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TRIBUNE Inside Wednesday, April 7, 2004 Page 3 r -- -!x Le,ngt,: 100to130 yaras a  director of I yard radius  Comer are helped get us with the organi-  .'G" gave some  Penalty ,pot,[ 'Played.  Y " Cerlte .a., o,eveo .- / |,L ,?, and four offense. /   In can move  by dribbling -- ball in front of it with your cannot use your to advance is allowed to to put the play, or he can the ball. a lot of running in the middle There is a lot of involved in play- Wear shin pads the shin and Goalies also and a different is up to three offi- 6 yards " 18 yards H i i k,,.== Touchline sideline),,, (, Diagram 1 cials, the main referee cov- ers most of the field, with linesman helping on oppo- site sides of the field. The field is from 50 to 100 yards wide and from 100 to 130 yards long. The goals are 24 feet wide and 8 feet tall. The game is played in 2 halves. The under ten game is 50 minutes, the under fcL fourteen game is 70 min- utes and the under nine- teen is 90 minutes. The under 10 group plays with 8 players and uses a smaller field, goal and ball. Play is only stopped for an injury otherwise the clock contin- ues to run even during an out of bounds play. "At this level "Recreation Plus," it is not t about winning or stand- ings, everybody gets the same playing time." I think it is great for the kids -- conditioning is very positive, just to have them in sports. It is very good for hand eye coordination and balance is very big thing in the sport. "Everyone gets playing time and they have a lot of These players were learning to dribble the ball at prac- tice last Friday. fun.  The teams are not affili- ated with the MSHL but Goetstouwers hopes to become affiliated in two or three years. "I like the team sport aspect, having kids learn about team work." Helping him with the program is Raul Molina, Angie Larson, Nicole Woodrich, Danielle Berg, and Mellisa Pilaczynski. The team practices three nights a week. Goetstouwers is looking for- ward to the teams first play in May. Page 1 mount on wing; no more spring; !love must lose her ighty urge; :, death a dirge be not true. be not true, the cross to bear; tn vain whb-Euf- there; though we or cry, evil, live or die, be not true? If Easter be. not true But it is true, and Christ is risen! And mortal spirit from its prison Of sin and death with him may rise! Worthwhile the struggle, sure the prize, # ,Since Easter, aye, is true! COU nci I -- from page 1 )roved a one age shed, and Westbrook with VanLoh Health Center for a new year. . parking lot. work was dis- John Madson received a council decid- quote from the county for o do any major the city's share of the several small- storm sewer extension by ects were dis- Third Street and Davis are a couple Avenue. Where the street The project will be badly andabout $15,000 and the to be milled city's share would be replaces. A $5,200. Last month the 4th street which council voted to spend no done last year more than $5,000. The get done this council asked Madson to Some new storm see if the county would Will have to be lower the city portion to first. $5,000. They felt they permits were could do that since they Wiggins for a will get reimbursed from addition, Chad the state for most of their a deck, share. for astor- A new lap top computer PRICE IN THE UNITED STATES 14 ft. Fonm Fish Ponmo.8 Hcxorfrndet __S749$ 16   Rsh Pomoo.81"lo4tr'r ...S7,995 17 ft. Forester Pomp)n/18 liP 4  Nisn.._ST495 19  Forester Fish/252  Hen:u ............. S7A9$ 21 P,. Foresmf Rsh & Cru Pomoon/25 Plerc..$7,995 24 ft Foeester Pcmu:rd40  .............. SI 1,995 20 P,_ Patwf PontooN40 Hercury ................. S9,495 New Pomoon TraJlers ............................... $1,199 Swim Rafts .................................................... sag@ T&M Marine 1-800-35d- 1322 If tim mmmm mbll! tin M-IN * Uakml/lllt ?Immt It I, II * "Fmamblf4t" was approved for the police department. It will help get information on drivers who are pulled over for traffic violations. The council also approved a Tommy Lift for the city pickup. It is need- ed to lift heavy barrels and other things like the chlo- rine tanks at the pool. Pool Manager Lairdie Kells reported on the upcoming swim season. She has 5 teachers ready now, 7 guards are waiting to take Water Safety Instruction, and six more who will be taking guard training. She also will be doing the schedul- ing for the beach at Lake Laura. She hopes to begin preparing the pool in May and plans on opening Wednesday June 2nd. The pool will be closed evenings the second week