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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010 3A PDH, from page 2A and involving the public is vital. If we collaborated with Eastern Portola District Hos- pital by sharing consultants, having satellite clinics avail- able for our patients in Greenville and Portola, and share some administrative and purchasing services, it could save thousands. FT: My vision for PDH has not changed since 2008. The difference now is that we must wait much longer to initi/te progress. We must provide a facility that is safe,healthy, private and affordable. The state of our economy will have much to do with this happening. The existing facility will not last 20 more years, ff we were to start over without regards to our existing de- sign for a new hospital, it would take at least four more years, with a lot of duplicated effort, to build a new facility. The idea of forging a close relationship with Chester and Eastern Plumas Hospital is not new. The good news is leadership has changed lately and that should allow fresh thinking in the areas of new specialty options, purchasing and staff sharing, BW: PDH must continue to pursue a strategicplan that will include updating the existing hospital facility. The existing building, for the most part, is outdated and will not facilitate the new technology that exists and coming in our future. In addi- tion, inpatient rooms do not meet the electrical, personal hygiene, heating andcooling and infection prevention needs of our patients. I feel strongly that withLn the next 10 years we must pursue ways to construct new emergency, operating and inpatient rooms if we want to continue to attract and maintain our medical staff as well as provide the medical needs for our com- munity. Even though many feel that we have 30 years to accomplish this because the state extended the earth - quake standard require- ments, that does not mean that medically we can wait that long. With Measure B, this, will require looking at phased construction over time. Currently construction costs are at the lowest they have been for a long time. As the economy recovers, these costs will steadily increase and make it ever more diffi- cult to meet our hospital needs, ff we do not build the modern facility needs, we can not attract specialists that our community needs and they will not be able to do operations in Quincy that are vital to the economic survival of the hospital. A good working relation- ship between the board and the CEO is essential to the hospital's well-being, especially in the wake of the hospital tax controver- sy and the departure of for- mer CEO Dick Hathaway: a. How would you go about choosing a new, per- manent CEO, and what specific traits would you look for in that individual? b. What do you under- stand the relationshiPto be between the board and the CEO, and what specific duties fall to each? JK: I would like to find some- one who is qtialified to lead our hospital and is truly passionate about healthcare and healthcare in our com- munity. CEO/board rela- tions: Analogy: The board sets the destination of the ship, the CEO sails the ship. The board holds the CEO accountable for the ship, and reaching the destination. KP: A new CEO should un- derstand the differences and difficulties of rural health care. He/she should realize that we are not an area that is going to grow its way to prosperity. We should consider out- side applicants as well as in-house candidates. Traits I would look for are honesty, integrity, a good communi- cator, financial, managerial and administrative expertise with rural ospitals, and have a sense of humor. He/she should keep the board well informed O f hospi- tal conditions, provide back- up materials for all agented items, and anticipate up- coming problems. Informal metings with the public, the CEO and two board members should occur frequently. The hospital board hires the CEO as well as all staff positions. It approves expen- ditures for new supplies, equipment and services. The board establishes policy in all areas including finances, management, clinical and in other ancillary services. They approve a balanced budget every year. The CEO prepares the agenda with the board president's final approval. Ioformation must be available in a timely matter to discuss, and allow public comment. Much of this information could be put on the PDH website so that everyone can stay current on hospital issues. The buck stops at the board and all de- cisions it makes are critical. FT: Choosing a new CEO for PDH will be a very challeng- ing task. Finding someone willing to take on the job of saving this hospital without full backing of the commu- Health coverage available for retirees Linda Satchwell Staff Writer Recent federal healthcare legislation provides financial assistance for early retirees through the new Early Retiree Reinsurance Pro- gram. It will provide reimburse- ment for medical claims for early retirees who are not eligible for Medicare and their spouses, surviving spouses and dependents. Employers and unions can apply to the pro- gram. Applications are still being accepted. Savings can be used to reduce employer health care costs or provide insurance premium relief to workers and their families, or both. Health benefits that qualify for relief include