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  • 21 Apr 2017 3:22 PM | Anonymous

    The Hickman Mills C-1 School District (HMC1) has been recommended to the AdvancED Accreditation Commission for the distinction of accreditation by an external review team made up of nine educators from across the United States. AdvancEd is the global leader in providing continuous improvement and accreditation services to over 32,000 institutions, serving 20 million students worldwide. This marker of quality means a comprehensive review of all district processes in the areas of teaching/learning, leadership capacity and the utilization of resources showed that HMC-1 is performing within acceptable ranges as compared to expected criteria as well as other institutions in the AdvancED network. The external review team reviewed district artifacts, conducted classroom observations and interviewed approximately 215 district stakeholders to support their recommendation of accreditation to the AdvancED Accreditation Commission.

    The Board approved the pursuit of accreditation through AdvancED in April of 2016. Since then, the District has been diligently preparing evidence of HMC-1’s progress for the AdvancEd External Review Team. The review team arrived in the district April 17th to conduct their review. This review concluded Thursday, April 20th with a presentation to the HMC-1 Board of Directors.

    Accreditation through AdvancEd involves three ongoing components: meeting high quality standards; implementing a continuous process of improvement; engaging quality assurance through internal and external review from the AdvancEd team. This rigorous process included input from students, parents, and community stakeholders. Committees were formed, surveys were completed, and interviews/observations were conducted. The newly earned AdvancED accreditation is for five years, with an intermittent review/update scheduled after two years.

    Superintendent Carpenter expressed his pleasure with this new distinction by stating, “I am extremely pleased to announce to our school district community that we have been recommended for international accreditation through AdvancED. We know there is work yet to be done in the area of student achievement, but it’s refreshing to have the district’s processes, systems and overall programming validated. This ensures that we are on track in terms of providing a holistic education of the district’s children validated. In addition to highlighting five powerful practices in the district, this external review team also noted three improvement priorities that should guide this district’s work in the short-term future. I am humbled by positive sentiments of the external review team and this makesme extremely proud of the work of the faculty, staff and students of our district. We have come a long way!”

    Currently there are only six school districts in Missouri accredited through AdvancEd and HMC-1 is the only urban school district in the state to receive this distinction.

    Deputy Superintendent, Dr. Carl Skinner who coordinated this district effort proudly stated, “Although the process was comprehensive and exhausting, it was worth it! Hopefully this honor will encourage our stakeholders and demonstrate our district-wide commitment to excellence, as well as our desire to continuously improve and be the best we can be for our students.”

  • 22 Mar 2017 2:50 PM | Anonymous

    St. Joseph Medical Center and the Red Bridge Family YMCA have forged a partnership to better serve the health needs of seniors.

    St. Joseph Medical Center is focusing on seniors with its Senior Comfort Services. One of the components is Community Services, in which St. Joseph will partner with the Red Bridge YMCA to offer educational, exercise, wellness and social activities.

    The organizations’ shared commitment to health and wellness in the community makes the partnership a natural fit and benefits the community through increased opportunities for services for the growing population of older adults.

    To kick off the partnership, St. Joseph Medical Center and the Red Bridge Family YMCA are inviting seniors to learn more and sign up for programs at one of the following launch events:

    April 3, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    St. Joseph Medical Center, Alex George Auditorium
    I-435 and State Line Road
    Kansas City, MO, 64114

    April 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Red Bridge Family YMCA
    11300 Holmes Road
    Kansas City, MO 64131

    Events will include free blood pressure screenings, free QuataFlo screenings and information about a variety of opportunities available to seniors through the two organizations, including exercise and fitness classes, cooking and nutrition classes, and educational programs on a variety of topics such as managing diabetes and hypertension. St. Joseph will also provide a series of healthcare experts to discuss our specialty care options for seniors.

  • 16 Mar 2017 1:54 PM | Anonymous

    Business owners, office managers and HR professionals have a convenient new way to stay compliant and out of court: The HR Help Desk has launched to provide tips, updates and real-time advice on people problems.

    The HR Help Desk is the brainchild of Belinda Waggoner, founder of People People, an HR consultancy for startups and small businesses. The HR Help Desk is powered by People People, whose HR advisers are "on call" to help subscribers with their specific personnel challenges.

    "We've seen it all – rogue employees, ill-informed decisions and lawsuits," Waggoner said. "If you aren't getting the right help at the right time, decisions made in a vacuum can create huge liabilities for your business, and even you personally."

