News and Events

December 12, 2016

Yesterday we had to evacuate and transfer 17 Loyalton skilled nursing patients to our Portola facility and 4 patients were sent home to their families. The patients transferred to Portola are in the acute wing as well as the library and Anne’s room in the SNF. This action was necessary because our two boilers were failing and we were worried that we would lose necessary heating for the facility. We are currently in the process of repairing and rebuilding one of the boilers and renting a forced air heat solution for backup in case the boilers fail again. We are hopeful...

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Rural America: A Way Forward

November 18, 2016

No matter what side of the bloody election battle you were on, there was a word that news commentators invoked as the election night results came pouring in. It’s a word they hardly ever use, and it seemed as mystifying to them as the results. The word was “rural.” Rural America was angry. Rural America had found its voice and its candidate. And, most amazingly, rural America had headed to the polls en masse, and VOTED. Rural Americans not only voted, they changed the course of a Presidential election. And, in so doing, they fooled the pundits and the pollsters....

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Vote YES on Prop. 52–It’s Good For Our Community!

October 13, 2016

This November, a diverse group of nearly 1,000 health care providers, businesses, taxpayer groups, labor organizations and children’s advocates from across the state are voting Yes on Proposition 52, the Medi-Cal Funding and Accountability Act. Here’s why: A 2009 partnership between the state and California hospitals has provided about $18 billion in federal funds to help pay for health care services for the state’s approximately 13.5 million Medi-Cal patients. The hospitals have voluntarily provided the matching amount required for these federal programs. Proposition 52 will continue this partnership, with no new cost...

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Prop 52 Is Vital To EPHC & Our Community

October 2, 2016

California’s November ballot is crowded with 17 initiatives – but one that is of particular interest to EPHC is Proposition 52, the Medi-Cal Funding and Accountability Act. Proposition 52 ensures the continued availability of matching federal funds that help pay for services provided by our hospital to Medi-Cal patients. Statewide, more than 13 million Californians, including 6.7 million children, 1.6 seniors and 4.5 million low-income working families depend on Medi-Cal for their health care needs. Proposition 52 protects a partnership first created in 2009 between the state and local hospitals that has resulted in approximately $18 billion in new federal funds...

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Your Community Healthcare District

April 29, 2016

Eastern Plumas Healthcare is a healthcare district—but do you know what that means and how it affects what we do and the community that we serve? Healthcare Districts are public entities that provide community-based health care services to residents throughout the state. They respond to the needs in their District by providing a range of services, which may include a hospital, clinic, skilled nursing facility or emergency medical services; as well as education and wellness programs. Each of California’s Healthcare Districts is governed by a locally elected Board of Trustees who are directly accountable to the communities they serve. Voters created...

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Dr. Dhond, Cardiologist: Caring for the Heart and Spirit

April 18, 2016

Milind Dhond M.D., who has been caring for Plumas County residents for nearly twenty years as a cardiologist, has recently expanded his care from the body to the spirit by publishing a book on meditation called “Journey to Zero”. The book, which Dhond states has no basis in the dogma of religion, but simply truth is designed for those that have no prior experience with mediation. “Whether you are one type of religion or another, at the end of it all there is just one truth,“ says Dhond. “This book is coming from a scientific standpoint. If you follow each...

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EPHC Wins Final Round of 4 Year SNF Battle!

March 21, 2016

Eastern Plumas Health Care recently received news that Governor Brown signed a bill on managed care that includes an elimination the skilled nursing clawback – that is, that retroactive recoupment of money the state had arbitrarily decided to take back from hospital skilled nursing facilities going back to 2011. Four years ago, EPHC successfully fought the state on a similarly arbitrary reduction in SNF fees, amounting to a loss of over $1 million per year. The hospital was able to receive a state exemption from the cuts based on its “frontier status” and the fact that it was the only health...

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Our Beloved Therapy Dog, Cider, RIP

Cider, Eastern Plumas Health Care's beloved therapy dog for their Loyalton skilled nursing facility passed away on March 2, 2016. The Loyalton community and beyond had just raised the funds for her to have a necessary surgery on her knee. She had complications, including major seizures. In the end, her friends at the Loyalton SNF had to make the painful decision to have her euthanized rather than watch her suffer further. She came to live with the staff and residents at EPHC-Loyalton Campus on on December 3, 2005 at the age of 5 months old. She was a High Sierra Animal...

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March 2, 2016

Katie Tanner, Eastern Plumas Health Care Auxiliary's outgoing President, presented Chief Financial Officer, Jeri Nelson, with a $10,925 check at the Auxiliary's quarterly meeting to pay for a new cystoscope. The scope will allow urologist Dr. John Scott to expand the types of procedures he can perform for EPHC patients. The Auxiliary also provided the hospital with $80,000 toward the purchase of a new nurse call system, which was just completed in the Portola hospital and skilled nursing facility. The total amount of donations from the Auxiliary for hospital equipment during this fiscal year is $169,265. The group has been...

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EPHC Wins Final Round of SNF Battle–$2.5 million saved!

INCREDIBLE NEWS: EPHC'S SKILLED NURSING FACILITIES ARE FINALLY FREE OF THE "CLAWBACK." WE NO LONGER HAVE TO PAY BACK THE $2.5 MILLION "TAKE BACK" THE STATE HAD PLANNED. THIS ENDS A SUCCESSFUL 3-4 YEAR BATTLE! TIME TO CELEBRATE!! THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED US ALONG THE WAY!! Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced that he has signed bipartisan managed care organization (MCO) financing legislation passed by both houses of the Legislature yesterday. The bill package includes elimination of the “clawback”, or retroactive recoupment of reimbursement for services provided by hospital based skilled nursing facilities.

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