Richmond, Ind. – Professional Development and growth opportunities for members of the Wayne County workforce remain a top focus for the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce. This is evident in their latest announcement showcasing a partnership with the Shafer Leadership Academy.
A new educational offering called “Next Level” will bring experts to Wayne County to facilitate interactive workshops on various topics, such as leading multi-generational teams and discovering the power of introverts. In addition, Chamber members will be able to attend virtual workshops such as Creating Extraordinary Moments and Fostering a Welcoming Workplace.
“We know that when our businesses invest in their people, performance improves and loyalty strengthens,” said Chamber President/CEO Melissa Vance. “This added member benefit could be one of the best we have added in recent years.”
The Chamber has demonstrated leadership in workforce education through its annual Chamber Business Summit in partnership with Indiana University East. This will be the third year of bringing in keynote speakers and utilizing local experts to lead breakout sessions. This year’s Summit will be held on October 13. Registration will open on August 28.
HYPE Wayne County (Helping Young Professionals Engage), a committee of the Chamber, holds several learning and social opportunities throughout the year. They are now accepting applications for their program, WC Leads, a cohort of young professionals honing skills such as leading a team, project management, emotional intelligence, and excellence in communication. The program kicks off at the Chamber Business Summit in October and meets on periodic half-days in the following months. Those completing the program will be recognized at the Chamber Annual Dinner in January.
A Harvard Business Review article states, “The evidence suggests…: We could improve productivity if we stopped systematically underinvesting in human capital…. Beyond wages, other forms of investment in human capital include education and training, improved healthcare, and other, less obvious investments, such as the time and space to explore new ideas and professional development opportunities.”
Roy Ferman of Forbes Finance Council sums it up, “Organizations that maintain a high-development culture are more likely to have engaged employees. Plain and simple.”
To learn more about the Chamber’s educational offerings or how to further engage your team, visit WCAreaChamber.org.
Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce statement -
“The Chamber recognizes the strong need for quality healthcare in Wayne County. We realize in a demanding and ever-changing market, organizations are adjusting their models to remain strong and viable long-term. We plan to continue gathering information, convene important conversations, and proactively work with our local health care providers, such as Reid, to help ensure our community has the health services it needs to thrive in the coming years.”
Reid Health Press Release -
Reid Health undergoes restructuring to bring down costs
July 11, 2023
Faced with an increasing gap between rising expenses and reduced reimbursement rates from insurance providers -- in particular Medicare Advantage and Medicaid -- Reid Health is taking steps to reduce costs and streamline efficiencies.
Recently, healthcare systems across the country have been battling a widening imbalance between rising costs related to inflation and reimbursements that haven't kept up with those costs, resulting in major financial issues unlike any Reid has dealt with in the past.
The factors at play include:
Adding to the burden is the fact that insurance companies are slow to reimburse for patients with commercial insurance after care has been delivered. In many cases, claims are even outright denied despite having prior authorization.
"Healthcare organizations across the state and nation are making difficult decisions to stay afloat in this challenging environment," said Brian Tabor, President of the Indiana Hospital Association. "I'm concerned we may see more reductions in hospital services over the coming months as Medicare and Medicaid payments continue to fall further below the cost of delivering care, exacerbating the fragile state of hospital finances.
"We need Congress to reject proposals that would impose Medicare cuts and urge the State of Indiana to provide short-term Medicaid relief to avoid this trend continuing across the state."
The Reid Health Governing Board has been working with a consultant to identify opportunities to streamline organizational operations, reduce costs, and improve efficiencies.
Over the past few weeks, Reid has taken steps to reduce duplication and costs within its executive leadership and middle management teams. Doing so allows Reid to streamline reporting structures and identify efficiencies for cost savings.
As a result, some roles are being eliminated. Affected employees have the opportunity to apply for other open positions for which they're qualified, and some have chosen to stay with Reid.
In addition, Reid will close the Reid Employee Wellness, Sports Performance, and Massage Therapy departments along with the HealthWorks Fitness Center in Connersville. HealthWorks will close on July 31.
The same factors affecting Reid's finances are impacting other health systems across the country, including here in Indiana. For example, Ascension St. Vincent recently closed a hospital in Bedford as well as 11 primary care and other centers across Central Indiana.
