LIFENET To Be Used Tom Improve Heart Attack Outcomes

Cozad Community Hospital and Cozad Fire and Rescue today announced they have launched a new system to help improve heart attack patient outcomes. The LIFENET System, from Physio-Control, Inc., is the first web-based data network of its kind, offering emergency medical services (EMS) and hospital teams tools to work together to help improve clinical and operational efficiencies. Cozad Community Hospital and Cozad Fire and Rescue use of LIFENET System has the goal of reducing time to treatment, known as door-to-balloon time, for patients in the Cozad area who experience a dangerous type of heart attack known as STEMI (ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction).
STEMI poses a serious threat to the heart muscle and can result in death or serious disability for the patient. The more quickly patients receive treatment, which may include balloon angioplasty and stent placement in the cardiac catheterization (cath) lab, the more likely they are to have a positive outcome. Door to balloon time refers to the interval from patient arrival at the hospital to inflation of the balloon catheter within the patient's blocked artery – the shorter the door to balloon time, the greater the chance of survival.
 “The LIFENET System will help us reduce time to treatment for STEMI patients,” said Dr. Pat Wetovick M.D., at Cozad Community Hospital. “Studies show that time from onset of symptoms to treatment is critical to improving survival and outcomes for these patients. Having this new system will enable us to better meet the guideline of treatment as recommended by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology.”
The LIFENET System is a state-of-the-art, easy to use system designed to connect EMS teams and hospital personnel with emergent patient data, and to help increase workflow so that a patient can receive treatment as quickly as possible. LIFENET enables paramedics in the field to alert hospital care teams and provide them with critical patient data so they can quickly identify STEMI patients, determine where to route them for care, and have staff prepared before the patient arrives, reducing time to treatment. This is all securely managed by a web-based system administered by Physio-Control. 
EMS crews in the field use a cardiac monitor/defibrillator to obtain a 12-lead ECG.  The ECG report is then securely transmitted over the internet. Hospital teams are alerted to incoming information, are able to view the patient data and share with other care teams, and engage remote clinicians for decision support through a dedicated application. The ease of communication throughout the care team helps save critical time, especially important when cath lab activation is indicated.  
LIFENET System allows paramedics, physicians and nurses to focus on treatment decisions and patient care while the system works quietly in the background, both in the field and in the hospital emergency department or cath lab. LIFENET is helping communities elevate heart attack care to a whole new level by enabling them to set up systems of care for reducing time to treatment for STEMI patients.
The American Heart Association estimates that close to 400,000 people in the U.S. experience STEMI every year. Studies show that when door to balloon time is 90 minutes or less, patient outcomes significantly improve, and hospital stays are shorter. 
The use of pre-hospital 12-lead ECGs plays a key part in reducing door to balloon times. The 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care emphasize the importance of a well-organized approach to STEMI care to activate rapid access to reperfusion therapy.
A 90 minute door to balloon time has become a core quality measure for the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards, and in many states, a condition of licensure and receipt of Medicaid reimbursement.

Revitalization Project Extended In Cozad

The Cozad City Council met in regular session with an abbreviated agenda on Monday, June 20, 2016.
Resolution No. 2016-3 was approved. This resolution provides $1,000.00 in funds to the Community Action Partnership of Mid Nebraska – RYDE Transit in the 2016-2017 budget.
Rural Futures Institute (RFI) employees currently working at Camp Comeca discussed ideas of collaboration between Camp Comeca and the City of Cozad on service projects and ventures that would improve the 100th Meridian City. 
The council members approved consideration of requesting the Nebraska Department of Economic Development to extend the Downtown Revitalization Project to November 19, 2016 for completion of projects and utilization of funds.
Council members also approved Mayor Nancy Meyer’s appointment of Zachary Peden to replace Amelia Dewey on the Cozad Housing Authority Board.
The final bill on the new splash pad was approved since all necessary repairs have been made.
The next regular meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers in the City Office Building.

