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4A Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009 Portola Reporter Lester Permo joins EPHC Board of directors Diana Jorgenson Portola Editor djorgenson@plumasnews.com Lester Premo was appoint- ed to the board of directors of Eastern Plumas Health Care District at a special meeting Jan. 21. The seat has been vacant since the election, when all five seats were open and only fotir candidates applied. Premo, a resident of East- ern Plumas since 1981, said his background is computers managing and organizing data. Most of his experience was as consultant and he Worked with Kaiser Perma- nente, Valley Hospital and Washoe Medical Center, which had given him a famil- iarity with hospitals. "I know a lot about how hospitals work and I under- stand that the board is an oversight committee to re- view and verify plans made by the CEO and approve or disapprove and maybe think about relations with the com- munity," l~e told the board. Premo, who has been vol- unteering at the auxiliary's Nifty Thrifty for the past year, felt he is good with pub- lic relations. "I feel that public relations is one of the functions of the board, along with oversight and review," he said. The board received a sec- ond letter of interest from Thomas Hayes, a former chief executive officer of Fre- mont-Rideout Health Group in Yuba City. Hayes was unable to attend the meeting because of anoth- er commitment. He offered his expertise and advice to all of the board members, in lieu of serving. The next meeting of EPHC's board of directors will be Feb. 5, at 10 a.m. New method for wildfire contacts The Forest Service is im- plementing a new process for pre-season agreements with vendors that provide inci- dent fire support services, such as ambulances, chain- saws, modular offices, vehi- cles with drivers, fallers and mechanic service trucks. ?? There is a National Solici- tation Plan that sets forth the schedule for the various inci- dent equipment categories available on the National Ac- quisition Management Inci- dent Procurement Web site at fs.fed.us/b usiness/inci- dent. To follow the Federal Ac- quisition Regulations for these fire agreements, the Forest Service is moving from using locally signed non-competitive pre-season agreements, to competitive agreements with standard- ized specifications, using an electronic program that is is- sued and awarded on a cen- tralized basis per Forest Ser- vice region. Implementation for certain equipment categories were advertised and awarded in 2007 and 2008. Additional categories will be advertised each year through 2010. Con- tracts awarded are for three years. Lester Premo was sworn in to fill the Eastern Plumas Health Care board seat left vacant after the last election. Premo has lived in Eastern Plumas since 1981. Photo by Diana Jorgenson Plumas District Hospital under budget Traci Bue Staff Writer tbue@plumasnews.com The new construction plans for Plumas District Hospital are under budget and on task, according to Facilities Direc- tor Dan Brandes. At almost $200,000 below projected costs, the hospital's programming phase in the first quarter was summa- rized for the board Jan. 6. Brandes, who is pushing hard to meet ~lesign, develop- ment and cost objectives, said progress on the hospitalj is "going well and moving in the right direction." Recounting the project's scope and direction, Brandes ticked off the list of accom- plished tasks, including ar- chitectural and engineering statistics, structural and in- ternal reviews, along with programming and a few al- ternatives. Construction management cost estimates were expected before the end of January, as well as the final completion on the geotechnical permits. Brandes said regulatory li- censing and Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development meetings have been positive, giving him "every reason to be- lieve" state support will be forthcoming in regard to tim- ing and preferences in infra- structure construction as the project progresses. Brandes presenteda sum- maryof the evaluation of two alternative programming scenarios derived from PDH patient admissions census and industry trends toward a more private~t~atient experi- ence. Over the past several years, the hospital has seen an increase in emergency visits and a decline in pa- tient days (hospital admis- sions). In 2006, the hospital recorded 4,967 emergency visits compared to 5,028 in 2008. Patient days were down from 1,902 in 2006 to 1,556 last year. Using 2007-08 data, two so- lutions were evaluated, re- sulting in different private patient experience ratios. The next phase, projected for completion