The Daily News from Huntingdon, Pennsylvania on May 16, 1981 · Page 8
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Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
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Saturday, May 16, 1981
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PAGE g - K MauiifUtil6H dfttf Sa»fan, •W*i* "?>''. "ffi#1?« ™ • .1 ... I—. ( I V 1 V f \f? I -I f » * Public EvaluateWitisf Hospitals In Sufvf* Huntingdon cduntians joined other citizens in western Pennsylvania recently in voicing tfieir opinions on hospitals and health care and the results were released today by the Hospital Council of Western Pennsylvania'. Consumers gave (he hospitals high marks in the care they are receiving, along with the medical and nursing personnel who are delivering this care. The survey .also demonstrated a strong negative reaction to the involvement of government in determining the hospital's revenue, services and bed capacity. Hospital costs remain an issue, but evidently consumers consider good health a priority, as 86 percent revealed more emphasis should be placed on illness prevention even if it increases the cost of hospital care. Of those interviewed, 76 percent said their family's health is good, but 66 percent said they or a member of thef family had been hospitalized or visited the emergency room or a clinic within the, past two years. The Hospital Council, on behalf of its 98 - member hospitals, one of which is J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital, commissioned a telephone survey to be conducted under the auspices of consultants from the University of Pittsburgh. The survey was completed in the last quarter of 1980 and the results compiled and analyzed in the first quarter of 1981. Over 600 persons in a 32 county Western Pennsylvania area were interviewed. Huntingdon County was included in this group. Telephone numbers were generated randomly by a computer. The number of individuals interviewed was based on the population and occupied housing units. The purpose of the survey was to obtain the input of those living in. the area on several important topics: hospital performance, hospital costs, quality of care, government regulation and information availability. Further, the results were examined to determine if there existed any discernable ' differences in perceptions ' among ' 'the residents of Western Pennsylvania. k 'We believe the survey results reflect attitudes of all Western Pennsylvanians and the information will prove to be invaluable to Council and all hospitals in this region," said Jack C. Robinette, president of the Hospital Council. Western Pennsylvanians reacted favorably when asked if they are satisfied with the care being provided by hospitals. There also appears to be a strong identification factor with local hospitals; 579 out of 623 persons interviewed name a specific hospital used by their family or that they would use if needed. Those interviewed were asked to evaluate the care provided in Western Pennsylvania hospitals as being "good," "fair," or "pobrV 1 Hospitals feceived a 9!> percent favorable response in the gobd or fair eategoriesi Only 5 percerit feel the cafe Is poor : Forty ' seven percerit of those interviewed said they are "concerned" about the quality of care in Western Pennsylvania Hospitals. Hospital performance was also evaluated by respondents when they were asked to rank faetors involved In hospital care, it was found those delivering the care received high marks. Sixty - seven percent said the quality of nursing care In Western Pennsylvania is "good," while .75 percent consider nurses to be interested in patients as individuals. Sixty - Six percent consider the overall treatment by doctors to be "good," with 69 percent agreeing doctors take a strong personal interest in their'.patients. Emergency medical services are provided to the community by many hospitals In Western. Pennsylvania. When asked about the quality of these services, 84 percent or 457 of those interviewed, said emergency medical services were either "good" or- "fair." Other favorable responses were in the areas of admission, discharge and billing procedures, where hospitals achieved over a 50 percent "good" response. Robinette said, "Western Pennsylvanians* regard the cost of hospital care as an issue of concern; as indicated by the survey results." Ninety - foui percent or 19 out of every 2u persons interviewed said they were "very concerned" or "concerned" about the cost of hospital care. Only 1 out of 5 said the cost of care is keeping them/from using the services. Further, 