"These are the kinds of tough conversations families have around the kitchen table during hard times," Kinyon said. "When your income is reduced while your expenses increase, changes must occur. That's the situation we're in today.
"This process to better align our costs and resources will ensure we can continue to provide exceptional care for those we serve. We remain committed to our mission to lead our communities to well-being, one person at a time."
Date: July 6, 2023
Contact: Robin Henry Assistant Vice President of Human Resources
For Immediate Release
3Rivers Federal Credit Union, one of the top performing credit unions in the state of Indiana, announces the addition of 10 Member Service positions in their Richmond, Indiana based Call Center. This expansion represents 3Rivers commitment, dedication and investment in Wayne and Union Counties to provide rewarding employment opportunities while delivering exceptional member service to 3Rivers members and the community.
3Rivers Credit Union has consistently received national award recognition for workplace excellence, and is known as an employer of choice in the region. 3Rivers seeks team members who thrive in a fast paced environment, are motivated by growth, innovation, and a culture rooted in community giveback. 3Rivers offers generous benefits and compensation plans to reward continuous performance and personal growth. The minimum starting wage is $15.75. Pay is commensurate with experience.
- Ongoing training and career advancement opportunities
- Comprehensive health, dental, and vision insurance plans
- 401(k) plan with generous matching contributions
- Paid vacation, sick, and float time. Including 9 paid federal holidays.
- Paid volunteer time to give back to the community
- Employee assistance program for personal support
Joining 3Rivers means becoming part of a dynamic and inclusive work environment where contributions are valued, rewarded, and make positive impacts in the lives of our team members, members, and community.
For more details on benefits and to apply for one of the 10 Contact Center positions or any other open position, please visit www.3riversfcu.org/careers and submit your application online. Experience in the financial industry is not required. Qualified individuals are passionate about learning, growth and helping others.
By Miriam Gridley, Chamber Intern
You have probably seen advertising signs at McDonald’s. Or, perhaps felt a soft touch, matte-covered book. Surprisingly, these are just some of the products made locally by Transcendia. In addition, they also make lamination films for packets used for sterile, surgical instruments. The special film that covers the holograph in passports for India and Pakistan is also provided by Transcendia. They serve many different markets. In fact, there are twenty plants across the world: seventeen for manufacturing, and three for distribution.
The Transcendia plant, located in Richmond, was established in 1931. In fact, it was one of the first film converters and distributors. Their focus was food packaging wraps, but during the 60’s, and 70’s there were shortages in those areas. So, they got into extrusion. In the 80’s they started investing in the sheet extrusion market. By the 90’s they bought a liquid coating line, which is the soft touch, matte feel on books. In 2010 Jordan Group purchased Transcendia Transal Wrap, then it was sold again in 2017 to Golden Sacks. Finally, it has grown into what it is today, Transcendia.
Cody Cohoon, site manager, is very organized and thoroughly enjoys what he does. He has been with Transcendia for quite some time working as an operations manager, production manager, and supervisor. With valuable experience, he knows the importance of teamwork. In total, there are one hundred and twenty-nine people employed at Transcendia. Fifty have been there for ten years. One of Cody’s favorite things about Transcendia is the people. He is very personable with all the employees, knowing every person by name. Cody has worked hard to transform the culture and has created a positive environment. Cody does many things for the benefit of his employees, including a monthly giveaway for perfect attendance and organizing events for his employees and their families.
Cody grew up in Ohio and currently lives in Tip City, Ohio. Although he lives and was raised in the North, his heart is in the South where he was born, and where all his family resides. He married his high school sweetheart, Samantha, and they have two children together, Kingsley and Keegan. He says that the coolest thing in his life is being called Dad. Before coming to Transcendia, he owned his own concrete business.
Professionally, Cody has a strategic plan that will benefit Transcendia. He wants to reinvest in Richmond, add to their current site, add a packaging leader, and add new technology. He has a goal to give his employees sixteen paid hours a year to volunteer in the community. Cody chose to be a part of the Chamber because he wants to invest in the people and invest in this great community. He is eager for Transcendia to evolve, learn, and grow as a business through being a Chamber member. Also, it gives his employees opportunities to get outside of work and involved in the community. Cody’s favorite thing about the Chamber, so far, is the overall number of events and community involvement.
The Richmond Transcendia Plant is located at 300 Industrial Pkwy.
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