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Greenville clinic a bright light for EPHC

Delaine Fragnoli
Managing Editor


The Greenville clinic is one bright spot in an otherwise dim financial picture at Eastern Plumas Health Care according to a report to board directors when they met in Indian Valley earlier this month.

By itself, the clinic is breaking even, Chief Financial Officer Jeri Nelson said. “It’s holding its own.”

Although the clinic recorded a small loss of $2,276 in October, it is showing a profit of $5,300 for the first four months of the fiscal year. Chief Executive Officer Tom Hayes attributed the October loss to John Evans, the clinic’s family nurse practitioner, having been gone for a week.

The clinic is operating a little under budget. “I like to see that,” Nelson said.

Usage has been strong. The clinic recently notched a record of 38 patients in one day. In October, 330 patients used the clinic, bringing the year’s total so far to 1,388, slightly less than the anticipated 1,532.

Board chairwoman Gail McGrath asked members of the audience if they were satisfied with the clinic.

“No one’s here (at the meeting),” one woman said. “That means it’s working.”

She added, “It’s an exciting addition to our little world.”

Given EPHC’s larger bleak financial outlook, community member Guy McNett asked if there were any plans to downsize the Greenville clinic.

No, Hayes said, reductions were only being considered at the district’s skilled nursing facilities, the object of recent MediCal cuts.

Although the district is cutting hours at its Graeagle clinic, such cuts were not on the table for Greenville. “Your population is not transient,” McGrath said.

“We’re pleased and grateful for Greenville,” Nelson said.

Health care needs in Indian Valley will be the subject of a townhall meeting Tuesday, Dec. 13, as part of a countywide community health assessment. The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Town Hall in Greenville. A buffet dinner will be served, and child care will be available. For more information, contact Rachel McDowell at or 284-1022.




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