News and Events
End of Year Board Meeting

December 31, 2018

Board Changes

Eastern Plumas Health Care’s (EPHC’s) December Board of Directors meeting saw the changing of the guard, with long time Board member Lucie Kreth leaving her post, and Teresa Whitfield coming on to the Board for a four year term. Whitefield worked previously at EPHC as Chief Nursing Officer. All three newly elected Board members, including Whitfield and incumbents Gail McGrath and Harvey West, were sworn in by Kreth, who has also served as the Board’s Secretary.

The Board discussed committee appointments, with Whitfield requesting to be on the Quality Assurance Committee. This was an area she focused...

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New, In-House CNA Course Will Benefit Hospital and Community

December 5, 2018

Eastern Plumas Health Care will begin a new in-house training program for Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) on December 3, 2019. This pilot program is the brainchild of Deborah Mancebo, Director of Staff Development for EPHC’s two skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). Recruiting and retaining enough qualified CNAs is an ongoing problem for rural and remote hospital like EPHC, so this program offers the perfect antidote. Because the need was so great, Mancebo contacted California’s Department of Public Health and worked with them to create a program for EPHC that fits their guidelines. She will also be teaching the course. Training as a CNA...

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EPHC Welcomes New CEO

Eastern Plumas Health Care has chosen its new CEO, Jay Scutt EPHC’s Board Chairman reported. Todd Plimpton will take the helm on January 3, 2019. Plimpton replaces Tom Hayes, who retired from the position this past September. An accomplished attorney, Plimpton is CEO and Senior Partner at Belanger & Plimpton in Lovelock, NV. He specializes in representing local and state governmental services, including critical access hospitals, school districts, and fire departments. He has also served as public defender for several counties. Plimpton was a registered lobbyist for fourteen years, where he represented the interests of hospitals and school districts, among others. In...

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Chief Executive Officer, Tom Hayes, Announces Retirement

September 10, 2018

Tom Hayes, Chief Executive Officer of Eastern Plumas Health Care announced his retirement today after nine years with the Hospital District. Tom was instrumental in expanding local  specialty healthcare services and leaving the District in a strong position financially. “It’s time for me to retire, as I will be 71 next month,” he said. “I have enjoyed my nine years of service at EPHC and wish everyone - employees, medical staff, and the Board, nothing but success in the future.”

EPHC’s Board of Directors will begin to search for a new CEO immediately, with Interim Human Resources Director, Jayne...

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Hoedown II Fundraiser Nets Over $34,000 For New Hematology Analyzer

August 31, 2018

Eastern Plumas Health Care’s annual fundraiser, Hoedown II, held on Saturday, August 18, brought in a whopping $34,40.00 to fund a much needed new hematology analyzer for the hospital. The Martinis, Beanies, and Wienies group organized and put on this event, the second of its kind in three years. The group, comprised of Larry and Renee Walker, Frank and Marsha Shepard, Bill and Kathy Kenneroth, Randy and Katy Magliano, John and Sharla Scott, and Tig and Lucille Tarlton created an unforgettable evening, with a full bar, wonderful food catered by Grizzly Grill, and Hoedown music by...

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Eastern Plumas Health Care’s new Certified Physician Assistant, Beth Hill, has been drawn to medicine since she was a young child. She vividly remembers visiting the A.T. Still Museum of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, MO where she grew up. Still came up with his theories of osteopathic medicine, wellness, and disease prevention in reaction to the archaic practices of the mid-1800s “I remember as a young person learning who A.T. Still was and being drawn to learn as much as I could about medicine and care for the whole person,” Hill said. Still’s vision was a strong motivator for Hill when...

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Auxiliary Scholarships To Further Careers of EPHC Employees

August 10, 2018

Eastern Plumas Health Care’s Auxiliary is pleased to provide scholarships to EPHC employees annually. Applications are accepted from July through September 30th. Scholarship funds are awarded to those employees wishing to continue their education in the medical field in order to advance their careers at our hospital. Things typically covered are advanced certifications, job related expenses, and continuing education – including tuition, books, uniforms, or transportation. All applicants that meet the deadline will be interviewed by a committee of Auxiliary members. For any questions, please contact Janie McBride, EPHC Auxiliary President at 530.520.3292.

Irene Wojek, Psych NP, Completes the Behavioral Health Team

August 3, 2018

Irene Wojek, Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, works in Eastern Plumas Health Care’s (EPHC’s) Behavioral Health Program. Her patients primarily are those who benefit from psychotropic medications to manage symptoms of anxiety, depression, or psychosis. A key component of her job is to make appropriate diagnoses and formulate a good treatment plan that includes medication and therapeutic support. Additionally, patients in EPHC’s Program need to be under the care of an EPHC primary care provider who will recommend referral to Behavioral Health staff when necessary. Occasionally, Trish Foley, Marriage and Family Therapist, will determine that a patient she is...

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            Creating a Legacy: Hospital’s CFO Retires After 23 Years

July 11, 2018

Jeri Nelson, who has faithfully served as Eastern Plumas Health Care’s Chief Financial Officer for 23 years, retired Friday, June 15. She left behind a frighteningly neat and empty office as she hugged Katherine Pairish, the incoming CFO, and said, “Take good care of it.” Several of those who worked closest with Nelson went into her office after she went out the back door. One of them, Teri Becky, who had worked alongside her for that entire 23 year period, broke down and cried. CEO, Tom Hayes, called her, “the best CFO I’ve worked with in my career. She’s very...

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Behavioral Health, Part II: Trish Foley, Counselor, LMFT

June 11, 2018

Eastern Plumas Health Care’s Behavioral Health Program is based on a collaborative care model, which utilizes a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and a counselor who both work in collaboration with their patients’ primary care providers. Trish Foley, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, provides counseling services for those who are referred for, or request counseling. Irene Wojek, PMHNP, a Primary Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, joined the program in May. She provides medication management and counseling services. EPHC’s program is based on that of the AIMS (Advancing Integrated Mental Health Solutions) Center out of Washington State, explained Foley. They...

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