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Relief for Small Business Is On The Way

Posted June 26, 2020

The first wave of relief is on its way for local small businesses in the heart of Richmond. Center City Development Corporation in partnership with the City will be distributing the first round of support from the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA). This program seeks to retain low to moderate income jobs by providing operational capital and support for remote work.

Eight local businesses were selected to receive round one funding. Together, these businesses employee 54 people in the community, positions that are now more secure. The diversity of the grant recipients highlights a strength of our business community. Of the businesses awarded funding, over 60% are women or minority-owned.

Applications for round two support will open up on July 3rd and will be due on July 13th. Recipients will be announced by July 29th. Micro enterprises will be eligible to apply for round two funding. Visit CCDC online for more information and to apply.

OCRA was able to provide this opportunity by redirecting their Community Development Block Grant funds to assist with COVID-19. This was in response to Governor Holcomb's Executive Order 20-05, which called for additional actions to protect and support Hoosiers across the state.

The City of Richmond, Center City Development Corporation, and the entire community want to extend our deep gratitude to Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and OCRA for this funding opportunity to support Richmond's recovery.

Reopening in the Region: So Far, So Good says Reid Health Doctor

Posted June 26, 2020

Indiana's phased reopening isn't causing a spike in coronavirus cases - at least so far in Indiana, says a Reid Health physician who has been monitoring COVID statistics since the pandemic began.

Thomas Huth, M.D., Vice President of Medical Affairs, has tracked international, national, regional and local data for months and shared it regularly with regional health department officials in Indiana and Ohio. "The good news is that reopening doesn't seem to be spiking the number of cases -- at least not yet," Dr. Huth said, noting that total cases are expected to rise as testing increases. "But we need to watch indicators of severity - particularly positive test rates, hospitalizations and deaths."

"We need to watch indicators of severity - particularly positive test rates, hospitalizations and deaths." -- Thomas Huth, M.D., Reid Health

He sees a red flag in Ohio, however, as positive test rates and hospitalizations have trended up. In the United States as of this week, the national increases are mostly related to upward trends in California, Texas, Florida and Arizona. "In all four cases, their case counts are higher mostly because of expanded testing. We can see this because they have relatively high per capita testing rates, they have lower rates of positive tests than most states, their case-fatality rates are lower than average, and their hospitalization rates are lower." The increases in Texas, Arizona and Florida are the most concerning because of an indication that increases are partly explained by more spread. Their positive test rates have increased in recent weeks.

He also stressed the importance of continuing to follow safety precautions - masking, social distancing and hand-washing -- to keep the trend going downward.

Regional numbers from area counties and statistics at Reid Health continue to show a slow, downward trend as summer begins. The number of hospitalized patients kept in containment areas as positive or suspected COVID-19 cases peaked at 64 at the end of March and first of April, then remained in the 50s for several weeks before slowly trending downward. As of June 26, the number hit its lowest point since then at 15.

What Dr. Huth will be watching as he monitors the numbers is whether he sees an uptick in severity of cases. "We want to see continued low hospitalization rates, ICU admissions and deaths." He also stressed the importance of continuing to follow safety precautions - masking, social distancing and hand-washing -- to keep the trend going downward.

For daily updates and other COVID-19 information, visit: www.ReidHealth.org/safe.

LifeStream's 11th Annual Golf Outing Set for August 19 at the Players Club in Yorktown

Posted June 18, 2020

Event to raise funds to help seniors and people with disabilities remain independent in East Central Indiana

LifeStream Services invites the public to attend the 11th Annual LifeStream Golf Outing on Wednesday, August 19 at The Players Club in Yorktown. Join LifeStream for a day of golfing and making a difference in the lives of seniors and people with disabilities in our community. The LifeStream Golf Outing will include a variety of activities and chances to win cash prizes including a $10,000 Hole-In- One contest.

The event will begin with registration and a light breakfast at 7:30am, shotgun start at 9:00am, followed by lunch and awards at 1:00pm. Registration as an individual or a team is open through Monday, August 17. The golfing fee is $75 for an individual or $280 for a foursome. Those interested may register online by visiting www.lifestreaminc.org/golfouting or contact Angie Jenkins, Outreach Coordinator, by calling 765-759-1121 or email ajenkins@lifestreaminc.org.

The event proceeds go directly to fulfilling LifeStream's mission of improving the quality of life for people at risk of losing their independence. LifeStream does this through providing a number of programs and services including transportation, in-home care management, home-delivered meals, and much more for over 19,000 seniors and people with disabilities in twelve counties throughout East Central Indiana.

Sponsorship is available through August 17. For more information on how to sponsor please visit www.lifestreaminc.org/golfouting or contact LifeStream by calling 765-759-1121 or email ajenkins@lifestreaminc.org.

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 .

Statement from the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce

Posted June 18, 2020

The recent deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, have focused the Chamber's attention on the violence and injustices which have plagued the African American community for centuries and denigrated our highest aspirations as a nation and deepest moral convictions as a people. The Wayne County Chamber of Commerce denounces all forms of racism, discrimination and prejudice. We recognize the generations-old hurt and frustration within the African American community. We grieve the loss of communities and businesses in the wake of recent riots. We are listening to and learning from stories of racism in our community. We are engaging local law enforcement to understand how they are training officers and continuing to develop a healthy police culture. We are encouraged by non-violent protests and the collective call for change. We promise to not turn away from the challenging and transformative work that lies ahead.

As a business and community organization, the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce values the diversity of our community; businesses large and small, single owner, corporate, and franchise, service, merchandising, manufacturing, education, and healthcare, to name a few. Even more so, we value the diversity of ideas, abilities, and stories of those who work, live, and pass through Wayne County. We are stronger together.

In April 1968, when many cities in America were facing riots following the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Richmond, Indiana experienced a massive double explosion in its downtown area. In that moment, the city came together as people of different races and backgrounds, searched for victims and began the difficult clean-up. Some have concluded that in the face of hardship and crisis, racial unity was found. Such unity is in our history and today, it is our call.

Moving forward, the Chamber is committed to engaging in intentional conversations with community partners such as the NAACP so as to better understand the struggles and dreams of African Americans. The Chamber will promote educational opportunities so as to support racial diversity and inclusion and confront systemic racism. The Chamber will continue to bring a variety of voices to the table for conversation and shared action. The Chamber strives to be a unifying link in our community, embodying our greatest values, as we stand united against racism and injustice.

WCTV's 7th Annual 21 for Fun Casino Night Fundraiser Canceled

Posted June 18, 2020

The Whitewater Community Television (WCTV) Board of Directors met recently and held a discussion about this year's 21 for Fun casino night fundraiser which had been postponed to August 7, 2020. After much thought, and careful consideration of many factors, the Board has voted in favor of canceling the 2020 event. While this is not the outcome that we had hoped for, it is the most proactive option based on current circumstances.

For anyone who had purchased tickets to this year's event, a full refund will be made available upon request. Please contact WCTV at (765) 973-8488 or wctv@iue.edu to arrange the refund.

WCTV would like to thank Reid Health, First Bank Richmond and all of our sponsors and supporters who have helped make this annual fundraiser such a success.

21 for Fun is the area's premier casino night event which helps sustain Wayne County's Public, Education and Government (PEG) access television center. Although this year's fundraiser has been canceled, WCTV is planning a bigger and better return of this important event in April 2021.

In the meantime, there are many ways to help sustain Public, Education, and Government (PEG) Access in Wayne County, Indiana. For those interested in supporting WCTV, please consider donating or becoming a member of the organization. Donations and membership purchases may be completed online at https://wctv.info/ or by mail:

Whitewater Community Television
2325 Chester Boulevard, Hayes Hall 099
Richmond, Indiana 47374

Reid Urgent Care to Reopen at 1501 Chester Boulevard

Posted June 18, 2020

Reid Health Urgent Care is reopening at 1501 Chester Boulevard Monday, June 15, as part of changes that will still maintain separate operation of the Respiratory Clinic created in March to handle possible COVID-19 cases.

The changes reflect a downturn in respiratory illness, yet still makes it possible to continue to keep potential COVID cases separated from patients with other urgent care needs. It also reduces traffic at Reid Medical Associates primary care practice, which has housed urgent care and the practice since early March.

"The separate Respiratory Clinic was a very effective strategy that reduced the risk of COVID-19 exposure from mixing patients, along with the numerous other steps we have taken to keep all patients as safe as possible," said Misti Foust-Cofield, Reid Health Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer.

The newest steps include:

  • Relocating urgent care services that were moved to 1350 Chester in March back to 1501 Chester Boulevard.
  • Continuing to test respiratory patients in the parking lot at 1501 Chester's urgent care location; and keeping respiratory patients separated from others within that facility.
  • Establishing a curbside station on June 22 on the east side of Reid Orthopedic Center for by-appointment COVID-19 testing of healthy patients before a scheduled surgery or procedure.

In an effort to address on-going concerns about the virus, anyone experiencing respiratory symptoms can call the Reid Health Respiratory Clinic hotline at (765) 965-4200 for consultation and possibly an appointment scheduled at the clinic. Or they can log into the Reid HealthNOW virtual app for a COVID-19 screening/consultation and schedule an appointment as needed during the same hours.

For more information about Reid Health's Safe Pathways to Care, visit: https://www.reidhealth.org/safe

We're back on June 19. Join us! Singles Interaction, Inc.

Posted June 9, 2020

Supplied Flyer: Singles Interaction Newsletter for June/July 2020

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!

Morrisson-Reeves Library Summer Reading and Activity Program

Posted June 4, 2020

Supplied Flyer:  MRL Summer Reading Program

Imagine Your Story!

The fun starts at MRL! Spark your imagination this summer by exploring the LIbrary's Summer Reading and Activity Program. Sign-up is easy and free. ...and you could earn a prize just for reading! All ages are welcome to participate.

More details and sign-ups are on the Library's website at MRLinfo.org or call the library at 765.966.8291.

Every week you will receive a newsletter in the mail. This newsletter will contain reading and activity ideas, jokes, recipes and crafts. Although the library building is temporarily closed to the public, staff can collect the books you want to read. Then they will call you to arange a convenient Curbside Pick-Up. It's that easy!

Sign up today!

June 30 Deadline Approaching for 21st Century Scholars' Enrollment

Posted June 9, 2020

Seventh, Eighth Grade Students Encouraged to Apply

(INDIANAPOLIS) – Indiana seventh and eighth grade students can still apply for the 21st Century Scholars program, but the June 30 deadline is swiftly approaching. Led by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, 21st Century Scholars is the state's early college promise program that provides up to four years of undergraduate tuition and fees for eligible low-income students at Indiana colleges and universities.

To qualify, students must apply during their seventh or eighth grade year. Most students who qualify for the federal free and reduced lunch guidelines will qualify for the 21st Century Scholars program – but students can only take advantage if they apply before the June 30 deadline.

"At a time when education beyond high school is more important than ever, it's imperative for students who qualify to take advantage of financial aid programs such as 21st Century Scholars," said the Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers. "This program can be life-changing for those who apply, but we need the help of school and community partners and Scholar alumni and their families to help us spread the word so that more eligible students apply by the deadline."

The Commission's 2020 College Readiness Report shows that 21st Century Scholars are enrolling in college 86 percent of the time – compared to the statewide college-going average of 61 percent. The 21st Century Scholars program has also been shown to close educational achievement gaps for low-income students and students of color.

"Limited financial resources should not be a barrier for students who want to attend college," said Robert Shegog, President/CEO of the Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper, one of the top African American publications in the nation that advocates for African-Americans and minorities, as well as the underserved. "The 21st Century Scholars program is an excellent opportunity for students from marginalized communities to attend college with little to no debt. Parents should definitely be taking advantage of such a noteworthy program, as low-income and students of color can truly change the trajectory of their lives by participating."

The Commission's new strategic plan, Reaching Higher in a State of Change, outlines numerous policy positions and action areas to drive college-going access and success, including making equity a key focus item to ensure that the state is taking meaningful action to close achievement gaps on every campus in every community.

Help with enrollment available

Students and parents who need help signing up for the 21st Century Scholars program can get virtual assistance on June 25 at 2 p.m. (ET) and June 29 at 6 p.m. (ET) during Facebook Live events on Learn More Indiana's Facebook page. The Commission's outreach staff will be answering questions on the Learn More Indiana social media platforms the day of the events (Instagram: @LearnMoreIndiana and Twitter: @LearnMoreIN) but are always available via phone or email. To best serve the state, the Commission has split the state into eight regions. A full list of counties and associated numbers is available here. Help is also available in Spanish by calling 317-232-1072 or 317-617-0318.

¿Necesitas ayuda en español? Llame al 317-232-1072 o 317-617-0318.

Learn more and apply at www.Scholars.in.gov/enroll.

RFD Recognizes 2020 Graduates of RACC Fire/EMS Programs

Posted June 3, 2020

Two Richmond Area Career Center programs run by the Richmond Indiana Fire Department celebrated their 2020 graduates in a special banquet on June 3. The Emergency Medical Technician program led by Instructor Ben Simmons, Richmond Fire Department EMS Chief, had nine graduates. Five of these seniors also completed the Fire and Rescue program during the 2018-19 academic year led by Instructor Gregg Moore, Richmond Fire Department Driver/Operator. These students have earned multiple certifications to include Firefighter I/II, Hazmat Operations, Basic Life Support CPR, and Emergency Medical Technician.

EMT Graduates 2019-2020

  • Alexis Adams
  • Alexis Baumer
  • Dylan Candlish
  • Hunter Cougill
  • Lauren Foote
  • Bryce Gibbs
  • Tyler McKee
  • Brandon Mooney
  • Kyrian Smith

Fire/Rescue Graduates 2018-2019

  • Alexis Adams
  • Hunter Cougill
  • Lauren Foote
  • Brandon Mooney
  • Kyrian Smith

Award Recipients

  • Alexis Baumer, Personal Development
  • Hunter Cougill, Professionalism
  • Tyler McKee, Academic Excellence

Both programs have grown consistently year after year since their start in 2014, and graduates of these programs have gone on to serve their community in various ways, including:

18 currently serve or have previously served their communities as volunteer firefighters 4 are working in Emergency Medical Services 3 are in Nursing School 1 is working as a dispatcher 8 are serving in the military with 5 more signed up for military service 14 are in college 2 have graduated from Vincennes University with Fire Science Degrees 10 are currently seeking employment in emergency services

In light of COVID-19 and its impact on the field of emergency medical services, this has been a notable year with unique learning opportunities for the EMS program. When the impact of COVID-19 began to reach Richmond, these students proactively reached out and asked, "What can we do?"Through this time, many have played an invaluable role in screening stations at the city building, and everyone has continued to engage and participate in classes despite the unusual circumstances. Learning during the deadliest global pandemic in over a hundred years has provided these students with tools,information, and confidence.

Next year will mark the largest enrollment these programs have seen to date, highlighting both our local youth's interest in making a difference and the value these programs bring to the community. To learn more about these programs and how high schoolers can get involved visit the RACC Fire/EMS Facebook page.

Supplied Photo: RACC Fire/EMS Graduates

Richmond Farmers Market, Reid Health to Double Pandemic EBT Benefits

Posted June 3, 2020

Logo: Richmond Farmers MarketThe Richmond Farmers Market will now be accepting the newly announced Pandemic EBT benefits as part of the Reid Double Dollars SNAP Program. These benefits can be used at the Market, held every Saturday at Jack Elstro Plaza (47 N 6th Street, across from Morrisson-Reeves Library) from 8 am – 12 pm.

As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Indiana Family & Social Security Administration is offering additional benefits to households with children who receive free or reduced meals at school. These Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits will be given to all families that receive subsidized school meals, regardless of whether they were previously SNAP recipients or not. These benefits will equal the value of school breakfasts and lunches per child for the number of missed school days since school was cancelled. Families who already benefit from the SNAP Program will receive these additional benefits on their SNAP accounts. Families who are not already a part of the SNAP Program will receive an EBT card in the mail with the applied P-EBT value. The SNAP Double Dollars Program, sponsored by Reid Health Community Benefit, doubles the value of any SNAP Dollars redeemed at the Farmers Market.

"Reid Health and Reid Health Community Benefit believe programs like the Double Dollars SNAP Program at the Richmond Farmers Market is a wonderful way to make fresh, healthy food choices affordable and available to families who may face food insecurity. As the regional healthcare leader, we are committed to supporting programs that can potentially improve the health and wellness of the families we serve." said Craig Kinyon, Reid Health President/CEO.

After the Pandemic EBT program was announced, Richmond Farmers Market staff worked with Angela Cline, Reid Community Benefit Director, to take the necessary steps to allow P-EBT recipients to utilize the Double Dollars program. Now, both SNAP and P-EBT dollars will be doubled when spent at the Market.

"The Richmond Farmers Market Double Dollars program is a win-win for our community. It provides SNAP beneficiaries with healthy, local food options while doubling their buying power. And it's a benefit to the farmers and vendors because they're able to sell even more of their wonderful products!" said Angela Cline, Director of Reid Community Benefit. "When Caleb let us know there was an opportunity for the market to accept the new P-EBT cards, we didn't hesitate to approve the use of our funds to double those as well. Reid Health is proud to be able to support this wonderful program."

To purchase SNAP Tokens using a P-EBT issued card or regular Hoosier Works EBT card, customers can visit the Market Info tent at the Richmond Farmers Market and swipe their card to purchase wooden tokens for use at the market. Double the amount swiped for will be given back in the value of tokens, which can be used on any SNAP eligible products. Although these tokens are non-refundable, the customer will be able to bring them back at another market if they are unable to spend the entire amount charged. Market tokens can also be used towards eligible items on the Online Farmers Market, found at farmersmarket.richmondindiana.gov.

"We are thrilled that the Double Dollars SNAP Program covers the newly released Pandemic EBT benefits…' says Market Coordinator Caleb Smith. "We are extending a big thank you to Reid Health for sponsoring this program so we can help provide fresh, local food to more members of our community during this time."

If community members have any questions about the Richmond Farmers Market, the Double Dollars SNAP Program, or purchasing Richmond Farmers Market SNAP tokens, they are encouraged to visit richmondindiana.gov/resources/farmers-market or to reach out by emailing richmondfarmersmarketIN@gmail.com or by calling 765-983-7425.

Natco Credit Union is Giving $500 to Two Graduating Seniors

Posted June 3, 2020

Graphic: Congratulations! Class of 2020 Natco CaresNatco Credit Union realizes this time has been especially hard on graduating seniors (high school or college) who have looked forward to celebrating their accomplishments. We want to CONGRATULATE all graduates and reward two with $500.

The details and official rules for participating are below and are also posted on our web site.

FOLLOW THESE IMPORTANT STEPS TO BE ENTERED

  • Stop by one of our offices and take a picture WITH our 'CONGRATULATIONS Class of 2020' banner. YOU must also be in the picture.
  • We encourage you to make it fun by representing your school.
  • (wear your cap and gown, letter jacket, sports or band uniform, holding sports equipment or instrument, holding your senior picture, wearing a shirt with your school name, etc.).

