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August 25, 1998

Next time you're watching a CNN news show from Washington, keep an eye peeled for Perry's own Sarah Ruth, who has been promoted to the level of producer with that cable network organization. She's frequently at White House news briefings and other events of great significance, and on occasion you may spot her in the midst of newshounds such as Sam Donaldson, Helen Thomas, Wolf Blitzer and other familiar bylines. Her name appears on the credits of shows she produces for CNN. This is a heady time for a young news professional to be in the nation's capitol, where daily excitement is the norm. As you know, CNN is not part of the Time-Warner empire. Sarah is the daughter of Tom and Susan Ruth.

More recognition of the quality care provided by Perry Memorial Hospital was contained in a recent Sunday Oklahoman article that was headlined "Rural Hospitals Fighting to Stay Healthy." Val Schott, director of the state Office of Rural Health, was asked by the reporter if rural hospitals have a difficult time keeping up with technology. His answer: "Sure they do. Technology is one of those added costs, also the cost of the people that operate the technology. It's my feeling that probably 85 to 90 percent of the health care we receive, we can certainly receive locally. But understand that we may choose not to do some things in rural communities. A good example is the Perry hospital. They don't do (major) surgeries, but they are a good rural hospital. They have concentrated on outpatient, primary care and diagnostic services." It's nice to be held up as a good example of something so desirable as quality medical care. That's why we have one of the nation's top 100 hospitals right here in this community.

One of my favorite magazines, Oklahoma Today, arrived in the mail the other day and as usual it is full of interesting reading material. One of the lead articles is about Perry native Marvin (Bud) Jirous and his role in making the Sonic Corp. one of the greatest fast-food success stories of recent decades. Bud was not the founder of Sonic but, in 1961, at the age of 20, he was involved with it almost at the beginning and in time he became president of the company. He also operates more than 50 Sonic franchises throughout the southeast, and he maintains a beautiful home in the rolling countryside east of Perry. I can't reprint the entire article from Oklahoma Today, but it will be worth your while to find a copy of the magazine and read all of it.