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!
The October Excelsior Springs Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon was held at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 20, 2021. The luncheon was sponsored and catered by the Excelsior Springs Hospital. Kristen DeHart, Hospital CEO, provided hospital updates to those in attendance. “I’m honored by be Excelsior Springs Hospital’s CEO,” said Kristen. Kristen said their slogan is “Survive – Sustain – Thrive.” In addition to the hospital campus, which provides office space for two doctors and the outpatient clinics, the hospital manages an Express Clinic inside Excelsior Springs Price Chopper and a primary care office in Lawson.
“We first opened our campus pharmacy for the benefit of our employees,” Kristen said. “With the help of our partner, North Kansas City Hospital, we are now able to provide pharmacy services to the entire community.” On November 1, the hospital pharmacy will begin extended hours, open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. “We are your 1-stop shopping on the hospital campus and still take services out into the community,” she continued.
Kristen talked about the hospital’s new Outpatient Clinic services: Dr. Dennison Hamilton provides Interventional Pain Management services, Dr. Neha Chaudhry provides Rheumatology services; the team of Dr. Mike Kozminski and Dr. Michael Aberger provide Urology services. Janna Murphy, FNP, is a new addition to the Lawson Primary Care facility. Kristen then introduced Dr. A.J. Strickland, Chief Medical Officer.
Dr. Strickland talked about identifying one of the greatest health care needs … addiction medicine. “There are cutting-edge state of the art treatments that people aren’t aware of,” Dr Strickland said. Dr. Strickland is passionate about bringing that care here to the community, treating addictions and providing preventative measures.
Kristen talked about a growing area of the hospital – the Home Health and Hospice departments. A tele-health machine which is capable of folding up and fitting into a suitcase was on display. Through this technology, Home Health is able to provide real time patient/doctor visits for those who are not mobile enough to go to a regular doctor appointment. Other area closings of home care have caused double the case loads, however, staff has also doubled to provide the demand in care.
Kristen reminded the ESH continues to offer free COVID drive-through testing Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with no appointment necessary. Kristen also invited attendees to the hospital’s upcoming Night at the Hospital Gala, October 21. The hospital is also offering an event for Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Amy Patel. Pink Ribbon t-shirts are available to help fund local women in need. Luncheon donations will be added to the Pink Ribbon Fund, which has provided $22,000 in help over the years.
Business Feature of the Month is SAFE (Substance Abuse-Free Environments), a community coalition made up of people who live in or work in Excelsior Springs. Julia Mees, Program Director, provided a brief history of the organization. SAFE has recently moved to the Excelsior Springs Hospital campus. Julia provided a handout with opportunities for involvement. For more about the Business of the Month, click here.
Member Spotlight was new member Mobily LLC, which is an authorized retailer of AT&T brands. Store manager Angel Contreras said there are 100 stores nationwide with a goal of doubling that amount by next year. “We are here to help the community. We love the community and we love to help out,” Angel said. He introduced his assistant manager, Angelina. Mobility is located at 2367 Vintage Court, Unit B
Thank you to our
2021 monthly luncheon sponsors!
January – No Meeting
March – NO LUNCHEON because of Annual Dinner on March 17, 2021
August – TBD – click to reserve now
September – TBD – click to reserve now
December – Elms Hotel and Spa – click to reserve now