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4A Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 Feather River Bulletin PDH, from page 1A additional physicians are all expected to add to the future bottom line. Director of Nursing Dan Schuessler also addressed the issue during his comments. "If we go from three to six in our average daily attendance (in the hospital), there is 100 percent improvement in revenue, but expenses stay the same," he said, pointing out that it takes the same number of nurses to care for three or six patients. New financial officer Telles was attending his first meeting as the hospital&apos;s chief f'mancial officer. He chose Plumas District Hospital because of Kepple. "What enchanted me to come here is that you have a CEO who is a physician," Telles said. "Health care is all about who takes care of you." TeUes told the directors that this is a difficult time fmancially for most hospitals, not only because of the economy, but also because of hospital regulations. The recent transition to electronic medical records is an example. The hospital spent approximately $2.2 million to implement the system, but was only reimbursed $1.5 million. Additionally, the clinic volumes dropped almost in half because the physicians spent so much time adjusting to the new system. "We are just getting to the point where we can see close to the same amount of patients," Kepple said. An increase in patient visits to the clinics, the addition of hospital swing beds, and the performance of more procedures are all forecast for next year, but TeUes is still anticipating a loss. Despite that Telles remains optimistic that PDH will succeed where other small hospitals have failed. "It is our passion," he said. "I feel it when I walk through the clinics; we have to make it work for the community." Kepple's report Kepple echoed Telles' remarks. "There's an energy starting to resonate in this hospital that we can do this," Kepple said. Citing the fate of other small rural hospitals, Kepple doesn't want PDH to be reduced to an emergency department, a clinic and a helipad. He explained that one of the first things that small hospitals do is eliminate obstetrics, but that isn't planned for PDH. One of the ABOUT YOUR MEDICARE SUPPLEMENT? Need to make changes or switch companies? Open Enrollment: Oct. 15, 2014- Dec. 7, 2014 • Medicare Supplements • Health Plans • Long Term Care • Disability Insurance • Life Insurance • Annuities Lod Morrell Lorcas, EA CA. Uc. #0B06912 .,eo,h,,nooo,o,.oo feather!::.,, financial taxandinsurance@aol.com : 7: : T end iL, ro<e S-vk:m 00ather Ri-v00 Bulle-fin Postal Service: USPS (No. 188-550.) Periodicals postage paid at Quincy, CA. Published: Every Wednesday morning by Feather Publishing Co., Inc. Office Location and hours: 287 Lawrence St., Quincy, CA 95971. Mailing address: P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971. Office is Open Mon. through Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. How to contact us: All departments: (530) 283-0800. FAX: (530) 283-3952. Email: mail@plumasnews.com Website: plumasnews.com Ownership and heritage: The Bulletin was established Aug. 11, 1866, as the Plumas National (later changed to Plumas National Bulletin May 16, 1892) subsequently changed to its present name May 7, 1931, which merged with the Plumas Independent (1892 - 1945) June 7, 1945. Published weekly. It is part of the Feather Publishing family of newspapers serving Plumas and Lassen counties. Deadlines: Display advertising: Thursday 4 p.m.; display classified: Thursday, 3 p.m.; legals: Thursday 4 p.m.; news: Fridays, 3 p.m.; classified: Monday 9 a.m. Breaking news: anytime! TO aubflbe: Call (530) 283-0800, come to the Bulletin office, use the handy coupon below or send email to subscriptions@plumasnews.com Adjudication: The Feather River Bulletin is adjudicated a legal newspaper by Superior Court Decree No. 4644 (1953) and qualified for publication of matters required by law to be published in a newspaper. Poester: Send change of address orders to the Feather River Bulletin, P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971. Michael C. Taborold Jenny Lee Cobey Brown Co-Owner/Publisher Photo Editor Vice Pres./ Kefl Taborski Mary Newhouse Operations Co-Owner/Legal Classified, Circ. Manager Tom Foroey Advertising Sandy Condon Production Manager Kevin Mallory Human Resources Dir., Eliea Monroe Vice Pres./Admin. Office Manager Bookkeeper Dan McDonald Sherri Mcconnell Eva Small Managing Editor Display Adv. Manager Composing Manager I I I I I Member, '  1. ,0.. INK Publishers Assoc. recycled paper suascapuew Order Form l l I z ! Feather River Bulletin . P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971 Please enter my subscription for__ years, l [ Enclosed find my check for S I (J In County $26 per year [ Out of State $44 per year I [ In California $37 per year. I Name I I Address l City, Slate, Zip I B.. , mm I