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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 03:50 pm: Edit Post

Simultaneous Board Retreat

On September 23, Dave Sternberg, Loring, Sternberg & Associates, will return to Richmond to conduct a simultaneous board retreat for local nonprofit organizations. Nonprofit boards can benefit greatly from this facilitated retreat where they can evaluate their effectiveness and plan for the future under Dave’s guidance. With the added dynamic of multiple nonprofit organizations meeting and participating in a retreat-like structure, the experience is heightened, and the knowledge base broadened. During this full day workshop your team - consisting of the organization’s chief leader (CEO, Executive Director, president) and at least three board members - will have an opportunity to examine board governance in a retreat format. While general instruction will be addressed to the full group, each organizational team will be afforded time to work on their individual evaluations and work plans for a stronger future. By the end
of the day each organization will have a change team - a group that can help carry the message back to your full board and other staff members.

We want you to have a meaningful experience so we have a few expectations.

  1. This is a full day work session. It is a group process and your entire team must stay for the whole day.
  2. You must have a minimum of three board members (maximum of 8 attendees) in addition to your chief leader. The more board members you bring the greater impact on your organization. Senior staff members (such as the vice-president or director of development) are also welcome.
During the retreat, the teams will discuss:Each team will:Each team will leave knowing:Event details:
Date: Friday, September 23
Location: Lingle Grand Hall at Reid Health
Cost: $20 per person
8:30 Coffee and juice and registration
9:00 Program begins
12:00 Lunch
Approx: 3:30 Program concludes

In order to secure your reservation, click here.

You will need to:Until you have met these requirements, your spot is NOT reserved.

This workshop is provided by the Wayne County Foundation in partnership with the Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network-East.

To learn more about Dave Sternberg and to read his bio, visit his website:

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 06:00 pm: Edit Post

City of Richmond and Reid Health Reach Agreement to Settle Billing Dispute

Richmond Mayor Dave Snow and Reid Health have reached an agreement that will settle an issue involving payment for health care services provided to city employees at Reid Health. The proposed agreement will be presented to the Board of Public Works and Safety for approval on Thursday.

In 2015, as a means to contain ever-growing healthcare costs, the city entered into a contract with ELAP to manage healthcare. ELAP was chosen because of their record of maintaining healthcare costs in other cities and their model of re-pricing healthcare costs.

Reid Health’s Fairness in Pricing policy requires that Reid Health offer the same pricing to all groups, so that Reid Health could not accept the re-pricing of its claims. The re-pricing model put the Richmond City employees at risk for legal action for collections.

Mayor Snow stated, “The City of Richmond works on a limited budget, and it is essential that we utilize our finances as efficiently as possible for both our taxpayers as well as our employees. Our financial management dictates the success and growth of our individual departments and also how we compensate our employees. We have seen shrinkage in our departments, and our employees haven’t had a raise in at least ten years.”
Craig Kinyon, Reid Health President/CEO, said he understands the city’s financial challenges, but said the health system’s policy ensures all patients are treated fairly in pricing. “It is also extremely important for the financial future of our institution that we continue to be good stewards and protect our own financial viability – that means we must be paid for the services we provide.”

After several months of ongoing negotiations, a pending agreement will go before the Board of Public Works and Safety. If approved, the City of Richmond and Reid Health will enter into a healthcare contract for the remainder of 2016 that has been carefully evaluated.

The approval of this contract will remove the pressure of litigation and allow for the city administration to focus on managing healthcare costs for the remainder of this year and immediately begin negotiations with Reid Health for 2017. Also upon approval of this contract, the City of Richmond has agreed to pay Reid Health $1.3 million which is within the manageable means of the City’s healthcare reserves as a settlement for pending insurance claims through May 31, 2106.

“There are so many people that work incredibly hard for this city every day,” said Mayor Snow. “When they need healthcare, the stress of potential litigation should not be on their minds. This agreement was made to remove that burden and to take a first step in creating a positive healthcare environment for our employees.”

Reid Health officials cited numerous successes with “case management” in its wellness programs being used by some customers and other ramped up efforts to better manage patients’ health and ultimately manage costs. Reid’s Congestive Heart Failure Clinic, for example, has helped keep patients with this chronic disease healthier and reduced complications that require hospital readmissions. That directly saves money to employer health plans, but even more importantly, it improves the lives of individuals in the community.

Reid Health works with Wayne County government and the Richmond Community Schools system on similar wellness programs aimed at reducing costs and encouraging a healthier work force.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 03:13 pm: Edit Post

IU East Alumni Indicate Education Is Worth the Cost According to Gallup Survey

Richmond, Ind. – A majority of surveyed Indiana University East alumni feel that their undergraduate college experience was worth the cost, helping alumni to lead a fulfilling work life and to their overall well-being, according to a recent survey. IU East was one of 13 colleges and universities to participate in the first Gallup-Indiana Graduate Satisfaction Survey. The Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE) released the survey results on June 13.

More than 80 percent of respondents from the 13 participating public and private colleges throughout the state indicated their education was worth the cost.

With funding support from USA Funds, Gallup and the Commission, the survey reached out to more than 22,000 college graduates from the Indiana colleges that volunteered to participate in the pilot year of this first-in-the-nation, statewide look at alumni satisfaction.

IU East Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe said, “By participating in this survey, we have a better indication of what we have done or are now doing to provide our students a meaningful college experience. While there are areas we know we can improve, we can also see where our efforts are enhancing the lives of our students yet keeping the cost of an education in line.”

The web based survey was conducted from February 1 to March 1, 2016. The online survey was completed by 292 IU East graduates with a baccalaureate degree from a wide variety of academic programs offered by the university from 1980 to 2015. The study measured workplace engagement, well-being and alumni attachment to the university.

Notable results for IU East indicate that alumni feel that the university was supportive of their education. Forty-four percent of alumni strongly agreed that their professors cared about them as a person, 35 percent strongly agreed faculty members provided encouragement as mentors and almost three quarters of alumni (72 percent) strongly agreed they had at least one professor who made them excited about learning.

According to survey results, alumni have an emotional attachment to the university based on their undergraduate experiences and how they now feel about IU East. Fifty percent of the respondents strongly agreed that IU East was a perfect school for people like them, compared to 33 percent in the Gallup-Purdue Index national measure. Additionally, 34 percent strongly agreed that they couldn’t imagine a world without IU East. The two indicators of emotional attachment show that 32 percent of graduates feel an emotional attachment to the university, compared to 19 percent nationally.

Alumni were also asked about their education and if they felt the cost of their degree was worth it. Of the participants, 48 percent responded that they strongly agreed they were satisfied with their education while another 36 percent agreed. As far as expenses, 81 percent of alumni felt their education was worth the cost (53 percent strongly agreed while 28 percent agreed).

Sixty-eight percent agreed or strongly agreed that they felt prepared for life outside of college while 71 percent agreed or strongly agreed that they are deeply interested in the work that they do.

Forty-nine percent of the respondents indicated they received support from outside of the classroom that helped them to graduate while at IU East. Another 28 percent indicated they had received help finding an internship.

Sixty-seven percent of alumni agreed or strongly agreed that IU East is passionate about the long-term success of its students. As undergraduate students, 80 percent of alumni responded that they were challenged academically at IU East (41 percent strongly agreed while 39 percent agreed).

