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  • 03 Jan 2020 11:22 AM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    Would you like to help shape the future of the Hickman Mills area in Kansas City, Mo.? Join us at a public meeting to give input on the Hickman Mills Area Plan update.

    When: Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, from 5:30pm - 7:00 p.m.

    Where: KCPD South Patrol Division Station, 9701 Marion Park Drive, Kansas City, MO

    Area plans recommend strategies to help realize a community’s long term vision and we’re asking you to help us provide a comprehensive framework to guide public decisions on land use, housing, public improvements, community development and city services. The Hickman Mills Area Plan includes the area generally bound by 87th Street on the north, I-49/71 Highway on the west, the Grandview City Limits on the south and Raytown Road on the east. If you live within those boundaries, this is a great opportunity to give your input on the draft plan! At the meeting, you can expect an overview of the planning process, proposed recommendations for the upcoming plan, and next steps for adoption and implementation. You will have an opportunity to hear these ideas and to provide input to city staff to be included in the final document.

    Visit the Hickman Mills Area Plan web page for more information. If you have questions, please contact Brian Jackson at 816-513-2862

  • 05 Dec 2019 12:46 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    St. Anthony’s Retirement Community welcomed new residents to its beautiful, gated resort-style community just in time for the holidays! Designed for older adults who are 62 years of age and better, St. Anthony’s offers 120 residential living apartment homes and will be adding assisted living and memory support suites in 2020. The retirement community represents a rebirth in the Brookside area as it was formerly a medical office building. Owner Mark Ledom, Sr. likens the revitalization to a miracle, “We put a lot of careful planning and thought into transforming a former well-known community landmark where so many people sought medical treatment into a modern, fresh offering with caring and support still at its core. St. Anthony’s enjoys close ties to the community and will flourish with their support.”

    St. Anthony’s is the culmination of a unique joint venture with Catholic Charities and the Diocese of Kansas City/St. Joseph. With our dedicated St. Anthony’s chapel, the community offers daily mass. Spiritual care is offered to those of other faiths, as all are welcome at St. Anthony’s. Following the four cornerstones of healthy aging highlighted in its Rhythms Life Enrichment program, St. Anthony’s not only fosters spiritual wellness but also offers robust social, intellectual and physical programs to support older adults successful aging.

    “Between all the amazing contacts we have made in the community thus far and the willingness for volunteers to serve, we have a great line up of activities, entertainment and fun to be had!” shared Executive Director Mark Walter. “St. Anthony’s will provide a service to our community that is not present currently. Our secure, state-of-the-art campus will have older adults in our community living their best life.”

    Residents will delight in the culinary creations of Executive Chef Earl Morgan, a former restaurant owner himself and experience in kitchens at Yia Yia’s Euro Bistro and Milanos. With an elegant restaurant, pub and daily happy hour the St. Anthony culinary team will have something to please everyone.

    St. Anthony’s has the management support of Cappella Living Solutions, the consulting and management division of Christian Living Communities, a leader in senior living since 1972. Cappella’s vision is to create communities where aging is honored and celebrated.

    Video/Photo Advisory: Media visits/tours will be accommodated upon request.

    OPEN HOUSE: December 12th, 3-5 pm at 1000 E. 68th Street, Kansas City, MO 64131. Tours highlighting the transformation from medical building to beautiful retirement community will be provided, interviews with team members and residents available. 

  • 20 Nov 2019 2:40 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    The Bill and Peggy Lyons Support School Music program was established in 2003 in order to provide area school districts the opportunity to host the Kansas City Symphony and raise funding in support of fine arts programs. Since its inception, local school music programs have raised more than $158,000 in revenue as a direct result of Support School Music.

    The community concert will be on January 8, 2020 at Center High School at 7:00 pm.  Seating is General Admission. Doors will open at 6:15 pm for seating with the performance beginning at 7:00 pm. The concert will end at approximately 8:30 pm. Tickets are $10.

    To purchase tickets visit : --Look under Current News and Events for the link--

    In addition to the performance itself, the Kansas City Symphony will also work with students in an open rehearsal during the day prior to the public performance.

    Center School District offers a comprehensive arts program to expose students to a wide variety of art including music, theater, and visual arts. Programs begin in elementary school with all students receiving art instruction on a regular basis, including the opportunity to create their own works of art. Performance based activities include band, choral music, a variety of theatrical performances each year, and a wide range of visual arts experiences including public exhibitions of student art work.

