Editorial: Eliminating wait time wonderful

Mar. 07, 2014 @ 11:16 PM

One of the leading reasons for not seeking help in a hospital emergency room is the amount of time waiting.

We don’t offer scientific research proof. But generally speaking, that’s a typical response in a conversation among acquaintances following a mishap. People who are hurt or ill simply don’t want to wait. Can we blame them? We don’t even like waiting long for our computers to “instantly” connect us to the world. Heaven forbid the cellphone not working.

We give a tip of the cap to the hospital here in Henderson. Maria Parham Medical Center’s emergency room didn’t just beat national and state wait time averages in a recent data composition by ProPublica, it was third-best from Manteo to Murphy and all points between.

The state average for waiting time was 38 minutes, and the national is 28. At 15 minutes here in Henderson, that’s quite the accomplishment.

Said Jane Ryan, the nursing director of the ER, “We worked to take away barriers.”

Congratulations to our fine hospital and all its workers making it happen.

• When elementary school students were killed by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December of 2012, a nation went on alert. The story became localized here when the Vance school board, in response like many other systems across the country, opted for better security of its students by installing a door lock system.

There is still no new system in Vance County’s public schools. A school board with the best of intentions, supported by county commissioners, can’t steer its way into the target: better safety for our children through door security.

Last month, the board voted to start over. We hope they reach their goal.

• We offer another round of thanks to all those making life better during the recent wintry weather.

The list is long when we start figuring out who makes everything possible, from crews taking care of our city and county all the way out to the interstate.

We’d also be remiss not to note everyone who slowed down when out or just did the safe move and stayed home.

Here’s hoping spring will be here sooner rather than later.