The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 8, 2014

Creation of Sexual Assault Nurse Examination room at YWCA Enid is recognized


Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Thumbs up to the creation of a Sexual Assault Nurse Examination room at YWCA Enid.

For about a year, women who were sexually assaulted had to travel to Stillwater for an exam that could ensure their attackers faced justice.

Now, they don’t have to.

Thumbs up to Ann Bryant, who learned of the lack of such a program in Enid from her daughter, Hope Bryant, who works in the district attorney’s office, and wrote a grant to receive funds for the room. Thumbs up to St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center for donating $5,000 and medical supplies. Thumbs up to United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma for giving a grant to the program.

THUMBS UP

Thumbs up to CVS, the nation’s second-largest drugstore chain, for announcing it will quit selling tobacco products by Oct. 1.

The company has 7,600 stores nationwide, and one will open in Enid soon.

It’s the latest part of the push by drugstores to become health care providers. Stores have been adding in-store clinics and expanding their health care offerings. Pharmacists deliver flu shots and other immunizations, and their clinics now manage chronic illnesses like high blood pressure and diabetes and treat relatively minor problems like sinus infections.

THUMBS DOWN

Thumbs down to Enid Public Schools for the difficulties the district had in clearing parking lots at schools following last week’s snow.

Prairie View Elementary School’s lot was a particular problem. School officials eventually called the city of Enid to help with the work.

District officials, though, are working with private contractors to help the situation and are looking at ways to make more effective plans the next time.

THUMBS UP

Last week’s snow caused some traffic issues, but not as many as we’ve seen in the past. Part of that credit goes to drivers for being more careful, and part of it goes to the city of Enid for doing a good job clearing major thoroughfares.

The city can’t clear every street, and we know a lot of residential streets remained snowpacked and slick for days after the snow fell. But, the city did an admirable job getting the major streets cleared, which no doubt helped cut the number of accidents and travel problems.