New Lisbon Broadband and Communications, a subsidiary of New Lisbon Telephone Company, is proud to announce that Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch will be visiting the company’s New Lisbon office on October 15, 2019 at approximately 3:00pm. Lt. Governor Crouch will be presenting NLBC with a Next Level Broadband Grant.
Governor Eric Holcomb’s Next Level Broadband Grant program has earmarked to assist in the building of Broadband networks around the state through a public-private partnership. Lt. Governor Crouch’s staff and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs oversaw the application process. Sixty-four applications were submitted for projects around the
Business News - Union County Medical Center to transition to new ownership On October 29, 2019, Union County Medical Center will begin operating under the umbrella of Neighborhood Health Center, Inc, a not-for-profit corporation that operates as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). The center will continue to provide family medicine and behavioral health care with dental services to be added sometime in 2020. The office will continue to operate in its current location with similar hours. Carrie Miles, Chief Executive Officer, shared “Our mission is to ‘promote health and wellness through access and affordability for all members of our community, especially those who need us most’,” Miles said. “The primary reason for transitioning the center is our ability as a FQHC to provide additional, essential services for members of the community who otherwise cannot afford services,” Miles said. Federally Qualified Health Center is a designation from the federal government that provides enhanced reimbursement from Medicare and Medicaid. As a FQHC, patients are cared for regardless of ability to pay and fees are based on family size and income. Union County has over 13% of residents who are uninsured.
Miles said the center plans to provide onsite eligibility services to help more residents obtain insurance coverage. “We look forward to working with all community partners to help meet the needs of our community and improve the overall health of Union County.” Union County Medical Center has been owned and operated by Reid Health since November 2010. The transition will allow a more focused approach to improve the health of low-income patients living in Union County. Neighborhood Health Center will offer on-site assistance with financial paperwork, transportation assistance and additional connections to community services. Statistics show that 36% of Union County residents are at or below 200% of federal poverty limits.
“This is great news for patients served by the Union County Medical Center,” said Kelly Beall, Reid Health Vice President/Executive Director of Reid Health Physician Associates. “From the patient perspective, this change will be seamless and will increase their options for care.” The existing providers and staff will make the transition and continue to provide quality healthcare at the facility. Providers include Dr. Sang-Kyune Lee, Paulette Worcester, NP and Shannon Shuman, NP; Joanita Wesler, NP, and Christopher Crist, LCSW, will provide behavioral health services. Worcester shared that “This is a significant step forward in ensuring residents have the care they need and want from birth through aging.
The staff at Union County Medical Center are excited about this transition. We see it as an opportunity to provide more health services to the people we care very deeply about. We're looking forward to welcoming new patients to our care as we continue to grow.” The center is accepting new patients and will continue to be in network with most insurance plans and will add plans as the need arises. The center is governed by a board of directors made up of community members with a strong commitment for the health and well-being of the community and includes individuals who are served by the center. For more information, contact Carrie Miles at email@example.com or by calling the Neighborhood Health Center at 765-965-4299.
Fountain City Wesleyan Church, with attendees from five different counties: Wayne, Randolph, Union, Fayette, and Henry county, has been serving East Central Indiana for 175 years. Now, it has a new name. Eight years ago, Fountain City Wesleyan, located at 5600 US Highway 27 North, Richmond, launched a second worship location at Dennis Middle School, 222 NW 7th St in Richmond, and named this campus, The Well. On the weekend of September 21-22, Fountain City Wesleyan and The Well announced that both of their locations will be identified with a new name, LifeSpring Church. FCWC will be the LifeSpring Church North Campus and The Well will be the LifeSpring Church South Campus.
"We want to make it clear to our community that we are one church with two campuses," shared Steve Bray, Senior Pastor. "By choosing a non-geographical name to represent both campuses, we are symbolically communicating that we are one church. Both campuses share the same vision and work together to fuel a movement of hope across East Central Indiana in which lives are transformed by Jesus." This new name, LifeSpring Church, speaks of the new life and hope which faith can bring to a person. In John 4:13-14, Jesus makes an incredible promise to a woman who came to draw water at a well. He says, "Whoever drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give will become a spring of water welling up to eternal life."
"While our church has a long and rich history, we also believe we have a bright future," states Pastor Bray. One major initiative the church is undertaking this year is the renovation of the former St. John Church at 501 S. 7th Street, Richmond. Renovations are expected to be complete by mid-March. The renovated location will serve as the new home of the LifeSpring South Campus.
