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The Dublin Progress—Wednesday, January 20,1988—Page 3
Harris Methodist offers new options for Medicare patients
The end of a hospital stay isn’t
always the end of a patient’s health
care needs, especially during the
Patients who need continuous
rehabilitative and skilled nursing
care following a hospital discharge
can now receive this type of care
through Harris Methodist Stephen-
ville/Dublin’s Medicare-funded sw-
ing bed program.
The swing bed program offers pa-
tients such recovery services as
rehabilitation, physical, speech and
occupational therapy and skilled nur-
sing care from registered nurses at a
lower cost than traditional
hospitalization, according to Jan
HOover, R.N., Harris Methodist
assurance coordinator who helped
implement the new program.
“The continuous skilled nursing
care and observation is really what
the swing-bed program is all about,”
To be eligible for the swing-bed pro-
gram, Hoover said a patient must
have had a medically necessary ad-
mission to the hospital for at least
three days. The swing-bed stay must
be related to the hospital stay and
take place within 30 days of the pa-
tient’s discharge. Patients who
choose the swing-bed program must
not need daily visits from a
Hoover uses as an example a pa-
tient who is in the hospital with a
broken hip. The patient can be
discharged to go home for a week and
rest the hip in preparation for
rehabilitation. The patient can then
return to the hospital in the swing-bed
program to receive daily nursing
care and physical therapy. Usually,
though, a patient will be admitted
directly into the swing-bed program
without ever having to leave the
"Patients who have had surgery
and been discharged from another
facility, such as Harris Methodist
Fort Worth, can also choose to return
to the swing-bed program here "and
recover among their family and
friends," Hoover said.
The swing-bed program has been in
effect at Harris Methodist Dublin
since March 1985 and at Harris
Methodist Stephenville since July
1987 and, according to hospital of-
ficials, has been well received. The
average length of stay for swing-bed
patients is from one to two weeks,
although patients can stay in the pro-
gram for a maximum of 100 days.
Order of Omega inducts Crouch
Angie Crouch, daughter of Gayle
Crouch of Dublin and the late Bill
Crouch, has been inducted into the
Order of Omega and selected for
Who’s Who Among American Univer-
sities and Colleges.
Crouch, a speech and communica-
tion major, is a senior at Tarleton
The Order of Omega is a leadership
honor society limited only to the
Greek fraternities and sororities. On-
ly five percent of the entire Greek
system is initiated into the Order of
Selection of membership is based
upon character, scholarship, Greek
offices held, Interfraternity of
Panhellenic participation or offices
held, service to the univeristy and
service to the local community.
Selection of Who’s Who members is
based on the outstanding
characteristics of scholarship,
leadership, citizenship, service to the
university, promise of future
usefulness and participation in ex-
tracurricular activities. Forty-seven
studnets, one percent of Tarleton’s
enrollment, were selected.
Crouch has also been inducted into
Alpha Chi, an honor society for the
top 10 percent of the junior and senior
class. She is active in Student
Government, Alpha Gamma Delta
Fraternity and is vice-president of
the senior class. She was also chosen
as Jupior Clasi Favorite and Miss
TSU nominee. I
By UeHb MwntM
Louise Duncan was hostess to the
Busy Bee Club January 12, with 8
members present. The house was
called to order at 2 pm for roll call
and Minutes read of the previous
meeting, pictures made at the
Christmas party were shown.
Ixjuise called several games of
Bingo with prises going to Jossie
Alexander and Wilma Martin. Louise
read her favorite bible scripture,
before she served her refreshments.
The group enjoyed the first meeting
of the new year with Louise. They ad-
journed to meet with Hazel Head
Mr. and Mrs. Rupert Phillips of
Dallas, spent some time on their
farms near Clairette the past week,
and they attended Sunday School at
the United Methodist Church.
Mr. and Mrs. Don Smith of Stephen-
ville visited Mrs. Jossie Alexander
Sunday and weekend visitors in my
home were Mr. and Mrs. Johnny
King, Mr. and Mrs. Mitch Mayfield
and Jon of Stephenville, also Sally
Ragsdale and Opal Waite of Clifton.
They also visited the cemetery.
