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Dirt Turned for The Gardens
C-T 06 02 17
The Hedrick Medical Center Foundation held a groundbreaking ceremony for The Gardens at HMC Wednesday morning on the future site. Members of the HMC Foundation Board and HMC Board were in attendance as well as representatives from the City of Chillicothe, including Mayor Chuck Haney and members of the City Council. Also present were representatives from Irvinbilt Contractors, the contractor chosen for the project.

CAPTION: From left: Lindy Chapman (HMC Foundation development officer), Chillicothe Mayor Chuck Haney, Wayne Cunningham (co-owner of Irvinbilt Constructors); Chris Dring (Young+Dring Landscape Architecture), Steve Schieber (HMC CEO), Janet Buckman (HMC CFO), Kay Young (Young+Dring Landscape Architecture), Betty Preston Steele (HMC Foundation president). HMC Foundation Photo

The groundbreaking ceremony opened with Lindy Chapman, foundation development officer, welcoming the visitors to the event. She then asked Father Bill Fasel of Grace Episcopal Church to lead the invocation. Steve Schieber, chief executive officer of Hedrick Medical Center, Mayor Chuck Haney, Wayne Cunningham with Irvinbilt and Betty Preston Steele, president of the HMC Foundation board, all spoke prior to the actual groundbreaking ceremony. The project is expected to be completed this year and is estimated to cost around $1.5 million.Fundraising continues for the project and there are a number of naming opportunities available at many different price levels - beginning at $100. The HMC Foundation has $300,000 in Missouri tax credits through the Missouri Development Finance Board (MDFB) that will provide the contributor a 50 percent tax credit based on the amount of their contribution. The tax credits can be used by the contributor to pay certain taxes due to the State of Missouri or can be sold or assigned to another taxpayer. Any Missouri taxpayer who donates $5,000 or more to The Gardens at HMC project is eligible to use these tax credits to reduce their Missouri income tax liability. The Gardens will have multiple themed gardens, an outdoor physical therapy area that will expand rehabilitation services currently offered at Hedrick, walking trails, event space, a fountain area, meeting and gathering spaces, a pavilion and a gazebo.Brochures are available at Hedrick that detail the naming options that are available for The Gardens. To learn more about The Gardens at HMC, the MDFB tax credits or the many naming opportunities available for sponsorship throughout The Gardens contact Lindy Chapman at 660-214-8107 or

CAPTION ABOVE: Betty Preston Steele, HMC Foundation president, addresses the crowd assembled for groundbreaking. HMC Foundation Photo

Gala Raises Funds for HMC Foundation
Actor, Author, Iraq War Veteran Gives Keynote Address
C-T May 1, 2017
C-T Photo / Catherine Stortz Ripley

The Hedrick Medical Center Foundation hosted a dinner gala to benefit foundation projects Thursday evening at the Chillicothe Country Club. The evening began with a social time, followed by dinner and an auction. Bryan Anderson, an actor, author and Iraq War veteran, was the featured speaker. As a sergeant in the military police, Anderson conducted police training courses in Iraq and gained additional law enforcement experience as a prison guard at Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary. He was stationed in the Baghdad area. In October 2005, Anderson was injured by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) that resulted in the loss of both legs and his left hand. As a result of his injuries, he was awarded a Purple Heart. Anderson received rehabilitation for a period of 13 months at Walter Reed Army Hospital. He is one of the few triple amputees to have survived his injuries in Iraq. Currently, Anderson is the national spokesman for Quantam Rehab and USA Cares (a nonprofit organization that helps post-9-11 veterans and their families) and is an ambassador for the Gary Sinise Foundation. Anderson is pursuing a career in acting and has appeared in feature films. He also participates in snowboarding, wakeboarding, rock climbing and white water rafting. His story has received much media coverage, including coverage in USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, and 60 Minutes. He shared his story and an inspirational message to the 135 people who attended the gala. "People seemed to enjoy his message," said Lindy Chapman, development officer for the HMC Foundation. Following his talk, Anderson visited one-on-one with some of those attending the gala and signed copies of his book, No Turning Back. A small auction was conducted that raised $3,300. Additional donations were made during the evening. Funds raised will be split between two projects supported by the HMC Foundation: the Oncology Nurse Navigator Fund and The Gardens at Hedrick Medical Center.

