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Golden Belt Community Foundation Listening Tour

GBCF Listening Tour – Pawnee County
Identifying Needs and Discussing Solutions

GREAT BEND, Kan. – Board members and staff of the Golden Belt Community Foundation soon will be in Pawnee County for the beginning of a listening tour and series of community meetings across Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford counties. The meetings are scheduled for Friday, February 19th and will be held at two locations and times:

9 a.m. Rozel Community Center
11 a.m. Larned Chamber of Commerce – Jordaan Room

The foundation is interested in learning more about current needs and wishes for Pawnee County and its communities. Information from the community meetings will guide the foundation Board of Directors in aligning available funding with current needs, connecting donors with important causes, and working to sustain rural communities.

“As the Golden Belt Community Foundation celebrates its 20th Anniversary this year, we look forward to making an even greater impact in the communities we serve. We are excited to learn more about Pawnee County and hear residents’ thoughts on the future,” said Christy Tustin, Golden Belt Community Foundation Executive Director.

The meetings in Pawnee County are open to anyone who would like to share information or ideas about their community or county. If you are unable to attend, but would like to visit with a foundation representative, then please contact the foundation to schedule a meeting. Registration is not required, although individuals may RSVP by contacting the foundation at gbcf@goldenbeltcf.org or (620) 792-3000.

Golden Belt Community Foundation
At $19 million in total assets and more than 157 funds under management, Golden Belt Community Foundation has been connecting people who care to causes that matter since 1996. Golden Belt Community Foundation exists to provide non-profit organizations in central Kansas with a permanent source of support and to serve as a vehicle for charitable giving for donors. GBCF serves the counties of Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford. For more information about Golden Belt Community Foundation, call (620) 792-3000 or visit their website at www.goldenbeltcf.org.

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Birthing Classes for Expecting Mothers Offered at Great Bend Regional Hospital

Great Bend Regional Hospital is well-known for its Women and Children’s Center, which delivers approximately 40 babies per month to parents from all over central and southwest Kansas. With an affiliated obstetrics practice on the second floor of the hospital, the Heartland Regional Health Clinic with Dr. Jodi Henrikson and Dr. Aisha Rush refers hundreds of patients to the hospital each year. To prepare expecting parents for the arrival of their babies, Great Bend Regional Hospital will be offering a Birthing Class on Saturday, February 20th from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
“Parents who attend our birthing classes learn about so more than just pain management techniques like the Lamaze classes of the past,” says Jacquie Disque, the registered nurse who facilitates the classes. “Those who take the time to prepare themselves mentally for the birthing, recovery, and breastfeeding process that starts during labor will be so much less anxious once that day arrives.”
The registration fee of $40 per couple includes a comprehensive “Understanding Birth” guidebook, along with lunch for mom and her partner. Participants meet in the Emergency Room lobby at the hospital before taking a tour of the facility, which has been awarded numerous times for its maternity care.
“We have been a High Five for Mom and Baby hospital for several years, which means our OB nurses put a high priority on skin-to-skin and breastfeeding support and education,” says Brent Hanson, CEO of Great Bend Regional Hospital. “And most recently, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas gave us the highest possible designation as a Blue Distinction Plus Center for Maternity Care. We are proud of our Women and Children’s Center, and our patients appreciate the experienced staff and private rooms.”
Topics covered during the class include: Normal Labor & Delivery Stages, Mother’s Response to Birth Physically & Emotionally, Your Coach’s Role in Delivery, Pain Management Options, Preparing to Come to the Hospital & Knowing When to Come, Breastfeeding, C-Sections and more.
Pre-registration is required, and space is limited to 8 couples. For more information or to register, contact the OB/Pediatric Unit at the hospital, 620-791-6812. Other class dates in 2016 are May 7th, July 30th, and October 29th. Learn more about upcoming events on the hospital’s Facebook page.
About Great Bend Regional Hospital
Great Bend Regional Hospital is a state-of-the-art 33-bed physician owned hospital offering emergency and urgent care services, orthopedics and general surgery, obstetrics and pediatrics, imaging and diagnostics, respiratory therapy, physical and occupational therapy, an in-house laboratory, and more. Learn more at www.gbregional.com. And be sure to like the Great Bend Regional Hospital page on Facebook. “Committed to and caring for the community!”

