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Reid Center Fundraiser to Feature The Trio, featuring Jazz Drummer, Jeff Hamilton

Posted October 17, 2022

Richmond native and world-class drummer and Jazz musician Jeff Hamilton will return to his roots to present a fund-raising concert at 7:30 pm, Friday, November 11, 2022 at The Reid Center (the historic Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church), 1004 North A Street, Richmond, IN.

Supplied Photo:  Jeff Hamilton TrioThe Jeff Hamilton Trio will perform at the fundraiser as part of the Reid Center's ongoing efforts to support its evolving role as a community arts center. Tickets for the event are $50 and available online (Tickets.ReidCenter.org) and at the Wayne County Convention and Visitors Bureau. A reception for attendees will follow the performance.

Hamilton, whose career spans five decades, has played with noteworthy bands and musicians including the New Tommy Orchestra, where he got his first big break in 1974. He performed with the late musical greats Ella Fitzgerald, Rosemary Clooney and Woody Herman. Hamilton and his musical partner, bassist John Clayton, formed the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and traveled exclusively with Jazz singer Diana Krall. More than 200 recordings by numerous musical greats such as Barbra Streisand, Natalie Cole and Mel Torme included Hamilton on the drums.

Hamilton recalls that he grew up in Richmond listening to his parents' big band records and began playing drums with Oscar Peterson records. He attended Indiana University and studied with John Van Ohlen. Among drummers who influenced him, Hamilton credits Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, Mel Lewis, "Philly" Joe Jones and Shelly Manne. Supplied Photo:  Jeff Hamilton on DrumsHe accepted a position Manne vacated in the L.A.4 band with Ray Brown, Bud Shank and Laurindo Almeida, where some of the six records by that group featured Hamilton's own compositions and arrangements.

Reviewers have praised Hamilton's dynamic drumming as "technically accomplished" and featuring "sensitivity and sizzle." He appeared in Natalie Cole's Great Performances PBS special, Unforgettable, and an Oscar Peterson documentary, Life in the Key of Oscar. Along with recording and performing throughout the world, Hamilton also teaches, arranges and composes.

The Reid Center was created to preserve the historic 1906 Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church. The Reid Center's mission includes a commitment to diversity, equity, access and inclusion. The organization's leadership envisions the Center, in its quest to become a cultural venue of choice, will serve as both an educational and historical destination for visitors and a source of community pride. Along with its Louis Comfort Tiffany windows and interior design, the Reid Center features a 1905 Hook and Hastings pipe organ (Boston, MA) and a 1902 Starr Piano Company 9-foot concert grand piano (Richmond, IN). A variety of ongoing and free musical concerts for the public have featured both instruments at The Reid Center, which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

This event was made possible with generous support from the Wayne County Foundation and many community donors and volunteers.

Black & White Ball - Honoring Our Veterans

Posted October 17, 2022

Poster: Black and White Ball

Townsend Community Center, Inc. presents the Black and White Ball, Honoring Our Veterans on Saturday, October 29, 2022 from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the American Legion Post 65, 109 N. 6th Street, Richmond, Indiana.

Featuring the Gem City Platinum Band! Tickets are $35 or Tables for $300. Tickets may be purchased by calling 765.488.2042 or 765.977.5057.

Learn More About COPD, Diabetes at Events in November

Posted October 31, 2022

Tips for living with a pair of chronic diseases will be the topics of conversation at November's Medical Monday and Thriving Thursday events.

First up is Thriving Thursday on Nov. 10 at the Fayette County Senior Center where the topic will be "Living with Diabetes" presented by Tracey Dingwerth, RN, a certified diabetes educator for Reid Health. The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the center, 477 N. Grand Ave. in Connersville.

Anthony Vacca, DO, of Reid Pulmonary Care will present "Treating COPD" at Medical Monday on Nov. 14 at Central United Methodist Church, 1425 E. Main St. in Richmond. That event will begin at 1 p.m.

Both 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.

CIMT Camp Helps Kids with Hemiplegia Learn to Use, Love Both Hands

Posted October 31, 2022

Supplied Photo:  Reid Health put on its first Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) camp during the first week in August.At first, it sounds like any other summer camp. Five days in August spent enjoying games and other activities around a common theme -- in this case "Under the Sea." There was a pirate day, a fish day, a beach day, and more.

But this wasn't your typical camp. For one, it took place at a healthcare facility, Reid Health's Rehabilitation Services building on Chester Boulevard in Richmond.

For another, its participants were all wearing casts much of the time.

Reid put on its first Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) camp during the first week in August. For the eight children who participated, it was a few days of fun meant to help them regain movement and strength in limbs affected by medical conditions such as cerebral palsy or brachial plexus injuries.

CIMT is a highly researched method for effectively treating children with unilateral hemiplegia, which is an impaired use of one arm. Children with the condition often compensate by completing tasks one-handed, which can lead to permanent changes in brain development and decrease their independence.

In CIMT, a child's dominant arm is put in a removable cast to encourage them to use their affected limb during play and everyday tasks. Even though much of the camp involves one-handed activities, the goal is for children to confidently use both of their hands in their daily life, so during Reid's camp, kids did a variety of activities, some with the casts on and others with them off.

"We did crafts, bimanual activities, and gross motor activities working on balance and coordination of the entire body," said Megan Smith, PT, Pediatric Therapy Manager for Reid Health. "The camp environment allowed us to work with the children for multiple days and multiple hours in the day.

"This concentrated 'dosage' of therapy is important for helping the kids make large, lasting gains in function."

"There are some families who will travel to CIMT camps because it's a unique offering. You don't find this at every pediatric rehab facility for sure." -- Megan Smith, Reid Health Pediatric Therapy Manager

The kids who came to the camp were given pre- and post-testing to measure their progress. Standardized tests showed all the children made improvements in movement quality and frequency of use of their affected arm.

This first camp was the idea of Reid Health Occupational Therapist Stephanie Van Slyke, who researched the effects of CIMT in a camp setting and saw its potential to benefit her young patients. It was made possible by a donation from the Reid Health Foundation.

Smith and Van Slyke have plans for growing the camp in the coming years and expanding enrollment beyond Reid's eight-county service area in East Central Indiana and West Central Ohio.

"We're really hoping to open it up to people from outside our typical service area," Smith said. "There are some families who will travel to CIMT camps because it's a unique offering. You don't find this at every pediatric rehab facility for sure."

To learn more about CIMT at Reid Health, go to reidhealth.org/pediatric-therapy or call (765) 983-3092.

Fall Foliage 5k/10k

Posted October 3, 2022

On Your Marks, Get Set, Race through the Woods!

Cope Environmental Center Fall Foliage 5k/10k will be on Saturday, October 29th. Registration will begin at 7:30am and the race will start at 9am.

The course winds through our 130 acres of beautiful wetlands, woodlands, and prairie, giving competitors a gorgeous view as they make their way through the course.

This race is open to runners and walkers alike; however, we do ask that walkers participate in the 5k course as opposed to the 10k course.

The Fall Foliage 5k/10k is a part of the Wayne County Challenge. Those finishing in the first 10 places will receive Wayne County Challenge points in accordance with Wayne County Challenge point distribution.

Pre-registration is required on or before October 14th to be guaranteed a race long sleeve t-shirt. Visit www.wcchallenge.org or register online at www.active.com

Diabetes Awareness Event Will Feature Former NFL Player

Posted November 2, 2022

Supplied Photo:  Former NFL player Ottis Anderson will be the guest speaker at Reid Health's 14th Annual Diabetes Event.Former NFL player Ottis Anderson -- a two-time Super Bowl champion with the New York Giants -- is coming to Richmond for Reid Health's 14th Annual Diabetes Event in November.

Anderson, who himself is living with diabetes, will be the guest speaker at the event on Wednesday, Nov. 9 in Lingle Grand Hall on Reid's main campus.

"Diabetes can affect anyone, even elite athletes such as Ottis," said Ashlee Pax, Clinical Nutrition Manager for Reid Health. "We hope everyone who comes will feel supported and be reminded of how important it is to be aware of the disease and how to manage it."

Reid's annual event comes during American Diabetes Month and seeks to raise awareness about the disease. It will run 5-7 p.m. with healthy hors d'oeuvres and light desserts served.

Attendees will be able to meet with healthcare professionals who provide care to those with diabetes, including Reid's Diabetes and Nutrition Education team that was recently recognized by the American Diabetes Association as well as staff from the Reid Endocrinology Center.

Those who are interested in attending must RSVP by Monday, Nov. 7 by calling (765) 983-7961.

Community Invited to Celebrate New Connersville Facility at Big Build Bash! Event

Posted October 19, 2022

Everyone is invited to Roberts Park in Connersville on Saturday, October 22 for a day of family fun, food, and music hosted by Reid Health.

The Big Build Bash! will celebrate the start of Reid's work to build a replacement campus in the city. Reid officials recently announced the $100 million project that will see a 177,000-square-foot facility built over the next two years on the former Kmart property, 2500 Park Road.

Running 2-8 p.m., the Big Build Bash! will include face painting, pumpkin decorating, touch-a-truck, and a free concert from the Sean Lamb and Janet Miller Band, which will begin at 5 p.m.

Local vendors and artisans also will be on hand, including The Pixie Sifter, The Lost Peddler, Ky's Kreations, Jimmie D's Food Truck, Tomasino's Bakery, Brooke's Creative Designs, and more. Representatives from 15 Reid departments will have information about existing services, plus Reid Administration will have a booth for community members to ask questions about the building project.

In conjunction with the celebration, Kunkel's Drive-in will host a cruise-in at their location -- 2402 Park Road -- from noon to 3 p.m. The event will feature a live DJ, 50/50 raffle, fun prizes, and awards.

There also will be a cornhole tournament at Roberts Park beginning at 1 p.m. Registration will be walk-up, and participants should bring their own bags.

"We can't wait to celebrate with the community this weekend," said Craig Kinyon, Reid Health President/CEO. "This is an exciting time for all of us at Reid Health, and we hope the community shares in that excitement."

The new outpatient facility will include an Emergency Department with a helipad, radiology and laboratory services, and a mix of primary and specialty care options for patients. Some of those services will include cardiology, oncology, OB/GYN, orthopedic, cardio-pulmonary rehab, podiatry, rehab services (physical therapy and occupational therapy), audiology, sleep disorder, wound healing, and ear, nose, and throat.

Regular updates about the replacement campus project will be available on the Reid Health website at reidhealth.org/buildup. In addition to news about construction timelines, planned healthcare services to be available once the new building opens, and celebration events, residents can submit questions about the project through that page.

Top Economist to Speak on Capitalism, Gross Output for School of Business and Economics Fall Speaker Series

Posted October 19, 2022

A major influencer in the world of free-market economics and founder of the concept called Gross Output is the featured presenter of the Indiana University East School of Business and Economics Fall Speaker Series this October.

Mark Skousen will give two different lectures scheduled for Wednesday, October 26, and Thursday, October 27. Both talks are free and open to the public.

"The topics presented have a microeconomics focus and a macroeconomic focus," said event organizer Feler Bose of IU East. He is an associate professor of economics and finance for the IU East School of Business and Economics.

