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Page 8-Saturday, February 4, 1978-The Michigan Daily
Students complain
Health Service slow

Hospital move hinges
on road relocations

When LSA sophomore Tom
Folino injured his ankle playing bas-
ketball, he went to the University
Health Service for treatment. After
waiting in line for an hour and a half
and filling out the same form five
times, he was admitted to the x-ray
room only to find the machine was,
shut off for the day.
This experience may sound fa-
miliar to many students who have
visited the Health Service. The
frustration of waiting in long lines,
the nonchalant attitudes of doctors
and unforeseen costs often add insult
to injury.
SHEILA FARMER, Student Serv-
ices assistant in charge of patient re-
lations, said student frustrations with
Health Service stem from lack of
awareness of how to profitably use a
clinical medical care program. Ac-
cording to Farmer, most students
coming from a one-to-one relation-
ship with a family physician to,
Health Service don't know what to
"Students need to learn how to use
a clinic, to wait, to use the system,"
said Farmer. They can learn to like it
like their own family physician.
Often, however, students don't give
us a chance after they've had a bad
Sue Ferrick finds Health Service
"just like any other clinic." The third
year biological engineering student
said she hesitated before going to
Health Service for the first time.
"My mother wanted me to see a
'real' doctor."

"WHEN I went to Health Service,
the x-ray machine was turned off,"
said sophomore nursing student
Heidi Unger. "They gave me
crutches and said to come back later.
I even heard one of the nurses say,
'They ought to tell us when x-ray is
If patients are unhappy with their
doctors, they are encouraged to shop
around and find a doctor they like.
Students are urged to return to a par-
ticular doctor as part of the attempt
to establish an ongoing patient-
doctor relationship.
A seven-member student planning
group has been set up to obtain
student feedback. The organization
will recruit volunteers to get student
input in Health Service areas and tp
open communication channels be-
tween students and the Health Serv-
Farmer said students with com-
plaints should contact her. "They acn
be reassured or re-treated. If they
don't give us feedback, we don't
know what's going on."
Another student concern with
Health Service is the ten dollar fee
assessment. Each University student
is charged ten dollars per semester.
This fee entitles enrolled students to
unlimited visits to the general medi-
cal clinic during regular clinic hours.
Extra fees are charged for specialty
clinics, laboratory tests, x-rays, and
prescriptions and after-hours visits.
The fee assessment began in
September, 1976 when the Michigan
State Legislature ruled that all
not-teaching university facilities had
to become self-supporting within five

(Continued from Page 1)
roads. Richard Kennedy, University
vice-president for state relations, told
the group that unless the UATS plan in-
cludes a proposal to hasten traffic along
Geddes and Fuller roads, the Univer-
sity Hospital will be built in a different
location in 1980.
THE UNIVERSITY has recommen-
ded that a four-lane parkway be laid4
down from the present intersection of
Geddes and Fuller in the east-past1
North Campus on Glacier Way-and
back down Fuller to Glen Street.
Many of the area residents expressed
resentment over the University's
proposal. Most of the complaints aired
emphasized the environment, bike
trails, and historic landmarks in the.
Huron Valley.
Rose Wilson described what she
called the "fantasy of the magic car-
pet."-"When we shell out the money
(for a car), we think we can get
anywhere we want to easily." Wilson.
also said traffic to the hospital doesn't
deserve priority over downtown traffic.
UNIVERSITY Hospital Doctors Sid-
ney Gilman and Herbert Sloan,
however, strongly voiced their support
of the University's position.
Gilman, a neurologist, said, "I came
to the University Hospital in hopes of
increasing academic neurology, but the
institution is declining and people will
only come (to work) as long as it stays
modern." Sloan also said "easy ac-
cess" to the hospital is necessary to
continue "the mission of the University
as a great resource for the people and
the state."
The proposed parkway, approved by
University consultants Johnson, John-
son & Roy, was drawn up with the
University Hospital replacement
project in mind. The Regents are ex-
pected to decide on a site for the new
hospital within the next few months.
REGARDLESS of the site, the

University expects to replace the main
unit of the hospital in 1980, but state
money has not been approved. The
replacement project, which may not
involve relocation, would not increase
the number of beds in the complex but
rather improve existing facilities.
Much to their dismay, however,
University officials have no authority
over the UATS decision. The University
consultants are now doing some
research but Kennedy said, "We hope
that you (UATS) will await the results
of our study."
UATS has narrowed their proposals
from five to three:
" What one citizen called "behavior
modification." Satellite parking, car-
pooling, higher parking fees, increased
bus service.
* Widening of Fuller from Glen to
Wall Streets to four lanes, replacement
of the Fuller Bridge with a four-lane
" The most spectacular plan of all is
number five: a plan developed by
Ulrich Stoll, member of the Huron
Valley Study Committee, Which calls
for a new two-lane highway and bridge
connecting the Medical Center directly
with the Bonisteel-Fuller intersection
on North Campus (see drawing). This
cuts across a University-owned playing
field and over the Huron River.
However, several people said the
natural beauty of Huron Valley would
be destroyed if this road on stilts were
constructed. But Stoll, the designer of
the plan, noted the view from the briqlge
could be pleasant and the artist's ren-
dition of the proposed road might not be
The 12-member UATS Steering
Committee has until Feb. 12 to present
a recommendation to the UATS Policy
Committee. The Policy Committee
would then take about two months to
consider the proposal before finally
sending a plan to a government agency
for action.

