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2A Kingsport Times-News I Sunday January 30 1983 ince Kings Briefly in Kingsport Review -School group Invites PTA members' comments Members of the PTAs of Kingsport schools have been invited to appear before members of the School Utilization Committee on Monday and Wednesday to give comments on the proposed school scenarios The schools have been invited in half-hour blocks to begin at 7 pm Monday The committee will meet in the conference room at the superintendent's office and seating is limited to 25 Committee chairman David Pond said no decision had yet been made concerning which if any schools will be closed and refused to speculate on likely closings The committee will make its recommendations to the school board March 3 this is a brief By MARY BLEDSOE Times-News Staff Writer I think we should call for a hand check I'm convinced Stephane Lemelin has more than 10 fingers: He was the soloist at last night's Kingsport Symphony Orchestra concert He's alsothe winner of the 1982-83 Kingsport Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition He's also dazzling As a matter of fact the entire concert Was pretty dazzling It was not completely without flaws but to point them out would be both unfair and pointless Not to mention nitpicking and trivial Without a doubt last night's performance was the best of the tion is at once gently melodic and forebodingly ominous Interest in the composition has never dwindled partly because it is so unfinished One cannot help but speculate time after time how was it to end? The evening's crowning glory came in the form of young Lemelin Last night's performance was enough to send all other reasonably confident 22-yearolds into the depths of despair We've already called him dazzling- so why not try stupendous? He was that And more His hummingbird fingers -milked every ounce of music from Beethoven's Concerto No 5 for Piano and Orchestra Op 73 Emperor And as everyone knows there is plenty of music Man hurt in collision with tractor-trailer An unidentifed driver had to be "cut" from his vehicle after a collison with a tractor-trailer on Stone Drive last night A Leprino Foods truck driven by Mark Quinn 27 of Nebraska was reportedly traveling on Stone Drive and was unable to stop for a signal that "had just turned yellow" Quinn reportedly blared his horn at the other vehicle which reportedly came through the intersection anyway The driver of that vehicle who was not identified pending notification of family was brought to Holston Valley Hospital and Medical Center Information about the driver's condition was not available Quinn was apparently uninjured ullivan seeking 'better idect' in the region Wise: Cheese butter giveaway set The Wise County Department of Social Services will distribute cheese and butter to persons eligible for ADC Medicaid and Food Stamps at the Fuel and Cannery Trailer in Wise on the following dates: Feb 9 for Wise and Pound area residents Feb 10 residents of Coeburn and St Paul and Feb 11 Appalachia and Big Gap residents as well as a county-wide makeup day Those wanting butter and cheese must present Medicaid or Food Stamp indentification in order to pick it Up Each family will receive a two month's supply of butter and cheese By MARY KISS Sullivan County Bureau Holston Valley Hospital administrator John Dodson calls it the "sick-tax" A hidden part of every paying-patient's bill at Holston Valley it's the extra charge assessed for the care of the nonpaying poor Unlike the sales tax and the property tax it targets only the unfortunate It hits when you're flat on your back This winter a Sullivan County committee is looking for a better way to pay the medical bills of the poor Their study may point the-way for a new approach to the financial dilemma of indigent patient care at both major hospitals Holston Valley and Bristol Memorial One predictable outcome: A move to shift the cost-burden to the county budget Gene Mills committee chairman and county commissioner says he believes the committee sees clinic costs as a "county last two seasons The first piece a transcription by Hans Kindler of one of Girolamo Frescobaldi's Toccatas was a perfect appetizer to the rest of the concert The transcription of this piece originally written for the keyboard was interesting and intelligent The second number on the program Franz Schubert's Symphony No 8 in Minor 759 Unfinished) was also superb The orchestra was tremely well-balanced with no section overpowering another as sometimes happens This symphony has been called one of the most deeply personal of his nine This poetic composi problem and an expense that should be borne by the taxpayers rather than the paying patients of the hospital" The issue arose in mid-1982 when John Dodson told county officials that the hospital could not continue to absorb the clinic's