In response to recommendations to slow the spread of COVID-19, Whitewater Community Television (WCTV) is announcing the postponement of our 7th annual 21 for Fun casino night fundraiser scheduled to take place Friday, April 17, 2020.
The new date for this event will be Friday, August 7, 2020. Tickets already purchased by those who planned to attend in April will be automatically transferred to the new August date. People who bought tickets, but will not be able to attend August 7, may request a refund by contacting WCTV at (765) 973-8488.
Oxford-native, Ian Vanness has been hired as Richmond’s new City Planner. Ian’s background includes time at Price Hill Will, a nonprofit community development organization in Cincinnati, where he worked on a neighborhood map exploring the impact of housing and economic development, and Cincinnati’s Planning Department.
Greenville, OH – June 4, 2020 – It’s the highest rating any hospital can receive, and Wayne HealthCare has earned a five-star overall quality score from The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
CMS is a federal agency that regulates and oversees the nation’s hospitals. Its annual Hospital Compare Report ranks Medicare-certified hospitals across the country on their quality of care with five stars being the highest score awarded. Of 4,586 hospitals nationwide, only 407 scored five stars, including Wayne HealthCare. In the Miami Valley, Wayne HealthCare is the only independent hospital to have received five stars.
“To be ranked among the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide by CMS is both humbling and an honor,” said Wayne Deschambeau, President and CEO of Wayne HealthCare. “It’s an honor because for nearly a century, we’ve had the distinct privilege of caring for patients in Darke County and surrounding communities. In fact, with many of our patients, we’ve enjoyed a unique lifetime relationship and, because of that, they’re not just patients; they’re our friends, our neighbors, and our family.”
Deschambeau said it’s humbling too since part of CMS’ ranking is based on what patients have to say about their experiences at the hospital. “With hospitals, the patient survey serves as a patient care litmus test, telling us how we measure up. In 2019, our patients ranked Wayne HealthCare at or above the national average in most categories, including communication between provider and patient, and that’s a testament to everyone from top leadership to frontline staff putting the patient first,” added Deschambeau. 2
CMS created the Hospital Compare rating system to help patients and caregivers conduct side-byside comparisons of hospitals in their region and make informed decisions regarding their health care. The annual guide can be found at Medicare.gov.
After 22 years of faithful service, Corrections Officer Cathy Farris has retired from the Wayne County Sheriff's Department. Cathy was known for her warmth respect towards the inmates, and countless hours working in the library.
Join us in thanking CO Farris for a job well done. You will be missed!
Sheriff Retter would like to congratulate one of our newest Jail Deputies, Dustin Cushing. Deputy Cushing previously worked in the Wayne County Jail as a Civilian Correctional Officer. He was recently promoted to Jail Deputy taking his experience to the next level.
Please join us in congratulating Dustin on this job well done!
The June Reid Health Ambassador spent months walking to and from a job that also involves tons of walking -- until his supervisor and coworkers raised funds to help him get a vehicle, plates and even insurance.
"I'm thankful, and I'm humbled," said Kevin Perkins, a member of the transporter team that interacts with patients in helping get them to tests, appointments, their rooms and to the door when they are discharged. His works days are filled with interactions with patients and families as he makes thousands of steps all over the main campus.
Perkins' nominators cited his thankful, positive attitude and his rapport with patients in nominating him for the recognition. "Kevin puts everything he has into his work every single day and does so with enthusiasm that is hard to match," said a nominator. "He has a contagious smile and personality that hits you like a wave when he walks by you in the hall."
Another said "you can tell he enjoys his job, and he is inspiring to be around." Others said he "does everything in his power to make the patient's day a little bit better."
Perkins is a Richmond native, joining the Reid Health team two years ago in Environmental Services. He had previously worked as a behavioral specialist at a youth home. Last year, when his supervisor and coworkers found out he didn't have transportation, they created a funding page and raised at least $6,000 to help him buy one. "It was a Reid team effort," said Jess Richie, Perkins' supervisor.
(INDIANAPOLIS, Ohio – June 11, 2020) – CareSource, a leading multi-state managed care plan, announced Monday a donation of $180,000 to the Ready to Restart Program, administered by the Indy Chamber through its Business Ownership Initiative (BOI). The announcement was made by Steve Smitherman, Indiana Market President at CareSource.
Ready to Restart will help entrepreneurs and small business owners purchase necessary PPE and other health and safety-related items or services. In addition to funding PPE and health related items, CareSource will also support the administration of numerous other COVID-19 response initiatives led by the Indy Chamber.
