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November 26, 2020 The Lovell Chronicle 3 Tera Kostelecky uses art to connect with students Hospita| maintains strong ' financial position BY RYAN FITZMAURICE , Tera Kostelecky’s am- bition is that within her art room, she can make an im- pact on her students’ lives. The new art instruc- tor for grades 6 to 12 for Big Horn County School District No. 2, Kostelecky doesn’t come from the most traditional background for an educator. High school wasn’t always easy for her. “When I was in high school, I didn’t enjoy going,” Kostelecky said. “The most impactful thing for me was a few of the teachers I had. They made a difference.” After graduating high school in Cody, she eventu— ally moved on to Montana State University in Boze- man, where she earned a Bachelor of Art in art k—12 education. She then attend— ed Grand Canyon Univer- sity in Phoenix, where she earned a master’s in School administration. . In honor of the teachers who impacted her, Kost- elecky said she was driven to go deeper into educa- tion to find a better way to reach students. “Education is changing, its ever-Chan ing,” Kost- elecky said. “T ere’s got to be a better way to impact students.” Art was a passing hobby in high school, Kostelecky Tera-Kostelecky said, but as she attended Montana State, that pas- sion bloomed. “When I was in high school, {I‘ thought I was pretty good at‘art,” Kost- elecky said. "‘When I got to Montana State, there is v a big gap between what I learned in high schooland what I learned in college.” Those years are also the first time Kostelecky found herself in the classroom. As a teacher, she found a true calling. “After completing my student teaching in Boze- man, I continued my pro— fessional education in my hometown school district as a substitute and paraed— ucator. I realized then that I knew God had me exact- ly where I was supposed to be,” Kostelecky said. “I found every experience to be rewarding.” Taking a job in Lovell is a chance to move closer to home, Kostelecky said. If you walk into Kost- eleckys classroom, you’ll see students working on a variety of projects. Art 1 in high school is working on creating a hotorealis— tic animal wit black and white colored pencils. Art 2 is tackling a pencil—drawn self—portrait. Art 3 has just been introduced to paper quilling, an art form that uses strips of paper that are rolled shaped and glued to— gether to create decorative desi ns. ‘Basically, I try giving students a wide variety of experiences in their work that reach to all elements and principles of design,” Kostelecky said. “I try to let students become creative on their own.” Art gives students skills to succeed in life, no matter what direction they take, Kostelecky said. “If we really look, there is art in and all around us in our everyday life. Allow— ing students to explore this and develop the left side of their brain will ultimately allow them a higher level of thinking,” Kostelecky said. “...Problem—solvin is an es— sential skill whic I instill within my curriculum.” The most important task of every teacher, in ev- ery topic, is the same, Kost— elecky said. “It goes beyond just art concepts,” she said. “My job as an educator is to help kids see beyond the classroom.” Kostelecky also serves as a volleyball coach for the high school. It’s an ex— tension of another pas— sion Kostelecky has had her whole life, physical educa- tion and competition. Kostelecky played vol— leyball collegiately, she said, and has found that going on to coach the sport has been another way for her to con— nect with kids. “I think there’s a level of respect coming from the coaching side, too,” Kost— elecky said. “As early as this summer, I was able to connect with some of the kids. It’s just a matter of re— spect, letting the kids know you love them and care for them and building a level of trust.” Kostelecky said she re— mains feeling fortunate and passionate walking into the classroom every day. “It’s being able to go to a job you enjoy because of the kids,” Kostelecky said. Governor provides additional support to Wyoming hospitals CHEYENNE To ad— dress the surge in COVID—19 hospitalizations around the state, Governor Mark Gor— don has authorized a three— pronged approach to provide additional support to Wyo- ming medical facilities. The state will receive resourc- es from the US. Department of Health and Human Ser- vices, the W oming National Guard and t rough traveling medical staff contracted us- ing CARES Act funds he di- rected to the Wyoming Hos- pital Association. “I want to thank Pres— ident Trump and his ad— ministration for providing much—needed resources to Wyoming to deal with the serious strain COVID—19 has put on our healthcare sys— tem,” Governor Gordon said. “We have had to call upon resources from outside the state to help deal with this surge in hospitalizations. Many thanks to the Nation- al Guard for answering our call to help in our hospi- tals. I also want to express my deepest gratitude to our frontline healthcare work- Gui/Ml ~ Powell Thermode ~ Cody WWW Lovell ers. Help is on the way.” Hospitalizations are at record levels and have been increasing rapidly over the last several weeks. There are also several Wyoming hospi— tals that have expanded ca— pacity to meet the influx of COVID—19 patients. Right now, several hospitals are also at capacity for ICU beds. Two Health and Medical Task Force (HMTF) teams from the US. