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2A Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012 Indian Valley Record Event celebrates all ages, all nations All are invited to partici- pate and enjoy a new event: All Cultures Day Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Indian Valley Community Center in Greenville. Several residents are al- ready planning to share some aspect of their lives in Indian Valley. Cultures being celebrated include family heritage of all kinds shared by Indian Valley residents. Registrants, so far, in- clude the emergency ser- vices community, whose members will share things from their way of life, arti- sans will share theirs, and others are welcome to share as well. Local artisan Russ Flint will offer an interactive children's art activity. There will also be a farm- ers' market for local grow- ers, the community center garden will be open for tours and several youth mu- sicians will perform. The hours that teens participate will count toward the 50 comm unity service hours required for the chance to apply for a $150 stipend at the end of the year. Evergreen Market and various locations through- out Indian Valley will have registration forms available for those who wish to share their way of life. The event is sponsored by the Indian Valley Youth Summit as a celebration of the diversity and strength of Indian Valley residents and it will be open to all nations,, all ages. Planning meetings are held each Tuesday at 6 p.m. behind the Indian Valley Community Center on Highway 89 in Greenville. For information call 284-7228 or 284-1406, or visit indianvalleyyouth summit.org. The youth summit is also on Facebook. DAVID J_ HEASLETT ROSBY DRIVEWAY MAI NTENANCE SLURRY SEALCOATING SS1H OIL HOT CRACK FILLING PATCHING FREE ESTIMATES SERVING ALL OF PLUMAS & LASSEN COUNTIES 1377 ARLINGTON RD. SP. 87 TAYLORSVILLE CA 95983 C-12 CA LIC, #762465 530 - 284 - 1474 Nurturing, Educating, Impacting LAKE ALMANOR CHRISTIAN SCHOOL NOW ENROLLING ........ K - 12 Call Mrs. Davidge 596-4100 Tuition Assistance Available 2610 Highway A-13, Lake Almanor PUSD faces deficit- again Elementary school gets a new name Laura Beaton Staff Writer Ibeaton@plumasnews.com If taxpayers vote against the initiative to raise taxes toward financing schools, that hit will be absorbed in the current school year, ac- cording to Schools for Sound Finance. The passage or failure of the tax initiative in Novem- ber, along with a reduced county property tax rate, could spell the difference be- tween a $2.3 million and a $3.1 million deficit for Plumas Unified School Dis- trict for the 2012-13 school year. The report from the Fiscal Crisis Management Assis- tance Team (FCMAT) is posted at PUSD's website. FCMAT will host a study session for the board of di- rectors Aug. 30 at 4 p.m. The meeting will be open to the public. The Memorandum of Un- derstanding between PUSD and Plumas Charter School (PCS) is being changed slightly to better reflect the relationship between Greenville High School and PCS. A committee composed of directors Bret Cook and Bob Tuerck was formed to draft a response to the Grand Jury Report. They will present their response to the board Sept. 12. A name change to reflect the merging of Taylorsville and Greenville elementary schools was made. The new school is named Indian Valley Elementary School. The leadership profile for the PU$D superintendent of schools was approved. The board plans to an- nounce its choice for super- intendent Sept. 8, providing a qualified candidate has ap- plied. The Plumas County Office of Education superintendent is an elected position. The board has the power to ap- point a superintendent to fill the remainder of the term, which was vacated by Glenn Harris and expires in No- vember 2014. PDH's proposed budget in the black Laura Beaton Staff Writer Ibeaton@plumasnews.com The Board of Directors of Plumas District Hospital (PDH) approved the proposed budget for 2013, which projects a net income of nearly half a million dol- lars. The 2013 budget changes include increasing rates by 5 percent, the amount insur- ance companies allow year- ly. The rate hike will result in negligible increases to' pa- tients. PDH is one of the lowest cost hospitals in northern California, said Chief Execu- tive Officer and President Doug Lafferty. Employee benefits are in- creasing by 17 percent. The three-year wage freeze has been lifted, allowing employ- ees to achieve wage parity as their salaries are adjusted accordingly. Also included in the bene- fits is a reinstated retire- ment plan. Fiscal year 2012 has not yet been fully actualized, due to the conversion of a new patient management system, nicknamed Eagle i, from Prognosis/Medegenix. Although the conversion has been time consuming and often frustrating, it has already proven its worth and will save PDH hundreds of thousands of dollars with its improved capabilities for managing patient records. A vast portion of the mil- lion-dollar-plus system will be reimbursed if PDH com- pletes and files its paper- work' by October, a goal staffers are confident of achieving. Another. big savings should be realized this year when the Dragon voice recognition training is com- plete and in use. Yearly dic- tation costs of $250,000 will be reduced to about $50,000. The 2012 budget currently shows a net income of $262,841 after general obliga- tion bonds. That figure is $714,557 better than the pro- jected deficit of $452,716. Finance committee board directors John Kimmel and Dr. Mark Satterfield were pleased with both the 2012 and 2013 budgets, and praised PDH staff for their hard work. A dental clinic update re- vealed that Dr. David Reed left July 1 to take a position in Chico, leaving Dr. Pooja Patel to assume leadership. Patel is doing an outstand- ing job at the dental clinic, according to Lafferty, and is serving 15 to 16 patients dai- ly, the same number served when both she and Reed wel:e employed. Savings to PDH will amount to about $150,000 year. Physical therapy (PT) ser- vices for MediCal patients, provided by Kory Felker and his PT assistant, will begin Aug. 6. This