Gleason honored

Becker's Healthcare recently recognized 60 rural hospital CEOs to know in 2020 — with Newton Medical Center's Vallerie Gleason named to the list.

Gleason joined Newton Medical Center in 2004 as the vice president of physician services. She now serves as president and CEO. She stepped into the top executive role in 2016 after serving as the hospital's chief clinical integration officer. Under her leadership, the 103-bed nonprofit hospital has earned several distinctions, including recognition as a 2019 top 100 rural and community hospital from iVantage and the Chartis Center for Rural Health. Gleason is a member of the Kansas Hospital Association and is a board-certified nurse executive.

Becker's accepted nominations for this list and considered leaders making a positive impact on their organizations. The CEOs featured lead hospitals consistently recognized by the National Rural Health Association, American Hospital Association, IBM Watson Health and The Leapfrog Group as top institutions. Others sit on local chamber of commerce boards and serve state hospital associations. Almost all have presided over expansion and strategic change within their organizations.

 

Kauffman Museum undergoes staff transitions

Andi Schmidt Andres has been named acting director of Bethel College’s Kauffman Museum.

Previous director Michael Reinschmidt resigned effective Jan. 6. The museum board announced the appointment of Andres as curator of education Jan. 28.

She will serve through the 2020 calendar year.

“The staff team — curator of exhibits Chuck Regier, museum technician Dave Kreider, museum assistant Kristin Schmidt and exhibition assistant Rebecca Schrag — are moving forward to create new exhibits and provide dynamic public programs for families, children, college students and other community groups,” Andres said.

 

Newton Med earns five-star rating

Newton Medical Center recently was one of 10 Kansas hospitals to earn a five star rating from CMS. CMS updated its Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings for 2020, giving 407 hospitals a rating of five stars.

CMS' assigned star ratings to more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide based on their performance across seven areas of quality. This is the first star ratings update since February 2019. This year:

• 228 hospitals received one star

• 710 hospitals received two stars

• 1,191 hospitals received three stars

• 1,136 hospitals received four stars

• 407 hospitals received five stars

Here are the hospitals that received a five-star rating from CMS, broken down by state, as listed on the Hospital Compare website.

 

Prairie View receives state award

Prairie View has been awarded a $50,000 Tenant-Based Rental Assistance grant from the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation to help people with severe mental illness afford safe and decent housing.

TBRA awards are funded through the federal HOME Investments Partnership program administered by KHRC. The grant gives the opportunity of affordable housing for those at or below 50% of median income.

Prairie View’s grant is targeted at persons with severe and persistent mental illness. Eligible tenants for this grant must reside in Harvey, Marion or McPherson counties.

The awarded funds will offer qualified applicants as much as two years of rental subsidy assistance. Households receiving assistance will generally pay no more than 30% of their adjusted monthly income for rent.

Prairie View will begin accepting applications for housing assistance on Monday, Feb. 10.

 

NMC welcomes director of radiology

Newton Medical Center has hired Holly Terrell as its new director of radiology.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Holly to NMC,” said Heather Porter, NMC chief clinical officer. “With an extensive background in radiology, Holly will be a true asset to our hospital and patients.”

Terrell most recently served as manager of imaging services at Wesley Medical Center.

“I’m excited to be a part of Newton Medical Center,” said Terrell. “I want to make a positive impact for our patients. I feel blessed for the opportunity to join an organization that feels like family and promotes individuals’ ability to make a difference."

Terrell earned her associate degree in applied science in radiologic technology from Hutchinson Community College. She went on to complete her bachelor's of science in medical diagnostic imaging from Fort Hays State University in 2018.

 

AGCO reports fourth quarter results

AGCO, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment with facilities in Hesston, reported net sales of about $2.5 billion for the fourth quarter of 2019, a decrease of apbout 3% compared to the fourth quarter of 2018.

Reported net loss was $1.17 per share for the fourth quarter of 2019, and adjusted net income, excluding non-cash impairment charges, restructuring expenses and a tax gain, was $0.94 per share. These results compare to reported net income of $1.26 per share and adjusted net income, excluding restructuring expenses, debt retirement costs and a U.S. tax reform benefit, of $1.31 per share for the fourth quarter of 2018. Excluding unfavorable currency translation impacts of about 2.4%, net sales in the fourth quarter of 2019 decreased about 0.6% compared to the fourth quarter of 2018. During the fourth quarter of 2019, AGCO recorded non-cash goodwill and intangible asset impairment charges of about $176.6 million, or $2.33 per share, primarily related to the company’s European grain and protein operations.

Net sales for the full year of 2019 were about $9.0 billion, which is a decrease of approximately 3.3% compared to 2018. Excluding unfavorable currency translation impacts of about 4.2%, net sales for the full year of 2019 increased about 0.8% compared to 2018. For the full year of 2019, reported net income was $1.63 per share, and adjusted net income, excluding non-cash impairment charges, restructuring expenses and certain tax charges and gains, was $4.44 per share. These results compare to reported net income of $3.58 per share and adjusted net income, excluding restructuring expenses, debt retirement costs and a U.S. tax reform benefit, of $3.89 per share for 2018.