McPherson Hospital announces that its urgent care clinic will open officially on Monday, February 2 at 5:00 p.m.
The clinic located at 823 North Main will be open “after hours” on Monday through Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
McPherson Hospital announces that its urgent care clinic will open officially on Monday, February 2 at 5:00 p.m.
The clinic located at 823 North Main will be open “after hours” on Monday through Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. until noon.
The clinic will be staffed with 5 health providers and a physician medical director. Clinic organizer and manager Jennifer Alexander, APRN-C, will assist in the day-to-day operations. Patient care will be provided by Melisa Cooper, P.A., Erica Selzer, P.A., Brooke Kanitz, APRN-C, Lacey Kliewer, APRN-C, and Autumn Wilgers, APRN-C. Medical director will be Delane Vaughn, M.D., who is also a hospitalist at the main hospital facility.
The Urgent Care Clinic is considered an outpatient facility of McPherson Hospital so all insurance accepted by the hospital will be accepted by the clinic as well as cash, checks, credit or debit cards, and Medicare or Medicaid.
The clinic will see patients of any age 12 months and older on a walk-in basis. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Staff will be able to diagnose and treat a variety of minor and common illnesses such as bronchitis, flu, cold, sinus infection, minor burns and cuts, ear ache, pink eye, throat conditions and more. All of this is with the full support and resources of McPherson Hospital.
Prescriptions will be written from this facility with the exception of narcotics. More serious emergent cases such as chest pains, open fractures, shortness of breath or severe injuries will be referred to the hospital’s emergency department.
Recently several McPherson citizens have commented on a foul odor noticed in parts of town, primarily in the south eastern area. This odor is the result of the city’s annual process where wastewater biosolids (aka stabilized sludge) are spread on
Recently several McPherson citizens have commented on a foul odor noticed in parts of town, primarily in the south eastern area. This odor is the result of the city’s annual process where wastewater biosolids (aka stabilized sludge) are spread on local farm ground owned by the city. These fields are located northeast and southeast of the intersection of Centennial Drive and Iron Horse Road.
Over the course of a year, the city of McPherson generates approximately 325 dry tons of biosolids as a byproduct of treating and cleaning almost 600 million gallons of the city’s wastewater each year. These solids are processed at the wastewater treatment facility, where they are organically broken down and stabilized. They are dried to about the same consistency as moist potting soil. Additionally, the biosolids are treated to kill/remove pathogenic bacteria that could pose a health hazard to people. Once the biosolids meet all KDHE and EPA health and safety requirements, they are transported and stored in a covered, concrete lined holding structure located near these fields. In order for the soil to receive the maximum benefit, the biosolids are spread on the fields in December or January. The actual spreading takes approximately 3 to 4 days and was just completed last week.
Unfortunately, the treatment process cannot remove all of the odors. These odors may persist until the biosolids are almost completely dry. Due to rain, snow, and temperatures this time of year, the drying process can take a while.
The city tries its best to minimize this inconvenience. We assure you there are no biological hazards to the public from this odor.
Four education organizations have reached an agreement on proposed changes to the Professional Negotiations Act. Leaders from the United School Administrators, Kansas Association of School Boards, Kansas National Education Association and Kansas School Superintendents Association came to this agreement after
Four education organizations have reached an agreement on proposed changes to the Professional Negotiations Act. Leaders from the United School Administrators, Kansas Association of School Boards, Kansas National Education Association and Kansas School Superintendents Association came to this agreement after several months of discussion.
More than one year ago, the leaders of key public education organizations began discussions to improve the existing Professional Negotiations Act. Today’s announcement illustrates the progress that can be achieved through meaningful discussion among education professionals.
The recently approved agreement would require that professional negotiations regarding compensation, including salary and wages, supplemental contract salaries and overtime remain mandatory negotiation items. Each side in the negotiations process would then choose five additional items from the current list of mandatory items. Other items could be discussed only when both sides agree to negotiate them.
The agreement also calls for joint training for members of the negotiating teams, and for KNEA and KASB to work on model language that could be used in future contracts relative to disciplinary procedures and professional attire. In addition, this agreement would push back the statutory annual dates to exchange a list of items for negotiations and for declaring an impasse in negotiations. The notification date would change from February 1 to March 31. The impasse declaration date would change from June 1 to July 31.
Proposed Changes to the Kansas Professional Negotiations Act
Both sides agree to negotiate compensation every year. Compensation includes salary and wages, supplemental contract salaries, and pay for overtime.
Each side could then submit up to five items from the list of thirty mandatorily negotiable items. The negotiations team would be required to negotiate all of those five. This makes the maximum number of mandatory items to be negotiated in any given year between five (if both sides noticed the same items) and 10 (if both sides noticed five different items).
All other items would then be considered permissive. If both sides agree to negotiate them, they could be discussed. This would include any leftover items from the current mandatory list of thirty, or any other item the two sides want to negotiate that might currently be considered permissive.
Joint training for members of the negotiations team will be mandatory. Content and format for will determined by the local negotiations team.
The notification date will be changed from February 1 to March 31.
The impasse date will be changed from June 1 to July 31.
KNEA and KASB agree to have their legal staff work on common model language for disciplinary procedures that could be included in future contracts. (Ready for implementation 2016-17.)
KNEA and KASB agree to have their legal staff work on common model language for wearing apparel that could be included in future contracts. (Ready for implementation 2016-17.)
