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8A Wednesday, April 7, 2010 Feather River Bulletin of( to Volunteers Plumas District Hospital Volunteers president Mary Edwards (right) and Inga Stone presided over the annual Easter luncheon in their finest Easter bonnets. Just for giggles: the Aussie (Bonnie Norton) and the dingo (Jean Hassell)turned out with unique headgear for the volunteers' Easter luncheon. Photos by Mona Hill Linda Satchwell Staff Writer Eastern Plumas Health Care's Chief Executive Offi- cer Tom Hayes emphasized the cash flow crunch the dis- trict continues to endure at the recent board meeting March 31. While Chief Financial Offi- cer Jeri Nelson handles it well, the cash flow problem is exceptional, Hayes said, and it's been that way since No- vember. Hayes said he'd like to see Nelson have the time to use her talents to better effect. For example, even though she felt payment Was unlike- ly, Nelson applied for and re- ceived reconciliation pay- ments for the clinics from MediCal for several previous years. That amounted to a one-time payment of $251,092 that significantly bumped up net revenue for February. On the other hand, Nelson spends an inordinate amount of time calling vendors to ne- gotiate late payments. Hayes continued his policy of openness in explaining the hospital district's weakness- es, as well as its strengths. He said that "the number one is- sue is building a cash reserve ... there are new government restrictions and other things that could tip us, and we'd fail." Cash means the hospital can purchase equipment and supplies, which in turn in- crease patient volume. The same is true, he said, with human resources. Hav- ing the necessary staff would mean EPHC could treat' patients here that are now going tO Reno, Nev., and elsewhere. Patient volume is up signif- icantly and that is encourag- ing. For the eight months .... >:=: ~7:~ lu ill ending February 2010, thecan now talk to a live person hospital's average dally acute when they call. census was 5.16 patients, up Hayes said he continues to 1.61 from last year -- a 46 per- work with Plumas District cent increase. Hospital and Seneca Health- Nelson attributed the in-care to hire a surgeon to be creased volume of acute pa- utilized jointl The surgeon tients to a concomitant in- would be based out of Dr. crease in training and profes- Steen Jensen's practice in sionalism of the medical Quincy, but would travel to staff, the other hospitals. Teresa Whitfield, director The shared cost between of Quality and Operations, is hospitals is a big plus. It also working hard to train staff makes the position more de- members to handle sicker pa- sirable to potential candi- tients and, as a result, they dates, since it would allow for can keep more patients ata greater workload. EPHC rather than transferFor EPHC, it again means them elsewhere, the possibility of drawing pa- That not only helps the bet- tients that currently go else- tom line, it also benefits the where for care. community. More patients get EPHC is negotiating a two- to stay close to home where year contract with Dr. Trey it's easier for family and Braeder, a young board-certi- friends to visit, fled general practitioner from Clinic volumes were also up Texas, who will serve the significantly, as were ambu- Graeagle and Portola areas. lance runs and respiratory The addition of Braeder will therapy, help accommodate the walk- At the clinics, Hayes has en- in traffic that EPHC is pro- couraged appointment sched- meting there. uling every fifteen minutes, Hayes also emphasizes pro- rather than every half hour. viding great customer service That reduces patient waitto the community, which times and allows more pa-seems to be paying off. tients to be seen. He is also While the marked increase promoting same day appoint- in volume is cause for opti- ment scheduling and walk-in mism, payment tends to come appointments, approximately 60 days after a In addition, the Portola patient is discharged, so the Clinic has hired phone opera- hospital has yet to see the re- tor Lisa Nieminen; patients suiting cash increase. Unifi il ir Alicia Knadler Other parents were unhap- Indian Valley Editorpy with one teacher or anoth- er, and wanted to take their children to an alternative . High hopes and expecta- school for portions of t eir ed- tions is all a Greenville father ucation, only to find out that has heard for more than four the district was not allowing years, when his daughter that anymore. came to Greenville as a fresh- Harris, his Assistant Super- man. intendent Bruce WIUians and And, he was disappointed the upcoming Director sf Cur- yet again when he heard what riculum, Tori WiIlits ,all Pluinas Unified School Dis- promised that options and al- trict Superintendent Glennternatives were being talked Harris had to say. about. "It's hard to hear 'we're "But it's a slow, painful starting to have these conver- process," WiUits said. sations'," father Brett Cook 'We are really working at a "We are really working at a fast clip to be able to offer some kind of options for next year." Glenn Harris, PUSD Superintendent NEW FORD FOCUS- On close of escrow you will get the keys to a new car. That's a new home and a new car. 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She was disappointed in what she described as a bone thrown to students such as her granddaughter. "We busted our butts," Jo- celyn Cote said of their efforts to get to school early for the new zero period math tutor- ing class, which was an- nounced after the last tumul- tuous meeting with parents. Cote and her granddaughter arrived at school early a few times, only to find the doors locked and no one there. Early morning & evening appointments available All appointments seen promptly Accept all insurance Friendly and knowledgeable staff PLUMAS PHYSICAL THERAPY Kory Felker, MPT 78 Central Ave., Quincy ............ 283- 22_0_2_ ............. fast clip to be able to offer some kind of options for next year," Harris said. He couldn't promise exactly what that would be or what it would look like, though he was confident that there would be bugs to work out and improvements to be made in whatever it turns out to be. Senior Sutter Allen, who is one of several gifted students in Indian Valley, wished Harris would come and talk with the seniors like her, who were here back when there were options and alternatives and who have watched them all disappear. Students like her, whose par- ents can afford to buy expen- sive private academic courses, have done so to better the chances for their children's ac- ceptance to prestigious univer- sities -- so their choices in the future aren't as limited as they are in the present. As the meeting with par- ents adjourned, Harris was talking with Allen about a visit to the senior class. Meanwhile, he and admin- istrators will have similar meetings at other schools in the district. bcci~i&mge READING CLUB - lst,3rd~ Meets first Saturday of each month at 10".30 a.m. 373 W. Main St. in Quln~, ~83-BOOK (~068) Mon.. Sat. 10- 6 * ~in, l~4A~m ...................................... =,