Hutchinson Regional Healthcare appoints new Direct Foundation

native of Hutchinson Jessica Lin was named director of the Hutchinson Regional Medical Foundation, a multi-million dollar fund established shortly after the hospital opened in 1975.

With the arrival of Flax, the position will change from part-time to full-time. In his role, Flax will lead fundraising initiatives based on the foundation’s long-term and short-term strategic goals.

A 2005 graduate of Buhler High School, Flax attended Fort Hays State University on a volleyball scholarship and earned a degree in business management.

For the past 13 years, she has worked with business development and marketing companies and the financial industry. Funds for the foundation come from donations to Hutchinson Regional of farmland, oil and gas leases, and cash contributions.

Over the past 35 years, the HRMF has awarded grants to help build Chalmers Cancer Center, $6 million for an update to the hospital’s emergency department and $4 million for a new state-of-the-art intensive care.

“It is an honor to lead this initiative for an organization that is a critical cornerstone of this community and to work with such outstanding leadership so dedicated to improving the quality of life for patients and employees,” said Flax. .2

Sheri Grinstead

Recognized Reno County FSA employee

Reno County Agricultural Loan Officer Sheri Grinstead recently received the “Amelia Earhart Making a Difference” award from the US Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency.

The award honors a non-supervisor who has made significant contributions to FSA’s mission and vision by consistently fulfilling the leadership role.

“This person is driven, motivated and gets the job done,” an FSA statement said. “The employee leads by example and takes the initiative to make things better.”

Grinstead assumed day-to-day management of the Reno County FLP office when it became a shared management site.

In the leadership role, she prioritizes workload, coordinates FLP schedules, and secures office coverage with agricultural programs. It also continues to process loans and perform routine and special service activities.

Under his leadership, first installment delinquency, timeliness of direct inquiries, and loans to beginning farmers improved. While participating in outreach activities, she recently shared information with students at Sterling High School.

Grinstead received the award in a Sept. 28 ceremony at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Abilene.

Healthcare Workers of the Year Awarded by KHA

The Kansas Hospital Association recently recognized a Newton Medical Center employee as one of four healthcare workers of the year.

Laurie JanzingNewton, was recognized for his significant contribution to the improvement of NMC Health in Newton.

Hospitals across the state have nominated individuals who “regularly go above and beyond the call of duty and have demonstrated excellence in health care.”

Seventeen other hospital employees were named and recognized at the KHA’s annual convention and trade show. Those in the region include: Angie BeckKingman Health Center, Kingman; Sandra Dobrinsky, Comanche County Hospital, Coldwater; and Karen LarsenSt. Luke Hospital and Living Center, Marion.KHA has 237 member facilities, 123 of which are full-service community hospitals.

Area residents appointed to state councils

Governor Laura Kelly announced last week the appointment of several area residents to serve on state commissions, boards or councils.Sheriff Gene Wardof Liberal, was appointed to the 988 Coordinating Council, established to advise the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services on the implementation of the 988 hotline.David Strobergof Hutchinson, was renamed to the Kansas Water Authority, which reviews plans for the development, management, and use of state water resources by any state or local agency.Richard BrookmanBucklin, was appointed to the Kansas Library Board, along with advocates for library services and resources statewide, fostering cooperation among libraries, and promoting and encouraging innovative library services.

Peoples Bank and Trust opens a site in Wichita

Peoples Bank and Trust announced the recent opening of a full-service location in Wichita.

The new branch at 11858 W. 21st Street N. will be People’s first location in Wichita, expanding the bank’s footprint to include 17 locations in central Kansas.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to expand into this new market,” said Tom Pruitt, President and CEO. “With our strong commercial and real estate products, our team is here to find solutions that work for you. We look forward to making an impact on this community.

Jack Ronen will be the branch president.

Lobby hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and drive-thru hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Founded in 1898, the McPherson-headquartered bank serves Barton, Harvey, McPherson, Ness, Reno, Rice and Rush counties and has over $1 billion in assets.