November 2015 Around Town 1

North Kansas City Hospital’s Meritas Health and Hy-Vee Launch First Express Care Clinic in the Northland

Meritas Health, a subsidiary of North Kansas City Hospital, is announcing it will open five express care clinics in the Northland over the next two years. The first Meritas Health Express walk-in clinic will open in the Liberty Hy-Vee, located at 109 N. Blue Jay Drive, in late November.

Meritas Health Express clinics will be staffed by advanced nurse practitioners with medical oversight provided by primary care physicians from Meritas Health, the largest network of providers in the Northland. Open seven days a week, the clinics will provide non-urgent care services for adults and children 18 months and older. Services include immunizations, physical exams, wellness screenings, and treatment for minor illnesses, injuries and skin conditions.

“Through our electronic medical record system, Meritas Health Express is connected to North Kansas City Hospital, Meritas Health and other providers, allowing for seamless patient referrals when necessary,” says Linda Coventon, Meritas Health network executive.

“We are proud to announce our first clinic with Hy-Vee, a company whose values and community spirit align with our own,” says Peggy Schmitt, president and CEO at North Kansas City Hospital. “As the Northland continues to grow and we announce additional locations, these clinics will enable us to provide additional healthcare services to the community.”

Northland Students Help Boost Area Businesses

Nearly 300 area high school students are getting a jump on both the job market and college, while also helping area businesses.

The students, who represent seven school districts in Clay and Platte counties, are part of the Northland Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS). Only three years old, the program is already having a significant impact on both students and businesses.

A good example involves the annual Business Retention Survey conducted by the Clay County Economic Development Council. On a recent Tuesday, Stidham’s nearly 40 students met at BankLiberty in Gladstone to learn techniques they would use to gather the opinions and needs of area businesses. Their work will greatly expand EDC efforts, which help with everything from proposed regulatory reform to coordinating the county’s community development efforts.

“This provides us with a tremendous boost,” notes EDC Director of Business Development Chris Sizemore. “With the students’ help, we are able to contact far more businesses and get more of their input. It’s a significant expansion.”

Matt Dobbler from Liberty High School plus Jacob Harris and Jacob Wilson from Staley High School are good examples. “It’s fun to see how things work,” Harris says. “We’re involved with real business issues and can apply what we learn.”

Stidham says these successes are only the start, however. The three-year-old program also includes programs covering technology, engineering and advanced manufacturing, medicine and healthcare, and global logistics and transportation.

Large Liberty Project Now 
Under Way

Legacy Development has broken ground on the company’s latest retail project, the $80 million redevelopment of Liberty Commons. Located at the southeast corner of I-35 and Missouri Highway 152 in Liberty, the 335,000-square-foot shopping center is scheduled to reopen in fall 2016. The rebuilt center includes several businesses that will be new to the Northland, including restaurants, Academy Sports + Outdoors and other national retailers. A 110-room Residence Inn Marriott is also planned for the center.

Formerly operating as RED Legacy, the developer has a successful track record and is now focusing extensively on the Northland.

“We are excited that Legacy has the same faith we do in the great market share in the Northland and that they chose Liberty as the location for their next shopping center,” Mayor Lyndell Brenton says. “We are also looking forward to the many shops and restaurants that have signed on to this development.”

Other tenants announced so far include Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse, Spin Neapolitan Pizza, Natural Grocers, McAlister’s Deli, Louie’s Wine Dive, Aveda Lifestyle Salon, Maurices, Kirkland’s, Five Below, Gordman’s and Ulta Beauty.

American Diabetes 
Association Annual 
Gala Returns

Where can you mingle with former NFL, MLB and NBA stars while enjoying incredible food, drinks, live music, and a top-of-the line auction? It’s all at the American Diabetes Association’s annual Gala in downtown Kansas City on November 14. Hear from baseball Hall-of-Famer Lou Brock, and bid on incredible sports memorabilia from some of the game’s biggest names, all while supporting the local programs provided by the American Diabetes Association. Don’t miss your chance to get tickets before their gone, call 913.383.8210 ext. 6845. Celebrate sports history, and help the American Diabetes Association keep Kansas City healthy!

