Friday, September 8, 2006
Hastings behind plan to improve rural health care
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Doc Hastings is part of a
bipartisan group of 60 legislators who are introducing a plan to ensure that
those living in rural communities have access to affordable health care.
“Our rural communities face health care challenges that are
very different than those faced in urban areas such as Seattle or Chicago,”
said Hastings (R-Pasco). “This bill is an important step towards reducing the
barriers faced by rural doctors and hospitals and ensuring that rural areas in
Central Washington have health care.”
The bill in questions focuses on assisting doctors, nurses,
hospitals and health clinics in their efforts to provide quality health care.
The bill increases and improves payments to medical facilities, provides for
health information technology grants and makes loans available to rural
hospitals for modernization and expansion.
Mother, unborn child perish
in auto accident
GRANDVIEW – A 41-year-old Grandview woman and her unborn
child died yesterday as the result of a one-car rollover accident on I-82,
approximately one-tenth of a mile west of Grandview.
Washington State Patrol troopers report that Maria T.
Zepeda, 41, of Grandview died at Kadlec Medical Center in Richland at 9:47 a.m.
Thursday morning, about three hours after the accident occurred. Pregnant,
Zepeda’s unborn child also did not survive.
According to the WSP, Zepeda was westbound on I-82 at about
6:45 a.m. yesterday in a 1994 Nissan sedan. State troopers said she failed to
negotiate a curve in the roadway and her vehicle exited the left side of the
freeway. The automobile rolled, ejecting the driver.
Zepeda, according to troopers, was using a passive shoulder
restraint, but her lap belt was not fastened.
Pearl Hughes Guild to meet
Sunnyside’s Pearl Hughes Guild of Children’s Hospital and
Medical Center in Seattle will hold its first meeting of the 2006-07 club year
next Friday, Sept. 15, at the Sunny Spot restaurant.
Joyce Carter will provide the hostess gift at Friday’s
meeting, one of the fundraising projects the local guild holds for the Seattle
Guild member Betty George also reports that the 2007
Children’s calendars are now available in Sunnyside, at Neva’s Beauty Salon and
Scissor City. All calendar sales benefit the Seattle medical facility.