Contractor Chosen for The Gardens at HMC
04/25/17 C-T
The Board of Directors of the Hedrick Medical Center Foundation have announced that The Gardens at HMC project is moving forward with construction planned to begin early summer. Local Chillicothe construction firm, Irvinbilt Construction, has been chosen as the general contractor for the project. "We are excited about partnering with a local firm to guide The Gardens project," stated Betty Preston Steele, HMC Foundation Board President. "The years of construction experience and expertise they bring to the project, combined with their strong commitment to the Chillicothe community, are just some of the reasons we are pleased to be partnering with Irvinbilt on this project." Joe Garrison, president of Irvinbilt, says of The Gardens project, "We are looking forward to working as a community partner with the Hedrick Medical Center Foundation on this project. We love the chance to work in our own community and can see the long term benefits for Chillicothe of a project like this one." The next step, according to Preston Steele, is fundraising from individuals and businesses in Chillicothe and the surrounding area. "This will be a garden for the entire community that encourages health and healing," Preston Steele said. "We want everyone to be a part of this project, and we are confident this project will get the support of people throughout our community." Many naming opportunities are available for The Gardens project and Lindy Chapman, development officer for the HMC Foundation, indicates there are many options available. "The Board wanted to ensure a wide-range of sponsorship pricing for donations to this project," Chapman said. "Engraved steel tiles are available starting at $100 and have several pricing and lettering options available up to $550. Benches and trees are also available for sponsorship, as well as sculpture and full gardens." Chapman continued. "A number of gifts have already been given in memory of or in honor of individuals in the community and we hope that people will continue to honor their family or friends in this way."

The Gardens project has received support from a number of local foundations to date - including the Joe and Lenore Lambert Foundation, the MervynW. Jenkins Foundation, the Hedrick and Lawson Trusts as well as regional foundations such as the Gary Dickinson Family Charitable Trust and the Orscheln Industries Foundation. "We have been so pleased with the support from local and regional charitable foundations that are assisting with funding for this project," Chapman said. "We appreciate their faith in this project." In addition, the city of Chillicothe and the HMC Foundation have been awarded $300,000 in Missouri Development Finance Board (MDFB) tax credits to support The Gardens at HMC project. These tax credits, administered by the MDFB, provide for the contributor to receive a 50% Infrastructure Development Fund Tax credit based on the amount of their contribution. The tax credits can be used by the contributor to pay certain taxes due to the State of Missouri or can be sold or assigned to another taxpayer. Any Missouri taxpayer who donates $5,000 or more to The Gardens at HMC project is eligible to use these tax credits to reduce their Missouri income tax liability. Once completely sold, these MDFB tax credits will generate $600,000 in total donations for The Gardens project. "We have sold some of the tax credits, but more are still available," according to Chapman, "This is a wonderful opportunity for taxpayers to support this local project and, at the same time, get a sizable tax break from the State of Missouri. We encourage people to consider making a donation through this program to our project." More detailed information is available from Chapman at the Foundation.

The addition of The Gardens will also enhance and expand some of the services already offered at Hedrick Medical Center. The Gardens will include an outdoor physical therapy area that will give the Rehabilitation Services department increased options that they have been previously unable to offer for their patients. Every year more research confirms the healthcare benefits in the healing properties of gardens. More and more healthcare facilities - hospitals, long-term care facilities and even clinics, are including gardens or green spaces in their new designs and existing structures. This research shows the importance and benefits of having space available for patients and their friends and families to gather, heal, grieve and pray.

Partnerships with groups and organizations in the community will be an important component of The Gardens. Hedrick Medical Center already has many relationships throughout the Chillicothe area and the opportunities for those will increase with The Gardens. "We have had discussions with and anticipate working with organizations and group such as the Livingston County Health Center, the Livingston County Library, Chillicothe Area Chamber, Greater Chillicothe Visitors Region, Grand River Area Family YMCA, University of Missouri Extension office, Chillicothe Area Arts Council, Cultural Corner Art Guild and the Chillicothe R-2 School District," Chapman said. "We are also working on an exciting partnership with the local Quail Forever chapter to involve area youth in an educational and hands-on project. The list, and the possibilities, grows the more we discuss the project."

