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Reid Health Restricts Visitation Because of Flu, Illness

Posted January 9, 2020

For the protection of our patients, visitors and families, Reid Health is now restricting visitors because of the continued increase in flu and respiratory illness. Health officials posted the following guidelines Thursday while asking everyone to be sensitive to the risks of spreading infection when at the hospital.

The restrictions are as follows:

  • Children younger than 18 are not permitted on patient units except in special situations.
  • Patients with flu-like symptoms will be asked to wear a surgical or isolation mask.
  • Patients are restricted to their unit except for testing or therapy
  • Visitors who have flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough, chills or muscle aches, are not be allowed to
  • visit patients.
  • Visitors and parents should wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before entering the campus

Kim Schneider, with Reid Infection Control, said the health system has seen a spike in positive flu and respiratory illnesses in the last two weeks.

Wayne County Soil & Water Conservation District 72nd Annual Meeting

Posted January 9, 2020

Supplied Flyer: Wayne County Soil & Water District 72nd Annual Meeting

The Wayne County SWCD invites you to come enjoy dinner and an evening of fellowship and fun at their 72nd annual banquet. The banquet will be held Monday, February 3, 2020 at the Kuhlman Center located on the Wayne County 4-H Fairgrounds. The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a pork chop dinner catered by Rihm's Catering of Cambridge City. The doors will open at 6:00 p.m. Conservation awards and supervisor elections will be held during the banquet.

We are pleased to have Ed Pollock and Gunty Atkins as our guest speakers for the evening, discussing Indiana Barn Preservation.

Tickets can be purchased for $12.00 by mailing payment to or stopping at the district office Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m at 823 S Round Barn Road, Richmond, IN. Tickets can also be purchased at the Wayne County Tourism Bureau Welcome Center.

If you have any questions, please call us at 765-966-0191 Ext. 3.

IU East Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. with Events Through January 31

Posted January 7, 2020

Supplied Photo: Julius BaileyIndiana University East will welcome Martin Luther King Jr. Day keynote speaker Julius Bailey, Ph.D., at 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 21, in the First Bank Community Room located in Whitewater Hall. Bailey is an associate professor of philosophy at Wittenberg University.

The lecture, "MLK Jr.'s Beloved Community Begins With You," is free and open to the public.

Using King's words that appeal to a common humanity Bailey will focus on the role individuals can play to impact societal change.

"In other words, we need a project of redefining our common humanity in a way that transcends racial division and creates a powerful new sense of national or human identity capable of transcending and overcoming the old, race-based identities," Bailey says. "This is a beloved community, as King saw it. Today is my day, your day, our day, to rid ourselves of the old and pick up anew and forge an America that puts love as its national ethic."

As an associate professor at Wittenberg, Bailey teaches philosophy and African American Studies. He is a philosopher, cultural critic, social theorist and diversity lecturer.

In addition to teaching, Bailey is the coordinator for the African and Diaspora Studies, and the director for the Pre-Law Program and director for the Justice, Law & Public Policy program at Wittenberg University. He also serves as the director of Faculty Diversity and as a member of the university's African and Diaspora Studies Advisory Board and the Student Board of Academic Standards.

Bailey has been a guest on numerous media outlets including CNN, Fox, B.E.T, and ABC Nightline, and he often speaks at colleges, prisons, churches and community organizations across America.

He has authored four books, including the award-winning Racial Realities and Post-Racial Dreams: The Age of Obama and Beyond and edited two others, including The Cultural Impact of Kanye West. His new book, Racism, Hypocrisy and Bad Faith: A Moral Challenge to the America I Love, is scheduled to be released by Broadview Press this February.

Bailey received his Doctorate in Philosophical Foundations and Education, with a minor in philosophy, from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. He received a Masters Certificate in African American Studies from Harvard University and a Master of Arts in Philosophy and his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Following Bailey's lecture the campus will host additional events and activities through January 31. This includes a film showing of The Hate You Give, The Race Card Project, a panel discussion with community members, and a community discussion with IU East's Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Events are free and open to the public.