IU East alumni indicated that they are satisfied with their well-being. Accordingly, 85 percent said they were satisfied with their personal life. Overall, 44 percent of respondents strongly agreed that they are deeply interested in their work and 31 percent strongly agreed they have the ideal job for them. Of the alumni who completed the survey, 47 percent said they are working in a job that is completely related to their undergraduate major. Another 34 percent indicated their major is somewhat related to their job.

The 13 colleges participating in this pilot survey included: Ball State University, Butler University, Calumet College of St. Joseph, Grace College, Indiana University East, Indiana University Kokomo, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Ivy Tech Community College, Manchester University, Marian University, Taylor University, Vincennes University and WGU Indiana.

The Gallup-Indiana Survey was inspired by the Gallup-Purdue Index. This partnership between Gallup and Purdue University surveyed more than 30,000 college graduates to measure the relationship between a college degree and long-term graduate well-being and workplace engagement.

Results of the survey for IU East are available on the Indiana Commission for Higher Education website at

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 02:32 pm: Edit Post

Wayne County Historical Museum Presents 1922 Pilot Sportster Unveiling & Car Show
Supplied Photo: 1922 Pilot Sportster
Come see the unveiling of the Wayne County Historical Museum's freshly restored 1922 Pilot Sportster!

On July 30th, there will also be a car show free of charge for your enjoyment. The Museum will be reduced admission of $5 for Adults and $3 for Students. Registration for the Car Show begins at 9am, Car Show 10-4. Trophy's-3pm. Rain Date: July 31st.

The Wayne County Historical Museum is located at 1150 North A Street, Richmond, Indiana. For more information, call 765.962.5756.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, July 18, 2016 - 03:06 pm: Edit Post

ReidRide scheduled Saturday, July 23
Supplied Photo: Cyclists
Approximately 1,000 bicyclists are expected to pedal for a cause – funding shoes for kids – when they join in the annual ReidRide on July 23, organizers at Reid Health said.

To date, over 12,000 shoes have been distributed thanks to funds raised by the annual ride. And officials at Reid Health hope that 2016 will break all previous records. ReidRide will allow cyclists to travel either 22 or 43 miles through scenic Wayne County, Indiana. The 22/43 mile ride begins at 7:30 a.m. at Reid Health main campus, 1100 Reid Parkway.

Registration will be from 6:30-7:15 a.m., allowing riders ample time to listen to music provided by Kicks 96. The entry fee is $20 – but you can add additional increments of $20, as desired. Each $20 secures one pair of shoes for a child. In order to ensure the shoes are distributed to children and families who truly have a need, Reid partners with the Salvation Army, House of Ruth, Graceworks Lutheran Services and Wayne County CIS (Communities in Schools) coordinators.

Last year, over 740 cyclists turned out for the ride. In addition to riders, Reid is also seeking the helping hands of volunteers along the route. Those interested in helping at the various check points can volunteer by emailing:

Once the riders have completed their 22 or 43 mile treks, they are invited to join the festivities at Reid Health, where there will be refreshments, massages, photo opportunities, music provided by G101.3, and prize drawings.

There's still time. ​Register now or get more information about the event.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, July 05, 2016 - 07:18 pm: Edit Post

Run with the Wolves is July 16
Supplied Image: Runners
Indiana University East's Run with the Wolves 5K Run/Walk is Saturday, July 16. Registration is open.

Runners and walkers will join more than 400 other participants for this year’s event on the IU East campus and run the Red Wolves' cross country course, located behind Hayes Hall. The event includes a free "Run with Rufus" 1K family run/walk.

All pre-registrants receive a Run with the Wolves tech shirt.

Day-of-race registration opens at 7 a.m. on July 16 on the Hayes Hall patio, located on the lower level of the building. The 5K run/walk starts at 8 a.m. followed by the "Run with Rufus" at 9:05 a.m. Awards will be presented at 9:25 a.m. at the Hayes Hall patio.

Run with the Wolves is part of the Wayne County Challenge series.

Register online at The pre-registration cost is $20, and day-of registration is $25. Students in grades K-12 and college can pre-register for $15 or register on race day for $20.

Proceeds from the event will support student scholarship programs of the IU East Alumni Association.

For more information, contact Terry Wiesehan, director of Alumni Relations and Campus Events, at (765) 973-8221 or email

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, July 05, 2016 - 06:55 pm: Edit Post

Chanticleer String Quartet 2016 40th Annual Music Festival
Supplied Flyer: Chanticleer String Quartet
Enjoy the music of Brahms, Elgar, Dvorak, Beethoven, Sarasate and Ortiz at the free concerts put on by the Chanticleer String Quartet.

For festival information, call 765.966.6214 or visit their website at

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, July 18, 2016 - 05:47 pm: Edit Post

Wolverine Worldwide is setting the pace for the 2016-2017 United Way Campaign!
Supplied Flyer: Wolverine Sample Shoe Sale
Come out and join Wolverine Worldwide set the pace for the United Way 2016-2017 Campaign at the Super Sample Shoe Sale!! Amazing shoes, amazing deals, amazing company! We will see you there!!

Public Sale will be held Thursday, July 28, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Wayne County Fairgrounds, Kuhlman Center, 861 Salisbury Road North, Richmond. All proceeds to benefit the United Way of Whitewater Valley.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, July 18, 2016 - 02:35 pm: Edit Post

Preparing for the Worst: Free Presentation July 20 to Focus on Safety

The world seems like a scary place sometimes. But individuals can take steps to protect themselves, whether they are driving at night or facing a home intruder.
Supplied Photo: Randy Kolentus
Randy Kolentus
Community members can learn how at a free presentation at noon on Wednesday, July 20, at Reid Health. Presenter Randy Kolentus, Director of Security at Reid Health, will cover a variety topics and take questions at the end. “Personal safety is something all of us have to think about, and it starts by being aware of your surroundings and using common sense,” he said. “Sometimes we need to break bad habits like leaving the house unlocked during the day or walking alone at night. Or we need to think about how we would defend ourselves against an attacker, whether with something like pepper spray or a personal siren, which can be very effective in scaring someone off.”

All of us play an important role in keeping our communities safe, Kolentus said. “I encourage people to follow the advice of the Department of Homeland Security— ‘see something, say something,’” he explained. “If you notice someone in your neighborhood that you’ve never seen before, you need to watch as that could be a threat. Another indicator of a problem brewing is when someone starts acting strangely or their behavior changes quickly. Police officers really don’t mind getting calls from concerned citizens, regardless of the end result. Community safety has to be a team effort.”

Kolentus also will encourage participants to think about how to respond in the unlikely event they are involved in an “active shooter” event. He recommends following a security protocol called “Run, Hide and Fight.”

“Nobody likes thinking about the possibility of facing an active shooter, but the decisions we make in those situations may mean the difference between life and death,” Kolentus said.

Kolentus’ presentation will take place in Lingle Hall at Reid Health.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, July 05, 2016 - 06:33 pm: Edit Post

Pet Walk 2016
Supplied Image: Bark in the Park
On Saturday, July 30 at The Bandshell in Glen Miller Park, 2200 East Main Richmond, walk your pooch to raise awareness and support HELP the Animals. Vendors, Music, Food and more. All proceeds raised from this event will provide food, shelter, and medical care for homeless cats, kittens, dogs, & puppies in the community.

