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THE TIMES, JUNE 5, 2014, PAGE 4 - Like us on Facebook Hardhide FROM PAGE ONE least for a "soft opening," this month. And La Carreta Downtown North Oaks Rehabilitation Hospital&apos;s patient outcomes rank in nation's top 10% North Oaks Rehabilitation Hospital has been nationally recog- nized as a 2014 Top Performer by the Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR), performing better than 90% of the hospitals in the U.S. North Oaks Rehabilitation Hospital patients were found to make greater improVements faster, according to UDSMR 2013 data. The study looks at how patients improve in activities like mem- ory; caring for one's self; eating, bathing and dressing; toileting and bladder control; and mobility, locomotion, navigating stairs and transfers (e.g. moving from bed-to-chair, tub-to-shower and wheelchair-to-toilet.) The facility was compared to other hospitals in our region and across the nation. Patients who have had a stroke or other brain injury; surgery for joint replacement or other orthopaedic or spinal cord injuries; or suffer from neurological disorders, arthritis or other congenital conditions often benefit from inpatient rehabilitation. UDSMR is a not-for-profit organization affiliated with the Uni- versity at Buffalo, the state university of New York. Facilities from all over the world use UDSMR's measurement system to document how quickly and how completely patients recover when they re- ceive medical rehabilitation. UDSMR provides the most comprehensive rehabilitation data in the industry and is the world's largest database for medical re- habilitation outcomes. This is the latest in a series of awards North Oaks Rehabilita- tion Hospital has received. The facility ranks among the top three percent of 22,000 facilities worldwide surveyed by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities; has one of only five CARF-certified Stroke Specialty Programs in Louisiana (and the only one along the 1-12 corridor); and received the 2013 Guardian of Excellence Award  from Press Ganey Associates, Inc. for consis- tent achievement in patient satisfaction. For more information, watch the "Welcome to North Oaks Reha- bilitation Hospital"video at www.youtube.com/mynorthoaks<http:// www.youtube.com/mynorthoaks>. You also may call North Oaks Rehabilitation Hospital at (985) 230-2678, or visit the "Rehabilitation Hospital" tab atwww. northoaks.org<http://www.northoaks.org>. North Oaks Health System is one of Louisiana's largest and most progressive community hospital organizations and is strate- gically based between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. For more than 50 years, we have made it our mission to optimize the health care experience through compassion and innovation. Facilities in Tangipahoa and Livingston Parishes include an acute care hospital, a rehabilitation hospital, two outpatient di- agnostic & treatment centers, an outpatient surgery center, two outpatient rehabilitation clinics, a hospice agency and a growing physician group for primary and specialty care. Visit us at www.northoaks.org<http://www.northoaks.org/>. Independence Chamber to host hospital official The next monthly meeting the Independence Chamber of Commerce will be held Wednesday June 11 at 6 p.m. at the Bar B Que Station on West Railroad Avenue. Our guest speaker is Chad Thompson, financial director for the LSU Medical Center in Independence. He will speak on the impact the Hospital has on the business community of Independence. Dinner orders will be taken and served during the meeting. Ev- eryone is welcome. Ponchatoula will be rolling out a new menu (including lobster tacos), amid rumors of a tequila tasting mini-class being orga- nized by way of formally intro- ducing Don Saul, the custom- crafted tequila named for and designed by La Carreta owner Saul Ruble, who is dodging around the state putting in ap- pearances at the individual res- :taurants in his growing La Car- l 'reta empire which threatens to challenge the Aztecs. Meanwhile, thanks to a high- ly-loyal clientele galvanized by the crawfish cooking of John "John O" Olson's periodic craw- fish boils hosted by Rose Lutt- man, Councilman Vergil Sandi- fer, and Joe Giambrone, Rose's Cantina is turning into a hot weather retreat in her canopied courtyard. Armed with a 20-slide pre- sentation, North Sixth Street's Bill Poland is wowing poten- tial shippers up and down the Mighty Mississippi on behalf of Port Manchac, which is primed and ready to handle crude oil and freight coming