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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, July 7, 2010 13A EPHC experiences changes to staff, board Linda Satchwell Staff Writer At Eastern Plumas Health Care's June board meeting, some changes were noted. First, Lester Premo has re- signed from the board of di- rectors, citing personal rea- sons. After some wrangling over procedure, board members decided the position would be posted, so the existing board could interview a new board member July 29. That will al- low the appointed member to file for candidacy by the Aug. 6 deadline to run for an elect- ed two-year term that would begin Dec. 3. Second, Dr. Grady Forte has stepped down as clinic direc- tor. Chief Executive Officer Tom Hayes explained Forte feels he can better serve the district as a full-time doctor, rather than splitting his time between seeing patients and working in administration. The two jobs "require differ- ent skill sets," said Hayes, and Forte "just wants to be a doctor." Hayes said EPHC supports his decision and plans to hire a new clinic director whose primary skills are manageri- al. The hospital is looking for someone whose strength is business, who is capable of managing multiple clinics and is interested in improv- ing customer service. Hayes also reported that among the new Community Advisory Committee's sugges- tions was the following: "Don't assume everyone knows what you do." Hayes said he's responding by incor- porating another council member's idea. She suggested a weekly newspaper ad that would begin with the phrase: "Did you know...?" Each week the question will be followed by short, informa- tional ad copy that tells the community of a particular service EPHC offers. The first ad announces the hospital's full-service laboratory hours, as well as the hours during which its three community clinics (Graeagle, Loyalton and Indian Valley) offer con- venient walk-in blood draws. Another area of concern, according to Hayes, is the quality of customer service. Council members noted calls to the clinics often go to voice mail. In addition, messages aren't always returned. Hayes wants to see phones answered by a "live person" at all times. Even if the doctor isn't available -- at lunchtime, for example -- that's no reason a patient's call should go unan- swered. He said it would take a "change in culture" to con- vince employees that quality customer service means an- swering the phones on the first or second ring. He means to "challenge the assumption they're just too busy," and he plans to create a list of customer service expectations, which he wants employees themselves to con- tribute to, "and then hold peo- ple accountable." To that end, he will hold a series of employee forums in July to "convey to employees what's going on and also to get their input." Further, Hayes wants to stress the importance of the Health Portability and Ac- countability Act privacy stan- dards, and currently plans a "more intensive" employee HIPPA training. Patient privacy is a very important issue he said. He wants all employees to be "well versed in what they can or can't say." They also need to know that not only the in- stitution, but individuals as well, can be fined for breach of HIPPA standards. Hayes said the sale of the durable medical equipment business will be completed July 1, with everything trans- ferred to the new owner, Ac- cellence, by that date. As a condition of sale, Hayes asked the new owner to retain current employees Bjorn Berg and Betty Dolling, and that Accellence agree to continue in the current ser- vice area at least four to five years. The new company will work out of the current DME office in Portola until it can rent its own space, so that the transfer, "should be seam- less," said Chief Financial Of- ricer Jeri Nelson. Hayes continued to empha- size a "rising tide" of quality standards. To that end, he wants to see new doctors "proctored" for quality. In some cases, one doctor can proctor another. In other cas- es, he said, he might send physician charts out to a neu- tral reviewer. Dr. Eric Bugna, chief med- ical officer, plans routine proctoring of new practition- ers to make sure they "know what they're doing." Provi- sional physicians will receive an intense review before they advance. Hayes added that it's better to "uncover things sooner, be- fore they blow up." The rela- tionship that EPHC is forging with Tahoe Forest Hospital will allow them to call on one another for help with proctor- ing he