9:00 am: Registration
10:00 am: Walk Begins
10:45 am: Dancing Dogs by K-9 Dance Stars
11:15 am: Pet Contests - smallest dog, biggest dog, coolest cat, pet costume, look-alike, and pet tricks
11:45 am: HELP the Animals Amazing Dogs
12:15 pm: 50/50 Raffle Drawings

Please join us for a fun-filled day. Ask your friends and family to join you. Awards will be given to individuals & teams collecting the most pledge money.

Ask people to sponsor you in your walk, collect the money in your Pledge Packet envelope, and turn in your donations at Pet Walk. Pick up your Pledge Packets at area vet clinics or HELP The Animals - 2101 W. Main St., Richmond.

OR sponsor the petwalk for your business. Sponsorship Form

Registration fee $10, Registered walkers will receive a goody bag and an official HELP Bracelet, individual walkers collecting $75.00 or more will also receive a 2016 T-Shirt.

For more information, visit the HELP the Animals website or call 765.962.6811.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, July 18, 2016 - 04:37 pm: Edit Post

Join Us at the Library for Our Annual Musically Spectacular Event!

Chanticleer String Quartet
40 Anniversary Tour
Friday, August 5, 2016
2:00 p.m., Bard Room
Supplied Flyer: Chanticleer String Quartet
Join us at the Library for our Annual Musically Spectacular Event!

The world renowned Chanticleer String Quartet will present their Summer Music Festival Concert in Morrisson-Reeves Library’s Bard Room on Friday, August 5th at 2:00 p.m. The string quartet features violinist and founder Caroline Klemperer-Green, violinist Stefan Xhori; violist Jennifer Smith; and cellist Elizabeth Gottling Mendoza.

Special guest pianist Ana Cervantes, will be joining the group for several musical arrangements. Enjoy music of Brahms, Elgar, Dvorak, Beethoven, Sarasate and Marquez.

Sponsors for this program are: The Friends of Morrisson-Reeves Library, and Peter and Joan Bartel.

This program is free and open to the public. No reservations are required. For more information, please phone MRL at (765) 966-8291.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, July 18, 2016 - 04:04 pm: Edit Post

Retired Faculty Member Provides Gifts for New Campus Archaeological Laboratory

Richmond, Ind. – Rob Tolley can look up with satisfaction from his home on historic land in Wyoming toward a mountain range where he once did his archaeological field training.

The retired Indiana University East instructor knows the critical importance to budding anthropologists – and college students in many other fields – of hands-on experiences, of multidimensional training.

He also knows it’s a great time to help provide those opportunities to students on the campus in Richmond.
Supplied Photo: Rob Tolley
So, Tolley and his wife, Nancy, have stepped up to help fund a lab at IU East that will allow students to be trained in archaeological methodology.

“We just really wanted to see this thing happen,” he said by phone from Wyoming, where it takes him a 45-minute trip to get the mail. “Without that tool, (the student) doesn’t get that true experience, that hands-on experience. Online simulation doesn’t quite get it.”

During his decades at IU East, the energetic Tolley took students on field trips to do surface surveys in Utah and taught prehistory and literatures of the Southwest while camping in southeastern Utah. They could not do digs there, because they lacked a lab to properly process and evaluate artifacts.

IU East Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe said, "We are deeply appreciative of Rob and Nancy's generosity and commitment to engage students in learning. While a faculty member at IU East, Rob motivated students in the classroom and during trips to Utah to explore, research, and to expand their knowledge. Rob is a longtime supporter of IU East, inspiring others to give and support the success of our students. We thank Rob and Nancy for their gift."

The Tolleys’ total gift to the Archaeology Lab will be $50,000. They have already given $25,000 and have pledged $5,000 a year for each of the next five years. This support will bring endless amounts of worth for students, said Katherine Miller Wolf, assistant professor of anthropology.

She is shepherding the lab-building project, which has been in the process since fall 2015. “It has a lot of potential. It’s pretty exciting,” Miller Wolf said. “Their donation is very generous.”

The outdoor facility where students will be able to perform digs will be located in the woods east of campus and will consist of four separate areas. “It’s exciting because this will provide experiences currently unavailable to our students," Miller Wolf said.

Those hands-on experiences will include:

“It’s ambitions, but I am confident we can do it,” Miller Wolf said.

The lab can be used to teach history, sociology and other behavioral and social sciences. “The way to do that is set up simulation for the analysis for artifacts,” Tolley said.

Students using the lab will learn how to do active excavation and site explorations.

“Last year, we took students to two archaeological sites,” Miller Wolf said. “The students really responded well. What it showed us is that students are actually liking this and wanting this.”

The new lab, like anthropology itself, contains multidisciplinary elements.

For example, IU East’s ceramics department will create many of the ceramics from art that will be buried and then excavated.

Another multidisciplinary example is the study of forensics in the criminal justice program. “A crime scene is just a fresh archaeological site,” Tolley said, who started working at IU East in 1979 and became full-time in 1990. “My academic position was multidimensional.”

He said the lab is critical for the future of the university and the field of anthropology. “Archaeological training can loop back into history, accounting and business. You don’t know where those connections will come.”

Tolley’s career loop included earning a master’s in anthropology and working as an aerospace engineer for General Electric. He is also a pilot and co-owned a business that designed and made mountaineering and rescue equipment.

The IU East lab will save students and instructors tremendous amounts of time and money. “They can’t always leave for two months because of other commitments,” Miller Wolf said about students. “I’ll be able to offer field schools right here. Students can get the technical aspects without spending $2,000 or $3,000 to do it.”

Once fully established, it’s anticipated the lab will be self-supporting. One reason is that it will be unique. That’s because it will be available to schools, community organizations and other regional institutions.

It’s envisioned that college students from other campuses will attend field schools at IU East, too. The lab will allow hands-on summer classes for area schoolchildren, educational visits by community clubs such as Girls Inc. and places to experiment for high school classes.

“Miami University has a strong archaeological program, but doesn’t have this type of a lab,” Tolley said, who received his M.A. in Anthropology from the university in Oxford, Ohio, which is just a half-hour south of Richmond. He also served many years as an instructor there. The Ohio native has family connections that reach back for generations in Preble County, Ohio.

In addition to their support of the archaeology lab, the Tolleys also have given financial support for the new Student Events and Activities Center.

Tolley says these gifts are a way of showing appreciation for the support they were given. “We were significantly supported in our degrees,” Tolley said. “We needed to give back as soon as we possibly could … in recognition of what we received.”

Their gift-giving – and the timing – also was enhanced by the fact that their son and daughter have received help in their educational pursuits.

“We had money set aside for their education,” he said. “What a way to use that – to open up opportunities for other students.”

IU East’s campaign goal is $7 million which will help fund a variety of campus initiatives, student scholarships and strategic projects. Find out more about IU East and ways to assist the campus at

This gift counts toward the $2.5 billion campaign, For All: The Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, July 18, 2016 - 08:14 pm: Edit Post

InConcert Hosts Hippie Fest 2016 on August 13th
Poster: Hippie Fest 2016
August 13th 2016
4th Floor Blues Club Outdoor Stage and Beer Garden

~ Mcguffy Lane
~ Duke Tumatoe
~ Crossroads Country Band

Gates open at 4:00 pm
​21 and over ​

Tickets are $15 in advance and $25 at the gate.
As always 100% of the ticket money goes to local non profit organizations, for a complete list and more information please visit our website at

Food and beverage will be available for purchase.
Bring your own lawn chair. Prizes for the best dressed hippie.

