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PAGE 2 THE FLORALA NEWS. WEDNESDAY, JULY 7, 2010 Mizell Memorial Hospital in Opp is not closing, despite rumors READING PROGRAM by Jan Allred Despite rumors to the contrary, Mizell Memorial Hospital in Opp, AL has no plans to close the facility. Jana Wyatt, Mizell CEO recently tried to squash the rumors spreading through- out the county that the fa- cility is going to close. In a recent press release, Wyatt said she felt since the possibility of the hospi- tal closing affects so many people the time had come to address the rumors and put the hospital staff and patients at ease. "We have every intention of staying a strong lifeline in the Coving- ton County area by continu- ing to provide exceptional care to all patients," she said. "We are now more than ever committed to meeting the healthcare needs of our community." Wyatt admits the hos- pital has reduced staff and put other salary related cost saving strategies in place, she said these measures were in no way proposed in preparation of closing the hospital. In fact, these mea- sures were implemented to insure the hospital's well be- ing in these tough economic times. Mizell will implement a three-month plan in July of a reduced workweek for hourly employees and a 10 percent pay reduction for salaried employees. Wy- att said the strategy corre- sponds to the typical drop in patient numbers during the summer months. While she said making such a decision to reduce the work week and cut salaried employees pay was difficult, it will help the hospital remain ahead of the curve while the eco- nomic recession continues in the area. A March 2010 survey of all hospitals in Alabama, with 88 hospitals respond- ing, showed that 74 percent of hospitals in the state have already made staff reduc- tions to mitigate economic challenges and 80 percent have made reduction in ad- ministrative costs. In the same survey, 58 percent of the state's hospitals are suf- fering with declining admis- sions due to people postpon- ing elective procedures but ER visits are increasing. However, increased ER vis- its result in more bad debt and charity care because of the lack of health insurance coverage in the state. Wyatt said Mizell offers a wide variety of services and can do many procedures and perform care that residents currently seek elsewhere. She said residents can help the hospital make it through these tough economic times but using the many services offered at Mizell when they have to have procedures done. She acknowledged that not all health care ser- vices can be obtained locally but emphasized that many can and if residents chose to have those procedures done locally it will help the hos- pital plus save them travel time and gas expenses. She said, "that Mizell Memo- rial Hospital has served this community for over 60 years and the community can help us continue to deliver qual- ity care for many years to come." The Florala Health and Rehab residents and staff enjoy listening and dancing to local band, The River Chase Band. The band plays music once a month at FH&R. Band mem- bers are: lead guitarvocalist, Marvin Williford, Sr.; drummer, Jeff Burleson; keyboard/ bass guitar, J.D. Fowler. Not pictured: Bass guitar, Marvin Williford, Jr. It's the hardest-working bundle in the business The FairPoint double-play bundle just shed a few bucks High-Speed Internet A dedicated, not shared, connection" Free installation and modem Phone Unlimited local plus 120 minutes of nationwide calling The security of service that works in power outages* Ask about bundles with unlimited nationwide calling or adding TV. To sign up for a sleek new bundle call 1.877.760.6850 r..ll.,izj. or to learn more visit ....................................... communications HIGH-SPEEDINI"ERNEI" PHONE TELEVISION Mr. Gao and his son, Mike, from Gao's Chinese Restaurant in Florala made a few special trips to the library to share their many talents with the children during the Summer Read- ing program, MAKE A SPLASH. Mr. Gao visited and did beautiful calligraphy drawings for each of the children and his son, Mike, showed the children his origami skills letting each child take home a creation he made for them. Mr. Gao and family are a wonderful asset to the community. The Florala Library wishes to thank them for making the library's Summer Reading Program a huge success. Mr. Gao and his son, Mike, present Delia Waldrop, Director of the Florala Library, and Laura Davis, Children's Librarian, with a beautiful calligraphy drawing done by Mr. Vao. Wiregrass 2-1-1 launches website During the first 6 months 2-1-1 needs to be supported information and referrals to of Fiscal 2009 (October by the public in the same resources in their communi- 08- March 09), the WUW way that we now support ties located in 7 Southeast 2-1-1 Call Center received 9-1-1 in our communities. Alabama counties; Barbour, 2,864 calls from people not But until that time, we need Coffee, Covington, Dale, knowing where to turn for to find the resources to con- Geneva, Henry & Houston. help. In the first 6 months tinue supporting 2-1-1." Callers either dial toll-free of Fiscal 2010 (October 09- The bulk of the calls to 2-1-1 or 888-421-1266, 24/7. March 2010), that number 2-1-1, http://w211.cfsites. David Duke, 2-1-1 Execu- has more than doubled to org, continue to be assis- tive Director said, "We are 5,937 calls. David Jamison, tance needed to help pay for optimistic about the future Chairman for the Southeast utilities, rent and mortgage of our agency but we need Alabama Coalition for the but more and more people assistance from the corn- Homeless said, "The. sta- are calling because they munity to assist us in rais- tistics for 2-1-1 speak for don't have enough food to ing funds to keep answering themselves. More and more feed their families or they those phones. We will con- in this changing world, we no longer can afford to pay tinue to seek out opportuni- are relying on technology to for healthcare and don't ties that will help us contin- bring us to the services we know where to go or what to ue our mission." need, when we need them. do when they need to see a WUW 2-1-1 has launched 2-1-1 is providing this im- doctor. Many can no longer a new website, http://w211. portant link between the afford their necessary pre-, to assist in get- consumer and the service scriptions. Others need help ting the word out about ser- deliverer, in a manner far to find affordable housing or vices provided by 2-1-1 and more efficient than was pos- need helpwith locating a job. to help in raising funds to sible even a few years ago. 2-1-1 provides callers with keep this needed service. Clear Springs Baptist Church celebrated Independence Day with enthusiasm and joy, July 4, 2010, at the church in Clear Springs, FL. Bro. Ralph Allen opened the services and due to pianist, Sis. Gail Jordan, being unable to play, Sis. Diana Colonna was kind enough to assist and her daughter, Sis. Jan Colonna, sang a very touching song to start the services. Bro. Hinton Smith led the congregation in two joyful and moving hymns. Bro. Allen then welcomed the guest speaker, whom has become very dear to the congregation, Bro. Richard Murray of DeFuniak Springs, FL. Bro. Murray brought a very dynamic message from Mark on the man possessed with a legion of demons that Christ freed to live a normal and productive life. After prayer and blessings, the congregation retired to the fellowship hall and dined on traditional hot dogs, sausage dogs, hamburgers, watermelon and numerous delicious dishes brought by the members. Fellowship was enjoyed by all attending. The congregation of Clear Springs Baptist Church welcomes everyone to attend services which are joyful and enlightening. Sunday Services begin with Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. followed by Church Services at 11 a.m. Wednesday Night Services start at 6:30 p.m. "God blesses all those who seek Him ,, 1 , through His son, Jesus Chdst our Savior. 1