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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.

Supplied Graphic: Table of Locations

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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