The North Campus is also receiving updates in paint, carpeting, and chairs as the church prepares for the future. Ministry to kids, students, and entire families has been a hallmark of this church and will continue to be a focal point. The North Campus recently launched an outreach ministry to children that is reaching over 100 kids. The church believes strongly in serving the community by offering a food pantry, holding serve days for community service projects, serving at soup kitchens, and supporting a number of local non-profits with resources and volunteers. Services are offered at the North Campus Saturdays at 6:30pm and Sundays at 9:30 and 11:00am. The South Campus offers a service at 11:00am on Sundays. Everyone is welcome. More information is available at www.lifespring.tv.
Richmond Vista Investment Partners WELCOMES Kacey Ritchie
Richmond, IN − Kacey Ritchie recently joined Vista Investment Partners, located at 2519 East Main Street, Suite 203, Richmond, Indiana according to Managing Partner Brett Guiley. Kacey grew up in North Pole, Alaska and began her career in finance at the Mt. McKinley Bank in Fairbanks AK.
“I am pleased to welcome Kacey to the Vista family,” said Guiley. “Adding Kacey is another indicator that we’re attracting some of the very best to the industry and is further proof of Vista Investment Partners commitment to client service.” Kacey will be working closely with Sarah Peacock, our operations manager.
Kacey lives in Eaton, Ohio and enjoys everything outdoors, which includes camping, fishing, football and softball. She is enjoying getting settled in her new home and becoming acquainted with the Midwest. She is passionate about partnering with first responders/firefighters to benefit the fight to end children’s cancer.
Brewer Broadcasting stations, KICKS 96, 101.7 The Point, and 95.3 The Legend, all Win an IBA 2019 Cardinal Community Service Award
– KICKS 96, 101.7 The Point, and 95.3 The Legend received a 2019 Cardinal Community Service Award winner by the Indiana Broadcasters Association.
- KICKS 96 began "Free Plug Friday" to bring awareness to local not-for-profit events FREE OF CHARGE. Every Friday, KICKS 96 promotes all the not-for-profit in our seven-county listening area. Last year alone KICKS 96 promoted over 600 area charitable events free of charge. This translates to more than $24,000 in donated airtime for the community. KICKS 96 air-staff often appear at events free of charge and help further promote it via social media.
- 95.3 The Legend helped promote and build awareness in the community for Richmond’s Veterans Memorial Park efforts to locate, purchase and bring a UH-1 “HUEY” helicopter to the park. In addition to the studio visit, the station donated more than $4500 in media with on-air messages, social media and hosted two fund-raising events at Texas Roadhouse.
- 101.7 The Point supports Second Chance Animal Rescue of Richmond and their efforts to adopt pets with the weekly feature, Wet Nosed Wednesday. Volunteers from the shelter bring a dog or cat, and even a snake once, to studio and talk about the pet in hopes of someone listening will want to adopt. Success rates have been very high.
IBA recognizes more than 70 members of TV and radio stations with 2019 Cardinal Community Service Awards. Every day, Hoosier broadcasters make an impact in the communities they serve through stories, fundraisers, and emergency alerts.
Named after the Indiana state bird, the Cardinal, the awards are a symbol of dedicated service by our membership. This year’s recipients were recognized during three receptions across the state in August. Brewer Broadcasting stations were recognized at St. Joseph’s Hall in Indianapolis on August 15th.
For more information IBA and the Cardinal Community Service Awards: https://www.indianabroadcasters.org/iba-news/2019-cardinal-community-service-award-recipients/
Richmond Neighborhood Restoration (RNR) is excited to announce the acquisition of its 5th project at 2237 East Main Street. We are currently working on 2009 East Main Street and hope to be done by the end of October. This is the first time that RNR has held two properties at a time, and we are excited to be restoring homes in the community. You can see some photos inside the new house and it will need lots of cleaning out. We will have a volunteer day coming up, so stay tuned!
Tamara Brinkman started working this month as the president of the United Way of Whitewater Valley. She has lived locally for the past couple of years living in Centerville. Before moving here Tamara worked with Sony Pictures in California.
"I'm looking forward to meeting and working with the many organizations, volunteers and supporters of United Way works within Wayne and Union counties," Brinkman said in the release.
United Way of Whitewater Valley focuses its efforts in the areas of Education, Health, Community Vitality, and Youth & Families. Brinkman applies these values in her personal life where she volunteers as an assistant coach for the Lincoln High School Girls Tennis Team.
