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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - November 7, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 4A Cedar Rapids Gazette: Thurs.. Nov. 7, 1S74 Problems at VA Hospitals: owa Less Than Others Dismiss By Gordon Jackson DES MOINES (UI'I) Directors of the three Veterans Administration (VA) hospitals in Iowa said that although they encounter financial problems when recruiting qualified medical personnel, they generally have adequate space, facilities and staff at their in- stitutions. The three VA hospitals In Iowa are at Knim'iile, Iowa City and Des Molncs. They serve military veterans from across Iowa and also some former servicemen from ad- jacent slates. However, directors of the three facilities said the hospi- tals do not feel the severe money pinch which national VA officials say is affecting many of the United States' 171 VA hospitals. Critical Shortages A national VA report issued recently said many of the federal government-operated hospitals have critical staff and space shortages which reduce the VA's ability to offer medical care, especially emer- gency treatment of veterans. In its report, the VA asked congress for a million increase in funding over the next two years to improve medical care at the hospitals. But the Iowa VA hospital directors Fred Brown at Iowa City, Donald Munson at Des Moines and acting Direc- tor Charles Scully at Knox- ville were quick to note their facilities generally have enough space for patients and generally are seldom called upon to offer emergency care to veterans. They did, however, say it is sometimes difficult to recruit physicians and nurses with funds available for salaries. Competitive "The overall situation in Iowa isn't particularly Scully said. "We have the ever-present problem of recruiting qualified psy- chologists at Knoxville but we're pretty competitive in most instances but with infla- tion, money can be a factor." The VA hospitals in Des Moines and Iowa City arc designated as general medical care facilities, while Knoxville is a ncuro-psychiatric unit. The three hospitals have a general operating budget of about million this year. Scully said space is adequate at the Knoxville hospital and said psychiatric care offered at the facility compares favorably with similar care provided at private and state institutions in Iowa. "1 would say we are giving care that is as good nr better than anywhere in the Scully said. Research Space However, Brown said space shortages are a ''problem" at the Iowa City hospital, not in the area of beds but for research, education and clinical support activities. But, he noted, the hospital is slated to have a new addition by 1980 which should help alleviate the cramped situation. "We are not short of beds at all. but we have a large research and education func- Brown said. "For example, we have 900 students who are here as part of their clinical experience to obtain a ceiling is too low because it doesn't always allow VA hospitals to compete with private institutions for skilled doctors. However, he said degree in the health care field, generally VA hospitals have and our facility was not designed to carry that type of load." Brown said the salary ceiling imposed by congress on enough money in their budget if they can only "find" scarce specialists. Like Brown, Munson said the Des Moines hospital has full-time doctors at VA hospi- enough beds but needs more tals has caused "some real problems as far as recruit- ment" but said overall the Iowa City hospital has a healthy staffing ratio for its patients. Medical Care Assured if medical care of veterans was jeopardized at his hospital because of a money shortage, Brown replied, "No, the veteran here as in all VA hospitals is getting good care. Munson agreed that the space for education, training and research activities. He said his staff has submitted requests for three additions to the Des Moines facility but said so far none of them have been programmed for construction. "We have enough beds but as we get into expanded training fields, we are running out of Munson said. "There is so much new medical equip- ment coming and new programs; each thing we add means we are more restricted for space." CI1AKLKS CITY (UI'I) Women working the night shift at Floyd County hospital here are being given extra police protection following the slab- bing death of a nurse. The stabbing victim, Lois Marie Jacobs, 21, was found in her apartment Tuesday after- noon. An autopsy revealed she