For more information, call 765-966-5654.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, July 18, 2016 - 03:35 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Community College Richmond Offers 16 Week Certification in High Demand Nursing Assistant Job Field

Richmond, Ind. - Ivy Tech Community College Richmond Region is offering a 16 week Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification for area residents and current Ivy Tech students. The CNA Certification offers graduates the opportunity to immediately enter high demand jobs upon successful completion of the program. Students achieving the CNA Certification qualify for an average starting wage of $9.00 or more per hour, and full-time positions offer insurance and benefits by local employers.

The course starts Aug 22 and completes Dec 17. There are two course options for the Fall: Monday and Wednesday, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., or Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., once a week class. Area residents and current Ivy Tech students may enroll in the course.

The CNA course is a certificate degree that also applies to other degree programs like the Associate degree Patient Care Technician and the other health technical certificates. Class size is limited. For further information contact: Michelle Anderson, 765-966-2656, ext. 1166 or

Express Enrollment Week is July 18 – 23.

Monday, July 18, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Richmond & Connersville.

Tuesday, July 19 – Friday, July, 22, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Richmond campus.

Saturday, July 23, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Richmond campus.

The Ivy Tech Express Enrollment Center is open 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday and 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Friday on the Richmond campus. Students may express enroll (complete all enrollment steps in one visit) every Monday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 Richmond & Connersville. New students are encouraged to apply online at before coming to campus. If you need to assess please arrive at least two hours before closing time.

For more information, call 765-966-2656, ext. 1202, or 800-659-4562 ext. 1202.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 02:11 pm: Edit Post

Reid Again Named Among 'Most Wired' Health Systems

Reid has again been recognized as one of the nation’s “Most Wired Hospitals,” according to results of the 18th annual HealthCare’s Most Wired™ in a study released this month by the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum.

This is the 9th time Reid has received the recognition, which highlights the use of technology to connect care providers and patients and provide the highest quality of care by integrating information to improve care. The 2016 Most Wired™ survey and benchmarking study, is a leading industry barometer measuring information technology use and adoption among hospitals nationwide. The survey of 680 participants, representing an estimated 2,146 hospitals – more than 34 percent of all hospitals in the U.S. – examined how organizations are leveraging IT to improve performance for value-based health care in the areas of infrastructure, business and administrative management, quality and safety, and clinical integration.

“Hospitals are breaking out of their traditional four walls and providing care where and when patients need it,” said Rick Pollack, president and CEO of the AHA. “These Most Wired hospitals exemplify this transformation by harnessing technology, engaging patients and offering services remotely. And, removing policy and other barriers to telehealth will allow even faster adoption of these amazing technologies.”

According to the survey, Most Wired hospitals are using telehealth to fill gaps in care; provide services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; and expand access to medical specialists.

Craig Kinyon, Reid President/CEO, said Reid has always been a leader in the use of technology, which was a priority in the planning and construction of the replacement campus that opened in 2007-2008. He also cited recent expansions in telehealth, including the addition of mobile technology allowing virtual urgent care visits with Reid Health physicians using computers tablets or smart phones. “We will be expanding this service to include specialty care, which is also already available at Reid Health satellite locations, allowing patients the convenience of remaining in their communities and seeing our specialists using telehealth visits. We also continue to be a leader in adoption, implementation and maintenance of highly sophisticated information systems throughout the Indiana and Ohio region we serve.”

The survey also found:

Most Wired hospitals are utilizing population health management tools and partnering with other health care providers to share critical clinical information used in analyzing interventions aimed at key patient groups, such as those with diabetes. To get patients the right care, hospitals are using predictive modeling to eliminate preventable problems.“This recognition affirms our commitment to ensuring our patients benefit from technology on numerous fronts,” said Tim Love, Director of Information Services at Reid. “Technology, paired with the compassionate personal touch provided by our people, is what helps sets us apart as a health care organization.”

About the survey
HealthCare’s Most Wired™ Survey, conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, 2016, is published annually by Health & Hospitals Network. The 2016 Most Wired® survey and benchmarking study is a leading industry barometer measuring information technology (IT) use and adoption among hospitals nationwide.

Detailed results of the survey and study can be found in the July issue of H&HN. For a full list of winners visit

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, July 18, 2016 - 03:21 pm: Edit Post

Reid HealthNOW Impresses Users with Speed, Convenience
By Andrea Miller for Reid Health
Supplied Photo: SmartPhone with Photo of a Female Doctor
Reid HealthNOW makes a virtual urgent care visit possible from wherever the patient happens to be.
For Debbie Eckhoff and her daughter Amanda, a new Reid Health service saved several hours they would have spent driving to and from an urgent care and being seen by a doctor when Amanda became ill on Easter weekend.

Ben Austerman found it a convenient timesaver when he couldn’t shake a head cold and was able to see a doctor from his home using his smart phone. In both cases, they are now huge fans of Reid HealthNOW – an application that lets a patient have an urgent care visit using their computer, tablet or smart phone.

The app allows users to have an on-demand urgent care virtual visit with Reid Health physicians when the problem is considered a “low acuity visit,” meaning the intensity of care required is relatively low and would normally mean visiting an urgent care or physician. Visits are available 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Eckhoff, a Reid Health team member and Registered Nurse, said the app worked well for her family when her daughter was ill over Easter weekend. Her daughter woke that Saturday morning experiencing symptoms that Eckhoff felt would likely require antibiotic treatment. A college student home for the holiday, Amanda Eckhoff was scheduled to work that day and had plans later that evening. She chose to test the convenience of the Reid HealthNOW app based on her busy schedule that day. “The picture and voice were clear, and it was extremely easy to communicate back and forth,” her mother said.

Debbie Eckhoff was impressed with the speed of virtual visit. “If we would have had to use the traditional access to health care on a Saturday morning, it would have likely been about three and a half to four hours. The new virtual access to health care without ever leaving home took approximately 15 minutes, with 77 miles less driving distance and no wait times!”

She said Amanda still experienced the kind of personal touch that she would have if she had visited the physician's office in person. As the patient, Amanda was pleased: “It was an awesome experience . . . I will never go to urgent care for minor issues like this, I will always use the virtual visit!”

Ben Austerman used Reid HealthNOW app while battling a head cold that seemed to be getting progressively worse. Austerman waited only three minutes before being connected with a physician. “After a series of questions, he decided to treat me for bronchitis and a sinus infection and e-prescribed an antibiotic … The whole visit from login to logout was under 15 minutes. I still would have been driving to Urgent Care in that amount of time.”

The average visit time is six minutes, and patients rate the visits an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars, said Melinda Schriver, Director of Telehealth Services at Reid Health. “One hundred percent of patients surveyed to date would have another Reid HealthNOW visit.”

She said the app makes it easy for physicians to prescribe medicine when needed, and patients can use any pharmacy they choose. The app can also include additional patients or physicians in a visit when needed. “For example, if your high school age child is having a visit while at school, the provider or your child can send you a link via email to join the visit. As a parent, you would then be able to participate in the visit with your child, even though you are still at work.”

Reid HealthNOW will eventually be available 24/7 and hopefully from anywhere in the United States. She said the service will also expand to include visits with primary care physicians and specialists. Additional future goals for Reid HealthNOW include wellness visits, behavioral health, chronic care management, and new patient consults.

To download the Reid HealthNOW app, search “Reid HealthNOW” in either the Apple or Google Play store for your electronic device. Visits are available 7 days a week from 8AM to 11PM. Signup online at Reid HealthNOW.

