Detweiler sworn in as public health officer for Harvey County

Upon the approval of the Harvey County Board of Health, Dr. Doyle Detweiler was sworn in as the public health officer for Harvey County in December. Honorable Judge Joe Dickinson performed the swearing-in ceremony. Dr. Detweiler also serves as the medical consultant for the health department. His role as public health officer includes requiring an investigation of each case of acute infectious, contagious or communicable diseases; using all known measures to prevent the spread of any such disease; and performing other duties the county board or the state secretary of health and environment may require. The Harvey County board of commissioners serve as the county's board of health.

Stroke and osteoporosis screenings coming to Newton soon

Residents living in and around the Newton community can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture. Immanuel Baptist Church will host Life Line Screening on Feb. 5. The site is located at 1515 N. Anderson Ave. in Newton. Sallie Trotter of Bonner Springs attended a Life Line Screening and said, “I want to thank you for saving me from having a stroke.” According to a news release, four key points every person needs to know are: • Stroke is the third leading cause of death and a leading cause of permanent disability. • 80 percent of stroke victims had no apparent warning signs prior to their stroke. • Preventive ultrasound screenings can help you avoid a stroke. • Screenings are fast, noninvasive and painless. Screenings identify potential cardiovascular conditions such as blocked arteries and irregular heart rhythm, abdominal aortic aneurysms, and hardening of the arteries in the legs, which is a strong predictor of heart disease. A bone density screening to assess osteoporosis risk also is offered and is appropriate for both men and women. Packages start at $149. All five screenings take 60 to 90 minutes to complete. For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule an appointment, call (877) 237-1287 or visit the website at Pre-registration is required.

Chamber sponsors YMCA tour; slots still available to public

The Newton Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a YMCA preview trip, and Chamber members and the public are invited to attend. The Chamber has rented two buses and will transport community members to the North and Downtown branches of the YMCA in Wichita. Community members will be able to see what a YMCA facility in Newton might look like and ask questions about the proposed project. The tour will depart from the Chamber at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, and will return at 8:30 p.m. Appetizers and beverages will be provided. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Spots still are available. Call the Chamber at 283-2560 by noon Tuesday to make a reservation. You do not have to be a Chamber member to attend this event.

Tangeman of Newton Medical Center to receive new title

Newton Medical Center employee Todd Tangeman’s title is changing to vice president of human resources. His role has increased significantly since being named as director of human resources, a news release stated. Chaplain Services, Library and Education, Corporate Compliance, Dietary, Auxiliary Association, and Wellness report to him. Tangeman has recently served as President of the Kansas Hospital Human Resources Association; he has represented NMC on the KHA Education Committee; has served as President for Newton’s Chamber of Commerce; represents NMC as the wellness representative working with other entities; and leads the efforts in fundraising for the proposed YMCA.