  • Post your photo on Facebook or Instagram and must include this tag – #NatcoCares. Your post must be public so that we can see your entry to count.
  • Give us a mention in your post (@Natco Credit Union) AND your graduating school (example – #IU or #CentervilleHighSchool).

OFFICIAL RULES

  • This contest is open to any graduating senior (high school or college)
  • You do NOT have to be a member of Natco Credit Union to participate
  • Your photo must be posted on Facebook or Instagram and properly tagged by midnight on 06/28/20 to be entered
  • By tagging us (#NatcoCares), you give us permission to post and share your photo on our social media accounts and through other media
  • One entry per graduating senior
  • Posts must be set to 'public' to be entered (this allows us to share your post)
  • If a parent or someone else is posting on your behalf, they must include YOUR FIRST AND LAST NAME in the post to be entered
  • Two winners will be drawn at random on 06/30/20
  • Each winner will be notified through the platform they used to enter – Facebook or Instagram
  • Prizes must be claimed at a Natco Credit Union office. An appointment will be scheduled in advance and will be coordinated with Natco

These details and rules are also posted on the Natco Credit Union web site – NatcoCU.org/Classof2020 Contact the credit union if you have any questions.

Natco Credit Union has three offices – two located in Richmond (582 S. Round Barn Road and 4 Glen Miller Parkway) and one located in Connersville (240 E. 30th Street).

Reid Health Launches Mental Health, Substance Misuse Online Screening Tool

Posted June 2, 2020

Reid Health, with funding from Reid Health Community Benefit, has launched an online screening tool for identifying mental health and substance misuse issues.

The MindWise Screening program uses an online platform to increase prevention through early identification of issues. MindWise offers short, online questionnaires for behavioral health disorders such as anxiety, depression, opioid misuse, and more—13 different screenings total.

Angela Cline, Reid Health's Director of Community Benefit, said the service is a great tool to help with one of the community's main health priorities - mental health and substance misuse.

"These issues are prevalent in our service area," she said. "Our goal with these screenings and other tools is to help people identify issues early and encourage them to seek the help they need."

"The isolation and anxiety of COVID-19 highlights the growing need for more mental health and substance misuse resources," said MindWise Senior Vice President Bryan Kohl. "We are firmly committed to providing organizations with a platform to support the behavioral health of both their employees and customers globally - something that's now more important than ever."

During this time of isolation and uncertainty, Reid is offering this community facing platform to make screenings quicker and easier for people in our communities, Cline said. "These screenings help break down some of the barriers that people have accessing care. These screenings are free, anonymous, easy to access online, and provide resources at the end of the screening should they decide to pursue treatment. "

If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text ACT to 741741.

The tools can be found here: https://screening.mentalhealthscreening.org/Reid-Health

Reid Health Donation Promotes Skin Safety in the Park

Posted June 2, 2020

Reid Health and Reid Health Community Benefit have teamed up to provide a sunscreen station in Jack Elstro Plaza in downtown Richmond.

Supplied Photo: Sun Screen DispenserReid Health purchased the dispenser, and Community Benefit is funding the sunscreen -- including refills as needed. The dispenser was provided to Richmond Parks and Recreation and stationed in the plaza in time for the Farmers' Market, future festivals, events and concerts. The station will also be useful when the Spray Plaza is up and going again in 2021.

Leigh Stone, M.D., dermatologist with Reid ENT, said sunscreen and protection are extremely important, especially for kids. "There is no such thing as a healthy tan. Any change in the color of your skin, either from sunburn or tan, indicates your skin is being damaged by the sun. And sunburns are particularly harmful to children."

Dr. Stone cites many benefits in the use of sunscreen, including reducing risk of skin cancer and having fewer wrinkles. Since the sun is a source of Vitamin D, she suggests being sure to get enough through diet and good nutrition.

Angela Cline, Reid Health's Director of Community Benefit, said the station is a product of Sunshield, Inc., designed to promote skin safety to park visitors. "Reid Health Community Benefit strives to increase physical activity in our community and to provide access to free fitness opportunities. We have been pleased to partner on many initiatives located in Jack Elstro Plaza since it opened."

For example, Community Benefit last summer funded outdoor gaming tables for ping pong, chess and foosball. "We have been a proud supporter of the Farmer's Market—Double Dollars Program, every year. We understand that with more and more people enjoying this outdoor space, we all need to practice good skin safety, and wear sunscreen, making this sunscreen station a perfect fit!"

Denise Retz, Park Superintendent, said the station is a good addition to the park. "While Jack Elstro Plaza is a great place to gather, there is little shade at this time. The Parks and Recreation Department values the partnership with our local health system and the extra miles they go for the health and well-being of our community."

Retz also reminds park visitors to include sunscreen in their trips outside, and to continue use of hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes as well. "Keep your health and your children's health a priority."

Reid Health to Lease Former Fire Station

Posted May 25, 2020

Reid Health is working with the City of Richmond to lease the former Fire Station No. 6, where the health system plans to house its ambulances and EMS crew.

"This station is a perfect location that will allow us to be able to garage our ambulances when not in use," said Misti Foust-Cofield, Reid Health Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer. Since the health system added ambulances to serve areas that were at risk of not having coverage, the vehicles have been kept in parking lots on the main campus.

Supplied Photo: Fire Station No. 6 - Reid Health will do some updates to the building.

"We are thrilled to find a place that serves the needs of our EMS team." She said the building needs minimal upgrades, such as new lights and carpet, allowing it to be in use quickly.

Foust-Cofield said it is also gratifying to see the historic building that has not been used for many years be put back into service. The fire station, built in 1954, was closed March 16, 2009. It originally was the station that covered north Richmond's industrial area and was specifically funded by the federal government so that a nearby plant could have a contract to produce munitions used in the Korean and Vietnam wars.

"It was built as a condition that AVCO could get the munitions contract," said Jerry Purcell, Richmond Fire Chief. The station was closed as part of a consolidation and other factors, including a decline in necessary runs from the location and the use in industrial facilities of sprinkler systems as the first line of defense in fires. It has been used for storage in the years since.

"I appreciate the partnership with Reid Health and the department and the city," Purcell said. "We know Reid will improve it and maintain it well."

The station was just around the corner from AVCO, which also made bombs and other munitions during World War 2 and the Korean War.

Craig Kinyon, Reid Health President/CEO, said the building is in good shape but will need some renovations. "We are thankful to the city and the fire department for being willing to work with us to support our EMS first responders," said Craig Kinyon, Reid Health President/CEO. "We know many firefighters served from this location for many years, including the ones who were the heroes in the 1968 downtown explosion."

LifeStream Seeks Community Support

Posted May 25, 2020

LifeStream is seeking the community's support to help raise funds in honor of their 45 th Anniversary in 2020. LifeStream is challenging 45 people to donate to their Client Assistance Fund which allows LifeStream to purchase emergency and essential items for senior citizens and people with disabilities who are in need.

The Client Assistance Fund is built entirely by the generous donations from the community. Last year alone, the fund provided over $17,000 worth of purchases including emergency food, utility assistance, bathroom safety upgrades, medical equipment repairs and more. LifeStream is on track to fulfill even more requests this year as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take its toll on the most vulnerable. This fund is vital in helping LifeStream purchase these essential items that are not covered by state or federal funding sources.

Donald, a Client Assistance Fund beneficiary, was able to come home from the hospital because of the donations made to LifeStream. Donald spent many nights in pain from a thin mattress which eventually caused sores on his back so significant that he was placed in the hospital. With funds from Client Assistance, LifeStream was able to purchase Donald a new mattress which allowed him to return home. He now enjoys a good night's rest free of pain.

Donations to LifeStream's Client Assistance Fund can be made online at lifestreaminc.org/45for45. You can also mail in a check to 1701 Pilgrim Blvd. Yorktown, IN 47396. Please note Client Assistance on the check. Questions regarding donations can be directed to Angie Jenkins, Outreach Coordinator, at 765-759-1121 or ajenkins@lifestreaminc.org.

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.

Neighborhood Health Center now offers Family Planning Services

Posted May 25, 2020

Neighborhood Health Center, 10th Street Clinic is now a Title X-funded family planning service site serving Wayne and surrounding counties.

Logo: Neighborhood Health CenterNeighborhood Health Center (NHC) will continue to provide primary and behavioral health care with the addition of family planning health services. This program is offered to adolescents, women and men of childbearing age regardless of their ability to pay. 10th Street Clinic will assist patients that need various forms of birth control, pregnancy testing and counseling, STI/STD testing and treatment or routine gynecological services. Patients do not have to be an established patient to receive services. Patients also do not have to reside in Wayne County to receive services. Family planning services will be provided by Nurse Practitioners Teri Short and Kim Cox.

Teri Short serves as the Clinical Director and looks forward to offering these services in our community. "I love working with patients to improve their health. This is just another service we can offer to support our patients. While we always encourage teenagers to talk openly with their parents and/or guardians about their sexual activities and healthcare choices, we can provide care that is confidential for minor patients. Costs are determined by the teenager's income unless a parent or guardian is present."

Neighborhood Health Center prioritizes the needs of low-income families and uninsured individuals who might not otherwise have access to family planning services. Affordable services are available on a sliding fee schedule, which means that the fees are based on income and household size. Neighborhood Health Center has financial specialist available to help assist with your financial needs.

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'. We are very excited to offer these services in our community and feel that this will fill a gap in care that has been missing for quite some time. In Wayne County, there has not been family planning services under the Title X federal grant available since 2015."

Neighborhood Health Center opened at 101 S. 10th Street in Richmond on April 30, 2018 and received designation as a Federally Qualified Health Center Lookalike in early 2019. This designation from the federal government provides enhanced reimbursement from Medicare and Medicaid and allows the center to care for and provide additional resources for patients that may struggle to afford healthcare. The center also operates Union County Medical Center in Liberty. NHC 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 or to make an appointment, please contact Neighborhood Health Center's 10th Street Clinic at 765-965-4299 or visit our website at neighborhoodhc.org.

June virtual Medical Monday: Raw Coping Power Part 2

Posted June 4, 2020

The June Medical Monday event is going virtual again, and is a continuation of the May event.

The event will be held as a "Zoom" conference at 1 p.m. Monday, June 8, and again feature Patrick Ripberger, Reid Health Community Benefit Specialist - "Let's Check In - Raw Coping Power Part 2: Share Your Story."

For more information or questions, contact Sharrie Harlin-Davis (765) 983-3000, ext. 4676. For those familiar with using Zoom, the Meeting ID will be 643-450-8424. The call-in number is (312) 626-6799.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County Name Scout Wampler as 2020 Jack Reid Memorial Scholarship Winner

Posted May 22, 2020

Supplied Photo: Scout WamplerThe Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County named Scout Wampler as their 2020 Jack Reed Memorial Scholarship winner and will receive $2,000 to continue his education post high school. Wampler is a 2020 graduate of Richmond High School and intends to attend Ball State University to study Telecommunications.

"School has always defined me," Wampler says of his desire to continue his education. "With a delicate balance of education and creativity I think I can be even closer to the lifelong process of reaching my full potential."

Wampler was selected from a group of five finalists by a panel of judges based on his academic merits and involvement with the Club. Wampler has been a Club Member for 11 years, and has participated in club programs like Keystone and Passport to Manhood.

In his scholarship application, Wampler reflects that the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County helped him grow up with, "utmost respect for not only myself, but for my community."

"I've come to know him as hard working, smart, and very ambitious," Richmond Community Schools Radio/TV Faculty James Russell notes of Wampler in his letter of recommendation. "[His] character, drive and determination, along with his desire to give back to his community is evidence of why he'll continue on with his education and be a success in college."

Jack Reed was a Board Member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County and advocate for youth development. After relocating to northern Indiana, Reed was instrumental in helping to open a new Boys & Girls Club in the Fort Wayne area. His dedication to youth and service to his community was remembered by his family when they created the Jack Reed Memorial Scholarship in his honor.

The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. Members of the Club, ages 6-18, have access to dedicated, trained professionals who provide guidance in adopting healthy lifestyles and pursuing educational objectives. Currently, the Club serves over 5,000 youth at five locations: the Jeffers, McDaniel, Central, Fairview, and Hagerstown units and during the summer at our 168-acre Camp Guy located on the Whitewater River. Since 1957, the Club has been striving to equip young people with the skills they need to succeed in life. For more information, visit www.bgcrichmond.org.

Wayne County Foundation Awards $239,542 in Spring Grant Cycle

Posted May 22, 2020

The Wayne County Foundation has awarded $239,542 to thirty-eight local organizations in support of programs or projects designed to enhance the spirit of the community and improve the quality of life across Wayne County.

"Wayne County has many great organizations that deliver needed programs and services to our community," said Rebecca Gilliam, the Foundation's executive director. "I am excited to see the impact of the projects that are receiving funding through this grant cycle."

All of the Foundation's community grantmaking is made possible by income from unrestricted and endowed field-of-interest funds.

This is the complete list of grant awards approved by the Foundation's Board of Directors at the May meeting:

Supplied List: Wayne County Foundation Spring 2020 Grants

Please visit the Foundation's Web site (www.waynecountyfoundation.org) or contact Lisa Bates at 962-1638 for additional information.

The Wayne County Foundation exists to foster and encourage private philanthropic giving, to enhance the spirit of community and to improve the quality of life in the Wayne County, Indiana, area now and for future generations.

Craft Kits Available for Caregivers

Posted May 21, 2020

LifeStream Services is partnering with Paint the Towne to provide craft kits for caregivers to enjoy at home. With many people spending more time at home, it's important to continue to stay active and practice creativity. Research has shown that working on arts and crafts can reduce stress, boost the immune system, and improve cognitive abilities.

Craft kits are available to the first 50 registered, complimentary of LifeStream and Paint the Towne. Kits are limited to one per household. Those interested in reserving a kit should fill out the registration form at www.lifestreaminc.org/craftkits or contact Beth Evans at 765-405-3001 or bevans@lifestreaminc.org. LifeStream will coordinate the mailing or delivery of your kit.

This project is a part of the Dementia Friends initiative which works to educate communities on how to become a safe place for people living with dementia and their caregivers. LifeStream is East Central Indiana's Dementia Friends Administrator. Learn more or become a Dementia Friend online by visiting lifestreaminc.org/dementiafriends or contact Beth Evans, Director of Community Services, at bevans@lifestreaminc.org or 765-405-3001.

Paint the Towne is an interactive art studio featuring paint your own pottery, canvas painting, glass fusion and hand built clay art. Located in the Historic Richmond Depot District at 411 North 8 th St. Richmond, IN 47374, Paint the Towne is the perfect spot to relax and create with your family and friends.

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 HealthWorks in Connersville Announces Limited Reopening

Posted May 21, 2020

Reid HealthWorks Fitness Center in Connersville will reopen on May 26, but with limits related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We are taking extensive steps to ensure the safety of our staff and of members who we are able to allow to begin using our facility," said Tajuan Stoker, Director of Wellness Services for Reid Health. He said the center will follow the state guidelines that will limit how many clients can be inside. "Unfortunately, some of our at-risk clients won't be able to come in yet. We of course will let everyone know when that changes."

As part of Reid Health's Safe Pathways to Care initiative, safety steps will include:

  • Requiring masks of all staff and members when they are not using specific exercise equipment
  • Allowing use of personal trainers with social distancing
  • Limiting the number of clients in the facility
  • Continuing to offer virtual classes - no in-person classes at this time
  • Diligent hand washing and extra cleaning precautions including of equipment after each use
  • Providing only bottled water
  • And screening of symptoms

The center cannot yet allow entry to:

  • Children unless they are members
  • People 65 or older
  • Members who live in a long-term care facility
  • Members with underlying health conditions such as lung or heart disease, severe asthma, compromised immunity, severe obesity (greater than 40 bmi), uncontrolled diabetes (Hgba1C greater than 8), chronic kidney or advanced liver disease.

"These restrictions are to protect you as well as others who use our facility," said Stoker. "We trust as the crisis subsides, we will be able to continue to ease these restrictions.

Members should also call first to be sure the facility isn't full -- (765) 827-7719.

Reid Health Massage Therapy Open for Outpatient Appointments

Posted May 18, 2020

Reid Health Massage Therapy is again offering outpatient massage appointments following strict "Safe Pathways to Care" guidelines because of COVID-19.

Appointments are again being offered in Richmond and at Reid Eaton Family & Specialty Care, 550 Hallmark Drive in Eaton.

Safety guidelines will include:

  • Masking all staff and clients
  • Having clients wait in their car until contacted by their therapist
  • Diligent handwashing by staff; and clients asked to wash hands when they come in
  • Cleaning of the massage area and equipment after each massage
  • Screening at entrances

Massage therapy clients will also be contacted the day before their appointment to be sure they are not experiencing respiratory symptoms.

Massage appointments can be made by calling Reid Health Central Scheduling and letting them know the location preferred -- (765) 983-3358.

Beep! Beep! Curbside Service Starts on Monday at Morrisson-Reeves Library

Posted May 16, 2020

Material Selection

Supplied Graphic: Curbside Pickup at MRLBrowse MRL's online catalog and place holds on books, movies, audiobooks and CDs. Patrons may call 765-966-8291 or email library@MRLinfo.org to request items. Not sure what you would like? MRL staff can hand-select by genre, author or subject matter. Or a surprise grab bag can be arranged. Patrons are limited to checking out 10 items through this service with a limit of 5 movies.

Library Card Needed

Have your library card handy for quick service. Don't have a library card or have an electronic resource e-access card? Library staff would be happy to work with you to get you signed up for library material checkout.

Curbside Pickup

When your library materials are ready, MRL staff will call patrons with further details. Upon arriving for pickup, pull into one of designated curbside pickup spots in the library's parking lot. Reserved spots will be marked by a sign with phone number and instructions. Call the Library at 765-966-8291, and let staff know that you have arrived. If you do not have a cell phone, other arrangements can be made prior to pick up. Staff will deliver patron's items to their trunk or backseat where no one is sitting, making no contact.

Grab 'n' Go - Youth Activity Kits

Spark the imagination of a youngster by requesting an activity/craft kit. One kit will be given to each child in your household. Request kits through our Curbside Pickup Service. We can add it to your library materials request too.

Returning Library Materials

Library materials can be returned through the Drive Thru Book Return for proper handling and quarantine. Do not return hotspots or laptop computers in the Book Return. Returned items are quarantined for 24 hours before they are removed from a patron's library account. Keep this in mind before setting up a pick-up time. Patrons can have 30 items checked out on a library card at one time.

Tax Forms

Contact the library regarding the pick-up of specific tax forms and instruction booklets. Curbside Pickup can be arranged for this service.

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT To use a Public Computer Station

Supplied Graphic: Public Computer Use at MRLMonday - Saturday

YOU MUST MAKE AN APPOINTMENT FOR THIS SERVICE!

