Health

Integrity Call Back Care Program begins Sept. 19 at SCKMC

Medical providers at South Central Kansas Medical Center recently launched a new program designed to bridge the gap between the emergency room and follow-up patient care. Providers with Integrity Healthcare Professionals, the group partnering with the medical center to provide Emergency Department (ED) coverage, began the “Integrity Call Back Care […]

SCKMC Sales Tax goes into effect Oct. 1 in Arkansas City

The sales tax in Arkansas City is set to increase to 9.25 percent on Oct. 1. The increase is the result of a one-cent sales tax to cover South Central Kansas Medical Center’s bond debt that was approved in May. Arkansas City voters voted 4-to-1 to approve the tax, although […]

Fourth annual Community Wide Baby Shower is Oct. 8 at Brown Center

The fourth annual Community Wide Baby Shower will be at 9 a.m. Oct. 8 in Cowley College’s Brown Center. The Breastfeeding Advocates of Cowley County will be host to the event, which will feature local resources for expecting or existing families in the area. There will be educational sessions, exhibitors […]

SCKMC avoids Medicare infection penalty, unhappy with media coverage

South Central Kansas Medical Center will not be subject to a penalty from Medicare payments this year due to Hospital-Acquired Conditions (HAC). For the last two years, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has withheld 1 percent of the funds due to SCKMC. The penalties were the result […]

Quorum Health Resources completing operational analysis of SCKMC

Quorum Health Resources has made several on-site visits to South Central Kansas Medical Center during the past month as the health care consulting firm gathers information in preparation for an operational analysis of the hospital. The study is a requirement of the Arkansas City Public Building Commission’s bond document related […]

Cowley College paramedic students achieve 100-percent pass rate

Cowley College students in the 2015-16 Andover paramedic class had a 100-percent pass rate on the program’s final exams, held during the last two weeks at the Winfield campus. In addition to a validated final written examination, the students all completed a high-fidelity simulation of an ambulance call while being evaluated by program faculty, […]

Walk to End Alzheimer’s teams raise more than $13,600 for research

More than 70 residents in the Cowley County area participated in last weekend’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s event at the American Legion in Arkansas City, which benefited the Alzheimer’s Association and united everyone in a movement to reclaim the future for millions. This year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s route was […]

Honey bees killed highlight aerial pesticide dangers to pollinators, humans

Honey bees have generated a lot of buzz in the last decade since the first known case of colony collapse disorder was reported in 2006. Another danger to this already stressed pollinator surfaced in the news recently when The Washington Post reported that Dorchester County, S.C., inadvertently killed more than […]

WNH audiologist McCaslin featured in KSHA Connection spotlight

KSHA Connection, the newsletter of the Kansas Speech-Language-Hearing Association, recently featured Dr. April McCaslin in its monthly “spotlight.” McCaslin, who lives in Arkansas City and is married to Arkansas City Police Department Capt. Mark McCaslin, has worked as an audiologist for William Newton Hospital in Winfield for the last three […]

Campus Fire Safety Month focuses on fire risks in dormitories, housing

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a proclamation declaring September as Campus Fire Safety Month. As college students settle into dormitories, residence halls and off-campus housing, Kansas Fire Marshal Doug Jorgensen urges them to take the threat of fire seriously. “Many students are living away from home for the first […]