Practice News

Quarterly Fire Drills

This team is ready for anything! Today our Surgery Center staff participated in the quarterly fire drill. Stephanie got the fun job of pulling the fire alarm, while McKenzie practiced taking aim to extinguish the (imaginary) flames.

While our staff always enjoy every opportunity to come together, we take drills like these very seriously and perform them regularly to ensure your safety.

2021 Biggest Loser Contest

It’s Biggest Loser time! Every year since 2016, our Grossnickle Eye Center team has held the Biggest Loser contest to drop extra lbs and promote wellness. It’s a great way to come together, and this year we have 21 participants! The contest lasts 12 weeks, with the last weigh-in on April 26th.  Each participant buys in to participate and GEC matches the “pot.” This prize money will go to our top 3 “biggest losers” and to our “Challenge Week” winner (highest percentage lost in 1 week). This year Nikki from Patient Accounts took on the role of Biggest Loser Coordinator. Here she performs a weigh-in for Dr. Christopher Knight.

What better way to beat the pandemic blues than to start the year off healthy!?

Annual CPR Training

We’re happy to see our clinical staff come together yet again for our annual CPR training! Eye’s may be our specialty, but your safety will always be a number one priority.

Toys for Tots 2020

For our Doctors’ 2020 Christmas gift, the GEC staff donated money for the Toys-For-Tots fund so that children could have a joyous Christmas, even in the midst of the COVID pandemic.  The staff raised a total of $1,811.00 for this worthwhile cause.  Pictured is Dr. Chris Knight, Dr. Jon Mark, and Dr. Austin Lifferth accepting the check.

Dr. Matt Ralston Speaks at the Warsaw Breakfast Optimist Club

Big thanks to the Warsaw Breakfast Optimist Club for welcoming Dr. Ralstin to the recent program. We are always happy for a chance to spread cataract education, and we are honored to have visited the largest service club in Kosciusko County, which raises thousands of dollars annually for youth oriented activities.

Grossnickle Eye Center Gives to Boomerang Backpacks

Grossnickle Eye Center recently gifted a $5,000 donation to Warsaw Community Schools’ Boomerang Backpack program.

While the program has been in WCS’s elementary schools for eight years, it was started in March 2008 in Kendallville under the guidance of founder Mark Cockroft. The program has a simple goal: feed hungry children on the weekends. The program initially started in one elementary school and now feeds over 3,700 students in 49 schools throughout northeast Indiana.

Boomerang Backpacks feeds hungry youth while educating high school students and encouraging community involvement.

Warsaw Community Schools hands out 493 backpacks each week. Grossnickle Eye Center’s gift of $5,000 will feed 48 children for 30 weeks in the WCS system.

Organizers of the program extended a “huge thank you to Grossnickle Eye Center. Without local donors like this, we could not do what we do!”

To donate, go to and designate Warsaw Community Schools.

This original article can be viewed on Times Union Online.