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Union County Medical Center to Transition to New Ownership

Posted September 23, 2019

On October 29, 2019, Union County Medical Center will begin operating under the umbrella of Neighborhood Health Center, Inc, a not-for-profit corporation that operates as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC).

The center will continue to provide family medicine and behavioral health care with dental services to be added sometime in 2020. The office will continue to operate in its current location with similar hours.

Carrie Miles, Chief Executive Officer, shared "Our mission is to 'promote health and wellness through access and affordability for all members of our community, especially those who need us most'," Miles said. "The primary reason for transitioning the center is our ability as a FQHC to provide additional, essential services for members of the community who otherwise cannot afford services," Miles said.

Federally Qualified Health Center is a designation from the federal government that provides enhanced reimbursement from Medicare and Medicaid. As a FQHC, patients are cared for regardless of ability to pay and fees are based on family size and income.

Union County has over 13% of residents who are uninsured. Miles said the center plans to provide onsite eligibility services to help more residents obtain insurance coverage. "We look forward to working with all community partners to help meet the needs of our community and improve the overall health of Union County."

Union County Medical Center has been owned and operated by Reid Health since November 2010. The transition will allow a more focused approach to improve the health of low-income patients living in Union County. Neighborhood Health Center will offer on-site assistance with financial paperwork, transportation assistance and additional connections to community services. Statistics show that 36% of Union County residents are at or below 200% of federal poverty limits.

"This is great news for patients served by the Union County Medical Center," said Kelly Beall, Reid Health Vice President/Executive Director of Reid Health Physician Associates. "From the patient perspective, this change will be seamless and will increase their options for care."

The existing providers and staff will make the transition and continue to provide quality healthcare at the facility. Providers include Dr. Sang-Kyune Lee, Paulette Worcester, NP and Shannon Shuman, NP; Joanita Wesler, NP, and Christopher Crist, LCSW, will provide behavioral health services.

Worcester shared that "This is a significant step forward in ensuring residents have the care they need and want from birth through aging. The staff at Union County Medical Center are excited about this transition. We see it as an opportunity to provide more health services to the people we care very deeply about. We're looking forward to welcoming new patients to our care as we continue to grow."

The center is accepting new patients and will continue to be in network with most insurance plans and will add plans as the need arises. The center is governed by a board of directors made up of community members with a strong commitment for the health and well-being of the community and includes individuals who are served by the center.

For more information, contact Carrie Miles at carrie.miles@neighborhoodhc.org or by calling the Neighborhood Health Center at 765-965-4299.

Reid Health Urgent Care centers receive national accreditation

Posted September 19, 2019

Reid Health's urgent care centers in Indiana and Ohio have received National Urgent Care Center Accreditation (NUCCA).

The accreditation is a voluntary process in which urgent care centers are measured on quality and performance against nationally recognized standards. Reid Health centers include:

Reid urgent care centers treat injuries or illnesses requiring immediate care.

Logo: NUCCA"The assurance that healthcare providers and facilities maintain adequate levels of quality is of vital importance to patients," says an announcement from NUCCA. "Accreditation demonstrates the highest level of commitment to providing quality medical care that is consistent with the highest ideals of the specialty."

Macy Sarno, M.D., with Reid Health Urgent Care, said seeking and obtaining the accreditation is part of dedication by Reid Health of being constantly focused on quality. "Our mission is to provide convenient, compassionate and high-quality care every day at every convenient location."

National Urgent Care Center Accreditation is an independent, non-profit organization that provides accreditation to properly qualified urgent care centers throughout the United States. The National Urgent Care Center Accreditation (NUCCA) Program accomplishes the accreditation of urgent care centers by setting standards, measuring performance, and providing consultation and education where needed.

Accreditation is ultimately awarded to those urgent care centers that are found to be in compliance with National Urgent Care Center Accreditation Program standards. The National Urgent Care Center Accreditation program is recognized by leading medical organizations to provide such accreditation.

Gaar House Museum Receives Funding for Structural Repairs

Posted September 18, 2019

Logo: Efroymson Family Fund$10,000.00 has been awarded to the Gaar House Museum in Richmond, Indiana from the Efroymson Family Fund. The funds are being used for much needed porch flooring and molding repairs on the west and south sides of the house.

