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.q Chester Progressive, Westwood PinePress Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009 11A '~ Linda Satchwell Each surgical case is assigned have a trusting relationship The pool would be volun- Staff Writer RVUs based on its surgical(between the hospitals)," said tary, and would allow em- complexity. The amount of Hayes. ployees to pick up extra RVUs each hospital accruesHe suggested the three insti- hours. Human resources and Last week, Plumas Coun- will determine what percent- tutions might each have a urol- nursing directors at the hos- ty hospital chief executive age of the total it will pay. ogy clinic, for example, one or pitals have met and are work- officers Dick Hathaway, Hayes has always made it two days per month. Some pa- ing on the possibility ofutiliz- Plumas District Hospital in clear he wants to see EPHC of- tients would need surgery and ing Bid Shift, a computer pro- Quincy; Tom Hayes, Easternfer the very best care that it that would be done elsewhere, gram that organizes staffing Plumas Health Care in Por-can at home, doingwhat it does but such a clinic would allow pools. tola; and Doug Self, Seneca well, and recognizing what it patients to be seen initially in Another possibility is to District Hospital in Chester can't. Once it's determined that their own community by a hire a staffing service. At met and began to move froma patient needs to be trans- quality urologist, their recent meeting, the talking about cooperation to ferred he said it's importar/t to Hathaway also stressed the CEOs had Valley Medical implementation, move the person "seamlessly" importance of keeping services Staffing Services talk to them Conscious that they need ato the appropriate facility, at home when possible• Heabout how that works. "win" for their communal ef- "The underlying assump- pointed to the cost savings these It's possible, Hayes said, that forts to be seen as viable, they tion," he said, "is that we of- and other joint efforts would al- it would be more cost effective resolved to jointly fund re- fer the best quality care," low, as well. Joint purchasing to hire a staffing agency than it cruitment and hire a second whether that means treating for example, said Hayes, would would be to pay someone at general surgeon for the region, or transferring the patient, allow the hospitals to get better one of the local hospitals to set Currently, PDH has Steen Hiring a new surgeon rates on supplies, it up and keep it running. Jensen as its full-time sur- would allow some surgical "We're looking for obvious Hathaway hopes the coop- geon. The plan has the three procedures to take place at opportunities to work togeth- erative effort might allow hospitals paying equally in re- EPHC. It would also allow the er to ... enhance services," some local residents to work cruitment costs of a second possibility of transferring said Hathaway. "We hear close to home rather than full-time surgeon who would some patients to Quincy, from the community what commute to Chico or Reno as most likely be employed inwhich is equipped to do more they want and we want to re- they do now. Jensen's practice, extensive procedures• spond to thoseneeds." According to Hayes, if they Both surgeons would see Patients would still go toIn addition to hiring a sur- want to recruit a new operat- PDH as their home base, be- ' Reno, Nev., Chico or Truckee geon, the three CEOs areing room technician, for ex- cause most surgeries are done for more complex procedures, working to create an employ- ample, it's much easier to re- there and because Quincy re- Hayes sees the joint employ- ee staffing pool to keep some cruit a full-time person. Be- quires C-section call cover- ment of a full-time surgeon as of the hard-to-fill jobs local if tween the three hospitals, age, according to Hathaway• the first step towards bringing possible, instead of hiring The division of costs for specialists to the area, possi- "travelers." A staffing pool employing the new surgeon bly including a dermatologist, would allow the hospitals to will be calculated based on a urologist, a gastroenterolo- draw on each other's re- "relative value units" ex- gist or aplastic surgeon, sources when an employee is plained Hayes. "We can't do that unless we out sick or takes a vacation• I Lassen Community College Spring 2010 Automotive classes AT 24 Engine Electrical MW 5:00-7:20pm AT 28 Automotive Brakes MW 3:00-4:50pm AT 27 Steering & Suspension TH 5:00-8:50pm Classes Start January 12, 2010 ........ Register Today! ! that would be possible; alone, otherwise difficult time. : it wouldn't. "We're beginning to make Hayes envisions a short some tangible progress to- jump from the joint staffing wards things we've only project to standardizing bene- talked about before," hesaid. fits programs between the "In a rural settifig, the hospi- hospitals. That would allow a tal is here for the communi- better rate on health insur- ty's benefit. We're not here to ance and would allow staff to make dollars against each move smoothly between the other at the community's ex- hospitals• pense ... Our primary purpose For Hathaway, these joint is to keep the community cooperative efforts were a healthy and keep primary particularly bright spot at an care at home." [ M. 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