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4A Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011 Chester Progressive GRANT, from page 1A provide needed equipment, training and educational tools to local fire department and burn prevention organi- zations. Since 2004, Fireman's Fund has issued grants to nearly 1,800 different organizations totaling more than $28 mil- lion. Independent insurance agencies and brokers that sell Fireman's Fund products, like PIA, are able to direct these grants to support the fire service. "The items that come with this grant can be used by rescuers for years," said Paula Hammack of PIA. "Our company is very pleased to be able to help in this way." To visit Fireman's Fund's "Supporting Firefighters" Facebook page, go to facebook.com/Support in g Firefight~rs. 3 ::v ~0 After last week's robust surge of activity, the number of earthquakes de- creased substantially, falling by more than half and back to the teens. The sources of last week's activity nearly all but died back to background levels. In the midst of all this robust activity, the intensity of seismicity remained rela- tively relaxed, producing only three quakes in the M Z range each of the last two weeks. It is not uncommon for the frequency and the intensity to be unre- lated, except when there is a large earthquake and the aftershock sequence propels the frequency to lofty heights because of the seismic intensity. The largest quake measured M 2.3 and occurred at 5:18 p.m. Saturday evening north-northeast of Reno on the western shore of Pyramid Lake. It was preceded four minutes earlier by a M 13 foreshock. The activity occurred along the Pyramid Lake Fault Zone, which is capable of earthquakes as large as M 7.5. Two quakes measuring M 1.4 were recorded west of Lake Almanor. Telemedicine brings experts to patients Trish Welsh Taylor Staff Writer ttaylor@plumasnews.com Seeing your doctor on a screen sounds impersonal, but it is one way to get doc- tors to patients who would otherwise not see a doctor at all, or risk traveling while suffering symptoms in bad weather. Eastern Plumas Health Care's Mark Schweyer, M.D., is so excited about the new telemedicine program he doesn't talk about much else. He is the lead on EPHC's telemedicine program, hav- ing secured three years of grant funding for the program. His colleagues and the EPHC board are equally excited. Just as the low-dose mam- mography machine brings to the county a modern technol- ogy that benefits patients, telemedicine promises to in- crease access to diagnosis, consultation and treatment. EPHC board chairwoman Gaff McGrath said of the pro- gram, "This is something we need to take advantage of.." Telemedicine is a tool of medicine. The tech is basically a camera, a type of speakerphone and a com- puter for processing the meeting. It comes on a well- styled cart with a real human being who facilitates the face- to-face screen meeting of doc- tor and patient. The cameras are top notch and can zoom in to allow the medical expert to have an ultra close-up view, as would be needed in dermatology. Patients' med- ical records and pertinent facts are available to doctors prior to appointments. EPHC plans to contract re- spected medical specialists from California medical institutions for blocks of several hours at a time. Patient appointments will be hall an hour. The main objective of the EPHC telemedicine program is simple: grow the local availability of medical spe- cialists. Telemedicine will become available from EPHC clinics around the county as Schweyer's program gets put into place. The beauty of telemedicine is that it doesn't come to or from just one loca- tion. A doctor from anywhere in California can see patients in four locations in Plumas County in a two-hour period. Plumas County faces big medical challenges. Currently, there is only one physician per 844 people in the county. California's statewide ratio is one physician per 417 people. There is no endocrinologist in the county. In E~astern Plumas County there are no privately practicing medical doctors, and there is only one day of psychiatry service available per month. The medical community serves a huge area of dispersed resi- dents with minimal to no public transportation, a 19 percent senior population, and an unemploymem rate that has fluctuated between 12 percent and 22 percent in the last two years. With EPHC's new telemedi- cine capability, the county's ratio of doctors to patients will improve and the range of expertise will increase. The key function telemedicine de- livers is medical presence from a distance. It brings medical help to patients, rather than patients having to go a long distance to their doctors. That means access, and access means healthier people. Tele-psychiatry is ready to begin. At the Aug. 25 board meeting, Schweyer discussed the potential for bringing tele-psychiatry services into the schools, the county's newly developing drug and alcohol programs and the jail. Tele-endocrinology i.s anti- cipated 'to start Nov. 1. With about 670 diabetics in EPHC's service area, this is a huge benefit'. Tele-pulmonology is sched- uled to be available by .early 2012. It will increase the hospital's ability