October 6, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off
The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood to support cancer patients and other patients during Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October.
The bloodmobile will be coming to Elgin later this month. The Knights of Columbus Hall will be the location for the bloodmobile when it comes to Elgin on Wednesday, Oct. 19. It will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Red Cross must collect about 14,000 blood donations every day to help patients, and volunteer donors are the only source of blood products for those needing transfusions. Donors of all blood types are needed.
On May 6, 1966, Omaha Archdiocesan School Superintendent Msgr. Roman C. Ulrich called together 14 representatives from the parishes of St. John the Baptist, St. Bonaventure, St. Boniface, St. Francis, St. Theresa, and St. John to discuss the building of the Central Catholic High School in Elgin, Nebraska. This school would be built, maintained, and operated by the corporation representing these six parishes. Later on May 25, 1966, the name Pope John XXIII Central Catholic High School suggested by St. Boniface pastor Msgr. Theodore Buelt, was voted on and accepted. Pope John XXIII Central Catholic High School opened in the fall of 1967 in Elgin.
The Pope John student body, faculty and staff gathered on Monday to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Pope John XXIII Central Catholic High School. The students led a prayer service where they gave thanks to all who have contributed to the life and success of the school for the past 50 years.
After the prayer service the students filled a time capsule with items chosen by each class. The seniors added their Homecoming picture to both commemorate the 50th graduating class of Pope John and to show some of the current fashion and styles. The juniors contributed a picture of their class, a math assignment, and a book cover that was signed by their class.The sophomores added a video of the school and the different classes, which is saved on a USB memory stick. The freshman contributed a Pope John t-shirt. Class members signed the back of the shirt; the front has some current facts about the school and the school’s theme “Rooted in Faith”. The eighth graders placed an Apple iPod 5 and its charger in the box. The ipod contains photos of the class of 2021, their advice on how to survive junior high, and their favorite quotes. The seventh grade class added a photo collection of how the interior of the Pope John building looks today - the Pope John and St. Boniface classrooms, along with hallways,the library and the office.
The time capsule was buried outside the northeast entrance to the school. John Knievel, a member of the Class of 1968, the first graduating class of Pope John was asked to put in the first shovel of dirt. Then Erin Beckman - the only member of the 50th class of Pope John whose parents are both Pope John alumni also put in a shovel of dirt. The time capsule will be preserved underneath a stone marker.
The students concluded the ceremony with a prayer for the intercession of Pope Saint John XXIII, “May he always guide our school as we carry out our mission to foster the spiritual and academic growth of our students, preparing them to live a moral, faith-filled life based on Catholic values”.
“Antelope Memorial Radiology is planning its third annual ‘Ladies’ Night Out’ events on two consecutive Wednesday evenings, Oct. 12 and 19 from 5–9 p.m.,” said Rhonda Novak, BSRT(R)(CT) and AMH Radiology Director.
“We’ll be offering wine and cheese to all patients who come in for their 3D mammogram during one of the events. This year, we’ve chosen ‘Celebrate You’ as our theme.”
In addition, all women who have their mammograms done at one of the events or during the month of October will receive a free wine glass, added Novak.
To schedule an appointment for the event or anytime during the month of October, please call 402.887.6269.
Boone County Health Center (BCHC) has added another psychiatrist, Dr. Rachel Faust of the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), to their psychiatric telehealth services.
Dr. Faust is the daughter of Alan and Patty Faust of Petersburg and a 2005 graduate of Boone Central High School in Albion. In 2009, she received her undergraduate degree summa cum laude from Wayne State College in chemistry and health sciences with a minor in psychology.
She graduated from UNMC College of Medicine in 2013 and was a member of the Rural Health Opportunities Program. Currently she is in her last year of residency training in the Creighton-Nebraska Psychiatry Residency Program.
Following completion of her training, Dr. Faust and her husband Cole Zentner, originally from Cedar Rapids, will be moving to Hastings with their daughter Ariana, as she will be providing outpatient services at Mary Lanning, and she will continue to provide psychiatric telehealth services at BCHC. Her main areas of interest include women’s behavioral health, particularly postpartum mental health in NICU moms.
The addition of Dr. Faust comes on the heels of a June 2015 Nebraska Behavioral Health Workforce report, which found that in 2014, 91 of the 93 counties in Nebraska had a shortage of mental health psychiatrists - a mental health doctor who can prescribe medicine. In Nebraska, 84% of psychiatrists practice only in metropolitan counties. In fact, 48 counties – including all those served by BCHC – have no psychiatrist whatsoever.
“It is exceedingly difficult to access psychiatric care in rural areas. We often see long wait times for appointments and great distance for travel. I have had some families traveling one to two hours for telemedicine services, which we are now able to provide right here,” said Dr. Dodds, BCHC doctor. “Telehealth lends itself very well to psychiatric treatment in particular, because you don’t rely as much on traditional physical exam.”
“A tele-health appoint-ment consists of a private room with the ability to have an inter-active conver-sation while viewing and discus-sing a personal situation with a physician,” said Valorie Slizoski, certified social worker at BCHC. The setting for the telehealth appointments is a comfortable, private room located in the specialty clinic area at BCHC. Patients can take advantage of telehealth psychiatry services or learn more by contacting Valorie Slizoski at Boone County Health Center.
The Golden Tones Community Chorus has announced plans to perform a Christmas cantata in December. The first practice will be held on Monday, Sept. 26, at 8 p.m. at the Clearwater school music room. The group plans to practice weekly on Monday nights up until the performance dates.
The Golden Tones Community Chorus is a non-profit organization started by the late Mary Lou Haggart. Anyone from surrounding communities who enjoys music is encouraged to participate. Emily Heithoff will direct the group this year, with Carol Thiele as accompanist.
Questions can be directed to Bob Kester at 485-2558 or Carol Thiele at 485-2499.