New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 31, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
HefakJ Zettung, New Braunfels, Texas
Thursday. January 31, 1991
Arts Olympics entry deadline is Feb. 7
National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Chapter 666, held the first meeting of the year Jan. 18 at the Senior Citizens Center. The program by Dale Mort/, of Bob Smith Associates was on “Long-Term Care.” Officers fo*- 1991 arc President Andrew E. Marbach, First Vice President Leonard A. Kramer, Second Vice President Wilbur H. Wicding, Secretary Carolyn E. Ruppcl, Treasurer Walton F. Hoffmann. Continuing programs for the organization include support for Alzheimer’s research funds, Texas highway main-tanancc, and assistance for local federal retirees.
Mission Valley Extension Homemakers
The Mission Valley Extension Homemakers Club met Jan. 8 with members putting on an enjoyable program. Feb. 6 will be the 5()lh anniversary of the blue and the celebration will start at 10:30 a.m. Bring a covered dish.
Tile Jan. 24 meeting welcomed Ken Allen and Rosie Boscnbury as guests. Bill Bell distributed sponsor forms and enrollment forms for the March 16 Golf Tournament at Woodlands Country Club. He suggested the Kiwanis order some special hats to be used then or at other Kiwanis functions; they were quickly approved. Boscnbury gave the program, telling of the duties and responsibilities of
the Comal County Clerk. Birth certificates are Hied in county clerk or city records, marriage licenses now cost $25 with half of that going to the state, and divorce records arc handled through District court. Beer and other licenses arc handled by the County Clerk. They record assumed names, veteran’s discharges, cattle brands, and any document or affidavit that is brought in for filing except that a will may be not recorded before the death of a person. They handle the filing fees and records for the county court-at-law, and conduct county elections. She has 15 employees in her department, and she said computers arc much help lo them.
At closing, Bill Bell used his pickup to take items lo the Senior Citizens Center Thrift Shop.
Retired Eagles Activities Club
The Retired Eagles Activities Club met Jan. 20 at Eagles Hall. There were 70 members present, and two guests spending the afternoon playing cards and dominoes. Present were five birthdays and one anniversary but three members were sick. Installation of officers was done by Leroy Bicr-stcdt, chairman; Carol Dictcl, acting secretary, and four women on the drill team, who escorted the officers to the installing chairman. The new officers are Ervin Schrocdcr, president; Raymond Vogcs, vice president; Elsa Glcncwinkcl, secretary; Lola Behrens, treasurer, and Louise Schlater,
scrgcant-at-anns. The next meeting is Feb. 8 from 5 to 9 p.m. and members arc to bring a covered dish, except those having birthday or anniversary in February who arc to bring cake or cookies. Membership dues arc due now and arc $3 a year.
The New Braunfels Lioness Club met Jan. 14 al Finklc's Restaurant. The program was by the Rev. Bill Wiley and the topic was the Lion’s Children’s Camp in Kerrville. Wiley is a trustee for the camp and he thanked the Lionesses for their sup-[xxl and congratulated the club for ixMng a 5(X)-pcrccm club last year.
President Lcnorc Courtright installed two new members: Susan Hall, sponsored by Rosa Lcgardc; and Polly Johnson, sponsored by Annie Price. The club approved the date of May 11 for the annual Garage Sale.
Notice is hereby given of the last lap for entering the Arts Olympics by the Feb. 7 deadline. It’s time to get in training and exercising the right side of Ute brain instead of the biceps.
Sfxxisorcd by the Greater New Braunfels Arts Council, the event is scheduled for March 2 at Memorial Elementary School on South Walnut Avenue to honor the artistic achievements in lite community.
Hic performing arts entrants will strut their stuff at 3 p.m. on the Memorial stage. Visual arts entries will be judged that morning and will be displayed during the program.
Entrants must be of amateur status and live in the New Braunfels or Comal independent school districts. Participants will compete against others on their age level — middle school, high school or adult — and will receive individual ratings based on a point system.
Categories in the second annual Arts Olympics include visual art
(two- and three-dimensional), dance (solo or ensemble), acting (solo or ensemble) and music (vocal or instrumental). The three highest-ranking entrants will be awarded a gold, silver or bronze medallion. Top winner also will receive a $25 cash award. Ribbons and passes from Greater New Braunfels Arts Council member organizations also will be given.
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Entry forms may be obtained from Rogers Music Company, New Braunfels Children's Museum, or the Am Center. School teachers also have entry forms. The entry forms include all necessary information and must be postmarked by Feb. 7. They should be mailed to the Greater New Braunfels Arn Council, P.O. Box 311171, New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1171.
