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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 9A CLOSURE: Country Villa hurt by la,:k of Medicare patients from page 1A , recent years. Closure plans have to include where patients will : be taken. The closest skilled nursing i I facility is operated by i' Eastern Plumas Health Care, with campuses in Portola and Loyalton. Country :, Villa's parent company operates a facility in Susanville, which is the next closest. "Patients have their rights; they have a choice and they can appeal," Hall said. She said she is contacting Assemblyman Brian Dahle to ensure that the state department of health follows all of the rules associated with a skilled nursing facility closure. Hall encouraged those who have a family member or friend in Country Villa to contact the ombudsman for the facility and to contact the California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform at 800-474-1116. The website is Hall said she is also available at 283-6337. She and Morgan, whose mother-in-law is a resident of the facility, as well as other community leaders, want to buy time to develop a transition plan. "We need to begin immediately to present the current ownership with a transition plan that would be preferable to closing," Morgan said. That plan could involve. a new owner or a Plumas District Hospital takeover of the facility. Dr. Jeff Kepple, Plumas District Hospital's chief executive officer, said he is open to that possibility but must protect the iPlumas District Hospital to get three new doctors this summer :: Debra Moore Staff Writer Community efforts to woo a surgeon and his family practice wife have paid off. Drs. Ben and All Hunt are moving to Quincy this summer. Dr. Jeff Kepple, the chief executive officer of Plumas DistrictHospital, has referred to the husband and wife as "rock stars" because of how well they are regarded and how many medical communities had hoped to attract them. "Their references are out of this world," Kepple told the hospital's board of directors in early January. The couple hasvisited Q(incy three times, twice staying with Kepple and his wife, Tracy. Most recently, the Hunts spent the Sparkle weekend in Quincy, when local merchants surprised the doctors and their young daughter with welcome gifts. Ben is a general surgeon who attended the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine. The new surgeon will join Dr. Steen Jensen in performing surgeries at Plumas District Hospital. He succeeds Dr. Mark Williams, who worked for Plumas District Hospital as well as Eastern Plumas Health Care. Tom Hayes, the chief executive officer of EPIC, said that Hunt will provide care for the area's patients, but under a different type of agreement than with Williams. Hunt will see patients in Portola, but any surgeries would be scheduled in Quincy. "If there's more volume, then maybe we will explore something different," Hayes said. "But for now it will be a cooperative arrangement." Hayes complimented Kepple on recruiting the surgeon. "I have talked to him (Hunt) and he is very personable. He sounds like a great guy." Dr. Hunt's wife, All, who will practice family medicine and obstetrics for Plumas District Hospital, is finishing up her residency at Sutter in Sacramento in July. A third physician, Dr. Paige Lewis, who is finishing a fellowship in obstetrics in New York, has also signed a contract with PDH and will begin practicing this summer. Kepple noted that all three graduated in the top of the class. "I am so thankful for the community effort that made this possible," Kepple said. The arrival of the new physicians will require some shuffling of offices at both the North Fork and Quincy Family Medicine clinics. During the process, the facilities will also undergo a name change. hospital financially. "I can't put the hospital at risk," he said and is considering a feasibility study. Hall has reviewed Country Vitla's finances and said she is guardedly optimistic. Such large expenses as $300,000 in annual rent; $103,000 contracts for physical and occupational therapists; and a $170,000 management fee she sees as opportunities to cut costs. But she stressed that she isn't an expert in skilled nursing home finances. Contributing to Country Villa's financial woes is the lack of Medicare reimbursed patients. Skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities provide long-term care that is reimbursed at a lower rate than rehabilitation stays, which are shorter in duration and reimbursed by Medicare or other insurance. A typical example is a patient who had a knee or hip replaced in Reno or Chico. Those patients transfer to a rehabilitation hospital and most often they are transitioned to a facility in one of those cities. That is revenue that is lost locally. Tom Hayes, the chief executive officer for Eastern Plumas Health Care, said that hospitals are reimbursed at slightly higher rates for long-term patients than a private entity would be, which helps it become more financially viable for a hospital to operate a skilled nursing facility. Hall said that her department can help with administration and fiscal issues, and even offer nursing assistance during a transition. Morgan said he is optimistic that a solution can be found to prevent the facility's closure, and even Kepple, who is more cautious, said, "If any community can work together to find a solution, this one can." I SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14 VALENTINE'S DAY 4-COUISE DINNER WITH SPECIAL MUSICAL GUEST, DON KAHN t ,i SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15 ' PAITY I MARDI GIAS DINNEI NEW CHEF & MENU i ) Welcome Chef Scott Burnes to the team and i try some of his enticing new dishes this i Lounge will be serving I on Friday through Sunday. 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