Wednesday, January 10, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

Neonatal study gives Good Sam high marks

        Good Samaritan Hospital's neonatal intensive care unit has earned high marks for the second straight year in a multinational study of treatments for premature, underweight infants.

        The annual study by the Vermont-Oxford Network is one of two major independent reviews of neonatal care. It compared 350 high-risk neonatal units in the United States and 10 other nations.

        Good Samaritan did better than 93 percent of hospitals in the study at controlling infections; had a shorter average length of stay than 85 percent of neonatal units after adjusting for the severity of cases; and posted a lower mortality rate than 50 percent of the hospitals.

[photo] HOUSE FIRE SLOWED: Quick work by Cincinnati firefighters limited damage from a kitchen fire in South Fairmount on Tuesday. A resident of a house on the 2200 block of Queen City Avenue was taken to University Hospital with burns and smoke inhalation.
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        Dr. Horacio Falciglia, neonatologist at Good Sam, attributed the success to teamwork among nurses and doctors and to a partnership with neonatologists from Children's Hospital Medical Center that began four years ago.

Crash victim, 72, dies at hospital

        A 72-year-old Clermont County man injured in a one-vehicle crash last week died Monday at University Hospital, Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Paul Hermes said Tuesday.

        John Hardin, 72, of Williamsburg, was alone Jan. 3 in Jackson Township when the 1989 International dump truck he was driving went off the right side of Clancy Corner Marathon Road, police said. Mr. Hardin overcorrected, overturning the truck, and was not wearing a seat belt, police said.

        Lt. Hermes said the cause of the crash was driver inattention.

The Union Institute to install president

        Judith A. Sturnick's inauguration as the fourth president of the Union Institute in Walnut Hills will be Jan. 27 in the Omni Netherland Plaza Hotel's Hall of Mirrors.

        The inaugural address will be give by alumna Jean Houston, co-director of the Foundation for Mind Research in Pomona, N.Y.

        Dr. Sturnick succeeds Robert T. Conley, who died in March 1999 after 17 years as the institute's president.

        She most recently served as vice president of the Office of Women in Higher Education at the American Council on Education in Washington, D.C.

        She has a Ph.D. in English from Ohio State University, a master's in English from Miami University and a bachelor's in English from the University of North Dakota.

        She is a former president of Keene, N.H., State College and the University of Maine-Farmington.

UK to waive some grad student tuition

        Starting this fall, the University of Kentucky is waiving out-of-state tuition for new graduate students with high grades.

        The renewable scholarship will save eligible students $7,220 a year if they maintain grades and progress toward their degrees.

        Details: or (859) 257-4613.

Ex-Middletown man among fire victims

        VERSAILLES — A 45-year-old former Middletown man has been identified as one of the two victims who were killed in a house fire in a campground in Ripley County, Ind., early Sunday.

        John H. Hollon died in the blaze along with a second victim who has not yet been positively identified, the Ripley County Sheriff's Office said Monday. Mr. Hollon died of smoke inhalation, according to the Hamilton County Coroner's Office.

        The Versailles Fire Department responded to the fire about 4 a.m. in a residence at Brownings Campground in the 3600 block of East County Road, four miles south of Versailles. The cause remains under investigation.

Grant funds classes at Cincinnati State

        New classes in handling hazardous materials have been funded at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College in Clifton.

        Classes include the 40-hour basic specialist, 24-hour hazardous materials technician, chemistry for nonchemists, eight-hour hazmat refresher and 16-hour hazmat technician.

        The $98,100 grant is the largest given in the current round by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. It covers fire and police personnel from Hamilton, Butler, Warren and Clermont Counties.

        Cincinnati State is contributing $19,900 to the cost of the program. Enrollment details: trainer Brian Canteel, 569-4682.

AG: Propane dealer hid prices from buyers

        COLUMBUS — A suburban Cleveland propane supplier has withheld the cost of the gas from customers and failed to honor guaranteed prices, Attorney General Betty Montgomery said.

        In a lawsuit filed Monday in Delaware County Common Pleas Court, Ms. Montgomery alleged that Westlake-based Level Propane violated the Consumer Sales Practices Act by refusing to disclose its prices until bills were mailed.

        The suit also accuses Level Propane of not honoring promised prices and failing to make timely deliveries, causing customers to run out of propane. The company also advertised that its prices were low when they were sometimes substantially higher than competitors, Ms. Montgomery said.

        The company did not return a telephone call seeking comment.

        The state asks that the company be ordered to reimburse customers and pay penalties of $25,000 for each violation.

        Ms. Montgomery said her office received 45 complaints from consumers since Jan. 1. She said about 500 complaints were filed last year.

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