Health Ministries announces executive director

The Health Ministries Clinic Board of Directors has appointed Matthew Schmidt as executive director.

Schmidt, a licensed specialist clinical social worker, served the clinic as interim executive director for the past year.

Citing the last 12 months as one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of his professional career, he said, "I am extremely excited about the future of Health Ministries. I am very appreciative of all the energy that staff have invested that has allowed us to get where we are and at the same time am eager to continue to press on and maximize what we can be! I look forward to the journey that lies ahead."

Schmidt will continue to help lead a health-care integration project between Health Ministries Clinic, Prairie View and the Harvey County Health Department. When completed, primary care, dental services, behavioral health care and public health will be able to be accessed in one location, making it significantly easier for individuals and families to obtain comprehensive health services.

Currently, Health Ministries Clinic provides the following specific types of care: acute care, disease prevention and management, wellness management, children's care, dental care and behavioral health assessments and consultations. In-house lab services are also available.

Hours of operation are: Monday and Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Friday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The dental clinic is open Monday and Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Health Ministries Clinic, a federally-qualified health center, provides medical, dental and counseling services for the insured and uninsured in Harvey, Marion, McPherson and Butler counties regardless of patients’ ability to pay. Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance are accepted. Same-day appointments are available.

Local doctor recognized as diplomate of ABFM

Family physician Jon Casimir, MD, has successfully completed the necessary requirements for recognition as a diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine. This recognizes the physician demonstrates a mastery level of medical knowledge and excellence in family medicine.

To become a diplomate, Dr. Casimir had to complete specific requirements outlined by the ABFM, including passing a cognitive examination.

Dr. Casimir practices at Via Christi Clinic, 720 Medical Center Drive in Newton. Appointments can be made by calling 284-5000.

Sponsored by Ascension Health, Via Christi Health is the largest provider of health-care services in Kansas. Via Christi employs approximately 10,000 in its hospitals, senior villages, physician offices and health services. In fiscal year 2012, it provided $90.5 million in community benefit to those it serves, including the poor. Visit

HCU named a top mortgage granting credit union

The American Credit Union Mortgage Association has recently named Hutchinson Credit Union as one of the Top 300 First Mortgage Granting Credit Unions in the country. HCU was the only credit union from the state of Kansas to make the list and ranked No. 280 nationally.

The data used to determine the rankings was based on the total number of first mortgage originations and total dollars of first mortgage originations from Jan. 1, 2012, through Dec. 31, 2012. ACUMA’s data shows HCU originated more than $85 million in 1,296 fixed and adjustable rate first mortgages.

"It is an honor for Hutchinson Credit Union to be included among the top first mortgage granting credit unions in the country," a news release stated. "This honor, along with being named among the top 5 percent of credit unions by Callahan and Associates in the spring of 2013, means HCU members can feel confident they are receiving the best possible value from a strong, efficient and progressive credit union."

HCU is headquartered in Hutchinson, with offices in Haven, Newton and Wichita. HCU delivers financial services to members throughout the U.S. The Credit Union, with 17,500 members and more than $200 million in assets, was founded as The Hutchinson Teachers Credit Union in 1948. HCU is a leading home lender, and offers a broad array of consumer and business services. HCU actively builds integrated solutions to enhance the member experience.