Marion County health-care services make news

Health-care related services and institutions in Marion County were frequently in the news during 2017, whether remodeling or building new facilities, adding staff or trying to meet the needs of constituents with efficient services.

JANUARY

Lyman Adams was the guest of honor at a retirement open house for his 30 years as general manager of Cooperative Grain and Supply Jan. 6 at the company headquarters on North Main, Hillsboro.

St. Luke Hospital & Living Center’s “Moving Forward Together” campaign received a boost when representatives from Central National Bank contributed a check to the St. Luke Foundation for $45,000.

Two adult-care homes in Marion County were among the 15 homes state­wide to be recognized by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Ser­vices for their achievements in providing and sustaining person-centered care for residents in 2016. The two local homes were Bethesda Home in Goessel and Parkside Homes in Hillsboro.

FEBRUARY

Dale’s Supermarket will be moving into the former Vogts/Heartland Foods building in Hillsboro Heights by late summer or early fall. Dale Franz, co-owner, announced plans to move the business into the fully remodeled location with new efficient equipment, an expansion of its popular meat market and a significantly larger selection of fresh produce and other requested products.

Assisted by his coworkers and backed up by a significant contingent of community supporters, owner Eric Driggers cut the ceremonial ribbon marking the opening of the newly renamed Hillsboro Hometown Phar­macy Feb. 27. The 3,500-square-foot building at the corner of Ash Street and Orchard Drive will mark a new beginning for the business known for decades as Greenhaw Pharmacy.

MARCH

Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services Secretary Tim Keck came to Parkside Homes to present the adult-care facility with an achievement award. Parkside received a Promoting Excellent Alternatives in Kansas Nursing Homes (PEAK) award for providing person-centered care for its residents.

Accepting the invitation to become the new chief executive officer for Cooper­ative Grain & Supply meant something of a homecoming for Jerry Fenske and his family. Fenske, 35, grew up in Lost Springs and graduated from Centre High School in 1999. Wife Sarah grew up down the road in Herington and graduated from Herington High in 2000.

APRIL

Construction on the new hospital began in April 2016; on April 17 the move began; most­ of the work was completed by April 23. Marion Regier, CEO of the hospital, recalled the original groundbreaking ceremony was Dec. 14, 2010, more than six years prior to the actual start of construction.

R2 Dentistry in Marion will added two dentists, Michael Adams and Nolan Andrews, to its practice in June, according to owners Ty and Terra Reusser. R2 Dentistry was to be open four days per week beginning in mid-June.

MAY

One month short of nine years since the day the community of Hillsboro was promised a new state-of-the-art hospital facility, about 150 residents, well-wishers, dignitaries and hospital staff gathered Saturday morning to celebrate the completion of that promise. Vision and perseverance were common themes from the list of speakers who were invited to make comments during the 30-minute grand-opening program. The for-profit Hillsboro Community Hospital is owned by HMC/CAH Consolidated Inc.

Out-of-town guests are always welcomed at the Santa Fe Trail Cafe in Tampa, but Pat Dalke and Ashley John­son had the local clientele in mind when the mother-daughter team opened the doors April 1. “These people are very good people, and they deserve to have some place to go to eat,” Johnson said. “There are so many farmers around here, and they don’t want to have to drive 20 miles to get something to eat.”

With two months under her belt, St. Luke Medical Clinic’s most recent family physician to come on board finds it to be a good fit, said Amanda Baxa, who joined the clinic in April. A 2004 graduate of Centre High School, Baxa has returned to Marion County with husband Tim and their three daughters.

JUNE

Austin Calam’s vision for Java Jays Coffee Bar at Tabor College is to provide a place for students and community members to gather. Located for the summer in the Schlichting Center on the Tabor College campus, Java Jays held its grand opening June 9.

JULY

Three afternoons a week, plus every fourth Saturday, local and visiting shoppers can explore the diverse merchandise for sale at The Shops at Kessler’s in Hills­boro. The Shops at Kessler’s has an eclectic mix of vintage, home decor, antiques, books, farm and garden, as well as Watkins products and more. Joni Calam manages the consignment booths at 112 S. Main. Shops at Kessler’s has 12 spaces with one to four people supplying inventory per shop.

With staff settling into the expanded and improved St. Luke Medical Clinic last week, the focus of St. Luke Founda­tion’s $1.5 million “Moving Forward Together” campaign is focusing in earnest on the campaign’s primary project: to renovate the Living Center, which is St. Luke’s 32-bed long-term care unit. Mike Norris, campaign director, and Roger Schroe­der, St. Luke Founda­tion executive director, said upgrades were long overdue.

AUGUST

Norman E. Abrahams founded his optometric office in Hillsboro in 1949, where he practiced for more than 40 years. After he retired in 1991, Paul Unruh took over the practice, now Mid Kansas Eye Care, with locations in Hillsboro and Hess­ton. Last month, Abrahams’ grandson started seeing patients two days a week at the Hillsboro office.

AUGUST

For Mike Darrow, owning a barber shop in Marion meant a return to his roots. A 2003 graduate of Marion High School, Darrow opened Mike’s Barber Shop in May 2015. He bought the shop from Bill Holdeman, replacing Holdeman’s moniker with his own.

Hillsboro Chamber supporters and family members cut the ribbon for Tran­quility Massage, located at 2041 Kansas Highway 186 near Lehigh. Denaye Dies is the owner/operator of the newly completed facility.

SEPTEMBER

Farha’s Carpet & Build­ing Supply at 130 N. Main St. in Hillsboro opened Sept. 5. Isaac Farha, the store’s manager, is looking forward to helping meet the needs of both homeowners and contractors.

The Hillsboro dental practice known as Mini Dental Implant Centers of America, owned and operated by Loren Loewen, has new owner-dentists and a new name following the sale of the practice to a pair of Andover-based dentists, effective Aug. 31. Aaron Huslig and Varsha Jhawer, partners in the Flint Hills Dentistry Group in Andover, will be bringing their expertise and services to Hillsboro by acquiring the clinic, now named Sunflower Smiles, that had been operated by two generations of Loewen dentists.

OCTOBER

One of Hillsboro’s largest employers is taking on a cause that not only supports the business, but could also impact the food supply across North America. Launched in November 2016, Barkman Honey has gone public with its “Beespon­sible” program, which seeks to stabilize a declining honeybee population by letting consumers and nature enthusiasts know the impact honeybees make in their lives.

NOVEMBER

The trauma center at St. Luke Hospital has again achieved designation as a Level IV Trauma Center by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Every three years, designated trauma centers must meet criteria required by the American College of Sur­geons and endorsed by the Kansas Advisory Committee on Trauma.

To celebrate being named one of the best nursing homes for 2017-18 by U.S. News & World Report, Park­side Homes recognized 12 team members who have a combined 170 years of experience serving residents: Renee Gehring (12 years), Sonya Hefley (12), Sharon Hess (12), Todd Becker (10), Dawn Jantz (11), Paul Epp (13), Melissa Arndt (12), Barb Scheele (23), Lois Ensz (23), Evelyn Seibel (20). Not pictured are David Chestnut (11) and Jane Brown (11).

Krista Matlock’s Califor­nia dream has been fulfilled in Hillsboro.“I always dreamed about opening a dance studio since I was a little girl, but I never really thought it would happen,” she said. Studio 23 became official Dec. 1 with a ribbon-cutting at its 107 S. Main.