Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Rob Matt, Vice President of Hancock Regional Hospital delivered his second annual report about the current state of Hancock Regional Hospital and the current events in hospitals in general to Greenfield Kiwanis. Matt spoke of several current trends and projects:
· The goal to provide a seamless stream of care during a health care encounter rather than several beginnings and endings as a patient moves between departments of the hospital or from one doctor to another.
· Development of a long term acute care facility to serve the eastern region of the state
· Providing care to those who are underinsured or uninsured
· Compliance with the Health Care Act
· Providing oncology care locally
During questions Matt also addressed the process for recruiting and retaining medical professionals and the use of hospitalists. Further information can be found on the hospital website at http://www.hancockregionalhospital.org
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
State Representative Bob Cherry reported to the Kiwanis Club on the recently completed legislative session. Cherry is the House Budget Sub-Committee Chair on the Ways and Means Committee, a position that places him in charge of the main budget bills during the session.
The biennial budget adopted provides:
· An additional $215 million per year for state and local roads and bridges.
· 2% increase in K-12 funding for 2014.
· The largest tax cut in history by reducing income tax by 5% , eliminating the inheritance tax, and reducing financial institutions and corporate income taxes.
In addition to the budget Vocational education was enhanced by the creation of the Indiana Career Council. Another bill enhances the college and career readiness of graduating high school students with college and career readiness assessment. The Farmland Tax Relief Act will save famers an estimated $57 million is property taxes.
Greenfield Kiwanis President Scott Kleine stands next to the Greenfield-Central Moonbuggy, Dark Matter that competed in The 20th Annual Great Moonbuggy Race held April 25 - 27, 2013 in Huntsville, Alabama, at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Students were required to design a vehicle that addresses a series of engineering problems that are similar to problems faced by the original Moonbuggy team.
Kiwanis members contributed $431 to the expenses of the competition. Scott Kleine, Kiwanis President, race car designer and machinist provided technical assistance to the team.
Friday, May 3, 2013
Tom Roney, owner of Tuttle Orchard spoke to Kiwanis about the orchard and its operations. Tuttle Orchard was started as an apple orchard in 1928 by Mr. Roney’s grandfather. The orchard now grows over 50 acres of vegetables including sweet corn, and pumpkins. Tomatoes, peppers and squash are grown in a greenhouse. The farm market which features their locally grown produce also has some specialty products purchased from other suppliers. The market is open daily except for Sundays year round.
Spring and fall are special times at the orchard with flowers and vegetable plants available for sale. Annuals, perennials, and vegetable plants are available in the spring from April 25 to June 30. Fresh produce is available starting June 10 with tomatoes. Apples are available beginning in July 5. Up to date availability can be obtained from their website at www.tuttleorchards.com .
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