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4A Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 Feather River BUlletin Q, from page 1A floorside seats, $200 floorside table (seats eight). Tickets available at Carey Candy Co., Moon's Restaurant, Bank of America. For information: Lisa Kelly, 283-9900. Saturday: All-you-can-eat biscuits and gravy breakfast, 8 - 11 a.m., Feather River Grange Hall. United Bikers of Northern California presents fundraiser for local veterans, other local charities every second Saturday November - April. $6. For information: Dave or Helen Reynolds, 283-4950. Free date night, doors open 6 p.m., West End Theatre. Fundraiser for Association of Concerned Theatregoers raises money through sale of dinner appetizers, beer, wine. Includes social hour, local comedian Lisa Caballero, photos ($10 apiece), screening of "Some Like it Hot," excerpts enacted on stage, big-band music for dancing. Limited to first 90 people who sign up at Carey Candy Co., Epilog Books or dramaworks. "Find Your Valentine" singles party, 8 p.m., Main Street Sports Bar and Lounge. Photo booth, giveaway, free jukebox. Sunday: Bubbles & Brunch; seatings 10 a.m., noon; Theook and ThDk.  Elega brtq benefits local multiple sclerosis chapter. For information: 249-2307. Tuesday: Two-week sexual assault/domestic violence training begins, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., The Resource Center at 591 Main St. The Resource Center Rape Crisis Center in partnership with Plumas Rural Services Domestic Violence Services presents free peer counseling, advocate training. Second week held at PRS, 711 ' Highway 70. For information, to sign up: The Resource Center, 283-5515; PRS, 283-5675. Pancake Supper and Silent Auction, 6 - 8 p.m., Community United Methodist Church inside Fellowship Hall at 282 Jackson St. Pancakes, sausage, beverages. Pancake decorating for children. Meal free, donations accepted. Proceeds benefit Vacation Bible School program. For information: 283-1740. 836-1300 Opening for Lunch & Dinner Wednesday, February 1 1 Va/ent/ne Day Spec/a/ Prime Rib au Jus House Smoked Pork Chop with Caramelized Onions and Apples with a Hard Apple Cider Glaze Pan Roasted Mahi Mahi with a Warm Fennel, Fresh Tomato & Basil Salsa Petit Filet with Golf Prawns Sauteed with Adobo Sauce; Fresh Lime & Cilantro Regular, menu also available Reservations Recommended 250 Bonta Street, Blairsden 836-4646 Feather River Bulletin Postal Service: usPS (No. 188-550.) Periodicals postage paid at Quincy, CA. Published: Every Wednesday morning by Feather Publishing Co., Inc. Office Location and hours: 287 Lawrence St., Quincy, CA 95971. Mailing address: p.o. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971 Office is open Mon. through FrL, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. How to contact us: All departments: (530) 283-0800. FAX: (530) 283-3952. Email: Website: plumasnews.cem Ownership and heritage: The Bulletin was established Aug, 11, 1866, as the Plumas National (later changed to Plumas National Bulletin May 16, 1892) subsequently changed to its present name May 7, 193t, which merged with the Plumes Independent (1892 - 1945) June 7, 1945. Published weekly. It is part of the Feather Publishing family of newspapers serving Plumas and Lassen counties. Deadlines: Display advertising: Thursday 4 p.m.; display classified: Thursday, 3 p.m.; legals: Thursday 4 p.m.; news: Fridays, 3 p.m.; classified: Monday 9 a.m. Breaking news: anytime! To subscribe: Call (530) 283-0800, come to the Bulletin office, use the handy coupon below or send email to Adjudication: The Feather River Bulletin is adjudicated a legal newspaper by Superior Court Decree No. 4644 (1953) and qualified for publication of matters required by law to be published in a newspaper. Postmaster. Send change of address Orders to the Feather River Bulletin, P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971. Michael C. Taborski Jenny Lee Cohey Brown Co-Owner/Publisher Photo Editor Vice Pres./ Keri Taborski Mary Newhouse Operations Co-Owner/Legal Classified, Circ. Manager Tom Forney Advertising Sandy Condon Production Manager Kevin Mallory Human Resources Dir., Elise Monroe Vice Pres./Admin. Office Manager Bookkeeper Dan McDonald Sherri McConnell Eva Small Managing Editor Display Adv. Manager Composing Manager Member, Cahfomia Newpaper INK , Publishers Assoc. recycled paper Subseription Order Form | I Feather River Bulletin * P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971 I Please enter my subscription for __ years. I I  Enclosed find my check for $ I I Q In County $26 per year i Out of State $44 per year [1 In Califomia $37 per year. I I I Name I I I 'din I I City, State, Zip I l Subecdptlons can be transferred, but not refunded, l mlm m 1 m m m m m m m m m m lml CLOSURE, from page 1A Although local health officials learned of the closure just a couple of weeks ago, the nursing home's management contacted the California Department of Public Health on Dec. 29 to notify the state of its intent, and followed up with a formal letter outlining the closure plan and a timeline Jan. 15. The state approved the plan Jan. 30, which started a 60-day countdown to closure. During the community meeting, Hall and others repeatedly assured the public that did not mean the facility would close at the end of March. "Tliere is a process for each patient," Hall said. "That's just the regulatory time." There are very strict guidelines that must be followed to ensure the safe transfer of patients to new facilities, and there is an appeal process. The facility cannot close until the last patient has been moved. When the process began, the 57-bed capacity nursing home had 36 patients. That number has dropped to 33 after one death and two transfers. Kepple asked the patients, their families, and staff to not make immediate changes, because if the patient census keeps dropping, it would make it less financially feasible for the hospital to take over the facility. "I don't know where our threshold would be," he said. "We're hoping that people don't panic," Hall said. "Sixty days is really a short period of time; I have known cases