ever-expanding cost The possibility of a cutback in clinic services or even a dinic-closing loomed in the background Viewing the options commissioners asked county physician Dr Charles Chapman for an estimate on the cost of transferring clinic operations to the Sullivan County Health Department While County Executive Lon Boyd was marshalling a committee to examine the problem Holston Valley moved ahead with a cost-cutting arrangement of its own of its own The hospital's cost-free pro-grain for expectant mothers known as the Obstetrical-Certified Nurse Midwifery Clinic was transferred to the East Tennessee State University medical college The medical Valley and Bristol Memorial But the county pays nothing toward the cost of the free medical clinics at either location "With no attention given to it these costs become an inadvertent tax on those who are ill and able to pay" says Dr Herschel Douglas dean of the ETSV medical college "You go into the hospital and it becomes part of your hospital bill Although these are not profit-making hospitals they can't run on a deficit budget" When HVHMC representatives approached the county last summer with an urgent appeal for help it was evident they thought the passed-on costs to paying patients had reached the limit If the cost for a stay at Holston Valley becomes too high paying patients will simply check into Holston Valley's Jackson voting topic of discussion Andrew Jackson Elementary School the only Kingsport voting precinct still inaccessible to handicapped persons will be the main topic of a meeting at 7:30 pm tomorrow in City Hall Representatives of the League of Women Voters city of Kingsport mayor's advisory committee on the handicapped and county commission are expected to attend The session is a follow: up to a Nov 10 meeting A tentative solution to the inaccessiblity problem will be discussed Bristol Va: Council seat filled In a Special called BristolVa city council meeting yesterday Virginia High School Assistant Principal Paul Hurley was selected council members to fill a seat left vacant by delgate John election to the Virginia House of Delagtes school's Kingsport Family Practice Center now operates the prenatal clinic saving the hospital an estimated $104000 a year The FPC's resident physicians-and staff provide the medical care under the supervision of the medical school faculty Even without the prenatal clinic Holston Valley continues to spend around $410000 annually on other free clinic services' Payments from MedicareMedicaid and the Crippled Childrens' fund offset a total of $113000 and the hospital absorbs the remaining $297000 passing it on jn the form of hidden charges to paying patients Hospital records show that most clinic patients are Sullivan County residents Of the clinic's 10747 patient-visits 9156 were attributed to Sullivan Countians Hawkins County residents made 1232 visits and Scott County residents made 303 Calculating Sullivan's part of the workload at 852 percent Dodson places the home-coun privately-operated competitor Indian Path Hospital leaving IIVHMC with an even larger proportion of non-paying patients and even more acute financial woes Looking for a way around the dilemma the Indigent Care Committee will certainly target the county as the most logical source of funds Beyond that the group must decide among a number of options Should they leave' the clinic in its convenient and well-designed quarters at Holston Valley bolstering the operations with county tax money? Or would a clinic separated from the hospital and operated by the county health department provide a more economical route to health care for the poor? Holston Valley's current cost to be milked from that composition And the orchestra responded to Lemelin's brilliance with a brilliance of its own In deed Beethoven's conversation between the piano and orchestra was so clearly stated last night it was almost literal The running commentary between the two was perfectly clear And if there is any relationship be tween this concerto and the Eroica symphony which was originally dedicated to Napoleon but later detracted in a fit of rage it would perhaps indicate the composer and the emperor settled their differences It is a glorious composition And the audience responded gloriously ty's share of the annual cost at $253000 Mills says he expects his committee to complete its work before the county's annual budget is prepared As an alternative to a hospital-based clinic the group will examine the possibility of expanding the county's health department clinics to provide indigent outpatient care Operating costs for Bristol Memorial Hospital's free clinic will also figure in the study The committee's recommendations will ultimately go to the county board of commissioners "I think this may be the easy one" Mills said "I think we'll do something about outpatient care before budget-time