Agape Health Clinic May Clinic

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The Agape Health Clinic will hold its May Clinic on May 3rd.  Door open at 8 a.m. and you must  be  registered by 11:00 a.m. to see a physician.  The clinic is located in The Hope Center @ 314 S. Main, Pratt.  This clinic is for the uninsured, low income people of Pratt County.    Our next dental clinic will be on May 17th, and you must see a physician before being cleared for the dental clinic.  The dental clinic is for extractions only.                                                                                                                                                              NEW SUMMER HOURS!

Beginning with June 4 we will open the clinic from 4 to 8 p.m., the first Wednesday of the month.  This will allow our volunteers more free time on the week end during the summer month.  The others will be July 2, August 6 and September 3rd.   There will be NO Saturday clinics  during the summer months. If you wish to volunteer or help in anyway, please call 388-4191. 

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Sen. Moran Statement on Death of Former Rep. Don Dahl

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MANHATTAN, KAN. – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) issued the following statement upon learning of the death of Former Rep. Donald (Don) Dahl of Hillsboro, Kan. Mr. Dahl was killed by injuries sustained after piloting an aircraft that crashed in Marion County today.

“I was disheartened to hear the news of Don Dahl’s passing this afternoon,” Sen. Moran said. “Don was a man of principle who served his country and returned home to improve his community and our state. I encourage all Kansans to join Robba and me in keeping his family in our thoughts and prayers during the days ahead.”

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What’s Happening in Pratt

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Legislative Update & Coffee with Mitch Holmes & Marshall Christmann Saturday, April 19th – 9:00 am Pratt Community College – Riney Student Center, Rooms 312-314. Coffee, juice and cinnamon rolls will be served.

Ribbon Cutting – The Storm Cellar Pub & Grub Thursday, April 24th – 12 Noon 701 E. First

Sacred Heart School Boosters – Annual Wine TastingApril 27th 3:00-6:00 p.m. @ the Pribil’s Home 20391 S. 281, Pratt Must be 21 – Wines & Gourmet hor d’oeuvres Tickets are $60 with a maximum of 70 tasters Contact: Bekki Pribil 388-0577 bekkipribil@gmail.com  or Vicky Maetchlen 770-0259

Pratt Adventure – presented by The Pratt Health Foundation & Pratt Health Coalition Saturday, May 17th – 9:00 am Lemons Park FREE COMMUNITY EVENT!! There will be a 5K competitive run, a 5K bicycle adventure, a 3K run adventure and a 1K walk adventure.  Adventure participants will collect adventure numbers and the participant with the highest score will win $100 in each category.  Preregister to: adventure@prmc.org before May 9th for a $25 drawing Questions? Call (620) 672-6411

South Wind Hospice Purse Auction Saturday, May 17- 11:00 am Tickets are $25 Contact Joy Schwartz at 620 672-7553

Security in the Workplace Learning Luncheon Tuesday, May 20 – 12:00 Noon Pratt Regional Medical Center – Stanion Room Chuck Clanahan, Kansas Protective Security Advisor/U.S. Department of Homeland Security will be presenting: “See Something, Say Something”, Active Shooter & Cybersecurity Please RSVP to info@prattkansas.org

Pratt Community Concert Association presents John Davidson Thursday, May 22 – 7:00 pm Pratt Community College – Carpenter Auditorium http://www.johndavidson.com/main.html

Pratt Area Humane Society – 2nd Annual Color Me Fun Run Saturday, May 31 – Pratt County Lake 9:00 am www.prattareahs.org Registration is $40

BINGO at Pratt Elks Lodge #1451 - 1103 W. 5th Every Monday beginning at 7:00 pm Entry is free and open to the public.

Prairie Independent Living Center, Inc. 400 South Main (large conference room) Living Well Series 1:30 – 3:00 pm ADHD – First Tuesday of Every Month  Diabetes – Third Tuesday of Every Month 

What’s Happening @ Your Library for March (Pratt Public Library)

  • PreSchool Story Time (ages 3 – 5 years) – Mondays and Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.
  • Toddler Time (ages 0 – 2 years + mom/caregiver) – Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.
  • Tween Tuesdays @ Your Library April 22 – 3:45 p.m. Movie – Bridge to Terabithia (96 minutes)
  • After Hours @ Your Library – Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. April 22 – Places & choices book discussion – “The Wind is Not A River” by Brian Payton
  • K-4 Fun @ Your Library – Every Thursday after school from 4 – 4:45 p.m. April 24 – Learn about Vermi composting
  • Tech Thursdays – 5:30 pm April 24 – Mac Laptop Basic Class

Pratt Community College Beaver Building Day Wednesday, April 23 – 11:15 am – 1:30 p.m. Fall registration, pre-enrollment, advising, financial aid, campus tours. 

Join Pratt Community College “Under the Big Top” on April 25th at 6:00 pm at the Pratt 4-H Center for this annual fundraiser supporting the scholarship fund for PCC students.  The carnival of excitement includes dinner, raffles, a silent auction and a live auction, as well as a thrilling performance by PCC’s own vocal ensemble, Encore! Tickets are $25 for individuals and $40 for couples. Tickets will be sold beforehand and at the door, but seating is limited. Reserve your tickets by contacting Foundation Director Ann Ruder or calling 620-450-2179.

