JUNE 29, 2015
NEW 2015 LOUISA ROTARY CLUB OFFICERS
Louisa, KY — Greg Kiser opened Thursday’s Louisa Rotary Club meeting, performing his last official duty as Rotary President. It has been a privilege to serve as Rotary president for the past year, it has gone by very fast” he said.
Members celebrating birthdays were Tommy Taylor who was also celebrating an anniversary with his wife, Ellen, as was Valerie Smith and her husband.
Joyce Burton reminded everyone to get their radio auction item cards in, and Kiser said the $50 foundation donation was due by the end of the month.
The guest speaker, Jill Cantrell, Emergency Room Director at TRMC, spoke about the hospital’s recent accreditation as a Certified Chest Pain Center.
Cantrell also talked about TRMC’s rapid response heart program. Time is crucial when someone is having a heart attack. “It takes 22 minutes from registration to get evaluated and treatment started” she said.
Cantrell urged everyone to get checked immediately if they ever experience any kind of chest pain. “Every minute your tissue is dying. At TRMC, we administer aspirin, nitro, EKG, IV, and you are evaluated by a doctor in 10 minutes.”
A lot of people don’t get checked out when they experience certain symptoms and brush it off as something else. Cantrell said it is rare that someone believes they are having a heart attack, and therefore they wait until they are too far gone to seek medical attention. “Women tend to wait longer than men” she said.
Unfortunately in this part of the country heart disease is higher because there is a higher population of diabetes, obesity, and smoking; “Every cigarette takes seven minutes off your life” Cantrell said. If you think you may be having a heart attack but are not sure, TRMC will place the patient in observation for 23 hours.
Cantrell then demonstrated a couple of items used in the E.R. at TRMC. One is a vein finder, which detects every vein, making it easier to insert an IV or draw blood. The other is an I&O drill which is used for emergency access into veins and arteries.
CEO of Three Rivers Medical Center, Greg Kiser, said “I am very proud of Jill and the entire E.R. staff. They do a great job.”
New officers for the upcoming year were inducted Thursday. They are: President-Steve Montgomery, Vice President-Lindsey Case, Secretary-Bill England, Treasurer-Joe Hart, and Directors–Jodi Parsley and Sherry Compton.