Cozad School Board Approves Hird As Guidance Counselor

The Cozad Community Schools Board of Education met for a regular meeting on Monday, June 20, 2016.
Under Administrative Reports, High School Principal Bill Beckenhauer notes that the 25 students enrolled in the summer credit recovery program are doing well.
Beckenhauer and the administrative team attended the SWC Leadership Summit and Leadership Retreat at ESU 10 in June.
“We’re still working on completing staffing for the upcoming school year, including Social Studies, Guidance Counselor and Administrative Assistant positions,” Beckenhauer reported. “Filling positions has been a real challenge this year,” he continued.
Middle School Principal Brian Regelin reported on changes in iPads for middle school students for the 2016-2017 school year and noted that scheduling should be finalized this week.
Elementary Principal Dale Henderson is also working on the 2016-2017 schedule and reported on changes to the student handbook.
Changes to the handbook include:
-- Delete ’10 tardies = 1 absence’ recorded in Power School. This does not deter tardies.
-- Student Cell Phone Use – new policy asks students to wait to use cell phones until after they exit the building.
-- Lunch Balances – students will be able to contract parents when they have accrued a negative lunch balance, however this statement is being deleted from the handbook. Students will not be receiving an alternative lunch menu when they have a negative balance.
Special Education Director Jill Beckenhauer reported on the Program-Wide Pyramid Model Coaching Initiative, Cozad Evaluation Snapshot: July 2015 – May 2016.
Board members approved the hiring of Bruce Hird for the High School Counselor position as recommended by Superintendent Joel Applegate and Beckenhauer for the 2016-2017 school year.
Approval was granted for the resignation of High School Social Studies teacher Will Reutzel. Reutzel has been in the school system for ten years and has accepted a teaching position and high school girls’ basketball coaching job at Shelton Public Schools for the upcoming year.
High School Activities Secretary Jessica Lewis was allowed to withdraw her resignation and will remain in the high school office.
The board gave approval to grant attendance waivers for three high school students as presented by Principal Beckenhauer.
The milk bid for the 2016-2017 school year was given to Dean Foods Land O’ Lakes. The present milk provider has been Hiland Diary Foods who had also submitted a bid.
The board members approved continuation of the offering of Cozad Community Wellness Center stipends to staff for the upcoming term.
Also approved was the second reading of the board policy relating to electronic devices.
Board members discussed and approved the second reading of the board policy relating to the transportation of non-school groups. This policy was recently revisited when school buses were requested for the air show and fly-in at the Cozad Municipal Airport earlier this month.
Discussion items included the first reading of the policy relating to graduation requirements.
Summer project updates were presented, and it was reported that a work session led by Marcia Herring, Director of Board Leadership, Nebraska Association of School Boards is set for Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
The next regular board meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 18, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the superintendent’s office in the district office building.

Ready For July Celebrations


'The Christmas Project' In Dawson County Seeks Your Assistance

Adding festive decorations to the Dawson County Court House is the goal of the committee of ‘The Christmas Project’ and they seek your assistance with this venture. The Dawson County Commissioners have approved the project that will add Christmas Decorations to the Courthouse property in Lexington. 
There are art students and classes from all across Dawson County that have volunteered their creativity to painting and designing the nativity scene that will be built and displayed with the help of your donations and/or knowledge. 
“The Christmas Project is asking “We the People” of Dawson County to contribute their time, talents and treasure in order to install a festive display. 
Donations for ‘The Christmas Project’ can be sent to the Lexington Foundation. 
If you would like to assist, contact Paul Homan at 308-325-4154.

Artist In Residence In Cozad


Welding Classes & Facilities Discussed At Lexington School Board Meeting

The former National Guard Armory is a step closer to housing welding classes.
Several bids related to remodeling the building and installing equipment were approved at Monday night's school board meeting.  An automotive program developed by Lexington Public Schools two years ago already uses part of the building.
Board members approved a bid of $249,200 from low bidder Paulsen, Inc. of Cozad to remodel the interior of the building and install some equipment.
Although there isn't a project completion date, Superintendent John Hakonson said the site won't be ready by the start of the school year.  Instead, welding  classes will be taught at their present location in a building across from the high school.  The classes might be able to relocate after the first quarter of school, estimated Hakonson.
A bid of $27,478 from AirGas for welding parts and equipment was also approved by the board, as was a bid of $95,884 from Matheson for an air compressor and dust collector. 
Hakonson said the dust collection equipment is needed for environmental safety.  "If we would have stayed in that all metal building (by the high school), we would have needed upgrades too," he said.
Hakonson said although the project will cost $350,000 total, a $90,000 grant offered by Orthman Manufacturing will offset costs.  In exchange, Orthman will use the facility for some employee training.
Hakonson said residual funds from the Lexington Middle School /YMCA project could be released from the Lexington Facilities Community Agency to help with the remodel too. Last month the board asked the LFCA to expend $54,246 for a concrete parking lot at the middle school.  Beyond that there is $230,000 remaining, said Hakonson.
He also said since LPS is partnering with Central Community College in the welding classes that will be offered to high school students, it is possible that CCC may contribute some funds for equipment.
Industrial tech teacher Michael Jorgensen is approved to teach three of the four classes being offered as a CCC instructor, and he will take a blueprint class for further certification, said Hakonson.
"For the kid who really wants to do welding, this is a heck of a deal," said Hakonson because students can receive college credit for the classes.
In other business, the board approved a contract with Reach Media Network of Minnesota for equipment, installation and one year's licensing of digital signage systems at Lexington High School, Lexington Middle School and the Majestic Theatre.  Digital signs will be placed on TV screens in school commons areas and hallways.  In addition to announcements, the digital signs could be used to display emergency procedures, student artwork and for streaming games and events, said Hakonson.
The board approved a pay schedule for classified staff and substitute teachers with an average 3.2 percent increase.  
They approved $17,519 for the purchase of novels from BMI Educational Services, Inc. in New Jersey to complete the high school and middle school English/Language Arts curriculum update.
The board approved numerous updates of its policy book, with many due to changes in state statue as recommended by legal counsel.  They also approved student/parent handbooks.
The board approved three transportation requests for use of school buses from Orthman Community YMCA, Royal Family Kids Camp and the Dawson County Ag Society.
The August board meeting will be on Monday August 15th instead of August 8th

