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Heart & Vascular Center Celebrates Milestone in Treating AFib Patients

Posted September 6, 2022

Supplied Photo:  Members of the Reid Health Heart & Vascular Center team celebrate the 300th WATCHMAN procedure.Members of the team at Reid Health Heart & Vascular Center took a bit of time this week for a celebration marking a milestone in their efforts to treat patients who've been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, also known as AFib.

Last week marked the 300th time one of their patients has received the WATCHMAN device, an innovative treatment that can help some people avoid a lifetime of blood-thinning medications.

AFib is a condition in which the heart doesn't beat in its usual rhythm, which can cause heart palpitations, lightheadedness, extreme fatigue, shortness of breath, chest pain, and blood clots that could lead to a stroke.

Blood thinners typically are prescribed to those who have AFib, but for some patients, the WATCHMAN surgical implant allows them to live without the medication and the risk of excessive bleeding that comes with it.

The WATCHMAN device can be used in cases in which AFib isn't caused by a heart valve problem. The implant is inserted in the heart's left atrial appendage, preventing blood clots from forming and escaping into the rest of the body.

"WATCHMAN can be an excellent alternative to anticoagulation drugs, which are not effective for 40-45% of patients who take them," said Reid Health Electrophysiologist Xinqiang Han, MD. "Clinical trials have shown for someone who gets a WATCHMAN device, their stroke risk is the same or lower over the next five years than someone who has been taking blood thinners."

For more information about WATCHMAN or to request an appointment, call the Reid Health Heart & Vascular Center at (765) 962-1337.

WC Leads Announces Second Cohort

Posted September 6, 2022

LOGO: HYPE Wayne CountyHYPE Wayne County (Helping Young Professionals Engage) as an action committee of the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the second cohort for WC Leads.

WC Leads is HYPE's leadership academy, created in 2021 for young professionals. This program is a 12-week course that includes leadership development on hot topic leadership issues including program development, emotional intelligence, communication, and learning styles. Each cohort member is matched with a community leader mentor who meets with the mentee throughout the program. These cohort members will be announced publicly at the Chamber's 2022 Business Summit and will celebrate their graduation at the Annual Dinner held on January 20, 2023.Logo: Wayne County Leads

This year's selection committee had their work cut out for them. Receiving over 20 applications to fill 12 spots, the selection committee was not only impressed with the level of applicants but the wide variety of skill sets and their passion for our community. Ultimately, the selection committee picked 13 individuals for the course. Meet the members of the cohort below:

  • Danielle Abrams, First Bank Richmond
  • Kara Bellew, Indiana University East
  • Mark Broeker, Neighborhood Health Center
  • Thomas Hill, Cardinal Greenway
  • Amber Irwin, 3 Rivers Federal Credit Union
  • Ashley Lakes, First Bank Richmond
  • Megan Lamb, Reid Health
  • Terri Mitchell, Bethany Theological Seminary
  • Ashlee Pax, Reid Health
  • Matt Railsback, Wayne Bank
  • Dustin Vincent, BradyWare and Company
  • Makayla Wampler, SaverSystems
  • Alison Webb, 3 Rivers Federal Credit Union

HYPE Wayne County is the only young professional network in the Wayne County area, serving the 21-40 aged population. Members of the organization are representatives of their employers and can participate in any of our programs. We offer professional development, social networking, and volunteer opportunities in hopes of creating a community where young people love to live. To learn more about HYPE visit HYPEWayneCounty.org. For any questions regarding WC Leads or HYPE, please reach out to Roxie@wcareachamber.org.

Reid Health Temporarily Pauses COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots

Posted September 1, 2022

At the direction of the Indiana Department of Health, Reid Health is temporarily pausing administration of COVID-19 vaccine booster doses until newly approved versions of the vaccine become available.

Earlier this week, federal health officials approved new versions of the vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna. These updated vaccines have been formulated to take on the latest strains of the Omicron variant of the virus as well as the original strain.

The updated vaccines now are the only ones that have federal approval for use as booster shots. The original vaccines can still be used to provide the primary series of shots for anyone who still has not been vaccinated for COVID-19.

This change only affects booster shots for those ages 12 and up. The pediatric version of the Pfizer vaccine can still be administered to those 6 months to 11 years old.

Once Reid Health is able to secure supplies of the updated vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna, the health system will resume giving booster doses to those 12 years and older.

How to get a free vaccine

If you haven't been vaccinated or if your child is ready for a booster, Reid Health offers FREE vaccinations at the Reid Health Residency Clinic, 795 Sim Hodgin Parkway in Richmond.

Walk-ins are welcome from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon Friday. Appointments can be made for those hours by calling Reid's COVID-19 Hotline at (765) 965-4200. The hotline is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on weekends.

Indiana residents can find other nearby vaccination sites and schedule a time at those locations by going to ourshot.in.gov. Ohio residents should use gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov.

Medical Monday, Thriving Thursday Will Highlight Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Posted September 1, 2022

September's editions of Medical Monday and Thriving Thursday will shine a spotlight on Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.

Licensed Social Worker Cinnamon Miller-Duncil, MSW, of Centerstone will lead a discussion called "Talk Saves Lives," a community-based presentation that covers the general scope of suicide, the research on prevention, and what people can do to fight suicide.

"Talk Saves Lives" provides participants with a clear understanding of this leading cause of death, including the most up-to-date research on suicide prevention and what they can do in their communities to save lives. Participants will learn common risk factors and warning signs associated with suicide and how to keep themselves and others safe.

Medical Monday will take place at 1 p.m. on Sept. 12 at Central United Methodist Church, 1425 E. Main St. in Richmond, while Thriving Thursday will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 15 at the Fayette County Senior Center, 477 N. Grand Ave. in Connersville.

Both events are free to attend. To register, call Sharrie Harlin Davis at (765) 983-3000, ext. 4676. Masks are required.

Medical Monday and Thriving Thursday are supported by Reid Health Community Benefit. Harlin Davis started Medical Monday when she was working for the Minority Health Coalition and maintained it after joining Reid Health. The events have loyal followings, averaging 40 to 50 guests each month to learn about various health issues, community programs, and health screenings.

Wayne County Athena Leadership Award Recipients Share Their Journey, Value of Community and the Impact of Female Mentors

Posted September 1, 2022

The seventh annual ATHENA Awards dinner on August 18 told more than just the stories of three remarkable women in Wayne County. The awards were presented to the recipients at the annual dinner held at Forest Hills Country Club.

Wayne Bank and Indiana University East selected and announced this year's ATHENA Award recipients in July. Tracie Robinson received the ATHENA Leadership Award; Roxie Deer is the ATHENA Young Professional recipient; and the Girl Scouts of Wayne County Service Unit received the ATHENA Organizational Leadership Award.

The dinner is an opportunity for award recipients, their nominees and past recipients to honor and celebrate women leaders in business and volunteerism. The event recognizes women leaders who motivate, inspire and create positive change in the community.

Each award recipient received a hand-cast, bronze and crystal sculpture symbolizing the strength, courage and wisdom of ATHENA recipients. Carvin Rhinehart of Richmond created an art print depicting ATHENA as the Goddess of Strategy, with the frames created by Suzanne Cox, also a Richmond resident.

From start to finish, there were moments to highlight women leaders in the community and spotlight their efforts and the far-reaching impact women have across Wayne County.

JoAnn Spurlock, vice president and director of operations at Wayne Bank, and Paula Kay King, director of Gift Development at IU East, welcomed guests.

Kandra Conley, senior vice president and chief financial officer at Wayne Bank, and Michelle Malott, interim chancellor at IU East, provided opening remarks. This year, Wayne Bank celebrates its 140th anniversary, making it the state's oldest privately-owned bank. IU East is celebrating the start of its 51st year in the community and the fall semester, with the start of classes on August 22. Conley also provided the dinner convocation that included recognizing Officer Seara Burton, emergency, law enforcement and health care workers for their service.

"Thank you to tonight's recipients for putting in the work, for all the times you said yes when it would have been easy to say no, for the times you created solutions where others only saw problems, and for all that you will do that still lies ahead," Conley said. "I can't think of a better reason to come together than to give honor and credit where it is due. Thank you all for being here with us tonight, and congratulations to each deserving recipient."

Malott offered her congratulations and gratitude to the award recipients.

"This evening we have the opportunity to recognize women who have achieved tremendous success: in their areas of business, in serving our community in various ways, and in actively assisting and helping other women achieve their full potential," Malott said. "The ATHENA award recognizes leaders who help create and inspire positive change in our communities. The dinner provides a platform for us to highlight women in our community who are committed to excellence and who serve as mentors and inspiration to others, particularly young women."

Malott said the role award recipients play in mentoring and developing future leaders cannot be understated. "I can give an example of this using something I know well, IU East students. During IU East's most recent commencement we celebrated 802 graduates. Of those 802 graduates, 511 were female. This number of female graduates is consistent with our student body which is approximately 66% female. These female students are mentored by our world class faculty and staff during their college career as they complete their coursework, conduct research, and lead projects."

Students complete activities such as internships, service-learning projects, and are mentored by leaders in the community, often by women who are leading local businesses and organizations.

"As they begin their careers, they will have a continued need to be inspired and have strong advocates for their success, in order to support their continued professional growth. That is where each of our ATHENA winners come in," Malott said. "Many of our graduates stay in the region and will begin working alongside many of you. I am confident they will receive the continued support and inspiration from our previous ATHENA awardees, those honored this evening and the many others in this room who help make our community a wonderful place to live and work."

The ATHENA Awards dinner was made possible through the generosity of the events' Platinum Sponsors Wayne Bank and IU East; Gold Sponsors including Kicks 96, 95.3 The Legend, 101.7 The Point G101.3 and ESPN 1490 WKBV; Silver Sponsors including Empire Title Services, Freedom Buick GMC, Leaning Lily, Meridian Health Services, The Quigg Fund, Wallace Heating & Air; Bronze Sponsors including Burke & Schindler, Carvin Rinehart, Dudas Law, Freedom Title Company, Inc., Hoppe Jewelers, Leebee's/LowBob's Tobacco, LisaCakes, Richmond Casting Company, Richmond Furniture Gallery, Safety Systems and VanVleet Insurance; and the Champagne Sponsor Big Sky Steak and Spirits.

