IU Health Arnett clarifies medical error

Nov 30, 2011

The Vice President of Quality and Patient Safety at Lafayette's IU Health Arnett Hospital says a new study does not accurately portray an incident that occurred at the facility.

The state Department of Health cited the hospital for performing an operation on the wrong body part of a patient.

However, Jim Bien says what actually happened is an anesthetic was applied to the wrong leg.

He says the mistake was discovered before surgery and the operation went as planned.

The department of health's report cited 107 errors at hospitals last year.

Habitat for Humanity of Lafayette put 18 families in homes this year.  That's more than the 12 to 15 families they usually help during a year.

Director of Family Services and Volunteers Cindy Taylor says they've selected some of next year's families, but can take on more in Tippecanoe and surrounding counties.

She says Habitat has already been working with eight families on the requirements to build their homes early next year.

The organization is hosting a celebration party Tuesday (Dec. 6) to honor donors and highlight the successes of 2011.

IN Gov. Mitch Daniels makes endorsement decision

Nov 29, 2011
courtesy Purdue President's Office

Indiana's governor likely won't be giving public support to any of the Republican candidates for president.

Mitch Daniels says he doesn't plan on making an endorsement before the primaries kick off in five weeks, and indicated he might not make any at all.

He thinks endorsements are overrated, and believes saying who thinks should be the nominee won't have any impact on voters.

Daniels says he is encouraged by statements the GOP field has made recently about spending and entitlement programs.

Lafayette School Corporation Superintendent Ed Eiler says the public school system helps develop a more cohesive society. He says this is threatened by charter schools and vouchers.

Eiler says school-of-choice opens the door for segregation of people from different income, racial, and ethnic backgrounds.

He expects LSC to lose about $300,000 due to the state's new voucher law, with about half of that as a result of the 28 students who left the district to go to a charter school. Eiler says taking away tax breaks for these schools will result in diminished support.

LSC closer to finding a new superintendent

Nov 29, 2011

A half dozen people are interviewing face-to-face with the Lafayette School Corporation superintendent search committee over the next week.

These candidates were chosen after committee members conducted phone interviews with 10 people who applied for the position.

Officials say the search process is on schedule and they plan on naming the new superintendent in early January.

The person will replace Ed Eiler, who is retiring at the end of the school year.


Two Lafayette hospitals are named on a report for medical errors last year.

IU Health Arnett was flagged for a surgery in which doctors operated on the wrong body part.  There were more than a dozen similar cases last year at other hospitals in the state.

Saint Elizabeth East committed two errors, according to the report.  Both involved leaving foreign objects in a patient after surgery.

The number of reported errors across the state reached an all-time high in 2010.  There were 107 incidents, which is the most since the study began five years ago.

Lafayette's Columbian Park getting new equipment

Nov 28, 2011

More children will be able to have fun at Lafayette's Columbian Park next spring.

Officials broke ground on an addition to the SIA Playground, which will include equipment designed for children with disabilities.

Parks Superintendent Ted Bumbleburg says they're still researching what type of things they can add, because there are plenty of options. He says new surface material might be included to help with accessibility.

London, 1890. 221B Baker St. A fine art dealer, Edmund Carstairs visits Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson to beg for their help. He is being menaced by a strange man in a flat cap - a wanted criminal who seems to have followed him all the way from America. In the days that follow, his home is robbed, his family is threatened. And then the first murder.

A workshop at Purdue is giving high school students more information about how computer technology is used.

The one day event aims at equipping about 20 teenagers with guidance and skills to use their computer know-how in their future careers.

Some areas covered include computer forensics, creating animations, computing in health sciences, and social networking.

Computer and Information Professor and Associate Department Head Alka Herriger says the program is intended to build enthusiasm for computing professions.

Police warn about vehicle break-ins over holidays

Nov 23, 2011

The Lafayette Police Department is warning residents to double-check their vehicles before they leave them, even if it’s for a short amount of time.

Authorities say as much as 75% of vehicles thefts that have occurred over the past two weeks are the result of unsecured vehicles.  The study reviewed 51 thefts and of those, only 13 had signs of forced entry.

Lafayette police say that means residents aren’t properly locking their vehicles.