“The only way we can continue to help small businesses in the midst of this turbulent time is through the support of organizations like CareSource,” notes Michael Huber, Indy Chamber President and CEO. “This investment will help hundreds of small businesses reopen and recover from the impact of COVID-19. We appreciate CareSource for valuing the health and vitality of our community.”
Small businesses in Indianapolis can apply for up to $5,000 in reimbursements for the purchase of necessary PPE or health and safety-related products and services. Eligible businesses include those within Marion County, Indiana with 150 or fewer employees. Qualified purchases include but are not limited to masks, hand sanitizer stations, partitions, disinfectants, or other purchases made to abide by social distancing guidelines while reopening.
“At CareSource, we believe in supporting both the health of our members and the surrounding communities they live in,” elaborated Smitherman. “We are proud to help our fellow Hoosiers through these unprecedented times as a partner of the Indy Chamber.”
Applications open June 11th and small businesses can compile their receipts at https://www.response.indychamber.com/restart-grant.
Erie agents are giving back to their communities.
VanVleet Insurance is thanking local healthcare workers and first responders with free lunches to the first 50 Healthcare Workers & First Responders.
Each Friday in June, a different local food truck/trailer will be in VanVleet Insurance's parking lot from 11am-2pm. First responders and healthcare workers can stop by for a FREE MEAL to the first 50. Meals are available for purchase for their guests and others. All meals will be packaged as to-go meals.
Kelly VanVleet said, "Our agency would like to take this opportunity to thank all our local healthcare workers and first responders each Friday in June."
Matt Golliher recently joined Vista Investment Partners, located at 2519 East Main Street, Suite 203, Richmond, Indiana according to Managing Partner Brett Guiley.
Matt grew up in the Cambridge City area and is a graduate of Hagerstown High School and Indiana University Bloomington. He comes to Vista from the banking industry and holds his Series 6, Series 7, Series 63, Series 66 Securities licenses as well as his life and health insurance license.
“I am pleased to welcome Matt to the Vista family,” said Guiley. Even though he has joined our team during the Covid-19 pandemic, Matt has hit the ground running and is committed to serving and supporting our clients.
Matt lives in Richmond and enjoys his hobbies of reading and running…although not at the same time!
Lemon's Florist announced that they no longer have a store front on Richmond's East side for walk ins, but are still serving their community online and from a remote location. Lemon's Florist is now found online at www.lemonsflorist.com, or by calling 962-1234. Owner, Jon Blackwell said, "Smiles are still being delivered by Lemon's Florist! Lemon's Florist is here to stay and we appreciate your support. Thank you for your patience during this change and continued patronage."
First Bank Richmond announced that they have processed nearly 440 loans through the Payroll Protection Program (PPP), totaling approximately $65 million to their small business customers. PPP, under the CARES Act provides much-needed relief to millions of small businesses so that they can remain open and keep their workers employed.
First Bank Richmond is proud to have secured approval for loans to small businesses in both Indiana and Ohio.
Garry Kleer, President & CEO of First Bank Richmond, said today: “We, as a company, are doing everything we can for our customers who applied for government sponsored loan programs. As always, we will continue to be a reliable partner to our customers in helping them achieve their financial goals. Our employees have stepped up to continue to deliver the high level of customer service that our company has been known for during this crisis.”
The Richmond Friends School Board has appointed Joe McHugh as Interim Head of School for the 2020-21 school year.
An experienced leader in K-12 education McHugh has focused in recent years on helping schools during periods of leadership transition. He served as Interim Head of School at Carolina Friends School (Durham, N.C.) during the 2018-19 school year and at Friends School of Minnesota (St. Paul, Minn.) in 2017-18. Earlier in his career, he held leadership positions at Hill-Murray School of St. Paul, Hales Franciscan High School in Chicago and Hawaii Catholic Schools. He also has an extensive background in human resources and consulting services in corporate environments.
Search committee members, board members, faculty, staff, parents, and students alike spoke highly of Joe’s “calming nature” and are excited to welcome him to the Richmond community. His 30+ years of education experience will help the school navigate current opportunities for growth and the search for a permanent Head of School.
He earned his A.B. from the University of Detroit, an M.A. from Columbia University, and an M.Div. from Woodstock College. Since 2006, he has served as a faculty member in the certificate program in spiritual direction at Perkins School of Theology of Southern Methodist University.
“I’m delighted to have the opportunity to serve as Interim Head of School at Richmond Friends School for the 2020-21 school year. I look forward to working with all of you—students, parents, staff, board members and Richmond community leaders—to ensure a productive upcoming school year.