Sulsmtptlons n be tra, but not refuncled. I new doctors that he is recruiting has completed an extra fellowship in obstetrics. If his recruitments are successful, then there will be six full-time family practice physicians, four offering obstetric care. When Kepple seeks to add a service, he considers a number of questions: Is it needed? Does it benefit the community? Can the hospital provide high quality? Is it sustainable? "I truly believe PDH can sustain and build its services," Kepple said. "I believe we can be an exception to the rule. I want to be a case study of why we will succeed." Plumas Bank gift Kepple is coordinating his Adopt-a-Room effort with work beginning on two patient rooms during the Dec. 6 - 7 weekend. A donation from the hospital's foundation kick-started the renovations. Kepple announced during the meeting that Plumas Bank adopted the lobby and is committing $25,000 to refurbish the space. To date the architectural firm of Nichols, Melburg and Rossetto has been providing the design at no cost to the hospital, and painters and contractors are also volunteering their time. Plans to refurbish the labor and delivery room hit a snag: the state is requiring the size of the space to be increased from 180 to 240 square feet. "The price tag will be closer to $50,000 than $18,000," Kepple told the directors. But in a follow-up interview a few days later, Kepple learned that the true cost would be closer to $150,000. As a result, the hospital will undertake a minOr facelift and perform renovations in the room that don't require state approval. The dental clinic has also gone through a transformation with new paint and furniture in the lobby area. Dental clinic Visits to the hospital's dental clinic have increased, but new patients are still being accepted. Director Kathy Price stressed that the clinic wants to provide services for children on Medi-Cal. Schuessler, who is now responsible for the clinic, said that the goal is for the hygienist to see eight patients a day, while the dentist is to care for 12. Next meeting The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 6, at 4:30 p.m. in the administration conference room. Lowest Prices of the Year for Exterior Painting! • Free Estimates • Summer Time Slots ' Filling Fast • Siding/Deck Restoration & Brightening • Over 20 Years in Plumas County • Lead-Safe Certified Protect and Beautify your Home with the Lowest Prices of the Year.. BOB RAYMOND , ..... . ............ . ......... :.:.,PAINTING CA Li’ #759277 836-1339 or 249-3966 Hospital seeks to replace surgeon after separation Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com Plumas District Hospital and its newest surgeon have agreed to a mutual separation. Dr. Mark Williams, who is also under contract with Eastern Plumas Health Care, will no longer be seeing patients at the Quincy facility. "He and I are on amiable terms," Chief Executive Officer Jeff Kepple said of Williams. Kepple can't discuss the reasons for the separation, but reiterated that it was mutually agreed upon. Williams' planned procedures have been rescheduled. Williams also sees patients one day a week in Portola, and whether that contract will continue hasn't been determined. During a phone interview last week, EPHC Chief Executive Officer Tom Hayes said that Williams' contract expires Feb. 15, 2015. Since EPHC represents just a small portion of Williams' work, Hayes was unsure of the surgeon's future plans. Williams had arrived in the county this summer from Tucson, Arizona, where he worked for Tucson Critical Care Surgery. During Williams' short Dr. Mark Williams tenure, Plumas District Hospital nearly doubled the amount of surgeries that were performed, and Kepple and the board of trustees were optimistic about what that meant for the financial viability of the hospital. Kepple is also disappointed that one of the first tangible examples of the new spirit of cooperation between the hospitals in Portola and Quincy didn't work out. However, he said there is a "silver lining." One of the family practice physicians that Kepple hopes will come to PDH is married to a surgeon. The couple has already visited Quincy and will return Dec. 5 - 7 to spend more time in town. Their visit coincides with Quincy Sparkle and the renovation of two patient rooms in the hospital. If you' re not using High Sierra Gas, then you don't know "Jack" ]go][ 65 East Sierra Ave, Portola 530-832-1252 No delivery fees, statement fees, or hidden costs. • : No games or gmcpr , . ;-o: , JUST GAS, AT A REASONABLE PRICE;,,; Locally Owned & Operated The food banks in Quincy are depleted & need restocking. Organizer Sherri McConnell, Advertising Manager at Feather Publishing Co., said, "We collected over 100 lbs of food for our local food bank in Quincy last year. Help us exceed our goal in 2014!" I :g::ii: "Help Feed Hungry Families" Drop off your donations at" The Feather River Bulletin 287 Lawrence St., Quincy 