Bose said will give his first campus lecture at 11 a.m. October 26 on the topic "What's Better than Democratic Socialism? Democratic Capitalism!" in Vivian Hall, located in Whitewater Hall.

Skousen will deliver his keynote address on macro economics titled, "What Drives the Economy: Consumer Spending, Business Investment, or Government Stimulus?" at 12:30 p.m. October 27 in Whitewater Hall, Room 132.

The Fall Speaker Series is sponsored by the Charles Koch Foundation and co-sponsored by Delta Mu Delta, the IU East Center for Economic Education and the IU East Business and Economic Research Center.

Skousen, Ph.D., is an investment expert, university professor and author of more than 25 books – including The Big Three in Economics, Maxims of Wall Street and Investing in One Lesson.

His wide range of jobs and achievements include serving as editor-in-chief of the investment newsletter Forecasts & Strategies, writing columns for Forbes Magazine and being the former president of the non-profit Foundation for Economic Education.

He also has worked as an analyst for the CIA and led for-profit companies.

He runs the website mskousen.com and is the founder of the annual FreedomFest.

Bose said Skousen offers some interesting economic points to consider: "In the current macroeconomic climate of recession and uncertainty, I believe it would be interesting to see how his measure called Gross Output measures how the economy is doing."

Skousen believes gross output is more comprehensive than Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and was first introduced as a macroeconomic tool in his work The Structure of Production in 1990.

Gross Domestic Product measures the value of the final goods and services produced in the United States and has long been considered the most popular indicator of overall economic health.

"GDP leaves out the supply chain and business to business transactions in the production of intermediate inputs," Skousen said in an article on his website. "That's a big part of the economy, bigger than GDP itself. GO includes B2B activity that is vital to the production process. No one should ignore what is going on in the supply chain of the economy."

Bose illustrates the concept of GO with the following measurement of a person's health by his or her weight. "A 300-pound person only gives us some information," Bose said. "That person could be overweight or a bodybuilder. Having other measures, say height with weight, would give a better understanding of a person's health. For this reason, GO and GDP would be helpful to know."

Skousen believes GO is "the missing piece in the macroeconomic puzzle."

In acknowledgment of his concept, the federal government (the Bureau of Economic Analysis) began publishing gross output as the "top line" in national income accounting every quarter along with GDP (the "bottom line").

His keynote talk will touch on the roles of entrepreneurship, innovation, technology, savings and capital investment in growth, and why consumption and government depend on a vibrant business sector.

During the October 26 event, Skousen will begin his first lecture with a discussion on the appeal of socialism, especially to students, then will use economic tools to analyze the pros and cons of socialistic policies such as free college education and single-payer healthcare. He will then introduce an alternative model which involves the 'stakeholder' philosophy of 'democratic capitalism,' and give modern-day examples of its success.

Bose said many people don't always understand what the terms socialist and capitalist mean in economic terms.

"For example, many say Nordic countries are socialist, but in fact they rank highly in the Economic Freedom of the World Index, indicating they are capitalist," Bose said. "I am certainly interested in learning about his alternate way of looking at this topic … and how he applies it."

The Fall Speaker Series is available to watch online at the IU East School of Business and Economics website at iue.edu/business/index.html.

For more information on the speaker series, contact Feler Bose, associate professor of economics and finance, at bosef@iu.edu.

Local Volunteers Honored with Golden Hoosier Award

Posted October 19, 2022

Carol Smith of Jay County and Romaine DeLucio of Wayne County were two of 20+ older adults to receive the Golden Hoosier Award from the State of Indiana in September. The Golden Hoosier Award acknowledges outstanding Indiana senior citizens for the impact they have made on the lives of others and their entire community. The award is the highest honor given to a senior in Indiana.

Carol Smith and Jodi Johnson of Wayne County were the recipients of the LifeStream Golden Hoosier Award and Romaine DeLucio along with Mildred Shepherd of Grant County were recognized as runners-up for the LifeStream Golden Hoosier Award. The LifeStream Golden Hoosier Award is announced in the Spring and acknowledges outstanding volunteerism among senior citizens in LifeStream's 12 county service area including Blackford, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Grant, Henry, Jay, Madison, Randolph, Rush, Union, and Wayne counties. LifeStream then nominates the recipients and runner-up candidates for the statewide Golden Hoosier Award.

About Carol Smith

Nominated by: Dana Pierce, LifeStream Services
Carol cares deeply about her neighbors, her community, and her church. Carol became a member of our volunteer team in March 2020, just at the onset of the pandemic. She enlisted the help of her fellow church members and dove right in, organizing the Second Harvest Food distribution for seniors in the church's common room. The community's first encounter was in the form of shopping. She organized volunteers to assist participants in shopping and aided in getting the goods to their automobiles.

The following distribution had to be changed because the pandemic had arrived. There was a demand for drive-through food distribution. Carol gathered the volunteers once more and launched the hugely successful drive-through food distribution serving over 100 households. Always keeping in mind where the line would begin, how to communicate with the volunteers, and how to keep everyone safe. Carol stated in an interview, "the first thing the participants receive when they arrive is a smile. Many of those that come to the distribution live alone and probably don't receive the gift of a smile too often". She went on to say "We get a blessing from all over, from the people that come to get something, but actually, they give us something, as it is a joy to be with them and do that".

Carol shares her time with many other types of organizations as well. She is a member of Asbury choir for 61 years, and Asbury Handbell Director for, 27 years. Creator/Chairperson of Community Thanksgiving Dinner-ongoing- now in our 32nd year. Chairperson of multiple church committees- 15 years. Created a back-to-school program assisting families in the community with back-to-school needs. Created Giving Christmas Tree assisting families in the community with clothes/toys/gifts for adults as well as kids. She kept all identities private to preserve their self-esteem. Fair Booth – 30 years. Had a booth at the county fair set up with chairs, a checkerboard, a water cooler, and a guessing game of fish crackers. The theme was "Fishers of Men". Fairgoers could sit and get a cool drink at their leisure; teenagers played games of checkers (one mother commented she had not seen her two teenagers playing a game together in years), and the guessing game consisted of guessing how many crackers were in the jar. The winner received a new tackle box and reel. It was a meeting place for many families. Head of Asbury Fellowship time – 15 years. Aware everyone is born with an "I" on their back as all want to know they are important. Created a birthday card program where cards were signed by church staff and mailed at the proper time. Created monthly birthday celebration with cake & balloons naming all having birthdays that month and honoring them. Co-chair of meals for funeral dinners – 5 years and ongoing.

About Romaine DeLucio

Nominated by: Shara Short, Reid Health
Romaine has been a volunteer at Reid Health for an outstanding 41 years. During this time Romaine has assisted in the Print Shop, Library, Special Projects, and Fundraisers. Romaine has also served on our Auxiliary Board as the President and Ways and Means Chair for several terms. Within these positions, Romaine has been a big help in several departments in assisting in many office tasks.

In her service on the Board, she assisted in coordinating the Auxiliary Fundraisers. She is always willing to offer extra help for special events. Romaine is also the 2006 Lifetime Award Recipient chosen by her fellow volunteers to be recognized for her many years of service excellence. She is a glowing example of what it means to give back.

Carol and Romaine are two of many volunteers who make a difference across the state of Indiana and beyond. LifeStream relies on volunteers to assist in a variety of ways including passing out meals at the café sites, making calls and visits to lonely older adults, crocheting or knitting gifts for clients, conducting administrative office tasks, and more. Those interested in volunteering with LifeStream Services can learn more by visiting lifestreaminc.org/support/volunteer or contact Laura Bray, Volunteer Services Administrator, by calling 765-759-3372 or email lbray@lifestreaminc.org.

IU East Adds Two New Online Degree Programs in Applied Statistics and Actuarial Sciences

Posted October 17, 2022

Supplied Photo:  IU East's School of Natural Science and Mathematics will add two new online degree programs. The B.S. in Applied Statistics and a B.S. in Actuarial Sciences are open for enrollment beginning the spring 2023 semester. Indiana University East's School of Natural Science and Mathematics (NSM) will soon offer two new online degree programs in the mathematical sciences. In addition to the existing Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, students will be able to enroll in a B.S. in Applied Statistics and a B.S. in Actuarial Sciences beginning spring 2023. Both programs are specialized areas within the mathematical sciences and are offered online.

The two new programs are offered as a collaboration between the regional campuses of Indiana University.

"Students in this online program will have access to the skills and expertise from faculty across the state, from Gary to New Albany, without ever needing to set foot on any campus," said Markus Pomper, dean of the NSM at IU East. "At the same time, IU East will provide its personalized services to our online students, from advising and financial aid, online student clubs, research with faculty, to career counseling."

The B.S. in Actuarial Sciences is designed to prepare students for a sequence of professional exams by the Society of Actuaries. Actuaries typically find employment in the insurance or in the financial sector, where they use mathematical tools in order to price the financial assets that are dependent on uncertain future events. An actuary might work in banking and perform capital management and risk analysis, or they might work with a pension fund to determine what contributions need to be made in the present in order to be able to pay pensions for future retirees.

The B.S. in Applied Statistics will provide students with the ability to analyze data and to develop statistical models. They design studies involving large data sets, use mathematical tools to develop statistical models, and use software packages to assist analyzing the data. Statisticians may design drug trials for the pharmaceutical industry, or model the spread of diseases for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), or may help build weather and climate forecasts.

Young You, associate professor of mathematics at IU East, is equally excited about the career prospects of the campus' future graduates.

"With the advent of decision-making based on data, applied statistics and actuarial sciences have been the backbone of state-of-the-art AI technology like machine learning or data science," You said. "Applied statistics and actuarial sciences graduates in data-driven areas will have a competitive advantage in the knowledge economy. Government agencies, insurance companies and the pharmaceutical industry, as well as the AI industry, are all vying for graduates with this skill set."

About the IU East School of Natural Science and Mathematics

The IU East School of Natural Science and Mathematics offers baccalaureate and graduate degrees and programs in biochemistry, human life science, mathematics, sustainability studies and general studies. Students have access to the most modern techniques and research facilities, opportunities to pursue independent research projects and to learn from faculty mentors one-on-one. For more information, visit https://www.iue.edu/nsm/index.html.

About IU East Online Programs

IU East's online degree programs offer the high quality of an Indiana University degree to students throughout Indiana, nationally and internationally. IU East offers 52 options for students to complete a bachelor's degree or certificate online in English with an emphasis in Technical and Professional Writing, Mathematics, Natural Science and Mathematics with a Mathematics Concentration, Communication Studies, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Political Science, Psychology, General Studies, an R.N. to B.S.N. Mobility Option, and more. IU East also offers a Graduate Certificate in Composition Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Mathematics.

13th Annual Haunted Museum

A not-too-scary Halloween experience!

Posted October 10, 2022

Supplied Graphic:  2022 Haunted Museum

When: October 14, 15, 21 and 22 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Where: Wayne County Historical Museum 1150 N. A St. Richmond, IN

We have accessible parking in the rear parking lot located at S. 11th Street and B street. The Museum building is accessible via ramp located on the East side of the building. Please let us know at least 24 hours prior to your visit if additional accommodations are necessary.

Admission: $8 adults, $5 for kids 6-17, $6 Seniors/Military, Age 5 and under FREE,
Members FREE

Description: It's time for our 13th Annual Haunted Museum!

