News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

Oncologist Joins St. Mary’s Medical Center

clock August 7, 2012 16:51 by author Jeff Quibell

For immediate release Contact: Cyndi Fahrlander, 816-943-2565

Oncologist Joins
St. Mary’s Medical Center

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Blue Springs, Mo.– David Bouda, MD, recently joined the medical staff at St. Mary’s Medical Center. Dr. Bouda is board-certified in internal medicine and medical oncology. He specializes in hematology and oncology.

Dr. Bouda earned his medical degree at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in San Antonio, TX. Dr. Bouda completed his fellowship in hematology/oncology at the University of Texas Health Science Center.

Dr. Bouda is practicing with Midwest Cancer Care in Kansas City, Mo.

St. Mary’s Medical Center is an active organization in the community offering our patients a caring environment with a wide range of services and expertise. With 146 licensed beds and over 340 active physicians, U.S. News and World Report named St. Mary’s one of the 10 best hospitals in Kansas City.

St. Mary’s is the only hospital in eastern Jackson County earning the Magnet Designation for excellence in nursing care. St. Mary’s also offers a full range of services for women. This includes the Women’s Health Institute composed of the Birthing Center, the first in Missouri, and the Breast Center, complete with Certified Breast Patient Navigators for more personal patient care.

Carondelet Heart Institute at St. Mary’s provides 24-hour cardiac care, diagnostics and interventions. In a National Quality Award, St. Mary’s was named
top performer.


Calling all photographers!–The Blue Springs Historical Society is holding a depot photo contest.

clock July 23, 2012 17:02 by author Jeff Quibell

BLUE SPRINGS HISTORICAL SOCIETY, INC.

Contact: Mary Potter                                                                          FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 20, 2012                                                                         

Cell Phone: 816-797-4870

Email: MPotterEducation@comcast.net

Blue Springs, Missouri – Calling all photographers!  The Blue Springs Historical Society is holding a depot photo contest.  The calendar will tell the story of the depot from the Save Our Depot rally in front of the depot, July 28, 2011, moving day, June 29, 2012 and today at its new home in Central Park.

Only color photos may be submitted using a minimum of 4 megapixel camera with a 300 dpi.  Contestants may submit a maximum of five (5) photos with a maximum of two (2) photos to be included in the calendar. The photographer should submit a caption for each photo submitted along with their contact information.  The winning photographers will receive recognition in the caption of their picture and a free calendar.  The Blue Springs Historical Society has set Friday, August 17, 2012, as the deadline to receive photos.  All submitted photos become the property of the Blue Springs Historical Society.  The December 2012 through December 2013 calendar will go on sale in September. Photos and their information may be emailed to Michele Cole at mcole1213@comcast.net or mailed to Blue Springs Historical Society, P.O. Box 762, Blue Springs, MO 64013 with attention Michele Cole.   

Twenty-six supporters of the Save Our Depot, move and restoration, are being given the opportunity of advertising at the bottom of a month.  There will be two advertisements on each of the 13 months.  The size of an ad is 1 1/3” x 5” width with a cost of $75.00.

Mary Potter, Blue Springs Historical Society, president and chair of Save Our Depot, said, “This calendar will become a part of our city’s history by recording the story of our community’s efforts to save a small but significant piece of our history.”  

Contacts:

Michele Cole, Photo Contest Chair, mcole1213@comcast.net or 816.229.1065

Mary Potter, Advertising Supporter Chair, MPotterEducation@comcast.net or 816.797.4870


Did you know that Blue Springs has its own Central Park?

clock June 28, 2012 15:30 by author Jeff Quibell

This undeveloped gem nestled in our downtown district will soon be the home of a historic building, thanks to the generous donations of local Blue Springs residents and the tenacious efforts of the Blue Springs Historical Society. Over the past year the Blue Springs Historical Society, in conjunction with the City of Blue Springs and the Kansas City Southern Railroad, have raised funds and gathered support to save our downtown train depot from demolition. On July 29th at 10am, the depot will begin its move down Main Street to its new home in Central Park. If you would like to participate in the celebration of the saving of our depot, join us on Main Street Friday morning and join the parade as we escort the depot to its new home.

Also located in Central Park is the city’s first Community Garden. A part of the Let’s Move initiative, the city provided the park land and infrastructure for the garden, and collaborated with StandUp! Blue Springs to manage and implement this exciting new amenity for our residents. The following pictures show the success of the garden.

It’s hard to dispute, when Blue Springs residents set their minds to accomplishing a goal, exciting things happen!