Solving the inpatient problem will take much longer" Other members of the panel are Dr Hershel Douglas dean of the medical college John Dodson Commissioner John Heape Dr Chapman John Kausch administrator of Bristol Memorial Hospital and Dr Leslie Reynolds coordinator of the medical school's services it Holston Valley per-clinic-visit averages around $28 a figure Dr Douglas calls "extremely reasonable" compared to the $100-per-visit cost at most federally-funded community health centers and family planning programs Says Holston Valley administrator John Dodson: "The hospital could continue to operate the clinic with the help of the medical school and county money That's the bottom line "I think it's the simplest solution The clinic would not have to be relocated It has geographic proximity and testing services already in place here "I know that for the county to take over this fiscal responsibility in one fell swoop is a very large order Yet it's unreasonable to expect the hospital to absorb this expense year after year as it has in the past" High School Elementary School in Tennessee Knoxville: Nuclear weapons resolution adopted Delegates to the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee annual sconvention approved a resolution yesterday declaring the and deployment of nuclear weapons to be "immoral and 0-unjust" After nearly two hours of debate delegates voted 190-95 'to adopt the "peacemaking" resolution which is similar to a approved at the national convention of the Episcopal last September noxville: TVA wants experimental plant TVA will ask the Electric Power Research Institute to help fund a $200 million experimental plant designed to cleanly burn cheap high-sulfur coal Duke Power Co of Charlotte NC will help TVA a proposal for a commercial-sized prototype plant that would be built in Western Kentucky Media access limitations unlikely Tennessee Attorney General William Leech says it is unlikely school boards will win an attempt to limit public and media access to meetings in the Legislature "Certainly the school board will not win in the secret meeting issue I don't think" the state's highest legal officer told a panel discussion sponsored by the Tennessee Press Association Knoxville: United American declares loss United American Bank of Knoxville classifed loans worth $75 million as delinquent during the last quarter of 1982 causing the bank's ledger to show a $23 million loss for the year United American Knoxville's largest bank is controlled by Jake Butcher former chairman of the World's Fair The bank had posted for 31 consecutive quarters before losing money in the final three months of 1982 rTIPS FOR TEACHERS Week 4 in Virginia Rewrite a news story from the perspective of twenty years ago or twenty years from now Continued from page 1 ily extra charge of $2 for every paying patient to offset free clinic services for the poor And the clinic charge is only the tip of the indigent-care iceberg Paying patients also pick up another far-larger chunk of hospital expense: The bills of non-paying patients admitted to hospital beds Figures compiled at Holston Valley last year showed a total annual Sullivan County gent-patient-care cost of $1804- 066 of which $1404990 went for the hospitalized poor Nonpaying patients from neighboring counties add to the workload On the opposite site of the county Bristol Memorial Hospital faces a comparable problem equally deserving of county relief Sullivan County's current budget contains a $260000 appropriation for the care of indigent inpatients at Holston Kingsport Times-flows Published by Kingsport Publishing Corp at 701 Lynn Garden Dr (PO Box 479) Kingsport Tenn Second class postage paid at Kingsport Tenn 37662 Postal Service identifidion numbers are USPS 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state mental health report indicates a third of Virginia's 6000 patients who are involuntarily committed to public hospitals may be confined illegally The report released by the state Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation with attempts by legislators to revise a state statute pertaining to involuntary commitment of persons in state facilities TimescDtsiews I 1 A Better Newspaper-In-Education Ann Bacon Coordlnator246-8121 it TIPS FOR TEACHERS 1Week 4 Richmond: Delegates counting noses Delegates are counting noses this weekend in preparation for a crucial vote on whether to pass a bill raising the legal beer: drinking age to 21 Delegate Mary Sue Terry D-Patrick succeeded in guiding the administration bill through more than three hours of attack Friday to key second reading approval But she could not convince lawmakers to waive a constitutional rule and give it immediate final approval Collect stories pictures and advertisements of fun activities you can do in your conununity 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