Clinics announce award winners

Caritas Clinics, including the Duchesne Clinic in Kansas City, Kan., and the St. Vincent Clinic in Leavenworth, have announced Caritas Celebrates Honorees Awards.

The awards will be presented April 26 at an event at the KCI Expo Center. The event includes dinner, dancing and a silent auction to benefit the clinics.

Greg Shondell of Kansas City, Kan., will be honored with the Sister Rosalie Mahoney Award for living the spirit of Sister Rosalie Mahoney through tireless dedication and service to the mission of Saint Vincent and Duchesne clinics.

Shondell volunteers in the Pharmaceutical Assistance Program. The secretary-treasurer of the Heathwood Oil Co., Shondell brings his analytical and process improvement sills to Duchesne Clinic for four to eight hours each week.

He is part of the volunteer and staff of the program team that brings more than $2.1 million a year in pharmaceutical medications to patients with chronic conditions.

He is being honored with the clinics’ highest honor for his volunteer work, critical thinking, sense of humor and compassion.

“Seeing the clinic’s operation for myself, it continues to impress me how compassionate the entire staff is, and at the same time dealing with limited resources, the organization is incredible efficient,” Shondell said. “’Compassion’ and ‘efficiency’ are not commonly used together, but donors should be assured that their support is never wasted.”

Another award, the Caritas Award, will go to the First Christian Church – Christian Men’s Fellowship of Leavenworth. The group volunteers to park cars at the Leavenworth County Fair, donating the proceeds from that work to patient care each year since Saint Vincent Clinic opened in 1986.

The Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department has been named the Community Servant of the Year for supporting the mission and work of the clinics, and promoting access to quality health care for the poor and vulnerable.

“As public servants, every person in this department is dedicated to serving the members of our community. No matter who, where, or what the situation is, every person we serve deserves respect,” said John Paul Jones, KCKFD fire chief.

Patients with chronic conditions often come to their clinic appointments feeling very sick. The clinics help them get their conditions back under control. Occasionally, however, a patient is truly in a medical crisis and needs emergency medical treatment. That’s when the Duchesne Clinic staff gets to see more than bravery from the local fire department; that’s when we see these first responders’ dedication to serving with compassion and respect. The men and women of the KCK Fire Department’s EMS Division demonstrate effective, compassion care at each emergency call at Duchesne Clinic, a spokesman for the clinic said. In commitment to community collaboration, the KCKFD also provides annual CPR recertification training to Duchesne Clinic staff.

Moreno Family Dentistry of Kansas City, Kan., will receive the Business of the Year awards as a partner who works with Saint Vincent and Duchesne Clinics to improve the health of individuals and communities, promotes healthy communities through their work in Leavenworth or Wyandotte counties, or promotes healthy work environments for their employees and the people of Leavenworth or Wyandotte counties.

For seven years, the staff of Moreno Family Dentistry have collaborated with Duchesne Clinic to ensure that dental caries do not prevent patients’ progress to better health. Through donated care and clinic vouchers, Dr. Moreno and her staff have helped well over a hundred Duchesne Clinic patients a year get back on the road to health. Going above and beyond to improve the health of patients, Dr. Moreno and her staff have brought a smile to the clinic’s patients – and staff.

“Dr. Moreno’s generous and compassionate care is a gift to our patients,” said Sister Helen Bristow, SCL.

“It is our privilege to recognize these honorees for their contributions to the clinics, and to work alongside them day in and day out, on our common goal of ensuring that the poor and uninsured have access to quality health care. We do it not because it is easy, but because it is the right thing to do. Each of these partners understand that just as much as we do,” said Amy Falk, executive director.

In 2013, the Duchesne and St. John’s clinics served almost 3,000 patients, averaging 70 visits per day between the two clinics.

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– Information from Caritas Clinics

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The Christ the King Catholic Church CYO will hold a fish fry from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays, through April 11, at the church hall, 3024 N. 53rd St.

