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The Salem Memorial District Hospital regular board meeting was held Tuesday evening in the Hospital Library. In the summary of operations for the month of May, inpatient admissions were down that helped lead to a loss from operations of  $85,274 with an excess of expenses over revenues after taxes of $81,542. This was the last meeting for hospital controller Stephanie Wofford as she will be replaced by Becky Cunningham. During the month, there were 873 emergency room visits with the average turnaround time of 115 minutes. There were 172 ambulance runs with 174 patients being assessed, 17 surgery cases, 1,887 outpatient registrations, 202 home health visits, 11,722 lab tests, 1,140 radiological procedures, 179 CT scans, 33 MRI cans, 17 nuclear med scans, 519 rehab treatments, 214 dialysis treatments and 358 clinical visits. The hospital auxiliary will be having a bed sheet fundraiser this Friday in the hospital library and that is open to the public. Hospital Administrator Dennis Pryor said that all the construction work in the hospital was now complete and work on the lagoon will begin. Pryor stated that originally the cost of the project was around $45,000, but that was two years ago and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources has changed their requirements since then. The hospital will now be required to have three holding tanks in case of the loss of electricity so the equipment alone for the project will be around $75,000 to $80,000.Pryor stated that he would not be surprised if this project would cost about $150,000 by the time it is completed. Pryor reported that the hospice project planning has been postponed until October. The health screenings for the month of May totaled 289 participants compared to 239 last year in May. The next health screenings will be held September 12th and 13th. Pryor went on to say that the foundation program committee would need to set a meeting date now that the by-laws have been approved. The Missouri Hospital Association will be kicking off the Community Health Needs Assessment program in July. This program will have to be completed by the hospital every three years to address community health needs. The board approved a number of budgeted purchases from Patterson Medical for Rehab including a Jemarkel Wristicisers Pro for $120, an Ideal Medical Bottle Gel Warmer for $136, a weight bar set of five for $157 and a Cando Five Piece Instability Pad Set for $170. The board also approved the purchase of a task chair from Automated Business Systems for $181, and two touchscreen monitors were purchased for the Emergency Room and Information Systems from SHI for $1,084. The board approved the non-budgeted purchase of a 700-pound Bariatric chair for Acute Care from NBF for $428 and a cordless exam light for the Emergency Room from Welch Allyn Kleenspec for $277. The board then went into closed session.

The Dent County Fire Protection District released their reports for June 12th through June 16th. On Tuesday, June 12th a call came in at 12:29 in the afternoon on Dilworth Lane. A total of six firefighters responded to the call and provided manpower for a medical assist. At 3:40 that same afternoon, a total of six firefighters responded to County Road 2300 for a grass fire. The scene was under control at 4:35 that afternoon. Later that evening at 8:53, a total of 10 firefighters responded to County Road 2300 for a brush or brush and grass fire. Firefighters extinguished the fire and all units were back in service at 9:13 pm. The Dent County Fire Protection District responded to three calls on Thursday, June 14th. The first call was received at 10:18 that morning. A total of six firefighters responded about seven miles south of Salem on Highway 19 to find one female driver of a motorcycle lying in the ditch with obvious injuries to the right leg and right arm. Firefighters assisted EMS with packaging the patient and Air Evac landed at the scene and transported the patient to Mercy Hospital in Creve Couer. Later that day at 12:20 a call came in for South Oak Street. A total of eight firefighters responded to provide first aid, check for injuries a female patient that had fallen the evening before, complaining of shoulder and rib pain. The patient was then transported to the Salem Memorial District Hospital by ambulance. That same afternoon at 3:03 the Dent County Fire Protection District units were dispatched to County Road 3200. A total of six firefighters responded to provide manpower for a medical assist. All units were back in service at 3:40 that same afternoon. On Friday, June 15th a call came in to create a landing zone at the fire station located at #2 South Main Street in Salem. A total of five firefighters responded to the call. On Saturday, June 16th a call came in at 11:53 that morning to create a landing zone at the fire station. A total of five firefighters responded to the call to provide manpower. All units were back in service at 12:23 that afternoon.

