News and Events
Low-Cost Health Screenings for the Month of May

May 4, 2011

EPHC is offering Low-Cost Health Screenings every week day in May at their Portola campus, and on regular lab days at their clinics in Graeagle, Indian Valley, and Loyalton. No appointment is necessary. Here’s your chance to be proactive about your health. Regular health screenings to make sure you’re in good health or to detect problems as soon as they arise means you’ll live a longer, healthier life. At EPHC, we encourage you to take advantage of this extremely low cost health screening. The $40 screening includes: Cholesterol, CBC (Complete Blood Count), Comprehensive Metabolic Panel, HDL, Direct LDL, Ratio, and...

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How to Live Healthy With Hepatitis C

April 19, 2011

Hepatitis C currently affects 5 million Americans. 1 in 5 people are at risk for the virus, and 30% of people who have it have no idea how they got it. Many people, in fact, may be at risk without knowing it. According to Mary Morrison, a Family Nurse Practitioner at Eastern Plumas Health Care who has been treating this virus for 14 years, risk factors include: IV drug use or snorting drugs, blood transfusions before 1992, tattoos, piercings, a shared razor or toothbrush. Further, many people who contract the virus, which is passed by blood to blood contact, show...

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EPHC’s Clinical Lab aces recent inspection

April 8, 2011

EPHC’s Lab Manager, Bill Carlson, has reason to celebrate. At this week’s Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) inspection of the laboratory facility, a process that can last up to three days, the inspector was so impressed with what he saw that he completed his inspection in a single morning. Carlson explained that every two years, CLIA evaluates the lab, looking at the myriad of quality control data (including daily control studies and monthly evaluations during which Carlson checks for any accuracy problems and corrects them), proficiency testing, instrumentation testing, and more. The state also makes sure that all lab personnel...

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Community Outreach

April 1, 2011

Director of Nursing, Mark Schweyer, reported on the progress he’s made in EPHC’s Telemedicine program. Schweyer has a multi-dimensional approach, focusing on grant funding, partnerships with other organizations in our region (including Tahoe-Forest, Plumas County public health, schools, and public libraries), educational opportunities, and patient specialist services. The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment is providing $10,000 for a telemedicine equipped cart. EPHC is also slated as a recipient on UC Davis’s telemedicine grant, for which they’ll receive a second telemedicine cart. In addition, UCD will provide “pediatric emergency room coverage,” allowing EPHC’s ER doctors to access UCD’s expertise at...

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Hospital Auxiliary Spreads the Wealth

Eastern Plumas Health Care’s Auxiliary has donated $100,000 towards the purchase of the hospital’s new digital mammography equipment. At a recent Auxiliary luncheon, EPHC’s Chief Executive Officer, Tom Hayes, explained the hospital’s drive to offer digital mammography to EPHC’s patients. Perhaps the most significant improvement over film mammography, he said, is that results will be reported within 24 hours. Digital imaging is also much quicker, so the process of taking the mammogram is easier on patients. Further, digital images are easily stored in a patient’s medical record, making the comparison of a new mammogram with previous ones in order to...

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EPHC Welcomes New General Surgeon

Eastern Plumas Health Care is pleased to announce our new general surgeon, Arthur Schwartz, M.D. Every two weeks, Dr. Schwartz is in Portola to offer office hours one day and perform surgery the next. We know our patients will appreciate the opportunity to have their general surgery needs met locally, where the support of family and friends help so much. Call (530) 832-6600 to schedule an appointment. Dr. Schwartz comes to us from Dominican Santa Cruz Hospital in Santa Cruz, CA, where he was Chief of Surgery. He worked at Aspen Valley Hospital from 1978 – 1992, serving as President...

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EPHC Provides Copies of EKGs to Patients

March 28, 2011

Eastern Plumas Health Care will provide its patients with copies of their EKGs beginning on April 4. At a recent presentation to EPHC’s Medical Staff, Dr. Desai (Chest Pain Center Medical Director at Renown, Reno) explained that it’s beneficial for patients to have a copy of their EKG with them if they become ill or are admitted to the emergency room. If a patient’s EKG is abnormal, it’s impossible to know if the abnormalities are old or new unless a patient has a previous EKG for their doctor to refer to. If the change isn’t something new, the patient won’t...

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EPHC’s new website is now live!

March 21, 2011

EPHCs new website is now live at Informative and user friendly, the site focuses on helping potential patients find a health care provider, offering essential hospital, clinic, and skilled nursing facility information, providing contact information, explaining how we measure and upgrade the quality of our services, and much more. It’s also aimed at recruiting highly qualified doctors and staff. In the Doc Talk Blog, Dr. Kopes-Kerr uses an interactive tool that allows you to effectively manage your own health through simple, preventative measures. You can also ask him general health questions online. The Facebook icon at the bottom of each...

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Complimentary Chiropractic Evaluations

February 25, 2011

Dr. Bruce Walker, Chiropractor, will offer complimentary chiropractic evaluations at the Indian Valley Medical Clinic on Tuesdays, April 12 - May 10. Appointments for a free chiropractic evaluation are available from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., and you don't need to be an established patient to take advantage of this service. Dr. Walker has lived in Plumas County since 1984, relocating his practice from the Bay Area to Quincy. Dr. Walker graduated from U.C. Davis with a B.S. in Zoology and has been a licensed Chiropractic Doctor since 1983. He's been working out of the Indian Valley Medical Clinic since March,...

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