In response to a growing need for Pulmonary services in south central and the western regions of Kansas, Hutchinson Regional Medical Center will open Hutchinson Pulmonology Associates in mid-July, a specialty clinic located within the hospital.
Joining the Hutch Regional staff will be Dr. Mohammed Al-Halawani and Dr. Tariq Musa who are slated to see their first patients July 18 in an area of the hospital adjoining the Heart and Vascular Center. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 620-513-4800.
Dr. Al-Halawani and Dr. Musa bring impeccable credentials to their positions at Hutch Regional. Dr. Al-Halawani is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine and Sleep Medicine. He trained in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at State University of New York Downstate Medical Center and Sleep Medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital at Yale University. Dr. Musa is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Medicine and trained in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Ken Johnson, President and CEO of Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System, said Pulmonology is an area of medicine that focuses on the health of the respiratory system. “Pulmonologists treat everything from asthma to tuberculosis,” Johnson said. “Currently, there are an insufficient number of Pulmonologists to serve growing needs in south central and the western regions of Kansas, and it is our hope that Dr. Al-Halawani and Dr. Musa will help alleviate the shortage.”
Among the most common respiratory ailments are Sleep Apnea and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). More than 18 million Americans are diagnosed with Sleep Apnea.
“Dr. Al-Halawani’s certification in sleep medicine will be an asset to the Hutch Regional Sleep Center in diagnosing and treating an increasing number of sufferers of this sometimes life-threatening disease,” Johnson said. “COPD is defined as a narrowing of the airway resulting in breathing problems and was the third leading cause of death in 2018.”
Both physicians will be residing in Hutchinson and are looking forward to being a part of the community. Additional information on Hutchinson Pulmonology Associates can be found at Hutchregional.com/hpa.
Dr. Veronica Amey-Perrin has been named Medical Director of Horizons Mental Health Center.
Dr. Amey-Perrin completed her Psychiatric residency at the Wichita Center for Graduate Medical Education, and received her medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Most recently, she worked with Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains, Missouri.
Besides serving as Medical Director, Dr. Amey-Perrin will handle a mix of inpatient and outpatient cases, along with serving patients in nursing homes.
She will provide services in Reno and Kingman counties and Anthony.
Horizons CEO Mike Garrett said Dr. Amey-Perrin’s selection followed a national search.
“Dr. Amey-Perrin has impeccable credentials to serve as Medical Director for Horizons from her previous career stops and is the recipient of numerous awards, certifications and accreditations throughout her career,” Garrett said. “Also, we are pleased to learn about her numerous volunteer activities in the communities where she lived and to read presentations she has made throughout the nation on mental health issues.”
Dr. Amey-Perrin will join Horizons Mental Health Center July 8 and begin meeting with patients July 15.
Horizons Mental Health Center is an entity of the Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System.
CUNNINGHAM – Karen Smith, RN, is using her three-layered background to lead the Sterling Village team as it cares for residents of the long- and short-term-care organization.
Smith, whose family has roots in Rice County, was named interim administrator Jan. 1.
The “interim” was recently removed from her title after she earned her state license from the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, passing both state and federal exams.
Sterling Village is the new name of the former Sterling Presbyterian Manor, 204 West Washington; it remains a non-profit entity.
“My experiences in nursing, hospitality and administration are blending nicely,” Smith said. “Since long-term care involves both nursing and hospitality skills, my background in both gives me a unique perspective. They are similar because hospitality and nursing provide services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Smith joined Sterling Village in March 2015 and served as quality assurance nurse manager, infection preventionist and healthcare supervisor.
The new full-time administrator announced she is working hand-in-hand with the Topeka-based GraceTeam, which will officially take over management of Sterling Village Aug. 1.
Even though she grew up in Colorado, she has strong family ties to Rice County. Her great-great-grandparents, T.J. and Sarah Willett, homesteaded the family farm near Alden. Smith’s parents, Kent and Nancy Shuyler, still live there.
Smith’s education includes a master’s of healthcare leadership from Friends University in Wichita in 2015; bachelor’s degree in hospitality, meeting and travel administration from the Metropolitan State University of Denver in 1989; and a nursing degree from Hutchinson Community College in 2005.
In addition to a capacity of 45 residents, Sterling Village also offers 12 independent-living cottages. Services include in-house physical, occupational and speech therapies; long-term healthcare; independent living; adult daycare; respite stays; and in-house hospice care.
The Kansas Bar Association honored Ashland attorney Sarah B. “Sally” Shattuck on June 21 with its Pillars of the Community Award.
The award recognizes a Kansas lawyer with a minimum of 10 years active non-specialized, general legal practice in a predominately low-density population area of Kansas and substantial practice in small or solo law firms or local government service.
Shattuck is a life-long resident of Ashland, except for a brief period following law school when she worked in Washington, D.C. for a law book publishing company.
Shatluck graduated from Washburn University and Washburn Law School and returned home after her father’s death to continue his law practice. She has a general practice with offices in Ashland and Greensburg.
