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Bishop Woman Arrested

Victim treated at NIH, Woman Arrested

April 14, 2016
by Arnie Palu

The Inyo County Sheriffs Department has issued a statement detailing Tuesday nights events that led to the arrest of a Bishop woman.  The victim was treated and released.

Statement from the Inyo County Sheriffs Department:

On Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at about 10:50 PM, Inyo County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call from an individual about a victim being stabbed at an apartment complex outside the city of Bishop.  Deputies and Emergency Medical Personnel from Symon’s Ambulance arrived  on scene to find a male subject with a defensive wound to his hand from a knife.

The suspect, 28 year old Yvette Fimbres, was in an argument with her estranged boyfriend; the boyfriend attempted to gather items to leave the residence when he was confronted by Fimbres who was holding a knife.  The boyfriend attempted to disarm the knife from Fimbres, in doing so he sustained a knife wound to his hand.  The victim was transported by ambulance to Northern Inyo Hospital where he was treated and released.

Fimbres was arrested and booked at the Inyo County Jail for Felony Domestic Battery and Felony Assault with a deadly weapon; bail is set at $25,000.00.

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Photo Courtesy of the Inyo County Sheriffs Department
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NIH Healthy Lifestyle Talk

NIH Healthy Lifestyle Talk focuses on
lowering the risk for colorectal cancer

March 22, 2016
submitted by Northern Inyo Hospital

As part of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. Allison Robinson will give a free educational talk on “Lowering Your Risk for Colorectal Cancer,” Thursday, March 24, 6:30 p.m. at the Northern Inyo Hospital Birch Street Annex, 2957 Birch St., Bishop.
More than 140,000 men and women are diagnosed with colorectal cancer each year. Yet with early detection, this disease remains one of the most treatable forms of cancer. Dr. Robinson will talk about risk factors for developing colorectal cancer and the tests available for preventing and detecting it.

Dr. Robinson, a retired U.S. Navy Captain, is double Board certified in General Surgery with specialization in Colon and Rectal Surgery. Previously, she served as a Staff Surgeon for the Naval Medical Center in San Diego and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda.

About Northern Inyo Healthcare District: Founded in 1946, Northern Inyo Healthcare District features a 25-bed critical access hospital, a 24-hour emergency department, a primary care rural health clinic, a diagnostic imaging center, and clinics specializing in women’s health, orthopedics and neurology, pediatrics and allergies and general surgery. Continually striving to improve the health outcomes of those who rely on its services, Northern Inyo Healthcare District aims to improve our communities one life at a time. One team, one goal, your health.

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NIH CEO talks Finances

CEO presents fiscal picture for NIHD

March 17, 2016
submitted by NIH

Speaking before the Bishop City Council this week, Northern Inyo Healthcare District CEO, Kevin S. Flanigan, MD MBA, detailed patient volume trends for the first six months of the district’s fiscal year. He also went over the district’s fiscal positions, including steps being taken to better manage the hospital’s long-term debt.
Dr. Flanigan confirmed the district is refinancing its General Obligation Bonds issued for the construction of the new hospital. The move not only shortens the life of the bonds, it also results in a close to $3 million savings for county taxpayers.

“For the community as a whole, there is a big savings and it makes sense to do this,” he said. “For the district, it makes our long-term debt manageable and more stable, and not based on sporadic or rising payments. The taxpayers will gain more in this move than the district, but it’s a needed moved that will help the district shore up its long-term fiscal position.”

As for patients, NIHD is seeing an upward trend in volume but a decrease in case complexity. “We’ve admitted 10 percent more patients than last year, but as a whole we’re seeing significantly shorter hospital stays,” Dr. Flanigan said. “This implies that outpatient services are doing a much better job of managing our patients’ chronic illnesses, and that is having the intended consequence of shorter stays.”

Shorter stays do mean a drop in revenue for NIHD. For the first six months of the fiscal year, NIHD had a loss of $129,000.  The change also affected NIHD’s projected budget as does a late government payment that was scheduled to arrive in December. Instead it arrived a few weeks ago. Dr. Flanigan said had it arrived on time, the district would not have had a net loss on its books.

To offset the decrease in revenue, Dr. Flanigan has asked management teams to review their departmental budget for potential savings. “Our department managers have responded amazingly well and demonstrated a team approach to making these adjustments,” he said.

Dr. Flanigan said more timely government payments and judicious financial decision-making should have a positive impact on NIHD’s next six months.

NIHD’s department managers are currently working on their budgets for the next fiscal year. It’s anticipated that the NIHD Board of Directors will have a draft to review in May.

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NIH removing “Interim” tag, naming Flanigan CEO

Kevin S. Flanigan, MD MBA, named Northern Inyo Healthcare District’s CEO

submitted by Northern Inyo Hospital
February 19, 2016

After serving five months as the Interim Chief Executive Officer of Northern Inyo Healthcare District, Kevin S. Flanigan, MD MBA, has a shorter title.

Dr. Flanigan will be dropping the word “interim” after accepting a two-year contract offer from the district board.

The announcement came at the NIHD Board of Directors meeting Wednesday evening following a closed session performance evaluation for Dr. Flanigan. Upon return to open session, Board President Denise Hayden announced the directors unanimously voted 5-0 to make Dr. Flanigan’s role as CEO a long-term, ongoing relationship.

