The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on February 2, 1986 · Page 71
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 71

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, February 2, 1986
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The Salina Journal Sunday, February 2, 1986 PageSSS Scott William. Dale Livengood, a nuclear medicine technologist at St. John's its rounds to area hospitals in the Mobile Clinical Services van. A Hospital, is the operator of the mobile gamma camera which makes piece of ultrasound equipment also is carried in the van. Hospitals match high-tech with high-touch By JIM BOLE Staff Writer Increasingly sophisticated technology and more human interrelationship in medical care have been christened "high-tech and high- touch," buzzwords that have joined the jargon of Salina's hospitals and the nation's medical facilities. High-touch is a new term for something that was practiced long before recent medical advances, said Roy White, administrator of St. John's Hospital. Back when medical science was .called "doctoring," high-touch was better known as a bedside manner, White said. "High-touch has always been a key ingredient in medical care," he said. "Now it's important that high-touch keeps up with high-tech." It is not as simple as adding a high- touch program for each new machine or technique, he said. For example, since Dr. Ah' Man- guoglu began Salina's first neur- osurgery practice in November, more than just technologically advanced neurosurgical procedures have been introduced to Salina's medical community, he said. A team of therapists and other rehabilitative specialists also had to be formed. The team uses mostly human-touch skills and some technology to help a patient recover from neurosurgery, he said. Other technological advances require more staff attention to patients who fear dehumanized treatment from a machine, he said. And some advances shorten or eliminate parts of medical treatment; so it may lessen the trauma, but it also means there is less time for the hospital's staff to make a patient feel at ease, White added. Other high-tech advances have been made, but they don't always have a high price tag. It may be a simple device that aids in physical therapy for people with knee problems, or a small machine that allows a patient to administer his own pain medication. Ingo Angermeier, Asbury Hospital's associate administrator, said a strong guest relations program is one of the best ways to make people more at ease in the hospital. This year, Asbury began a program called "The Spirit of Caring," which has been successful, Angermeier said. "It's grown beyond just treating guests well; it's led to some internal changes and improved morale," he said. St. John's continues to reinforce and expand a similar guest relations Budget knife may cut into SRS By SHERIDA WARNER 'Living Today'Editor As Kansas lawmakers tinker with their budget barometers, storm clouds are gathering over the capitol that threaten to turn foul over the entire state. Under the federal government's new Gramm-Rudman budget- balancing law, Kansans could lose up to $8 million in grant money this year. Some of the biggest cuts will fall on social services and health block-grant programs. ; Kansas' share of the reductions automatically takes place March 1 unless Congress takes action to stop 'them. Robert Harder, secretary of the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, said over the next 18 months there either will be a significant reduction in social services or a significant increase in state money to offset the federal cuts. If additional state money is not made available, Harder anticipates a possibility SRS services will be rationed. But how likely is it that state funding will be forthcoming? Gov. John Carlin believes welfare cuts are needed and proposes to chop about 3,500 Kansans from the rolls by July 1. He also wants to freeze other welfare grants at current levels. His budget proposals were pre. sented last month to state legislators. In his State of the State message, Carlin asked for an end to the Transitional General Assistance program. ;. About a quarter of the people in the program would be reclassified as being unable to work and would continue to receive payments under the General Assistance Unrestricted program which is to continue. According to Harder, other parts of Carlin's proposal would freeze funds to physicians and other individual medical providers, but would allow for an inflation factor in nursing homes and hospitals. With the impending cutbacks in funding, Harder is certain rationing of SRS services will be a reality. The strategy for the state this year would be to freeze services by stopping intake and building waiting lists, he said. Subject to cutbacks would be programs offering residential care for the mentally retarded, alcohol and drug abuse treatment, day care, homemaker chore services for the elderly and disabled, as well as aid to local community action agencies which provide services to senior citizens. Private agencies may attempt to fill the gap in needed services. Harder said as he tours the state he notices such agencies already are taking up the slack in some state programs. Yet he wonders how much more they can absorb. He noted that Sauna's United Way fund drive fell short of its goal this year. "How much more can we expect local agencies to do?" he asked. "They will be adversely affected by federal cuts, too." June Garrett, manager of the Salina area SRS office at 2130 S. Ohio, echoed Harder's comments on local assistance. "I'm sure they'll come forward and help to the best of their financial ability," she said. For the remainder of this fiscal year, Garrett said, there are no plans for layoffs at the local office, but there may be a hiring freeze on new positions and those that open by attrition. All decisions about cutbacks in programs are made at the state level, then implemented through the area agencies. Sauna's is one of 17 areas SRS agencies in the state. The local offices were moved last year from a downtown location to south Salina. Harder said the move was advantageous because now all the various branches of the Salina area SRS are under one