One hour appointments for ages 16 and older will be taken by phone, email or LIVE CHAT. Tuesday and Thursday mornings will be reserved for vulnerable patrons and first responders. After each appointment, computer stations will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. Due to high demand, only one active computer appointment per person is offered at this time. Printing will be available. A maximum of 10 pages can be printed. Printed pages are offered free of charge.

Your health and MRL staff health. A face covering is strongly encouraged. If you are experiencing a fever or other illness or COVID symptoms, please do not come to the library. Read COVID symptoms.

Access to the rest of the library will not be permitted.

HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT LIBRARY SERVICES?

765-966-8291

Phone In Hours are:

Monday through Friday | 10:00am to 6:00pm

Saturdays | 10:00am to 2:00pm

CPL Offers Curbside Services

Posted May 16, 2020

Logo: Centerville Public LibraryCenterville Public Library staff is excited to resume limited library services to the community beginning Monday, May 18th. The library will provide Curbside Delivery Service –– delivering materials requested by the patron, checked out on your card, bagged, then delivered to your pick-up site. Although CPL cannot yet allow patrons into the library, they are developing creative ways to meet the needs and provide new services and opportunities for the community. Initially, CPL staff will be in the building on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. for requests and to help or answer questions by phone (765-855-5223). Curbside materials will be available for scheduled pickup from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on those days. This is just the first step in providing patron services. In upcoming days the library plans to safely provide the services of faxing, printing and computer access.

Participation in the curbside delivery service is simple. The easiest way to place a request is by logging into your Evergreen account through the CPL website (www.centervillelibrary.info and click on the Evergreen icon) and placing a hold on materials for pick up at CPL. This is the process typically used to place holds on library materials. As the requests come in throughout the day, the items will be gathered and checked out on your card — then staff will contact you for pick up. Patrons are also welcome to call the library at 765-855-5223 to request materials. In the beginning, CPL will limit materials to 10 items per pickup.

Eligible items include books, DVDs, audiobooks, magazines and comic books that are currently part of the Centerville Public Library system. Items unable to be returned via the book drop, or that are from other libraries in the Evergreen system are not currently available for curbside pickup. If you find you are unable to access your account through the Evergreen link on the website, please call and CPL staff will work with you. There are a number of ebook, audiobook, music and movie options available through Overdrive, Libby, Tumblebooks, Book Connections, and Teaching Books. Staff can assist you with these opportunities.

If you currently have materials checked out from CPL, you are welcome to drop those in the appropriate drive-up return box. Due dates have been extended on all checked out materials until July 1, 2020 to eliminate unnecessary burdens for those who have been ill or remaining home. All materials returned to the library are quarantined for 72 hours before returning to circulation.

Centerville Public Library encourages everyone to visit their website and Facebook page regularly, as they continually add new information and opportunities for the community. Join them for the "CPL Storybreak" each Wednesday at 10 a.m. Anyone is welcome to take a few minutes and enjoy a story shared by the Youth Services staff. There are many other exciting virtual programming plans in the works for patrons of all ages — so look for those in upcoming days!

State Serves 10,000 Small Businesses Through PPE Marketplace in First Week

Posted May 16, 2020

Delivery capacity slated to increase to 12,000 weekly shipments

INDIANAPOLIS (May 15, 2020) – Since launching the Indiana Small Business PPE Marketplace on May 6, the state has received nearly 20,000 orders for personal protective equipment (PPE) and has fulfilled 10,000 orders, shipping bundles of hand sanitizer, face masks and face shields to Hoosier small businesses and nonprofits across the state.

The new marketplace, powered by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) and the Indiana Small Business Development Center, serves as an added resource to help companies safely reopen in the coming weeks. PPE order capacity is expected to increase by 20 percent next week, with the marketplace able to fulfill and ship 12,000 orders in partnership with Indianapolis-based Langham Logistics.

Indiana small businesses and nonprofits with less than 150 employees may place orders for PPE through the marketplace online at backontrack.in.gov/ppemarketplace.htm. The contents of available PPE bundles will be posted online as orders are expected to fluctuate based on current supply of items.

All businesses and nonprofits are encouraged to first source and procure PPE on their own with the Marketplace serving as an alternate backstop for employers. While the state will make every effort to provide needed supplies, it cannot guarantee the integrity of the PPE supply chain due to increasing demands worldwide. All requests will be evaluated and fulfilled based on work environment risk profile, stock availability and the number of outstanding requests. At times, partial or delayed fulfillment of requests may occur. More frequently asked questions and answers can be found here.

In addition to managing the Marketplace for small businesses, the IEDC continues working to secure PPE for the state's hospitals, first responders, long-term care facilities and health care providers treating COVID-19 patients. To date, the state has secured commitments for more than 12.2 million pieces of PPE – up from 6.3 million reported April 24 – with more than 8 million items already delivered to the Indiana State Department of Health for distribution.

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, Indiana is home to approximately 104,335 small businesses that employ fewer than 150 associates. Together, they support 941,578 Hoosiers across the state. To learn more about COVID-19 resources and no-cost counseling available to Indiana entrepreneurs and small businesses, visit isbdc.org/indianacovid19smallbusiness.

Lost coverage? ClaimAid May Be Able to Help You

Posted May 16, 2020

Logo: Reid HealthPeople who are uninsured or have recently lost coverage because of unemployment may qualify for other programs - and Reid Health's ClaimAid team is ready and may be able to help based on individual financial situations.

Any major "life-changing event" may make an individual eligible for other programs such as the Affordable Care Act marketplace or Medicaid, for example. "Through the various options available in Indiana and offerings from the marketplace, we can work with people to determine their best options," said Sharrie Harlin, Community Outreach Coordinator for Reid Health.

Because of the pandemic, the process is mostly being done through phone and mail. Possible options include:

  • Qualifying for Medicaid because of loss of income
  • Healthy Indiana Plan
  • Qualifying Life Event for Affordable Care Act

Harlin noted that other provisions because of the pandemic have temporarily suspended premium and contribution requirements for some programs, including with Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP), Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The ClaimAid team can also help patients with questions about those changes.

Economic stimulus and supplemental unemployment benefits also do not count in income requirements for several program options.

"Anyone who has had a change with their coverage options should reach out - we have people who can help with the sometimes complex processes for keeping or obtaining health insurance coverage."

To reach ClaimAid, call (765) 983-3310.

Virtual Dementia Caregiver Support Group Now Offered

Posted May 16, 2020

LifeStream Services is partnering with the Alzheimer's Association Greater Indiana Chapter and Dementia Friends Indiana to offer a virtual Dementia Caregiver Support Group. The group will meet virtually on the last Thursday of every month from 2:00pm to 3:00pm beginning Thursday, May 28.

The Dementia Caregiver Support Group is led by a trained Alzheimer's Association facilitator and is a safe place for people living with dementia and their care partners to:

  • Develop a support system.
  • Exchange practical information on challenges and possible solutions.
  • Talk through issues and ways of coping.
  • Share feelings, needs and concerns.

Those interested in attending a meeting must sign up in advance online at bit.ly/alzsupportgroup or call the Alzheimer's Association's Helpline at 800-272-3900. A link to the meeting will be sent after registering. Space is limited, so register early! Questions can be directed to Reilly Huelsmann at 317-587-2207 or rhuelsmann@alz.org.

This project is a part of the Dementia Friends Indiana initiative which works to educate communities on how to become a safe place for people living with dementia and their caregivers. LifeStream is East Central Indiana's Dementia Friends Administrator. Learn more or become a Dementia Friend online by visiting lifestreaminc.org/dementiafriends or contact Beth Evans, Director of Community Services, at bevans@lifestreaminc.org or 765-405-3001.

The Alzheimer's Association leads the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia – by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. The vision of the Alzheimer's Association is a world without Alzheimer's and all other dementia. ™ For more information, visit alz.org or call the 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.

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.

IU East Alumnus Ryan Shaw Prepares Stage One Youth Theatre for First Online Production

Posted May 14, 2020

For the last 10 weeks, Ryan Shaw has seen the positive impact on youth when they have a way to connect with friends and a way to maintain their interests during quarantine.

Supplied Photo:  Ryan Shaw stands in front of Richmond Civic Theatre in spring 2019. Shaw, B.S. '10, is the managing director for Stage One Youth Theatre.
Ryan Shaw stands in front of Richmond Civic Theatre in spring 2019. Shaw, B.S. '10, is the managing director for Stage One Youth Theatre.

As the managing director for Stage One Youth Theatre, Shaw works with youth through the Richmond Civic Theatre (RCT) program.

As the managing director, Shaw oversees youth workshops, summer camp, field trips, Teen Night, and four productions a year. He understands the close connection the youth have through their interests in theater and the friendships they've developed by being a part of Stage One. He's been part of RCT for 18 years as a volunteer and performing with Main Stage.

The Indiana University East alumnus earned his secondary education in English degree in 2010. In summer 2015, Shaw was named the managing director for Stage One Youth Theatre, a job that combined his love of teaching and theater.

When Stage One's most recent production, Charlotte's Web, was cancelled in mid-March to adhere to safety measures for the coronavirus (COVID-19), Shaw started putting plans into place to keep the youth together and active in the theater.

"Unfortunately, Charlotte's Web got hit right as everything was shutting down," Shaw said. "We were on stage and I saw the reaction of the kids and the parents, and I just knew then that we had to start thinking of something because I knew where this (quarantine) was headed."

He started searching online and met with committee members to get ideas on how to keep the youth involved. A committee member recommended Zoom, an online video conferencing platform, to keep the group connected while in quarantine.

Supplied Photo: Ryan Shaw meets with members of Stage One Youth Theatre on Zoom.
Ryan Shaw meets with members of Stage One Youth Theatre on Zoom.
Shaw got to work organizing the first Zoom meeting with his group.

"One of the first things I did was a Musical Madness, it was kind of a play on March Madness," Shaw said.

He created a bracket with 64 different characters from musical theater, and the group would vote for the favorites each day with the winner earning the Tony. "That took a lot to build but then it gave me a couple of weeks to start working on the other ideas to connect with the theater youth," Shaw said.

That's when Shaw started developing Zoom parties for the group to meet once a week.

There's an average of 20-30 participants across ages attending the parties. The first meeting was a general check-in with everyone, and then it that lead to more meetings and themed Zoom parties. One of the Zoom parties had a "Show and Tell" theme with each participant bringing an item from their first show or an item that meant something to them from a show. Each member then told the group about the item they brought and its importance.

"It led to a lot of really good story telling and sharing of memories," Shaw said. "I think that really helped them a lot. I noticed a lot of smiles during that meeting."

In addition to the Zoom parties, Shaw started a script reading club that includes 15 kids.

"What we do at the theater when we start a new season, is we have a small group that meets to start reading scripts for possible shows. When I took over the position, I thought it was really important to include students on every committee and every group, because that's why we're there, so I just extended that and made a script reading club."

Each week the youth in the club receive two to three scripts to read. Then they meet on Zoom to discuss the scripts, the different themes, and they talk about why a show may be important to the community. Shaw says the experience is teaching the youth how to be a part of a committee. It also shows the club members the difficult side of selecting shows for the theater and how providing a balance is important to ensure there's something of interest for everyone in the community offered by the theater.

"This has been a really good way to keep them in the fold and it's a really good learning tool for them," Shaw said.

At the end of April, Stage One Youth Theatre started work on a new production that will soon debut online.

"When this whole thing started a lot of the write houses started easing up on their restrictions and has been really great to work with. One of them even got scripts out designed to be done from Zoom," Shaw said.

The script reading club went to work reviewing Zoom scripts.

"And then we did what we do in the larger committee. We discussed the high points, if it was good, does it meet the needs of what we're looking for, and then I let them vote. They picked it," Shaw said.

With the Zoom show decided, Shaw sent an email invitation to members of Stage One Youth Theatre to invite them to be a part of it if they wanted to and to audition. It took a few days for Shaw to cast the show, primarily aligning what member fit which character, but also had the props readily available at home for their role. The cast members are using their creativity at home and the lessons learned at workshops and rehearsals, he said, to make this a successful production.

"It's making a MacGyver out of theater, it's finding the stick and a string to make the backdrop," he said.

Rehearsals have started on Zoom.

The first online production is scheduled for June 5.

The show, Ten Ways to Survive Life in Quarantine, is a comedy. Shaw said the witty production includes a host and co-host checking in on different people during a Zoom session, with each character giving their take on how to combat things while in quarantine - including a range of tactics from putting on a play with stuffed animals, a new workout routine, or watching the bird feeder.

The production has a cast of 24 Stage One Youth Theatre members, from third-grade to seniors.

His goal when the rehearsals began for the production was to be ready to go live in June.

"I wanted to give us a little wiggle room just to make sure on my side, the technology side of it, that we're ready," he said.

Shaw has been the go-to person at the theater when it comes to Zoom. He sets up all the online meeting conferences - and attends each as the host. He troubleshoots issues and he continues other aspects of his job while working from home including grant writing.

With the Zoom production, the show cannot be pre-recorded and then broadcast online. It has to be done live.

For the live production on Zoom, he will have to become even more familiar with the online format so the audience can attend and watch, but not be a distraction. He will also have to work with each cast member to make sure the technology works on their end, and then there are the sound effects and transitions to handle.

"I'm learning a new way to direct on the fly," Shaw said.

The Zoom parties, script reading club, production and activities will continue through the quarantine.

"There's other shows we may investigate depending on how this one goes, and if the kids really enjoy it, there are some other ones out there, so this is something we could do periodically," Shaw said.

There are other projects in the works to keep them entertained, too, he added. There's an upcoming Zoom party with a Quiz Show theme that could include prizes for the winners.

When the production of Charlotte's Web ended, Richmond Civic Theatre was beginning its production of Newsies, and plans to schedule the show for the 2020-2021 season.

With a majority of members from Stage One Youth Theatre cast in the production of Newsies, Shaw has been involved with that production as well.

A fan of Newsies, Shaw planned a surprise for youth attending one of the weekly Zoom parties. He's attended a Broadway show of the musical, and an autographed newspaper from the show hangs on his office wall at Richmond Civic Theatre. "Newsies is all about empowering youth, and letting youth seize the day," he said.

The Stage One Youth Theatre members watched Newsies during one of their past gatherings. "They became obsessed," Shaw said. "When RCT announced they were going to do the show, they were all so eager to be a part of it, so it was really sad that we had to postpone that right in the middle of rehearsals."

Supplied Photo: Ben Fankhauser, cast member from Disney's Newsies: The Broadway Musical!, sang the opening theme to Stage One Youth Theatre on Zoom.
Ben Fankhauser, cast member from Disney's Newsies: The Broadway Musical!, sang the opening theme to Stage One Youth Theatre on Zoom.
During the Zoom party, Shaw screen shared video messages from cast members of Newsies, Ben Fankhauser and Kara Lindsay. Fankhauser and Lindsay are original cast members in lead roles for Disney's Newsies: The Broadway Musical! and they were in the Broadway production.

In the video message, Fankhauser encouraged Stage One to hang in there by staying safe and involved with their theater. "I want to offer some encouragement that this too will pass, I'm not sure when, but I know it will be done, and I know after it's done, the world and your local community is going to need what you do at Stage One. I know it's amazing and I know you bring so much joy to each other as well as the community," Fankhauser said.

The two and a half minute video included Fankhauser singing the opening theme song, "Seize the Day," from Newsies for the group.

"They both shared really inspiring messages. I have got to say that was probably one of the happiest I had seen them in a while, and that was really, really cool," he said. "I got a couple screens shots of their faces in shock and awe."

Shaw said the members of Stage One Youth Theatre keep him on his schedule. They are quick to check in if they haven't received the weekly email as expected, they text to check when the message will go out or if he's caught up with another Zoom meeting and running a few minutes behind, they check on that too. He's also started growing a beard, a new look he started after striking a deal with his kids that if they learned their lines, he'd grow the beard.

The check-ins and the meets ups are appreciated. He's seen the impact the virtual gatherings have made for his group.

"I know it means a lot to them," he said. "They are a really tight knit group. We do a lot together."

Stage One Youth Theatre members have opportunities to attend field trips, workshops and Teen Night. Recently the group went to see The SpongeBob Musical in Dayton, Ohio, and they were planning a trip to Chicago this summer to see a show and attend a workshop.

"They're used to being together, even outside of the theater. This separation has been really hard on a lot of them. We had several seniors missed out on their last performance," Shaw said.

"I definitely feel like what I am doing is worth it," Shaw said. "I know for them, it's something to look forward to."

Kim Weber, M.D., a Familiar 'New' Face at Reid Wound Healing Center

Posted May 12, 2020

For Kim Weber, M.D., joining the Reid Wound Healing Center is just like coming home.

"I am excited to work with the amazing Reid Wound Healing Center staff again," she said of her recent return to become the first full-time physician at the center. Dr. Weber spent 20 years in private practice in Hagerstown from 1996 to 2016, and served as a consulting physician on the wound center team for the last eight of those years. She left the practice to serve at the Dayton VA Medical Center, spending the last three at the Richmond Community Based Outpatient Clinic.Supplied Photo: Kim Weber, M.D.

"Caring for veterans encompasses the entire range of health care," she said. Her previous work in wound care helped prepare her for serving veterans with basic wound care. She also referred patients to the center she is now joining.

"Wound care utilizes all the skills a primary care clinician already has, particularly in chronic care management. When you combine this with proven wound care strategies, the latest techniques and technology, and at times more advanced intervention provided by general surgery, vascular surgery, plastic surgery and podiatry, you often get to be part of a miracle. It is rewarding to help patients heal their wounds, and it is wonderful when you are part of healing an injury that was thought to be a lost cause."

Dr. Weber says the field of wound care continues to advance. Basic care still includes traditional and specialized dressings that help a wound to heal. "Grafts have expanded past skin grafts and include several biologic grafts that accelerate wound healing. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is instrumental in healing many wounds that would otherwise fail. Surgical intervention continues to advance to step in when conservative measures are not successful."

Reid Wound Healing Center continues to have a robust panel of primary care and surgical specialists who each bring their unique skills and perspective to patient care, she says. "Often when you have hit a roadblock with a wound, one of your colleagues is able to provide a fresh perspective."

"I am privileged and excited to be a member of Reid Wound Healing Center and Reid Health. My family and I have been a part of the Richmond community for 24 years and it is rewarding to provide care for our community, first in private practice, then through the Dayton VA, and now with Reid Wound Healing Center."

The center continues to maintain a panel of advising physicians and caregivers. They include:

  • Kendall Alig, NP
  • Dr. Cassey Crowell, Podiatrist
  • Amy Frantz, PA
  • Dr. Shawn Greathouse, Plastic Surgeon
  • Dr. Alisha Jones, Podiatrist
  • Dr. Mahendra Kalra, Internal Medicine
  • Dr. Christopher Moore, Surgeon
  • Dr. Sylvester Osayi, Surgeon
  • Dr. Vasilios "Bill" Spyropoulos, Podiatrist

The Wound Healing Center, at 1380 Chester Boulevard, is implementing the "Safe Pathways to Care" initiative to ensure the safety of patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes masking of staff, patients and visitors and use of appropriate protective equipment, increased cleaning and sanitizing and limiting the number of people in waiting area.

