William Newton Hospital is the recent recipient of three grants through the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas Pathways to a Healthy Kansas program.

The hospital combined funding through three of the designated pathways to complete a $22,475 sidewalk renovation on the southwest corner of its Winfield campus.

“That section of sidewalk was entirely unusable,” William Newton Hospital Healthways Coordinator Ruth Bumgarner said. “We identified it as a priority area because it is part of the designated walking path used by many of our employees, and because it helps connect the hospital campus to the Winfield Public Library, Winfield Recreation Commission and other community resources. With the new sidewalk in place, our campus is more accessible to community members, and it is safer and more convenient for our employees to use the walking path.”

The sidewalk construction was completed by Conco Construction of Wichita. Conco also made an in-kind contribution of $5,675 to help to fund the project.

“Conco Construction has been a valued contractor throughout our $9.1 million project to develop the H. L. Snyder Medical Foundation Surgery Center,” William Newton Hospital CEO Ben Quinton said. “New sidewalks were poured as part of that project as well, significantly improving the walkability around our campus. We greatly appreciate Conco’s generosity in making our hospital more safe, welcoming and accessible.”

Local health coalition RISE Cowley is the administrator for Pathways grant funds in Cowley County. The coalition applied for and received the three-year grant in 2017 and has coordinated and facilitated Pathways projects around the county.

“Funding from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas’ Pathways to a Healthy Kansas grant has positively impacted every community in Cowley County. It is exciting to engage community partners to make healthy choices easier,” RISE Cowley grant coordinator Becky Reid said.

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