Dec 02, 2019 4:14 PM

Local DAR grant helps fund WiFi at Hays VA clinic

Posted Dec 02, 2019 4:14 PM

Hays VA Outpatient Clinic


By JUDY SHERARD

Hays DAR


The VA Outpatient Clinic, 207B East 7th Street in Hays, will continue to provide WiFi service to those visiting the clinic for the next three years thanks to a $6,744 grant from the Robert E. and Patricia A. Schmidt Foundation, Hays, and the local Courtney-Spalding Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.


Using a $2,500 grant from the Schmidt Foundation in 2018, Eagle Communications Inc. of Hays, installed WiFi wiring and equipment following a technician site survey to determine what was needed.


Before that the clinic had been a Wi-Fi “dead zone” for visitors.


The $6,744 grant will “provide 36 months of managed firewall and internet services” to the clinic, according to a letter from the foundation.


"The managed firewall will add higher security because of medical and VA information that may be transmitted," said Bunnie Bowen, Courtney-Spalding treasurer.


After months of researching ways to achieve channel reception in a financial and sustainable manner, the Courtney-Spalding Chapter also provided a television in the VA Clinic waiting room in 2018. Using an antennae for reception, the TV offers a selection of eight channels.


The project was made possible by donations from Hays Community Assistance Center, Hays Walmart, Viola Kaempfe family, Brandon Purdy of Simply, LLC, and anonymous donors.


Both projects, the waiting room TV and WiFi, are provided in honor of Kathryn Walker West, Maj., U.S. Army (ret.), NSDAR Corresponding Secretary and former Kansas Regent.