BOARD met December 3rd. Prior to the meeting, board member, Teresa Whitfield, who is the Director of Telemetry and Float Pool at Northern Nevada Medical Center, told the tough reality in northern Nevada with “every mortuary full in town, and running out of equipment with all but two ventilators in service.” She told of no problem getting medicines and meds to have people walk away system free. She told benefits of Bamlanivmab which takes an hour for a pharmacy to prepare, an hour infusion and “great success.”
During the meeting, Chief Nursing Officer Penny Holland reported taking no elective surgeries. She explained the COVID-19 vaccine from the County will require two shots; a drive-thru with a backup shot.
As of December 14th they started testing all patient care employees besides any one in the skilled nursing, They will now test the acute portion as a State mandate so all patient care is tested. There is also a recommendation face shields be worn.
Clinic Director Rhonda Grandi told of spending major time on the clinic restructure plan. She told of more telemedicine with the rise in COVID-19. She talked of the Anthem Blue Cross performance program which hinged on the clinic care coordinator program with the coordinator having resigned and they are actively recruiting since funding streams depend on that position. She stated there is a bi-annual program evaluation for all three clinics in January.
HR Director Lori Tange talked of here at home, positive trends with hiring efforts and additional new hires in December. She stated, “Our reputation and how we interact with each other plays a part of showcasing EPHC.” As a holiday engagement, each day is a special event, including drawings.
Chief Financial Officer Katherine Pairish told of being under budget in most categories and an uptick in receivable days.
Skilled Nursing Director of Nursing Lorraine Noble stated all residents tested negative and of testing staff weekly. Indoor visits have been put on hold with only Compassionate Care visitors allowed with family tested. Others Skype, Facetime and have visits at the back door. November census was 51.89; last quarter was 53.35 and there was one admit the previous day.
Debbie Gilmer, Activities Director is retiring this month after 35 years. Loyalton SNF has two CNAs out on medical; one full-time is to start soon and one CNA travels from Fernley, Nevada. In Portola, one DON is out on medical, one travels and the DSD is open with three applicants.
CEO Doug McCoy announced Dr. Phen will retire as Skilled Nursing Medical Director.
He told of COVID-19 testing costs of $105-$110,000 with several rounds of testing and some grant money. He stated they try and get as much inventory as possible.
He spoke to the concerns of the Verizon tower and they’ve purchased their own RS near read device to take their own tests with six mapped locations to ensure they’re diligent.
The LED replacement is 38% on change over and he explained how fluorescent is very negative to those highly sensitive, the impact on visual and overall electricity.
Board member Harvey West unexpectedly announced his resignation, stating he’s “put in a full term,” and how he “truly believes in Eastern Plumas Health Care.” His fellow Board members were saddened and his position will be posted.