To reach the Reid Health Wound Healing Center: (765) 983-3300.

Reid Launches 'Safe Pathways to Care' as Some Activities Resume

Posted May 12, 2020

Reid Health and Reid Health Physician Associates practices are launching a "Safe Pathways to Care" initiative as the health system takes steps toward normalizing care and to counter the fear that officials say is keeping some patients with non-COVID issues from getting the care they need.

"As a health system, we have always dealt with infectious disease and implemented strict practices to prevent the spread of any infection - including COVID-19. A health system and healthcare facilities practice much more extensive measures than any other entity to reduce risk of the spread of disease," said Craig Kinyon, Reid Health President/CEO. There is no reason for anyone to delay their care. Hospitals and health systems nationally have seen a major drop in patients seeking emergency care for everything from appendicitis to heart attack, orthopedic injuries and stroke, endangering many lives in the process that has created a crisis on top of a pandemic, Kinyon added.

So as Reid facilities begin increasing access to in-person appointments, the health system is also working hard to educate the community on patient safety to assure everyone there's never any reason to delay care for other conditions or emergencies.

"Patient safety is our priority," said Jennifer Ehlers, Reid Health Vice President/Chief Quality Officer. She noted that just this month, Reid Health announced an "A" safety grade in the national Leapfrog study.

All Reid Health Physician Associates practices are in the process of sending letters to patients to alert them in-person appointments are being increased and sharing strict infection control prevention measures in the process. These include:

  • Limiting traffic in waiting rooms by checking patients in from their cars when possible.
  • Only allowing patients in for appointments and procedures, except in the case of children or adults who require a support person.

  • Requiring all patients and support visitors to wear a mask during their entire visit.
  • Masking providers and staff during all patient encounters.
  • Diligent hand washing and extra cleaning precautions of surfaces and instruments.
  • Keeping all exam room doors closed.
  • Removing magazines, toys and other "touchable" items from waiting areas and exam rooms.
  • And continuing to screen for COVID-19 symptoms at entrances.

Patients will receive a letter from each practice where they receive care. Some of the protocols may vary depending on the specialty, so patients are encouraged to read each letter.

"Our patients and their families have been extremely understanding with our strict no-visitor guidelines that were established when the pandemic began to hit," Kinyon said "We have been overwhelmed by the many gestures of support, the many donations of masks and protective equipment, lunches and more for our staff."

"Though many of the changes brought by COVID-19 will continue indefinitely, the Reid Health team is joining the patients and families served by the health system in eagerly looking forward to establishing a more normal flow to our daily lives," he said.

"We are confident all of our providers and staff can safely continue to meet your care needs with the compassion and skill you've grown to expect from Reid Health and Reid Health Physician Associates," Kinyon said.

One positive going forward are the increased options and capacity for telehealth appointments, which offer additional safety and great convenience to patients, who can participate from anywhere using a computer, tablet or smartphone.

Reid Health is also continuing two temporary Respiratory Clinics dedicated to patients with respiratory symptoms - one at 1501 Chester Boulevard in Richmond and one at the Whitewater Valley Medical Center campus on Highway 44 in Connersville. Reid Urgent Care locations will only be treating non-respiratory patients.

"We are confident all of our providers and staff can safely continue to meet your care needs with the compassion and skill you've grown to expect from Reid Health and Reid Health Physician Associates." Craig Kinyon, Reid Health President/CEO

Richmond Parks and Recreation Department Announces Changes in Programs and Incremental Openings

Posted May 12, 2020

In accordance with the state's reopening guidelines and in continued response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Richmond Parks and Recreation Department is announcing a plan to incrementally begin opening areas and amenities. The Department is continuing to work with the Wayne County Health Department and other Public Health Officials to guide these decisions and shape the necessary protocols to ensure the continued health and safety of our community.

When engaging with any Parks facilities and amenities, please follow CDC Guidelines, including distancing yourself at least 6 feet from those outside of your household unit, wearing protective face coverings, and practicing good hygiene, particularly hand washing. While efforts will be made to adequately stock park facilities with sanitizing options, park users should travel with appropriate supplies in order responsibly protect your health and well-being.

Considering the uncertainty around COVID-19, City administration with the Parks Department made the difficult decision to not open the Cordell Municipal Pool for the 2020 season. This decision was made for the health and safety of our community. The installation and testing of the new slide will be completed over the summer for use in 2021. Additionally, the kiddie pool will be painted as scheduled.

To protect the health of the youngest in our community, the Parks Department's 2020 summer camps including JUKO, JUKO ROCKS! Little JUKO, and Sports Camp, will not be offered in their traditional format. Staff is currently developing virtual recreation opportunities accessible via social media, as well as programming compliant with social distancing later in the summer.

Due to the scale of Richmond's Fourth of July firework celebration, City administration with American Legion Harry Ray Post 65 and the Parks Department has proactively postponed the fireworks until Labor Day weekend. As of now, fireworks are scheduled for the evening of September 5th from Roosevelt Hill, with September 7th as a rain date.

The Richmond Parks and Recreation Department is grateful for the community's ongoing support and patience during this difficult and uncertain time. The latest information and updates on programs and events can be found on the city website ( www.richmondindiana.gov) and our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/richmondparks/. Also be sure to check out the digital Recreation Guide at: https://www.richmondindiana.gov/resources/2020-recreation-guide.

"The team at Richmond Parks and Recreation work each and every day to bring our community safe and beautiful places to recreate. It has been very encouraging that now more than ever, many across this nation are seeing the benefits recreation provides. While these decisions were not easy, they were made with our safety of the community in mind and we appreciate your continued support and patience." Denise Retz, Park Superintendent

UPDATES BY FACILITY/PROGRAM/AMENITY

Please note that all dates are tentative and pending administrative approval.

Highland Lake Golf Course

  • Current Open with restrictions
  • Reserve TEE times at highlandlakegc.com or call 765-983-1972
  • June 14 - Highland Lake Golf Course Club House will reopen
  • Golf leagues and tournaments will resume

Glen Miller Golf Course

  • Current Walking path and practice areas are open
  • June 14 - Walking Club will resume every Thursday at 7 pm
  • First Tee will begin and you can register online at www.firstteeindiana.org

Middlefork Reservoir

  • May 11 Boats may begin docking at Middlefork Reservoir
  • Reserve Dock Slip & Annual Launch Permits by contacting the park office via 765-983-PARK
  • May 16 Middlefork Reservoir Service Center open for bait and equipment purchase, hours will be 9-5 until further notice and weather permitting

Richmond Farmers Market

  • Local food and Farmers Market supporters can continue to order online for special delivery or pick up or NOW order online for pick up at the market when open at: farmersmarket.richmondindiana.gov
  • May 23 - Food, Plants and Hygiene Vendors ONLY, 100 maximum capacity
  • June 20 - Food, Artisan and Craft Vendors, 250 maximum capacity
  • July 4 - Food, Artisan and Craft Vendors, Hot food and Entertainment

Richmond Senior Center

  • July 6 Reopen

Sports Facilities, Playgrounds, & Amenities

  • May 25th - Disc Golf Courses, Hills Bark Park, Basketball, Tennis and Pickle ball Courts
  • Restrooms will open with limited hours
  • June 14 - Sports Leagues will begin. Teams can contact Keith Clemens via email at kclemens@richmondindiana.gov or call the park office for more information

Shelter Rentals

  • Contact the Park Office to reserve your facility at 765-983-PARK
  • May 25 - Enclosed/Open Air shelters with capacity under 100 capacity available for rent
  • June 14 - Enclosed/Open Air shelters with capacity under 250 capacity available for rent

Earlham Team Wins $10K in Start-Up Capital to Improve Lives of 25,000 Hoosiers by 2025

Posted May 11, 2020

A business start-up launched by five Earlham College students has been awarded the $10,000 prize for winning the inaugural EPIC Grand Challenge, a competition that encourages social entrepreneurship and innovation with a focus on Wayne County, Indiana.

Gateway Restoration and Foundation is both a for-profit business andphilanthropic foundation, that will deliver affordable, expert home renovation and lawn care to improve the quality of life for 25,000 citizens in Wayne County by 2025 — the objective of the challenge. The start-up will merge small businesses already owned by team members.

"Gateway Foundation's mission will be to assist residents who need home improvements but may not have the resources to do so," said Nathan Mynatt, a graduating senior who will earn his bachelor's degree in global management later this week. The Indianapolis native, who already operates a home repair business with his father, will remain in Wayne County to handle day-to-day operations of the business.

"This will give homeowners access to partially funded or fully funded projects in order to help restore community pride and ultimately improve stagnant property values in Wayne County. We have already entered the Wayne County market and are very passionate about this business and this area. We will do everything we can to make this successful and make Wayne County a better place."

Earlham launched the EPIC Grand Challenge in partnership with the Wayne County Foundation's Forward Wayne County initiative, a county-wide program created to align community resources to tackle the county's toughest challenges. The yearlong program incorporated workshops, classroom experiences and the actual competition. It challenged students to improve the lives of the College's neighbors by developing ways to address gaps in theworkforce and increase population homeownership or property values.

Teams competed in an elevator pitch round, where they gave two-minute presentations about their idea; a cameo round, where teams unveiled their business model; and a final round consisting of a 20-minute presentation of their comprehensive project plan. The various rounds were judged by six judges — three from the Earlham community and three from the Wayne County community.

The Earlham Program for an Integrated Curriculum, or EPIC, provided $40,000 in seed capital that was disbursed to participants across several phases of competition. Additional funding of $18,500 came from the Wayne County Foundation and was used to award stipends to Earlham faculty who mentored student teams, offered workshops or developed key community partnerships.

"I could not be more pleased with the response from the Earlham community and the Wayne County community for this inaugural Earlham EPIC Grand challenge," said Gene Hambrick, the director of Earlham's Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and executive in residence.

"The EPIC Grand Challenge proved that an effective partnership can be forged between Earlham and Wayne County communities that can and will make a significant difference toward the goal of improving the quality of life for at least 25,000 citizens of Wayne County by 2025," he said.

Joining Mynatt on this winning venture is Austin Green, a senior from Brownstown, Indiana, Marc Gendreau, a junior from Cincinnati, Ohio, Brian Pincura, a junior from Avon Lake, Ohio, and Kayla Newman, a sophomore from Richmond, Indiana. Green has announced that he will leave the venture.

"I will be able to consult with my other team members for large decisions and vision moving forward," Mynatt said. "The for-profit side will cater to all socioeconomic backgrounds. The foundation side will focus more on people in need. We believe this is the best model because we want to change a whole community for the better, not just the members who can afford it."

Center City Development Corporation to Release COVID-19 Relief Grant for Center City Businesses

Posted May 8, 2020

Center City Development Corporation (CCDC) is pleased to announce that it will be releasing the COVID-19 Response Program Grant on Monday, May 11, 2020. Grant funding will be available to small businesses within the Center City Area affected by closures and other hardships due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. "We are excited to partner with The City of Richmond to create the COVID-19 Response Program Grant. This grant program will award mini-grants to Center City District businesses that show the utmost need due to COVID-19 and who are at risk of job losses as a result of this pandemic. This opportunity allows Center City Development Corporation to support economic vitality throughout our Main Street district while continuing to fulfill our mission and purpose," said Beth Newton, Administrative Consultant for CCDC. The COVID-19 Response Program Grant aims to support Low-Moderate Income jobs throughout the Center City Area by providing small businesses with working capital to cover day-to-day expenses, continuing operations, and supporting remote work when possible.

The COVID-19 Response Program Grant is possible due to the City of Richmond's diligent work to secure federal funds through OCRA from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. "I want to thank everyone who has worked to put this together," said Richmond Mayor Dave Snow. "This is a first step in assisting our vital local economy as we begin to recover from the heavy impact COVID-19 has had in Richmond. Keeping our citizens healthy, our government moving, and supporting local business remain top priorities."

CCDC is an accredited Main Street organization with a service area that encompasses the downtown and depot districts and surrounding neighborhoods. "The Pandemic has placed unprecedented stress on our Community and certainly on the businesses in the central business district. Small businesses are recognized as the backbone of the community and the City of Richmond, Center City Development Corporation and other local organizations are diligently working to find ways to provide support during this difficult time, and as we move forward into a period of rebuilding and continued redevelopment of center city," said CCDC Board President Shelley Miller. "We are very appreciative of the Office of Community and Rural Affairs in acting quickly to provide financial assistance and program support to Indiana Main Streets."

Grant applications will become available on Monday, May 11, 2020, and will remain open through Monday, May 18, 2020, at 5pm. Grants will be awarded to recipient businesses on Monday, May 25, 2020.

More details regarding the COVID-19 Response Program, including guidelines and application, can be found at www.richmondinnovates.com/covid19. To request a paper copy of the grant application and guidelines, please contact Program Director Cloud Kelley at (765) 962-8151.

May Medical Monday Goes Virtual: Raw Coping Power for Stress

Posted May 8, 2020

The May Medical Monday event is going virtual because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event will be held as a "Zoom" conference at 1 p.m. Monday, May 11. It will feature Patrick Ripberger, Reid Health Community Benefit Specialist - "Let's Check In - Raw Copy Power, Ways to Handle Stress."

Regular attendees will receive instructions through the mail. For more information or questions, contact Sharrie Harlin-Davis (765) 983-3000, ext. 4676. For those familiar with using Zoom, the Meeting ID will be 643-450-8424. The call-in number is (312) 626-6799.

Medical Monday is supported by Reid Health Community Benefit.

LifeStream's Aging Well Conference Rescheduled to 2021

Posted May 7, 2020

MUNCIE, IN – Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, LifeStream has rescheduled the 17th Annual Aging Well Conference to Thursday, June 3, 2021. The new date will be hosted at the same location, the Horizon Convention Center in Muncie, and LifeStream anticipates hosting the same speakers and breakout sessions that were planned for the 2020 date.

The Aging Well Conference is designed for older adults, caregivers, wellness enthusiasts, and health professionals to learn how to make positive changes in their lives and the lives of others. The conference includes a resource fair, light breakfast, and educational breakout sessions.

Registration and sponsorship/resource fair information will be released early spring 2021. Those who would like more information or to receive registration information to their home/email may contact Angie Jenkins, Outreach Coordinator, at 765-759-1121 or ajenkins@lifestreaminc.org.

Special thanks to our sponsors: Healing Hands Home Health, Heaven Sent Home Healthcare, Reid Health Alliance Medicare, Community Hospital Anderson, Heart to Heart Hospice, Henry Community Health, Humana, Guardian Medical Monitoring, and Silver Birch of Muncie.

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 Celebrates Nurses' Week with Nursing Excellence Awards

Posted May 6, 2020

Supplied Graphic/Photos: Reid's 2020 Nursing Excellence Winners

Reid Health recognized ten nurses this week for the 2020 Nursing Excellence Awards as part of National Nurse's Week. The nurses represent a variety of care areas in the health system.

"We all knew nurses are everyday heroes, but this has perhaps never been more evident than in the last few weeks as many of them continue to serve on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic," said Misti Foust-Cofield, Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer. "These annual awards are just a small way that we recognize some of our leaders doing what this team does 24/7/365 days a year. I am so proud of our nursing team and the sacrifices they make to serve others."

Carlee Cox, RN, BSN, Reid Outpatient Surgery and Endoscopy

Carlee, a native of Lewisburg, Ohio, is a graduate of Indiana University East nursing program. She joined the Reid Health team in 2008 as a student nurse while working on her degree.

She worked in telemetry before joining the ROSE team in 2011. She lives in Richmond with husband, Jacob, and their two daughters Madilyn and Lilly.

Nursing was the career she chose because "I wanted to help others and make a difference in people's lives." She finds nursing challenging but is a career where she learns something new every day.

"If you love to learn and enjoy helping others, then nursing is for you."

Debbie Crane, RN, Progressive Care Unit

Debbie grew up in Richmond, where she still lives. Her degree is from Ivy Tech State College in Richmond. Her family includes husband, Randy, son Todd Laswell, daughters Amanda Orbik, Jessica and Ashley Crane, four grandchildren, and two step-grandchildren.

She first joined the Reid Health team in 2004. Debbie was always interested in nursing, but started a little different path before getting into healthcare. "My biggest supporters have been my parents, Jim and Delores Smith." She finds the profession rewarding, "saving lives, helping people make better health decisions. I love being around people and talking to them. Nursing is fulfilling in many ways."

Christa Evans, RN, BSN, Emergency Services

Christa is a native of Greenfield but now makes her home in New Paris, Ohio. She obtained her nursing degree from Indiana University East in 2017, though she has served on the Reid team since 2015.

She chose nursing so she could have an impact on the lives of patients "who rely on healthcare workers to improve their overall quality of life," noting she has "a passion to care for others." She and husband, Tyler - also an RN and Director of Inpatient Nursing -- are expecting their first baby in June.

"The most rewarding thing about being a nurse are the relationships built with patients, families and coworkers. Nursing is one of the most respected and rewarding careers. Nurses are always in high demand and the opportunities the career offers are endless. There is no better bond or honor than to care for individuals who trust you with their life."

Erika Millsaps, RN, MSN, Stroke Services

Erika is a Richmond resident who grew up in Greenville, Ohio. Her nursing degree is from Indiana University East, with a master's from Western Governors University.

On the Reid Health team since 2016, she worked in Progressive Care before becoming Stroke Program Educator. Her inspiration for her profession was her mother, Holly Lemar, who has been a nurse for 30 years. "All through my childhood, I saw how she was able to care for others and lead through her profession. I wanted to be just like her."

Erika and husband Joshua have a two-year-old daughter, Kinley. "The most rewarding part about being a nurse is knowing you can make a difference. Sometimes you do not see the fruit of your labor, but you know down the road the individuals you care for will be able to live longer, happier and healthier lives because of what you do every day."

Sandra Rogers, RN, Emergency Services

Sandra grew up in Wirtz, Va., and now makes her home in Eaton, Ohio, with husband Jordan, their three dogs, three cats and six chickens.

Sandra is a graduate of Virginia Western Community College. Joining the Reid Health team in 2016 as a nurse on 4 East, she's now a house supervisor in Emergency Services. She volunteered at a hospital while in high school and fell in love with the healthcare environment. "I chose nursing because I wanted a career where I could make a difference and positive impact in the lives of others."

She finds the most rewarding part of nursing "is having a patient thank you for taking care of them, knowing you were able to make a small difference in their world."

Betsie Sams, LPN, Urological Care

Betsie is a Lynn native and current resident of Hagerstown along with husband, Ryan, and sons Mason and Jaxson.

Her nursing degree is from Miami Valley CTC. Betsie wanted to be a nurse "as long as I can remember." She was drawn by a desire to help others and knowing the varied opportunities nursing would bring. She started at Reid Health as a walking/therapy aide before becoming an LPN in 2015.

"It's so rewarding to make a difference in the life of another and see how much the care you provide helps another person." Becoming a nurse is now "the most rewarding career, every day."

