Tuesday, October 09, 2001

Local Digest

Decision delayed on Porter-Hays school

        A decision on a $20.7 million plan to tear down and rebuild the Porter-Hays joint school buildings on the West End site has been postponed until at least December by the Board of Education for Cincinnati Public Schools.

        The board on Monday considered the rebuilding plan, which would entail relocating students of the two buildings to the now-empty Washburn school in the West End, so two new buildings could be built at the Porter-Hays site.

        Board member Harriet Russell, who chairs the board's facilities committee, said the board intends to wait to hear plans for replacement or renovation of all the district's 75 schools.

        That plan, which the district has said could cost up to $1 billion, is expected to be unveiled in December.

Christ Hospital is tops in survey

               Christ Hospital was ranked the “most preferred” hospital in Greater Cincinnati in a recent national survey.

        The National Research Corp.'s Consumer Choice Awards were based on surveys of more than 150,000 households nationwide. The awards list the top 122 hospitals in 106 markets.

        This is the sixth straight year that Christ Hospital has won the award for the Cincinnati area.

St. Elizabeth hospital wins cardiac ranking

               Cardiac services at Northern Kentucky's St. Elizabeth Medical Center were listed as the best in all of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana by a company that ranks hospital services nationwide.

        The HealthGrades Hospital Report Card gave St. Elizabeth “five-star” ratings for coronary bypass surgery, valve replacement, and treatment of heart failure and heart attacks. It received more top rankings than any other local hospital.

        The annual ranking reviews more than 5,000 hospitals nationwide for several types of care, including cardiac, vascular, obstetric, orthopedic and neurologic.

Meetings to discuss Nov. 6 election

               ANDERSON TOWNSHIP — The League of Women Voters will hold two meetings focusing on the Nov. 6 election.

        Ballot issues will be discussed at the League's Anderson Unit meeting at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday at Forest Hills United Methodist Church, Forest and Beechmont avenues. The children's services levy, the health and hospitalization levy, and two charter amendments — campaign finance and civil service positions, including police chief — will be addressed.

        The League has invited the six candidates for township trustee to meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Anderson Township Government Center, 7954 Beechmont Ave.

        Both meetings are open to the public. Information: 281-8683.

Walgreens plan to be presented

               The Westwood Civic Association Steering Committee at its 7:30 p.m. meeting today will hear a development proposal for a new Walgreens store in the 3100 block of Harrison Avenue, near the corner of Boudinot Avenue.

        The local development firm, Anchor Associates Inc., is presenting the plan. The meeting takes place at the Westwood Town Hall, 3017 Harrison Ave.

Plane crash kills Ohio couple

               TROY, Ohio — A plane crash in northwestern Pennsylvania killed a former Nationwide Insurance Co. executive and his wife.

        Robert Davies, 68, and his wife, Shirley, 67, of Troy, died Friday when their Cessna 210 crashed in woods near Pittsfield, about 105 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, near the New York state line.

        The couple had been flying from the Ohio State University Airport in Columbus to Syracuse, N.Y.

        Mr. Davies was vice president and chief medical officer of Nationwide until his retirement in 1998. He was instrumental in developing Wright State University's School of Medicine and was chairman of the department from 1976 to 1982.

Police relay helps woman get transplant

               CALEDONIA, Ohio — Only 50 miles and two hours stood between Alice Upperman and a kidney transplant for which she had waited six years.

        But Ms. Upperman thought she'd missed her chance when her friend's windshield wipers failed as they were driving to a Columbus hospital on a stormy morning in early September.

        Ms. Upperman and her friend, J.D. Forman, pulled over near a rest stop south of Marion and called 911.

        In the next hour and a half, three deputy sheriffs — one each from Marion, Delaware and Franklin counties — formed a relay and delivered Ms. Upperman to Ohio State University Medical Center.

        She underwent the transplant and was recuperating last week at home.

        “The deputies are my guardian angels,” she said. “If it hadn't been for them, it wouldn't have happened.”

Holiday policy creates confusion

               While most Hamilton County offices are closed on major holidays, it's a mixed bag on other holidays such as Columbus Day.

        The Enquirer received information that county offices were closed Monday except the auditor's office. But most of the offices were open, said David Krings, county administrator.

        The confusion arose from the fact that “all elected officials can go their own way” when deciding to close their offices for holidays, Mr. Krings said. “Clerks do what they feel like doing.”

        The commissioners also determine which holidays they will work and may not agree on the holidays, Mr. Krings said.


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