79 percent said they believe they are receiving more, or at least the same, value in services for .their money as compared to 10 years ago. Western Pennsylvanians want to keep and improve their community hospitals even if it means an increase in costs. However, only 43 percent of the respondents agree with the statement: "Hospitdl services are worth the rates being charged." It is reassuring to know of those interviewed, 79 percent said even if people have complete hospital insurance coverage, they still should be concerned about hospital costs. Of those interviewed, 95 percent have some form of hospital insurance. Further, 62 percent of those interviewed who have complete hospital insurance coverage indicate they are "very concerned" about the cost of hospital care. Asked to rank factors, they believe contribute to the cost of running a hospital, over 90 percent indicated the cost of purchasing equipment, modernizing the hospital, and the cost of hospital supplies would add to the cost, of patient care. . . "Communications surfaced as an important issue among iiiuov, ^ iiifcoi y icWvu, Fifty pwttMjSWf Rffs'pMtjJla should b6 d6i«g «: Better.Job ex- plalftlfig,th6ff;M|lietns and public^ RbbifleUe said, Communication rfrtim the doctor to the patient was rated as "good" by 48 petdent, nnd communication from the doctor to the patient's family was considered to be "good" by 46 percent of the 'respondents. Giving patient Information about medical procedures and hospital policies was thought to be "good" by 52 percent of those interviewed. The survey also attempted to ascertain the opinions of residents on ideas for change in- the delivery of hospital care. The increased use Of outpatient areas for testing and minor surgical procedures was supported by 87 percent of those interviewed. Sixty - nine percent now believe specialized hospital services should be located in one central area. Other suggestions for change included the availability of advanced medical equipment at all hospitals. Sixty - six percent of those interviewed agree this equipment should be available regardless of cost. Western Pennsylvanians were asked what role government should have in hospital care. Those interviewed do not believe government regulation would help improve quality or keep down costs. Sixty - five percent of those interviewed said government regulation would not improve quality of care,, and 55 percent did not believe government regulation would keep down hospital costs. Results show, 78 percent feel government regulation contributes to the cost of health care to the patient. Further, 85 percent do not believe the government should decide what kind of hospital services and how many hospital beds each community should have. Most .of those interviewed, 43 percent, were between the ages of 21 and 39 years of age, with 37 percent having an income of between $11,000 and $20,000 per year. Of those interviewed, 413 out of 623, or 66percent were married, with the majority - 59 percent having a high school .education. Interviews were conducted by trained volunteers. The survey consisted of 39 questions and it took approximately 20 minutes to complete. The Hospital Council of Western Pennsylvania, headquartered in Warrendale, with regional offices in Meadville and Altoona, is a non - profit, voluntary association representing 98 hospitals and health care facilities in Western Pennsylvania; J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital is a member hospital. Through Council, members work collectively to improve patient services, meet health manpower needs and initiate shared programs in cost containment, management and group purchasing. Use Of Water Curtailed South Florida Feels Drought WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (UPI) - Some 4.5 million residents of southern Florida, including those in the resort- studded Gold Coast, have been ordered to curtail water use by 25 percent to see the area through its worst drought in 10 years. Miami Beach's famed Fontainebleau- Hotel • shut down its fountains and cut off its lawn sprinkler systems Thursday night. The state's multimillion- dollar agricultural business turned off its overhead sprinklers and irrigation systems during daylight hours, but the winter vegetable crop is safe because it's already on its way to the markets. Hoteliers along the Gold Coast aren't worried either because it's the "low season" and most tourists have left. The governing board of the South Florida Witer Management district issued the stringent water order lor eight cpwnties Thursday because of the growing threat of