I have to admit, however, that the Coronavirus pandemic, forces us to face challenges that are as absolutely new as they are undeniably daunting for us as educators, parents and citizens. But as folks formed in the Quaker tradition, we face them together with searching hope, confident that a way forward will open for us. I’m confident that Richmond Friends School will be a force for the power of hope, rationality and creativity in the greater Richmond community.”
McHugh will start work at Richmond Friends School in early May, serving in tandem with departing Head of School Marcie Roberts, who will leave her position at the end of the school year, after serving in leadership roles at RFS for 16 years. Marcie and her family will be moving to North Carolina and cheering on RFS from afar!
SYNERGY HomeCare of Richmond Receives 2019 Best of Home Care® – Provider
of Choice Award
Richmond, IN – SYNERGY HomeCare of Richmond announced today that it has received the 2019 Best of Home Care – Provider of Choice Award from Home Care Pulse. The Provider of Choice Award is granted only to the top-ranking home care providers, based on client satisfaction scores gathered by
Home Care Pulse, an independent satisfaction research firm for home care.SYNERGY HomeCare of
Richmond is now ranked among a select few home care providers across the country who have proven
their ability to provide outstanding care.
This is the 4th year that Synergy Homecare has won the Best of Home Care award! Congratulations to everyone who made this possible.
IU East welcomes new faculty to campus
For Immediate Release
February 11, 2020
Richmond, Ind. - Indiana University East welcomes two new faculty members this spring semester.
Denise Frazier, assistant professor of education, joined the IU East School of Education. She received her Ph.D. in Reading Education with cognates in Elementary Education and Research and her Masters of Arts in Teaching Elementary Education from Ball State University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communication and Public Relations from Purdue University.
Previously Frazier was an assistant professor of literacy education at Purdue University Northwest. Formerly, she was an adjunct professor in education for Indiana Wesleyan University. She was the district high ability coordinator and a sixth-grade teacher for the Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation. She has also taught fifth grade at Garfield Elementary.
Prakriti Pollack, a visiting lecturer in chemistry, joined the IU East School of Natural Science and Mathematics and will be on campus for the spring semester. Pollack received her Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from The Ohio State University. She received her Master of Science in Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, India, and her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with minors in physics and mathematics from the University of Calcutta in Kolkata, India. She also received a Master of Business Administration from Wright State University.
Previously Pollack was a part-time laboratory instructor and lecturer for the University of Dayton. She has taught part-time at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, and was a teaching associate at The Ohio State University. She has also been a scientist with Aldrich Chemical Company in Miamisburg, Ohio.
The Reid Health Breast Center has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in stereotactic breast biopsy as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR).
The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Parameters and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report that can be used for continuous practice improvement.
Governor Eric Holcomb has appointed Donna Spears to the Indiana Real Estate Commission. Spears is an associate broker at Coldwell Banker Lingle,
2020 Chamber Day at the Statehouse on Tuesday February 11, 2020 – Indianapolis. Join the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce and many other chambers from around Indiana for the 2020 Statewide Chamber Day at the Statehouse, coordinated by the Indiana Chamber Executives Association.
On February 11, your Wayne County colleagues and small business owners will get a chance to see the Indiana General Assembly in action. By participating, you can; tour the Statehouse, hear powerful presentations, get a personal look at the legislative process, and have lunch with other chamber advocacy teams from throughout Indiana.
$35.00 for Chamber Members
$65.00 for Non-Chamber Members
Register online by February 1st for this event: Chamber Day at the Statehouse
Meridian Health Services welcomes Kellie Pearson-Carroll, ED.M. as its new Vice President of Human Resources.
With more than 20 years of human resource operations and management in hospital and healthcare organizations, Pearson-Carroll will lend her experience to Meridian and oversee the development and implementation of human resource policies, recruitment, retention, legal compliance, benefit plans, employee relations, communication, and employee events.
Prior to her new position at Meridian, Pearson-Carroll served as Chief Human Resources Officer for American Academic Health System the owner of both Hahnemann University Hospital and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, PA. Previous to that she was the Executive Director of Human Resources for Lower Bucks Hospital in Bristol, PA.
Founded more than 50 years ago and located in Richmond, Friends Fellowship Community is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community that serves more than 300 seniors, according to a release.
Fields previously served as the executive director of Bethany Pointe Health Campus in Anderson. He joined Trilogy Health Care Services in 2006, operating six campuses, including one opening and one acquisition, since then.
Quality Matters (QM) is a nonprofit organization that provides the gold standard for certifying the quality of online courses and programs. During the QM process, courses are reviewed by a team of three faculty members with current experience in teaching online. The review team uses the QM Rubric for Higher Education, which includes 42 specific review standards.
