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Towner enjoys positive experience at SBA
hris Towner has always been active and healthy. So when a trip to the doctor turned more serious, he was surprised.
Towner, who has lived in El Dorado since he was a kid, was a distance runner in high school and college. Now his hobbies include biking, swimming, kayaking, skiing and more. His job as a federal probation officer also keeps him on the move, as well as serving as a volunteer fire fighter.
In September, Towner trekked to the base of Mt. Everest. He was back from that trip and continuing to work out until his knee became swollen and stiff by late November. He started using crutches to let it heal, but eventually had to go seek help from Dr. Kyle Tipton, with Internal Medicine. Click here to read more.
First baby born at SBAMH on Jan. 2
Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital welcomed the first baby of 2018 on Jan. 2.
Sara Regalado and Benjamin Huff, of El Dorado, had their first son, Owen, at 5:34 p.m. Owen weighed 6 pounds 0.9 ounces.
“He is just handsome,” Sara commented while holding Owen.
She was surprised at the amount of hair Owen was born with, having a full head of hair. Her two daughters, Abbie and Haylie, were not born with much hair.
“I was overwhelmed,” Benjamin said of the first time he saw his son. “I was trying not to cry.” ... Click here to read more
SBA Cancer Center first in area to use 3D printer with treatments
The SBA Cancer Center continues to invest in the latest technology to treat cancer patients. With funding from the Ramon Criss Memorial through the Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital Foundation, the Cancer Center recently purchased a 3D printer and the software to aid in radiation therapy.
“We are excited to have this new technology at the Cancer Center,” said Jamie Richards, M.S. RT(R)(T), SBA Radiation Oncology Manager. “We offer state-of-the-art technology to our patients and this continues that tradition. Click here to read more.
Bland to retire from SBA Medical Clinic - Augusta
For 42 years, Steve Bland, PA, has served the medical needs of the Augusta Community, most recently with the SBA Medical Group – Augusta office. Now, Bland will be retiring at the end of this year.
Bland has a long history in medicine.
“I became interested in medicine because out of high school I went into the Air Force,” Bland explained.
When he enlisted in the Air Force they assigned him as an Air Force medic. That experience got him interested in medicine. Click here to read more.
Family Birth Center receives Blue Distinction
The Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital Family Birth Center was recently designated as a Blue Distinction achiever in Maternity Care.
This recognition comes from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and is a national designation recognizing healthcare facilities demonstrating expertise in delivering quality care safely, effectively and cost efficiently.
Deb Rieb, SBA Family Birth Center Manager, said this recognition
SBAMH Diabetes Program receives recognition
The Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital diabetes self-management education program was recognized by the American Diabetes Association following an on-site audit on Aug. 29.
During the audit, records from 2014 were reviewed and audited extensively by two auditors, who determined the program meets the national standards of the Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME). ... Click here to read more.
Chuck Stafford selected as SBAMH Employee of the Quarter
Chuck Stafford, who works as a Medical Physicist in the SBA Radiation Oncology Department, received the Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital Employee of the Quarter recognition.
“It’s a great honor and very big surprise,” he said. “I’ve loved working here for many, many years.”
He began working at the hospital in 2003, starting when the Cancer Center was opened.
“I very much appreciate being here,” Stafford said. “It’s a great place to work.” Click here to read more.
Improving your privacy, increasing access with our new Mammo Suite
Getting a mammogram has never been easier with some recent changes at Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital.
One of those changes was the creation of a Mammogram Suite, which includes adjoining rooms for ultrasound and mammography procedures.
This change came about when they started doing 3D stereotactic biopsies and no longer needed the room that had been set up for biopsies, which was next to the mammogram room.... Click here to read more.
Donor-funded fetal heart monitoring project completed
Through a generous donation by the Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital Foundation, along with support from the Hospital and Auxiliary, the SBA Family Birth Center installed a new electronic fetal monitoring system.
The Obix Perinatal Data System allows nurses and medical staff to watch a fetal monitor tracing from many locations in real time. In addition, nurses and physicians can observe multiple patients at one time.
