PMMA websites win creativity awards

Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s newly redesigned community websites won two platinum awards for business to consumer websites and website design from the Hermes Creative Awards competition. The 2020 Art is Ageless calendar received a gold award and PMMA’s interactive independent living brochure received an honorable mention.

The new community websites were designed by Five19, a full service marketing agency based in Richmond, Virginia. They feature consumer-based content to assist seniors and their loved ones with making decisions about senior living. The sites launched in spring 2019. The interactive independent living brochure gives consumers a virtual tour of life at PMMA’s 16 communities.

Art is Ageless is a trademarked program of PMMA, a faith-based not-for-profit organization. Each of PMMA’s 16 communities holds a juried art competition exclusively for people age 65 and older. Winning art pieces are chosen to appear in the annual calendar or on the covers of greeting cards. 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 a calendar. The competition is now open to all seniors in the area. Learn more about the program at

The Hermes Creative Awards competition is administered by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals. The awards recognize the outstanding work of creative professionals involved in the concept, writing and design of traditional and emerging media. Nearly 6,000 entries were judged in the international competition.

AGCO reports first quarter results

AGCO, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment and solutions with a facility in Hesston, reported its results for the first quarter ended March 31.

“AGCO delivered solid results for the first quarter under challenging conditions,” said Martin Richenhagen, AGCO’s chairman, president and CEO. “AGCO’s current priorities are the safety of our employees and serving the world’s farmers as we do our part to minimize the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the world’s food supply..”

Net sales for the first quarter were approximately $1.9 billion, a decrease of approximately 3.4% compared to the first quarter of 2019. Reported net income was $0.85 per share for the first quarter of 2020 and adjusted net income, excluding restructuring expenses, was $0.86 per share. These results compare to reported net income of $0.84 per share and adjusted net income, excluding restructuring expenses, of $0.86 per share for the first quarter of 2019. Excluding unfavorable currency translation impacts of approximately 3.6%, net sales in the first quarter of 2020 increased approximately 0.2% compared to the first quarter of 2019.

Blue Cross awards hospitals

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas announced that the following 10 facilities have been designated as Blue Distinction Centers or Blue Distinction Centers+ for the Knee and Hip Replacement program.

BDC+ Hutchinson Regional Medical Center

BDC Wesley Medical Center

BDC+ Labette County Medical Center

BDC+ Newton Medical Center

BDC+ Ascension Via Christi Hospitals Wichita Inc.

BDC Ascension Via Christi St. Teresa

BDC+ University of Kansas Health Systems – St. Francis

BDC: AdventHealth Ottawa

BDC+ Kansas Surgery & Recovery Center

BDC+ Wesley Woodlawn Hospital & ER

Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated health care facilities that show expertise in delivering high-quality patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed with input from the medical community and leading accreditation and quality organizations. Only facilities that meet nationally established quality and cost measures for Blue Distinction Centers are considered for designation as Blue Distinction Centers+.

"We are committed to give our members access to the best in healthcare. We are excited that these facilities are doing such truly great work," said Matt All, president/CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas. "They are helping the people of Kansas live better, healthier lives."

Facilities designated as Blue Distinction Centers for Knee and Hip Replacement demonstrate expertise in total knee and total hip replacement surgeries, resulting in fewer patient complications and readmissions. Designated facilities include hospitals (with and without an onsite Intensive Care Unit) and Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASC). All designated facilities must maintain national accreditation, and ASCs are also required to have an advanced orthopedic certification. In addition to meeting these quality thresholds, facilities designated as Blue Distinction Centers+ are on average 20% more cost-efficient in an episode of care compared to other facilities.

AGCO to underscore commitment to high-tech solutions

AGCO, a designer, manufacturer and distributor of agricultural machinery and solutions with a manufacturing faciility in Hesston, on Monday announced it is highlighting its commitment to bringing farmers sustainable high-tech solutions by relaunching its vision.

“Our new vision — sustainable high-tech solutions for farmers feeding the world — better represents our thoughtful approach to helping our farmers and our business continually find better and more sustainable ways to raise the food people need, all around the world,” said Martin Richenhagen, president and CEO of AGCO Corporation. “As the world celebrated the 50th anniversary of Earth Day last month, we felt it was the right time to stress the importance of sustainability in our company’s vision.”

Agriculture is one of the most essential industries in the world. As the population grows to a projected 10 billion people by 2050, the potential impact agriculture can have on the health of our planet is tremendous. As a global leader in agriculture, AGCO has a responsibility to help ensure we make a positive impact for the farmers who use our solutions, the communities they feed and the environment we all share.

AGCO precision agriculture tools help farms and machines run more efficiently with lower inputs and higher yields. Sustainable productivity arises through technology, innovation and integrated solutions to grow more food and deliver higher farm income.

Environmental concerns are also driving society’s perception of agriculture, including animal welfare. AGCO is a market leader for cage-free egg equipment and creates solutions to reduce stress and maximize comfort while maintaining healthy animals and encouraging natural behavior.

In short, AGCO said, its sustainable high-tech solutions enable farmers to do more with less.

Advanced farm machines require less fuel and need to make fewer passes in the field, reducing compacted soil and increasing soil fertility.

Precision technology and agronomic solutions enable farmers to grow and harvest more per acre, making the most of our farmland.

Better sprayer technology enables farmers to apply products only where needed, reducing inputs to grow healthy food.

More efficient harvesting equipment means more crops are captured in the field, and better grain and seed storage mean more goes to market.

Next-generation biosecurity, housing and feeding solutions mean safer, healthier and more productive conditions for swine and poultry.

“We don’t want to stop at meeting the needs of today’s farmers; we must support future generations,” added Eric Hansotia, chief operating officer of AGCO. “We need to continuously bring to market high-tech solutions to support farmers in producing nutritious food while reducing resource and environmental impacts.”