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Reservation Hospitals Could Be Privatized

The management of an embattled hospital on the Rosebud Indian Reservation could be privatized under a proposal from the federal agency responsible for the facility.  The Indian Health Service is suggesting the privatization as part of a plan to significantly improve the hospital's quality of care.  The agency and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have until Friday to reach a last-chance remediation agreement. Without an agreement, the hospital won't be allowed to bill the government for services provided to Medicare- and Medicaid-eligible patients after May 16.  Leadership from both agencies discussed a draft of the agreement with tribal leaders Tuesday. The proposed privatization comes in addition to agency's ongoing effort to find a third party to manage the facility's shuttered emergency department.

 

Community Needs Discussion

A handful of Valentine citizens met with representatives of Northwest Community Action Partnership last night to discuss community needs. Topics discussed included alcohol and substance abuse, lack of access to mental health and support services as well as labor force and housing. Each year Northwest Community Action holds a public meeting in the communities that they serve to assess needs and conditions.

The partnership operates the Headstart school program and community food pantry located at the city gym building. They also provide other community support services in five counties from Valentine to Chadron. They are currently conducting a survey about the needs of the community, including early childhood development. Surveys can be completed by clicking the following link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/C93Y6N7

 

 

Car Seat Check Stations

Northwest Community Action Partnership will be holding a Free car seat inspection stations in your listening area. Come on by and let their certified car seat technicians check your child’s seat and answer any questions that you might have.  Please call Tereasa Herman our Child Passenger Safety Technician at (308)432-9658 for more information.

Car Seat Inspection Stations:

Cherry County

Town: Valentine

Date: May 6th

Location: Fair Grounds

Time: 1:30pm-3:30pm (Central Time)


Box Butte County
Town: Alliance
Date: June 3th
Location: Fire Hall
Time: 1:30pm-3:30pm (Mountain Time)


Sheridan County
Town: Rushville
Date: June 4th
Location: Sides and Milborn
Time: 9:30am-11:30am (Mountain Time)


Dawes County
Town: Chadron
Date: July 29th
Location: Wal-Mart
Time: 2:30pm-4:30pm (Mountain Time)
   

Poppy Poster Winners

Four local schools entered one hundred eighty-four poppy posters in the Poppy Poster Contest hosted by Leo Brinda Unit 90 of the American Legion Auxiliary.

Posters were first checked for compliance with thirteen rules and then went to the judges. The judges were three veterans of the Vietnam War.
All posters will be on display during the annual 1884 Day breakfast held Saturday April 30 from 7AM - 11AM sponsored by the American Legion and the Sons.  While you enjoy pancakes, please take time to vote for your favorite poster (any poster NOT going to state). A special prize will be given to the poster with the most votes.
Congratulations to Little Miss Poppy 2016/2017: Jennalee Garwood.
Results:
Third grade: Class I
Zion Lutheran School
1st Jennalee Garwood
VES
3A
1 -Robert Ross
2- Autumn Brackeen
3 – Laramie Elliott
3B
1 – Neely Cronin
2 – Lyon Graves
3 – Doc Lancaster
3C
1 -Mary Belle Ward
2 – Cooper Jordan
3 – Jocelyn Jordan
Grade 5 Class II
5A
1 – Jackson Ravenscroft
2 – Mekallyn Bancroft
3 – Jack Lancaster
5C -
1- Bryan Keller
2 – McKenna Elliott
3 – Cheyenne Harp
Grade 6 Class III
1 – Alli Loughran
2 tie – Tobin Olson
2 tie – Jessica Roberts
2 tie – Lindsey Boes
Grade 8 Class IV
1 – Allison Hitchcock
2– Jayce Anderson
3 tie – Macy Homan
3 tie -  Torrie Tinant
Grade 9 Class IV
1 – Madilynn Dunkel
2 – Tyra Charging
3 – Rita Woodraska
Grade 10 Class V
1 – Whitney Rae Barnes
2 – Larry Kennison
3 – Grace Robison
Grade 11 Class V
1 – Sidney Higgins
2 – Cheyenne Osnes
3 – Andie Hanson
Grade 12 Class VI
1 – Natalie Lurz
2 – tie Caitlin Young
2 -  tie Kinzie Eggleston
3 – tie Nicole Lurz
3 -  tie Taryn Adams
Class VII
1 – Caleb Osborne
2 - Brandon Scholl
3 -  Cate Salters

Entries going to state competition:
Class
I – Mary Belle Ward
Class
II – Jackson Ravenscroft
Class
III – Alli Loughran
Class
IV – Allison Hitchcock
Class
V – Whitney Rae Barnes
Class
VI – Natalie Lurz
Class
VII – Caleb Osborne
 

Blood Drive in Valentine May 5th

The next Valentine Blood Drive Sponsored by the Valentine Rotary Club is on Thursday, May 5th at the St. Nicholas Catholic Church Parish Hall, from 11:30 am until 5:30 pm.

For an appointment, please contact Jeanie Cozad at 402-376-4715.

Remember, you can use the RapidPass online system to pre-register: www.redcrossblood.org/RapidPass

There is a national shortage due to the recent awareness of the Zika virus.  Many previous donors who have traveled are not eligible to donate for a period of time.  If anyone interested in donating, please contact Jeanie Cozad for an appointment for Thursday, May 5th.

   

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