Following The Yellow Brick Road Through Cozad


Showcasing their singing and dancing skills along with being great actors and actresses were a small group of cast members that visited the Wilson Public Library in Cozad on Thursday. The visiting groug are performing “The Wizard of Oz” as part of the Kearney Crane River Theatre’s Summer Production that will be held from June 23rd through July 3rd at 7 p.m. each night at the Cope Amphitheater, which is located at Kearney’s Yanney Heritage Park. (Above) The Tin Man, The Lion, Dorothy and the Scarecrow are following the Yellow Brick road to the undivided attention of the large crowd in attendance.

Courtesy Of The Red, White & Blue


Farnam Founder's Day Annual Celebration To Be Held June 24-26th

 Farnam will be hosting their annual Founder's Day Celebration on Friday, June 24th - Sunday, June 26th.
 Friday events include three new events: a 4-Person Golf Scramble at 9 a.m., an Antique Tractor Drive at 2:30 p.m. and a Potato Bar & Taco Bar + Entertainment at the Firehall from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. RASCAL will be playing guitar as the entertainment. In addition, the 'Big 70' Prize Raffle Drawings will take place at 9 p.m., also at the firehall.
Saturday's events will be begin with a free Fun Run/Walk at 7:00 a.m. The parade will start at 10:30 a.m. A turtle race is at the Park Court. The Car Show will be held from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and the Horse Shoe Tournament commences at 1 p.m.
New events for Saturday are the 5-Point Pitch Tournament from 2 - 5 p.m. and the Antique Tractor Points Pull from Noon - 1 p.m.
   Other Saturday events include a Fat Penny Tournament sponsored by 3 Brother's Winery, Lunch in the Park from 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m. Crafts & Home-Based Business Displays, Waterslides,  Fun Jumps and other Kids' activities from Noon - 4 p.m., Dodgeball at 2 p.m. BBQ Fest at 5:30 p.m. with entertainment provided by Classic Country, and Clyde's Bar & Grill from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. featuring entertainment by the Atomic Fire Flies.
On Sunday the Lonestar Cowboy Church service will be held at 10:30a.m. in the gym followed by Brunch at 11:30 a.m. Mud Volleyball will be played at 2 p.m. to end the weekend's events.Farnam

Air Show A Highlight Of Weekend


Relay For Life Held In Lexington


Spanjer Honored For 50 Years Of Service At Homestead Bank

Homestead Bank’s Leland Spanjer will be honored at an open house at the bank on Thursday, June 23, 2016 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 
Spanjer serves as President of CSB Co., the bank’s Holding Company and Chairman of the Board at both Homestead Bank and First National Bank in Chadron, Nebraska.
Spanjer began working at the bank, fka Cozad State Bank & Trust Co. on June 1, 1966 as a teller and in the bookkeeping department.
Born in Denver, Colorado; Spanjer moved to North Platte, NE for his third grade year in elementary school and graduated with the Class of 1961 from North Platte High School.
Spanjer moved up the bank system ladder in a non-traditional way, as he did not attend college after graduating from high school.
Following his high school graduation, Spanjer worked at Sears changing tires. He was involved in a car accident and his physical therapist advised him not to return to this job, so he sought out less physical jobs in the classified ads. 
“It was all happenstance that I took a job in a bank, and it has worked out extremely well,” noted Spanjer.
Spanjer did take night classes in North Platte once he moved to Cozad to acquire banking skills.
His first stint was at the Citizen’s Security Bank in Wallace beginning in December 1962.
He advanced to a loan officer in 1966 and in 1969 became the bank cashier.
In January 1970 he was elected to the board of directors and in 1974 became Vice President prior to the bank having a holding company.
At that time Bill Young owned the bank and when Young’s son Cliff bought the bank, a holding company was formed and Spanjer was named Director of the holding company.
The Holding Company purchased St. Paul National Bank, and Spanjer served as the bank’s president there until 1996.
In June 1996 he returned to Cozad and became the Vice Chairman.
Cliff Young died in March, 1997 and in April, 1997 Spanjer became Chairman of Cozad State Bank; President of the holding company and Chairman of First National Bank of Chadron, NE.
In 2008 the bank purchased First National Bank in Ainsworth and merged it with the First National Bank in Chadron.
In 2011 the bank purchased First National Bank in Schuyler, NE and merged it with Homestead Bank in Cozad.
“We started out with one location and now have nine locations stretching from Chadron to Schuyler,” Spanjer explained.
When asked why he hasn’t set a retirement date yet Spanjer responded, “I need to work and have something to do every day. I do realize that there are younger employees capable of doing the job, but I’m just not ready to retire at the present time.”
Spanjer related that the two biggest changes he has noted over the years are the equipment used in the banking industry and the regulatory burdens sanctions by the government that have increased steadily over the years.