Edwardsville United Methodist Church, 302 N. 4th St., Edwardsville, Kan., will hold its Second Saturday Supper from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 12. It will feature spaghetti. salads, desserts and drinks. Suggested donations are $8 for adults and $3 for children.

Grandview Christian Church, 8550 Parallel Parkway, is collecting canned goods for Help 3:17, a local food pantry.

Maywood Community Church, 11201 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kan., will present an Easter musical, “The Price of Love” by Bruce Walters at 7 p.m. April 18 and 19, and 11 a.m. Sunday, April 20. A freewill offering will be accepted.

Open Door Baptist Church, 3033 N. 103rd Terrace, will feature the Children’s Choir in an Easter mini-drama, “The e-Bunny,” at the 10:45 a.m. service Sunday, April 13.

A Community Blood Center blood drive is scheduled from 3 to 7 p.m. April 21 at the Parkway Baptist Church classrooms, 12320 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kan. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 816-753-4040 or visit

Stony Point Christian Church, 149 S. 78th St., is planning an Easter Egg hunt for toddlers through fifth graders at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 19, in the church park. Those attending should bring their own baskets. The event will be moved indoors in case of inclement weather.

Members at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1300 N. 18th St., will observe the Stations of the Cross at 6 p.m. Friday, April 11. A supper will follow in the parish hall. A “hallelujah” parade is planned at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 12, followed by an Easter egg hunt at 11:40 a.m. on the parish grounds. Palm Sunday services in English will be at 10 a.m. April 13 and in Spanish at 1:30 p.m.

Persons of all Christian traditions are invited to participate in Taizé prayer on Thursday, May 1 at 7 p.m. in Annunciation Chapel on the campus of the Mother House of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, 4200 S. 4th St., Leavenworth, Kan. Taizé prayer is a meditative, candlelit service that includes simple chants sung repeatedly, silence, and prayers of praise and intercession. These prayer services emerged from an ecumenical community of monks in Taizé, France. For more information, visit or call 913-680-2342.

The University of Saint Mary will present a student-led contemporary Live Stations of the Cross during Holy Week at 3:30 p.m. Monday, April 14, on the Front Circle of USM’s Main Campus in Leavenworth, 4100 S. 4th Street. All are invited to attend. The service will feature prayer and song, as well as Stations designed by USM art students.

Pavers ordered to repay Leavenworth County consumer, banned from doing business in Kansas

A paving company has been ordered to repay a Leavenworth County consumer and has been banned from doing business in Kansas, Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.

In an order entered last week in Leavenworth County District Court, Judge David King ordered Carl Bailey and Mike Gaede, doing business as Bailey’s Construction and CTC Construction, to repay a Leavenworth County consumer $17,500 he had paid the company for paving his driveway.

The court found that the defendants committed five violations of the Kansas Consumer Protection Act in the transaction. The judge also ordered the defendants to pay a $100,000 civil penalty and refrain from engaging in business activity in the State of Kansas.

In March 2012, the defendants solicited the consumer at his residence to perform asphalt paving services. The defendants told the consumer he was getting a good deal because the asphalt materials were left over from a previous job. Before the paving was complete, the defendants demanded payment of $1,750, which the consumer agreed to. Because the consumer could not write very well, he requested the defendants write the check out for him. The defendants then wrote the check for $17,500.

The court found that the defendants presented the consumer with an invoice that contained no business address or notice of the consumer’s right to cancel. The defendants also failed to inform the consumer verbally of his three-day right to cancel. The defendants then cashed the check before waiting the required five business days. The court found these actions violated the Kansas Consumer Protection Act.

“Consumers should be especially cautious when dealing with door-to-door solicitors,” Schmidt said. “Scam artists promise a deal that sounds too good to be true, and it usually is. Consumers who are in need of home repairs or driveway paving should seek out local, reputable companies and get multiple written estimates before having any work done.”

More tips on staying safe from rip-offs are available on the attorney general’s consumer protection website at