medical, surgical, hospitalization, pre- scription drug and other specified benefits, as well as mental health coverage. Employers' plans will be reimbursed up to 80 percent of claims costs for health ben- efits between $15,000 and $90,000. Self-funded and insured plans may apply, including plans sponsored by private Veteran's benefits,to expire Military members whose service was involuntarily extended, or whose retirement was suspended between Sept. 11, 2001 and Sept. 30, 2009, due to stop loss are entitled to retroactive payments of $500 for each month they were extended, according to depart- ment of defense officials. The.deadline to apply for the benefits is Dec. 3, 2010. Only about 58,000 of the 145,000 eligible claims have been paid, leaving more than $300 million available to eligible veterans. The average payout for each veteran is close to.$4,000. The 2009 War Supplemental Appropriations Act estab- lished the Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay and through- out the last year the services have been reaching out to eligible veterans, service mem- bers and their families through direct mail, veteran service organizations and the media. By law there is no authoriza- tion to make payments on claims submitted after Dec. 3, 2010. Eligible members should print, complete and sign Department of Defense Form 2944, Claim for Retroactive Stop Loss Payment. They must select the appropriate method for submitting their claim form based upon their service requirements. The information can be found at the appropriate ser- vice website, accessible from 2010/0710_stoploss/, or call: Army: (877) 736-5554; Navy: (901) 874-4427; Marine Corps: (877) 242-2830 and Air Force: (8oo) 525-0102. entities, state and local governments, nonprofits, re- ligious entities, unions and other employers. As of Oct. 4, nearly 3,000 organizations have been ap- proved for the plan, includ- mg Sierra Pacific Industries. The list of approved organiza- tions for the state of Califor- nia lists numerous counties, school districts, cities and more. For more information on the Early Retiree Rein- surance Program, regula- tions and how to apply, see "I am able to sleep on my left side without being woken up due to pain." Denise Berry PL PHYSICAL THERAPY "It's all in the wrist!" Interior Exterior * Reduced Rates Dave McKee, Owner * Licensed & Insured *Lic. #728029 3150 Ridgerun Rd, Quincy  , KoryFelker, MPT (530) 283-1178 cell: (530) 260-2401 78 Central Ave., Quincy 283-2202 off per gal. Wonder-Pure Superior performance, environmentally friendly (no VOC), odor free interior paint in a full range of colors. Offer expires Nov. 30, 2010 1947 Lee Road, Quincy 283-2834 nity takes a rare individual. The traits I would seek in finding this CEO are leader- ship experience in the medical/hospital field, suffi- cient advanced education, desire to work in rural health and face our particular challenges. The board of directors is the leader of the CEO. A good CEO realizes that today's hospital boards have a much broader responsibility than existed a few years ago. The board oversees the financial health of the hospital, the safety and security of the patients, the overall welfare of the medical staff and the operation of the hospital in assuring accreditation. The CEO is the hospital leader in all matters of opera- tions. He is responsible for ensuring the capability of the senior staff, the recruiting of medical staff and the relationship with the commu- nity. He provides the board with sufficient data so that they may do their jobs. I care a great deal about the future of Quincy and the hospital. It is a community of caring, sincere, fun-loving people. I look forward to con- tinuing as a board member at PDH, if it is the will of the voter. ust didn't SEE it coming? We can help! Call today for a complete vision and eye examination. 283-2020 -",FRIDEN OPTOMETRY  --A: ; CONTACT LENSE Jonathan Friden, O.D. * Joshua Baer, O.D. 68 Central Ave. * Quincy * 283-2020 i Complete vision and eye care, Optometrists and Ophthalmologists on staff, Vision and Eye examinations, treatment of eye disease, cataract surgery, foreign body removal, threshold visual field analysis, contact lenses, glasses (large selection of inexpensive to designer eyewear), low wsion aids for the visually impaired, and vision therapy for learning related vision problems. A note of thanks from Kathy Price Many of you may already know I have officially retired from my position as Nurse Practitioner at Quincy Family Medicine. It has been a special honor for all the trust you've given me and my profession over the last 35 years. I will always treasure our relation- ships and the pleasure of watching you and your families grow, and mature into responsibleadults. I have seen many of your children born, grow up and become nurturing parents themselves. I have so many fond memories of people that I had the privilege of caring for that are no longer with us. I would like to thank my family, my friends, QFM and PDH staff and all my patients for supporting me. I hope I have been able to help you,.in small ways, to live healthier and happier lives. And you'll still see me around, sharing stories about my daughters and grandbabies, and staying active in the community. My next adventure is running for a PDH Board of Directors position. Wish me luck!