Yemi Mahoney, chief diversity officer and special assistant to the Chancellor, organized the events for this year's MLK celebration at IU East.

"Fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment for all is one of IU East's values," Mahoney said. "It is my hope that these events, beginning with Bailey's lecture about creating a beloved community, will not only facilitate dialogue about important issues but also serve as a call to action for our community."

The IU East campus will be closed on Monday, January 20, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Upcoming MLK Events

Keynote Lecture: MLK Jr.'s Beloved Community Begins With You
Tuesday, January 21
2 p.m.
A reception will follow the lecture.
Whitewater Hall, First Bank Richmond Community Room
Speaker: Julius Bailey, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy at Wittenberg University.

Movie: The Hate You Give
Thursday, January 23
7 p.m.
Tom Raper Hall, Room 124
Description: Starr Carter, who is constantly switching between two worlds - the poor, mostly black neighborhood where she lives and the wealthy, mostly white prep school that she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is soon shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer. Facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and decide to stand up for what is right.

The Race Card Project
Monday, January 27 - Friday, January 31
Whitewater Hall Lobby
Description: The Race Card Project invites people from all walks of life to share their opinions, beliefs, observations, and experiences on race and cultural diversity in a six-word sentence. Stop by to post a six-word sentence and read what others have posted.

Panel Discussion: Stories of Resistance, Persistence and Empowerment from the Civil Rights Era
Tuesday, January 28
7 p.m.
Whitewater Hall Lobby
Description: What was it like to integrate a high school football team in Kentucky? Petition companies in Indiana to hire Black workers? Confront members of the Ku Klux Klan? A panel of local community members will highlight their activism during the Civil Rights Movement in Indiana and beyond.

Community Discussion with the Diversity and Inclusion Committee Wednesday, January 29 11 a.m. Campus Library, located in Hayes Hall in the Community Engagement Commons Description: During its first meeting of the semester the Diversity and Inclusion Committee will host a discussion about Martin Luther King Jr., the relevance of his message today, and how IU East faculty and staff can incorporate "his dream" into their work.

LifeStream to host Sapphire Social in March

Posted January 9, 2020

LifeStream Services invites the community to attend Sapphire Social in celebration of LifeStream's 45 th anniversary of providing services in East Central Indiana. Sapphire Social will be held on Friday, March 13 from 6pm to 10pm at Cornerstone Center for the Arts located at 520 E. Main St. Muncie, IN 47305. Attendees will celebrate with dinner, drinks, and music, while supporting LifeStream in raising funds to continue providing the vital services that over 19,000 people in East Central Indiana rely on every day to maintain their independence. Attendees can participate in an auction featuring prizes from generous community donors and a dessert dash. A dessert dash encourages tables to pool together funds for the right to run and a grab a dessert from the dessert dash table. The table raising the most funds will have the first position when the dash begins. This is a fun and interactive way to support LifeStream and enjoy a sweet treat!

Tickets to the event are $45 per person or $350 for a table of 8. Tickets can be purchased online at lifestreaminc.org/sapphiresocial or by calling 765-759-1121. The last day to purchase tickets to the Sapphire Social is February 28.

Sponsorship and donations of desserts or auction items will be accepted through February 28. Those who are interested should contact Angie Jenkins, Outreach Coordinator, at 765-759-1121 or ajenkins@lifestreaminc.org. Special thanks to the current Sapphire Social sponsors Heaven Sent Home Health Care, Heart to Heart Hospice and Shafer Leadership Academy.

LifeStream is an Area Agency on Aging that works to improve the quality of life for people at risk of losing their independence. LifeStream serves over 19,000 seniors and people with disabilities throughout 12 counties in Indiana including Blackford, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Grant, Henry, Jay, Madison, Randolph, Rush, Union, and Wayne. Programs and services include care management, transportation, in-home care, Senior Cafes, home-delivered meals, guardianships, caregiver support, home modifications, information and assistance, volunteer opportunities and more. For more about the organization call (800) 589-1121 or visit online at www.lifestreaminc.org and follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lifestreamservices.

