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Operation: Spring Cleaning aims to curb prescription drug abuse

Operation: Spring Cleaning aims to curb prescription drug abuse

LITTLE ROCK (04/23/2012)--Arkansas Children’s Hospital will be one of over 100 collection sites around Arkansas participating in Operation Spring Cleaning between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28 to collect unused and unneeded prescription medications and get them out of home medicine cabinets.  Abuse of prescription medications—especially by teenagers--is a serious problem within our state.

This is the fourth statewide drug “take back” day where medications are collected from citizens--with no questions asked—to remove them from homes where they are susceptible to abuse by family members or visitors in the home.  Arkansas has led the nation in the abuse of prescription pain medications by teenagers.  A recent survey indicated that 3 in 5 teenagers state that it is easy to get prescription medications from the family medicine cabinet.

Arkansas Business: Jackson resigns from Mercy board in protest of sale

Arkansas Business: Jackson resigns from Mercy board in protest of sale


The proposed sale, announced Monday, of St. Joseph's Mercy Health System in Hot Springs to a Tennessee for-profit hospital chain has already prompted Eric Jackson to resign from Mercy's national board of directors.

Jackson was on the national board of directors of the Sisters of Mercy Healthcare System, as well as its finance, audit and compensation committees. He resigned last week because of the sale.

Capella to take over St. Joseph's in Hot Springs

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - St. Joseph's Mercy Health System in Hot Springs will have a new owner.

Capella Healthcare says it's reached a deal with Mercy Health to transfer ownership to Capella. The companies told The Sentinel-Record (http://is.gd/WPcZEc ) that they're still ironing out details of the agreement.

Capella is the parent company of National Park Medical Center in Hot Springs.

Mercy president and CEO Lynn Britton says the companies believe the area will be better served under one provider - rather than two separate companies running hospitals.

The hospitals have signed an agreement in principle that allows the organizations to engage in exclusive negotiations toward a definitive agreement.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Participants needed in cancer prevention study

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - There are nearly 12 million people in America who have survived cancer and countless more who have avoided it.

You can join the movement and fight back against cancer by enrolling in a new research study called the Cancer Prevention Study.

Hot Springs Village church rebuilds

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE, Ark. (KTHV) - The pastor and members of Walnut Valley Baptist Church are of one accord. They are thankful for the new church building. It was last year on April 25 when a tornado changed their church forever; but the pastor calls it a blessing in disguise.

Maddie Gilleran is 8-years-old, but already knows what it's like to lose something important to you. She says, "It was sad but it's OK because we got to have church at a school and they were nice and we still got to praise God." She is one of many members of Walnut Valley Baptist Church in Hot Springs Village.

A tornado nearly destroyed the church last April. As they approach the one year anniversary, Pastor Tim Forrest of the church says it seems surreal. He says, "On one hand it seems like it was so long ago on the other it seems like it was just yesterday because we were so busy you didn't even have time to think."

Finalists named for Ark school for gifted students

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - The field of candidates to be director of Arkansas' school for gifted high school juniors and seniors has been narrowed to two.

Officials say Corey Alderdice and Marcella Dalla Rosa will visit the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts in the coming weeks to talk with students, faculty and staff. Each will make a public presentation about their vision for the school this week.

Alderdice is assistant director for admissions and public relations of The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Bowling Green, Ky. Dalla Rosa is dean of students for Pulaski County Special School District in Little Rock.

A third candidate withdrew his application after he was picked as a finalist.

Either Alderdice or Dalla Rosa will succeed director Janet Hugo, who is retiring June 30.

Lonsdale student receives September Fund award

Lonsdale student receives September Fund award


College Scholarships For Sons, Daughters of Arkansas Police, Firefighters, and Emergency Medical Technicians


LITTLE ROCK, Ark.  – The September Fund, an Arkansas registered, IRS recognized non-profit corporation, will award 18 $1,000 scholarships to 18 students from Arkansas who have been chosen based on academic achievement and community service.  Scholarships and recognition will occur during an upcoming ceremony planned for Thursday, April 26, 6:30 p.m. at the Clear Channel Metroplex in Little Rock.

The September Fund was established by morning radio personalities, Corey Deitz and Jay Hamilton, from 100.3 The Edge (KDJE-FM) in Little Rock as a living memorial to the brave police, fire and EMT workers who perished on September 11, 2001.