveiling and re-dedication Oct. 24 at Wilson Park. The first step in the Wilson Park Master Plan, the restoration of the park’s famous train engine, has been occurring under a covered structure since late March. But now that work is drawing to a close. “Thanks to the tireless efforts of the many skilled craftsmen who volunteered their skills for this project, we are pleased to be able to reopen the train to the public,” said City Manager Nick Hernandez. The re-dedication event will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the small gazebo in the southeast corner of the park, located at 701 N. Summit St. Several speakers will address those gathered to kick things off. “We want to give people such as Carlla Pike, Rob Carroll, Brian Sanderholm, Randy Smith, Curtis Eaton, and especially Jeb Carroll and Kalin Taylor — without whom this project would not have been possible — a chance to talk about their experiences working on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to restore a beloved, historic piece of machinery to its past glory,” Hernandez said. Others who will be recognized include two retired steam locomotive engineers from Arkansas City and a Burlington Northern Santa Fe historical re-enactor, Mark R. Williams, who plans a special presentation. Around 6 p.m., there will be...

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SCKMC partners with RHS to launch direct primary care pilot program

The South Central Kansas Medical Center Board of Trustees voted 7-0 on Oct. 19 to move forward with a plan that could revolutionize the way people in Cowley County access medical care. This plan involves partnering with Revere Healthcare Solutions, Inc. (RHS), a company that provides direct, employee-based primary and preventative health care. This care occurs outside of traditional health care models, which bill insurance companies for each doctor visit and also generally charge patients copay amounts of $25 or more. But under the RHS program, there is no copay for unlimited access to a designated clinic — which is not dependent on insurance agencies for payment, but rather a small monthly fee charged to employers who enroll in the program. The owner and founder of RHS, Carmine DiPalo, shared the business model during the City Commission’s Oct. 13 study session and the Oct. 19 SKCMC board meeting. “(There are) still some finer points that we have to work out,” said SCKMC Chief Executive Officer Virgil Watson. Alley a proponent Kansas Sen. Larry Alley, R-Winfield was present among the crowd gathered for the meeting. Alley was one of the driving forces behind the implementation of the program, which currently is in place in Garden City. “He said the very first year they implemented the plan, it saved the City of Garden City $300,000 — approximately $1,000 per employee,” Alley...

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