Reid Health reaccredited by Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program

Posted January 7, 2020

Reid Health has again received a full three-year accreditation from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), including new service locations in Connersville. The survey involves an extensive on-site review of quality and safety standards, including the overall environment of care.

Supplied Graphic: HFAP Seal"Reid Health clearly demonstrates a commitment to quality and patient safety," said Meg Gravesmill, CEO of AAHHS, HFAP's non-profit parent company. "We base our decision on the findings of an extensive and thorough onsite review of the hospital and specific departments against recognized national standards for patient safety, quality improvement, and environmental safety. Reid Health has earned the distinction of HFAP accreditation through its performance in successfully meeting those standards."

"We owe our continued success in accreditation reviews to the quality and diligence of our medical staff along with our expert clinical and non-clinical staff. These team members continually strive to provide excellent, compassionate care that meets or exceeds HFAP standards," said Craig Kinyon, Reid Health President/CEO. "Earning HFAP accreditation is a significant achievement that recognizes our commitment to providing outstanding care to our patients and our community. In fact, quality is consistently the priority focus in our strategic plans and goals."

Jennifer Ehlers, Vice President/Chief Quality Officer, said the HFAP accreditation is regularly sought and obtained in what is a continual process to maintain quality and excellence. She noted the accreditation includes Connersville locations that were taken on in July when Reid Health acquired most of the assets of Fayette Regional Health System. "It takes all 3300 of our employees working diligently, and our Connersville teams rose to the challenge during a time of major transition to ensure compliance with these rigorous standards," she said. "The goal is to achieve the highest standards of care and safety for our patients and their families."

HFAP is a nationally recognized program of AAHHS offering accreditation and specialty certifications to serve a range of healthcare organizations. Originally established in 1945, HFAP is the original healthcare accreditation program in the United States. HFAP holds deeming authority from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and also is recognized by state governments and regulatory bodies, and insurers.

HFAP's mission is to be the valued partner for healthcare organizations committed to improving their quality of care, through accreditation/certification standards and continuing education, with a focus on advancing the health and welfare of their communities. For more information, visit www.hfap.org.

The survey team was in Richmond and Connersville earlier this year and spent four days on site reviewing compliance with multiple standards in areas that include medical staff, nursing and patient care, infection control, pharmacy procedures, medical records, building safety, staff qualifications and more.

Reid Health and specific departments and service lines also maintain numerous other accreditations, Ehlers said, with HFAP and the Indiana Department of Health being among the most extensive. "The purpose of all of them is to continue a culture of excellence." Reid Health has been accredited by HFAP for nearly 18 years, participating in six surveys. Ehlers said a Reid Health team member is assigned to own each standard and works to ensure they are met, noting that all standards are continually monitored.

Senior Adult Ministry January Meeting

Posted January 6, 2020

The next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, January 28, at First United Methodist Church, 318 National Road West, Richmond, IN. We gather together for our ever popular hymn sing. Come and bring a friend. We'll join our voices and have soup and sandwiches to share.

Senior Adult Ministry is an active group of seniors over 50 years old open to all regardless of religious affiliation. The group is guided by Pastor Judi Marshall, Clara Bulmer and Beverly Kirby. These three women actively share their gifts of ministry, hospitality and creativity in planning and organizing the monthly meetings.

For further information, call 765-962-4357.

Singles Interaction Newsletter - January 2020

Posted December 19, 2019

Flyer: January 2020 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!

Reid Outpatient Psych to Open in New Location

Posted January 6, 2020

Reid Health's outpatient psychiatric services are opening Monday, Jan. 6, at a new location and with a new name, health system officials say.

The newly renamed Outpatient Behavioral Health service line will move from the sixth floor of the Reid Health main campus on Reid Parkway to 1130 North J Street in Richmond. "This new location gives us our own dedicated and easily accessible space with nearby parking and a newly remodeled facility," said April Coffin, Director of Outpatient Behavioral Health.

