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6A Wednesday, July 16, 2014 Feather River Bulletin PDH, from page 1A "interim" dropped. "The most difficult part of this decision is letting go of nearly twenty years of an incredibly rewarding practice in Family Medicine," he wrote in a letter to his patients tO be distributed this week. Kepple explained that he sought a one-year contract, rather than the more typical three-year time period, to "keep the door open to return to my practice in some form." He isn't eliminating all patient contact. Kepple will continue to see a limited number of obstetric patients one half-day per week and practice some dermatology. "Given the uncertainty of my return to full-time family medicine,-I would strongly suggest that you establish care with another physician," Kepple advised his patients. Kepple recommended Dr. Joey Schad, who will be arriving Aug. 18 and practicing family medicine and obstetrics, and new part-time physician Dr. Daniel Cooper, as well as the existing doctors and physician assistants at the hospital's two clinics who are still accepting new patients. Both new physicians, as well Dr. Mark Williams, the newly recruited surgeon, will be introduced to the public during a reception at Plumas Arts on Main Street in Quincy on Aug. 6. Kepple reiterated his commitment to recruiting quality physicians and resolving the billing problems that have plagued the hospital. During an interview last Friday, the last day in his North Fork clinic office before moving into the administration building, Kepple talked about other personnel changes. Other changes "There's a lot of movement around here," Kepple said during an interview July 11. Those changes have included naming Dr. Jennifer Gladden to be the new emergency room director, succeeding Dr. Mark Satterfield, who wanted to step back from the leadership role to devote more time to other endeavors. Cindy Crosslin, whom the board promoted to the position of chief financial officer earlier this year, has returned to her prior job title of controller. Kepple is looking for a new chief financial officer. When asked if the hospital needed both a controller and a chief financial officer, Kepple said, "A good CFO will pay for himself or herself here," and then discussed the complexities resulting from implementation of the Affordable Care Act. "We will need somebody continually on top of changing markets." Kepple is interviewing candidates with hospital finance experience. Information Technology Director Brenda Compton has resigned to accept a position at Renown Regional MedicalCenter in Reno. The Portola resident, who has been credited with the successful implementation of Plumas District Hospital's electronic medical records, said that she is leaving the department in capable hands and is looking forward to a new challenge. Jeff Creedon will serve as interim IT manager while the position is advertised. Kepple announced the addition of the new position of hospital scheduler/Coordinator. Rachel Sikking will be the "go-to person" for scheduling any hospital procedure from a mammogram to a colonoscopy. She will also handle pre-authorizations for procedures with insurance companies. "There were too many Communication gaps," Kepple said of the need for the position. "This will be really good for the patients and the hospital." Cliff Sutton will be the lead paramedic and Nicole Marceau will take the lead role in the dental clinic. Two other employees, Chase Harding and Susan Brown, will share the duties of safety officer. Lighting Carpets. Blinds. 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DR_9612_11339 BUSINESS, from page 1A While proceeds were good for My Sister's Closet during High Sierra, they weren't quite as good as last year. "Last year a group of people flew in and bought their tents at American Valley Hardware and then bought all of their clothes at the local thrift stores," she said. This year her shoppers weren't focused on festival clothing as much as they were on items to wear when they returned home. East Quincy saw its share of business. Papa's Donuts increased production, but still sold out Thursday and Friday. Owner Arleen Scott said High Sierra is the second busiest time for the donut shop; the fair comes in first. Scott and Delores Satterlee own Mill Creek Fish and Chips. They reported record-breaking business Wednesday and Thursday, and then closed for the remainder of the weekend to enjoy some time away. "We do it every year," Delores said. Kent Barrett, owner of Southern Accent and president of the chamber of commerce, took his food truck to Oakland Camp to cater to festivalgoers. "There was a big contingency from Santa Cruz there," he said. "I talked to a lot of folks; everyone had a good experience." Barrett wasn't the only one to take his food to the people. Patti DeCoe, owner of Patti's Thunder, said her daughter Alexis took breakfast burritos to the RV parking area and sold out. "Next year she is already planning to take 400," DeCoe said. To DeCoe, planning is key. "We were prepared," she said. "We usually run out of avocados and eggs, but not this year." She brought in all of her experienced staff and ordered plenty of food. "We're a well-oiled machine," she said. "We look forward to it." What do the numbers say? Even those who don't own a business witnessed the steady stream of cars driving through town, the packed parking lots and the crowded store aisles. It's safe to say that 10,000 people bring a lot of money into the local economy, but how much? Barrett, the chamber president, couldn't make a guess, but called it the "busiest weekend of the year." John Sheehan, the former director of Plumas Corporation, said that the organization used to employ a multiplier based on a Chico State study. "I think $100 per person per day is in the realm," he said. Valerie Nellor, who owns Ada's Place and is one of the leaders of the Tourism Hospitality Board, thinks that's a good number to use as well. Lodging, gas, food, beverages, supplies and more are all purchased before, during and after the four-day festival, contributing to a lucrative six-day span. HOLIDAY from page 1A Sheriff Greg Hagwood said. Local California Highway Patrol Commander Joe Edwards echoed the sheriffs sentiments. - "There were really no major problems," Edwards said. "It was a very cool weekend. We had a good time." While there were no serious problems and no holiday-related fatalities, deputies and CHP officers were very busy. Both agencies increased the number of officers on patrol. The sheriff called on reserves to bolster his staff. According to the 911 dispatch log, there were 263 incidents over the three days. They included 29 arrests (19 by the sheriff, 10 by the CHP), 28 medical incidents, eight fire incidents and five search and rescue calls. (See the Sheriffs Blotter and CHP Report in the Regional section for details). The sheriffs boat patrol responded to 25 incidents; most were on Lake Almanor. Many of those calls were to help people with boat problems. "Boat patrol provides an incredibly important service to not just the citizens of Plumas County but to so many of our visitors," Hagwood said. "They don't often enjoy the recognition that they deserve. But they provide a tremendous service and avert tragedies throughout the seasons." Seven motorists were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. "There is usually a huge increase in DUIs," Edwards said. "Obviously, our goal is zero DUIs. We are just very grateful we didn't lose anybody." Edwards said the CHP doubled the number of officers on duty during the weekend. He said many of the officers were assigned to help with traffic control at the local events. There were eight officers directing traffic following the Graeagle fireworks Saturday night, July 5. Thousands attended the popular celebration, including a large number of people from Reno. That was evidenced by the solid line of headlights on Highway 70 from Graeagle to Hallelujah Junction that continued well past midnight. In all, CHP officers were on hand at eight events over the weekend. In several instances they were patrolling on bicycles -- a common sight in many cities, but not in places like Chester, Graeagle and Quincy. Edwards was one of the officers on bicycle patrol. "We had a blast," he said. "We spent the first day or two at the (High Sierra) music festival on bikes. People were waving us over just to say hi." Edwards said the bikes came in handy during the Graeagle festivities around the Millpond. They quickly located a child who had gone missing. "We are able to cover a lot of ground very fast on bike," he said. - Q, from page 1A Inaugural Jokers Wild Poker Walk, sign in noon - 1 p.m., Main Street Sports Bar at 395 Main St. Presented by United Bikers of Northern California, Plumas County Chapter/Bear Country Riders. $10 per person, lunch option (21 or older) $5 extra. Active military, veterans with VA card eat free. "Foot drive" supports local veterans, Camp HUG. For information: Dave, Helen Reynolds: 283-4950. Next week: Central Plumas Recreation and Park District annual soccer camp, 9 a.m. - noon Mon - Fri, Feather River College. Participants age 5'-- 17 welcome. 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