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Chester Progressive, Westwood PinePress Wednesday, March 10, 2010 7A Although appointed by vote to the Seneca Healthcare Board of trustees Feb. 8, it wasn't until Feb. 25, that Loretta Gomez was officially sworn in. Photo by M. Kate West Seneca gains one, loses one M. Kate West Chester Editor ChesterNews@plumasnews.com Lake Almanor Basin resi- dent Loretta Gomez was of- ficially sworn in Feb. 25 as a trustee of the Seneca Healthcare District. During that same meeting, board vice president Dennis Williams formally tendered his resignation. Although not effective until the end of February 2010, he, like ex board member Bill Howe, stated a willingness to serve on the board for a period of up to an additional 90 days. Williams, who is also re- tired, cited the fact that he has been traveling more fre- quently than planned as the reason for his resignation. Both he and Howe were serving trs seheltildto :" expireDec.l 0f hs  yar:: AlthoughSHD had yet to post the special vacancy creat- ed by Williams' resignation, Peninsula resident Dana Se- andel did give a nod Feb. 25 to her continuing interest in serving on the board of trustees. Should Seandel join the board it will create a histor- ical.moment. It will only be the second time since the February 1948 formation of the Seneca Healthcare Dis- trict board of trustees that two women have served si- multaneously. Loretta Gomez is the sev- enth woman appointed to serve the district since its formation. While elected in different years, Jessie Wellenbrock and Lois Lickiss served to- gether from November 1978 until March 1980 and again from January 1983 until No- vember 1994, when Wellen- some time after Jan. 1, 1961. After the Lickiss-Wellen- brock periods of service, Lee McGill joined the board in November 1998. Pat Roarty was appointed in June 6, 2002 after McGill resigned. She resigned in May 2007 and was replaced on the board by Jody Schlobohm, who relocated outside the district and re- signed Dec. 31, 2008. In compliance with the Maddy Appointive Registry Act, an appointment to the fill the vacancy created by William's resignation could be made Feb. 28 or there- after. For further information about this position call the Seneca Healthcare District administrative assistant at 258-2067. br0ck retired.' ....... Interested persons may al- "" t'het  womer direCto iti -! so toi yithe SHD adtnis= Cluded Sue: Isbell, who tration office at 130Bt:ent- served on and off the board wood Drive to pick up an from Dec. 19, 1956 until application. SPINAL DECOMPRESSION WITH OXYGEN Listen to two local residents: "When I came in to Dr. Branvold, I had leg pain and joint pain. I couldn't sleep at night, waking up 5 or 6 times with pain. After two months of decompression with oxygen I can now sleep without waking up from pain." -Joanne Tinnen "My sciatic pain was so bad I could hardly walk or sleep. I couldn't get my work done. Now I feel fantastic thanks to decompression with oxygen. Leave it to Dr. Branvold." -Linda Eubanks 2 FREE Trial Visits and Consultation Offer expires March 31,2010 C)rtho contri00(t exceeds hopes i M. Kate West Chester Editor chesternews@plumasnews.com Chief Executive Officer Doug Self shared news re- garding the yearlong profes- sional relationship between the Shasta Orthopedic physi- cians and the Seneca Health- care District during the Feb. 25 board meeting. He told board members De- cember 2009 marked the end of the f'n'st full year of contracted orthopedic and pain services being offered within SHD. "Between the period of De- cember 2008 through Decem- ber 2009 Shasta Orthopedics earned $1,140,075 in gross rev- enue," Self said. Operational expenses for that period were $742,065. "Cash over expenses came to $398,060. From those funds we upgraded equipment in the operating room at the cost of $174,804," he said. He advised the board mem- bers that the equipment ex-: penditures were not solely fori the benefit of the orthopedici surgeons but for SHD sur-! geons as well. Year-to-date cash for thel district was $223,200 a figure Self said was almost equal toi one tax assessmert payment. ! "This contract has obvious- ly gone well for Seneca on a cash basis. It has also gone: well for patients who haven't had to travel down the hill," said Self. Help with pr,e,;criptionsLoffered There are thousands of se- niors and adults with dis- abilities who have Medicare that struggle to pay for their prescriptions and who are not aware there is help available. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that administers Medicare, there are approximately 2,462 Medicare beneficiaries in Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Tehama and Plumas counties who may be eligible for help to re- duce their prescription and medical costs. Recent changes in the law have made it easier for Medicare beneficiaries to be- come eligible for "extra help," also known as Low In- come Subsidy to reduce Medicare's prescription plan's (Part D) premiums, de- ductibles and co-pays. The Social Security Administra- tion administers the subsidy. Income limits are $1,354 per month if single and $1,821 per month for a couple. Re- sources cannot exceed $12,510 for single and $25,010 for a couple. In addition, eligibility for another federal benefit ad- ministered by local counties has improved. This benefit is called the Medicare Savings Program, and it helps reduce eligible individuals' Medicare Part B costs, such as medical premiums, de- ductibles and co-pays. Income limits are $1,805 per month if single, and $2,428 per month for a couple. Re- sources cannot exceed $6,600 if single and $9,910 for a cou- ple. Other allowances may be possible. PASSAGES' Health Insur- ance Counseling & Advocacy Program will hold work- shops for eligible people to enroll in these benefits. A workshop will be held Fri- day, March 12, at the Greenville Senior Nutrition Site, 152 Green Meadows Lane, Greenville. Reserva- tions are required, call (800) 434-0222. PASSAGES believes that re-: ducing prescription costs is an important way to help maintain independence of se- niors, caregivers and adults with disabilities, and avoid a choice between food and need-: ed medications. For more in-: formation or an application, call (800) 434-0222 or go to se- cure.ssa.gov/apps6z/il020/ma in.html. 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