Tractor safety for 14, 15 year olds by Pratt Community College, along with K-State Research and Extension Saturday, April 26 – 7:30 am – 6:00 pm – Cost is $40.00 (covers lunch and workbook) Ag Power Technology Building on PCC’s campus ”This course certifies 14 and 15 year-olds to drive ag equipment for others families, which is required by the state,” said Rod Stewart, instructor. “On top of that, it doesn’t hurt anyone to have this training. It is good for all students that age.” For more information or to reserve a seat, please contact the Pratt County extension office at 620.672.6121.

Financial Aid Education Night Tuesday, April 29 – 6 – 8:30 p.m. Information about financial aid, grants, scholarships, and loans, question and answer panel with students, and assistance filing FAFSA with financial aid staff members.

Academic Awards Ceremony Thursday, May 1  – 7 – 8:30 p.m. This ceremony acknowledges faculty-recommended students for their academic achievements. A reception will be held in the Upper Commons following the ceremony.

Pratt Community College Men’s Baseball

  • Friday, April 18 – 2:00 pm – Butler County
  • Saturday, April 19 – 2:00 pm – Butler County
  • Tuesday, April 29 – 4:00 pm – Hutchinson Community

Rolla Rena Public Skate Sessions
Be sure to register for KIDS SKATE FREE at www.kidsskatefree.com

The Chamber will be putting together 88 Welcome Bags for the Miss Kansas contestants, mothers/pageant directors and Miss Teen Kansas contestants.  Please help me extend them a very warm welcome to our beautiful city.  If you would like to make a contribution to the welcome bags or need some ideas, please let me know.  We will need your submissions by May 21st.

Pratt Young Professionals – A vibrant group of Pratt’s young business people (21-40ish) who host a variety of community service, social, and philanthropic events throughout the year. Individuals passionate about their career and the Pratt Community are encouraged to join. Membership applications are available at the Chamber of Commerce office. A few of their upcoming events include:

  • April 24, 2014 – Monthly dinner with host Rochelle Westerhaus at the public library.
  • May 3, 2014 – Spring Community Service Projects: PYP will be out in full force this spring to help out in the community. If any individuals or groups are in need of outdoor services, please contact the Chamber of Commerce to inquire as to how PYP may assist. PYP plans to help with the Downtown Farmer’s Market and has done painting, yard and house clean-up, food drives, and adopt-a-highway for past projects, among others.
  • July 12, 2014 – Movie in the Park event. PYP will once again be showing a movie in conjunction with the downtown sidewalk sale. Movie time starts around dusk

Quarterly Breakfast – Is your business expanding, doing new & inventive things, or you just want to have coffee with your Chamber friends?  The Chamber is looking for a host for our next Quarterly Breakfast to be held in May or June. If you are interested, please let me know. 

 

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We always have a choice in medical decisions, especially at the end of life.

End NotesIf you’ve ever been admitted to the hospital you might realize what a well-oiled machine it is, and must be to function well. Depending on what diagnosis is at play, whether that is illness or pregnancy, there are a series of things that get set in motion the moment someone enters as a patient. There are protocols, which say: if this, do that. Most of the interventions and medications ordered are what people in health care call standard of care, meaning when x is the diagnosis most people get y.

While this system is in place for the patients’ benefit, to limit errors and reduce subjective variance for treatments, there are some negative things that come with this as well. Many of these automatic triggers for treatment can make a patient feel they are on a moving walkway, taking them on a path with only one direction.

I often meet patients and families at the end of this path, by that time frustrated, exhausted, and confused at what all of the treatments and procedures were for. They shrug their shoulders resigned to the corralling; vocalizing their discontent with where they feel the system has taken them.

The truth is, while the system is manufactured to push a certain direction, there is always a choice. Patients and families forget that they can step off of the moving walk at any time. Remember, that our medical world favors autonomy and gives ultimate consent to the patient.

This does not mean it would be wise to make decisions in flippant, uninformed, or in haphazard ways. However, I absolutely advocate for informed discussions on what other alternatives there are, especially for major interventions.

You should feel empowered to say “I know that most people are treated with surgery with this diagnosis, but can we talk about what would happen if we didn’t do surgery” or “They’ve told us our mom will need rehab, frequent doctor visits, labs drawn, and extensive medication management, could you tell us how things would look if chose not to go down that path?”

Many assume that if there are alternatives, that these would have already been discussed or presented. Let me tell you the medical machine is unfortunately not set up in this way, the most common plan of action is what gets recommended and carried out. It takes a bold voice to stop the current and ask “Is there another option?” Just because no one has mentioned another choice, doesn’t mean there isn’t one. You always have a choice.

The choice for what is being done is most important as we near the end of our lives. This is where the path can lead in nearly opposite directions. With hospice, families have chosen to step off the automatic disease centered path and start journeying on the patient centered path. Nothing in hospice is automatic, but instead individual decisions are made, usually with goals of quality of life as paramount.