salt-water intrusion in well fields (bit supply most of the area's fresh water. Only hospitals and healthcare institutions were spared the 25 percent cutback. They were, however, asked to continue curtailing water consumption by 10 percent order in effect since Hast one of the problems affecting Floridians because of the worst drought in a decade. In central Florida, sinkholes caused by lowered' groundwater levels are popping up daily, threatening populated areas. Fires continue to burn in the Everglades,. sending clouds of smoke over much of south Florida. A 20-mile stretch of Alligator Alley in Collier County was closed off Thur- sday night,.as a result of the haze engulfing the area. Two new sinkholes appeared Thursday within a 50- mile radius of Winter Park where a 333-by-300-foot sinkhole caused $2 million in damages last weekend. A sinkhole in Auburndale tilted a street to about a 45-degree angle. Another in fashionable Altamonte Springs drove out a family. Because of the water cutback, some agricultural interests, especially plant nurseries, are expected to be hardest hit by the cutback. Winter vegetable crops have already been harvested and recent spotty rains have helped the mango, avocado and lime groves, however. Hoteliers said the water cutback would not affect their business. Third Graders Have Visitor Third grade students In Miss Snyder's class at Junlata Valley Elementary School recently enjoyed a visit from Johonne Rbdsvlk, J. V. H. S. foreign exchange student from Norway. Johonne presented slides of her country, shared several articles and taught the children some Norwegian words. Once Considered Kidnapping Hinckley Tapes Are Under Study NEW YORK (UP1) Federal law enforcement officials say John Hinckley Jr., the man accused of shooting President Reagan, considered kidnapping actress Jodie Foster but he felt he was "so sick 1 can't even do that." The officials, who requested anonymity, said Hinckley, 25, talked about Miss Foster and his obsession with slain Beatle John Lennon in a bizarre monologue he tape-recorded New Year's Eve. Two tapes were found in Hinckley's hotel room after Reagan and three others were wounded March 30 in Washington. Hinckley declared in his .mind Lennon and Miss Foster were "binded together" months before the rock star's Dec. 8 slaying in New York City, the officials said Thursday. They quoted Hinckley assaying: "It was such a shock to me. It blew my mind. Now Jodie is the only one in the world that matters." Miss Foster, 18, whose movie roles included a child prostitute in the film, "Taxi Driver," is a freshman at Yale University in New Haven, .Conn. "I hate New Haven with a mortal passion," the young drifter from a wealthy Denver area family told his tape recorder while sipping peach brandy alone in a hotel room as 1980 ended. "I've been up there many times not stalking her really, but just looking after her. I was gonna take her away for a while there, but I don't know, I am so sick I can't even do that now." Authorities say Hinckley visited New Haven on at least three occasions before the assassination ' attempt on Reagan and in early March sent several written messages to Miss Foster. He is now undergoing psychiatric evaluation in a federal correctional institution in Butner, N.C. The federal officials said he did not mention the president on the tape but recorded his general feelings about the state of his life. "My life is screwed up," Hinckley said. "The world is even more screwed up. I don't know why people want to live. John Lennon is dead. "I still think about Jodie all the time. That's all I think "Sharon Madden" Springfield Tax Collector THE PUBLIC IS INVITED FRIDAY, MAY 22 CHINATODAY 2s30p,m.<Sp,nru Alumni Hail * Science Center A prssentgtipn fey Septtm^f I9f0 teyr mf^fetrs featuring CHINA; wwYsniri, grt, .com'mtnfii end A gQNTINUQUS SUN ef color »lide> cgretylly »e)ect*d f rom $,000 picture* tgken by tpur memberi - HOST; Unrold 0, Brumbaugh For Informqtipn; Wtlm»r'QII«rTrgv«l ^ 408 Nun St.