The Whitten Center

Issue No. 34                                                                                                                                              March, 2017_


   Once there was a little girl whose mother liked to make breakfast for dinner 
once and a while. On one particular evening, after a very hard day at work,
 the mother decided to make breakfast for sinner.

On that evening, the mother placed a plate of eggs, sausage, and extremely 
burned biscuits on the table. The little girl waited anxiously to see if anyone
 noticed. But all that her dad did was reach for his biscuit and ask how everyone's day was. All the little girl remembered from that evening was watching her dad smear butter and jelly on the biscuit and eat every bite.

When everyone got up from the table that evening, the mom apologized to the dad for burning the biscuits. The dad's response amazed the little girl when he said: "Baby, I love burned biscuits."

Later that night, when the little girl went to kiss her daddy good night, she asked him if he really liked his biscuits burned. The dad wrapped his arms around the little girl and said: "Your momma put in a really hard day at work today and is very tired. She needed things to go smoothly at home tonight. And besides -- a little burned biscuit never hurt anyone!"

As we all know life is full of imperfect things… and imperfect people. I am not the best cook or even the best housekeeper. But something that I have learned over the years is that learning to accept each other's faults -- and choosing to celebrate each other's differences -- is one of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, and lasting relationship. And that is my prayer for everyone today

Chaplain Jeff


Collins, DMD

For those of you who fear going to the dentist, and the possibility of having to receive a dreadful shot, help may soon be on the way.

A new FDA-approved anesthetic, Kovanaze, administered in a nasal spray, is safe and effective, according to researchers at Penn Dental Medicine in Philadelphia

The drug could make the use of numbing agents delivered via needle unnecessary, but it is currently approved only for dental work on most top teeth.

"There is really nothing else like this," Dr. Elliot Hersh, the study's lead author and professor of pharmacology at Penn Dental Medicine, said in a statement. "This is obviously a great thing for needle-phobic individuals”. 

Results of the phase three clinical trial were published in the Journal of the American Dental Association.

The drug, which combines the local anesthetic tetracaine and the nasal decongestant oxymetazoline, effectively prevented pain during a single restorative procedure in an upper bicuspid, canine or incisor in 88 percent of patients – a rate comparable to the success of common injectable numbing agents, the study found. A runny nose and nasal congestion were the most common side effects; no serious side effects were reported.

According to a statement from Penn Dental Medicine:

"The trial recruited 150 adults set to undergo a single dental filling in an upper bicuspid, canine, or incisor. One hundred patients were assigned Kovanaze and 50 were assigned a placebo spray.

"Patients received one spray, waited four minutes, received a second spray, waited 10 minutes and then a test drilling was performed. If they experienced pain, they received a third spray. Patients who still experienced pain at that point received a rescue injection of local anesthetic for the procedure."

Further studies will evaluate its safety in use with children. Current FDA approval is for patients weighing at least 88 pounds.


Angie Cunningham
Blue CareOnDemand 

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Recognizing Greatness!

Volunteer Services was recently able to recognize some wonderful employees at Whitten Center! There are a lot of hard working folks here at our facility, and we love recognizing those that are committed to caring for our residents!  
Please help us congratulate the following team members….


  News from the Whitten Center Parents’ Club  
  March 2017

The Parents’ Club has been very active during recent months. We want to express our deep thanks to all employees who have worked so hard to care for our loved ones. We know that coverage has been at an all-time low and many of you are working 12 and 16 hour shifts. WE APPRECIATE YOU MORE THAN WORDS CAN EXPRESS. Please know that Parents’ Club members have been speaking to legislators in efforts to get pay increases for our workers. This is a slow process but everyone has been made aware of the urgency. Also, we are encouraging new hiring advertising methods in efforts to bring more employees into our system. Please know we are supporting you. 

Thanks to the units who have participated in the decorating contests. Our efforts in these contests are to provide opportunities for fun activities for units as you plan and carry out your decorations. 

