Update: Hesston Wellness Center works toward member goal

By Ashley Bergner Newton Kansan

The Hesston Wellness Center has about a week left in its January membership challenge and is close to meeting its goal.

Director Jason Jones said if the center brings in 100 new/renewed memberships during the month of January, he has agreed to dress up like Maria from "West Side Story" and sing "I Feel Pretty."

As of Jan. 23, the center was at 72 percent of its membership goal.

Rick Bartlett hired to lead new programs at Tabor College

HILLSBORO — Jules Glanzer, president of Tabor College, has announced the hiring of Rick Bartlett, Fresno, Calif., as the first director of the Theological Education program. He also will serve as an assistant professor of Ministry and provide direction to the Christian Ministry undergraduate program and the newly created masters being offered in Entrepreneurial Ministry Leadership.

“We are blessed to have Rick Bartlett provide leadership and expertise as we begin a new chapter at Tabor College. Rick has a rich understanding of our Anabaptist heritage and brings practical experience in ministry and theological education,” Glanzer said.

The graduate theological program, which Bartlett will be developing and implementing beginning with the 2014-15 academic year, was made possible, in part, by funding that was provided by the USMB conference and MBBS for the purpose of serving the college’s constituency with distance theological education.

Bartlett expressed his excitement for the new position. “I am honored for the new opportunity at Tabor College,” he said. “It is an exciting time. Developing programs that will help people achieve their goals of advanced degrees in ministry and be able to serve the Lord in greater capacities is a wonderful opportunity, in which I am blessed to play a role.”

Tabor College is participating with other MB institutions of higher learning in providing courses in Anabaptist history, theology and principles. Bartlett will administer this program, as well.

Bartlett comes to Tabor after serving as the lead pastor for the Bethany Church in Fresno, Calif. He also has served as the Dean of Students and Director of Constituency Relations at the MB Biblical Seminary and as Director of Ministry Quest, while teaching at the Seminary, as well as Fresno Pacific University.

He holds a Doctorate of Ministry from George Fox Evangelical Seminary, a Master of Divinity from the MB Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts from Fresno Pacific University. He and his wife Karen have two children.

Via Christi Home Health named 2012 HomeCare Elite Agency

Via Christi Home Health has been named a top agency of the 2012 HomeCare Elite, a compilation of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. This is the third year in a row Via Christi Home Health has earned this distinction.

Winners are ranked by an analysis of publicly available data in quality outcomes, process measure implementation, patient experience (Home Health CAHPS), quality improvement and financial performance.

“Our home health staff members are to be congratulated for once again making us one of the best agencies in the United States,” said Joy Scott, executive director of Via Christi Home Health and Via Christi Home Medical. “Their commitment to patient-centered care is why we’re able to help our clients stay as independent as possible in their own homes while providing them with the skilled nursing care, therapy services and equipment they need.”

Prudential Dinning-Beard, Realtors acquired by PenFed Realty

PenFed Realty, a full-service real estate company serving the northeast, mid-Atlantic and southern United States, announced it has acquired Prudential Dinning-Beard, Realtors, a Kansas-based real estate company that serves the Wichita metro area.

Originally opening its doors in 1948, Dinning-Beard, Realtors has served Wichita and its surrounding communities for more than 60 years. In 2001, Willie Kihle and Mona Stein purchased the company, changing the name to Prudential Dinning-Beard, Realtors after taking the company to the Prudential franchise.

Since that time, the company has enjoyed success as a leading realty firm in the region, a news release stated: growing its sales force to more than 270 associates, with just under a half billion dollars in annual sales. The firm currently has four offices, located in Wichita, Newton and Augusta, offering buyer and seller services for residential and commercial properties.

Under the agreement, Kihle and Stein will remain in their leadership roles at the firm’s helm under their new titles of regional president and regional executive vice president, respectively. Additionally, the Prudential Dinning-Beard, Realtors name will remain unchanged and the company will continue to manage its sales accordingly.

For more information, visit www.WichitaListings.com or www.PenFedRealty.com.