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Mac Hospital makes trauma center cut

We give a thumbs up to McPherson Hospital for earning its Level IV Trauma Center designation.

Level IV trauma centers are rural hospitals whose primary role is to stabilize seriously injured patients and, if necessary, transfer them to a higher level trauma center. Hospitals that have achieved Level IV trauma center designation have demonstrated a commitment to providing optimal care for those who have been seriously injured.

This designation recognizes McPherson Hospital for its dedication to provide quality care to injured patients, and we hope the hospital continues to be a blessing to those who require its services.

Army Reserve lends fire fighters a hand

We give a thumbs up to the Army Reserve for responding to the wildfires in Reno County last week.

Unlike the National Guard, it’s rare that Army Reserve personnel assist with natural disasters. Their response shows how serious the fires were, and the dedication of our men and women in uniform to fight any dangers that threaten United States citizens.

We give our soldiers special thanks for this service, and continue to hope for their safety in defending all of our freedoms.

Canton-Galva High hosts active shooter training

We give a thumbs up to Canton-Galva High School, the McPherson County Sheriffs Office, and other county emergency responders for last week’s active shooter training at Canton-Galva High.

Deputies, officers, firefighters and emergency personnel practiced their response to an active shooter scenario, while students and staff practiced how they would stay safe in such a situation. Everyone was able to get valuable experience and find areas in which responses can be improved.

Though no shootings have occurred at Kansas K-12 schools since at least 2013, such a tragedy could happen anywhere, and we’re glad to see people taking proactive steps to minimize potential damage and respond in a quick and efficient manner.

Ellet gets poem put to music

We give a thumbs up to McPherson High School senior Emma Ellet and the McPherson High School Women’s Ensemble for a unique composition they performed Wednesday.

The choir was looking for an original piece to perform, and it was suggested that Ellet write the lyrics while Dr. Brad Vogel, chair of the department of music at Tabor College, composed the music. The result was “Untamed,” a song about perseverance and strength in women.

It’s encouraging to see students willing to express themselves through music, and we hope to see more such compositions in the future.

Office gives to community

We give a thumbs up to Dr. Darrel Loder and Smoky Valley Chiropractic for their monthly donations to area charities.

Each month, the business takes the proceeds from new patient exams and gives them to a designated charity. Sometimes, Loder adds in a little more so that the chosen charity can receive an appropriate donation.

Charitable organizations play important roles in the community, and we’re glad to see they’re well supported.

— Josh Arnett for the McPherson Sentinel Editorial Board.