    For a monthly subscription rate of $149, The HR Help Desk provides:

    • A weekly newsletter with tips, Frequently Asked Questions and HR news
    • Access to a library of HR forms by state
    • Discounts on educational webinars and products from sister company People People

    Most important, Waggoner said, the subscription includes peace of mind; The HR Help Desk will answer four questions from subscribers each month by phone, email or video chat.

    "Too often people in business wing it when it comes to their people. Handling things incorrectly can create huge liability," Waggoner said. "The HR Help Desk is an HR security blanket; we'll be there when you have a terrible employee situation to deal with, or you need more information, or you need a gut check.

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    The HR Help Desk is available to employers in all 50 states. The HR Help Desk is staffed Monday through Friday and commits to answering subscriber queries within two hours.

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  • 16 Mar 2017 1:52 PM | Anonymous

    Kansas City accounting and consulting firm MarksNelson LLC, is named one of the top accounting firms in the Midwest for the third consecutive year and also one of the fastest-growing firms in the U.S. by Accounting Today, the magazine for senior public accounting and tax professionals. The two distinctions illustrate the firm’s commitment to its mission, vision and values.

    In selecting the top regional accounting firms, the publication ranks firms by revenue in 10 sub-regions of the United States and then bases its selections on measuring each individual firm on several factors including performance and growth. The Midwest region includes seven states: Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. This is the third consecutive year for MarksNelson to make the prestigious national list and once again the only firm from the Kansas City area. Currently, MarksNelson is ranked as the 14th largest accounting firm in the Midwest.

    For the second time, Accounting Today also ranked MarksNelson as one of the Top 20 fastest-growing accounting firm in the United States. In the last year, MarksNelson’s strategic hires allowed the firm to bring national expertise and expand the Accounting Services and State and Local Tax departments as well as the Enterprise Resource Solution niche.

    The two Accounting Today distinctions validate firm-wide strategic initiatives, including leadership development and education, are key to firm growth and demonstrate what MarksNelson professionals can accomplish by staying true to the core values: commitment, curiosity, excellence and vigilance.

  • 10 Mar 2017 9:50 AM | Anonymous

    Missouri’s 12 community colleges established the Missouri Community College Workforce Development Network today to address a longstanding challenge facing Missouri businesses—the availability of a skilled workforce.

    The new network will tackle what groups like the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry and other economic developers have said for years, namely that the state’s workforce system needs to change in order for Missouri to compete with other states for job creation projects.

    “Economic development, more than anything, depends on a talented workforce,” Missouri Chamber of Commerce President Dan Mehan said. “No other issue is of more concern for businesses today. This network is the type of innovative solution Missouri needs to address workforce challenges. We are proud to stand with leaders of the state’s community colleges to help expand our workforce for employers and opportunities for workers no matter where they are located in Missouri.

    The most significant change resulting from the creation of the network will be that through their local community college, businesses will have access to resources at every college in the state.

    “This will align our workforce development system directly with our economic development efforts,” Missouri Community College Chairman and East Central College President Dr. Jon Bauer said. “Our goal is to improve customer service for businesses and help Missouri compete for job creation projects that too often go to other states.”

    Currently, procedural and geographic barriers prevent colleges from working outside of their mandated service areas. This means that if a business approaches a college with a specific training need, but that college doesn’t have expertise in that field, then the business may not be able to get the workforce training its employees need.

    “By breaking down these barriers and drawing upon our collective resources, each college is going to be able to play to its strengths,” Rob Dixon, Missouri Community College Association President said. “We will be able to serve businesses in every square inch of the state.”

    Making the most of resources is going to be incredibly important given the cuts that have been proposed for community colleges and workforce development. The FY18 budget being drafted by the legislature would cut workforce training by roughly 16 percent and community colleges by more than 9 percent.

    “We understand the difficult budget situation facing the state, and with this partnership, we hope to help grow the state’s economy in two ways,” Dixon said. “First, we want to help Missourians learn the skills they need to earn higher pay, and second, we hope to connect Missouri businesses with the workforce they need to grow and create jobs.”

  • 27 Feb 2017 2:49 PM | Anonymous

    The Hickman Mills C-1 School Board of Education has selected who they would like as their next superintendent. With an unanimous vote of 6-0, the board will enter into negotiations with Yolanda Cargile, Ed.D., this week. Cargile currently serves as HMC-1’s associate superintendent of student services.

    “It is Dr. Cargile’s extensive knowledge, experience, and leadership that makes her the ideal selection for our next superintendent of HMC-1,” said Board President Darrell Curls, speaking on behalf of the Board. “She has been part of all recent initiatives. I am confident she will continue to move our district goals forward and improve student performance, while providing leadership and guidance throughout the district and community. To top it off, she is a Ruskin graduate!”