said. Finally, year-end budget numbers show EPHC break- ing even operationally, a "good turnaround from last year," said Hayes, when it had a loss "in excess of $700,000." Operating income shows what the hospital and clinics actually generate themselves, without factoring in non-oper- ating income, such as tax rev- enues and donations. Hayes said breaking even is a good start. "Two to three percent would be a healthy margin. Then we could be as- sured of building our cash re- serves while, at the same time, purchasing needed equipment and adding new services when indicated." COMMUNITY CORNER COMMUNITY CALENDAR Thursday, July 8 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 Je- sus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. 283-3953. Pistol shooting, sponsored by Explorer Post 81, Quincy Volun- teer Fire Dept. Explorer Program, meets 2nd and 4th Thursdays. For info call Sarah Anderson, 530-276-1503. Friday, July 9 AA, noon; 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse Annex- Or- chard House. Quincy. NA, 6:30 p.m., 260 County Hos- pital Road, Courthouse 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- First meeting Feb. 19. Coffee & cookies. Quincy Sport Shooting Assoc., Gopher Hill site, every Thursday, 6 p.m., (arrive by 5:30 p.m.) weather permitting. Quin- League of Women voters, 2nd Thurs., 10:30 a.m. - noon, Quin- cy library meeting room. Call 283-0485 for more info. Quincy Green Thumbs, 2nd Thurs., 10 a.m., Library Confer- ence Room, Jackson St. St. John's Cribbage Club, 2nd and 4th Thurs., noon, St. John's church hall, 176 Lawrence St. For info, call Lin Bixby, 283-9102, or Sherry McKee, 283-4066. Sept. thru May only. Feather River Resource Con- servation District Board meet- ing, 2nd Thurs., 7 p.m., Plumas Corp. office, Quincy. Public wel- come. 283-7512 for more info. , AA, 5,-p.m., 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse Annex - Or- chard House. Quincy. Painting Class. Meets 2nd Fri- day at Mountain View Manor recreation room in Quincy at 1 P.M. For more information con- tact Nansi Bohne 283-3395 or e- mail: Dance Class and Open Social Dance. Yoga Center, east Quin- cy, above Papa's Donuts. 5:15-6 p.m. Intro to a different dance style each month. 6-7:30 p.m. open dance. $6 each class or $10 both. Call Julie, 283-3671, or Re- becca, 249-5590. 2nd Fridays. Saturday, July 10 NA, 6:30 p.m., 260 County Hos- pital Road, Courthouse Annex - Orchard House. Quincy. AA, 5 p.m. 260 County Hospital 84/56 Sunshine aml some clouds. High MF. Windl IlOhl and veal- IbM, lludl Sunl4 5:42 AM 8:35 PM 84/57 "nm ol eun trod cloudg. Highs in tho told BOI lind lows In the upper 506. Summt 5:43 AM 8:35 PM 82/57 Mainly sunny. Hig In the low g0o Imd IowJ In the upp 60e. lkmrkm Sunt 5:43 AM 8:34 PM 83/56 Sunny. HI  the low 00 rand lows b 8 mid 60e. Sunset 5:44 AM 8:34 PM 83/58 A few Sonde. 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Loub g2 77 t-eton g7 77 m4dlunny Wuhington, DC1OOBO mlsunny Road, Courthouse Annex - Or- chard House. 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, July 11 Trap Shoot, sponsored by Quin- cy Sport Shooting Assoc., Go- pher Hill site, 10 a.m., weather permitting. Call 283-1145. quin- Monday, July 12 Spanish Peak Lumber #2 Restoration Project, meets each Mon: & Wed., 9a.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, Mort., 6 p.m. Scoutmaster Rob Robinette, 283-0858 for location. Duplicate Bridge. Every Mon- day, 6:30 p.m., Resource Center, Blairsden, corner of hwys 70 and 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. Masons Lodge #60, meets 2nd Mon., Quincy Masonic Hall, 7:30 p.m. Quincy Reading Group, 2nd Mon., 7 p.m., private residence in Quincy Free, all Mary Weddle, 283-5351. Come prepared to discuss book. Feather River 4-H, 2nd Mon., 6:15 p.m., Mineral Bidg, Fair- grounds, Quincy. Cindy Edwards, 283-5384, for more info. Tuesday, July 13 PRS-WlC, Supplemental food & nutrition education for children under 5 & pregnant-nursing women. Every Tues., 10 a.m., Quincy. 283-4093 or (800) WlC- 4093. Board of Supervisors, 10 a.m., 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- ing, 5:15 p.m.,260 county Hos- pital Road, Courthouse Annex- , Orchard House, Quincy. NA, 7 p.m., Methodist Church, 282 Jackson St., Quincy. Coffee Express, hosted by IHSS Public Authority, In-home caregivers & receivers welcome. 