Background: Haunted Museum will work two ways this year!

1. From October 7th - October 29th 9:30 - 4:00 pm Tuesday-Friday and Noon – 4:00 pm Saturday, visitors can enjoy the museum decorated for Halloween and children will receive a prepackaged bag of treats and take-along activities at the end of their visit!

2. October 14th , 15th , 21st and 22nd from 6:00 – 9:00 pm will be our traditional Haunted Museum evenings. Costumes are encouraged! Visitors will receive a prepackaged bag of treats and take-along activities at the end of their visit!

We will have Ghouliana on hand for story time, our resident Mad Scientist will thrill you with a Halloween inspired activity, and we will have themed activities such as Mummy Bowling for families to enjoy.
***Masks are recommended but not required.

Now's the Time to Get Your COVID-19 Booster and Flu Shots

Posted October 10, 2022

With colder days ahead that'll force activities and events to move indoors, federal health officials are urging everyone to get their COVID-19 vaccinations and flu shots now.

Whether you still need your primary series of COVID-19 vaccinations or a booster dose, it's recommended you also get your flu shot during the same visit, if possible. Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say experience has shown the body's immune response and possible side effects are generally the same whether you get one type of vaccine at a time or two.

Getting your shots now will mean you'll be protected ahead of the expected rise in COVID-19 and influenza cases in the coming months.

Updated COVID-19 boosters that are formulated to take on the latest strains of the Omicron variant of the virus as well as the original strain are now available. Both Pfizer and Moderna created new boosters. Although Moderna's version is now in short supply, Pfizer's is made using the same technology and can be used in Moderna's place.

If you haven't been vaccinated for COVID-19 or if you're ready for a booster dose, 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.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturdays.

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.

LifeStream Services Presents New STEP In Branding for Caregiver Programs

Posted October 10, 2022

LifeStream Services, East Central Indiana's Aging and Disability Resource Center and Area Agency on Aging, is proud to roll out the new branding of their caregiver programs. LifeStream's new STEP In Caregiver Programs are a comprehensive way to educate and support family caregivers, care partners, and people with care needs. Caregiver Memory Kits, resource binders, support groups, and evidence-based programs are just a few of the ways LifeStream is here to help you STEP In to caregiving.

"I'm not a caregiver, but I step in to help with Mom sometimes."

"I'm not a caregiver, but I step in to manage my husband's medications and appointments."

"I'm not a caregiver, but I step in to drive my neighbor to the doctor."

If you step in to provide help or assistance to a friend, family member, or loved one – you're a caregiver. LifeStream Services can help with support, transitions, education, and planning for those who STEP In to caregiving.

"More individuals than ever are choosing to age in place and at home, which for many would not be possible without the support of caregivers." shared Mandy Williams, Vice President of Programs Services. "These caregivers do so much on behalf of their loved ones, and LifeStream recognizes that they, too, need education and support. The STEP In program will be a much needed resource for these important people."

Those interested in learning more about STEP In Caregiver Programs and seeking resources can visit their website lifestreaminc.org/caregiver-support or contact Hollyn Neal, Caregiver Programs Coordinator, at hneal@lifestreaminc.org or (765) 425-8472.

Senior Adult Ministry October Meeting

Posted October 10, 2022

Senior Adult Ministry plays UNO at its next meeting on Tuesday, October 25, at 6:00 PM at the First United Methodist Church on National Road West. All skill levels including beginners are welcome. All persons age 50+ are invited.

Bring a snack to share and a friend to the meeting. Senior Adult Ministry is open to all regardless of religious affiliation. Guided by Pastor Judi Marshall, Clara Bulmer and Beverly Kirby, they share their gifts of ministry, hospitality and creativity in planning and organizing the monthly meetings.

For further information, call 765-962-4357

3Rivers Credit Union Employees to Spend Columbus Day Volunteering in the Community

Posted October 10, 2022

Logo:  3 Rivers3Rivers Federal Credit Union will celebrate Columbus Day with a planned a day of service on Monday, October 10. The branches will be closed in observance of the holiday, and over 350 of 3Rivers' team members will be spending their day off volunteering in the community at over 35 non-profit organizations in the region. Fort Wayne locations include an onsite panel build for Habitat for Humanity at 3Rivers headquarters on Lima Road, Community Harvest Food Bank, Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, Science Central, Summit Equestrian Center, The Old Fort, Little River Wetlands Project, Huntertown Ball Park, Dare to Dream Youth Ranch, Blue Jacket, FW Parks Department and FWCS Amp Lab.

Other locations in northeast Indiana and Ohio include: Black Pine Animal Sanctuary, Habitat for Humanity of Kendallville, Forgotten Children Worldwide, Chain O'Lakes State Park, Decatur Parks and Rec, Common Grace Ministries and Agape Ministries in St. Marys Ohio.

In 3Rivers Central Indiana region, team members are volunteering with The Town of Hagerstown, Richmond Parks Department, Adopt-a-Dog in Liberty, Boys and Girls Club of Richmond, Liberty Acres United Rescue Animal Sanctuary, and Heart of Indiana United way Project Linus in Pendleton.

Despite two years of having to adapt to the pandemic with limited and virtual opportunities, this is the 8th year the credit union has observed a federal holiday with a day of service to the community. This is the largest day of service to date, with more volunteers and more community organizations, and is just part of the credit union's ongoing community engagement commitments.

"Giving back to our community – both in time and financial support – is at the heart of our cooperative," says Don Cates, President & CEO of 3Rivers. "On a day when we'd otherwise be closed for business, our team is committed to making an impact in our region, providing over 2,740 collective hours of paid volunteer work at local organizations. In our culture of giving back, Team3 values the time we get to address the diverse needs of the community and helping others connect with those resources."

Boys and Girls Clubs Awarded $20,000 to Fuel Wayne County's Young People's Bold Ambitions

Posted October 10, 2022

Today, Boys and Girls Clubs of Wayne County received a $20,000 grant from the Taco Bell Foundation to support the youth in the Richmond community. The funds will go toward programs geared at local teens like Teen Nights, Keystone, Torch Club, and other programs that educate and inspire the next generation of leaders.

"It's a privilege to partner with the Taco Bell Foundation in educating and inspiring young people nationwide," said Tracy Matheny, Director of Good Character & Citizenship for Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County. "Together, we are working to break down barriers to education for future leaders."

Boys and Girls Clubs of Wayne County is one of more than 400+ youth-serving organizations that will receive a portion of the $7 million in Community Grants presented by the Taco Bell Foundation this year. The grants are an example of the Taco Bell Foundation's mission to break down barriers to education and fuel young people's boldest ambitions.

"Mayer Management is proud that the work we do through our Community Grants program connects teenagers with the resources and opportunities they need to learn and drive change. We are delighted to be able to give back to our hometown by helping support Richmond's teens" said James Mayer, President of Mayer Management Taco Bell Restaurants.

INDOT seeks applicants for Engineering Scholarship Program

Posted October 10, 2022

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is seeking applicants for its Engineering Scholarship Program, available for undergraduate and graduate students. Recipients may receive up to $3,125 per semester, as well as opportunities for paid employment during summer breaks and upon graduation.

Students must be accepted or enrolled full-time in one of Indiana's accredited Civil Engineering schools. The program must also be certified by Indiana's Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Eligible universities with ABET-certified Civil Engineering programs include Purdue University, Purdue University Fort Wayne, Purdue University Northwest, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Trine University, University of Evansville, University of Notre Dame, University of Southern Indiana and Valparaiso University.

INDOT's scholarship program offers $3,125 per semester or $2,083 per trimester for up to five years of post-secondary Civil Engineering education. Scholarship funds may be applied to educational expenses, fees, and books. In return, recipients have the opportunity to work at INDOT in full-time, paid positions during summer breaks and upon graduation.

Learn more about the INDOT Engineering Scholarship Program and the application process at www.INDOTScholarship.IN.gov. Applications for the 2023-2024 school year must be submitted by Saturday, December 31, 2022.

Those with questions may contact Adam Beasley at ABeasley2@indot.in.gov or visit the website listed above.

Reid Health Updates Masking Policy Based on CDC Guidance Changes

Posted October 10, 2022

Recently, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new recommendations for COVID-19 masking in healthcare facilities. This updated guidance allows facilities to modify their masking policies based on community levels and transmission levels of the areas they serve.

Every Thursday, Reid Health will communicate the level of masking that will be in effect the following day, Friday, at 7 a.m. Signage will be placed at all public entrances to Reid buildings, on our website at ReidHealth.org/safe, our social media pages, and other platforms as needed.

"This new guidance from the CDC allows us to take appropriate precautions based on the level of COVID spread we're seeing in the community. When spread is low, we can all enjoy seeing each other's smiling faces again, but when transmission of the virus picks up, we should all be prepared to put our masks back on for the safety of not only ourselves but our loved ones, co-workers, and neighbors." -- Thomas Huth, MD, Vice President of Medical Affairs

The following color codes will be used to communicate the masking requirements.

GREEN

OPTIONAL masking in ALL AREAS of Reid Health facilities

This includes employees, patients, visitors, vendors, and business partners.

YELLOW

UNIVERSAL masking will be required in ALL PATIENT CARE AND PUBLIC AREAS of Reid Health facilities.

RED

UNIVERSAL masking will be required in ALL AREAS of every Reid Health facility.

Reid Health's status starting tomorrow, Oct. 7, at 7 a.m. and running through Thursday, Oct. 13 will be YELLOW.

Regardless of Reid's current masking requirements, precautions for staff interacting with patients identified as actually or potentially having COVID-19 will remain in place.

Even at times when masking is optional, healthcare staff will continue complying with basic infection prevention and control practices such as hand hygiene and the use of appropriate personal protective equipment.

"This new guidance from the CDC allows us to take appropriate precautions based on the level of COVID spread we're seeing in the community," said Thomas Huth, MD, Vice President of Medical Affairs for Reid Health.

"When spread is low, we can all enjoy seeing each other's smiling faces again, but when transmission of the virus picks up, we should all be prepared to put our masks back on for the safety of not only ourselves but our loved ones, co-workers, and neighbors."

2022 Paul and Pat Lingle Scholars are Lincoln, Northeastern Graduates

Posted October 5, 2022

Supplied Photo:  Alex Bertsch and Liz StubblefieldThe 2022 recipients of the Paul and Pat Lingle Scholars Program are Alex Bertsch of Cambridge City, Indiana, and Liz Stubblefield of Lynn, Indiana. The scholarship award continues throughout their pursuit of a four-year degree at Indiana University East.

Bertsch and Stubblefield are members of IU East's incoming freshmen Class of 2026.

Bertsch is an informatics major. Stubblefield is an exploratory major.

As Lingle Scholars, both are in the Honors Program, which offers students a world-class educational experience from outstanding teachers to academically accomplished students in support of their optimal attainment of personal, educational and professional goals.

Bertsch works part-time for No.9 Grill in Cambridge City while completing his studies, and he is a member of the Red Wolves track and field team.

A graduate of Lincoln High School in Cambridge City, Bertch was a student-athlete and member of the basketball, track, and cross country teams. Academically, he was a three-year member of Business Professionals of America (BPA) and the National Honor Society.

