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Healthbytes - The safety of cardiac care

Few things evolve as fast as the field of medicine. Over the past several years, cardiovascular disease has increasingly become a disease that is treated more often with medications and minimally invasive stenting procedures as opposed to open-heart surgery. As a result of this trend, the volume of surgeries performed by cardiovascular surgeons has declined. Many medium-sized hospitals have so few surgeries that they cannot maintain cardiovascular surgery on-site, and Jefferson Regional Medical Center (JRMC) is one of the hospitals that has recently experienced this change.


Alderman Glen Brown Sr. is seeking his third term on the Pine Bluff City Council. An article published in Thursday’s edition included the incorrect term number.

Fall Fun

From left, Pam Selma watches as Stephanie Gay helps her daughter Olivia Gay dip for goldfish. Alexa Jarbie and Victoria James join in at the Fall Fun Festival at Olive Branch Missionary Baptist Church on Bobo Road. Money raised by the event supports the church chapter of AWANA, (Approved*** Workmen Are Not Ashamed). The chapter*** started more than 30 years ago when the congregation was known as Olive Street Baptist Church. For information on more fall festivals and Halloween events, see the calendar on page 8. (Special to The Commercial/Joe Dempsey)


A photo caption in Thursday’s edition about the Fall Fun Festival at Olive Branch Baptist Church should have said that the event supports the church’s AWANA (Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed) program, which began 30 years ago when the church was known as Olive Street Missionary Baptist Church. The name of the program was incorrect. And it was erroneously stated that the fall festival began 30 years ago, when instead it was the AWANA program that began at that time.