The July Reid Health Ambassador "goes the extra mile" in her department by helping out in ways beyond her job description, say her nominators.
From promoting teamwork and positive morale to volunteering for projects or helping train new employees, Megan Alexander "is engaged, positive and a tremendous asset to Reid Health and to the laboratory," wrote one nominator. Alexander joined the Reid Health team almost four years ago, working as lab secretary the whole time.
"Megan is the voice of Reid Health Laboratory," shared another nominator. "Her demeanor on the phone assures customers she is capable and willing to assist them with whatever they need. You can hear the smile in her voice whenever she answers the phone."
Alexander is a native of Centerville. Before joining Reid Health, she had worked in the family pizza business and also in childcare. The Centerville High School graduate interacts with multiple physician offices on behalf of the lab, helped plan a lab week celebration, and plans bulletin boards designed to provide levity and build morale for her team.
Richmond, Ind. - Indiana University East junior Rachel Burgess completed the American Red Cross Collegiate Leadership Program in Washington, D.C. this summer.
Burgess is a biochemistry major from Fairfield, Ohio. A member of the women's soccer team at IU East, Burgess said she learned about the program through her coach, Shane Meridith.
According to the Red Cross, the program provides student-athletes with the opportunity to develop leadership skills and inspire a new generation of volunteers by organizing blood drives for their classmates and community. Burgess' experience began with training, mentoring and networking during a two-week internship at Red Cross headquarters in Washington. The internship provides participating students a position on the team, and the chance to receive coaching from senior Red Cross leadership. The opportunity helps participants gain life-long skills that can have an impact on their campus as well as help build skills that can be useful in their future careers.
Burgess will now return to campus to encourage fellow students to join in the mission to help save lives through blood donation.
The program included training, mentoring and networking through the organization, Burgess said. She also received a $2,000 scholarship for participating in the program.
"The experience itself was a bit out of my comfort zone but it also showed me a lot of different perspectives and sides of the Red Cross as an organization," Burgess said. "We met a lot of people who have been impacted by the Red Cross, hold a high position in the Red Cross, and have given countless hours of service through the organization. While I was there, my role was to absorb as much information as I could about the mission of the organization and how to bring it to life on campus."
To do that, Burgess will host a blood drive on campus. The program provided the skills to organize a successful blood drive as well as to lead a team to host the event. She plans to host at least four blood drives over the next two years with a student-composed team which includes students from nursing and other majors. She is currently planning the first blood drive for November 7, 2019.
Burgess said she learned the significance of donating blood and the impact it has on those that need it.
"I have donated blood consistently since I was a junior in high school, but the demand for blood is at an all-time high," Burgess said. "Someone needs a blood transfusion every two seconds, and one person has the ability to save up to three lives. Being able to bring the mission of the Red Cross to my campus and do what I can to make it grow is an honor. I feel like there are so many people depending on me to make this big, and I don't want to let them down. I'm excited to share the goal and get others involved in something as amazing as the Red Cross."
According to the Red Cross, nearly 20 percent of the millions of blood donations made each year come from young donors, like college students. In only about an hour, volunteer blood donors can help make an impact on campus while helping save lives in the community and beyond.
In addition to organizing a blood drive on campus, Burgess said the program helped teach her how to be the best version of herself and how to be a leader.
"You're a person before you're a leader, therefore focusing on your character and your intentions in helping others should come first," Burgess said. "This program gave me a lot of different perspectives on serving others. Being kind without an agenda and having the intention to help someone who may need it without the expectation of getting anything in return is a concept I hope to spread on campus."
In the future, Burgess plans to continue her education in medical school with the goal of becoming an orthopedic surgeon.
How to Donate Blood Through the American Red Cross
To make an appointment or to learn more, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Completion of a RapidPass® online health history questionnaire is encouraged to help speed up the donation process. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.
A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Richmond, Ind. - Five women from emergency dispatch, law enforcement, and education were recognized for their heroism during the sixth annual ATHENA Leadership Award® for Wayne County celebration on June 27.
The ATHENA dinner celebrates the finalists and award recipient of the ATHENA Leadership Award® and the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award recipient.
During this year's dinner, City of Richmond Mayor Dave Snow recognized the group of women which was instrumental in keeping our community safe on the morning of December 13 when a shooting incident occurred at Dennis Middle School in Richmond.