Physicians who currently provide virtual urgent care visits include: Dr. Patrick Anderson, Dr. Annurhada Bhandari, Dr. William Black, Dr. Michael Fain, Dr. Joseph Hester, Dr. John McGinty, Dr. Jeevan Sekhar, Dr. John Tan, and Dr. Daniel Wegg.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 03:58 pm: Edit Post

2016 Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce Farm Tour to be Held on July 26
Supplied Flyer: Chamber 2016 Farm Tour
The Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present the #ChamberFarmTour to the community again. This year we invite you to tour Golliher Farms with us and to enjoy a meal featuring locally grown food prepared by the Kitchen at the Loft on July 26, 2016. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children, ages 2-10. For more information, please visit our website, 'like' us on Facebook, and 'follow' us on Twitter!

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, July 18, 2016 - 03:44 pm: Edit Post

Area 9 Games Winners Are Announced

People age 55 and older from Fayette, Franklin, Rush, Union, and Wayne counties and nearby Ohio communities came out to enjoy the fun and friendly competition in a wide variety of activities during the 2016
Area 9 Games held June 13th-16th. Sponsored by Area 9 In-Home and Community Services Agency, a service of Indiana University East, the competition began with a fun walk on Monday to Freedom Fountain led by the Olympic torch carried by last year’s Sportsmanship Award recipient, Carol Ott of Centerville. The Honorable Dave Snow, Mayor of Richmond, joined the festivities and proclaimed the week as “Area 9 Games Week.” Green and white balloons highlighted the skies as they were released to signify the official start of the Games.

Designed to promote a healthy lifestyle, the week was filled with a variety of activities and events for all activity levels. Events included a golf scramble, bowling, miniature golf, ping-pong, pool, pickleball, shuffleboard, darts, football toss, paper airplane toss, croquet, corn hole, softball throw, horseshoes, 3-on-3 basketball, basketball free throw, basketball 3-point throw, walk race, pancake race, Wii bowling, and chair volleyball. Olympic-style medals were awarded to participants placing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in each event. Download a list of winners for each event.

The week concluded with recognition of winners and presentation of the 2016 Sportsmanship Award at a Victory Celebration Dinner held at The Leland Legacy with music provided by Moment’s Notice and special entertainment by Nostalgia in Tap.

Each year during the Area 9 Games, participants, staff, and volunteers are encouraged to vote for an individual that they feel have shown the true quality of sportsmanship throughout the Games. This Sportsmanship Award is presented to a participant that has exhibited the most exemplary quality for which we all should strive – sportsmanship. This year’s Sportsmanship Award was presented to Randy Golden of

A special thank you to our 2016 Event Sponsors and all area businesses that supported the Games through donations of prizes. It is through community support that the 2016 Area 9 Games were a huge success!

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, July 18, 2016 - 02:27 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Corporate College Richmond Offers High Demand Certified Scrum Master Course

Richmond, Ind. –Ivy Tech Corporate College Richmond is partnering with Celerity Consulting offering a two day, hands-on, full immersion, Certified Scrum Master (CSM) course. The course will be offered, for the first time in the Richmond area, August 15 and 16, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in McDaniel Hall on the Richmond campus.

The Certified Scrum Master (CSM) course is in high demand especially by software engineers, project and program managers, product owners and managers, and anyone involved in information technology, or truly anyone who needs to find better ways to manage their work.

Judy Neher, Certified Scrum Trainer & Agile Coach and Celerity Consulting president and CEO, will lead the two day Certified Scrum Master course and CSM online completion test. The course text is the Scrum Guide by Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber. At the completion of the course, students must pass an on-line test offered by the Scrum Alliance ( The Scrum Alliance certifies CSM online test results.

Kim Thurlow, Corporate College Executive Richmond says, “We are excited to bring this high level, unique certification training in Scrum to Richmond and the surrounding area. Judy has a passion for this and has delivered training nationally, applying these principles to forward project management work across industries. This is the first time this type of training has been available locally, so we hope those seeking to improve their processes – in any organization- take advantage of the training.”

Neher, a Centerville resident, says, “In today’s ever changing marketplace, the ability to react quickly, to truly understand customer needs, and deliver products early and often is critical to business success. Agile methods, and specifically Scrum, offer businesses a framework to deliver valuable products to their customers in small increments, and receive the benefits of continuous customer feedback.” Celerity Consulting’s customers include iHeart Media, Indiana University, Churchill Downs Race Track and government agencies.

Judy has been coaching and training Agile and Scrum teams for 15 years, and has helped transform both large and small organizations. ​She has 30 years of experience in software engineering and software management. She earned the Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Master of Science in Computer Science from The Johns Hopkins University.

To sign up for the Certified Scrum Master Course go to

For information about the Certified Scrum Master Course contact: Judy Neher, CST | Certified Scrum Trainer & Agile Coach by email:, by cell: 765-969-4589, or by LinkedIn:

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, May 05, 2016 - 07:56 pm: Edit Post

Summer Craftivities for Kids at Veach's Toy Station
Supplied Flyer: Craftivities Flyer
Veach's Toy Station will hold summer activity classes for kids on Wednesdays and Fridays, June 8 - July 29, at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Parents/Grandparents/Caregivers are encouraged to stay with your child and watch them explore their own creativity. Please stop by the store at 715 East Main Street in Richmond to pre-register for classes or call 765.962.5761. Space is limited; classes fill quickly.

The cost is $5/child/class. Most classes are good for all ages; the class names with an asterisk (*) work best for children 5 years old and up.

#1 Enchanted Garden Stone
Wednesdays, June 8 & 15, 1 & 3 pm
Fridays, June 10 & 17, 1 & 3 pm
Use your handprint or colorful stones to make a treasure to share or keep.

#2 Pom-Pom Picture
Wednesday, June 22, 1 & 3pm
Make cute pictures with colorful pompoms. Great for younger crafters.

#3 Science Lab Fun*
Friday, June 24, 1 & 3pm
Explore the giant world of microbiology with local teacher, Amy Kochensparger.

#4 Paint-a-Birdhouse
Wednesday, June 29, 1 & 3pm
Give birds a beautifully painted and decorated place to rest.

#5 No-Sew Pillow*
Wednesday, July 6, 1 & 3pm
Craft your own “punch in” fabric pillow. Choose from various characters.

#6 Make a Nature Kaleidoscope*
Friday, July 8, 1 & 3pm
Make your own scope, re-create it again and again—endless possibilities.

#7 Amazing AquaBeads
Wednesday, July 13, 1 & 3pm
Design with colorful beads, add water, and it becomes a work of art.

#8 Design-a-Doodle*
Friday, July 15, 1 & 3pm
Learn from local artist, Mandy Ford, how to design your own coloring page.

#9 Wind-up Robot Workshop*
Wednesday, July 20, 1 & 3pm
Create a wind-up robot with colorful cutouts, stickers and wiggly eyes.

#10 Jewelry Designer for a Day*
Friday, July 22, 1 & 3pm
Learn from a local jewelry designer and make your own piece of jewelry.

#11 Window Mosaics
Wednesday, July 27, 1 & 3pm
Peel and stick plastic squares create a stained-glass-look window mosaic.