283-0800 8am-5pm • Mon-Fri 4A Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 Feather River Bulletin PDH, from page 1A additional physicians are all expected to add to the future bottom line. Director of Nursing Dan Schuessler also addressed the issue during his comments. "If we go from three to six in our average daily attendance (in the hospital), there is 100 percent improvement in revenue, but expenses stay the same," he said, pointing out that it takes the same number of nurses to care for three or six patients. New financial officer Telles was attending his first meeting as the hospital's chief f'mancial officer. He chose Plumas District Hospital because of Kepple. "What enchanted me to come here is that you have a CEO who is a physician," Telles said. "Health care is all about who takes care of you." TeUes told the directors that this is a difficult time fmancially for most hospitals, not only because of the economy, but also because of hospital regulations. The recent transition to electronic medical records is an example. The hospital spent approximately $2.2 million to implement the system, but was only reimbursed $1.5 million. Additionally, the clinic volumes dropped almost in half because the physicians spent so much time adjusting to the new system. "We are just getting to the point where we can see close to the same amount of patients," Kepple said. An increase in patient visits to the clinics, the addition of hospital swing beds, and the performance of more procedures are all forecast for next year, but TeUes is still anticipating a loss. Despite that Telles remains optimistic that PDH will succeed where other small hospitals have failed. "It is our passion," he said. "I feel it when I walk through the clinics; we have to make it work for the community." Kepple's report Kepple echoed Telles' remarks. "There's an energy starting to resonate in this hospital that we can do this," Kepple said. Citing the fate of other small rural hospitals, Kepple doesn't want PDH to be reduced to an emergency department, a clinic and a helipad. He explained that one of the first things that small hospitals do is eliminate obstetrics, but that isn't planned for PDH. One of the ABOUT YOUR MEDICARE SUPPLEMENT? Need to make changes or switch companies? Open Enrollment: Oct. 15, 2014- Dec. 7, 2014 • Medicare Supplements • Health Plans • Long Term Care • Disability Insurance • Life Insurance • Annuities Lod Morrell Lorcas, EA CA. Uc. #0B06912 .,eo,h,,nooo,o,.oo feather!::.,, financial taxandinsurance@aol.com : 7: : T end iL, ro<e S-vk:m 00ather Ri-v00 Bulle-fin Postal Service: USPS (No. 188-550.) Periodicals postage paid at Quincy, CA. Published: Every Wednesday morning by Feather Publishing Co., Inc. Office Location and hours: 287 Lawrence St., Quincy, CA 95971. Mailing address: P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971. Office is Open Mon. through Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. How to contact us: All departments: (530) 283-0800. FAX: (530) 283-3952. Email: mail@plumasnews.com Website: plumasnews.com Ownership and heritage: The Bulletin was established Aug. 11, 1866, as the Plumas National (later changed to Plumas National Bulletin May 16, 1892) subsequently changed to its present name May 7, 1931, which merged with the Plumas Independent (1892 - 1945) June 7, 1945. Published weekly. It is part of the Feather Publishing family of newspapers serving Plumas and Lassen counties. Deadlines: Display advertising: Thursday 4 p.m.; display classified: Thursday, 3 p.m.; legals: Thursday 4 p.m.; news: Fridays, 3 p.m.; classified: Monday 9 a.m. Breaking news: anytime! TO aubflbe: Call (530) 283-0800, come to the Bulletin office, use the handy coupon below or send email to subscriptions@plumasnews.com Adjudication: The Feather River Bulletin is adjudicated a legal newspaper by Superior Court Decree No. 4644 (1953) and qualified for publication of matters required by law to be published in a newspaper. Poester: Send change of address orders to the Feather River Bulletin, P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971. Michael C. Taborold Jenny Lee Cobey Brown Co-Owner/Publisher Photo Editor Vice Pres./ Kefl Taborski Mary Newhouse Operations Co-Owner/Legal Classified, Circ. Manager Tom Foroey Advertising Sandy Condon Production Manager Kevin Mallory Human Resources Dir., Eliea Monroe Vice Pres./Admin. Office Manager Bookkeeper Dan McDonald Sherri Mcconnell Eva Small Managing Editor Display Adv. Manager Composing Manager I I I I I Member, '  1. ,0.. INK Publishers Assoc. recycled paper suascapuew Order Form l l I z ! Feather River Bulletin . P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971 Please enter my subscription for__ years, l [ Enclosed find my check for S I (J In County $26 per year [ Out of State $44 per year I [ In California $37 per year. I Name I I Address l City, Slate, Zip I B.. , mm I Sulsmtptlons n be tra, but