All new or merged entities created after the effective date of these changes shall not be limited to the restrictions agreed to by the parties and presented to the Legislature for approval during the 2015 Legislative Session.
All parties agree to support this and only this change to the PNA language during the 2015 Legislative Session.
This agreement takes effect upon adoption by each group’s governing board.
If adopted into law, the new process would be effective July 1, 2015.
Game day t-shirt? Check! Chips, dips and snacks? Check! Television for the big game day? Check for safety. The Super Bowl drives more television sales than any other time of year. But did you know that every 45 minutes in
Game day t-shirt? Check! Chips, dips and snacks? Check! Television for the big game day? Check for safety. The Super Bowl drives more television sales than any other time of year. But did you know that every 45 minutes in the United States, a child is rushed to the emergency room for injuries caused by televisions falling on top of them? To help prevent these TV tip-overs, Safe Kids Kansas is asking families to observe National TV Safety Day on January 31, 2015, by making sure your TVs are secured. National TV Safety Day raises awareness about TV tip-overs and educates parents and caregivers on the simple things they can do to make their homes safer.
To learn TV safety tips, visit: www.safekids.org/video/tv-tip-overs-emerging-danger
“Every 3 weeks a child dies from a television tipping over,” said Cherie Sage, Safe Kids Kansas coordinator. “We don’t want any parent to have to endure the loss of a child due to a TV tip-over. National TV Safety Day is a time for families to conduct a quick TV safety check in their home and learn what to do with older TVs that can be dangerous for young kids.”
Safe Kids encourages families to include TV safety as part of their childproofing plans by placing heavy cathode ray tube, or CRT, TVs on low, stable pieces of furniture. If families no longer use their CRT TV, consider recycling it. For families with flat panel televisions, Safe Kids recommends mounting TVs to the wall to reduce the risk of TV tip-overs.
Safe Kids Kansas recommends these top tips to help keep kids safe in communities and improve the environment.
Top tips for parents:
Assess the stability of the TVs in your home.
Mount flat-screen TVs to the wall to prevent them from toppling off stands. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure that you have a secure fit.
If you have a large, heavy, old-style cathode ray tube (CRT) TV, place it on a low, stable piece of furniture.
If you no longer use your CRT TV, consider recycling it. To find a location to safely and easily recycle unwanted TVs, go to www.GreenerGadgets.org. Here are some step-by-step tips to help.
Use brackets, braces or wall straps to secure unstable or top-heavy furniture to the wall.
For more TV safety tips, visit www.safekids.org.
To coincide with Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, the AARP Fraud Watch Network is launching an education effort to help people protect themselves from tax scams, releasing a new video, a tip sheet and encouraging people to take advantage of
To coincide with Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, the AARP Fraud Watch Network is launching an education effort to help people protect themselves from tax scams, releasing a new video, a tip sheet and encouraging people to take advantage of AARP's free tax preparation services.
Many taxpayers are putting themselves at greater risk of tax identity theft according to a recent national study released by the AARP Fraud Watch Network in conjunction with the education campaign to help prevent scammers from stealing Kansans' hard-earned money.
"Throwing a pay stub in the trash may seem easier than finding a shredder, but the risk of having your tax refund stolen is just too great," said AARP Kansas Director Maren Turner. "The Fraud Watch Network is urging all Kansans to file early so you can beat con artists to the punch."
According to the Federal Trade Commission, Kansas ranks 30th in ID theft complaints. In the tax identity theft scheme, scammers electronically file a tax return under someone else's name to collect their tax refund. All they need is a birthdate and Social Security number, and many taxpayers make their personal information easy pickings by:
* Failing to lock their mailbox. Almost six in ten (59%) Americans do not regularly lock their mailbox, which leaves them open to a criminal stealing bills, tax forms and other documents that contain personal information.
* Leaving valuables exposed: Over half (54%) of Americans 18-49 have left at least one valuable personal item in their car in the last week (e.g., a purse/wallet, paystub, laptop) that could be used to steal their identity.
* Failing to destroy personal information: More than one in five (21%) Americans say they never shred any of the personal documents that could be used to steal their identity.
Tips on how to protect yourself and your family from tax identity theft include:
* Do mail tax returns as early in the tax season as possible before the cons beat you to it.
* Don't give out personal information unless you know who's asking for it and why they need it.
* Shred personal and financial documents.
* Know your tax preparer.
Kansans are also encouraged to visit aarp.org/taxaide (1-888-227-7669) for information about AARP Foundation Tax Aide, the nation's largest free, volunteer-run tax preparation program. Each tax season, Tax Aide helps millions of low- to moderate-income taxpayers - especially those 60 and older - get the credits and deductions they deserve.
|January 28, 2015||The Traffic Stop|
|January 27, 2015||‘Science Day’ at McPherson College Introduces Grade School Students to ‘Cool Science’|
|January 26, 2015||McPherson County releases Road and Bridge Schedule for week beginning January 28th|
|January 26, 2015||New McPherson City employee wellness program established, includes additional wellness leave for those who qualify|
|January 26, 2015||McPherson Opera House to host Opera Academy of the Midwest with $75K state grant|
|January 23, 2015||Don Schroeder Legislative Report|
|January 23, 2015||Swartzendruber wins Candy Cane Cash|
|January 23, 2015||Powerball Powered Up to More than $200 Million for Weekend!|
|January 23, 2015||Why is Kansas called the Wheat State?|
|January 23, 2015||Pine Village to host Legislative Coffee Saturday|