Slaugh: EMS on the right track

Iola’s city administrator says the city’s ambulance service continues moving in a positive direction, but staffing the fire and EMS departments remains a different story.

Carl Slaugh says the EMS had a year-end operating deficit of $288,000. However, he claims that sits $80,000 less than expected.

Slaugh believes that thanks to a new deal with the county, he can work towards making the EMS a more collaborative effort.

Regarding workforce, fire chief Tim Thyer says the EMS would benefit from five more employees

U.S. 75 rest area to close for maintenance next week

KDOT plans on closing the rest area on Highway 75 north of Yates Center for a couple days.

The closure begins next Tuesday because of routine maintenance.

KDOT anticipates it shutting down for two days. It plans on installing barricades at each entrance during this temporary closure.

Sen. Moran introduces legislation to preserve rural therapy care

Senator Jerry Moran has introduced legislation that would reserve rural therapy care.

His office says the Protecting Access to Rural Therapy Services Act would protect rural Americans’ access to important health services.

The bill would ensure patients have access to a full range of outpatient therapeutic services in hospitals in their own communities.

Additionally, Moran says the PARTS Act would preserve patient safety and oversight while easing what he calls unreasonable supervision requirements for therapy care.

Truck, Train Collide in Wilson County

A truck-train crash in Wilson county yesterday morning injured both crew members and the driver of the semi. Trooper say Fred Smith of Fredonia was westbound on K-39 at Benedict and crossed the Union Pacific tracks into the path of the northbound train. Smith and both rail crew members, Micheal Haworth of Kansas City and Joshua Willard of Greeley, were taken to the Fredonia hospital for treatment of their injuries.

Thursday Crash Near Piqua Injures 3

An accident just before sunset yesterday west of Piqua injured a trio of Yates Center Residents. Troopers say Clara Reese, Linda Parks, and Frankie Parks were all taken to Coffey County Hospital. Linda Parks, who was injured the worst, was later transferred to Stormont Vail in Topeka. Reese was eastbound in her 1991 Cadillac Brougham was on Highway 54 when 16-year old Logan Tidd, the driver of a southbound pickup. pulled out in front of them from Willow Road. He was not hurt.

Fire Kills Rural Garnett Man

Authorities have confirmed the death of a rural Garnett man in the fire that demolished his home Wednesday morning. According to Anderson County Fire Chief J.D. Mersman, 67-year old David Bryan was found dead in his home at 22030 NW 150th Road after firefighters got the flames under control. When they arrived the home was engulfed; because of the extensive flames and damage that had already occurred firefighters were not able to make an immediate attempt to get Bryan out of the home. Service arrangements for Bryan are pending.

Chanute Woman, 25, Found Dead

Police in Chanute are investigating the death of a 25-year old woman there yesterday. Danielle Cruse was found by someone, unresponsive in a home in the 1200 block of N. Washington just after 11am. Emergency personnel were unable to resuscitate her, and she was pronounced dead at the scene. As is routine in unattended death cases, an autopsy will be performed. No indication from police either way concerning whether foul play may have been involved.

11 Kansas Hosptials Fined for Infection Rates, Injuries; Local Facilities Not On LIst

A specialty hospital in Wichita and most of the Kansas-side hospitals in the Kansas City metro are among a list of eleven in the state who are being fined for having high infection rates. The only southeast Kansas hospital on the list is Coffeyville Regional Medical Center. The hospitals in Iola, Chanute and Garnett, which are classified as Critical-Access Hospital, were no among the group inspected last fall. The Hutchinson News reports 51 Kansas hospitals were evaluated, and those scoring less than 7 on a a scale of 1 to 10 in either infection rate or patient injures were penealized by a reduction of one-percent in their Medicare reimbursement rate for Fiscal Year 2015, which started last October.

Wilson Co Wrecks

Two Wilson county crashes sent people to the hospital Friday. In the first one, Firday morning about 8:25, Haven resident Kevin Rhodes was eastbound on K-39 at Udall Road east of Chanute in a Ford Econoline van. Troopers say he lost control due to the icy conditions and rolled the van, coming to rest in a ditch. He was not hurt, but a passenger, 35-year old Jason Bourell of Hutchinson, was taken to the hospital in Chanute to be checked out.

Friday evening about 8:15, a three-car crash east of Fredonia sent a man to the hospital. Trooper say Kevin Norton of Wichita was westbound on Highway 400 and tried to pass a semi. When he saw he couldn’t make it Norton swerved back into his lane, but he lost control and spun into a Grand Cherokee driven by a Colorado man. A pickup driven by an Oklahoma City-area man also hit Norton’s Toyota Corolla as it was spinning. Norton was taken to a Wichita hospital while the five people in the other two vehicles were not hurt.

One Hurt in Wilson County Crash

A weather-related accident south of Yates Center last night injured a Columbus teen. Highway patrol troopers say 18-year old Chance Hunley was southbound on US 75 about five miles south of Yates Center last night around 6, and lost control on the slick road. His 2006 Ford Ranger rolled, but came to rest on its wheels in the south-bound lane. He was alone in the pickup. Hunley was taken to Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center for treatment.