Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - September 10, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
4 The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Tues., Sept. 10, 1974
Inflation Fighters at U.I. Hospitals
IOWA CITY - Although they art' not a recent innovation. sewing machines at University of Iowa hospitals and clinics are helping to fight inflation Seamstresses create supplies ranging from sandbags to surgical instrument holders — from crib covers to shower curtains. If they aren’t creating, they’re repairing or remaking hospital necessities “We never have two days alike,” says Wilma Nealson, machine operator in the Children’s hospital sewing room.
The machine operators there use five heavy-duty sew
ing machines and other specialized equipment to make items for University hospitals Besides standard items like towels (some 4,000 have been produced so far this year), the five seamstresses at Children’s hospital design patterns from departmental orders for mort' than 120 medical supplies, such as arm slings, blood pressure cuffs, traction weight bags and special items made to fit individual patients.
"Hospital staff members come in and say what they want, and I have to get a
pattern made up for it, ” explains Hazel Capps, lead sewing machine operator. “They’ll just bring us a little picture, and we go from there.
“For example, we make sandbags and weight bags for physical therapy. We had to make up the pattern and the size for those to get them right.”
The seamstresses say their most complicated orders are for facial straps or head-restraining bands to fit individual patients and for seven types of operating sheets with openings designed for various kinds of surgery
The largest operating room
sheet measures eight-by-eleven feet with a double thickness of material around the outside and a triple thickness in the center area surrounding the sterile field
Another complex job is making pillow splints for patients with special hip problems. One of these was made for an infant who required a tiny pillow artd various straps for support.
“The doctor brought the baby down, and we made the pattern by measuring the infant,” Mrs. Capps said
To simplify the problem of fitting, the sewing room now has standard infant and adult
Seamstresses at the University of Iowa hospitals in Iowa City must be multi-talented to maintain the wide variety of supplies used in a large hospital. Shown here are, clockwise, Wilma Nealson, Irene Macy, Hazel Capps and Raymah Dawson.
Culver Contributions: $21 7,116
DES MOINES (AP)- Democratic Congressman John Culver says he received $217,116 in campaign contributions for the Jan. 1-Aug 31 period in his race for the U.S. senate
The amount is $75,548 more than his Republican opponent, Dave Stanley, reported this year. Stanley said he received $141,568 during the same period.
The two are vying for the senate seat being vacated by retiring Democrat Harold Hughes.
Culver’s campaign committee said Monday it had
received $137,242 in contributions for the June 1-Aug. 31 period, and had expenditures of $121,938 during that time.
Overall, the Culver campaign has received $247,472 in contributions since he announced his senate candidacy in September, 1973, the committee said Campaign expenditures to date total $235.-238.
Stanley had to spend funds to win the Republican June primary, and reported paying $58,187 for media advertising this year. Culver, unopposed, reported spending $33,227 for the same purpose
Janet Fraser of the Culver committee said 3,873 individu
als “have contributed to the campaign ”
Campaign finance reports from candidates for the U.S. house were to be filed with the Iowa secretary of state’s office by Tuesday.
Rep. William Scherle (R-Iowa), seeking re-election in Iowa’s Fifth congressional district, reported $36,587 in contributions this year Scherle’s opponent, Democrat Tom Harkin, listed contributions of $37,229 Republican Charles Dick, seeking the Fourth district house seat held by Neal Smith, reported contributions of $24,260 this year.
Smith’s report had not yet been filed.
Drawing Planned for Whisky Bottles
DES MOINES (UPI) - The Iowa beer and liquor control department will hold another drawing to distribute special liquor bottles — this time for decanters in the likeness of the University of Iowa and Iowa State university mascots.
Department Director Roland Gallagher said Monday because of the anticipated demand for the “Herky the Hawk” and “Cy the Cyclone” bottles and the limited supply, a drawing is the only fair way to distribute the decanters. The department last year held a drawing for 600 commemorative American Legion bottle^.
Gallagher said only 2.400
bottles in each mascot likeness will be available and he expects the demand to be significantly greater than the supply. He noted there were 9.600 requests for the 600 American Legion bottles last year.
