May 22, 2020 6:03 PM

Marshall: Federal money continuing to flow for testing

Posted May 22, 2020 6:03 PM

By NICK GOSNELL

Hutch Post

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The 174 Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) in Kansas will receive an additional $8.6 million from the Department of Health and Human Services to enhance coronavirus testing in the communities they serve.

"As we start opening Kansas up for business again and do it in a safe, responsible manner, I think testing is going to be very much part of the key," said Kansas First District Congressman Dr. Roger Marshall. "So far, Kansas recieved over $100 million for testing for across the state. Specifically, some more funding announced today for our Rural Health Clinics. Right there in Reno County, the Hutch Clinic has been given some funding for testing. Of course, Prairie Star, your federally qualified clinic has already received a million dollars to help with COVID testing."

Between the two, testing capacity should be much more available in Reno County.

"This is one more piece of the puzzle that HHS is doing with the dollars that were allocated towards health care," Marshall said. "The President has heard loud and clear, testing and more testing is going to be needed."

The additional testing capacity can help to open up other areas of the county, as well.

"It will help as those folks reach out to say, the community college or the nursing homes, those types of things, being proactive with testing," Marshall noted. "Even as we think about how we're going to get our schools open this fall, it will be important."

The CDC maintains a guidance for testing criteria, however, states have the authority to change the testing criteria in response to changing developments.

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May 22, 2020 6:03 PM
Siemens Gamesa names new North America CEO

ORLANDO, Fla. — Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy announced that it is under new leadership in the North American Onshore segment. Shannon Sturgil was named CEO effective June 1. He will be based out Orlando, Florida. Sturgil succeeds José Antonio Miranda, who will return to Spain.

Sturgil brings more than 20 years of experience with Siemens where he held a number of sales and marketing roles with ever-increasing responsibilities in the energy industry. Most recently he was the head of Power Systems Sales for Siemens Energy, Inc., which included sales responsibility for all generation, transmission and distribution, service, and battery storage technologies.

“North America is a key market and presents enormous opportunity for Siemens Gamesa – the industry experienced a total of 1,800 MW in U.S. first-quarter installations in 2020 alone along with vibrant growth in the repower segment. And with the westward shift in Canada, we are seeing success and new opportunities in the Saskatchewan and Alberta provinces,” Shannon Sturgil said. “I’m very excited to join Siemens Gamesa to now have the opportunity to continue to grow our presence in these important markets. I’ve worked with many customers in the U.S. energy industry over the years and look forward to collaborating even closer in my new role to help them with their energy transformations toward a cleaner, more renewable future.”

“Shannon has extensive experience in the energy industry with strong customer relationships. I am confident that he and the team will build on José Antonio’s work, with a strong focus on profitable growth in the region,” says Enrique Pedrosa, Onshore Chief of Regions Officer, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy.

Siemens Gamesa has a strong presence in North America with a total installed base of nearly 25 GW, enough energy to power over 7 million average households.