Bridges Inc. names new officers at board meeting

At a recent board of directors meeting, Bridges Inc. of Newton named new officers and stockholders.

Travis Rose was named vice president of operations, and Ramon Bujanda became vice president of construction. Both are company stockholders.

Rose, his wife Jaime and their two daughters currently reside in McPherson and are moving to Newton this spring or summer. Prior to working at Bridges Inc., Rose was with the J.E. Dunn Company of Kansas City, Mo., for 12 years.

Bujanda, his wife Martha and their two daughters reside in Great Bend. Bujanda has been with Bridges Inc. for 14 years.

Stan and Rosalind Scudder remain as president and secretary of the corporation that was founded in 1990.


Community National Bank and Trust launches website

Community National Bank and Trust, a customer-focused community bank for more than 25 years, launched a re-designed website March 28 to banking centers throughout southeast and south-central Kansas.

With an enhanced local listing, customers can find banking center contact information, ATM locations, local community information and helpful community links. The improved functionality provides users with an easier-to-navigate site for a smoother user experience.

In addition, the Community National Bank and Trust site provides new financial tools for customers like the ePower Checking and fill applications for real estate, home equity and personal finance. Financial calculators allow customers to configure anything from their credit cards to mortgage payments to automobile loans to lease payments.

The updated Community National Bank and Trust website continues to provide easily accessible and secure personal and business banking information like checking, savings and loan information, along with an EZ change kit for assisting customers in changing banks. To learn more, check out the new site at


Schowalter Villa scores highly on state survey

Schowalter Villa of Hesston, a Bluestem Community, recently completed an outstanding state survey.

Each year, nursing homes enrolled in Medicare or Medicaid are rigorously evaluated by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. CMS sets and enforces standards for providers of 24-hour nursing care and other medical services. The evaluation process includes these intense inspections, plus information provided by the nursing homes themselves, and details about how well they do in health inspections, providing enough nurses, and delivering a high-level quality of care.

State surveyors awarded the Villa’s assisted living a “zero deficiencies” rating. Health care received two low-level deficiencies, one of which is a state deficiency only.

“We have an outstanding team,” said Schowalter Villa Executive Director Treva Greaser. “Each staff member plays an important role in our success.

“Surveyors shared many positive comments,” Greaser added. “Such as ‘your residents are very happy here, and families raved about the care they received.’”

Schowalter Villa continuing care retirement community consistently is recognized for its leadership in aging services and excellence in resident care.

For successfully implementing “culture change,” emphasizing a focus on resident preferences, the Villa has earned five PEAK (Promoting Excellent Alternatives in Kansas) Awards from the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services. In February, U.S. News and World Report awarded Schowalter Villa a five-star rating in its “2013 Best Nursing Homes” rankings.

For more information about award-winning Schowalter Villa, visit the website at