The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas on December 15, 1976 · Page 12
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The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas · Page 12

Hays, Kansas
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Wednesday, December 15, 1976
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Program Offers Rural Areas Substitute MDs : ATWOOD - When Dr. Phillip Walton wanted to take time from his Atwood practice to complete some postgraduate courses in medicine, he found he was in a bind. His pursuit of further education would have left the 5,000 residents of Rawlins County without a full-time practicing physician. It would have, that is, if not for a new doctor outreach program at the University of Kansas Medical Center that matches rural areas with a licensed physician from the university's residency program. The program officially is known as "locum tenens," a Latin term meaning a temporary substitute. But for small Kansas Towns, the meaning is a lot simpler than that. It means a doctor will be available to fill in for the regular local doctor when necessary. Considering the pressures of modern medicine and plain old "doctoring," the need for a physician to get away for a while is essential. And if you're the only doctor serving a county, the need must be even more pressing. The locum tenens program is a two- way street, for it benefits the substitute doctor as much as It does the hosting community. Hallows resident physicians the chance to taste "the real world," away from insulation of the Med Center. One such resident is Dr. Jay Schuckman, a Hays native who still has a year and a half left in this postgraduate residency. Schuckman, along with a Med Center faculty member, filled in for Walton in Atwood recently. Schuckman described his two-week stint in Atwood as a "very good experience. "It gave me an idea of what practice is really like, away from the Medical Center. "I liked the variety of the people. 1 think if you're going to be a 'people' • doctor as opposed to 'technical' doctor, family practice is the perfect field." Both Schuckman and Dr. Robert W. Drown, the Med Center faculty member who accompanied him, praised At wood's 30-bcd hospital facility. "They practice very good medicine there," Schuckman said. "Their hospital is very good, with a two-bed intensive care unit and an excellent nursing staff. The laboratory and X-ray departments also are very good. And Dr. Walton has the best back-up possible available by telephone any time he needs it." Schuckman was referring to the consulting doctors available to Rawlins County from surrounding areas, such as Denver. A surgeon and a radiologist are available from Nebraska and an internist from Colorado also works with Walton. In addition, the Atwood hospital is in touch with cardiac specialists In Chicago by way of special monitoring and hook-up equipment. In cases of dire emergency, Atwood has help'from Denver in the form of a air ambulance service complete with full in- flight care. "Hut It always comes down to the fact that Dr. Walton Is the only doctor there," Schtickman said. "Ho always has first contact with the patient." Brown who brother lives In Atwood, made the trip as a consultant for Schuckman. Both doctors made hospital rounds and Schuckman saw walking patients in Wallons office. While in Atwood, the doctors saw the whole gamut of injuries and illnesses. "We wore there during a semi-lull," Schuckman said. "The weather was nice, not too many people getting sick and no really big emergencies occurred. But the potential was there to be swamped." The Nor'Wester SECTION 2 By J. MARTIN DOLAN December 15, 1976 Solitary Post Marks Youth's Sacrifice :: DORRANCE — In a field 'northwest of -here stands a lonely, weather-beaten stone • post, a memorial • to a young man most -people in Dorrance would not remember. ','.- His name was Willie Baley. He never ;was famous during his 20 years, nor is he ; famous today. ; '. But the marker serves to remind the •community of Baley's courage, a courage ' that cost him his life as he battled to save Dorrance from destruction in 1893. : •'• In that year, Dorrance was prey to many ;'prairie fires that swept across the plains after being touched-off by the sparks of •passing locomotives. "•';; One such fire started on Sunday, March 12. This one was as bad, if not worse than, ; any grass fire before. : The fire-fight lasted the better part of the day. After it was extinguished, Willie Baley was found horribly burned in a field, but still 'alive. , Baley was rushed by Joe Garrett, the man who stumbled upon his charred body, to a hotel in town. There Baley was attended by ' a physician from near-by Widdifield. Despite the doctor's efforts, Baley died the following morning. His life was the second claimed by the March fire — ten- year-old Allen Moore had also died that day. Baley's death might easily have gone unnoticed by all but friends and family. A few days after his funeral, however, a stone marker was erected on the spot where Baley fell exhausted fn the flames. But the marker, like whoever placed it, soon was forgotten. The marker came to light recently when it was included in a history of Dorrance compiled in observance of the Bicentennial. No one could remember the details. No one except C.B. Garrett, formerly of Dorrance and now living in Oakley. Garrett is the,son of Joe Garrett, the man who brought Baley back to town. According to C.B. Garrett, the marker was placed in the field by his uncle. But what was it that prompted Garrett's uncle to raise the memorial? Why was just Baley's name hand-inscribed on the stone, and not little Allen Moore's? The answers are mere speculation. Perhaps it was a quiet statement of resolve and bravery, a way of reminding the present of the sacrifices of the, past. . , The stone marker reflects as much. It reads: Willie Baley — Burnt — March 12, 1893. Lucas Hopping On Saturday Nights LUCAS — Back in the "good old days," Saturday night was the zenith of the week for many people. That was the night, broke or not, that everyone went to town — to shop, to be entertained or just to socialize. In most towns, those days are gone. That, however, is not the case in Lucas. "We're widely advertised as the 'Saturday Night Town,' ' said Steve McAllistci, president of the Lucas Chamber of Commerce. "It sure has been ( \ tremendous success). It's difficult to imagine the traffic there is on Saturday night in this town of GOO. "Basically, we wanted to stay traditional," he said. "And we wanted to do something different." McAllister said most towns have one night a week that the stores stay open late, many times Monday or Thursday, Lucas is the only town in the area open on Saturday,night, IIP said. "The farmer has become mobile enough (hat it doesn't matter as much, hut around here, we still prefer Saturday," he said. Most businesses, including the car dealerships, keep their doors open "until the movie (•ets over," about 10:30 p.m. Shattered This branch, frozen fast in a creek near Schoenchen, appears to have shattered the tee that ensnares it. Official Faces Change OAKLEY — Oakley city officials have seen quite a bit of change over the past week; change of faces. Ronnie Hance, the town's police chief since 1974, resigned. So did the assistant fire chief, Leslie Plummcr. Mrs. Myrle Stanfield, a city councilwoman, had to be replaced. None of the three resignations apparently was related. Unofficial sources say Hance quit to operate a clothing store in Leoti. Mrs. Stanfield and her family moved to Oklahoma, which meant a replacement had to be named. That replacement is William Chapman, will will serve-out Mrs. Stanfield's term on the council. , Danny Shanks, former assistant police chief, was named as Oakley's new chief. Dean Organ will now serve as the assistant fire chief. 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