As a recipient of the scholarship, Bertsch said it is an honor because it is a reinforcement for his the effort he has put toward his goals.

"It means a lot to me because I have always looked up to successful people, and being selected for this scholarship means I must be doing something right. To have shown Paul and Pat Lingle that I am deserving enough for it," Bertsch said.

As a Wayne County resident, Bertsch is familiar with IU East. His mother and sister are IU East alumnae. First his mother received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2008 and then Olivia Bertsch earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2020.

After reading about information on the Lingle Scholars program in an IU East email, he decided to apply for the scholarship.

"I chose to attend IU East because it is close to home, I will be getting an IU degree for a fraction of the price, and I get to run track for the college," he said.

Informatics is a degree program that involves the practice of information processing and the engineering of information systems. In short, it is information technology applied to human problems.

After he completes his degree, Bertsch hopes to pursue a career as a software engineer or a data analyst and work for a large scale company, he said.

"I chose to major in informatics because technology has always been something that has sparked my interest and I'd like to think that I am pretty good at using it. Working with computers is something that I like to do, and of course I like the business aspect of it. Also, informatics degrees can lead to some great career paths."

Stubblefield said receiving the Lingle Scholar Award means the world to her.

"I am truly grateful that Paul and Pat Lingle have helped take some of the financial burden away from attending college," Stubblefield said. "It is a true honor to be chosen to represent the Lingle Scholars Program and it is my hope that I can give back to my community just as Paul and Pat have given back to theirs. By receiving this award, I will be able to focus more on my education and figure out how exactly I can help my community."

During her senior year at Northeastern High School, Stubblefield learned about the scholarship opportunity through the billboards celebrating the 2021 Lingle Scholars Program award recipients.

"I thought of it to be an honor to be a Lingle Scholar, not knowing that I would become one a year later," Stubblefield said.

While in high school she was the sentinel for the Future Farmers of America (FFA), secretary of the Spanish Club, junior and senior class officer, a member of the National Honor Society, the English Academic Team, and the Student Council member, and a volunteer at the Northeastern Elementary Library.

Stubblefield is the first in her family to attend IU East. "I chose to attend IU East simply because of its affordability and location. I really like that at IU East I can receive a top tier education and an Indiana University diploma, while still being close to home," Stubblefield said.

For students who have not yet decided what they want to major in, the exploratory major allows them to determine their best future path.

"I chose to major in exploratory studies because as of right now, I do not have a specific area in mind that I want to study," Stubblefield said. "Being an exploratory major will allow me to learn about and experience many different fields. Which will hopefully help me in deciding what specific field I want to pursue in the future."

Currently, Stubblefield feels her path could lead to two potential careers, though she's open to other prospects.

"Although I am not quite set on a specific field after graduation, I am really looking toward something science or criminal justice related. However, with being an exploratory major the possibilities are endless.

The Paul and Pat Lingle Scholars Program award is given to two students who have been accepted into the IU East Honors Program, an academic program that provides an intellectually enriching curriculum for highly motivated students. Recipients receive a four-year scholarship, provided by the Lingles.

"Pat and I are extremely proud to have Liz and Alex join our other Lingle Scholars," Paul Lingle said. "It is extremely exciting to talk with young people that not only excel academically but are actively involved in all phases of their educational experience and being active contributors to the communities they represent."

About the Paul and Pat Lingle Scholars Program

The Lingle Scholars program was established in 2005 and formally endowed in 2018. The program has assisted 17 students achieve their goal of earning a bachelor's degree, including the most recent graduates from the program, Noah Fox of Richmond, Destiny Maitlen of Centerville and Mackenzie Spurrier of Richmond. This year Bertsch and Stubblefield join Jamie Andrews of Fountain City, Alison Juday of Richmond, Vincent Narcisse of Richmond, Sidne Thompson of Centerville, Sam Roberts of Centerville, and Alexia Mills of Richmond as Paul & Pat Lingle Scholars at IU East.

Meridian Community Health Speaker Series Featuring Former NBA Player Chris Herren

Posted October 5, 2022

Supplied Photo:  Chris HerrenChris Herren, a former NBA star and wellness advocate, is the featured speaker in the Meridian Community Health Speaker Series. The event, hosted by Meridian Health Services and Meridian's Addictions and Recovery Center, will be held on Wednesday, October 19 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn located at 6000 National Road East, Richmond, IN 47374.

Chris Herren, experts on substance use disorder and addiction, and community stakeholders will comprise a discussion panel following Herren's personal story. Speaker Series is free to attend and includes a complimentary luncheon. Reservations are necessary and may be made at MeridianHS.org/Speaker-Series. Registration deadline is October 10.

"As substance abuse continues to plague our country, state, and county it is important to hear from a person who lives the substance abuse experience. The expert panel will also discuss what is being seen, what interventions are working, and what we can do to continue to fight the substance abuse problem," shared Lisa Suttle, Regional Vice President of Clinical Services. "Please join us for lunch and take the opportunity to hear and ask questions regarding this important issue."

Chris Herren was a celebrated star before graduating high school. He went on to play at Boston College and Fresno State, and also in the NBA – including playing on his hometown team, the Boston Celtics – and seven seasons overseas before losing it all to the disease of addiction. His recovery journey is documented in the bestselling memoir, "Basketball Junkie," and the Emmy-nominated ESPN Films documentary, "Unguarded." Stories about Chris were also published in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and Sports Illustrated.

Drug-free and alcohol free since 2008, Herren now attends meetings daily to support his substance-free lifestyle and speaks with groups trying to overcome addiction to share his experiences and road to sobriety. He is the founder of the Herren Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing treatment navigation, educational and mentoring programs to those touched by addiction, and educating people of all ages on the dangers of substance abuse.

The discussion panel of community leaders and officials will follow Herren's presentation to engage the audience about addiction, recovery, and ideas for local solutions. Panelists include Dr. Brad Barrett, Indiana State Representative for District 56; Randy Retter, Wayne County Sheriff; Charmin Gabbard, Executive Director of Connection Café, Harm Reduction Advocate and Subject Matter Expert; and Lisa Suttle, RN-BC, MS Regional VP of Clinical Services Meridian Health Services. Discussion will be moderated by Rick Duncan from G101.3 FM Radio.

Meridian Community Health Speaker Series brings together community leaders, professionals, educators, and the general public to discuss and identify issues surrounding community health.

This event began in 2018 and is hosted in Richmond, Muncie, and Lafayette. Previous guest speakers include Sam Quinones, Dreamland author and Ryan Leaf, former NFL quarterback.

Learn more about the Meridian Community Health Speaker Series and reserve your spot at MeridianHS.org.

Service To Others Drives 2022 Humanity in Medicine Award Recipient

Posted October 5, 2022

Supplied Photo: Annuradha BhandariFrom a young age, Annuradha Bhandari, MD, was taught by her parents to live a life of service and spirituality. The Sanskrit word seva means selfless service, serving others in such a way you don't expect anything back in return. It has served as a foundation for the way she practices medicine.

"I don't feel the need to go to temple or a church or a place of worship," she said. "Each and every day, this institution is my church and service to my patients is my way of prayer. I'm just grateful to be able to worship this way.

"The values my parents gave me have translated into the very core of why I love doing what I do, and I'm forever grateful for the way they raised me."

On Friday evening, that career of service was honored when Dr. Bhandari became the 42nd recipient of the Paul S. Rhoads Humanity in Medicine Award.

Named after its first honoree in 1983 -- the late Paul S. Rhoades, MD -- the Humanity in Medicine Award honors the memory of Dr. Rhoads for his service to patients and medicine. He was the founding director of Reid Health's Medical Education Department and helped organize the hospice program and the Wayne County adult clinic for the indigent.

Dr. Bhandari's selection for the award was announced at an annual medical staff appreciation and new physician reception in Richmond. Nominations were solicited from patients, physicians, and healthcare workers.

"This award has been really hard for me to digest. I have a hard time understanding being rewarded for something you just love to do," she said.

"It may sound like lip service, but I genuinely feel I have received so much more from this community than I could ever give back, so for me, there's not pride there's gratitude."

The daughter of immigrants -- her mother from the Fiji Islands and her father from India -- Dr. Bhandari was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. Her parents came from humble beginnings and taught her the value of hard work and the ethics of putting your all into whatever you do.

"My mom instilled in me a life grounded in spirituality and that I should see that spiritual force in every person. Everyone deserves an equal amount of respect because in them is that higher power," Dr. Bhandari said.

"I don't feel the need to go to temple or a church or a place of worship. Each and every day, this institution is my church and service to my patients is my way of prayer. I'm just grateful to be able to worship this way. The values my parents gave me have translated into the very core of why I love doing what I do, and I'm forever grateful for the way they raised me." -- Annuradha Bhandari, MD

Her father impressed upon her the opportunity she had to not only make a life for herself but one that would change the history of her family.

"There's a very poignant moment in my life that has carried me through any challenge but also any moment of celebration," she said. "He said, 'Coming from very little, I had dreams as a young man and I think your mother had those too, but we had to put those away because we had more important things like survival and coming up in a new country and raising you all.

'Now I see the things you do, and I hear these stories of your experiences. I don't want you to think they are just yours. They're not just yours. You come from me and your mother, so these moments you are living, they're my moments, too. I live through your eyes. Everything you see, everything you do, every patient you touch, every person you talk to that's my dreams coming true, too."

Dr. Bhandari earned her medical degree from the Medical University of the Americas in Saint Kitts and Nevis in the West Indies. From there, she joined the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Detroit Medical Center - Sinai Grace Hospital in Detroit, Mich. After completing the program, she stayed on to serve a year as chief medical resident with responsibilities that included administrative tasks and teaching staff.

It was her passion for teaching that played a role in her coming to Reid Health in 2014, although there was a family connection, too.

Then-soon-to-be husband Aman Bakshi's parents were living in Richmond, and Aman's father -- Surinder Bakshi, MD -- was an anesthesiologist at Reid. The first Christmas after getting engaged, the couple came to Richmond to visit Aman's family, and Dr. Bakshi began his recruiting pitch.

"He said, I think you'll like it here,' but I wasn't ready at that time," Dr. Bhandari said. "After we were married and were expecting our first child, he pressed harder and mentioned Reid was thinking about starting a residency program."

At the time, Dr. Bhandari was doing her chief year with the residency program in Detroit, and the idea of getting to start a program from the ground up appealed to her.

"It was exciting to be able to contribute to starting a residency program from its inception and witness a monumental event in which a community hospital is now not just a community hospital but a teaching hospital," she said.

That experience would prove useful later as Dr. Bhandari would go on to play leadership roles in the establishment of Reid's nationally recognized perioperative clinic and in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, a special respiratory clinic that went from idea to reality in a matter of a couple days. All of it accomplished while she continued her own primary care practice.

"As an innovator, as a leader, as a spokesperson for the medical staff, as a clinician, and as a very talented individual, this is somebody who in her own right has established herself in the medical staff with credibility and has continued to excel and look for ways in which she could make her mark, and she has," said Craig Kinyon, Reid Health President/CEO.

Dr. Bhandari's co-workers praise her love of teaching and the team mentality she brings to her practices.

