Seymour medical facility recognized

Mar 30, 2016 255

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has announced that Family Medical Center of Seymour has received NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition. Stephanie Furlow, Schneck Medical Center’s Director of Marketing and Public Relations, says the recognition is the result of center using “evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long‐term, participative relationships.” “NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition raises the bar in defining high-quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and coordinated care focused on patients,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “Recognition shows that Family Medical Center has the tools, systems and resources to provide its patients with the right care, at the right time.” Furlow says that Family Medical Center is partner of Inspire Health Partners. She says that Inspire is a community-based provider network in Indiana that ensures patients get the right health care, at the right time, in the right setting, in the most cost-effective manner. ...

Mayor appoints Abedian to Parks Board

Mar 30, 2016 222

The Columbus Park Board has a new member after Julie Abedian was appointed by Mayor Jim Lienhoop. Abedian is the Vice President of Community Partnerships and Corporate Responsibility at Columbus Regional Health (CRH). Her appointment comes after the resignation of former Parks Board member Dave Jones. The city’s Executive Director of Administration, Mary Ferdon, says that Abedian is a 23-year resident of Columbus. Ferdon notes that Abedian, and her family, are “passionate about Columbus parks.” In a statement, Abedian said of her family, “We live next to the People Trail and log a lot of miles on them. Steve (husband and Director at Cummins) coached Parks and Rec soccer teams for years. Our boys grew up playing on city playgrounds and skating at Hamilton Center. They learned how to swim at Donner Pool, became accomplished college athletes playing on the local soccer fields, and had fun attending Strings Camp at Youth Camp,” says Abedian. Ferdon says that Abedian’s work at CRH and on the Healthy Communities Council has engaged her... ...

State AG to recognize Columbus Police for saving lives of overdose victims

Mar 30, 2016 193

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller is scheduled to recognize Columbus law enforcement officers who have saved the lives of overdose victims. The Attorney General’s Office says that Zoeller will be in Columbus on Thursday afternoon to recognize the Columbus Police Department, and its officers, for the several lives that have been saved as the result of officers being trained to use, and utilizing, the drug Nalaxone. The drug counteracts the effects of an opioid, like heroin. With the heroin epidemic in, and around, Columbus, area law-enforcement has seen a marked increase in overdose responses this year. The Indiana Attorney General’s Office operates a grant program that funds Naloxone training and equipment for law enforcement agencies and other first responders across the state. Local law enforcement has benefited from that program. Thursday’s ceremony is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. at the Columbus Police Department, located at 123 Washington Street. ...

Crash leads to the arrest of a Columbus man

Mar 30, 2016 278

A Columbus man was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after an early Tuesday morning crash. Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department Spokesperson Judy Jackson says that at approximately 1:32 a.m., Deputy Kris Weisner was dispatched to a one-vehicle crash on US 31 at County Road 500 North. A witness told authorities that the vehicle had driven off the roadway and into a ditch. When Deputy Weisner arrived at the scene, he reported seeing a single vehicle off the northeast corner of the intersection. The deputy reports that the vehicle went through a guardrail and was sitting atop the guardrail above a watery ditch. Authorities say that the driver, 21-year-old Dylan R. Burns, was unable to exit the vehicle without falling into the water. Jackson says that members of the Columbus Fire Department and German Township Fire Department were able to rescue Burns by having him crawl out of the vehicle’s sunroof. While speaking with Burns, Deputy Weisner says that he detected a strong odor of alcohol. His report also stated that... ...

Ivy Tech to offer “White Belt” training

Mar 30, 2016 269

Ivy Tech Community College is offering training courses and certification for professionals and students. Randy Proffitt, executive director of Marketing and Recruitment for the school, explains that the program provides “continuous improvement strategies for quality assurance, problem solving, customer relations, project team work, and eliminating waste.” Proffitt says that a “White Belt” training session for professionals will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 7th at the Columbus Learning Center auditorium. He adds that a student training session will be held April 14th, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the same location. School officials say that the eight-hour, non-credit workshops are free and taught by Ivy Tech’s Certified Quality Trainers. They add that a final exam, lasting 30-minutes, will be administered at the end of the session. Proffitt says that White Belt certification provides “a comprehensive launch into Lean processes and Six Sigma methodology.” He explains that the skills learned in these classes can be utilized in business, healthcare, manufacturing and other industries. “This certification will... ...

Man accused of strangulation in domestic dispute

Mar 30, 2016 267

A Columbus man is being accused of strangulation after a domestic dispute yesterday afternoon. Lt. Matt Harris, with the Columbus Police Department, reports that officers were called to a home in the 1500 block of 16th Street just after 5 p.m. Tuesday about a domestic dispute. Police found the victim with ripped clothing and injuries to her face. She said she was choked during the incident after she tried to leave the home with a small child. 32-year-old Brandon L. White was arrested on preliminary charges of domestic violence in the presence of a minor and strangulation. White was arrested in February for sleeping in a laundromat. ...

Jennifer Lopez Carpool Karaoke [VIDEO]

Mar 30, 2016 499

On last night’s Carpool Karaoke primetime special, host James Corden went through Jennifer Lopez’s phone and marveled over her star-studded contact list. ...

New VA clinic to be dedicated at Atterbury today

Mar 30, 2016 263

The Veterans Affairs Administration will be unveiling the new clinic at Camp Atterbury this morning. A dedication ceremony is happening at 11 a.m. at the new Wakeman Clinic which is at 3791 10th Street. Gov. Mike Pence, Major General Cory Carr with the Indiana National Guard and Dr. Ginny Creasman, director of the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis will be on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. ...

Fire shuts down Rightway Fasteners plating operations

Mar 30, 2016 351

Columbus firefighters battled a fire overnight that destroyed an important piece of equipment at Rightway Fasteners and led to the evacuation of the plant. A fire alarm alerted firefighters at about 11:25 p.m. to the blaze on South International Drive and when they arrived they found thick smoke throughout the zinc plating building, says Capt. Mike Wilson, spokesman for the fire department. After fighting their way through the smoke, firefighters extinguished a fire in the electrical conduits of the zinc plating machine and the surrounding ventilation system. Company officials said the machine was a total loss. It was due to be replaced next year. The zinc plating for the plant will have to be shipped to Kentucky until the machine can be replaced, company officials told firefighters. No one was injured. ...

Mayor Lienhoop highlights challenges in first State of the City Address

Mar 29, 2016 236

Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop gave his inaugural State of the City Address Tuesday night from the Columbus Learning Center. A packed crowd listened to the Mayor talk about the many good things that the city has going on, but he also addressed a number of challenges. Among them, is Columbus’ susceptibility to joblessness due to the cyclical nature of the automotive and diesel engine businesses… 03-30 JIM LIENHOOP-1 Lienhoop says that he has hopes that a new agreement between the city and the Columbus Economic Development Commission will pay dividends and expand the employment opportunities for those who live and work in Columbus. The Mayor also talked about the necessity of educational attainment. He says that we are fast reaching an era where a high-school diploma alone won’t be enough to get a good job… 03-30 JIM LIENHOOP-2 The Mayor also said that his administration is working on a proposal to improve area graduation rates… 03-30 JIM LIENHOOP-3 Lienhoop said that the proposal is in its early stages, but he... ...