#12 Create a Master-plate!
Friday, July 29, 1 & 3pm
Use a paper template, draw a picture. Templates are sent away to be transformed into a dishwasher safe keepsake. Plates ready for pick up 2-3 weeks.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, July 06, 2016 - 01:11 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Corporate College Richmond Schedules Open Enrollment Excel and OSHA 10 Courses

Richmond, Ind. –Ivy Tech Corporate College Richmond is offering Open Enrollment Courses for late summer and fall. The Open Enrollment Courses focus on employees, from area businesses and manufacturing facilities, and residents wanting to upgrade their skills.

The Open Enrollment Courses will feature a series of popular Excel courses beginning in August. Fundamentals of Excel, from basic concepts to intermediate and advanced topics will be offered in four sessions, August 9, 11, 16, and 18 , 5:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. A second course in Fundamentals of Excel will be offered October 4, 6, 11, and 13, 5:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. The Advanced Excel course will be offered November 1, 3, 8, and 10, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. All courses will be in McDaniel Hall on the Richmond campus.

Two OSHA 10 General Industry Open Enrollment courses are being offered in September and December. The OSHA 10 course will be September 12 and 13, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Day 1) and 8:00 a.m. - Noon (Day 2). The second OSHA 10 course will be December 5 and 6, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Day 1) and 8:00 a.m. - Noon (Day 2). Both courses will be in McDaniel Hall on the Richmond campus.

For additional information or to register for an Open Enrollment Course contact: Ron Puckett, Program Manager, 765-966-2656, ext. 4104, or

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, July 05, 2016 - 08:15 pm: Edit Post

Hand-in-Hand Adult Day Care Poinsettia Fund Raiser Announced
Supplied Flyer: Let It Snow! Fundraiser
Hand-in-Hand Adult Day Care invites you to participate in their 21st annual holiday poinsettia fundraiser.

Poinsettias are delivered to your local business on Wednesday, November 30, 2016. The 6 1/2" pots are covered in festive foil and the plants are available in 3 colors. Each plant is approximately 10" to 12" tall with an average of 7 blossoms.

Please send the entire order form with your check and mail it to Hand-in-Hand Adult Day Care of Richmond, 2727 East Main Street, Richmond, IN 47374. Questions? Call 765.966.0852.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, July 05, 2016 - 07:49 pm: Edit Post

Area 9 Agency Announces Winners of 2016 Senior Art Competition

The creative artwork of area artists age 60+ is being exhibited at the 11th Annual Area 9 Agency Senior Art Exhibit. Celebrating the eleventh annual event, there are 72 works displayed.

“This was one of the most difficult jurying tasks I have had in the eleven years of the event’s existence!” shared Ed Thornburg, judge and gallery curator. “There was an abundance of work entered, and a large proportion of very nice art. I hope that the entrants understand that when art being judged is at a very high level, the competition for awards is somewhat fierce.”

Ribbons were presented to each of the winners listed below. Cash awards for 1st place in each division and Best of Show were sponsored by Friends Fellowship Community.

Results from the open judging held on June 24th.

Presented by Area 9 In-Home and Community Services Agency and Indiana University East, the exhibit will run through September 9th. Meijer Artway, located in Whitewater Hall on the IU East campus, is open to the public during regular campus hours.

Anyone who is interested in next year’s competition/exhibit and would like to be placed on the mailing list should contact Judy Ford at 966-1795 or 800-458-9345, or

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, July 18, 2016 - 05:02 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Community College Names Bowne Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Muncie, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College named Dr. Andrew Bowne as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Bowne will begin this position on August 15, 2016. He currently serves as the Chancellor for the East Central and Richmond regions. An interim to fill Bowne’s position is expected to be named in the coming weeks.

In his new role, Bowne will be responsible for working with local chancellors on regional operations, statewide continuous improvement efforts and facilities planning work. Plans will be underway in 2017 to begin strategic planning work and Bowne will help lead those efforts as well.

“We are thrilled that Andy will be joining our team in his new statewide role,” says Ivy Tech Community College President Sue Ellspermann. “It was important to bring someone into this position that had Ivy Tech Community College chancellor experience. His experience will bring another perspective to our overall efforts to ensure student success and aligning our offerings with the workforce needs across Indiana. He will be a tremendous asset to the team. ”

Bowne served as the chancellor of the East Central region since October 2012 and assumed leadership of the Richmond region in January 2014. The East Central region has campuses in Anderson, Marion, Muncie and Henry County (New Castle). The Richmond region has campuses in Richmond and Connersville. In his current role as bi-regional chancellor, he also serves as co-chair of the statewide Academic Redesign committee, and as a member of the Program Chair Summit committee, the Facilities and Design council and the Pre-Project Review committee.

“I am honored to be part of the Ivy Tech team in this capacity,” Bowne said. “My work with community colleges is incredibly fulfilling and Ivy Tech has presented me with a wonderful opportunity where I can utilize my experience and leadership to help fulfill the mission of the College. It is tough for me to leave the regional day-to-day and strategy level work where I began with the College, but working at this level has afforded me the experience I need to be successful in this role.”

During his nearly four year tenure with the regions, Bowne oversaw construction to implementation, the new Anderson 60th street location, new Henry County campus, and other major facility projects. The regions led the co-requisite remediation work for English and Mathematics, which led to higher pass rates for students and less remediation courses needed for incoming students. He is currently completing a Master Site Planning initiative that will lead to a better understanding of the local long-term needs across six campuses and extended learning sites.

Prior to joining Ivy Tech, Dr. Bowne served at Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan as the Associate Vice President for College Advancement. Before his leadership in the development function, he served as the Executive Director for Workforce Training and Economic Development. In addition to his work in community colleges, he has worked in traditional economic development roles, as well as in workforce development leadership for manufacturing companies in West Michigan.

He earned both his Doctor of Education and Master’s degrees from Western Michigan University with concentrations in Human Resource Development in 1999 and 1989, respectively. His Bachelor’s degree is in Geography/Urban & Regional Planning. He taught as an adjunct faculty member at Cornerstone University for twelve years, primarily in their graduate programs and is currently co-teaching a course at Ferris State University in the Doctor of Community College Leadership program.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, July 18, 2016 - 03:33 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Community College Richmond Schedules Express Enrollment Week, July 18-23

Richmond, Ind. - Ivy Tech Community College Richmond Region Express Enrollment Week is July 18-23. Prospective, new, returning and current students are encouraged to enroll for classes during the Express Enrollment Week.

Sabrina Pennington, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Richmond and East Central Regions, said, “Research indicates students who register early are more successful in college. Registering now, before the August 12 deadline, gives the student time to plan work and family obligations in advance and be better prepared for a busy academic year. It also gives the student the best selection of class times and days.”

Express Enrollment Week is Monday July 18 – Saturday, July 23. No appointment needed.

Monday, July 18, Express Enrollment is 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Johnson Hall on the Richmond campus and in the Connersville Instructional Center, 717 West 21st St. in Connersville.
Tuesday, July 19 – Friday, July 22, Express Enrollment is 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Johnson Hall on the Richmond campus, (US 27 & I-70).
Saturday, July 23 Express Enrollment is 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Johnson Hall on the Richmond campus, (US 27 & I-70).

Staff works alongside students to assist with: admission and financial aid; applying for Ivy Tech Scholarships; verifying financial aid; new student orientation; completing the placement/assessment test (if necessary); meeting with an academic advisor to plan or review the student’s Academic Completion Plan; and, register for classes. Students who need to assess should arrive at least two hours before closing time.

The Richmond Express Enrollment Center is open 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday, and 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Friday.

