News From Terre Haute, Indiana

September 18, 2012

READER’s FORUM: Sept.18, 2012


The Tribune-Star

---- — Campaign aims to reduce youth drinking

As a physician, I often counsel parents of teenagers to be extra vigilant against underage drinking. Parents often are surprised to hear that most youth who drink obtain alcohol from within their own home or from other adults.

The Federal Trade Commission’s “We Don’t Serve Teens” campaign includes an informative website (www.dontserveteens.gov) where parents can get useful information on how to reduce teens’ access to alcohol. This public service campaign and greater parental vigilance are clearly having a positive effect.

The latest Federal statistics show that alcohol consumption and binge drinking rates among teenage boys and girls have continued their long-term decline, reaching historically low levels. Equally important, the number of teens who report it’s easy to obtain alcohol also continues to decline.

Here’s my advice to parents: keep a watchful eye on your teen’s activity both inside and outside of the home; make clear your disapproval of underage drinking; and work to maintain an open dialogue with your son or daughter. Even though parents believe their teens are not listening to them, the research shows otherwise — parents have the most influence over their teenager’s decision to drink or not to drink.

— Raymond Scalettar, M.D.

Professor of medicine

George Washington

University Medical Center

Washington, D.C.

St. Ann remains devoted to mission

Sept. 9, 2012 marks the 15th anniversary of the opening of St. Ann Clinic.  Established as a ministry of The Sisters of Providence, the clinic provides medical and dental services for our neighbors who lack the finances or the insurance to obtain quality medical care.

Since it opened, the clinic has had more than 75,000 clinic visits, including almost 9,400 this year, 638 of which are new patients.

No service of this kind can be provided without support from throughout the community.

The clinic has been operated by a tiny handful of paid staff, while in 15 years has recorded more than 154,000 volunteer hours.

To help give clinic staff and volunteers the medicines and equipment they need to fulfill their ministry, support has come for many: The Wabash Valley Motorcycle Club, JR Pharmacy, Staples, the Harrison Township Trustee, Hamilton Center, Regional Hospital, St. Vincent Clay Hospital, UAP Clinic, Union Hospital, Butler University, Indiana State University, Indiana University, Ivy Tech Community College, Purdue University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, The Lugar Center for Rural Health and numerous foundations and private donors.

Since the Clinic acquired the building at 1436 Locust St. this year, an extensive remodeling project has been completed through the generosity of local companies and communities: Adrian Tudorica, AIA, Garmong Construction services, Sycamore Engineering Inc., American Electric of Terre Haute, Commercial Interiors Inc., Pabst Painting, Superior Kitchen and Bath, Union Hospital IT Department, Erney Safe & Lock Company Inc., George Myers, Mark May Carpet Cleaning, Eldred Van & Storage Inc., The Pease Family, St. Ann Community Outreach, St. Benedict Parish, St. Joseph University Parish, St. Mary of the Woods Parish, and Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish.

From Board of Directors of St. Ann Clinic, thanks to Sister Connie Kramer, SP, and Sister Lawrence Ann Listen, SP, for providing the leadership and the spirit of ministry that drives all the clinic’s good work.

As we move forward as The Wabash Valley Health Center Inc., we will continue to do business and to be known as St. Ann Clinic. We as a Board and a community devoted to the ministry of caring for the sick, we thank all those who have contributed to our efforts, and we look forward to many more years of service to the Wabash Valley.

— Peter C. Ciancone

St. Ann Clinic Board