These funds are contributing to the stabilization and future of this 1876 2nd Empire Victorian home that is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The Gaar House Museum has served as a tourist attraction teaching and sharing the industrial, cultural and significance of one of the many families that contributed to the early development of Richmond and Wayne County.

**The Efroymson Family Fund, a donor-advised fund of the Central Indiana Community foundation, continues a long legacy of charitable commitment by the Efroymson family in central Indiana. The Efroymson Family Fund was established in 1998 by Dan and Lori Efroymson to promote the viability of communities and has awarded more than $115 million in grants in Central Indiana and beyond. For more information about the Efroymson Family Fund, visit efroymsonfamilyfund.org.

2019 Stamm Koechlein Family Foundation Grants Awarded to 27 Local Nonprofit Organizations and Schools

Posted September 18, 2019

Stamm Koechlein Family Foundation is pleased to announce awards of over $225,000 in recent grants to 27 local nonprofits and schools. The 2019 grant distributions bring the total investment in the Richmond community to well over $3 million dollars since the Foundation's inception in 2000. SKFF focuses funding attention on organizations whose programming supports the youth of the Richmond community.

"We are really pleased to be granting over $225,000 to local organizations this year! From youth leadership development to reward programs for student behavior, SKFF is working hard to support the incredible work of our youth-serving organizations. We are so proud to be their partner in creating a community that supports and celebrates our children," said SKFF President Monica Koechlein.

Nonprofits receiving operational support for current programming (and staff support) are: Amigos, Boys & Girls Club, Cardinal Greenway, JUKO (Richmond Parks Department), Stage One, Cope Environmental Center, Joseph Moore Museum, K-Ready (Every Child Can Read), Richmond Parks Department, Communities in Schools, Civic Hall, and Richmond Art Museum.

RCS schools including Test Intermediate, Charles Elementary, Crestdale Elementary, Fairview Elementary, Starr Elementary, Vaile Elementary and Westview will receive funding to help with a variety of programs that encourage healthy, positive behaviors, provide leadership development for students, and promote responsible decision-making.

Equipment grants and capital upgrades were awarded to Richmond Pickleball Project, Women's Workshop Richmond, and Hayes Arboretum.

New programs and staff positions are being supported at Wayne County Historical Museum and Richmond Symphony Orchestra while IU East will receive funding for program expansion.

STARTedUP will receive funding for creative problem solving/entrepreneurial awards and the Richmond Meltdown is receiving funding for support of this popular family festival!

"It is the deep family roots and ties to the Richmond community that make the Stamm Koechlein Family Foundation truly invested in providing significant opportunities to the citizens of our community. In particular, their dedication to our youth is unmatched and has been instrumental in improving the quality of life for many children," said Richmond Art Museum Executive Director Shaun Dingwerth.

The mission of Stamm Koechlein Family Foundation is to actively serve the communities of (SKFF) board members, especially Richmond, Indiana and the surrounding areas. SKFF supports non-profit community organizations that enhance the vitality of the community, especially for young people. For more information about the Foundation, please visit www.StammKoechlein.org or Facebook like the organization on Facebook.

Randolph County Promise, IU East celebrate first day of college for third-graders at "Walk into My Future"

Posted September 18, 2019

Randolph County brought 293 third-grade students to Indiana University East today (September 13) for the Randolph County Promise event, "Walk into My Future."

The program helps third-grade students and their parents open a College Choice 529 Direct Savings plan, which may be used to pay for education beyond high school.

When families enroll in the program, the Community Foundation of Randolph County deposits $25 into their account. If students add money to their account during Champion Week in October, they will be eligible to have their contributions matched by members of the community.

Additionally, every third-grade student received a $1,000 scholarship, provided by IU East, to go toward the costs of college. The scholarship will be available to Randolph County third-grade students who attend IU East as part of the incoming class of 2029.

IU East hosted "Walk into My Future," a day of interactive learning and hands-on discovery. The third-graders had a peek at what their future college experience could be like through their experiences. IU East Chancellor Kathy Cruz-Uribe said she is proud of IU East's involvement in the program.

