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Winter weather closes schools four days
LRH achieves chest pain center status

Smithsonian exhibit to open this weekend
Burchfield named NCO of the year
Sheriff's Dept. warns of fake $50 bills
Cocaine seized in Saturday raid

 

Winter weather closes schools four days

Darren Oliver/OCN staff
Russell Sidwell and his nephew, Spencer Hargis, take advantage of the snowfall Saturday morning, Feb. 3. Snowy weather caused Overton County schools to close Thursday, Feb. 1, and they remained closed through Tuesday, Feb. 6.

 

 

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LRH achieves chest pain center status

courtesy of LRH
Showing the accreditation certificate are, from left, Dr. Randy Davis, Overton County EMS Director Liz Crabtree, LRH CEO Tim McGill, Sue Maynord, Dr. Richard Fields, and Michelle Watson
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Livingston Regional Hospital received full Cycle II accreditation status from the Accreditation Review Committee of the Society of Chest Pain Centers on December 29, becoming the 332nd accredited Chest Pain Center in the nation.

Livingston Regional Hospital CEO Tim McGill said, "Thanks to our great staff, our emergency department physicians, and our EMS partners, we now have this important distinction for our hospital and community."

Dr. Rick Fields, director of Emergency Services at LRH, added, "I am very proud of the hard work and cooperation from all the departments and EMS that were necessary to achieve this accreditation."

Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 dying annually of heart disease. More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain.

The goal of the Society of Chest Pain Centers is to significantly reduce the mortality rate of these patients by teaching the public to recognize and react to the early symptoms of a possible heart attack, reduce the time that it takes to receive treatment, and increase the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment.

The Chest Pain Center's protocol driven and systematic approach to patient management allows physicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack, when treatments are most effective, and to better monitor patients when it is not clear whether they are having a coronary event. Such observation helps ensure that a patient is neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.

With the rise of Chest Pain Centers came the need to establish standards designed to improve the consistency and quality of care provided to patients. The Society's accreditation process insures centers meet or exceed quality-of-care measures in acute cardiac medicine.

The Chest Pain Center at Livingston Regional Hospital has demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and completing on-site evaluations by a review team from the Society of Chest Pain Centers. Key areas in which a Chest Pain Center must demonstrate expertise include the following:

Integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system;

Assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients quickly;

Effectively treating patients with low risk for acute coronary syndrome and no assignable cause for their symptoms;

Continually seeking to improve processes and procedures;

Ensuring Chest Pain Center personnel competency and training;

Maintaining organizational structure and commitment;

Having a functional design that promotes optimal patient care;

Supporting community outreach programs that educate the public to promptly seek medical care if they display symptoms of a possible heart attack.

Emergency Room Supervisor Sue Maynord said, "The teamwork we already exhibit is not officially recognized by this accreditation. We continuously strive to improve our services to provide the highest quality of care for our patients and service to our community."

Livingston Regional Hospital is a JCAHO-accredited114-bed acute care facility. The hospital and the more than 65 physicians on its medical staff provide a comprehensive range of healthcare services, including 24-hour emergency services that service the Upper Cumberland Region as a Level III trauma center.

The hospital's Women's Center features recently renovated birthing suites. Diagnostic and Radiology Services include computed tomography scanning, ultrasonography, mammography, magnetic resonance imaging, radiography, and nuclear medicine.

A 6-bed Critical Care unit provides intensive care services and procedures with advanced cardiac and ventilatory equipment for continuous patient monitoring. Physical Rehabilitative services on both inpatient and an outpatient basis are also available.

For more information about LRH visit the website at www.livingstonregionalhospital.com or call (931) 823-5611.

Society of Chest Pain Centers is a non-profit international professional organization focused upon improving care for patients with acute coronary syndromes and other related maladies.

Established in 1998, the Society is dedicated to patient advocacy and focusing on ischemic heart disease. SCPC is headquartered in Columbus, OH.

