Express ER

Express ER, a privately owned emergency room, opened Saturday in the former Johnny Carino’s building at 1411 N. Valley Mills Drive.

Staff photo — Rod Aydelotte, file

Friday was National Doughnut Day, and a logistics and delivery company called Postmates celebrated by releasing the results of a poll of 1,000 Americans it conducted with nationaltoday.com regarding their doughnut-eating habits and whether they like fellow staffers to bring the sweets to the workplace.

More than half of Americans have brought doughnuts to the office, and 51 percent of those polled said they think more highly of people who treat their colleagues to the sweets, according to a press release on the poll. Only 2 percent said they think less of those who bring doughnuts to the office, while 47 percent said they didn’t care one way or the other.

The top-five doughnut chains selected in the poll were: Krispy Kreme, 42 percent; Dunkin’ Donuts, 40 percent; Shipley Do-Nuts, 4 percent; Tim Hortons, 3 percent; and Voodoo Donuts, 3 percent.

Waco has no Krispy Kreme, Tim Hortons or Voodo locations, but Shipley locations are plentiful, and Dunkin’ opened a Waco shop last year and reportedly is scouting sites for one or two more.

The top-five doughnut flavors selected in the poll were: glazed, 28 percent; Boston cream, 17 percent; chocolate frosted, 16 percent; jelly filled, 11 percent; and chocolate cake, 7 percent.

Express ER ribbon-cutting

Express ER, a new privately owned and operated emergency medical facility in the former Johnny Carino’s building, 1411 N. Valley Mills Drive, held its ribbon-cutting Saturday. To say the owners tried hard to make the public feel welcome would be an understatement.

Pokey O’s served ice cream sandwiches to the first 100 people at the scene, and everyone could register for a $250 H-E-B gift card.

There also was a petting zoo, train rides, water slide, bounce house and face painting, and radio station 97.5 broadcast live, according to a press release from spokeswoman Paula Hatfield.

Many activities were meant to entertain youngsters who visited with their parents, and obviously were designed to reduce anxiety they may have about visiting the facility for treatment.

That’s all part of the strategy of Express ER, which will remain open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to treat injuries and illnesses like those seen at the typical hospital-affiliated emergency facility.

Hatfield said the company will involve young people in programs to raise donations of stuffed animals to the facility. If time allows, she said, youngsters will be chosen to dress up like doctors and provide “treatment” to friends in the ER.

Ohio suing Allergan, others

The state of Ohio is suing five drug companies, including Allergan, which has a facility in Waco, according to a Reuters report.

“The suit, filed by Attorney General Mike DeWine, comes as a growing number of state and local governments are suing drugmakers and distributors, seeking to hold them accountable for a deadly and costly opioid crisis,” according to Reuters.

Allergan has manufacturing facilities worldwide, “but the Waco plant would not be affected” by the lawsuit, spokeswoman Lisa Brown said via email. Brown said Allergan would have no further comment on the matter.

“Opioid drugs, including prescription painkillers and heroin, killed more than 33,000 people in the United States in 2015, more than any year on record, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” the Reuters report states.

According to Reuters, DeWine said the companies, Purdue Pharma LP, Janssen Pharmaceutical, Endo International, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries and Allergan, “helped unleash the crisis by spending millions of dollars marketing and promoting such drugs as OxyContin and Percocet, overstating their benefits and trivializing their potential addictive qualities.”

Mission Waco’s high rating

Mission Waco-Mission World, a local collection of services and programs aimed at helping the poor, homeless and marginalized find work, a meal and sometimes a temporary place to live, has received Charity Navigator’s highest rating of four stars.

“Attaining a four-star rating means Mission Waco outperforms most charities in your area of work and sets you apart and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness, strong financial health and a commitment to accountability and transparency,” according to a letter from Charity Navigator to Mission Waco executive director Jimmy Dorrell.

Charity Navigator’s website states Mission Waco-Mission World received a 95.02 overall score, including 92.96 for its financial performance and 100 for its accountability and transparency.

In the area around North 15th Street and Colcord Avenue, Mission Waco operates World Cup Cafe, Jubilee Theatre and Jubilee Food Market and provides office space for those involved in other programs targeting the marginalized.

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