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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010 13A PDH offers free dental clinic for children Feb. 26 Feather River Family Den- tistry, also know as PDH Den- tal Clinic, will provide free dental services to children age 6 months to 10 years of age during its second annual National Children's Dental Health Month Event. The second annual 'Chil- dren's Dental Health Fun Day' is set for Friday, Feb. 26, from 8 a.m.--5 p.m. at Feather River Family Dentistry. Free services, including education- al materials, screenings and, where possible, free dental care such as cleanings, sealants and fluoride varnish will be provided to children ages 6 months to 10 years. "We want to help reduce the incidence of cavities and oral disease among Plumas County's young children," said RDHAP Cynthia Warner. "Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums." During the event, young pa- tients will meet popular car- toon and literary characters. The theme this year is Dr. Seuss meets the Backyardi- guns. Appointments are rec- ommended and can be sched- uled by calling 283-3915. Annually, National Chil- dren's Dental Health Month is sponsored every February by the American Dental Associa- tion to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. For more information on Children's Dental Health Fun Day, contact Tiffany Leon- hardt at 283-7971. (:()unties question Prop 218 Joshua Sebold Staff Writer Plumas County Supervisor Robert Meacher discussed a movement to change the abili- ty of voters to control the lev- el of taxes and property relat- ed fees they pay to schools, special districts, cities, coun- ties and other small govern. ment entities at a Tuesday, Feb. 9 Board of Supervisors meeting. Meacher explained that he had received correspondence . asking for the board to sup- port Madera County's effort to bring a constitutional amendment before California voters that would change Proposition 218. Proposition 218 dictates, among other things, that tax- es and fees for any service other than solid waste, water or wastewater, must be voted on by the people within the jurisdiction of the entity. Meacher said Madera Coun- ty wanted to change the rules so that districts whose fee or tax increases were voted down could go before a judge and try to prove "that the in- crease you're asking for is both just and necessary to continue providing the ser- vices." In theory the judge could then overturn the vote and approve the increase. Meacher said the efforts in Madera had received letters of support from Fresno, Lake, San Bernardino, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Napa, Trinity and Tulare counties. Meacher said the board should put a discussion of whether or not the county should support the idea on a future agenda. Thrall added that the Re- gional Council of Rural Coun- ties was also supporting the proposal. The board agreed to put the topic on an agenda in the near future. AUDIT, from page 12A to you," he said. He found most of the ratios (percentage of labor costs, percentage of supplies, de- ductions from revenue, etc.) normal for a small, profitable hospital, and there was con- siderable discussion between the board, Hayes, and Tucker regarding the 50 percent de- ductions from contractual re- lationships (Medicare, Med- ical and third-party payers) and including bad debt. Tucker also found debt ra- tios suitable: "If you were in the bond market right now, they want your ratio to be 1.25 to 1.5...that's what lenders are looking for, so you're right there." But when it came to cash flow, he shook his head, "I hate to sound negative, but one-day cash on hand..." There were several staff and director murmurs while Tucker continued, with some humor, "We like to see 30 to 60 days, but I know you're working on that." Hayes agreed, "I can clear- ly say that cash on hand is one of our biggest challenges and it's got to be one of the things that we improve over the next several years, be- cause it's just very limiting to our ability to purchase equipment, to do new things, to do anything, quite frankly. So we absolutely have to im- prove cash on hand. It's a key financial indicator for us." Tucker summed up his re- port: "You're doing a pretty good job of managing the hos- pital, you're moving in a good direction, but you defi- nitely can't sit on your lau- rels." The health care industry is so dynamic that indecision is a bad decision, he said. Hayes asked if the firm could provide a list of best practices of critical access hospitals. He thought that if he could compare EPHC to how other rural hospitals were doing across the state, it could give the board a bet- ter understanding of the is- sues. Tucker said that he could. Chairperson Gaff McGrath thought it was also important that legislators be given the same information, to which Need help REPI If it's ing we can'll find somemqmmo can. CONSTRUCTION BINCE 1904 m General Building Contractor Calif. Lie. #453927 (530) 283-2035 J Dog Class 10am Cat Class 12pm located at HSAR 103 Meadow Ridge Lane Portola American Red Cross Instructor *25 per person for one class *45 for both classes ,I Includes Lifetime i I RedCrossCerttflcate I// To book your spot [/ -r" or to get more lnfo |  ] contact HSAR at 832-4727. I PAID POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENT Elect jo a Kennedy Supervisor District 5 Plumas County Native Entrepreneur Former Firefighter Certified Mediator Private Pilot Coach Husband Dad Friend SEASONED LEADERSHIP AND JUDGEMENT FOR PLUMAS COUNTY JOBS • SAFETY * EDUCATION • SENSIBLE LAND USE The following individuals endorse Jon Kennedy for'District 5 Supervisor: Julie Clark Mike Clark Sharon Clark Troy Clark Kenny Chance Duff Dupont Nina Dupont-Stone Kim Eltason John Frazier Julie Frazier Derek Gay Katie Gay Jennifer Haverfield Carol Joyce Tom Joyce Erln Klemesmd Jason Klemesrud Dan Leonhardt Calla Marshall Jennifer McQuarrle Bill Abramson Andy Anderson Todd Aylward Ron Barker Susie Barker Doyle (Gene) Butler Linda Butler Kerry Bowling Cobey Brown Susan Brown Bonnie Clark Lome McQuarrie Brad Miller Johnny Moore Judy Moore Lori Pini Darrell (Red) Powell Antoinette Quesenberry Michael Quesenberry Mike Summerfield Cliff Sutton Tiffany Williams District 5 includes: Maybe • Clio • Whitehawk • Graeagle • Blatrsden • Plumas Pines • Sloat Cromberg * Greenhorn * Spring Garden * La Porte * East Quincy Mail: P.O. Box 147 Graeagle, CA 96103 * Phone: 530-836-2518 PAID FOR BY THE COMMITTEE TO ELECT JON KENNEDY SUPERVISOR DISTRICT 5, 2010 Tucker replied that they were. "Whether they read it or understand it..." Hospitals are already working with a very small margin, he said. Finances were not the only subject under discussion at the January meeting. The agenda included approval of the contract with CEO Tom Hayes, quality assurance dis- cussions, physician recruit- ment updates and progress in forming a community adviso- ry committee. In conclusion, to bring the financial discussions into the current fiscal year, already half accomplished, Jeri Nel- son reported EPHC was do, ing really well. The "soft," quiet winter it had experi- enced last winter was re- versed this winter. The hos- pital was full and the Loyal- ton facility nearly at capaci- ty. There had been 34 ambu- lance runs last week, which she called "phenomenal." December financials showed an operating income loss of $74,205, but a net in- come of $79,870. Nelson admitted the dis- trict ended December with income only because of the auxiliary's donation toward the next phase of electronic medical records, but was Op- timistic that if the district could continue the positive months it had been experi- encing and end with a posi- tive operating balance, it would be on its way to its goal of keeping tax revenues in reserve. Year-to-day figures tallya net income for the 2009-10 fis- cal year at $343,550. Hayes enumerated the tasks and challenges facing the district and listed several areas that needed improve- ment, many of them old sto- ries very familiar to the di- rectors on the board of EPHC. NASCAR WIDOWS SPECIAL for February and March Tired of a([ that Nasear Rumbte at home? Come pamper yoursel(with a relaxin 0 manicure or pedicure! Call 2-3 days in advance - Sundays only! 283-5284 • 2176 E. 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