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What does it mean when you have Astigmatism?
by Robert Alcasabas, O.D.
At the end of an eye examination, the eye doctor may inform the patient that they have blurry vision due to astigmatism. “I have a what?” May be the usual reaction. “Astigmatism”, says the doctor, “that is a condition in which the eye is shaped more like a football instead of a basketball such that images cannot focus clearly for you.” Usually by now, the patient is quite perplexed and worried by this “stigmatism.” Let us try to elaborate on this condition.
First of all, a patient has “astigmatism” (one word). It is not a discase and although it may blur vision, it is not blinding. Astigmatism is mainly caused by the front section of the eye (called the cornea) not being perfectly round. For example, take a good quality magnifying glass and you .should be able to focus sunlight into a single point on a piece of paper. How
ever, if you were to heat the magnifying glass to a temperature where you can bend and twist it a little, you would find that light will not focus to a single point anymore. This is what can happen to an eye’s cornea. It gels slightly “warped” so light will not focus at a point such that the brain can “see” an object.
The spectacle prescription given by the eye doctor is used to compensate and correct this eye distortion. Try to imagine the front of the eye looking like a compass • because of your cornea’s shape you may have a power of “I” going from west to east and a power of “4” going from north to south. It is the difference of “3” between these two directions that is your amount of astigmatism. The optometrist or ophthalmoligist can use glasses or contact lenses to “balance" these two powers of your eye so once more light can focus at one point on the back of the eye.
Hence, the patient will see clearly once astigmatism is corrected.
Most people will have an amount of astigmatism of 1.00 of above which is left uncorrected with glasses of contact lenses will give a person seeing problems and headaches. Just because one has astigmatism does not mean it will get increasingly worse. As one gets older, it usually stablizes at a value or it may disappear altogether. Even though astigmatism does not lead lo complete blindness, if it is left uncorrected during a child’s developing years (until the age of six) the result can be a condition called refractive amblyopia. Refractive Ampblyopia is a type of “lazy eye" that cannot see a perfect “20/20” although no eye disease is present
So, when someone says they have
astigmatism you should be able to understand it implications. Hopefully, you know more than the eye looking like a “football”.
Your Medical Record
1. What type of information is contained in a medical record? A medical record contains the patient’s history such as medical and social history, lab tests, x-rays, any type of monitoring print-out, or therapy the patient receives. All health care professionals who are involved with the patient arc required to document findings, interpretations, and analysis from any reports. Diagnosis and treatment plans are also included within the record as well as any follow-up treatment plans for the patient after his/ her release from the hospital.
2. Who is responsible for the medical records storage and maintenance? The Director of the Medical Records Department in a hospital has primary responsibility of this task.
3. How does a patient get access to their medical record? A patient can obtain a copy of their medical record by signing a release form provided by the Medical Records at the hospital from which the patient wishes to obtain the record. The patient will generally be asked to sign a written authorization for release of the records.
4. Why is there a fee for obtaining the medical record? A fee is usually obtained when the record is wanted for personal or administrative use. There is usually not a fee for a medical record when the record is being transferred to some other health facility. However, this depends upon the hospital in which you are obtaining a copy.
The fee for copying at McKenna Memorial Hospital is based on the fee schedules of the Industrial Accident Board and costs $15.00 for 1-20 pages that are copied, with an additional charge of 30 cents for any additional pages. The fee covers staff lime for locating the record, staff time involved in reproducing the record, use of associated equipment and supplies.
5. Who docs the Medical Record belong to? The paper record belongs to the hospital or facility in which the patient has been admitted. However. the information that is written on the paper about the patient belongs to the patient
6. How confidential is the Medical Record? Medical Records remain fairly secure. An authorization for
release of any information must be received under most circumstances before a patient's medical record can be viewed by anyone other than a health care provider who is involved in the care of that patient.
* 7. How long are Medical Records maintained? At McKenna Memorial Hospital medical records are maintained for 20 years.
The state law however, requires a l medical record to be kept for at least | IO years.
A minor’s medical record must be maintained 2 years after the child becomes 18.
8. How are the medical records destroyed? Medical Records are! shredded. This is usually done on site I at the hospital or facility that owns] the record to make sure the record’ properly destroyed.
9. Does the Medical Record coe-1 tam any financial material related to] patient billing?
No. the medical record only can-1 urns information about the patient's medical treatment Patient finances are recorded in a financial report that is coordinated by the Business] Department of a hospital.Directory of Medical Services, DF NI ISI GENERAL PRAG I ICE
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