by June, will cover schematic design and design development the fi- nalizing bf mechanical, elec- trical and site details like carpets, cabinets and interi- or colors; department sign- offs, inventory and medical equipment locations and con- figurations. Target construction and project costs are $17 million and $22 million, respectively. IDOITOU EPOIffll Serving Sierra & Mohawk Valleys Postal Service: USPS (No. 439-420.) Periodicals postage paid at Portola, CA. Published: Every Wednesday morning by Feather Publishing Co., Inc. Office Location and hours: 133 W. Sierra ( Hwy 70), Portola, CA 96122. Mailing address: 133 W. Sierra (Hwy 70), Portola, CA 96122. Office is open Mon. through Fri., 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. How to contact us: (53O) 832-4646. FAX: (530) 832-5319. E-Mail mail@ plumasnews.com Web Page http://www.plumasnews.com . Ownership and Heritage: The Reporter was established in May, 1927. Published weekly. It is part of the Feather Publishing family of newspa- pers serving Plumas and Lassen counties. Deadlines: Display Advertising: Thursday noon; Display Classified: Thursday, noon; Classified Reader ad: Monday 9 a.m; News: Friday, noon; Legals: Thursday at noon. Breaking news: Anytimel To Subscribe: Call (530) 832-4646, come to the Reporter office, use the handy coupon below, or email subscriptions@plumasnews.com Adjudication: The Portola Reporter is adjudicated a legal newspaper by Superior Court Decree NO. 2497 and qualified for publication of matters required by law to be published in a newspaper. Postmaster: Send change of address orders to the Portola RePOrter, 133 W. Sierra (Hwy 70), Portola, CA 96122 Michael C. Taborski Co-Owner/Publisher Keri Taborski Sandy Condon Co-Owner/Legal Advertising Human Resources Director Kevin Mallory Sherri McConnell Asst. Vice Pres./Admin. 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Sed'section B to guess this week's mystery photo. Photo by Diana Jorgenson Plumas DISTRICT HOSPITAL 1065 BUCKS LAKE ROAD QUINCY, CA 95971 http ://www, pdh.org (530) 283-2121 HEALTH SERVICE SCHEDULE February 2009 O.e o:ne l O0 Top Hospitals in U.S Benchmarks for Success FAMILY MEDICINE and OBSTETRICS NORTH FORK FAMILY MEDICINE 283-5640 North Fork Medical Building Jeffrey G. Kepple, M.D., Family Medicine and Obstetrics Rachel K. Hurlburt, D.O., Family Medicine and Obstetric Ross E. Morgan, M.D., Family Medicine and Obstetrics Stephen Johnson, F.N.P., P.A;-C. Elizabeth McGee, A.G.N.P. Janet Thompson, N.P. QUINCY FAMILY MEDICINE 283-0650 Quincy Medical Building James W. Niehol, M.D., Family Medicine and Obstetrics Lawrence A. Price, M.D., Internal Medicine and Family Practice Eric J. Wattenburg, M.D., Family Medicine and Obstetrics Stephen Johnson, F.N.P., P.A.-C. Edie O'Connor, P.A.-C. Kathy Price, F.N.P. FAMILY DENTISTRY PLUMAS DISTRICT HOSPITAL FAMILY DENTISTRY 283-3915 David Reed, D.D.S. HOSPITAL SER VICES CARDIO-PULMoNARY SERVICES 283-7108 Call for appointment DOPPLER/ECHOcARDIoGRAPHY For appointments call: 283-7155 Thursdays February 5, 12, 19 & 26 EMERGENCY ROOM SERVICES 283-7110 MEDICAL NUTRITION THERAPY 283-5640 North Fork Medical Building MRI SERVICES For appointments call: 283-7155 Mondays & Wednesdays February 2, 4, 9, l 1, 16, 18, 23 & 25 LABORATORY 283-7132 RADIOLOGY 283-7155 TELEMEDICINE 283-7133 North Fork Medical Building ULTRASOUND 283-7155 Call for appointmem SURGICAL SER VICES PLUMAS SURGICAL ASSOCIATES 283-1506 North Fork Medical Building Vincent P. Frantz, M.D., F.A.C.S., General Surgery Steen W. Jemen, M.D., F.A.C.S., General Surgery SPECIAL TY CLINICS CARDIOLOGY North Fork Medical Building Milind Dhond, M.D. For appointments call 283-5640 GYNECOLOGY & GYNECOLOGIC UROLOGY North Fork Medical Building Norman C. Naslse, M.D, For appointments call: 283-7951 OPHTHALMOLOGY Locally: 68 Central Avenue, Quincy Thomas R. Conklin, M.D. 294 E. Moana In., Ste 22, Reno, NV 89502 For appointments call: 283-2206 or 1-775-329-2020 ORTHOPEDICS Quincy Medical Building John V. Foley, M.D ForappoinUnants call: 283-7988 PLASTIC SURGERY North Fork Medical Building Edmond A. Zingaro, M.D. 909 Hyde St., Suite 615, San Francisco, CA 94109 For appointments call: 283-1506 PODIATRY North Fork Medical Building Kennon J. Martin, D.P.M. For appointments calli 283-3904 PODIATRY North Fork Medical Building Kathleen Halat, D.P.M. For appointments call: 283-5640 UROLOGY North Fork Medical Building AJlgelo KaneUos, M.D. John Freeman, M.D. For appointments call: 283-7990 Thursdays February 5 & 19 February 21 Wednesdays February 4 Tuesdays February 3, 10, 17 & 24 To be Announced (415) 929-4630 Fridays February 6 & 20 Mondays February 2, 9, 16 & 23 February 5