TB case confirmed in county

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) have confirmed a recent positive case of Infectious – Pulmonary (Lung) Tuberculosis Disease (TB) in Johnson County.

Health Officials have confirmed that the individual had previously been a patient at Overland Park Regional Medical Center (OPRMC). Through an ongoing investigation, JCDHE has determined that this situation has potentially affected a limited number of OPRMC staff and patients and believes the risk of transmission is extremely low.

OPRMC is cooperating fully and transparently with public health officials’ efforts and following best practice guidelines to effectively address the investigation.

“A thorough contact investigation began immediately to determine anyone who may have been exposed to the patient,” says John Romito, MD, chief medical officer, Overland Park Regional Medical Center. “People, including staff and patients, who need to undergo testing in the next week have already been contacted.” Continue reading

Drummond appointed to fill JCCC board vacancy

Robert Drummond has been appointed to fill the vacancy on the board of trustees at Johnson County Community College.

Drummond, Olathe, president/CEO of Kids TLC and a former JCCC trustee from 2009 to 2013, will complete the term of Melody Rayl, who resigned from the board in July. The term expires June 30, 2017.

The trustees interviewed four candidates, selected from among 13 applicants for the board seat, at a special meeting Oct. 1. The other candidates who were interviewed were:

  • Karin Brownlee, Olathe, independent contractor
  • Michael Lally, Overland Park, vice president, Olsson Associates
  • Steven Wolf, Prairie Village, CEO, Wolf Properties, LLC

The candidates each had five minutes to present themselves to the board, and the trustees had 15 minutes to ask each candidate questions.

Drummond will join the board at the next regularly scheduled meeting Oct. 17.


Kansas City Ability Expo more than doubles health mission

Free event focuses on Obamacare, good wheelchairs and more

Freelance writer/editor

KANSAS CITY — Hometown President Harry Truman once said a “pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.”

Folks at the Greater Kansas City Spinal Cord Injury Association embrace Truman’s words and want to bring together those optimists who seek to make opportunities out of difficulties.

Join people with disabilities for the Fourth Annual Kansas City Ability Expo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Overland Park Convention Center, 6000 College Blvd., Overland Park. Admission is free. Continue reading

Safety Awareness Seminar at Shawnee Mission West Oct. 16

The Kelsey Smith Foundation will present a Safety Awareness Seminar (SAS) at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 16, at Shawnee Mission West High School, 8800 W. 85th Street, Overland Park.

This SAS will be for the Freshman and Sophomore classes.

The SAS provides cutting edge, real world information that can be implemented to enhance personal safety for youth, young adults and adults.

The SAS is constantly updated with the newest information and research providing the latest in safety and awareness techniques that work in your daily life. Interested organization should contact the Kelsey Smith Foundation at 913.383.1751 or using the SAS Request Form located under the Get Involved Tab on our website.

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Google Fiber, Overland Park and downhill skiing

David Chartrand

David Chartrand

Overland Park’s current negotiations over Google Fiber demonstrate the principle of downhill skiing.

Once you start there’s no turning back.  Once you start giving freebie it’s hard to stop.   Pretty soon everyone’s hand is out, including your own.

Overland Park City Council members are balking at Google’s request for a number of technical concessions in its pending contract for high-speed internet service to local residents. It wants a lawsuit waiver and unobstructed access to city easements and rights of way.

Overland Park wants freebies, too:  Free Google wifi in public places and a lifetime subscription Netflix for all council members.  Just kidding about the Netflix.  Doesn’t hurt to ask, right?  Overland Park is having more receiving than giving. Continue reading

OP hotel ready to unveil renovation

The Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites Overland Park West will celebrate a complete renovation of its meeting and public space on Tuesday, Sept. 11. The hotel is premiering a multi-million dollar upgrade to its 10,000 square feet of meeting space, main lobby, fitness center, and business center. Also upgraded are 100 out of 190 sleeping rooms, adding a brand new Executive Level room type to the hotel’s inventory.

The primary enhancements to the meeting space include new carpet, wall treatments, light fixtures and air walls. The public space now includes a brand new front desk, complete with the addition of a 24 hour pantry and state of the art business center. Continue reading

Congressman Yoder’s eco-devo venture

Freelance writer/editor

A guy named Ben recently earned $10,000 on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”

The question: What U.S. Kansas representative was exposed for an August 2011 incident while on an official diplomatic mission to Israel? The answer: U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder.

It seems a group of Congressional leaders and staffers took a late-night dip in the holy Sea of Galilee after drinks at a posh hotel — a place Christians believe Jesus walked on water. Continue reading

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