Weeping Water Nebraska

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 Weeping Water Close-Up is sponsoring a Hunter's Breakfast on Sunday, November 15th at the Weeping Water School Multi-Purpose Room.  Don't miss out on Wes' famous pancakes!!  All proceeds to benefit the Weeping Water Junior Class trip to Washington DC in March of 2015.

Hunters Breakfast

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A BIG THANK YOU goes out to Modern Woodmen for donating a beautiful tree and 2 picnic tables to enhance the playground area at the ballfield.

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Escalating Costs Putting Strain on Rural EMS Services

Rising equipment costs, advances in technology and lack of funding are just a few of the financial challenges facing rural ambulance services making it difficult for many ambulance services to stay afloat.

There are many misconceptions about how rural ambulance services receive funding and compensation for their services.

For many years, much of the rural EMS system has relied on donatins and fundraising to support their ambulance service.  But those dollars are no longer enough to pay for the increasing costs associated with running an ambulance service. 

The fixed costs required to operate an ambulance service are numerous and they continue to escalate.  Plus, rural EMS agencies have the additional problem of dealing with the same fixed costs as busier urban EMS services but operate with much lower volumes, and therefore, less income to pay for these expenses.

One of the largest expenses is equipment and supplies.  Consider this, an ambulance vehicle can cost between $125, 000 and $225, 000.  And that doesn't include the costs associated with equipping it with medical equipment, gas and expenses related to maintaining the equipment, repairs and replacement.

EMS squads cannot pick and choose which types of medical equipment they are going to use and purchase.  Much of their equipment is required and federally regulated and varies depending on whether they are equipping a basic life support (BLS) ambulance or an advanced life support (ALS) ambulance.

Equipment required for a basic life support (BLS) ambulance includes ventilation and airway equipment, automatic defibrillator devices, stair chair and cot, immobilization devices, bandages, communication devices, obstetrical kits, stretchers, cots, infection control equipment, injury prevention equipment and many other miscellaneous supplies.  Equipping and supplying a BLS ambulance typically costs $40,000-$50,000.

Along with items listed above, an advanced life support (ALS) squad is even more costly.  These costs are for items like specialized vascular access equipment, intravenous infusion pumps, cardiac devices like 12-lead ECG, electrical cardioversion, transcutaneous cardiac pacemaker and other advanced quipment like CPAP, enhanced ventilators, point-of-care lab testing, etc.  This creates an addition expense of $40,000-$50,000 or more on top of those listed above.

Keeping up with the latest medical technology is often cost prohibitive for rural EMS services.  But, even with a modestly equipped ambulance, the average cost for the vehicle, equipment, and supplies easily approaches or exceeds $250,000.

Most EMS squads also have a station they must lease and maintain.  Workers compensation is another increasing expense in a filed considered by the insurers as high risk.  the number of underinsured and those on Medicare and Medicaid also continues to go up, making it more difficult to get fair compensation.  The amount that Medicare and Medicaid reimburses often doesn't cover direct expenses, and in many cases, doesn't halp pay for the salaries of paid workers.  As a result, each ambulance service must adjust their rates to help compensate for these additional expenses.

Then there is the money needed to invest in education and on-going training.  The expectations placed on volunteer EMTs and paramedics are greater today than ever before.  As medical technology has advanced, the level of care provided by emergency services has also increased and that requires regorous education and on-going training.

The minimum trainging to become an EMT is usually around 180 hours and is typically done over four to six months with an investment of approximately $1,500 - an expense that often comes out of the volunteer's own pocket.

Training to become a paramedic is even more rigorous and may cost in the range of $10,000 to $15,000.  There are additional, on-going costs associated with continuting education in order to amintain one's certification.

So the next time you receive a bill for services rendered by your local ambulance service, remember what it takes to keep this service operating.  And in many instances, the EMT who came to your assistance, was probably a volunteer receives little or nothing for his or her time and service.  Instead of complainign, be thankful that you still have a EMS squad operating in your town that can potentially saved the life of you or a loved one.

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Senior meals are available at the Hopper Community Center, 101 W Eldora Ave., Suite 3, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  Call Ruth Vogt at 402-267-5303 to order a meal or schedule a delivery.

UPCOMING MENU

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

baked chicken

mash potatoes & gravy

california blend veggie

pea salad

cake/ice cream

Friday, November 14, 2014

pork roast

mash potatoes & gravy

peas & carrots

jello

brownie

Monday, November 17, 2014

chicken & biscuits

mash potatoes

harvard beets

fruit salad

cookie

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

vegetable soup

1/2 hogie sandwich

deviled egg

watergate salad

applesauce bar

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A BIG THANK YOU!

I would like to say thank you to all for my recent benefits, both the pancake feed and the Eagles fundraiser.  I truly appreciate those individuals, groups and businesses who generously donated items for the meal, silent and live auctions, door prizes, bake sale goodies and the music.  I'm grateful, too, for those who spent their time planning and working at these events.  I enjoyed them both so much and from the bottom of my heart, I can't thank you enough for all you've done.  You mean the world to me!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

Rosie Redden

Rosie

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VISUAL FAITH MINISTRY

Visual Faith Ministry will be performing at the Nehawka Methodist Church this Sunday, November 16, 2014.  The church service starts at 9:15.

Read more about Visual Faith and what they do at https://www.facebook.com/VisualFaith

Visual Faith

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Murray 4th of July Celebration Planning

Election of the 2014-15 officers for Murray's 4th of July Planning Committee was held November 6, 2014 and the unanimous results are:

President:  Jack Prall

Vice President #1:  John Hensch

Vice President #2:  Craig Brunotte

Secretary:  George (Geo) Blessing Jr.

Treasurer:  Sandy Prall

We are excitedly gathering more ideas to keep moving onward and upward in our annual tradition!

Mark your calendars for the next meeting which will be held on

Thursday, December 11, 2014.

6:30 pm

Murray Town Hall.

Everyone's welcome!  We'd be very interested in hearing your ideas!

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Operation Christmas

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Elvis is in the building!  Joseph Hall is America's premier Elvis Presley tribute artist and he will be performing a show at the Lofte Community Theatre in Manley on Sunday, November 16 at 3pm.

Making the top 10 on NBC's "America's Got Talent" in 2008, his career has since taken off.  Performing in Branson, Las Vegas and as far away as Great Britain, Hall has won many awards for his stirring presentation.  Josph returns to the Lofte for the fourth year in a row to treat his Nebraska fans to an afternoon with The King of Rock and Roll!

Please note, this is a special engagement and tickets are NOT on sale through the Lofte.  For advance purchase, please visit www.JosephHallElvis.com or call 402-617-4477.

Tickets will also be on sale at the door on the day of the show.

Elvis