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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, June 16, 2010 13A Unda Satchwell "jointly developing appro-the letter of intent, it would be where patient transfers are surgery department, much easier to go there." : Staff Writer priate quality metrics." Hayes up to the CEOs to work out the "seamless." A recent billing problem Hayes has been trying to, Isatchwell@plurnasnews.comhas said repeatedly if EPHC details. "This is not easy stuff, Hayes said, "A personal was easily resolved to EPHC's do some of the same types of: looks good on those perfor- it requires work," he said. goal on my part is that, asthey advantage, which Hayes collaboration with Plumas: Cooperation was the name mance measures, that would "You've got to push it." develop their cancer center (in attributes to "the fact that District Hospital and Seneca~ of the game at EasternPlumas be great. If not, he wants the Hayes suggested the board conjunction with U.C.-Davis), we've started this relation- Health Care District, "but: Health Care's May board staff and the community to review tangible progress (wecan) develop an outpatient ship." Tahoe Forest has given progress has been somewhat. meeting. Reporting on a re- know about it. made on a monthly basis, infusion center out here in EPI~C "a lot of equipment ... slow." cent meeting between the Deficiencies tend to be self- allowing the board to be up to Portola to do outpatient that they're not using any- Another major collabora- boards of directors and chief correcting, he said, when per- date, ask questions and ensure chemotherapy here and in more." tion, evidenced by the forma- executive officers of EPHCformance scores are available things move forward. Quincy. If we can create that, The long-range value of tion of the Community Advi- and Tahoe Forest Hospital,for all to see. In addition, the The primary thing EPHC it'll be very successfuland it'll collaboration isn't lost on sory Committee, is Hayes': Tom Hayes, EPHC's chief community sees the hospital will offer Tahoe Forest isbe really good for patients --- EPHC's board and administra- plan to get a clear sense from, executive officer, said the isn't hiding anything, which patient referrals. While that they won't have to traveltion either. "We don't know the public of what residents goals of collaboration are "in- helps build a necessary trust, obviously benefits Tahoe when they're sick. We can do what the future of health care like about EPHC; what they creased access to care, helping Hayes also reported EPHC Forest monetarily, it's also a it just as effectively as (Tahoe is," said board member Gail think the hospital does well;, patients to access specialty and Tahoe Forest have devel- 'boon for EPHC's patients.Forest) can. It's just a matter McGrath: what they don't like and what' care physicians and increas- oped a letter of intent to They'll have easier access to a of getting the right staff." "We don't know how tough they think needs improve- ing access to Tahoe Forest's collaborate. When the phrase smaller, more personal, yet McGrath pointed out the it's going to get financially, ment. cancer center services." was met with some laughter highly competent hospital two hospitals "already collab- and if we have already begun Hayes will also ask the In addition, Hayes sees from the audience, he added, that is closer than Reno, Nev. orate to some degree." Hayes a working relationship with committee to look ahead and opportunities for "group "We're dating." The goal for As an example, Hayes said filled in a few details: Tahoe another hospital, if times get describe services members purchasing to help lower the EPHC is "ultimately, stabiliz- patient transfers to Reno Forest sent its director of really tough and demand con- would like EPHC to offer. cost of material supplies and ing health care services in our could be difficult. While radiology to help EPHC,s solidation to a greater extent, Those topics will be dis- medicalsupplies." community," Hayes said. he anticipates a transition radiology department, andwe've already begun the cussed in detail at the second He also envisions an im- Beyond the collaborative period, he hopes EPHC and several surgical staff have process--we're alreadyfamil- meeting of the advisory com- proved quality of care by efforts outlined generally in Tahoe Forest can get to a place trained in Tahoe Forest'siar with each other (so) it's mittee June17. 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