Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida on June 23, 1974 · Page 2
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Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida · Page 2

Panama City, Florida
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Sunday, June 23, 1974
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ALD, PJnftmaCity, Kla., Suhday, Juno 28, MM When the proposed $6 million project is completed at Memorial Hospital, the above architect's conception shows what the structure will look like. Continued From Page One l More Facilities Needed Melon prize Jubilee entered by Marsha Collins of Bonifay. Mrs. L.C. Corbin, wife of festival parade chairman Lenzy Corbin, baked two cakes which Jav Nichols, Inc. of Lakeland on a $50 bid. J.O. Chestnut Jr. of Bonifay „„„ „ 11IV11 saw his third place Charleston were auct ioned off at attractive Grey sell to Aukema Dairy of pr i ce8 , Chipley. „ , _ Panama City businessman Evergreen Construction Co. Charles Hilton yielded to the of Chipley purchased one of the chant of auctioneer E.D. (Bud- cakes for $100 while Townsend Building Supply of Chipley took the second cake on a $90 bid. Proceeds went to festival fund. Sweltering summer heat that sent the mercury soaring into the 90's failed to slacken festival activities which kicked off earlier in the day with a parade through downtown Chipley. dy) Neel 6f Chipley and purchased two melons at top prices. Hilton took a Charleston Grey entered by Donald Phillips of Graceveille for $30 and paid the same amount the State Officers Make Arrest On hand for the martial A single-car accident Satur- procession were a host of area day afternoon led the Florida dignataries Including Florida Highway Patrol back to an Congressman Bob Sikes of earlier hit and run and brought Crestview and Bill Gunter of about the arrest of Jack Orlando. Also on hand were Rudolph Adair, 63, of DeFunlak area representatives Wayne Springs, according to Mlxson of Marlanna, Pat Investigators* reports. Thomas of Qulncy, and Earl Troopers investigating the Hutto of Panama City, accident reported they had been „ . „ ^ u looking fVr a late model Tallahassee attorney Duby automobile after it left the ^ZI^SS^SL scene of an accident on SR 20 ™, ™f R!?^T5,IS »«^2! near the Choctawhatchee Bay ^ l was also in attendance. They were then notified about During the afternoon, junior a man being carried to Bay and senior riders from South Memorial Hospital for treat- Alabama and Northwest ment after his car ran off the Florida competed In tough corn- road into the woods six miles off petition In an area horse show In SR 79 on the Steel Field Road. the arena at the Agricultural Investigating the later Center, accident, troopers found the automobile in the woods to be Reunion Held the one they were searching for D „ _ „ . „. . „ . , fromthebridgeaccident. J^S^SSLSSS^ Adair was charged with class of 1934 celebrated its 40th drhing Thlle intfxfca7ed" year reunion Saturday night, careless driving, and leaving the scene of an accident with DflBOf F 2 Till property damage. r Sets Waste Deaths | System Use MR. H.W. WATTS Mr. HW. Watte, 77, of Atlanta, Ga. died Saturday morning in an Atlanta hospital. He had been a resident of Atlanta for the past three years moving there from Panama City, Fla. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Margie Doss, Atlanta, Ga. and Mrs. Carolyn Cowden, Birmingham, Ala.; two sons, Mr. Howard Watts Jr., Charleston, S.C., and Mr. Donald Watts, Panama City, Fla.; 12 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the Moss Funeral Home Chapel Cullman, Ala. Burial will be in tbe Hopewell Cemetery. Southerland Funeral Home 1123 Harrison Ave. 7854532 Beck Avt al 23id Si BLUE DOLPHIN Ph. 769-3226 OPEN 11 til 11 \ SPECIAL SEAFOOD PLATTER ' SCALLOPS . OYSTERS . SHRIMP . DEVILED CRAB. SCAMP 0 Plub hubh puppies choice of Polulo Hj Tobsed Salad ^ FROSTY DRAUGHT BEER CHILLED CARAFES OF WINE $Q50 Funding Key For Hospital's Growth EDITOR'S NOTE: Memorial Hospital, Bay County, recently celebrated its 25th year of service to the community. During these years the facility has grown from a small hospital of 66 beds to a community institution licensed for 191 beds. The following article by News-Herald staff member Patrick Mulhern points out the importance of Memorial, as well as what future capabilities will be met in light of an upcoming '$6 million expansion project for the hospital. By Patrick Mulhern Staff Writer Memorial Hospital, and the< community it serves, now face a choice of similar paths: The hospital can continue to grow and keep pace with the area's medical needs, or it can stagnate, continue with the existing overcrowded facilities, and impede any new population growth. According to E.L. King, Memorial Hospital administrator, people are reluctant to move to an area that does not provide good medical care. King said that the hospital opened bids this week for con­ struction of an addition to the hospital, which was budgeted for $4,436,000. The average of the lowest bids received, including movable equipment for medical services and architect's fees, was $6,042,000. This gap, in excess of $1 million, must be either made up somehow or the hospital board of trustees, chairmaned by Clinton Ingram, must eliminate whatever items it can to bring the figure within budget means. It was pointed out that costs are still going up and delay of any nature is costly. The new facilities will be a boost for medical services in the area since it will add 100 additional beds, a new intensive care unit (ICU), a new obstetrics floor, additional dietary services and laboratory space. King also said "The future of Memorial Hospital is in the balance. If the institution is to grow and develop into a medical center to serve the people of the area, these bids must be awarded. The hospital has sufficient specialists, nurses, X-Ray and lab technicians to operate a special medical center. Circuit Court Docket Slated .international Paper Company expects to begin filling its 70-acre pond at Military Point July 1 preparatory to putting the new waste water