"Today we get to celebrate the future as each of these students take the step toward a college education," Cruz-Uribe said. "This event is just one many ways IU East works to fulfill its mission in the region. We hope this event will inspire each of these students to think about what they can be when they grow up, and just as importantly, what they and their families can do now to prepare for that future." The six elementary schools in Randolph County participate in the "Walk into My Future" day at IU East including:

  • Deerfield Elementary, Ridgeville
  • Monroe Central Elementary, Parker City
  • North Side Elementary, Union City
  • Randolph Southern Elementary, Lynn
  • Union Elementary, Modoc
  • and Willard Elementary, Winchester

While at IU East, the third-graders explored college through a series of learning stations, toured the campus, and talked with university students, faculty and staff. Faculty led fun activities in the areas of science, nursing, humanities, business and education. Examples of activities are virtual reality demonstrations, astronomy, theater games, germ fighters, fingerprinting, an art hunt, making music, Spanish Bingo, math games and fun with reading.

Additionally, each student received an "I Did It" certificate and had their photo taken with Rufus the Red Wolf, IU East's mascot.

Lisa Jennings, executive director of the Community Foundation of Randolph County, said the event is a collaborative effort.

"Randolph County Promise is an inspiring opportunity for families to focus on their children's futures. It is a great way to show children that their family, friends and the Randolph County communities care and believe in them. We partner with IU East to strengthen the Promise with their innovation and to build hope for future careers for our students. We are so appreciative of these collaborative partnerships that will not only impact our youth, but our communities as well. Everyone involved has been amazing," Jennings said. The Promise program is supported by Promise Indiana through the Indiana Youth Institute, the Indiana Education Savings Authority, and Lilly Endowment, Inc., as a combined effort to Increase college and career readiness around the state.

Carol Mills, coordinator for Randolph County Promise, said the "Walk into My Future" event is an exciting day that provides several opportunities for children to explore, to meet college students and instructors, and to visit campus.

"The children are very excited because this is their first day of college," Mills said. "By the end of the day, they're talking about the different types of things that they could do and the careers they can purse. One little boy last year said he felt like he could do anything after being there, so it is a really exciting day."

Mills said the program has provided more than she could hope for, especially going through the event for the first time last year. She said there was a wide variety of stations available to the children so they could explore future careers in different areas including art, news broadcast, nursing, Spanish and more. "It was very involved and the students were very engaged," Mills said. "The excitement was just very contagious." One of the new incentives this year encourages families to register their third-grade student by September 1. Each of these students are eligible for a $100 deposit to their account from the Randolph County Foundation if their name is drawn. Each school had one name drawn today at IU East. The names not drawn were then combined with all of the schools, with one third-grader's name drawn for a $529 contribution to their account by the Community Foundation.

Later this year, third-graders will have another opportunity to add to their individual accounts through Randolph County Foundation incentives. In December and May, a new incentive will provide $10 for every hour a student completes for reading or service in the community - up to $100 - added to their account by the foundation.

"We want students to take some initiative and work toward their education," Mills said. "Of course we're going to help them as much as we can along the way."

According to the Promise program, students with a college savings account of $1-$499 are four and one-half times more likely to enroll in and complete college than those with no college savings accounts, yet only 11.7 percent of Indiana students have those accounts.

Cruz-Uribe said IU East is committed to helping third-graders across Randolph County achieve their dreams of one day attending college.

"I'm a big proponent of what Randolph County Promise is working to achieve," she said. "We hope to see many of these students years from now when they return to campus as part of our incoming class of 2029." "This is just the best thing to come to Randolph County students in my lifetime. I really encourage all Randolph County families to get their third-grader enrolled in the 529 plan if they haven't done that," Mills said.

Registration is available online for Randolph County third-graders at randolphcountyfoundation.org or email Carol Mills at cmills@randolphcountyfoundation.org.

Women's Leadership Conference

Posted September 5, 2019

It's time to register for the 12th annual Women's Leadership Conference, held on October 4, 2019! Below is this year's brochure outlining all the workshops and showing the timeline for the day.

Register and pay at waynecountyfoundation.org before September 29, 2019.

Brochure: Cover Page

Brochure: Session Info

Singles Interaction Newsletter - September 2019

Posted August 19, 2019

Supplied Flyer: September 2019 Singles Interaction Newsletter

If you are 21 years of age or better and single, divorced, widow or widower, Singles' Interaction invites you to join them on Friday nights. Come to the Eagles Lodge, 75 South 12th Street, Richmond (membership not required) and meet other single people in the Richmond area.

Come, socialize, dance, and enjoy yourself!

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