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Photo Caption: Great Bend Regional Hospital recently invested in new labor and delivery equipment, known as Millard Peanut Balls. These anti-burst inflatable balls properly support the mother’s legs to keep the pelvis open and aid the baby in getting into birthing position. Not only do they keep mom more comfortable during labor, they can also help reduce the need for C-sections by improving the odds that the baby will not be in the breach position when it is time to push.

Family Crisis Center Has Two Position Openings

Family Crisis Center has two position openings, one for an Outreach Advocate and one fore a Sexual Violence Program Advocate. Both of which are for Larned. Below are the position descriptions. To apply, you may submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to 1924 Broadway avenue, Great Bend, KS 67530 or email them to info@familycrisiscntr.org.

Outreach Advocate Position Description

Job Title: Outreach Advocate Based Out Of: Larned

Reports To: Outreach Coordinator Directed by: DSVC Program Director

Purpose: To assist survivors of domestic and sexual violence, their families and friends through supportive services and advocacy while encouraging social change through awareness, education, and prevention

RESPONSIBILITIES INLCUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING:

1. Responsible providing supportive and advocacy services to program participants including but not limited to shelter assessments for adults and their children, program assessments, supportive services, referrals, emergency assistance, etc.
2. Responsible for creating a culture of empowerment and trauma-informed service delivery.
3. Responsible for answering crisis line and completing required documentation.
4. Responsible for advocating on behalf of survivors within systems.
5. Responsible to assist in creating a positive cultural environment of personal leadership, communications and teamwork within the shelter and throughout the agency.
6. Responsible to maintain a working knowledge of resources and services available in the communities served to assist survivors.
7. Responsible to network with medical professionals, court officers, school personnel, law enforcement, clergy and other professionals to encourage referrals.
8. Responsible for publicizing available services, educate referral sources and increase service utilization within communities served.
9. Responsible for documenting all information and submitting reports as required.
10. Responsible to attend and participate in assigned agency meetings.
11. Responsible for other duties as designated by the DSVC Program Director.

QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS and ABILITIES:

• Higher education preferred. High school degree or GED equivalent required.
• Experience in domestic violence or sexual assault field, volunteer experience, or related experience is suggested.
• Clear understanding of confidentiality.
• Ability to work independently and as a team.
• Knowledge and understanding of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse issues and trends.
• Knowledge of service area resources preferred.
• Knowledge of computer/internet programs to include Word, Excel, Outlook and Google Apps.
• Express commitment to the empowerment of women and children.
• Experience working with diverse people and groups.
• Experience maintaining personal/professional boundaries and managing stress constructively.
• Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
• Strong organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills; ability to handle multiple priorities.
• Manage and resolve conflict.
• Excellent initiative, integrity and strong sense of professionalism.
• Possess valid Kansas driver’s license, clean driving record, access to reliable transportation, & proof of current liability insurance.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
• Convey detailed and/or important instructions or ideas accurately, audibly, and quickly.
• Hear average or normal conversations and receive ordinary information.
• Manual dexterity and able to use wrists, hands and/or fingers in repetitive motion.
• Prepare and/or inspect documents and communications on computer or on paper.
• Sitting for extended periods of time.
• Bending, lifting, and carrying up to 40 pounds (donations/commodities).

WORK SCHEDULE
40 hours per week, non-exempt
Varied work schedule to accommodate activities.
Alternating on-call. Holiday work may be required. No staff member shall be required to work two consecutive Holidays.

MILEAGE AND EXPENSES:
Mileage and expenses shall be reimbursed as per Policy and Procedure manual.

This position is grant funded.

BENEFITS

Sick, Vacation, Personal leave, worker’s compensation insurance, employer paid health insurance, and employer paid life insurance. Additional health insurance coverage is available for families at a cost to the employee. *This agency is not eligible for Unemployment.

*All matters concerning the Family Crisis Center and the clients are to be kept in
strictest confidence.