Kara Schroeder, RN, BSN, Family Birthing Center

A native of Centerville, Kara now lives in Cambridge City. She's a graduate of the Ball State University School of Nursing.

Kara began her career at Reid Health in 2013 as a Student Nurse Technician in Critical Care before completing her nursing degree in 2015. She chose nursing "because I've always wanted to make a difference in the lives of others. From helping families say their last goodbye to loved ones to helping mothers and fathers bring their newborn baby into this world, I have never felt more at home than at the bedside of our amazing patients."

Kara and husband Andrew have a four-year-old foster child, Kurtis, and are expecting their baby in August. "Making patients feel safe or more at home is what keeps me going every day, especially through the new and sometimes scary experience of labor and postpartum."

Samantha Searcy, RN, BSN, Critical Care Unit

Samantha was born in Michigan but has lived in Richmond since she was 5-years-old.

Also a 2019 winner, she completed her nursing degree in 2017. She joined the Reid Health team as a Patient Care Technician on the Psychiatric Services unit in 2015. She and her husband, Brandon, are raising a "beautiful Doberman" named Maverick.

"I chose nursing because I have always had a desire and passion to care for others since I was young. I wanted a career I would love doing every day no matter what, and I know I have found just that! As a nurse, I have the opportunity and responsibility of caring for someone's loved one in a time that is not always ideal. I am able to make a difference in peoples' lives in a big way."

Vienna M. Smith, RN, BSN, Reid Health - Connersville

Vienna is a native and current resident of Connersville. She is a graduate of Ivy Tech Community College and the Indiana University East RN to BSN program.

She joined the Reid Health team in 2015 as a Critical Care/CVU nurse, where she spent most of her time before becoming the Reid Health - Connersville House Supervisor. Her experience with having a child at age 15 and the compassionate care she received by the nurses caring for her inspired her to ultimately seek a nursing career. "They advocated for my safety, wellbeing and ensured my family and I were comfortable. Because of them, my love for nursing budded."

Her family includes her 16-year-old son, Christian, husband Charlie and four-year-old daughter Noelle. Completing the family are Jackson, a chocolate lab, and Leo the cat.

She says she "loves working in a field that impacts my community in such a profound way." For anyone considering a nursing career, she recommends talking to nurses in the field of interest and also job shadowing. "Nursing is a commitment like no other, and has endless opportunities."

Erin Suttmann, NP, Reid Hospitalists

Erin joined the Reid Health team in 2015 as an RN in the Emergency Department. Her degrees are from the University of Cincinnati. She joined the hospitalist team in 2018.

A native of Cincinnati, she now lives in Hamilton, Ohio, with husband Paul and children, Isaac, Elijah and Rebecca.

Erin comes from a family with many nurses in different areas of the field, "but all have one thing in common: they love their jobs. Taking care of people at one of the worst moments of their lives, and being able to help them get well enough to return home is rewarding." She really enjoys getting to know her patients, hearing their stories, and helping make their hospital stay "a little less scary by spending extra time with them. There are many different types of nursing. If you are a compassionate, caring person, there is a nursing job for you."

Poll Worker Shortage

Posted May 5, 2020

The Wayne County Election Board met on Monday, May 4, 2020 and discussed the shortage of poll workers for the 2020 Primary Election. Due to the age of most of our long time and dedicated poll workers, they fall into the most vulnerable group of individuals to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and this has created a huge shortage of poll workers that will require the Board to combine Vote Centers in order to provide enough staffing to a lesser number of Vote Centers during Early Voting and Election Day.

Personal Protective Equipment will be available for anyone who is interested in being a poll worker. You will be compensated by a daily stipend, it is not a voluntary service.

If you are a registered voter, are not related to a candidate who is on the ballot in an opposed race and are interested in being a poll worker please contact our office before Friday, May 8th at 4:30pm. Please call Voters Registration at 765-973-9226.

Superintendent Dr. Terrill Unveils Plan for RHS Class of 2020 Graduation

Posted May 5, 2020

Supplied Graphic: RHS Graduation for 2020

Richmond High School plans for students to have a drive-through pick up of their caps, gowns, and yard signs on Monday, May 18th from 11:00 a.m. —2:00 p.m. in the Career Center parking lot. Beginning May 19th, the Richmond High School Class of 2020 graduation ceremony will take place in Civic Hall Performing Arts Center (located on the RHS campus). Individual RHS seniors and their families will report at a scheduled time for an individual presentation of their diploma. RHS staff will make sure that social distancing recommendations are observed, and each RHS senior will have a limited number of family members in attendance.

The Civic Hall stage will be set up for graduation and the RHS senior's name will be announced and they will walk across the stage to receive their diploma. This will permit families to hear their seior's name being called, witness the presentation of the diploma, and give them the opportunity to take photos. Richmond Community Schools will record the presentations, which will include RHS principal Rae Woolpy's graduation speech, senior speeches, RCS Superintendent's speech and the declaration of the Class of 2020. The video will be broadcast on WETV Channel 20 (Comcast Cable) and on the RCS YouTube Channel on our original graduation date, Sunday, May 31 at 2 p.m. This will permit seniors and their families to witness the "graduation ceremony" together at home. The video will also be available to download so RHS seniors and their families can keep a copy.

"Determining the appropriate ways to honor our graduating class of 2020 has been one of the top priorities for the RHS Principal Rae Woolpy and her administrative team over the past several weeks," RCS Superintendent Todd Terrill said. "While we are disappointed that traditional commencement ceremonies cannot be held due to COVID-19, the thoughtful innovation and care with which our schools and community partners have come together has been great to see. Thank you to all of the individuals and organizations who are continuing to work behind the scenes to make the 2020 RHS graduation ceremony truly special."

Schedule
  • Monday, May 18 - RHS seniors drive-through pick-up for caps/gowns and yard signs between 11am-2pm in Career Center Parking lot.
  • Tuesday May 19, Wednesday May 20, and Thursday May 21 – Seniors will be scheduled alphabetically from 11:00am – 6:00pm for individual presentations of RHS diplomas.
  • Sunday, May 31 – Video broadcasts on WETV Channel 20 (Comcast Cable) and on RCS YouTube Channel of RHS Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremony at 2 p.m.

LifeStream Services Receives Henry County Community Foundation Grant

Posted May 12, 2020

LifeStream Services was awarded a grant from the Henry County Community Foundation on April 28, 2020. This grant was part of the Choose Henry Fund – Community Grants which supports non-profit organizations serving Henry County.

LifeStream will use the grant funds to support its Adult Guardianship program to continue to represent and advocate for vulnerable and incapacitated adults who are unable to make personal decisions regarding their care. LifeStream is the legal guardian of 47 adults throughout central Indiana. Providing this service for adults allows them to remain safe, active members of their home communities.

Megan Velasquez, Director of Client Services, shared:

"We are grateful to receive support from the Henry County Community Foundation to be able to advocate for vulnerable adults in the community."

Learn more about LifeStream Services by visiting www.lifestreaminc.org or call 800-589-1121.

The Henry County Community Foundation, Inc. is a public trust which secures permanent funds for philanthropic purposes. Their mission is to help where the needs are the greatest, and the benefits to the community and its citizens are most substantial; provide public-spirited donors a vehicle for using their gifts in the best possible way now and in the future as conditions inevitably change; and provide excellent stewardship of those gifts which it receives. Learn more about the Henry County Community Foundation at henrycountycf.org.

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 23,000 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's Orthopedics and Podiatry Practices to Offer Extended Hours

Posted May 5, 2020

To help patients whose care has been delayed by the pandemic, Reid Orthopedics and Reid Podiatry are offering special appointment times outside of the practices' normal hours. Appointments will be made available for weekday evenings and Saturdays for both practices.

Reid Podiatry will also offer nail care services for a $40 cash fee to help patients with those needs.

For appointment information, call Reid Orthopedics at (765) 935-8905 or Reid Podiatry at (765) 935-8866.

EC Alumnus Chosen for Stanford's Prestigious Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program

Posted May 4, 2020

Cyrus Buckman, a 2018 Earlham graduate with a degree in biochemistry, has been accepted into Stanford University's prestigious Knight-Hennessy Scholarship program. He will be an M.D. candidate at Stanford School of Medicine, beginning fall 2020.

Buckman joins a celebrated cohort of 100 global scholars who have been recognized by Stanford as the kind of future leaders and innovators the world needs. He is the first Knight-Hennessy Scholar from Ghana and the first Earlham graduate chosen for the program.

Knight-Hennessy Scholars receive a free tuition scholarship for up to three years of study, including stipends to offset the cost of living and travel. Scholars also have access to exclusive spaces on campus where curriculum and learning experiences are offered, plus spaces for meals, quiet study, casual conversations, and group collaborations.

Buckman says the program's values feel like a perfect extension of his Earlham education.

"When I was looking at graduate schools, I was looking for a community that valued diversity and issues related to social justice as much as me," he says. "Earlham certainly opened me up to a world that I wasn't used to as a boy growing up in Ghana and attending an all-boys school. My classmates at Earlham came from all over the world and had different faiths, backgrounds and experiences. The community supported me in a way where I could find my voice and make meaningful contributions to the issues that I am most passionate about."

Earlham's advising and seemingly endless opportunities to participate in research, internships and off-campus travel helped him stand out among other applicants for the Knight-Hennessy Scholarship, Buckman says.

"The Earlham Center for Global Health and the opportunities they have for students really set me apart from other applicants and gave me the confidence I needed to demonstrate my interest in the medical field," Buckman says. "My pre-health advisors didn't forget about me when I graduated. As an international student, they gave me advice that helped me choose the right graduate schools to apply to for scholarships."

At Earlham, Buckman was a regular volunteer at Reid Health not far from campus and benefitted from numerous job-shadowing experiences with area physicians that were supported by the College. He participated in Earlham's inaugural global health off-campus excursion to Peru (pictured right) where he contributed to public health campaigns for families living in underserved communities, and learned about various medical techniques and procedures. He also earned a funded internship from Earlham at the University of Louisville Medical Center and conducted research related to obesity and cardiovascular disease. In 2016, he was co-president of Earlham Student Government.

After graduating last May, Buckman was hired as a product coordinator with the Global Environment and Technology Foundation, the same Virginia-based non-profit he interned with during the summer after his second academic year at Earlham. The organization advances sustainable development in African nations through partnerships and targeted action in the areas of clean energy and climate change, water and sanitation, sustainability, and health systems.

"At Earlham and in my current role, I have learned that I don't need to be silent and that my voice matters," Buckman says. "I gained the confidence I need to believe that I can make positive, meaningful differences, and I strive to do that as often as I can."

MRL Service Update: A Message from the Director

Posted May 4, 2020

Photo/Graphic: MRL Service UpdateThe Board and staff of the Morrisson-Reeves Library are SUPER excited to announce our phased reopening plan to provide socially-distanced and community-minded services.

Starting on Monday, May 18, we will be adding curbside service and access to public computers. Both services will be offered by appointment only. Our biggest challenge at this point is obtaining adequate cleaning and sanitizing supplies to ensure a safe environment for our staff and patrons, and the necessary supplies and equipment to create a socially responsible environment that allows both staff and patrons to exercise compliance with CDC and local health official guidelines.

Some staff will return to the building on May 4th, while other staff will continue working from home. Beginning May 11th, most staff will begin working in the building in shifts of small groups to limit contacts. We will take sufficient time to prepare the staff and the building to begin offering our new library services. They involve different processes and procedures that none of us could foresee. We want to make it as uncomplicated and convenient for staff and patrons as we possibly can.

These new services are scheduled to begin Monday, May 18. We are still working out the exact hours for these services based on the availability of our staff, many who are immunocompromised and/or covered by the Family First Coronavirus Response Act.

The 24/7 digital access to our online resources and library card application will continue. Unfortunately, the physical building will be closed except for limited access to the meeting room in the lower level where the public computer service will be located. For the foreseeable future, the library facilities, including meeting spaces, seating areas, and computer labs will be closed to comply with guidance about the number of people per square foot, continued social distancing, and elevated sanitation practices. Staff and patron safety are our top priority.

While we may look different, we are anxious and eager to serve.

We've missed being able to assist you and look forward to seeing you soon!

Most sincerely,

Paris Pegg, Director
Morrisson-Reeves Library
pegg@mrlinfo.org

Morrisson-Reeves Library's building might be closed but their services are plentiful and available online at MRLinfo.org.

MRL is offering library cards to its entire service area. This card will offer citizens access to all of the library's electronic resources including, e-books, audiobooks, kids' materials, Worldbook Encyclopedia, streamed movies and TV shows... the list goes on and on!

Get a Library Card Now! Go to MRLinfo.org for Details.

https://mrlinfo.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/MRLibrary/

Library Materials Currently Due Will Not Be Counted As Late

All physical materials currently checked out will have their due dates extended until we reopen. As always, no late fees will occur.

Digital Resources

MRL encourage patrons to visit MRLinfo.org to explore its digital collections of books, movies, tv shows, research tools, and more to download and stream. MRL-Digital-Branch: Find the Digital Branch by clicking on the picture on the library's website that reads, "DIGITAL BRANCH".

Phone Service Available Weekdays

Phone Service Hours are:

Monday through Friday

10:00am to 2:00pm and 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Please be patient when making calls to the library. MRL is operating the phone service with a very limited number of staff who are working remotely.

LIVE CHAT Service
MRL has installed a CHAT LIVE feature on their website.

Available Monday - Saturday 9:00am - 9:00pm

We miss hearing from our patrons and would enjoy chatting with you. With Chat you can ask questions, review your account information, receive your PIN that is connected with your account or answers to any other library or community services. Give it a try!

Grants: More than $124,256 for mental health and to fight substance misuse

Posted April 30, 2020

Reid Health Community Benefit is awarding $124,256 in grants for 16 programs throughout Reid Health's 8 county service area. These programs are designed to improve mental health and combat substance misuse.

The grants represent the first awards of two grant cycles for this year. Grants, along with other Community Benefit outreach, aim to promote health and wellness in our communities, and to target prioritized health needs in our service area. A committee of Reid Health's governing board and community members reviews grant requests. The grants are awarded as part of the health system's efforts as a mission-driven, not-for-profit organization. The work of Reid Health Community Benefit provides millions of dollars of support to our communities each year.

The grants include:

  • A Better Life - Brianna's Hope: $3,500 for treatment and programming.
  • Birth to Five: $11,250 to support the Healthy Families Program.
  • Boys & Girls Club: $11,250 to support Prevention Plus programming.
  • Bridges for Life: $3,150 for the Go and Grow Program.
  • Brighter Path: $2,500 for scholarships to provide equine therapy for children.
  • Centerstone - Children's Department: $15,000 to provide school-based mental health services to 250 students without Medicaid or other payor source.
  • Chamber Center for Excellence (Drug Free Wayne County Partnership): $2,500 for Recovery Cards project and Prevention Week activities.
  • Genesis: $11,250 to support counseling services.
  • Independent Living Center: $5,000 to provide ramps to those in need.
  • JACY House: $9,876 to support body safety education in schools.
  • Monroe Central Schools: $6,360 for countywide teacher in service, an ACES book study project, and "Your Life Speaks" presentation for students.
  • Randolph Eastern Schools (Union City): $6,225 to support "Leader in Me" programming for teachers and "Your Life Speaks" presentation for students.
  • Senior Opportunity Services: $2,500 to support the homemaker program.
  • The Journey Home Shelter: $10,000 to help with case management services for Home Retention Program.
  • The Shepherd's Way (Cross Road Christian Recovery Center): $12,645 to support new curriculum and staff support at Cross Road.
  • Whole Family Community Initiative (House of Ruth): $11,250 to support counseling services.

Community benefit is defined as programs or activities that improve access to health services, enhance public health, advance increased health knowledge, and/or relieves the burden of government to improve health. It is the basis of the tax-exempt status of not-for-profit hospitals, and ensures that tax-exempt hospitals are meeting the health needs of their communities while demonstrating transparency and accountability to those they serve.

In addition to grants, Reid Health Community Benefit supports various programs focused on community health, specifically in the areas of Mental Health and Substance Misuse, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Weight, and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES). To learn more about Reid Health's commitment to our communities, and the initiatives of Community Benefit, please review the Community Health Needs Assessment and Implementation Plans at www.reidcommunities.org or www.reidhealth.org.

Health Care Pavilion Continues to Serve Families

Posted April 30, 2020

The continued COVID-19 crisis clearly can affect mental health, so the team at Reid Health Care Pavilion wants families to know services continue to be available for those in need.

"The world is in chaos and under tremendous stress, but our services remain unchanged," said Susan Ream, Reid Health's Director of Inpatient Psychiatry. "We continue to offer and remain committed to providing quality therapeutic services to children and their families during times of crisis. If your child is struggling with anxiety, depression, behavioral issues or even suicidal or homicidal thoughts, please know we are here to help 24/7."

Assessments can be scheduled by calling (765) 827-8022. The assessment number is available at all times -- and emergency admissions are accepted around the clock.

Jeanine Lunsford, BSW, MA, Pavilion Unit Manager, said the Pavilion has been coordinating with state and national health officials and following strict guidance for maintaining a safe environment during the pandemic. "Our mission is to ensure that our residents live in a safe, healthy and supportive environment. COVID-19 has created barriers, but it is imperative we continue to provide services, even if the way we provide services looks a bit different for the time being."

Physics Professor Michael Lerner Awarded National Fellowship for Breast Cancer Research

Posted April 29, 2020

Associate Professor of Physics Michael Lerner has been awarded a highly competitive Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Seniors Fellows from the National Institutes of Health's National Cancer Institute. His F33 fellowship is one of only two actively funded F33 fellowships across the entire NIH for this funding cycle.

Lerner's fellowship will support a portion of his salary to pursue a new interdisciplinary research agenda with collaborators Joel Bader and Andy Ewald at Johns Hopkins University. This ongoing research collaboration will combine aspects of physics, biology and data science to predict and target the genetic drivers of breast cancer metastasis — its spread from the site of origin to secondary locations in the body. Lerner will lend his expertise in statistical physics to his Johns Hopkins collaborators to analyze how information flows through biological networks in order to identify new points of intervention for cancer therapies.

"Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the world, and in the United States," Lerner said. "While cancer therapies almost exclusively target tumor growth and cell proliferation, for breast cancer and many other cancers, mortality is due to metastasis. Unfortunately, many of the molecular requirements of metastasis remain unknown."

This collaboration with Johns Hopkins is a mutually beneficial long-term arrangement that will involve Earlham students at the forefront of biophysical research and allow them to contribute to development of potential future cancer drugs. "It gives us a chance to make a real-world difference," Lerner notes.

The F33 fellowship is the second research-based award supporting Lerner's 2019-20 sabbatical research agenda. He also is the recipient of a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Collaborative Research Training Grant in support of travel and lodging, which allowed him to work fulltime in his collaborators' experimental and computational laboratories at Johns Hopkins in fall 2019.