    Cargile will succeed current superintendent, Dr. Dennis L. Carpenter. Carpenter is leaving the district at the end of June to serve as superintendent in the Lee’s Summit school district effective next school term.

    “I am extremely excited for the district, the Board, and Dr. Cargile,” Carpenter said. “Having worked with Dr. Cargile for the past two years, I find her to be an extraordinarily talented leader with all the attributes necessary to lead a school district at the highest level. She is a student-centered leader who has both the technical and adaptive skills necessary to advance achievement. I look forward to working closely with her to ensure a smooth transition for the district’s students, faculty, staff, and greater community.”

    Cargile’s vast work experience makes her the perfect fit for her new position at HMC-1. Cargile joined the district in 2015 as the executive director of student services and was recently promoted to associate superintendent. Prior to her tenure in HMC-1, she served five years as director of student services in the Wisconsin School District of Janesville. While in Wisconsin, Cargile also served on the superintendent’s cabinet, oversaw student services programs and staff for 10,400 students, and provided leadership in the development, maintenance, and evaluation of student services, as well as alternate programs. Throughout her career, inclusive of HMC-1, Cargile has implemented programs to reduce expulsions and addressed the achievement gap between minority and non-minority students. Cargile has also led district-wide professional development in the areas of racial equity, bullying prevention, and pupil non-discrimination. She has also led crisis management teams to maintain a safe learning environment. Cargile’ s credentials include a Doctoral of Education degree in Educational Leadership from National-Louis Wheeling; Masters of Arts degree in Educational Policy and Leadership from Marquette University; Masters of Arts degree in Administration Leadership from Alverno College; and earned a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Central Missouri State University.

    Cargile stated, “I feel a great sense of pride as it is truly an honor to be selected as the next superintendent of Hickman Mills C-1 School District. As I embark on this new journey, I am guided by a firm belief that ‘It starts with me’ and ‘Failure is not an option!’” I look forward to working with the Board, administration, staff, parents, students, and community to continue to build on our strong foundation for the future of the district.”

  • 27 Feb 2017 2:42 PM | Anonymous

    St Joseph Medical Center has been named one of America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Safety by the Women’s Choice Award®, America’s trusted referral source for the best in healthcare. The award signifies that St Joseph Medical Center is in the top 15% of 3,005 U.S. hospitals for patient safety.

    Healthcare has made significant strides in patient safety in recent years. Hospital-acquired conditions declined 21% from 2010 to 2015, resulting in 125,000 fewer patient deaths according to a report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Hospital-acquired conditions are conditions that a patient develops while in the hospital being treated for something else.

    “The recipients of the America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Safety award have led the country by implementing safe practices that have ultimately saved lives,” said Delia Passi, founder and CEO of the Women’s Choice Award. “This recognition is critical for women as they make 80% of healthcare decisions and need to know they are putting themselves—and their family members—in safe hands.”

    The methodology used to select St Joseph Medical Center as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Safety is unique in that it evaluates complication and infection incident rates Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey results along with primary research about women’s healthcare preferences. It is the only award recognizing excellence in patient safety based on robust criteria that consider patient satisfaction and clinical excellence.

    To receive the award, hospitals must also use an Inpatient Safe Surgery Checklist to assess effective communication and safe practices during three perioperative periods: prior to administration of anesthesia; prior to skin incision; and prior to the patient leaving the operating room or procedural area.

    St Joseph Medical Center is one of 451 award recipients representing the hospitals that have met the highest standards for patient safety in the U.S. by the Women’s Choice Award.

    We were thrilled to learn that we received the America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Safety designation.

    For more information about the 2017 America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Safety, please visit

  • 27 Feb 2017 2:40 PM | Anonymous

    Waldo’s newest restaurant is saying “thank you” to its customers with free biscuits and gravy while supporting a phenomenal Kansas City cause, the Veterans Community Project, during its Customer Appreciation Day, Monday, Feb. 27.

    Veterans Community Project is a Kansas City-area organization dedicated to transitional housing for homeless veterans. On Feb. 27, VCP will display one of its “tiny homes” at Neighborhood Café-Waldo, 7531 Wornall, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers from VCP will be on hand to talk about their association and collect donations to help support their Veterans Village tiny-homes project.

    Neighborhood Café-Waldo will also be celebrating a ribbon cutting with the South Kansas City Chamber of Commerce at 11 a.m. that day. All day long, the café will celebrate Customer Appreciation Day with a free quarter-order of biscuits and gravy.

