The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 8, 1997 · Page 9
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THURSDAY MAY 8, 1 $97 THE SALINA JOURNAL ^MPN vMWnM VI • M VMiBH MVMP VIEWPOINTS / B2 ALMANAC / B3 FUN / B4 B t KU MEDICAL CENTER Change in medical center control left up in air • KU officials sought to put ; hospital bunder control of public authority to improve its ability to compete By MATT TRUELL n\e Associated Press TOPEKA — University of Kansas officials plan to continue their efforts to place the Medical Center hospital under a public authority. "We'll be back because we have to be back," said Robert Hemenway, the university's chancellor. "We must make this change in order for the KU hospital to succeed in the managed care marketplace." A House-Senate conference committee failed to reach an agreement that would have created a public au- HEMENWAY thority to govern the hospital. Monday night's adjournment of the Legislature was delayed a bit while negotiators tried to work out the last- minute details. House Speaker Tim Shallenburger, R-Baxter Springs, said negotiators could not agree on how many legislators should serve on the new board, who would appoint them and how long they would serve. The bill had been amended in the House to prohibit abortions from being performed at the KU hospital. However, negotiators had worked out a compromise on that matter that medical center officials found acceptable, said Senate President Dick Bond, R-Overland Park. School officials had feared the measure could threaten the accredi- tation of the University of Kansas Medical Center's residency program. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education requires training in abortion procedures either in the institution or by contract with another institution. "I believe the proposal that was made was in the best interests of KU Med in terms of its ability to compete," Gov. Bill Graves said Wednesday. He said it is up to the chancellor to decide how the medical center should proceed until the next legislative session. Bond said the failure of the Legislature to pass the bill was one of the bigger disappointments of the session. "I hope we can work something out before January," he said. The Kansas Board of Regents wants to surrender control of the university hospital so it would have more freedom and flexibility to operate like private hospitals. The conference committee that was trying to resolve the differences in the House and Senate bills worked for a week to reach an agreement. "There were times over the past week when they were close, and there were times they fell apart," Shallenburger said. In January, a Washington-based consulting company, the Lash Group, reported to the regents that academic hospitals such as the University of Kansas Medical Center have difficulty competing with more streamlined institutions. That is partly because they offer complex and expensive medical procedurea that their competitors are unwilling to provide. ;. The group, outlining the need to change hospital governance, recommended the creation of the public authority. „ The medical center has 5,000 employees, including 800 faculty members, in 100 buildings across the state. The hospital is located in Kansas City, Kan., and most of the state!? medical students and many of its nursing students are taught there. There are 2,500 medical, nursing and allied health students. The hospital has 3,000 employees and a $74 million payroll, making it one of the largest employers in Wyandotte County. Nursing home can iake patients again C LaCROSSE — The Rush County pursing Home once again can -lake new patients, administrator "•Pat Greenquist learned in a telephone conversation with a state .Inspector. •£ Officially, however, the ban re- Jnains in place, said Kansas Department of Health and Environ; ment spokesman Don Brown, «imply because the paperwork ;3iasn't caught up with the approval. 1; Greenquist was notified of the ! change Monday afternoon by a -member of the KDHE inspection learn just hours after administra- Jors in Topeka confirmed that the ;Jiome no longer could accept new jmtients. •« The nursing home had received a clean bill of health from the KDHE inspection team May 1, jnore than a month after an initial inspection had revealed several deficiencies. The home was prohibited from accepting new patients until the deficiencies .were corrected. ;;"'!The paperwork is still in the ptocess of being completed," Bjrbwn said, but the nursing hqhie can accept new patients, file here will show the ban effect." • '.Despite the lack of paperwork, Brown said there was "no need to be punitive." How long it will take before the paperwork arrives at the KDHE's Topeka office is uncertain, although Brown said it might be a couple days. Nun raped, nearly strangled by burglar KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Nuns will leave a tiny Roman Catholic convent after a burglar broke in Tuesday and raped and nearly strangled a 61-year-old njjn. ' J'She did try to resist," said Kansas City Police Sgt. Jim Keane. "Then he physically assaulted her." The burglar apparently broke into a second-story window at the Daughters of Charity convent, which serves the poor in downtown Kansas City. While the sisters slept early Tuesday morning, he ransacked the kitchen, rifled the office and stole a minuscule amount of cash, then went to the bedroom where he threatened the nun with a knife and raped her. The nun remained hospitalized Tuesday night. The other nuns in the convent — no more than six — gathered Tuesday for prayer and support. Two sisters who answered the door to accept a flower delivery said they did not want to discuss the crime. "We're putting our energy into helping each other," one sister said. ETC. More than 45,000 Kansas students in grades four through eight have voted and made Mary Downing Hahn's "Time for An- tkrew, A Ghost Story" the winner i* the 1997 William Allen White Children's Book Award. Hahn, 'Columbia, Md., will be in Salina on Nov. 15 to accept the award given by Emporia State University. From Staff and Wire Reports Tomorrow's Headlines Water bed KELLY PflESNELL / The Salina Journal Tim Garcia peers Wednesday over his protective mattress as he and his buddies Jordan Perez and Dan Westcott prepare to run a garden-hose gauntlet on the sidewalk along West Prescott Avenue. "We were getting hot, so we had to cool off somehow," Perez said of the water war at friend Mike Koetkemeyer's house. T LEGISLATIVE REACTION V TELEPHONE SERVICE Feist enters local phone market Urn 825-6OOO Category 6006 When you need to know. — (Call alter 7:30 p.m.) Wichita-based firm tries to attract customers