"She has a passion for teaching. I don't think I'll ever be able to repay the education I received over the last eight years with her," said Brittany Colley, Clinical Lead for Reid Health Primary & Specialty Care - Connersville. "I'm beyond thankful and blessed for having that because I know so many don't get that opportunity."

"She's a wonderful asset in this community and to me personally," said Orthopedist Joel McClurg, MD, Chair of Musculoskeletal Services for Reid Health. "She's pushing the ball forward, always emphasizing you don't have to be a big academic institution to make major changes in the health of the patients you serve. That's one of her most important characteristics."

"She has a passion for teaching. I don't think I'll ever be able to repay the education I received over the last eight years with her. I'm beyond thankful and blessed for having that because I know so many don't get that opportunity." -- Brittany Colley, Clinical Lead for Reid Health Primary & Specialty Care - Connersville

When she's not working, Dr. Bhandari and Aman enjoy going to concerts and comedy shows. They and their two children -- Nadia and Brij -- are big fans of the Indiana Pacers. But more than anything else, Dr. Bhandari enjoys being a mother.

"I love being a mom, and I love being a wife, and I love being a daughter. I'm enjoying all those roles in my life," she said.

"I'm really grateful toward my husband. I think it would be really difficult to do all the things I do day to day without his support and my mother-in-law's support. Behind any person who has the ability to do the many roles I have, there's a whole group of people who are in support of them."

Front and center in everything Dr. Bhandari does at Reid Health is her patients.

"That moment when I walk into the room is sacred to me," she said. "My patients are just so kind. They are so nice to me. We have fantastic relationships, and over the years not only have I been given the privilege of helping them with their health goals, but we share our life events with each other. They know me at a very personal level, and that is just such a beautiful relationship. I'm so blessed to have the most special and amazing patients."

It's the ability to make those kinds of connections with others that makes Dr. Bhandari an ideal recipient for this award, according to her co-workers.

"She is completely devoted to her responsibilities as a physician. She takes that so seriously. Patients come first for her. The organization comes first for her. She invests so much of her own personal time in committees and programs. She's just an all-around wonderful person," said Emily Klein, Specialty Care Service Line Director for Reid Health.

"She is the epitome of this award," said Billie Kester, Reid Health Vice President for Continuum of Care. "She has heart in everything she does, and she's probably one of the most compassionate people I know, so the Humanity in Medicine Award couldn't go to a better person."

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Governing Board Approves Plans for New State-of-the-Art Reid Health Campus in Connersville

Posted October 3, 2022

Reid Health has big plans for its presence in the city of Connersville, plans that will keep the health system in the community for generations to come.

On Monday, the Reid Health Governing Board gave its approval for a new state-of-the-art campus in Connersville, a $100 million-plus investment that represents Reid's continued commitment to the community now and well into the future.

A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 19 to formally mark the beginning of construction at the former Kmart property, 2500 Park Road. Reid acquired the site in early 2021 and removed the long-standing eyesore that the former retail building had become.

The new facility will replace the current building at 1941 Virginia Ave., which traces its origins back more than 100 years. The complex's age -- along with maintenance that was deferred as previous owner Fayette Regional Health System experienced financial difficulties -- made building a new campus the more financially sound option over renovating the current location.

"We want to bring to Connersville and the Fayette County region a very updated, logically laid out, well-planned facility that has services they need and want to have in their backyard," said Craig Kinyon, Reid Health President/CEO.

"It's going to give the region access to top-level, state-of-the-art care tailored to the needs of Fayette County. This facility will provide patients with a place to receive a very high level of service in an outpatient setting without having to travel. We believe this investment will be a source of pride in the community for decades to come."

To celebrate the start of the replacement campus project, Reid is inviting the community to a special event called The Big Build Bash!, which will take place 2-8 p.m. at Roberts Park on Saturday, Oct. 22. Vendors and food trucks will be on hand, with a free concert beginning at 5 p.m. In conjunction with the celebration, Kunkel's Drive-in will host a cruise-in at their location from noon to 3 p.m.

Honoring a commitment

Reid Health acquired a substantial portion of the assets of Fayette Regional Health System in July 2019 after Fayette Regional had filed for bankruptcy protection. Reid was able to keep services open without interruption during the transition.

Craig Kinyon, Reid Health President/CEO "The community has significant health needs. To learn about Fayette Regional's transition into bankruptcy was extremely heartbreaking for me because I recognized the community couldn't lose local access to healthcare," said Kinyon, who served as Fayette Memorial Hospital's (later known as Fayette Regional) Chief Financial Officer for five years before joining Reid Health in 1995.

"The organization was made up of friends, families, and neighbors taking care of friends, families, and neighbors."

Reid officials pledged to ensure the community has access to a variety of important high-quality healthcare services and made substantial upgrades and improvements, adding staff and services in the time since. The decision to build a replacement campus is the latest step toward honoring that commitment.

"We want to continue to add services and technologies as the community needs and as healthcare evolves," Kinyon said. "We'll have space available within the new building to expand for things we aren't thinking about at this moment.

"It's an exciting project for us because we get to take a blank piece of paper and start over."

Connersville and Fayette County officials are thankful for Reid's efforts on behalf of the community so far and are excited for what's to come.

"I'm excited Reid Health is honoring their commitment to Connersville with access to high-quality healthcare," said Connersville Mayor Chad Frank. "Growth is happening, and the future is bright for Connersville. I'm pleased Reid Health recognizes this and has decided to move forward with us in our growth."

Tom Hilkert, Reid Health Governing Board chair, said the investment in a new Connersville facility is vital to fulfilling Reid's mission in Fayette County and the surrounding area.

"Reid is committed to meeting the needs of those we serve, one person at a time, and this facility will provide greater access, the latest technologies, and numerous healthcare services to the Fayette County community," he said. "This investment will make a powerful and positive impact on the future of healthcare and vitality in this entire region."

"I'm so thankful Reid is making this type of investment in Connersville. From an economic development standpoint, a healthcare facility of this scale will strengthen our position to attract new businesses to Fayette County." -- Dan Parker, President and CEO of the Fayette County Economic Development Group

When Reid officially assumed control of the Virginia Avenue facility on July 16, 2019, the health system employed 269 people in Connersville. Today, the entire Reid Health system employs 429 Connersville residents and plans to grow that number with the new campus, which could spur more economic growth within the city and county.

Dan Parker, President and CEO of the Fayette County Economic Development Group, believes the project will bring new possibilities to the area.

"I'm so thankful Reid is making this type of investment in Connersville," Parker said. "From an economic development standpoint, a healthcare facility of this scale will strengthen our position to attract new businesses to Fayette County.

"This investment will transition that property and will help to stimulate our economy. This is a huge win for our community. We are fortunate to have Reid's presence in our community. They've been a blessing."

"We hope this project gives the community another big reason for companies to locate jobs in the Fayette/Connersville region," Kinyon said.

"Hopefully, this will be a catalyst that will incubate other ideas within the community and be something that can serve as a springboard. We very much hope that's part of this project, that there's a good positive momentum that comes from this."

Most efficient, cost-effective solution

The Virginia Avenue complex, as it now sits, represents 100 years' worth of construction and renovation projects, from the original sections on the north end of the site to the most recent addition built in the 1990s. The result is a location that can't easily be remade to meet the needs of a modern healthcare facility.

Some sections sit unused because of the prohibitive costs associated with necessary renovations. Others, such as the Emergency Department, are simply too small. The outdated spaces have been challenging to retrofit and update with new technologies, workflows, and services. A new facility will provide a clean slate to build a campus that can accommodate today's technologies and tomorrow's innovations.

In addition to the space limitations, there are expensive repairs needed for HVAC equipment, the roof, windows, and other systems that are either at the end of their lifecycle or already past it. For example, the boilers and chillers need to be replaced, a multimillion-dollar maintenance expense on its own that would create downtime in building usage.

Put together, it became clear to Reid officials the most efficient, cost-effective solution would be to start over.

"It came down to how do you handle the challenges of renovating a building that for decades had been providing certain services, that has a lot of lifecycle problems -- a lot of things that probably based on the financial condition of Fayette Regional they couldn't get to -- and it just became obvious to us the best solution was to build a replacement facility and configure that in a way that makes sense for healthcare today," Kinyon said.

Plans at this point call for a two-story, 177,000-square-foot facility with more than 400 parking spaces and an onsite helipad. Reid is working with architectural firm HKS to design the new campus. HKS is a worldwide company and widely recognized as the premier healthcare design firm in the United States.

The new building is anticipated to be finished in 2024, depending on weather and other factors that commonly impact construction. Supply chain issues also could affect the availability of needed materials.

Skanska USA Building Inc. and joint venture partner Shook Construction were approved Monday night by the Reid Health Governing Board as the health system's primary construction partner. Shook and Reid Health have a long history of successful projects including the construction of new Primary & Specialty Care facilities in Winchester and Brookville. Shook is headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, and has offices located in Richmond.

"Like any Reid project, we choose to work with local contractors whenever possible and that will remain true for this project," said Jeff Cook, Director of Engineering for Reid Health. "We look forward to having local participation in the building of this facility."

Available services

The new facility will include an Emergency Department, radiology and laboratory services, and a mix of primary and specialty care options for patients. Some of those services include cardiology, oncology, OB/GYN, orthopedic, cardio-pulmonary rehab, podiatry, rehab services (physical therapy and occupational therapy), audiology, sleep disorder, wound healing, and ear, nose, and throat. Hospital administration and planning teams are actively working with architects to determine the final plans for the building.

"This is a fluid situation at this point," Kinyon said. "Decisions about services and other things will continue to be made while the project progresses."

The addition of a helipad at the new campus will be Fayette County's first in nearly 30 years to be located adjacent to emergency services.

"In those situations when a patient may need to be sent to a Level 1 Trauma Center minutes matter," Kinyon said. "This addition will help us save lives."

"This is an exciting time for all of us at Reid Health, and we hope the residents of Connersville, Fayette County, and beyond are just as excited. We're going to bring them a new, modern, updated facility as well as the technologies and equipment that go along with that. We remain committed to this community, and we can't wait to see what we can accomplish together." -- Craig Kinyon, Reid Health President/CEO

One thing the new campus will not be is an inpatient hospital. Reid officials said the financial difficulties Fayette Regional experienced proved trying to offer inpatient care in the community to be too costly. Also, given Reid Hospital's nearby location in Richmond, providing those same services in Connersville would amount to a duplication of efforts.

"We're not providing inpatient care because we can transition the patients to Richmond in fewer than 30 minutes and have all the subspecialists and specialists there for their care," Kinyon said. "To duplicate that in Connersville would not be financially sustainable, and it's our responsibility to build a healthcare facility that can meet the needs of the community for years to come."

Fate of current facility

Once the new campus is open, work will turn to the current complex on Virginia Avenue.

"For all the reasons and concerns that the building doesn't make sense for us, I'm not sure it would make sense for anybody else," Kinyon said. "Like most hospitals, it's unusually configured for being flexible or usable for other sorts of spaces. I think it would be challenging for someone to take over the building.

"Our plan -- unless something else comes to light -- is to tear it down, fill in the hole, level the dirt, and put grass down. From there, we'll see where we go. It could be sold at that point or gifted over. The board will address that issue after talking with the community and figuring out what's the best solution."