For more information on the Society of Chest Pain Centers visit www.scpcp.org.

 

 

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Smithsonian exhibit to open this weekend

Fences take on many shapes. Wrought iron, and wood, barbed wire and stones. For the most part, they are seen simply as physical barriers. One of Smithsonian Institute's traveling exhibits, "Between Fences", explores the evolution of fences, and the variety of ways they affect all walks of life.

The 6-week exhibit will be presented by Overton County Heritage Museum in partnership with Humanities Tennessee and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibit Services' Museum on Main Street program. It will be on display at only 6 locations in Tennessee, and will stop at Overton County Heritage Museum beginning Saturday, Feb. 10.

"We feel very lucky to have been chosen as the only museum in Middle Tennessee to host this exhibit," said museum curator Paula Stover.

The exhibit explores the various implementation of fences that define physical boundaries as well as cultural fences that affect society. While some fences take the form of creeks and rivers, others are invisible, dividing race, class or religions.

Through artifacts, illustrations, and photographs, "Between Fences" explores the division of space and culture from historical, regional and social perspectives. It also challenging visitors to examine the fences in their own lives.

"Fences are used for various reasons, to divide land, provide privacy and some are just ornamental," Stover said. "It's interesting to note also, there were no fences in this country until the Europeans came. The Native Americans did not use fences to show ownership of the land."

Because of its size, the exhibit will be on display at Joe L. Evins Community Center, next door to Overton County Heritage Museum.

The exhibit, which will be on display through March 24, will be open Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

School tours, including students from Overton and surrounding counties, have been slated primarily for Thursdays. Because of the number of school children expected, the public is encouraged to attend on Fridays and Saturdays.

For more information call Overton County Heritage Museum at (931) 403-0909 or visit the museum website at www.overtonmuseum.com.

 

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Burchfield named NCO of the Year

By BETH UNDERWOOD, OCN staff
SSG David Ryan Burchfield was recently named Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) of the Year for Det. 1, Troop Echo, 2/278th ACR.

Burchfield, who was selected by his peers and superiors, was chosen out of more than 140 soldiers in E Troop (formerly known as K Troop).

"Everytime he does something for the Guard, he stands out among his peers," said SFC Dallas Bunger, platoon sergeant with Troop E. "Whether during regular hours or after hours, he's always there to help."

Burchfield went on to compete at the Squadron level against 2 other NCOs from the 2/278th ACR. Burchfield is married to April (Beaty) Burchfield. The couple has an 8 week-old son, Landon Gage.

SSG Burchfield, who was promoted to staff sergeant on January 8, is the son of David and Carolyn Burchfield of Livingston, and the son-in-law of Junior and Debbie Beaty of Byrdstown.

 

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Sheriffs Dept. warns of fake $50 bills

Overton County Sheriff's Department has received reports during the past week that several counterfeit $50 bills have been passed in Morgan and Fentress counties.

According to the Sheriff's Dept., the fake $50 bills pass the marker pen checking system even though they are not legitimate.

Anyone with any knowledge of counterfeit $50 bills being circulated should call the Sheriff's Dept. at (931) 823-5635.

 

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Cocaine seized in Saturday raid

Approximately 6 ounces (164 grams) of cocaine was confiscated by Overton County Sheriff's Department in a raid in Okolona on Saturday, Feb. 3.

According to reports, Sheriff's Dept. personnel, with a search warrant and assistance from the canine unit of Putnam County Sheriff's Department, searched the residence of Candice Leschelle Wagers, 26, around 7 p.m. Saturday evening. The cocaine was allegedly found and officers arrested Wagers and James Lamar Carson, 28.

Both were charged with manufacturing, delivering, and selling a controlled substance.

Wagers was released on bond, with a hearing set for Thursday, Feb. 22.

Carson appeared before Judge Steve Daniels and was denied bond. He is set to appear before Judge John Officer on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

The arrests were the result of an ongoing Oveton County Sheriff's Dept. investigation over the past several months.

 

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