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'.-,. .T...'--tH.--!'t:- " ' dU  lJHil]W! IOA Wednesday, April 28, 2010 Feather River Bulletin EPHC advisory committee holds first meeting Linda Satchwell Staff Writer Isatchwell@plumasnews.com Tuesday, April 20, saw the first meeting of Eastern Plumas Health Care's new advisory council. It's been a long time in the making. Originilly proposed by for- mer Chief Executive Officer Charles Guenther, the coun- cil never got off the ground. Now, with a new adminis- tration under CEO Tom Hayes, the idea received fresh energy. The concept is to create a council made up of some of the brightest, most successful people in the communities that EPHC serves to mine their "ideas and/or solutions on how EPHC might solve he chal- lenges and issues faced in the future, said Hayes." In addition, he wants to "hear the concerns and opin- ions" that residents have currently regarding the hos- pital. A recurring theme in dis- cussions with Hayes is transparency, and he stressed it to community • members attending the ori- entation meeting of the advi- sory council. To improve c6mmunica- tion with the community and to gain its trust he said it's important to share what the hospital does well and al- so what it isn't doing well as the best way to push for im- provement. One of the "Operation Plan Highlights" Hayes shared was the quality as- surance program, with its standardized metrics for evaluating every department and every program at EPHC. Administrators are post- ing results to employees Hayes said. If the hospital does something well, that's great. "If not, it's a mandate to fix it." He acknowledged that while it might seem difficult to admit to the community the things it isn't doing well, it's a necessary step if the hospital means what it says and truly wants to fix what isn't working. Hayes enlisted the aid of CEO Bob Schapper and Di- rector of Community Devel- opment Maia Schneider fromTahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee to formulate his advisory council. Schapper and Schneider said Tahoe Forest's advisory committee has been working with their hospital for more than three years, and out- lined the essential role it plays. Schapper stressed the hos- pital is "community owned," and that residents' taxes pay for it. Therefore, it's wrong for the hospital to make deci- sions in isolation. He said he created his committee to hear "the good, the bad and the ugly." "It takes elevated, broad- based thinking to help ad- vance the mission of the has- pital," he said, especially since it's such a "sophisti- cated ,.. highly regulated business in California." Hayes concurred, "This isn't my hospital, it's the community's. I can tell you what I think will or won't work. But, I'm going to back off and listen." Hayes gave an overview of services EPHC provides, in- cluding advanced cardiac life support ambulance ser- vices to the region; a basic 24-hour emergency room with a physician on site at all times; a short-term acute care (medical-surgical) hos- pital with nine beds; in- and outpatient procedures and surgeries offered in the spe- cialties of general surgery, gastroenterology, gynecolo- gy, orthopedics, podiatry and radiology; skilled nurs- ing facilities in Portola (27 beds) and Loyalton (39 beds); full-service inpatient and outpatient laboratory; a comprehensive imaging de- partment; respiratory thera- py; and outpatient medical clinics. As part of his efforts at transparency, Hayes went through the hospital's finan- cials, pinpointing its "Achilles heel," the lack of cash on hand. EPHC has zero days cash on hand, and Hayes stressed the necessity of working to- wards a reserve of at least 30 days cash on hand, which• amounts to $1.8 million. Further, he discussed his ef- forts to reduce and restructure debt and to recruit new physi- cians