Volunteers' legacy of 30 years at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice

From the early days of its 1983 founding, Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice has been empowered by the passion and dedication of its volunteers. Today, devoted individuals throughout south-central and southeast Kansas are actively involved in supporting the not-for-profit organization’s programs and services in the community.

Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice salutes their nearly 300 trained hospice volunteers providing services to Kansans each year.

National Volunteer Week is April 21–27, and those dedicated individuals offering support, companionship and hope to those facing a life-limiting illness deserve special recognition for the difference they make, a news release stated.

Hospice volunteers often serve patients and families at the bedside, but they also assist in the office, help raise awareness, contribute to educational programs, and much more.

“We are thankful for our volunteers every day of the year, but National Volunteer Week is a time when we can celebrate all they do and remind everyone that hospice volunteers are an invaluable and essential component to hospice,” said Anita Dorf, chief quality and volunteer officer.

Celebrating their 30th year of service, Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice continues to offer nonprofit service to those affected by end of life. Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice serves 25 counties in south-central and southeast Kansas. To learn more about hospice or volunteering, visit them online at www.yourlocalhospice.org or (800) 767-4965.

NHS represented at national business education conference

The National Business Education Association’s annual conference convened April 16-20 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. Business teachers from across the country attended the conference, including Newton High School's Edie Saylor and Melinda Rangel.

Business and technology teachers attended hands-on computer training sessions in subjects such as WeVideo, Web 2.0 Tools, Connections for Teaching Personal Finance, Prezi presentations and many others. The conference featured many speakers that presented break-out sessions on topics including soft skills in technology, social media marketing tips, accounting and budgeting concepts, scams that target teens, common core standards in business education, LiveBinders and many more.

Saylor and Rangel attended networking luncheons with other NBEA members and toured the exhibit hall that housed numerous textbook and curriculum ideas for the business classroom. They also attended the opening session featuring keynote speaker Gene Stanaland, president of an economics and management consulting firm who spoke on "The Current Economy — Where Are We Going?" and a second general session that presented information about what businesses want from graduates entering the global workplace.

Benefits, employment workshop coming to Newton Prairie View

Prairie View will be hosting a workshop by Michael Walling, M.ED., who will discuss "Benefits and Employment in 2013: Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security and SSI."

The workshop will be Wednesday, May 1, on Prairie View's Newton campus at 1901 E. First St. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., and the workshop will begin at 9 a.m. A one-hour break will occur at noon, and the training will conclude at 4 p.m.

According to Walling's website, "The focus of the workshop is on demonstrating how a beneficiary can make an informed choice of earning significant income and still qualify for medical benefits and cash benefits, rather than pursue the commonly held perception that people must limit their income to protect their benefits."

Registration is $98. To register, visit http://benefits-training.com/workshops.asp and scroll to the Newton training. Payment may be brought to the workshop.

Walling is a professional benefits trainer with 19 years experience in presenting and teaching, focusing on disability benefit programs and employment.

Prairie View is a faith-based, private behavioral and mental health services provider, offering a range of behavioral and psychiatric services for children, adolescents, adults and older adults, as well as consultation services to businesses and organizations. In addition to the main campus, including outpatient offices and a psychiatric hospital in Newton, Prairie View has outpatient locations in Hillsboro, Hutchinson, McPherson and Wichita.

Newton Medical Center news: Programs recognized for progress

The Wichita-area Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) chapter will receive the 2013 APIC Chapter Excellence Award during the Annual Conference in Ft. Lauderdale in June.

Their project entitled “Synergistic Alliances” required them to demonstrate accomplishment of two criteria:

• Establish alliances with other organizations with complimentary missions and goals. • Develop and influence public policy independently or in conjunction with allied organizations.

Newton Medical Center offers congratulations to the chapter and to Kelley Newsom, infection control coordinator at Newton Medical Center.

Additionally, Heartland Research is the recipient of the prestigious Vaccine Industry Excellence Award as the "Best Clinical Site and Trial Network."

The ViE honors research organizations who have made significant contributions over the past 12 months.