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Your World Today - August 22, 2012

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The 12th Tiger Club’s Football Parade has been RESCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7TH. Businesses, clubs, organizations, churches and individuals are encouraged to participate in the parade and show their Tiger Pride and Spirit. Floats and vehicles should line up around 5:30 pm, between the City of Salem Administration Building and the East Salem Hill. The parade will take off around 6:00 pm and will arrive at the Salem High School Football Stadium before the beginning at the game. For more information, please contact the 12th Tiger Club President, Stephanie Floyd by calling 247-1441.

The Salem Memorial District Hospital tax rate hearing and regular board meeting was held Tuesday evening in the Hospital Library. In the tax rate hearing, the board approved a rate of $.1908 per $100 assessed valuation which is the same as last year. Estimated real estate and personal property tax assessed values for the year total over 236 million dollars and that will help generate an estimated $451,515 for the hospital. In the regular meeting, the summary of operations for the month of July showed a loss from operations of $112,294 and an after tax loss of $107,449. Cash did increase for the month by $236,000 and the days in net account receivables dropped to 50 days from 55 days last month. During the month, there were 861 emergency room visits with the average turnaround time of 125 minutes. There were 204 ambulance runs with 205 patients being assessed, 28 surgery cases, 1,734 outpatient registrations, 155 home health visits, 8,792 lab tests, 980 radiological procedures, 184 CT scans, 35 MRI scans, 14 nuclear med scans, 434 rehab treatments, 216 dialysis treatments and 367 clinical visits of which 156 were for podiatry. Hospital Administrator Dennis Pryor said that the visiting clinics would be moving to Physicians Office Building #2 in the near future. He also said that the construction on the new lagoon is waiting on the contractors as the supplies have already been received. Pryor also mentioned that with the Missouri Supreme Court ruling on the Medical Malpractice Liability Standards that he anticipates that medical malpractice insurance rates would rise again. Casey Lucas stated he is preparing the meaningful use statistics to be submitted so that the hospital can be reimbursed for their cost in the Electronic Medical Record conversion. The Foundation Program Committee met and reviewed possible candidates for the advisory board and Chairman Joe Brand said that they could still use about eight more people. Carol Lacy reported that she attended a meeting in Columbia for the Community Health Needs Assessment on August 1st and 2nd that provided a lot of statistics and data. She will be attending another meeting on August 29th. The board approved the budgeted software purchase of a Direct Deposit License from CPSI for $2,600 and approved the software and license for EMS for their tough book computers for $3,600 They also approved the non-budgeted purchase of a used Endoscopy Colonoscope for surgery from International Medical Equipment to replace the old one for $2,050, and they approved the purchase of two oxygen expansion kits for cardiopulmonary from Tri-Amin for $1,374. The finance committee appointments were made and they were Chairman Dennis Fiebelman, Ken Sheriff and Ray Bruno. Hospital Attorney Mark Weaver explained a bylaw change that would allow the hospital to not have to file an IRS Form 990. The hospital could qualify as an affiliate of a government unit and the dissolution bylaw 2.7 wording would need to be changed for that to happen. Bylaw revisions cannot be adopted until 30 days after the first reading so the board approved moving the next meeting back to September 25th at 6:00. Kathy Weldon from the lab will be speaking at the CPSI National User Conference in Chicago in September to discuss LOINC codes that are specific for each test performed and total over 60,000. This will be a requirement in Stage 2 of the Electronic Medical Record Conversion. The board then went into closed session.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Fall Sports begins today as the Softball Lady Tigers will travel to Newburg to face the Lady Wolves starting at 5:00.

The Salem Football Game scheduled for Friday night has been postponed and moved to Saturday night at 7:00 due to the death of a Houston High School instructor, Gail Wright. That game can be heard on KSMO Radio, online at and seen on

Adam Wainwright continued to dominate the Houston Astros and the St. Louis Cardinals took the opener of a three-game set, 7-0. Wainwright (12-10) held the Astros to five hits and only issued one walk. He matched a career high with 12 strikeouts en route to his fifth straight winning decision. In the process, Wainwright improved to 12-1 with a 1.58 earned run average in 20 games (14 starts) against Houston in his career. Yadier Molina drove in a pair of runs and picked up three hits to lead St. Louis. The Cardinals and Astros play again tonight and you can hear it on KSMO at 6:40.

The St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a contract extension with pitcher Jake Westbrook on Tuesday. The agreement will keep Westbrook with the Cardinals through the 2013 season and includes a mutual option for 2014.

Eric Hosmer's RBI base hit in the 10th inning lifted the Kansas City Royals over the Tampa Bay Rays, 1-0, in the middle test of a three-game set. Kelvin Herrera (1-1) earned the win after stranding a runner in the ninth. Luke Hochevar gave up just one hit and struck out a season-high 10 batters over eight frames for the Royals, winners in four of their last five. The Royals and Rays play again this afternoon.

The Indianapolis Colts acquired cornerback Josh Gordy from the St. Louis Rams in exchange for an undisclosed draft pick in 2014 on Tuesday. Gordy collected 43 tackles and three interceptions through 14 games last season.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Ruby Barker of Doolittle and formerly of Salem, age 75, will be held today at 1:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Interment will be in the Empire Cemetery in Gladden. Memorials may be made to the Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital

Memorial services for Rachel Leigh Pruett of Ackworth, Iowa and formerly of Columbia, age 16, will be held tonight at 6:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Memorials may be made to the future Rachel Leigh Pruett Scholarship Fund.

Funeral services for Lisa Louise Persicke of St. James, age 44, will be held Friday at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Visitation will be Thursday night from 5:00 to 9:00. Interment will be it the St. James Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the St. James Sports Club.

Funeral services for Kenneth Charles Piatt of Salem, age 53, will be held Friday at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 11:30 until time of service. Memorials may be made to the Kenneth C. Piatt family.

Funeral services for Elaine Rose Head of St. James, age 86, will be held Saturday at 11:00 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. James. Visitation will be held Friday night from 5:00 to 9:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Interment will be in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in St. James. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

Funeral services for Jack L. Richardson of St. James, age 57, will be held Monday at 10:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Visitation will be Sunday from 5:00 to 7:00. Interment will be in the Dillon Cemetery in Maries County.

Funeral services for Shirley Ann Chretien of Rolla and formerly of New Hampshire, age 76, will be announced at a later date. All arrangements are under the directions of James & Gahr Mortuary in Rolla.

Weather   [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny, high of 91.
Tonight..Mostly clear, low of 62.
Thursday..Sunny, high of 92.
Thursday night..Mostly clear, low of 65.
Friday..Mostly sunny, high of 89.
Friday night..Partly cloudy, low of 67.
Saturday..Mostly sunny, high of 89.
Saturday night..Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers, low of 68.



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