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Annapolis Capital Newspaper Archive: February 10, 1995 - Page 1

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   Capital, The (Newspaper) - February 10, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland                               School snapshots begin Cl Mini-profiles to appear periodically DISSENSION Baseball players having conflict of opinion Di Don't forget your valentine SEE ENTERTAINMENT TAB HOWELL MICROFILMS PD BOX 155S LAUREL hD 20707 Olatittal CLOUDY PAQE At FRIDAY FEBRUARY MD After the anesth Anmdol Medical Center Nurse Karon Schoch ot medication for a patient In the poet- st-op nurses 4 elp healing but patients often don't remember By MARY ELLEN LLOYD Staff Writer Between surgery and full patients at Anne Arundel Medical Center are in the hands of nurses who must be prepared for nonsensical talk to a heart attack. minute it looks really nice and and another it's said Jean an 18-year veteran of nursing in the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit. If you go under the knife at you're likely to but you probably won't aiul medication that blurs many patients recall very little Nurse Jody t an operation. student Ron Hautwald monitor a patient's vftal algns after recuperation or admitted to other hospital wards for longer stays. Hooked up to heart and breathtag more patenUgoiifcjHme wijhin hours people coming out of eight operating rooms are rather than Area 'nufaMrfrinft naHantr' under COUStant SCTUttTty for WaHlUlgS Of MUSea Of breathing problems and signs that they're regaining feeling. The patients are of all ages and have had a wide variety of-surgeries. have to be prepared to take care of of surgery rather than recevery for signs of complications to said Ma. who's aal association the first-floor tt taken to an upstairs pediatrics to Ms. Judge said. of the nurses have advanced training or previous experience in such fields life pediatrics or emergency medicine. Several are professionally certified in their field. Among the patients in the unit one recent morning were a woman who looked to be In her 40s who had gynecological man Who had Page Nurse Kathy patient Heton OwamofKent Wand after Mrs. Qussln's recent cataract surgery. Ms. MHIhauMn and other nurses In the writ monitor patients for complications after surgery. HOME NFWSSTANID Shortfall predicted for schools But officials say they've already reduced spending By DENNIS SULLIVAN Staff Writer The county school system could fin- ish the fiscal year with a million deficit if it continues its spending a county auditor has warned. Bruce an assistant told the County Council about the situation last month after reviewing the school system's spending patterns from July to November. just wanted to bring attention to Mr. Emge said. gives everybody a chance to look at the situation and gives everybody a chance to rectify the situation. not critical. But at least it needs to be looked County school officials confirmed that there is a projected but said they already have reduced dropping the projected deficit from million to about million. By delaying spending and due to reduced spending in other the system already has enough to cover the said Ronald associ- ate school superintendent. haven't frozen positions and we haven't taken money for materials of said Ken another associate superintendent. haven't touched the school house with this The deficit in part was caused by the County Council when it cut million from the schools' salary budget. Th'e council overestimated the number of highly paid employees who would the system and be replaced by people earning less. a money-saving change in the employee health care plan was delayed by negotiations and didn't go into until officials said. reacted to a problem that was created for Mr. Lawson said. all knew this was going tp said Greg a county budget analyst who will take over as the school system budget officer on Monday. we just didn't know the magnitude of it until we got into the budget But council Chairwoman Diane R. said the school board's spending problem sympto- matic of what I've feared all along that they're spending more than is necessary to get the job Monday council members chastised school officials because cost estimates on the Andover Middle Page Prosecutors join baby drug probe By MARY ELLEN LLOYD Staff Writer County prosecutors yesterday joined Anne Arundel Medical Center's investi- gation of how three babies ended up with opiates in their bodies last week. And one of the first steps taken by the county State's Attorney's Office was to ask hospital officials to clamp down on information being released about the findings in the case. Although prosecutors refused to call their involvement a criminal investiga- information about the incident will be treated the same as evidence In any criminal inquiry. more information you release to the the more it hurts your said Kristin a spokesman for the state's attorney. AAMC spokesman Carolyn Shenk said this morning that the Annapolis hospital will honor the request. Investigator David Cordle and State's Attorney Frank R. Weathersbee met yesterday with hospital officials and two outside lawyers hired by AAMC to direct the investigation. From now Mr. Cordle will partici- pate in each step of the with the hospital's Mr. Weathersbee said in a statement the state's chief hospital inspector also said yesterday that her office will conduct its own investigation beginning next week. Carol director of the state's Office of Licensing and Certification said an inspector will AAMC next week or as soon as officials get more information about the possible source of the opiates. they've got some more of test we'll go in and take a look at Ms. Benner said. For the hospital is in contact daily with her she With the stale's attorney and New York attorneys Peter Bower and War- ren who specialize in medical Page INSIDE Planners say county needs only one jail Iraq hat rebuilt much of Its armed forces despite Its crushing Gulf War defeat and four-year-old U.N. sanc- and Is likely to go on a rearma- ment binge trade ban Is military analysts say. A proposed ferry across the Chesapeake Bay 50 miles south of Annapolis was the subject of two public hearings that drew 150 supporters and critics. B2 AIHJNOIL Anne Arundel County raised more than mtWpri for United Way's 1994-95 an 18 percent Increase over last year's announced. M. The postgame brawl had no clear but Scalding battered SI Mary's pretty good earlier with crisp passing and hustling defense In yester- day's 10-3 tee hockey victory. 01 AnnapoHt---------- Cl EdttorWt-----------AS Calendar------II B3 MMaryNMtZ-I A7 damned---------- C4 B3 PoNctBeat------- C2 Sperti.___.....__014 Crauword.............CIO Television.............. C3 Death Tides........-------- A8 Portom of We CapM are printed day on recycled paper. The newspaper alto to Classified... Circulation. ByBARTJANSEN Staff Writer The county Planning Advisory Board wants to explore building a larger jail on Ordnance Road in north county and abandoning the current detention cen- ter near Annapolis. Such a decision could cause the loss of million in state funding for jail officials said. By pursuing an option rejected years it would also reopen the emotional wounds that remain from the lengthy search for a site to build a new county jail. But board who recom- mend construction priorities to the county executive and County said the savings from building a single jaB might be worth giving up the state can't see putting 20 million bucks into that location. We're trying to do what's best for the Dallas board chairman Construction of 400 beds at Ordnance Road is budgeted at 128 million. After renovations at Jennifer which would house another 400 defend- ants awaiting trial and the most violent are estimated at 118 million. can't see putting 20 million bucks into that said Dallas board chairman. trying to do what's best for the tax- The search for new jail apace began in because of limited space for laundry and other support ser- vices. But patchwork expansions failed to keep up with an inmate population that far exceeds the state limit of 550. Established for 200 Inmates and 60 the jail has grown to house 750 inmates on most with 250 workers. After ajengthy search and a bruWng the voted February 1994 to bufld a secona jafl flat- renovate the first. The state is expected to pay for half of the new construction million for Ordnance Road and million at Jennifer Road. County Executive Gary Jr. will formally ask the General Assembly for the money in March. Changing plans at this point could jeopardize all or part of state jafl county officials said. .Board members suggested that the county forfeit the money for Jennifer Road and consolidate all jail operations on Ordnance Road. thinking has got to be weighed said board member Newton Ontry ffl. should prob- ably reojkMt a further audience   

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