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Northern Inyo Hospital Board Vacancy

Healthcare District filling Dr. Clark’s seat

Dr. Scott Clark recently stepped down from the Northern Inyo Healthcare District (NIH Board) creating a vacancy in Zone 4.  Those interested in serving on the Northern Inyo Hospital Board must apply by November 30th.  Current board members include President (zone 5) M.C. Hubbard (term expires November of 2018), Vice President (zone 2) Denise Hayden (term expires November of 2016), Treasure (zone 3) Peter Watercott (term expires November 2018), and (zone 1) Dr. John Ungersma (term expires November 2016).
Northern Inyo Hospital released the following notice:

Northern Inyo Healthcare District has declared a vacancy on its Board of Directors. The term of office would run through the first Friday in December of 2016. Requirements for this office are being a registered voter living in the District and a resident of Zone 4 NIHD service boundaries, which consist of the following:

Precinct 30: City of Bishop, West Line St. to South end of City, West of Main Street

Precinct 44: Highland, Sunset, Watterson

Precinct 45: North of Sierra Vista Way, Irene Way

Precinct 46: South of Sierra Vista Way, Underwood

Precinct 47: Reservation, West of Barlow, North of West Line Street

Precinct 48: Reservation, East of Barlow, North of West Line Street

Precinct 50: South of West Line St., Barlow to Main St.

An Ad Hoc Committee of the current District Board of Directors will conduct interviews to fill this vacancy. To be considered for appointment to this vacancy, please provide the following:

Letter or Statement of Interest

Resume/curriculum vitae, including any public service background (optional)

Interested persons are also asked to complete an Application for Appointment to a Special District Vacancy, and a Conflict of Interest Form (California Form 700) which are available in the Administration Office or in the front lobby of Northern Inyo Hospital, located at 150 Pioneer Lane, Bishop CA; and on the Northern Inyo Hospital website, www.nih.org; or they may be obtained by calling (760) 873-2838.

To be considered for an appointment to the Board of Directors, your letter of interest, resume, application, and Form 700 must be received by Sandy Blumberg, Clerk of the Board, Northern Inyo Healthcare District, 150 Pioneer Lane, Bishop, CA 93514 and/or by email to: sandy.blumberg@nih.org and/or by fax at (760) 872-5802 by November 30, 2015.

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NIH holding event to welcome newcomers

NIH Reception welcomes new healthcare providers, acting CEO

NIH announcement:

Northern Inyo Healthcare District will host a “Meet and Greet” reception introducing some of its newest healthcare providers and its acting Chief Executive Officer to the community.

The reception is set for Wednesday, Oct. 14th, 5:30-7 p.m. at the main lobby of Northern Inyo Hospital. The physicians spotlighted during the event include:

Dr. Felix Karp, one of NIH’s two board certified Hospitalists. Dr. Karp grew up in Pacific Palisades and attended UC San Diego for both his undergraduate and medical degrees. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Los Angeles County Hospital/USC Medical Center. Dr. Karp works alongside Dr. Joy Engblade, caring for those hospitalized at NIH.

Dr. Martha Kim, board certified in obstetrics/gynecology and internal medicine. A graduate of Dartmouth Medical School, resident of Kaiser San Francisco Internal Medicine Department and the University of Hawaii, Dr. Kim specializes in abdominal and vaginal surgery and gynecological ultrasound. She works at The Rural Health Women’s Clinic on the NIH campus.

Colleen McEvoy, Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (C-PNP). McEvoy is a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco and has been a C-PNP for nine years. Her interests include adolescent medicine, pediatric hematology and oncology. She works at Northern Inyo Associates – Pediatrics & Allergies alongside Drs. Charlotte Helvie and Louisa Salisbury.

Dr. Allison Robinson, double board certified in General Surgery with specialization in Colon and Rectal Surgery. Dr. Robinson grew up in Big Pine and attended the Uniformed Services University F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine in Bethesda, MD, and completed her General Surgery residency at the National Naval Medical Center. She served as Staff Surgeon for the Naval Medical Center in San Diego for the past 10 years. She works at Northern Inyo Associates – General Surgery with Dr. Robbin Cromer-Tyler.

Dr. Louisa Salisbury, board certified Pediatrician. Dr. Salisbury hails from the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a graduate of the University of Vermont College of Medicine and completed her Pediatrics training at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. She works alongside Dr. Charlotte Helvie and C-PNP Colleen McEvoy at Northern Inyo Associates – Pediatrics & Allergies.