“There are a lot of ardent collectors of these bottles and this demand is very heavy in Iowa,’’ Gallagher said “The selling is the easiest thing to do. We must find a fair way to distribute these bottles. ”
Gallagher said application forms for each bottle, which sell for $17 80; will be available in all state liquor stores
The forms will be sent to the department headquarters in Des Moines and the drawing will be held Oct. 7.
Deadline for receiving entry blanks is Sept. 30 and Gallagher emphasized that only one registration for each bottle per person will be accepted.
When the applications are received in Des Moines, Gallagher said, they will be placed in alphabetical order on a computer printout. Then, a number between two and nine will be drawn and the computer will count down the list and every name on which
the number falls will be eligible for a bottle.
If necessary, additional numbers will be drawn until all bottles have been distributed.
For example, if the number drawn is seven, every seventh name on the list will receive a bottle. If not enough names have been selected using that number a new number will be drawn and the process repeated with the remaining names on the list.
If the new number is five, then every fifth person on the remaining list would get a bottle.
Council May Join Region Eight
MECHANICSVILLE - The Mechanicsville city council decided Monday night that a decision to join region eight will be made after Councilman Clarence Maher, representing the council, attends an East-Central Iowa mter-gov-ernmental association meeting this week Mechanicsville’s dues for this group would be $173 95 The council voted to bill the Chicago and North Western Railroad for temporary repair to the crossing at Cherry street,
Mechanicsville city employe's have hauled in and filled holes with cold mix.
The council authorized the city clerk to write a letter to Iowa Electric Light and Power Co. voicing the council’s dissatisfaction with the raise in electric rates.
Members also agreed to purchase a hydraulic lift for
the city snow plow at a cost of $199.50 plus freight costs.
It was also agreed to check into the prices of installing an additional walkway and railing at the sewage plant.
Mayor Tom Railsback reported a rural crime task force will soon be in operation with four men serving a five-county area
Councilman Clarence Maher noted that the Lions club will donate its labor to panel the inside of the new enclosed pavilion at the park. He requested the possibility of city funds if monetary assistance is needed for the paneling costs
Councilman Lowell Cook suggested during the meeting that a good way to get the communitiy’s opinion on the proposed city garage would be
to add the question to the ballot at the next general election.
Fire Chief Ron Albaugh reported that 20 new fire coats have been received costing $858 of which the fire company will pay half
The resignation of City Marshal Dennis Blaman effective Oct. I was accepted. He is leaving to accept a position with the Johnson county sheriff’s department.
Receipts reported for the month of August totalled $9,-523.72 with disbursements at $11,042 ll.
A special council meeting will be held Sept 27
WARP Continues Push For Amtrak Route
CARROLL (AP)—A spokesman for the Western Assn. of Railroad Passengers said Monday the group will continue efforts to obtain an Amtrak route through central Iowa and Nebraska.
Mike Arts of Carroll, executive vice president of the organization, commented on
Four Are Fined on Drunk Driving Charges
charged with drunk driving changed their pleas to guilty in Tama county district court and were fined $300.
Those fined were Arthur R Hughs, 56; Geneva Papakee, 36, rural Tama, Merlin Davenport, 20, Tama, and Glenn Roberts, 27, rural Tama
Lewis R. Bacon, 53, Tama, pled innocent to a drunk driving charge and a jury trial was set for Sept 10.
The trial of Susan Irene Palmer, 22, Belle Plaine, also charged with drunk driving, was continued on motion of her attorney
remarks last week by Robert Rigler of New Hampton, chairman of the lotoa department of transportation commission
Rigler had said studies should be conducted before the best routes for a new Amtrak line are determined.
Representatives of the passenger organization went to Washington recently for a meeting with department of transportation officials concerning a possible new Amtrak route through the two states.
Arts said a Chicago consulting organization had conducted a study and recommended the central route along the North Western railway lines.
He said WARP is a privately funded organization and it will go ahead with its Amtrak proposals.
Arts said he believes that studies such as proposed by Rigler would produce the same results.