Daily Photo by ANDY FREEBERG

STUDENTS WHO USE the University Health Service complain that waiting a
long time in the lobby is a typical occurrence.
Use of baboons in
safety tests protested
(Continued from Page 1)

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Speaking for the committee, Gaede
emphasized that instead of spending
money on the present research, federal
funds would be better spent on an
educational campaign to convince
motorists to use their seatbelts. He also
accused auto makers of neglect in the
area of driver protection.
"YOU FIND all kinds of safety
devices on foreign cars which we don't
have here," he said.
John Melvin, an engineer for the
Highway Safety Research Institute
defended the program because it could
ultimately save human lives, "More
people under age 35 are killed by
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Melvin also rejected the group's
allegations that American cars lack
safety devices equal to European cars.
Except for a slight deviation in French
seat belts, Melvin said he doesn't
"know of any particular safety device
in a European car that doesn't appear
in an American car."
KATHY FLOOD, another committee
member said the group is "concerned
that they're wasting baboons to solve
man-made problems." She said she is
not opposed to the use of animals in
research in all cases.
Flood also charged the information
gleaned from the experiments would be
worthless. "The fact that they (the
baboons) are anesthetized is going to
invalidate the results they get," she
The committee also claims the study
is redundant because it centers on
similar impact tests conducted on
primates in the past ten years.
MELVIN ALSO discounted this
charge, saying the experiments have a
definite value because they emphasize
the study of the thoracic (chest and
spine) area, unlike other studies.
Melvin called the test session held
last Saturday a "successful test." He
said the time of the next impact test is
undecided-depending on Saturday's
Bennett Cohen, caretaker of the
University's research animals said,
"We are satisfied here that no
inhumane treatment is involved (in the
experiments). The project is carried
out with the animal under deep

Coal union meetings:
bow to Carter plea

E IflUltle

(Continued from Page 1)
know how the shooting started or how
many shots were fired. No arrests had'
been made by late Friday.
Elsewhere, picketing miners in west-
ern Pennsylvania forced one company
to halt shipments, but the troubled soft-
coal region of the state was otherwise
acting on President Carter's behalf,
telephoned Miller to ask for a one-day
delay in the meeting. A White House
spokeswoman said the request was an
effort to give union and industry bar-
gainers more time to reach a contract
Miller at first said the meeting would
be postponed until today, but the union
announced later the session would not
be held until Tuesday: It said many of
the council members would return
home for the weekend as the contract
talks continued.
Miller told reporters: "President
Carter asked me to postpone for one
day the meeting of the council." Associ-
ate White House Press Secretary
Claudia Townsend said Marshall made
the actual call.
MEDIATORS, meanwhile, met with
union negotiators as they sought to nail
down a deal that could end the longest
UMW strike in history. The union had
struck for 59 days in 1946.
"The mediators are meeting with the
parties separately and will be doing
that this morning," said a mediation
spokesman, Norman Walker.
"There probably will be a joint bar-
gaining session later, depending on how
things go."
NEGOTIATORS for the union and the'
coal industry, reported at one point

"very close" to agreement, had re-
cessed their talks shortly after mid-
night without settling on terms that
could end the strike.
Carter has come under increasing
pressure to intervene in the strike as
the effects of dwindling coal supplies
have been felt by utilities and other
customers, especially in the Middle
West and Appalachia.
But the president told a news confer-
ence earlier this week he had no inten-
tion of invoking the strike-halting pro-
visions of the Taft-Hartley Act, which
provides for an 80-day cooling-off
MARSHALL also has stressed a
"non-interventionist" policy toward
labor disputes in general.
"In any non-interventionist policy
there are fuzzy gray areas," said one
source explaining the administration's
"Obviously things are at a very sensi
tive point and God knows it's in the in-
terest of this administration for a tenta-
tive settlement."
Miller was not a prelude to Carter in-
voking Taft-Hartley but was an ap-
parent attempt to keep the negotiations
from untracking again at a critical
Miller called the bargaining council
session to brief the members on the
talks. The council must approve any
tentative settlerment.
Chief federal mediator Wayne Hor-
vitz announced shortly after midnight
that 14 hours of talks Thursday had
failed to produce an accord. Although
he had been hopeful early in the day,
Horvitz said, "We don't have,-an agree-
ment tonight."


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