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THURSDAY, JUNE 22,2006 REGION AND STATE THE HAYS DAILY NEWS A3 Hutchlnson cardiologists to open outreach clinic in Hays By PHYLLIS J. ZORN HAYS DAILY NEWS A Hutchinson cardiology clinic is planning to open an outreach clinic here, soon after they have two former Hays cardiologists on staff. Hutchinson Clinic, with cardiologists Dr. Michael Hagley, Dr. Claude Brachfeld and, as of next month, Dr. Mohammed Janif on staff, has seen an increasing number of patients from northwest Kansas, Hagley said. Both Hagley and Janif practiced in Hays. Even though Janif won't begin seeing patients at Hutchinson until July 17, his appointment schedule is filling with current patients, Hagley said. Janif said patients regularly asked if they could continue seeing him after his move. "A fair number of them ask me if they can continue to follow up with me in Hutchinson," Janif said. Janif said he tells them they have a right to choose which physician they see. "The other thing is, I get referrals from Hays and surrounding towns for complex peripheral vascular procedures," Hagley said. "While I can't do those procedures in Hays, I think we can do their initial assessment and the follow-up in Hays." Hagley pointed to the length of the drive to Hutchinson, and the patient's time to make that trip for a short office visit, as a factor in the decision to open a Hays clinic. "We think we can better serve them by making ourselves available in their region," Hagley said. "We know that fuel prices are high but we are willing to drive," Janif said. Hagley said the initial plan is to have a Hutchinson Clinic cardiologist in Hays one day per week, with Janif in Hays two times a month and Hagley and Brachfeld rotating for the other two days. "We think Dr. Janif has a strong following of patients who like him a great deal," Hagley said. "We'd like to be able to continue to serve their needs, and I personally have very fond memories of my patients in Hays and would be flattered if any of the people I've seen before would want to re-establish care with me." Hagley said the proposed outreach clinic here could materialize soon. The clinic has been looking at office space but has not yet signed a contract, he said. "We are looking at the idea of getting something going probably in the early fall," Hagley said. Hagley said the Hutchinson Clinic cardiologists won't be seeking admitting privileges at Hays Medical Center. "We have no intention and no desire to work at HMC," Hagley said. At the Hutchinson hospital, Janif has been appointed medical director of cardiovascular research and education. His responsibilities will include overseeing cardiovascular education programs and overseeing the quality of cardiology care. He will oversee a yearly spring cardiovascular conference for physicians and ongoing cardiovascular research protocols. "My role will be to oversee the different research protocols and practicums that take place," Janif said. "The thing is, I am a big proponent of education, especially clinical education." Bryce Young, chief operating officer for HMC, said the hospital has not yet signed a contract with a cardiologist to step into Janif's responsibilities here, but is close. "We have somebody that we anticipate being here on the fifth of July," Young said. Young declined to name the cardiologist because the paperwork isn't finalized, but noted the cardiologist the hospital is speaking with is presently in the Kansas City area and looking to relocate. A temporary contract Is being negotiated. "It's about 99 percent finalized," Young said. HMC continues to search for two permanent cardiologists, Young said. One was being sought before Janif decided to move to Hutchinson and the other is being sought to fill his vacancy. Nine outreach clinics currently staffed by Janif have been divided among cardiologists Dr. Christine Fisher and Dr. Jeff Curtis, Young said. That's to keep both patients and medical providers as comfortable as possible, he said. Outreach clinics at Scott City and Leotl are being consolidated. Other changes are being made at the High Plains Cardiology office, Young said. "We've reconfigured the way we do clinic in-house," Young said. The clinic is making more use of nurse practitioners and a physician's assistant, Young said. He added that Janif's departure isn't the only reason for that shift. "Really our primary goal was to get new patients in quicker," Young said. Reporter Phyllis Zorn can be reached at (785) 628-1081, ext. 137, or by e-mail at phylz9dallynewB.net. Briefs Tea Rose Inn site of Friday's Chamber Chat The staff of the Hays Area Chamber of Commerce invites its members and the public to Chamber Chat at 9 a.m. Friday at the Tea Rose Inn Bed & Breakfast, 117 W. 13th. "We're excited to be able to visit Rita Stramel at the Tea Rose Inn for this chat," said Chamber Executive Director Gina Riedel. "If you haven't stayed In or toured the bed and breakfast, we hope you'll take the chance to do so with the chamber." Those who attend Friday's Chamber Chat will be able to tour some of the rooms at the Inn as well as hear about upcoming community and chamber events. Friday's Chamber Chat will last approximately 20 minutes. Bicyclists fall ill during cross-state ride KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — At least 54 peop^got^sjipk while taking part in the dnnual Biking Across Kansas event last „,...,.,.,•.. • • .' 