"These grants will strengthen connections between my research group on campus and two labs at Johns Hopkins," Lerner said. "Earlham students will be involved in the project and I will teach relevant computational oncology modules in all my classes from my introductory physics courses to my upper-level courses."

Lerner is a computational biophysicist who studies membranes, lipids, computational oncology, and biomolecular dynamics, to examine problems from basic physics to drug design. He teaches courses that include Thermal and Statistical Physics, Matter in Motion, Biophysics, and Student Research in Physics.

Lerner's research and commitment to undergraduate teaching contributes to Earlham's reputation as a national leader in the liberal arts for outstanding learning opportunities, scholarship and mentorship. The college ranks 36th among 1,592 colleges for the percentage of graduates who go on to earn PhDs across all disciplines — 12th out of 1,384 in the life sciences. The Princeton Review features Earlham annually as one of the nation's 20 best classroom experiences based on student feedback regarding their professors, the quality of their classroom and lab facilities, the amount of in-class time devoted to discussion, and the percent of classes they attend.

Reid Hearing Center to Offer Curbside Audiology Repairs

Posted April 27, 2020

Reid Hearing Center is now offering curbside service for audiology device maintenance and repairs at 1434 Chester Boulevard in Richmond. Anyone experiencing issues with a device is encouraged to use this service, whether or not they are a current patient of the Hearing Center. "Having a hearing device function at its best is so important to one's quality of life. We are here for anyone who needs this service," said Dr. Amber Wolsiefer.

A scheduled appointment is required by calling (765) 935-4477. When an appointment is made, detailed instructions will be provided for the drive-up service. Patients should have a cell phone with them when arriving for the service. Most repairs will be made while the patient waits in their car. In some cases, such as warranty service, the device will be sent out for repairs. In that case, the Hearing Center will arrange for curbside pickup of the repaired device at a later date. Days and hours for this service are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. - Noon and 1 - 4:15 p.m.

Wayne County Foundation Names Recipients of Prestigious Awards

Posted April 22, 2020

Logo: Wayne County FoundationThe Wayne County Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of their most prestigious awards for 2020.

Monica Koechlein was awarded the Charles A. Rodefeld Award for Leadership in Philanthropy and the Community. The award honors the Foundation's founder, Charles Rodefeld, a person who moved quietly but steadily to help meet community needs. The Rodefeld Award recognizes Wayne County citizens and/or companies who have been there when agencies or organizations most needed them, who served faithfully, though without fanfare, and who have provided leadership and significant financial support over the years. Nominated by the both the Richmond Friends School and the Stamm Koechlein Family Foundation, Monica was recognized as a leader who has a true passion and interest in the community and one who works to build strong relationships between patrons of the arts and the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, where she serves as Executive Director. Additionally, she serves on the development committee for Richmond Friends School and helped develop the Scholarship Forward Initiative, a tuition assistance program.

Indiana University East Vice-Chancellor of External Affairs, Jason Troutwine, said of Monica: "Her greatest service and gift to our community is what she does outside of her role with Stamm Koechlein Family Foundation and the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. She is a quiet leader. She encourages people along their path by creating training and networking opportunities. She champions young professionals by introducing them to new partners or mentors. She looks for opportunities to make Wayne County better and motivates others to share in the vision...and then, steps back from the spotlight. Monica embodies the very spirit of the Rodefeld award."

Aileen Githens was selected to receive the Ruth J. Wickemeyer Award for Community Service which was named for the Foundation's founding executive director and which recognizes paid or volunteer not-for-profit leaders who personify exceptional service to others in the name of community progress. Aileen was nominated by the Civic Hall Associates where she volunteers as an usher. In addition to her volunteer work there, she is also actively involved at the Wayne County Tourism Bureau, Boys and Girls Clubs of Wayne County, Richmond Civic Theatre, and Central United Methodist Church.

In her nomination, Mary Walker, Executive Director of the Richmond-Wayne County Convention and Tourism Bureau wrote of Aileen "Aileen has long advocated for Wayne County, praising our communities' wonderful treasures to countless visitors, from near and far, for well over 20 years. At the Tourism Bureau, she is passionate, engaging, and enthusiastic when greeting guests and always goes above and beyond to make their time here memorable and worthwhile."

Millie Martin Emery added "As she serves thousands of children, tourists, arts lovers of all ages, and Alzheimer's residents at Friends Fellowship each year, Aileen humbly volunteers tirelessly for multiple groups without a need for awards or recognition for service. She is a valuable team member, encouraging volunteers who are decades younger through the example she sets of love for her adopted hometown and its people."

Both recipients will be honored at a later date.

Established in 1979, the Wayne County Foundation encourages individual, family, and corporate philanthropy in order to meet current and emerging community needs. Gifts to and through the Foundation create the resources needed to address critical issues throughout the county...Today. Tomorrow. Forever.

Emergencies Can't Wait on COVID-19

Posted April 22, 2020

Health officials worry fear is keeping people from seeking care

Fear of COVID-19 exposure may be creating another life-threatening problem - people choosing not to seek care in other types of emergencies.

"As is happening nationally, the concern is that people suffering symptoms of various acute illness are choosing not to seek immediate care out of concern they could be exposed to COVID-19," said Sam Iden, M.D., Reid Health emergency physician. "We have seen cases of stroke, heart attack, gastrointestinal emergencies and respiratory emergencies who have all delayed their care and potentially worsened their outcome."

Bradley Dubois, M.D., with Whitewater Valley Primary Care in Connersville, said health system facilities use extensive infection control procedures 24/7/365 -- so exposure to a virus at a physician office or the hospital is less likely than in a trip to the grocery store, restaurant or a gas station. And Reid Health has taken multiple additional steps to protect staff and patients, including keeping patients with respiratory symptoms away from others with separate respiratory clinics, tight visitor restrictions, masking of all patients and staff and appropriate use of personal protective equipment.

Exposure to a virus at a physician office or the hospital is less likely than in a trip to the grocery store, restaurant or a gas station.

The health system has seen an unusual decline in non-COVID emergency visits, which officials believe is an indication that some are taking risks by not seeking emergency care when it is warranted. Reid has also had cases - particularly with appendicitis - where patients have shown up at the respiratory clinic with symptoms that can be similar to COVID-19, only to be rushed to emergency room.

An online Gallup poll recently found that four in five Americans believe trips for care are risky because of COVID-19, leading some to delay emergency care in other conditions that could increase risk of more severe problems or even death. Hospitals and health systems are beginning to report cases where patients delayed seeking care for fear of COVID-19, increasing potential complications from conditions that should have been treated earlier.

Reid Health caregivers believe the same thing is happening with some of its patients.

Joshua French, M.D., general surgeon, is aware of cases, particularly involving appendicitis, where patients delayed seeking care and made their situation more severe. "This changes relatively routine care and discharge to sometimes within 24 hours to multiple days in the hospital and possibly multiple procedures." He said acute abdominal symptoms that come on rapidly are examples of things that suggest going straight to the emergency room.

Jennifer Bales, M.D., chief of staff and emergency physician, said she's heard patients express worry about COVID-19 many times. "Timing is critical in several conditions," she added. "We have life-saving medications that can only be given within the first several hours after onset of stroke symptoms, for example. So coming in quickly is of the utmost importance."

"We have seen cases of stroke, heart attack, gastrointestinal emergencies and respiratory emergencies who have all delayed their care and potentially worsened their outcome." -- Dr. Sam Iden, emergency physician

Delaying treatment for a heart attack or stroke can be the difference between life and death and for the extent of recovery that can be achieved, said John McGinty, M.D., cardiologist. "The risks associated with the delaying of care for a heart attack include worsening heart damage causing congestive heart failure or potentially death. Regardless of COVID-19 concerns, any symptoms of a stroke or heart attack should be evaluated immediately in the closest emergency department."

Dr. McGinty and other caregivers said the health system team has done an excellent job implementing extra protective measures during the COVID-19 crisis. "An individual with severe symptoms should not delay emergency care over fears of this virus."

As the first cases began to appear, the health system took numerous steps that were ramped up as cases increased, including:

  • Launching respiratory clinics in Richmond and later in Connersville where patients having respiratory symptoms can be safely triaged in a space separate from patients with other needs.
  • Tight visitor restrictions in all locations with screening at the door.
  • Using electronic monitoring of hospitalized potential COVID-19 patients to limit time staff is in their room.
  • Dedicating one isolated hospital elevator for moving COVID patients.
  • Established containment areas for inpatients either with or suspected of having the virus.
  • Increasing types of appointments available by virtual visit and phone

"No one with an emergency should hesitate to seek care," said Dr. McGinty. "Don't let fear of COVID-19 cause you or a loved one to suffer or even lose their life because of delaying or failing to seek care."

Indiana Hospital Association President Brian Tabor, addressing the concern of patients delaying care across the state, said hospitals are ready to handle non-COVID-19 issues. "Throughout this period, the physicians, nurses, and other staff of Indiana's hospitals have also stood ready to safely deliver all essential medical care. Hoosiers must know that they should seek treatment today not only in emergency situations, but also to diagnose serious conditions, address underlying chronic illnesses, relieve significant pain, and more."

Reid Health Joins Mayo Clinic Program for Treating COVID-19

Posted April 20, 2020

Reid Health is joining with the Mayo Clinic in a program that will treat COVID-19 patients with plasma from recovered patients.

Supplied Image/Graphic: COVID-19 Plasma Donor Program"Treatment with convalescent plasma is an old strategy that has been used for more than 100 years to convey passive immunity from someone who has recovered from an infectious disease to someone who is ill," said Thomas Huth, M.D., Vice President of Medical Affairs at Reid Health. He said the treatment is typically tried when an infectious disease is serious with little to no treatment options, as is the case with COVID-19.

The health system is launching a donor drive this week, encouraging recovered COVID-19 patients to consider becoming plasma donors. Dr. Huth said the treatment is showing promise in China, Europe and on the west coast of the United States. "Many doctors and organizations are interested in trying convalescent plasma in hopes that it will prevent the most serious complications of the disease, save lives and reduce demand on health care system resources."

The health system is launching a donor drive this week, encouraging recovered COVID-19 patients to consider becoming plasma donors.

Matthew Vail, M.D., Infectious Disease Specialist with Reid Health, said Reid's participation in the program is great news for patients being treated for the virus. "This offers great potential in helping with our limited options for treating this virus."

Donors will need to have tested positive for COVID-19 and have fully recovered from COVID-19 for at least two weeks. The treatment will be offered to hospitalized patients who are at high risk of having to go on a ventilator or those patients already receiving ventilation therapy.

The donation process involves drawing whole blood from a donor, then separating plasma that contains antibodies. Donors have to give at the Community Blood Center in Dayton because Reid Health does not have specialized equipment to take the donations. The program is following Mayo protocols and sharing data.

To register, visit: www.ReidHealth.org/donateplasma or call (765) 973-8082, or email COVIDPlasma.Donation@ReidHealth.org

Hours Adjusted for COVID-19 Screenings, Respiratory Clinic Appointments

Posted April 20, 2020

Because more people are able to take advantage of a free virtual screening during the day, Reid Health is adjusting the hours for a getting the initial assessment for possible COVID-19.

The hours for the free virtual screening will be reduced from 24 hours to the same hours as the Respiratory Clinic hotline -- 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Patients with respiratory symptoms can use either tool - Reid HealthNOW or the hotline - to be initially screened and if needed, given an appointment at one of the Reid Health Respiratory Clinics for further evaluation and possible testing.

Reid Health temporarily transformed its Urgent Care facility at 1501 Chester Boulevard into a clinic for respiratory illness on March 21, moving other urgent care offerings to 1350 Chester Boulevard. On April 8, a similar clinic was opened in Connersville at the Urgent Care on State Road 44.

Annuradha Bhandari, M.D., who was involved in establishing the clinics, says volumes remained steady at first but have slowly begun a decline - perhaps an indication the virus spread has been slowed. "The clinics have allowed us to better manage potential patients and keep those with respiratory symptoms separate from patients with other illness or injury," she said.

COVID-19 Testing

Because of minimally improved availability of testing resources, some COVID-19 swab testing may be done at the Chester Boulevard location, but only based on an assessment of a patient with symptoms who meets criteria for testing. Testing does require the order of a physician or advanced practice provider. Persons who believe they may need to be tested because they are having active symptoms may call their primary care provider's office to discuss obtaining an order or use one of our free assessment tools to see if they need to visit the Respiratory Clinic.

To be seen at the Respiratory Clinic, call the COVID-19 hotline at (765) 965-4200 (available 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week), or get an initial triage with the Reid HealthNOW virtual care app's FREE COVID-19 screening. Appointments can only be made during the hotline hours.

No routine COVID-19 evaluations for asymptomatic patients are yet available and not all individuals with symptoms will be tested. In fact, healthy people should not visit the clinic - only those with respiratory symptoms and with an appointment made through a virtual visit or the hotline.

As a precautionary measure, the respiratory clinic will not have a waiting room - the waiting area will effectively be in patients' cars.

If assessed as needing to do more than remain home in isolation, instructions will be given including an appointment time and advised to go to the respiratory clinic. Only patients who have taken this step can receive further assessment at the respiratory clinics.

If you prefer to discuss your symptoms with your primary care provider, please call ahead of time rather than presenting to the office to prevent further spread of COVID-19.

HOURS and DETAILS

  • COVID-19 Respiratory Clinic hotline: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily - (765) 965-4200
  • Respiratory Clinic hours: By appointment only, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, Richmond; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, Connersville.
  • Free Reid HealthNOW COVID 19 screening: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

American Legion Post 65 Auxiliary Poppy Day Postponed

Posted April 20, 2020

The Poppy is universally recognized as a symbol of remembrance. The American Legion encourages people to wear poppies to "remember the fallen and support the living."

Photo: Vintage Buddy PoppyMemorial Day is a day to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. The first Memorial Day was in 1868 and known as "Decoration Day".

Veterans in VA hospitals across the United States assemble "Buddy Poppies"- little, red artificial flowers that people can wear in memory of members of the military who were killed in action. 100% of the sale of those Buddy Poppies helps fund VFW initiatives.

American Legion Post 65 Auxiliary postponed their Poppy Day from April 18, 2020 to a time to be determined. Be assured those who are serving and have served, are not forgotten.

Notice will be given when our Poppy Day is rescheduled.

An Introduction to the New Executive Director at Cope Environmental Center!

Posted April 17, 2020

Supplied Photo: Karin HostetterThe search to find the next Executive Director at Cope Environmental Center has ended as Karin Hostetter signs on to join the staff starting June 1, 2020.

Karin is no stranger to the Wayne County, IN, area. Karin is an Earlham graduate with a bachelor of science in outdoor education, who grew up in Indianapolis, IN. She has experience as a living history interpreter at Conner Prairie, and was a writer for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

Karin brings to CEC a wealth of knowledge that she has attained over 40 years in science and nature education fields. She has a variety of experience working as an educator and administrator and comes to CEC as a certified interpretive trainer with the National Association for Interpretation. She presently is also the owner of Interpret This, a self-owned business that provides interpretive training, writing, and planning nation-wide and internationally.

A Message from Karin

My two dogs and I are excited to become part of the CEC family. Even though I have spent the last 34 years living in Denver, CO, I have always missed the deciduous forest and spring wildflowers so I am excited to be coming back to those. I grew up in Indianapolis and graduated from Earlham College, so in many ways I am coming home and looking forward to being closer to immediate family in Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio.

My entire career has been spent in some aspect of environmental education, from teaching in nature preserves, to running education departments in museums, to bringing science to low-performing elementary students. In my spare time, I love farmers' markets, craft fairs, gardening, quilting, hiking, showing American Saddlebred horses, and travel. I hope you will share some of your favorite community locations and activites as I meet you.

I look forward to being at CEC - as soon as the status of the virus allows!

Looking forward to seeing you soon in person,

Karin Hostetter

Virtual Dementia Friends Information Sessions Now Available

Posted April 17, 2020

LifeStream Services has partnered with The Leland Legacy to host virtual Dementia Friends Information Sessions on the second Tuesday of the month starting May 12 from 1pm to 2pm via video conference. In-person Dementia Friends Information Sessions have been canceled until further notice due to the threat of COVID-19. This virtual opportunity will allow communities to continue their efforts in becoming dementia friendly places to live.

A Dementia Friend is someone who wants to make a positive difference in the lives of people living with dementia through increased awareness and support. The Dementia Friends Information Session will equip attendees with the knowledge to help make their communities a safer and more welcoming place for those living with dementia and their caregivers.

Those who wish to attend a virtual session should visit bit.ly/dementiafriendsinfosession and enter the meeting ID, 990 9936 8606, on your desktop or mobile device, or call-in at 646-876-9923. Links and additional information can be found at lifestreaminc.org/dementiafriends.

The sessions will be led by Amanda Corman, Admissions Director at The Leland Legacy in Richmond, Ind. Corman shared, "This opportunity allows individuals to learn about Dementia from the comfort of their own home and us to reach our community in all types of ways. During the info sessions, you have the opportunity to participate in the conversation and just listen in to learn. I look forward to meeting and sharing this initiative with you!"

LifeStream is East Central Indiana's Dementia Friends Administrator. Learn more or become a Dementia Friend online by visiting lifestreaminc.org/dementiafriends or contact Beth Evans, Director of Community Services, at bevans@lifestreaminc.org or 765-405-3001.

Dementia Friends Indiana initiative is an outreach of Dementia Friendly America. The initiative seeks to educate communities about dementia, break down the stigma surrounding dementia, and implement practical changes that make life easier to navigate for those with dementia and for their loved ones. 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.

State Extends FAFSA Filing Deadline Beyond April 15

Posted April 17, 2020

Commission for Higher Education implores students to file ASAP, limited funding available on first-come basis

(INDIANAPOLIS) – The Indiana Commission for Higher Education has extended the filing deadline for the 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) beyond the state's original April 15 deadline. The extension is intended to ensure as many Hoosiers as possible can access financial aid in the coming academic year in the midst of challenges presented by the coronavirus.

Students who did not file the FAFSA before the April 15 deadline are encouraged to submit the form at FAFSA.gov as soon as possible. The Commission will consider students who file past the original deadline, however, limited funding is available on a first-come basis.

The extension applies to the 21st Century Scholarship and the Frank O'Bannon Grant. There is no FAFSA deadline for Hoosiers applying for the Next Level Jobs Workforce Ready Grant.

"The FAFSA filing period opened in October 2019 and we always recommend students file the FAFSA as early as possible. We know there are unusual pressures on students and families right now," said Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers. "For years, Indiana has focused on making college more affordable for Hoosiers and we have been successful in that pursuit. Extending the FAFSA deadline during these extenuating circumstances is one more way we are committed to helping Hoosiers continue to prepare for their futures."

The number of Hoosiers filing a FAFSA has decreased this year, which is likely because in-person, in-school learning has been canceled for the year, as have many FAFSA filing support events. As of April 13, Indiana residents filed over 215,000 FAFSAs in the 2020-21 application year, a decrease of 2.5 percent from the 2019-20 application year.

