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m :rum -- r Areas Since 1866 Vol. 152, No. 8 www.plumasnews.com 530-283-0800 Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018 +1 I t I I ; Restoration -- Work is underway to restore the historic Taylorsville +ohoolth k, toa ant ii! from a foundation affiliated with a local resident./Page 1B i+!+i+iii!~; Bear beware -- We cohabitate with black bears, but here are the do's and don'ts of how to do so successfully for both humans and the four-legged creatures./Page 5B Big game- The Portola and Quincy high school football teams prepare for a rival rematch this Friday night, Oct. 5, which is also the QHS Homecoming./Page 5C Today: Quincy Community Supper, Fellowship Hall Community United Methodist Church, 282 Jackson St. Doors open 5 p.m. and supper is served at 6 p.m. sharp. Free to public, donations are accepted. Tomorrow: The Drunk Brush presents live music beginning 6 p.m. Hank Alrich appears tonight, on Grover Alley. For information, call 283-9380. Free Movie Night, Quincy Library, 445 Jackson St. First Thursday of month, 6 -~ 8 p.m. Quincy Library meeting room. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by adult. Visit plumaslibrary.org for movie title or call 283-6310. Thursday - Sunday: Dramaworks' West End Theatre presents "Steel Magnolias." Thursday- Saturday, 7 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. Advance tickets on sale at Quincy Provisions and westendtheatre.us. Friday: The Drunk Brush presents live music beginning 6 p.m. Joe Tomasseli & Friends appear tonight, on Grover Alley. For information, call 283-9380. Mountain Valley Parents' Club, Plumas Charter School's parent-teacher organization, See Q, page 6A To subscribe to the Bulletin, call 530-283-0800 Event held to r to ns Meg Upton Staff Writer mupton@plumasnews.com Nearly 250 veterans and family members made their way to the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds in East Quincy on Saturday, Sept. 22, to take part in the first-ever Plumas County Stand Down. The event comes after a nearly yearlong plan was hatched to host an event for Plumas County and surrounding areas. Roughly 2,000 veterans live in Plumas County and organizers such as Veterans Service Officer, Jimmy Laplante hope to one day reach them all. The Plumas County Veterans Collaboration thinks they're off to a great start. Founder of the collaboration, Ryan Rogers, got the idea to bring a Stand Down event here after he attended one in Marysville more than a year ago. Monthiy collaboration meetings brougl Pthe Plumas County event into being. The collaboration consists See Stand Down, page 6A Debra Moore Managing Editor dmoore@plumasnews.com Plumas District Hospital has a new chief executive officer: JoDee Tittle. Valerie Flanigan, the president of the hospital's board, made the announcement Sept. 28. Tittle will succeed Dr. Jeff Kepple who is retiring from the position Oct. 23. The new CEO is expected to begin work after Thanksgiving. Tittle's selection comes after an extensive search both in and out of the hospital. The board ultimately interviewed four candidates -- two from within the hospital family and two from out of the area -- and chose Tittle, who is currently the CEO of Southern Coos Hospital and Health Center in Bandon, Oregon. According to her biographical information on that site, Tittle is a lifelong Oregonian. She moved to Bandon in January 2017 from central Oregon with her husband and daughters. Prior to her work in Bandon, Tittle was the interim CEO at the Madras and Prineville hospitals, part of the St. Charles Medical System, where she also had served as the Indian Valley VFW Post 568 members John Banks and Marj Goosey are at the ready to answer questions from veterans regarding the American Legion and the benefits of belonging. Photo by Meg Upton Congressman Doug LaMalfa addresses veterans and their:families as guest speaker at Plumas County's first Stand Down on Sept. 22 in Quincy. Photo submitted JoDee Tittle director of ancillary and support services. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from Cathy Rahmeyer, left, of Plumas Crisis Intervention and Resource Center, and KittY Gay of Community Assistance Network give away fresh produce. Photo by Meg Upton , , Capella University, and finished her Masters of Business Administration degree from Eastern Oregon University. In the letter announcing Tittle's hiring, Flanigan wrote that she and her family are excited about moving to Quincy. "We too are enthusiastic about her arrival and believe that she brings the leadership and skill sets to complement our organization,': Flanigan wrote. Tittle grew up on a cattle ranch and attributes her passion for rural healthcare to her experience of small town living. : ne on Debra Moore Managing Editor dmoore@plumasnews.com To be deemed a Rural Center of Excellence by U.C. Davis is an accomplishment and Plumas District Hospital is one step closer to that distinction. Representatives from U.C. Davis made a site visit to the Quincy hospital Friday, Sept. 28, meeting with staff, board members, community partners and touring the campus. If the status is awarded, it will be the result of a four-year effort by Dr. Jeff Kepple, who made that one of his goals when he became CEO of Plumas District Hospital in April of 2014. He has announced his intention to leave the position Oct. 23 to spend more time with his family and pursue other opportunities in the medical Field. It looks like his wish will be realized. "You've convinced me," said Dr. Suzanne Edison-Ton, director of the U.C. Davis program, near the end of the Sept. 28 visit. She said the next and Final step is to take her recommendation to the full committee that will make the ultimate decision. But she's optimistic. "I think it's def'mitely going to happen," she said. "I hope to get the meeting scheduled soon; hopefully before Jeff retires," she added. The relationship benefits both U.C. Davis and Plumas District. The U.C. Davis RUral-PRIME program focuses on preparing future physicians to practice medicine in rural communities. Local doctors have already mentored a number of U.C. Davis medical students in the hospital and the clinics. Going forward that relationship would continue, as well as opportunities for the two entities to collaborate on research projects and in other areas. Once the designation is achieved the hospital will submit an annual report to maintain its status. In discussing the benefits to the hospital, Dr. Kepple said that a sign would go out front designating PDH as a U.C. Davis Center of Excellence and on its literature and stationery. "It raises the bar," he said. "It helps with recruitment and perhaps other resources." "It definitely strengthens the relationship," Dr. Edison-Ton said. Following the site visit, Kepple sent an email out to his staffproclaiming this was a "fantastic day." He noted that the success wasn't due to the presentations made during the visit, "but because of a lot of hard work over many years to pursue excellence. It was all quite evident." During the visit, Dr. Edison-Ton and her associate, Amy Jouan, heard presentations from Dr. Mark Satterfield about PDH's history; Dr. Jeff Kepple on the past four years and the inaugural wilderness conference; Dr. Mark Lindsay about the Allevant Transitional Care program; Lisette Brown on telemedicine; Public Health Director Andrew Woodruff about the agency's collaborative efforts with PDH; and Matt Brown and Sam Blesse about Care Flight's unique relationship with the hospital. The visit included a round table lunch with the healthcare providers discussing their experiences with the program.