WCTV recorded the program and it will air on WETV Channel 20 beginning in mid-September and online at YouTube.

Photos from the ATHENA Leadership Awards dinner are available on Facebook.

Tracie Robinson, ATHENA Leadership Award®

Robinson of Richmond, Indiana, is a sales manager and associate broker at Better Homes and Gardens First Realty Group. She was nominated by Alicia Painter, chief executive officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County.

Melissa Vance is the recipient of the 2019 ATHENA Leadership Award. Vance attended to speak at the dinner and to introduce Painter.

Throughout her talk, Vance hit on several key points to encourage attendees to be authentic, to learn, to build relationships and foster collaboration, act courageously and advocate fiercely, and to give back and celebrate.

"Someone once said, 'The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.' ATHENA leaders contribute to their communities and memorialize shared experiences. And this, my friends, is why we have all come here – to celebrate some amazing women," Vance said.

Painter said Robinson embodies the mission and values of the ATHENA Leadership Award, adding though she thrives in every area the award honors, Robinson's most inspiring and valuable service is to improve the quality of life for others in the community – tirelessly and without fanfare.

"As a professional, striving for excellence comes naturally for Tracie. Her desire to excel is fueled by her passion to always help others do and be better," Painter said.

Robinson is currently the president of the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club, and has been a member of the board for six years serving as first and second vice president and on many of its committees. Additionally, she is the vice president of the Cope Environmental Center Board of Directors, president of the Historic Richmond Depot District, co-director of the Depot Festival of Trees, a board member for the Midwest Music and Heritage Trail, board member of Wayne County Revolving Loan Fund, a member for the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce Awards, Celebrations and Events committee, the Economic Development Corporation marketing committee and a member of Tri Kappa Delta Zeta philanthropic sorority.

She is a past board president of the Richmond Board of Realtors, Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce board president, Economic Development Corporation board president, Every Child Can Read and Third Grade Academy board member of which she is now a volunteer, and she was a non-profit coordinator for InConcert.

"Our mentors are the ones who guide and support us, who help coach us through the tough times and celebrate the wins we have along the way," Painter said. "A mentor is someone who strives to make all who they come in contact with better. They enhance individuals while putting people in the right place to be successful. Tracie Robinson does all of this, and more. Her positive outlook on life- and especially challenges- provides you with the confidence you need to overcome the obstacles.

"Tracie inspires me to be a better person and give back more to our community. Her involvement with so many organizations encourages me to give more- more time, more energy, and become more involved. Her exemplary leadership motivates our staff, youth, and myself to reach our full potential. The passion and commitment she pours into our community every day is so admirable."

Robinson said she took a moment to look back at when she may have displayed her first potential leadership skills, landing on memories from elementary school. With family attending the event with her, Robinson joked during her speech that those skills are still evident today. "I think my parents will agree…bossy and talks too much were a common theme from my teachers, even in kindergarten! If you know me well at all, you know I am still working on both of those things," she laughingly said.

However, Robinson is serious about her profession, volunteerism and her community. While in high school, Robinson started her career in real estate working in the office after school and on weekends. The part-time job grew to full-time with a license, and 26 years later, a rewarding career.

"As realtors we refer to ourselves as problem solvers and that theory opened my mind to wonder what else can I do to help problem solve in my community. I believe in our community and all the while I am aware of the challenges that we face," Robinson said. "I like to think we are not shattered or broken but a mosaic of the battles we have been through and won. There are more battles and obstacles to face but every day I think about how I can advocate fiercely for the advancement and betterment of our city and county to create an even more beautiful mosaic."

For Robinson, moving forward takes a community.

"The word community within itself has the word unity. Unity can mean so many things…a unified family, unified relationship, unified work environment, and a unified community," Robinson said. "Unification is easier said than done at times as we all know. Regardless, it remains my goal each day to foster collaboration."

The ATHENA Leadership Award® is presented to an exemplary leader who has achieved excellence in their business or profession, served the community in a meaningful way and, most importantly, actively assisted women to achieve their full leadership potential. Previous award recipients include Mary Jo Clark, Jackie Carberry, Kim Poinsett, Angie Dickman, Janis Buhl-Macy, and Melissa Vance.

Roxie Deer, ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award

Deer of Richmond, Indiana, is the director of membership and education for the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce. She was nominated by Theresa Lindsey, business and workforce development manager for the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) of Wayne County.

Ashley Sieb, the ATHENA Young Professional Award recipient in 2019, spoke at the dinner and gave a message on the importance of women encouraging women. She also introduced Lindsey after her talk.

Sieb shared a story of working as a waitress at a 50s-themed diner in the past, and how one evening a young waitress was having a bad evening, and needed the support of others in the one place all women congregate – the public restroom. The memory – at times full of moxy and humor – was with purpose, to drive the point that women need to be a supportive voice for one another, to lift them and to recognize that their success doesn't diminish their own achievements.

"You see, the heart of this Athena Leadership Award is about celebrating, developing, and honoring women leaders. This award is about inspiring women to achieve their full potential," Sieb said. "This award is about creating balance in the leadership world by ensuring women are not only represented but included."

Sieb pointed out that Lindsey's nomination for Deer pulled from women throughout the community. "This nomination story is a manual for how all women can bring out all our strength, courage, and wisdom as a collective force," Sieb said.

Lindsey said she often works alongside Deer, the director of membership and education for the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce. She was also longtime friends with her mother, Jan.

Lindsey nominated Deer for her ability to inspire younger generations of girls, knowledge and leadership within the community, and for her stewardship. "Whether Roxie is working with HYPE, Wayne County Leads, Dancing with the Stars for Birth to Five or being an ambassador for the City and County's Make My Move and our region's Forge Your Path initiatives she is tireless in her efforts to make Wayne County better for everyone," she said.

Deer and her mother created Fight Like Jan, an annual charity event while Jan was fighting cancer. She added the events raised over $50,000 in 2022 for Reid Bravo to support and provide breast cancer services for the community.

"Last year, Roxie created the Deer Family Fund at the Wayne County Foundation, which helps pay for childcare, transportation to and from treatment, and quality of life items related to women's health issues. These contributions show Roxie's fierce dedication to these endeavors, as she goes above and beyond to help those she can while creating a legacy to her mom," Lindsey added.

"All of us have heard the quote, 'It takes a village to raise a child.' It really should be, 'It takes Richmond to raise Roxie,'" Deer said, opening her speech. "I am a product of this community. I am standing here today because of this community. The community of people who have surrounded and loved me from day one are the same people who surround me tonight."

The Richmond resident was raised by a single mother, and quickly learned the value of family, she said.

"I lived with my grandparents who supported their working daughter and fiercely independent granddaughter in every way possible. But that wasn't all they did," Deer said. "They created a family for me that included friends and neighbors. Everyone around me became a grandma, grandpa, aunt, uncle, or cousin. Our neighborhood was one giant backyard for many children. As a young child, I thought I was just really lucky to live next door to my entire family."

Deer recalled her first mentor, Kris Lopresti, who was the Communities In Schools Coordinator and advisor for Student Council while she was a student at Richmond High School. It was Lopresti who helped Deer hone her leadership skills, and she continued to support her through college along with her extended family when she moved away. It was also Lopresti that helped to bring her back home by offering her a summer internship nine years ago. Lopresti passed away in October 2020.

When Deer returned to Richmond, it was a time that she had recently lost her grandfather. While still dealing with that loss, she said, her mother became ill and was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer.

"I watched as one of the most fun-loving women I have ever met, fight the ultimate fight. I learned about strength watching her battle cancer. She woke up ready to fight every single morning and went to bed exhausted from her battle," Deer said. "I also watched as our entire community sprang into action. Days before my mother died, our community gathered to raise $13,000 to raise money for other women to receive free mammograms. That lifelong community served as the glue that brought everyone together. United as one."

From the family and community Deer found the love, strength and encouragement to continue, and more reason to call Richmond home.

"I think most people, myself included, thought with nobody left, I would pack up my bags and get out of this town. However, over the last five years, I've been able to use the experiences that I thought would break me to help me find my 'why.' I want everyone to have a family that loves and cares and lets you fail, as mine has allowed me," Deer said. "Thank you to all of you who have loved me and cared for me when I couldn't do it myself. Thank you for being the family that little Roxie needed, and that the grown-up version of myself still needs. Thank you for letting me fail but never letting me fall. My community raised me. And I will continue to give back to that community."

Deer is the director of membership and education for the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce, where she oversees Helping Young Professionals Engage (HYPE) and serves as a Wayne County ambassador to Forge Your Path Eastern Central Indiana. She is a board member for Whitewater Community Television, DIVA, and the Meltdown Festival and currently serves as the Chair of the Housing Authority for the City of Richmond. She has worked with numerous other boards and organizations, including Genesis Women's Shelter and Tri Kappa. In 2021, she established the Deer Family Fund to raise money to support women battling breast cancer in the Wayne County community.

The ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award actively supports and celebrates the ATHENA mission of supporting, developing and honoring women leaders, inspiring women to achieve their full potential—creating balance in leadership worldwide. ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Nominees are 18-35 years age. Nominees are emerging women leaders who demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession. Provides valuable service to improve the quality of life for others in their community. Clearly serves as a role model for young women both personally and professionally. Previous award recipients include Jessie Pilewski and Ashley Sieb.

Girl Scouts of Wayne County Service Unit, ATHENA Organizational Leadership Award

Presented to Melissa Lovett, membership campaign manager for Wayne County, on behalf of the Girl Scouts of Wayne County Service Unit. Nominated by Ashley Burkhart, circulation sales assistant at the Palladium-Item.

The Girls Scouts unit is the inaugural recipient of the ATHENA Organizational Leadership Award in Wayne County.

"Our Girl Scout Service Unit is led by experienced, dedicated volunteers that help Girls lead the way as they find their voices and make changes that affect the issues most important to them. The Girl Scouts organization helps girls to become valuable leaders and better members of the Wayne County community," Burkhart said.