The Whole Person: A Center for Independent Living

The Whole Person (TWP) connects people with physical, developmental, and mental health disabilities to the resources they need to live independently in Kansas City, and we encourage community changes that expand opportunities for independent living.

In 2014, TWP served 2,123 people with disabilities. Their largest program facilitates the hiring and managing of personal care assistants, so people with disabilities can get the in-home care they need to live independently. They also offer employment training and placement, peer mentoring, home modifications such as wheelchair ramps, transition services so people may avoid institutionalization, and youth services including in-home sign language instruction for families with children who are Deaf. Nearly all TWP services are offered at no charge.

They lead by example. A majority of TWP’s Board and 100 staff are people with a disability, and they renovated their historic building at 37th & Main exceeding Universal Design standards.

Global Entrepreneurship Week Comes to Kansas City

Kansas City will join in the worldwide celebration of innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare during Global Entrepreneurship Week in Kansas City (GEW-KC), from November 16-22.

This year’s GEW-KC theme is “Start Local. Grow Global.” which we hope will inspire entrepreneurs to connect with other like-minded individuals both locally 
and globally.

With several activities planned by local organizations, there’s something for everyone at GEW-KC 2015. The wide variety of education, networking and collaborative events give aspiring entrepreneurs and experienced business people an opportunity to share in the spirit of entrepreneurship in Kansas City.

This year, head to Startup Weekend, chat with Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, Inc., or check out the next big thing at the One in a Million startup competition.

Visit for a full list of events, and join the conversation at #GEWKC.​

64th Annual Kappa Kappa 
Gamma Holiday Homes Tour

The Kappa Kappa Gamma Holiday Homes Tour will take place December 2 (3-8 p.m.) and December 3 (10 a.m.-8 p.m.) and will feature five beautiful homes – one more home than previous years. Get in the holiday spirit with friends and family while supporting local charities and nonprofits. Have a fun night out seeing some of Kansas City’s finest homes decked out for the holiday cheer by outstanding local florists and interior decorators. You’ll be able to tour these homes from top to bottom, and talk with the florists and home representatives who can give you more details about the decorations and the tour. You can even buy some of the decorations and other local tokens at the Holiday Shop at Indian Hills Country Club.

Tickets are $25 in advanced at local outlets, including Hen House markets and tour florists, as well as from area Kappas and online, and are $30 the day of the tour at featured homes.

This year’s beneficiaries are Literary KC, Hope House, and the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation.

Read it! Make it! Take it!

The Gladstone Parks and Recreation Department is happy to announce the addition of  Read it! Make it! Take it!  A fun time for adults and children alike. “Grandma Gabby” will lead participants in some fun reading and craft projects!

This program is offered to ages 3-5 (An adult needs to accompany their child/children for each session.) Classes will be held at the Gladstone Community Center on Mondays at 10 a.m. began on October 12th and will continue monthly on November 9th, December 14th, January 11th, February 28th and March 14th. Sign up for one or all of the classes. There is a $10 charge for Gladstone Community Center members and $12 for non-members.

This new project will be led by Luaun Gavin who has an MA degree in Elementary Education and taught 30 yrs. in the  NKCSD. She has recently helped develop “Tadpole Tales” for SeaLife Aquarium and is very excited about this new project with Gladstone Parks and Recreation.

You can register at the Gladstone Community Center.   If you need additional information, please call the Gladstone Parks & Recreation Department at 816.423.4200.

At Home Opens Fifth Missouri Location in 
Kansas City

At Home®, the home décor superstore, announced the opening of the Kansas City, Mo., location on Oct 1. The more than 88,000 square-foot store, located at 600 N.E. Barry Road in Kansas City, marks the fifth store in Missouri for the big-box specialty retailer of home décor products.

At Home allows customers to express their personal style by choosing from an expansive selection of more than 50,000 items—including seasonal and holiday décor, patio furniture, home furnishings, wall art and decorative accents, rugs and housewares. Employing an everyday low pricing model, At Home is dedicated to allowing customers to affordably make their house into a home.

This new location brings 25 jobs to Kansas City and surrounding communities. Including the Kansas City location, At Home currently operates more than 90 stores across 26 states.