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Re-resistration required for SHRM conference

Re-resistration required for SHRM conference

If you have already registered for the 2014 Society for Human Resource Mangement of Southwest Kansas Business Leadership Conference, you will need to register again.

A problem with the website's online registration program has been discovered. The glitch has been fixed, but pre-registrants will need to register again at, or send an email to Beysi Carter at and she will send you an invoice.

The conference features international speaker Margeret Moford. Her talk, "What Eagles Dare," focuses on the critical difference between managing and leading. She will also conduct a session called, "Once Upon a time," which uses storytelling skills to build core values, communicate ethics, inspire teamwork and develop a positive culture.

The conference is from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 7 at Garden City Community College in the Academic Building Lecture Hall, 801 Campus Drive in Garden City. It is certified for 5.5 General recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, GPHR recertification through the HR certification institute.

Deadline to register is Aug. 1. Cost is $80 non members and $65 for members. Payment may be sent to SHRM of SWKS, PO Box 2401, Garden City, KS 67846. The fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, snacks and conference materials.

Upcoming Chamber events announced

Tickets will be available Aug. 1 for the Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce's Around the World wine tasting event, set for Sept. 20 in the Clarion Inn Ballroom. The cost is $55 each, and the first 100 purchases receive a souvenir wine glass commemorating the event. Tickets will be available from the chamber office at 1511 E. Fulton Terrace or from Classy Looks, 605 N. Eighth St. and EWE Specialities, 1008 W. Mary St. Sponsorship packages are still available. Call the chamber at 275- 276-3264.

This month's breakfast is being sponsored by St. Catherine Hospital and Finney County Community Health Coaltion on July 16 at The Golf Club at Southwind. Business After Hours will be 5 to 6:30 p.m. July 24 with Miles of Smiles, 901 W. Maple St., west of Main and South of the Railroad tracks.

Renewal time nears for Conservation Stewardship participants

The first wave of participants in the Conservation Stewardship Program have from July 11 to Sept. 12 to renew their contracts and make decisions on additional conservation activites to benefit priority natural resource issues.

CSP is offered by the US Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service and is a Farm Bill program to help farmers and rancehers take conservation investments to the next level.

About 20,000 CSP contracts are nearing the end of their five-year contract period and may be renewed for an additional five years, where participants agree to take additional conservation measures.

"CSP farmers are conservation leaders and go the extra mile to conserve our nation's resources," NRCS State Conservationist Eric B. Banks said. "The 2014 Farm Bill continued that strong commitment and heightened the program's focus on generating conservation benefits. Since CSP began in 2009, more than 3.3 million acres have been enrolled in the program in Kansas."

To learn about technical and financial assistance available through CSP, visit, or your local USDA service center.

St. Catherine Hospital's respiratory program earns recognition

St. Catherine Hospital has earned Quality Respiratory Care Recognition under a national program aimed at helping patients and families make informed decisions about the quality of the respiratory care services available in hospitals.

About 15 percent of hospitals in the US have received this award, and St. Catherine is one of eight hospitals in Kansas to earn the recognition.

"The St. Catherine respiratory therapy team is devoted to providing exceptional care that meets or exceeds national standards and guidelines, and this achievement confirms our commitment to quality outcomes, said Scott Taylor, president CEO. We are honored to have earned Quality Respiratory Care Recognition as this helps patients make an informed decision when choosing a hospital. I would specifically like to thank and congratulate the cardiopulmonary staff and leadership for their dedication to compassionate, quality care as evidenced by this award."

To qualify for the recognition, hospitals must meet certain standards, including 24-hour respiratory therapist availability, all of whom are either legally recognized by the state or hold the CRT or RRT credential. A doctor of medicine or osteopathy must also serve as the medical director of the respiratory care services.

Respiratory therapists are trained to provide a wide range of breathing treatments and other services to those with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, lung cancer, AIDS and other lung or lung-related conditions. They also care for premature infants and are key members of lifesaving response teams charged with handling medical emergencies.

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