Stay up to date

Regular updates and FAQs about the new campus project in Connersville are available on the Reid Health website at reidhealth.org/buildup. In addition to news about construction timelines, planned healthcare services to be available once the new building opens, and celebration events, residents will be able to submit questions about the project through that page.

"This is an exciting time for all of us at Reid Health, and we hope the residents of Connersville, Fayette County, and beyond are just as excited," Kinyon said. "We're going to bring them a new, modern, updated facility as well as the technologies and equipment that go along with that.

"We remain committed to this community, and we can't wait to see what we can accomplish together."

Got questions about the project? Check out our FAQ.

Hunters Can Donate Deer to Help Feed Hungry Hoosiers

Posted October 3, 2022

Indiana Conservation Officers encourage Indiana hunters to donate harvested deer to help feed hungry Hoosiers.

The Sportsmen's Benevolence Fund administered by the DNR Division of Law Enforcement provides grants to Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry, the Dubois County Sportsmen Club, and Hunters and Farmers Feeding the Hungry to pay for processing fees when hunters donate legally harvested deer.

Participating in the program is simple:

  1. Enjoy a deer hunting experience.
  2. Harvest a deer.
  3. Drop off the field-dressed deer at a local participating processor.
  4. Processing fees are paid for by the Sportsmen's Benevolence Fund.
  5. The processor will create healthy venison burger to distribute to food banks.

The participating organizations notify food banks throughout Indiana when venison is ready to be collected from certified Sportsmen's Benevolence Fund butchers. The food banks distribute venison to soup kitchens and food pantries.

As a result of the 2021 deer hunting seasons, Hoosier hunters donated 879 harvested deer that resulted in 45,326 pounds of venison being donated.

For information on donating your harvested deer and participating processors, please visit sbf.IN.gov.

Singles Interaction, Inc.

Posted September 27, 2022

Supplied Newsletter: Singles Intereaction October 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.

IU East Regional Writer Series presents author, award-winning satirist for Mindful Explorations event

Posted October 3, 2022

Supplied PHoto:  Matt BurriesciAuthor and award-winning satirist Matt Burriesci kicks off the academic year as a guest for IU East's Visiting Writer Series, a Mindful Explorations event.

Lauded for his sharp wit and nuanced prose, Burriesci will read from his published novel and book of essays, as well as brief selections from his newest work,Theseus, at 7 p.m. on Monday, October 3, in the First Bank Richmond Community Room, located in Whitewater Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

In the afternoon, Burriesci will provide a talk on "Writing Beyond Academia," delivering crucial advice to student writers interested in finding a profession outside of college. IU East faculty and staff are welcome to attend. Students in attendance will include those enrolled in Tanya Perkins' course, ENG-W206: Introduction to Creative Writing. Perkins is an associate professor of English.

Following the event, a recording of the reading will be available on IU East Facebook Live at noon on Friday, October 7.

The Visiting Writers Series is sponsored by the IU East School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Mindful Explorations, courtesy of the William H. and Jean R. Reller Endowment. The event is presented by First Bank Richmond.

"Matt Burriesci's fiction and nonfiction are noteworthy for their dramatic interplay between historical perspective and satirical sting," Brian Brodeur, associate professor of English at IU East said. "Regardless of genre, Burriesci's writing achieves a rare balance of intellectual rigor and knee-slapping hilarity, offering to readers insights into the absurdities of such professional fields as American politics, arts administration, and philanthropy, but always with an underlying tenderness that makes the digs and jabs of this work feel earned."

Burriesci was raised in Geneva, Illinois. He holds a B.A.in English and Rhetoric from the University of Illinois and an M.F.A. in Fiction from George Mason University.

He is the executive director of the Providence Athenaeum, one of the oldest libraries in the United States. He began his career at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. From 1999 to 2011, he served in various capacities at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP), including as executive director. During his tenure at AWP, Burriesci helped build the largest and most diverse literary conference in North America. He has also served as the executive director of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation at the Folger Shakespeare Library. He is presently at work on a novel and a collection of essays.

Burriesci's essays and short fiction have been published in numerous outlets, including Guernica, Salon, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. He is the author of Dead White Guys: A Father, his Daughter, and The Great Books of the Western World, which has been translated into several languages. He is also the author of the novel Nonprofit, which won the 2014 AWP Award for the Novel.

Burriesci's latest novel, Theseus, is a re-telling of the Greek hero's story from a realistic perspective, focusing on the origin of his political innovations. The Greeks believed Theseus to be a real person, and they credited him with the invention of democracy. The novel retraces Theseus's time as a prisoner of Imperial Crete, where he is subjected to horrific challenges and exposed to philosophical ideas that challenge his preconceptions about human nature.

IU East's Creative Writing program offers the Regional Writers Series and the Visiting Writers Series.

"Both series give IU East students, faculty, and staff, as well as writers and literary enthusiasts in the broader region, an opportunity to hear some of the most exciting fiction, nonfiction and poetry being written in the United States today," Brodeur said. "These events are always free and open to the public."

Hospice Care Focus of Medical Monday, Thriving Thursday in October

Posted October 3, 2022

The Reid Health Hospice team strives to help patients live their final days to the fullest while providing support to guide families through emotional stress and tough end-of-life ethical issues.

Reid's David DeSantis, MD, and Kristen Kriz, LPN, will lead a community discussion called "Introduction to Hospice Care" at next month's editions of Medical Monday and Thriving Thursday.

Medical Monday will take place at 1 p.m. on Oct. 10 at Central United Methodist Church, 1425 E. Main St. in Richmond, while Thriving Thursday will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 13 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.

Whitewater Valley Pro Bono - Ask a Lawyer

Posted October 3, 2022

Supplied Flyer: Ask a Lawyer October 2022

This Thursday, 10/6 from 4-6 pm will be our next free legal clinic at Morrisson-Reeves Library. This is completely free and open to residents of Wayne AND surrounding counties, Preble County included.

We will have multiple Attorneys available to cover different types of Civil issues. Please keep in mind that we are not able to help with any type of Criminal issues. We can help with Family Law, Small Claims actions, Landlord/ Tenant issues, basic Will/ Power of Attorney questions, and any other type of Civil issue.

FAFSA Opens on October 1 for 2023-2024 School Year

Posted October 3, 2022

Hoosier students should apply for state financial aid before the April 15 priority deadline

(INDIANAPOLIS) – Hoosier students and families are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), for the 2023-2024 school year. The FAFSA opens October 1, 2022.

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education reminds Hoosiers that filing the FAFSA by the April 15, 2023, priority deadline is imperative for securing money for college and accessing some of the $390 million in state financial aid and billions of dollars in federal aid available for learners. Once the priority deadline passes, financial aid funding will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

"We encourage all Hoosiers, regardless of family income, who are interested in pursuing education and training beyond high school to file the FAFSA as soon as possible," said Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Chris Lowery. "Indiana is first in the Midwest and fifth in the nation in providing need-based financial aid. However, each year, millions of dollars in state and federal financial aid are left on the table because students assume they don't qualify. There is considerable funding available, but Hoosiers must take that first step of filing the FAFSA to qualify."

Regardless of the degree being pursued – including certificates, associate and bachelor's degrees – students should file the FAFSA to potentially qualify for available financial aid. Filing the FAFSA is required for many of Indiana's scholarship and grant opportunities, such as the Frank O'Bannon Grant and the Workforce Ready Grant. Additionally, many colleges require a completed FAFSA to award merit and need-based scholarships.

Completing the FAFSA on time is a necessary step for 21st Century Scholars to earn the full scholarship amount of up to four years of college tuition.

How to file the FAFSA

Students can file the FAFSA online at FAFSA.gov. The first step for students who have not previously filed the FAFSA is to create a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID. Then, each student will need:

  • Social Security number
  • Alien Registration number (for non-U.S. citizens)
  • Federal income tax returns, W-2s and other records of money earned from 2021
  • Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
  • Records of untaxed income (if applicable)

The U.S. Department of Education provides email and live chat assistance for FAFSA filers as well as a helpline at 1-800-4-FED-AID. Hoosier families can also access free FAFSA help through INvestEd Indiana at www.investedindiana.org.

¿Necesitas ayuda en español? Llame al 317-617-0358.

Indiana Citizens Are Key to Stopping Poaching

Posted October 3, 2022

Indiana Conservation Officers encourage citizens to partner with the Turn In a Poacher, Inc. (TIP) program and help put an end to poaching.

TIP is a nonprofit conservation organization that protects fish and wildlife resources by increasing public support and involvement in bringing violators to justice.

A poacher is a thief who illegally steals wildlife that belongs to each Indiana citizen. Indiana DNR manages wildlife for everyone, and every person can help TIP support DNR efforts by reporting potential violations at 1-800-TIP-IDNR (800-847-4367) or tip.IN.gov. Doing so will help conserve wildlife for future generations.

Call TIP if you see, hear, or learn about poaching or another violation regarding fish and wildlife. If your "TIP" leads to an arrest, you may receive as much as a $500 reward, and you can remain anonymous. Since 2017 TIP has received 1,788 tips and paid thousands of dollars in rewards for tips that have led to the arrest of a suspect.

"Concerned citizens are the main reason why Indiana TIP has been successful in fighting against poaching and bringing justice to those who violate fish and wildlife laws," said Joe Cales, TIP citizens advisory board president. "Poaching affects us all."

Osborn Testing Innovative, First-of-Its-Kind Stringer Bead Brush, Setting New Standard In Welding, Pipeline and Metal Fabrication Markets

Posted October 3, 2022

Supplied Photo:  Honey Badger Double Stringer Bead BrushOsborn is once again bringing industry-leading innovation to the pipeline, welding and metal fabricating markets, introducing a new stringer bead brush that offers twice the life and aggression of its already proven and industry-leading Four-Inch TufBrush Stringer Bead Brush. The innovative technology involving two brush sections also gives it the ability to clean both sides of a weld at the same time.

The Honey Badger Double Stringer Bead Brush establishes a new standard in welding, as there are currently no other brushes on the market that can achieve what it can. The Honey Badger is built with two sets of wire knots on a unique face plate and nut. Because of how it's constructed, the brush can hit both sides of the root, or hot pass, while cleaning out any slag or debris of a weld.

"We have a long history of listening to our customers and their demands, placing value on their feedback to create the best solutions and products," says Brian Keiser, Vice President of Operations, Osborn. "Collaborating with you – the experts in the field – helps us drive innovation and create the products you really need."

For 135 years, Osborn has been dedicated to offering the best solutions for mechanical treatment challenges, relying on customer input, and collaborating with those customers to improve the quality of its products. Keeping consistent with that tradition, Osborn is accepting applications to be among the first to test the Honey Badger. Interested professionals may sign up for this opportunity during FABTECH, North America's largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event. To register, visit Osborn's booth #C11057 at the show from November 8-10 in Atlanta. Osborn will then contact 25 selected welders and similar professionals to test its innovation.

"The Honey Badger Double Stringer Bead Brush already promises to offer a longer lifespan, a faster cut, less operator fatigue and less effort, so we're excited to see the impact it has on our industry," says Keiser. "Thanks to this testing period and collaborating with specialists who use these tools, we expect to be able to further improve our final product."

