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Trust i.n the Lord and do good; so 8halt thou dwell in the land and verily thou ehalt be fed. Psalms 37:3 s m~msm !iii!~i!!iii!!!!i{!iiii}~;~:i ~i,?; ::i:i:~:;.::i:!:: , .::~:::i ;r~ .:: ~. ~, " ~:!':~:~::" "":;~ J.!~ii::::~!i!i~?i:}~!iii!i!i!ili:~i i~:,! :;!.:~?i;ii: / Sunday, June 2, 1985 Ronceverte, WV Sunda Morning km a n sees need for ra rn p pile-up of a its brakes on hill caused quite But then a- of thing is no- the town's resi- averaged more =way truck per past thirty Ronceverte red Workman. in all." something about the pro- over the to do some- it,', says Work- like to get an es- Put in, but the last heard from the of High- that there are Places in West there are, I'd A runaway go through and a main railroad be- of the plights the many trucks on the steep S. 219 reads like B-Movie chase a cattle truck and turned Greenbrier ~lch intersects the bottom of cars al. a lumber all the way and hit a load- the railroad for - the top of the and sealing He escaped so many Workman. "It's many cars We even destroyed I don't know has ever been But we've that could have been avoided with an escape ramp. Workman would like to see one constructed a few feet above Greenbrier Ave- nue, since over the years many trucks have tried to stop by turning onto the street anyway. Workman says that in the past, talk has centered around building the ramp further up the hill in the coalfield north of town. "Trouble is, once many drivers realize that they've lost their brakes, they're al- ready past the coalfield,'" contends Workman. "i'm not an engineer, but it seems like a ramp could be construct- ed above Greenbrier Ave- nue." Workman says that anoth- er problem is that many driv- ers don't know what they're getting themselves into. "There's no sign indicating what's on the bottom of the hill," he says. "Many drivers figure they can coast it out once they reach the bottom, like they do on some other hills. They don't know that there's a dead end at the bottom of the hill. We need a sign telling them that it's a dead end, because there's no way for them to turn once they reach the bottom. Some have trled it, and wiped out parked cars. Others have told me that had they known what was on the bottom, they would have tried to run into down. sign installed several years ago warning truckers of the steep grade, Workman says that all other efforts to get something done have been fruitless. "The Department of Highways has done a vis- ual check," he adds. "But that's all. We'd like for them to do a serious study of the situation, and do the en- gineering. Then if they tell us its not feasible or too ex- pensive we'll know that ser. ious effort has been made. We don't think ours is the on- ly solution, we're open toany ideas they may have." John Gallagher, a spokes- man for the Department of Highways said that a study was done two or three years ago and the proiect was found to be "cost prohibi- tive." He said that at the time, the Department felt that their installatJ~of signs along the highway would be adequate to remedy the problem. Truckers have their own ideas, too. "We've talked to all of them," says Workman. "The ones from out of the area are usually awfully shook up about the whole thing. They come around the bend and see those two inter- sections and the railroad tracks and you can just ima- gine how they feel." From all indications, the view is not very comforting from the bottom either. Bazzarre discusses future of hea Ith ca re This is part two of a two- part series on health care costs. In this week's article, Howard Bazzarre, Associate Executive Director of Fi- nanco at Humana Hospital Greenbrier Valley, talks about the health care insur- anco industry and its impact on the future of healthcare. Q: On a national level, aren't health-care costs be- ing diven up through insur- ance because patients are staying in the hospital longer than they might if they were paying out of their own pockets? A: When you really get down to it, the one individual who controls the stay of the patient is the physician. Phy- sicians are the only people who can admit a patient to this hospital, or any hospital, and they're dY people discharge a patient until they're ready to leave. On the other hand, they really don't want to keep some- one here any longer than they have to. There have been problems nationwide with length of stay in hospitals, but the in- surance companies are real- ly puffing pressure on all health care providers~ physicians, hospitals, the whole works, on length of stay. Q: In what way? A: Medicare has gone to a new type of reimbursement system for hospitals that dic- tates how much they will pay. They've categorized illnesses into what's called Diagnosis Related Groups. The DRG provides for a length of stay, paying for the amount of reimbursement that the hospital may re: ceive. This is sort of setting a prec-'~'e~'~ for other health- care insurers to model their reimbursement systems af- ter this one. This is the direc- tion it's taking. Q: This is regardless of how much it actually costs the hospital to perform, say, an apendectomy? A: Yes. Q: How is the amount of re- imbursement arrived at? Is it done by region? Do hospi- tals everywhere receive the same reimbursement for a certain procedure? A: It's indexed by that a $500 for an apendectomy, for example. Q: This is a cost-cuffing measure on Medicare's part? A: Sure. Supposedly, this will give the hospital an in- centive to be more efficient. You can only be efficient to a certain point in controlling costs of providing care, then you start having to pick up the tab. Q: What do things like DRG's'mean for the future of health care? A: In general, health care is going through a revolution. Continued on 5A Briefly... G /T to h01d auditions Auditions for the American classic comedy "You Can't Take It With You", written by Mess Hart and George S. Kaufman and directed by Mary Leb will be held on Wed- nesday, June 5at 7 p.m. This show is being produced by The Greenbrier Valley Theatre. Auditions will be at the "Barn", located next to the Greenbrier Valley Airport. 19 roles are available. Rehearsals will begin the last week of June. Performance dates are: July 25, 26, 27, and August 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, and 10. For more information, please call 645-7284 after 5 p.m. L P N Association plans convention The thirty-third annual convention of the Liscensecl Practical Nurses Association of America will be held June 5, 6, and 7 at the Brier Inn in Lewisburg. The convention's theme is "Coming Alive in '85". " The three-day affair, which is co-sponsored by LPN dis- J~Hct No. 24, will feature lectures and discussions of such topics as diabetes, impotence, and stress. Businesswomen's seminar scheduled The Lewlsburg Sub-Center of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center will offer a Women in Small Business Seminar at the Lewlsburg Fire Hall on Friday, June 7, 1985 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Topics will include: The legal environment forwomen in business, Personal goals and objectives, women networks in business, and a roundtable discussion lead by local bus- iness women. II' There is no charge for this seminar but lunch is not pro- J vi ed. | TO prereglsfer for this seminar you may call the Concord SBDC at 304-384.9811 or the Lowlsburg SBDC at , anyone? There will be a meeting, Tuesday, June 4, at 6 p.m., at the Dorle Miller ParkPicnic Shelter in Lewisburg for any- one interested in organizing a summer volleyball league. A meeting will also be held at 7 p.m. to organize a bas- ketball league. Contact Marion GOrdon, at 645.1218, after dark, if una, hie to affend. Yard sale planned There will be a yard sale, Friday, June 7, and Saturday," June 8, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 206 E. Randolph Street in Lewisburg. Thesele is sponsored by Chapter V of the PEO Sister. hood. I II II I brier High School reunion---a good time was had by all day...registration. Between 3000 and 4000 people Alumni savoring every moment! Iigh School Band entertained the crowds with its One of the highlights of the evening was the in- troduction of Coach How; ~d ,'Toddy" Louden. He said he came to GHS for one year, "but left 32 vears I=t=r "' Part of the evenings entertainment was the of The Men of Oreenbrier. GHS alumni enjoying one of the many disp ays of high school memorabilia. ng