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The Ledger September 22, 2016The Ledger September 22, 2016

Moran Takes Tour Of Mercy

Posted 9/22/2016

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

MOUNDRIDGE – U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., had not been on a tour of Moundridge’s Mercy Hospital for several years. Since he was heading to the Kansas State Fair, in Hutchinson, he decided to tour the facility Saturday, Sept. 17.

Hospital Administrator Doyle Johnson and Dr. Marla Ullom-Minnich took Moran on the tour.

Moran noted McPherson County was in an unusual situation for most rural counties in Kansas with three hospitals. Along with Mercy, there is McPherson Hospital and Lindsborg Community Hospital.

“I have toured all 127 hospitals in Kansas,” Moran said.

Moran said making certain Kansans have access to affordable, quality health care has been one of his priorities.

Johnson showed Moran photographs of the doctors and physician assistants who provide medical care at the hospital.

“That’s a young staff,” Moran said. “It doesn’t look like any of them are near retirement age.”

He noted Mercy and Partners in Family Care have an unusual relationship when compared to other facilities in Kansas.

The doctors at PIFC – Kathryn Hayes, James Ratzalff, Marla Ullom-Minnich, Paul Ullom-Minnich, Aron Fast and Annie Fast – as well as the physician assistants – Tami Werner, Ashlee Pauls and Sara Blackman – staff the hospital.

“Forty percent of physicians in Kansas are employees of hospitals,” Moran said.

“We have a good working relationship,” Ullom-Minnich said.

Moran asked Johnson if the one percent sales tax in McPherson County was helping Mercy.

Johnson noted Mercy has been receiving about $25,000 a month as its portion of the sales tax.

“We lost less money this year than we did the previous year,” Johnson said.

Johnson said the hospital was last remodeled about 10 years ago.

Johnson and Ullom-Minnich showed Moran the hospital’s operating room.

“We have a surgeon from Newton who comes down here,” Johnson said.

He noted the local doctors occasional perform procedures – such as a colonoscopy – in the surgery room. It is also used for Caesarean deliveries for babies.

Moran was shown the X-ray area.

Ullom-Minnich said the clinic has CT (computerized tomography) scan equipment. She noted hospital patients can be taken to the clinic when tests are needed.

Moran was shown the emergency area. Johnson noted Moundridge has its own ambulance service.

“We have two long-term nursing homes in Moundridge,” Ullom-Minnich said.

Residents of Pine Village and Moundridge Manor, and occasionally from Inman’s Pleasant View Home, come to Mercy, as well as residents from Goessel, Galva, Inman and Hesston.

Moran asked Johnson about the patient census at Mercy.

“It varies,” Johnson said. “We usually have seven or eight patients a day.”

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Great American Cookout: Mike, Christine Peters Serve As Hosts For National Barbecue Tour

Posted 9/22/2016

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

MOUNDRIDGE – Mike and Christine Peters are working as ambassadors for the Kansas City Barbeque Society as they serve as hosts for the Great American BBQ Tour.

Mike is the son of Delonna Barnett, of Moundridge, and graduated from Moundridge High School in 1982. His wife, Christine, grew up in Buhler and graduated from Buhler High School in 1984. They now live in Springfield, Missouri.

The couple stopped in Moundridge early last week as they were traveling from Sparks, Nevada, to River Falls, Wisconsin.

The Great American Tour features stops at 20 food festivals and more than 50 retail locations during a seven-month period.

“We enjoy it,” Mike said. “It’s fun.

“We’re handing out a lot of samples,” he continued. “We get to do a lot of marketing for all of the sponsors we have.”

The couple has served as host of the tour since 2008, traveling the country teaching others about the “Gospel of Q.” In promoting barbecue, the husband-and-wife-team teaches professional grilling tips and tricks to festival attendees and fans.

On tour, the couple has a 40-foot trailer, which contains a 40-foot stage. They also set up two tents. They estimated they serve more than 10,800 samples of five to six products at a time.

The tour will wrap up with the 2016 World Food Championships Nov. 9-13, at Orange Beach, Alabama.

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Repairs Need To Be Make To Herd Mural

Posted 9/22/2016

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

INMAN – Bob Ratzlaff, president of the Inman Chamber of Commerce, said the mural by Stan Herd on the north wall of the Inman Dental Center needs some updating.

The Chamber wants to help raise the money needed to get the work done.

Inman Industrial Incorporated originally hired Herd 30 years ago to paint the mural in downtown Inman.

“Stan came out and looked at it,” Ratzlaff said. “It doesn’t need a lot of work. It needs to be refreshed.”

The cost of the repairs is $4,500, Ratzlaff said.

The Chamber decided to donate its portion of 50/50 ticket sales toward the cost of the needed update.

In a 50/50 drawing, the owner of the winning ticket gets one-half of the final jackpot, while the Chamber gets the other half.

Ticket prices are $1 for one ticket, $20 for 25 tickets, $50 for 60 tickets, 90 tickets for $75, or 120 tickets for $100.

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