January 2017 Around Town 2

Operation School Bell Reaches Kids of the Northland

Since 1992, Assistance League® of Kansas City has served school children in the Kansas City area through their Operation School Bell® program.  Children in eight school districts (Excelsior Springs, Kearney, Platte City R3, Smithville, West Platte, North Kansas City, Liberty, and Park Hill) that have been identified by school counselors and school staff as the neediest, receive new clothing. This year, OSB served 8 school districts with 58 elementary schools. They served close to  2350 students at the conclusion of the program on Dec 16.  For Middle School – they served 3 school districts (NKC, Liberty and Park Hill) with 13 schools and 482 students.

Operation School Bell fulfills a basic need and makes the students feel special.  Many of these students never get new clothes or have that experience of picking them out.  It boosts their confidence and they have that awesome memory forever of getting to go to OSB.

Oakhill Day School Expands 
to Second Building

On November 15, Oakhill Day School celebrated the opening of its 2nd building at 6910 North Holmes in Gladstone, Missouri. In a student-centered morning celebration, the current Middle School Student Council led the ceremony by sharing what they love most about the new space. The Gladstone Area Chamber of Commerce facilitated the official ribbon cutting that evening with special recognition given to Mark Spurgeon with his team at Williams Spurgeon Kuhl & Freshnock Architects, Inc., Henderson Engineers, Inc., the City of Gladstone, Fleshman Construction, Inc., Hot Mix Materials, Inc., K&G Striping, the Oakhill Day School Board of Trustees, Antioch Bible Baptist Church, and the Right Now Capital Campaign Committee. Tours of the new fourth grade through middle school South Campus Building followed the ceremony.

New Partnership 
Expands Prenatal Care in the Northland

Expectant mothers in the Northland will have easier access to prenatal care thanks to a new partnership between North Kansas City Hospital and Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center. The two healthcare providers will work together to provide quality care through every stage of pregnancy.

North Kansas City Hospital donated the office space for the Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center Northland Prenatal and Pediatric Clinic, which opens in mid-January 2017.

Through the partnership, Samuel U. Rodgers healthcare professionals will provide prenatal care until the final weeks of pregnancy. At that time, the clinic will transfer the mother, along with her medical records, to a Meritas Health obstetrician, who will oversee her care and the baby’s delivery at North Kansas City Hospital. After the delivery, mother and baby will return to Samuel U. Rodgers for their postpartum health needs.

“When our obstetricians have access to the prenatal care and services the mother received, they can provide appropriate care and achieve positive outcomes for both mother and baby,” says Jody Abbott, senior vice president and chief operating officer at North Kansas City Hospital. “Our partnership is a creative way to join forces. We are excited to work with an organization that understands how to support and provide the highest level of services and infrastructure for this patient population.”

We Rock the Spectrum Goes Mobile

We Rock The Spectrum Kids Gym is Kansas City’s only inclusive sensory gym. WRTS-KC opened its doors in the Northland in June of 2016 and has had the opportunity to provide a sensory safe play environment to hundreds of children of all ability levels.  Their motto is “Finally a place where you never have to say I’m sorry” and their mission is to provide communities with inclusive resources and environments that promote acceptance and understanding of all children. They are excited to announce that in December of 2016 they will be going mobile with a sensory bus! Equipped with similar sensory safe equipment as our brick and mortar facility, We Rock on Wheels allows them to “bring the sensory play to you” and continue to spread our mission to more families and communities throughout the greater Kansas City area. For more information, visit WeRockTheSpectrumKansasCity.com.

High School Athletic Trainers Receive Life-Saving Equipment

Athletes and spectators can enjoy more peace of mind at the next sporting event they attend. Thanks to Mosaic Life Care Auxiliary, eleven automated external defibrillators (AED) are now in the hands of St. Joseph and Kansas City athletic trainers.

“In early spring, we approached a Mosaic Life Care auxiliary board member and talked about how to ensure the safety of not only our athletes but our spectators as well,” says Kate Esely, Mosaic Life Care Lead Athletic Trainer. “Since schools run multiple events on any given day, if one of our athletic trainers has an event off property, they would have to remove the AED out of the building. If another event is happening on the property as well, those minutes chasing down another AED are critical for someone in cardiac arrest.”

The user-friendly AED kit can be used if someone goes into cardiac arrest. Two pads are placed on the individual and the AED delivers a shock to help resume heart rhythms. Certified athletic trainers can provide medical attention to anyone in the community.

“It’s peace of mind to know it’s right there with you all the time, right on hand. Minutes can make the difference,” says Esely.

Besides schools in St. Joseph, athletic trainers received AED’s to cover West Platte, Excelsior Springs, Mid Buchanan, LeBlond, Riverside, Doniphan West, and Plattsburg.

The Excelsior Springs 
Clinic Now Open

The Excelsior Springs Clinic, an affiliate of Liberty Hospital, opened its new primary care facility at the corner of Highway 69 and McCleary Road on December 5.

The new one-story medical clinic includes 10,000 square feet; the clinic occupies 6,500 square feet, and other office space is available for lease. The clinic has eight exam rooms, two procedure rooms, onsite digital X-ray, lab and occupational medicine services.

Christopher Cooper, M.D., Mary Miele, NP-C, and Jodie Carpenter, FNP-C, will continue to provide a wide variety of family medical services for all ages. The staff recently received a 100-percent positive overall provider rating for fiscal year 2016 from their patients during a patient experience survey conducted independently by HealthStream.

The new clinic address is 199 S. McCleary Road. It is on the corner between the Veterans Affairs (VA) Clinic and Highway 69. The phone number remains the same: 816.630.6071. New clinic hours are now 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.