Join us for our monthly networking luncheons!
Each month, our members are invited to a FREE networking luncheon on the third Wednesday of each month (except April). The luncheons are from 11:30am to 1:00pm and are held at the Montgomery Event Venue, except in December when we meet at the Elms Hotel and Spa for our holiday luncheon. The luncheons are sponsored by various businesses and organizations in our community. Dollar donations are accepted at the door to benefit a local non-profit.
Each month a business card is drawn for the opportunity to be a featured Chamber Business of the Month, so members are encouraged to bring their business cards and participate. The business selected will be featured on the Chamber website for a month, and will have the chance to talk briefly about their business. Plus, there are door prizes at each luncheon too. An average of 100-125 people attend, so it’s a great opportunity to meet other business people in our community!
Excelsior Springs Hospital sponsored the September Chamber Luncheon with box lunches prepared by Willow Spring Mercantile. Kristen DeHart, Chief Executive Officer, pictured above, said that she was proud to be representing ES Hospital, “116 years strong”.
“There is a lot happening in our Hospital. We have had a very wonderful year,” Kristin said. She elaborated on the activities at the Hospital by giving those in attendance a “Top 10” rundown, beginning with #10.
#10 – Reorganization of the Hospital. The family practice physician clinics of Dr. Andrew Pickett and Dr. Robert Buzard have moved to the Hospital campus. A new Community Pharmacy will be opening on the Hospital campus within the week. The reorganization makes it easier for patients by offering all health care needs on one campus.
#9 – New Service Lines. The Hospital has three new clinical physicians including Dr. Dennison Hamilton, Interventional Pain Management, Dr. Marija Tonkovic-Capin, Dermatology Oncology, and Dr. Avon Coffman, Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT). Coming in October, Dr. A. J. Strickland will be providing a new Outpatient Medicine clinic for all ages. A new Urology clinic will be moving to the Outpatient Clinics in January 2021.
#8 – Therapist Services. Excelsior Springs now offers certified LSVT Big and Loud Parkinson Disease Therapy for treating voice and speech disorders, along with physical and occupational therapy for patients in its Rehabilitation Department.
#7 – Home Health and Hospice. Although facing many challenges during the pandemic, the staff is these departments continue to produce “Best Practices” awards.
#6 – Community Partners. The Hospital has announced partnerships with the Clay County Public Health Center, Heart to Heart International, Mid-America Regional Council and the Excelsior Springs Community Center will enable the community to access drive-through, FREE COVID-19 testing on Tuesday, Sept. 22 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Hospital campus parking lot and Wednesday, Sept. 23 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Excelsior Springs High School Campus parking lot. The testing will be offered to all persons who register online at https://redcap.kumc.edu/surveys/?s=DAXP7D9LEK.
#5 – September is National Suicide Awareness Month. Suicide is an important problem among older adults. The Hospital participates in a Senior Life Solutions national program offering counseling and services for persons 65 years and older. Counseling is available three days each week at the Hospital and also offers telehealth services to many of its clients who are unable to attend in person. If you or someone you know can benefit from Senior Life Solutions or you would like an in-service presentation made at your business location, please contact the Hospital at 816-629-2629.
#4 – Excelsior Springs Hospital Virtual Event. This year’s Annual event will be a Virtual Event held the evening of October 22. You are invited to Join the ES Hospital Care Foundation for “A Night at the Hospital — A Night of Celebration, Hope, and Progress”. The event will feature a message from the Hospital, Commitment to Caring awards, online auction of fabulous items, KC Chiefs Quarterback Patrick Mahomes has given the (autographed) shirt off his back, as well as raffle tickets to win cash prizes! For more about this exciting event, visit the website at eshospital.org/nightatesh.
#3 – October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. “Get it done,” said Kristen. The Hospital provides 3D Mammography screenings and Dr. Amy Patel specializes in Breast Mammography; “one of the best doctors in the world”.
#2 – Influenza. Reminder that it is the time of year to think about getting your shot. This is specially important for influenza and Covid-19. Keep your masks on and social distance.
#1 – Excelsior Springs Hospital Team. “I am so very, very proud of our team. Our staff, physicians, clinics, board of directors, hospital foundation board, and volunteers. Thank you to the community and city for supporting us,” said Kristin. “How can you help? Try us out. Ask your physician to refer you to services you need that we provide. Please speak nice of us. We are very proud to be your community Hospital.”
Featured Business of the Month is Payne Jailhouse Bed & Breakfast. Innkeeper Mark Spohn, who manages the bed and breakfast with his wife, Anna Sue, spoke about how they came to make their investment downtown. The couple had a vision 25 years ago of running a bed and breakfast. It was not a good fit at the time with two small children. Then in 2016, when they had begun to look at properties in the historic downtown, Mark (after a couple of glasses of wine) was challenged by Jim Bowman of Willow Spring Mercantile to look at the former home of Police Chief Bill Payne on Concourse Avenue. At the time, the property was condemned with extensive damage due to a fire. It was boarded up and late in the evening, but Mark and Anna Sue drove by and sneaked a peek inside.
“It was terrible. It was frightening,” said Mark. They went back the next day and in daylight found it was even worse than looking at it had been at night. However, they felt strongly about saving the property and could benefit from having the house to renovate for their home and the old garage behind would eventually become three guest suites. The Payne Jailhouse Bed & Breakfast opened in September 2016. A video provided attendees a look of the restoration.
Mark invited local residents to try out the Inn. “We call local residents Staycationers. Local guests come to relax for a weekend that aren’t wanting to travel during the pandemic. It also makes a great location for visiting family members to stay.” The couple play off the “jailhouse” theme often. They call the guests suites the Inmates Quarters and their home “The Big House”. Their motto is “we have hospitality locked up”. For information about Payne Jailhouse Bed and Breakfast, click here.
The Member Spotlight was on Excelsior’s House of Hair. Owner Kerri Robinson purchased an existing hair salon and renamed it in 2016 to reflect the town’s name. Kerri is well known for her community outreach. She sponsors a Back-to-School drive each year to provide school supplies to local schools. She offers monthly specials. She is creative in offering services that provide awareness of serious issues.
In October, she will be offering pink end hair extensions with 10-percent of her services and on products donated to help local cancer research programs.
In November 23, she will be offering a “Do what you can day” on services to low income residents. For several years, Kerri and her team of stylists have participated in the One Day of Hope events for the homeless held in the fall and spring, offering hair care and beard trimming services on-site at the event. Due to Covid-19, those events had to be cancelled this year.
In December, Kerri will be offering a Christmas Surprise. “Check out my Facebook page in October to find out what the surprise will be,” teased Kerri. She is also offering additional special for Chamber members only. Check in with Kerri at her salon, 2200 Jesse James Rd. by the library or give her a call at 816-919-0915.