New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 18, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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22 Pages In two sections ■ July 18,1993
Serving Comal County ■ Home of JEFFREY SEEGER
Vol. 141, No. 171
!"s“! McKenna ER one of busiest around
Opinion ... 4A
By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes; Brady Minier, Jordan Herrera, Elsie Koeh Bowers (belated), Jeffrey Seeder, Tim Steeno (Monday), Norman Krait, RJH. Timmerman, Vanessa Gomez, Happy Adversary lo Robert A Lynette Woodward
Broadway Express gala aal for July 22 .
The Broadway Express din-ner-theatre gala will be held Thursday, July 22 at die NB Civic Center. Tickets are available at the Archives, 200 N. Seguin, 629-1900, and from Jean Wilson, Beltane, 389 S. Seguin, 620-1114 or 625-7921
Reserved tables are available (tables seat IO). Deadline for purchasing tickets is noon, July 19. This event is a benefit for the fountain restoration and is sponsored by the New Braunfels Historic Museums Association. Fraternal Order of Eagles program Mi
The Fraternal Order of Eagles will have a special Charter Member and Past Presidents program on July 20th at 7:30 p.m.
Members are encouraged to Mend this meeting for their 41st Anniversary.
■ The New Broadus Masonic Lodge #1109 will meet Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. for the jxirpose of conferring an EA. Depoe.
■ The New Braunfels Jaycees will meet Wednesday, 7 p.m. at Mr. Gath's. Guest speaker-Gwenn Scott, assistant administrator at McKenna Hospital.
■ Comal County Water Oriented Recreation District (WORD) will meet Wednesday, 6:45 p.m. at Canyon Lake Action Center, 1941 FM Road 2673 in Saltier.
■ New Braunfels Optimist Club will meet tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. at Finkel's Salad Bar and Grill. Featured speaker will be Kathy Truesdale, horticulturist at River Gardens. Dr. Antal will also attend to answer questions about the home.
■ The annual meeting of the Comal County Red Cross Volunteers will be held tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. in the Friendship Room of Eden Home. For more information, call 629-4563.
■ The New Braunfels Art League will boat Mary Hetherington of Universal City Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in the Arts Catter, 646 Walnut Square. Hetherington will demonstrate the technique of painting in oil over acrylic. Hetherington, a member of the New Braunfels Ait League, has paintings on display at numerous locations throughout the area.
(The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Invites its readers to submit items lo Stammtisch. According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community,
",Stammtisch " represents a sitting place for members of the community to gather and share the day's happenings We invite you lo share with us.)
Located in a summer tourists' hotspot, McKenna Memorial Hospital 9ees more than ifs share of activity in to Emergency Ram and trauma futilities, says Dr. John Richard Flanagan m, the hospital’s ER Director.
With numerous injuries being suffered almost every weekend during the summer, ER doctors maintain polished skills.
“A la of doctors and nurses are in emergency rooms because of the high intensity,” said Flanagan. ‘The nurses and physicians that are here like that high intensity medicine where you're all go. At our lowest point we see a little less than 1,400 patients a month, and we go up to about 1,700 or 1,800 during the summer.
“It's a pretty unique situation because we do see a la of trauma here. I’ve woriced in big hospitals and small hospitals and this has a very attractive mix for physicians and nurses because you see everything across the board—trauma and medical things.” Unfortunately, that also means some very serious injuries for people who are often very young and come here to have a goal time.
“I've seen more C-spine injuries here in one summer than you see in a big hospital in a couple of years because of people jumping off the cliffs,” said Flanagan. “We 9ce a la of quadriplegic and paraplegic injuries. We already have had one this summa. There was one summer about three or four years ago that we had about six or seven quadriplegics come out of the emergency room — it was unbelievable”
Melanie Morris, RN and Emergency Room Director for McKenna Memorial confirmed the seriousness of injuries caused by vacationers who risk jumping or diving into local rivers and lakes. “The year that we had the drought, I think that we counted between 15 and 20 C-spine fractures,” said Morris.
“You're always either sewing or bandaging up somebody,” said Flanagan. “Our wont is invariably July 4th, but Memorial weekend and all the weekends during the summer are crazy.”
To help keep up with the increased patient load in the summer, McKenna staff members developed a two-track system for handling ER patients. Sen-
Henkl-Zeituag photo by JOHN HUSETH I
Fifty-five year-okJ Joan Kelley Heroes of Canyon Lake was pronounced dead et 11 un. Saturday by Justle# of die Peace Howard Smith after her vehicle, a 1991 Honda (shown above) was struck head-on by a 1983 Chevy Blazer driven by Andrew Abaue, 27, of Canyon Lake. The accident took place at 10:28 a.m. Saturday, 2/10 mils south of Hancock, accordlno to TaxaaH Department of Public Safety officials. Abatis was taken to San Antonio1* Medical Center and was listed In fair condnjofL^^H Passengers in the Honda, David Willson, 55, of Canyon Leks, was taken to Medical Center where he was Batad btl ' -tton while Ed Hertzes, 45, of Canyon Lake, was taken to McKenna Hospital and was listed In stable condition. Reports eeld^S that Aballe's vehicle entered FM 306 southbound spinning tires. Abaue lost control of the vehicle forcing a heed-on cofBstofifi
ous problems like heart attacks, strokes, and abdominal pain that take a la of time are handled on the major track by one doctor, while another doctor handles the minor track patients.