    About Jason Seber, David T. Beals III Associate Conductor: Jason Seber is celebrating his fourth year with the Kansas City Symphony, beginning as assistant conductor in the 2016/17 season and being promoted to associate conductor in the 2017/18 season. In this position, he has built a strong rapport with the Kansas City community, leading the Symphony in more than 75 concerts each season in the Classics Uncorked, Pops, Family, Film + Live Orchestra, Young People’s Concerts, KinderKonzerts and Link Up series, as well as Christmas Festival, Symphony in the Flint Hills and many other programs. He made his Classical Series debut in October 2019.

    About the Kansas City Symphony: Founded in 1982, the Kansas City Symphony is a major force in the cultural life of the community. Praised for performances of uncompromising standard, the orchestra is the largest in the region, with 80 full-time musicians, and enjoys a national reputation under the artistic leadership of Music Director Michael Stern. Presenting more than 100 concerts annually in a 42-week season, the Symphony also performs for the Kansas City Ballet and Lyric Opera of Kansas City. Every season comprises an impressive variety of programs that collectively reach more than 200,000 people, including the Symphony’s annual Bank of America Celebration at the Station concert held each Memorial Day weekend.

  • 27 Sep 2019 2:21 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    $300,000 Believe Kansas City Initiative to Help Local Nonprofits Expand Outreach Programs

    Kansas City, Sept. 25, 2019 — AT&T* is committed to helping build a better tomorrow for local youth by addressing the second-leading cause of death for young people in Kansas and Missouri: teen suicide. We’re doing that through a new initiative we call Believe Kansas CitySM. Believe Kansas City is an AT&T-employee initiative utilizing technology, innovation and collaboration to reduce mental health stigma, raise awareness and help mitigate the rise of teen suicides in the Kansas City metropolitan area. 

    Committing more than $300,000 this year, and working with groups in both Kansas and Missouri like Mental Health America of the Heartland and Tri County Mental Health, Believe Kansas City will promote awareness and generate support around youth issues and suicide prevention (the full list of supporting organizations is below).

    Kansas Governor Laura Kelly, state and local elected officials from the greater Kansas City metro area, and Kansas and Missouri community organizations joined AT&T and Children’s Mercy Hospital CEO Paul Kempinski for a discussion on youth mental wellness to kick off today’s public launch of Believe Kansas City, which took place at Children’s Mercy Park.

    “In recent years, Kansas has seen a steady uptick in suicide among young people,” said Kansas Governor Laura Kelly. “It’s encouraging to see efforts to raise awareness, and support young people with mental-health needs through the Believe Kansas City campaign and other initiatives across the metro and statewide in Kansas.”

    “Thank you to AT&T for supporting this initiative and bringing us all together to discuss community-based partnerships and solutions,” said Paul Kempinski, President and CEO of Children’s Mercy. “Collaboration between Children’s Mercy and community agencies, community providers, and legislators will be required to address the growing pediatric mental health needs of our community.”

    “AT&T is proud to support the communities where our employees and customers live, work and play,” said Alyson Woodard, vice president/general manager, Mid States Region. “Believe Kansas City is a grassroots, employee driven initiative with the goal of making an impact on a local issue. When we discovered that our local community was above the national average in the area of youth suicide, we felt compelled to act. We have a responsibility to support the health and well-being of our Kansas City metropolitan area and want to do what we can to support community agencies that strive to reduce the prevalence of youth suicide and reduce the level of stigma often associated with mental health conditions.”

    Today’s discussion is only the start of our Believe Kansas City efforts. Over the coming weeks and months AT&T will also connect employees, family and friends with a range of volunteer activities:

    • ·         #ZeroReasonsWhy march and rally on Sunday, September 29th from 1 – 3 p.m. at Mill Creek Park on the Country Club Plaza. Zero Reasons Why is a campaign led by teens who are telling their story, disrupting the epidemic of teen suicide, and changing the conversation around mental health in the Kansas City area.
    • ·         Out of the Darkness Greater Kansas City Walk on Saturday, October 5th from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Swope Park to raise awareness and funds that allow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy and support survivors of suicide loss.
    • ·         The Northland Youth Leadership Summits, middle school and high school leadership programs giving students the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills and increase knowledge on topics that impact the health/safety of adolescents. Tuesday, October 8th and Wednesday, October 9th from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Platte Woods United Methodist Church.