and, with Plumas Dis- trict Hospital and Seneca Healthcare District, a surgeon. Hayes also went through his 2009 - 10 operations plan. The comprehensive plan de- tails achievements, as well as weaknesses, in the follow- ing areas: facilities, fi- nances, quality, community outreach, operations and clinics. Highlights include major remodels of the lab and kitchen. The lab is mov- ing ahead, with the kitchen remodel waiting for Office of Statewide Health and Plan- ning approval. Also highlighted was achievement of a budgeted net profit margin of 1 per- cent. Year-to-date actual net profits exceeded expecta- tions at 2.2 percent, three- quarters of the way through the year. , Another goal was to re- duce accounts receivable days from the current aver- age of 65 to 60. As of April 1, AR days were down to 58. That, said Hayes, "helps the hospital collect cash." A goal in progress is to re- structure the quality perfor- mance program to include "relevant metrics for ongoing review and reporting." The program is something Hayes and Director of Quality and Operations Teresa Whitfield are taking very seriously. SeeAdvisory, page 11A C-OMMUNITY CORNER COMMUNITY CALENDAR Thursday, April 29 AA, noon, 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse Annex - Or- chard House. Quincy• Women's Support Group, Every Thurs., 1-2 p.m., Plumas Crisis Center, 591 Main St., Quincy• Call 283-5515. AI-Anon, 5:30 p.m., United Methodist Church, upstairs in back. For families & friends of al- coholics. Women's Circle, 6-7:30 p.m., PRS offices, 711 E. Main, Quincy, 283-0866. NA, 7 p.m., 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse Annex - Or- chard House• Quincy. Troop 130, 7 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. 283-3953. Friday, April 30 AA, noon, 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse Annex - Or- chard House• Quincy. NA, 6:30 p.m., 260 County Hos- pital Road, Court-house Annex - Orchard House. Quincy.• Emotions Anonymous, 7 p.m., 711 E. Main St., (formerly Drug & Alcohol building, Cemetery Hill, Quincy), 3rd floor conference rm. For all ages struggling with their emotions• For more info: Janae Hutchins, 530-638-5911, janae- hutchins@hotmail, com. First meeting Feb. 19. Coffee & cookies. Today's Weather 45133 Chance of showera. Highs in  mid 40s and lows In I low 30s. Sunrlee Suneet 6:08 AM 7".55 PM 43/34 Showers Ix}esilde. Hi.uho in the low 40s and lows in the mid 30s. klllrlle SunMI 6:06 AM 7:56 PM 5O/37 Mix of sun and clouds. Hhs  the low 50s and lows in the upper 30S. Jnrln Sun 6:05 AM 7:57 PM 57/41 Partly doucly. Highs in the upper 50s ancl lows in the lOW 40s. Sn Suneel 6:04 AM 7:58 PM 62/42 Jundant sunshine. Highs in the low 6l and lows in the low 4as. Sundee Sun 6:63 AM 7:59 California At A Glance Earthquake Report April 8-14, 201( By: Charles P. Watson, California Professional Geologist No. 7818 63/56 Area Cities Anaheim 67 50 pt SW Bakersfield 62 48 pt sunny " Mojnve Bamtow 68 44 windy Monterey Blylhe 83 57 windy Needkm Chico 61 43 rain Oamd CostaMesa 66 52 ptsunny Palmdale B Cantro 82 58 windy Pasadena Eureka 48 44 rain Redding Fresno 64 47 rain Rixemide LOS Angeles 67 51 !0t sunny Sacramento National CRies Atlanta 72 48 sunny Houston  55 42 pt sny L  Chicago 65 45 sunny Miami Dallas 81 62 sunny MlnnenpolIs Denver 72 39 windy New York Moon Phases i Flrat Full Apr 21 Apr 28 Last New May 6 May 14 UV Index Wed 4/28  High Thu 4/29  High Fn 4130 Very High Sat 5/1 Very High Sun 5/2 Very High numOer lcale, wflh ii higher UV Irx showing the need for rearer Ildn pro- • ii,] il[ mB grJ[mr.T 62 47 rain Sstinas 63 47 rain 63 45 wlr¢ly San Bemardino 69 47 pt sunny 59 48 rain San Dlego 63 56 pt sunny 84 57 windy San Francisco 58 47 rsJn 60 48 rain San Jose 60 48 rain 61 41 windy Santa Barbara 64 49 windy 71 50 pt sunny Stockton 64 47 rain 68 46 pt sunny Susanville 46 