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Tuesday, September 01, 2015 This Week's Paper
Franciscan, doctors do freebie hip replacement for Operation Walk USA

St. Joseph Medical Center and Orthopedic Surgeon John Bargren, MD, are partnering to provide hip replacement for a patient at no charge as part of Operation Walk USA, a campaign that promotes orthopedic care for individuals who cannot afford to pay.

Dr. Bargren, a member of the Franciscan Health System medical staff, is donating his professional services. St. Joseph, the Franciscan hospital in Tacoma where the surgery will be performed Dec. 3, is providing the operating room, anesthesiologist and other clinical staff. The male patient, a 41-year-old Yakima resident, applied for orthopedic surgery through Operation Walk USA.

This is the second year that Bargren and St. Joseph Medical Center have participated in Operation Walk, which reports that it has helped more than 6,000 individuals across the nation to receive new knees and hips. Bargren is among 109 orthopedic surgeons in 29 states who are donating their professional services this year.

“We are very pleased to participate in the Operation Walk program because it offers life-changing benefits for individuals who are coping with severe pain and limited mobility,” said Claudia Lengenfelder, regional director of Franciscan Orthopedic Services. “Mobility and living free of pain are essential for enjoying the simplest pleasures of life.”

While more than 1 million hip and knee replacements are performed in the U.S. annually, countless men and women continue to live with severe pain and immobility because they are uninsured, underinsured or cannot afford joint replacement surgery. The cost of a hip replacement, including surgery, hospitalization and post-operative care, can reach $100,000.

Last year, Franciscan orthopedic surgeons performed 2,041 joint replacement procedures. Franciscan’s comprehensive orthopedic services include Joint Camp for patients undergoing hip and knee replacements at St. Joseph Medical Center, St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way, St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood and St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor. Joint Camp removes the mystery from surgery by allowing groups of individuals to go through the process together — from pre-surgical education and surgery to rehabilitation.

“By involving our patients and their families in the process from the beginning, joint replacements become more positive and successful experiences,” said Debi Williams, manager of Franciscan Orthopedic Services. “There’s even a reunion party at which Joint Camp ‘graduates’ meet again and share their success stories.”

News Haiku: transition season

To give a continuous shout out to the Art at Work effort going on all through the month of November, here is a recap of the news as presented in a haiku.

Strickland on Gov team;
Washam flack calls foul, files suit?
Leaves fall, Sniffle time.

Traditional haiku consist of 17 “on” (also known as morae), in three phrases of five, seven and five on respectively. Although haiku are often stated to have 17 syllables, this isn’t quite right since syllables and “on” are not the same, but this is Tacoma so we make our own rules. Now, you try it.

Use of three lines of up to 17 syllables, with the five, seven, five pattern.
Use of a "season" word;
Use of a "cut" or "kire" (sometimes indicated by a punctuation mark) to compare two unrelated images.

Getting picked to compete on NBC-TV's “The Voice” is pretty durn good exposure for an aspiring pop star. So is 40 million TV viewers seeing you get props from celebrity soul machine, Cee Lo Green. But you really know you've made it when you get to kick it with the Muppets on national television. And that's, apparently, what Tacoma spitfire Vicci Martinez does on a new holiday special, “Cee Lo's Magic Moment,” which airs 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, on the TV Guide Network. Locally, that's Comcast channel 74 and Dish Network channel 117.

The program was taped in October at Planet Hollywood resort in Las Vegas. And Rolling Stone reports that highlights include Martinez teaming up with “The Voice” rival Niki Dawson to sing Joni Mitchell's “River.” Their season one battle on Pink's “Perfect” remains one of "The Voice's" high water marks.

Local fans' next chance to catch Martinez in the flesh will be New Year's Eve when she'll headline Jazzbones, 2803 Sixth Ave. Find ticket info at www.jazzbones.com.

Breeze ends burn ban

Stagnant weather conditions and rising air pollution prompted the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency call for a Stage 1 burn ban for Pierce County earlier this week.

This ban has now been lifted.

The purpose of the burn ban was to reduce the amount of pollution that creates unhealthy air linked to excessive wood smoke.

News Haiku

To give a continuous shout out to the Art at Work effort going on all through the month of November, here is a recap of the news as presented in a haiku.

Council ends tax breaks;
Voters kill Transit tax plan?
Cold weather, harsh times.

Traditional haiku consist of 17 “on” (also known as morae), in three phrases of five, seven and five on respectively. Although haiku are often stated to have 17 syllables, this isn’t quite right since syllables and “on” are not the same, but this is Tacoma so we make our own rules. Now, you try it.

Use of three lines of up to 17 syllables, with the five, seven, five pattern.
Use of a "season" word;
Use of a "cut" or "kire" (sometimes indicated by a punctuation mark) to compare two unrelated images.

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