NMC welcomes diabetes educator

Patricia Corning, BSN, RN, CDE, has joined Newton Medical Center as outpatient diabetes clinical educator.

“I am thrilled to welcome Pattie to the Newton Medical Center family,” said Heather Porter, associate chief clinical officer. “(Corning) brings enthusiasm and a wealth of experience to guide the needs of our patients with diabetes.”

A graduate of Wichita State University, Corning holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She has nearly 30 years of experience as a registered nurse, 25 of which as a certified diabetes educator. Corning has previously worked as an inpatient and outpatient educator, wound care nurse and nurse navigator.

Corning will also lead the hospital’s Diabetes Support Group, which will resume in March. The support group is held at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month and is free to the public. For more information, visit www.newtonmed.com.


Via Christi names Joy vice president

Mike Joy has been named vice president of Budget, Planning and Decision Support for Via Christi Health effective Jan. 30, 2017.

Joy began his Via Christi career 24 years ago at Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg as a staff accountant. He went on to serve as controller, supply chain director, and most recently, vice president of Finance.

His accomplishments include working on the successful expansion of Via Christi’s surgery center in Pittsburg and renovation of the hospital’s patient tower.

“During his many years and contributions, Mike has been instrumental in shepherding the overall growth of our hospital in Pittsburg, including the addition of new facilities, physicians and service lines in support of patients in the southeast Kansas region,” said Carol Karp, chief financial officer for Via Christi Health.

Ascension’s Via Christi Health operates 9 hospitals and 75 other sites of care and employs more than 6,000 associates. Via Christi operates a clinic in Newton on the Newton Medical Center Campus. Ascension is the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, operating 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia. 


NMC partners with national award program 


Nurses at Newton Medical Center are being honored with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.­

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, California, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Barnes died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. DAISY is an acronym for disease attacking the immune system. The care Barnes and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

Nurses may be nominated by patients, families and colleagues, and are chosen by a committee of nurses at Newton Medical Center to receive the DAISY Award.




Bell named SBA’s acting Regional Administrator

KANSAS CITY - The U.S. Small Business Administration has named Wayne Bell as the acting regional administrator of SBA's Region 7, a four state region which includes Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri.

In addition to his regional administrator duties, Bell will continue to serve as the SBA’s Wichita, Kansas district director, a position he has held since 2008. Bell’s professional background includes over 28 years of management experience in both the public and private sectors.

As acting regional administrator, Bell is responsible for regional delivery of SBA programs and services and for regional coordination among the SBA, the district's Small Business Development Centers, SCORE chapters, a Veteran’s Business Development Center and Women's Business Centers.

SBA programs and services include the loan guaranty program, assistance in government contracting and exporting, Emerging Leaders business development program, and entrepreneurship training.


Westar to release earnings

On Feb. 22 Westar Energy, Inc.  plans to release year end 2016 earnings after market close. Due to the pending transaction with Great Plains Energy, Westar Energy will no longer host a quarterly webcast and conference call.


In conjunction with the earnings release, the company plans to post on its website supplementalfinancial information related to fourth-quarter and year end 2016 performance. The materials will be available under Supplemental Materials in the Investors section of the company website at http://WestarEnergy.com.


Dealers join Massey Ferguson network in 2016

Massey Ferguson®, a global brand of AGCO Corporation (NYSE:AGCO), welcomed 20 dealerships to the Massey Ferguson compact and utility equipment (CUE) distribution network in 2016. The businesses will service and sell the full line of Massey Ferguson compact and utility tractors and attachments as well as conventional hay products.

AGCO manufactures some Massey Ferguson products in Hesston. 

The surge in new CUE dealerships is the largest one-year increase in recent Massey Ferguson history. Dealers are signing on for a variety of reasons, from the product line to brand reputation and dealership service, as well as programs geared for smaller businesses.

In the case of Low Country Machinery in Pooler, Ga., market demand and a life-long passion for Massey Ferguson fueled owners Chris and Jessica Shea’s decision to add the Massey Ferguson CUE line to their construction equipment business. They plan to locate Grid-Iron LLC, their Massey Ferguson dealership in Springfield, Ga., where there are many potential customers and strong brand loyalty for Massey Ferguson but no dealer currently.

“Growing up, I developed a passion for equipment of all types, and I loved going to the Springfield Massey Ferguson dealership with my dad,” remembers Chris Shea. “So many people in this area had similar experiences and remember the 135, 165 or 185 tractors that their granddad owned or that they grew up on. People here want to buy Massey Ferguson equipment. We’re excited about the market potential in this area and growing our business."

Dealers joining the network in 2016 hailed from 12 different states and two provinces in Canada.