    Participating Organizations:

    • ·         Children’s Mercy Hospital: Supporting integration of mental health components in the MyCare Tracker app
    • ·         #ZeroReasonsWhy: Supporting #ZeroReasonsWhy storytelling and community mobilization campaign expansion throughout the Kansas City metro
    • ·         InterUrban Art House & Arts as Mentorship: Supporting community art effort promoting mental wellness in the greater Kansas City community
    • ·         Mental Health America of the Heartland: Supporting expansion of mental health programming in public schools
    • ·         Friends of Johnson County Mental Health: Supporting #ZeroReasonsWhy campaign march and rally on September 29th
    • ·         Headquarters, Inc./Kansas Suicide Prevention Resource Center: Supporting ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)
    • ·         ReDiscover: Implementation of #ZeroReasonsWhy among Missouri school districts
    • ·         Tri County Mental Health: Supporting Northland Leadership Summit and the How Full is Your Cup Campaign
    • ·         First Call: Supporting expansion of Signs of Suicide, Youth Mental Health First Aid and Mental Health First Aid programs in public and charter schools
    • ·         Rockhurst University: Supporting Active Minds Chapter programming


    *About AT&T Communications

    We help family, friends and neighbors connect in meaningful ways every day. From the first phone call 140+ years ago to mobile video streaming, we innovate to improve lives. We have the nation’s fastest wireless network.** And according to America’s biggest test, we have the nation’s best wireless network.*** We’re building FirstNet just for first responders and creating next-generation mobile 5G. With a range of TV and video products , we deliver entertainment people love to talk about. Our smart, highly secure solutions serve nearly 3 million global businesses – nearly all of the Fortune 1000. And worldwide, our spirit of service drives employees to give back to their communities.

  • 25 Sep 2019 4:09 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    Only four years ago, St. Joseph Medical Center was on life-support. When Interim CEO Jodi Fincher arrived in 2016, she was handed a $101-million loss in revenues from the previous year. Profitability was at an all-time low, as was the reputation of the hospital.

    But new owner Prime Healthcare has a history of turning community hospitals around, and St. Joseph Medical Center is a case study in how a Catholic hospital can stay a Catholic hospital –flourishing financially without losing its Catholic Identity.

    This month, St. Joseph Medical Center was recognized by the Kansas City Business Journal as one of the “Fast 50,” which names the top 50 fastest-growing private companies in KC. Recipients were selected based on average annual revenue growth between 2016 and 2018. St. Joseph Medical Center was ranked #7. Fincher was also honored in the publication’s “Women Who Mean Business” awards, acknowledging exceptional area businesswomen for the past 20 years. Fincher, a former nurse, credits the hospital’s turnaround on a combination of cost-cutting measures, adherence to clinical best practices, growth, and a hands-on, “lean C-suite” Prime Healthcare business model that she embraces. 

    “Nothing happens in the hospital that our senior leadership team is not acutely and immediately aware of. When an issue needs to be fixed, and there’s nobody else to deploy, we will deploy ourselves. Whether approving a new blanket warmer so patients are comfortable, or hiring a new physician to expand our services, every decision comes down to serving our patients, employees and our community.”

    After only three years, Fincher has seen St. Joseph’s revenue reach $714.6 million. “We continue to move forward and are laser-focused on growth, quality care, and our community,” Fincher says. “We don’t settle for best practices; we go beyond them.” 

    As proof, the hospital has received numerous industry-wide awards and recognition in the past few years, including awards for its new comprehensive Senior Care Services program. The program includes a senior-friendly emergency room, $1.6 million 23-bed inpatient Senior Behavioral Health center, and an outpatient senior clinic. Since acquisition Prime has infused over 40 million in capital improvements which included state-of-the-art radiology equipment, new windows, updated telemetry monitoring system, new call light system, and all new hospital beds. 

    “To better meet the special needs of our seniors, we combined state-of-the-art technology and world-class expertise along with a little common sense and compassion,” says Fincher.

    Hospital board members admit they were deeply concerned in 2016, but at last month’s board meeting, the results were obvious. “We were so pleased to hear of the new needed changes in the hospital,” says board member, Sister Helen Flemington. “The administration, doctors, nurses and all employees have turned around every aspect of St. Joseph Medical Center. In a word, we are strong.” 

