Jerry Wise, center, administrator at Northridge Medical Center, Commerce, recently outlined at the Jefferson Rotary Club meeting the challenges and aspirations of operating a medical center that includes a nursing facility and a hospital. Rotarian Luis Carreno, left, introduced Wise, who was welcomed by club President Jon Howell, right. A book was presented to the Jefferson Public Library in honor of Wise. The administrator described his hopes for the medical center and told how a sudden storm Aug. 18 of this year ripped off the covering of the nursing home as its roof was being replaced. The damage was massive, he indicated, including six inches of water in the floor, the destruction of ceiling and walls and the challenge of moving 59 nursing home residents from that facility into the adjacent hospital’s rooms. Thanks to the help of emergency personnel, including fire, rescue and law enforcement, they all were safely relocated within two hours, he said. Reconstruction and repairs continue, he said.


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