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River Bufletin Hospital News Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2001 11A ss Metcalf p.m. Dec. 11, Michael '--the small, white- man, quick with a a wag of his head and the door on a successful career as administrator. to retire in No- Barry hung in there members of the Plumas rict Hospital (PDH) of Directors inter- candidates and ulti- made their choice on his days of manage- over. In a casual he plans to spend the part of his retirement ting his son's band-- 4-5. won't be picking up or piercing his ears, to help promote son's band in their contract with Dream- i $1 million contract (for launched them on a tour, placed in strategic magazines, )ed them produce a Barry, a man accus- to looking at the hot- dealing realistically !dollars and cents, peo- brainstorming ways what is wanted and .~d in practical ways-- plan holds the of adventure. Just kind of adventure he days ended up spending in a job he wasn't sure would last. His an administrator, bol- by a dedicated board turned a nearly financial situation L Successful venture. Barry arrived at in 1993, after a long ca- ht St. Elizabeth Commu- 4tal, the facility was dire financial prob- Years of unsuccessful and partner- had taken their toll on r's largest facility. time, Barry decided his home in Red he wasn't completely what a doomed facility. years of experience ld him, many of them in Red Bluff, he was de- to give it a try. the house has handy, Barry didn't to abandon PDH. In- he helped turn the fa- 's financial state making it one of Cal- l5 rural hospitals bankruptcy and n Barry accepted challenge, he wasn't new at saving hospi- at St. Elizabeth's Barry, his wife, Sally, four children--in- Mark the musician-- Omaha. His first t to save the hospital. time, it was thought of the Catholic hos- over. sisters hired me but not buy a house be- we think the hospital closing in six months or whatever period it takes for an orderly Barry said in a Record Searchlight 11 years ago. in his typical fash- don g! for Accreditation of Hospitals Organization survey. Barry said it is important "because it ties in so well with the Best 100 Hospitals Award, and both are textbook examples of our emphasis on quality." The third area that Barry is most pleased with is "the financial success of the hospi- tal operation that has en- abled us to purchase the best equipment, continue giving salary increases, complete plans for the hospital expan- sion/upgrade, put money away for the building pro- gram so we don't have to go to the taxpayers for more money and the purchase of two medical office build- ings." A fourth highlight on Bar- ry's list was "being able to get additional first quality physicians, mid-levels, em- ployees and out-of-town spe- cialists," involved at PDH. at PDH, but there are some special occasions he remem- bers particularly well. One of those is the support from the board of directors, physicians and employees, and their willingness to take risks. One great positive of Bar- ry's time at PDH has been working with "the friendly people at the hospital and their very positive attitudes along with a fair amount of humor. The same is true for the people in our community, especially the patients we are privileged to serve." The food that the PDH cafe- teria serves has always been a treat for Barry; the special barbecues, the annual Christ- mas party and the other so- cial functions are memo- rable. And finally, "the beautiful drives to and from Quincy." Future plans Barry has a busy retire- Mlcimel Barry looks back on eight successful year= as the edminllstJ~tor at Plumas Challenges ment planned. He is looking District Hospital. One of the brightest mcmteed~ came when PDH wum~ to the A problem area facing forward to "finishing my nation's 1OO Best Hospitals list. many hospitals--regardless very humorous book, titled of size--is reimbursement 'Sister Patrick.'. It's about ion, checked out the facility, And more recently, PDH tice, equipment and employ a from Medicare, MediCal and healthcare experience of sev- the area, and came to the con- purchased the offices of Dr. staff, private insurance companies, eral hospital administrators, clusion the facility was still Mark Whitney. Although With the success of the pro- One of the problems in col-written as though they were needed. It wasn't time to Whitney continues to be thegram, a special committee at lecting fees is the "new and all done by just one person." close itsdoors, only self-employed physician PDH helps with the job constantly changing rules And, of course, Barry With new determination, in Quincy, other physicianssearch and hiring of new and regulations from the fed- wants to help promote his Barry found ways to make have, over the years, come to physicians, eral and state government son Mark's music career. the hospital financially sta- realize the benefits they re- with no additional money toHis son's first CD "Burning ble. St. Elizabeth's (already ceive by working under spe-Highlights pay for them," Barry ex- the Process," is in the Heavy handling the majority of the cial contract with the hospi- There were many memo- plained. Metal category and features community's patients) was tal. table events at PDH for Bar- Another challenge is "be- two songs called, "Beat the one of three major hospitals Barry realized early on ry, but the one that standsing able to keep our rural World" and "Melt Me Down," within that area. And by the that to retain and attract pa- out brightest to Barry is be- health clinic reimbursementperformed on MTV. time Barry was finished tients at PDH, the hospitaling selected as one of the 100 by adding a family practiceThe llth tune is a little putting his facility back on would have to develop a seri- Best Hospitals in the United residence program and/or a slower and has seven differ- its feet, the other two hospi- ous physician recruiting pro- States. fellowship program." ent types of guitars, three tals in Coming and Red Bluff gram. The flag that denotes that Another challenge faced strings and piano music on it, had to find new services to That happened. PDH now honor--especially notewor- throughout California, is"be- Barrysaid. provide, provides physician office and thy for a small rural hospi- ing able to recruit and retain "Mark plays some of the The facility in Corning be- exam space, does the billing tal--flies proudly alongside employees in hard-to-get guitars and the piano." came a drug and alcohol re- and pays physicians on a the red, white and blue flag of fields like registered nurses, "I also plan to attend as covery center, known as monthly basis. In return, the the United States at the facili- pharmacists, laboratory andmany of his performances as Right Roads. Red Bluffs hos- contract pays for those ser- ty's entrance. X-ray personnel." I can. Maybe you'll be able to pital became a skilled-nurs- vices but in a more attractive Another great honor was read about me on his Web ing facility, package than if each physi-received when PDH scored 92Best parts site,," It was this background and cian had to own his own prac- on the last Joint CommitteeBarry has enjoyed his time he added. ability that put PDH not only back on its feet, but among the nation's top 100 hospitals. Under Barry's administra- tion, PDH has discovered ways to stretch its dollars. Going in with other facilities to purchase supplies has cut costs in that area. Partnering with larger facilities to pur- chase equipment, such as the facility's state-of-the-art ul- trasound machine, has brought top notch services to the facility at a fraction of the cost. Cutting back on staffing and cross training has been successful in holding the bot- tom line. During Barry's time at PDH, the hospital has ex- panded its services to include three clinics. The North Fork center was opened first. Located just be- hind the hospital, the facility houses offices for doctors and their staffs. Next, PDH purchased the Quincy Family Medicine building, located next door to the hospital, once again, of- fering a convenient service for area patients. As an added service, PDH also hired two dentists, shar- ing a year-round contract for six months each. Located in the Quincy Family Medicine building, the service is the only facility in Quincy that accepts MediCal patients. Verizon Wireless is the largest nationwide wireless service provider in the country. low as $25.00 monthly access 30% 50% off all Ornaments 30% to 50% off Boyd's Resin 30% off Boyd's Plush off other selected merchandise, including teapots. We .Sux IO-S 4500 St, 2S4-7S79 ANTIQUE End of the Year Sale 50% off All Holiday Decor All Christmas Ornaments Happy New Year to our ever-growing family Thank to all of you who made 2OO1 very successful for us. 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