The Girl Scouts of Wayne County Service Unit is a program with the mission of helping girls to build courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts throughout Wayne County are committed to working to help others, being resourceful and offering companionship and friendship to others.

As such, the scouts is a fitting recipient of the Organizational Leadership Award, which actively supports and celebrates the ATHENA mission of supporting, developing and honoring women leaders, inspiring women to achieve their full potential—creating balance in leadership worldwide. Organizational nominees are business or organizations, in the profit or non-profit sectors, who create an organizational culture that encourages women employees to achieve their full leadership potential or gives back to the larger community of women and girls by providing and/or supporting leadership development opportunities and initiatives.

Burkhart provided examples of the Wayne County Service Unit service throughout the community. They have renovated the Fountain City Park, constructed and built gaga pits in the Richmond and Hagerstown Parks, donated homeless packs to shelters, decorated windows and doorways of nursing homes during the holidays, collected pet items for the HELP Shelter, host day camps, cookie rallies, World Thinking Day celebrations, city cleanup days, award ceremonies, and service projects.

"All of this would not be possible, unless they had their troop leaders and other volunteers giving their time to help and encourage them along the way," Burkhart said.

Lovett said the Girl Scouts centers everything around the girl.

"Activities are girl-led, which gives girls the opportunity to take on leadership roles and learn by doing in a cooperative learning environment. It's what makes Girl Scouts truly unique—our program is designed by, with, and for girls," Lovett said. She added everything the girls do through scouts fits into three keys: discover, connect and take action.

Lovett thanked the organization's volunteers for their participation and mentoring, as well as the community for their support.

"I am proud to work alongside of them to help our girls find their courage, confidence, and character, but most of all, I am proud to have made them my friends and role models for my own daughter through Girl Scouts," Lovett said. "We're calling on all members of society to help girls reach their full potential, these leaders have answered that call. So thank you, from the bottom of our hearts and congratulations on your award, I'm proud of each one of you."

The ATHENA Organizational Leadership Award nominees are business or organizations, in the profit or non-profit sectors – who create an organizational culture that encourages women employees to achieve their full leadership potential or gives back to the larger community of women and girls by providing and/ or supporting leadership development opportunities and initiatives.

About the Leadership Award® Awards

Wayne Bank and IU East are honored to bring and sponsor this award to Wayne County, established locally in 2014. Proceeds benefit local organizations dedicated to serving leadership building for women of all ages.

The program is facilitated locally by Wayne Bank and Indiana University East, licensed ATHENA host organizations. Nominations are sought throughout the community and recipients are selected by a diverse group of community leaders based on the criteria above.

ATHENA Leadership Award® recipients hail from all professional sectors. The award's rich history, international scope and emphasis on mentorship make this award unique and amongst the most prestigious leadership awards one can receive.

About ATHENA International

Founded over 30 years ago, ATHENA International is a women's leadership organization that supports, develops and honors women leaders through the programs it administers. ATHENA's flagship program, the ATHENA Leadership Award® Program, has honored over 7,000 women leaders from hundreds of cities and eight countries since its inception in 1982.

Save the Date: ATHENA nominations will begin in April 2023. For updates, follow @waynecoathena on Facebook or visit waynecoathena.com.

ReidRide Crosses $350,000 Milestone for Lifetime Giving

Posted August 30, 2022

Donations and registrations for the 2022 edition of ReidRide helped push the event past a milestone in lifetime giving, surpassing $350,000 in net revenue over its 14 years of existence.

Some 315 riders registered for ReidRide this year to bike through Wayne County on Saturday, Aug. 20 to benefit the Shoes for Kids program.

A third of those registered riders decided to take on the new 30-mile course while the rest chose either of the traditional 15-mile or 8-mile routes.

"We're thrilled to have the continued support from the community for this event," said Reid Health Foundation Director Megan Broeker. "It was great to see everyone come out for a morning of fun."

Before the riders began their trek over city and county roads, local law enforcement on hand to help with event safety were presented with a pair of banners signed by Reid Health team members in support of Richmond Police Department Officer Seara Burton, who was critically injured recently in the line of duty.

"We're extremely thankful for the continued support from all of our first responders throughout the area for everything they do to help us make this one of the safest local family events every year," Broeker said.

When participants returned from their ride, they found sponsor booths where they could mill around the hospital campus, hang out, and continue the fun, something that hadn't been possible in recent years because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We were excited to get to know our riders better and let our corporate partners get a chance to see how they're impacting both the riders and Shoes for Kids," Broeker said.

Supplied Photo: Randy Kirk (right)

This ReidRide marked the last for Randy Kirk, the longtime president of the Reid Foundation. Kirk, who has overseen the event for each of its 14 years, will retire in September. At the starting line Saturday, his son, Kendall, gave a moving speech about Kirk's time with Reid and ReidRide.

"The greatest satisfaction is to see the sustained community ownership of ReidRide for so many years, with our friends, families, associates, officers, firemen, and first responders coming together as one. Even through the pandemic, no one missed a beat," Randy Kirk said.

"It's such a privilege to connect our community's compassionate heart and support to meet the needs of others, in this case, to provide shoes for kids. Every rider, sponsor, donor, and volunteer knows they're helping this noble cause, and that's philanthropy at its finest."

ReidRide provides funding for the Shoes for Kids initiative in partnership with local agencies such as Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County, Amigos, Girls Inc., and The Common Good of Preble County. Every $20 raised helps to buy a pair of shoes for a local child, with more than 20,000 pairs given out so far to children across the multi-county region served by Reid Health.

This year, about 1,400 pairs of shoes will be distributed in Wayne, Randolph, and Fayette counties in Indiana and Preble County in Ohio.

"Each person who participates in ReidRide or donates directly is helping a local kid in need," said Sharrie Harlin Davis, Community Engagement Manager for Reid Health and the Shoes for Kids Coordinator. "A new pair of shoes might not seem like much, but it means a lot to those kids and has a large impact on their lives."

"It's such a privilege to connect our community's compassionate heart and support to meet the needs of others, in this case, to provide shoes for kids. Every rider, sponsor, donor, and volunteer knows they're helping this noble cause, and that's philanthropy at its finest." -- Randy Kirk, Reid Health Vice President/Reid Foundation President

  • ReidRide is made possible in part thanks to corporate partners, which this year included:
  • Leadout Partners ($5,000): 3 Rivers Federal Credit Union; A-Plus Signs; Brewer Broadcasting; Cycling and Fitness Warehouse; First Bank Richmond; Hill's Pet Nutrition; Primex Plastics; Skanska Shook; Spoke Easy; Western Wayne News; Whitewater Broadcasting
  • Breakaway Partners ($2,500): BSN Sports; Brady Ware; Esmond's Shoes; Hall, Render, Killian, Heath, & Lyman;Indiana University East; Paul and Pat Lingle
  • Paceline Partners: ($1,500): Astral Industries; B&F Plastics; Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate First Realty Group; Blue Buffalo; Cardinal Greenway; CHG Healthcare; Finance System Inc.; First Merchants Bank; Health Care Professionals Federal Credit Union
  • Echelon Partners ($500): Harrington Hoch; Natco Credit Union; Coldwell Banker Expert Realty Team; Roy Teng, DO

Hill's Pet Nutrition won this year's ReidRide Challenge, a friendly competition between corporate partners to see who can raise the most funds for Shoes for Kids. Hill's was able to raise $915 through events and donations.

You don't have to wait for next year's ReidRide -- scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 19, 2023 -- before helping the Shoes for Kids program. Donations can be made at any time through the ReidRide.org website.

Ivy Tech Community College Selects Chad Bolser as Chancellor of Ivy Tech Richmond

Posted August 29, 2022

Supplied Photo:  Chad BolserIvy Tech Community College has selected Chad Bolser as the next Chancellor for its Richmond campus.

Bolser, who joined Ivy Tech back in 2014, served as the Richmond Chancellor prior to his role as VP of Strategic Operations for Ivy Tech's southern campuses. He also carries over a decade of education experience at both the K-12 and post-secondary levels, with several of those years spent at Richmond High School.

"We are excited to see Chad return to the campus given his deep roots and commitment to the community," said Dr. Sue Ellspermann, President of Ivy Tech. "Chad's leadership, experience, and understanding of the Ivy Tech system will ensure the Richmond campus has an even greater impact on Fayette, Randolph, Rush, Union and Wayne Counties."

"It is an honor and privilege to serve as Ivy Tech Richmond's Chancellor once again," said Bolser. "I look forward to working alongside President Ellspermann to continue delivering world-class education for our students and placing them on a path to continued success."

Bolser is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. He holds a Master of Education from Earlham College and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Lindenwood College. Chad currently serves on the Wayne County Economic Development Board and on the Indiana Arts Commission.

Singles Interaction, Inc.

Posted August 29, 2022

Supplied Newsletter - September 2022

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

Reid Health receives HeartFlow CT Quality Award for Outstanding Imaging

Posted August 29, 2022

Supplied Image:  Reid Health recently recieved the HeartFlow CT Quality AwardA medical technology company with a focus on heart care has recognized Reid Health's radiology staff, giving the health system the company's CT Quality Award, an honor that goes to less than 15% of the hospitals in the nation.

HeartFlow recently presented Reid Health staff with the award and celebrated Reid passing 200 cases using the HeartFlow Analysis, a first-of-its-kind, non-invasive technology that helps in the diagnosis of coronary artery disease (CAD), the most common form of heart disease.

CAD is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, according to the American Heart Association. It develops when the arteries leading to the heart narrow or become blocked, which can lead to a reduction in blood flow to the heart, causing chest pain, heart attacks, and potentially death.

Despite being the most common form of heart disease, studies have shown there's a need to improve how CAD is evaluated and diagnosed. Many of the non-invasive tests available today have low accuracy rates in detecting the disease.

The HeartFlow Analysis takes data from a patient's non-invasive coronary CTA scan and uses a form of artificial intelligence and highly trained analysts to create a personalized, digital 3D model of the patient's coronary arteries. Powerful computer algorithms then simulate blood flow to determine the impact of blockages on blood flow to the heart.

