Tuesday, February 13, 2001

Local Digest

p7 Sheriff's deputy hit; man charged with DUI

        SYCAMORE TWP. — A Hamilton County sheriff's deputy escaped serious injury Monday night when he was struck by a car in a restaurant parking lot.

        The driver was arrested and charged with driving under the influence.

        The incident occurred when Bree Baney, 26, of Montgomery Road in Cincinnati was backing out of a parking space in the lot of the Outback Steakhouse at 8240 Montgomery Road, the sheriff's office said. The vehicle struck Deputy Mark Bohan — who had arrived to investigate a disturbance in the parking lot — and the car continued to back up, striking the deputy's cruiser and pinning him between the two vehicles.

        Deputy Bohan was taken to Jewish Hospital, where he was treated and released.

Inspection offered
for car-safety seats

               SPRINGFIELD TWP. — Parents of small children can get a free car-seat safety check Thursday as part of National Child Passenger Safety Week.

        The car seat inspections, sponsored by Children's Hospital Medical Center, will be held 2-6 p.m. at the Springfield Township Fire Department, 10335 Burlington Road.

        The most common problem noticed in past inspections was that most car seats were not secured tightly enough. Some children also are riding in the wrong type of seat.

        According to Children's Hospital, children under 1 year and weighing less than 20 pounds should use a rear-facing car seat. Children ages 1-4 weighing 20 to 40 pounds should use a forward-facing car seat.

        Children less than 4 feet 9 inches tall and weighing between 40 and 80 pounds should use a booster seat, regardless of age.

Cancer researcher
wins $1 million grant

               A University of Cincinnati researcher has received a four-year, $1 million grant from the American Cancer Society to continue studies of genetic factors affecting tumor growth.

        Dr. Maria Czyzyk-Krzeska will use the grant to study cancer development in people with von Hippel-Lindau disease, a rare inherited genetic disorder that causes clusters or knots of small blood vessels in various parts of the body.

        The goal is to improve cancer treatment by understanding how genes that suppress tumor growth become deactivated.

Hospital expands
treatment of newborns

               Neonatologists from Children's Hospital Medical Center have expanded their services to Fort Hamilton Hospital.

        The change will expand the level of expertise available at the Hamilton hospital for treating premature infants and newborns with other health problems. It also is expected to streamline the process of deciding when infants need to be transferred to higher-level intensive care, said Lynn Oswald, chief nursing officer at Fort Hamilton.

        The move also reflects a continuing effort at Children's Hospital to expand its services into Greater Cincinnati's suburbs. Last month, the center launched a joint venture to expand specialty pediatric care in Middletown with Middletown Regional Hospital and the Children's Hospital of Dayton.

Surgeon elected
to national board

               A Cincinnati doctor has received one of the nation's top honors for surgeons.

        Dr. Josef Fischer, chairman of surgery and associate dean of community affairs at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, has been elected to the American College of Surgeons Board of Regents.

        The 19-member board is the governing body for a national group that sets professional standards for more than 62,000 surgeon-members.


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