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108 Wednesday, June 11, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter D ITORIAL AND OPINION EDITORIAL Change leads to new collaboration between healthcare districts Patient visits and revenue were down; the billing system was in disarray; and employee morale was low. When months of promises did nothing to assuage the problems, the Plumas District Hospital board ,of directors looked internally and chose a popular physician, Dr. Jeff Kepple, to take over as interim chief executive officer. Two months later, the board wants him to commit to a year. "More has been accomplished in the last two months than in the last 22 years," said one veteran board member. While all of the problems haven't been miraculously cured, dramatic steps have been taken -- new doctors hired, management shuffled, professionals consulted and morale restored. The enthusiasm is contagious. The hospital volunteers and foundation both made hefty donations to fund a digital mammography machine, improve the emergency area and renovate patient rooms. But Kepple's efforts aren't limited to the health district's boundaries. Tom Hayes, the CEO of Eastern Plumas Health Care, has long sought a collaborative relationship with Plumas District Hospital. Hayes maintains that rural hospitals must pool resources to survive. His past overtures to Plumas District were not embraced. Kepple called Hayes even before he was formally appointed to CEO and the two have met several times since. That relationship has resulted in a new surgeon coming to the county who will work at both hospitals. The CEOs and their teams are visiting each other's campuses and sharing information. "Why should our patients drive right by Portola and go to Reno if there is a specialist there?" Kepp]e asked. Conversely, Portola patients could use the obstetric services offered in Quincy. Kepple and Hayes share common goals -- the best patient care possible and a positive . b6tf Hne: Theyaren't alone. Their : /: counterpart in Chester, Linda Wagner, is looking toward 2015 as the first year in several for which the hospital is forecasting a net gain. And Seneca, like Plumas District, turned to one of its health care providers to step in as CEO. Wagner had been the chief nursing officer. Though Seneca is farther removed geographihally, Hayes said collaboration is still possible and can be key when negotiating rates for services such as telemedicine or for consultants, noting that three hospitals have more clout than one or two. This new spirit of collaboration is refreshing. Rather than jealously guarding patients and information, our local hospitals are working together to provide for their communities. To remain viable, a community needs many services, and chief among them is good health care. Feath :fiblishing / wspaper For breaking news, go to plumasnews.com Michael C. Taborski .............. Publisher Keri B. Taborski .... Legal Advertising Dept. Dan McDonald .......... Managing Editor Jenny Lee .................. Photo Editor. Ingrid Burke ................. Copy Editor Staff writers: Laura Beaton Debra Moore Carolyn Shipp Maddie Musante Michael Condon M. Kate West Makenzie Davis Aura Whittaker Ruth Ellis Sam Williams Will Farris James Wilson Susan Cort Johnson Samantha P. Hawthorne Feather River Indian Valley Record Bulletin (530) 284-7800 (530) 283-0800 Portola Reporter (530) 832-4646 Chester Progressive (530) 258-3115 Westwbod Lassen County Times PineP ess (530) 257-5321 (530) 256-2277 Member, Printed on Califomia Newspaper recycled paper Publishers Assoc. I know it's the calm before the storm It's quiet. A little too quiet. Do you ever get that feeling? Everything in life is just moving along at a minimal pace. There isn't anything life shattering or changing happening. Everything simply is how it is. That's what's going on in my life right now, and there's something fishy about it. I feel as if I'm watching the calm before the storm. Right now there's a stagnant air to everything, but there's also a little electricity in that air. My routine has struck a state of predictability. I wake up at the same time every day, and usually go to bed around the same time every night. My morning routine has become so MY TURN JAMES WILSON Sports Reporter sports@plumasnews.com repetitive that I could probably do it in my sleep. Wake up. Slowly stumble down the stairs. Brew coffee. Bathroom. Drink coffee. Bathroom. Shower. Offto work. This week's special days of NOT JUST AN ORDINARY DAY COMPILED BY KERI TABORSKI Not just an ordinary day....a sampling weekly notable special days and facts throughout the year. June 11 1919-- Racehorse Sir Barton wins the Belmont Stakes, the first horse in history to win the Triple Crown. 