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"II2A Wednesday, Dec, 19, 2001 Hospital News By Alicia Higl e past years, some patients taxmoney, Grothe said. Indian Valley Editor have taken their business to Some of the medical de- Taxpayers wilt get another other medical facilities, vices used in the lab, for ex- chance to vote for or against Earlier this year, directors ample, need to b e, eplaced a special tax for the Indian discussed a study that soon. Valley Health Care District. showed the district would be While some voters have They may also get the better off financially if they been sharing comments chance to vote on whether or could bring back some of across grocery store aisles, not the hospital should close, those patients, about whether'or not the dis- Directors continued their Hiring physician and sur- trict deserves a special tax, discussion about options for geon Jonathan Pace seemed others have been putting the struggling district during like one way to do that. their money out there in- a special meeting Monday, Dec. 10. Offering more services stead. seemed likeanother. One voter, who wanted The option of selling the hospital to a private entity The special tax for five Measure M to pass, handed a was quickly eliminated after years was supposed to make$75 check over to the hospi- hearing about a similar sale those services possible, tal. in Susanville. District Administrator Two more, John and Betsy Although the hospital in Sheila Grothe reported that Schramel, of Greenville, Susanville has turned around the five-year plan includes walked in with a check for financially, since the new money to update medical $1,000 for whatever the dis- prison was built, it also has a equipment and technology trict needed. patient base of 25,000 com- that would make it possible pared to 2,000 in Indian Val- for the district to be self-sus- ley. taining. And, previous research There would also be some shows that only about half of funds to help address seismic that population base uses the issues. hospital and medical clinic. Updating the medical During the controversy in equipment is the primary reason the district needs the "We hope our fellow voters will follow suit and voluntari- ly donate their share to the hospital district," wrote the Schramels in a letter to the board. Their check was written to demonstrate their confidence in the future of the district. Feather Country The money comes in espe- ciany handy, Grothe said, be- cause the total for having two 1 votes could be as much as $9,OOO. A committee was formed to Deep Fried Chicken discuss whether or not to Breaded Sandwi make changes to the special tax, such as putting a cap on on a sour dough roll with mayo, how much multiple parcel owners will have to pay. lettuce & tomato. Your choice of They discussed the same is- soup or small fries & medium drink. sues before, and thought the best and most equitable way would be to ask $75 for each parcel. Lindan & Main, If they decided to go by par- * cel value, for example, the cost for many parcels would go up to $90 or more per year. To save one parcel owner $10 would cost another $20. Suggestions and ideas from the public are welcome. Barring special meetings, the Indian Valley Health Care District meets the fourth Monday of each month at 6 p.m., in the hospital an- ...... :::. : nex off Hot Springs Road. For more information, call the hospital at 284-7191. I service By Alicia HiglH "But we can't lose the tax Indian Valley Editor either," said Dorothy McIn- Although health care dis- tyre, the public's representa- trict directors decided to tive to the ambulance service withdraw from the contract board. for ambulance services, the While in 1995, voters al- ambulance is still being man- lowed the community ser- aged by the district, for now. vices district to contract for But it's back to the drawing ambulance services, Chair- board for the joint powers man Don Williamson said the agreement between the Indi- annual $45 tax that voters al- an Valley Health Care and so approved is not enough to Community Services dis- operate the ambulance inde- tricts, pendently. During a special meeting "It (the ambulance service) Tuesday, Dec. tl, ambulance never was designed to pay for service directors decided itself," district administrator they needed a lot more infer- Sheila Grothe said. mation before any actions "We both have to work to- could be taken, gether," said paramedic Tom "We need out," said health Higgins. care district chairman and Directors and residents at- ambulance service director tending the meeting explored Steve Quinby. "The hospital several ideas in sometimes can't stand the loss." overlapping conversations. Contractor's Lic. 581954 149 Commercial St. Portola, CA 96122 A RadioShack Dealer (530) 832-4302 Everything in a box on shelves (not on a peg), is for sale at our cost Come in while supplies last! !i One idea was to have a pri- months behind, due to the vate business take over am- down time between billing bulance services, but the de- systems at the hospital. clining number of people Billing is one major ex- even using the ambulance pense the hospital is unwill- shot down that idea. ing to continue subsidizing. An idea to get MediCal andBefore the hospital began Medicare to pay more was providing billing at no met with laughter, and in a charge, the ambulance set- lull, Grothe said there is just vice paid about $7,000 per no negotiating with those year to a billing service corn- agencies, pany. Contracting with another Even without that expense, ambulance service was an the ambulance service has no idea met with doubt, because reserves to repair the ambu- it was tried and failed before lances if they break down. the ambulance service au- More information is being thority came into being, accrued about options and "We'd have to thin it downideas shared at the meeting, a lot," Williamson said of the and directors have decided to ambulance service, which re- have a special meeting Tues- ceives about $60,000 per year day, Dec. 18. in taxes. They also decided to meet Payroll is more than monthly, instead of quarter- 0,000. ly. Back in 1995, the $45 tax The Indian Valley Ambu- would have provid_ed enough lance~ar-wice Atlth~ity ,will funding to operate the ambu- now meet the second Tuesday lance, of each month at 5 p.m., in Today, expenses have sky- the hospital annex off Hot rocketed and reimburse- Springs Road in Greenville. ments from MediCal and For more information, call Medicare have plummeted, board clerk Susan Neer at the Currently, billing for thehospital, 284-7191. ambulance service is three / /,,u ~ We ~oulcl like to thank all those who have been visiting us for and to those who haven't made it yet, we still have lots of treasures for your gift giving and keeping needs. 6 days til Christmas! Have a Merry one! P.S. We will be closed Dec. 25th & 26th Ooen 7 clays foc your co~ven,~nce Every day 1 0-6 Hwy 89. 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