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Cell phones go to Women’s Center

On Oct. 18, 23 cell phones were presented to Jennifer Kline of the South Tahoe Women’s Center for use in their program for women by Dave Grussendorf, Director of Management Information Systems and Mary Flores ER Nurse Manager, both of Barton Hospital.

The Women’s Center will dispense the cell phones as needed to their clients for access to 911 through Hopeline, a Verizon Wireless exclusive program that uses wireless services and equipment to assist victims in emergency domestic violence situations. Once Verizon receives the phones, they refurbish them and program them for 911 calls.

The SLT Women’s Center has programs for Sexual Assault. Rape victims, domestic violence and child abuse. The Sexual Assault Response Team is a strong advocate for emergency support at Barton Hospital. They respond to calls from the ER or law enforcement 24 hours a day, seven days a week and work closely with ER physicians and staff to provide emotional support to patients.

“Barton is very pleased to participate in this very worthwhile program,” stated Grussendorf. “Speaking as a father of five daughters, I know I would want access to this service should they ever experience domestic difficulties.” This is another example of our community resource providers working together for the benefit of our community.

For information about the SLT Women’s Center, call 544-2118, visit their web site at http://www.sltwc.org. The Crisis Line is at 544-4444.

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