where it has taken eight months." Kepple is working with a consultant, funded by Public Health, to determine if it's viable for Plumas District Hospital to acquire Quincy Nursing & Rehabilitation. That study was expected to be completed by Monday, Feb, 9. Kepple announced during the Plumas District Hospital board meeting Feb. 5 that it would take approximately two weeks for his staff and directors to study the results and consider their options. He plans to hold another public meeting at that time. During the community meeting Easton said that the nursing home had been losing money for nine years, but the rate had accelerated during the past two years, and the owners could no longer justify keeping it open. "This was not a decision that was arrived at without thought," he said. "At some time yo u have to be fiscally responsible." As a private corporation, the owners do not have to disclose their financial information, but he said they have given those data t6 Plumas District Hospital to help in the decision-making process. The majority of facility's patients are covered by Medi-Cal and the state reimbursement rates cannot cover the expenses. If the hospital were to take it over, it would be reimbursed at a higher rate. But higher rates of $130 to $140 a day wouldn't be enough to make it feasible; the census would have to be higher and it would need to attract Medicare patients. An example of the latter is a patient who would rehabilitate at the hospital following a surgery or illness, and the duration of stay would be shorter than those of patients who live long term at the facility. Reimbursement rates are also much higher. "What are our doctors doing here to bring people to rehab here?" asked Supervisor Lori Simpson, who spoke passionately during the meeting about the importance of the skilled nursing home to the community. "I don't think we've done enough," Kepple said, and explained that most patients are referred to a R00ck 5o00m Pdces EVERYTHING MLIST GO)( Plagstone & Pavers River Cobble "5anc[ Grave[ 5oulcters Great Selection ROCKS REQUIRE NO WATER! A Benefit for ,h S/on Saturday, February 14th, 2015 Happy Hour - 5 pm./Dinner - 6 pm. Enjoy a Prix Fixe 5 Course Dinner Choice of Entrde $55 per person Raffle for free dinner and more! Limited Seating Reservations Highly Recommended (530) 836-1619 bontaful gardens caf00 190 Bonta St. - Blairsden, CA 96103 Help Animals in Our Community in Need Open your Hearts and Get Involved rehabilitation facility by the specialist that they have been seeing. When patients receive care in Reno, Chico or another locale, they often rehabilitate nearby. "We need to have better communication plans," he said. In addition to the patients who would be displaced, the facility employs 60. Easton said that Cambridge is offering incentives to the employees to stay during the closure process or as it transitionS to Plumas District Hospital if that transpires. Greg Renaud, whose wife works at the facility, described the importance of the skilled nursing center to his family and to the community. "I would love to see it absorbed by the hospital," he said. "I have a check for $1,000 to put in a fund. I can't really afford to do this; but I can't afford not to do this." He encouraged everyone to contribute what each could. Kepple didn't address the offer during the community meeting, but at the hospital board meeting the following eVening, he said that he welcomed the contribution. He suggested that those who want to contribute can do so through the Plumas District Hospital Foundation, and earmark their donation for the skilled nursing facility. Additional funds would be welcome because there is more to consider than the day-to-day operating costs. "What capital expense do we need to put in to make it desirable?" Kepple said of the facility. Plumas District Hospital is undergoing its own renovations and is relying on the public to "adopt" rooms to pay for the upgrades. "The money is just part of it," Hall agreed. "The facility has to be managed and staffed." Various members of the public addressed the need for a local facility, and shared personal anecdotes of family Fire, Water or Wind Damage have you frustrated? 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"Eight or nine residents out of 14 died within a month of the Greenville closure," he said. "I think we should expect that great of a loss of life:" Morgan is optimistic that Plumas District Hospital will be able to take over the facility and said he was impressed with the progress that has been made thus far. Kathy Price, who serves on the hospital board and worked as a nurse practitioner for many years, said that she and her husband, Dr. Larry Price, had family members who used the facility and quipped, "I always thought it would be there for us." She asked Easton if the company would be willing to donate the building to the hospital because Plumas District wouldn't be able to purchase it. Easton did not respond to her question, but he represents the management company, not the corporation that owns the building. Kindergarten teacher Arlene Stahlman talked about the opportunities for her students that would be lost if the facility were to close. "We sing Christmas carols there; we take Valentines there," she said. Eldora Duniphin felt the same way about her organization, the Pink Ladies, and talked about the bingo games, an d ,hr,t+hday parties that they h0st,. .' . : , Jocelyn Cote, who was the former director of nursing in Greenville, and is an instructor with Feather River College's nursing program, said, "This is more than Quincy... this is a county thing." She suggested that any attempt to raise money for the facility should reach beyond Quincy. "You have a huge groundswell of support." The next step is up to Plumas District Hospital. During the community meeting, Kepple said he was "cautiously optimistic" about the hospital taking over the facility. "To just do nothing is not acceptable," Kepple told the hospital's board of directors. "It impacts 60 jobs and 33 patients." But more will be known once Kepple, other hospital administrators and the directors review the results of the study.