The women honored for their service were:
- 9-1-1 Dispatcher Ghea Chamberlain
- Dennis Middle School fifth grade teacher Maria Schmidt
- Richmond Police SWAT Officer Renee Ware
- Dennis Middle School Principal Nicole VanDervort
- Richmond Police Officer Ami Miller
"Tonight we are gathered to celebrate the strong, powerful women of our community, who embody the spirit of the goddess Athena, who was characterized by her strength, her wisdom, and her courage," Snow said.
He added that courage could be defined in many ways.
"Some would challenge that courage is a decision," Snow said. "It's a decision that overcoming the challenge before you, is more important than the fear or instinct that would otherwise hold you back. It is in that split second decision that the bravest among us will rise and protect us."
The morning of the incident at Dennis, each of the women played a vital role.
Snow shared that in the days and weeks following that morning, the facts of what occurred that on December 13 emerged.
"Although we had seen the loss of a single life, several 100 had escaped physical injury, and a much worse tragedy had been avoided," Snow said. "As the information was sorted, a team of women emerged. A team of women that are the embodiment of courage."
Dennis fifth-grade teacher Maria Schmidt made the initial call to Principal Nicole VanDervort that an assailant had entered the building. VanDervort immediately took action to put the building on lockdown, allowing her staff to follow their training and to secure their classrooms.
It was Richmond Police Officer Ami Miller who made a courageous, split-second decision that would be pivotal to the day's events, Snow said. Officer Miller pursued the assailant under gunfire into the school's stairwell, effectively cornering him and blocking his ability to move through the hallways, he added.
RPD SWAT Officer Renee Ware provided immediate backup. Snow said Ware had the situational awareness to not only help in subduing the movement of the assailant, but also protecting her colleague by pulling her out of gunfire and harm's way.
Snow described how VanDervort worked with the emergency dispatch to communicate vital information to law enforcement. With additional law enforcement officers arriving on scene, VanDervort established a line of communication with 9-1-1 dispatcher, Ghea Chamberlain. Chamberlain took the initial emergency call but a team of three dispatchers - Pamela Leffel, Nancie Ruhl, Indie Pierce - were also there that morning.
VanDervort watched a live video surveillance of what was going on in the building and relayed the information to Chamberlain, who then relayed the assailant's actions to law enforcement. The exchange provided immediate, crucial information providing safety to the officers, students, teachers and staff in the building, Snow said.
"I've had the opportunity to talk with these tremendous women one-on-one, and hear their thoughts on that day's events," Snow said. "What is most remarkable, is that each of them has said in their own way, I was just doing my job."
To recognize these five women at the dinner is to celebrate, honor and thank the Athenas of the community, Snow said. "The amazing women who teach us, embolden us to be more, and protect us," he added.
Wayne Bank and Indiana University East partner to bring the ATHENA Leadership Award® to Wayne County.
The ATHENA Leadership Award® is presented to an exemplary leader who has achieved excellence in their business or profession, served the community in a meaningful way and, most importantly, actively assisted women to achieve their full leadership potential. The event recognizes women leaders who motivate, inspire and create positive change in the community.
Melissa Vance was recognized as this year's recipient of the 2019 ATHENA Leadership Award®. Vance is from Centerville, Indiana. The finalists for this year's ATHENA Leadership Award® also included Richmond residents Rhonda Duning, Jennifer Feaster.
Also, the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award was awarded to Ashley Sieb of Richmond, Indiana. Additionally, Wayne Bank and IU East presented a posthumous award to Stacey Steele, the Elysium Award, which is a special recognition designated by the selection committee this year. According to Greek mythology, those who led righteous lives or performed great deeds spent their eternal afterlife in the beautiful realm of Elysium.
Local sponsorship is provided by Wayne Bank and Indiana University East. Event proceeds equally benefit the Women's Fund of Wayne County and Girls, Inc.
Trilogy Chief Operating Officer Leigh Ann Barney to Move into President & CEO Position
Louisville, Kentucky, June 28, 2019 (Newswire.com) - ????Randall Bufford, President & CEO of Trilogy Health Services, announced yesterday his transition to the role of Chairman of the Board, effective October 1, 2019. Leigh Ann Barney, Trilogy’s Chief Operating Officer, will be assuming the position of President & CEO at Trilogy.
