Friday, September 11, 2009

Ferris In The News

City of Big Rapids Recognizes Heroic Actions

Sometimes law enforcement officers aren’t the only people going above and beyond the call of duty in emergency situations. In those cases, the police like to reward the heroes in their midst, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. During a recent Big Rapids City Council meeting, department of Public Safety officials honored residents and businesses for their outstanding contributions to city residents’ safety throughout the summer. Ferris State University employees Steve Stratton, Geri Johnson and Richelle Boerma all received certificates for their “heroic actions” during the July 22 lightning strike that injured four electrical workers on campus. Ferris police officers Bill Saunders and Tim Jacobs also were honored for their actions. “They really went above and beyond,” said Big Rapids DPS Director Frank West. “There were still (lightning) strikes going on while they performed lifesaving tasks.”

Ferris Names Firing Range for Program Founder

Ferris State University says it’s honoring the man who founded its criminal justice program 37 years ago by naming its firing range for him, reports the Chicago Tribune. The Big Rapids school says it will call the facility the Dr. Robert L. Parsons Law Enforcement Training Center. Parsons retired in 2002 and now is a professor emeritus at Ferris. The school says 3,000 students have graduated from the criminal justice program since it opened in 1972. Ferris says Parsons has been a major fundraiser for the criminal justice program, bringing in more than $8 million for weapons certification and training efforts.

Ferris Professor Discusses Health Care

President Barack Obama summoned Congress to enact sweeping health care legislation Wednesday night, declaring the “time for bickering is over” and the moment has arrived to protect millions who have unreliable insurance or no coverage at all, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. Although the United States spends more on health care than any other country, our nation’s overall health ranks below most other developed nations, said Steven Karnes, Ferris professor of Health Care Systems Administration. Obama’s speech was needed to clarify what the president would like to see in a final health care bill, Karnes said. “There has been a lot of misinformation about death panels and other things that aren’t part of any bill,” he said. Mecosta County Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Sam Daugherty said difficulty for the hospital to maintain a positive bottom line is one of the driving forces behind a potential merger with Spectrum Healthcare Resources. Karnes added, when uninsured patients seek basic health care treatment from emergency rooms taxpayers end up paying more. “We’re paying for it through higher premiums,” Karnes said. “We would actually pay less if we would just create a better system and organize the way we do health care.”

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