Tragic news announced by Bishop Police department.
Posted by Seth Conners
According to a press release from Bishop PD, On Sunday, February 26, 2017 at approximately 0807 hours, the Bishop Police Department received a 911 call from a business located on the 1100 block of N. Main Street, reporting a female inside a vehicle, who appeared to be in distress.
Units from the Bishop Police Department, the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department and Symon’s Ambulance Services arrived a short time later and life saving measures were initiated. The female, a 38 year old and new to the Bishop area, was transported to Northern Inyo Hospital, where she was pronounced deceased.
There was no evidence of foul play but rather a suicide.
The Bishop Police Department investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact us at (760) 873-5866.
Mummies and your heart health
Posted by Seth Conners
According to a press release from Barbara Laughon at NIHD, cardiologist Christopher Rowan, MD, will be the guest speaker at this week’s Healthy Lifestyle Talk, presented by Northern Inyo Healthcare District in partnership with Renown Health of Reno, Nevada.
The talk is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 16, 6:30 p.m. at NIHD’s Birch Street Annex, 2957 Birch St., Bishop. Dr. Rowan’s topic will be “4,000 years of Cardiovascular Disease: How the study of mummies has change the way we think about our health.”
During his vacation weeks, Dr. Rowan is part of the Horus research team that travels around the world studying heart disease in mummies. To date the team has examined mummies in South America, Egypt, Europe, Greenland and Alaska, and is planning additional research trips to Italy and Chile this year.
Dr. Rowan specializes in Clinical Cardiology and is board-certified in Echocardiography. As part of Renown Health’s Institute for Heart and Vascular Health, he sees patients in Bishop at Dr. Nickoline Hathaway’s office on the NIHD campus.
The NIHD Healthy Lifestyle Talks are free and open to the public.
NIHD, BUHS DEVELOPING PARTNERSHIP FOR STUDENT HEALTH
By Seth Conners
According to Barbara Laughon at NIHD, a budding partnership between Northern Inyo Healthcare District and Bishop Union High School that could give students access to on-campus healthcare took center stage at Wednesday evening’s NIHD’s Board of Directors meeting.
An unexpected offering of thanks from BUHS Football Coach Arnie Palu set the tone for the evening. Speaking during the public comment session of the meeting, Palu offered thanks to the healthcare district and specifically Orthopedic doctors Mark Robinson and Richard Meredick, who for the past several seasons volunteered their time to serve as the team’s sideline doctors during home games.
“This is one of those services that we’ve had for so long that we get a bit complacent about how fortunate we are to have it,” Palu said. “But when we go to other schools and don’t have a sideline doctor, then we realize how great we have it here, so from all of us at Bronco Football, we publicly want to thank Drs. Robinson and Meredick and the District for their support.”
As for on-campus healthcare, NIHD’s Chief Executive Officer Kevin S. Flanigan, MD MBA, said BUHS and NIHD officials have been discussing an opportunity to develop a program that would place a certified healthcare provider on campus one or two days a week. Students could access the provider throughout those days for state-authorized healthcare issues.
While this already has been discussed at two different BUHS Board of Education meetings, this was the first time it came before the NIHD Board. After the meeting, Dr. Flanigan noted that this was a natural next step. “It is important to get board approval to move from the concept phase to the development phase,” he said.
BUHS Superintendent Barry Simpson told the NIHD Board that the school’s current healthcare clerk can do some things for the students, such as managing diabetes medications and providing First Aid.
“But the idea that we could actually have a healthcare professional on-site where our students can come on their turf and speak to the professional about those things that they are often too afraid or too nervous to talk to anyone else about is an exciting opportunity that we would want to support,” Simpson said.
Simpson noted the school board had made no final decision of any kind on this issue. “This is a big proposition for our community, and we want to do this slowly and make sure our parents are aware of the topics surrounding this idea.”
In an interview following Wednesday’s meeting, Dr. Flanigan said, “NIHD could not be more proud to build upon our mission statement of ‘One Team, One Goal, Your Health.’ Now as we build upon our teamwork with the school district, we gain the opportunity to improve healthcare access to our communities’ adolescents and therefore their health.”
Regular phone service will be unavailable Tuesday night at NIHD.
By Seth Conners
According to a press release from Barbara Laughon, Northern Inyo Healthcare District wants to make the public aware that in the night of Tuesday, Jan. 17 and the early morning hours of Wednesday, Jan. 18, the hospital’s phone system will be upgraded.
As a result, no incoming telephone calls or faxes will be received between 10 p.m. Tuesday and 6 a.m. Wednesday. Those seeking emergency health care may call 911 or come to NIH’s 24-hour Emergency Department.
This eight-hour outage is part of a planned upgrade to Northern Inyo Healthcare District’s telephone system. Those attempting to call NIH or its support services at that time will receive an “all circuits are busy” message.
NIHD will activate its Emergency Command Center during the outage to help coordinate necessary communications between patient care areas and hospital’s services including Cardiopulmonary, Laboratory, Diagnostic Imaging, Dietary, Environmental Services and Security.
NIHD’s Acting Chief Nursing Officer Tracy Aspel said the hospital took all precautions to assure continued life safety measures for those seeking care at NIH during the outage timeframe. “We do not anticipate any serious issues to arise from this outage, but if they do, we are prepared to act on them,” Aspel said. “We appreciate the support of our healthcare partners and, of course, our communities during this time.”
Robin Cassidy, NIHD’s Information Technology Director, noted that this upgrade is an important part of the District’s plan to keep current with technology so that the NIHD team can meet the expectations of our community members.
Board of directors gives ok to expand local offices.
By Seth Conners
According to Barbara Laughon at NIHD, Northern Inyo Healthcare Districts board of directors unanimously approved additional support staff for the Rural Health an Pediatrics Clinics during its November 16th board meeting. This expansion will improve efficiency at the clinics and allows NIHD to keep pace with recent growth at the clinics.
Dr. Kevin Flanigan, the districts CEO, said the move is an additional investment to improving patient access to health care.
Within the next six months, NIHD will hire up to four medical assistants, two registered nurses, plus a front office coordinator for the rural health clinic and an office/clinical coordinator for the Northern Inyo Associates Pediatrics Clinic.
Presently the two clinics, with a total of 13 providers, have between 20 to 24 support staff members at any given time, placing the clinics at roughly 60 percent of needed staffing.
Dr. Flanigan said not every position will be filled immediately, but the medical assistants roles are a priority.
The unbudgeted annual cost for the new is estimated to be between $390,000 and $550,00, depending on experience of the new hires. The move coincides with NIHD’s strategic plan, which calls for a focus on improving both patient and employee experience.