Hospital Administrator Charlie Harrison discussed operations at the hospital, and the current vote to continue the annual district tax – that’s collected on our property tax bills.
Operations are doing well – they just self-funded a $4.5 million seismic upgrade on the building, including new ramps and bathrooms.
Occupancy is up – which means more Medicare which only pays 40% of the billings on average. They provided 7000 patient-days of care in the last year, and 1200 in Acute Care. The Emergency Room is always busy.
Charlie asks all of us to vote, and if we have the opportunity to discuss the vote with our friends, urge them to vote “YES” too!
The hospital has 218 employees – and is a valuable part of our community.
Lilly Richardson (Mike’s Granddaughter) reported on here team’s robot entry in the Odyssey of the Mind competition. THEY GOT FIRST PLACE locally and went on to state for a second place – and NOW TO WORLD!!! The world competition includes students from 200 schools, from more than 20 countries.
The team could use some help – it will cost about $9,500 to send the team to the competition – Lilly will submit a request for finding to give us the opportunity to help!
Emily and Paulina, officers of the Literature Club reported on club happenings – and took possession of a $500 donation check for their group!
Paulina also announced “MAD SCIENCE NIGHT” on May 24, from 5:30 to 7:30 at the High School – geared toward elementary kids, lots of fun experiments! They could use a little help and will submit a request.
Today’s program was a presentation from Stephanie Neumen about her visit to a refugee village in Uganda.
What a story – Stephanie showed us a short video of her visit, while describing the situation there. Uganda has turned into a place for refugees from all over Africa to come, as they flee areas that involved in war and revolution. It turns out the Uganda is one of the safe and friendlier and peaceful places in Africa, so it has become a natural safe-haven.
Stephanie tells a story about pretty bleak conditions, with families being torn apart, no water, little food and a lot of hungry children.
Stephanie could use some help with what has become a major cause of hers – and will turn in a request for donation.
If you can help, www.hocwug.net
Stephanie – thanks for caring!!!