It just might take a doctor to heal a hospital
Editorial — hospital all
Patient visits and revenue were down; the billing system was in disarray; and employee morale was low. When months of promises did nothing to assuage the problems, the Plumas District Hospital board of directors looked internally and chose a popular physician, Dr. Jeff Kepple, to take over as interim chief executive officer.
Two months later, the board wants him to commit to a year. “More has been accomplished in the last two months than in the last 22 years,” said one veteran board member. While all of the problems haven’t been miraculously cured, dramatic steps have been taken — new doctors hired, management shuffled, professionals consulted and morale restored.
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