Within hours, the HeartFlow Analysis provides to the patient's physician information about the extent of any arterial blockage and how it's affecting the patient.

"We're incredibly excited to have received this honor," said Tyler Evans, Cardiovascular Service Line Director for Reid Health "This is a reflection of the exceptional work by both our radiology and cardiology teams. We couldn't do it without everyone being a part of it."

Posted August 29, 2022

National Urgent Care Center Accreditation (NUCCA) has recognized Reid Health's urgent care centers in Indiana and Ohio for their quality of service and compliance with the industry's performance and safety standards.

Reid's urgent care centers in Richmond and Connersville, Ind., and Eaton, Ohio, originally earned accreditation in 2019. This latest award extends that distinction for another three-year period.

The centers have been a trusted resource for the community for the management of non-emergency illnesses and minor injuries. Each facility features laboratory and X-ray onsite and offers the convenience of walk-in access to care and online check-in to reduce wait times.

"This achievement underscores our commitment to provide high-quality care for our patients, regardless of circumstances," said Macy Sarno, MD, Medical Director of Reid Health Urgent Care. "The past 2 years have definitely tested the strength and resilience of our staff as we adapted to the challenges posed by the COVID pandemic. We continued to innovate and provide safe pathways for our patients, even as we contributed significant support to Reid's COVID response.

"To be able to earn this distinction while navigating an ever-changing healthcare landscape is a tribute to the dedication and hard work of our team."

To achieve reaccreditation, the centers must show compliance with NUCCA's care standards which include infection control and prevention, quality assessment and improvement, medication and environmental safety, health information privacy, and tight oversight for the scope of services provided.

"It has always been at the core of our policies and procedures to advocate for safe and reliable quality care across our urgent care centers," said Anna Osborn-Brown, Director of Emergency Services and Urgent Care Services for Reid Health. "This validation from NUCCA shows our processes are in the right place. Our amazing team has been the key to incorporating these quality measures into the services we provide for our patients.

"It is an honor to be recognized for these efforts, and we will continue to serve as a dependable healthcare partner for our community."

About NUCCA

National Urgent Care Center Accreditation is an independent, non-profit organization that provides accreditation to properly qualified urgent care centers throughout the country. The NUCCA program sets standards, measures performance, and provides consultation and education where needed. Accreditation is awarded to those centers that are found to be in compliance with NUCCA standards. Visit ucaccreditation.org to learn more.

LifeStream Services Offers Caregiver Memory Kits for Those Impacted by Dementia

Posted August 23, 2022

YORKTOWN, IN – LifeStream Services is excited to announce the rollout of Caregiver Memory Kits to local libraries and beyond. Caregiver Memory Kits are resource kits designed for individuals living with dementia and their care givers and care partners. The goal of these kits is to help caregivers get connected with resources to help maintain a good quality of life, as well as increase interaction between the caregiver and person with care needs. These kits consist of helpful books and resources for the caregiver, as well as activities for the caregiver and person with care needs to enjoy together. Caregivers will also be given a keepsake packet of resources and goodies to keep upon returning the kit, courtesy of LifeStream Services. Currently, kits can be found at the locations below with additional locations to be added.

  • Fairmount Pubic Library
  • Franklin County Public Library District (Laurel and Brookeville)
  • Marion Public Library
  • Muncie Public Libraries (Maring-Hunt and Kennedy)
  • New Castle Henry County Public Library
  • Smith Harvey Law Office - Connersville
  • Yorktown Public Library

LifeStream is East Central Indiana's Dementia Friends Administrator. Those who are interested in learning more or becoming a Dementia Friend can attend the Dementia Friends Information Session held on the second Tuesday of the month from 1:00pm to 2:00pm via Zoom. Register for an upcoming session at dementiafriendsindiana.org/events-calendar/

Learn more about Caregiver Services and become a Dementia Friend by visiting website lifestreaminc.org/initiatives/#dementia or contact Hollyn Anderson, Caregiver Programs Coordinator, at handerson@lifestreaminc.org or (765) 425-8472.

Community Benefit Gives Out $120,000 in Grants to Address Physical Activity, Nutrition, Weight

Posted August 22, 2022

In its second and final grant cycle for 2022, Reid Health Community Benefit gave more than $120,000 to 20 area organizations.

Various nonprofits, schools, and other groups received $122,475 for programs focused on physical activity, nutrition, and weight.

Requests were evaluated based on their ability to impact access to exercise opportunities, adults ages 20 and older who are obese, adults 20 and older who are sedentary, child food insecurity rate, and food insecurity rate.

The awards for this cycle include:

  • $4,100 to Alquina Blue Arrows Park for improvements to the basketball court and signage for the walking trail.
  • $6,125 to Amigos to support the organization's tennis camp.
  • $8,250 to Birth to Five for the Parents as Teachers program.
  • $9,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County to support the Club Fit program.
  • $3,000 to Bridges for Life for food costs for the "Dinner at the Lamp" weekly community meal.
  • $7,500 to Circle U for weekend food supplies for students in need at 22 schools.
  • $2,000 to Communities in Schools to provide physical education uniforms for students in need as well as shoes that are being donated through the Shoes for Kids program.
  • $3,000 to Council on Rural Service Programs for summer running through the Gateway Youth Program in Darke County.
  • $5,000 to Crestdale Elementary PTO for inclusive playground equipment for the school and the surrounding neighborhood.
  • $15,000 to Franklin County Park for new playground equipment.
  • $7,000 to Gateway Hunger Relief Center for food supply costs for the pantry.
  • $3,700 to Gleaners Food Bank for additional produce to be distributed in four counties in Reid's service area.
  • $5,000 to Golay Community Center for a NuStep recumbent cross trainer.
  • $5,234 to Hayes Arboretum to purchase equipment and supplies for the Nature Playscape.
  • $4,000 to Hope Center for infant formula for those in need.
  • $8,000 to Preble County YMCA to support the LiveStrong and Revitalize programs.
  • $4,746 to Richmond Friends School for equipment and supplies to support outdoor play.
  • $7,500 to Volunteers of America Fresh Start for the purchase of exercise equipment for an onsite fitness area for residents and their children.
  • $6,220 to Wayne County Cardinal Greenway to support the bike loaner program.
  • $8,100 to YWCA Dayton Women's Shelter for nutritional supplies for the domestic violence program.

Community benefit is the basis of the tax-exempt status of not-for-profit hospitals. Community benefit is defined as programs or activities that improve access to health services, enhance public health, advance health knowledge through research and education, and/or relieve the burden of government to improve health.

In 2010, the Affordable Care Act added new requirements for tax-exempt hospitals in the areas of community health needs assessment (CHNA), implementation strategy, billing and collections, and reporting. In 2014, the IRS issued final rules implementing these requirements. The goals of these provisions are to ensure tax-exempt hospitals are meeting the health needs of their communities and to ensure greater transparency and accountability.

Grants, along with other specific outreach and requirements to meet Reid Health's not-for-profit status, have put more than $172 million back into the community in the past five years. A committee of Reid'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.

Wayne County Foundation Awards $132,783 Through Latest Round of Grantmaking

Posted August 15, 2022

The Wayne County Foundation is pleased to announce that ten different local organizations have been awarded a total of $132,783 through its latest round of grantmaking. Nine organizations were awarded $97,783 through Grant Cycle II to support local programs or projects to enhance the spirit of the community and improve the quality of life across Wayne County.

Additionally, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County received a $35,000 award through the Foundation's Impact Grant Program. Impact Grants are available for larger programs or projects that proactively respond to a community need and have a plan for long-term sustainability and ability to be funded in the future by the organization. The Boys & Girls Clubs will be undergoing a major renovation of their teen center and construction of a new staff training facility at their McDaniel Unit.

'The Wayne County Foundation is very excited about this most recent round of grants,' said Executive Director Rebecca Gilliam. 'The impact of the work of these organizations is realized on a daily basis. We are a proud partner of the great work they accomplish around our community.'

Earlier this year, the Foundation awarded eighteen different organizations received a total of $146,015 through its Grant Cycle I in May. Grant Cycle III awards will be announced in September.

The Wayne County Foundation's grantmaking is made possible by income from unrestricted and endowed field-of-interest funds. Below is the list of the grant awards approved by the Foundation's Board of Directors at their July meeting.

American Red Cross $7,500 To support their home fire response program in Wayne County. Response can include temporary shelter, food, clothing, or other basic needs.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County $35,000 To support the renovation of the teen center and construction of a new staff training center at their west side McDaniel Unit.
Communities in Schools, Inc. $15,000 To support school-based site coordination program.
Cope Environmental Center $15,000 To support the maintenance and upkeep of the center's trails, bridge, and for new signage for wayfinding and educational purposes.
Every Child Can Read $11,133 To support the organization's K-Ready Program, which emphasizes literacy in children ages 0-5, and includes the Dolly Parton Imagination Library
Food Bank Inc. DBA Gateway Hunger Relief Center $7,500 To support the purchase of food for their pantry and costs associated with food distribution.
Golay Community Center, Inc. $7,500 To support the purchase of a new air conditioning system for the gymnasium.
Good News Habitat for Humanity, Inc. $15,000 To support a home-building project in the Fairview Neighborhood in collaboration with the EDC and State.
Levi and Catharine Coffin House $14,000 To support on-site educational programs at the historic site
Richmond Rose Garden $5,150 To support the renovation of the gazebo and gazebo roof

IU East School of Business and Economics to Offer Accounting Online Degree Beginning This Fall

Posted August 15, 2022

A new online degree in accounting is approved at Indiana University East, just in time for students to enroll for the fall 2022 semester. Fall classes begin Monday, August 22.

Denise Smith, dean of the School of Business and Economics, said the Bachelor of Science in Accounting online program offers students an engaging and flexible program to prepare for a professional position in the accounting industry.

Smith added IU East is the first regional campus to offer the accounting degree online program in fall 2022. Other regional IU campuses will offer the degree beginning in fall 2023.