not refuncled. I new doctors that he is recruiting has completed an extra fellowship in obstetrics. If his recruitments are successful, then there will be six full-time family practice physicians, four offering obstetric care. When Kepple seeks to add a service, he considers a number of questions: Is it needed? Does it benefit the community? Can the hospital provide high quality? Is it sustainable? "I truly believe PDH can sustain and build its services," Kepple said. "I believe we can be an exception to the rule. I want to be a case study of why we will succeed." Plumas Bank gift Kepple is coordinating his Adopt-a-Room effort with work beginning on two patient rooms during the Dec. 6 - 7 weekend. A donation from the hospital's foundation kick-started the renovations. Kepple announced during the meeting that Plumas Bank adopted the lobby and is committing $25,000 to refurbish the space. To date the architectural firm of Nichols, Melburg and Rossetto has been providing the design at no cost to the hospital, and painters and contractors are also volunteering their time. Plans to refurbish the labor and delivery room hit a snag: the state is requiring the size of the space to be increased from 180 to 240 square feet. "The price tag will be closer to $50,000 than $18,000," Kepple told the directors. But in a follow-up interview a few days later, Kepple learned that the true cost would be closer to $150,000. As a result, the hospital will undertake a minOr facelift and perform renovations in the room that don't require state approval. The dental clinic has also gone through a transformation with new paint and furniture in the lobby area. Dental clinic Visits to the hospital's dental clinic have increased, but new patients are still being accepted. Director Kathy Price stressed that the clinic wants to provide services for children on Medi-Cal. Schuessler, who is now responsible for the clinic, said that the goal is for the hygienist to see eight patients a day, while the dentist is to care for 12. Next meeting The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 6, at 4:30 p.m. in the administration conference room. Lowest Prices of the Year for Exterior Painting! • Free Estimates • Summer Time Slots ' Filling Fast • Siding/Deck Restoration & Brightening • Over 20 Years in Plumas County • Lead-Safe Certified Protect and Beautify your Home with the Lowest Prices of the Year.. BOB RAYMOND , ..... . ............ . ......... :.:.,PAINTING CA Li’ #759277 836-1339 or 249-3966 Hospital seeks to replace surgeon after separation Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com Plumas District Hospital and its newest surgeon have agreed to a mutual separation. Dr. Mark Williams, who is also under contract with Eastern Plumas Health Care, will no longer be seeing patients at the Quincy facility. "He and I are on amiable terms," Chief Executive Officer Jeff Kepple said of Williams. Kepple can't discuss the reasons for the separation, but reiterated that it was mutually agreed upon. Williams' planned procedures have been rescheduled. Williams also sees patients one day a week in Portola, and whether that contract will continue hasn't been determined. During a phone interview last week, EPHC Chief Executive Officer Tom Hayes said that Williams' contract expires Feb. 15, 2015. Since EPHC represents just a small portion of Williams' work, Hayes was unsure of the surgeon's future plans. Williams had arrived in the county this summer from Tucson, Arizona, where he worked for Tucson Critical Care Surgery. During Williams' short Dr. Mark Williams tenure, Plumas District Hospital nearly doubled the amount of surgeries that were performed, and Kepple and the board of trustees were optimistic about what that meant for the financial viability of the hospital. Kepple is also disappointed that one of the first tangible examples of the new spirit of cooperation between the hospitals in Portola and Quincy didn't work out. However, he said there is a "silver lining." One of the family practice physicians that Kepple hopes will come to PDH is married to a surgeon. The couple has already visited Quincy and will return Dec. 5 - 7 to spend more time in town. Their visit coincides with Quincy Sparkle and the renovation of two patient rooms in the hospital. If you' re not using High Sierra Gas, then you don't know "Jack" ]go][ 65 East Sierra Ave, Portola 530-832-1252 No delivery fees, statement fees, or hidden costs. • : No games or gmcpr , . ;-o: , JUST GAS, AT A REASONABLE PRICE;,,; Locally Owned & Operated The food banks in Quincy are depleted & need restocking. Organizer Sherri McConnell, Advertising Manager at Feather Publishing Co., said, "We collected over 100 lbs of food for our local food bank in Quincy last year. Help us exceed our goal in 2014!" I :g::ii: "Help Feed Hungry Families" Drop off your donations at" The Feather River Bulletin 287 Lawrence St., Quincy 283-0800 8am-5pm • Mon-Fri