Sexual Violence Program Advocate Position Description

Job Title: Sexual Violence Program Advocate Based Out Of: Larned

Reports To: Outreach Coordinator Directed by: DSVC Program Director

Purpose: To assist survivors of sexual violence, their families and friends through supportive services and advocacy while encouraging social change through awareness, education, and prevention

RESPONSIBILITIES INLCUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING:

1. Responsible providing supportive and advocacy services to program participants including but not limited to shelter assessments for adults and their children, program assessments, supportive services, referrals, emergency assistance, etc.
2. Provide educational materials, professional trainings and presentations to all communities. This does not apply to positions funded through grants prohibiting education and training activities.
3. Responsible for creating a culture of empowerment and trauma-informed service delivery.
4. Responsible for answering crisis line and completing required documentation.
5. Responsible for advocating on behalf of survivors within systems.
6. Responsible to assist in creating a positive cultural environment of personal leadership, communications and teamwork within the shelter and throughout the agency.
7. Responsible to maintain a working knowledge of resources and services available in the communities served to assist survivors.
8. Responsible to network with medical professionals, court officers, school personnel, law enforcement, clergy and other professionals to encourage referrals.
9. Responsible for publicizing available services, educate referral sources and increase service utilization within communities served.
10. Responsible for documenting all information and submitting reports as required.
11. Responsible to attend and participate in assigned agency meetings.
12. Responsible for other duties as designated by the DSVC Program Director.

QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS and ABILITIES:

• Higher education preferred. High school degree or GED equivalent required.
• Experience in domestic violence or sexual assault field, volunteer experience, or related experience is suggested.
• Clear understanding of confidentiality.
• Ability to work independently and as a team.
• Knowledge and understanding of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse issues and trends.
• Knowledge of service area resources preferred.
• Knowledge of computer/internet programs to include Word, Excel, Outlook and Google Apps.
• Express commitment to the empowerment of women and children.
• Experience working with diverse people and groups.
• Experience maintaining personal/professional boundaries and managing stress constructively.
• Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
• Strong organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills; ability to handle multiple priorities.
• Manage and resolve conflict.
• Excellent initiative, integrity and strong sense of professionalism.
• Possess valid Kansas driver’s license, clean driving record, access to reliable transportation, & proof of current liability insurance.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
• Convey detailed and/or important instructions or ideas accurately, audibly, and quickly.
• Hear average or normal conversations and receive ordinary information.
• Manual dexterity and able to use wrists, hands and/or fingers in repetitive motion.
• Prepare and/or inspect documents and communications on computer or on paper.
• Sitting for extended periods of time.
• Bending, lifting, and carrying up to 40 pounds (donations/commodities).

WORK SCHEDULE

40 hours per week, non-exempt
Varied work schedule to accommodate activities.
Alternating on-call. Holiday work may be required. No staff member shall be required to work two consecutive Holidays.

MILEAGE AND EXPENSES:

Mileage and expenses shall be reimbursed as per Policy and Procedure manual.

This position is grant funded.

BENEFITS

Sick, Vacation, Personal leave, worker’s compensation insurance, employer paid health insurance, and employer paid life insurance. Additional health insurance coverage is available for families at a cost to the employee. *This agency is not eligible for Unemployment.

*All matters concerning the Family Crisis Center and the clients are to be kept in
strictest confidence.

