Mar 24, 2020 7:48 PM

Cloud County Health Center receives trauma designation

Posted Mar 24, 2020 7:48 PM
<b>Cloud County Health Center has been designated a Level IV Trauma Center. Those pictured with the KDHE certificate are, from left, Della Strait, director of nursing; Mayra Brooks, trauma coordinator; Dr. Daniel Garlow, trauma medical director; and David Garnas, administrator.</b> Photo courtesy Cloud County Health Center
Cloud County Health Center has been designated a Level IV Trauma Center. Those pictured with the KDHE certificate are, from left, Della Strait, director of nursing; Mayra Brooks, trauma coordinator; Dr. Daniel Garlow, trauma medical director; and David Garnas, administrator. Photo courtesy Cloud County Health Center

CONCORDIA -- Cloud County Health Center has received its initial designation as a Level IV Trauma Center by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE).

The designation is good for three years, until 2023, at which time the hospital will be required to recertify to continue as a Level IV Trauma Center. Designated trauma centers must meet the essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance as outlined by the American College of Surgeons and endorsed by the Kansas Advisory Committee on Trauma.

“We know injuries are a leading cause of death and disability in Kansas. KDHE’s Trauma Program works to ensure those who are injured in Kansas have access to an organized system of trauma care that offers them the best chance of recovery,” said KDHE Secretary Lee A. Norman, M.D. “On behalf of families and visitors in our state, we acknowledge Cloud County Health Center for its commitment to provide care to trauma patients in Kansas.”

Level IV Trauma Centers are hospitals that have a primary role of stabilizing seriously injured patients and, if necessary, transferring them to a higher-level trauma center. Hospitals that have achieved Level IV trauma center designation have demonstrated a commitment to providing optimal care for those who have been seriously injured.

There are four separate categories of designation by the Kansas Trauma Program. Each category has specific criteria that must be met by a facility seeking that level of designation. A trauma care system includes a network of hospitals providing a spectrum of care for injured patients. Trauma center designations are based on the hospital’s care capability, from the highest, Level I, to hospitals designated Level IV.

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UPDATE: SM Hanson cancels Heartland Bluegrass Festival

UPDATE: SM Hanson Music has canceled this year's Heartland Bluegrass festival because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Rick Hanson, CEO and president of SM Hanson Music.

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The Temple in Salina. Salina Post photo

SM Hanson Music is bringing back bluegrass! A bluegrass festival, that is.

The SM Hanson Heartland Bluegrass Festival 2020 is scheduled for April 26. The event is scheduled at The Temple, 336 South Santa Fe Avenue, with doors opening at 10:30 a.m. This venue is handicap accessible.

"The SM Hanson Heartland Bluegrass Festival 2020 will include several bluegrass bands from around the state, some general playing and picking sessions, an Instrument Petting Zoo (for kids and adults), open mic stage time, a few instrument vendors, and local food trucks," said Rick Hanson, CEO and president of SM Hanson Music, Inc. "Attendees are encouraged to bring their instrument to join in the music community during the day."

Admission to the event will be by a suggested cash donation or canned food donation for the Salina Emergency Aid Food Bank, Hanson said.

"This will be our first bluegrass festival since the mid 1970s. We held several events in the '70s at Memorial Hall with bluegrass bands coming from Oklahoma and Arkansas," Hanson explained.

This year, however, the festival will be at The Temple.

"We will use the Grand Entrance on Santa Fe (big bronze doors)," Hanson noted. "The steps can be a place to begin picking if the weather is nice. The foyer and second floor space will provide adequate room for performances, picking areas, petting zoo and vendors."

The schedule of performers will be released closer to the date of the event, Hanson said.

The Kansas Bluegrass Association also plans to participate in the festival, he said.

Additionally, The Temple will have volunteers on hand to discuss the beautiful and historic facility that is being used for so many events.

"This will be a great opportunity for the public to see The Temple and listen/participate in the bluegrass music event," Hanson said.

According to Hanson, the festival is sponsored in part by Salina Arts & Humanities.