is a great addi- tional service to the commu- nity, Lafferty reported. Several other health prac- titioners have begun work- ing at PDH, including physi- cian assistant Amber Free- man, a Quincy native, who will work extended hours in- cluding Saturday mornings and evenings until 6 p.m. A chemotherapy program is in the development stages with Tahoe Forest Health Systems of Truckee. A part-time surgeon has been found and his applica- tion is being processed. An active search for an in- ternal medicine physician continues with hopes to se- cure services by mid-year. Selena Jayo from Indian Valley, a Plumas Charter School graduate and a pre- med senior at University of Nevada Reno, is job shadow- ing Dr. Erin Barnes two days a week for a month. Job shadowing is one way to expose students to careers they're interested in, while at the same time encourag- ing local college students to work in their hometown communities. A shortage of nurses is the most pressing issue in the nursing department. Travel- ing nurses are being recruited and hired to fill empty slots, while perma- nent employees continue to be recruited. The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) is in the process of evaluating PDH. Although accreditation is not required by district hospitals for Medicaid reim- bursement, a majority of state governments, including California's, has come to recognize JCAHO accreditation as a condition of licensure and the receipt of Medicaid reimbursement. Lafferty believes JCAHO helps insure high profes- sional standards and greater patient confidence. Board director Bill Wickman reported that tick- ets are available for Plumas Health Care Foundation's main fundraiser, Starry Mountain Nights, held Aug. 18 in the Wickman Garden. Tickets are $65 per person or $120 per couple and in- clude dinner, beer, wine and entertainment. Net proceeds benefit Plumas District Hospital. Tickets may be purchased in the hospital's main lobby or at Flanigan- Leavitt Insurance Agency, Quincy: Hospital gets tutorial in hepatitis C Laura Beaton Staff Writer Ibeaton@plumasnews.com Hepatitis C was the topic of a Grand Round forum at Plumas District Hospital (PDH) July 30. Grand Rounds occur on a monthly basis and offer clinical staff the chance to learn about important advances in the med- ical field as well as earn contin- uing education credits in their respective fields from local area health providers. Lorenzo Rossaro, an interna- tionally recognized authority on liver disease (hepatitis C, acute liver failure and cirrho- sis) and chief of gastroenterolo- gy and hepatology at UC Davis Medical Center, gave a class on management strategies to raise cure rates in patients with he- patitis C virus infection (HCV). In a catered lunch hour ses- sion, about 20 PDH clinical practitioners learned about the latest advances in treating HCV patients. According to Rossaro, about 75 percent of those afflicted with HCV are baby boomers who are unaware they are in- fected. People born between 1945 and 1965 are demographically the highest risk group, especially if they inhaled drugs, such as co- caine, used drugs intravenous- ly or had tattoos. The hepatitis C virus is con- tracted through mucus mem- branes and blood to blood trans- mission. It is not usually trans- mitted by sexual practice. With newly developed drug therapies, chances for patient cure rates have increased as much as 10 times. Unlike hepatitis B virus in- fection (HBV), or human im- munodeficiency virus (HIV), which are incurable, HCV can be cured in as little as six - 12 months. That treatment time could be reduced to six - 12 weeks in as little as a year or two as research continues. Curing HCV patients is chal- lenging because HCV usually doesn't present itself until great damage has already been done to the liver, making treatment more invasive and survival rates slim, Rossaro said. With proper screening and the development of these new drug therapies, HCV-afflicted patients could have an 80 - 90 percent chance of being cured. The big catch: they must first be diagnosed. The treatment is costly- ap- proximately $50,000 -- but the success rate for the cure is 70 percent, according to the Amer- ican Association for the Study of Liver Diseases. Side effects are an issue, and can result in anemia and severe rashes. Even so, the new treat- ments are very promising. Linda Jameson, registered nurse and chief nursing officer at PDH, has created the Grand Rounds program, which allows doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other staff to earn continu- ing medical education credits and units without having to .leave their workplace. Jameson is the program chair of the Grand Rounds and has created a data bank of class- es on topics directly related to PDH medical providers. By networking with UC Davis and Renown Regional Medical Center's health ser- vices coordinator, Karen Holch- er, Jameson has crafted an im- pressive and valuable program that encourages professional development. Each Grand Round focuses on a topic of importance rele- vant to particular needs of PDH. An upcoming Grand Round will focus on babies with "fail- ure to thrive" issues. Grand Rounds are generally held the first Wednesday of the month and include a nutritious lunch and a good presenter. They are open to all PDH em- ployees. Childbirth, ' class set Plumas District Hospital (PDH) will hold a one-day childbirth education course Saturday, Aug. 18, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $50 per couple. Sign up in the North Fork Family Medicine clinic at 1060 Valley View Drive in Quin- cy. During the session, in- structors will provide in- formation about the process of labor and deliv- ery, the role of the labor coach and the use of relax- ation/breathing methods. Breastfeeding techniques, newborn care and infant car seat safety will also be discussed. In addition, in- fant CPR is taught during the course. Any expectant individu- als are invited to join the course. The hospital's next childbirth education course is scheduled to be- gin in October. Contact An- na Baker at abak- er@pdh.org for more infor- mation. '1 I