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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.


Award Winning Telemed Program Does It Again!

January 8, 2016

Eastern Plumas Health Care is once more being recognized for its robust telemedicine program. The close of 2015 saw EPHC grab the top spot in the 2015 Excellence in Telehealth Awards as the Number 1 Telemedicine Performer for the state of California. Eric Brown, President and CEO of the California Telehealth Network, had this to say: “I’d like to congratulate the Eastern Plumas Health Care organization on their amazing progress in building their telemedicine program. I can remember first visiting Portola in the summer of 2010 when they didn’t have adequate broadband, no telemedicine equipment or training. To see the...

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EPHC Gets New Urologist

Dr. John Scott is good news to Eastern Plumas Health Care and Plumas County’s urology patients. Scott is a board certified urologist who spent most of his career working in Reno at Urology Surgeons, which is now Nevada Urology. Christine Lajuenesse of Nevada Urology said she loved working with Dr. Scott and that he was very personable. And, his new patients at the Portola and Graeagle are already praising his knowledge and kind bedside manner. All of this means that Plumas County patients can stop waiting months to see a urologist and can avoid the long drive to Reno or...

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EPHC’s Skilled Nursing Seeks New Residents

December 5, 2015

Hospitals, like communities and human beings, are organic. To survive, they change; if they don’t, they die. A few years back, Eastern Plumas Health Care’s skilled nursing facilities were threatened with closure when the state of California decided it wanted to pay less for services—not just now, but in the past, as well. This meant that EPHC would have to pay millions of dollars to the state. The hospital scaled back its skilled nursing operations, fought hard, and won. Not a single resident was displaced. Now, with that fight in the past, the hospital is busily scaling up its skilled...

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Auxiliary Awards Scholarships

EPHC's Auxiliary awards annual scholarships, enabling employees to further their education in ways that will benefit both the recipient and the hospital as employees improve skills and/or advance in their careers. Congratulations to this year's recipients: Frank Blecha, Radiology Technologist; Erin Bautista, CNA; Marinela Miranda (CNA); and, Sharon Tanguay (Medical Assistant).


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