'tIM'ii it lit"'" week. A dozen of the participants reportedly were hospitalized with diarrhea, vomiting, fever and dehydration. About 860 cyclists rode in the eight-day event, which took them on a 485-mile route through southern Kansas. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said Wednesday it had traced at least some of the illnesses to norovirus, a gastrointestinal virus that Is easily spread by contact with infected people or contaminated food and beverages. "We think there are likely more people who experienced illness but didn't report it," said Sharon Watson, department spokeswoman. Biking Across Kansas officials said they already were considering ways to improve hygiene along the route next year. "I take this pretty seriously," executive director Charlie Summers said. He said the event might change the informal way it provides snacks at rest stops. Corrections The Hays Daily News staff takes care with its reporting and writing. We encourage readers who find an error to contact us at (785) 628-1081. Ask for Patrick Lowry, executive editor, or Mike Corn, managing editor, or e-mail the editors at plowry@dallynews.net or mcorn@dailynews.net. BO WEMPE / Hays Dally News Spectators and Kansas Department of Transportation employees welcome a military transport vehicle Wednesday as it passes under the bridge at U.S. Highway 183 Bypass on Interstate 70. The vehicle is part of a convoy traveling cross-country celebrating the 50-year anniversary of the Federal-Aid Highway Act. Convoy celebrates 50 years of easy travel By WILL MANLY HAYS DAILY NEWS A cross-country convoy celebrating the interstate highway system passed through Hays on Wednesday. A group of military trucks, coaches and other vehicles is traveling from California to Washington, D.C., to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Federal-Aid Highway Act, which provided funding for the interstate highway system in 1956. Among the travelers Is Merrill Eisenhower Atwater, the great grandson of President Dwight Eisenhower, who signed the act. Most of the convoy is traveling on Interstate 80, but about 30 of the vehicles came down Interstate 70 through Kansas. The Kansas delegation stopped in Abilene for events at the Eisenhower Center. The convoy is following about the same route — in reverse — as an Army convoy that crossed the country in 1919; the young Eisenhower was part of the Army detail that took two months to get from Washington, D.C., to San Francisco. Eisenhower also was in the Army contingent that defeated the Nazis in World War II. While in Germany, he saw the efficiency of Germany's four-lane autobahn freeway. As president, Eisenhower wanted to make America easier to traverse. "Before the interstate system was Invented, you couldn't even see the U.S.A.," said Jana Jordan, director of the Hays Convention and Visitors Bureau. "It was very hard to get across the country." The interstate highways changed that. "It was the first time the common family or the common man could get in a car and see these things that they had always heard about and read about," Jordan said. Jordan also is president of the 1-70 Asso- ciation, which includes 14 Kansas communities on the interstate. She said travelers spend millions of dollars on hotels, fuel and food in Kansas communities each year. "When there's bad weather, or people just going from Kansas City to Denver, we're right in the middle," said Jeff Stringer, a shift supervisor at Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar, one of the restaurants just off 1-70 in Hays. "So it makes a lot of money for us." Stringer said about 1,000 people eat at the Applebee's daily. About 30 percent of them are 1-70 travelers making a pit stop, he said. Kansas has almost 900 miles of interstate highways. The first segment of interstate completed was also in Kansas —1-70 opened west of Topeka in November 1956. Reporter Will Manly can be reached at (785) 628-1081, ext. 138, or by e-mail at wmanly@dallynews.net. College to start wind energy program By SARAH KESSINGER HARRIS NEWS SERVICE TOPEKA — A wind energy program soon to be offered at Cloud County Community College is drawing interest from national and international wind energy companies eyeing the Kansas workforce, the school's president said Wednesday. It also has drawn inquiries from north-central Kansas farmers interested in potential jobs at future wind farms, college trustee Sandy Kinser said before a meeting of the state Board of Regents in Topeka. The? comtaVinity'college; 1 ^ two- ; ' year school with, campuses, in Cloud and Geary counties* just landed a $100,000 wind energy grant from the Regents board, which oversees public higher education. The money will assist in development of a turbine technology program in partnership with Manhattan Technical College. Coursework, set to begin this fall, will teach students how to construct, operate, maintain and repair wind turbines.. New Cloud County Community College President Richard Underbakke helped launch