August 2015 Around Town 1


North Kansas City Hospital Receives 2015 Most Wired Award

The American Hospital Association’s Health Forum and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) presented North Kansas City Hospital with the 2015 Most Wired Hospital award. This year’s award focuses on national recognition for health data security and patient engagement.

Hospitals and health systems are identified through the 17th annual HealthCare’s Most Wired survey based on how information technology is improving healthcare in the areas of infrastructure, business and administrative management, quality and safety and clinical integration.

North Kansas City Hospital is one of 13 hospitals in Missouri recognized for its broad level of information technology that enhances quality care, improves patient safety and promotes better care coordination.

Keep Them S.A.F.E. Trains Children to Survive Abduction

A new Missouri business, Keep Them S.A.F.E. LLC, is working to protect children from would-be child abductors by providing classes to help children identify dangerous situations and resist and escape attack.

Following the kidnapping, rape and murder of an 11-year-old Missouri girl in 2014, Nick Spencer, a father, former Blue Springs, Mo. police officer, and former United States Army enlisted soldier and team leader, was so devastated by the tragedy that he made it his mission to educate, equip and empower children to survive abduction.

“Every 40 seconds, a child in this country is abducted or goes missing,” says Spencer. “And every one of those abductions is one too many. As parents, we do all that we can to protect our children from danger. Part of protecting them is making sure that they have the tools to protect themselves.”

Spencer launched Keep Them S.A.F.E. LLC earlier this year with the aim of training as many children as possible, and potentially, saving lives. The organization, which teaches safety and self-defense classes to children ages five to 13, uses the acronym S.A.F.E. to teach kids how to scan, avoid, fight and escape dangerous situations. All classes are taught by instructors with law enforcement or military backgrounds.

Keep Them S.A.F.E. will serve hundreds, if not thousands, of children across Kansas and Missouri this year, with plans for national expansion on the horizon as additional instructors are certified to teach the program.

More information about Keep Them S.A.F.E. and class registration is available at

Winnetonka Principal Named to Board of Directors

Winnetonka High School Principal Matthew Lindsey was appointed July 1 to leadership in an education group that influences what happens in classrooms across the nation.

The National Association of Secondary School Principals announced that Lindsey accepted a four-year term as one of 24 members on the organization’s board of directors. Lindsey represents a region that covers Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico.

As a member of the board, he will participate in shaping the organization’s federal education policy agenda and will travel to Washington, D.C., at least four times a year for board meetings and to talk with federal policymakers.

Lindsey will start his eighth year as principal of Winnetonka High School this August and was named principal of the year in April by the Greater Kansas City Missouri Principals Association.

54th Annual Platte County Steam Engine Show Comes to Platte County

Remember the days of driving in the country and seeing the old tractors in the field? Well, you’re invited to take a step back in time at the Platte County Steam and Gas Show taking place August 14-16th at the Platte County Fairgrounds. The whole family can come and see many tractors including this year’s features Allis-Chalmers, Witte engines and Freightliner trucks.

Kids test your skills driving a tractor, participate in the pedal pull, or dig through straw for treasures while mom and dad walk around the flea market.

Come on in and enjoy the homemade food our cooks serve up.  Grab breakfast, lunch, or dinner then stroll through our inside and outside displays of agricultural history. Bring your favorite riding lawn mower to display and drive the grounds.  After supper, grab a seat and watch the truck and tractor pull. Admission is $10 for all three days with a button. For tickets, visit

Mesner Puppets Announces Season

Mesner Puppets presents its main season of family-oriented plays at its Hyde Park neighborhood studio at 1006 E Linwood Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64109. The season opened in July with a reprise of the UNIMA-USA Citation of Excellence Award Winning production of The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by A. Wolf. The wolf gives his own outlandish version of what really happened when he tangled with three little pigs. For the second show of the season, The Singalong Show, Associate Artistic Director Mike Horner takes the lead in creating this interactive show featuring songs perfect for singing and clapping along with.

The 2015-16 season includes an annual performance of The Nativity at Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral. A cast of 40+ puppeteers presents this larger-than-life size staging of the birth of Jesus Christ as adapted from biblical and 14th century Miracle play texts. Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins, a special holiday co-presentation with the Jewish Community Center of Greater KC, is adapted from the award-winning children’s book by Eric Kimmel based on a real life folk hero. Set in the autumn of late 19th century Eastern Europe, Hershel is a wondering trickster who happens upon a small town with a big problem. Goblins are trying to ruin Hanukkah for the villagers, and Hershel brings it upon himself to rid the place of the evil spirits. Our final holiday show, Old MacDonalds Holiday Hoedown, features everyone’s favorite farmer and his comedic adventures with his animals, a country Christmas tree, and a very silly duck.

In 2016 they bring back two family favorites. Saint George & the Dragon returns us to the legendary time of far away kingdoms, not-so ferocious dragons, and damsels not really in distress. The Stinky Cheese Man is a collection of hilarious fairy tale parodies based on the Caldecott Award winning book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith. We end our season with Stories We Share, a co-production with Mid America Freedom Band.

Details are available at


Savers Celebrates Grand Opening

Surrounded by employees, customers and supporters, Savers celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 18.

Located at 2251 NW Barry Road, Kansas City, MO 64154, the super department thrift store showcased its recently completed shopping center in front of fellow Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce members. A new NRCC member, Savers is a thrift store that prides itself on quality products and service, as well as its partnership with the Epilepsy Foundation of Kansas and Missouri.

Doniphan Graduates Become New Regional Leaders

Fourteen area executives hailing from Overland Park to Kearney celebrated completion of the most recent Doniphan Leadership Institute during a ceremony at William Jewell College in Liberty on June 24. Each gained unique perspective and several noted their biggest lesson was about themselves.

Sponsored by the Pryor Leadership Center at the college and the Clay County Economic Development Council, the Doniphan Leadership Institute is a six-month, executive leadership program offered twice annually. This spring’s session featured an 80-foot climbing tower on a windy March day and intense self- and peer evaluation.

One of the best-known graduates was Jerry Nolte, Clay County Presiding Commissioner. “It was not only great to get the information, but to have it reflected back through so many facets really made it sink in,” he says. “It was a real eye opener.”

Other graduates included Allison Abplanalp of Overland Park, Children’s Mercy Hospital; Steven Bellah, Raymore, Mid-Continent Public Library; Matt Fuegen, Merriam, Mid-Continent Public Library; Trevor Grosvenor, Kearney, Ameristar Casino; Jennifer Keller, Kansas City, North, NKC Business Council; Kristina Mazouch, Kansas City, Ingredion; Amie McDonald, Liberty Hospital; Anissa Parra, Liberty, Hallmark Cards, Inc.; Daniel Ramirez, Kansas City, North, William Jewell College; Pete Reynolds, Kansas City, North, NOAA/Aviation Weather Center; Jeff Self, Kearney, Gladstone Police.

Speakers at the event were Kevin Shaffstall and Jim Hampton. Shaffstall, director of the Pryor Center, says that true leadership is expressed within the family and community as well as work. “The decisions you make affect lives even beyond your organization,” he says.

The next Doniphan session begins in September. To enroll in an upcoming program call 816.415.5052.