28 mixed 70 47 ptsuony Truckee 39 25 snshower 63 46 rain Visalia 62 45 pt sunny 80 64 mst sunny Phoenix 63 59 windy 67 51 pt sunny San Francisco 58 47 mi 84 68 pt sunny Seattle 52 44 raJl 71 53 pt sunny St. Louis 73 56  Sunny 59 47 ptsunny Wuhington. DC 66 49 ptsunny Make$ense SHOP LO( ALLY 1. You'll Save Gas 2. You'll Save Time 3. You'll Save Money 4. You'll Help Our Local Economy AA, 8 p.m., 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse Annex - Or- chard House• Quincy. Saturday, May 1 NA, 6:30 p.m., 260 County Hos- pital Road, Courthouse Annex - Orchard House. Quincy. AA, 8 p.m. 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse Annex - Or- chard Hou se. Quincy. Dukes of Plumas Cribbage Gang. Meet 10:30 a.m., start play 11 a,m. 1st, 2nd, 4th Satur- days at Mt. Tomba, Cromberg; 3rd Saturdays at Coyote Bar & Grill, Graeagle. Animal Adoptions. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Plumas County Animal Shelter, Quincy. Sunday, May 2 NA, 7 p.m., 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse Annex - Or- chard House, Quincy. Trap Shoot, sponsored by Quin- cy Sport Shooting Assoc., Go- pher Hill sie, ,I I a.m., weather permitting. Call 283-I 145. Every other Sun. Monday, May 3 Spanish Peak Lumber #2 Restoration Project, meets each Man. & Wed., 9 a.m., Art Barn, Plumas/Sierra Fairgrounds. Call 283-6320 or 283-1978 for info. NA meeting, noon, 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse An- nex - Orchard House, Quincy• Rotary Club, Mineral Building, fairgrounds, noon. Call 283- 2127. Boy Scout Troop 151, Man., 6 p.m. Scoutmaster Rob Robinette, 283-0858 for location. Duplicate Bridge. Every Mon- day, 6:30 p.m., Resource Center, Blairsden, corner of hvvys 70_41d 89. Call Ruth Bright, 836-1454 or Jackie Lucky, 836-2232. AA, 7 p•m., Methodist Church in Quincy, upstairs at the back 282 Jackson. Tuesday, May 4 PRS-WIC, Supplemental food & nutrition education for children under 5 & pregnant-nursing women Every Tues., 10 a.m., Quincy• 283-4093 or (800) WIC- 4093. Board of Supervisors, 10 am., Courthouse, Quincy, 1st 4 Tues. AA meeting, noon, 260 County Hospital Road. Courthouse An- nex - Orchard House, Quincy• Soroptimist International of Quincy, Moon's, noon JoAnne Prince, 283-3302 Overeaters Anonymous meet- rag, 5:15 p.m., 260 County Hos- pital Road, Courthouse Annex- Orchard House, Quincy• NA, 7 p.m., Methodist Church, 282 Jackson St., Quincy. California Women in Timber, Plumas Cafe (subject tochange), Quincy, 1st & 3rd Tues., 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 5 Spanish Peak Lumber #2 Restoration Project, meets each Mon.& Wed, 9 a.m., Art Barn, Plumas/Sierra Fairgrounds• Call 283-6320 or 283-1978 for info. Library preschool story time, I0:30-I 1:30 a.m. Toastmaster's International, American Valley Chapter. Every Wed., 12-I p.m., Plumas Bank Credit Administration Confer- ence Room, 32 Central Ave., Quincy. For more info, contact Jacky Madarang, 530-927-9959. AA meeting, noon, 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse An- nex - Orchard House, Quincy. .a t.s I - t.e 81 8:23a,m.  11:07a.m.%.; 7:33p.m. __ 5-35D.m_._ ; 1.6 .:-' __ \\; fl. 1:4/p.m.   m',x II V • / • 4/14  ,.2)  | :  I 1.S • 1.1   /" I /s:24a.m 1 S Redding . 4   i 4/13 9:47a.m. " O_  - .15 "-' ',Ui ; • 4/13 R]BIu .%  ":2 . 2.4 .... i .... N _:' \\; X  " ',   7:09 a.m. "" ' 4/8 I :/'0m"  " 1 3 ............................ -"  * 4/14 1 4114 4113 3m" 4/14 4113 "l .... ks,',mil|ml • The largest earthquake measured Regional. 