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The Mountain Messenger, Thursday, July 12,1990 ou never know exactly what another fellow does until you have , ;dkcd a mile in his shoes, t.ast week 1 had to wear Dennis V > llcdge's shoes. Dennis' shoes are running shoes with a cap[- t.d -R". Dennis is Circulation Manager lor the Mountain Messenger ltc is the man who sccs that you actually receive your newspaper. t is not an easy job. fast Monday Dennis. who works long and hard hours, went to qccp at the wheel of his truck and wrecked just outside of Union. l lc was on his way home alier taking tiffs newspaper to our printer t'tdaski, Virginia. Dennis badly injured his spine and now is a I)alicnt at Humana Hospital in Fairlea. He's doing okay, but will bc inCal)acitatcd lot 12 to 18 weeks according to his doctor. The first thing Dennis thought to do when hc got to the emcr- ,cncy room at the hospital was to call us. I wcnl down to the hospital and talked to him while he was receiving initial medical t catment. Through intense pain. hc outlined to mc what he does week to get the.newspaper printed and to the post elliot. By cccssity, Dennis handed mc the baton -- and 1 didn't even know I \v3~; ill lhc race! luckily, titian Scarle, a sales representative on our sial+f, offered J,+ will] mc on the lollowing day's adventure which started at 3 tJ ck+ck in the morning. The day didn't end until 11 o'clock that nit_,ht 20 hours later. We did il +- 'twasn't easy. Made us appre- ciate, even more than wc already did. all that Dennis Woflledgc doc~! You never know what another fellow goes through Until his shoes you have worn for a mile or two. -- Chas. A. Goddard Big Issues, some age-old, face us today. The Mountain Messenger Encourages you to Let us know how you feel about: Schools Taxes Aborhon Politics Economy Religion Ethics Morality Ecology Health Communications Your opinion Is as Important as ours. It is through sensible discussion that we grow and learn. I Dear Editor: I received a copy of a letter wnt. ter~ to you by Ms Anne Blair Alder- so~ on the subject of mammogra- pny. I would like to take this opportu- nity to respond to some of her con- cerns on the subject. I did not view the NBC television series on Mammography referred to, laowever an inquiry was made to the American Cancer Society at the number stated in her letter. (1-800-4 CANCER). The American Cancer Society stated the information given on the NBC television s~ries was misleading due to the fac~they did not state that being accredited by the American College of Radiology for performing mammogra~)hy is completely voluntary. This is,not a requirement. This does not give any indications or guarantees that a fa- cility practices quality mammogra- phy. The American Cancer Society did inform us that three questions should be asked of any facility where you would consider having a mammogram. The are as follows: 1. Is the facility's equipment used dedicated solely to mammography? 2. Does the facility perform at least ten (10) mammograms per week? 3. ts the Radiologic Technologist registered or Certified and is the Radiologist reading the mammo- gram Beard Certified by the Ameri- can College of Radiology? In response to the first question. The equipment used for mammogra- phy at Humana Hospital-Greenbrier Valley is a Picker Sureview mam- mography System. This is a radio- graphic unit designed for the diag- nosis of the breast and other soft tissues in both individual and mass examinations. The system utilizes a high frequency generator which yields a higher "useful" dose than olher radiographic units. It has a molybdenum rotating ar/ode tube with O.03mm molybdenum filter which produces the optimum x-ray beam for mammography. The Sure- wew Unit also has an automatic ex- posure control which guarantees uniform "quality" of image regardless of any change in density of the oh- ject being x-rayed. This unit is desig- nated solely for the use of mam- mography and soft tissue radiologlc examination. Question number two asks if the facility performs at least ten (10) mammograms per week. Humana Hospital -Greenbrier Valley performs an average of eleven (11) matured- grams per "day." The last question regarding the Certification of the Radiologist and the Radiotogic Technology, The Ra- diologist at Humana Hospital-Green- brier Valley is Terry D. Lesko, M.D. Dr Lesko is the Medical Director o1 the Department of Diagnostic Imag- ing which includes mammography Dr Lesko is Board Certified with the American College of Radiology. The Radiologic Technologist performing the mammograms is registered by the American Registry of Ra~diologic Technologists. She has four (4) years experience m mammography and seventeen (17) years experi- ence as a Radiologic Technologist. She is regarded by Dr Lesko as one of the finest Radiologic Technolo- gists he has ever worked with, The hospital has applied in the past for Registration with the Ameri- can College of Radiol~jy. At the time it was declined pending the purchase