BURLINGTON (Al’)- Four Columbia, SC., residents were held in lieu of $10,000 bond each in Des Moines county jail Sunday' after being charged with kidnaping Melody Kennison, 27, Fort Madison.
Mrs Kennison’s estranged husband, David, 29; Randolph Holcombe, 29; Robert Block, 37 and Sandra Kane, 29, were to bt* arraigned Monday.
Officers said the four are accused of taking Mrs. Kennison from a parked car at a Burlington motel early Sunday while her companion, James Bender, 33, Fort Madison, wa* inside.
Two night custodians at the motel observed the incident and called police, authorities said.
Fort Madison authorities arrested the four a short time later and returned them to Burlington
Authorities said Bender was charged with giving false information to Burlington police. _
ON THIS DATE in 1907, the British colony of New Zealand became a dominion.
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DECORAH — Because of inadequate use and the high cost of maintaining its six-bed extended-care department, the Winneshiek County Memorial hospital will discontinue this service Sept. 30.
In making the announcement this week, hospital administrator Robert
Lembcke reported that the six beds will be converted to acute care, making a total of 95 beds in the local hospital for acute-care serv ice.
lembcke said. because of the low utilization of the ex-tended-care department, the U. S. department of health, education and welfare will no longer participate in the Health Insurance for the Aged and Disabled program.
In accordance with provisions of the social security act. the agreement between the extended-care department of the Decorah hospital and the secretary of health, education and welfare will be terminated as of Sept. 30
David Watson, dir€*ctor of the new division of long-term care, added in a letter to lembcke that “no payment will fie made by the Medicare program for covered skilled nursing care services furnished to patients who are admitted on or after Sept 30
"This notice din's not affect hospital patients admitted to Winneshiek County hospital. since the hospital will continue to participate in the Health Insurance for the Aged and Disabled Program,” Lembcke said
As if riding a unicycle wasn’t tough enough, I 3*year-old Andrew Steele of Iowa City added a new dimension, throwing a Frisbee. He was in competition with a friend on the University of Iowa Pentacrest. The friend, incidently, was similarly-equipped with the single-wheeled vehicle.
ON THIS DATE in 1775, 5.000 Acadians were banished from Nova Scotia.
HAZLETON - Officers elected at the annual reunion of Prairie (’enter community residents were: Clarence
Campbell, Fayette, president. Ben Davis, Hazleton, vicepresident. Mrs Arvid Magm-son. Hazleton, secretary-treas-urer
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sizes in many items which can bi* altered to fit the individual However, sprxial clothing is sometimes required.
Last year, the sewing room employes made gowns, pajama pants and robes for 40 patients weighing more than 300 pounds Besides clothing for patients and employes, the seamstresses have made more than IOO blue smocks for hospital volunteers.
Special equipment in the Children’s hospital sewing room allows work on a variety of material to meet specialized medical needs. Conductive rubber is sewn on certain operating room pillows and patient cart pads
White coats and slacks for the medical staff and uniforms for female employes are issued and fitted by Bernice Grimm in another sewing room in University Hospitals. She attaches emblems and name tapes to the uniforms, repairs small items and fills some special orders.
In mending the white medical uniforms alone, Mrs Grimm uses more than 13 miles of thread each year Since most of the uniforms are now made of 65 percent polyester and 35 percent cotton, she reports they wear longer and require less maintenance.
“When I started in 1965, the material was terrible. It was all cotton, and the uniforms would either be stiff as a board or the buttons would be popping off right and left,” she recalls
Most of the uniforms now last at least four years, and there are fewer repairs, she says. Although there are losses from everyday use, the steamstresses have several ways to conserve material, such as converting large worn-out items into smaller articles.
For example, old towels are cut down into washcloths and worn-out sheets are made into arm slings, shorts for physical therapy patients and trash bags. End pieces left after making large items are saved to make small arm board covers and surgical bibs.
By remaking, repairing and creating, the U. of I. seamstresses find a use for the tiniest remnants of material.
f*< )STYTLLE—Directors to the Area Education I board of education were recently elected here for districts two and three.
Elected were Kenneth J. Schultz, Postville, director of district two, and Dr Bill R. Withers, Waukon, district three director
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