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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.
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    NEW OFFICES—Fayette village administrator Steve Blue speaks with tax administrator Genna Biddix at the new front desk of the village office. Village council members voted to use budgeted renovation funds targeted for the old office and instead buy the vacant bank building on the corner of Main and Fayette streets. The old office was sold to Sherwood State Bank. When everything is put into place in the spacious new village office, an open house will be scheduled. Council member David Wheeler donated all of his time needed to make changes in the bank interior to fit the Village’s needs.

Aubrey Stover presents research paper 5.29

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

When a patient fails to show up for a physical therapy appointment, what’s behind the reason for the no-show?

That’s a question Morenci graduate Aubrey Stover examined with her fellow student and research partner, Alyson Parks.

For their senior project at Central Michigan University’s athletic trainer and sports medicine program, the pair surveyed patients during their three-month internships, and they came up with some findings that could be of use to others in the field.

Their presentation, titled “A Comparative Analysis of Patient Compliance vs. Noncompliance Rated During Rehabilitation,” was given at the department’s research symposium aubrey.stover.jpgMay 2.

Patients at two clinics were interviewed about their attendance at appointments and their compliance with therapy techniques during treatment.

Some reasons for missed appointments are beyond the therapy staff’s control, such as illness and weather. Other factors, such as forgetting and the state of pain, can be addressed.

The students discovered that patient satisfaction is a key in achieving compliance. A kind and encouraging therapist and an office in which patients are seen promptly both make a big difference in how patients respond to treatment.

Although their sample of patients was small, the researchers found a nine to one ratio of attendance regularity when patients paid for their own care compared to those who had complete coverage by their employer.

More than 40 percent of the patients said they would pay for the therapy themselves if coverage wasn’t provided, although they weren’t told the typical cost of the service.

Stover and Parks concluded that satisfaction among patients could be increased by allowing them to meet with the same therapist for every visit and by better tailoring the therapy to individual needs.

They also recommended increased hours of operation for offices to better meet the needs of working individuals.

Missed appointments and non-compliance in therapy adversely affect the patient, they said, but it also can have a negative effect on clinics, insurance companies and the health care industry.

The pair gave conclusions, offered recommendations and gave suggestions for future research—and their efforts resulted in a high rating from the professor.

“I was excited that we got a good grade,” said Stover, who now has a bachelor’s degree  in athletic training and sports medicine.

She’s scheduled to take her certification examination next month, but she’s not going to stop there.

“I learned during my internship that I like physical therapy better than working as an athletic trainer.”

That means two more years of schooling. Stover hopes to be accepted into the physical therapy assistant program at Owens Community College to add one more certification to her name.

• Aubrey is the daughter of Roger and Barb Stover of Morenci.

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