She is active in the community, having served as an elder in the Ashland Presbyterian Church, on the judicial commissions of the Presbytery of Southern Kansas and Synod of Mid-America, the board of High Plains Public Radio, the Ashland BPW, the Clark County Fair Board, the Ashland All-School Association, and as chair of the Ashland 125th Anniversary celebration.
Currently, Shatluck serves on the Ashland Library Board, acts and assists with dinner theater productions to raise money for the library and teaches Sunday school.
From 2001 to 2010 she was on the board of the Kansas Bar Foundation, as president in 2008-2009. She has served on the Kansas Judicial Council since 2011, where she chairs the Probate Law Advisory Committee.
She was the recipient of the KWAA Jennie Mitchell Kellogg award in 2013.
Reno County Chief District Judge Patricia Macke Dick has been reappointed to a new three-year term on the Chief Judges Council.
The seven-member council provides the Kansas Supreme Court with a ground-level perspective on issues facing Kansas courts.
Macke Dick serves in the 27th Judicial District, which is composed of Reno County.
Also on the council from this region is Chief Judge Joe Dickinson of the 9th Judicial District, which is composed of Harvey and McPherson counties.
Archer & Co, a salon and spa at 306 S. Main, recently welcomed three new staff members as it celebrates its fifth anniversary in the historic Hamlin Block.
Kelsey Hensley joined Archer & Co in the Associate program in December 2018 and has readily earned her promotion to Level One Stylist.
Originally from Pratt, where she met her husband Heath, together they have a blended family of 6 children. She graduated from HCC cosmetology in December 2018 and offers hair care and spa services including manicures, pedicures and airbrush tanning. Kelsey especially enjoys doing facials and makeup. She has recently attended men’s hair cutting trends and Summit Associate training.
Jennifer Hoffman is married and has two sons, seven grandchildren, and her dog Gracie-Allen.
She enjoys doing color and a full range of spa services and appreciates continued education, also recently completing men’s haircutting trends.
In her spare time, Hoffman works as an LPN.
She is a May 2018 graduate of Hutchinson Community College Cosmetology and joins Archer & Co’s Associate program. She’ll begin taking appointments in July.
Sarah Lewis, a native of Hutchinson, completed her Cosmetology education at Hutchinson Community College in May 2018. She also holds an Associates in Arts and Associates in Applied Science. Sarah’s passion for the industry started from hair braiding as a child and enjoys hair cutting, perming, relaxers and traditional roller styling. She joins Archer & Co in our Associate program and also will begin taking appointments in July.
Brady Fontaine, son of Steve and Elaine, joined the business in 2015 as a Level One Massage Therapist. He is a graduate of Heritage College and offers a variety of wellness services. His specialty is Deep Swedish and the addition of hot stones.
The salon company recently hosted a night of education and tacos for the HCC Cosmetology students. They watched a demonstration of fashion color techniques and had a hands-on segment learning quick- styling for special occasions.
The Kansas Supreme Court recently made the following appointments:
Ann Adrian of Newton was appointed to a three-year term on the Client Protection Fund Commission, starting July 1.
The fund, which the board oversees, compensates people who suffer economic loss as a result of dishonest actions by Kansas lawyers. Annual registration fees paid by lawyers to practice law in the state finance it.
The commission is composed of one judge, four actively practicing lawyers, and two non-lawyers. Adrian, a non-lawyer, succeeds Doug Anstaett of Topeka.
Other members from the area include Beth Love, a non-lawyer from Dodge City and Christopher Sook, a lawyer from Hays.
Three areas judges were reappointed to new three-year terms on the Kansas Supreme Court’s Language Access Committee.
Reappointed were Chief Judge Bradley Ambrosier of the 26th Judicial District, which is composed of Grant, Haskell, Morton, Seward, Stanton, and Stevens counties; District Judge Laura Lewis, who serves in the 16th Judicial District, which is composed of Clark, Comanche, Ford, Gray, Kiowa, and Meade counties; and Kurtis Jacobs, court administrator for the 25th Judicial District, which is composed of Finney, Greeley, Hamilton, Kearny, Scott, and Wichita counties.
The committee makes recommendations to the Supreme Court to ensure that people with limited English skills can access services of Kansas district courts.
Also, reappointed to the Kansas Judicial Council were attorney Joseph Jeter, Hays, and 20th Judicial District Chief Judge Mike Keeley, Great Bend. The judicial district is composed of Barton, Ellsworth, Rice, Russell, and Stafford counties.
The council reviews the administration of justice in Kansas and can recommend to the Supreme Court or the Kansas Legislature changes regarding specific areas of the law or rules used by the courts. The council also can be asked to draft legislation and court rules. The council produces books and manuals, publishes legal forms for use in the state’s courts, and drafts pattern jury instructions.
Other members from this area are Ashland lawyer Sarah Bootes Shattuck, and Sen. Rick Wilborn, McPherson.