For more information, call 765-966-2656 ext. 1202 or 800-659-4562 ext. 1202.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, July 05, 2016 - 06:42 pm: Edit Post

Flaherty & Collins Properties, City of Richmond Announce Music City Place Senior Housing in Downtown Richmond
Supplied Rendering: Music City Place
Flaherty & Collins Properties, Western Wayne Affordable Housing and the City of Richmond announced a new project in downtown Richmond, comprised of 50 affordable apartment homes nestled inside an adaptive reuse of the historic YMCA, located at 50 N. 8th Street.

“We are thrilled to be a part of this transformation, and to participate in the City’s downtown revitalization plans on this project,” says Julie Collier, lead developer of the project for Flaherty & Collins Properties. “Rehabbing the YMCA to provide 50 apartments homes not only saves this historic asset, but provides living options for Richmond’s seniors.”

The project, dubbed Music City Place, is located in the heart of downtown Richmond and is within easy walking distance of all the services and amenities offered in the area. Taking its name from the area’s history with early recordings of jazz, along with piano manufacturing and recording studios, the goal with the Music City Place development is to use the namesake as a tribute to Richmond’s history.

“This development has been a top priority and a critical project for the City of Richmond,” says Dave Snow, Mayor of Richmond. “Music City Place will be a game changer for rejuvenating the downtown and restore a barricaded eye sore to the historic gem it should be.”

Downtown Richmond features a wealth of American history. The World’s largest Model-T Ford Club is located just two-tenths of a mile from Music City Place, and the Pennsylvania Depot saw every president from the mid-1800s through 1950 pass through, including Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower.

“The area is so rich in history,” says Collier, “it’s great that we’re able to be a part of preserving part of it.”

Music City Place will provide studio, one-, and two-bedroom units for Richmond residents aged 55+. The project will feature Energy Star appliances to reduce ongoing monthly utility bills for residents, helping fixed income households preserve limited financial resources.

Flaherty & Collins Properties and Western Wayne Affordable Housing will serve as co-developers, with Flaherty & Collins also serving as the general contractor and property manager upon completion. Studio 3 Architects serves as the project designer, with consulting services provided by McKinley Development.

Music City Place is funded through Alliant Capital and the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority. First Merchants Bank is providing the construction bridge loan. The project will take 15 months to complete.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, July 18, 2016 - 05:38 pm: Edit Post

Richmond Scales Facility Dedicated to Memory Of Motor Carrier Inspector Bob Pitcher

Richmond – On Wednesday, July 13th at 11:30 a.m. Troopers, Motor Carrier Inspectors and Command Staff from the Indiana State Police came together at the Richmond Scales Facility, at the 147 mm of I-70, for a ceremony to dedicate the Richmond Scale Facility to the memory of Master Motor Carrier Inspector Robert “Bob” Pitcher. Pitcher was killed in a line of duty motor vehicle crash on 9/26/10.
Supplied Photo: Major Mike Eslinger addressing the crowd, as Brian and Tami McKinney, along with ISP Colonel Mark French, stand by waiting to speak.
Major Mike Eslinger addressing the crowd, as Brian and Tami McKinney, along with ISP Colonel Mark French, stand by waiting to speak.

Master Motor Carrier Inspector Robert “Bob” Pitcher was a lifelong resident of Wayne County and was appointed to the Indiana State Police Motor Carrier Division in July 1988. He had been assigned to the Connersville Post, then later the Pendleton Post. Pitcher was killed on September 26th 2010 in a line of duty crash on I-70, at the 135.5 mile marker, as he towed a piece of equipment used in the testing of truck brakes.

The ceremony was opened by comments from Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division Commander Major Mike Eslinger, followed by comments from I ndiana State Police Colonel Mark French, and ended with a speech given by Bob Pitcher’s daughter, Tami McKinney.
Supplied Photo:  Bob Pitcher's daughter, Tami McKinney, and her husband Brian, under the new sign erected at the entrance to the scale facility.
Bob Pitcher's daughter, Tami McKinney, and her husband Brian, under the new sign erected at the entrance to the scale facility.

The scale facility was officially dedicated to the memory of Bob Pitcher today, with a sign erected at the entrance to the facility, along with a picture and plaque of Pitcher placed in the lobby.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, July 05, 2016 - 04:40 pm: Edit Post

Historic Centerville Quilt and Needlework Show

This year’s Quilt and Needlework Show will be on Friday, August 26 from 10-4 and Saturday, August 27 from 10-4 in the Mansion House in Centerville at 214 East Main Street. Vintage items as well as new creations are welcome. Admission is $3.

Turn-in for items to be displayed as well as donations for the flea market will be on Wednesday, August 24 from 4-6 p.m. at the Mansion House. We appreciate donated items such as books, magazines, patterns, fabric, notions, etc., that are quilt/needlework related. Call Myra Baldwin at 765-977-5605 with any questions or if special arrangements need to be made for the submission of items for display or donations for the flea market.

All money will be used for the maintenance and restoration of the Mansion House property which includes the Salisbury Court House.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, July 05, 2016 - 04:33 pm: Edit Post

Reid Health, Community Health Network Partner on Medical Information System Technology Project

Reid Health has partnered with Community Health Network in Indianapolis to bring a new, nationally recognized patient and care management system to the region served by Reid.

The partnership will bring electronic medical record and business applications from Epic Systems to Reid Health system patients. The system will include a patient-friendly patient portal and access to records at all care sites of both health systems. The collaboration will also provide Reid Health the benefit of a connection to a larger health system for sharing of clinical practice standards while maintaining independence as a regional referral center.

“We will reap much benefit from this major technology change and upgrade, because Community Health Network is already established as an Epic Systems user and brings that experience to Reid Health,” said Craig Kinyon, Reid President/CEO. “Though the transition period will be seamless to our patients, this is a significant project and implementation that will take up to two years to fully implement. The implementation of the Epic applications, much like our recent campus replacement project, continues to build upon our focus in adopting leading patient care technology that brings advanced tools to physicians and clinicians in caring for the health of our community.”

“This clinical collaboration is a win for both of our organizations,” said Bryan Mills, Community Health Network president and CEO. “Our Epic implementation has helped us adopt and spread best practices for patient care across our many care sites, and we believe adding in the expertise of Reid Health’s providers can only serve to accelerate this innovation. The ultimate beneficiaries are patients of both Community and Reid, as we work together to create patient-centered care aimed not just at treating medical issues, but enhancing health and well-being.”

Kinyon said Community Health Network is a good system partnership for Reid Health because the two organizations have similar missions and patient-focused cultures. “This arrangement aligns well with both Reid Health’s and Community’s strategy of seeking mutually beneficial partnerships while at the same time maintaining independence,” he said.

The collaboration is made possible through Epic Connect, an approach that Wisconsin-based Epic Systems employs to allow existing users to securely share their Epic implementations with other healthcare organizations throughout the country. Reid Health care sites will be integrated into Community’s Epic Systems infrastructure, also allowing Reid to benefit from the expertise that Community has developed while using the Epic applications over the course of several years.

“Several members of Reid’s medical staff were heavily involved in the selection of Epic. We are excited for the opportunities to advance patient care both through the system itself as well as through the partnership with Community’s physicians,” said Allen Joseph, M.D., Chief of Reid’s medical staff.

The system also provides an enhanced patient portal that will eventually replace the one currently offered through the Reid Health system. The portal provides a direct electronic connection between patients and their providers for access to patient care management and medical record information.