Three Imaging Employees at Great Bend Regional Hospital Earn New Certifications

In a hospital serving thousands of patients each year, the Imaging Department for Great Bend Regional Hospital has about a dozen employees and keeps extremely busy. Three of its employees recently passed new Boards, earning certifications to perform advanced level testing for the growing hospital.
Dan Ramirez and Ashley Dreiling, employees with the hospital for nearly five years, both passed their Computed Tomography (CT) Boards late last year. Shortly afterward, Lisa Klepper passed her Vascular Boards. Klepper has been with the hospital for four years.
“In the Radiology field, every technologist learns the basics of human anatomy, the physics of radiation, and how to perform X-rays while they are in school. After they pass their first Board exam, they can become a Radiology Technologist,” says Bill Henderson, Imaging Department supervisor. “There are more than ten different Boards you can take to further your education for different types of tests and different parts of the body. These Boards are not easy, and it takes a lot of hard work and time to pass these exams once you’ve been out of school for a while.”
Great Bend Regional Hospital offers six different modalities in Radiology, and each modality requires the technologists to learn different physics, plus special anatomy features. Diagnostic tests available at Great Bend Regional Hospital include MRI, CT, Digital X-Ray and Mammography, Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine, and Dexa Scan. In 2015, the Imaging Department performed 19,915 tests up from 18,159 in 2014.
To earn a new certification, radiology technologists have to submit studies they have performed and get them approved before they can even sit for the exam. “Anytime a technologist passes a new Board, it is a big accomplishment,” Henderson says. “I am proud of my employees, and what they are doing to improve themselves professionally and our department.”
About Great Bend Regional Hospital
Great Bend Regional Hospital is a state-of-the-art 33-bed physician owned hospital offering emergency and urgent care services, orthopedics and general surgery, obstetrics and pediatrics, imaging and diagnostics, respiratory therapy, physical and occupational therapy, an in-house laboratory, and more. Learn more at www.gbregional.com. And be sure to like the Great Bend Regional Hospital page on Facebook. “Committed to and caring for the community!”

 

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Family Crisis Center Announces Plans to Expand Facilities, Services, and Staff in 2016

More than 30 years ago, the Family Crisis Center was established to provide safety to families that could not find it in their own homes. Since that time, it is estimated that they have provided services to over 25,000 survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in central and south-central Kansas. The non-profit agency is seated in Great Bend, Kansas and announced this week a big-picture plan to significantly grow the reach and effectiveness of the organization for years to come.
“The Family Crisis Center started with a shelter for victims of domestic and sexual abuse, and we still offer that service to this day,” says Laura Patzner, Executive Director. “But over the years, we have continued to grow into a multi-faceted organization with two programs under our umbrella. We still operate the original Domestic and Sexual Violence Center, but have also added the Child Advocacy Center that specializes in assisting children who are victimized, as well as their families, as they navigate the judicial system and find safety after the incident.”
Both programs are headquartered from the Great Bend location at 1924 Broadway, and each program welcomed a new staff member in the last few months. A leadership team was established to better support the advocates on staff, and ensure that services for both programs are meeting the needs that exist in the community.
The agency’s Pratt location recently moved to a new facility, providing more space and better access to its clients along with resources to hire an additional Outreach Advocate to serve south central Kansas. Staff members also worked diligently to open a third location in Larned, for which a new Outreach Advocate and a Sexual Violence Program Advocate were hired.
“With the expansion of our agency and its services, we needed more staff to serve the unfortunately large need in our area,” Patzner says. “These new positions will create more access to services for survivors, and our leadership team is focusing on more visibility to make sure survivors and community members know we are here and how we can help.”
One of the new position created to serve both of the Family Crisis Center’s programs is the Community Engagement Coordinator, who will be responsible for recruiting, training, and supporting volunteers. Great Bend resident Joanne Wondra was selected for the position, with big goals for expanding awareness for the agency. Another position was filled by Rachel Angel, when she was rehired as the Program Director for the Child Advocacy Center. Angel had worked for the Crisis Center for over a year as a Family Advocate, and has a master’s degree in criminal justice with a focus on victim advocacy. She has also completed the ChildFirst training for forensic interviewers, along with the Kansas Academy for Victim Assistants.
With the agency fully staffed, the Family Crisis Center is able to expand its services once again. The newest service added to the ever-growing list available to victims is AllState Financial Empowerment, which addresses financial abuse.
With so many new faces and services, the leadership team for the Family Crisis Center would like to invite the public to attend a special meet-and-greet event on Thursday, February 4th at 3 p.m. in the conference room at the organization’s headquarters, 1924 Broadway in Great Bend. Refreshments will be served, and media representatives will have exclusive opportunities for interviews with the staff. All are welcome, and no RSVP is required.
For more information about the Family Crisis Center or either of its two programs, the Domestic and Sexual Violence Center or the Child Advocacy Center, visit them online at www.familycrisiscntr.org and on Facebook, or contact their friendly staff at 620-793-9941.
Leadership Team Contacts:
• Family Crisis Center, Inc. – Serves Both Programs
o Laura Patzner, Executive Director for Family Crisis Center, Inc.
o Joanne Wondra, Community Engagement Coordinator
• Domestic & Sexual Violence Center:
o Becky Davis, Program Director
o Tanya Day, Outreach Program Coordinator
o Cheryl Clark, Shelter Program Coordinator
• Dell Hayden Memorial Child Advocacy Center (CAC):
o Rachel Angel, Program Director
o Kasey Corbett, Family Advocacy Coordinator