Dr. Shaw Recognized By NCQA For Diabetes Awareness

Dr. Garrett Shaw, family medicine physician at Gothenburg Health, was recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a successful applicant to the Diabetes Recognition Program.
“Obesity and diabetes are an epidemic,” said Dr. Shaw. “I feel strongly about helping people to try to avoid complications from these diseases.”
NCQA Diabetes Recognition Program recognizes clinicians who have met standards demonstrating delivery of high-quality care to patients with diabetes.
“We commend Dr. Shaw for the care he provides to our patients,” said Mick Brant, CEO, Gothenburg Health. “He is a testament to our mission of promoting wellness and quality of life in our service communities.”
The NCQA Diabetes Recognition Program is a voluntary effort to identify clinicians who provide diabetes care consistent with the comprehensive diabetes care measures within the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set.
“For a person with diabetes, the right clinician can make the difference between living with diabetes as opposed to suffering from diabetes,” said Margaret E. O’Krane, President, National Committee for Quality Assurance. “By earning recognition, Garrett Shaw, MD has demonstrated that he provides effective, evidence-based care to his patients with diabetes.”
Gothenburg Health is a community-based hospital focused on the long-term health and well-being of its local communities. Gothenburg Health has a rich history of providing personal care, and growing to stay ahead of patient’s needs in the future. Part of the community since, 1969, Gothenburg Health strives to be the area’s health care provider of choice.

Rural Futures Institute To Assist With Camp Comeca This Summer

The Rural Futures Institute (RFI) is excited to announce a unique partnership with Cozad called the Serviceship Program. Through this partnership, a three-week summer course has been developed followed by an eight-week summer internship. Students are sent to communities in pairs to live, work, and play in their assigned community for the duration of the program. The results have been outstanding, and have opened student’s eyes to the dreams and ambitions of the community. It has also allowed for community residents to see their region in a new way, through the eyes of a college student.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Graduate students, Brierly and Mackenzie Kuhudzayi, will be working with Cozad for the duration of eight weeks. Throughout the summer, their projects will focus on rural community development.  
“Our project is joining together Camp Comeca with the community of Cozad to try to refoster relationships and build public awareness about the camp. They’re in the middle of a huge fundraising campaign so they want us to meet with stakeholders to give updates on the fundraising, and also to ask for feedback on the marketing plan that they want us to create for them,” said Mackenzie K.
When asked, “Why Rural?” Brierly K. answered “For me, I grew up in the city. I’m a city kid to the bone, and I’ve just been in the rural areas for three years. It’s really grown on me and I think rural has a different dynamic compared to urban areas. I believe rural areas themselves have recognized that if we don’t step up and take care of ourselves, no one else will. And that’s just amazing to be a part of.”
The Serviceship is an RFI grant program developed out of a partnership between Tom Field, Director of the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship program, the UNL Office of Student Involvement, the Center of Civic Engagement, the Heartland Center for Leadership Development, the Nebraska Human Resources Institute (NHRI) and the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR).  Brierly and Mackenzie will be supervised under Brian Rastall, Director of Camp Comeca, for the duration of the summer.
Through a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, the Rural Futures Institute mobilizes the diverse resources of the University of Nebraska and its partners to support rural communities and regions in building upon their unique strengths and assets to achieve their desired futures.

Cozad Community Pool Staff For 2016


DOING THEIR BEST to provide assistance when needed and keeping swimming pool patrons safe to enjoy the summer months at the Cozad Swimming Pool this season are (front, from left) Haley Werner, Tatum Sassali, Raegan Fleharty, Elisha Keim, Hunter Holbein, Sydney Lindstedt, Addy Hergenrader, Emily Smith, Bri Valenzuela and Allie Canas. (Back) Managers: Julie Linn and Kim Sassali; Courtney Geiger, Bayleigh Nemeth, Erika Smith, Kalynn Fleharty, Alec Geiger, Hanna Wright, Abby Thramer and Trevor Linn. Not pictured: Sarah Yocom, Skylar Rogers, Amanda German, Katrina German, Alynne Myer, Bryce Nemeth, Trevor Donahey, Abbi Jensen and Aaliyah Wilkins.

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