15 20i 17 Previous week 8 5 0 i i3 ! • Earthquake activity in Northeastern California increased slightly fr0mthe previ0us week, risingby four and reach- ing 17 events - one of the highest tallies of Z0]0. The 20 quake-per-week mark has yet to be broken this year and ithas been nearly three months since activity fell to the. single-digit level. • The intensity of seismicitv declined slightly pr0ducinq three fewer events in the M 2 range. M 2.4 and at 7:09 a.m. Thursday, April 8, and occurred along the California- Nevada border just north of Hallelujah Junction. It occurred in essentially the same location as a M 3.1jolt on February 26. Other tectonic action in Lassen County included a light temblor register- ing M 1.4 about five miles east of Susan- ville near the Susanville Municipal Air- port and M 1.6 southeast of McArther near Dixie and Little Valley. • The largest of five quakes south of Childs Meadows measured M 1.6. They occurred over the 13th and 14th. Senior lunch, Blairsden, noon, Mohawk Community Resource, Center. Call 836-0446 for reser- vations. Quincy Community Supper, 6 p.m. every Wed, United Methodist Church. Free. Women's Circle, 6-8 p.m. every Wed, 586 Jackson St., Quincy. AA, 7 p.m., upstairs in back, Methodist Church, 282 Jackson St., Quincy. Dutch Treat Lunch Group, every 1st Wed, 11:30 a.m. For in- fo, Mary Weddle at .mwed- dle@earthlink.net or Mary June German, 283-4805. Quincy Caregivers Support Group, every 1st & 3rd Wed., 2- 3:30 p.m., "Back Room," Dunn's Coffee. Pe0Ple caring for loved ones with long-term illnesses welcome. For more info, 283- 0891. Gastric Bypass & Lapband Surgery support group, 1st Wed., Curves, Hwy 70, E. Quin- cy, 6:30 p.m. For more info, Can- di Miller, 283-2911. International Order of Rain- bow Girls, 7 p.m., Masonic Temple, 1st & 3rd Wed. Sober Sisters, 1st & 3rd Wed., 270 County Hospital Rd., Ste 128 in Quincy from 5:30-7 p.m. To change information on this calendar page, please call Eva a t the Feather River Bulletin: 530-283-0800 or email esmafl@plumasnews.com. CHURCHES Calvary Chapel of Quincy 2834463, 2335 East Main St.,Quincy, Center for Spiritual Living, 283-9690, 304 Lawrence & Church St., www.cslquincy.org. Christian Life Fellowship, 283-0345, 317.First St. E. Quincy. Christ the King Episcopal Church, 283-1608, 545 Lawrence St., Quincy. Church of Chdst 283-1191, 152 E. Jackson St., Quincy. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 283-2170, 55 Bellamy Ln., Quincy. Community United Methodist, 283- 1740, 282 Jackson St., Quincy, www.psln.com/methodist. First Bsptist, 283-1160, 74 Reese St., Quincy. Meadow Valley Community Church, 283-4259, 48 Cemetery Rd, Meadow Valley, office: 353 Jackson St, #100, Quincy. Our Savior Lutheran, 283-2546. 'Church & High Sts., Quincy. Seventh-Day Adventist, 310-2042 or 283-3092, 233 Pine St., Quincy. Springs of Hope Christian Fellow- ship,-Pete, 283-1613, or John, 927- 7626, 59 Bell Ln., Quincy. St. John's 0890, 176 L; Starlight ! 1505, 171 R Truth Tab( 8006, 22051 Catholic Church, 283- wrence St., Quincy. Iissiona Baptist, 283- dburg Ave., Quincy. rnacle of Quincy, 260- iast Main St., Quincy. BUFF? ff you five in Quincy, and would be interested in taking over the service Ran Trumbo's been providing every Monday morning (below), please call vt TOe Feather River Bulletin 283-0800 LAST WEEK'S TEMPERATURES Date High Low Precip. Apr. 19 70 34 -- Apr. 20 48 42 .24 Apr. 21 58 35 .4 Apr. 22 61 40 .04 Apr. 23 73 32 -- Apr. 24 68 38 -- Apr. 25 75 31 -- 48.5 inches of snow to date and 33 inches precipitation to date. Compiled by Ron Trumbo LAKE LEVELS Lake Almanor *Elevation tCurrent 4,485.36 ¥1 Year Ago 4,483.12 Lake Almanor **Capacity 1"Current 917,438 ¥1 Year Ago 862 149 Bucks Lake *Elevation tCurrent 5,136.81 ¥1 Year Ago 5,144.26 Bucks Lake **Capacity tCurrent 70,696 ¥1 Year Ago 77,848 *Elevation above sea level in ft. **Storage in acre ft. fApr. 25, 2010 ¥Apr. 26, 2009 PRINT YOUR STATIONERY Feather Publishing, THE PRINT SHOP 283-0800 ,,l'e Rock!" Advanced Ge:,!ogic Exploration, Inc. Scientists of the Earth TM 180 Main St, * P.O. Box 1956 • Chester * CA • 96020 • (530) 258-4228 i See an archive of past earthquake reports at advancedqeotogic.com Bm