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AIR QUALITY HEALTH ADVISORY — SMOKE

August 7, 2017

Friday, August 4 through Monday, August 7, 2017 Plumas and Sierra Counties Plumas County Public Health and the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District are extending a joint air quality advisory to notify the public of potentially poor air quality conditions at least through Monday, August 7, caused by the Minerva Fire south of Quincy in Plumas County (https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5434/). For the next several days, Plumas County’s Air Quality will continue to vary as Fire Crews work to contain the Minerva Fire.  It is important to remember that smoke can be damaging to your health.  Exposure to elevated PM2.5 (fine particulate matter in...

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Marion’s Garden Comes To Life

June 9, 2017

Marion’s Garden Club, Or How To Build A Dream Portola’s skilled nursing facility director, Lorraine Noble, has started a Wednesday garden club, and she’s asking for volunteers to help “preserve and enhance Marion’s Garden.” Marion Vorhees is a skilled nursing resident who has spent several years bringing a patch of dirt and gravel behind the facility to brilliant, colorful life. Eastern Plumas Health Care’s previous groundskeeper, Robert Hayes, used to bring cuttings from home and worked with Marion in her garden. Initially, according to Noble, Marion planted hens and chickens in one corner. Then, Noble gave Marion a private room where she could...

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CA Dept of Public Health Works On Controlling Norovirus Outbreaks

May 24, 2017

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is working with local public health departments across the state to help control norovirus outbreaks that have increased in the past few weeks, and are occurring in schools and other institutional settings. Norovirus is highly contagious and can spread quickly in settings where people come in close contact with each other such as cruise ships, daycare centers, schools and health care facilities. It is the leading cause of gastrointestinal illness in the U.S.   “Norovirus outbreaks usually have an annual peak like we are seeing now. They can be particularly large and disruptive in schools,...

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EPHC April Update

April 4, 2017

Eastern Plumas Health Care’s new Behavioral Health Program, funded by a grant from the state, is taking shape on its Portola campus. The innovative program will integrate behavioral health with primary care. Offering mental health treatments in a primary care setting is convenient for patients, can reduce the stigma associated with treatment for mental disorders, builds on existing provider-patient relationships, and can help improve care for the many patients who have both medical and mental disorders. We are currently hiring a licensed social worker and a psychiatric nurse practitioner. They will join our newly hired program manager and case manager....

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EPHC Welcomes New Dermatologist, Dr. J. Hibler

February 20, 2017

Eastern Plumas Health Care’s new dermatologist, Dr. J. Hibler will be the first to tell you, it’s been a long road home. Recently Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Dermatology, Dr. Hibler grew up working in his father’s dermatology office in Ohio, which confirmed his interest in the specialty. He was drawn to dermatology because of its hands on nature, and its visual aspect. Dermatology, like radiology and surgery are “very visual specialties. I’m blessed with a knack for picking up visual patterns,” said Dr. Hibler. Rashes, for example, have surface changes. It’s a “puzzle and a challenge....

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EPHC Opens City Warming Center to Public

With recent power outages and all-around heavy winter weather, the Jan. 26 meeting of EPHC Board of Directors put a focus on disaster preparedness and ways to serve the community. DeeDee Clark, Nursing Administration Coordinator at EPHC, spoke about the recent weather event. “When I started at EPHC in September 2016, immediately noticed the disaster plan and saw a need to breathe fresh life into it. This was extremely helpful when heavy storms hit Portola in early January, and having a good pre-disaster meeting got everyone on the same page, between the staff at EPHC and the staff at the City.” The...

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Warming Center Closed

January 17, 2017

EPHC's warming center, which was open during the recent storm and power outage to residents who need to warm up or to plug in essential medical equipment, is now closed. A new storm is allegedly blowing in tomorrow. If the power goes out, the warming center will be open again. Check here or on our EPHC Facebook page for more information.


Warming Center Now Open!

January 11, 2017

EPHCs warming center is now open in the Education Center on its Portola campus. If you need to warm up or need an electrical outlet for essential medical equipment, please come on up. For more information, call Linda: 530.616.0694 (if cell phones are out, call: 530.832.6500).


EPHC Power Outages

Due to widespread power outages, Portola, Loyalton and Pine Street Medical Clinics will be closed until power is restored. Graeagle Medical Clinic is open and fully operational at this time. Please check back for updates or call 832.6500 for more information.


Loyalton SNF Residents Get To Go Home!

January 3, 2017

Eastern Plumas Health Care finally got clearance from the Office Of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) to move residents back to their homes in the Loyalton skilled nursing facility. "All of that was done Friday morning, Dec. 30 without any glitches!" said CEO Tom Hayes. Residents have been staying temporarily at the Portola skilled nursing facility on the acute wing and in the skilled nursing facility library and "Annie's Room." It has been cosy to say the least, but "everyone on staff has been very cooperative and really chipped in and came together during this crazy time," said...

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