News and Events
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).

EPHC Gives Back Donates to Food Bank

October 14, 2015

EPHC Gives Back donated $500 to EPCAN (Eastern Plumas community Assistance Network) to replenish their community food resources after the Portola fire caused them to loose everything. EPCAN is an essential community resource, helping Portola area families in need. EPHC Gives Back seeks to help the community by donating to children and families who need a bit of extra help, so this seemed like a perfect fit! Thanks, Regina Martinez for suggesting it! In the photo, from left: Jeri Hagen, President of Lady Elks, Dink Rife, EPCAN Treasurer, and Kim Voigt, EPHC dietary staff member working the Elks' Taco Tuesday...

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Flu Shots!

October 7, 2015

EPHC is joining with Plumas County this year to offer drive through flu shots--all clinics from 11:00am - 1:00pm: Greenville, Mon. Oct. 26 IVMC Portola's EPHC Campus, Tues. Oct. 27 (moved to Portola Memorial Hall if weather is bad) Graeagle, Mon. Nov. 2 7620 Hwy 89 (Graeagle Fire Hall) Please let everyone know about these important flu shot dates!

EPHC’s Telemedicine Program is Still Number One!

September 23, 2015

For two months in a row now, Eastern Plumas Health Care’s telemedicine program is ranked NUMBER ONE as California Telehealth Network’s top telemedicine performer. EPHC was able to maintain the number one position for the months of June and July. Many thanks to Erica Waldeck, who has worked so hard to make this program so successful, and to Bryan Gregory, who is always on the lookout for more doctors and specialties to add. Below is the link for in-depth July statistics from the California Telehealth Network:

Diabetic Retinopathy Screenings For Essential Eyesight Care

Eastern Plumas Health Care held its latest diabetic retinopathy screening day on Sat., Sept. 19. This screening is essential for diabetic patients who don’t have easy access to an eye care provider for a complete vision exam. The statistics on diabetic retinopathy are staggering. The disease threatens forty percent of diabetic patients with eye disease and possible blindness. Further, patients often don’t know anything is wrong until it’s too late to stop the disease. With this simple screening, however, over ninety percent of patients who have the beginnings of the disease can be treated and their eye sight saved. The...

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EPHC Skilled Billers Are Winners!

August 26, 2015

Eastern Plumas Health Care had reason to celebrate as they closed the books on the month of July. Their AR (accounts receivable) days were down to 51, which for a small hospital with a large influx of Medi-Cal Managed Care patients, is a significant achievement. Accounts receivable days measures the average amount of time from the point when a bill comes in to the business office to the time the hospital is paid. Payment, not what is owed, is what matters. And, in a small hospital like EPHC, cash in the bank is critical to keeping the doors open. According...

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EPHC’s Skilled Nursing Bounces Back

August 12, 2015

Eastern Plumas Health Care’s (EPHC’s) July 23 Board of Directors meeting focused on financials as the fiscal year winds down. (A detailed financial review will be presented by the independent auditor at the September board meeting.) Skilled Nursing Successes Board member Paul Swanson, MD reported that the hospital’s skilled nursing facilities in Portola and Loyalton contribute significantly to the hospital’s bottom line. This is because the state reimburses rural hospitals like EPHC for some overhead costs. What this means practically, explained Chief Financial Officer Jeri Nelson, is that while essential services such as ambulance and emergency room don’t make money, the...

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