News Cast 12/22

News Cast for December 22nd:

Hospital gets high marks for safety

HCA Raulerson earned an A grade for safety this year from the Leapfrog Group.

They look at 30 safety measures at hospitals across the nation and grade hundreds of hospitals each year.

Raulerson got high marks for leadership, record keeping, handwashing and hygiene, and nurse performance.

Leapfrog spokesperson Katie Stewart said Raulerson’s report was impressive.

“They have consistently been an A or B hospital.  We are seeing some decline in performance at other hospitals while they continue to do well.  That is really promising because this is the first report where we are seeing some of the pandemic data as well.”

She said Florida hospitals made great strides in limiting infections last year.

35% of Florida Hospitals earned an A grade.

A local man is charged with speeding through the Okeechobee High School zone at 45 miles per hour, passed a deputy and failed to stop for deputies.

Hector Morales went through the zone as school buses were leaving for the day.

He made a u turn and ultimately stopped in a driveway on NW 4th Avenue.

Charges include driving with a suspended license and fleeing and eluding police.

The state approved a conservation easement for the Crippen Ranch in Okeechobee/

Adam Bass is Chief Executive Officer at Conservation Florida.

He said it will mean the ranch will never be developed or subdivided.

The 615 acres will remain a working cattle ranch on the border of the Kissimmee Prairie State Preserve Park.

The group funds land purchases from private donations, state and federal funds.

The purchase price was just over $2 million.

The ranch is known to have Florida grasshopper sparrows, Florida black bear, crested caracara, gopher tortoises, panthers, and other species.

A 13 month prison sentence handed down against 28 year old Victor Salas of Auburndale in Okeechobee.

Deputies said they found 26 grams of fentanyl in a vehicle they stopped after a slow speed chase down Everglades boulevard August 13th.

They also locate small amounts of cocaine, drug paraphernalia and three grams of methamphetamine.

The prosecutors didn’t pursue a count of drug trafficking.

The Indiantown Village Council plans to hire a temporary manager January 12.

Staff had wanted them to select Debbie Resos the village parks and recreation director.

Howard Brown resigned earlier this month.

Councilmember Carmine DiPaolo was not happy with how they secured Browns computer.  He noted it was sent to a local store and wiped clean perhaps tampering with village records.

He made his displeasure know to city clerk Susan Owens, who is the current acting manager.

“So you took a computer to Blue Stream and it was scrubbed.  We had a conversation with you and the computer was brought back over there to try and reverse what was done.  Why would you take a computer and have it scrubbed that was utilized by the village manager when we asked to secure the computer.  You took the computer to Blue Stream that was not a mistake.”

Owens said they were able to get the data back on the computer and the village did not lose any information.