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Bird Program and Hike on February 13 at Fort Larned NHS

The Eastern Bluebird sure does brighten up the winter landscape! You can spot Bluebirds, Downy Woodpeckers, Tree Sparrows, and dozens or more feathered species at Fort Larned National Historic Site. There’s always a hawk or two hanging around looking for a mouse or another tasty morsel.
The staff at Fort Larned National Historic Site, Larned, Kansas, is supporting the 2016 Great Backyard Bird Count by offering a nature program and birding hike from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 13. Sharpen your bird ID skills by participating in fun activities and a brisk winter hike! Meet in the Visitor Center for a presentation on Birds of the Fort, followed by a bird count on the parade ground and surrounding areas of the park. Park Ranger Barry Jones from Quivira National Wildlife Refuge will lead the birding hike. Plan to dress for the weather, wear comfortable shoes, and bring binoculars. Birding is for everyone! Scouts are encouraged to attend and will receive credit towards earning the National Park Service/ Scouting Patch. All events and activities at Fort Larned are free to the public. Hot chocolate will be served.
If you are not able to attend the program but are interested in the bird species count visit: www.birdcount.org. You can watch your backyard feeders and keep a list of what you see. Individuals and groups can submit their findings on-line. The official count dates are Friday, February 12 through Monday, February 15, 2016. The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a free, fun, and easy event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the four-day event. This event is sponsored by Audubon, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and Canadian partner Bird Studies Canada.
In celebration of the National Park Service Centennial, Fort Larned National Historic Site invites you to discover the meaning of national parks, how your park inspires you – both in personal connections and memorable experiences. Fort Larned National Historic Site is located six miles west of Larned on Kansas Highway 156. Open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., information on visiting is on the internet at www.nps.gov/fols, or by calling 620-285-6911. There is no admission fee.

Learn more at www.nps.gov.

Member Spotlight: Pawnee Valley Community Hospital

MISSION | Pawnee Valley Community Hospital will be the best Critical Access Hospital in Rural America

VISION | To improve the quality of life for the communities we serve through exceptional health care and service excellence

VALUES
Accountability | Taking responsibilities for our action and resources entrusted to us
Innovation | Willingness to envision and explore new approaches to improving quality of life for all persons
Integrity | Encompasses honesty, ethics and doing the right thing for the right reasons
Service Excellence | Committee to providing excellent service and compassionate care
Teamwork | Sustaining commitment to working together
Stewardship | Dedication to successful business practices

SERVICES: Emergency Care, Acute & Skilled Nursing, GI Scopes, Cataract Surgery, PICC Lines, Dental Surgery, Specialized Nursing Services, Lab, CT, X-Ray, Ultrasound, Dexascan, Digital Mammography, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, EEG, Sleep & Diagnostic Center, Physical, Occupational, Speech Therapy, Lymphedema Therapy, Respiratory Therapy, Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehab, Cardiac Nuclear Stress Testing

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Learn at Lunch with Pawnee Valley Community Hospital this February

Register today for our February Learn at Lunch. Join us on Thursday, February 25th at the Santa Fe Trail Center for this informative session on How to be Heart Healthy in celebration of Heart Month! Registration deadline is February 18th at 5:00 pm. Lunch is provided. Cost to attend is $10 for Chamber members and $20 for non-members. To register, you may call the office at (620) 285-6916 or send an email to sblanton@gbta.net.

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