1962 -- Convicts Frank Morris, John Anglin and Clarence Anglin allegedly become the only prisoners to escape from Alcatraz prison in San Francisco Bay. June 12 1939 -- The Baseball Hall of Fame opens in Cooperstown, New York. 1942 -- Anne Frank receives a diary for her thirteenth birthday. 1972 -- The fast food restaurant chain Popeye's is founded in Arabi, Louisiana. 1994-- Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were murdered outside her Los Angles home. June 13 Today is Friday the 13th. States flag on the North Pole. In 1963 a U.S. flag was placed atop Mt. Everest and in 1969 the American flag was placed on the moon by U.S. astronaut Neff Armstrong. 1947 -- A supposed UFO crash lands in Roswell, New Mexico. 1954-- United States President Dwight S. Eisenhower signs a bill into law to place the words: "Under God" into the United States Pledge of Allegiance. 1959 -- The Disneyland Monorail System, the first daily operating monorail system in the Western hemisphere, opens to the public at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. June 15 "- Today is Father's Day. The first Father's Day was celebrated in Spokane, Washington on May 18, 1910. It has since been celebrated on the third Sunday in June. 1836-- Arkansas, (The Natural State) becomes the 25th state admitted to the United States. 1864 -- Arlington National Cemetery is established when 200 acres surrounding Arlington Mansion, formerly owned by General Robert E. Lee, are set aside as a military cemetery. 1916 -- United States President Woodrow Wilson signs a bill incorporating the Boy Scouts of America, making it the only American youth organization with a federal charter. 1927 -- Aviator Charles Lindbergh received a ticker tape parade down 5th Avenue in New York City after making his historic solo flight to Paris. 1994 -- The Disney Pictures movie "The Lion King" was released nationwide. June 16 1967-- The first three day Monterey Pop Festival is held at the Monterey County (California) fairgrounds. First year performers included Jefferson Airplance, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, Ravi Shankar and The Mamas and the Papas. 1970 -- "The Long And Winding Road" becomes the last U.S. #1 hit song for the Beafles. June 14 Today is Flag Day. In 1949 United States President Harry S. Truman officially declared June 14 as Flag Day. Flag trivia: In 1909 Robert Peary placed the United It recently came to my attention that even my social life has become a bit dormant. I generally have Tuesdays and Wednesdays off, so Mondays are my Fridays. My friend Tall Jon came over last Monday and said, "Hey man! Are we going to drink some beers?" "I don't know," I said. "I haven't really thought about it." "What do you mean?" he asked, before matter-of-factly telling me, "It's Monday." Of course, that was a good enough answer for me. Beers it was. The next day I thought back to what I've been doing the last few months, and sure enough, every Monday I've drunk beers with Tall Jon. I've become a creature of habit! But I know that this calm won't last. Like I said before, it's a little too quiet. At the end of this month, I'll be moving into a new place. Then, toward end of July, I'll have a brand new baby girl. The calm before the storm is about to turn into a full-blown hurricane! I feel like I've been enjoying the repetition of a set schedule and a lack of excitement in my life, because I know that. all that will be out of reach within no time at all. My new morning routine will be quite different, I'm sure. Wake up (at 3 a.m.). Change diaper. Brew coffee. Feed baby. Change diaper. Repeat as necessary. Forget about coffee. Forget about sleep. Forget about routine. If this little girl comes out anything like me or my wife, I'm pretty certain I'll never get a wink of sleep again for the rest of my life. I know that when I was a kid I was a little hellion. My dad always told me, "I hope you have a kid that's just like you." At the time, I took that as a compliment, but now I realize it was a curse. He would usually say it out of anger, but until now, I never understood the weight of those words. I can only imagine that his dad put the same curse on him. As I contemplate the storm that's about to hit Quincy, I'm also finally starting to understand what my dad went through raising me and my two brothers. It was all about sacrifice. I'm sure he had a completely different routine, a different life, before I was born. His life was probably as blissfully routine as mine is right now. Maybe he even drank beers with his buddies on Mondays. All I do know, however, is that he threw that routine out the Window ,.the second my brothers and I came into this world. His world, along with my mother's, became their kids. My dad taught me tolerance, respect, honesty and genuineness. I can't wait to teach my daughter these qualities, along with the countless others my dad taught me. So, with complete sincerity, happy Father's Day, Dad. Also, will you teach me one more lesson -- how to change a diaper? REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian participating are Patty Porter, Betty Branson, Winona James, Nancy Peterson, Gwen Hassell and Cheryl Miranda. 