With the approval of Reid’s board this week, plans are being made for a project kickoff later this year, with an additional 12 to 15 months needed to build and implement the system.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, July 18, 2016 - 08:08 pm: Edit Post

Indiana State Golden Hoosier Award Recipients
Supplied Photo: John Place and Mary Ellen LaMar
John Place and Mary Ellen LaMar

Lt. Governor Eric Holcomb was joined at the Indiana Statehouse on June 3rd by Dr. John Wernert, Secretary of Indiana Family & Social Services Administration (FSSA) and Yonda Snyder, Director of the Division of Aging, to announce the 2016 Indiana Golden Hoosier Award recipients.

The award, which began in 2008, annually honors a group of outstanding Hoosier senior citizens for their lifetime of service and commitment to their communities. The award is considered one of the highest honors given by the State of Indiana to senior citizens.

“The Hoosier values of service to our communities and helping our neighbors is well-represented by this year’s honorees,” said Lt. Governor Holcomb. “It is truly an honor to recognize this year’s Golden Hoosier recipients for the dedication they show their communities and for the tremendous example they set for future generations.”

There were sixty nominations from all over the State of Indiana from which twenty were chosen to receive this prestigious award. Included in the twenty recipients were the two nominees from Area 9, John Place of Richmond and Mary Ellen LaMar of Hagerstown. John and Mary Ellen were both recognized this past April as finalists for Area 9’s local award with John ultimately being selected as the 2016 Area 9 Golden Hoosier. Area 9 includes Fayette, Franklin, Rush, Union and Wayne Counties.

John and Mary Ellen were joined at the Statehouse by their families along with Tony Foster, Executive Director of Area 9 In-Home & Community Services Agency, who submitted the nominations.

Area 9 In-Home and Community Services Agency is a service of Indiana University East.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, July 07, 2016 - 02:00 pm: Edit Post

3,000 Year-Old Lady Saw the Light of Day for the First Time in Over 80 Years

Wayne County Historical Museum staff and volunteers came to Reid Health last Thursday seeking answers to questions about the lid to the coffin of the Egyptian mummy in the museum’s collection. The mummy has been to Reid twice previously. It was x-rayed in 1974 and CT scanned in 2000, but this was the first time the lid has been outside the museum. “We are interested in seeing if there is any metal work in the lid,” said Bonnie Sampsell, guest curator of the Egyptian collections at the museum. The coffins were put together with dowels, so the presence of metal would indicate that the lid has been repaired since it was made in about 900 B.C.
Supplied Photo: Detail of face on coffin lid- Detail of the face on the coffin lid of Wayne County Historical Museum’s mummy. Tuesday, June 30, 2016. (Photo by Kathy Clopper)
Sampsell is a retired professor of biology and has expanded her studies to Egyptology in the last 23 years. She is preparing a monograph on the museum’s mummy that will explain the mummy’s importance to the study of ancient Egypt.

Museum staff know the coffin was made for a woman due to the female features on the lid. Previous radiograph tests revealed the mummy’s skull and pelvic bones were that of a male. At some point the body of the female was removed and a male was placed in the coffin. This is believed to have been common practice for non-royal burials. Coffins were expensive to make and were sometimes emptied and recycled. The fact that the coffin cover was not changed to a male figure is indicative of a less expensive funeral. Other indications that the museum’s mummy was from a cost-conscience funeral is that the brain was not removed and the body was not fully preserved as all soft tissue has deteriorated. “Normally, the name of the deceased appears on the footplate of the coffin,” explained Eugene Cruze-Uribe, professor of history at Indiana University East. “When the male body was placed in the coffin the original name was painted over and left blank.”
Supplied Photo: Harlan and Sampsell—James Harlan, executive director of the Wayne County Historical Museum and Bonnie Sampsell, guest curator of the Egyptians collections at the museum discuss the preliminary findings of X-rays taken of the coffin lid at Reid Health. Tuesday, June 30, 2016 (Photo by Kathy Clopper)
The museum recently held a contest with local children to vote on a name for the mummy. Children voted for their favorite from a list of eight names. The winner was Menkaef, which means, “his soul remains.”

Sampsell is also intrigued by the designs on the lid. The upper half of the body is painted in a very conventional old style of Egyptian motifs while the lower appears more recent.

Preliminary reviews of Thursday’s x-rays revealed a minimal amount of modern repair — in the last 200 years or so — have been made to the lid of the coffin. Samples of paint and wood will be evaluated to determine age and the type of wood used.

The mummy was a gift to the museum from Mrs. Julia Gaar, who purchased it from an antiquities shop in Cairo, Egypt in 1929. “The mummy sat in our museum for 75 years without any interpretation. Everybody knew we had a mummy, but nobody really knew anything about it,” said James Harlan, executive director of the museum. Harlan is appreciative of the cooperation from Reid Health in examining the mummy and the coffin lid. “We are pleased to continue to learn more about Menkaef so we can share that information with the public in our display,” added Harlan.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 03:34 pm: Edit Post

Register for Ivy Tech Community College Richmond Fall Classes before August 12 Deadline

Richmond, Ind. - Ivy Tech Community College Richmond Region Fall class registration is open on the campus and online. Prospective, new, returning and current students are encouraged to enroll for classes before the August 12 deadline. Fall classes begin August 22.

The Express Enrollment Center’s Make It Happen Mondays, (every Monday, except on holidays) in Connersville and Richmond, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., no appointment needed, is for prospective, new, current and returning students. They can complete all steps from application to registration for classes.

Staff works alongside students to assist with: admission and financial aid; applying for Ivy Tech Scholarships; verifying financial aid; new student orientation; completing the placement/assessment test (if necessary); and meeting with an academic advisor to plan or review the student’s Academic Completion Plan; and, register for classes. Students who need to assess should arrive at least two hours before closing time.

The Richmond Express Enrollment Center is open 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday, and 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Friday. For more information, call 765-966-2656 ext. 1202 or 800-659-4562 ext. 1202.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 01:58 pm: Edit Post

INDOT Extends Application Deadline for Matching Grant Program

The Indiana Department of Transportation announced today that due to high interest in the program the agency is extending the application deadline for the Community Crossings matching grant program to Friday, July 29, 2016 at 5 p.m. EDT. The extension gives Indiana cities, towns, and counties an additional two weeks to submit projects for consideration. The additional time allows for communities to complete asset management plans, which are required as part of the grant application process.

On March 23, 2016, Governor Mike Pence signed HEA1001, which created the local road and bridge matching grant program. The program, titled Community Crossings, provides approximately $150 million in state matching funds for local road bridge projects in 2016.

Projects that are eligible for funding through Community Crossings include road resurfacing, bridge rehabilitation, road reconstruction, roundabouts, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance in connection with road projects. Material costs for chip sealing and crack filling operations are also eligible for funds.

Projects submitted to INDOT for funding will be evaluated based on need, traffic volume, local support, the impact on connectivity and mobility within the community, and regional economic significance.

Community Crossings is open to all local government units in the State of Indiana. Cities, towns, and counties awarded grants will receive funding based on a 50/50 match. For example, a county that is awarded a grant for a roundabout project that is estimated to cost $1 million would receive $500,000 in funding from the State with the County providing the other $500,000.

For more information and to apply for a Community Crossings grant, visit and download the application.

All application materials must be submitted via email to by Friday, July 29, 2016 at 5 p.m. EDT. Communities selected to receive funding for projects will be notified by INDOT by the end of August 2016.

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