News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

March with the Mayor–3rd Annual Downtown Walk

clock March 14, 2011 16:05 by author Jeff Quibell


Blue Springs is a community that believes in staying healthy and being physically fit. Better health leads to a better life filled with less stress, anxiety and health-related issues. Additionally, experts say that 30 minutes of daily movement helps promote increased wellness and a heart-healthy lifestyle.
To celebrate the arrival of Spring and Blue Springs' recent designation as a Let's Move! city, join Mayor Carson Ross and members of the Blue Springs community in the Third Annual March with the Mayor.  This is a one-mile lunch hour walk through downtown Blue Springs to promote the positive results of better health, and to keep our community on the march toward being more physically active,
The walk begins on March 25th in front of City Hall, 903 W. Main Street; welcome and stretching begins at noon and the walk begins at 12:15. 
This March is the first in a series of Let's Move! Blue Springs events.  For information on upcoming events, visit

Just a reminder that this is the last week to register for the Blue Springs spring softball program

clock March 14, 2011 12:18 by author Jeff Quibell

News from the City of Blue Springs



903 W Main Street Blue Springs, MO 64015 |  P: 816.228.0137 |  F: 816.228.7592 | 

Just a reminder that this is the last week to register for the spring softball program.  Attached is league information and registration form.  Registration can be taken over the phone with Visa, Discover or MasterCard at 816-228-0137 or fax your registration information to 816-228-7592.  Leagues are filling up fast, so call today!
For questions or more information, call Parks and Recreation at (816) 228-0137.


City of Blue Springs to consider becoming a Let’s Move! city

clock March 7, 2011 07:55 by author Jeff Quibell





903 W. Main Street, Blue Springs, MO 64015 — P: 816.228.0110 — F: 816.228.7592 —


DATE: March 6, 2011

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449


City of Blue Springs to consider becoming a Let’s Move! city

with special guest, Judy Baker, regional director of the US Department of

Health and Human Services (HHS)

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – On Monday, March 7, the Blue Springs City Council will hear a presentation from Judy Baker about First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative. This initiative was created by the First Lady and the Department of Health and Human Services as part of the nation’s effort to raise a healthier generation of children. The City Council Meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Howard Brown Public Safety Building, 1100 SW Smith Street, Blue Springs.

Judy Baker is the Region 7 director for the US Department of Health and Human Services. Baker is a former member of the Missouri House of Representatives, representing the 25th District before being appointed as HHS Regional Director in 2009. In the legislature, she was a lead sponsor of several health care reform initiatives and related legislation, and also founded the "Healthy Missourians" Caucus, a bi-partisan caucus that promoted prevention and responsible approaches to health care delivery in the state.

Let’s Move! is driven by principles that will improve the health of children from a young age through good nutrition and physical activity, while giving parents the information they need to make that possible,” said Baker.  “I applaud Blue Springs and their multi-stake holder approach in reducing childhood obesity by including elected officials, schools, faith-based and community-based organization, local businesses and health care professionals.”

Dave Wright, President of StandUp Blue Springs, will then outline the proposed plan for engaging citizens of Blue Springs to develop and implement innovative ideas for improving the health of the children throughout the community. He will recommend two citizen-led summits, June 18 and July 9, facilitated by StandUp, similar to those that helped develop the Dog Park at Grounds Park and the Disc Golf Course at Wilbur Young Park. At the completion of these summits, a prioritized list of projects linked to the Let’s Move! goals, teams committed to seeing these projects through, as well as a plan for implementing the projects will be in place. StandUp will also ensure ongoing communication with key stakeholder groups which are already committed to this important initiative.

“I have always been impressed with the creativity of the citizens of this community,” said Wright.   “We have a history of citizen-led initiatives, focused on making Blue Springs an even better city.  Let’s Move! gives us an opportunity to use the ideas and energy of the people who live here to improve the health of our children and grandchildren.” 

In December 2010, Mayor Ross attended a National League of Cities Conference session where U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Judy Baker discussed the Let’s Move! Program. Mayor Ross and several staff members met with the Board of StandUp Blue Springs to discuss the possibility of becoming a Let’s Move! city. In January 2011, Mayor Ross and staff met with several community leaders to determine their level of interest and commitment for the program. StandUp Blue Springs has agreed to facilitate this initiative.

“The program is designed to encourage communities to adopt a long-term, sustainable, and holistic approach to fight childhood obesity,” said Mayor Ross. “This initiative allows the City to partner with community organizations like StandUp Blue Springs to address this important public health issue, with the overall goal being to develop a healthier city for residents of all ages.”

Let’s Move! is a comprehensive approach to engage the many sectors that reach children, including schools, parents, families, community leaders, governments and businesses. To become a Let’s Move! city, a municipality chooses at least one action to take during a 12-month period in each of the following four pillar areas:

1) Help parents make healthy family choices;

2) Create healthy schools;

3) Provide access to healthy and affordable food; and

4) Promote physical activity.

After the presentation, Mayor Ross will request the City Council to pass a resolution in support of the Let’s Move! initiative and supporting grant applications to be submitted by StandUp to provide funding for the program.

For more information about Let’s Move! Blue Springs, visit or for information, contact Sheryl Morgan at (816) 655-0495.


Please join us for Breakfast with the CEO of St Mary’s Medical Center

clock January 7, 2011 12:09 by author Jeff Quibell



Breakfast with the CEO

clip_image003As a special friend of St. Mary's Medical Center Foundation, please be our guest at an informal and informative breakfast with Annette Small, CEO of St. Mary's.
You are also welcome to bring a friend with you.

