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Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine St. Mary’s Medical Center Earns Recognition

clock August 1, 2013 11:21 by author Jeff Quibell

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

July 29, 2013                                                

Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine 

St. Mary’s Medical Center Earns Recognition


Blue Springs, Mo.– The Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at St. Mary’s Medical Center has recently earned recognition from two separate organizations for patient satisfaction and success in healing.

The center was named a “Center of Distinction” by Healogics, a national wound care management company. To be named a Center of Distinction, centers must attain greater than 90 percent in patient satisfaction and healing outcomes must be over 90 percent.

The center at St. Mary’s also earned a 5-Star Excellence in Healthcare Award from Professional Research Consultants (PRC) and was named a Top Performer in quality ratings from patients. The awards are based on the question to patients, “Overall, how would you rate the quality of care?” The center at St. Mary’s scored in the 100th percentile on that question for all of 2012.

Associated with inadequate circulation, poorly functioning veins, and immobility, non-healing wounds occur most frequently in the elderly and in people with diabetes and other diseases. When wounds resist conventional treatment, a specialized approach is required for healing.

“These awards are a reflection of the great team we have in the center,” says Scott Kujath, MD, FACS, Medical Director of the Wound Care Center. Kujath is a board-certified in vascular surgery and hyperbaric medicine. “Many on our team have been with the center since it opened 10 years ago. Our staff continually works on improving outcomes and is one of the few in the area accredited by the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society.”

St. Mary’s Medical Center is a 146-bed hospital providing a wide range of acute care and outpatient services from a
24-hour emergency department to state-of-the-art cardiovascular care. St. Mary’s has earned the Magnet designation from The American Nurses Credentialing Center for excellence in nursing. Key services include the Carondelet Heart Institute, Women’s Health Institute and Joint and Spine Institute. Consistent with its mission, St. Mary’s provides compassionate, quality healthcare with a special concern for the poor. For more information, visit

Correction of the facts regarding how Blue Springs has funded Ambulance Service over the years

clock July 17, 2013 12:54 by author Jeff Quibell

Following the distribution of my July 17, 2013 Newsletter, Councilman Fowler contacted me to let me know that I had misstated the information in his motion that I referred to in my newsletter. He is correct, I said he was talking about a sales tax, his motion was regarding the city’s property tax. The remainder of my comments remains accurate as to how I viewed his motion.

What are the facts regarding how Blue Springs has funded Ambulance Service over the years?

clock July 17, 2013 05:00 by author Jeff Quibell

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In 1974 the city passed a general sales tax.  The ballot language was as follows:

“Shall the sales tax ordinance be approved?

Ordinance No. 760 of the City of Blue Springs, Missouri, passed September 19, 1974, imposing a city sales tax at the rate of one percent (1%) on the receipts from the sale at retail of all tangible personal property or taxable services at retail if such property and services are subject to the sales tax imposed by the State of Missouri, for a period of five (5) years.”

In 1979 the ballot language for renewal was as follows:

“Shall the City’s 1% sales tax be retained?”

Both ballot measures were approved.  Over the years the city has added and removed many services that are/were paid for by the 1% general sales tax.  But as you can see, there is no dedicated tax for ambulance service in Blue Springs and there never has been.

Councilman Ron Fowler’s motion at a recent council meeting did not adequately define what amount he would remove from the general sales tax that currently only provides a partial subsidy for the ambulance service in Blue Springs.  His motion also did not make a persuasive case for adjusting the sales tax because the tax is not dedicated to the purpose we were discussing and changes in revenue distribution occur every year within our general budget.  As the needs of the city change the Council must have the flexibility to adjust funding to meet those needs.

For many years the City of Blue Springs has held the ambulance license for the entire area that is covered by Central Jackson County Fire Protection District (CJC), including areas outside the city limits.  We contract ambulance service to CJC and subsidize the service.  Until recently the city collected the fees billed to the users of the ambulance and our taxpayers subsidized any short fall out of our general fund.  There is no dedicated funding source for ambulance service.  In addition, when we subsidize this service we are doing it for areas of unincorporated Jackson County, Grain Valley, and Lake Tapawingo at no direct cost to them.  The City of Blue Springs is the only entity responsible for the subsidy.

Blue Springs has agreed to transfer the ambulance license to CJC and the issue on the ballot is how CJC is proposing to eliminate the Blue Springs subsidy.  When we transferred the license to CJC recently we also transferred the user payments to them as well.  The end result will be all of us in the CJC district will contribute directly to the service we receive including the County, Grain Valley, and Lake Tapawingo residents.  This allows money that currently subsidizes the ambulance service to be redirected to meeting needs in the Blue Springs community.

If the issue fails to pass, the license will transfer back to Blue Springs along with the fee revenue.  Things would then return to as they were before we transferred the license to CJC.   If this happens, the city will have to look at alternatives, but our options are not set in stone.  We believe the CJC provides the best service in the area and the best way to continue to receive that level of service is for it to be fully under their control.

Finally Blue Springs at 2% continues to have one of the lowest city sales tax rates in the metropolitan area. In recent years the City has also fixed our sales tax leakage problems by encouraging new retail developments in our city. Because of this, some of our sales tax revenue is paid by shoppers from outside our city. It is great to have these low tax rates and to be able to continue to provide quality services to our citizens!

I would encourage you to support CJC’s ballot issue in August and share this information with your friends. Thank you for the opportunity to be of service!