died of multiple stab wounds in I he chest. The murder weapon was a kitchen knife. It was recovered at the scene. I'olice have made no arresls in the case and the state Bureau of Criminal Investiga- tion is assisting local authori- ties. Police Chief John Cordon said officers are being dis- patched lo the hospital parking lot when the nurses get off at night as an extra precaution. Hospital officials said several of the 40 nurses became fearful following Miss Jacobs' death. (lordon. however, said he believes the death was an isolated case and there Is mi cause For alarm. Shop Cenfer Suit Denied DECORAH Developers seeking to establish a million shopping center in Decorah gained ground this week. Judge Frank Elwood of Cresco filed a ruling with the elcrk of court here denying the city's petition to dismiss the suit brought by Ross K. Peterson, Minneapolis. Judge Elwood also overruled the city's motion to have numerous portions of the defendant's petition stricken from the record. The ruling did sustain the city's motion objecting to the plaintiff's claim that the shop- ping center would be a kind of industrial use. Opponents of the shopping center had argued the land owned by Peterson was suited to industrial development and should be retained for that. Decorah was named defen- dant In the suit June 18. The suit was filed in district court here by Peterson's attor- ney. Peterson seeks a judgment of and costs from Ihe city for alleged damages resulting from what he describes as "arbitrary, unreasonable, discriminatory and capricious actions." Denied Hczonlng The suit stems from the refusal of the Decorah city council and the Decorah plan- ning and zoning commission lo rezone 23 acres owned by Pe- terson for shopping center development. Deprived In the petition, Peterson lists seven reasons for challenging the council's failure lo approve moiling of the 23-acro tract for shopping center use. Peterson and Strand hold that denial of "deprives Ihe plaintiff of his properly without due process of law and without compen- sation Peterson and his associate, Pelerseii, Edina, Minn., real estate man, said they had spent more than a year seeking a suitable site In northeast Iowa. Favor Silc They said they favor the Decorah site because of its ac- cessibility to highway II and 52 and lo one of Decorah's newest and largest residential areas, Minowa Heights. Developers say their preliminary plans call for a shopping center under one roof, and would include about 211 or more retail outlets. argain; student pilot Except for Legal Fees By Charles Roberts DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) lowans who believe juslice has dealt them an unfair hand must come up wilh an average of to bring their case to the Iowa supreme court, Ihe slate's lop jurisl estimates. But the high court gels vir- tually none of the money. Phyllis Carton and Millie Matijevich, clerks in Ihe su- preme court office, explain thai to docket an appeal from a lower court decision put il on the list of cases to be heard costs When the case is decided, closing costs are The total of makes a high court appeal one of the biggest judicial bargains in Ihe slale, excepl for other fees, for an appeal from a murder conviction handed down in Johnson county district court against James Hall. Hall was accused of slaying a University of Iowa nursing stu- dent. His brief came to It ran 567 pages. Discounting printing and at- torneys' fees, the Iowa su- preme court is still "the cheap- est place to bring a said Moore. The high court's filing fees are "the lowest in any court in Seven Truckers Arrested for Illegal CB's DES MOINES, Iowa Arson Probed in Blazes Af U. of I. Dormitory HEDRICK (AP) A student pilot from OUumwa was killed when his single-engine plane crashed and burned Wednes- day a mile north and a mile Seven truck drivers were ar- west of here. rested Wednesday as the Fed- Officials said Richard Spero eral Communications Commis- was flying through a practice sion completed ils second day area when his plane crashed on of monitoring citizen's band ra- the Roger Abel farm. dio conversalions along Inter- Spero. an OUumwa Heights state 80 near here, college instructor, was found in Five of the drivers arrested were lowans. They were identi- fied as Richard Beukema, 33, Mitchellville; Raymond Green, 33, Cedar Rapids; Richard Kea- the cockpit, said FAA authori- ties. A witness said the plane, owned by Midwest Aviation, Oltumwa. burst into a IOWA CITY Two fires at a University of Iowa women's dormitory early Wednesday