to accommodate asthmatic, emphysema and sleep apnea patients, as well as those suffering from other pul- monary diseases. If the future is bright, the fields of cardiology, pediatric intensive care, oncology, rheumatology, nephrology (dealing with kidneys) and more can be explored. Other critically needed experts, such as cardiolo- gists, will be brought into the telemedicine program as it grows. Telemedicine also will increase professional growth opportunities for doctors and staff, and provide health education to residents. The program has to be better for patients than going all the way to Reno or Chico, and it has to be cost effective for the hospital. That is the consensus of the EPHC board members. They are hopeful that telemedicine can be part of ~he solution to the in- equities in rural access to health care. It can potentially greatly improve quality and quantity of care for area residents. Local doctors will need to be trained on when to recom- mend telemedicine and how to maximize its usefulness for patients who are still getting familiar with this modern tool. McGrath said, "Telemedicine is something that is going to have to evolve." Other news and continuing circumstances at EPHC are predictable, given previous" status reports. Visits to the EPHC clinics overall are down 10 percent, mainly due to 200 fewer visits to the Loyalton facility. Coming to terms with the figures, McGrath suggested that this might be "the new norm for the short term." The budget is holding, but it's not rosy. Chief Financial Officer Jeri Nelson is prepar- ing for a standard audit. The analysis of costs and income is getting more and more refined, using a data-based understanding of what is working and where the weak points are. Thirty-six charts, prepared by Nelson's office, compare projected and actual costs and revenues for func- tions as particular as respira- tory procedures, ambulance runs, length of stay and so on. Also, denials of msurance claims continue with no re- lief, and the cost of health care coverage for employees is up 2 percent to 5 percent. Nelson said, "This is not a blip but a trend." Chief Executive Officer Tom Hayes spoke of con- tinued progress on his 2010-11 Operation Plan, man- dated work coming first. Big expenses, like a much-needed new phone system, are being postponed. Everyone is adjusting to the new norm. ,,1,,e lWCld" Advanced Geologic Exploration, Inc. Scientists of the EarthTM 180 Main St. * P.O. Box 1956 * Chester CA 96020 * (530)258-4228 w~ Need help assessing the gold potential on your claim? Call us! mm HAPPY LABOR DAY As we celebrate the economic and social achievements of workers past and present, we wish you a safe and relaxing holiday. Brack Green, AAMS Rnancial Advisor Edward Jones MAKING SENSE OF INVESTIN(~ 1740 Main St,, Ste. B Susanville, CA 96130 530-257-0470 www.edwardjones.com Member SIPC ~; .......... " ....II . 1*''~ ...... . 5 ~" %', ................................. manor Ked Taborski Co-Owner/Legal Advertising Kevin Mallory Asst. Vice Pres/Admin Delaine Fragnoli Managing Editor M. Kate West Resident Editor Postal Service: USPS(No.102-980.) Periodicals postage paid at Chester, CA. Published: Every Wednesday morning by Feather Publishing, Co., Inc. 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Box 557, Chester, CA 96020 Michael C. Taborski Co-Owner/Publisher Sandy Condon Human Resource Director Sherri McConnell Display Advertising Manager Cobey Brown Asst. Vice Pres./0perations Carrie Warren, Unda Hursh Classified/Circulation CLEANUP, from page 1A All information statewide is then used to establish trends and help create recom- mendations for the California Marine Debris A~ti()n Plan. Last year, more than i50 local volunteers joined to re- move nearly 2,500 pounds of trash and recyclables from the Feather River watershed. Cleanup efforts throughout the Feather River watershed are being coordinated by the Feather River Coordinated Resource Management group, in collaboration with mul- tiple partners. Altliough large plastic bags and gloves will be provided, volunteers are asked ~o bring reusable bags or buckets and their own pair of gloves to "green" the event as much I I Estate/Business Probate, Foreclosures Family Law .~: ~~' i''" ~ ~ "~i' - 257-4300 75 S. 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If community members are familiar with a site that needs cleaning, they should contact the Sierra Institute to include the site in the final list of locations volunteers will visit. ~ efore heading out to clean up locations, participants will be required to sign a waiver of liability and chil- dren under 18 mus_t.have the waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. To recommend a site, register or find more infor- mation about the Lake A1- manor Cleanup, call or email Sierra Institute Watershed Coordinator Emily Creely at 284-1022 or email ecreely@ sierrainstitute.us. To learn more about cleanup activities in other areas of the Feather River watershed, contact CRM Watershed Coordinator Gia Martynn at 283-3739 or gia@plumascounty.org~ or visit feather-river-crm.org. Driveway Slurry Sealing Hot Melted Crack Filling LEWIS P. BECK JR. 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