Jeff Quibell
District 1 Councilman
City of Blue Springs

Blue Springs Kiwanis Supports CJCFPD Levy to be voted on April 6th

clock July 16, 2013 15:55 by author Jeff Quibell

By a unanimous vote today the Kiwanis Club of Blue Springs voted to endorse the EJC Fire Protection District Levy to be voted on Aug 6th.

If you’d like more info click the link below.

Going Country for Jackson County Family Week

clock April 9, 2013 16:00 by author Jeff Quibell

St. Mary's Health Fair

Join us!

Health Screenings & Information

  • Cholesterol checks (fasting or non-fasting-first 60 people)
  • Blood pressure
  • Blood sugar
  • Bone density
  • Carotid doppler screenings (limited availability - sign up at fair for an appointment)
  • Stroke risk assessment
  • Sleep assessment
  • Foot screening
  • Balance testing
  • Grip strength testing

Other Activities

  • American Cancer Society's Epic Colon
  • Petting zoo
  • Pony rides
  • Face painting
  • Farmers market

Retreat Transforms Lives

clock February 14, 2013 11:59 by author Jeff Quibell

News from the Cincinnati Shriners for Children Hospital

St. Mary’s Medical Center Hosts Healthy Heart Celebration

clock February 5, 2013 15:42 by author Jeff Quibell

For immediate release

February 5, 2013                                                                         Contact:  Cyndi Fahrlander 816-943-2565

St. Mary’s Medical Center Hosts

Healthy Heart Celebration


Kansas City, Mo. – You may already know that dark chocolate and red wine are good for your heart—that’s just one reason to celebrate Heart Month at St. Mary’s Medical Center. The No. 1 reason to celebrate heart month is learning about heart health to enjoy a longer life with those you love.

Enjoy an evening with friends at St. Mary’s Healthy Heart Celebration, Thursday, February 21, 6-8 p.m.,

in the Education Center at St. Mary’s.

There will be a heart healthy cooking demonstration, an educational presentation from St. Mary’s Stroke Navigator and a fashion show featuring the color of the month—RED—and the new spring line from

Dress Barn.

            6      p.m.         Social Time—with light hors d’oeuvres and beverages

            6:30 p.m.         Save Your Heart; Save Your Brain—Angela Hawkins, Stroke Navigator

            7      p.m.         Heart Healthy Cooking Demonstration

            7:30 p.m.         Fashion Show—featuring Dress Barn of Blue Springs

            8      p.m.         Door Prizes

The event is free, but registration is limited. Call 816-228-3335 to make your reservation.


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Carondelet Heart Institute Earns Echocardiography Accreditation

clock January 2, 2013 16:16 by author Jeff Quibell

For immediate release

January 2, 2013                                                                                Contact: Cyndi Fahrlander 816-943-2565

Carondelet Heart Institute

Earns Echocardiography Accreditation

Kansas City, Mo.—The Carondelet Heart Institute has earned a three-year accreditation in echocardiography by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).

The inpatient and outpatient services for the Carondelet Heart Institute at St. Joseph Medical Center, St. Mary’s Medical Center and its Lee’s Summit clinic all earned the accreditation in the area of Adult Transthoracic and Adult Transesophageal. It shows the Carondelet Heart Institute has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts. The accreditation is earned only by those facilites found to be providing quality patient care, in compliance with national standards through a conprehensive application process and detailed case study review.

Echocardiography is a painless tests that uses sound waves to create moving pictures of the heart. The skill of the sonographer, the type of the equipment used, and the knowledge of the interpreting physician are critical to quality testing. In earning the accrediation, patients coming to the Carondelet Heart Institute can rest assured the facility has been carefully critiqued on all aspects of its operations.

“The accredition is a ‘seal of approval’ from the commission,” says Amy Mehaffy, Director of Cardiology Services for Carondelet Health. “Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S. Echocardiography is one of the tools we use to diagnose heart disease and patients coming to the Carondelet Heart Institute can know they can rely on us.”

The IAC encourages patients to inquire about the accreditation status of the facility where their examinations will be performed.

Cyndi Fahrlander

Sr. Marketing and Communications Specialist

Carondelet Health

816-943-2565 (St. Joseph)

816-655-5361 (St. Mary’s)

Weekend Activities in Blue Springs 10/16-10/28 plus 5k Run/Walk Coming Soon!

clock October 25, 2012 14:58 by author Jeff Quibell

Blue Springs Farmers Market – Saturday, Oct 27 from 7 a.m. to noon in downtown Blue Springs.  Home grown fruits, vegetables, meats and other items for sale locally grown or made by hand.

Trick or Treat Main Street – Saturday, Oct 27 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Downtown Blue Springs.  Mini Parade at 10 a.m. Trick or Treating, games, Haunted Maze & inflatable following.

“Boo” Springs Trick or Treat Night Wednesday, 10/31, 6 – 8 p.m. at Vesper Hall, 400 NW Vesper Street. Trick or Treating, crafts, not-so-spooky room for kids 10 and under.

Centennial Pool – Open Saturday, Oct 27 for lap swimming 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. The pool is located at 2401 NW Ashton Drive.

Adams Pointe Golf Club – 1601 NE RD Mize Road. 18-hole championship course and a practice facility. Call (816) 220-3673 for daily fees and a Tee Time.



For additional information visit or call the Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department at (816) 228-0137