She noted that services are all on one floor in the building, which was the former home of a physician office. The move is in response to the growing need for services and outgrowing the space on the hospital's main campus.

The new space will allow expanded capacity to handle more patients. A new provider is to be added in February as well.

The outpatient psychiatric services team includes psychiatrists, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNP), nurses and licensed clinical social workers who provide follow-up after inpatient care, and initial evaluations, assessments, and on-going treatment of patients who do not require hospitalization.

Services include medication management, and individual and family therapies.

For more information or appointment information, please call: (765) 983-3050.

Richmond's Meltdown Winter Ice Festival

Posted January 22, 2020

The chainsaws and blowtorches fire up on January 23, 2020, kicking off the 7th annual Meltdown Winter Ice Festival. Downtown Richmond becomes an unforgettable destination where exquisitely detailed carvings, thrilling ice carving competitions, lively winter activities, and fun collide. AND the best part . . . it's free.

Watch the ice fly as world renowned ice artists, including Richmond's own Master Ice Carver Andrew Thistlethwaite, use their polished skills and imagination to transform blocks of ice into awe-inspiring crystalline spectacles. Take in the magical creations along Main Street and Elstro Park Plaza. Meet the artists and pose with more than 35 dazzling sculptures. During the festival, over 22 tons of ice will be intricately designed and sculpted into works of art.

Play games made of ice at the Interactive Play Zone -- corn hole, ping pong, chess, and skee-ball are just some of the fun activities to be enjoyed. Other highlights include fire shows, Magical Snowflakes on Main Scavenger Hunt, Frozen Fairy Trail, Frosty Mug Pub Crawl, Lego competition, local food trucks, fireworks, and more.

The most anticipated and crowd pleasing extravaganza during the event are the two exhilarating ice sculpting competitions between pro carvers and 1,200 lbs. of ice. The audience is the judge for this event as these artists go head to head to see who can create the best sculpture in the allotted time. These high-octane ice carving showdowns will take place Friday, January 24th & Saturday, January 25th. Competitions on both nights start at 7:30 p.m. at Elstro Park Plaza, downtown Richmond.

Supplied Photos: Meltdown Ice Festival Events

Senior Adult Ministry January Meeting

Posted January 6, 2020

The next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, January 28, at First United Methodist Church, 318 National Road West, Richmond, IN. We gather together for our ever popular hymn sing. Come and bring a friend. We'll join our voices and have soup and sandwiches to share.

Senior Adult Ministry is an active group of seniors over 50 years old open to all regardless of religious affiliation. The group is guided by Pastor Judi Marshall, Clara Bulmer and Beverly Kirby. These three women actively share their gifts of ministry, hospitality and creativity in planning and organizing the monthly meetings.

For further information, call 765-962-4357.

Singles Interaction Newsletter - January 2020

Posted December 19, 2019

Flyer: January 2020 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!

Reid Outpatient Psych to Open in New Location

Posted January 6, 2020

Reid Health's outpatient psychiatric services are opening Monday, Jan. 6, at a new location and with a new name, health system officials say.

The newly renamed Outpatient Behavioral Health service line will move from the sixth floor of the Reid Health main campus on Reid Parkway to 1130 North J Street in Richmond. "This new location gives us our own dedicated and easily accessible space with nearby parking and a newly remodeled facility," said April Coffin, Director of Outpatient Behavioral Health.

She noted that services are all on one floor in the building, which was the former home of a physician office. The move is in response to the growing need for services and outgrowing the space on the hospital's main campus.

The new space will allow expanded capacity to handle more patients. A new provider is to be added in February as well.

The outpatient psychiatric services team includes psychiatrists, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNP), nurses and licensed clinical social workers who provide follow-up after inpatient care, and initial evaluations, assessments, and on-going treatment of patients who do not require hospitalization.

Services include medication management, and individual and family therapies.

For more information or appointment information, please call: (765) 983-3050.

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