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GAGE Center Great American Gymnastic Express Hosts Olympic Send Off Meet on Friday

clock June 21, 2012 09:07 by author Jeff Quibell

You're Invited! Dragon gymnasts, Brenna Dowell and Sarah Finnegan are counting down the days until they leave for the Olympic Trials in San Jose, CA. GAGE will host a "Send Off Meet" and we need lots of spectators to give them the "Olympic-SIZE crowd" feel! We would like all of our GAGE family, friends and fans to join us as we cheer for these two talented gymnasts. Friday, June 22 at 5:30 pm admission is free!

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St. Joseph and St. Mary’s Medical Centers Earn National Healthcare Awards

clock June 19, 2012 15:38 by author Jeff Quibell

For immediate release Contact: Cyndi Fahrlander 816-943-2565

St. Joseph and St. Mary’s Medical Centers
Earn National Healthcare Awards

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Kansas City, Mo. St. Joseph and St. Mary’s Medical Centers have earned prestigious honors in Professional Research Consultants’ (PRC) 2011 National Excellence in Healthcare Awards. PRC presented Five-Star Patient Perception Awards to the 2 North cardiac/telemetry unit and Mammography at St. Joseph, and the 3 West medical/surgical unit and the Birthing Center at St. Mary’s.

Five-Star Patient Perception Awards are awarded to hospital service lines that scored in the top 10 percent nationally in 2011 based on the percentage of patients who rated the units as “Excellent” for Overall Quality of Care questions.

“We are honored to be recognized among the best in the nation in patient perception of care,” said Ginger Bliss, the Carondelet Health executive with organizational responsibility for the customer experience. “Every day our nurses and staff work diligently to ensure our patients have the best experience possible. This award is a reflection of their commitment and dedication to exceeding our patients’ expectations.”

Carondelet Health consists of two acute care hospitals and three long-term care facilities. With 450 beds and 900 physicians on staff combined, St. Joseph and St. Mary’s Medical Centers offer quality patient care to the Kansas City area. Both acute care facilities have earned Magnet Designation for excellence in nursing care and offer a Breast Center, Birthing Center and Carondelet Heart Institute. Consistent with our mission, Carondelet Health provides compassionate, quality health care and has a special concern for those in financial distress. Carondelet Home Care Services have been named the top in the U.S. Visit Carondelet Health on the Web at carondelethealth.org.


Corks & Canvas Art & Wine Walk–June 23rd

clock June 18, 2012 15:35 by author Jeff Quibell

Friends, Romans, And Countrymen,

    I wanted to bring to your attention a special event coming to Downtown Blue Springs this weekend (Saturday, June 23, 2012, from 2 PM until 8 PM). My friend, Bonnie Hutchcroft, the owner of Hattey's on Main,  has asked me to be her "Artist in Residence" for the Corks and Canvas Art Show (think of the Crossroads District First Fridays but for Blue Springs--and without the long walks, parking dilemma, tall buildings, etc., and, of course, you might also add "without professional artists,"  given yours truly as a participant).   Bonnie and I will display a number of projects (both completed and in-progress) for your amusement. There will also be a select amount of reproductions for sale at affordable prices, a portion of the proceeds from which will go to Downtown Alive, the organizational effort to maintain the quality of life and business at the historic core of Blue Springs. Rest assured that there will be much more art to see along Main Street, too!  I have attached a flyer providing further details. (

) Bonnie and I hope you will stop by 1005  W. Main for visit on Saturday, June 23!

K.im M. Roam
Attorney at Law
601 NW Jefferson Street
Post Office Box 550
Blue Springs, Missouri 64013-0550

Phone: 816.229.8121
Fax: 816.229.0802
kroam@orrf-law.com

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June 23, 2012 from 2pm until 8pm Downtown Blue Springs will host Corks and Canvas. Our friend Kim Roam has agreed to be Hatteys on Main Guest Artist. Kim is known locally and has been recognized nationally for his incredible artwork, one of which is signed by the late Jimmy Stewart who Kim depicted in one of his drawings. Kim will be displaying a number of projects both completed and in progress. There will also be a select amount of reproductions for sale at affordable prices... a portion of the proceeds will go to Downtown Alive, the organizational effort to maintain the historic core of Blue Springs. We are so honored that Kim has agreed to participate and share his unbelievable talent and wonderful sense of humor.
To use Kim's words "think of the Crossroads District, First Fridays, but for Blue Springs...without the long walks, parking dilemma, tall buildings, etc. etc. etc." Come for an afternoon and evening of strolling through Blue Springs Downtown enjoying wine samples and artists in many of the shops and different venues. I have attached a flyer for Corks and Canvas... (

) an event you will not want to miss. Come enjoy a glass of wine and other beverages... share and enjoy our excitement of presenting Kim Roam. 
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The Hatteys

Hatteys on Main

1005 W Main

Blue Springs, Mo 64015

Estate Sales by Bonnie & Son


Blue Springs Kids Triathlon Needs You!

clock June 5, 2012 17:13 by author Jeff Quibell

Blue Springs

Kids Triathlon Needs You!