2nd Tues., 10 a.m., Mountain View Manor, Quincy. For info call (866) 577-6331. Quincy Youth Center Advisory Board, 2nd Tues., 6-8 p.m., Plumas County Library meet- ing/conference room. Open to public, especially youth. For info call Plumas Rural Services, 283- 3611. Taylorsville Community Grange, 6 pro., at the Grange Hall. 2nd Tues. of month. Call 284-6310. Wednesday, July 14 Spanish Peak Lumber #2 Restoration Project, meets t.s  ! ,: 11:47 p.m. k'-"r - - ---. I B u;n eYl II k7:161 m'! ,,:+,+ +? I 61 l'p m  --La sen k  i I 6/o X  - - :'--r-l'7 /e  / , "" 1.2 5 121 :m ed t luff 7:37.8m. 10.t a.m.  +" \\; / ,-.--' -J-.l I l:m0=j /.. - / TJ, : " " .......................... I / ,., i(. 1 e 2 3 04+j 8:38p.m.6/29 lipl, Regional 6 3 1 Previous week 11 3 0 The number of earthquakes decreased from the previous week. falling by four to only ten events- the lowest weekly tally in eight weeks. The intensity of seis- micity increased, however, producing four events registering M 2.0 or stronger, including one in the M 3 range. m The largest earthquake measured M 3.3 and occurred at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 30, between Chico and 0rland near Hamilton City. The focal depth was about 16 miles below the surface and the type of fault motion was oblique normal-slip, which means the rocks moved down and away from each other with a slight side- ways movement. Mild ground shudders were locally felt in Chico, 0rland and Mag- ilia, but also as far away as Davis, Willits and Westwood. It was preceded by a M 1.8 foreshock and followed 4t minues later by a M 2.3 aftershock. Two quakes oc- curred here the previous week as well. A M 2.3 quake occurred a few miles southeast of Sierravllle. There was no word from the Campbell's Hot Springs if the water temperature had changed. each Mon.& Wed, 9 a.m., Art Barn, Plumas/Sierra Fairgrounds. Call 283-6320 or 283-1978 for info. Library preschool story time, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Toastmaster's International, American Valley Chapter. Every Wed., 12-1 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. Senior lunch, Blairsden, noon, Mohawk Community Resource Center. Call 836-0446 for reser- vations. Quincy Cornmunity Supper, 6 p.m. every = Wed, United MethodistCho'Chi't ': . ' ' Women's Circle, 6-8'p.m. eve,T Wed, 586 Jackson St., Quincy. AA, 7 p.m., upstairs in back, Methodist Church, 282 Jackson St., Quincy. American Valley 4-H, Mineral Building, 7 p.m., 2nd Wed. Maria, 283-4889 Plumas Chapter OES 246, Ma- sonic Temple, 7:30 p.m., 2nd Wed. Breast Cancer Support Group, 2nd Wed., 6-7:30 p.m., Great Northern Hair Co. Judy, 283- 1008 or Michelle, 283-0174 for info. Quincy/Plumes Computer Users Group, 7-9 p.m., 259 CHURCHES Calvary Chapel o! Quincy 283-4463, 2335 East Main St.,Quincy. Center for Spiritual Living, 283-9690, 304 Lawrence & Church St., Chdstien Ufe Fellowship, 283-0345, 317 First St., E. Quincy. Christ the King Episcopal Church, 283-1608, 545 Lawrence St., Quincy. Church of Christ 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, First Baptist, 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 Catholic Church, 283- 0890, 176 Lawrence St., Quincy. Starlight Missionary Baptist, 283- 1505, 171 Redburg Ave., Quincy. Truth Tabernacle of Quincy, 260- 8006, 2205 East Main St., Quincy. Jackson St., Quincy. 283-2542. 2nd Wed. Elks meeting, Elks Lodge, Hwy. 70, E. Quincy, cocktails 6:30 p.m.; dinner 7 p.m.; meeting 8 p.m.; 2nd & 4th Wed. Plumas County Mental Health Commission 2nd Wed., Work Connections, conference room, noon-2 p.m. Public invited. For more info, Hank Eisenman, 283-0782. To change information on this calendar page, please call Eva at the Feather River Bulletin: 530- 283-0800 or email esmall@ plumasnews .com. buff ! ff you live in Quincy, and would be interested in taking over the service Ron Trumbo's been providing every Monday morning (below), please call Eva at The Feather River Bulletin 283-0800 LAST WEEK'S TEMPERATURES Date High Low Precip. Jun. 26 90 49 -- Jun. 27 95 53 -- Jun. 28 94 52 -- Jun. 29 89 50 -- Jun. 30 82 48 -- June averages: 79.1 high, 42.21 low, .02 precip 38.18 inches precipitation to date. 49.5 inches snow to date. (July to July) July 01 82 41 -- July 02 81 42 -- July 03 83 41 -- July 04 87 42 -- July 05 90 44 -- 0.00 inches precipitation to date. 0.00 inches snow to date. Compiled by Ron Trumbo LAKE LEVELS Lake Almanor *Elevation tCurrent 4,491.02 1 Year Ago 4,486.59 Lake Almanor **Capacity tCurrent 1,063,145 1 Year Ago 948,362 Bucks Lake *Elevation 1"Current 5,155.64 1 Year Ago 5,153.91 Bucks Lake **Capacity 1"Current 103,099 1 Year Ago 99,942 *Elevation above sea level in ft. *'Storage in acre ft. 1"June 28, 2010 YJune 28, 2009