“It really enhances our ability to watch what’s going on with every labor patient,” said Deb Rieb, BSN, RNC-OB, Family Birth Center Manager.
This project was the major fundraising project for the Foundation at last year’s Gala, raising over a quarter of a million dollars for the Obix system, as well as a breastfeeding clinic, better sleeping arrangements for new fathers and training for staff.
“The Family Birth Center is an important department in our Hospital and we wanted to support these improvements,” said Chase Locke, Foundation Director. “A big thank you to our wonderful donors who made...
Ziegler receives Trustee of Year Award, Hospital Auxiliary receives Gold Award
Former Hospital Board of Trustees member Rod Ziegler received the Trustee of the Year award from Kansas Hospital Association.
He served on the Hospital Board for 28 years, holding the positions of Chair, Secretary-Treasurer and numerous committees.
Also, in what has become a tradition, the Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital Auxiliary received the 2017 Gold Award of Excellence from the Hospital Auxiliaries of Kansas and the Kansas Hospital Association.
SBAMH Board of Trustees Welcomes Two New Board Members
Dr. Jace Giannetti and Jeremy Sundgren were recently welcomed by the Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees as new members. “We are very pleased to have these community members join the Hospital’s Board,” said Jim Kirkbride, Susan B. Allen President and CEO. “Each of them gives us a fresh viewpoint from different areas of expertise, and will provide new ideas which will benefit the Hospital and our community as we move forward.”
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Sewing Saints offer comfort to patients with stuffed animals
A soft stuffed animal or doll can ease the pain or fear for a child in many situations. That comfort is made available in numerous departments at Susan B. Allen thanks to the efforts by a group of ladies in the Hospital Auxiliary Sewing Saints.
Twice a month the group of about 14 members get together for an afternoon of sewing, laughing and having a good time.
“I love the camaraderie, I love making things,” said Sewing Saints Chair Linda Stanford. “It’s just from the heart. You can come here and your spirit is renewed.”
The creative, hand-made toys come as a variety of animals from giraffes to bears, and they are washable with no small pieces that could be a hazard.
About 45 stuffed animals are delivered to various departments in the Hospital each month, including ER, X-ray, Lab, ASU...
SBAMH eHealthline - August 2017
Stay up-to-date with the latest news and events at Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital with the August eHealthline, a monthly publication about your health and hospital services.
SBAMH receives Kansas Health Foundation grant to look at health equity
Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital recently received a Kansas Health Foundation grant through the Healthy Communities Initiative: Improving Health Equity in Kansas.
The grant funded up to 20 cities or regions in an effort to address health equity.
The “Butler County Community Coalition to Improve Health Equity” proposed plan would convene a group of diverse community partners in Butler County with SBAMH. Together they would work to identify and address health inequities impacting the community.
Inequities could include such things as poverty, limited access to food or no access to recreation/exercise.
This grant would support efforts already underway...Click Here
Patty Tucker selected as SBAMH Employee of the Quarter
Patty Tucker, who works as a Registered Nurse in the SBA Quality Assurance Department, received the Employee of the Quarter recognition.
Patty started at the Hospital in Med/Surg, then began working in several areas of the Hospital part time, including Quality Assurance and Radiation Oncology. Then this past January, she began working full time in Quality Assurance.
“I abstract quality measures for inpatient and outpatient and work with IS on the electronic quality measures, as well as submit cancer data to Kansas Cancer Registry,” Patty said.
Patty enjoys what she does.
“I like the wide variety of the aspects of the job,” she said.
In her nomination, one of her peers stated: “Patty has gone above and beyond to help me over the last year. Patty meets with employees in various departments in the Hospital to explain... Click here to read more.
Dr. Pharris joins SBA Medical Group – Family Practice
Jennifer Pharris, DO, has joined SBA Medical Group – Family Practice and will begin seeing patients at the Susan B. Allen Medical Clinic in Augusta this month.
