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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, April 9, 2014 5A Dr. Jeff Kepple talks with administrative assistant Christie Brawley at the conclusion of the April 3 meeting, during which he was named interim CEO of Plumas District Hospital. Photos by Debra Moore KEPPLE, from page 1A --Fostering a culture of "I love my job." "The most successful interim CEOs use their style to the very best," said Kepple, and then outlined his five-step approach to the job. "No. 1 is to listen," Kepple said as he quoted Steven Covey. "Most people do not listen with the intent to understand, but with the intent to reply." Secondly, Kepple plans to use all available talent, both within and outside the community. Creativity is third. "I do not believe we are going to be building a new hospital in my interim," he said. But he does envision going to the community and "looking for sponsorships for a one-room-at-a-time approach." Fourth, Kepple prefers to take a "team approach" and sees his role chiefly as head coach. Kepple will lead a new management council that will include board members Bill Wickman and Dr. Mark Satterfield, as well as several staff members. Finally, Kepple said he was asking the board of directors for "buy-in" to his interim leadership. Kepple, who has a full complement of patients as a doctor at North Fork Family Medicine, will reduce his practice to half time during this interim period. Because Kepple's status won't be long-term, Wickman outlined other possible scenarios that he has investigated. Wickman studied the county model of governing without a CAO (county administrative officer). "Their board has become a working board," Wickman said of the Board of Supervisors, and listed some positive outcomes of that approach. Wickman also discussed hiring a "traditional interim CEO" by working through consultants. That costs approximately $24,000 per month. Both Wickman and Kepple had met with Tom Hayes, the CEO of Eastern Plumas Health Care, who offered assistance. "Tom is extremely open to collaboration," Kepple said. Opportunities such as sharing a surgeon or obstetric referrals could benefit each institution. PDH is the only hospital in the county that offers obstetrics and Kepple sees that as invaluable in attracting young people to the county. "As long as I'm CEO, I'll be calling him," Kepple said of Hayes. Wickman stressed that the board planned to take its time in reviewing options. "I do not want to rush back into hiring a new CEO," he said. "I want to build trust in the community." Directors weigh in "I'm very grateful for Dr. Kepple accepting this position," Valerie Flanigan said. "It's a lot to ask of him, but he's the right person." She stressed the importance of PDH. "I couldn't live here or be an employer without this hospital," she said. Flanigan also acknowledged Lafferty's tenure. "I don't think we hired the wrong person," she said. "He did what he needed to do and I am grateful for the things he did." "Thank you, Dr. Kepple," Kathy Price said. "These last 2-1/2 weeks have been a little overwhelming." Looking to the future, Price wants to focus on the dental clinic to assure that children receive the care that they need. Satterfield said that the hospital hs to improve financially. "All of us are concerned about turning this around," he said. "I know this added a lot of stress," Wickman said of changing CEOs. "But I'm looking forward to moving forward with Dr. Kepple and the whole group." The Plumas District Hospital board meets the first Thursday of the month at 4:30 p.m. in the administration meeting room. The next meeting is May 1. ADA, from page 1A as the original was i inch too short and I lowered the soap dispenser and mirror. I also learned my designated parking space did not have the proper grade so I moved the ADA space to the front of my business," he said. In addition to the cost of the ADA changes he made to his business, associated expenses keep escalating. "The specialist cost $800 and I've had to pay a $2,500 retainer to hire my own attorney. I figure the situation will cost at least $15,000 by the time I am done," Cofer said. He said he learned how widespread the alleged scam had become when he talked with his supplier, Redding Oil Distributor, a company that has been in business for 75 years. "In addition to being advised by Redding Oil that my business insurance may or may not cover my costs, I also learned that my distributor had also been a victim of the same attorney. "I was told the disabled woman had visited five of the company's stations and the cost to my supplier is $100,000 so far," Cofer said. He said he just didn't know how anyone lets this happen. "There isn't anybody in Chester that doesn't want to help people in their store," Cofer said. "I am worried about the other businesses in town. We are probably the most compliant business in town," he said. Cofer said he added a dining room to the business in 2006 and was inspected and approved by Plumas County officials. "IfI had known then that other changes were needed I would have gladly made them," he said. "We have received letters from other disabled shoppers who have been happy with their visit to the M&M. My staff and I always greet everyone who enters the business and we always ask the customer if they need any help," he added. Cofer said he believes the attorney is helping to lay the groundwork for a federal lawsuit by lawyers who are targeting businesses for potential ADA compliance issues. Portola warned This situation was first reported in the April 2 issue of the Portola Reporter. During a March 26 City Council meeting, Gardner made a presentation in which he warned the city about the ADA operation and talked about the situation Cofer is dealing with in Chester. Gardner told the council members, "Cofer had been sued for more than $75,000," and then offered his opinion that "the attorneys don't want to take the cases to court; they'd much rather settle for $10,000 - $25,000 and move on to the next business." Gardner specializes in ADA compliance and will be working with the city to evaluate its compliance. "It's a lot cheaper to fix something than to go to court," Gardner told the council members. What is the ADA? In 1990, Congress enacted the Americans with Disabilities Act. It is a civil rights law that defines and prohibits discrimination against those with disabilities. The law sets compliance standards in the areas of employment, transportation, public accommodation, communications and governmental activities. OPTIONS, from page 1A and East Quincy areas, and the only place to legally dump yard debris is the solid waste transfer station, an expensive option. Questions Graeagle resident Mark Mihevc asked a number of questions regarding the green waste issue, including on the project's scope. Perreault is investigating countywide options as well as a Quincy-specific solution. Mihevc asked about the possibility of composting the green waste. "It's not realistic due to regulatory conditions," Perreault said. Mihevc, who opposes burning in general, asked if it would be possible to ban residential burning. "It's a health hazard," he said and described the smoky conditions that can exist in Graeagle. Public Health Director Mimi Hall suggested that an air quality monitor be installed in Graeagle, because according to the air quality district there isn't one. Sheriff Greg HagvCood cautioned against stch a request. "I'm aware bf the Air Resources Board levying significant fines," Hagwood said. "If we invite those sensors and monitors, do we invite that?" "We don't want to create unintended consequences," Supervisor Sherrie Thrall said. 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