Picture (L to?R) are Greg Sebastian, Kosciusko Leadership Academy cadet, sponsored by Medtronic; Scott Sigerfoose, Lutheran EMS; Kurt Carlson, Bowen Center; Megan Simpson, KLA cadet, sponsored by Kosciusko Community Hospital. Not pictured is Jae Dale, KCH. Photo Provided.
Picture (L to?R) are Greg Sebastian, Kosciusko Leadership Academy cadet, sponsored by Medtronic; Scott Sigerfoose, Lutheran EMS; Kurt Carlson, Bowen Center; Megan Simpson, KLA cadet, sponsored by Kosciusko Community Hospital. Not pictured is Jae Dale, KCH. Photo Provided.
Kosciusko County Leadership cadets heard from three presenters on healthcare in Kosciusko County on Tuesday.
The presenters included Jae Dale, CEO of the Kosciusko Community Hospital; Kurt Carlson, CEO of the Bowen Center; and Scott Sigerfoose, director of Lutheran EMS.
Dale gave an update on KCH. In the past year, KCH has provided a $1,480,000 in taxes to the community and $459,000 to local charities.
The 2019 highlights include a growing rate of 12% in patient admissions, meaning more people are choosing KCH as their healthcare provider, expanded surgical offerings, an oncology program and working on adding a cardiac catheter lab. They also have processes to prevent infection that has led to a lower infection rate than the national average and they have had zero serious safety events since 2017.
Challenges facing KCH include recruiting employees and developing more surgical offerings.
Carlson spoke on the history of mental health treatment in the country and state, including treatment options and funding for mental health centers.
The Bowen Center has become one of the largest mental health centers in the state and provides multiple services in 26 counties. Their services include counseling, addiction counseling, counseling for schools, counseling programs for corporations and counseling for the Department of Child Services.
Challenges they have include recruiting and retaining staff.
Sigerfoose spoke on the history and accomplishments of the Lutheran EMS system in Kosciusko County.
Lutheran EMS has the largest coverage territory in northern Indiana. They also provide CPR and Stop the Bleed training to local schools, corporations and community members and have car seat inspections services. Last year, they taught over 3,180 people CPR and over 565 people had Stop the Bleed training. The Warsaw Community High School Career Center provides students with an EMT Basic Class taught by Lutheran EMS.
On Feb. 25, the KLA cadets will meet at Zimmer Biomet to learn about the business of long-range planning for Kosciusko County.
The Kosciusko Leadership Academy is in its 37th year of continuous service to our county. As an independent 501-3(c) organization, KLA conducts bi-weekly morning sessions around the county to expose leaders to a wide variety of local topics and experts. The annual whitepaper projects have yielded many benefits to the citizens of Kosciusko County.
For more information, visit www.kocsciuskoleadership.org.