“I don’t remember a time I wasn’t interested in medicine,” Dr. Pharris said. “Ever since I was very young, I thought I wanted to go into medicine. The more I learned about it, the more I was pulled toward it. It just clicked for me.”
She liked the idea of Family Medicine because it can be anything you want it to be.
“You can remain a generalist and see a little of everything, or you can tailor your practice to a specific niche you really enjoy,” she explained. “Also, Family Medicine is exciting, you never know what your day will bring. It keeps life interesting.”
One area of medicine in which Dr. Pharris has a strong passion is Obesity Medicine, for...Click here for more information.
SBA nurses train with HollyFrontier
Several Emergency Department nurses from Susan B. Allen had the opportunity to take part in a Hydroflouric (HF) Acid training event at HollyFrontier Refinery recently.
HollyFrontier was conducting a training session by Solvay Products that produces HF Acid. HF Acid is an extremely caustic acid that requires a specialized treatment protocol. HollyFrontier invited SBA staff to be part of this training in the event of a possible exposure at the refinery because advanced treatment is critical.
Hydroflouric Acid is a highly corrosive acid which can severely burn skin and eyes. The vapors from Anhydrous Hydroflouric Acid also can burn tissues. The training, held on June 13, showed how HF Acid affects a person systemically and is not limited to a topical or dermal burn.
The difference with HF Acid from other acids is the fluoride ion penetrates the skin causing destruction to layers of deep tissue and bone. This process may continue for days. The effects of exposure may not be seen for one up to eight hours for concentrations in the 20 to 50 percent range. With less than 20 percent, symptoms may not be seen for up to 24 hours or more. Acids with over 60 percent concentration can cause immediate symptoms.
Concentrated HF Acid may cause severe burns, metabolic imbalances, pulmonary edema and life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias.
Those attending from SBA were Abby Maclaskey, Keri Gagnon, Brandy Hall, Robin Dean, Carrie Cunningham, Kristy Motter and Hope Pena.
“This was a tremendous opportunity for our ER nurses to take part in a training event that could impact them in the future,” said Robin Dean, RN and Director of Critical Care. “We appreciate HollyFrontier inviting us to be a part of the HF training.”
In addition to attending this training, SBA also participated in HollyFrontier’s annual ALKY Unit emergency drill on June 14. During this, they simulated a HF Acid leak at the ALKY unit, with simulated victims of HF exposure who were brought in to the SBA Emergency Room by Butler County EMS, HollyFrontier staff and Solvay staff.
SBAMH Committed to Lower Prices, Improved Access
Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital is lowering prices, improving access and building community relationships to promote healthy lifestyles.
The discussion of a new pricing structure and philosophy began about a year ago following input from business leaders and community members throughout the Hospital’s service area. While many liked the fact SBA is a community hospital with local employees and high-quality care, they expressed concerns that prices were...click here for more information.
Susan B. Allen successfully completes laboratory survey
Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital has successfully completed a Joint Commission laboratory survey, demonstrating continuous safety and quality practices at the Hospital which lead to quality care for its patients.
SBA Cancer Center begins offering Lung Cancer Screenings
Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital is Bringing Healthcare to You with the newest addition to the SBA Cancer Center programs. Lung Cancer Screenings are now being offered as Susan B. Allen continues to expand the care it provides to the community.
These screenings will help doctors do just that.... Click here for more information.
SBAMH implements Living Wage Program for employees
Employees have always been a priority for Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital and that focus continues with the implementation of the Living Wage Program for the Hospital’s Healthcare Support Professionals.
The Living Wage is a national model, which shows an hourly rate a person must earn to support their family’s basic needs, if they are the sole provider and are working full time. It draws upon geographically specific expenditure data related to a family’s food, childcare, health insurance, housing, transportation and other basic needs, such as clothing, etc. The Living Wage adds these costs with the expenses of income and payroll taxes to determine the minimum employment earnings necessary to meet a family’s basic needs. In Butler County, that rate is calculated as $9.88 for one adult.
SBAMH will raise their minimum base rate to...click here for more information.
