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HomeGoods store opens at Legends Outlets

HomeGoods opened its new store today at The Legends Outlets in Kansas City, Kansas. The new store at 1817 Village West Parkway, on the northeast side of the shopping center, has 20,251 square feet. It is a division of TJX Companies, the parent company of TJ Maxx and Marshall’s. It carries furniture, lighting, rugs, kitchen, dining, decorative accessories, bedding, bath, kids’ décor and toys, outdoor living, pet accessories, storage, workspace and other items. Opening day hours are through 8 p.m. Regular store hours will be 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. There are more than 650 HomeGoods stores across the country.

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New CEO named for Prime Healthcare region

Steven D. Wilkinson


Steven D. Wilkinson has been named chief executive officer for the Kansas City Region of Prime Healthcare, which includes Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas.

Wilkinson previously was the CEO of Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park, Kansas, where he served since 1997. He also is a former regional executive for the American Hospital Association, and a former president and CEO of St. Catherine Hospital, Garden City, Kansas.

According to a news release, Wilkinson will lead the strategic direction and operations for four hospitals and 31 physician practices and clinics in Missouri and Kansas for Prime Healthcare. Besides Providence Medical Center, hospitals in the region include Saint John Hospital, Leavenworth, Kansas; St. Joseph Medical Center, Kansas City, Missouri; and St. Mary’s Medical Center, Blue Springs, Missouri.

The day-to-day operations at Providence will continue to be directed by Karen Orr, administrator. Directing operations at the other hospitals will be Jodi Fincher, administrator, St. Joseph Medical Center; Deb Ohnoutka, CEO, St. Mary’s Medical Center; and Paula Ellis, administrator-CNO, Saint John Hospital.

“We are confident that Steve is the right leader at the right time, and he has demonstrated a deep commitment to achieving success,” said Luis Leon, president of operations, Prime Healthcare Division II, in the news release. “His capabilities and experience, combined with our current leadership, will help us grow to better serve the communities in our Kansas and Missouri Region today and well into the future,”

“I am honored to join Prime Healthcare and serve as the Kansas City Regional CEO,” Wilkinson said. “Prime has four excellent hospitals in the Kansas City area, and I look forward to working closely with the leaders, physicians, nurses, volunteers, and employees to continue providing high quality healthcare to all members of the community.”

His additional professional and community roles include serving as past president of the Kansas City Metropolitan Healthcare Council and past chairman of the board of the Kansas Hospital Association, where he also served on the board. In November 2012, Wilkinson received the Charles S. Billings Award, the highest recognition given by the Kansas Hospital Association, for his leadership and accomplishments in the health care industry.
– Information from Pat McBratney, Providence Medical Center

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Mayor, county administrator seek support of sales tax

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by Murrel Bland

Mayor Dave Alvey and County Administrator Doug Bach are seeking support for the extension of the three-eighth-cent sales tax that will expire in 2020. They took their campaign to a meeting of the Legislative Committee of the Kansas City, Kansas, Area Chamber of Commerce Friday, May 11.

The tax, which was first approved in 2010, raises about $10 million annually. About 35 percent of the revenue raised is for police department expenses and helps pay for such things as new police cars, police officer salaries and body cameras. It also helps pay for new fire trucks. It also helps pay for roads and sidewalks all over the city.

The Unified Commission has chosen to place the renewal of the tax issue on the primary election ballot Tuesday, Aug. 7. The sales tax would be less objectionable than property tax. Mayor Alvey said that much of the sales tax that the Unified Government collects is from the Village West area and comes from out-of-town visitors.

Mayor Alvey said he used his campaign funds to take a voter survey. The ETC Institute of Olathe took the survey and indicated the sales tax issue would probably pass. The issue received a 70 percent approval in 2010.

The primary election date was chosen because fewer voters traditionally turn out. A yes vote obviously benefits police and fire personnel. Those who follow Kansas City, Kansas, politics understand that these public safety personnel can influence elections.

Mike Smallwood, the chairman of the chamber’s Legislative Committee, told Mayor Alvey and Bach they would study the issue and get back with them whether they would support the issue.

Murrel Bland is the former editor of The Wyandotte West and The Piper Press. He is the executive director of Business West.

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