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Osgood civic leader, businessman, dies

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Pictured left is William (Bill) T. Neal, Osgood businessman and civic leader.

William (Bill) T. Neal, Jr., 64, a former Ripley County Business Person of the Year, successful Osgood businessman and active civic leader, passed away Sept. 5. After graduating from Purdue University, Neal returned to his hometown of Osgood with wife Lila where he made a successful career selling real estate and developed subdivisions throughout southeastern Indiana. In 1987, he and Lila bought the funeral home in Osgood and Lila continues to operate Neal’s Funeral Home.

Bill Neal also made a living from his passion, collectible firearms. He owned Willy’s Pawn & Gun Shop in Osgood, and later traveled the country buying and selling collectible guns. Neal showed his love for his community by being active in many groups, from Boy Scouts to the United Methodist Church to Osgood Civic Club. A family man and purebred cattle farmer, Neal was also active in 4-H with his three children, and happy to see his grandchildren participate as well. Click here to read the complete obituary.

Visitation will be Sept. 9 at Neal’s Funeral Home, with the funeral service Sept. 10. For the complete obituary see page 2.

Ivy Tech nursing faculty provide medical care to residents of rural Haiti

Two members of Ivy Tech Community College’s nursing faculty traveled to Haiti this summer to provide volunteer medical care to residents of a rural village whose nearest access to healthcare is hours away from their homes. Dr. Shelly Eisert of Batesville and Cynthia Lauber of Holton, both nurse practitioners and nursing educators at Ivy Tech Lawrenceburg, served on the medical mission to Gandou in south central Haiti through St. Anthony’s Haiti Ministry. Based in Morris, Indiana, St. Anthony’s Haiti Ministry was founded by Joe and Jennifer Rennekamp in 2006 and coordinates medical missions to Gandou twice each year.

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Cynthia Lauber (right) and Dr. Shelly Eisert (left), both with Ivy Tech, traveled to south central Haiti to provide health care.

The ministry’s medical volunteers are essential to the healthcare of Gandou’s residents because the nearest physician is a five-hour walk and the nearest hospital is a six-hour walk. The medical mission team, which included healthcare providers from Margaret Mary Health in Batesville and Schneck Medical Center in Seymour, provided healthcare to more than 1,000 residents of Gandou.

“Serving on the mission team provided us with opportunities to collaborate with local healthcare providers to help rural residents who have no convenient access to important medical care,” Eisert said. “Other community volunteers significantly contributed to the mission by providing technology support, medication packaging, and maintenance.” The experience also provided opportunities for Dr. Eisert and Lauber to apply nursing knowledge and skills to culturally, racially, and socioeconomically diverse patients.

“We live in a globally diverse world, and working in settings where diversity is emphasized will help us enhance knowledge, skills, and attitudes in providing culturally competent patient-centered care,” Eisert said. “Professional development opportunities for nursing faculty, such as the Haiti medical mission trip, directly align with Ivy Tech’s mission to prepare Indiana residents to learn, live, and work in a diverse and globally competitive environment by delivering professional, technical, transfer, and lifelong education.”

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