The South Central Missouri 2012 Cattlemen’s Tour brought to you by Maries and Dent County and the MU Extension and will run from July 16th to July 19th. The tour departs on the 16th at 7:00 am from the SC Regional Stockyards in Vienna. The first stop will be to the Southwest Research Center in Mount Vernon. Throughout their tour they will also make other stops to the Pasture Based Dairy Farm Tour in Monett, the Ratcliff Ranches in Vinita, Oklahoma, the Gray G Bar Ranch in Grainola, Oklahoma, the Stockyard City and National Stockyards in Oklahoma City, the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation in Ardmore, Oklahoma, the Oklahoma City National Memorial/Bricktown and the last and final stop on July 19th will be at the Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, Missouri. Registration forms can be obtained at the MU Extension. For more information contact Ted Cunningham at 729-3196 or the MU Extension in Maries County at 573-422-3359.

The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Salem invites businesses, organizations, and individuals to participate in the community’s 2012 4th of July parade on Wednesday, July 4th.  This year’s theme is “America’s Past, Present and Future” and it will start at 6:00 PM. The Grand Marshall this year is Ed Gill, a lifelong Salem resident and businessman, who achieved the rank of Lieutenant Senior Grade in the United States Navy. Gill served aboard a minesweeper during the Invasion of Normandy in WWII. A one hundred dollar prize will be awarded to the best “Commercial” and “Non-Commercial” float. Get your entry form at; request a form from or stop by 200 South Main. Parade entry forms are due by June 26th.  The parade route runs from the old fairgrounds to the Dent County Courthouse. No ATV’s will be allowed. Your line up position will be ready on June 29th. For more information call 729-6900.

Sports [TOP]

Austin Jackson and Delmon Young both knocked in a pair of runs as the Detroit Tigers downed the St. Louis Cardinals, 6-3, in the opener of a three-game interleague set Tuesday. Lance Lynn (10-3) was touched for five runs on nine hits and two walks through five innings to absorb the loss for the Cardinals, who have dropped three of their last four. Before the game, the Cardinals activated outfielder/infielder Skip Schumaker from the 15-day disabled list and optioned pitcher Maikel Cleto to Triple-A Memphis. The Cards and Tigers play again tonight and you can hear it on KSMO Radio at 5:30.

Luke Hochevar held Houston scoreless into the eighth inning and Billy Butler homered as Kansas City took a 2-0 decision in the middle test of a three-game interleague series. Hochevar (4-7) scattered five hits, walked four and fanned six through 7 2/3 innings for the Royals, who have won six of eight. Jonathan Broxton turned in a scoreless ninth for his 17th save. The Royals and Astros play again this afternoon.

The St. Louis Blues have signed forward Chris Stewart to a one-year contract and veteran defenseman Barret Jackman to a three-year deal. Stewart, 24, recently completed his fifth season in the NHL and Jackman, 31, was the Blues' top pick, 17th overall, in the 1999 NHL draft and was the 2003 Calder Trophy winner as the league’s top rookie.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Erma Jean Sparks of Rolla, age 75,will be held Friday at 11:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be Thursday from 6;00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Rolla City Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

Funeral services for Clinton Elton “Bud” Flowers, Sr. of Salem, age 86, will be held Saturday at 1:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be Friday from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery with Full Military Honors.

Funeral services for Frances Mae Gibson of Salem, age 74, will be held Saturday at 11:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be Friday night from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the North Lawn Cemetery.

Funeral services for Betty Vickers Mohesky will be Friday at 11:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Steelville Ambulance District.

Weather   [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny and hot, high of 92.
Tonight..Mostly clear, low of 70.
Thursday..Mostly sunny with a 30% chance of showers, high of 91.
Thursday night..Partly cloudy, low of 65.
Friday..Sunny, high of 88.
Friday night..Mostly clear, low of 68.



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