Flesh continues waste reduction

The Flesh Co. initiated another waste reduction team event using value stream mapping, this time targeting its composition department.

The goal of the team was to find process improvements that would reduce lost time, remove waste and reduce errors. Areas discussed included reducing the time that orders are on hold for proof and improving the process for creating numbering schedules. A primary improvement was implemented in the area of creating acetates used on the production floor for quality control. Additional opportunities were uncovered, and data is being collected over the next few months to determine the best course of action for improvement.

Flesh provides top quality, affordable business forms and labels in cut sheet, continuous, unit set and jumbo roll formats. Value added capabilities include variable barcode image printing, integrated cards and labels, label/form combinations, pocket forms, custom label products and a full-service bindery.


Eichinger CPA office moves

Jennifer L. Eichinger, CPA, LLC, has moved to a new location.

Eichinger moved her offices from 115 S. 18th St., Suite 210, to 1816 Main.

The business opened in October 2015 on South 18th on the second floor above The Mustard Seed Christian Books & Gifts. 

Eichinger performs tax, audit, payroll and bookkeeping services as well as providing peer reviews for other CPA firms.


T.H. Rogers recognized

HBSDealer, the building products and home improvement retailing magazine, selected T.H. Rogers as the 2016 Pro Dealer of the Year.

T.H. Rogers, based in Edmond, Oklahoma, has 34 locations in Missouri, Kansas and Arkansas, including a location in Parsons at 2115 Washington.

The award is selected by editors of the magazine and recognizes a high-performance company with a commitment to best practices and the best values of the lumber and building material industry, according to HBSDealer.

T.H. Rogers will accept the award Oct. 25-27 at the Pro Dealer Industry Summit in Charleston, South Carolina.

Store hours of the Parsons business are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday.


Labette Health completes patient safety program

The Kansas Healthcare Collaborative recently recognized Labette Health for its participation in the second round of the national Hospital Engagement Network, known as HEN 2.0, according to Brian Williams, Labette Health president/CEO.

HEN 2.0 was a 12-month patient safety initiative conducted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services through its Partnership for Patients program. At the state level, Labette Health was a part of the Kansas HEN led by the Topeka-based Kansas Healthcare Collaborative in partnership with the Kansas Hospital Association, the American Hospital Association and the Health Research and Educational Trust.

Through the Kansas HEN, Labette Health worked with quality improvement teams at 106 hospitals across the state and 3,700 hospitals across the nation. All were focused on 10 or more core patient safety areas, such as the prevention of falls, infections and adverse drug events.

Hospital leaders and front line staff participated in learning networks and used quality improvement methods and resources to improve care delivery and prevent harm. The initiative involved engagement at all levels of the hospital, as well as patients and families.


Gray receives licensure

Rebecca Gray has acquired her clinical level licensure for social work. She is now a licensed specialist clinical social worker (LSCSW) in Kansas.

Gray joined the Labette Center for Mental Health Services team on Oct. 10, 2011.

She was born and raised in Labette County, graduated from Labette County High School in Altamont in 1992 and She went on to receive her associate’s degree in sociology in 2008 from Labette Community College, her bachelor’s in social work from Pittsburg State University in 2010 and her master’s in social work from Washburn University in 2011.

Gray received her practicum experience at the Children’s Advocacy Center in Pittsburg and Four County Mental Health Center in Independence, where she worked as a victim services intern for the Domestic Violence Survivors Program.

She has been a member of NASW (National Association of Social Workers) since 2009.


David Schoech, pharmacist at Mercy Hospital of Columbus, receives the Bowl of Hygeia Award on Sept. 24 from Steven Charles, Oswego pharmacist and former Bowl of Hygeia recipient.


Columbus pharmacist honored

David Schoech, pharmacist at Mercy Hospital of Columbus, was awarded the Bowl of Hygeia Award on Sept. 24 at a ceremony during the 136th Kansas Pharmacists Association annual meeting and trade show in Wichita.

Schoech was nominated for the award because of his involvement in his community since graduation from pharmacy school in 1982. He returned to his hometown after graduating pharmacy school to work in the local drug store. Later he opened his own store, Columbus Pharmacy, and operated it for 15 years from 1994 to 2009. He’s been serving the community in multiple organizations, both civic and private for the last 35 years. 

Schoech sold his pharmacy in 2010 and continued working in surrounding area pharmacies, while still remaining involved with the Columbus Lions Club (president in 1995 and 2004) and Columbus Parks and Recreation Commission. He also provided personal instruction, training and supervision to pharmacy students as a University of Kansas School of Pharmacy preceptor. For recognition of his excellence as a preceptor, he received the National Community Pharmacists Association National Preceptor of the Year award in 2011. He is currently an active member of Kansas State Board of Pharmacy as well as the Columbus Chamber of Commerce (president 1991), Columbus Community Foundation for nine years and the Columbus Recreation Commission (since 1993).  

The Bowl of Hygeia Award is presented annually by participating pharmacy associations in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The recipients are selected by their respective associations for their outstanding record of community service. The award is sponsored by the American Pharmacists Association Foundation and the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations. 

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