Monthly Archives: September 2012

Via Christi moves its epilepsy monitoring unit

The epilepsy monitoring unit at Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis has moved.

According to a news release from the hospital, the unit is one of two long-term video monitoring units for epilepsy in the state. It was previously located on 5E of the hospital but is now housed within the ChildLife Center on 5N.

The unit includes four patient rooms with video cameras and a central monitoring room. The set-up allows specially trained medical staff to monitor patients 24 hours a day.

The equipment is designed to provide evaluation of seizure disorders for adult and pediatric patients.  The average patient stay is from three to five days, according to the news release.

Wichita employers to add workers in Q4: Manpower survey

Employment agency Manpower expects Wichita area employers will continue to hire more workers than they cut in the fourth quarter, which starts next week, but the trend to add workers is slowing.

The company’s quarterly survey shows that 13 percent of the companies interviewed plan to hire more employees while 8 percent expect to reduce staff, a 5 percentage point differential. The bulk of employers, 78 percent, said they expect to keep their current workforce.

While that’s still positive, it’s actually weaker than the third quarter when there was a 10 percentage point differential, said Wichita branch manager Kent Venters.


Kazakhs in Wichita today for tour

Ten Kazakh businessmen and government officials are in town today to visit the Cargill Innovation Center and Walton’s Meat Processing Equipment and Supplies as part of a lengthy tour of agricultural-related facilities in Kansas and Nebraska, according to the trip host CNFA.

Zaremba elected president of petroleum, convenience store association

Scott Zaremba, president of Zarco 66, Lawrence, has been elected president of the Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association of Kansas.

The group met earlier this month in Lawrence. Zaremba, who also lives in Lawrence, has been a member of the association’s executive committee for the past three years and served on various committees.

PMCA of Kansas was established in Wichita in 1914 as the Kansas Oil Men’s Association.  Zaremba is the 81st president of the association.

WATC wins $14.9 million federal grant for job training

Wichita Area Technical College has been awarded a $14.9 million grant to lead a consortium of community colleges that will develop curricula to train workers for the aviation industry.

According to a news release from WATC, the U.S. Department of Labor grant puts the technical school in the lead of the project, which will begin Oct. 1.

About $9 million of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant will go to WATC. Other colleges that are part of the National Aviation Consortium are Ivy Tech Community College in Fort Wayne, Ind., Guilford Technical Community College in Jamestown, N.C., Tulsa Community College in Tulsa, Okla., and Edmonds Community College in Lynnwood, Wash.

In Wichita, local partners include Bombardier Learjet, Cessna, Hawker Beechcraft, and Spirit AeroSystems, as well as the Kansas Board of Regents, the Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas and Kansas Works.

According to the news release, the grant is part of the Obama administration’s initiative to allocate $500 million nationally in support of job training through local employer partnerships.

Mobility rodeo set for Sept. 28 at Kansas Truck Mobility

The Mobility Rodeo, an event to raise awareness about the vehicles and equipment available to enhance mobility, is planned for Friday, Sept. 28, at Kansas Truck Mobility, 8846 W. Monroe Circle – two blocks south of Kellogg on South Tyler Road.

The rodeo has grown over the years and also includes a numbers of vendors who will have exhibits for those attending the event, said Maurice Linnens, president of the company, in a news release.

“At our Rodeo, you aren’t directed to a website, told to call an 800 number, or wait for a return call,” Linnens said in the release. “The answers are more immediate.  And you can actually test drive the equipment.”

One of the features of the Mobility Rodeo is the DIY Everyday Solutions, which are ideas submitted by customers of Kansas Truck Mobility to make living independently easier. Linnens said ideas from all years will be displayed for people to copy and take home. The winner of this year’s Everyday Solution contest will be announced at noon.

The rodeo starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 7 p.m. and includes 22 exhibitors.  For more information, go to

Training for taxi drivers starts Wednesday

To comply with new city requirements, taxi drivers will need to attend customer service training classes.

The two-hour classes begin Wednesday at Go Wichita Convention & Visitors Bureau, 515 S. Main, Suite 115. They are part of new requirements for drivers who want to obtain or renew their taxi license, according to a news release from the visitors bureau.

According to the release, the content of the class was developed after the city was asked to review taxi regulations. During the City Council’s discussions on the issue, Go Wichita offered to conduct the training at no charge.

The classes will be held on the third Wednesday each month through April 2013 to accommodate all current drivers. After April, the class will be offered on a quarterly basis.

For more information about the classes, contact Ken Vandruff, Go Wichita  director of communications at or 316-660-6305.

Habitat to start work on new house

Work on a Wichita Habitat for Humanity home starts Tuesday, with help coming from the Kansas Chapter of Certified Investment Members, the Wichita Association of Realtors and Bank of America.

According to a news release from Habitat, each of the three is providing financial support and volunteer help for the construction of the new home.

To mark the project, Habitat has planned an event at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the building site, 4417 S. Ellis Court, in Wichita Habitat’s Stewart Village.

Governor to visit Pitsco in Pittsburg

Gov. Sam Brownback plans to visit Pitsco Education in Pittsburg on Monday, following up on the company being named Exporter of the Year by the Kansas Department of Commerce.

The state award was made in June. Other finalists for the state export award included area companies Bunting Magnetics Co. in Newton and Global Parts Inc. in Augusta, as well as Tank Connections in Parsons and Bergkamp Inc., in Salina.

Between 2008 and 2011, Pitsco saw its export sales of its educational products grow 71 percent, according to information provided by the company. Pitsco products are exported to more than 50 countries, and exports account for about 7 percent of the company’s total sales, company officials said.

According to an e-mail from the company, Brownback is scheduled to address Pitsco employees and invited guests and tour the company’s campus during his visit.