Hospital rankings; new Wayne book

I see by the paper……

Both Sheridan hospitals made the top 10 Wyoming hospitals list of the Wyoming Business Report recently.

The Sheridan VA was ranked second (205 beds) to the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center (206). “Our” VA was founded in 1921 and in 2013, had 1,268 in-patient admissions and 128,213 outpatient visits, according to the WBR.

Sheridan Memorial Hospital was ranked eighth with 88 beds. SMH had 2,336 admissions in 2013 (including ole Buster here) and 49,704 outpatient visits, according to data from American Hospital Association.

 

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Of rankings……..

GolfWeek magazine sent a nifty little book out to subscribers about the “best courses you can play in 2014.”

The Powder Horn was ranked number one in Wyoming.

 

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John Wayne’s burden was that in after he became a star, he had to play John Wayne. Says The New York Times, Wayne was the “very avatar or the American frontier.” Author Scott Eyman adds how Wayne only wanted to play men who “mirrored his own beliefs, his own values, either partially or completely.”

Eyman’s new biography, “John Wayne: The Life and Legend” is one of those foundational books needed when building a library about film and American icons. Born Marion Morrison in Winterset, Iowa, his modest childhood led him to Glendale, California, where he played football for USC and worked building sets in Hollywood to supplement his meager income. Noticed for his good looks, Morrison’s name was changed and he soon appeared in some 200 B Westerns; they took as little as three days to make. His big break came with director John Ford, with whom Wayne would have a lifelong fitful relationship. Ford cast him in “Stagecoach” in 1939 and his career took off.

Eyman details how Wayne was the consummate acting professional. He was solicitous to crew and extras and loyal to friends who helped him along the way. He could quote Shakespeare and Dickens and was a devoted reader of Tolkien. Eyman writes that when Wayne was in a Ford movie or one that was directed by Howard Hawks, he pushed himself to be an actor and not an action star hero, noting how some of Hollywood’s biggest names — Jimmy Stewart, Maureen O’Hara, Gregory Peck — affirmed these acting gifts.

After he made it as a big star, Wayne’s personal life was seemingly a mess always: three failed marriages and recurring bad business deals. Toward the end of his career, he was cranking out movies because he needed the money, calling the films “product.”

Wayne, who died in 1979 of lung cancer, was cast as the authentic American hero, though he never served in the military nor owned a horse. It didn’t matter to John Wayne fans.

It’s a good, surprisingly engaging read and available from our local bookstore, Sheridan Stationery, Books and Gallery.

 

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Quotable

 

“Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.”

 

— John Wayne, American actor, (1907-1979), from his epitaph

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