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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 7A Hospital paints upbeat picture at board meeting Debra Moore Staff Writer Plumas District Hospital administrators packed a lot of good news into one hour last week. Positive revenue, new doctors, digital mammography, refurbished rooms and the upcoming health fair were just some of the topics discussed during the board of directors meeting Sept. 5. Controller Cindy Crosslin reported that revenue for July was just short of $3.2 million, which director John Kimmel describes as the break-even point for the hospital. "This kind of bodes well," Kimmel said, "but it's hard to get excited about one month." He said he is waiting to see the final numbers for August. Chief Executive Officer Dr. Jeff Kepple reported that 36 surgeries were performed at the hospital in August, compared to an average of 25. The arrival of a second surgeon, Dr. Mark Williams, could be a contributing factor. Both Williams and Dr. Joey Schad were formally introduced during the meeting. Williams began work July 15, while Schad began seeing patients in August. Kepple is still looking for an additional physician. "We have to fred the right fit," he said. "The best way is through word of mouth." Customer service Kepple reiterated the hospital's commitment to its patients. One way to accomplish that is to "optimize the use of staff," Kepple said. He wants to ensure that there are four to seven physicians available every day. "We need to make sure we are accessible to people," he said. And once they arrive, he wants to ensure that the patients receive the best service. "I'm emphasizing that we treat people as if they're truly a customer," he said. To assess whether that is successful, Kepple is encouraging those who visit the hospital and clinics to fill out and return the surveys that are sent following their appointments or procedures. He admitted that the surveys have received "mixed reviews" since they are fairly long and rudimentary, but he said the "It won't be as low as the health fair, but not as costly as normal," he said. Adopt-a-Room Kepple announced that he was with the Northern California architectural firm of Nichols, information is very helpful to Melburg and Rossetto to the hospital. Kepple also discussed continued efforts to improve billing by providing accurate and timely statements. "I'm beginning to hear positive comments," he said, Health fair The fall health fair is scheduled for the week of Oct. 6. For the past 20 years the screening offered at the fair has cost $50; Kepple said the cost is likely to increase this year, but he is still working on a final number. In addition to the biannual health fairs, Kepple hopes to implement low-cost screenings beginning in January. He said this would be particularly beneficial for patients with high deductibles, but the service would be available to all. refurbish the hospital's patient rooms. Part-time Quincy resident Michael Lusso, a former partner with the firm, made the introduction to current partners. "They are providing the work pro bono," said Kepple. The firm will provide the drawings and help with state approval process. An architect from the firm, which has offices in Redding, Chico and Sacramento, has visited the hospital. Kepple said his meetings with partners Les Melburg and Steve Gonsalves, and architect Kevin Robertson, have gone very well, and he is enthusiastic about their Volunteers to SCHAD. from page 1A their home Sept. 3. "Everyone has been so welcoming." Their home is walking distance to the hospital, which makes Schad's commute convenient. His wife likes the proximity to downtown when she takes the boys out for a walk. Karen will also be making the short trek to the hospital where she will work part time as a pharmacist. She will also assist at local pharmacies wheri needed. The Schads met in Phoenix while she was attending pharmacy school and he was in medical school at Western University. Karen grew up in Colusa, and wanted to return to Northern California, so her husband completed his residency at Mercy Medical Center in Redding. As part of his training, Schad did a week's rotation in Quincy last November and liked both the work environment and the area. "I wanted to do a broad family practice and this presented a pretty unique opportunity," he said. Schad's practice will include everything from obstetrics to pediatrics to geriatrics. He also has an interest in cardiology and dermatology. Schad is already seeing a number of Dr. Jeff Kepple's patients. Kepple scaled back his practice when he accepted the position of chief executive officer for the hospital. Schad is accepting new patients as well. But it's not just the work that appeals to Schad. "I like the outdoors; I like the seasons," he said. And Karen, who wanted to raise her family in a small town, was equally impressed. "This is exactly what I was hoping for," Karen said, and discussed the upcoming weekend when her family would be attending an ice cream social at their church and a fundraiser barbecue for physical therapist Kory Felker. Hospital CEO Jeff Kepple said he couldn't be more pleased with Schad. Not only is he already seeing as many patients as the other doctors, but Kepple is hearing a lot of positive feedback. "He has been seeing a lot of my patients," Kepple said. Sierra Institute's Center of Forestry, along with the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, is hosting its fifth annual Great Sierra River Cleanup on Sept. 20. Greenville participants will focus on Wolf Creek, and the Lake Almanor Watershed Group will be hosting a cleanup in Chester. Registration and morning refreshments will be at 8:45 a.m. Sept. 20 at the Indian Valley Recreation and Parks TuE GRAEAGLE LIGHTING COMPAN'Y work and the project. He hopes that work on Room 11, one of the labor and delivery rooms, will occur during the Oct. 16 - 20 weekend. The work will include new floors, ceiling, paint, televisions, sinks, countertops and cabinets. The cost is estimated at $12,000 per room, and Kepple is hopeful that community groups or businesses will "adopt" rooms. "My goal is to have eight or nine patient rooms completely renovated in the next year," Kepple said. New equipment Not only will patient rooms be refurbished, but the hospital is obtaining new equipment. The much-anticipated digital mammography machine has been delivered to the hospital and is being installed. Before it can be used, it must be certified by the state. "Hopefully by the end of October, we will have digital mammography," Director Kathy Price said, noting that some local women have already gone to Portola and Reno where the technology is already in place. Hefty contributions from both the hospital's foundation and its volunteers have made the purchase possible. But not all equipment coming to the hospital is new. Kepple has been working with Reno's Renown Regional Medical Center, as well as’ other larger hospitals, to ' procure some of their used equipment. He has been successful in obtaining an $18,000 piece of equipment for free, and another valued at $100,000 for a much-reduced price from Renown. The Plumas District Hospital board of directors meets the first Thursday of the month at 4:30 p.m. The next meeting is Oct. 2. help District Community Center, 209 Crescent St. in GreenVille. Participants will spend the morning cleaning up local watersheds, and then celebrate with a barbecue at Greenville Ballpark at noon. People are encouraged to show up in teams, pairs or solo. Bring gloves, a hat and a refillable water bottle, and wear clothes and shoes that can get wet and dirty. Anyone with a pickup truck clean up Greenville creek to help haul waste is especially welcomed. To preregister as an individual or a team, call 284-1022 and ask for Courtney or Lauri. Organizers offer thanks to the Indian Valley Community Services District, Evergreen Market, Feather River Disposal, the Indian Valley Youth Summit and the Indian Valley Recreation and Parks District. TO ALL SUPPORTERS OF THE 2014 PLUMAS PINES WOMEN'S GOLF INVITATIONAL TEE SPONSORS Terry & Dianne Broughton. Vacation Rentals Nic Beddoe, Attorney at Law Graeagle Store State Farm Insurance Bob Raymond Painting Greenhorn Creek Richard Stockton, Briar Patch Guest Ranch State Farm Insurance Cal-Sierra Title Co High Sierra Propane Janet Grijalva, Cheeseburger Intermoantain Disposal The Write Connection Restaurants. Inc. 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