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Veteran’s program set at South Ripley

Veterans program at South RipleyThe Versailles American Legion has announced its activities for Thursday, November 9 and Friday, November 10. All veterans, members of the military, legionnaires, and the community are invited to participate in the Veteran’s Day activities.

Thursday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. a free Veteran’s Dinner will be served for veterans, members of the military, legionnaires and all of their families, at the Versailles American Legion Post #173, corner of Water and Washington streets in Versailles. Members of the Auxiliary, S.A.L. and the entire Legion family are welcome.

Friday, Nov. 10 there will be a Veteran’s Day breakfast at 8:00 a.m. for veterans, military and legionnaires at South Ripley High School, Benham Rd., Versailles. Following the breakfast, at 8:45 a.m. a Veteran’s Day Program for veterans, military and students will be presented by the students at South Ripley.

At 10:30 a.m. a Veteran’s Memorial Service will be held at the Ripley County Veterans’ monument on the courthouse square in Versailles.
Everyone is welcome to participate in these events. You are encouraged to help celebrate this important day.

Margaret Mary Health awarded advanced certification for stroke treatment

When a stroke occurs, every second counts. Having access to health care professionals who are trained to identify the signs of stroke and administer treatment quickly can mean the difference between full recovery and long-term disability or even death.

Margaret Mary Health is proud to announce it has recently earned Advanced Disease-Specific Care Certification for Acute Stroke Ready Hospital from The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. The certification recognizes hospitals equipped to treat stroke patients with timely, evidence-based care prior to transferring them to a stroke center. For patients who are having a stroke, MMH is proud to partner with the University of Cincinnati Stroke Team.

“I’m very proud of the Margaret Mary physicians and staff who worked hard to achieve this certification,” said MMH Emergency Services Physician William Lovett. “Margaret Mary Health is one of only 35 rural hospitals out of 4,000 to be recognized for achieving this level of stroke care. This honor recognizes our commitment to providing cutting-edge emergency care to our community.”

MMH underwent a rigorous onsite review to assess its compliance with The Joint Commission’s Advanced Disease-Specific Care certification requirements, including:
• A dedicated stroke-focused program
• Staffing by qualified medical professionals trained in stroke care
• Collaboration with local emergency management agencies
• 24/7 ability to perform rapid diagnostic and laboratory testing
• Ability to administer intravenous clot-busting medications to eligible patients
• Availability of telemedicine technology

“Stroke is the number five cause of death in the United States,” said Sharon Kreuzman, MMH emergency services manager. “This certification demonstrates our commitment to providing a higher standard of service to stroke patients. Ultimately, our goal is to increase survival rates and improve overall outcomes for people in our community.”

Cursive writing report results released

The Indiana Department of Education recently released the results of a voluntary survey asking Indiana elementary and secondary school teachers, principals, superintendents and members of governing bodies whether they support mandating cursive writing in school.

Cursive writing report releasedIn 2017, State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) co-authored Senate Enrolled Act 29, which required the survey. The results show 70 percent of those surveyed support a cursive writing requirement. Leising has filed a cursive writing bill each year for the last six years, and all six have passed the Senate. None have received a hearing in the House of Representatives.

“Given the results of this survey, I plan to file a bill during the 2018 legislative session that would require cursive writing to be taught in school,” Leising said. “Cursive writing is a skill everyone should have, as we use our signature to make purchases, validate our driver’s license and sign agreements. I hope the results of this survey will help my bill finally get a hearing in the House of Representatives.”
Leising said she is looking forward to several senators joining her on the legislation.

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