January 3, 2017
Eastern Plumas Health Care finally got clearance from the Office Of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) to move residents back to their homes in the Loyalton skilled nursing facility. “All of that was done Friday morning, Dec. 30 without any glitches!” said CEO Tom Hayes. Residents have been staying temporarily at the Portola skilled nursing facility on the acute wing and in the skilled nursing facility library and “Annie’s Room.” It has been cosy to say the least, but “everyone on staff has been very cooperative and really chipped in and came together during this crazy time,” said Hayes. The emergency move was required when both the permanent and back up boiler systems at the Loyalton facility failed within weeks of each other. A temporary system has been installed, which will run for approximately six months until a permanent solution can be put in place.