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TRIBUNE Local News Wednesday, March 17, 2004 Page 7 Sioux Valley affiliation: Carol "Cookie" Director, Comm. ore than fifty years Health Center the Schmidt Hospital and separate provided need- care for people in Children have surgeries per- ones cared their last of life. The Health Center simply accepted as to go for all health It is the place knows you make sure your is met. the board, it has rural hospitals and clinics can no longer sur- vive independently. Purchasing power increases and costs are reduced when cooperative purchasing is done. Shared management means personnel costs are shared among several enti- ties lessening the burden on one facility with no loss of service provided. There's an old saying that goes "the more things change, the more they stay the same" and that saying certainly applies to the services pro- vided at the Westbrook Health Center. Changes in the overall picture of health- care delivery have changed dramatically in the past sev- eral years prompting a realignment of management and a move to minimize week rozal court part of Snow Week Royal Court for Community and Technical College - Laura is a Cosmetology student from and a 2003 graduate of Westbrook Walnut School. She is pictured with Jared student from Granite Falls, MN. Counseling on the Prairie Lorna Bader LICSW Counseling Services: Individual, marriage & family Christ Lutheran Church 2959 Queen Ave., Slayton, MN. 56172 Phone 507-836-8569 Be All That You Are costs while still providing optimum service for those depending on WHC for their health care needs. Realizing the need and importance of seeking out an alternative means to provid- ing quality healthcare the Westbrook Health Center Board of Directors, began the process of selecting a larger health care system to support and enhance their needs. After a lengthy inter- view and discover), process, Sioux Valley Regional Health System was chosen as the management system for hospital needs. In 1996 that management contract was expanded to a leased facility agreement. Since Sioux Valley man- agement has been a part of operations for WHC, several major factors have been real- ized: Cost savings due to coop- erative buying power through Sioux Valley Purchasing network Cost savings realized through shared administra- tion and management per- sonnel Improved access to securing Primary Care Practitioners Access to Medical Specialists through Sioux Valley outreach programs Greater access to staff educational opportunities Establishment of Critical Access Hospital Status Acknowledging the major role the Westbrook Health Center plays in the community, The Hospital Board of Directors continue to feel the decision to estab- lish the leased facility agree- ment with Sioux Valley Regional Health Systems was, and continues to be, a sound dcision. The accom- plishments and stability brought about through that affiliation,have supported a broad spectrum of expanded and new services available to all individuals whose health- care needs are met at the Westbrook Health Center. g concerned & responsible and businesses support the churches, and their activities. wood center in 4th Street Tracy Ph. 532-9430 Marshall lie eral MN 274-5464 MN. 629-4510 9net ors Walnut ( Sanborn, Revere, Lucan, Avoca - MAIN 752-7352 muhs Y 2154 Grove MN MN Westbrook / Walnut Grove Funeral Home 507-274-6700 Westbrook, MN. 507-859-2161 Walnut Grove, MN Maynard's Food Center 274-5555 Westbrook, MN. Sentinel Tribune Westbrook, MN Phone 274-6136 1-800-410-1859 Koblegard Auto 859-2220 Walnut Grove, MN. Your local long term provider since 1961 49 First Ave. Westbrook, MN 56183 507-274-6155 i Farm show WINDOM -- Errol Steffen chatted with visitors at the Windom Farm and Home show last week and handed out information on Walnut Grove and the Ingalls Pageant. Rain needed for start of growing season Before there can be talk of high crop yields, the 2004 growing season needs a good starting point. As part of growing season outlook com- ments at the February, 2004 Winter Crops Day at the Southwest Research and Outreach Center, speakers pointed to how 2003 started off with more than adequate moisture and favorable crop emergence. It then entered a near-record dry period after mid-July. With about 10 weeks left until spring planting, it's still uncertain if the 2004 season will start out with an adequate moisture reserve. "It's going to depend on how dry we get," said SWROC integrated pest management specialist Bruce Potter. "Since last summer, it's been extremely dry." Potter said spring rain will be more important in the moisture equation than snowfall that's occurred this winter. "We'll need more rain," he said. "We've had snow, but it came after the ground had frozen. It won't help the moisture situation by itself." SWROC soil and water quality specialist Jeff Strock pointed out that many loca- tions still had high yields in 2003 even with extreme dry conditions in August and early September. He said yields held up more strongly with corn than soybeans, which faced a combination of dry" weather and crop pest issues, such as the soybean aphid. Some locations with corn, especially corn that was planted by the first sev- eral days in May and had begun to approach maturity before the dry weather, post- ed yields nearing 200 bushels an acre. He said other timely rain early in the growing season and at cru- cial middle points of the summer could boost crop yields in 2004, even if it's a year of dry overall weather. 'Fhere were still some sur- prisingly high totals," Strock said. "One of the questions is what the potential last year could have been." Lichty's \\;/ 601 First Ave. \\;/ Flowers or Gifts for all occasions v Balloon Bouquets #,/ Decorating ltems V Pictures - Silks  ! 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