of a dedicated mammog- raphy film processor. This processor has been included in the next year's budget. We do not foresee this equipment improving the quality or consistency of our mammography program, however it is a require- ment of the American College of Radiology in order to register with them. I would like to invite Ms Aldsrson or anyone interested in our mam- mography service to view our facility and ask any questions they might have concerning mammography. At Humana HospitaI-Greenbrier Valley we' have a commitment to continu- ally strive to provide the highest quality services available for our customers. This commitment is evidenced by our compliance with all national, state and local regulatory agencies. This includes full accreditation in the JCAHO and HCFA surveys, State STAFF Chas. A. Gcxldard. Editor Dotty Brackenrich. Office Manager 122 N. Court Street Troy Forren, Advertising Lewisburg, WV 24901 Terrl Boone, Advertising 304/647-5 724 Helen Searle, Advertising Debbie McChmg, Ad Design Published every Thursday Betty Morgan. Ad Design Circulation: 23,120 Jonathan Wright, Staff Writer Lou Burroughs, Typesetting Brenda Gherman. Production If you would like to submit material for publication: Articles submitted to The Mountain Messenger should be typewnt- ten or clearly written in order to be considered for publication. Please include your name and a phone numoer where you may be reached during business hours. The Mountain Messenger reserves the right to edit any material and regrets articles cannot be returned. Letters to the editor must include a futl s~gnature and address If you would like a photograph returned, please prowde a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Material must be received in our office by: News Items: Fridays, Noon Display Advertising: Mondays, 2 p.m. Classified Advertising: Fridays, 10 a.m. SUBSCRIPTION RATES: In State, $14.84 In State Senior Citizens $13.78 In State Students 11.13 ( 9 mos.) Out-of-State. $15.00 To the point By Jonathan Wright The death of an acquaintance or relative ts always painful, regardless of how close the person was to you. Death means separation. Separa- tion from those you cared about is not pleasant. My cousin Barbara Ann Louder- milk died last week. We had met only a'few years ago, shortly before I moved to Greenbrier County. We had never been in touch while I was growing up. She was actually my second cousin once-removed, which perhaps partially explains why we hadn't met until later in our lives. My grandmother and her mother were cousins and corresponded until my grandmother died m 1975. Apart from that I knew very tittle about her family. When I moved here in 1984 I got to know the Loudermilks a ittle bet- ter, mainly from the times I saw them at their church's popular semi- annual "bean suppers." Every time we meet there or elsewhere throughout the area, we exchange pleasantries and ask about each other's families. Our conversations rarely last more than a few minutes. but they are always heart-warming. Talking with Barbara was always pleasant. I enjoyed the occasions I visited the Extension Office m Le- wisburg, where she worked, for her bright smile and sweet personality lifted my spirits. Added to that. of course, was the bond that comes only from being blood-related to an- other. I felt it every time I talked to her. Barbara fought a relatively short battle with cancer and lost. Her un- wavering faith in the God who made her was an inspiration to many-- and her genuine commitment to Him ts a formidable challenge to many of today's cymcs disenchanted with rampant hypocrisy. She served her Lord, and although she lost the battle with cancer, she won the one race that ultimately matters. Yes, there's an emptiness now with Barba[a gone. I wish 1 had taken timet0~ knov~ herb~tter~Ut rm glad our paths crossed for what time they did. My life is richer for ~t. Board of health and Fire Marshal in- spections. Humana HospitaI-Greenbrier Val- ley participated in the American Cancer Society Breast Cancer awareness program for the past three years. In April 1989 we com- pleted approximately 210 mammo- grams at a reduced fee to assist in this program. We are currently par- ticipating again in the Cancer Awareness program. This year the program started in April and will be offered through August. The time frame has been increased due to the increased community demand. This annual program provides edu- cation and early detection to pro- mote preventative health and raise the communities level of awareness in the area of breast cancer. In closing I would like at address the dangers of mammography. Ex- amination with current low dose technique as being performed at Humana HospitaI-Greenbrier Valley can be equated to the following: One hundred (100) miles traveled by air. fifteen (15) miles traveled by car, smoking one fourth of a cigarette, one-third minute of mountain climb- ing, and five (5) minutes of being a man aged sixty. Sincerely, Arnold M. Yell Director, Diagnostic