Day: November 13, 2017

South Central Kansas Medical Center to open Direct Primary Care clinic

South Central Kansas Medical Center is planning to bring a new concept in health and wellness to Cowley County through a new clinic that will open in January 2018. The clinic will be located on the medical center campus and is offered through a partnership with Revere Healthcare Solutions (RHS) Inc. This Direct Primary Care clinic will provide direct access to primary care, with a strong emphasis on preventative health care. “It’s a concept different from what we are used to. What we are used to now is that you wait until you’re sick to go to the doctor,” said Virgil Watson, SCKMC’s chief executive officer. “With this concept, we are going to be proactive and start looking at wellness as the central core of our health care delivery going forward for our employees.” The clinic is employer-driven, meaning it is designed to be offered as a benefit to a company’s employees with no out-of-pocket deductibles or office visit co-pays for individuals who are covered through the program. “Today, the general population has to face at least a $25 copay to receive primary care. That barrier represents a reason to not take care of your condition early on, but wait in hope that the condition will eventually just cure itself,” said Carmine Di Palo, RHS’s chairman and chief executive officer. “When it doesn’t cure itself, the condition that was...

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Robert Brown Theatre packs them in for performances of Mary Poppins

Cowley College’s Visual and Performing Arts Department performed Disney’s and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins, a musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film, to large audiences Nov. 9-11 inside the Robert Brown Theatre. The performance was directed and choreographed by theater director Cara Kem. “Mary Poppins is, overall, the most difficult show I have ever worked,” Kem said. “From the music to performing and choreography to tech, every detail is demanded, and we refused to give less than a practically perfect performance.” David Smith served as the music director and Lindsay Allen was the assistant music director. John Rohr handled the scene design and Kim Wong served as stage manager, while Raeven Blackbull and Megan Roth were assistant stage managers. Jordan Vande Giesen handled sound design. “I could not be more proud of the product my team created,” Kem said. “I sat back and watched a show that is truly magical, inspires hearts and makes you leave the theater with pure joy.” Based on the classic 1964 Disney film, Mary Poppins is an ageless story of redemption and love. When Jane and Michael, the children of the wealthy and uptight Banks family, are faced with the prospect of a new nanny, they are pleasantly surprised by the arrival of the magical Mary Poppins, while their parents — and, in particular, Mr. Banks — are insistent...

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Legacy Foundation seeking nominations for 2017 Spirit of Humanity Award

The Legacy Regional Community Foundation Board of Directors announced during the 20th anniversary celebration in October 2016 that each year, the Foundation will recognize an individual or group for inspiring the vision of Legacy through his or her leadership and action. Community members are encouraged to nominate individuals or groups that embody the Spirit of Humanity. The award recipient will be honored at a reception and posted in the Foundation gallery. “We are thrilled to have this opportunity to recognize individuals in our community for their generosity,” said Yazmin Wood, executive director of Legacy Foundation, “Philanthropic work, civic leadership and volunteerism truly inspire the vision of Legacy Foundation in action. We are looking forward to reading the stories where you see the Spirit of Humanity at work.” The Spirit of Humanity Award recipient will receive a commemorative inscription for his or her wall and the opportunity to award a $100 grant to the charity of his or her choice. Applications can be found at, or contact the Foundation for more information. The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. Dec. 1. Guidelines for the award follow: The candidate may be of any age — however, he or she must live in or around the Cowley County or Sumner County area. The candidate must reflect uncommon leadership or action within the last 12 months that truly reflects the mission and vision of the...

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Reading Rainbow reincarnated in form of “LeVar Burton Reads” podcast

I was a fan of Reading Rainbow from the very beginning — at least, from the time I could remember. The show actually started three years before I was born, but I remember watching Reading Rainbow at the same developmental stage at which I was watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.   Perhaps I am dating myself as a child of the ’80s, but I can’t imagine a childhood without LeVar Burton reading to me. And I don’t believe for a moment that I am alone in this. I remember Reading Rainbow came on right before my naptime, which was just fine by my 3- and 4-year-old selves. I remember begging my mother to allow me to stay up half an hour later in order to watch it when the time slot changed. The show was colorful — and so was Burton. Back in the day, he wore brightly colored clothing on the show, and the animations were reminiscent of a Highlights magazine. His clothing changed with the times, but the other elements of the show remained the same. Burton took us on adventures in reading, to places we only could see on the television. When he read, music and animation depicted his words. There even were segments in which kids my own age — or maybe a little older — were interviewed about their favorite books or the topic that had been...

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