Brochures are available at Hedrick that detail the naming options that are available for The Gardens. To learn more about The Gardens at HMC, the MDFB tax credits or the many naming opportunities available for sponsorship throughout The Gardens contact Lindy Chapman at 660-214-8107 or

$300,000 in Tax Credits Awarded for 'The Gardens' Project at HMC
Chillicothe and HMC Foundation awarded Missouri Development Finance Board tax credits

The City of Chillicothe and the Hedrick Medical Center Foundation have announced an award of $300,000 in Missouri Development Finance Board (MDFB) tax credits to support The Gardens at Hedrick Medical Center project. These tax credits, administered by the MDFB, provide for the contributor to receive a 50 percent Infrastructure Development Fund Tax credit based on the amount of their contribution. The tax credits can be used by the contributor to pay certain taxes due to the state of Missouri or can be sold or assigned to another taxpayer. Any Missouri taxpayer who donates $5,000 or more to The Gardens at HMC project is eligible to use these tax credits to reduce their Missouri state tax liability. Once completely sold, these MDFB tax credits will generate $600,000 in total donations for The Gardens project. "We are excited about the impact these MDFB tax credits will have on our project," said Lindy Chapman, HMC Foundation Development officer. "The Missouri Development Finance Board has been wonderful to work with and we appreciate their support of The Gardens and of Chillicothe. Their belief in this project will help to make The Gardens a reality." According to Chapman, the tax credits provide donors to the project a unique opportunity to support The Gardens at HMC while at the same time reducing their own tax liability at both the state and federal levels. The role of gardens in healthcare has been growing over the last 10-15 years, and there are many research studies that show the benefits of having space available for patients and their friends and families to gather, heal, grieve and pray. Once complete, The Gardens at HMC: A Community Place for Health and Healing will benefit the Chillicothe area. To learn more about the MDFB tax credits and the many naming opportunities available for sponsorship throughout The Gardens contact Lindy Chapman at 660-214-8107 or

Hospital Plans Healing Garden
September 9, 2014

A healing garden is planned for the back side of the new Hedrick Medical Center in Chillicothe, directly east of the facility. Chillicothe City Council members listened to a presentation about the plans and viewed a proposed design of the garden during a workshop meeting Monday evening, September 8, 2014, in the council chambers at City Hall. Hospital representatives along with Kay Young and Chris Dring, of Young and Dring Landscape Architecture, of Overland Park, Kansas, made the presentation. It is planned that the garden would include a variety of smaller gardens with various plantings, terraces, paths, a water fountain and a gravity-driven rill to provide a place for quiet contemplation, physical therapy and stress reduction to be utilized and enjoyed by hospital staff and patients as well as members of the public.

Fundraising efforts for the privately-funded garden are in the early stages; however, Matt Wenzel, HMC's CEO, announced that the Hedrick Foundation has already pledged $25,000 for the project and the hospital has pledged $120,000 (most of which came from proceeds of the surplus auction held earlier this year). As proposed, the healing garden is anticipated to cost more than $1 million. Wenzel said that the goal is to create something dramatic. Mirroring the process taken when plans were developed for the new hospital, hospital officials surveyed employees and asked them to identify their desires regarding the garden. The hospital officials will be visiting with community members next week during town hall meetings. These meetings will be held on Monday, September 15 and Thursday, September 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the lobby of Hedrick Medical Center. 

The area available for development is estimated at 3.2 acres and plans call for utilizing around 2 acres. The garden area would be accessible mainly through the hospital lobby but would likely have other access points. After next week's town hall meetings, it is anticipated that the final design can be developed and cost estimates identified. It is hoped that work could begin as early as next spring or summer, said Lindy Chapman, the hospital's foundation development officer. Wenzel said he would like to see the project completed at one time, but said that he realizes that if funding is not available, the garden could be completed in phases. Young and Dring Landscape Architecture's past projects have included work for the Kansas City Chiefs, the Power and Light District, and the St. Louis Cardinals.

