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2,6, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015 Feather River Bulletin =: Hold a strategic planning session Debra Moore Staff Writer While fmancial stability and superb patient care are top priorities for Plumas District Hospital leaders, they also have an eye on the details. "Pine needles, cigarette butts, stained carpets, dented walls ..." Director Kathy Price rattled off a list of items that she thought reflected poorly on the hospital campus "If appearance is neglected," Dr. Ross Morgan said, then patients might draw the conclusion that "I may be neglected as well." Morgan added that the physical appearance of the facilities could also "set expectations" for the patient's experience. Their comments came during the hospital's strategic planning session held Nov. 20 at the Quincy library. The hospital's board of directors and its management council were asked to weigh in on one-year and three-year _. : : , ;+_: _: + L ..... /l / jy ]/ p++ [/ / / The hospital's chief executive officer, Dr. strategic planning session Nov. 20. Public pads. The hospital's board of directors and Jeff Kepple, center, consults with Medical Staff Coordinator Karen Story during a Relations Coordinator Leann Kennedy writes one-year and three-year goals on flip management council members attended the day-long discussion. Photo by Debra Moore plans. Dr. Jeff Kepple, the attention would be paid tosurprised by the degree of John D. Rockefeller, a hospital's chief executivethe overall appearance, agreement among all of the consultant hired to help officer and the meeting But in ranking the top four attendees and the lists were generate funding, said that facilitator, acknowledged the goals for the next year, the similar for the short- and he has taken philanthropists concerns and said that theappearance of the facilities longer-term plans: to become through the facilities. The hospital has been trying to finished fourth, receiving a fmancially solid, to offer common perception seems to renovate its facilities assynthesized six points from great customer service, to, be "Great people, but what money is donated -- such as attendees. By comparison, make capital improvements, conditions .... " with two patient rooms andimproving the hospital's to expand services and to Director John Kimmel the delivery room -- but that financial viability received recruit and retain staff. agreed with the others. "The more could be done. The 50 points and promoting aKepple and his facility doesn't look like the hospital has immediate plans culture of excellence with management team are in the quality care that we provide, to replace its signage andimproved customer serviceprocess of refining each of We need to strategically erect an awning over the bus received 20 points, the goals. improve appearance to stop near the emergency Each of the attendees wasThe next regular meeting reflect the quality of care" room entrance, and more asked to write his or her top of the hospital's board of three priorities for one-year directors is scheduled for and three-years, which were Thursday, Dec. 3, at 4:30 then combined into two lists, p.m., in the administrative Kepple said he was building conference room. / Thanks to all of the generous supporters of KQNY, the Sound of the Lost Sierra. Without your support, programs on KQNY would not be possible. Please consider becoming a regular donor to support KQNY. Please visit the web (www.kqny919,org) for more information, or mail your checks to E ox 350, Quincy, CA 95971. Store invites you to on Friday, be serving hot chocolate, coffee, will be running a on all gift merchandise. EST 1875 283-0480 " 493 W. Main Quincy 287 Blood drive Dec. 8 "In many ways, the December drive is the most important of the year," said Susan Christensen, a United Blood Services coordinator. "The need for blood escalates during the holiday season as people take to the roads to visit family. It's unfortunate that this translates into more accidents and injuries, but it does." Potential donors are urged to set aside time to donate blood on Tuesday, Dec. 8, from noon to 6 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which is located on the corner of Bucks Lake Road and Bellamy Lane across from Plumas District Hospital. Donors can go online to to set up an appointment using the sponsor code "Quincy," or they can call Christensen at 283-2424. "It's a busy time of the year, but we have a group of dedicated donors who never fail to fend time to give blood, and we appreciate them enormously," said Christensen, who added, "We're hoping to see some new faces, too." "Some people think that donating blood is a small thing they can do for others, but blood donations are anything but small to someone who needs a life-saving transfusion," she added. Drop-ins are welcome, but priority is given to those who have made appointments. Donors should eat a solid meal before giving blood and must bring I.D. to the drive. by or marl your order to: Lawrence St. PC Box B Quincy, CA 95971