New business times three – The Belleville Telescope
Office building under construction downtown will house three different therapy services
By Deb Hadachek Telescope News
A new building that will house three new enterprises in Belleville is under construction on the northeast corner of the downtown square.
Central States Respiratory and Medical, owned by Deanna and Bob Morris, are owners of the new building at the corner of 18th and N Street, a vacant lot where the Belleville Locker Plant was once located. The Morrises expect the new building to be open December 1.
The new building will not only provide space for the registered respiratory therapy services that Deanna Morris provides, but also office space for a counseling service and a massage therapist.
Deanna Morris is a registered respiratory therapist. The new durable medical equipment store will offer home oxygen services, sleep therapy products, home sleep testing and related services in a 45 minutes radius of Belleville.
“I believe in preventative maintenance,” she says. “If we go out and take care of our patient and check on our patients, they are less likely to have trouble.
“If anyone has ever had a loved one on oxygen and they have trouble, it’s nice to have someone right in town.”
Morris said she sees a need for providers in the Mankato, Jewell, Superior and Hebron areas, where she will concentrate to develop new business, but will see any patients in the region regardless of where they live.
“All my services start with a prescription from a doctor,” she says. “But just like with a pharmacy, it is a patient’s choice which company provides them respiratory services.”
She said sleep services are growing in demand. She accept private insurance and Medicare reimbursement.
Morris said she plans to employ a respiratory technician who will work under her supervision; a billing specialist and a receptionist/sales person. The store will be open Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 5 p.m. or other times by appointment.
Morris attended Cloud County Community College and received her degree in respiratory therapy from Washburn University in Topeka in 2000. She worked for Republic County Hospital for 10 years, and in commercial respiratory services the past five years.
“I feel like I have the best of both worlds,” she says. “My husband has a business degree, and I take care of people. We have knowledge in what it takes to run a business and be a clinician.”
Bob Morris, who is employed with Johnson Monument and Trigard Vaults, has served as project manager for the construction. The couple purchased the building through Morton Buildings, which will send a crew this week to begin construction.
In addition to Morris’s business, the new building will include two other offices which are already rented, Morris said.
A counseling business co-owned by Belleville native and counselor Kim Lapo, Manhattan, plans to offer a satellite clinic in one of the offices, which will be staffed by Belleville native and recent graduate Haley Hiatt.
Hiatt, LMSW attended Kansas State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in social work. She received a Master of Social Work at the University of Kansas. Hiatt has experience working with children who have a diagnosis of ADHD, anxiety, depression, PTSD, adjustment disorders and other behavioral concerns.
Lapo is a principal in Courser Lapo Clinical and Family Services, Manhattan. She and Jessi Courser are clinical social workers licensed in Kansas by the Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board. They graduated from KU’s School of Social Welfare Master’s program in 2008. Among services they provide are clinical social work services such as adoption homestudies, custody evaluations, and alcohol and drug evaluations.
The other office will become the new location for Relax—Therapeutic Massage and Bodyworks operated by Deidre Banahan of Cuba.
Banahan is a licensed massage therapist who studied at the Midwest School of Massage in Omaha and is nationally certified.
She has been operating her business out of her home at Cuba and at a shop in Concordia, and said she looks forward to having a dedicated space her business.
Her services include several specialized types of massage: Swedish, deep tissue, pre-natal, foot, neck, back, and shoulder, reflexology, shiatsu, aromatherapy and hot stone. Banahan will be open Monday through Saturday by appointment.