    Other awards and improvements since Prime Healthcare acquired St. Joseph included:

    • Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award 2019
    • Named among the top 5% in the Nation for Patient Safety in 2019
    • Named among the 5% in the nation for Coronary Intervention Procedures in 2019
    • Healthgrades five-star recipient for treatment of stroke 2019
    • Hospital Compare Top 5 KC Hospital for treating severe sepsis and septic shock
    • Center of Medicare and Medicaid 4 Star Rating

    Today, Fincher is also focusing on increasing surgical volume, adding clinics to serve more members of the community, and even looking to reopen the obstetrics facility. “St. Joseph is one of only two Catholic hospitals left in Kansas City that are fully sponsored by the diocese,” Fincher says. “Our mandate continues to be World-Class Healthcare with a servant heart.”

  • 29 Aug 2019 12:47 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    In 1969, Richard M. Nixon was sworn in as the 37th President of the United States, nearly half a million gathered on a farm in upstate New York to take part in the Woodstock music festival, and, here a bit closer to home, three of the five Metropolitan Community College campuses opened their doors. MCC-Longview, MCC-Maple Woods and MCC-Penn Valley will be holding a number of special events throughout this school year to celebrate their 50th Anniversary.

    Some of the planned activities include alumni recognition reception and completion of 50 service projects (Longview), a 1960s horror-themed haunted barn (Maple Woods), and holiday parties with retirees (all three campuses).

    To ensure you get information about 50th Anniversary events – we request that people who attended or graduated from Longview contact us. Please email us through and provide the following information:

    • ·         Subject Line: 50th Anniversary Celebration
    • ·         Your full name now and when you attended MCC-Longview (if different)
    • ·         Current email address, mailing address, and phone number
    • ·         What years you attended and/or graduated from MCC-Longview
    • ·         Any other colleges you attended
    • ·         What you’re doing now

    Learn more about the 50th anniversary activities online at

  • 29 Aug 2019 12:35 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    Peter Scheuer has spent 17 years at Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technology (National Security Campus) in Kansas City, MO.  His current position is Senior Learning & Development Manager. His previous position held was Senior Health, Safety, & Environment Manager; and co-lead an effort to establish an Advanced Manufacturing Center for the campus supporting Additive Manufacturing (AM) technology.

    In 2017, Peter worked a special assignment as the contingency planning project lead for the bargaining unit contract expiration. Previously, he held several positions in Engineering including Product Engineer, Project Manager, and Technical Manager. As a project manager for a new facility site transition he had responsibility for planning and relocation of factory production space, combustible dust and dust collector systems, and establishment of a chemical management system.

    Prior to joining FM&T in 2003, Peter held Product and Process Engineering positions at Corning Fiber Optics and Boeing Phantom Works.

  • 29 Aug 2019 12:11 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    Phil Botana is a commercial real estate agent with Newmark Grubb Zimmer (a Newmark Knight Frank Affiliate).  He advises and represents commercial clients on their acquisition, disposition and space needs. Phil’s background includes over 15 years’ experience in real estate investment and property management.

    Phil's past work includes assignments for Washington DC based public relations firm Creative Enterprises International where he was publicist of record for clients such as Human Events magazine, fine artist Mark T. Smith, the University of Louisville and publishing services for media site Hollywood on the Potomac.

    From 2012 to 2015 Phil served as Business Development Manager for Kansas City biotech manufacturer SCD Probiotics. He was responsible for global technology-transfer and licensing across the human health, animal health, industrial cleaning and agriculture sectors. He also worked on the international commercialization of sister company Proviera Biotech's innovative bio-chemicals for use in the leather tanning process.

    Prior to moving to Kansas City in 2003, Phil was directly involved in motion picture production, finance and distribution for fifteen years working with such stars as Scarlett Johansson and Eva Mendes and with studios such as Lionsgate, Warner Bros. and Disney on productions totaling in excess of $30 million. Phil served as Head of Worldwide Sales and Marketing for International Film Group, President of Acquisitions for Brimstone Entertainment, Vice President of International Sales at Peacock Films, and as Assistant to VP of International Business & Legal Affairs at Saban Entertainment.

    Phil graduated with a degree in International Relations from The American University in his hometown of Washington DC. He speaks fluent French and Spanish and is a lifelong martial artist.