Lucille Mayfield was in Stephen-
ville Friday on business and had din-
ner with her sister Cleone Salmon and
spent the afternoon with her and also
went by Mitchell Mayfields business
(my son) to see him a few minutes.
Lucille Murray killed a big rattle
snake Friday pm in her back yard.
She stated she had the biggest scare
of her life, she was right on it, it was
The month of March was named
after Mars, the Roman god of war,
presumably signifying that the cam-
paigns interrupted bythe winter could
ready to strike her when her dog
grabbed the snake and tossed it
away. She rushed in the house got her
gun and shot its head off. Everyone,
when they are doing things on warm
days you should be on the look out as
you could have snakes around to hide.
Seems like there are more and more
found in this area. We use to never
hear of a rattle snake over in this
area until a few years ago.
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A hospital discharge planner is
available to Harris Methodist
Stephenville/Dublin patients to
evaluate if there needs qualify for the
swing-bed program. Hoover and the
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For more information about Harris Stephenville.
What if you woke up looking for
leadership one day and didn’t find it?
What if you learned a community
leader was spending his institution in-
to bankruptcy with bribes, expensive
clothes and cars loaded with the
latest trinkets—but you couldn’t pro-
Some leadership, huh?
What if you woke up one morning
and learned presidential candidates
were forging signatures on petitions
in order to get on the ballots for up-
coming presidential primary
races—candidates who wanted you to
elect them based on their integrity?
What if you picked up the morning
newspaper looking for spiritual in-
spiration and read stories about the
trial of a Roman Catholic priest
sentenced to nine years and nine
months in prison for sexually
assaulting a nine-year-old boy?
Would that sentence be equal to the
one he personally gave the young
boy? And would you have as much
faith in confiding in a man of the cloth
the next time you had a personal
What if you woke up one day to
discover that the most popular
presidential administration since
Franklin Roosevelt’s, had been lying
to you and negotiating with terrorists,
even as it publicly swore never to do
Would you feel mis led?
What if you elected a governor in
Texas, partly based on his leadership
of a prestigious, religious affiliated
institution, only to discover he was
heading up a board that was making
illegal payments to football recruits?
Would you be shaken by the misplac-
ed trust you’d given Kim?
How would you feel if you turned on
the radio one day to discover the
pastor of your congregation had
resigned following his own attempted
suicide? What if you discovered
police were asking him all sorts of
questions about his wife, who had
been beaten senselessly in his
garage. And what if it was revealed to
you, that this gifted religious leader
had admitted to having an affair at
the time his wife was beaten into her
What if you were a shut-in, and you
depended on a television ministry for
your spiritual needs, only to wake up
and find your televangelist accused of
rape and admitting to other forms of
sexual misconduct? Would the faith
in your leader be tested when you
discovered his lifestyle and what he’d
really done with your contributions?
Worse. What if you woke up and
discovered God holding your
televangelist hostage until you sent
more money? Would your faith in the
televangelist leader remain firm and
your respect for God, The Leader, be
lowered? Or vice versa?
It’s only a nightmare, of course.
These things could never really hap-
pen. But just imagine waking up one
morning and discovering that middle-
class workers had joined the tradi-
tional transients on America’s
streets, no longer able to make a liv-
ing and finding nowhere else to turn?
What if you saw small children
standing in the unemployment line,
shivering in the cold while trying to
break the family’s “cycle of
dependency” for you.
Would you say they were lazy and
What if you were awakened to the
news that corporate America had
gone broke—taking your life savings
along with it?
Would your faith in the proponents
of trickle-down economics be
What if you were to wake up and
find the prisons bulging? In a fit of
frustration the back doors had been
opened, and the prisoners were spill-
ing back into the society they had ter-
rorized only months, or even weeks,
Would you be more frightened by
them, or by the people opening the
What if you discovered that 95 per-
cent of those prisoners had been abus-
ed themselves as children, and that
they were returning to abuse their
own children now as a way to get
Would you do anything about it?
What if America, as bad as it needs
its leaders, suddenly lost its collec-
tive soul and had it replaced with ar-
tificial sanctimony—bogus leaders
reciting righteous one-liners? What if
the smiling fates that spoke pleasing
words produced goose bumps instead
Would you think you’d lived
through a nightmare? Hard to im-
agine so little leadership, isn’t it?
Copyright Art Lawler, 1988
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