January 2018 Around Town

Gladstone Theatre in the Park Announces 31st Season

The Gladstone Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department and North Star Community Band are proud to announce the 31st Season of Gladstone’s Theatre in the Park Summer 2018 productions.

“Oklahoma” will be presented July 6, 7 and 8. “Big River” will be presented Aug. 3, 4 and 5.

Director positions for both shows are open. Interested candidates can contact Gladstone Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts at 816.423.4088 or visit GladstoneTIP.com. Director Interviews will be held Jan. 27, 2018.

Auditions for both presentations will be held at Antioch Middle School, 2100 N.E. 65th Street, on Sunday, April 8 and Saturday, April 14. Times vary depending on ages as of June 1, 2018.

For more information, please contact Gladstone Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts at 816.423.4088 or visit GladstoneTIP.com.

KCPD Seeks Interns

College students entering their Junior or Senior year, or Graduate students, can apply for a competitive unpaid summer internship position with the Kansas City Police Crime Laboratory. Intern applications are accepted through February 1, 2018. The following are requirements for the Summer Internship Program with the Crime Lab: a copy of current and past college transcripts (cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher required), two letters of recommendation from professors and/or academic advisors, curriculum vitae, a short essay on why you should be selected as an intern and what section of the laboratory is desired (Chemistry, Trace, DNA/Biology, Firearms, Digital Evidence, Latent Prints, Crime Scene), and an employment application and any additional forms required by Human Resources. Upon completion of these tasks, an in person interview will be scheduled. All requirements and further questions can be sent to Sergeant Abigail Martinez at Abigail.Martinez@kcpd.org

Three North Kansas City 
Hospital Nurses Win ‘Nurse 
of the Year’ Award

The sixth Annual March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards honored three North Kansas City Hospital nurses November 11. Over 700 nurses from Kansas and the Greater Kansas City area were nominated, but just one nurse was named Nurse of the Year in each of the 22 categories. North Kansas City Hospital’s Ginny Doelling, Rebecca Murrell, and Janel Zion won top honors, while 16 other NKCH nurses were recognized as finalists.

Ginny Doelling, RN, won Nurse of the Year in the Long Term Acute Care/Rehabilitation/Geriatrics category. A nurse for 30 years, Ginny works in NKCH’s Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation program. She was directly involved in helping the program obtain certification from the American Association of Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab, a rigorous process involving evidence-based practices and patient outcomes. 

Rebecca Murrell, BSN, won Nurse of the Year in the Hospice/Home Health/Palliative Care category. Having worked at NKCH for 34 years, she is a supervisor for Home Health with oversight of their infection control program. Rebecca led a performance improvement team to successfully reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections by 64 percent per 1,000 catheter days. 

Janel Zion, MSN, won Nurse of the Year in the Women’s Health category. Janelle works in Maternal Child Health Services at NKCH. She led a multiphase project to reduce post-partum bleeding, which involved developing policies and procedures. As a result of the standardization, there was a decrease in units of blood needed per patient, earlier recognition of post-partum bleeding and increased staff confidence during these potentially life-threatening situations.

Adele Ducharme Named CEO of Saint Luke’s North Hospital

Adele Ducharme, MSN, MBA, FACHE, has been named CEO of Saint Luke’s North Hospital. Ducharme has served as interim CEO of Saint Luke’s North Hospital-Barry Road and Saint Luke’s North Hospital-Smithville since May. Most recently, she served as CEO of Saint Luke’s Cushing Hospital in Leavenworth, Kansas.

“Adele has served Saint Luke’s Health System capably and successfully for many years, and we are excited to see the progress and growth she will continue to lead at our Saint Luke’s North Hospital campuses,” says Julie Quirin, senior vice president of hospital operations for Saint Luke’s Health System. “She is a positive and engaging leader, and we know she will continue to bring the same level of dedication to her new role at Saint Luke’s North Hospital.”

Ducharme served as CEO at Saint Luke’s Cushing Hospital since 2013, and as the hospital’s chief nursing officer prior to that. As a nurse executive, Ducharme’s experience in a wide variety of specialties within healthcare leadership was instrumental to the growth and success of Saint Luke’s Cushing Hospital during her tenure.

Liberty 53 School 
District Accepting School 
Board Candidates


Liberty 53 School District will accept declarations of candidacy from any person interested in running for a position on the Liberty School Board in the April 3, 2018, election.  Persons interested may file at the Liberty Public School District Administration Center located at 8 Victory Lane, Liberty, Missouri.


Filing is currently open. and will continue during the District’s regular business hours, which are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  
Candidates should enter the building through the east entrance doors.  Filing will not occur on days the school district’s offices are closed due to inclement weather.  Filing will not occur on the following holidays when the school district’s offices are closed: and January 1, 15, 2018.  Filing will end on January 16, 2018, at 5 p.m.