  • 12 Aug 2019 12:42 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    St. Joseph Medical Center recently hired an endocrinologist to better treat patients in the metro with diabetes, thyroid disease, and other hormone and metabolic issues related to the endocrine glands. The hiring of Dr. Ahmad Almubaslat coincides with the hospital’s opening of a new outpatient endocrinology clinic, St. Joseph Endocrinology, opening August 16. The need for these services in the metro has been pervasive, hospital officials say, with new patient waiting lists extending for months.

    Dr. Mubaslat most recently practiced in Amman, Jordan where he spent the past two years establishing the first private diabetes center in Jordan, Khalidi DC as well as serving as faculty at the internal medicine residency program and the endocrinology fellowship program at Jordan Hospital. Dr. Mubaslat also consulted on the planning and design for the diabetes and endocrinology department at Abdali Medical Center, a regional medical center that launched recently in Amman, Jordan. Dr. Almubaslat brings nearly two decades of experience to the healthcare team at St. Joseph Medical Center. 

    He is board-certified in both internal medicine and in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolic diseases. After graduating medical school from Jordan University, Dr. Mubaslat concluded his internal medicine residency training at Brown University Medical School in Providence, R.I.  He completed an endocrinology fellowship at the Phoenix City Wide Endocrine Program, Arizona State University in Phoenix, Arizona.

    Dr. Mubaslat served as the head of the diabetes and endocrine department at Self Regional Medical Center in Greenwood, South Carolina and the diabetes and metabolic unit at Research Medical Center, Kansas City, Missouri before leaving for Jordan. “The opening of our new outpatient clinic and the addition of Dr. Almubaslat is one more example of how St. Joseph Medical Center is committed to providing World-Class Healthcare on a local level,” says Jodi Fincher, CEO.

               “I am very excited to be coming back home to Kansas City, and especially excited about joining the team of St. Joseph Medical Center which is very well situated to provide cutting edge current and future diabetes and endocrine care to the beloved community of Kansas City,” said Dr. Almubaslat. He continued to say, “I am impressed with the vision and commitment of St. Joseph Medical Center leadership to offering nothing but the best to its patients and believes that our center has recruited all the essential elements to ensure the delivery of world class diabetes and endocrine care to our patients as I share the same core values.” 

    Endocrinologists are internal medicine physicians with additional training with the body's glands that produce hormones—diabetes being the most common ailment. According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes causes more deaths per year than breast cancer and AIDS combined, and having diabetes nearly doubles the chance of having a heart attack. The good news is that managing diabetes can reduce the risk for complications. The new inpatient/outpatient clinic at St. Joseph Medical Center will provide care to help treat, manage and reduce the incidence of diabetes and other endocrine-related conditions.


    St. Joseph Endocrinology

    Phone: 816-941-2222

    Fax: 816-941-2282

    930 Carondelet Drive, Suite 201

    Building C-East

    Kansas City, MO 64114

  • 24 Jul 2019 1:44 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Wayside Waifs is celebrating its 75th anniversary year in a very big way – breaking ground on an $8 million dollar construction project that will add 20,000 square feet to the south Kansas City, Missouri pet adoption campus. The project includes an Education & Training Center for large event hosting, dog training classes, youth education programming, and staff offices; along with a Canine Behavior Center, the second of its kind in the nation, that will exclusively serve shy, fearful and high-energy/arousal shelter dog behavior transformations.

    Partners on the project include A.L. Huber Construction and SFS Architects. Tom and Jill Turner and Dave and Sandy Johnson are leading the fundraising campaign efforts as Co-Chairs.

    Groundbreaking Event details:

    Time: 10 am, Comments at 10:30 am

    Date: Thursday, August 22, 2019

    Location: Wayside Waifs, 3901 Martha Truman Rd., Kansas City, Mo 64138

    Donors, adopters, business leaders, and the community at-large are invited to attend this exciting event to celebrate a new chapter for Wayside Waifs. To RSVP for the event, call 816-986-4414 or email

    About Wayside Waifs As Kansas City’s largest and most comprehensive no kill pet adoption campus, Wayside Waifs prepares pets and people for the bond of their lives. Each year the organization cares for more than 6,000 abandoned, abused, and homeless animals. Wayside is a private, independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) charity. It receives no government funding and is supported entirely by private donations and grants. Currently, the shelter has hundreds of animals looking for loving, forever homes. To see all of the animals available for adoption or to donate, please visit Facebook: Wayside Waifs; Twitter: @WaysideWaifs; Instagram: @WaysideWaifs

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