Back To The Future…….#222A (the 90’s)

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.  Amidst the Anthony Hospital turmoil,  involving the administrator,  a short two weeks into the realm of the unemployed,  Gary  discovering vocational employment from an unexpected authorship,  the Kiowa District Hospital.  Both Jan and Gary having served the Hospital,  Jan functioning as a Nurse’s Aide and EMT during her college internship, and Gary as a driver with the hospital directed Barber County Ambulance Service during his employment at the school.   The ex-Anthony Hospital employee according a message of appreciation to his brother inlaw Shawn Johnson,  for conveying the possibility of an opening at the hospital,  conveying,  an ongoing dissolution between the current maintenance man, Mike Pavlu,  and the Hospital Administrator.  Gary discovering that Mike,  the son inlaw of hospitals director of nursing,  Sharon Reagan,   having unexpectedly  resigned in pursuit of another avocation.

. Gary placing a call to Buck McKinney the Administrator expressing an interest in applying for the maintenance position, arranging for an interview having some apprehension about  residing in Anthony.  The interview with  McKinney was brief, the administrator having  no consequence about his Anthony residency and to Gary’s surprise afforded little interest in the prevailing occurrences at the Anthony Hospital.   The financial compensation for a maintenance man was as anticipated,  substantially less than his previous multi-department Plant Service Manager position at the Anthony Hospital.  Gary bringing to light his participation in the Kansas Hospital Engineers Association,  currently serving the organization as secretary, treasurer and editor of the KHEA monthly newsletter,  his concern was whether the Kiowa  hospital would continue to endorse his participation, the administrator assuring  the hospital’s commitment would be extended.

.   During his initial interview with Buck,  Gary summarized his past hospital related responsibilities and experience,  in addition to his normal maintenance duties,  he initiated a written  maintenance and safety policy and procedure programs with  documentation,  to comply with the ever increasing number of  state and federal  regulations.   With the start of his employment,  the new employee given license to search for a  small suitable office space,  discovering a vacant room across the hall from Gail Lindley,  the long established purchasing director from the past John McGee Administrative era.  The small office accommodation fulfilling a homestead for his computer, plus its edict, and once situated he began to research for past written documentation.   An investigation soon realized that there was no recorded written records for past inspections,  and discovering the hospital staff never having participating in regularly scheduled monthly fire drills as required.   The contrivance days of the past were of a by-gone epoch,  the day of  written documentation and compliance with State and Federal regulations having arrived.

Gary experiencing the maintenance requirements contrary to those of the Anthony Hospital,  the smaller Kiowa facility with its diminished numbered of acute,  and swing-bed patients,  having fewer maintenance request.  His morning walk-thru of the building, a visit to the clinic, all the ancillary departments,  documented inspection of clinical systems,  the daily incineration of medical waste and regiment of grounds keeping.  The facilities housekeeping duties being provided by Judy Reed and a staff of two, Ona Hunter and Vicki Rugg..   Gary having been acquainted with Dick Reed when he was a sales representative with the Bogner Chevrolet, but not Judy.  The Dietary Department consisted of one person,  Arveetah Starzac, her culinary domain absolute,  dominantly ruled,  more than adequate for the sparse patience influxe.  Arveetah  a working mother, her son William an enrollee of the California Highway Patrol Academy,  and younger daughter Anna, still in Grade School.

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The hospital nursing contingency directed by registered nurse  Sharon Raegan,  her patient concern and advocacy,  reflected by the diligent attention and a caring atmosphere the healthcare facility espoused..   Her community presence,  displayed by her voluntary commitment to supervising the Ambulance Service monthly employee schedule ,  fulfilling almost all registered nurse  transporting runs.   Gary very much acquainted with the Raegan’s,  having worked with Sharon’s school custodian employed husband Craig,  and  commemorating how Sharon covered his ambulance on-call duty during his Grade School vocation, when embarking his morning and afternoon bus route.

.  Gary,  in all honesty, missed the challenge and learning experience of the larger Anthony Hospital,  but accepted his return to Kiowa and the hospital  employment as a literal evolution of,  Back to the Future.

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