Mount Carmel approves project

PITTSBURG, Kan. — The Mt. Carmel Board of Trustees recently approved the relocation and expansion of the hospital’s Cardiac Step Down Unit.

The $2.5 million project includes the relocation of the unit to a portion of the hospital’s unfinished fifth floor. The new unit will have 12 private rooms designed for cardiac patients and will be close to the Intensive Care Unit.

“Because of their conditions, cardiology patients need a more intense level of care,” said Cheryl Jacobson, director of critical care. “By increasing the room size and adding three additional nursing stations in the unit, we will be able to deliver an even higher level of patient care.”



People in business

Michelle Carpenter has been awarded the Humanitarian award from the World Outreach Foundation in Kansas City. An active hospice worker for the last 17 years, she was honored because of her volunteer leadership and outreach to those in need.

In 2001, Carpenter was the first person to receive the Heart of Hospice award as the outstanding hospice volunteer of the year in Missouri. She also received the 2004 Anne Robb Townsend award for philanthropic work. In 2006, she was tri-president of the Harvest Ball, an event that raised $4 million over the years for needy people in the Kansas City area.

Carpenter is a 1982 graduate of Missouri Southern State University and a 1984 graduate of Pittsburg (Kan.) State University.



Terri Thornton, loan officer with the Joplin Metro Credit Union, received a scholarship through the Missouri Credit Union League for Consumer Lending. The school was held in San Francisco.

Joplin Metro Credit Union also received first place in the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Recognition contest in its asset size category for the state of Missouri. The award recognizes credit unions and chapters for their work to strengthen a community.



Ron Petersen Sr., of Carthage, has assumed the post of district governor for District 6110 and will serve Rotary President D.K. Lee, of Seoul, South Korea, as an officer of Rotary International, headquartered in Evanston, Ill.

District 6110 is comprised of 79 clubs involving nearly 5,200 Rotarians and is the largest district in membership in America encompassing the four corners of Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Petersen is planning the annual district conference to be held in Joplin at the Holiday Inn and John Q. Hammons Center Sept. 25-28.



Joining Rotary in 1977, Petersen served his home club of Carthage as a member of the Board of Directors, Sergeant of Arms, President Elect and President. In 1998 his club awarded him with the 4 Avenues of Service Citation and named him the Rotarian of the Year.



The Green Country Marketing Association, one of Oklahoma’s multicounty nonprofit organizations working with the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department, named its executive committee recently.



Amanda Davis, of the Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, has been named first vice president-marketing.



Jason Wiltshire, M.D., has joined the medical staff at Freeman Health System.

Wiltshire completed his undergraduate degree at Pittsburg (Kan.) State University; his medical education at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, Kan.; and his residency at Mount Carmel Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. His office is at 1020 McIntosh Circle, Joplin.

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