HMC Foundation Awarded Grant for The Gardens
June 1, 2016

The Hedrick Medical Center Foundation is a recipient of a grant award from The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company's GRO1000 initiative, designed to create 1,000 gardens and green spaces throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe by 2018, the Company's 150th anniversary. The HMC Foundation received a GRO1000 Grassroots Grant award to support The Gardens at HMC project. It was one of more than 100 organizations across the U.S. to receive funding for a garden or green space build. Once the project is complete, The Gardens at HMC will be a community garden available and accessible to the community, patients, staff and visitors. "We were thrilled to receive the grant," said Lindy Chapman, HMC Foundation development officer. "It is our hope that through the development of this space, we can bring our community even closer together." Community gardens and public green spaces play an important role in towns and cities. The garden in Chillicothe will provide a "Community Place for Health and Healing," according to Chapman. Two areas of The Gardens will provide space for a culinary garden and an orchard that, when complete, will serve the hospital as well as the community. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that Americans throw away more than 11 billion pounds of produce each year. Despite that surplus, 4.1 percent of U.S. households experience hunger, 2.9 million of whom are children. Construction of The Gardens is expected to begin in late 2016. Many naming opportunities are available for sponsorship throughout The Gardens. To learn more about The Gardens at Hedrick Medical Center, call Lindy Chapman at 660-214-8107.


HMC Expanding Parking
City grants request to add more parking

11 14 16 - The parking lot is part of a two-or-three phase improvements
project as a result of a tax levy approved by voters in April. PHOTO C-T Jaime Saucedo

Hedrick Medical Center is expanding its parking lot to meet the needs of current and projected growth. Hospital CEO Steven Schieber made a formal request on behalf of the hospital to city council members during their regular meeting Monday evening, August 29, 2016, at City Hall. Under the operating agreement with Hedrick Medical Center, the city must grant approval before changes are made to the hospital facility and grounds. "With the number of people coming in - not only from Chillicothe but the surrounding area - we are at a point where we are often nearly out of parking spaces," Schieber told the council. The additional parking lot is estimated to be approximately 175 feet by 122 feet and will be concrete. The expanded parking area will be placed northwest of the emergency department entrance. The expanded parking will be used as both employee and public overflow and has become a necessity with the current and projected growth of services and staff as per Schieber. There currently are 317 hospital employees and 346 total parking spaces. The new parking area will add 61 spaces. HMC will provide funds for the project. Since it will be on city-owned property, this project will be carried on the books as a leasehold improvement. The CEO stated that HMC understands that the expanded parking and paved areas will be an integral part of the hospital and will become property of the city should the lease be terminated.

C-T Photo / Catherine Stortz Ripley

Also during Monday's meeting, the council approved Schieber's request to take storm water pollution prevention steps to address erosion and runoff control issues at the hospital. Storm water control features and structures will be placed at various strategic locations that have exhibited erosion and runoff control issues per Schieber. The Department of Natural Resources branch in Macon has reviewed the plans submitted by HMC to design all areas to meet the Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan standards and functional use. "Each feature, structure and measure installed will provide a well thought out and highly-functional means of slowing and regulating the runoff and will add to the general aesthetics of campus in the process," Schieber said. HMC will provide funding for this project.

HMC Names Steven Schieber New Hospital CEO
September 10, 2015, CT

Steven M. Schieber, MBA, FACMPE, FACHE has been appointed CEO for Hedrick Medical Center effective September 20. Schieber joined Saint Luke's Health System in 2012 as Director of Regional Development, tasked with supporting all Saint Luke's critical access hospitals, including Hedrick Medical Center, in the expansion of services they provide to communities. In his new role, Schieber will expand collaborative relationships in the Chillicothe community and the surrounding region, lead the development of successful models of care, and continue to grow the culture of respect and transparency at Hedrick Medical Center. Prior to joining Saint Luke's, Schieber held leadership roles regionally in health care and banking. "Steve is an effective and collaborative leader, and we are excited for his move into this important role at Hedrick Medical Center," said Julie Quirin, SLHS senior vice president of hospital operations. "His many accomplishments include enabling Saint Luke's regional growth and expanding mutually beneficial relationships for patients, physicians, and communities throughout our region." Schieber holds a Bachelor of Science degree in finance and Master of Business Administration degree from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville.



