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t-earner tqver UUlletln Wednesday, March 12, 2014 3A Plumas District Hospital meets some goals, works on others Debra Moore Staff Writer drnoore@plurnasnews.corn The best news came at the end of the March 6 Plumas District Hospital board meeting -- there hasn't been a case of MRSA at the facility. "I'm particularly proud," said Dr. Mark Satterfield, who shared the information during directors' comments. He credited an excellent surgical crew and impeccable cleanliness for the lack of th6 antibiotic-resistant staph infection that impacts most hospitals. During his remarks, Director John Kimmel addressed ongoing problems with billing and said, "The public has every right to be frustrated with us." He mentioned that when he was first elected to the board, he ran for two reasons -- improved billing and a new hospital -: and regretted that neither had happened. CEO Doug Lafferty discussed the new hospital and other subjects while giving an update on the hospital's 2012 strategic plan. The original goal had been to move into a new emergency department and operating room and renovate the existing hospital by July 1, 2014. "We have the plans, but no money," Lafferty told the board. The lack of money dovetails with two other goals -- to "We have the plans, but no ii money. Doug Lafferty, CEO, PDH achieve an annual net profit of $500,000 by July 1, 2013, and to achieve 50 days in accounts receivables by Dec. 31, 2012. "Where are we?" he asked. The hospital is losing money each month -- $i79,000 in January -- and accounts receivable days stand at 154. Other goals and the results included the following. Recruit a general surgeon: A part4ime surgeon is working eight to 10 days per month and another surgeon is exploring a full-time role. Establish a clinic in Graeagle: There are too many obstacles in that location, but Greenville could be an option because many Greenville residents use the Quincy hospital and it would provide for better continuity in care. Increase telemedicine: There are increased offerings in psychiatry, a new contract for oncology, new equipment and services for neonatology with UC Davis, discussions with Renown Regional Medical Center and a new telemedicine coordinator. Primary-care physicians: A Fror justice to supper t, zey serve zr ui'.00 Volunteers from the Plumas County District Attorney's Office, along with a few of their family members and friends, get ready to host the Community Supper in Quincy on Wednesday, March 5. The popular supper at the Methodist Church had a great turnout. The volunteers served 146 meals, which consisted of enchiladas, rice, beans and salad. Photo submitted Construction zone driver sentenced A Plumas County man who drove through a construction zone on State Route 70 last summer has been found guilty of misdemeanor reckless driving by a jury of his peers. California Highway Patrol officers said the man was driving a green Dodge pickup on SR 70 near Quincy on July 11, 2013, when he ignored a Caltrans maintenance flagger and drove into the middle of a work zone. CHP officers cited him for reckless driving, failure to obey a flagger and no registration. On Feb. 27, the defendant was found guilty as charged and received two years probation. "I asked for 30 to 45 days in jail because I believe the defendant presented a very serious safety risk," said Plumas County Deputy District Attorney Alexis Klein. Although the judge stayed the jail sentence, the fine the defendant will have to pay was doubled to $1,874. The Caltrans flagger was able to alert the crew of the oncoming vehicle that day and no one was injured. "Our No. 1 priority is the safety of our crews and the traveling public," said District 2 Director John Bulinski. "This driver put our employees at risk and that is unacceptable. We are pleased with the outcome of this trial. This ruling sets a precedent by showing there will be legal consequences if drivers disobey flaggers and safety personnel in Caltrans construction zones." Caltrans reminds the traveling public to move over or slow for stopped emergency and maintenance vehicles. It's the law. t. John's hosts St. Pat's meal. St. John's Catholic Church will hold its annual St. Patrick's Day dinner Sunday, March 16, at 5 p.m. in the church hall on Lawrence Street. Adult admission is $12, children 5 - 10 are $5 and children under 5 are free. Takeout is also available. "Come and enjoy the best corned beef and cabbage in the county," say organizers. Also included are a 50/50 drawing and gift baskets to win. Tickets are available from church members or by calling therectory at 283-0890 or Sharon Then at 283-0138. Tickets may also be purchased in advance at Carey Candy Co. FREE Chili! Free cup of Chili at The Knook to Celebrate our 1 Year Anniversary Thursday, March 13 from llam- 2pm E IILil facebookJ new doctor is arriving in August and more may be hired to allow for job sharing with some of the existing doctors. In discussing primary-care doctors, Lafferty said that there are five doctors at North Fork Family Medicine, but there is an average of two providers a day (with vacations, preferred work schedules, etc.) and on some Fridays there is just one physician in the office. "How can we get to four doctors a day?" asked Lafferty of his preference. He is working with the doctors to develop a plan. Orthopedics: Dr. John Foley plans to expand his hours in Quincy. Dietician and diabetes program: The schedule went from part-time to full-time. Training: Training has been completed in a number of areas including management, communications and team building. Employee opinion survey: In 2012, 50 percent of the employees ranked their satisfaction a 3.92 out of 4. 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