The Board is so pleased to announce this decision,” Mrs. Hayden said Thursday morning. “Dr. Flanigan led us through a difficult transition as Interim CEO and re-established the confidence of our staff and our community. He has many new and exciting ideas in store for the hospital, and we look forward to seeing him build a strong healthcare team for this community.”

I am flattered and humbled by the Board’s actions Wednesday night,” Dr. Flanigan said Thursday. “It is a true honor to have the opportunity to lead this wonderful organization and to be able to partner with others in the Eastern Sierra region to ensure that tomorrow’s healthcare is better than that of yesterday. We truly are one team with one goal.”

Originally intended to serve as the healthcare district’s Chief Medical, Chief Operations and Chief Information Officer, Dr. Flanigan was named Acting CEO last September following the departure of former administrator Victoria Alexander-Lane. Dr. Flanigan was subsequently appointed Interim CEO in October.

Since that time, Dr. Flanigan worked closely with the NIHD board and employees to develop and establish long-term strategic goals and to position the district to realize those objectives.

Together, the Board, Dr. Flanigan and the district employees placed a renewed focus on continuous improvement and ensuring the best health outcomes for everyone in the district. The district’s new mission statement, unveiled in December, encompasses that focus: Improving our communities, one life at a time. One Team. One Goal. Your Health.

Dr. Flanigan is a graduate of the University of Richmond where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Latin and a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He subsequently received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia in 1993. He completed his internship and residency training at University of Louisville after which he became Board Certified in Internal Medicine (the medical care of adults) and Pediatrics.

After nearly 15 years of medical practice, Dr. Flanigan began a new career path in medical administration serving for almost five years as the Medical Director for the State of Maine Medicaid program known as MaineCare. During that time, he earned his Masters of Business Administration from UMASS at Amherst Isenberg School of Management.

Dr. Flanigan and his wife, Kelly, a certified registered nurse anesthetist, are the parents of three children. The couple looks forward to making their home in Inyo County.

About Northern Inyo Healthcare District: Founded in 1946, Northern Inyo Healthcare District features a 25-bed critical access hospital, a 24-hour emergency department, a primary care rural health clinic, a diagnostic imaging center, and clinics specializing in women’s health, orthopedics and neurology, pediatrics and allergies and general surgery. Continually striving to improve the health outcomes of those who rely on its services, Northern Inyo Healthcare District aims to improve our communities one life at a time. One Team. One Goal. Your Health.

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Dr. Meredick talk rescheduled

NIH Healthy Lifestyle Talk focuses on Lower Extremities

submitted by Northern Inyo Hospital

The original talk was postponed due to an emergency.

Dr. Richard Meredick will give a free talk about Lower Extremity wellness Wednesday, Feb. 10, 6:30 p.m. at the Northern Inyo Hospital Birch Street Annex, 2957 Birch St., Bishop.

Dr. Meredick will talk about common hip, knee, ankle and foot injuries and conditions seen most often by our active population. Learn about the signs, symptoms and popular treatment options to reduce pain and discomfort.

This talk is the third in a series of Healthy Lifestyle Talks presented by Northern Inyo Healthcare District.

Dr. Meredick is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon. He specializes in Sports Medicine/Arthroscopy, and Joint Preservation. In his free time, he is an avid skier, hiker, cyclist and rock climber.

About Northern Inyo Healthcare District: Founded in 1946, Northern Inyo Healthcare District features a 25-bed critical access hospital, a 24-hour emergency department, a primary care rural health clinic, a diagnostic imaging center, and clinics specializing in women’s health, orthopedics and neurology, pediatrics and allergies and general surgery. Continually striving to improve the health outcomes of those who rely on its services, Northern Inyo Healthcare District aims to improve our communities one life at a time. One team, one goal, your health.

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NIH Healthy Lifestyle Talk

NIH Healthy Lifestyle Talk focuses on Lower Extremities

submitted by Northern Inyo Hospital

Dr. Richard Meredick will give a free talk about Lower Extremity wellness Thursday, Jan. 21, 6:30 p.m. at the Northern Inyo Hospital Birch Street Annex, 2957 Birch St., Bishop.

Dr. Meredick will talk about common hip, knee, ankle and foot injuries and conditions seen most often by our active population. Learn about the signs, symptoms and popular treatment options to reduce pain and discomfort.

This talk is the third in a series of Healthy Lifestyle Talks presented by Northern Inyo Healthcare District

Dr. Meredick is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon. He specializes in Sports Medicine/Arthroscopy, and Joint Preservation. In his free time, he is an avid skier, hiker, cyclist and rock climber.

About Northern Inyo Healthcare District: Founded in 1946, Northern Inyo Healthcare District features a 25-bed critical access hospital, a 24-hour emergency department, a primary care rural health clinic, a diagnostic imaging center, and clinics specializing in women’s health, orthopedics and neurology, pediatrics and allergies and general surgery. Continually striving to improve the health outcomes of those who rely on its services, Northern Inyo Healthcare District aims to improve our communities one life at a time. One team, one goal, your health.

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