Bates County Memorial Hospital Board Member Spotlight: Jim Shade

The Board of Directors of Bates County Memorial Hospital (BCMH) provides a significant service to our hospital and community. This month, BCMH recognizes Jim Shade, who has served as a board member since 2005, and currently serves as Chairman of the Board.

The issues before board members are extremely complex.  Board members must act in the best interest of both the hospital and the community.

“We do more than expected because we care more than expected,” Mr. Shade stated.  “My goal, and the shared goal of the hospital board and its management, is to improve lives.  We need each other to succeed, so we hold ourselves and each other accountable.  We nurture a supportive environment and find strength in our togetherness.  I am proud to help provide exceptional health care to the people of Bates County.”

As elected officials, BCMH board members serve five-year terms, and oversee such matters as making strategic decisions for the hospital, hiring and monitoring an effective CEO, ensuring the hospital is providing quality care, overseeing the hospital’s financial well-being, staying educated in healthcare industry news and best practices, and being a representative of the hospital in the community. They delegate the responsibilities for the hospital’s day-to-day operations and decision making to the chief executive officer and the hospital’s management team.

In addition to monthly meetings, board members serve on committees that usually meet at other times.  Currently, Jim is a member of the Building Utilization, Finance, Quality Management committee.  Members also are expected to attend educational programs that provide them guidance on governance responsibilities and keep them up to date on issues facing hospitals throughout the country.

Jim’s career as a pharmacist brought him to BCMH in 1975, and a few years later, he became co-owner of a pharmacy located on the downtown square for over 40 years. He served for five years on the board of the Bates County health department in the 1980s. Jim and his wife, Beverly, raised two sons in Butler. Jim and Beverly still reside in Bates County, and they often travel to see their two young granddaughters in Kansas City. The hospital medical staff, employees and volunteers thank Jim Shade for his service.

Shiloh Center Pledge Walk – Saturday June 5th

The Shiloh Center of Harrisonville will be hosting a Pledge Walk on Saturday, June 5th in the Harrisonville City Park at Shelter #3, located at 706 Ash Street in Harrisonville.

The Pledge Walk will be a two-mile walk, rain or shine, and the whole family is invited to participate. Participation is so easy!

First, participants will want to pick up a pledge form at Shiloh Center in Harrisonville, and then participants will fill out the form by asking their family and friends to sponsor them. Participants are asked to make sure that all pledge forms are filled out accurately and completely before bringing the form with them on the day of the walk – Saturday, June 5th in the Harrisonville City Park at Shelter #3.

Those who would like to participate, but are unable to make it on Saturday, June 5th are encouraged to get and complete the pledge form before walking during a time that works for them. Once participants have completed their forms and walking, they only need to mail it to 208 Oriole Street, Harrisonville, MO 64701.

The Shiloh Center is a women’s health clinic in Harrisonville, and the community’s support helps provide accurate information and compassionate assistance to over 200 women and men every year. Some of the services they offer include (but are not limited to): pregnancy testing, fetal development information, support for family members, limited OB ultrasounds, and community referrals.

For more information, or if the public has further questions, please contact the Shiloh Center at 816-925-4596.

Floyd and Fraceline Parris Community Trail Grand Opening – Friday, June 4th

The Cass Regional Medical Center Foundation has announced the Grand Opening for the Floyd and Franceline Parris Community Trail will be on Friday, June 4th (rain or shine) starting at 9:30am at 2800 East Rock Haven Road in Harrisonville.

Starting at 9:30am on June 4th, there will be a brief program and ribbon cutting ceremony conducted by the Harrisonville Chamber of Commerce. Following the program, guests will be encouraged to explore the Floyd and Franceline Parris Community Trail.

Several local and wellness-related businesses will have set up along the path where attendees can pick up information and participate in giveaways. Vendors scheduled to participate include: Cass Regional’s Rehabilitation Services, KC Core, Harrisonville Parks and Recreation, Harrisonville Community Center, and the Ville Nutrition.

In addition, guests will be able to participate in door prize drawings for a $100 Family Center gift card and a $100 Academy Sports gift card.

PRESS RELEASE: Oak Hill Cemetery Memorial Decorations

The Oak Hill Cemetery in Butler wants to remind the public that there will be no limit on flowers or decorations from Memorial Day to June 15th; however, all excess flowers will be removed by Cemetery Staff after June 15th.

Only one (1) decoration on the ground per death date will be allowed after June 15th. Decorations on the stones and shepherd hooks will be left as is. No glass ornaments or glass vases will be allowed.

For more information, the public may contact Delbert McDaniel, the Cemetery Sexton, at 660-679-4323.