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Wednesday, Jan, 10, 2001 7A m m n District Davey opened | .the potential of a w when he listed of strategies and =_ facts during the ting. Seeking to pt the public really .ey posed the ques- ; do you want us to the board have that more commu- ipation is needed to direction Seneca [ cia the near future, ribed as between i ld-May. According Zhould the public opt election, it must oc- than 45 days prior avoid the loss of gained between as- believes a will be up to the to Davey speak of election deductions The board be- effort to reach With well-document- facts about the dis- t as successful as it e been the last go achieve a margin of safety; and Convincing the 490 registered voters who failed to vote, of the need to vote. Davey was off to a head start on public opinion with the ex- tremely high turnout of resi- dents present at the meeting. Earlier in the week, messages were flying via electronic com- munications, encouraging at- tendance at the meeting and it appears to have been a good strategy in itself for the board, as the Wildwood Senior Center was ffdled to capacity. Taking advantage of the high turnout, Davey called for a straw vote on the financial options available to the dis- trict. The options, again pre- sented by CEO Ray Marks, in- cluded: Closing the emergency room and stopping ambulance ser- vice; Closing the emergency room and keeping the ambulance service; Having the district continue on as is until all the money is gone and a 90-day notice has to be given in order to avoid bouncing payroll checks; and Conducting another Measure S election. No hands went up for the first two options, a few went By Victoria Metcalf PDH has been ahead of many costly to reduce the number of $5.5 million. StaffWnter hospitals in California in changes once it's in the state's In the reconfiguration plans, Architectural and engineer- readying plans to meet seismic hands, than to add to them.business services will move to ing plans for the Plumas Dis- upgrades. Last year, however, At this stage, PDH's plans a new building planned near trier Hospital (PDH) expansion the state changed a few of its call for a remodel to meet the PDH and the Quincy Family and remodeling are expected demands regarding remodel- original state earthquake re- Medicine building. to be ready in the near future ing, requiring fewer changes quirements for a single-story Although a date has not been for submission to the state, to some hospitals, hospital. The facility is also ex- set for beginning construction Plans are expected to be at The PDH Board of Directors panding, giving more space to on the new business and ad- PDH Jan. 25 for a final review determined that it made more the emergency room, lab andministration building, the cost before being submitted to the sense financially to continue X-ray departments. This phase estimate of the facility is state for approval, according to with full plans to submit to the of the project, under the origi- around $500,000. Administrator Michael Barry. state, deciding that it is less hal plans, was to cost around By Aiicla Higbee Indian Valtey Editor Civic leader Steve Quinby took the gavel of chairman from departing Indian Valley Health Care District Chairman Randy Pew Thursday, Dec. 28, and new board member Nancy Fluke was welcomed to the table. Quinby is also president of the Greenville Rotary Club and vice president of the Greenville AARP. Before leaving the board's table, Pew thanked other board and staff members for their willingness to serve and dedication to the district. He also thanked former chairwoman Sheila Grothe for her sacrifices when former Ad- ministrator Lynn Seaberg was fired. Grothe volunteered many money in the district would make a difference. If there was plenty of money, the district would not have so many problems, he said. Then, maybe someone would be interested in serving. For the second month, amid several months of losses, the district rmances show a slight gain of $16, 501 for the month of November. Treasurer Ken Walker said the gain was due to about $19,000 in contributions re- ceived for medical equipment from the Friends of Indian Val- ley Hospital, the hospital vol- unteers and the Tanya Hodges Memorial Fund. Though November showed improvement, December did not. The district finally had to dip into their line of credit for with a snicker. With all the problems experi- enced lately, business office manager Cherie Whipple said it seems like Medicare has been trying to shut down rural hospitals. Director of Nursing Jocelyn Cote disagreed. She said Medicare has no compassion, that fragile dis- tricts are probably expected to have buffers in place to offset delays in payment. Meanwhile, the wait for money continues, and the dis- trict has no recourse, accord- ing to Whipple. Private insurance, like Blue Cross, is not paying as much as expected, either. One patient could run up an $1,800 bill, Walker said, and the insurance company might only allow for $400 of that bill lems, the district also faces spending more than $53,000 to temporarily meet the state seismic requirements. In order to stay open, while preparing to create what the state deems is an earthquake- safe facility, there are several improvements and retrofits that must be completed by New Year's Day, 2002, if the state accepts the district's re- quest for a one-year extension. Equipment such as the fire alarm system, medical gas an- chorage, surgery lights, pa- tient tables, cabinetry and a few other items must be prop- erly braced, anchored and test- ed for compliance. The plans to create a future earthquake-safe facility must also be completed in one