Christmas and Valentine parties seem to have been enjoyed across the campus. Your Parents’ Club enjoys supporting parties so everyone can enjoy the special holidays. Our goals include providing fun and entertaining “extras” for all residents at Whitten Center. We are looking forward to helping with Easter parties for all units. 
 The Spring Bub Lollis Motorcycle Ride is scheduled for Sunday, April 2. Pray for good weather and a big turnout. It is so nice to see the residents out greeting the bikers as they ride through campus. It is nice to let them know we appreciate all they do for us

The Parents’ Club will be sponsoring the Annual Glen Bledsoe Golf Tournament at the Newberry Country Club on Wednesday, April 12th. Anyone wishing to play, sponsor, or donate door prizes please contact Tara Glenn or Marlene Woods.

We would like to wish John King the best in his retirement. It is with sorrow that we see him leave because he has been so supportive of the Parents’ Club and our activities. John worked so hard to make lives better for all the individuals at Whitten Center. John, we still look forward to your help grilling for the bike rides especially. Lighting those grills takes your special touch. You will be missed, but we wish you much joy in retirement. 
The Annual Spring Parents’ Club meeting is scheduled for Friday, April 28th at 1:30 PM in Hallett Auditorium. I encourage all family members and interested friends to attend.

Linda Lee, President, Whitten Center Parents’ Club


To all the wonderful folks who took a name from The Angel Tree at Christmas. May you be blessed for your thoughtfulness. I know that it meant a lot to our folks to get these little extras. You put lots of smiles on their faces. The names (with their requests) were selected by a lot of the staff here at Whitten and I know that they know the needs of these individuals. Bless You!

Marlene Woods
CARE Advocate


The answer to this puzzle can be found in the Bible, specifically in the Old Testament. Can you figure it out? Stumped? Contact Chaplain Jeff for the answer.

Adam, God made out of dust. But He thought it best to make me first. So, I was made before man, to answer God's holy plan. A living being I became, and Adam gave me my name. I from his presence then withdrew, and more of Adam never knew. I did my maker's law obey, nor ever went from it astray. Thousands of miles I go in fear, but seldom on earth appear. For purpose wise which God did see, He put a living soul in me. A soul from me God did claim and took it back to earth again. So when from me the soul had fled, I was the same as when first made. Without hands, feet or soul, I travel on prom pole to pole. I labor hard from day to night, and to fallen man, I once gave great light. No right or wrong can I conceive, the Scripture I cannot believe. Although my name therein is found, they to me are an empty sound. No fear of death doth trouble me, real happiness I will never see. To heaven I shall never go, nor to hell below. Now when these lines you slowly read, go search your Bible with all speed. For that my name is written there, I honestly to you declare. WHO AM I?


Sunday March 12 – Daylight Saving Time Begins
Friday March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day
Friday March 24 – Special Olympics Spring Games at PC
Sunday April 2 - Spring Motorcycle Ride
Sunday April 9 – Palm Sunday
Wednesday April 12 – Glenn Bledsoe Memorial Golf Tournament
Friday April 14 – Good Friday
Sunday April 16 – Easter Sunday
Sunday May 14 – Mother’s Day
Wednesday May 10 – Confederate Memorial Day Holiday
Saturday May 20 – Armed Forces Day
Monday May 29 – Memorial Day Holiday
Wednesday June 14 – Flag Day
Sunday June 18 – Father’s Day
Tuesday July 4 – Independence Day 

-Thank You! To all who submitted articles for the Whistler. Your effort and cooperation are
greatly appreciated!
-The Whistler is posted on the L-Drive for your convenience.
-The deadline for articles for the next issue of the Whistler (June 1 issue) is May 15.
Mr. Roger Vicars, of Housekeeping,  
was recognized as the 2016 July – Sept  Employee of the Quarter.  
Ms. Angienetta Bowie, of Unit  
102 was recognized as the 2016
November Employee of The Month  
Ms. Latreka Thomas, was  Recognized as the 2016 Oct - Dec Employee of  the Quarter.  
Mrs. Kathy Gulledge, of Housekeeping, was recognized as the 2017 January Employee of the Month.