The medical system excels at what it is designed to do; fix and treat disease in an automatic way. The problem is we are more than mere disease; which is why we should always have the freedom of choice.

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What’s Happening in Pratt

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Pratt Young Professionals – A vibrant group of Pratt’s young business people (21-40ish) who host a variety of community service, social, and philanthropic events throughout the year. Individuals passionate about their career and the Pratt Community are encouraged to join. Membership applications are available at the Chamber of Commerce office. A few of their upcoming events include:

  • April 24, 2014 – Monthly dinner with host Rochelle Westerhaus at the public library.
  • May 3, 2014 – Spring Community Service Projects: PYP will be out in full force this spring to help out in the community. If any individuals or groups are in need of outdoor services, please contact the Chamber of Commerce to inquire as to how PYP may assist. PYP plans to help with the Downtown Farmer’s Market and has done painting, yard and house clean-up, food drives, and adopt-a-highway for past projects, among others.
  • July 12, 2014 – Movie in the Park event. PYP will once again be showing a movie in conjunction with the downtown sidewalk sale. Movie time starts around dusk.

Quarterly Breakfast – Is your business expanding, doing new & inventive things, or you just want to have coffee with your Chamber friends?  The Chamber is looking for a host for our next Quarterly Breakfast to be held in May or June. If you are interested, please let me know.

Knights of Columbus Fish Fry April 11 – 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Knights of Columbus – 1223 N. Main Fish, coleslaw, potato dish, vegetable & bread

Legislative Update & Coffee with Mitch Holmes & Marshall Christmann Saturday, April 19th – 9:00 am Pratt Community College – Riney Student Center, Rooms 312-314

Ribbon Cutting – The Storm Cellar Pub & Grub
Thursday, April 24th – 12 Noon 701 E. First

South Wind Hospice Purse Auction May 17- 11:00 am
Tickets are $25 Contact Joy Schwartz at 620 672-7553

Security in the Workplace Learning Luncheon Tuesday, May 20 – 12:00 Noon Pratt Regional Medical Center – Stanion Room Chuck Clanahan, Kansas Protective Security Advisor/U.S. Department of Homeland Security will be presenting: “See Something, Say Something”, Active Shooter & Cybersecurity Please RSVP to info@prattkansas.org

Pratt Area Humane Society – 2nd Annual Color Me Fun Run Saturday, May 31 – Pratt County Lake 9:00 am www.prattareahs.org Registration is $40

BINGO at Pratt Elks Lodge #1451 – 1103 W. 5th Every Monday beginning at 7:00 pm Entry is free and open to the public.

What’s Happening @ Your Library for March (Pratt Public Library)

  • PreSchool Story Time (ages 3 – 5 years) – Mondays and Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.
  • Toddler Time (ages 0 – 2 years + mom/caregiver) – Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.
  • Tween Tuesdays @ Your Library - April 15 – 3:45 p.m., Watercolor/Crayon Paint
  • After Hours @ Your Library – Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. April 15 – Artist Talk with Neil Goss
  • K-4 Fun @ Your Library – Every Thursday after school from 4 – 4:45 p.m. April 17 – Tin Can Trains
  • Tech Thursdays – 5:30 pm April 17 – Windows Laptop Basic Class

Pratt Community College Join Pratt Community College “Under the Big Top” on April 25th   The carnival of excitement includes dinner, raffles, a silent auction and a live auction, as well as a thrilling performance by PCC’s own vocal ensemble, Encore! Tickets are $25 for individuals and $40 for couples. Tickets will be sold beforehand and at the door, but seating is limited. Reserve your tickets by contacting Foundation Director Ann Ruder or calling 620-450-2179.

 Patrick Jones, PCC freshman and accomplished pianist, will perform a piano concert and some of his friends will join in for a great afternoon of music!  Several different styles! Carpenter Auditorium Suggested donation  $5

PCC Women’s Softball -Tuesday, April 15 – 1:00 pm – Hesston Colllege

PCC Men’s Baseball Tuesday, April 15 – 4:00 pm – Cowley College Friday, April 18 – 2:00 pm – Butler County, Saturday, April 19 – 2:00 pm – Butler County

Rolla Rena Public Skate Sessions Be sure to register for KIDS SKATE FREE at www.kidsskatefree.com

  • New After School Skate session! Wednesdays, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., $5 per skater, all skaters welcome. (Kids Skate Free passes are accepted for this session.)
  • Upcoming special sessions Easter weekend!  Good Friday skate: come see the Easter Bunny, get your picture taken with him and pick a lucky prize egg from his basket!  1:00-5:00 $8.00 includes quad rental skates & free drink at snack bar. & prize egg!!
  • Friday 7:00-10:00 pm, Saturday 2:00-10:00 pm – $6.00 admission + $1.00 skate rental
  • Also open Monday, April 21st - schools out skate day. Open to all ages. 1:00 – 5:00 pm $8.00 includes quad rental skates & free drink at snack bar!!
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