    “We have had an extremely warm welcome to the Waldo neighborhood since we opened last fall,” owner Tony Olson said. “Giving back to the community is important to us at all of our restaurants and we are thrilled to have VCP coming by to show what they do to help homeless veterans get back on their feet.”

    Neighborhood Café-Waldo is one of three restaurants in the Snax Management family, including the Lee’s Summit location and Chubby’s on Broadway.

    All locations participate in a program to honor local veterans with photos displayed on the walls. They ask that the veterans’ portraits be the original service photo and either a 5x7 or 8x10. The full names of the service members must be included, along with a contact name and phone number of the member or a family member; rank and branch of service is optional.

    “We would love to bring positive attention to the mission and outstanding work done by the Veterans Community Project during this event,” Olson said.

  • 23 Jan 2017 2:51 PM | Anonymous

    St. Joseph Medical Center believes seniors deserve special attention in healthcare. St. Joseph has developed a program called Senior Comfort Services. The program is designed help seniors navigate their care.

    More than 10,000 "baby boomers" turn 65 every day. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and AARP, America is not fostering age-friendly policies and practices that reflect this trend in our communities. For this reason, St. Joseph has developed a program called Senior Comfort Services to focus on delivering top notch care for the senior population. The service line includes the senior comfort emergency room, senior care inpatient program, and a preferred post-acute facility network.

    “We've made some changes to help our seniors feel more comfortable and confident while they receive treatment” says Jodi Fincher, Administrator. Dr. Ryan Sears is a Board-Certified Geriatrician overseeing the care of senior inpatients. Our Transitions Nurse Practitioner along with our senior care manager follow the patient post discharge, within our preferred network, to reduce gaps in care upon leaving the hospital. Our age-friendly spaces focus is on making treatment more accessibility, safe and comfortable for our aging population:

    • More privacy - Quiet areas which are large enough to accommodate the dignity of the patient and extra seating for family members who often need to be with older loved ones receiving treatment.
    • Warmer environment - Temperatures in the rooms reflect the needs of older patients, whose bodies don't keep them as warm as they used to.
    • Blankets that have been warmed are available at all times.
    • Larger, easy-to-read clocks and signage. Large-print magazines are available to read while waiting.
    • Softer-colored surroundings with better lighting and dimmers giving patients control of their environment.
    • Assistive devices for hearing and vision.
    • Slip-resistant floors with handrails and grab bars.

    St Joseph is committed to going above and beyond to meet our patient’s needs. Our Senior Comfort Services shows our commitment not only to our patients but to our community.

  • 18 Jan 2017 3:56 PM | Anonymous

    Senior Star at Villa Ventura and Senior Star at Wexford Place are proud to announce today that they have each been awarded a three-year term of accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

    This decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and demonstrates Senior Star’s substantial conformance to more than 1000 CARF standards for quality and pursuit of excellence. Senior Star at Wexford Place was awarded this honor in the following programs: Assisted Living, Dementia Care Specialty and Independent Senior Living. Senior Star at Villa Ventura has maintained CARF accreditation in Assisted Living for the past 12 years and now also holds this honor in Independent Living. This distinction places the two communities as the only organizations in the state of Missouri to be CARF accredited for Independent and Assisted Senior Living and places Senior Star at Wexford Place as the only senior living community in Missouri to be CARF accredited for a Dementia Care Specialty program.

    Achieving the high standards required to becoming accredited and continually raising the bar with a focus on excellence is the hallmark of Senior Star’s culture. As an organization that provides direct services to people, Senior Star believes it has an obligation and responsibility to deliver the best in care, services, business operations and support to older adults and their families. To follow through on that obligation, seeking CARF accreditation was a priority.

    Choosing to be accredited by CARF is voluntary and a testament to Senior Star’s unwavering commitment to improve the quality of lives for the older adults and families in their care. The teams at both communities went through a rigorous peer review process, which confirmed that their wide range of programs and services are measurable, accountable and of the highest quality. “This accreditation really validates our commitment of providing exceptional services to aging adults and ensures we always exceed best practice industry standards,” said Marsha Rufener, executive director of Senior Star at Wexford Place. “It means that families can expect excellence from our team,” said Tom Inderhees, executive director of Senior Star at Villa Ventura.

    For more information about Senior Star at Wexford Place, call (816) 587-5700 or for more information on Senior Star at Villa Ventura call (816) 941-0525 or visit the website at

    For more information about CARF accreditation requirements, visit the website at

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