The transition comes at an ideal time for Trilogy, who has record customer and employee satisfaction scores as well as record employee retention rates. Trilogy’s culture, whose first building blocks were laid by Randy and a handful of others over 20 years ago, is stronger than it’s ever been. Compassion radiates outwards from every one of Trilogy’s over 100 communities throughout Midwest, as do stories of both seniors and employees finding joy and fulfillment thanks to the provider’s commitment to service. One only has to scroll through the social media feed of any Trilogy Senior Living Community to see the company’s culture of compassion in action: a 94-year-old resident laughing as she experiences her first ever slip ’n slide; a single mother posing with her children outside of a home they never thought they could afford; CNAs holding up certifications they received for free; senior veterans debarking a plane in D.C., surrounded by citizens waving flags and striking salutes. The moments number in the millions, and according to Bufford, they are sure to continue after this transition.
“I’ve been planning for this transition for over 10 years,” commented Bufford. “Now is the perfect time for me to take a step back from day-to-day operations at Trilogy. We’re checking off all the boxes – outstanding customer satisfaction, record employee engagement and retention rates, and our financial position has never been stronger. This is a good thing for Trilogy. I have absolute confidence not only in Leigh Ann and the rest of our leadership team, but in the people who work at every one of our communities. Trilogy’s success lies in our culture, and our culture is thriving within the hearts of the 15,000 employees who make up our family. We have built a company that cares for those who care for others (#C4U) and that cycle has led to an enormous amount of success, not only for Trilogy, but for our employees and our residents. I know that Leigh Ann will nurture this culture and carry on our tradition of continuous improvement. We’ve reached record highs, but we’re nowhere close to being satisfied. In my new role as Chairman of the Board, I look forward to mentoring Leigh Ann, and to helping Trilogy grow in the coming years. I know that under her leadership, our employees will continue to say what I am saying today: Trilogy is the Best Place I Ever Worked.”
“I am truly humbled to be walking in the footsteps of such an incredible servant leader,” commented Leigh Ann Barney, Trilogy’s Chief Operating Officer. “His example has, and will continue to inspire the entire senior leadership team here at Trilogy to keep striving for excellence, to keep investing in our employees, and to keep pursuing our goal of being the Best Healthcare Company in the Midwest (#BHCM). I have learned so much in my 19 years at Trilogy, and I continue to learn every time I round at our campuses. And although every lesson is different, they all drive home the same message: at Trilogy, we’re family. We love each other, we look out for each other, and we do what is right for one another, every day. It is the utmost honor to serve such an inspiring group of employees, and I promise to lead by the example Randy has set since day one. Our future is bright, and I look forward to celebrating our successes in the years to come.”
Through his position as Chairman of the Board, Bufford will continue to be involved in strategic decisions regarding Trilogy. He will also be focusing much of his time on mentoring his successor to ensure that the transition goes smoothly for Trilogy’s employees, constituents, and partners. In a recent video to employees, Bufford emphasized that he is not going away, and that he will always be part of the fabric of Trilogy.
“We are building an enterprise that’s much bigger than Randy Bufford or Leigh Ann Barney,” Bufford continued. “It’s about all of our people. We’re investing in our future, so the great things we all know as Trilogy will continue on.”
Trilogy Health Services communities offer a full range of personalized senior living services, from independent and assisted living to skilled nursing and rehabilitative services in over 100 senior living communities throughout Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan. Trilogy’s senior living services are delivered by staff specially trained to honor and enhance the lives of our residents through compassion and a commitment to exceeding customer expectations. Trilogy Health Services is a subsidiary of Griffin-American Healthcare REIT III, Inc. To learn more about Trilogy Health Services, please visit our website at www.trilogyhs.com. You may also follow Trilogy Health Services on Facebook and Twitter.
Cloud Kelley is originally from Lansing, Michigan, but moved to Richmond in 2014 to attend Earlham College. After graduating from Earlham in May with a degree in Peace and Global Studies, she’s excited to start a new chapter working with the Center City Development Corp. Cloud is passionate about community engagement, environmental sustainability, and of course, spending time with her dog Goose. Cloud can’t wait to get to work and help the downtown business community flourish!
Cloud will help bring CCDC's Vision's to lead change for creating a vibrant downtown where people want to live, work, and play. The mission of Center City Development Corporation is to enrich Richmond’s downtown by coordination and collaborating with city government, property owners, and business owners resulting in economic prosperity, community development, and a vibrant center city.
Join us in welcoming Cloud to the team!