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~eatner River uul,eun Wednesday, June 11, 2014 11A PDH, from page 1A continue his obstetric and cesarean section responsibilities and remain in his North Forkoffice. Office staff will be rescheduling his patients' appointments with other physicians. "I completely realize this could be a frustrating and uncertain time for my patients," he read. "However, I have incredible support from you, my dear patients, the hospital staff, as well as our board of directors in taking on this role." The board would like Kepple to sign a one-year contract, but he asked for the eight weeks to fully consider what the change would mean. "I do understand if my patients decide to shift elsewhere given this uncertainty and significant gap in my clinical responsibilities," he read. "I hope this eight-week period provides clarity for my patients, the hospital and my family regarding longer-term decisions." During an interview the day before, Kepple said he struggled with the decision to suspend his practice temporarily, but by doing so "he could help improve the overall care." One of his priorities is physician recruitment and he takes a different approach than his predecessor. Rather than relying on recruiters and registries, Kepple is using personal connections to bring new doctors to the area. He is also looking for people who are beginning their careers, just as he and Drs. Ross Morgan and Rachel Hurlburt were when they came to Quincy. New physicians During the interview and the board meeting, Kepple stressed how pleased he was to attract the services of Dr. Joey Schad, who is completing his residency in Redding. "He is a star," Kepple said of the feedback he has received on the young doctor who will start Aug. 18. Schad's wife is a pharmacist, who may also work at the hospital, and the couple has two young sons. Dr. Daniel Cooper has been working part time in the clinic and Kepple said he has been very well received. Kepple hopes that he will play a bigger role in the future. A new surgeon, Dr. Mark Williams, will begin work July 14 and will be shared by PDH and Eastern Plumas. Williams will join current surgeon Dr. Steen Jensen at PDH, which means that there will be a surgeon available daily. Kepple said it wouldn't have been possible to attract Williams to the area if there had been no collaboration with Eastern Plumas Health Care. John 8:58 - Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM." Calvary Chapel 1953 E. Main St., Quincy The Plumas District Hospital Volunteers announce during the hospital board's June 5 meeting that they are donating $40,000 to the hospital toward the digital mammography machine. From left: Gayle Anderson, the group's president; Dr. Jeff Kepple, PDH interim CEO; and Kathy Price, a volunteer and hospital director. Photo submitted Collaboration Digital mammography "I've had multiple "This is a fantastic benefit conversations with Tom to our community," Kepple Hayes," Kepple said of the said of the new equipment. CEO of Eastern Plumas. "Digital mammography has The two hospital chiefs become the standard of care." want to work together to Greg Perkins, the director ensure that patients stay in of the radiology department, Plumas County by estimates that the hospital recommending services that "lost about 200 patients to the other offers. They are also digital in other locations." sharing ideas on best practices He had been working on for hospital operations, acquiring the technology for a number of years. Changes in emergency "If it wasn't for the Kepple announced that Dr. Volunteers and the Jennifer Gladden will succeed Dr. Mark Satterfield as the Foundation, and the administration who wanted to medical director of the do it ..." Perkins said. "There emergency room and nurse was community demand that Ashley Blesse will serve as we needed to do this." the emergency room manager. The equipment costs Kepple thanked Satterfield $165,800 and the combined for his leadership, which he $80,000 in contributions will described as being "pivotal to provide a significant down bringing quality physicians to payment. the emergency room." Later in the meeting, Billing Satterfield's fellow board Kepple said that accurate members thanked him for his and timely patient billing years of service as director, continues to be a priority and While he will no longer be the to that end Krista McComb director, he will continue to has been named the new take shifts, financial services manager. A Generous gifts consultant has thoroughly The Plumas District reviewed the hospital's billing Hospital Volunteers were in practices and will return June the giving mood June 6. They 16 to oversee implementation . presented a $2,000 scholarship of changes. to Julie Christensen, who is Payday pursuing a doctorate in Kepple thanked Brenda physical therapy; $28,000 to Compton, who oversaw the cover the full cost of heart implementation of electronic monitors in the emergency medical records, for not only room; and $40,000 for a digital that work, but also for being mammography machine, successful in garnering a $1.5 The volunteers derive the million reimbursement for bulk of the their money from some of the costs, bringing the their Bargain Boutique thrift total to more than $2 million shop. "We will accept to date. donations and we will accept business," said Gall A night of thanks Anderson, the group's "It seems like we're full of president, as she presented thank-yous tonight," board the $40,000 check to Kepple. chairman Bill Wickman said, Joining the Volunteers, the who went on to acknowledge Plumas District Hospital Kepple, his fellow board Foundation also donated members and the employees $40,000 toward the digital for their work. mammography machine, as Director Valerie Flanigan well as committing to apologized in advance for renovating a patient room and talking at length, and thanked the labor and delivery room. a number of individuals and Driveway Slurry Sealing Hot Melted Crack Filling Small Patch Work Free Estimate Serving Plumas County since 3454 Hwy 70 Oroville, CA 95965 Lewis P. Beck Jr. Lic. #669409 1993 CONSTRUCTION BUILDING QUALITY SINCE 1984 MICHAEL AND DONAVON BEATTY - OWNERS (530) 283-2035 P.O. BOX 1369 QUINCY, CA 95971 LIc.#453927 Plumas District Hospital Volunteers were honored during a luncheon hosted by the hospital June 5. The group logged over 5,000 hours collectively during this fiscal year. Members who logged 100 or more hours received a certificate and badge pins denoting an hour milestone. Pictured from back left: Inge Stone, Laurie Beck, Nancy Nicoles, Linda Reid Wallace, Linda Kanski, Mary Edwards, Kathy Price, Gayle Anderson, Sue Miller and Nancy Dembosz. From front left: Linda Busselen, Carlene Sedgwick and Linda Hardy. Photos submitted groups including the Volunteers, the Foundation, Satterfield and Kepple for his "integrity and compassion." Director Kathy Price acknowledged the Volunteers and then announced that she would seek to retain her seat on the board in the November election. "I was probably at my lowest point as a board member after last month's board meeting," she said. "Since then I got a lot of support from the board, good news from Dr. Kepple, and I am very excited and committed to serving another term." Satterfield thanked Price for "stepping up" and then discussed the success of Dr. Kepple and the management council. "I never thought we'd experience the dynamic leadership we're getting from Dr. Kepple," Satterfield said, adding that more has been "accomplished in the last two months than my last 22 years on the board." The board typically meets the first Thursday of the month, but because of the Fourth of July holiday, the next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 10, at 4:30 p.m. Plumas District Hospital Volunteers scholarship chairperson Bonnie Norton, right, presents Julie Christensen with a $2,000 scholarship. Christensen begins a doctorate program in physical therapy at California State University Sacramento this fall. The Volunteers also approved two major gifts to the hospital: a central monitoring system for the emergency room valued at approximately $28,000, as well as a $40,000 contribution toward a new digital mammography machine. Be J~ BB @ e e e For more information call: 530-283-3551