“Some patients can come in and out, they’re popcorn patients, you can throw in a few stitches and get them out of there,” said Flanagan. “It’s a real shame if those patients have to wait for more serious patients. The major track is the bad stuff and the minor track handles the sore throats and colds, cut feet.
small fractures, ear aches, minor stomach flu — things like that.”
The two track system has sped up patient flow according to Flanagan, but things can still get pretty interesting.
“Because we’re a resort town, we’re unique compared to a la of other hospitals,” said Flanagan. "A la of hospitals slow down in the summer because people leave there, but they come here. We basically play the role of the county emergency clinic.
“An emergency is what the patient
defines as an emergency. If they feel they need to be seen by a physician they need to come in and let us evaluate them. If people feel uncomfortable enough or if they’re concerned enough, they should just come on into the emergency room.”
But Flanagan stressed the fact that ER personnel are specialists. They are trained to handle major traumatic medical situations and when non-emergency patients come in who have other alternatives, they are na making
good use of the specialized teams' skills. Morris said ER patients tiwuld understand that problems which don't have the potential to be immediately life threatening may have to wait “The emergency room does na make appointments,” mid Merna. “We prioritize a triage people is they come to the emergency room. The most severe injuries go first even though someone else may be here Bal. People need to realize th* if a che* pan walks in, they're going to get treated first."
Bremer bids for public hearing on recall issue
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
New Braunfels Qty Councilman Dan Bremer made a formal request Friday to have a public hearing held to discuss the upcoming recall election,
The recall election is being held as a result of a petition signed by more than 200 residents from Bremer's district asking the election beheld.
The hearing must be set by the city council. Officiate say the council should meet this week to set the
After the hearing, city council members must aet a date for the election. The next available regularly-scheduled election date is Nov. 2.
A meeting was held last Wednesday to allow the petition to be formally presented to the council by the city secretary. The petition had been given to the city secretary at la* week’s regularly scheduled meeting. The second meeting was required in order to allow the city secretary to verify the signatures.
Rainfall needed above Canyon Lake for U.S. Olympic Festival event
From atef! reports
Herald Zertung photo by JOHN HUSETH
Outflow from th# Canyon Laka dam Is only at 140 cfs at prs-MOL TIM U.S. Olympic Festival's Kayak event* will require ' Irom 750 cf* to 1,000 cie.
River flows for the kayak competition scheduled by the U. S. Olympic Committee for July 29 below Canyon Reservoir will depend upon more rainfall and inflow according to David M. Welch, Director of Planning and Development for the Guadalupe-Blan-oo Riva Authority.
“We have fully informed the Committee of the operation of Canyon Reservoir and the existing flow conditions,” said Welch. “We explained to the Committee that without good rainfall above the lake, the purchase of stored water to supplement the taw river flows is the only alternative.
“We do na encourage this option because stored water is limited in c^iarv-tity and expensive for recreation purposes,” he said. “This was tried by local recreation outfitters during the dry summer of 1984 with limited success.”
The release from Canyon Reservoir was reduced Monday as inflows into the reservoir continued to decline. According to Tommy Hill, Chief Engl nea with the GBRA, “even though the Iowa Guadalupe Riva Batin has received flood level flows this yea,
the watershed above Canyon Reservoir remains dry.
“The highest inflow rate for the la* four months was 574 cfs, which occurred for a brief period during ea-ly May,” said Hill. The current ideate rate of 140 eft is Sill a usable range for mo* recreation. You don't have the rapid flows and white water, but you gain the advantage of a leisurely trip and time to enjoy die naturally scenic area.”
Reservoir inflow is the crucial dement in determining the reservoir release according to Hill.
The water rights downstream of Canyon Reservoir have a right to the natural inflow * Iowa rates, and this water is passed through the reservoir.
Water which is stored in the rear voir during periods of high inflow if committed to tides, industries and oth-a users and is na released to supplement foe natural flow.
“Originally, the Olympic Comnaaec was planning for 750 eft, but baaed on present conditions they aitfaoping for 400 cfs,” said Welsch. “It all depends on rainfell. GBRA will asperate aa much as pooible within our operatii* guidelines.”Today's Texas Lottery numbers - 5 - 9 - 13 32 - 42 - 45 Jackpot $3 million