City Council Excerpt June 12, 2017 - The council on Monday discussed engineering and costs associated with the planning and construction of a sidewalk extending from Hedrick Medical Center to near Park Center Shopping Center. The sidewalk will be constructed using $163,400 in state grant funds, up to $50,000 from local foundations, and $65,000 in city funds, as approved Monday night. The city had already committed to $40,000; however, the city approved an additional $25,000 Monday night to be used for engineering fees on the construction side of the project. City Clerk Roze Frampton explained that the sidewalk project has two parts of engineering expenses: one for the design (which the grant allows for up to 10 percent), and one for the construction (which the grant allows up to 15 percent). Although the grant application alloted for the 10 percent design engineering, it allowed for just 3 percent for engineering costs associated with the construction. After much discussion among the council members, city officials decided to move forward on the project, noting that the city already has a signed contract with the state for this project. The additional $25,000 will come from the city's capital improvement fund. The city will now move forward with getting an engineer on board. It is anticipated that the city will begin advertising for construction bids in November and that actual work will take place next year.

Foundations Step Forward
By Catherine Stortz Ripley

Three local foundations have pledged a total of $50,000 to be used as a local match if a grant to fund construction of a sidewalk from Hedrick Medical Center to Simpson Park is approved. Steve Shoot and Steve Holt, directors of Community FundWorks, told city council members Monday evening that foundations stepped forward to help provide matching funds for the project. The Joe and Lenore Lambert Foundation will provide $20,000, the Mervyn Jenkins Foundation will provide $20,000, and the Livingston County Community Foundation will provide $10,000. The foundations' funding would be given over the course of 23 months. If the grant application for the sidewalk is approved, the city will provide $40,000. Overall, the project calls for constructing a walking/biking trail 3,150 feet long and six feet wide. The sidewalk will also include ADA compliant crossings. The total cost of the project is estimated at $242,500 plus other associated costs. The city is applying for a Transportation Alternatives Program grant through the Missouri Department of Transportation. The grant requires a 20 percent match and with the local foundations, that match is closer to 24 percent, Shoot said. "The foundations really need to be commended for responding quickly," Shoot said. City Administrator Ike Holland stated that the foundation's contributions are important for this project. "It demonstrates the commitment from the local community and its citizens and foundations," Holland stated. "It's important that we have a partnership with the foundations on projects like this. It encourages other funding from the state." The grant application was submitted on Tuesday and also included several letters of support for the project. Among the letters included were ones from the Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce, Main Street Chillicothe, and Hedrick Medical Center. "We had a good quality of support from different organizations and community leaders that will enhance the application process," Shoot said. The city expects to receive notification of the grant award early next year. Community FundWorks most recently received tax credits in the amount of $600,000 for Hedrick Medical Center's Serenity Garden project and, prior to that, $500,000 in tax credits for Cultural Corner Art Guild and Gallery.


City Seeks Grant for Sidewalk from HMC to Simpson Park
The city of Chillicothe is moving forward on a grant application for a sidewalk from Hedrick Medical Center to Simpson Park following a hearing Monday evening during the city council's regular meeting at City Hall. The city conducted the hearing and the council unanimously passed a resolution supporting the application to be made through the Missouri Department of Transportation's alternative transportation program. The total cost of the proposed project is $200,000 with $160,000 of that being federally funded and, if approved, $40,000 funded by the city. The city applied for the grant two years ago but was unsuccessful in receiving funding. Applications are expected to be reviewed in November, with the announcement of funded applications to be made in January. The approved resolution states that the city pledges to maintain the improvements for free to the public and to maintain the asset for 25 years from the date of completion.

HMC / Library Announce Partnership
October 14, 2014

Hedrick Medical Center and the Livingston County Library are proud to partner on an exciting new program to help make waiting for appointments more enjoyable. Patients and visitors at the hospital can now check out a Kindle Fire tablet from the Hedrick Ambassador Desk to use while they wait. In order to check out a Kindle, the borrower's driver's license will need to be given as collateral. It will be returned when the Kindle is returned to the Desk. This is a trial program with three Kindle Fires for use in the lobby area. The Kindles are pre-loaded with 12-15 magazines through Zinio, a subscription service provided by the library. The hope is to expand this program to increase the number of Kindles and add additional locations in the hospital as the program grows.

