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Senator Jerry Moran of Kansas, who voted against The Better Care Reconciliation Act, visited Village Shalom to discuss healthcare concerns with representatives from Village Shalom and the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City on August 7. Had the bill passed, the effects would have been damaging to Village Shalom.

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On July 14, Village Shalom Restorative Nurse Aide, Kim Green, received deserving recognition when she became the 21st recipient of Village Shalom’s Wolff Excellence in Care Giving Award. In her three years at Village Shalom, Green has always put the needs of residents above her own, providing them with the same level of care and compassion as she would a member of her own family. Eager to volunteer whenever a need is left unfilled, she covers as a CNA or scheduler – even in medical records and central supply. Always willing to go above and beyond, she will change her schedule for her restorative groups with residents when they need more care.

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Village Shalom continues to move forward with its plans for a major campus expansion. The project will increase the footprint of the south Overland Park retirement community by 50 percent. The plans include a new 48-residence free-standing memory care community, a four-story independent living apartment community, a repurposed short-term rehabilitation center with expanded therapy space, and a “Main Street” with dining and service amenities that will serve as the corridor from the new apartment community to the existing continuing-care campus. Construction is on-track to begin in early 2018, with completion set for the late summer of 2019.

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The Epsten Gallery is pleased to present ARTicipation Pop-Up Studio 2017: Connections, an open-studio, art-making environment for audiences of all ages and abilities. The exhibit will run May 7 through June 30. The public opening reception will take place on Sunday, May 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. Launched in 2012, ARTicipation Pop-Up Studio is an annual, evolving exhibition featuring a dynamic salon-style installation of artwork created by Village Shalom residents and other senior citizen groups who participated in art therapy sessions and workshops sponsored by The Epsten Gallery during the year.

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Last year ended on a high note for three Village Shalom staff members after the Employee of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Allen and Gloria Block “Champion of Culture Change” Award winners were announced at the retirement community’s holiday party on Dec. 16. When the party was over, the fun was just beginning for Christine Lawson, Rachel Thomas and Michaela Kidd – each of whom stood out from a very deserving field to secure 2016's top staff honors.

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