The Commission mailed out paper FAFSA forms to high school seniors enrolled in the 21st Century Scholars program and hosted two virtual FAFSA filing events, offering live help on social media and by phone for students and families. Efforts supported a 4 percent increase in the amount of completed FAFSAs in the weeks leading up to the April 15 deadline.

File the FAFSA at FAFSA.gov. Learn how to create a Federal Student Aid ID here and visit LearnMoreIndiana.org for more resources, including the information needed to file.

Reid Health Still Needing Mask Donations

Posted April 16, 2020

Reid Health is alerting people in the area who have been making hand-made masks that the health system is still in need of them because so many are being provided to patients and family members.

"The outpouring of donations has been tremendous," said Randy Kirk, Reid Health Vice President/Foundation President. The Foundation is receiving donated masks, which are then being laundered and made available patients and family members as needed. Since the need continues, Kirk said the health system continues to receive donations and hand-made masks Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the main entrance, 1100 Reid Parkway; and in Connersville, emergency entrance, during the same hours.

Information on how to make and donate masks is available on the Reid web site: https://www.reidhealth.org/making-masks

Richmond Sanitary Deaprtment Requests Your Assistance

Posted April 16, 2020

Supplied Poster: Toilets are NOT Trashcans

BACKGROUND

The Richmond Sanitary Department (RSD) processes ~10 million gallons of waste water each day and recycles the processed clean water into the East Fork of the White Water River. RSD receives wastes from homes, businesses and industries (15,000 connections) actively managing 299 miles of sewer and storm water pipelines and 22 pumping stations located over a 30 square mile area.

EMERGING PROBLEM

The recent shortages of toilet paper have encouraged local consumers to look for alternative products to use during routine sanitation processes. The following items may negatively impact our collection system and harm the microbial population of the treatment facility. Healthy microbes are required to successfully process our community's wastewater.

THROW IN TRASH

Supplied Graphic: Wipes Clog Pipes
  • Flushable/Disinfectant Wipes
  • Baby Wipes
  • Paper Towels
  • Gloves - Latex/Non-Permeable Materials

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MATTERS

Disposable does not mean flushable. Wipes DO NOT DISSOLVE, they DO GET STUCK in sewer pipes and pumping equipment. Slow moving and blocked sewer lines cause backups into homes and businesses; Sometimes overflows occur onto streets through nearby manholes. Your actions make a difference. The costs of maintaining our local sewer system and facilities affect the rate RSD is required to charge our residential, commercial and industrial partners. Please help us effectively serve your needs!!

Earlham College Announces Senior Leadership Roles in Enrollment Management, Student Life

Posted April 16, 2020

Earlham College President Anne Houtman has announced senior leadership appointments in the enrollment management and student life divisions.

David Hawsey has been named vice president for enrollment management and Bonita Washington-Lacey is now vice president for student life and registrar. Both were serving in interim roles since fall 2019.

"David and Bonita have been wonderful additions to the Cabinet," Houtman said. "David's depth and breadth of leadership experience in enrollment management, particularly at values-based private liberal arts colleges like us, is a real asset. Bonita's care, leadership and thoughtful advocacy for students is especially important during these unprecedented times as we navigate the global COVID-19 pandemic.

"Both David and Bonita demonstrate a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion and a deep appreciation for Earlham's mission," Houtman notes.

Washington-Lacey has worked at Earlham since 1979 and is one of Earlham's key liaisons to the Richmond community. She was previously the senior associate vice president for academic affairs and director of accreditation activities, the associate dean of student development, associate dean of multicultural affairs, and associate dean of admissions.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts in human development and social relations in 1978 from Earlham College and the Master of Arts in Religion from Earlham School of Religion in 1986.

Washington-Lacey is a member of Reid Health Board of Directors, the chair of Reid's Board Leadership Committee, and a member of that board's executive committee. She is the former secretary of the Health Literacy Foundation, and is a former member of the Wayne County Foundation Board of Directors, the YWCA, Mental Health Association of Wayne County, United Way of Whitewater Valley, Community Action of East Central Indiana, advisory committee for Head Start, and the Police Department Merit Board.

She was a finalist for the ATHENA Leadership Award in 2017, which is presented to an individual in Wayne County based on professional excellence, community service and efforts to actively assist women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills. The award is an initiative of Indiana University East and Wayne Bank.

Reid Health Team Member Wins National Essay Contest

Posted April 11, 2020

A Reid Health team member is one of two winners of a national essay contest through the National Association of Healthcare Access Management (NAHAM).

Supplied Photo: Angela Lewis
Angela Lewis
Angela Lewis, Epic credentialed trainer, entered the contest for the NAHAM Connections publication answering the question: "What does it mean that patient access starts with you?" The contest was part of Patient Access Week April 5-11.

The NAHAM Membership Committee selected two essays as the winning entries. The other winner was Jeffery Dallas of Valley Health in Winchester, Va.

Lewis's entry was written as a "career opportunity" that listed many necessary traits in the "job description." A team member for five years, Lewis was recognized as the Reid Health monthly Ambassador in August 2018.

Her winning entry:

Unique Career Opportunity:

Seeking to immediately fill a full-time position in a 24/7 department. Weekends, nights and holidays are required, and staff does not leave until the work is done, not when the shift ends.

The ideal candidate should have all of the following qualifications:

  1. The ability to extract detailed financial and personal information from individuals who would rather not provide it, all while not alienating said individual.
  2. The ability to make small talk with all walks of life, without judgment or bias.
  3. The ability to remain calm and level headed in life and death situations — literally.
  4. The ability to treat others with more care and compassion than they receive.
  5. The ability to maintain a compassionate, calm manner, while those you serve are potentially having the worst day in their entire lives.
  6. The ability to provide a supportive word while simultaneously calculating co-pays, co-insurances or deposits.
  7. The ability to retrieve some of the most obscure, unrelated pieces of information to ensure others may succeed.
  8. The ability to maintain professionalism while those around you are not.
  9. The ability to assume multiple job roles while simultaneously working through another equipment upgrade.
  10. The ability to calculate percentages as accurately as a stock broker with the bed side demeanor of Mother Theresa.
  11. The ability to be a morning person to folks who are definitely not morning people.
  12. The ability to work with almost no help.
  13. The ability to work with no power.
  14. The ability to go for hours on end without a lunch or bathroom break.
  15. The ability to make the most heartbroken smile and the downtrodden hope.

Candidates should be prepared to stand, sit and scurry, all at the same time, within their shift. The ideal candidate should have a joke on the ready and a comforting word on standby. They should be able to drill down into the most personal of topics with a complete stranger while remaining respectful and understanding. Above all, they should treat each situation as though it was the most important exchange they will have all day.

If you or someone you know meets all of the above qualifications, please report to the Patient Access department of our organization, because our patients' success starts with you. —Angela Lewis, Epic credentialed trainer, Reid Health, Richmond, Indiana

Free, Virtual FAFSA Filing Help Available for Hoosiers April 13

Posted April 11, 2020

(INDIANAPOLIS) – To assist students and families in filing the 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the Indiana Commission for Higher Education is hosting a second virtual FAFSA Frenzy event on Monday, April 13 between 7-9 p.m. The deadline to file the FAFSA in Indiana is April 15.

Students and families can seek assistance through the Commission's Learn More Indiana social media platforms, which will be manned by Commission staff members during the live event. Staff will be answering common FAFSA questions and posting videos about the FAFSA. Follow along on social media with the #FAFSAFrenzyIN hashtag.

By text and phone: To best serve the state, the Commission has split the state into eight regions. A full list of counties and associated numbers is available at www.learnmoreindiana.org. Reach INvestED any time at (317) 715-9007 for free assistance with the FAFSA.

¿Necesitas ayuda en español? Llame al 317-232-1072 or 317-617-0318.

Note: Please note, do not share your Social Security Number or other private information over social media. Please be patient during the event. If you cannot get ahold of someone by phone, leave a voicemail and they will return your call when they are available.

Students and families can contact the Commission's Outreach staff and the INvestED team at any time, even after the virtual event concludes.

Assistance with filing the FAFSA is open to anyone – regardless of age – planning to attend or thinking of attending college or some form of postsecondary education in the fall. Filing the FAFSA is an important step in the postsecondary enrollment process for all Hoosier students and families – despite socioeconomic status. Having a current FAFSA on file ensures college is as affordable as possible and opens up opportunities for federal, state and institutional financial aid.

Information needed to file the FAFSA

  • Federal Student Aid ID (the FSA ID is a username and password created through the FAFSA website)
  • Social Security number
  • Driver's license number
  • Student and parents' or guardians' 2018 federal tax returns (IRS forms 1040, 1040EZ or 1040A); students under age 23 require a parents' or guardians' information in addition to their own
  • Records of money earned, including W-2 forms and recent bank statements
  • Alien registration numbers or permanent residence cards, if students or parents/guardians are not U.S. citizens.

Richmond Fire Department Update from April 9th

Posted April 11, 2020

Richmond Fire Department takes the threat posed by the novel strain of coronavirus and the disease process it causes, now referred to as COVID-19, with the utmost seriousness. It is the standard operating practice of this department to ensure the ongoing health and safety of all our personnel and their families. To that end, we acknowledge and accept our responsibility as the front-line responders in times of crisis. The mission of the Richmond Fire Department remains unchanged; we will protect the lives and property of the people of Richmond from fires, natural disasters, and hazardous materials incidents and save lives by providing emergency medical services.

RFD has maintained a heightened awareness of the events that have unfolded starting with the Wuhan Province of China throughout December of 2019. We began actively monitoring the domestic situation on January 20, 2020, when the first case was confirmed in Washington State. In February, we began securing, inventorying, and increasing our supply of personal protective equipment. At that time, some items were already in high demand and short supply from our typical supplier. We immediately began sourcing PPE through alternative methods and are currently adequately equipped for daily operations.

On February 27, a memo went out to our personnel detailing the emerging threat and our initial plan for addressing the situation. On March 11, all personnel began twice daily screening for respiratory symptoms and fever. On March 13, all stations began restricting public access, social distancing policies were enacted, and heightened awareness on emergency runs was instituted. These three memos became the foundation for what is now known as the Richmond Fire Department COVID-19 Response Plan. This document has changed daily, and in some cases hourly, as the pandemic has continued to evolve. All processes and procedures related to COVID-19 are outlined in this document, which is made available to all personnel at all times. A conference call outlining updates is held on nearly a daily basis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have published guidelines for healthcare personnel that have rapidly changed throughout this crisis. These guidelines have, from the beginning and continually as we move forward, defined our department's response plan.

To clarify the terminology used during this pandemic, the following definitions are in place:

  1. Suspected COVID-19 Patient - Any patient displaying respiratory symptoms or fever, all unconscious/unresponsive patients, any non-traumatic cardiac arrests, and any patient requiring an aerosolizing procedure (oxygen mask, CPAP, nebulized breathing treatments, etc.)
  2. Exposure - Any contact with a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patient. Exposure is considered low risk if recommended PPE usage is in place.
  3. Self-monitoring - 14 day period following exposure to a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patient in which personnel record temperature and respiratory symptom checks twice daily.
  4. Quarantine - 7 day (minimum) period in which personnel are isolated and may not work after developing fever or respiratory symptoms.

Testing for COVID-19 is now mandatory and provided for our members required to quarantine. Additionally, the following processes and procedures are in place:

  1. Fire Stations are restricted from public access.
  2. Twice daily screening of all personnel for fever/respiratory symptoms.
  3. PPE requirements based on current CDC guidelines.
  4. Professional station disinfection on a weekly basis. Additional disinfection by personnel daily.
  5. Social distancing policies to include conference calls versus face-to-face meetings and limiting personnel moving through stations.
  6. Emergency medical treatment guidelines based on CDC, Indiana State Health Department, and Indiana Department of Homeland Security recommendations.
  7. Personnel self-monitoring, quarantine, testing, and return to work guidelines as recommended by the CDC.

As we navigate through this pandemic it is inevitable that some 1st Responders on the front lines are going to be affected. While we are tracking prehospital encounters and working closely with Reid Health to monitor suspected exposures, it is impossible to determine the actual source of infection. We will provide daily updates on the number of department personnel affected by COVID-19. This information is also being provided to the Wayne County Health Department and they will proceed with their processes accordingly.

These are indeed unique and concerning times. Rest assured, every precaution is being taken to ensure the health and safety of Richmond Fire Department personnel and their families. We appreciate the support of the community as we strive to fulfill our mission daily. Please, help our country by practicing social distancing and, above all else, don't forget to wash your hands!

Wayne County Cares Fund Established at the Wayne County Foundation

Posted April 11, 2020

When the Wayne County Foundation was established, no one could foresee a global pandemic that would impact our local communities. Today, the Foundation is called upon to respond to the great need in Wayne County. The Wayne County Cares Fund is a way to help meet the needs of individuals and families devastated by the COVID-19 Crisis. Your gift will make a difference.

The Wayne County Cares Fund is a means for human service providers to request targeted assistance for the most vulnerable members of our community. This fund has been established by the Wayne County Foundation with unrestricted grantmaking dollars and a generous contribution from First Bank Richmond. An additional gift has been received for this fund and offers a $1 to $1 match for gifts to this fund up to $25,000. Our goal is to bring this fund to $100,000 and make a significant impact throughout our county. Donations can be made online at donatenow.networkforgood.org/wcf.

The Wayne County Foundation is pleased to partner with Wayne County Township Trustees and the Salvation Army to administer financial assistance grants. Applications for assistance are available from these entities who have decision-making authority regarding distribution. Contact the trustee in your township or the Salvation Army. Special thanks to WFMG, WKBV, WECI and Kick96 for sharing the information across the county.

Established in 1979, the Wayne County Foundation encourages individual, family, and corporate philanthropy in order to meet current and emerging community needs. Gifts to and through the Foundation create the resources needed to address critical issues throughout the county...Today. Tomorrow. Forever.

'Houston, we have a partnership:' Companies Join in Making Face Shields

Posted April 9, 2020

A successful effort by a Richmond company to manufacture equipment to protect healthcare and emergency workers now involves three companies who are providing thousands of face shields to customers across the nation.

Doug Borgsdorf, Business Unit Director with Primex Plastics, says the effort's updated tagline is "Houston, we have a new partnership!" He was referencing how the company described two weeks ago an "Apollo 13 moment" when his team looked at what Reid Health needed and then gathered up things they normally make on a table to figure out how to make face shields - and then doing so in two days. News of the effort spread and resulted in two more Richmond companies joining in to help in what has become a national effort.

Ahaus Tool & Engineering, Inc., and B & F Plastics are also working with Primex to produce the shields, which have been ordered by more than 75 other healthcare systems. Borgsdorf notes this project is the first time the three companies have collaborated like this - before, they were suppliers or customers of each other.

"I think this really goes to the heart of small town USA and the drive of people working together in ways we probably never thought possible," he said. "I'm so very proud."

Justin Scheiben, Vice President at B & F, said his company was aware of the need for face shields and heard what Primex was doing for Reid Health, so the company offered to help. His company supplies products for several plastic and rubber markets and has seen a slowdown in the automotive and RV industry that was affecting his business. "We have been able to transition 12 employees into the die-cutting/fabrication part of this face shield process, which has helped in not having to cut hours or potentially lay-off anyone in this unexpected slowdown."

In yet another community support moment, B & F also purchased a supply of the shields and donated them to local law enforcement agencies, including Richmond Police, Wayne County Sheriff's and Reid Health Police.

Most of the companies' current effort is to produce the more broadly used face shield that Primex developed for Reid, though the company is also making shields for a special protective helmet for Tacoma, Wash., hospitals.

At Ahaus, company officials say they were able to quickly develop a process to support Primex, with Ahaus team members assembling 75,000 to 100,000 masks a week. Jeff Sheridan, Vice President and Co-Owner, said the company has a dedicated production space with 12 assembly work stations along with other areas for staging materials and final packaging. "We have also adjusted some work schedules to get a partial second shift in place for assembly. This type of production is very different from our normal business of designing and building custom manufacturing equipment, so it has been a big adjustment for our whole team to get into a high volume production mode very quickly. I could not be more pleased with how our team has jumped in to help."

In what Primex officials dubbed their "Apollo 13 moment," a chance connection a couple of weeks ago led to Primex figuring out how to make the shields for Reid in just two days. Brent Cotter, who is a manager in the Material Services department at Reid that deals with supplies, suggested to Scott Rauch, Reid Health Vice President, that a plastics company may be able to help. Rauch happened to attend a Bible study with Dale Blunk from Primex. That connection led to a meeting the next day and production in two more.

"I think this really goes to the heart of small town USA and the drive of people working together in ways we probably never thought possible." - Doug Borgsdorf, Primex Plastics.

The reports on that effort spread the news, which led to orders coming in from across the country from hospitals struggling with a national shortage of protective equipment. Before the COVID-19 emergency, the company normally made returnable protective packaging.

Borgsdorf said his plants are now able to produce almost 350,000 face shields and 20,000 "bio helmet" shields a week.

Kevin Ahaus, President and Co-owner, says his team has a great attitude about the change, its partnerships and the challenges. "This production atmosphere is a challenge for our team, which is accustomed to designing and building custom equipment. The project should give many of us a renewed appreciation and understanding of how our equipment helps the overall process and lives of those making products on a daily basis. We are also very excited to be working with other companies in Richmond to help people serving on the front lines of this crisis. We know that the people of the community come together in times of need, and this moment is no different. We are honored to be a part of that."

Fishing and Hunting Licenses Updates

Posted April 8, 2020

2019-20 annual licenses set to expire March 31, 2020 may continue to be used to hunt and/or fish until 11:59 p.m. on May 22, 2020. Licenses that would meet these requirements include: annual hunting licenses, annual fishing licenses, hunting & fishing combination licenses, youth licenses, Trout/Salmon Stamp Privileges, and Gamebird Habitat Stamp Privileges.

If you do not have a 2019-2020 annual license or stamp, a new 2020-2021 annual license will be needed.

For the upcoming 2020 spring wild turkey season, hunters will need a 2020 Spring Turkey License and valid Gamebird Habitat Stamp Privilege.

Licenses can be purchased by visiting the Indiana Fish & Wildlife Online License System or calling the Indiana DNR Customer Service Center at 877-463-6367, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

INDOT Launches Temporary Permit Program for Food Trucks to Operate at Highway Rest Areas

Posted April 8, 2020

Online application allows licensed food truck operators to serve essential travelers.

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Department of Transportation announced today the launch of a temporary program to permit licensed food trucks to operate at rest area locations on Indiana interstate highways to provide food and beverage options for commercial truck drivers and motorists engaged in essential travel during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The program will provide needed options for truck drivers, many of whom are reporting limited availability of food and beverages options near highways across the country due to restaurants and other businesses following public health guidelines in place to slow the spread of COVID-19, including closing dining rooms and in some cases reducing hours of service.