have prompted university of- ficials lo close all of Burge hall's pressing-rooms and lounges after midnight for the remainder of the school year. Darel Foreman of the slate fire marshal's office has called Ihe two fires "inten- tionally set, an obvious case of arson." One fire was sel in a waste container in a laundry room on Ihe hp added, "except "Inousand" pieces on impact. for federal courts." The low fees have been a fact of life for decades, he ex- plained. "It's something that's gone on for years and years without says Chief Justice C. Edwin Ja raise. It's (Ihe supreme and that il appeared to be go- ing full throttle in the split- second he saw it before it hit. FAA authorities and the Na- tional Transportation and Safety board were investigat ing the accident. sey, 34, Council Bluffs; Robert Daumier Lithographs Kilfoil, 55, Newton, and Donald Displayed in Museum Moore. The rest of the is for lawyers' fees and the cost of printing a brief, or concise statement of a client's case. The printing cost varies, the clerks said, but averages per page. One of the most expensive briefs in recent memory around the clerk's office was written court) not operated to break even." Quoting U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Berger, Moore said thai "courts have been operating like crack- erbarrel grocery stores." Moore said that because of significant increases in case- loads, Ihe courts "musl be su- permarket operations." Senior Citizen Buses Cedar Rapids System Telephone 363-8244 Area Ten (SEATS) In Cedar Rapids 308-5fi05 Elsewhere 800-332-5934 Lef the Cold Winds Blow Frank Moore, 28, Sioux City. All but Moore were charged with making illegal trans- missions. Moore was charged with operaling an unlicensed citizen's.band radio. The other two truckers ar- rested were George Galaras, 31, Hampton Bars, N.Y., and James Hill, 51, Wesl Reading, Pa. So far, 14 persons have been arresled in Ihe second round of FCC monitoring of alleged ille- gal transmissions over the two- way radios. IOWA CITY An exhibilion of 30 lithographs by Honore Daumier on display at the Universily of Iowa museum of art will continue through Dec 15. The works are part of more than prints of the Elliott collection given to the U. of I. by Owen and Leone Elliotl of Cedar Rapids. Born in Paris in 1808, Daumier became one of the world's best known illustrators and caricaturists and is remembered as a master of satire. the third floor. Anolher fire was discovered in a waste con- tainer on the second floor. The second blaze charred curtains and an overstuffed chair. Firemen discovered thai fire when they responded to the first call at about 3 a.m. Wed- nesday. Approximately 25 false alarms have been reported in dormitory halls during Ihe lasl two months: 11 was reported that 17 of the false alarms have involved Burge hall. A similar fire occurred two weeks ago in an ironing room al Burge. prompting Hie university to lock the rooms for several (lavs. First Aid Course In Central City CENTRAL CITY A Red Cross standard first aid and safety course is being offered al Ihe cily hall here Thursday evenings al 7 p.m. The 14-hour course is taught by Maedean O'Connor, volun- teer Red Cross instructor. There is no charge for Ihe course. Tu Order Your Action-Ad. Dial 3II8-8234. Lowden Board Pays Repairs LOWDEN The Clarence- Lowden board of education Monday night approved in- voices totaling including the final payment of to Ihe Larsen Unzei, tig Co. for repair of the storm damage at Middle School at Lowden. The board approved Ihe application to the insurance company for reimbursemenl. Middle School was exlcn- sively damaged in a severe storm on June 20. A portion of the roof was blown off and the rain caused damage to the gymnasium floor and oilier areas of the school. The 1973-74 audit conducled by Druehl, Huckfeldl and Greenwall of Davenport was approved by the board. Approval was given to study the feasibility of reducing the bus routes from seven to six during the nexl school year. Tentative budget estimales for 1975-76 were presented lo the board and plans were made to meet with the local teachers regarding salaries. information from the department of public instruc- tion concerning the requirement to review the dis- trict's educational goals was presented. Choose from Cedar Rap- ids' largest selection of men's outerwear. From lighter weight jackets for in-between seasons to the heaviest snorkels for the cold weather ahead. We offer style, selection and value. 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