The Honey Badger Double Stringer Bead Brush can currently be pre-ordered and will be available to purchase in 2023. Right now, the product is patent pending.

To learn more about Osborn, visit osborn.com.

The Great Pumpkin 5K

Posted October 3, 2022

Supplied Flier:  Great Pumpkin 5k

The second annual Great Pumpkin 5K is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, October 12th, 2022 in Richmond, Indiana. This course will begin and end at the Starr Gennett Walk of Fame located at 201 S. 1st Street and is a two lap course.

Reid Health Now Has Updated COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots Available

Posted September 27, 2022

You can now get your COVID-19 bivalent booster shot at the Reid Health Residency Clinic.

At the direction of the Indiana Department of Health, Reid recently paused administration of COVID-19 vaccine booster doses until the updated versions of the vaccine become available.

Late last month, federal health officials approved new versions of the vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna that have been formulated to take on the latest strains of the Omicron variant of the virus as well as the original strain.

Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend everyone ages 12 and up receive a dose of the updated booster vaccine, including those who have previously received one or more doses of the original booster as long as it has been at least two months since their most recent dose.

With flu season approaching, those who get a COVID-19 booster are recommended to receive their flu shot during the same visit. The CDC says experience has shown the body's immune response and possible side effects are generally the same whether you get one type of vaccine at a time or two.

If you haven't been vaccinated or if you are 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.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturdays.

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.

Indiana Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment Plan Receives Federal Approval

Posted September 27, 2022

Supplied Graphic:  Station LocationsINDIANAPOLIS – The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has approved Indiana's plan to use funding from the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) program to build out a statewide electric vehicle charging network. The plan approval clears the way for the state to work with private and public partners to begin investing nearly $100 million over the next five years to bolster the availability of fast, reliable EV charging infrastructure across the state.

"A robust network of convenient, reliable charging infrastructure is essential to addressing range anxiety for electric vehicle owners," INDOT Commissioner Mike Smith said. "Through the NEVI program, Indiana will work with private and public partners to make strategic investments in charging infrastructure along our highways to support the growing number of EV's traveling throughout our state."

In accordance with federal guidance, Indiana's plan invests in EV charging infrastructure along the state's FHWA-designated Alternative Fuel Corridors (AFC). Over the coming years, the NEVI funds must be invested in DC fast charging stations that are compliant with federal guidelines. Among the primary requirements, each station must have at least four ports that can simultaneously charge at 150 kilowatts, be located along every 50 miles of the AFC, less than one mile from an exit or intersection, and be accessible to the public 24 hours a day.

Indiana's plan will invest in at least 44 Level 3 DC-Fast Charge EV charging stations to fully build out the state's AFC's. Once built out, every Hoosier will be within 40 miles of a NEVI-funded charging station. The plan also prioritizes providing access to and benefit from EV charging stations for disadvantaged communities in both urban and rural areas.

The NEVI program was created by the 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law with the goal of deploying a national network of at least 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations by 2030 to reduce range anxiety and encourage wider adoption of electric vehicles. The program is authorized at nearly $5 billion nationally over the next five years.

NEVI will fund 80 percent of the installation of EV charging stations along with up to five years of operations and maintenance with the remaining 20 percent of costs to be funded by site owner-operators. The state anticipates seeking proposals from potential owner-operators by mid-2023 with the initial charging station installations to begin in 2024.

Click here to view Indiana's approval letter.

More information about Indiana's Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment can be found on the INDOT website.

Reid Team Members Among Those Presenting at National Healthcare Conference

Posted September 27, 2022

Supplied Photo:  ennifer Bales (left), MD, Reid Health Emergency Medicine, and Tiffany Ridge, Manager of Graduate & Continuing Medical Education and the Reid Health Residency Clinic, were among the presenters at the Vizient Connections Summit in Las Vegas.Members of the Reid Health team were among the presenters at a national conference focused on healthcare performance that took place last week in Las Vegas.

Tiffany Ridge, Manager of Graduate & Continuing Medical Education and the Reid Health Residency Clinic, and Jennifer Bales, MD, Reid Health Emergency Medicine, led a presentation at the Vizient Connections Summit. Vizient is "the largest member-driven, healthcare performance improvement company in the country," according to the company's website.

Ridge and Bales were selected to talk about Reid's Physician Engagement & Resilience Committee (PERC), which was formed in recent years to support the health system's providers and improve physician retention. They discussed the purpose of the committee, how it came to be, and its successes.

"Reid Health and its physician-leaders are committed to creating a positive and supportive environment in which to practice medicine and provide the best care to our patients," Bales said. "The work the committee does helps to create an environment that promotes long-term retention and helps with recruiting the best possible candidates to build a robust medical staff."

Ridge and Bales first gave their presentation in May during Vizient's Clinician Workforce Conference in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Connections Summit that took place this week is the company's main event of the year.

"What the PERC is doing here at Reid for and on behalf of the physicians and the entire medical staff is truly amazing and it's something the rest of the industry should see," Ridge said. "We couldn't be happier to have had this opportunity to share the committee's great work with our peers from around the country."

Reid Health Police Department Leadership Undergoes Changes as Chief Retires

Posted September 20, 2022

Supplied Photo: Randy Kolentus (center) has retired as the chief of the Reid Health Police Department. Jeff Cappa (left) has assumed the role while Dennis Perkins (right) has been promoted to assistant chief.After 44 years of service in law enforcement, Randy Kolentus has retired from his position as chief of the Reid Health Police Department. Taking over the role is Jeff Cappa, another longtime member of the local law enforcement community.

Kolentus came to Reid after 28 years with the Richmond Police Department. During his time at RPD, he was one of the founding members of the department's SWAT Team and was appointed its first SWAT Commander.

While at Reid, Kolentus led the health system's security team before working over the past two-plus years to transform them into a full-fledged police department.

"The past 16 years with Reid Health have been amazing. My time here has allowed me to learn and grow both personally and professionally. I'm thankful to my wife, Carrie. She has been my mentor and inspiration for so many years. I'm also very thankful to Reid Health and the Reid Governing Board for all the support and vision over these years." -- Randy Kolentus, retired Reid Health Chief of Police

He also served as president of the Indiana chapter of the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety for six years, helping to form a professional network of healthcare security throughout the state.

In 2021, he was awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest honor given by an Indiana governor. Earlier this year, he was named the national runner-up for the 2022 Healthcare Director of the Year award presented by Campus Safety Magazine, a publication focused on public safety and security of hospitals, schools, and universities across the country.

"The past 16 years with Reid Health have been amazing. My time here has allowed me to learn and grow both personally and professionally," Kolentus said. "I'm thankful to my wife, Carrie. She has been my mentor and inspiration for so many years.

"I'm also very thankful to Reid Health and the Reid Governing Board for all the support and vision over these years."

"It has been such an honor to work with Randy," said Pam Jones, Reid Health Vice President/General Counsel. "Coming from a law enforcement family, I appreciate the integrity, hard work, sacrificial service, and genuine commitment to our community with which Randy has led our police department.

"Although his retirement is well-deserved, he leaves behind a tremendous legacy of excellence in law enforcement leadership."

"It has been an honor to work for and with Chief Kolentus as our team has transitioned from a security division to a full-time law enforcement agency. I considered it a great distinction to be chosen the next chief of police and to continue building on the vision put into place by Randy." -- Jeff Cappa, new Reid Health Chief of Police

Stepping into the role as police chief is Cappa, who himself has 38 years of law enforcement experience, including eight years as Wayne County sheriff. He also served as president of the Indiana Sheriff's Association and was appointed by then-Gov. Mike Pence to the Law Enforcement Training Board for the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy.

For the past three years, Cappa has been the assistant chief for the Reid Health Police Department.

"It has been an honor to work for and with Chief Kolentus as our team has transitioned from a security division to a full-time law enforcement agency," Cappa said. "I considered it a great distinction to be chosen the next chief of police and to continue building on the vision put into place by Randy."

"Jeff brings an equally impressive law enforcement resume to the chief position," Jones said. "He will continue the excellent leadership of Reid's police department and will continue to build upon the RHPD foundation that Randy started."

Dennis Perkins, who previously served as a captain for the Reid Health Police Department, moves into the assistant chief position with Brian Bolin promoted to take on Perkins' former role. Perkins served for 20 years with the Connersville Police Department before joining Reid three years ago.

"Jeff and Dennis have such a wealth of experience and knowledge. We are in good hands," Jones said. "They are committed to taking the police department to the next level. I am confident great things are going to continue to happen for RHPD and the Reid Health community they serve."

Gifts from the Home

Posted September 19, 2022

On the look out for time-tested recipes while making new friends? Then you'll want to attend "Gifts from the Home", a signature event of the Wayne County Extension Homemakers.

The public is invited to this event which will take place October 13, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. at the Kuhlman Center, Wayne County Fairgrounds, 861 Salisbury Road North, Richmond, IN. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. A highlight of the evening will be the sampling of recipes brought by Extension members and featured in the "Gifts from the Home" cook book. It will contain recipes from soups to main courses to desserts. Attendees receive a copy of the cook book.

In support of this year's theme of "Hearts from the Home," attendees can craft small hearts of all media – fleece, wood, fabric--at the event. The goal is to make 1,000 miniature hearts during the year to be distributed throughout Wayne County between now and July 01, 2023. Supplies will be furnished. They will be distributed to nursing homes, day care centers, hospitals and other organizations. For further information about the event or to find out how to join the Wayne County Extension Homemakers, call the Extension office at 765-973-9281 or email waynecoieha@gmail.com.

We are a non-profit organization affiliated with Indiana Extension Homemakers Association, Inc. (IEHA) in cooperation with the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service.

Check out our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WayneCoIEHA

41st Annual 4th Street Fair Kicks-Off with Special Event

Posted September 20, 2022

Logo:  4th Street FairSenior Opportunities Services (SOS) and Ivy Tech Richmond invite you to come out to the Old Richmond Historic District for this year's 4th Street Fair, a FREE fall festival featuring live music and entertainment with a unique variety of food trucks, arts and crafts vendors, and family-friendly activities.

A special 4th Street After Dark kick-off celebration will be held on Friday, September 30, 2022 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the corner of South 4th and South D Street in Richmond, Indiana! This kick-off event will feature a beer garden provided by New Boswell Brewery, food by Fatheadz Foodtruck and special musical performance by Todd the Fox from Dayton, Ohio! A Historical Walking Tour with historian Matt Stegall of Richmond Columbian Properties will also be offered. Walking tour participants will meet at 401 South 4th Street shortly after 6:00pm.

The 41st Annual 4th Street Fair will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 1st and Sunday, October 2nd, 2022 on South 4th Street, between South B and D Streets, in Richmond, Indiana. Attractions for this year's event will include:

Over 90 vendors who will be offering lots of giveaways and drawings plus interactive activities for the kids!

FREE performances at the Entertainment Stage including live music, dancing and demonstrations during both days of the fair!

An interactive Kid's Zone featuring FREE games and prizes brought to you by the fair's co-host, Ivy Tech Richmond!