In accordance with the US Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration's Notice of Enforcement Discretion titled "Operation of Commercial Food Trucks in Federally Funded Interstate Highway Rest Areas", issued April 3, 2020, INDOT will temporarily permit food trucks to service rest areas and welcome centers statewide. These permits are a temporary measure taken to address needs ancillary to essential travel during the COVID-19 State of Emergency.

INDOT will issue two (2) permits for food trucks to operate between the hours of 7:00AM and 7:00PM each day on a first-come, first-served basis for each of the following rest area locations.

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Permits will be valid until canceled by INDOT or the national federal emergency status is lifted.

Interested applicants should review the "Indiana Rest Area and Welcome Center Temporary Permit Application for Food Truck Service" document available at https://www.in.gov/indot/restareas.htm or INDOT's COVID-19 response webpage at https://www.in.gov/indot/4037.htm.

Only complete applications will be considered. All submitted applications must include:

  1. Proof of a current liability insurance policy;
  2. A valid operating registration, license or permit from the Indiana State Department of Health, a local health department, or other valid issuing authority as required under IC 16-42-1-6 and 410 IAC 7-24-107; and
  3. Proof of Registration and good standing with the Office of the Indiana Secretary of State.

If granted a permit, Applicants will be required to comply with all permit terms detailed in the permit application and permit form documents.

Submit completed applications by email to INDOTFoodTruckRequest@indot.in.gov. Applications are being accepted immediately.

Being Smart About Financial Choices Is Critical in Crisis

Posted April 8, 2020

Making smart financial choices is always beneficial.

But, it really is crucial in situations like the current shutdown because of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Supplied Photo: Tim ScalesFor example, says Tim Scales, it can be very hard to pay monthly bills when you have been furloughed. But, it's important to try.

"This is not a time to get behind as it will be too difficult to catch up later. Pay what you can even if it is a part payment. It will make a difference later," says Scales, who is a senior lecturer of finance for the School of Business and Economics, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and director of the Center for Economic Education.

It could be worth it to contact a credit card company, a mortgage lender or an Internet or satellite-television provider to see if they allow changes in usual payment schedules.

Some services, such as DISH Network and DirecTV, allow consumers to suspend services for minimal or no cost. This vacation mode can be picked back up when needed.

That move in some cases still allows consumers to watch a few non-pay channels or the material that has been taped on a DVR.

"During difficult times, places like the utility companies are willing to work with you by not turning off utilities and waiving late fees," Scales says.

That's the case now with Richmond Power & Light and some utilities in eastern Indiana and western Ohio.

It's important to realize this crisis will end and there will be some everlasting changes. Scales suggests observing what's happening.

"This is an amazing time to witness and understand," Scales says. "The shift from face-to-face shopping to an online environment is exciting to watch. Experiencing the purchase of a car online, unseen, and having it delivered to my home is incredible. Teaching students around the globe through online education is rewarding and progressive."

IU East School of Business and Economics faculty recently discussed the impact the coronavirus is having on businesses in the region. Scales, Litao (Lee Zhong), associate professor of economics, and Oi Lin (Irene) Cheung, associate professor of finance and director of the Center for Business and Economic Research, provided their insight on how businesses are being affected and how they could survive through the crisis.

It always holds true, he says, that individuals and families must "make smart choices" and live within their means. That includes:

  • Knowing what funds are coming in.
  • Making sure you understand where your money is being spent. Many of us spend without paying attention to the cost and/or the benefit it brings.
  • Getting as much as you can for your money and making your expenditures based on needs over wants.
  • Cutting costs. Some of that is a natural byproduct of the shutdown for families: They can't travel, buy cars or make other big-ticket purchases if they have to stay in place.

Following are more of Scales' thoughts on surviving financially in this crisis, including being part of the solution and learning from it.

Turn ideas into solutions: I would love to do a TedTalk and let individuals know, "We need you." We need individuals to do what only an individual can do. People can think and ... come up with great ideas. We can train people to test the ideas, challenge and prove the ideas and turn the ideas into solutions. Too often we look at individuals in high positions as the leaders when leadership is within each of us. Don't wait, be the leader you are and lead with what you have from where you are.

Learn from the experience: We all have a variety of talents and we need to concentrate on our strengths. During these weeks, I am keeping a journal of different things as they happen to assure I have an opportunity to teach and simulate the experience. We do not have the answers yet, however, we do have the future to share.

Change brings opportunities: Change is good as it gives each of us an opportunity to have our own experiences. Some experiences will be better than others, however, each experience becomes our own. Change allows us the opportunity to become leaders and it offers us an opportunity to share with others.

Listen, learn and be responsible: I would suggest people try to understand the difference between fear and facts. Try to make good decisions based on facts. Realize this is a major issue we are dealing with and not take it lightly. Each individual needs to do their part in trying to understand the issues, and focus on doing what they can to remain positive, productive and healthy. Be responsible by staying home or, at minimum taking a walk, but keeping a distance from others.

Many businesses have to change: I see this as an opportunity for business to expand in many new and different ways. Many traditional businesses will need to make major shifts. Things such as online ordering and pick-up, curbside pick-up, home delivery - these are the future and the future just became now. It has always been important for a business solution to solve a problem and there are many new problems to solve.

IU East to Cancel Run with the Wolves 5K

Posted April 8, 2020

Indiana University East will regrettably cancel this year's Run with the Wolves 5K scheduled for July 18.

With the uncertainty that we all face due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and with respect to social distancing restrictions in place by the state and the county, the decision to cancel the event is made to help maintain the health and safety needs of the communities we serve. IU East and the IU Alumni Association East Region encourage you to mark your calendar for next year's Run with the Wolves 5K scheduled for July 17, 2021.

For more information, contact Terry Wiesehan, director of Alumni Relations at IU East, at twiesaha@iue.edu.

LifeStream's Healthy Aging Expo Rescheduled to August 13

Posted April 8, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, LifeStream Services has postponed the Healthy Aging Expo, originally scheduled for May 7, to Thursday, August 13. The event will be held from 9:30am to 1:00pm at the Kuhlman Center located at 861 N. Salisbury Rd. Richmond, IN 47374. The Healthy Aging Expo is presented by Reid Health Alliance Medicare , The Leland Legacy, Kicks96, 101.7 The Point, and The Legend 95.3.

The Expo is free to attend and hosts interactive activities and over 70 informational booths featuring health and wellness, financial services, area activities, and much more. The first 200 attendees will receive a complimentary lunch.

We are currently accepting sponsorship and vendor reservations through July 30. To reserve a booth or become a sponsor, please contact Micole Leverette, Community Services Assistant, by calling 765-759-1121 or emailing mleverette@lifestreaminc.org. You can also fill out the form by visiting www.lifestreaminc.org/healthyagingexpo.

Special thank you to the Healthy Aging Expo Presenting Sponsor Reid Health Alliance Medicare. Additional support provided by Community Hospital of Anderson, Healing Hands Home Health, Henry Community Health, and Natco Credit Union.

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.

Patient Financial Offers Help To Those with COVID-19 Related Income Loss

Posted April 8, 2020

Reid Health Patient Financial Services is encouraging anyone with billing accounts to let them know if their financial situation has been affected by the COVID-19 crisis and shutdown.

If anyone has lost a job or has experienced a reduction in sources of income, they could now qualify for financial assistance or other available programs. Patient Benefit Specialists are available to work with customers on their options that could include deferring payments for two months or other assistance depending on each person's situation.

For anyone who has accounts with Commerce Bank, they would need to talk to that organization directly by calling (855) 893-1292. Otherwise for Reid Health payment accounts, they can reach out to a benefit specialist at (765) 983-3184. "We are here for you," said Pam Hicks, Director of Revenue Cycle Management at Reid Health. "If you are having financial struggles due to the COVID-19 pandemic, call us. We will work with you."

The Market Is Online!

Posted April 8, 2020

After we decided to cancel the last six weeks of the Winter Farmers Market due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we quickly began searching for a way to ensure continuity for our vendors who rely on the Richmond Farmers Market for their business and customers who depend on the Market for access to fresh, local food. such as produce, meat, eggs, honey, baked goods, jams & jellies, and much more.

After researching all available options and consulting with other Markets across the state and country, the Richmond Farmers Market Advisory Team has launched a new online farmers market through local food e-commerce provider Local Line. Furthermore, thanks to a grant from the Wayne County Foundation and a partnership with the Wayne County Food Council, 20 vendors will receive 6 months of free membership in the online Farmers Market!

Shop Now!

Found online at farmersmarket.richmondindiana.gov, you can order products from any vendor signed up through the platform, and choose from options such as delivery, pickup, no-contact hand-offs, and more. Payment can also be made online, eliminating the need for any unnecessary contact for both customer and vendor. Orders can also be placed over the phone by calling (765) 983-7425 during business hours.

All vendors follow the highest standards for cleanliness and comply with all directives and guidance from the Wayne County Health Department and the Indiana State Department of Health. Additionally, many argue that purchasing from local farmers and chefs is a lower risk for transmission of COVID-19, as products do not change hands multiple times or sit exposed to contamination in high traffic environments.

As a business classified as "essential retail" under Governor Holcomb's Stay-At-Home Executive Order (issued on March 23rd), the Market hopes to open as scheduled for the summer season on May 2nd at Jack Elstro Plaza with enhanced cleaning protocols and a slightly modified layout to promote social distancing measures. When we do re-open, all are encouraged to order ahead of time before the Market to lessen unnecessary contact, and ensure product availability.

During the month of April, the Reid Double Dollars SNAP program will still be available for customers and vendors to utilize. Customers interested in purchasing Richmond Farmers Market SNAP tokens should call (765) 983-7425.

If you have any questions about the Richmond Farmers Market or the online farmers market, please visit richmondindiana.gov/resources/farmers-market or reach out by emailing richmondfarmersmarketIN@gmail.com or by calling 765-983-7425.

Who you'll find on the online Farmers Market

  • Boulder Belt Eco-Farm
  • Golliher Meats
  • Arden Gardens
  • Fin Del Mundo Hot Sauces
  • Sweet Blessings
  • Stacy & Taylor's Sweet Treats
  • Treehugger Maple
  • Bald BeeMan
  • Dana Bakes Gluten Free
  • Farmer Brad
  • James Bigham

More vendors will be added as the season continues! Vendors are also always updating their product offerings, so make sure to check back often, and to sign up for the Market to receive catalog updates.

Check out the online Market!

Alumni Supporting Student Travel, Meals During Global COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted April 8, 2020

Hundreds of Earlham College students have benefited from alumni support in recent weeks following campus action to respond to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

About 75 gifts have been made to the Dean's Discretionary Fund from alumni and other supporters to address the College's most pressing needs since the suspension of in-person classes on Friday, March 13.

These gifts have funded emergency air travel for students and transportation to airports for students with high financial need.

Groceries and catered meals from locally owned restaurants have also been purchased during the weekend to supplement regular dining services for all students remaining on campus due to international travel restrictions or other unique situations.

"The Dean's Discretionary Fund is used to support student creativity and help them shape and create those experiences," Dean of Students and Vice President of Student Life Bonita Washington-Lacey said. "Philanthropy is helping us support our students and local businesses at a time when it's needed the most, without depleting funds used to enhance the student experience. The local business community has, in turn, helped us by offering discounts, delivering food to campus and individually packaging meals to keep our students safe."

Alumni are also signing up to support the Office of Admissions with recruiting the Class of 2024. Nearly 100 alumni have agreed to either call, e-mail or video conference with admitted students who are currently deciding where to enroll in the fall.

Earlham remains closed to all non-essential personnel to assist local and state efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. Coursework and lectures for the spring semester are being completed by students online.

To keep up to date on campus current events, visit earlham.edu/pulse.

Support for Those Impacted the Most

Posted April 7, 2020

The Wayne County Foundation is continuing to make COVID-19 Crisis Response Grants. These grants have prioritized the work of nonprofits on the front lines of this crisis. It is our hope that funding can be utilized to help mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak, particularly for those who may be most vulnerable.

Because of our history of unrestricted donor support, we have been able to respond to the unexpected and changing needs in the community. Our Board was able to make funds available from unrestricted grantmaking specifically to this cause. This will not reduce the amount available for the Spring Grant cycle. Since the announcement of the crisis response grants, over $13,000 has been distributed. The Women's Fund of the Wayne County Foundation and the Women's Giving Circle: Women Helping Others also distributed $4,500 to meet the urgent needs of Gateway Hunger Relief and Communities in Schools.

During the last two weeks, the Wayne County Foundation connected with local agencies that are providing front line care for those affected by the COVID-19 crisis. A lot of good work is happening throughout the community and there is a tremendous amount of need. Decisions for the COVID-19 Crisis Response grants were made in an effort to address these immediate needs brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Crisis Response Grants have been awarded to the following organizations:

  • Amigos - provide support for the Wayne County Latino community.
  • Bulldogs Helping Bulldogs – A consortium of 5 Centerville Churches - providing fresh and pantry items for families over the weekend.
  • Centerstone - for youth teletherapy engagement materials.
  • Circle U - supplies to move to take-out service.
  • Communities in Schools - support for children and families in need in Wayne County.
  • Quaker Hill Conference Center - 16 rooms are available for Reid staff serving COVID-19 patients.
  • Wayne County Food Council, Inc.- assist local farmers and producers with an online sales portal.
  • YMCA - to provide COVID-19 Essential Childcare.

How you can help

You can help us meet these needs. A new Fund – the Wayne County Community Cares Fund - has been established as a means for human service providers to request targeted assistance for the vulnerable members of our community. This fund has been established by the Wayne County Foundation with funds used for unresticted grantmaking and a generous contribution from First Bank Richmond. An additional gift has been received for this fund and offers a $1 to $1 match for gifts to this fund up to $25,000. Our goal is to bring this fund to $100,000 and make a significant impact throughout our county.

We know many of you will donate just by knowing the current critical needs—thank you! However, since the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed last week, there are some additional advantages to giving to the Wayne County Foundation in 2020 that might make giving a donation valuable to you, too.

Consider these donor advantages outlined in the CARES Act:

  • A new "above the line" charitable deduction of up to $300.
  • For 2020, the income limit for cash contributions to charity rises to 100% of AGI (from the current 60% AGI limit).
  • The repeal of required minimum distributions (RMD) for 2020.

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Reid Health to Open Second Respiratory Clinic in Connersville

Posted April 7, 2020

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 emergency, Reid Health is opening a second Respiratory Clinic in a wing of the existing Urgent Care facility at 1475 East State Road 44 in Connersville on April 8.

The clinic is only for people with respiratory illness, and will operate much like the first temporary clinic operating now at 1501 Chester Boulevard in Richmond. "This location will allow us to continue to assess respiratory illnesses, which in the current environment could likely be the COVID-19 virus," said Bradley Dubois, M.D., the Reid Health physician who will see clinic patients in Connersville.

Annuradha Bhandari, M.D., Reid Medical Associates, directed the setup of the first clinic and worked with Dr. Dubois and others to establish the Connersville location. She has said the clinics allow better and safer management of patients with possible COVID symptoms.

As in Richmond, no routine COVID-19 nasal swab testing will be offered -- and the respiratory clinic service is by appointment only. The appointments are obtained either by calling the Respiratory Clinic hotline at (765) 965-4200 or using the Reid HealthNOW mobile app to do an initial free screening with a registered nurse from a smart phone, computer or tablet.

Nasal swab testing capability remains limited and is reserved for those who are severely ill and meet testing guidelines per the Indiana State Department of Health. The Connersville clinic will operate in a separate area of the existing urgent care location to ensure everyone's safety. The only effect on the urgent care is that no lab work or X-rays will be available at the location - non-respiratory patients needing lab draws or outpatient imaging should go to the lab at 1941 Virginia Avenue.

Respiratory patients, once an appointment is obtained, should remain in their car when they arrive and call (765) 825-8686 for further instruction.

The dedicated clinics reduce potential exposure in suspected cases to others who may have totally different urgent care and-or general medical needs. The clinics also take pressure off emergency departments in Richmond and Connersville.

As a precautionary measure, the respiratory clinic will not have a waiting room - the waiting area will effectively be in patients' cars. Patients who have an appointment should expect they could be in their car for an extended amount of time.

Anyone with respiratory issues must:

First call the COVID-19 hotline at (765) 965-4200 (available 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week) or get an initial triage with the Reid HealthNOW virtual care app's FREE COVID-19 screening. Appointments can only be made during the hotline hours, but screening is available 24 hours.

If assessed as needing to do more than remain home in isolation, instructions will be given - including an appointment time - and advised to go to the Respiratory Clinic. Only patients who have taken this step can receive further assessment at the Respiratory Clinic.

Meanwhile, all other non-related urgent care patients are to use the regular wing of the Connersville Urgent Care except for lab draws and X-rays.

HOURS and DETAILS

COVID-19 Respiratory Clinic hotline: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily - (765) 965-4200

Respiratory Clinic hours: By appointment only, Richmond:8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily; Connersville: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Reid Allergy to Offer Curbside Service for Patients

Posted April 7, 2020

As a way to continue care for its allergy patients during the COVID-19 crisis, Dr. Jason Casselman of Reid Allergy is offering existing patients curbside allergy injection services at the main facility, 1434 Chester Boulevard in Richmond.

A scheduled appointment is required by calling (765) 966-6360. When an appointment is made, detailed instructions will be provided for the drive-up service. Patients should have a cell phone with them when arriving for the service.

City and County Take New Safety Precautions At Urging of Health Department

Posted April 7, 2020

With the number of COVID-19 cases in Wayne County rising and reports from the U.S. Surgeon General that the next few weeks are slated to see a steep rise in the spread of infection, Wayne County government and the City of Richmond have come together to take additional steps to ensure the health and safety of our community. To encourage adherence to CDC guidelines and minimize contact to high touch surfaces, the following measures have been taken.

Within the Richmond Parks and Recreation Department:

  • Basketball hoops have been removed.
  • Playground entrances have been barricaded or cautioned off.
  • Tennis courts are barricaded.
  • Pickleball court nets will not be placed.
  • Glen Miller Golf Course is closed.
  • Richmond Senior Center remains closed for the safety of its membership.
  • Highland Lake Golf Course, HLGC, is closed to promote the safety of its membership and our community.. The team at HLGC is strategically taking this time to aerate the greens, complete the sand traps installation, install a stream between holes 9-18 for proper drainage, and make the golf course the best it can as soon as play is resumed.
  • Additionally, locks have been placed in all areas as possible.

Within Wayne County:

Wayne County Commissioners are recommending that all county playgrounds and golf courses close access to the public and their membership.

These measures are being taken at the recommendation of the Wayne County Health Department and seek to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community, and are in alignment with Governor Holcomb's Executive Order 20-18 issued today, that called for, among other things, the closure for all indoor and outdoor places of public amusement, including playgrounds. As we all know, the situation is evolving daily and will be updated accordingly.

In the meantime, we encourage the community to continue to use the shared green space responsibly. Together we will overcome, and when we do, we will be waiting and ready to serve you at all of our locations. Thank you for your support.

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