"We are pleased to offer the B.S. in Accounting degree fully online. Market studies show that there is a demand for degreed accountants not only in our region but across the country. This new accessible format fills a need, especially for working adults and those for whom a face-to-face program is not convenient or feasible."

The IU East School of Business and Economics also offers a Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree program, which was approved in 2021 and opened for enrollment in fall 2021.

"We are excited to roll out this new online degree beginning this fall semester," said Shari Fowler, assistant professor of accounting and director of accounting. "Demand for the accounting programs are high, not only for our students but for employers as well."

Fowler added the online bachelor's in accounting online degree is an excellent and distinctive educational experience that fulfills the educational and professional development needs of incoming students. The degree program is challenging and learner focused as evidenced by the selection of up-to-date curriculum including a new business analytics course, relevant accounting and business topics, as well as several professional development opportunities to help prepare students for their future goals.

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development Employment Projections for Accountants and Auditors reports that there is an expected increase of 11% in employment for accountants and auditors by 2026. The report also gives accountants/auditors a demand rating of 5/5 which is the highest rating available. This rating is based on high wages and high demand in the state of Indiana.

This report also shows a rise in employment for accountants in Wayne County, Indiana of an even higher rate of 12.6% by 2026. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that the employment of accountants and auditors is expected to grow 6% nationally from 2018 to 2028.

The online accounting degree mirrors the on campus degree program available at IU East.

Both the online and on campus accounting degree are designed to meet the growing need for skilled accounting professional candidates for regional employers throughout the east central Indiana and west central Ohio region, and beyond.

The degree satisfies the requirements for students interested in going on to graduate school, and includes topics that are covered on the CPA or CMA exam, or pursuing a professional accounting position.

The IU East School of Business and Economics has continued to develop and expand the accounting program, including the addition of student travel opportunities, nationwide internships and mentorships, and a Beta Alpha Psi chapter, an international honor organization for financial information students and professionals. Also, new accounting faculty have been added.

For more information on the Bachelor of Science in Accounting online degree, contact Shari Fowler at (765) 973-9406, email shafowle@iue.edu, or visit iue.edu/academics.

MacDowell Gallery at Reid Health Hosts Exhibit by Deborah Cole

Posted August 15, 2022

Supplied Art: Brimstone (horse)A new exhibit of artwork by Richmond resident Deborah Cole is currently on display in the MacDowell Gallery at Reid Hospital through the end of September. Cole works in pastels and specializes in pet portraits and landscapes, with a slightly impressionistic aspect rather than photo realism, and her subjects offer a sentimental appeal to the viewer.

Speaking about her work, Cole says "Painting with pastels has always given me fulfillment in creating my interpretation of God's handiwork. Though I have drawn since a small child, epilepsy sometimes hindered me. I was blessed with having brain surgery at the IN Med Center when I was 35 years old. Supplied Art: Bumblebee/Purple ConeflowerSince that time, the creative "right side" of my brain has truly compensated. I have a renewed commitment to God, that I will always give my testimony of His miracle work in my life. Recently, I also experienced God's nudging toward a fresher approach in my art, which led to what I call my 'freestyle.' This style can be seen in my latest pieces, and the results are a more fluid and distinctive pattern revealing various color schemes."

Deborah Cole has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Ball State University in Muncie, IN. She has taken workshops and studied under Charlene George, Carol Strock Wasson, and Mary Ann Davis, and participated with the Richmond Plein Air Artists. She has been doing freelance pet portraiture since 2015, and entering pieces at shows and contests since 1996, including the Piqua Arts Council in Piqua, OH; Darke County Fair in Greenville, OH; the Art Association of Randolph County, Union City, IN; and the Richmond Art Museum of Richmond, IN where she has received purchase and merit awards at RAM's annual exhibition. Much of the pieces in the exhibit is for sale, and Cole's fine art pieces are also available for viewing in her home residence and studio.

Senior Adult Ministry August Meeting

Posted August 15, 2022

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, EVERYBODY!

The Senior Adult Ministry is going to celebrate everybody's birthday at its August meeting at 6:00pm on Tuesday August 30, 2022, at First United Methodist Church on National Road. 

This event will start with snacks (please bring some) and birthday cupcakes (provided).  There will also be games and, of course, presents.  Each person is asked to bring a photograph of him- or herself as a baby or toddler.  Keep your identity secret because this will be a part of our "guess who" contest.

Anyone age 50 and over is invited to the party so bring your friends and enjoy the fun. Meetings are held the last Tuesday of each month.

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

For further information, call 765-962-4357 or check our facebook page.

Reid Health Adds Chief Information Officer to Administrative Team

Posted August 15, 2022

Supplied Photo:  Muhammad Siddiqui, Chief Information Officer, Reid HealthReid Health has added a new member to its administrative team, a move that reflects the growing role technology plays in providing high-quality healthcare.

Muhammad Siddiqui began his role as Vice President and Chief Information Officer on Aug. 1.

He comes to Reid with more than 20 years of experience in healthcare systems and complex transformation projects across US and Middle East. Most recently, Siddiqui served as the Chief Information Officer for International Medical Center in Saudi Arabia. He previously spent eight years in various information technology roles at the Cleveland Clinic, including Senior Director of IT Operations.

Siddiqui earned a bachelor's degree in operations from University of Sindh in Jamshoro, Pakistan, and a master's in business administration from University of Phoenix.

"The addition of a Chief Information Officer to our team is vitally important given the ever-increasing role technology plays in making sure our patients receive the best care possible," said Craig Kinyon, Reid Health President/CEO. "Reid has always taken pride in being at the forefront of healthcare innovation, and Muhammad will help ensure that continues in the future."

In his new role, Siddiqui will lead Reid's Information Technology Department, which oversees all the software, computers, and other technologies used by the health system as well as Reid's cybersecurity efforts, a particularly critical task in a time when cyberattacks on are the rise.

"Reid Health has always prioritized its patients, which encouraged me to take on this role," Siddiqui said. "I'm thrilled to be part of the team, and I truly look forward to leading, inspiring, and driving the talented IT staff.

"We want to build better connections with our providers, researchers, and the incredible patients and families we serve."

Foundation Opens Application for 2023 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

Posted August 1, 2022

The Wayne County Foundation is pleased to announce that the online application for the 2023 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program (LECSP) will open on Monday, August 1, 2022. The program will provide more than 140 scholarships statewide, including two scholarships in Wayne County.

The program, administered statewide by Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) and locally through the Foundation, is open to all Wayne County residents who will graduate from a Wayne County high school no later than June 30, 2023 who have earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Since it was first offered in 1998, the Foundation has selected over 50 local students to receive the prestigious award, which pays full-tuition, required fees and a $900 book stipend for four years. Recipients may attend any public or private, Indiana four-year college or university, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Recipients must pursue undergraduate study in a baccalaureate program on a full-time basis.

The scholarship will be awarded based on the following criteria: academic performance, a statement of future plans, extracurricular activities and/or work experience, recommendations, overcoming adversity, community service, and financial need. Please visit https://waynecountyfoundation.org/lilly-endowment-scholarship/ for more information and access to the application platform.

Applications will be accepted until noon on Thursday, September 8, 2022. Applicants will be notified of status in mid-October. Select students will be invited to interview as finalists the first week of November at the Foundation Building. The 2023 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship recipients will then be notified in mid-December.

BGCWC Honors Richmond Native Desmond Bane with Smart Futures Dinner

Posted August 1, 2022

Supplied Photo: Desmond Bane and BGCWC Children

Boys & Girls Club of Wayne County hosted our annual Smart Futures Dinner, an event that celebrates exceptional people who have inspired others to strive for smart futures, early this year to include a very special honoree! This year's honoree was Boys & Girls Club of Wayne County Alum and Memphis Grizzlies Shooting Guard Desmond Bane.

Bane was raised by his great-grandparents in Richmond. He attended Seton Catholic High School where he played basketball under Coach Josh Jurgens, who also coached him in third grade at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County. As a senior he was named the MVP of the Wettig Memorial Holiday Tournament. Bane scored 1,991 points over his four-year career, surpassing 1988 Indiana Mr. Basketball winner Woody Austin for the most in Wayne County history. Selected in the first round of the 2022 NBA Draft, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team in 2020-21. Bane just completed his second NBA season and helped the Grizzlies reach the Western Conference Semifinals. He set the record for most three-point baskets made in Grizzlies playoff history (seven).

"Without the Boys & Girls Club, none of that is possible," Bane shared during a during a question-and-answer session at the event. "That was my spot where I hung out after school, shooting pool and playing hoops." The Q & A was led by Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County Board Member Sarah Mitchell, former Bane coaches Josh Jurgens and Jon Blevins, and Club members Bryson H. & Ray'lin R.

During the dinner guests, enjoyed a performance by Club Members, Bane's honoree speech, and an auction led by Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County Board Member Garry Kleer. On stage that night, Bane signed basketballs provided by BSN Sports and shared memories from autographed prints provided by Primex Plastics that were auctioned off. With Bane's help, the Club was able to raise over $100,000 from generous community members, sponsors, and attendees.

"We are overwhelmed by the love and support shown tonight," Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County Chief Executive Officer Alicia Painter reflected. "We cannot thank Desmond enough for supporting our Club kids or our community for gathering to celebrate Desmond's accomplishments with us. We also appreciate all of the amazing, dedicated board members, staff, Club members, and community members who worked so hard to make this night so special."

Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County Director of Resource Development and Special Events Sarah Roddy shared, "Working with Desmond and his team this week has been amazing. After our event, he was kind enough to host a VIP meet-and-greet for major donors, sponsors, and our board members. Desmond is the kind of person who made each and every person who stepped through those doors feel special and important.

"Every Club Member who participated got to come back and get a picture with Desmond," Roddy added. "He told them what a great job they did. Desmond truly makes a positive impact on each and every kid he interacts with, and it was such an amazing experience to get to be a part of."

Book Sale Bargain Hunt at MRL - This week at the Library!

