The Daily Oklahoman from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on September 26, 1991 · 9
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The Daily Oklahoman from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma · 9

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Thursday, September 26, 1991
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Stan Pholc by Jim Argo. Richard Bra4 ol Lawton marcbes outside the federal building in Oklahoma City to protest a cutback in emergency room services at the Lawton Indian Hospital. Hospital administrator Dennis James says the change will put more professionals on the hospital floor during the day. Tribal Members Protest Indian Hospital Services By Ed Godfrey : Staff Writer Indian tribal members are upset about a plan to curtail emergency room services at the Indian hospital in Lawton, but a federal; official claims the proposed cutback is necessary due to understafSng. About 75 people protested Wednesday at the hospital, and approximately 25 people carried signs in protest outside the federal building in Oklahoma City, which houses Indian Health Services. The emergency room at the Law-ton hospital was scheduled to be scaled down from a 24-hour operation to staying open, only from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. beginning Oct. 6, said Dr. Robert. Harry, area director of Oklahoma Indian Health Services. Because of the shortage of doctors and nurses at the hospital, the emergency: room cannot stay open 24 hours without limiting services irr other areas, Harry said. "But the plan to curtail the emergency room has been "put on hold" to: see if tribal members can come up with any better alternatives, Harry said. ' Manpower, not money, is most of the problem, Harry said. There is a shortage nationwide of medical personnel and Indian Health Services has difficulty competing with the private sector for doctors and nurses, he said. "Recruitment and retention has been a problem," Harry said. Under the proposal, tribal members would use the emergency rooms in other area hospitals after 8 p.m., Harry said. But under those conditions, Indian Health Services will pay only the costs if it is deemed by physicians to be an actual emergency of "life and limb," Harry said. If not a true emergency, local hospitals will refer the Indian patient" to the Indian clinic for treatment the next day and the federal agency would pay the costs, Harry said. But if the patient chooses to use the emergency room of the private hospital in a non-emergency situation, Indian Health Services will not pay those costs, he said. Tribal members fear their definition of an emergency will be different than that of the hospitals. "If my son has a fever of 104, that may not bs an emergency to them, but it's , an emergency to me and I'm taking him in," said Willie Quoetone, a Kiowa tribal member: Allene Woodard, a member of the Kiowa Tribal Council and Indian Health Board, says the emergency room at ihe Lawton Indian Hospital is "badly needed." She said seven tribes use the hospital and worries that the federal government will eventually close the Lawton hospital, as they might the hospital in Clinton. Congress is considering closing the Indian hospital in Clinton, which sees only about three patients a day, but not the Lawton hospital, Harry said. Still, Woodard says Indian Health Services is "not living up to their responsibility to provide basic health care to Indian people ... We are tired of IHS fooling around with us. They are not providing basic services." Harry said emergency rooms in Indian hospitals are being used in non-emergency situations about 80 percent of the time. "Many times they come in the emergency room just wanting a prescription filled," he said. Metro Fugitive Squad Nabs Convicted Child Molester By Judy Kuhlman Staff Writer Members of a newly formed Metro Fugitive Squad made their first arrest Wednesday when they captured a convicted child molester wanted for a parole violation in California. Officers from Oklahoma City, .Oklahoma County and the U.S. marshal's office arrested Arthur Silva, 39, about 5:40 p.m. in northwest Oklahoma City, Oklahoma City police Sgt. Joe Snodgrass said. Snodgrass said Oklahoma City received a teletype from California asking for the task force to step up efforts to capture Silva before NBC's "Unsolved Mysteries" show aired Wednesday night "They were afraid he would take off again if he saw himself on television," Snodgrass said. U.S. Marshal Stuart Earnest said the squad had received a tip a few days ago that Silva might be in Oklahoma City. Then on Wednesday, Oklahoma City police received further information about where Silva might be, Earnest said. Phil Lakey, supervisor for deputy U.S. marshals in Oklahoma City, said this was one of the first cases referred to the squad. "We basically were in an administrative mode until we received this information today. Then we hit the streets," he said. Investigators found that Silva's wife worked at a fast-food restaurant in downtown Oklahoma City and that Silva usually picked up his wife at a bus stop after she got off work, Lakey said. "We were going to arrest her then. But she showed up by herself," Lakey said. He said officers followed the bus to a duplex in the 3000 block ofNW 16 where Silva's wife got off. Silva's wife, who was not wanted, and another woman quickly left the duplex and tried to leave, Lakey said. He said officers moved in and apprehended Silva before he was able to leave. Earnest said Silva had been missing since May. Silva was convicted of child molestation in 1984 and sentenced to 11 years in prison. He served 5 years before being paroled, Earnest said. He said the terms of Silva's parole required that he not be allowed to live with or near children. Police Shooting Draws Protesters THE DAILY OKLAHOMAN Thursday, September 26, 1991 DUNCAN (AP) Demonstrators marched in front of the Duncan police headquarters Wednesday to protest a police shooting that killed a 14-year-old Duncan youth. -, About 60 demonstrators carried signs that said "Justice for Rafael." They demon- . strated for about an hour 5 to protest the death i of Rafael Martinez, an eighth-grade football player and member of the wrestling team at Duncan Middle School. Police said Martinez was killed by an accidental discharge from a 12-gauge shotgun as officer Lloyd Wiggins was trying to arrest him after an attempted armed robbery late Monday. District Attorney Gene Christian said the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation's preliminary findings are that Wiggins identified himself, ordered the fleeing youths to stop, and that Henderson then pointed a pellet gun at him. Wiggins then shot and wounded Henderson with the shotgun. 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