year. There are several rural and urban hospitals either prepar- for those voters up for the third, and with the hours as the interim adminis- $50,000 to meet payroll, to be paid. ing to close or requesting this flow of what is exception of the few Seneca de- trator, before the board even- The line of credit is secured The patient is not responsi- one-year extension to complete "misinformation" tractors, there was a unani- tually hired her part time. by the district's tax receipts, ble for the extra expense el- the retrofitting, testing and l oll on the needed mous show of hands in favor of Pew said he was stepping Operating expenses and oth- ther, just their portion of the planning process. I ~plan is to have a a new election, down for both personal and er expenses have gone down $400. Plumas District Hospital in The board did not go into professional reasons, though since Grothe and staff mem- The district loses $1,400 in Quincy finished this part of ~.ace in each of the any specifics about the lan- he also said the district was no hers began working together this scenario, and it really hap- the process a year ago, accord- Blues around the lake. guage of a new ballot, nor was less important than his job. on cutbacks, but other prob- pens. ing to Administrator Mike $~Calling for day and there any discussion as to Four years ago, when Pew lems are interfering with the Using no names, financial Berry. ~e~ tings to ensure what special tax assessment decided to become a board savings, staff members discussed such imum amount of dollar amount might be placed member, the district faced a Medicare is one of the a case, which involved treat- ached in the 18 before the voters, situation similar to the one biggest, ment of a woman with a trou- ! tZaaining before the The board made the decision they are in today: there is no There is about $40,000 due to bled pregnancy, printing ldecision must be that, in addition to the regular- one coming forward to serve the hospital in reimburse- Because her visit was relat- ~Vey said they will ly scheduled monthly meet- on the board, ments, but it is stuck in a com- ed to the pregnancy, Blue Est|mates! ~orl( hard in the five ings, communication could be The appointment of a board puter software problem of the Cross would not pa~ for the ~lties of Hamilton increased with the public by member to replace Sheila company that provides finan- full amount of the bill. Ca~ ~l~W cial services to the govern- Chester, Lake A1- continuating the new work- Grothe's seat has passedvfrOm The reimbursement is based est/Prattville, shop format they have institut- the district to the super isors ment. on the diagnosis, not all the ex. "TIIEPRINTSlIOP" I~1}~I1 and the Peninsu- ed. ~ae of these precincts Although visiting the neigh- and is now back in the lap of "What are they doing with penses incurred on the way to the district, our money?" Walker asked, that conclusion. 283-0800! ~! a 66 percent tally to borhoods will soon be a priori- They must call for an elec- "Probably collecting inter- In the midst of these insur- andatorytwo-thirds ty, no schedule of meetings has tion, and are hoping only one est," someone else answered ance reimbursement prob- ~'., _~ ~assage of the mea- been made available. Davey interested person comes for- Ehlentified goals set by did announce that the dis- ward. I I trict's finance committee will If two or more people file for ~luded: . be doubling up on meetings candidacy, the financially t ih-g" the 223 vozers and that meetings are current-strapped district will have to ][.,the Measure S voting ly set for Jan. 18 and 25, at 4 pay for an election. ~ to vote yes; p.m., in the conference room of Several board members ) ~lag the 1,318 voters to the Lake Almanor Clinic. agreed to start a letter-writing ;l rt the district with The next Seneca Healthcare campaign in order to attract District meeting is set for Feb. interest. ~Cing 415 of the 1,029 1, at 7 p.m., at the Wildwood Treasurer Ken Walker won- ~t,~rs to vote yes, while Senior Center. i~g in a few more to dered out loud if having more i ~Versity of California vegetables. For more information or to e Extension will be- A kick-off meeting is register for the meeting, con- ducing the California planned for Feb. 7, from I0 tact Susan Donohue at the Uni- t: t Y Campaign in the a.m.-2 p.m. at the Butte County versity of California Coopera. Glenn, Colusa, Library, Chico Branch, 1108 tire Extension at (5,30) 538-7201. s, Lassen, Modoc, ShermanAve. , .... iSkiyou, Trinity and [:unties can partici-;ZI I E li':ZZl: to help California Fifth grade children Parents eat five or rVings of fruits and Serving Plumas, Sierra & Lassen Counties A COMPLETE INSURANCE SERVICE Business Home Auto DVI3 i283"1112 I Since 1883 400 Main * Quincy uc. #03.40935 [ l ange your C-Band PRIMESTAR bill for a $MBM11W SYm IASR PItOfl SlONll. PI mU W NS U L " )~ ai ~,er~s ~ ~) ~s bp IOO ED msH~w~ nR~ lN You~ ce~ o~ ~k~nS~ON IV~ ~ G~ A BBMmkPP The Les Schwab Tire Store in Quincy is now entirely-- owned and operated by Ron and Stephanle Horton. The mutual agreement to purchase Bill Coates' interest in the long-established Quincy tire store has been in the works since the two successfully opened a Les Schwab Tire Center near Portola --which Bill Coates will now solely own and operate. This change in ownership and management will not have any effect on either store's ongoing commitment to service and customer satisfaction. Ron and Stephanie look forward to serving the needs of motorists for many, many years to come from their Quincy store and they know Bill is looking forward to the same relationship with his customers in Eastern Plumas County. Quincy 283-1450