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Disaster Medical System will deploy to Camp— bell County'Memorial Hospi- tal in Gillette and Cheyenne Regional Medical. Center to help medical providers re- sponding to the COVID—19 pandemic. Each 15—mem- ber team includes physi— cians and nurses who will support hospitals in Camp- bell and Laramie counties for 14 days. The communi- ties were selected based on where the immediate need was greatest. The W oming Nation- al Guard wi I also be provid- ing support to hospitals by augmenting hospital staff. 11an Thanksgivmg WE WILL BE CLOSED TVHURSDAY,NOV. 2 _* Guard members will be as- sisting with activities such as delivering meals and oth- er activities to free up med- ical staff. There will be 10 guard members assigned to Cheyenne Regional Medi— cal Center who will be de- ployed for 30 days unless extended upon request. As— sistance with non—medical tasks helps the hospitals fo- cus their medical resourc- es on tasks where they can have the most impact. “Our Guardsmen are poised to assist when the state is in a time of in— . creased need,” said Maj. Gen. Greg Porter,» adjutant gener— al for the Wyoming National Guard. “Our soldiers and air— men are alWays ready to aid our neighbors and affect— ed communities and partner with other agencies.” Traveling medical staff has also. begun to arrive in Wyoming to assist with the state's COVD-19 response. The governor allocated $10 million in CARES Act fund— in to the Wyoming Hospi— ta Association to coordinate this previously announced effort. As many as 50 addi- tional personnel are expect— ed to be deployed through— out the state by the end of the week to provide staffing relief and ease the burden on hospital resources. “This much—needed as- sistance ‘came together with the coordination of sever— al agencies,” said Lynn Budd, Wyoming Office of Home— ' land Securit director. “The result is a irect validation of the teamwork that is typi- cal of Wyoming.” As a part of Wyoming Department of Health ef— forts to support Wyoming :hospital, capacity, the .de- partment has been in con— tact on an ongoing basis with Wyoming hospitals to discuss hospital capacity and surge plans. These efforts were suc- cessful with the coordi- nation of the Wyoming Department of Health, Wy— oming Office of Homeland Security, Wyoming Nation— al Guard, Health and Hu- man Services and the Feder— al Emergency Management Agency. BY RYAN FITZMAURICE The North Big Horn Hospital District stands in strong financial position as the COVID-19 crisis con- tinues, officials reported in the board of trustees regu— lar Nov. 17 meeting. According to Chief Fi- nancial Officer Darcy Rob— ertson, the hospital did great in gross revenues in October, coming out ahead of bud et by $346,000. A arge part of that was an increase in ad- missions. The hospital , forecasted 16 admissions for the month of Octo— ber but had 27. Similar— ly, they budgeted 121 vis— its for the emergency department and finished with 158. Lab tests saw a si - nificant increase as we 1. 3,060 tests were expect— ed, 4,125 were performed. Long—term care is the major area of the hospital currently under budget, Robertson said, due to an inability to admit new res— idents due to COVID-19. Operating expens— es were under budget, by $39,000, Robertson reported. The hospital drew $180,000 in stimulus mon- ey in October, Robertson said. “Not a bad month,” she concluded. Board president Brett Crosby noted that the hospital has netted $1.5 million in short-term rev— enue in the past fiscal pe— riod. Removing govern- ment assistance put that amount at $800,000. The boards target is to have around $400,000 in short- term revenue. A large reason for the hospital’s success is that the board spent $300,000 under budget for expenses. Clarification: ,.';.In,.;0ur Nov.‘ 19 sto- ,‘ .ry, “Hospital staff give .up- date on COVID—19 condi— tions”, the New Horizons Center Director of Nursing Renae Miller was quoted as stating, “We turn the other way. We don’t patrol visits," in response to a question regarding whether fami— ly members are allowed to make physical contact with a resident during a visit. The “Lovell Chronicle did not provide full con— text for this quote. The “That’s the kind of cau— tion and consideration we’re going to need for this hospital to continue oper— ating long term,” Crosby said. “We’re in a very good position.” BOARD PURCHASES The board approved the purchase of an augmenta— tive communication device, which will allow patients in speech therapy to commu- nicate through non-vocal means. “There’s just this need for people I interact with and it’s not being met very effectively at this time” speech pathologist Dirk Schroeder said. “Allowing some of these devices on board to bridge that gap will greatly enhance my ability to serve my patients." The $6,232 approved qualified to be paid for by COVID-19 funding from the CARES Act. The board also ap— proved the purchase of a ventilator for $9,500, which is paid for by the Big Horn Basin Health Care Coalition. “With the onset of COVID—19 and the short— age of respiratory ventila— tors in our area, it is a rare occurrence that this device was even made available to us,” the equipment needs statement read. “With this device, it will give the am— bulance the ability to trans— port three ventilated pa— tients to other hospitals as well as providing additional resources to keep patients alive while waiting for an— other hospital to accept our patients. “It will ive us a total of five venti ators between the hospital and the respi— ratory department. This device comes with enough supplies to take care of ten patients and more supplies available to reorder.” following statement , ,has been released by Miller in response. “We follow CDC, and CMS regulations on visits at all times. 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