treatment system into operation, company officials said Saturday. A temporary permit issued by the state pollution board expires July 1 but the company will request an extension at Tuesday's board meeting in Tallahassee to permit a checkout period for the aeration basin. A strike and delay in arrival of equipment have handicapped the company in the project. The pond is 12 feet deep and holds 365 million gallons of water. The waste water will be piped across the bay a mile to the Military Point operation. Brenda Singletary, 32, 1807 Moylen Road, Panama City, charged with aggravated assault, will be one of the 28 defendants to be brought to trial in the Bay County Circuit Court starting Monday. Mrs. Singletary is charged with commiting an assault against Charles Miller by shooting him in the head with a pistol. The incident reportedly took place Nov. 21,1973. Other trials to begin this week are; Larry Mitchell, charged with two counts of robbery, Thomas Houston Parrish, charged with breaking and entering of a dwelling house; Aubrey Melvin charged with conspiracy to commit bribery and bribery; Marcellus Dudley charged with conspiracy to commit bribery and bribery. Thomas Vickery, charged with bribery and consipiracy to commit bribery; Esbert Keys, also known as "Boo" Keys, charged with conspiracy to commit bribery and bribery; Dale H. Dodge, charged with passing a worthless check and grand larceny; Willie Earl Jones, charged with shoplifting and grand larceny; TresiaKay Latham, charged with uttering a forged instrument; James David Finch, charged with aggravated assault and breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony. Ronald Norman Baker, charged with escape; Howard Hodge, charged with escape; Qulon Odell French and Wilmer Ray Adkinson, charged with possession of a hallucinogenic drug; Thomas Alvin Williams, charged with robbery; David Bowlck charged in two cases of possession and sale of heroin. Lewis Andrews, Jr., charged with breaking and entering with Intent to commit a misdemeanor; Robert Louis Elkins, John Prentiss Williams and Ivan Christian Beckendorf, Jr., charged with possession of a hallucinogenic drug; Ivan Christian Beckendorf, Jr., charged with possession of narcotic paraphernalia. John Prentiss Williams, charged with possession of narcotic paraphernalia; Sammy Lee Waters, charged with carrying a concealed firearm and with possession of narcotic paraphernalia; Jimmy H. Williamson, charged with grand larceny; Kenneth Ray Turner, charged with breaking and entering with intent to com-, mit a misdeameanor. Ronald R. Melton, charged with motor vehicle theft; Gregory Leon Tubbs, charged with accessory after the fact; John F. Van Gemert, charged with withholding support from minor children; Lououida Bell, charged with two counts of robbery and with carrying a concealed firearm; and Mary Carter, alias Big Mary, charged with shooting within an occupied dewlling. "Lacking adequate facilities (physical space and equipment), the hospital cannot keep pace with growth of the community." King said he sees no other avenue for additional financing, except through Bay County. Bed occupancy at the hospital is often at 100 per cent King noted, forcing patients sometimes to be cared for in areas not' designed to handle them, such as hallways, storage areas, etc. The administrator said that there is possibly more activity per square foot at the hospital than at any other hospital in the Panhandle. The following is a summary of Statistics from Sept. 30,1972 to Sept. 30,1973. -1,876 major surgical procedures; •2,636 minor surgical procedures; •1,255 newborn; •23,963 emergency treatments; •8,993 admissions (exclusive of births); -2,868 indigent clinic visits; -142,940 laboratory workups; -191 beds-operating rooms; -1 recovery room-8 beds; -3 labor rooms-4 beds; -9 emergency rooms spaces-for 16 persons; •24 bassinets-3 incubators; -1 isolation nursery with 4 isolettes; •intensive care unit-8 beds; -1 physical therapy unit. Indigent Clinics, for OB-GYN, tumor, pediatrics, medical and surgical, are held each day of the of the week, Monday through Friday, with approximately 22 doctors volunteering their services. The hospital absorbs costs of lab tests and X-rays, houses the clinic and furnishes part of the executive secretary's salary. Employment at Memorial includes the following personnel: , -259-nursing service; -48-emergency room, anesthesia, OB, drug room, central supply; -57-adminlstratlve; -37-laboratory and X-ray; -24-malntenance; 22-laundry; •8-lnhalatlon therapy; -33-dletary; -33-mental health; •30-rellef personnel. There are some 50 physicians practicing in the hospital and seven dentists with courtesy priveleges. The emergency room is staf- SUNDAY SPECIAL FABULOUS ORANGE SHAKE ALSO . . VANIUA . . . CHOCOLATE • • • STRAWBERRY ONLY YOUR KIND OF PLACE... REGULAR 35~< VALUE 25 fed 24 hours a day with a doctor in attendance at all times. With construction and material costs rising at the current pace, if the bids for construction are not soon awarded the cost of the project could increase correspondingly. King emphasized that the time to decide the future of Memorial Hospital—and of Bay County—is now. Memorial, throughout its history, has experienced growing pains which have become more acute as the population of Florida's panhandle continues to increase. COMMAND POST — Lt. Paul Jenkins, CAP, commander of the local CAP squadron, negotiates communication, transportation, information and welcoming activities for the Southeast Region Civil Air Patrol Conference, which concludes today at the Sheraton Motor Inn on Thomas Drive. Looking on is Cadet SSgt. Ellen Mass. (Staff Photo) SIMPLY STATED ® In Panama City Only' TWO LOCATIONS' . W. HW. 98 4 MICHIGAN AVE. ST. ANDREWS and 717 HARRISON AVE. DOWNTOWN Our service to families involves a lot of details, but its purpose can be stated simply: We're here to do everything we can for them at a time when they just don't know what to do. SvA Our Staff Serving For A Combined Total Of 142 Years, 505 NORTH MACARTHUR AVE. PANAMA CITY

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