The very first Blue Springs Kids Triathlon that will happen on Saturday morning, June 16, 2012 needs help. Volunteers do not need to be triathlon or race experts; roles include packet stuffing, packet pick-up, parking attendants, course monitors/cheerers, race timers, set-up, clean-up, and more.

There will be a volunteer training on Thursday, June 7 at 7:00pm to provide an understanding of the event, course and specific volunteer responsibilities.

If you can help, please contact Brandon Martin as soon as possible at BMartin@BSSD.net

It's not too late to register your child/grandchild/niece or nephew.

Don't let them miss out on this fun, fitness event! 

Click here for more info and to register.

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Let's Move! Blue Springs / PO Box 614 / Blue Springs, Missouri 64013 / 816-478-4500

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BLUE SPRINGS HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S 4TH ANNUAL GARDEN TOUR ~ 2012

clock June 5, 2012 16:26 by author Jeff Quibell

Contact: Mary Potter

Phone: 816-797-4870
Email: MPotterEducation@comcast.net
WHO: Blue Springs Historical Society
WHAT: 4th Annual Garden Tour
WHEN: Saturday, June 16, 2012
TIME: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
WHERE: Gardens in Blue Springs

The Blue Springs Historical Society’s 4th Annual Garden Tour features 6 unique and colorful Blue Springs gardens. The self guided event will be from 10:00 am through 5 pm. Tickets may be purchased for $10.00 from Ben’s Lawn and Garden, Petals & Potpourri, Meyer Music, Memories on Mainer person Tea Room-Café, Special Events, Village Gardens, The Yellow Strawberry and www.BlueSpringsHistory.org by using PayPal. On June 16th, tickets may be purchased at any of the gardens for $12.00 per person.

The gardens include flower and vegetables along a creek, Jack and Penny Gilliland; Carol and Jeff Journagan’s gardens that reflect the Frank Lloyd Wright style of their home; an English Garden atop a bluff with a woodland feel, Betty Parker; Reggie and Linda Day’s Japanese or Zen influenced gardens; Jim and Melinda Jones garden whose features include lilies, hibiscus and bubbling water fountains; the 1906 Educational Heritage Garden on the Dillingham-Lewis Museum grounds features a pergola, picket fence and arbor with heirloom rose while the sun garden, takes you back to simpler flowers. While at the Museum, please take time to enjoy the lemonade and light refreshments.

For more information contact: Debbie Schnakenberg 229-7434 or

Kenna White 228-8488 or Mary Potter Cell-797-4870


St. Mary’s Medical Center Designated Breast Imaging Center of Excellence

clock June 5, 2012 16:23 by author Jeff Quibell

For immediate release

Contact: Cyndi Fahrlander 816-943-2565

Blue Springs, Mo.– The Breast Center at St. Mary’s Medical Center has been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR). This prestigious designation means the Breast Center at St. Mary’s has earned accreditation in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy and breast ultrasound (including ultrasound-guided breast biopsy).

“The Breast Center at St. Mary’s is proud of our dedication to meeting the most stringent standards of quality care,” said Annette Small, CEO. “This accreditation is a reflection of why St. Mary’s has built a reputation for outstanding breast health care.”

The Center of Excellence designation was awarded after St. Mary’s undertook an extensive evaluation process, which included a thorough peer-review by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. The evaluation determined that St. Mary’s has achieved high practice standards in image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs.

“Only facilities that adhere to the highest practice standards are designated as Centers of Excellence, and now that St. Mary’s is among that elite group our patients can have confidence that they are receiving care from highly experienced experts in the field,” said Colleen Johnson, Regional Director of the Breast Center.

“The Breast Center at St. Mary’s has always been known for providing the highest quality, compassionate care,” said Richard Kuckelman, MD, in the Breast Center at St. Mary’s. “This new accreditation recognizes that our Breast Center is also among the best in the nation in terms of providing the safest imaging and interventional procedures available."

St. Mary’s Medical Center is an active organization in the community offering our patients a caring environment with a wide range of services and expertise. With 146 licensed beds and over 340 active physicians, U.S. News and World Report named St. Mary’s one of the 10 best hospitals in Kansas City.

St. Mary’s is the only hospital in eastern Jackson County earning the Magnet Designation for excellence in nursing care. St. Mary’s also offers a full range of services for women. This includes the Women’s Health Institute composed of the Birthing Center, the first in Missouri, and the Breast Center, complete with Certified Breast Patient Navigators for more personal patient care.

Carondelet Heart Institute at St. Mary’s provides 24-hour cardiac care, diagnostics and interventions. In a National Quality Award, St. Mary’s was named top performer.