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  • 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

  • 24 Jul 2019 1:31 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    For seven years, award-winning Thirsty Coconut (TCI) has been distributing healthy beverage products to commercial accounts across the Midwest.  The company offers healthy, smoothies and frozen drink products to food service programs, and is redefining beverage distribution.  The company also supports clients by helping them start new beverage programs and supplies modern technology to get them going.

    Luke Einsel, President & Co-Founder of Thirsty Coconut, selected Kansas City after finding tremendous value to relocate onto what used to be Richard Gebaur’s Air base.   “It isn’t very easy to find everything you are looking for in one location.  We are a resilient young company that was looking for opportunity and found it in KCMO.   We are now poised for tremendous growth for the foreseeable future because of some bold bets that have paid off.” 

    Luke Einsel, President and Founder/Majority Shareholder is a first-generation college graduate and graduate of the SBA/Kaufman Foundation ScaleUp program, Luke has pushed every opportunity to the fullest, becoming an ambassador and featured speaker for the ScaleUp program, UMKC’s, and Johnson County's Small Business development centers and a 2018 25 under 25 winner. TCI also has some large opportunities to scale the operation.

    Their new location will be a place for employees that help maintain the warehouse while also servicing the machines. It will also provide office space for administrative purposes.

    Moreover, servicing nursing homes and hospitals and upscale businesses is not a new idea. Many times, having businesses be able to sell smoothies out of machines like you might find at a gym, hotel lobby or upscale food service location are easy to set up and implement.   TCI has currently made the strategic decision to focus primarily on the school market finding other markets as an added opportunity until funding is able to support this expansion.

    “In Kansas City, we’re committed to creating an environment that provides entrepreneurs the resources and support they need to thrive,” Mayor Sly James said. "Thirsty Coconut demonstrates how these efforts not only lead to innovation, but also to job creation and economic development for our city and region. We’re thrilled they’ve chosen Kansas City as their new home.”   Mayor Sly James said.

    A number of partners worked together to assist Thirsty Coconut with its relocation to the KC area: The City of Kansas City, Missouri; Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, Missouri; The Missouri Department of Economic Development; The Kauffman Foundation, and Port KC.

    Thirsty Coconut relocated to KCMO to grow into a bigger space and to qualify for the New American Tax credits and be able to grow nationwide and globally.

    “We are very excited to welcome Thirsty Coconut to our City, a City of rapid growth.  I hope Thirsty Coconut continues to use all the resources available. KCMO is a place of destination, no longer a fly over City. Our region has many advantages its affordability, low corporate tax, a transportation hub, the world’s most connect Smart City, one of the top 5 emerging entrepreneurial ecosystems in the world and so much more”, said Narbeli Galindo, Economic Development Corporation Director of International Affairs for Kansas City, Missouri. 

    About Thirsty Coconut.

    Thirsty Coconut, TCI, provides frozen drink machines and similar equipment to schools, nursing homes, hospitals, health clubs and businesses that have a desire to provide healthier products at an up-charge to their clients. TCI’s main product, Juice Alive, is sold by the case to schools, who in turn serve the students a healthy beverage they enjoy. TCI currently has over 600 schools as customers, and is adding new schools rapidly. Each district or school has a nutrition manager, and as word of mouth spreads, they are eager to get set up.

    About the Economic Development Corporation

    The Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, Missouri (EDCKC) is a recognized economic development leader. With a mission to provide job growth, job attraction, entrepreneurship, public financing, international business development, and real estate development support services. It serves as a resource and advocate to cultivate the competitiveness of business locating or expanding to the City of Kansas City, Missouri.

    About Port KC

    Port KC, a political subdivision of the State of Missouri, was established in 1977 by the city of Kansas City. It is governed by a nine-member citizen Board of Commissioners, appointed by the mayor of Kansas City. Port KC is granted broad governmental and business enterprise powers for the purpose of promoting economic development and job creation.  Port KC’s statutory powers of issuing bonds, land reclamation and the ability to enter into contracts to implement its development projects, make it a unique and influential agency that has the flexibility to engage in a wide variety of strategic economic development projects that are vital to the economic progress of Kansas City.

  • 17 Jul 2019 1:33 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    Swope Health is currently hosting an online art and garden supply drive for their Adult Day Program, part of the Swope Health Behavioral Health Department. Swope Health has set up an Amazon Wish List  page to make it easy for anyone to assist with needed supplies.  The Adult CPRP (Community Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program) Day program focuses on building life skills through topics like gardening, cooking and art for clients facing chronic and persistent mental illnesses. Supplies for these activities are always welcome. If you choose to purchase any items on these Wishlists, you can opt to have the items delivered directly to Swope Health.

    This is an easy and direct way to help clients and patients of Swope continue to have access to these vital programs that are beneficial to their mental well-being. Learn more about the garden and art programs from Swope Health’s blog.

    Swope Health is extremely grateful to the friends, businesses, and organizations of the South Kansas City Chamber for their support of the community’s most vulnerable members.

  • 28 Jun 2019 11:21 AM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    Muehlebach Funeral Care began serving local Kansas City families in the Southtown and Brookside areas beginning in June of 1954.

    Since then, they have grown with the community, completed several additions and renovations including an onsite crematory to offer additional options for families.

    James “Bud” Harrington, who broke ground for Muehlebach Funeral Care, helped the firm become one of the first funeral homes to offer prearranged funeral plans, which offered convenience and peace of mind for families. This idea quickly became popular across Kansas City and throughout the United States. 

    James S. “Jim” Harrington joined his father’s business in 1963 and took over the funeral home in 1995. Jim continued his father’s legacy of providing professional and customized service to local families.

    In July of 2003, Steve and Nicole Pierce took over ownership of Muehlebach Funeral Care and have helped the firm remain a first choice for families. With Steve and Nicole’s leadership, Muehlebach has remained one of the few family owned and operated funeral homes in Kansas City. “Maintaining a tradition of quality service is our top priority. It is a privilege to uphold that tradition while helping those in their time of need,” says Steve Pierce.

    Recently, the Johnson Consulting Group of Scottsdale, Arizona presented Muehlebach Funeral Care with the 2018 Excellence in Customer Service Award. The award honors Muehlebach for receiving the highest levels of families’ satisfaction in 2018.

    As a full service funeral home, Muehlebach is committed to helping every family and individual. The Muehlebach Funeral Care family is dedicated to serving your family in the years to come.

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