Bunting Magnetics of Newton names new business strategistBunting Magnetics Co. — producer of precision magnetic products for the worldwide food, plastics, chemical, automobile and printing industries — has named Robert Bunting Jr. as business strategist—metal detection.In his new position, Bunting is responsible for further developing the metal detection portion of the company product line, with particular emphasis on the food processing and bulk commodities markets.Announcing the appointment, Rod Henricks, Bunting Magnetics product manager—metal detection, commented: “Robert Bunting has a well-deserved reputation for successfully matching customers’ needs with the right Bunting solution for their applications. I look forward to using his abilities more exclusively in our expanded efforts to deliver the right metal detection and food quality solutions to the food processing and packaging industry.”Robert J. Bunting Jr. is a third-generation employee of Bunting Magnetics. Since his graduation from Rockhurst University in 2005, Bunting has served the company in various positions, most recently as the territory manager for Illinois and Wisconsin.For more than 50 years, Bunting Magnetics Co. has developed and manufactured precision magnetic products for the worldwide printing, automobile, plastics, food, electronics and recycling industries. Bunting Magnetics Co. products serve global markets and include a broad range of magnetic materials and components, magnetic separation systems, material handling equipment, magnetic printing cylinders, flexible dies, metal detection equipment, bonded magnetics, and assemblies.Bunting manufacturing facilities are located in Newton; suburban Chicago; DuBois, Pa.; and Berkhamsted, England. For additional information, call 284-2020 or log on to buntingmagnetics.com.Via Christi partners with Children’s Miracle Network HospitalsVia Christi Hospitals in Wichita has announced that as of Jan. 1, it will serve five counties as a partner of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Via Christi Health in Wichita.Under their new service area, Via Christi Hospitals in Wichita has added Reno and Rice counties and will now serve the following Kansas counties: Butler, Harvey, Reno, Rice and Sedgwick.CMN Hospitals at Via Christi Health help families and their children by providing assistance with expenses not covered by insurance, for things like medication, therapy, hearing aids, wheelchairs, or family travel expenses related to the child’s hospital stay.Families can connect with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ resources through a network of five regional hospitals serving 64 counties. In addition to Via Christi Hospitals in Wichita, the regional hospitals are Ashland Health Center in Ashland, William Newton Healthcare Foundation in Winfield, Salina Regional Health Center in Salina, and Hays Medical Center in Hays.Since 1984, CMN Hospitals at Via Christi Health have provided more than $15 million in assistance to central and western Kansas children and their families — more than 50,000 of them every year.Blue Cross and Blue Shield foundation donates to United WayBlue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas employees and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation donated a total of $242,673.01 this fall to United Way campaigns in Topeka, Salina, Wichita and Hutchinson.“Throughout our 70-year history in Kansas we have taken steps to have a positive impact on the communities in which our members and employees live and work; the well-being of the cities and neighborhoods we serve is a vital component of our corporate culture,” said Andrew C. Corbin, president/CEO of BCBSKS and of the BCBSKS Foundation. “Our commitment to the United Way is unwavering and we thank United Way leaders for creating the vision to move our communities forward.”Anxiety therapy group to be offered by Prairie View in 2013A weekly therapy group for adults struggling with anxiety soon will be available at Prairie View’s McPherson office at 1102 Hospital Drive.The group will begin meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7. It will be led by David McDonald, LMLP.“I wanted to start an anxiety therapy group because it offers a great opportunity to a larger number of people,” said McDonald. “This type of treatment is proven, it’s less expensive and comes with the support of a group that understands the effect that anxiety can have on your ability to live life.”Designed for individuals working to address an anxiety disorder, the group will be dedicated to: • Gaining insight into how anxiety is learned and impacts daily functioning. • Learning skills for soothing anxiety. • Evaluating how we perceive threats. • Managing worry. • Addressing interpersonal anxiety around strangers. • Developing strategies for handling real-world problems in ways that reduce anxiety. • Reclaiming parts of life that anxiety has taken. The group will not process traumatic events related to Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, but participants still may benefit from learning anxiety management techniques.For more information, contact McDonald at (620) 245-5000.