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May 30, 2012

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Page 10 By Joanne Winer Operation Hero Comfort of Quartzsite Flag retirement ceremony June 16 will be holding their annual Flag Retire- ment Ceremony on June 16 at 7 p.m. at the Town Park. The ceremony will in- clude a special fl ag service by the Denim and Dust 4-H group this year. Everyone will meet at the pavilion at the park, where the ceremony will start with the 4-H group and will also include some patriotic music. The fl ags that have been collected will be taken by an honor guard to the burning barrel, where they will have the grommets removed and will be burned according to protocol. The grommets will then be sent to the 9 adopted troop units that get packages sent by Operation Hero Comfort. If you have an American fl ag (Stars and Stripes) that has seen better days and needs to be "retired" with digni- ty, please bring it to the ceremony or drop it off at the Senior Housing offi ce, Business Chamber, Quartzsite Com- munity Thrift Store, or Town Hall and it will be disposed of with the honor it deserves. Hundreds of fl ags have also been given to the VFW to be disposed of, and these will also be taken care of at the ceremony. The ashes from the fl ags will be buried according to regu- lations after they have cooled down. Everyone is invited to come out to be part of this very special ceremony that honors not only the fl ag of our coun- try, but also pays tribute to those brave men and women who have fought or are still fi ghting for our freedoms. They deserve to be acknowledged for their contributions and sacrifi ces. If you have anything that you would like to send in the packages to the troops--non-perishable food items, toiletries, books, CDs, DVDs, etc., please bring them with you to the cer- emony--they are greatly appreciated. For further information, please call Anita Carlson at 927-4292--if she is not there just leave a message and she will return your call. Come on out to the park on June 16 Mayo Clinic Telestroke Network Expands to 10 Remote Locations La Paz County Residents Benefi t from Remington donation Parker, AZ - A donation from a gen- erous Mayo Clinic benefactor is con- tributing to enhanced evaluation and treatment of patients exhibiting symp- toms of stroke — especially patients in rural settings where there may be lim- ited access to stroke neurologists. The benefactor, Mr. Wesley Rem- and join us as we honor the fl ag and our troops. ington, St. Joseph, Mo., is a strong advocate for innovative technology that can bring the stroke specialist to the "bedside," at least virtually. Mayo Clinic in Arizona initiated the plan- ning of its stroke telemedicine pro- gram in 2005, when statistics revealed that 40 percent of residents in Arizona did not live in an area where they were availed of stroke expertise. Use of a stroke robot allows the patient in the May 30, 2012 Hospital to expand Telestroke network rural setting to be "seen" by the spe- cialist — in real time. The Mayo stroke neurologist, whose face appears on the screen of the robot, consults with emergency room physicians at the ru- ral sites and evaluates the patient via Internet-based telemedicine, often called "telestroke." Patients showing signs of stroke can be examined by the neurologist via computer, smart phone technology, portable tablets or laptops. In addition to assessment of the patient, the neu- rologist can view scans of the patient's brain to detect possible damage from a hemorrhage or blocked artery. A major benefi t of the collaboration between the primary stroke center at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Phoenix, and the remote site is that patients with stroke symptoms who meet the criteria can often be administered clot-busting medications within the narrow window of time necessary to minimize perma- nent injury to the brain. Since network inception, Mayo Clinic Telestroke has boosted, by an impressive ten-fold, op- portunities for patients located in rural areas to receive clot-busting drugs. Mr. Remington has appreciation for 425 N. 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Mayo Clinic was the fi rst medical cen- ter in Arizona to do pioneering clinical research to study telemedicine as a means of serving patients with stroke in non-urban settings, and today serves as the "hub" in a network of 10 "spoke" centers, all but one in Arizona. To date, more than 500 emergency consultations for stroke between Mayo stroke neurologists and physicians at the spoke centers have taken place. Such comprehensive evaluation tech- niques, leading to appropriate treat- ment for stroke, have resulted in sig- nifi cant cost reductions in terms of ground and air ambulance transfer of the patient to another medical center. La Paz Regional Hospital Mr. and Mrs. Remington, whose names are synonymous with philan- SEE TELESTROKE PAGE 11

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