"Quality Matters is the international standard for quality in online education," said Daren Snider, dean of IU East's School of Humanities and Social Sciences. "Stephanie's work in certifying her courses has been exemplary of the excellence in online teaching that we strive for at IU East."
Denise Retz, Park Superintendent for Richmond Parks and Recreation, recently received the Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) certification from the National Parks and Recreation Association (NPRA). She is the first Park Superintendent to receive this certification for the City of Richmond.
Mayor Dave Snow said, “Denise Retz has shown again and again her commitment to our beautiful and outstanding Richmond Parks Department. I truly appreciate the work she’s put into obtaining this vital certification. It speaks volumes of our Parks leadership and path we’re on as a team.”
Retz said, “It is essential in this field to continue to seek out more opportunities to learn, keep up with ever changing trends as well have the proper knowledge and skill set to take Richmond Parks and Recreation to the next level. Obtaining this certification is my way of showing my commitment and doing the best I can for our park team and the City of Richmond as a whole."
Wayne Bank Names New Executive and Senior Leadership Team
Cambridge City, Indiana.
Release: January 3, 2019.
For Immediate Release
Wayne Bank announced today the realignment of its executive and senior leadership team. The Wayne Bank Board of Directors appointed Mike Gaddis as the bank’s President and Chief Executive Officer, and a member of the Board of Directors. Gaddis has been with Wayne Bank for more than 28 years. Gaddis served most recently as Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer.
In addition, Kyle Clark was promoted to Chief Lending Officer. Laura Kehlenbrink was promoted to Chief Human Resources Officer. Kandra Conley continues to serve as Chief Financial Officer.
“We are excited about this new direction of our leadership team,” Gaddis said. “The Board of Directors and I believe having a dynamic leadership team is critical to fulfilling our legacy as a local community bank. Our entire team is committed to ensuring the right people are in the right roles to shape a positive impact for our customers and the overall community.”
As Wayne Bank’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Gaddis will provide a strategic continuation of the commitment to our employees, customers, and community in his new leadership role. His leadership will ensure Wayne Bank is living and operating under its core values, which are:
The leadership team is excited to continue providing personalized experiences and the latest banking technology to support the needs of Wayne County residents and businesses.
“This shift in our leadership team helps us ensure we live our mission of providing high-quality financial services that meet the needs of our community, its businesses and its citizens,” said Bonnie Boyd Kruckenberg, co-owner of Wayne Bank. “We want our customers and community to think of us as friends in banking, personal banking advisors, and advocates for what our community needs to thrive and succeed.”
The Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner is January 17. This year’s theme is “2020: A Perfect Vision”.
This is a celebration of the amazing work and dedication of 18 businesses and individuals to be named that evening. This is an opportunity to thank the great leaders we work and live alongside. A delicious meal will be catered by The Olde Richmond Inn. A cash bar will be available.
RSVP by January 9, 2020: Register for the Chamber Annual Dinner 2020: A Perfect Vision
The Reid Health December Ambassador is known as a calming influence, even in the sometimes stressful situations faced by the health system's Security team.
Dereck Tipton, a native and resident of Liberty, responds to every Security call with "a positive attitude, a calm demeanor and a smile on his face," wrote one nominator. Said another: "He is always smiling and courteous. He also remains very calm in high-stress events."
Other nominators said his "positivity is infectious," he illustrates "a kindness about him that makes everyone feel welcome and safe" and he has a gift for turning negatives into positives. "He is always willing to go the extra mile for his fellow employees, patients, and visitors."
Others echoed the theme. "Dereck works very well with calming patients and visitors who are upset, and is very capable of handling situations that get out of control."
Tipton came to the Reid team two years ago after working for about 10 years with Liberty utilities. He also has served for 18 years as a reserve deputy sheriff.
He and his wife, Courtney, have two teenage sons - Mason, 16, and Gage, 14. When not at work, he loves golfing and camping. He also spends time with his son's activities, which include FFA, 4-H, and sports.
"I really like the people I work with. We have a great team in Security," he said.
Somerville Bank would like to welcome Loan Officer Melinda Burr to our Richmond office. Melinda has been with Somerville Bank for 5 years, recently transferring to the Mortgage Center here in Richmond. She came to us with over 15 years of experience in lending, real estate, and title law already under her belt. Friendly and driven, Melinda is the perfect storm of knowledge, experience, and professionalism. All local professionals in the real estate industry are INVITED to a Welcome Reception for Melinda at The Cordial Cork on Friday, December 13th from 4:00-6:00. There will be a Champagne toast at 5:30 and then a raffle drawing immediately following. Bring your business card to drop in the drawing for a $50 gift card to The Cordial Cork, a box of cupcakes from LisaCakes, or a bottle of wine. Must be present to win!