Posted August 15, 2022

The Friends of Morrisson-Reeves Library's donation shelves are bursting at the seams with gently used books. They're offering a Book Sale for avid readers to stock up at the Friends of MRL's BOGO Bargain Hunt Book Sale. August 18 - 20 at the library. For the sale there will be loads of paperbacks, movies, music, and so much more. All for a bargain price of $1.00 each with a Buy One - Get One Sale price. If you buy one book at $1.00, you get one more for free. Buy as many as you want. Fill a bag or fill your trunk, but the Friends need to move them out to make room for more donated materials. Proceeds from the sale go to the library to fund public programming.

The Book Sale is open to the public.

  • Thursday, August 18, open from 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Friday, August 19,open from 11:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Saturday, August 20, open from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Morrisson-Reeves Library is located at 80 North 6th Street in Richmond. Call for details at 765-966-8291.

New Free Kids Health Fair Event Debuts This Weekend

Posted August 15, 2022

Supplied Graphic Text: Kids Health FairA new event featuring free health screenings for kids, giveaways, prizes, and more will debut this weekend at the Reid Health Rehabilitation Services facility, 2021 Chester Blvd. in Richmond.

The Kids Health Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20, just down the street from the annual ReidRide biking event, which begins earlier in the morning.

Those who visit the Kids Health Fair will find:

  • Child development screenings
  • Hearing and vision screenings
  • Scoliosis screenings
  • Functional and fitness screenings such as vertical jump, broad jump, forward reach, and shuttle run
  • Yoga demonstrations
  • Reid providers, including Pediatrician Hira Ahmed, DO; Audiologist Kyle Langfitt, AuD; Pediatric Hospitalist Michael Maurer, MD; Pediatrician Wendi Wang, MD; and Michael Woodin, PhD; Morgan Stamper, NP; and Michlynn Gaddis, LCSW, from Outpatient Behavioral Health
  • "Touch a Truck" with a Reid ambulance
  • Games, giveaways, and prizes

"We're so excited to offer all of these great activities free to the community," said Megan Smith, Pediatric Therapy Manager for Reid Health. "We invite everyone to come out, have a bit of fun, get these critical checkups for their kids, and meet some of our wonderful providers."

ReidRide 2022 Features an Extended Route Option, Free Entries for Kids

Posted August 15, 2022

Supplied Photo: Man on Bike with a child on "tagalong"Every year brings something a little different to ReidRide, and the 2022 edition is no different.

The biking event that serves as a fundraiser for Reid Health's Shoes for Kids program will include three route options this year, and children up to grade 12 can ride free with an adult entry.

"We work each year to make this one of the safest rides around," said Reid Health Foundation Director Megan Broeker. "We want to give our riders a great experience on the route and a fun atmosphere on campus when they return."

Participants this year will be able to choose one of three paths that utilize Richmond and Wayne County roads as well as the Cardinal Greenway -- a new 30-mile extended route, the usual 15-mile course, or a family friendly 8-mile ride. Route directions can be found at ReidRide.org.

Dozens of area EMS professionals and first responders will be positioned along the route, helping make sure everything is as safe as possible.

"We're grateful for the partnership we have with area fire departments, EMS, and police departments. Each year, we hear about how safe our riders feel along the route. That's a testament to the departments' dedication and help with ReidRide," Broeker said.

In addition to those helping to make the route safe are those who have provided financial support, including:

  • Leadout Partners ($5,000): 3 Rivers Federal Credit Union; Brewer Broadcasting; Cycling and Fitness Warehouse; First Bank Richmond; Hill's Pet Nutrition; Primex Plastics; Skanska Shook; Spoke Easy; Western Wayne News; Whitewater Broadcasting
  • Breakaway Partners ($2,500): BSN Sports; Brady Ware; Esmond's Shoes; Hall, Render, Killian, Heath, & Lyman; Indiana University East; Paul and Pat Lingle
  • Paceline Partners ($1,500): Astral Industries; B&F Plastics; Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate First Realty Group; Blue Buffalo; Cardinal Greenway; CHG Healthcare; Finance System Inc.; First Merchants Bank; Health Care Professionals Federal Credit Union
  • Echelon Partners ($500): Harrington Hoch; Natco Credit Union; Coldwell Banker Expert Realty Team

"We work each year to make this one of the safest rides around. We want to give our riders a great experience on the route and a fun atmosphere on campus when they return." -- Reid Health Foundation Director Megan Broeker

"We're so incredibly grateful for all our sponsors," Broeker said. "Their support makes all of this possible, including our ability to provide free shoes in our community."

For 14 years, ReidRide has provided funding for the Shoes for Kids initiative in partnership with local agencies such as Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County, Amigos, Girls Inc., and The Common Good of Preble County. Every $20 raised helps to buy a pair of shoes for a local child, with more than 20,000 pairs given out so far to children across the multi-county region served by Reid Health.

Since 2009, nearly 7,000 participants have biked more than 122,000 miles. Thanks to the community's help, ReidRide has raised $400,000 in corporate partnerships and $318,917 in registrations and donations.

To sign up for ReidRide, or to donate to the Shoes for Kids cause, visit ReidRide.org.

The Wayne County Historical Museum Is Pleased to Announce Around the World with Julia Meek-Gaar

Posted August 1, 2022

Supplied Graphic: Around the World with Julia

The founder of the Wayne County Historical Museum, Julia Meek-Gaar, loved to travel the world and bring home artifacts so the children of Wayne County could learn about different cultures. Julia loved sharing her artifacts so much that on August 13th, 1929, she purchased the old Hicksite Quaker Meeting House which still houses our museum today! In celebration of all things Julia, YOUR WCHM is happy to announce Around the World with Julia Meek-Gaar which celebrates the many accomplishments of our wonderful founder.

Around the World with Julia Meek-Gaar on Saturday, August 13, 2022 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. will feature activities around the world including folding origami, creating mosaics, and making maracas. Each child will receive a passport and will receive a stamp from all the different places that they visit. Treats from around the world will be available during this visit. Visitors will also get a chance to meet Shetland ponies from Sunrise Therapeutic Riding Center.

New Providers Will Be Featured at Medical Monday, Thriving Thursday in August

Posted July 26, 2022

Supplied Photos:  Pain Management Interventionist Joseph Williamson, DO, (left) and Orthopedic Spine Surgeon Ted Kostiuk, DO, will be the featured speakers at Medical Monday and Thriving Thursday in August.Two new providers at the Reid Health Comprehensive Bone & Joint Center will be the guest speakers for Medical Monday and Thriving Thursday in August.

Orthopedic Spine Surgeon Ted Kostiuk, DO, and Pain Management Interventionist Joseph Williamson, DO, will talk about what's new at the Comprehensive Bone & Joint Center during the community events.

Medical Monday will take place at 1 p.m. on Aug. 8 at Central United Methodist Church, 1425 E. Main St. in Richmond, while Thriving Thursday will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 11 at the Fayette County Senior Center, 477 N. Grand Ave. in Connersville.

Both events are free to attend. To register, call Sharrie Harlin Davis at (765) 983-3000, ext. 4676. Masks are required.

Medical Monday and Thriving Thursday are supported by Reid Health Community Benefit. Harlin Davis started Medical Monday when she was working for the Minority Health Coalition and maintained it after joining Reid Health. The events have loyal followings, averaging 40 to 50 guests each month to learn about various health issues, community programs, and health screenings.

Singles Interaction, Inc.

Posted July 25, 2022

Supplied Newsletter: August 2022

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

Harvest Your Health Program Helps Diabetic Patients Access Fresh, Local Produce

Posted July 25, 2022

A recently launched program from Reid Health in partnership with local farmers markets is helping diabetic patients add more fresh, locally sourced produce to their diets.

Through Harvest Your Health, healthcare providers identify diabetic patients who could benefit from eating additional produce and prescribe those patients vouchers that are redeemable at the Richmond or Fayette County farmers markets.

For individuals who might not be able to access the markets, there are options for pick-up at the Reid Café locations on the health system's campuses in Richmond and Connersville or delivery is available for qualifying participants living in Wayne or Fayette counties.

Patients in the program receive vouchers for 120 servings of produce per month if they're redeeming them at one of the farmers markets. Individuals using the pick-up or delivery options receive vouchers for 80 servings per month.

Through Harvest Your Health, healthcare providers identify diabetic patients who could benefit from eating additional produce and prescribe those patients vouchers that are redeemable at the Richmond or Fayette County farmers markets.

Part of the Indiana Department of Health's Produce Rx Pilot Program, Harvest Your Health is funded by a state grant of $48,000 and is open to residents of the communities served by Reid.

"We're very excited to partner with the farmers markets to help our diabetic patients increase their intake of fresh produce," said Billie Kester, Vice President for Continuum of Care at Reid Health. "Similar programs have been shown to reduce diabetic complications and lower average blood glucose levels.

"We feel very fortunate to be able to bring this to our communities and the patients we serve."

To determine if you're eligible for participation in the Harvest Your Health program, ask your provider to contact Reid Health Care Coordinator Katrina Davis, RN, at (765) 935-8588.

Reid Health Police Chief Named Runner-Up for National Healthcare Safety Award

Posted July 25, 2022

Supplied Photo:  Reid Health Police Chief Randy Kolentus (center) was the runner-up for Campus Safety Magazine's 2022 Healthcare Director of the Year award.Reid Health Chief of Police Randy Kolentus was named the national runner-up for the 2022 Healthcare Director of the Year award presented by a U.S. publication focused on public safety and security.

Kolentus was one of six finalists for the honor from Campus Safety Magazine, which covers issues involving the public safety and security of hospitals, schools, and universities across the country. He was nominated by the Indiana chapter of the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS).

Director of the Year nominations were judged by a panel of experts in healthcare, higher education, and school security; public safety; and emergency management.

"Being named the runner-up as Campus Safety Magazine's Healthcare Director of the Year recognition is truly a highlight of my professional career," Kolentus said.

