The KCMH Auxiliary met Wednesday, May 09, 2012 in the basement conference room of the hospital.

The KCMH Auxiliary met Wednesday, May 09, 2012 in the basement conference room of the hospital.  At 10 a.m. the annual Employee Appreciation Tea was held.  We serve cake and punch to the healthcare staff during National Hospital Week to thank them for the service and support to the hospital and clinics.  The Executive Committee then met to review items for first half of the year.  At the noon meal, we had nine members and two guests be served a delicious meal by the KCMH Dietary staff.  Our organization does not have a roll call but ask that the members sign in and check that meal/dues paid.  Another member came to hear the speaker.

Each year the organization provides a scholarship to an applicant continuing their education in a healthcare field.  The recipient this year is Lymon Morehead.  He is the son of Brian and Cinda Morehead.  Lymon will be attending Butler County Community College at El Dorado and majoring in Physical Therapy.  We congratulate Lymon and all students in the county who will be receiving diplomas or degrees and send best wishes.

May is Legislative Month, however, due to the Legislature still in session, we were unable to hear Rep. Kyle Hoffman.  Filling in for him was Sara Roberts, MPH, Director of Rural Health in the Bureau of Community Health Systems of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.  She was born and raised near Emporia and attended KSU.  At the beginning of her presentation, she indicated the amount of change that has taken place since her appointment in November 2010.  One was the combining of two agencies into one which is where she now works.  She described this as an “unfound treasure of resources to better help providers and patients with communication, innovation, resilience, and alliance in this time of sweeping changes in healthcare.”  In the 1990’s Kansas was one of the few states asked to participate in the demonstration study thus leading to Critical Access Hospitals, which KCMH is such.  Sara works closely with rural hospital administrators, including the KCMH Administrator, with grants, activities, and strategic planning to best promote that facility.  “We are at a critical juncture in healthcare for communication, information technology, integration, and strategic planning to best prepare for what we want to look like in 2020.”  The Bureau of Community Health Systems is composed of six areas:  trauma, local public health, primary care, special populations, rural health, and preparedness.  National Rural Health Day is the third Thursday of November (16th) and is in conjunction with the KHA/HAK Annual Convention; this year the location is Overland Park.  These are just a few highlights of her presentation and that there is a videos online about rural health and culture & communication.

President, Carolyn Irvin, then opened the regular meeting by asking the minutes of previous meeting and the account balance be read.  She spoke thanks to the auxilians who helped at the recent health fair.  The drawing winners of the $25 Dillon’s debit cards were Tony Factor, Greensburg and Cassie Stokes, Haviland.  For purchase of these debit cards please contact our Treasurer, Roberta Seiler.  Carolyn also thanked the members who provided the cakes and served at the Tea.  There will not be meetings in June or July, however, mail delivery continues.  For our Award of Excellence criteria point #11 is the “Health Education” and the auxiliary helps by providing sunscreen SPF 55 and greater for our daycare children.  All members are encouraged to bring a bottle of sunscreen to the hospital.  The next meeting will be Wednesday, August 8th with Mary Sweet providing a hospital update from the first half of the year.

Respectfully and gratefully,

Carolyn Irvin, President