New Hospital Plaque Honors Past Leaders
by Catherine Stortz-Ripley
CT Friday, August 15, 2014

Family members of individual who played significant roles in forming Chillicothe's hospital into what it is today were recognized during a special plaque dedication ceremony Thursday afternoon at Hedrick Medical Center. A new plaque mounted just below the 2014 plaque in the hospital lobby, gives recognition to hospital board members and executives as well as city officials from the 1936, 1954, and 1972 construction projects.

Photo: BK Web Works, 08/19/14 - Click for a closer view!

Chillicothe Mayor Chuck Haney offered comments to those attending as did Matt Wenzel, Hedrick's chief executive officer. While many people whose names are listed on the plaque have since passed away, Paul Shelton, 81, who served as hospital administrator from 1967 until 1983 was in attendance. Several descendants were also present during an unveiling ceremony on Thursday, August 14.

Photo: BK Web Works, 08/19/14

Photo: Paul Shelton, 08/14/14

Auxiliary Donates for Chapel Windows
August 13, 2014

C-T Photo / Brittany Tutt

The Hedrick Medical Center Auxiliary recently donated $8,700 to Hedrick Medical Center to pay for the stained glass windows located in the hospital chapel. A plaque has been placed in the chapel to recognize the donation. The funds donated come from a number of different fundraisers including spring and fall bake sales, spring and fall book fairs, a bed linens fundraiser, a scrubs fundraiser, and sales from The Gift Box (the hospital gift shop), which is managed by the Auxiliary. "We take pride in our commitment to help care for this community, including its spiritual well-being," Norma Shearer, Auxiliary president, said. "This donation is just one way we've decided to show our support."

The Hedrick Medical Center Auxiliary was organized in May of 1954, celebrating 60 years of service to the hospital in 2014. The volunteers have a wide range of responsibilities throughout Hedrick that complement their interests and skills. In 2013, the Auxiliary volunteered a total of 7,980 hours. Members represent many age groups and parts of the community: parents, grandparents, business people, long-time volunteers, and youth. For more information on the Auxiliary or to inquire about becoming a volunteer, call Lindy Chapman at 660-214-8107.

Plans Underway for Healing Garden, Auction of Items from Old Hospital
March 11, 2014 C-T

With a little over three weeks of full operation in the new hospital, Hedrick Medical Center CEO Matt Wenzel said things are going "quite well." He provided an update to Chillicothe City Council members during their regular meeting Monday evening in the Council Chambers at City Hall. "We've been talking with patients, physicians and employees," Wenzel said, "and, as a group, we couldn't be more pleased with the successes we've seen so far."

The new hospital opened in the early morning hours of February 13, just minutes before the old hospital closed. Wenzel said the transition went smoothly. And now, work has been done to inventory the items of the old facility that are no longer needed. He presented the council with an itemized list of assets and said that there will be a closed auction April 5 to let those who are affiliated with the hospital buy the equipment. The closed auction will be for hospital employees, medical staff and those who serve on volunteer boards. Whatever doesn't sell April 5 will be put in a spring auction conducted by the city. Wenzel said that proceeds from the sale of assets will go back to the city in the form of improving the site at the new hospital. "All this money will go toward the healing garden," he said, noting that a foundation has already been organized for this project. The hospital is in the process of procuring the services of a landscape architect for the healing garden which will be located on the back side of the hospital.

Wenzel told council members about a few minor issues being looked at regarding the new hospital. One is the request for sidewalks. When spring arrives, the hospital will add more sidewalks to increase convenient access to the hospital. The other area to be addressed is employee parking. He is always trying to regulate the hospital's heating and cooling system. "We have the capacity - it's just balancing the hospital during temperature changes. We have to work through that." He also said the dedication plaques which are part of the old hospital will be relocated to the new facility, but a location for placement has not been finalized.

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