Dr. Sirajuddin to offer allergy, immunology services at SBAMH
Dr. Iram Sirajuddin will bring a new specialty to Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital. She is an Allergist and Immunologist, who will see patients in the SBA Clinic – Augusta beginning Monday, June 5.
Dr. Sirajuddin got interested in medicine at a young age. Her father is a doctor (anesthesiologist) and she enjoyed hearing him discuss his cases with the family. She also had a cousin with a blood disorder and would sometimes accompany her to doctor’s appointments. She was inspired by the caring relationship between the doctor and her cousin.
“That’s what drew me to medicine,” Dr. Sirajuddin said.
Dr. Sirajuddin graduated from the University of Missouri – Kansas City, then completed her pediatric residency and an allergy / immunology fellowship through Washington University at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.
“I have always loved working with children,” she said. “Their energy and curiosity about things is something I admire.”
She rotated through different specialties during her training, and developed an interest in Allergy/Immunology.
“I feel when I do my job correctly, it can help people lead their best possible lives,” Dr. Sirajuddin said. “It’s a field where you can say you really have made a difference.”
She is trained to see adults and children with seasonal and food allergies, asthma, eczema and immunodeficiencies.
She has practiced at Wesley Medical... Click here to find out more.
Better Hearing and Speech Month recognizes importance of communication
Communication impacts many areas of a person’s life. A person’s speech and hearing are vital to good communication. May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, and the theme this year is “Communication: The Key to Connection.”
Celebrate National Hospital Week
The Kansas Hospital Association invited communities to join area hospitals in celebrating National Hospital Week, May 7-13. This annual observance celebrates hospitals and the men and women who, day in and day out, support the health and wellbeing of their communities through dedication and compassionate care from the heart. Celebrated since 1921, National Hospital Week is a time dedicated to reinforcing the valuable contributions hospitals make in their communities, 24-hours a day, seven days...Click here for more information.
SBAMH Family Birth Center receives High 5 for Mom & Baby Award
The Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital Family Birth Center’s efforts to encourage breastfeeding have been recognized with a High 5 for Mom & Baby Award.
A focus on evidence-based maternity care practices began with the World Health Organization’s Healthy Baby-Healthy Start Initiative that created 10 steps for new mothers and their babies.
“There are studies that show if you follow at least five of those guidelines it will impact the breastfeeding rate,” said Deb Rieb, Family Birth Center Manager.
The High 5 program encourages adoption of five of these guidelines. Hospitals have to meet those requirements at least 80 percent of the time to earn the High 5 Award, which is an initiative supported by the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund and promotes hospital practices that encourage breastfeeding.
“That just leads to a healthy baby across the board,” Rieb said.
SBAMH got involved with the initiative about a year ago...Click here for more information.
Auxiliary hosts Inspirations and Sweet Indulgences event
The rain Saturday didn’t keep the crowd away from the Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital Auxiliary’s Inspirations and Sweet Indulgences fundraiser.
The event replaced the long-time Holiday House Tour, previously hosted by the Auxiliary.
“We are so thrilled you took the time to come and support us,” Volunteer Coordinator Karen Hockett told those gathered for the sold-out event. “We plan on doing this every other year in lieu of our Holiday House Tour.”
The event began with shopping and social time. Attendees could browse the items for sale by the Auxiliary and Sewing Saints, as well as purchase their tickets for the wreath raffle. Auxiliary members made 65 wreaths... Click here for more information.
Kenny Ehrlich recognized as Employee of the Quarter
Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital would like to recognize our newest Employee of the Quarter, Kenny Ehrlich. Working as a Culinary Tech in the Dietary Services Department, he has dedicated almost 9 years of influential service to the staff, patients and visitors that come through the SBA Cafeteria. Because of the hard-work ethic he has and the friendly atmosphere he creates, this is Kenny’s second Employee of the Quarter award.