DATE: Friday, January 28, 2011

TIME: 8 - 9 a.m.

LOCATION: St. Mary's Medical Center Education Center (2nd floor)

MORE: Reservations required. Please call Malinda at 816-655-5363 or email her at by Tuesday, January 25th.


For fundraiser success, look no further than St. Mary’s

clock November 5, 2010 16:45 by author Jeff Quibell

This post was submitted by Bill Essmann and refers to an Examiner Article by Jeff Martin:


In case you did not get to see this article in the Examiner (, I am proud that the St. Mary’s Med. Ctr. Foundation has surpassed $915,000 in its one million dollar campaign to renovate the surgical center.

St. Mary’s is a non-profit hospital which provides care to all citizens of our community, regardless of their socio-economic condition or ability to pay.  It warms my heart to know that our home-town hospital cares for patient’s body, mind and spirit in the tradition exemplified and demonstrated by Christ our Savior.

There are two departments at St. Mary’s that are the “cash cows” or economic drivers that generate the revenue to provide the means which supports the good works and mission of our Christian institution.  It is critical to the financial stability of the institution that Emergency Services and the Surgical Center are successful.  You may know that the Emergency Services department was renovated in the last decade, but the Surgical Center remains essentially the same as it was built in 1981.  Two of the three surgical suites are too small for modern equipment and they do not meet the minimum size standards set by the AMA.  Think of all of the medical advances that have taken place over the past 30 years and of all the new technology that has improved medical and surgical care over that time! 

I am a proponent of St. Mary’s because I think having a top-notch medical facility in our city is important for the vibrant image and future of our community.  The renovated surgery center will help St. Mary’s Med Center to attract and retain the finest surgical specialists, increase patient comfort and privacy, and provide the community with a higher degree and availability of surgical services.  I’m all for that!

Buy a Brick for St. Mary's Medical Center Garden Walkway

clock June 15, 2010 12:18 by author Jeff Quibell

SM logo

Brick exampleBuy a Brick

and make a difference for
the St. Mary's Medical Center Foundation

A Great Father's Day Gift!

Garden WalkwayThe St. Mary's Medical Center Foundation is offering a new and unique opportunity to commemorate a loved one and support the mission and services of the medical center at the same time.

For $50, donors can purchase a custom laser-engraved brick that will be placed in the Garden Walkway at St. Mary's Medical Center's Garden of Memories. $25 of the cost is a tax-deductible charitable gift. 

Bricks can be customized with graphics as well as inscriptions.  Remember a loved one or honor a friend or colleague with this special gift that helps pave the way for the continuing healthcare ministry of St. Mary's Medical Center

For more information or an order form, contact the St. Mary's Medical Center Foundation at 816-655-5366 or


St. Mary's Medical Center Foundation | 201 NW R.D. Mize Road | Blue Springs | MO | 64014


clock June 3, 2010 10:09 by author Jeff Quibell

clip_image002Dr. Rikki is originally from the Blue Springs area and she is excited to be a part of the Blue Springs community once again and offer health and wellness.

Dr. Rikki is a member of the American Chiropractic Association and the Missouri State Chiropractic Association. Dr. Rikki is a graduate of Cleveland Chiropractic College of Kansas City and is board certified both nationally and at the state level in chiropractic care and physiotherapy.

If you’re looking for a chiropractor with extensive training in the treatment of back and neck problems, don’t suffer needlessly. Chiropractic can also help with other problems such as headaches, allergies, asthma, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel, scoliosis among others.

Nutrition is another aspect of practice that Dr. Rikki offers. She will evaluate your current issues and determine which whole food supplement would work best for you as well as discuss fitness and dietary changes that need to occur in your life so that you can be a healthier, happier you.

Massage Therapy is also offered at our office and can address many issues such as stress release, muscle pain, and fatigue. More...

Broughton Poker Run Benefiting the Amputee Center of St. Mary’s Manor – May 22nd

clock May 17, 2010 15:53 by author Jeff Quibell

clip_image015Broughton Poker Run

Benefiting the Amputee Center of St. Mary’s Manor

May 22nd, 2010 9:00am-2:00pm

Registration begins @ 9:00am Start Out @ 10:00 am

Ride begins at Harley Davidson

3100 Northwest Jefferson Street, Blue Springs, MO

For more info: 816-228-5655x28 or register @

*Food *Entertainment *children eat free* Prizes*

Poker Run $25.00 early bird $20.00 includes lunch, entertainment and lunch only $10.00, Proceeds benefiting The Amputee Center


Mammography Seminar at St Mary’s

clock May 10, 2010 15:51 by author Jeff Quibell

What about the new mammography guidelines?

Is digital mammography really better?

Lumpectomy, mastectomy,

double mastectomy…what’s the difference?

Stereotactic what?

Breast Cancer is the most common type of cancer in women. In fact, every two minutes, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer. But with early detection and prompt treatment, the five-year survival rate is 96 percent.

Because knowledge is power, we’ve got answers to your breast health questions.

Join Richard Kuckelman, MD, a recognized leader in breast cancer diagnostics, for a free educational seminar to help you sort through the confusing information about breast cancer,

how it’s detected and treated.

Tuesday, May 11 • 6:30-8 p.m.

Education Center, St. Mary’s Medical Center

201 NW R.D. Mize Rd. • Blue Springs, MO 64014

This free event is free and open to the public.

Seating is limited; call 816-228-3335 to reserve your seat.