because of vacation bible school. Salaries for the pool were approved by the council. Police Chief Alan Wahl asked if the ordinance could be changed about public nuisance. At the present it states violators have 30 days to correct deficiencies. He would like it to be shorter in some cases. No action was taken on the issue. POLICE REPORt. There were 13 open doors, 1 funeral escort, 2 citations, 1 ambulance assist, and 1 arrest war- rant. What is a Critical Access Hospital and why is this designation important to The Westbrook In 1997 the Federal Rural Hospital Medicare Flexibility Program was developed to promote rural health planning and net- work development, promote regionalization of rural health services in the state and improve access to hospi- tal and other health services for rural residents of the state. Included in this pro- gram is the directive that a rural Health Network must include a Critical Access Hospital. WHAT IS A CRITICAL ACCESS HOSPITAL? A Critical Access Hospital meets the following criteria: Rural or nonprofit hospital located in a state that has established a Medicare Rural Flexibility Program and: Is located more than a 15- mile drive from any other hospital or CAH (35 miles in some cases), or is certified as being a necessary provider of health care services to residents "in the area; Provides 24-hour emergency services; Provides no more than 25 inpatient beds (this includes swing beds) providing not more than 15 beds are used at any time for acute care; Keeps each inpatient for no longer than 96-hours, unless a longer period is required because of inclement weath- er or other emergency condi- tions, or a PRO or other equivalent entity, on request, waives the 96-hour time limit. Critical Access Hospitals are surveyed under their own Conditions of Participation, which are dif- ferent from acute hospitals. Westbrook Health Center (WHC) through a specified application process, achieved Critical Access Hospital designation in the spring of 2000. Affecting over-all hospital operation, Critical Access Hospital des- ignation has provided one major benefit to this facility. Because of this program, WHC is now able to realize a moderate level of financial stability not previously pos- sible. Previous to CAH designa- tion, payment for patient care covered under Medicare or Medicaid was based on a PPS System (Prospective Payment System). PPS meant payment was based on a set "Fee Scale" not on actual costs associated with treatment. Those "predeter- mined" payments set for ehch illness or diagnosis very often payment was set at levels greatly below the hospital's actual cost of pro- dding care. That meant a financial loss associated with each Medicare/Medicaid billing submitted. As a CAH, Westbrook Health Center is now reimbursed for patient care at the actual cost asso- ciated with the delivery of services. In terms of dollars and cents, that is approxi- mately an additional income of $270,000 per year. Southwest Minnesota in general, and Cottonwood County in particular, has a percentage of persons over the age of 65 higher than the Minnesota state average. Medicare or Medicaid patients account for approx- imately 70 - 75% of patients seen at either the Westbrook Hospital or Medical Clinic. Despite the large numbers of patients covered by Medicare or Medicaid, pres- ent CAH reimbursements have made it possible for WHCto realize some finan- cial stability allowing them to make minor investments into expanded services, equipment and necessary facility improvements. Expanded emergency room capabilities, pulmonary care, radiology and laborato- ry services and purchase of medical equipment have been made possible, in large part, through the financial changes made through CAH designation. Bolstered by the moderate financial stability afforded under CAH status, the facil- ity has made its way from ongoing financial losses to enjoying moderate financial strength. With this new sta- bility, the ability to recruit and retain new physicians, offer new programs and services, and the installa- tion of state-of-the-art equipment has become pos- sible. As we continue to look to the future for additional ways to provide the highest quality healthcare for all Westbrook area residents at the lowest possible costs, we must consider this: Is now the time to consider expand- ing our partnerships with other hospitals in our region? All signs seem to in point that direction. **Next week: Shetek Medical Services, What exactly is it? Why was it established? 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