The anonymous peer nomination was filled with example after example of the positive impact Kenny makes on the people around him. “I have watched Kenny over the last several years work cheerfully with co-workers, hospital employees, patients and their families. He is eager to serve others and make them feel comfortable and welcome in the SBA cafeteria. Kenny goes out of his way to help when someone is confused about dining procedures and most gracious when someone drops their tray or forgets to pay for their meal. In the last two years, Kenny has gone out of his way to make the Project Search Students a genuine part of the hospital. He is patient with them, offering direction in a manner that is relaxed and helpful. He makes corrections with grace and good humor. I watch these students turn to him many times a day, and sometimes an hour, asking for help and guidance. Their eyes and the tone of their voices speak respect for one who has become a mentor.”
To recognize the great work that he has been doing Kenny was surprised with a department party, a $50 gift certificate and special use of the Employee of the Quarter parking space.
SBAMH Food and Nutrition Department Keeps Busy
Food provides our bodies with the energy, protein, essential fats, vitamins and minerals to live and function properly. We need a wide variety of different foods to provide the right amounts of nutrients for good health. When you have health issues, your food choices may affect greatly how quickly you recover from the illness. Think of Vitamin C when you have a cold or reducing colorectal cancer with a high fiber diet that reduces constipation.
What goes into a meal takes planning and expertise. Would you believe the Food and Nutrition Department staff has served more than 35,000 meals during the first two months of 2017?
These meals not only include the inpatients, but... To read more, click here.
Donation from Susan B. Allen benefits Hutchinson Community College Radiology Students
A donation from Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital’s Radiology Department is benefiting students at Hutchinson Community College. The Hospital donated an old C-Arm imaging scanner to the college for their radiology students.
“We haven’t donated a large piece of equipment like that before,” said Crystal Schlegel, Radiology Supervisor.
The donation came about because of the HCC radiology students who have been training at SBAMH for more than 10 years... Click here to read more.
Susan B. Allen Employee's Commitment to Healthy Lifestyle Leads to Boston Marathon
A new pastime turned into a healthy lifestyle for Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital’s Network Administrator Lew Harter.
In 2012, Lew and his daughter, April Harter, began running to have an activity they could do together.
He said he had been sedentary for some time so this was a change for him.
“Prior to that I never considered myself a runner,” he said.
Now they have run 5K, 10K, 15K, and half and full marathon races. They are currently training for the Eisenhower Marathon in Abilene in April. Lew also has qualified for the Boston Marathon... To read more, click here.
Thank you to our Doctors!
Doctors play an important role in the lives of many people. Doctor’s Day is a chance to say “thank you” to doctors for the work they do. The first Doctor’s Day was observed in 1933 in Georgia, then the national recognition began in 1990 and is celebrated on March 30 each year.
Our dedicated physicians are an integral part of how Susan B. Allen cares for the health of our community. Celebrate the physician what has made a difference in your life with a gift in their honor to the Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital Foundation in time for Doctor’s Day. You can make a gift online here.
View a list of our current providers here.
Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital Implements Telemedicine Program
Faced with a growing shortage of physicians, rural hospitals in Kansas are using telemedicine to ensure consistent physician coverage, and now Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital is the
To read more, click here.
Susan B. Allen welcomes Vikrant Azad, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon
Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital is happy to welcome Vikrant Azad, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon, to the Susan B. Allen Medical Staff. Dr. Azad received his medical degree from Goa Medical College in Goa, India and completed his orthopedics residency at Maulana Azad Medical College and Associated Hospitals in New Delhi, India. He has completed a Musculoskeletal Oncology Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, a Foot and Ankle Fellowship at the University of Alabama – Birmingham, and an Adult Reconstruction (Arthroplasty) Fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University.
"The wonderful complexity of the human body and ability to help others, as well as the respect and appreciation one gets in return, motivated me to go into medicine," said Dr. Azad. "My ideal place of practice is a smaller hospital with all specialties, as I feel this combination allows me to connect with staff and the hospital's administration, one-on-one, which allows for quicker changes and improves quality of care. I saw this combination at Susan B. Allen."
Dr. Azad, along with Caleb Grove, PA-C, and Bill Wallace, APRN, now provide a wide range of orthopaedic services including
For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Azad, call the SBA Medical Group - Orthopedics office at 316-321-8757.
Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital Announces New Services in Motion Health
Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital (SBAMH) in El Dorado, Kansas, announced the creation of Susan B. Allen Motion Health Services. The new service line combines elements of current SBAMH offerings — occupational medicine, sports medicine and training, and concussion management — with new advanced motion health capabilities promoting bone and joint health.
SBA Motion Health will serve physicians, employers, athletes, and health-minded people of all ages.
The expansion includes the acquisition of breakthrough medical technology by Scientific Analytics named DARI, a markerless predictive human motion analytics tool. The system is the world’s most advanced technology in motion health, quickly and accurately capturing musculoskeletal movements to identify possible threats to bone and joint health, and identifies areas of weakness where conditioning can be targeted to improve wellness and performance.
To read more, click here.
Kirkbride Named Hospital President and CEO
The Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees announced the hiring of James “Jim” Kirkbride, MBA, RT (R), as the new President and CEO of Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital. Mr. Kirkbride will assume responsibilities at the Hospital on March 14.
“This is an amazing opportunity and honor to become the leader of this outstanding healthcare organization,” Kirkbride said. “Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital is a progressive, well-respected organization with a long history of providing quality care to members of the community. The facilities and medical equipment at this hospital are exceptional for an organization of this size, and the team of care providers I came in contact with were progressive and innovative thinkers, and very tenured. I am very excited to become part of an organization with staff members who have dedicated themselves to this organization and its patients for so long, it assures me that it’s a great place to work, and a great place to receive care. This is the type of organization I want to be a part of.”
To read more, click here.
Susan B. Allen Earns ‘Top Performer’ Recognition from The Joint Commission
Susan B. Allen has been recognized by The Joint Commission as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®. The Joint Commission recognized the Hospital for its excellence in accountability measure performance shown to improve care for certain conditions and is one of only 1,224 hospitals in the United States to achieve the distinction as a 2013 Top Performer.
Susan B. Allen has been recognized for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for Pneumonia and Surgical Care.
“At Susan B. Allen, we have made it a top priority to address patient safety and quality health care by improving upon our evidence-based care processes,” said Gayle Arnett, FACHE, President and CEO. “We are proud to be named a Top Performer and thank our entire Hospital staff for its knowledge, teamwork and dedication to improve our Hospital’s performance.”
For more information about the Top Performer program, including eligibility criteria, visit http://www.jointcommission.org/accreditation/top_performers.aspx.
Auxiliary and Volunteer Programs Donate Signs
The Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and Volunteers got together and did something pretty extraordinary for the Hospital. The two groups recently put their efforts together and made a donation in the amount of $130,000 to purchase two property monument signs for the Hospital - one which is at the main entrance to the Hospital in El Dorado, and the other at the Susan B. Allen Immediate Care facility in Augusta. These signs not only designate the business names, but also include large LED panels which display messages created to help educate the public about services, providers and announcements at those facilities.
“Our previous monument sign didn’t allow us the ability to post messages for our community,” says Gene Kimble, Director of Marketing at SBAMH. “The new signs allow us to educate community members about new providers and other Hospital news and give us the opportunity to update or change information as needed.”
The SBAMH Auxiliary runs the Hospital Gift Shop and also hosts 12 fundraising events each year to support the Hospital. Annual events include two Life Uniform scrub and accessory sales, three book fairs sponsored by Books Are Fun, three Mountain Man Nut and Fruit Company sales, a logo apparel sale for employees, and the Everything $6 sale, which features jewelry and purses and is held three times each year.
“Our Auxiliary is very active and enthusiastic about supporting our Hospital,” says Karen Hockett, Volunteer Coordinator and Gift Shop Manager at SBAMH. “The majority of Auxiliary proceeds go directly to the Hospital in the form of a gift (with the remainder of the proceeds funding healthcare educational scholarships), so when you purchase from the Auxiliary, you are supporting Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital.”
For more information about the SBAMH Auxiliary and ways you can become involved, call (316) 321-8708.