"Being named the runner-up as Campus Safety Magazine's Healthcare Director of the Year recognition is truly a highlight of my professional career. It's been amazing to think Reid Health staff, Reid police officers, the IAHSS Indiana chapter, and local dignitaries all helped to nominate me in the first place. Then to make it through the process as a finalist and ultimately being selected as the runner-up is reassuring to me that I've been doing something right." -- Reid Health Police Chief Randy Kolentus

"It's been amazing to think Reid Health staff, Reid police officers, the IAHSS Indiana chapter, and local dignitaries all helped to nominate me in the first place. Then to make it through the process as a finalist and ultimately being selected as the runner-up is reassuring to me that I've been doing something right."

In its profile of Kolentus, Campus Safety noted his work in transitioning Reid Health's security team to a police department, his leadership of the Indiana chapter of IAHSS that led it to being named the parent organization's 2020 Chapter of the Year, and his ability to identify ways to provide non-security help to Reid's overworked team members.

"This is a well-deserved honor. Randy is among an elite group of leaders across the country," said Craig Kinyon, Reid Health President/CEO. "His passion, dedication, and focus on safety have been a blessing for our staff and the patients, families, and communities we serve."

Kolentus spent nearly three decades with the Richmond Police Department before coming to Reid 15 years ago. Last year, he was awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest honor given by an Indiana governor.

"In the short time I've been with Reid, it has been a real honor to work with Randy as our chief of the Reid Health Police Department," said Pamela Jones, Vice President/General Counsel for Reid Health.

"His leadership, commitment, determination, and heart for protecting and serving our Reid team members, patients, and visitors are all reasons why he is deserving of this national recognition."

Westbound U.S. 40 to Be Closed for Installation

Posted July 19, 2022

The Indiana Department of Transportation contractor Milestone Contractors LP. will close U.S. 40 on or after Friday, July 22, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

U.S. 40 WB will be closed between 12th St. and 9th St. for stormwater pipe and manhole installation in downtown Richmond.

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East Main Street

East Main Street Due to continued construction on 9th Street through downtown, INDOT will be closing East Main Street between 8th and 9th Streets beginning Monday, July 25th. The street is expected to stay closed for two to three months while crews work on underground infrastructure in the area.

This construction is a part of INDOT's US 40 & US 27 Pavement Project Downtown Richmond. Full details on the project can be found on this page of INDOT's website. You can find information on this and other road projects on the City of Richmond's Road Projects dashboard.

Since this is a state project, INDOT is in charge. If you have any specific issues or questions about the project, you can contact the Greenfield District of INDOT at (317) 462-7751 or by emailing indotgreenfieldcustomerservice@indot.IN.gov.

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Reid Health Nationally Recognized for Commitment to Providing High-Quality Stroke Care

Posted July 19, 2022

Reid Health has received the American Heart Association's Gold Plus Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke quality achievement award for its commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines, ultimately leading to more lives saved and reduced disability.

Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the U.S. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs, so brain cells die. Early stroke detection and treatment are key to improving survival, minimizing disability, and accelerating recovery times.

Get With The Guidelines puts the expertise of the American Heart Association (AHA) and American Stroke Association (ASA) to work for hospitals nationwide, helping ensure patient care is aligned with the latest research- and evidence-based guidelines. Get With The Guidelines - Stroke is an in-hospital program for improving stroke care by promoting consistent adherence to these guidelines, which can minimize the long-term effects of a stroke and even prevent death.

"We are committed to improving patient care by adhering to the latest treatment guidelines," said Misti Foust-Cofield, Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer for Reid Health. "Get With The Guidelines makes it easier for our teams to put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis, which studies show can help patients recover better.

"The end goal is to ensure more people in our communities can experience longer, healthier lives."

"Strokes are not only a leading cause of disability, they also cost the nation $34 billion annually through healthcare costs, medications, and lost productivity," said Jordan Raynor, MD, Reid neurologist and Stroke Medical Director.

"In 2003, the AHA and ASA established a certification process for stroke centers based on the best practices to prevent and treat stroke. Since then, numerous studies have demonstrated stroke center certification is associated with higher stroke quality of care and lower mortality after ischemic strokes.

"This honor is an acknowledgement that our team provides advanced medical stroke care while achieving consistent compliance with stroke quality measures."

"We are committed to improving patient care by adhering to the latest treatment guidelines. Get With The Guidelines makes it easier for our teams to put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis, which studies show can help patients recover better. The end goal is to ensure more people in our communities can experience longer, healthier lives." -- Misti Foust-Cofield, Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer for Reid Health

Each year, program participants qualify for the award by demonstrating how their organization has committed to providing quality care for stroke patients. In addition to following treatment guidelines, Get With The Guidelines participants also educate patients to help them manage their health and recovery at home.

"We are incredibly pleased to recognize Reid Health for its commitment to caring for patients with stroke," said Steven Messe, MD, Chairperson of the Stroke System of Care Advisory Group. "Participation in Get With The Guidelines is associated with improved patient outcomes, fewer readmissions, and lower mortality rates -- a win for healthcare systems, families, and communities."

Reid also received the American Heart Association's Target: Stroke Honor Roll EliteSM award. To qualify, hospitals must meet specific criteria that reduce the time between an eligible patient's arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster alteplase.

Additionally, Reid received the association's Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll award. The recognition aims to ensure patients with Type 2 diabetes, who might be at higher risk for complications, receive the most up-to-date, evidence-based care when hospitalized due to stroke.

About Get With The Guidelines®

Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 12 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org.

IU East's Interim Chancellor Michelle Malott Begins New Role

Posted July 14, 2022

Supplied Photo:  Michelle MalottMichelle Malott is settling into her new role on campus.

Now into the second full week as Indiana University East Interim Chancellor, Malott has completed the move across campus from her office in Whitewater Hall. Her office has been in IU East's original campus building since she first joined the university in 2016 as executive vice chancellor of Academic Affairs in 2016.

Malott began her role as interim chancellor July 1. She was named in March 2022 as IU East's interim chancellor following the retirement of IU East's sixth chancellor Kathy Girten. Girten retired on June 30, 2022 after serving for nine years.

"I am humbled by the opportunity to serve in this role," Malott said. "I will strive to provide stability and continuity for our campus while the search for a permanent chancellor is conducted. I am looking forward to working with our dedicated, caring staff and faculty as we prepare to welcome both returning and new students to campus next month and guide them through a successful year."

As interim chancellor, Malott provides leadership for the academic, student, financial, development, and administrative aspects of the campus in coordination with Indiana University administration other regional campuses.

Malott is well prepared for the role of interim chancellor. In the year leading up to the start of her new role, she has taken on additional responsibilities for the campus as the deputy interim chancellor from August 2021 to June 2022 as Girten also served as interim chancellor of IU Southeast, a role she held since August 2021.

Susan Sciame-Giesecke, vice president of Regional Campuses and Online Education, selected Malott for the position in late March 2021.

I have come to know Michelle very well during this past year and I have been so impressed, said following Malott's appointment. "She is a proven leader with significant experience. She is well versed in the needs of the campus, and she will provide continuity during this transition."

Many of the responsibilities fell under Malott's purview as executive vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, the senior administrative role on campus. As the executive vice chancellor, Malott provides academic leadership with the responsibility to plan and administer all aspects of IU East's programs, activities, personnel and budget in the instructional and academic support areas. She works closely with the deans, directors, faculty, staff and student leaders to provide quality educational programs and services consistent with the campus mission.

Malott received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences (Biochemistry) from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and her Bachelor of Science in Biosciences from the University of Windsor, located in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Following the completion of her doctorate, Malott was a research fellow in the Cancer Research Division at Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis.

Malott serves on the board for Girls, Inc. and is a committee member of Forward Wayne County.

Before coming to IU East in 2016, Malott was a professor of Biosciences and held the positions of dean of the College of Science, Health, and the Environment and interim provost at Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Malott and her husband, Michael, dedicate much of their time to the rescue of unwanted and senior dogs, and currently share their home with three dogs.

COVID-19 Vaccines for Kids Ages 6 Months to 4 Years Now Available at Residency Clinic

Posted July 12, 2022

Reid Health now has COVID-19 vaccines available for children ages 6 months to 4 years old.

Federal health officials recently approved vaccines for the youngest age group, recommending everyone 6 months and older receive at least a primary series of vaccinations.

Reid Health has the Pfizer version of the COVID-19 vaccine. For kids 6 months to 4 years old, the primary series consists of three shots, with three weeks between the first two doses and at least eight weeks between the second and third.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), children and teens of any age have the potential to become seriously ill or experience long-term effects from COVID-19. Vaccination defends them from the virus without having to take the risk that immunity gained from infection poses. Getting vaccinated also means any breakthrough infection that might occur will likely result in more mild symptoms.

Although children who have underlying medical conditions are more at risk for severe complications from COVID-19 than others, the CDC says about one in three of those younger than 18 who have been hospitalized because of the virus had no underlying conditions.

Getting your child vaccinated not only protects themselves but also your family and all those who come into contact with your child who might be more vulnerable such as older family members, caregivers, teachers and staff members at school or daycare, or even others their own age who might be immunocompromised.

Anyone who'd like to receive their primary series of vaccinations or who's eligible for a booster shot can get the vaccine for FREE at the Reid Health Residency Clinic, 795 Sim Hodgin Parkway in Richmond.

Walk-ins are welcome from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon Friday. Appointments can be made for those hours by calling Reid's COVID-19 Hotline at (765) 965-4200. The hotline is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. seven days a week.

Indiana residents can find other nearby vaccination sites and schedule a time at those locations by going to ourshot.in.gov. Ohio residents should use gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov.

INDOT announces next call for Community Crossings Matching Grants

Posted July 12, 2022

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The Indiana Department of Transportation is now accepting applications for the Summer 2022 Call for Projects for the Community Crossings Matching Grant Program. The window is open now through Wednesday, August 31, 2022, at 5 p.m. ET.

Community Crossings is open to all local government units in the State of Indiana.

  • Cities and towns with a population of fewer than 10,000 will receive funds using a 75/25 match.
  • Cities and towns with a population of greater than 10,000 will receive funds using a 50/50 match.
  • Counties with a population of fewer than 50,000 will receive funds using a 75/25 match.
  • Counties with a population of greater than 50,000 will receive funds using a 50/50 match.

