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Hospital staff takes part in documentary

Sunday, November 21, 2010

A handful of associates from St. Vincent Clay Hospital (SVCH) took part in the filming of a documentary for the Animal Planet channel, including (front, from left) Tammy Dees of SVCH, Oxford Scientific Films cameraman Paul Kirsop, (back) Lisa Wood of SVCH, Kim Evinger of SVCH, Anna Williams from the film crew, Denise Larkin of SVCH and actress Karen Martion.
It was all lights, camera and action at St. Vincent Clay Hospital recently.

Members of the hospital staff took part in filming for a documentary for the Animal Planet channel.

London-based television company, Oxford Scientific Films, produced a documentary about exotic animal ownership.

The show will be part of the "Fatal Attractions" series, which appears on channel.

According to hospital officials, the film crew filmed parts for the documentary at the local facility Saturday, Oct. 23.

"It was definitely a new adventure in health care," St. Vincent Clay Hospital Education/Marketing and Communications Director Andrea S. Baysinger, RN, BSN, said. "But it was an opportunity for us to share what we have to offer the community."

Baysinger said the film crew arrived on scene at 4 p.m., and left at approximately 10 p.m.

The documentary focused on ownership of exotic animals. In the course of filming, Baysinger told The Brazil Times the film crew also traveled to the Center Point area to film scenes at the Exotic Feline Rescue Center.

According to Baysinger, the program tells the story of Charles Peters, who owned two lions as pets in Chillicothe, Ohio.

In 2004, his daughter, Lisa, was bitten on the arm by one of the lions when she put her arm in the cage. Lisa was flown to a local hospital and received emergency treatment for her wounds. She eventually spent six weeks in the hospital a doctors attempted to repair severe skin and nerve damage.

The company filmed a short sequence with an actress portraying Lisa as she was being treated for her injuries in a hospital room at St. Vincent Clay Hospital. The remainder of the reenactment was filmed at the Exotic Feline Rescue Center.

St. Vincent Clay Hospital associates Denise Lakin, Lisa Wood, Kim Evinger and Tammy Dees participated as extras in the filming.

"They were there to be in scrubs and look like they were providing hands-on care at the direction of the producers," Baysinger said.

In addition to the hospital participation, TransCare and Statflight took part.

Baysinger said she had not been notified as to when the documentary was scheduled to air.

Animal Planet is under the umbrella of the Discovery Channel. According to its website, "Fatal Attractions" is a "basic instinct for humans to want to love and be loved. But for some, this basic desire can take them into obsessive and dangerous territory."

The website for "Fatal Attractions," (http://animal.discovery.com/tv/fatal-attractions/), states new episodes for the television show will be returning in February 2011 and explore "cases where sharing a home with animals ranging from tigers and wolves to bears and reptiles can have devastating consequences."

According to its website, www.oxfordscientificfilms.tv/, Oxford Scientific Films is a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and Emmy-award winning company that focuses on "contemporary factual, natural history, science and history."

In addition to working for the "Fatal Attractions" series, Oxford Scientific Films has produced documentaries for Meerkat Manor (on Animal Planet), Impaled! (on the Discovery Channel), and Lockdown Oz Maximum Security (on the National Geographic Channel).

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Kudos to everyone involved!!!! Great recognition for Clay County and certainly an interesting series!!!!!

-- Posted by JaniLou on Sun, Nov 21, 2010, at 8:26 PM

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