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Writer congratulates school for discussing communication with public PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Thursday, 18 December 2014 00:00

Dear Editor:

I would like to congratulate the Wauneta-Palisade School Board not only for recognizing but also for taking up discussion about the issue of communication with the public.

I would also like to suggest that we don’t just adopt one-way, reactive methods of communication such as the school’s website and fliers, but also adopt policy that includes two-way, proactive communication with everyone involved in the district.  I’m thinking of a structured policy that enables a public forum with simple avenues to good communication such as:

  1. A suggestion box in the schools and on the website with the option of anonymity.

  2. Monthly meetings designed to open channels of communication where the public is invited to meet with the superintendent. These meetings could be held on a rotating schedule such as morning coffees, daytime luncheons, and evening meetings so that everyone would have the opportunity to attend.

  3. A policy that all communication received into the superintendent’s office be answered and never ignored.

With some simple changes like these to our district’s administrative operating procedures, all stakeholders in the district will have the opportunity to give input and know they have been heard.

Respectively Submitted,

Patricia Holder

Wauneta, Nebr.

 
Hospital CEO comments on ambulance transfer story PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Thursday, 11 December 2014 00:19

Dear Editor,

I would like to comment on the recent article in the Dec. 4 Imperial Republican and Wauneta Breeze concerning ambulance transfers written by Diane Stamm.

It was stated that the hospital nurses do not want to go on transfers and there are several reasons for this as follows:

First, there is a liability issue since the hospital does not own the ambulance service; our liability insurance will not cover the nurse during the transfer.

Second, there is a staffing issue as we do not staff nurses for transporting patients to other facilities.

Third, there is a training issue. Not all nurses are trained for ground transport. Our nurses receive extensive hospital-based training but paramedics are specifically trained for out of hospital and transport care.

I feel that our local ambulance service does a very good job in serving our community and they are always first on our list for transport if needed.

The welfare of the patient is always our main concern and since our local provider is not Advance Life Support (ALS) licensed then we must choose another provider in the event that is what our patient needs.

The hospital utilizes an ALS provider when appropriate and when time is of the essence, we use a fix wing service for the most critical patients.

The local ambulance service and the hospital are a team, working together to serve our community. Just as our hospital is not always the right place to best serve our patients, we must choose the right transport provider to meet the needs of the people we serve.

Steve Lewis, CEO
Chase County Community Hospital