Regier completes training

HESSTON — Greg Regier, Ag Loan officer for The Citizens State Bank, Hesston, recently completed the 2017 Agricultural Lending School.  This school was held July 24-28, in Manhattan, Kansas.   The Agricultural Lending School is sponsored by the Kansas and Nebraska Bankers Associations and is endorsed by the Colorado, Louisiana, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Texas, West Virginia and Wyoming Bankers Associations.

Course content is designed to instruct students in agricultural lending concepts and practices to enhance their effectiveness as agricultural loan officers.  Completion of this intense course assists students in developing skills, which allow them to better serve their customer’s multiple financial needs.

The School of Banking, located in Lincoln, Nebraska, is a jointly owned subsidiary of the Kansas and Nebraska Bankers Associations.  For more information on the Schools of Banking, please visit or call 402-474-1555.



NMC names Gregory director of nursing

Newton Medical Center (NMC) has named Adina Gregory, RN, as director of nursing. Gregory will oversee the maternal/child, surgical, medical and critical care units.

“Adina is passionate about patient care and building strong inter-professional teams,” said Emily Newhouse, associate chief nursing officer. “In her last position, Adina assisted in growing a four-bed surgical hospital with fifty employees to a full-service hospital employing over 400. NMC will greatly benefit from her passion and expertise.”

For the past eight years, Gregory served as the chief nursing officer and chief operating officer at Great Bend Regional Hospital in Great Bend.

“NMC’s reputation precedes them, and when it was time for a new job I had no doubt that this is where I wanted to be,” said Gregory. “In this new role, I look forward to working with the nursing staff, providing support and helping them grow by sharing my experience.”

Gregory first joined Newton Medical Center earlier this year as a nurse in the hospital’s emergency department. With a nursing degree from Hutchinson Community College, Gregory has 20 years of experience in the medical field as a phlebotomist, EMT and nurse. 


New business

'Growth Coach' opens in area

The Growth Coach recently announced a new franchisee has launched in central Kansas. Locally owned and operated by business and sales coach Katie Gilkey, The Growth Coach of Central Kansas serves Hutchinson, Salina, McPherson, Emporia, Hesston, Hillsboro, El Dorado, Maize, Park City, Bel Aire, Andover and the surrounding areas.

The Growth Coach is the largest provider of group coaching workshops in the nation, but coaches also offer group and one-on-one coaching for sales professionals, managers, management teams, self-employed professionals and more. Other services include remote coaching delivered via phone and web, coaching for special projects, business valuation services, sales mapping and more. The Growth Coach’s mission is to help business leaders build more successful business and more balanced lives.

Gilkey first started thinking about becoming a business coach during her days as a dental hygienist, when she saw dentists and other medical professionals working with coaches and trainers to learn how to run the business part of their practice. After 17 years working in dentistry, Gilkey decided it was time for a change, and after obtaining her health insurance license took a job as an area manager for 360care. She was so good at her job that the company started asking her to help train their inside sales team which markets for the company’s current 16-state area. That’s when she started to see sales and business coaching clearly in her future.

As a Growth Coach, Gilkey is certified in The Strategic Mindset coaching process, which adheres to the standards, practices and policies that the International Coaching Federation has set forth in their Code of Professional Standards and Ethics. The company’s landmark Strategic Mindset Process is so effective that it comes with a money-back guarantee. Gilkey, who is also a Registered Dental Hygienist and licensed insurance agent, is opening The Growth Coach with the support of her husband of 20 years, David, and their two teenage sons, Logan and Rhett.



Presbyterian Manors wins Mature Media Awards

Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America is on the winners’ list in the 26th annual National Mature Media Awards Program. 

The Mature Market Resource Center, a national clearinghouse for the senior market, recognizes the nation’s finest marketing, communications, educational materials, and programs designed and produced for older adults.

Recently the company announced its winners for the 26th Annual Mature Media Awards that included Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America for the seventh consecutive year.

PMMA received a gold award for the Heart and Soul Hospice® website, a silver award for the Salina Presbyterian Manor Facebook page and a bronze award for the 2017 Art is Ageless® calendar.   

Heart and Soul Hospice® is a Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America-owned company with locations in Wichita and Farmington, Mo.

Art is Ageless is a trademarked program of Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America, a faith-based not-for-profit organization with 17 retirement communities in Kansas and Missouri. Each community holds a juried art competition exclusively for people age 65 and older. Winning art may be chosen to appear in a calendar or note cards. Periodic programs and classes are held throughout the year to encourage seniors to express their creativity.

Art is Ageless began in 1981 when resident art was featured in the first Art is Ageless calendar. 

The entries were judged by a distinguished panel of mature market experts from across the United States for overall excellence of design, content, creativity and relevance to the senior market.