Neufeld honored by University of Kansas

Kristi Neufeld, a graduate of Newton High School and Bethel College, was recently honored by the University of Kansas with one of three Steeples Service to Kansas Awards.

Neufeld is an associate professor of molecular biosciences. She has been a faculty member in the Department of Molecular Biosciences since 2003 and in the KU Medical Center Department of Cancer Biology since 2013. Neufeld has worked tirelessly to gain National Cancer Institute recognition for the KU Cancer Center to advance research and improve the health of Kansans. She developed and led a multicampus Cancer Biology program with 44 faculty members from three institutions.

Since 2004 Neufeld has worked to develop an NCI-designated cancer center in Kansas, which has included creating a graduate-level course in cancer biology, producing the NCI proposal and acting as a spokesperson for the initiative. In 2009 Neufeld became the program co-leader of the Cancer Biology research program, which includes coordinating the researchers’ cancer center activities at the Lawrence campus, Medical Center and the Stowers Institute.

Don Steeples, the Dean A. McGee Distinguished Professor of Applied Geophysics, and his wife, Tammy, established this award in 1997 to honor Don Steeples’ parents, Wally and Marie Steeples, and to recognize outstanding service by KU faculty to other Kansans. The award provides recipients with $1,000 and an additional $1,000 base adjustment to their salaries.

RSVP for Breakfast with the Chamber

The next Breakfast with the Chamber will be from 7:15 to 8:25 a.m. July 18 at Bethel College, 300 E. 27th St. in North Newton. Sponsor will be Hesston Bethel Performing Arts, with presenter Matthew Schloneger. RSVP by July 15. Email or call 283-2560.

NMC launches online Patient Health Portal

Newton Medical Center now offers patients an online Patient Health Portal, an interactive tool that allows patients and their families easy and secure access to their health information.

The Patient Health Portal, available at, helps patients take an active role in their care by providing access to the following:

• Up-to-date laboratory results

• Lists of medications and allergies

• Discharge and aftercare information

• A downloadable health summary

• Billing statements

“The Patient Health Portal presents a valuable opportunity for patients and their families to actively participate in their care, which contributes to better overall health,” said Newton Medical Center President and CEO Steve Kelly.

Through the Patient Health Portal, patients also can add authorized users, such as parents, children or spouses, to access these records to help manage care.

Patients will receive e-mail notifications when new information is uploaded to their portals, providing a simple way to alert them about updates.

Current or previous patients may enroll in the Patient Health Portal. Those interested will need to submit a name and a valid e-mail address.

Professor to give farming talk in Moundridge

Remember how harvest was back in the old days? Jason Holcomb, a professor from Kentucky, has helped a Kansas farmer with custom harvesting for many years. He met Schweitzer farmers and was asked to interview several so that others could enjoy hearing about those experiences.

Holcomb will share his impressions and stories from seven local participants at 2:30 p.m. July 6 at the Pine Village Wellness Center in Moundridge.

Open to all. No reservations are necessary. Refreshments will be served. A condensed booklet of these interviews will be available there for a nominal fee. Sponsored by Swiss Mennonite Cultural and Historical Association.

Kansas hospitals commit to healthier environments

The Kansas Hospital Association has received pledges from 51 Kansas hospitals — including Newton Medical Center — that are committed to examining their current food and beverage practices. These hospitals will consider new policies that provide healthier food options in the hospital cafeteria and throughout the facility. This enhanced access to healthy food aims to positively impact hospital employees, patients and visitors, while also helping to establish norms for healthier living for the communities served.

The 51 participating hospitals represent 20,840 employees and 107,953 patients discharged each year who utilize the onsite amenities at the hospitals.

As the primary source of health care in many communities, hospitals have the opportunity to influence the health decisions of the public by the food and beverage choices they offer. Participating hospitals will consider adopting recommendations made by the Kansas Hospital Education and Research Foundation’s Healthy Kansas Hospitals initiative. Recommendations to food and beverage policies include increasing the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables, eliminating all fried foods, adding healthier items to vending machines and adding nutrition labeling for meals in the cafeteria.

KHA President and CEO Tom Bell complimented the hospitals across the state for voluntarily being part of the Healthy Kansas Hospitals initiative.

“It is important that hospitals are active in setting the example for their communities by providing the healthiest choices possible,” said Bell. “Not only is offering more healthy foods a better service to patients, it also represents better health for the community.”