a similar endeavor at an Iowa college before moving to Concordia. The new program is expected to be the first in the state and among a handful nationally. College officials, who want to build a wind turbine on campus, said as wind projects move from development into construction and operation, the demand for skilled employees rapidly will increase. "This is going to hugely fill a niche," Underbakke said. "Kansas is potentially one of the fastest growing states in wind energy in the nation right now. Projections are for 11,000 potential jobs at wind farms in the next five years." Such jobs in the north-central region should pay between $30,000 and $35,000, he said. "I think It's something exciting, especially to people Interested in agriculture who want to stay in the area." Sheriff: Communications key to resolving problems ATTORNEY ASKS CIIIT NIT n UNI STWI TOIDICJmiNCOSTSTMY By STACIE R. SANDALL HAYS DAILY NEWS SMITH COUNTY — New Smith County Sheriff Bruce Lehman is ready to take the proverbial bull by the horns. Lehman beat out six other candidates June 8 to be selected by the Republican Lehman Central Committee. There are several issues the sheriff wants to tackle during his term, and he wants to start with the communications problems. A director of communications, Kina Larsen, was hired Dec. 27 during the county commissioners' regular meeting, a day before a special meeting that officially transferred .dispatch operations, including the budget, from the sheriff's department to a communications department. "It's a case of getting everything resolved so communications can work as a whole for the whole county," Lehman said. "They want to make it into a 911 communications with a separate director, which is fine as long as we all work together because calls aren't being given to the city officers. Fire and rescue are being called late after officers are responding first. That's my big goal right there." Lehman said that he, the commissioners and other officials involved with communications will discuss the best way to move forward. "We're trying to resolve those problems from the past," he said. "There was a lot of tension between people, I believe. We'll eliminate that and allow these people into this office." Lehman also wants to address the methamphetamine problem, get the budget back on track, improve patrolling, re-establish a school D.A.R.E. program and repair the relationship between the sheriff's department and the county commissioners. The sheriff said he needs to gain the trust of the people he works with, and he doesn't plan on letting anyone go. "I didn't come in to get rid of anybody because it costs the county too much money to send them off to school," he said. "Then the county is down that person while they're training. Everybody's qualified here, so there's no need to get rid of anybody." He also said County Attorney Allen Shelton hasn't been utilized as he should be, and he would like to have Shelton and the officers discuss how paperwork needs to be filed with the county attorney. "I'm Just really excited doing this Job. This is something I've always wanted," said Lehman. "Hopefully the people will continue supporting me to go on with the goals and be able to keep the department together. In a month and a half, we'll see if I have a job or not." The sheriff and three other men are running on the Republican ticket during the primary election Aug. 1. Larsen is the only Democrat running in the Nov. 7 general election. Lehman grew up in Washington, Kan., and after graduating from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center in 1987, he went to work for the Washington Police Department. He also worked for the Washington, Osborne and Lincoln county sheriffs' offices. Lehman lives in Kensington and has two sons, Travis and Justin. His fiancee, Bobbin, has three children. Reporter Siacle R. Sandall can be reached at (765) 628-1081, ext. 136, or by e-mail at t99ndiill9dallyn9wg.net. By JOHN MILBURN ASSOCIATED PRESS TOPEKA — The Kansas Supreme Court should not force legislators to follow exactly an education cost study to determine how much to spend on public schools, an attorney for the state told the justices today. The Supreme Court had a hearing on whether a new plan to boost funding by $541 million over three years meets the Legislature's constitutional duty to provide a suitable education for every child. Ainong the issues are the importance of awujt-ordered coat study, issued in January by the Legislative Division of tend it falls $985 million short. Alok Ahuja, a Kansas City- area attorney representing the state, told the court today that the study should not be viewed strictly as evidence to use in assessing the plan. He said even the study acknowledged that legislators had to sift through various scenarios, assumptions and policy choices before settling on bow. much to spend and how to distribute any new dollars. Furthermore, Ahuja said of the plan. "It certainly has not been given an opportunity to influence the achievement of students." Justices Robert Davis and U;e study tan't used as evi- do not match the study, and at- want to send tfe? school ftt»dtag mm- \

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