from Southwestern Bell By The Associated Press WICHITA — Most Kansans got another option for local telephone service Wednesday. That's when Wichita-based Feist Long Distance began taking orders for local telephone service, The new local service will be the latest company to compete with Southwestern Bell for Kansas customers. The service is available to Kansans eligible for Southwestern Bell service. "It's a natural to offer with our long-distance service," said Todd Feist, president of Feist Long Distance. Also Wednesday, Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. announced a competitive strategy that included halting telemarketing calls during dinner time, improving customer service, refusing to sell customer information to mailing houses and promising straightforward advertising with no confusing rate plans. Virgina McGrath, a spokeswoman for Southwestern Bell, said Wednesday's announcement was the company's way of preparing for competition in the local and long-distance telephone markets. Southwestern Bell and Feist have an agreement that allows Feist to use existing telephone facilities. Larry Pfautsch, a spokesman for Southwestern Bell, said the company has interconnection agreements with 13 companies in Kansas, including Feist. Only two — Feist and Emporia-based Valu- Line — are offering local telephone service in Kansas. Valu-Line began offering local telephone service March 19 and has expanded its service across the state, said Steve Sauder, the company's chief executive officer. Governor wishes ban on certain *4 abortions passed Graves accuses some of playing politics with partial-birth abortion ban By The Associated Press TOPEKA — Gov. Bill Graves likes much that the Legislature did during its 1997 session, but he complains there was just too much politics to suit him. "The biggest disappointment was that we spent so much time plotting and scheming, when really all we had to do is sit down, get our work done, and go home," Graves said during a news conference Wednesday. "There's too much politics, I think, during the session for me." He also expressed disappointment that the Legislature failed to send him a bill that would ban certain late : term abortions. "We feel very confident and comfortable that we worked overtime trying to resolve the issue of the partial-birth abortion ban," Graves said. "We'll continue to work on it." The Senate passed a measure banning the procedure, but antiabortion lawmakers in the House added provisions that would outlaw most late-term abortions. Critics said the current ban on late-term abortions has too many loopholes. The Senate rejected the House amendments, sending the bill into a conference committee, where it remains. Graves said some legislators were more interested in using the issue for political purposes than they were in outlawing the type of abortion. "I think it's unfortunate that people took that political tack as a way of avoiding resolution of the issue," Graves said, although he _ Gov. Bill Graves says there was too much politics played over the abortion issue during the legislative session. declined to name the lawmakers. The procedure, more complicated than first-trimester abortions, involves partially extracting a fetus, legs first, through the birth canal, cutting an incision in the barely visible skull base and then draining the contents of the skull. Opponents of the legislation say the procedure is uncommon and used only when the fetus has severe abnormalities or the woman has serious health problems. Abortion foes dispute that, maintaining that the procedure is common and often elective. Graves said legislators did a workmanlike job in providing Kansans with tax relief and providing school districts with additional money. T SALINA PLANNING COMMISSION Drainage plan for South Ninth delayed Feist and Valu-Line require local telephone service customers to use their long-distance telephone service. There is no charge to switch local telephone service to Feist, and customers can keep their original telephone number. Valu-Line charges $5 a line to switch to their service, and their base rates are the same as Southwestern Bell's, Sauder said. Southwestern Bell's average monthly base rate is $16.56, Pfautsch said. Feist's basic residential telephone rates range from $8 to $16 each month, depending on where a customer lives and are about 10 percent less than Bell's basic local service rates, Feist said. A residential customer in Wichita would pay a base monthly fee of $10.22. Sauder said he welcomed Feist, but he said it isn't always easy to establish new local telephone service after Southwestern Bell. Business owners want more time to study plan to reduce flooding By CRISTINA JANNEY TlieStilinuJoiiriiul Business owners want more time to ask questions about a proposed critical drainage area for South Ninth Street. Ken Wasserman, attorney for several Ninth Street businesses, pitched Wednesday the bid for more time to the Salina Planning Commission. Commissioners agreed and tabled the issue until June 4. A moratorium was placed on the issuance of building permits in that area until the issue is resolved. The measure is aimed at property zoned and platted before 1980. Land that is unplatted would fall under the 1980 regulations. Property that was zoned and platted before 1980 could be developed without any improvements being made in drainage, said Roy Dudark, director of planning and community development. The area along Ninth Street from Schilling Road north to Wayne Avenue would be the city's first critical drainage area. The district's east boundary would be Highland Avenue, and the west boundary would be Interstate 135. Owners of land zoned and platted before 1980 would have to apply for a conditional-use permit and submit a drainage plan to the planning commission. City engineers would then review and make recommendations on those plans. Dudark said the proposal probably would not substantially delay building projects but would add costly requirements for developers such as detention ponds. Owners of land already developed would not be affected. ; The drainage system in south Salina can't handle more load, and development could worsen flooding, said Shawn O'Leary, assistant city engineer. Commissioner Mike Blevins said the commission would have to balance the community's mandate for better flood control and the needs of property owners. In other business, the commission approved a final development plan for the development of five two-unit townhomes at 2827 Linda in the Bonnie Ridge Planned Community. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT sjnews@saljournal.com

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