Two Food Courts featuring a variety of food trucks, concession stands and baked goods. Food courts will be located at South 4th and B Street and South 4th and D Street. Seating areas will be available near both food courts and throughout the fair!

A Raffle Tent featuring 50/50 and Gift Basket Drawings held on both days of the event.

In addition to the events organized by the 4th Street Fair Planning Committee, the Richmond Rose Pedals will also be hosting a bike ride to the 4th Street Fair. Riders will meet at Elstro Plaza on Saturday, October 1st with a social hour starting at 9:30 a.m. and the ride taking off at 10:30 a.m.

Mark you calendars and join us for these historic events! Come shop amongst the stunning architecture and scenery of a charming historic neighborhood. Relax, enjoy the fun activities, and feast on delicious offerings provided by our food vendors. Socialize with friends and family while taking in the beautiful surroundings. Bring the kids, there will be plenty to do!

For more details, visit our website at 4thStreetFair.com or call Tom Davis at (570) 396-7850.

Passenger Tire Collection Day To Take Place on Saturday, October 1

Posted September 19, 2022

Supplied Flyer: Tire Collection

Solid Waste Management District for Union and Wayne counties in Indiana hosts Passenger Tire* Collection Day on Saturday, October 1, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Centerville, Hagerstown, Northeastern and Richmond High Schools. Limit 4 tires per household, 36 inches or less in height - off rim only. Driver's lincense to confirm residency required.

Senior Adult Ministry presents "Beautiful Candles: How It's Done"

Posted September 19, 2022

Senior Adult Ministry presents "Beautiful Candles: How It's Done" on Tuesday, September 27 at 6:00 PM at the First United Methodist Church on National Road West.

If you are a senior aged 50+, join us to learn all about how candles are made. Mike Stephens is a veteran candle maker at Warm Glow Candle Company. He will be sharing his varied experiences as a candle maker. There will be a door prize!

Bring a snack to share and a friend to the September meeting. Senior Adult Ministry is open to all regardless of religious affiliation. Guided by Pastor Judi Marshall, Clara Bulmer and Beverly Kirby, they share their gifts of ministry, hospitality and creativity in planning and organizing the monthly meetings.

For further information, call 765-962-4357

IU East's New Outdoor Exhibit Puts Sculptures in New Light

Posted September 15, 2022

The Indiana University East campus lends itself well to outdoor sculptures.

That's because open spaces allow the works to be big, to make big statements, whether seeing them up close or from afar.

The rolling hills and plentiful trees accent the pieces with changing colors around the four seasons.

Students, visitors and university employees have a new group of works to see over the next two years as they walk around campus, juried works that were carefully selected for the 2022 Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition.

The pieces present different angles as they are discovered and rediscovered while traveling to and from buildings, said Carrie Longley, associate professor of fine arts and director of the Art Gallery. "I hope our campus visitors will appreciate the variety of expressions and accents of color, texture, and form balanced within the beautiful natural setting of our campus."

Longley, Ann Kim and Nathan Kuznia were jurors for the show, which drew more than 100 entries from artists across the United States. Kim is associate professor of fine arts and Kuznia is studio and gallery coordinator at IU East.

Eight new pieces were anchored onto pads before the fall semester.

The Single Twist Hole in my Heart
Photo: The Single Twist Photo: Hole in My Heart
Mary Angers, Long Branch, New Jersey, "The Single Twist," 2011-2013 and 2014, brushed aluminum, both sculptures are located outside of Whitewater Hall. Ben Pierce, Cape Girardeau, Minnesota, "Hole in my Heart," Steel, stainless steel, paint, located in the center of the Quad
Trio Untitled
Photo: Trio Photo: Untitled
Brian Ferriby, Empire, Michigan, "Trio," painted steel, located outside of Whitewater Hall William J. O'Brien, Chicago, Illinois, Untitled, Powder coated aluminum, located outside of Tom Raper Hall
Helicopter Seeds Birds of a Feather
Photo: Hellicopter Seeds Photo: Birds of a Feater
Brian Ferriby, Empire, Michigan, "Helicopter Seeds," mild steel with copper finish, located outside of Whitewater Hall Pamela Reithmeier, Monclova, Ohio, "Birds of a Feather," Steel, stainless, steel and paint, located in between Springwood Hall and Hayes Hall
Cyclops  
Photo: Cyclops  
Glenn Zweygardt, Alfred Station, New York, "Cyclops," steel, stainless steel, cast bronze, cast glass, bluestone, located outside of Hayes Hall  

Artist Brian Ferriby, who created two of them, is thrilled to have the opportunity again to display his works within an educational setting. Many of his pieces are showing in Indiana, including a permanent one "in front of an international academy in downtown Indy."

He has been creating and showing his pieces for two decades.

"I like to inspire (students)," he said. "I particularly like it when they are at colleges and institutions."

One reason is that students – from grade school to college – will often do projects centered on the pieces. "That's interesting and rewarding," said Ferriby, who lives near Traverse City, Michigan.

His pieces titled "Helicopter Seeds" and "Trio" were anchored outside Whitewater Hall with the help of university employees in mid-August.

He transported them down and will come back a few times during the exhibitions to see them in different seasonal settings. Rain, snow, wind and sun will affect the surfaces, so they will be refreshed and then be available for future shows or sold. Most of the works are valued at tens of thousands of dollars.

"Bringing large pieces outside makes artwork more accessible," said Longley, who has been at IU East for 11 years.

"Having (them) among native grasses, plants and trees with a backdrop of sky gives a different relationship, a different dynamic."

Ferriby remembers being fascinated as a child by the seeds floating off maple trees. "The air would be full of them," he said. "I took that basic form and tried to capture the movement of them as they are blown through the air (and fall to the ground)."

The 9-foot-tall and 3-by-3 wide "Helicopter Seeds" features mild steel with a copper finish.

His other piece – 9 by 6 by 6 feet – is painted steel. Ferriby said it is based on triangular forms and inspired by his love of music (he is a drummer in a three-piece music ensemble).

"It's repetition of the idea of three. It's like three musicians interacting with each other, combining to make one artistic inspiration. I see it as a parallel to music," Ferriby said.

Each artist is given a stipend of $2,500 per piece. A good portion of the money comes from the David Fulton Fund, which is dedicated to arts on campus.

With materials, constructions, storage and travel expenses, showpieces might break even – but they often are displayed multiple times over the years and also are available for sale.

"Part of the honorarium goes to restore the exhibit," Longley said. "Weather does take a toll on (them)."

She said besides being unique and educational, the sculptures have "to be ready to install with tabs on the bottom so they can be drilled onto concrete."

The 2019 exhibition was extended a year because of COVID-19.

Longley said some pieces make great opportunities for selfies because in "certain spots, students can get right up to them." "Some can be seen from afar. One is on a hill, so it's elevated."

The success of IU East's recent exhibitions has drawn notice, Longley said, resulting in IU Kokomo adding a similar show.

The pieces were solicited through CallforEntry.org. That's where Ferriby found out about the IU East show. "I do probably a dozen shows a year through CallforEntry," he said.

Longley said the trio of judges had to base their outdoor sculpture selections "on small digital images, when they are monumental. We have to pay special attention to the listed dimensions."

INDOT East Central Hosting Seasonal Hiring Events Sept. 28

Posted September 15, 2022

Supplied Graphic: INDOT Hiring EventThe Indiana Department of Transportation will host a hiring fair in east central Indiana for winter seasonal positions on Wednesday, Sept. 28. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the following location:

Indianapolis Sub District
7105 S. Brookville Rd.
Indianapolis, IN 46239

Winter seasonal positions run between Nov. 1 and April 1 at a starting pay of $20 per hour for full-time operations and $24 per hour for snowplow-only positions. Job duties include performing general highway maintenance, traffic maintenance, snow and ice removal and other duties related to winter operations. A valid CDL is required to be considered for a seasonal role.

Registration is not required to attend the event. Interviews will be conducted on site and INDOT team members will be available to answer questions and provide more information about open positions and careers with the agency. For a full list of hiring fair locations and more, visit https://bit.ly/INDOTHiring. Interested candidates may also text INDOT Careers to 468311 to receive additional job postings.

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Senior Adult Ministry News

Posted September 15, 2022

Supplied Photo:  August Senior Ministry Attendees

Members of the Senior Adult Ministry met in August and enjoyed the program, "Everybody's Birthday." Everyone brought a picture of themselves as toddlers and the group enjoyed trying to identify which photo belonged to which person. The group had birthday cup cakes, and ice cream. Members are showing hand crocheted miniature animals made by Rev. Judi Marshall as birthday gifts.

Those attending were (back row) John Egan, Peggy Booker, Edna Cox, Edna Mikesell, Alice Rees, Karen Rosenberger, Paula Raper, Beverly Kirby and Jean Pugh; and (front row) Allan Legg, Nancy Funkhauser, Karen Skinner, and Ruth Egan.

Vietnam Veteran's Gift Give Away

Posted September 12, 2022

Supplied Flyer: IN Vietnam Vets Gift Give Away

The Richmond-Indiana Daughters of the American Revolution chapter will be sponsoring a Vietnam Veteran's Gift Give Away on Tuesday, October 25th from 11:00am-2:00pm at Springwood Park, 60 Waterfall Road, Richmond, Indiana.

A free gift of gratitude for Indiana residents who served in the military during the Vietnam War era 1955-1975 regardless of duty station.

2022 East-Central Indiana Business Survey Is Open Through September 23

Posted September 12, 2022

Thanks to the tremendous support from the local business communities, economic development corporations or the like, and chambers of commerce, we continued to have great success last year for our East-Central Indiana Business Survey. Based on the valuable responses we collected, we had successfully calculated the 2021 value of our IU East Regional Business Confidence Index. Our report had been released on the IU East Business and Economic Research Center (the BERC) website at http://www.iue.edu/business/berc/.

The BERC of the Indiana University East School of Business and Economics is again working together with the local economic development corporations/groups or the like and chambers of commerce in conducting the 2022 annual business survey for the East-Central Indiana region.

The survey will be open to businesses/companies in the Fayette, Franklin, Henry, Randolph, Rush, Union, and Wayne counties from September 12, 2022, to September 23, 2022.

Results of the survey will not only help the BERC maintain the IU East Regional Business Confidence Index to monitor the business sentiment and economic trend in our region, but also assist further the local and regional economic studies conducted by the BERC. In addition, the survey results might aid the aforementioned economic development corporations/groups or the like and chambers of commerce for consideration as part of any future strategic planning and economic development efforts to facilitate a healthy business climate in the region.

Responses to the 10-minute survey will be confidential. Business owners/managers will be asked to provide some general information on their business/company's demography, their opinion of various aspects related to business performance for this year, and their business and economic expectations for next year in their county.

While the individual responses to the survey will not be shared, results of the research survey will be made public by the end of 2022.

For more information, contact the director of the Business and Economic Research Center and Professor of Finance Oi Lin (Irene) Cheung, Ph.D., at (765) 973-8497 or ocheung@iue.edu.

About the IU East Business and Economic Research Center

The BERC is sponsored by the IU East School of Business and Economics. The center is designed to assist in capturing and creating economic data that will be useful in supporting the economic vitality of the Eastern Indiana and Western Ohio regions.

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