Imaging Dear Editor: I just read Bailey Tyter's column (7/5/90 issue) "Greenbrier County Board of Education -- News and Views from Chestnut St." with great interest, rm from the western end of the county and I understand exactly what the parents of the eastern end are going through and the feelings of anger and frustration they must be experiencing. We had a similar "clash of wills" with the Board over closure/consolidation. We won an- other year for our children, but there seems to be a great storm looming on the horizon of our children's scholastic future. If the Board suc- ceeds in their "tunnel vision" pursuit of all-out consolidation, it will be the children and their parents, not the Board, paying the price for years to come for this proposed short-sighted action. The county, east and west, has to stand together on this issue. True, many people on the western end say it's only on the eastern end now, but if it goes through in the east, the Board can use it against us m the west with this argument "We've closed and consolidated in the eastern end and in the vein of equal education, it is only fair we do the same on the western end." Think about it. Only in a united effort can we stop the Board of Edu- cation in its tracks. We have to take a stand for our children -- no one else will! It seems to me that the Board has forgotten one very important de- tail about the public school system -- the public, which is largely made up of parents who are voters, as welt as tax payers, rm sure I not only speak for myself when I say that I'm sick and tired of having agendas, taxes, proposals and other such foisted upon me without my permission or vote -- such as we do for a school levy. In closing, I wish to thank Ms Ty- ler for a very informative column. I shall watch for it in the future. Cheryl Houchins Leslie Dear Editor: Reference Ms Anne B. Alderson's letter published in your paper July 5. Investigation of the facts surrounding the information contained in Ms AIderson's letter has identified several distortions and inaccuracies of facts. Humana HospitaI-Greenbrier Val- ley has a state-of-the-art mammog- raphy unit and has previously ap- plied for accreditation by the Ameri- can College of Radiology. As indi- cated in the enclosed letters, this accreditation 4s voluntary and is not a requirement of any regulatory agency to allow facilities to provide mammography services. In March 1988 Humana Hospital- Greenbrier Valley contacted the American College of Radiology re- garding application for accreditation of our mammography services. This application was not submitted due to a requirement for a dedicated film processor to be utilized solely for By Heather Hanson Lying in my bunk bed, I try to de- c~de if the motif in the wood above the door ~s supposed to be fish. But tt doesn't really matter. I am more comfortable than I had expected to de m the two-room. 15 x 20 foot wooden house that ~s my home m Haiti for two weeks A group of ten Americans from a vanety of backgrounds, are here to dO construction work for schools and churches m the mountains of the Caribbean Island of Haiti. The work was requested by a Haitian pastor, Pere Albert. and our jobs are in his parish. Harvey Musser, son of Birdie Musser of Frankford, worked for three years as hospital admims- trator Jn Hospital ST. Croix, funded by the Medical Benevolence Foun- dation. Pere Albert used to work there, and that's where he and Har- vey began working together on proj- ects to md the tmpovenshed people of Haiti. In the east six years. Har- vey, h~s brother Marshall. and others nave raised money for supplies and gone w~th two other work teams m help Pere Albert. The majority of fi- nances for this tnp come from the Old Stone Presbyterian Church, as well as donations by individuals, the work team members, ane their churches. Those of this work team from Greenbrier County are Marshall Musser Criss Haynes, Klase Longanacre, Reverend Weston Guthrie. Dr Jerry Penning- Ion, and myself. Although this s only our third day here, we all agree that we are very comfortable and at ease living among the people of Grande Colline. This town is our base, with the mare parisl~ church, a school house of ten rooms and Pere Albert's home. As Pere Albert has worked w~th many Americans. he understands our basfc concerns. He lust completed a bathroom before we came, which ~s a small cement budding with a toilet and a shower head. (In the mountains of Haiti, there is not a shortage of water, yet orgy few sp~jots.So you do see lots of women carrying buckets of water on their heads.) Four young girls cook and serve us three hearty meals a day, with plenty of good food and bottled water. Pete Albert ~s always speaking of our dec=sion to come to Haiti as a miracle from God, since we leave the luxury of the U.S. to come to the poorest country n the Western Hemisphere. He keeps asking if there is anything we need, or if he can make our stay more comfortable. Thus far our daily schedule has been like this: breakfast is about 7:30, except for Wednesday and Sunday, when the meal follows the 7 a.m.