here by rail and by barge from all over America and Canada. Longtime local school bus driver Rita Munch is now a coach owner with a liveried driver. You go girl! Bradley Hinshaw and Ari- enne Podoba of Middendorf's Deck fame hate rain, especially weekend rains such as we have just survived. We remember cute blond Ko- rtiny Howell from her single days, through her marriage, all the while attracting customers to the Corner Caf where she works. Seeing her "in a family way" can only bring smiles... Love the "A Tough of Grass" landscape company new T-shirt with the rallying cry embla- zoned on the front: 'WIow Dat!" Join me in welcoming beau- tiful Ashley Wright back home to Ponchatoula from a too-long stint in Baton Rouge. WARM WEATHER IS HERE/ Shave DatX Lion J.R. Bardwell "ght. "" . BeerMan We= Tra=n,ng Ch,ldcare .e fdne.ss (:laSses The very hairy Lion and re- tired Ponchatoula postman J. Sen r C tize Pr R. Bardwellwas in attendance IO I n ogroms with sidekick Lion Joey Drude. They brought with them $10 e Weight Loss Programs II: i SPECIAL 11 i!S29"95*m HOur F,tness Classes Include: II Silver Sneakers, Yoga, & Spin, Step & Spin Saton services now avaitabte 1330 Hwy. 51 North (Veterans Avenue) Ponchatoula, LA 985/386-8507 www.ponchatoulafitness.com Michael Tournillon Owner/Operator *Ptus tax with this ad. Some restrictions appty. raffle tickets for a chance for the lucky winner to depilate Bardwell (famously pictured on page one of The Ponchatoula Times May 29 edition) down to bald, all proceeds to benefit the Legion. That drawing will take place June 25. The cutting of hair will follow Saturday, June 28 at the American Legion Hall. Also on June 28, the Pon- chatoula Lions will host a Fam- ily Day at the Legion 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a benefit lunch start- ing at 11 a.m., a ($7) Boston Butt and Baked Bean Dinner. These were the announce- ments being made while "The Beer Man" was waiting to make his presentation to Rotary, and he was evidently swept up in the wave of Ponchatoula gener- osity, and decided to join-in. But then, that is the nature of the super gentleman that Lewis is. Kane's Dell welcome The Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce welcomed its newest member, Kane's Deli with a truly celebratory grand opening and ribbon cutting, Tuesday April 29th, 2014. Owners Khang Nguyen and Tiffany Bui welcomed family, friends and supporters to this highly anticipated event. Mayor Bob Zabbia cut the ribbon after Father Tang blessed the new eating establishment. T-Mike Kliebert, the "Gator King" from Kliebert's Alligator and Turtle Farm cooked up a pot of jambalaya for all in attendance. Kane's Deli, located at 530 W. Pine next to Gabriel Building Supply has both a breakfast and lunch menu. Offering the first waffle bar in Ponchatoula, they also are serving local and Asian delicacies such as shrimp & grits, lo mein, fried rice, butterflied shrimp, and smothered pork chops with onions. Kane's Deli has both dine-in and take-out available. Local "The Greatest Generation" members lauded By BRYAN T. McMAHON Family intimate Sparky Welles related the storybook tale of the late Ned and Patricia Richardson to fellow members of the Ponchatoula Rotary Club, following tales of Welles' own father's part in The Great Escape from a Nazi Paw camp in World War II in a separate Rotary presentation. John Eddie Welles, Ned Rich- ardson and their wives Shir- ley and Pat were part of what broadcaster and author Tom Brokow dubbed The Greatest Generation, and both were leg- ends in their own right in Pon- chatoula, separately downtown, and on their beloved Tangipa- hen River. Patricia helped found the Country Market, Ned turned his family hardware into a downtown focal point, an unof- ficial town hall, and the two of them headed a society of fellow war veterans, parents of the booming generation of post-war babies raised to adulthood on the Tangipahoa River, particu- larly at the Welles' Ponchatoula Beach. Ned Richardson who was a regular guest at the White House, was scoutmaster of the local Boy Scout troop. Ned Richardson was born in Ponchatoula, the son of the man who ran the namesake Pon- chatoula hardware store (now Roussel's). Ned's older brother Pat went to Tulane and made a name for himself on the football field, once kicking a strategic 62-yard field goal. Ned Richard- PLEASE SEE PAGE 5 ,00a,,on A NOW STOCKING FLOOD Algae Guard 1 WOOD CARE PRODUCTS.n.sh $6900 CWF-UV Penetrating Wood lr-l TWF Semi Transparent Wood Finish ......... 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