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4A Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 Chester Progressive El candal has divid d Indi from page 1A the lessons learned from breeched, there's going The subsequent the case will impact the to be a significant, investigation uncovered to hide the theft and then way all volunteer boards meaningful response." systematic fraud by Moore. present them as if they wer~ in the county do business.Hollister said he was : the original records -- and "I think Judge Kaufman grateful to Frank Investigation almost present them to the board sent a loud and clear Richardson, who became didn't happen and the public, message that the public's the district's GM in 2012 HoUister said two years "Certainly there are trust in their officials, and after Moore resigned, before the Indian Valley things the board could have how they handle the Richardson contacted the investigation began his done better. And I think public's money, is district attorney's officestaff was cut from three they are doing better now." paramount," he said. when he discovered investigators to two. Hollister said he hoped "And when that trust is financial irregularities. "The sheriff had been n Vail y community reduced as well," he said. "This was very close to public safety or law enforcement not having the resources to investigate this," Hollister said. "And if you have somebody steal almost three-quarters of a million dollars, and then have nothing happen from that, and have it be public money ... that's just not a result that I think anyone would find acceptable. "It very much concerned me from the start of this, all the way until today, how close we came to not having the resources to do this. "Our investigation staff-- Jessica Beatley in particular --just did a remarkable job." ATTACK, from page 1A "The thing that was so awful was the tension. The little boy (Ezra) got very it," said Tami Church. distressed, worrying about Somehow, one or more of his sister." the wasps snuck into the Unlike honeybees, wasps library with the frantic can sting a victim young people. Everyone in repeatedly. About 40 the library was stung at Americans die every year least once, except for Debbie from anaphylaxis caused by Lundquist, who was in her bee or wasp stings. Half of, those people don't know Wanda Heath-Grunder, they're allergic. the Chester librarian, is Megan's distress was not reportedly allergic to bees. an allergic reaction, That didn't stop her from however. She hadn't eaten helping the kids with first and was overexcited. aid kits and ice packs, after Everyone survived the she had already been stung, attack with minimal Megan suffered four injuries, although 24 hours stings before she started to after the incident Jordan "swell up." She fainted into reported surprising her aunt's arms. Someone soreness where she'd been called 911. Dana Church, stung. along with her children, Bruce Robbins Paxton and IsabeUe, started exterminated the remaining helping Ezra care for his wasps early the next injuries, morning. Finally a patron named Wasps usually nest in the Larry, who also got poked, ground, or close to it in logs. managed to kill the wasp They are attracted to that was doing all the protein and sugar, and are a stinging. Larry's last name common annoyance for is unknown, campers and kids playing "Just call him Larry the outside. There are many hero," said Gretchen species of wasp, the most Jordan, who works at the common being yellow library. "The (wasp) was jackets, hornets and paper looking for something to wasps. It is unknown which attack." species was present at the Jordan went on to say, library. HATCHET MTH. 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Kate West, Sherd McConnell Samantho R Hawthorne Display Advertising Eva Small Staff Writers Manager Composing Manager Member, California Newpaper Publishers Assoc. recycled paper '1 l I n I l I I l I I I~ Subscription Order Form Chester Progressive P.O. Box 557, Chester, CA 96020 Please enter my subscdpUon for__ years. Enclosed find my check for $ [] In County $26 per year [] Out of State $44 per year [] In Califomia $37 per year. I | Name .] I Address City, State, Zip I i-iiiimi--ilii..J AUDIT, from page 1A hospitals that are successful. Ongoing efforts in this direction will help it keep its doors open. Over the past year, SHD has increased cash by $1 million and decreased accounts payable by $900,000. This is despite the fact that, every year, the cost of providing health care goes up and federal reimbursement goes down. SHD also paid off $378,000 in long-term debt this year. Accounts payable were down almost $1 million from last year. Total liabilities were down almost $2 million. Total operating expenses for the month of August were down $160,000 from this time last year, when things weren't looking so good for SHD. The bottom line is that total revenue hasgone up about a half-million dollars since last year. Linda Wagner, CEO, asked Tucker what the district should be scared of. His answer was reassuring, insisting only on the importance of getting the receivables paid. He said, "You need to collect every last penny owed to the hospital. Be aggressive, consistent and efficient in billing for the services the hospital provides." The board members considered their options in this regard. They already have an incentive plan for clients: 20 percent off their bill if they pay cash at the time of their visit. They might extend that discount for a certain period of time after appointments, like they have in the past. However, they are concerned that if they do that often, patients will just wait for that kind of discount to pay their bills. Another area of concern is the over 1,000 patient charts that have not yet been entered in the new electronic health record system, to which the hospital has been required to adapt. This represents an estimated $120,000 worth of revenue the hospital is not collecting. This project has been very expensive and complicated, but as of August 2014 SHD is meeting every requirement of stage 2 in the EHR. This is important because the government requires the hospital to use the EHR at a certain percentage in every stage in order to be reimbursed for associated expenses. The next hospital "meaningful use phase" of the EHR plan starts today. SHD is completely ready for it, said Wagner. "We are meeting meaningful use through dedicated work of IT staff, physicians, administration ... it is more than meeting meaningful use, it is giving good quality care." Susan Christensen Edwards 530.257.2263 or 888.257.2263 CA Lie #0762221 40 S. 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"It means that I've lost 8 percent of my budget on top of 8 percent last year," he said. When asked what that would mean to his department, he said it would mean fewer deputies. While he currently has two in the academy and one slated to enter in January, he won't be able to replace individuals that he knows are planning to retire or relocate. Hagwood said he can't cut front office staff or his secretary, because he has neither: He can't cut : correctional officers because the jail is operating under a consent decree with mandated levels. Almost all departments received some cuts and their requests for more employees were denied: ---Facilities: maintenance worker. --Planning: assistant planner. --Clerk-recorder: two half-time positions. --County counsel: change in job classifications resulting in increased wages. --Building: code enforcement officer. Facilities did receive $186,000 for deferred maintenance and Kennedy argued successfully for $40,000 for senior nutrition. The latter commanded the bulk of the discussion during the budget hearing, with Kennedy supporting the .request made by Public Health Director Mimi Hall and Supervisor Sherrie Thrall adamantly against it. Hall envisions a new ., dynamic for providing the congregate noon meals, which involves working in cooperation with local restaurants. She asked for the money to assist in developing the plan. Thrall questioned whether the plan was even feasible, given the seasonal nature of many local restaurants, and why it would take $40,000 to streamline a process. "! just can't in good conscience use fund balance to do that," Thrall said. "Mimi (Hall) might have to lay someone off," Kennedy said if the money isn't made available. Supervisor Lori Simpson suggested that the mental health department finance the plan because the senior meal is about more than food, it's about socialization and keeping seniors engaged. After further discussion, the board decided to keep the $40,000 allocation in the budget, but to discuss Hall's plan as soon as possible, and pursue the mental health con ibution. .... , .... . To date budget discussions have centered on the roughly $6 million in general fund contributions. The supervisors haven't met with those departments that receive the bulk of their funding from state and federal sources: social services, mental health, public health, alcohol and drug, and public works, which includes the road department and flood control The board was scheduled to officially adopt the budget during a special meeting Sept. 30 when Scarlett presents the fmal document. You it;...I jm Representing Clients, Trustees and Beneficiaries for: Probate i" Conservatorships, Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning. Also representing clients in Bankruptcy, DUI, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury and Business Law (530) 836-4625 6 Graeagle Village Center I