roof. "And for the clients who come by car, they finally have adequate parking space available close to the staff people they need to see," Harder said. As for the threatening storm in Topeka, Harder said it is too early in the legislative session to predict its severity. Fire destroyed Normal U. Normal University, which was located on the west end of Iron Avenue, was built for a group of Salina businessmen in 1884. It was destroyed by fire on Sept. 4,1904, and was never rebuilt. program that was started about three years ago, White said. Both programs teach members of staff — from admissions clerks to surgeons — how to make a hospital guest feel comfortable and to quell any fears about their medical treatment. The programs also provide ways to improve communication within the hospital. Volunteer workers from both hospitals' auxiliary groups, the Red Cross and other organizations are becoming more important to keeping the hospital in touch with people, White said. Recent technological advances at Salina hospitals have included using lasers in surgery and using computers in everything from clerical work to diagnosing illnesses, White said. Another advancement in medical care was a van with two pieces of high-tech examining equipment that was started in September as a joint effort between five area hospitals, including Asbury and St. John's. The five hospitals formed a company called Mobile Clinical Services, and more vans that can carry medical equipment to smaller hospitals are planned, White said. Famous dogs enshrined The Greyhound Hall of Fame in Abilene pays tribute to famous racing dogs and personalities connected with the sport. It features a miniature race track and other displays. You are invited to compare our services, staff and facilities without obligation, before you select a funeral director. YESTERDAY...TODAY...and...TOMORROW ~D "V" A ^U^ W A family serving families MEMBER NATIONAL SELECTED MORTICIANS for over three generations. 137 North Eighth in the 112th year ol funeral service in Saline County and our 62nd year in the same location, Hotline (Continued from Page S34) United Way for its operating expenses which are mostly administrative, Ackley said. An undisclosed location is provided rent-free to the agency. She has applied for a grant for further assistance, but because Hotline's clientele is so diverse and records are kept in strictest confidence, it is difficult to provide the required impact studies. Ackley said 1986 will be a difficult year for all social service agencies, and the community must shoulder the financial responsibility. "It's going to cost them (Salina residents) in the long run ... through state and local taxes, so why not give now through more manageable means such as the United Way.'' Ackley sees a great need in Salina for Hotline. Her volunteers have intervened in 25 potential suicides since Crisis Hotline began in October 1983. Telephone calls come from local and area residents and some out- of-state residents. In 1985, Hotline took on additional duties as an after-hours, weekend and holiday answering service for the Domestic Violence Association of Central Kansas. And, it handles calls for the American Cancer Society. During the holidays, 45 persons called Hotline about a Christmas fund, co-sponsored by the Salina Area Community Services Council, Emergency Aid/Food Bank, Salvation Army and The Salina Journal. Some callers were contributors; others asked for assistance from the fund, said Ackley. Training for new volunteers is scheduled this month. Fifty-eight persons, called paraprofessional counselors, now are on the roster. Volunteers are required to receive 29 hours of training and attend monthly in-service sessions. CKF (Continued from Page S34) higher fees. Rhea said most clients are able to pay their own way. "We're not serving that many indigents anymore ... we can work out payment schedules with most people. That's an important part of their recovery, and something we insist on is their being responsible." CKF made progress in 1985 in several areas. The offices were moved from Fifth Street to 903 E. Prescott, a good move for both staff and clients, said Rhea. The number of private offices increased from seven to nine, and the location is more attractive and accessible. At the time of the move, a no- smoking policy went to effect. Smoking by clients and staff is allowed only in designated areas. Rhea said there have been few complaints. In May 1985, CKF opened a halfway house for adolescent boys between the ages of 16 and 20. Called Trehaus and located at 150 S. Eighth, it joins a roster with CKF's other two halfway houses, one for adult men and another for adult women. Trehaus has space for 13 boys, but so far only seven have lived in the facility at one time. It may be six months to a year before it is operating to capacity, Rhea said. Another area of growth last year was in the foundation's Intermediate Structured Out-patient Program which runs two nights per week for six weeks for addicted persons. Overall, Rhea said, CKF saw a 5 percent increase in clients last year. The foundation serves Ellsworth, Lincoln, Ottawa and Saline counties. One of the main needs this year is "jobs for our people (clients)," he said. Residents of the halfway houses are required to be employed, in school or involved in volunteer work; \/ Mental (Continued from Page S34) suggestions is short-term specialized psychiatric services at Asbury Hospital for teens in crisis. Also, Dreese mentioned a need for inpatient security for highly agitated patients. Jail or the Topeka State Hospital are the two choices for such people, because admission to Asbury's psychiatric ward is entirely voluntary. "I'd like to see an effort made to provide local treatment so they don't have to be sent away." And finally, Dreese said, farm- related stress is an area of concern this year. Presentations explaining the symptoms might prompt some rural residents to seek professional help. However, because of current and impending cutbacks in funds, "nothing can be expanded at the moment," he said. "We are concerned and watching, but it's too early to tell how significant the cuts will be." 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