Healthcare Notes for June 24, 2008

By Erin Wisdom, St. Joseph News-Press, Mo.

Jun. 24–Nursing home pageant names queen

The Ms. Missouri Nursing Home Pageant was held recently at Terrible’s Frontier Casino in St. Joseph.

The pageant is sponsored every year by the Missouri Health Care Association. The association’s second district, in Northwest Missouri, has approximately 35 member facilities. There were 13 queen candidates in attendance.

The winner was Lucille Benne from Tiffany Heights nursing home in Mound City, Mo. First runner-up was Vernace Gott of Oregon Care Center in Oregon, Mo. The winners will compete in August at the statewide pageant in Branson, Mo.

Auxiliary awards scholarships

The Hedrick Medical Center Auxiliary recently awarded $500 scholarships to Sarah McCumber, Amy Patel and Amber Parker, all of Chillicothe, Mo., Sadie Jones, Taylor Cox and Alana Tolle of Trenton, Mo., Deanna Peck of Newtown, Mo., and Elizabeth McMahon of Gilman City, Mo.

Auxiliary scholarships are awarded once a year with a May 15 application deadline. The Auxiliary scholarship program began in June of 1998. To date, 90 $500 scholarships have been awarded for a total of $45,000.

The HMC Auxiliary Scholarship Fund was established for the purpose of encouraging qualified individuals to pursue or to enrich a career in the health care field. For information on scholarships, contact the Hedrick Medical Center Human Resources department at (660) 646-1480.

Donations will help St. Joseph man in need of lung transplant

Good health is something often taken for granted until it becomes threatened. Joe Campbell of St. Joseph knows this, as that is what happened to him.

In 2004, Joe developed respiratory problems. Many tests later, he was diagnosed with bronchiectasis. To make matters worse, doctors discovered the bottom portion of his left lung was not functioning. This led him to being placed on numerous medications and requires him to use oxygen 24 hours a day.

Working with his doctors to find a solution, a lung transplant became the focus of his future. After a weeklong evaluation at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, the determination was that Joe required a double lung transplant.

To help defray those expenses not covered by insurance, a fundraising campaign has been established in Joe’s honor with the National Transplant Assistance Fund (NTAF).

NTAF is a nonprofit organization that has been assisting the transplant community for over 20 years. All donations are tax-deductible and are administered for transplant expenses only. If you wish to make a donation, make checks payable to NTAF and note in the memo section “In Honor of Joe Campbell.” Please send to NTAF, 150 N. Radnor Chester RD, Suite F-120 Radnor, PA 19087.

St. Joseph woman to walk in mother’s memory

Allison (Fernelius) Smothers of St. Joseph, whose mother, Kathleen, lost her life to breast cancer, is raising funds to participate in the Breast Cancer 3 Day in Minneapolis, Minn., Sept. 19-21.

Participants in this event walk an average of 20 miles each day to reach their goal of 60 miles total and have to raise $2,200 each in order to do the walk. Allison and her teammates will be walking in memory of her mother.

Anyone interested in donating to Allison’s fund to help her reach this goal can contact her at (816) 341-1639. To learn more about the event, visit

Car wash will benefit Cliff Akins

A car wash will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 29 at Auto Zone, 520 S. Belt Highway, to raise money for the Cliff Akins cancer fund, which has been established to pay for chemotherapy for the area resident. Payment will be by donation only, and volunteers are needed to help wash cars.

Donations also may be made to the fund at all area Nodaway Valley Bank locations. For more information, call 324-0322 or 244-1236.

Fundraisers will help Hayden Wion

Upcoming fundraisers to benefit Hayden Wion include a car wash and garage sale.

His family continues to seek donations, which can be made by contacting Tommie Haeberle at 617-3084, by contributing to donation buckets at Speedy’s No. 7, Barbosa’s Castillo and Blockbuster or by giving money at any Nodaway Valley Bank. The trust is under Larry and Hayden Wion.

Hayden’s family thanks everyone who has helped them raise $7,500 so far.

Lifestyles reporter Erin Wisdom can be reached at [email protected]


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