– Meridian Health Services welcomes Tracy Douglas-Wheeler, MS as its new Vice President of Community Health.
Ms. Douglas-Wheeler is a proven expert in community health and will be responsible for the clinical and administrative operations of Meridian’s community health services throughout the state of Indiana. She will oversee the cohesive quality and performance of the primary medical care operations, including MeridianMD, Meridian Women’s Health, Meridian Health Pediatrics.
Tracy Douglas-Wheeler, Vice President of Community Health at Meridian
“I look forward to using my time and talent at an organization like Meridian that prioritizes patient-centric healthcare where the whole-person—physical, mental, and social well-being is taken care of,” said Douglas-Wheeler.
With more than 20 years of experience in healthcare administration and
operations in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Delaware, Douglas-Wheeler also served as Executive Vice President of Operations of a Federally Qualified Health Center as well as Chief Operations Officer of an association serving ambulatory community health centers. Prior to those roles, she held various leadership positions in hospitals and health systems specializing in both adults and pediatrics.
“Her new role will complement our organizational structure in providing quality community care throughout this region,” said Hank Milius, president and CEO of Meridian, “With her success in clinical leadership and management, I’m confident Ms. Douglas-Wheeler will find even more opportunities to create additional integrated services for the communities Meridian serves.”
Waytru Bancorp, the holding company for Wayne Bank and Trust Company (“Wayne Bank”), announces two important appointments to its executive leadership team. The Wayne Bank Board of Directors appointed John Christy as the bank’s 9th President and Chief Executive Officer, effective November 12. Mike Gaddis has been appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Wayne Bank.
Gaddis has a long-standing career at Wayne Bank, over 28 years, and has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Wayne Bank since 2015. He has been an integral part of Wayne Bank’s success, embracing and exemplifying the bank’s philosophy “You’ve Got a Friend in Banking.”
Christy joins Wayne Bank with over 30 years of banking experience primarily within the Indiana and Midwest markets. Most recently, he served as Executive Vice President of United Trust Bank. He previously held leadership positions at PNC Bank, Key Bank, and Monroe Bank and Trust Co. He has an extensive background in business development, compliance, and operational leadership.
Old National Road Welcome Center to host
Richmond Racing Book Signing
Richmond, Indiana – Richmond writers Bill Holder and Ronn Berry have captured the auto racing history of Richmond, Indiana with their latest book, Richmond Racing. The public is invited to meet the authors, Saturday, November 16th at the Old National Road Welcome Center from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Richmond was once home to five race tracks including open-wheel, stock car, drag, motorcycles, and road racing which are all represented in their book along with vintage photos and newspaper clippings of the era. Throughout the book, the authors share stories of tracks dating back to the early 1900s and of the racers, many of whom, went on to become well known at the Indy 500, Eldora Speedway and Daytona 500 races.
During the book signing, there will be over a dozen vintage and current race cars on display and area drivers in attendance. An autograph page inside the book provides opportunities for attendees to collect autographs from drivers. Books are $20.00 and proceeds will be donated to the Dayton Auto Racing Fan Club’s Injured Drivers Fund. Just in time for the holidays, this local book is a must-have for any racing or local history enthusiast.
The Old National Road Welcome Center is located at 5701 National Road East, Richmond, Indiana. For more information call 765-935-8687 or VisitRichmond.org
Business News - We have a new employee. Doris Williams comes to us will much talent. She is a longarm quilter, embroiderer, and crafter. She owns several Brother & Janome machines. Our sewing machine technician, Josh Rushing, recently completed and is certified on the Brother Luminaire XP1. Nancy just returned from Brother training in Chicago on the Luminaire XP1 and the new Disney Scan N Cut.
Wayne Bank welcomes Crystal Kaulen as the new Plaza Branch Manager.
Business - Belden Distribution Center
Business News - On Friday, October 4th the Belden Distribution Center in Richmond will reach a milestone of 3,000 days without a lost-time accident. The Richmond DC currently employs 44 associates over three shifts working 5-7 days a week. These associates specialize in receiving material, processing orders and shipping Belden product orders to customers all over the world. Congratulations to Belden's Richmond Distribution Center on this outstanding accomplishment!
MERIDIAN CEO INVITED TO WHITE HOUSE DISCUSSION ON MENTAL HEALTH
MUNCIE, Ind. – Meridian Health Services’ President and CEO, Hank Milius, was one of several distinguished professionals invited from the healthcare and substance use treatment and prevention field to a roundtable discussion with State and Federal officials regarding mental health/addiction issues at the NeuroDiagnostic Institute (NDI) in Indianapolis on Friday, September 27, 2019.
Joining Milius were Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence, as well as Dr. Jerome Adams, Surgeon General of United States; Dr. Jennifer Sullivan, Director of Indiana Family and Social Services; Bryan Mills, CEO of Community Health Network; Jim McClelland, Executive Director for Drug Prevention, Treatment and Enforcement; Katrina Norris, Superintendent of Richmond State Hospital; Matt Brooks, President/CEO of Indiana Council; and Dr. Jerry Sheward, Chief Medical Officer and Superintendent of NDI.
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!