* 448*1468 _J _ about really, that and John Lennon's death. They (have) been binded together since last summer, really. John and Jodie and now one of 'em's dead." In another recording, the officials said Hinckley strummed a guitar and sang to the tune, "Oh Yoko," Lennon's love song for his wife. However, they said he substituted "Jodie" for "Yoko." Hinckley's monologue was alternately bitter and despondent, they said, and he despaired of recent psychiatric treatment. "...I don't know how much good it's doing. It's just talk, talk, talk." Hinckley, who declared he loved Miss Foster "10 million times," ended the recording with a chilling statement about a death pact with the actress. After describing how much he hated the thought of Miss Foster seeing other men, ("It just kills me"), Hinckley said: "It'd have to be some kinda final pact between Jodie and me. I think about that a lot. It's time for me to go to bed. It's after midnight. "It's the New ' Year ' 1981, T Bye. Hallelujah!" Kiwanis Talk About Service The members of the Kiwanis Club of Huntingdon airod some of the ways they could become more involved in activity and projects which are so important to the life of the service organization at the club's weekly luncheon meeting Thursday at the Hotel PennHunt. Three members, David H. Eyman, Foster G. Ulrich, Jr., and John R, Kenyon, spoke brietly about different aspects of participation - and discussions • fdlMwed each presentation, fiyinmi, tfie* 6Iub secretary,' distributed copie's of official attendance, fules. and explained highlights of those guidelines. He pointed out why attendance Is tat the mutual benefit of the club and the members,' providing the individual with the fellowship of ' meetings and a variety of accruals and for the club the activity necessary tor it to be a viable organization. He also, recapitulated the :wiys a Kiwanis member can receive credit for attendance. Ulrich concentrated' on the value of supporting the Circle K Club at Juniata College through attendance at their meetings. He described sUch inter - club participation as a "splendid way to make - up" attendance credit and show support for the college students in the active campus service club. Kenyon articulated the need to make a greater effort in fund - raising projects and inter - clubs. He urged the Kiwanis members to furnish more input for the planning of projects, and once a fund raiser has been approved, to "pitch in" and make it successful in every way. Kenyon spoke about the value of visiting the other clubs in Division II and how much enjoyment can be derived from these inter - club> visits which can mutually benefit visitor and host alike.. Following his talk, a question and answer period was conducted by Kenyon and the Kiwanis members. The meeting was in charge of Robert B. Stewart 111, president of the Kiwanis Club. He reminded members of the After - Prom Dance, co sponsored by Kiwanis with Owens • Corning Fiberglas, which is scheduled for Friday. May 15. Lt. Governor Edgar Levin announced final plans being made for District Governor Robert A. Wagner's visit on Saturday night at the Raystown Country Inn. Thornburgh Defends Decision HARRISBURG (UPI) Gov. Dick Thornburgh defended his decision Thursday to not back two Democrats in next week's Superior Court primary, saying he was "dismayed" the Pennsylvania Bar Association would criticize him for it." In a letter to Bar President David Fawcett Jr., Thornburgh said he wanted to support two Democrats and two Republicans he appointed to the court last year, but did not because state Democratic leaders would not support the GOP judges. The association's board of governors, meeting in Pittsburgh Wednesday, passed a resolution expressing disappoinment that Thornburgh was not backing Democrats Richard DiSalle of Washington County and Donald Wieand of Lehigh County. Thornburgh said GOP rules required him to support the party's endorsed candidates, and that he felt "a personal obligation" to do so. The water shortage is NOTICE The Mount Union Borough Water Department will conduct its annual cleaning of the Licking Creek water storage dam on Sunday, May 17, 1981. (Weather permitting) This will necessitate shutting off the Licking Creek supply line from 7:00 a.m. Sunday, May 17 to 6:00 a.m. Monday, May 18. Water consumers at higher elevations will notice decreased pressure. A few consumers will be out of water service for this short period. We ask for all who experience any inconvenience to bear with us during this necessary maintenance procedure. Mount Union Borough Couicil MiplitN Fire Company QUEEN CONTEST All opplteBOti rovit N If to II y*ort aid, net marrl*4, mi living In th* ar*a ttrvU*4 fey tat ftlffp(»!«n Fir* Co. f*nd pJiolp. namt. wWwi. "boot nvrator end 99* 19 D*onli HMn, tot 147, Mapjften P*p*t, P O . 17941, N SWMI i,tt!t«t«t.«»f»i 1 1 »..t tt«ttit«fiMftr, ft * • 1 1 • f 1 1 « i 1 1 .' 1 1 » i • t • 1 1 1 . 