April 16, 2008
Letters To The Editor
Emmett made a difference:
When I was dating my future wife in a summer during the late 1950s, I worked for the electric department as an engineering student and under the guidance of Charles Ames. My task was to compose the first electric diagram of the total system. I understood very little of the way the large, high-powered lines worked.
But, two fellows took me under their wing and made the task become very simple. One was Emmett Holbrook. His understanding and guidance made my task not only easy, but enjoyable. I lost track of him many years ago but will never forget his “big brother” attitude toward me then, and I’ll miss him.
Well, Emmett, I guess you have by now arrived at your new “station” and have started in keeping the lights burning. Keep it up, Buddy.
Cayce says thanks:
We of the Cayce Fire Department wish to say thanks to Sheriff Dickerson and his crew, who prepared the food for our fish fry.
Although the weather was bad, we had a good turnout.
To each who bought tickets and brought dessert, we say thank you and we look forward to the next one.
In an attempt to provide quality healthcare to the citizens of Marshall and surrounding counties, Alliance Hospital must sometimes make arrangements to transfer patients to obtain needed services. Some of these might include obstetric, psychiatric, kidney dialysis, cardiac, orthopedic, and neurologic, as well as others.
Unknown to the general public, certain conditions must be met prior to the transfer of patients from one facility to another. Some of these conditions include ensuring the accepting facility has appropriate staff and resources to care for the patient’s problem, space available, and whether the patient’s condition is stable enough to benefit from the transfer (benefit outweighs potential risk).
Two recent cases illustrate some of the obstacles faced when attempting to arrange transfer:
Case 1 involves a patient with cerebral hemorrhage (brain bleed). Attempts at transfer included calls to multiple hospitals (BMH-Oxford, NMMC-Tupelo, the Med-Memphis) before acceptance to Methodist Hospital-Memphis was obtained.
Case 2 was a patient with burns. Several attempts to LeBonheur-Memphis and University Hospital-Jackson were made before the Burn Center arranged transfer to NMMC-Tupelo for stabilization prior to transfer to the burn center.
These cases are representative of the dozens of patients who require transfer for various reasons from Alliance Hospital. Some are simpler; many are more involved, requiring multiple calls to the facilities’ operators, Med-Com, ERs, administrators, nurses, physicians, and sometimes helicopter staff.
All involve time, effort, and staff to ensure the patient is sent to the appropriate facility for care.
The transfer of patients ftom one facility to another is a time-consuming and sometimes complicated process. The patients’ needs, as well as the families’ desires are taken into account. Alliance Hospital is dedicated to providing service to ensure the proper care of our patients. We ask the public’s understanding in our attempts to leap these hurdles.
Greg Stallworth, M.D.
Help the Humane Society:
As of March 19, the low cost Spay/Neuter program supported by the Marshall County Humane Society has been suspended. It is not because of a lack of appointments, as the clinic was booked through May.
The reason for this was the building that we operated from was condemned and vacated immediately. The board of supervisors, who approved the Humane Society’s use of the building, informed them of the building’s situation.
The need for a new location for the clinic was discussed, but the board of supervisors has not been able to identify a location.
This is shortsighted. We have made some improvment in animal control through the years, however there is still much more that needs to be done. There are still dogs wandering along the roads, getting hit by vehicles and left decaying where they fell.
This is tragic and should not be the standard for the county in 2008. In 2007, over 850 animals were spayed or neutered through the Humane Society’s program. This is one big step in reducing the number of unwanted or abandoned animals in the county.
Your support for the Humane Society’s program is essential and needed now!
If you have a concern about animal control do not hesitiate to call your district supervisor; They figure -- no calls about this important issue, then there is no problem. We all know this is not true, just take a ride and see for yourself.
Please call! The supervisors need to hear from you!
Hello! My name is Kylee S. I am a fifth grade student at West Ridge Elementary School in Harlan, Iowa.
Our class is studying the geography and history of the United States.
I am hoping you can send me souvenirs, a map or any other information about Mississippi. If possible, my teacher would like a Mississippi license plate.
I appreciate your time.
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