Health

Letter to the Editor: F.R. Smith on outdoor testing at Chilocco

To Whom It May Concern: I live a little over a mile north of the proposed chemical testing site (at Chilocco Indian School) and I’d like to share my thoughts. First of all, I actually think that such testing is probably a good idea, as it is being proactive on something […]

Letter to the Editor: Jeff Judd on outdoor testing at Chilocco

After careful consideration of the captioned subject, I conclude that your plan to simulate a chemical attack on the premises of Chilocco Indian School is ill-conceived. The communities of Arkansas City, KS and Newkirk, OK are aligned squarely against this test. We don’t want this in our back yard. If […]

SCKMC has to pay back lab outreach money, posts $1.5 million pretax loss

With one more month remaining in 2017, South Central Kansas Medical Center announced an overall loss thus far, before sales tax, of $1.5 million. Those excess expenses over revenue are due in part to increased costs of doing business, but several projects that were put into place to generate money […]

Cowley County Public Health Officer Langer addresses Chilocco testing

CHILOCCO — A recent announcement from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has caused an uproar in the communities surrounding the former Chilocco Indian School. The announcement, made last week, was sent as a legal publication to The Newkirk Herald Journal. This publication announced the availability of a draft […]

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) […]

SCKMC updates commission on Senior Health census, new billing initiative

South Central Kansas Medical Center personnel provided a financial update during a City Commission of Arkansas City meeting Nov. 7. SCKMC Chief Financial Officer Holly Harper was on hand to provide a look at some of the September and October numbers. Harper said the average daily census dipped in September, […]

Alderbrook Village, Midwest Hearing Aids to offer free hearing screenings

Alderbrook Village will be host to free hearing screenings by Midwest Hearing Aids on Nov. 15. Licensed specialist Angela Logsdon, of Midwest Hearing Aids, also will be scheduling follow-up appointments. The screenings will take from 10 to 15 minutes and they are open to anyone. To participate, call (620) 442-4400 […]

Arkansas City Rec Center sponsoring 30-minute-a-day walking program

The Arkansas City Recreation Center (ACRC) currently is hosting “One Step at a Time,” a countywide walking program. This program was made possible through a grant received from Legacy Regional Community Foundation. Legacy offered the grant, in part, as an initiative to address children’s health disparities. Applicants submitted proposals to […]

Cancer survivor Bierle flies to Hollywood for special taping of ‘The Doctors’

JoAnn Bierle has survived cancer twice, but that isn’t the end of her story. This feisty woman is on a constant crusade to encourage all woman to have mammograms, especially if they have any family history of the potentially deadly disease. This campaign recently took Bierle cross-country, all the way […]

SCKMC departments acknowledged as part of October recognition weeks

October has special significance in the world of health care and at South Central Kansas Medical Center. Several health-related specialties are recognized in October for their contributions to the care of others, including: National Pharmacists Month; Health Care Food Service Workers Week (Oct. 1-7); Health Care Supply Chain Week (Oct. […]