State fire marshal warns of Thanksgiving cooking dangers, offers tips

The Thanksgiving holiday is drawing near and Kansas families will be coming together for a time of celebration and thankfulness. With the hours spent in the kitchen preparing turkey, mashed potatoes, pies and other fixings, however, comes increased risk for household fires. The Kansas Fire Marshal reminds Kansans in a […]

South Central Kansas Medical Center documentation improves finances

South Central Kansas Medical Center staff and physicians recently started a new program they think will help to increase reimbursements at their facility and ultimately improve patient care. Payment for service is a moving target in the health care industry — constant changes to government regulations and insurance provider requirements […]

Insurance enrollment event offered Nov. 10 at Arkansas City Public Library

There will be a health insurance enrollment event next week at the Arkansas City Public Library. Via Christi Health Insurance Marketplace-certified navigators will be on hand Nov. 10 to offer help with enrolling in health insurance coverage. The event will be from 1 to 6 p.m. at the library, located […]

Blood donations being accepted Nov. 4 at Central Christian Church

Central Christian Church, located at 206 W. Central Ave., will be host to a blood drive from noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 4. The American Red Cross will be on hand to handle the blood donations. To schedule an appointment, call (800) 733-2767. The blood will be delivered to a […]

Tips for adjusting sleep schedules when Daylight Saving Time ends Nov. 6

Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend — when the U.S. gains an hour back. The time change officially happens at 2 a.m. Nov. 6. The extra hour of sleep can be a welcome break for some. However, it also can disrupt normal sleep patterns, which might put strain on the […]

Class at Presbyterian Manor will focus on tough Alzheimer’s conversations

Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor will be host next month to a series of classes called the “Just Ask! Series.” The first installment, “Starting the Tough Conversations,” will be at 6 p.m. Nov. 8 in Presbyterian Manor’s chapel at 1711 N. Fourth St. “When someone you love has Alzheimer’s disease, it […]

Halloween safety tips offered for trick-or-treat parents, drivers

Citizens can trick-or-treat door to door Oct. 31 in Arkansas City, as long as the porch lights are on. There are no set time limits. Safe Kids Kansas offers the following tips for Halloween safety for parents to consider: Walk safely Cross streets at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. […]

Officers Down 5K, Community Day features adult, kids runs Nov. 5

WINFIELD — A new 5K run Nov. 5 in Winfield will celebrate police officers who put their lives on the line to serve local communities. The Officers Down 5K and Community Day event, which will start at 7:45 a.m., also will honor those who have fallen in the line of […]

Therapy program expanded at South Central Kansas Medical Center

The South Central Kansas Medical Center physical therapy department recently added a new member to its team of therapists. Amanda Buttress has a master of physical therapy degree and more than a decade of therapy experience. “I have, in the 11 years I have done this, been in rural health […]

SCKMC Board of Trustees writes off $82,000 in charity care

Finances continue to be a central concern for staff at South Central Kansas Medical Center, City of Arkansas City officials and citizens at large. During the Oct. 20 Board of Trustees meeting, several key factors in SCKMC’s financial outlook were discussed, including health care consultant Quorum Health Resources’ recent survey […]