Monthly Archives: April 2013

Keisha Humphries wins Via Christi nursing award

Keisha Humphries, a nurse for Via Christi on St. Francis, was awarded the St. Catherine of Siena honor at a reception Sunday.

The award and others are given annually by Via Christi Hospitals in Wichita to recognize the hospital’s nurses, their values and the work they do.

Humphries is a service line administrator for oncology.

Other awards made at the reception Sunday included:

  • New-To-Nursing Award (for nurses practicing two years or less) – Polycarp Mochama, Via Christi Village on McLean;
  • Human Dignity – Elizabeth Hedges, Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis;
  • Stewardship – Michele Hemberger, Via Christi Hospital on Harry;
  • Excellence – Kalen Dusek, trauma/surgical ICU, Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis.

Winners were nominated for the annual awards by their peers, co-workers and patients.

Wichita optometrist to lead Kansas Optometric Association

Wichita optometrist Jason C. Eubank was installed as president of the Kansas Optometric Association during the group’s convention in Overland Park.

More than 450 people attended the 2013 convention April 18-20, according to a news release from the group.

Other KOA officers installed at the event were: Chad J. Thompson, Beloit, president-elect; and Craig E. Newland, Parsons, secretary-treasurer. Directors who were installed were: Dawn D. Williams, Garden City; Shane R. Kannarr, Pittsburg; and Wayne R. Hemphill, Olathe.

Zone presidents are: Stacy A. Clark, Salina; Jeremy M. Durham, Wichita; Matthew C. Gerstberger, Garden City; Brandon K. Hunter, Leawood; Charles Rottinghaus, Topeka; Matt D. Skahan, Iola; Seth A. Thibault, Pratt. Ron D. Hansen, Hutchinson, will serve on the board as past president.

Also at the event, Ron D. Hansen of Hutchinson was awarded the William A. Carriger, Sr. Legislative Service Award. And P. Joe  Jittawait, Wichita, won the 2013 Outstanding Young Optometrist of the Year Award for his numerous contributions to the profession.

Nonprofit group offering session on using social media for marketing

A seminar about how nonprofit groups can use social media to bolster their marketing efforts is being offered by the Nonprofit Chamber of Service on Wednesday.

“Social Media Strategy and Facebook: Enhancing Nonprofit Marketing” will run from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at High Touch Technologies, 110 S. Main Street, Suite 600.

According to a news release, the session will include instruction on developing a social media strategy and ways that page managers can use Facebook more effectively for extending the reach of a nonprofit. There also will be a review of ways to improve visibility utilizing Facebook.

Mindy Tan, programs director for the Nonprofit Chamber of Service, will be the session presenter.

The cost is $20 for members and $70 for non-members. To register, call 316-440-6744

Freddy’s opens 3 stores in 3 states Monday

Three openings in three states – it was a first for the fast growing Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers or Monday.

Two of the franchise sites, Bradenton, Fla., and St. George, Utah, represented the first Freddy’s in those states. The third site was in Katy, Texas, according to a news release from the company.

“We didn’t plan to open three stores in a single day but it is an exciting milestone for us,” COO Scott Redler said in a statement.  “We are prepared logistically with training teams in three states today and are very appreciative of the loyal guests who continue to fuel our nationwide expansion.”

The openings Monday brought the nationwide total number of Freddy’s restaurants to 92 across 16 states. The Wichita-based company plans to add at least 18 more sites this year, according to the release.

Co-founded by Redler and Bill, Randy and Freddy Simon, Freddy’s opened its first location in Wichita during 2002.

Businesses plan annual giveaway of trees on Friday

Even though this week’s weather seems intent on defying the calendar, we’re well into spring. That’s tree-planting time.

According to a news release from Associated Integrated Marketing, Wichita’s seventh annual Care-A-Ton tree giveaway will take place Friday morning, starting at 6:30 a.m.

Area residents who stop by will get a Brandywine maple, along with tips for the care of the tree.  The event is at Old Town Square, at Second and Mead, directly in front of the Warren Old Town Theatre.

Over the years, about 6,500 trees have been given away by Care-A-Ton, according to the release.

Care-A-Ton, an Arbor Day celebration, is a partnership of Associated Integrating Marketing, Westar Energy, Johnson’s Garden Centers, KFDI-FM Radio, Airbus Americas and Exhibit Arts.

United’s nonstop flight from Wichita to Los Angeles begins May 1

United Airlines will begin its nonstop service from Wichita to to Los Angeles on May 1, a day earlier than previously announced, according to a news release from Wichita city officials.

The change is a result of internal scheduling changes at United.

The new United Airlines flight will be operated by SkyWest, using a 66-seat CRJ-700, according to the news release.

The flight from Wichita Mid-Continent Airport leaves at 6 a.m. and arrives at LAX at 7:25 a.m.

The flight from Los Angeles will leave at 6:46 p.m. and arrive in Wichita at 11:35 p.m.

David Koch gives $100 milllion to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

David Koch has made a gift of $100 million to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, according to a news release from the hospital.

The donation is the first lead gift in a $2 billion capital campaign and will support the construction of its new ambulatory care center at the hospital’s Upper East Side location in New York City, on York Avenue between 68th and 69th Streets, according to the release.

Koch, executive vice president and board member of Wichita-based Koch Industries, has been a member of the hospital’s board of trustees since 1988. The new center, which will be called the David H. Koch Center, is to be a 450,000-square-foot facility that will open in 2018.

Newman University offers workshop on ‘mindfulness’

A workshop that aims to help people focus is planned for Thursday evening at Newman University.

Sponsored by the Master of Social Work program, Mindfulness 101 will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Dugan Gorges Conference Center inside the Dugan Library and Campus Center on the Newman campus.

The workshop is free and reservations are not necessary. Donations of soap, toothpaste, shampoo and other hygiene products for the Center of Hope would be appreciated.

The workshop will be led by Grove Burnett, who, according to a news release, is a mindfulness trainer and renowned environmental attorney. He also is co-founder of Vallecitos Mountain Ranch, a learning and retreat center in northern New Mexico.

Mindfulness 101 is designed to help calm the mind. According to the release, “by practicing mindfulness – defined as the art of self-awareness – people can learn to live consciously and fully present and relate directly to whatever is happening in their lives.”

During the workshop, Grove will introduce participants to the basics of mindfulness sitting and walking meditation, and guide them through specific mindfulness teachings and practices.