1 1 1 , ft * , • it (Mrtn SMitu ••••»«••«••>••>•• <t>»i«« • • r if • • « . t Justice Daniel Davis In AlexfTa wfib set an early June date for pfeliffiifiify AfMignntntyni hearing foi- the defendant. i \vould be heard in the Common fy- Should the case go to trial, i Pleas court in Huntingdon Con If) announcing the tiling of chirges, state agents said some of the liquid wastes, known ittihe trade as "paint water, " which was found in Delta's \landflll tank, had been transported to the site fr&ffi Falfehild Republic Company's manufacturing plant In ttagerstoWn, Md. inspections of loo barrels used by\belta for storage found 68 of the barrels contained ink converter waste. " v. Laboratory analyses of the sawbles collected from the fiberglass tank revealed a high concentration &f lead, defined to be a hazardous waste by provisions of the Solid Waste Management Act, authorities said. \ the Delta investigation marks the first case in which charges are being brought under the idflli solid Waste Management Act. The new law, which was signed, by Gov. Dick Thornburgh on July 7, went into effect Sept. 6 last year, it calls for sharper penalties against violators of Pennsylvania's environmental laws, particularly for actions which pose a serious threat to the health and safety of citizens of the com' monwealth. v \ > Zimmerman said that neither Viebauer nor Delta Excavating and Trucking Co.* Inc. had a permit or permission from DER to accept any liquid waste from Falrchild Republic or any ink converter waste for storage or disposal at the site. "Delta landfill is permitted as strictly a sanitary landfill and cannot accept industrial wastes, except those for which it had received prior special approval, " the state's complaint said. State investigators found that Falrchild Republic had shipped about 60, 000 gallons of liquid waste to the Delta landfill, all of which was in violation of Delta's permit. Gerald Taylor Company, Inc. of WiKiamsport, Md. was listed as the hauler of Fairchild Republic's liquid waste, the complaint said. One of the Taylor truck drivers, according to the complaint, told an investigator that the "tankused for the waste always had a hole in It out of which the wlste would leak as soon as he placed the liquid in the tank." \ A "large tear" in the tank, which was vVtually buried in the working space of the landfill, was evident during an inspection of the state by state investigators,\ the complaint said. \ Following the state inspection, the complaht said, an investigator on Sept. 19, i960 observed the removal by vacuum truck of the hazardous waste stored in the fiberglass tank, and four days later the removal of the drummed *nk converter waste. '\ Niebauer and Delta face arraignment on 65 summary violations of the old Solid Waste Management Act, \ 21 misdemeanors for storage of residual waste without a license under the new act, 15 charges of operating hazardous wake storage facility without a permit, and eight misdemeanors for ^violating the Pa. Clean Streams Act by permitting feaking of untreated wastes into areas where it may contaminate groundwater supplies. \ The most serious of the charges leveled against Niebauer and Delta accuse them of operating a hazardous waste Storage facility. These charges, which are felonies under tHe new Solid Waste Management Act, carry potential maximum sentences of 10 years in prison and $100, 000 in fines for each of the 15 counts. \ The Delta landfill investigation has been supervised by Deputy Attorney General Keith E. Welks who is the lawyer in charge of the state's Toxic Waste Investigation and Prosecution Unit, and Special Deputy Attorney General Barbara McDermott of the Dept. of Environmental Resources. Although the information has not yet been confirmed by the regional DER office in Williamsport, DER action is expected to include a denial of Delta's application for the installation of a residual waste sludge disposal trench at the Franklin Township site, and a general order against the site which, if enacted, would mean its closure. •• DAIRY CATTLE Consignment Sole FRIDAY, MAY 22, 1981 7:00 P.M. PENNS VALLEY LIVESTOCK AUCTION CENTRE HALL, PA. SELLING APPROXIMATELY 75 HEAD DAIRY COWS and HEIFERS — All ages, fr»sh or clot* springers, purebreds and grades from some of the best production herds In the area. Also Included in this sale will be a herd of 22 Holsteins (6 open heifers). All ages and stages of lactation. Health Charts Will Be Furnished. Consign or Come To Buy. FURTHER INFORMATION CALL: (814) 23L8032 (814)364-170$ Conilgnmcnt Cattl* may b« delivered to Auction from Noon Thursday until Sal* Tim*. RON GIUIGAN, AUCTIONCER VOTERS Tuesday, May 19 Is Election Day It h your day to exercli 0 your right to vote, go to th* Polk and Vote For The CantiMtittt Of Your Choice. Thank You ROBERT E, NORRIS Republican Candidate For SHERIFF

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