-9 a.m. church serwce. Then, Pere Albert, Dr Terry Pennington, and Cries Haynes go to another town -- anywhere from one hour to four hours away on very bumpy, twisty roads. Dr Pennington pulls the rotten teeth of at least 50 people a day, and Pere Albert shows Criss his hopeful sights for future churches and schools. Criss draws up some construction plans. The other men use an electric generator to power electric tools m order to construct benches for the school houses of Pere Albert's par- ish. A Haitian team of workers is constructing a building beside them, and the two teams cooperate and share their supplies and skills. Next week, the 'men wilt be roofing in other towns. Tina Renders, Jane Valentine and myself paint the most recently constructed school building. As we paint, and as the men construct, we are never alone. There are always children watching and eager to The men can't let the children but we women can. They move things, hold paint use the roller. We can only or two held at a time, as they not painted before and they messy. At first, I feared the would be jealous tlqat only could neF3. But they dO not g gry w~th eacn other. They content jUSt tO watciq and a few words wtth us. The language of the peol Haiti is Creole. but the sct' teach French. I am lucky to French, so ~[ ~s easiest for commumcate w~th the locals. speaks Creole. which ~s to get the construction work Yet it ~s not too difficult to get sage across to the locals. ano gestures communicate a any language. Some of the agers have been studying the c~ty of Leogane. and are to practice. Thus. all on our team qave made many The children are so ea learn, that a group asking ~n the church has turned into ternoon two-hour school. the one notebook I brought church's chalkboard. First they~ and teach me to speak Creole, they give me the French then I teach them English. nave difficulty w~tn several phonetic sounds (h, r. m, th, they try so hard nave even ta them short EngNsn songs, they stag throughout the day. stop me at all times of the repeat a word or phrase. always begging for a piece of or a pencil. I wish I had brou tra supplies to give out. Yet per and pencils that were our group, will be given to bert to distribute equally school recommences in Still. it is amazing to see large group of people all learn, wanting just one sheet per, always wanting to help your things, asking to have photo taken, atways these eyes looking. I guess they very many white people, living n the mountains, three hours Port-au-Prince. know I've seen a group like them. It's an scribable feehng to look many eyes of those who understand you" and you understand them but the and goodwill s universally ur standable. in the evening, we play w~th the children in front of church. It's cool enough for 30 people to play frisbee, to around to play jacks with .w.ithout being sweaty or able, Some of us go exploring the rocky mountain paths would be difficult at mid-day. eat dinner together, and joke how lazy we were today though we all worked as hard aS could. Pere Albert usually ends meal with a story. Some of you doubted would find what I expected, reared I'd be unable to help people and get frustrated, get depressed at the poverty simplicity, or that I'd be too sick to work. But I tell you it iS contrary in this little community rounding a church and school. surprises me is that rm ever comfortable than I had ex Love, Heather Heather Hanson lives in L burg. She is the owner of sions. While in college she was tern for Mountain Messenger. mammographies, Humana Hospital- Greenbrier Valley fully meets all other requirements for this voluntary accreditation, This facility has one film processor that is utilized for all aspects of diagnostic imaging. At the time of the implementation of this program purchase of a dedi- cated film processor was not fea- sible due to budgetary and space constraints. Additionally the quality of mammography reading has not been compromised by the use of a non-dedicated film processor. The voluntary application for accredita- tion was not initiated until a dedi- cated film processor for mammogra- phies could be included in this facility's capital budget. Currently this film processor has been budg- eted for purchase during the fiscal year beginning 9/1/90 and applica- tion was initiated to the American College of Radiology for accredita- tion in June 1990. The facility appli- cations will be completed dedicated film processor is in the fall of 1990. Humana Hospita lay welcomes you and other bars of the media to come facility for a tour and the technologies available'in agnostic Imaging Department, facility has nothing to hide to any of the statements in Ms Alderson's cortes and welcomes the up provide information to the garding these services. If any questions or would like a our facility, please contact your earliest convemence. Sincerely, Sherley Associate Executive Additional Letter Editor, Page