Since 2016, the state has awarded more than $1 billion in matching funds to support local road and bridge projects across Indiana. Long-term funding for Community Crossings is part of House Enrolled Act 1002, passed by the legislature and signed into law by Gov. Holcomb in April 2017.

All application materials must be submitted by Wednesday, August 31, 2022, at 5 p.m. ET to be considered. Communities receiving funding for projects will be notified in late winter or early spring.

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Senior Adult Ministry July Meeting

Posted July 12, 2022

Senior Adult Ministry invites seniors 50+ years to a pitch-in picnic at Veteran's Memorial Park in Richmond on Tuesday, July 26, at 6 p.m.

Future monthly programs for 2022 include Everyone's birthday, a UNO tournament, and Beautiful candles: how it's done. Meetings are held the last Tuesday of each month.

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

For further information, call 765-962-4357 or check our Facebook page.

Chanticleer String Quartet Announces Schedule

Posted July 8, 2022

The Chanticleer String Quartet has announced the schedule for the 46th Summer Music Festival. Everyone is welcome at these concerts. Admission is free!

Supplied Flyer:  2022 Chanticleer String Quartet Schedule

LifeStream Services Welcomes Dementia Advocate, Trainer Teepa Snow for Workshop

Posted July 8, 2022

Supplied Photo:  Teepa SnowLifeStream Services is proud to host Teepa Snow for a full-day educational workshop for professionals and caregivers at Purdue Polytechnic Center in Anderson on Thursday, August 11. Teepa Snow is one of the world's leading advocates and educators for anyone living with dementia or other forms of brain change. She is an Occupational Therapist with over forty years of rich and varied clinical and academic experience.

Teepa will spend the day educating attendees on two important topics: Brain Changes in Dementia and Using a Positive Approach to Dementia Care. Sessions will improve the learner's understanding of the brain changes that occur during the process of dementia with the goal of providing knowledge, skills and attitudes that will change daily outcomes of dementia care. Additional information for the workshop, as well as participant and vendor registration, can be found at lifestreaminc.org/teepasnow.

LifeStream is East Central Indiana's Dementia Friends Administrator. Those who are interested in learning more or becoming a Dementia Friend can attend the Dementia Friends Information Session held on the second Tuesday of the month from 1:00pm to 2:00pm via Zoom. Register for an upcoming session at dementiafriendsindiana.org/events-calendar/

Learn more about Caregiver Services and become a Dementia Friend by visiting website lifestreaminc.org/initiatives/#dementia or contact Hollyn Anderson, Caregiver Programs Coordinator, at handerson@lifestreaminc.org or (765) 425-8472.

For more information on the Teepa Snow Workshop, contact Angie Jenkins, Outreach Coordinator, at 765-748-6994 or ajenkins@lifestreaminc.org.

Reid Advanced Heart Failure Center at 1,000 Enrollees and Counting

Posted July 8, 2022

Reid Health's Advanced Heart Failure Center recently celebrated a milestone in helping patients who are living with heart failure, passing 1,000 enrollees in the program.

The clinic works with those who have advanced heart failure to help them feel better and live longer. Treatment is tailored to each patient's needs, guiding them from evaluation to education to stabilization.

Through the program, patients are better able to take control of their condition, improve their quality of life and life expectancy, and prevent unnecessary and costly emergency room and inpatient hospital treatments.

"We work with our patients to teach them how to slow the progression of their disease," said Cardiologist Rubinder Dab, MD. "Together, we can help them enjoy fuller, longer lives."

Those who have been diagnosed with advanced heart failure are potential candidates for the clinic. Once enrolled, patients work with specialized navigators to learn how to manage their condition and what changes to look for in their symptoms that could lead to possible hospitalization. Navigators also are available to help patients get easy and prompt access to care should it be needed.

If you have been diagnosed with heart failure, ask your doctor about the Reid Advanced Heart Failure Center. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call (765) 962-1337, ext. 6435.

Wayne County ATHENA Leadership Award Recipients Announced

Posted July 8, 2022

Wayne Bank and Indiana University East have selected this year's ATHENA Award recipients. Tracie Robinson is the recipient of the ATHENA Leadership Award® and Roxie Deer is the ATHENA Young Professional recipient. The Girl Scouts of Wayne County Service Unit is the recipient of the ATHENA Organizational Leadership Award.

The awards will be presented to the recipients at the annual dinner at 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 18, at Forest Hills Country Club, located at 2169 South 23rd Street in Richmond, Indiana.

The recipients are presented a hand-cast, bronze and crystal sculpture that symbolizes the strength, courage and wisdom of ATHENA recipients.

The ATHENA Leadership Award® is presented to an exemplary leader who has achieved excellence in their business or profession, served the community in a meaningful way and, most importantly, actively assisted women to achieve their full leadership potential. The event recognizes women leaders who motivate, inspire and create positive change in the community. Previous award recipients include Mary Jo Clark, Jackie Carberry, Kim Poinsett, Angie Dickman, Janis Buhl-Macy, and Melissa Vance.

Robinson of Richmond, Indiana, is a sales manager and associate broker at Better Homes and Gardens First Realty Group. Currently, she is the president of the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Wayne County. Robinson has been a six-year member of the board and has also served as first and second vice president and on many of its committees. She is also the vice president of the Cope Environmental Center Board of Directors, president of the Historic Richmond Depot District, co-director of the Depot Festival of Trees, a board member for the Midwest Music and Heritage Trail, board member of Wayne County Revolving Loan Fund, a member for the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce Awards, Celebrations and Events committee, the Economic Development Corporation marketing committee and a member of Tri Kappa Delta Zeta philanthropic sorority.

She is a past board president of the Richmond Board of Realtors, Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce board president, Economic Development Corporation board president, Every Child Can Read and Third Grade Academy board member of which she is now a volunteer, and she was a non-profit coordinator for InConcert.

Supplied Photo:  Tracie Robinson is the recipient of the ATHENA Leadership Award®. From left to right: JoAnn Spurlock, Tracie Robinson, Alicia Painter, and Paula Kay King.
Tracie Robinson is the recipient of the ATHENA Leadership Award®. From left to right: JoAnn Spurlock, Tracie Robinson, Alicia Painter, and Paula Kay King.

The ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award actively supports and celebrates the ATHENA mission of supporting, developing and honoring women leaders, inspiring women to achieve their full potential—creating balance in leadership worldwide. ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Nominees are 18-35 years age. Nominees are emerging women leaders who demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession. Provides valuable service to improve the quality of life for others in their community. Clearly serves as a role model for young women both personally and professionally. Previous award recipients include Jessie Pilewski and Ashley Sieb.

Deer of Richmond, Indiana, is the director of membership and education for the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of Helping Young Professionals Engage (HYPE) and the Wayne County ambassador to Forge Your Path Eastern Central Indiana. She is a board member for A Better Way for Genesis, the Winter Meltdown Festival, serves as the board chair for the Housing Authority for the City of Richmond, a board member of DIVA, and serves as secretary and committee chair for Whitewater Community Television and Tri Kappa Delta Zeta. In 2021, she established the Deer Family Fund to raise money to support women battling breast cancer in the Wayne County community.

Supplied Photo:  Roxie Deer is the recipient of the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award. From left to right: Paula Kay King, Theresa Lindsey, Roxie Deer and JoAnn Spurlock.
Roxie Deer is the recipient of the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award. From left to right: Paula Kay King, Theresa Lindsey, Roxie Deer and JoAnn Spurlock.

This is the first year the ATHENA Organizational Leadership Award is presented in Wayne County. The award actively supports and celebrates the ATHENA mission of supporting, developing and honoring women leaders, inspiring women to achieve their full potential—creating balance in leadership worldwide. ATHENA organizational nominees are business or organizations, in the profit or non-profit sectors – who create an organizational culture that encourages women employees to achieve their full leadership potential or gives back to the larger community of women and girls by providing and/ or supporting leadership development opportunities and initiatives.

The Girl Scouts of Wayne County Service Unit is the inaugural recipient of the ATHENA Organizational Leadership award. Girl Scouts is a program with the mission of helping girls to build courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts throughout Wayne County are committed to working to help others, being resourceful and offering companionship and friendship to others.

The Wayne County Service Unit hosts events such as day camps, cookie rallies, World Thinking Day celebrations, award ceremonies, and service projects. This year there were over 850 boxes of cookies donated to Wayne County first responders, food pantries and military service members.

Supplied Photo: Roxie Deer is the recipient of the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award. From left to right: Paula Kay King, Theresa Lindsey, Roxie Deer and JoAnn Spurlock.
Girl Scouts of Wayne County Service Unit are the recipients of the ATHENA Organizational Leadership Award. From left to right: Whitney Burkhart, Ella Summitt, Mallory Summitt, JoAnn Spurlock, Jessica Oswalt, Ashley Burkhart and Paula Kay King.
About the Leadership Award® Awards

Wayne Bank and IU East are honored to bring and sponsor this award to Wayne County, established locally in 2014. Proceeds benefit local organizations dedicated to serving leadership building for women of all ages.

The program is facilitated locally by Wayne Bank and Indiana University East, licensed ATHENA host organizations. Nominations are sought throughout the community and recipients are selected by a diverse group of community leaders based on the criteria above.

ATHENA Leadership Award® recipients hail from all professional sectors. The award's rich history, international scope and emphasis on mentorship make this award unique and amongst the most prestigious leadership awards one can receive.

About ATHENA International

Founded over 30 years ago, ATHENA International is a women's leadership organization that supports, develops and honors women leaders through the programs it administers. ATHENA's flagship program, the ATHENA Leadership Award® Program, has honored over 7,000 women leaders from hundreds of cities and eight countries since its inception in 1982.

To RSVP visit waynecoathena.com or contact Dana Henderson at (765) 259-0205. For more information about the dinner including sponsorship opportunities, contact JoAnn Spurlock, vice president, director of operations at Wayne Bank, at (765) 259-0209 or jspurlock@waynebnk.com or Paula Kay King, director of Gift Development at IU East, at (765) 973-8331 or pkayking@iue.edu.

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