25 YEARS AGO ..... 1989 Four Plumas County residents hired 75 YEARS AGO ...... 1939 last winter to be deputies of the Plumas The sale of the grocery store owned by County Sheriff's Office have off'mially George Clark in Taylorsville, which he joined the force after graduating with top has operated for the past twenty years, honors from Butte College: Don Sheffield, was sold this week to Mr. and Mrs. A. Greg Hagwood, Bill Turner and Clarence Holstrom. Angel. Actress Mare Winningham and actor 50 YEARS AGO ..... 1964 Robert Carradine are members of The The 1964 Sweetheart of the Mountains Waybacks, who will be performing at a will be chosen this weekend at the Plumas benefit concert at the Town Hall Theater County Picnic held at the Plumas County in Quincy for the Plumas County Arts fairgrounds. Plumas County girls Commission this weekend. 10 YEARS AGO ..... 2004 Carly Brown of Greenville was selected as the 2004-2005 Rodeo Queen for the California High School Rodeo Association to be held in Redding. Lake Almanor Basin residents filled the Chester Memorial Hall this week to express their concerns about a proposal to draw cold water out of Lake Alman0r near Prattville and possibly affect the fish habitat in Lake Almanor. Note: items included in the weekly Remember When column are taken from our bound newspaper archives and represent writing styles of that particular period. The spelling and grammar are not edited, so the COpy is presented as it actually appeared in the original newspaper. My first post-graduate experience: Spain When I tossed my Fresno State cap in the air after my graduation, I didn't know what was going to come next. I had a strong feeling I was going to wind up back in Plumas County, but I felt like I needed to do something daring before I retreated to the calm quiet of the whispering pines and placid lakes. Thus, I booked my ticket to Europe. a whirlwind of activity I planned a 10-day trip to Spain and France where I would, by myself, take in the culture and beauty of the romantic countries. Thankfully, my good friend, Lisa, was studying in northern Spain and her family lived in Handeye, France, which was only 20 minutes away on a train. I left at the beginning of June. I commandeered a ticket from my uncle, who works for Delta Airlines, and after a lot of layovers and the drama that comes from flying standby, I found myself with a first-class seat to Madrid. A few glasses of wine and a lot of movies later, I stumbled out to the streets of Spain and I was instantly overwhelmed. I felt like I was on a different planet. After the ll-hour flight I was not eager to get back to the home planet, but I had no idea how .to navigate in this strange land. I saw a phone booth shop that said "International Calls" and I ran over, paid were different because the sun was different. When I got off the bus I hailed a taxi and the swarthy young driver had to somehow glean a street name out of my unfortunate Spanish accent. As he drove me through the city he sang Spanish pop songs on the radio. I looked MY TURN out over the old white buildings and the ............................................. canopy of tress that hung over the CAROLYN SHIPP cobblestone roads. The street opened up to Staff Writer look out to the massive ocean. He pulled cshipp@plumasnews.com over and indicated that this was the address I had given him. the lady a few euros and called myLisa came running out of a very old brother, who spent a year in Madrid. building with tall carved wooden doors The call didn't help a lot, as thethat overlooked the ocean. She was connection was bad and I was panicking, beautiful to me with her American-ness but it was a reassuring reach out. It was and her English words. The driver got my me telling Houston I had a problem and I luggage out and I forgot about him as I felt better knowing someone knew I was beelined up the stairs to Lisa's apartment alive, door. I got on a bus and I traveled for six After a solid 24 hours of traveling I was hours to San Sebastian. I had the pleasure wiped. I took a shower and relaxed on of sitting behind five extremely chatty Lisa's couch. It was then that my idea to Spanish girls. One of them turned around go to Europe by myself caught up with me, and asked me something and I learned and I still had nine days to go. later I didn't even say "I don't speak Maybe daring wasn't the word to Spanish" right, describe my experience. Exhausting, I felt like the bus was taking me to the exhilarating, maybe little bit stupid, ends of the Earth. Everything looked whatever words you want to use, all I different. The mountains were different, knew was it was good to be a graduate. the trees were different, and the shadows t t