Sunny Sawyer, one of four Physician Assistants at The Rural Health Clinic. A native Californian and former botanist, Sawyer is a graduate of Campbell University in North Carolina. Her interests include family medicine, wound repair and minor surgical procedures.

In addition NIH welcomes Dr. Kevin Flanigan, its acting Chief Executive Officer, to the facility and the community.
Dr. Flanigan comes to Bishop from Pittsfield, Maine where he most recently served as the medical director of Maine’s Medicaid program, MaineCare, for the past four years. Prior to that, he was a Pediatrician and Internist in Pittsfield for nearly 15 years. He is a graduate of the University of Richmond and the Medical College of Virginia, and completed his internship and residency training at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. He earned his Masters of Business Administration from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  Dr. Flanigan moved to Maine from Virginia more than 20 years ago, residing in Pittsfield with his wife, Kelly, a certified registered nurse anesthetist, and their three children. He was named NIH’s Acting Chief Executive Officer in mid-September.

Cover Photo, Dr. Kevin Flanigan

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Dr. Meredick set for healthy lifestyle talk

NIH Healthy Lifestyle Talks continue

Dr. Richard Meredick will give a free talk about Upper Extremity wellness Thursday, Oct. 15, 6:30 p.m. at the Northern Inyo Hospital Birch Street Annex, 2957 Birch St., Bishop.

Dr. Meredick will talk about common hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder 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 second in a series of Healthy Lifestyle Talks presented by Northern Inyo Hospital.

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.

cover photo by Gary Young, Dr. Meredick volunteering his time on the sideline at a recent Bishop Union High School Football game

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New NIH Technology Saves a Life

New Technology leads to early detection

Submitted by Northern Inyo Hospital.

A film crew from General Electric Healthcare was at Northern Inyo Hospital recently to capture a local woman’s early breast cancer detection story. Joyce Decho of Bishop credits Dr. Stuart Souders and the NIH Diagnostic Imaging team’s use of the GE Automated Breast Ultra Sound (ABUS) machine with saving her life.

Board certified Radiologist, Dr. Stuart Souders, MD, and breast cancer survivor Joyce Decho share a light moment during the GE filming. In standard mammograms, Decho’s dense breast tissue masked the six millimeter tumor later found by the hospital’s ABUS machine. Souders and Decho credit ABUS with an early detection that saved Decho’s life. Photo by Barbara Laughon/Northern Inyo Hospital

To say Joyce Decho is a unique person would be a huge understatement. The petite, demure woman with flowing salt-and-pepper locks served as the only female lineperson for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power for 30-plus years. Her eyes still sparkle as she details passing the physical tests required to work the high voltage lines. She swam every day for an hour and a half with five pound weights strapped to her arms to garner muscle. She worked out as often as she could. She studied endlessly.
She will tell you she thought her professional career would be her biggest challenge in life.

Decho’s healthcare story began routinely enough with a visit to her primary care doctor, who was concerned about skin changes in her breasts. Two standard mammograms showed no issue, but Dr. Souders recognized that Decho’s dense breast tissue could be hiding the true story.

“If a woman has a lot of fibrous breast tissue, it appears white in a mammogram,” Dr. Souders explained. “Cancers also appear white. It can be like looking for a snowball in a snowstorm. That’s why ABUS was felt to be something we could effectively use to find these cancers.”

Dr. Stuart Souders is a story unto himself. He came to Bishop in 2009, to help out the hospital for a few weeks when one of its radiologists left. Souders, who had been working in a large Southern California Breast Cancer center, thought his time at NIH would be short lived. That changed once he began working with local patients.

“I stopped dreading the drive and started wondering how soon I’d be able to come back here to help the patients,” he smiled. Souders eventually left the large center, and while he still has a home in Southern California, his primary work is at Northern Inyo Hospital. “I come up here every other week and do all the breast imaging up here, and I just love it. The hospital is very supportive; we have some the finest equipment for hundreds of miles and I think it’s state of the art in every way.”

Souders discussed the hospital’s new ABUS machine with Decho, explaining that ABUS provided a more sensitive screening for women with dense tissue. Decho agreed to undergo the test, but wondered if there was really any value to gain since the two mammograms showed nothing.

The ABUS test revealed a six millimeter tumor in her left breast.
Dr. Souders still marvels at the ease of the find with the ABUS machine. “This is the kind of cancer we’re finding with ABUS, those killer cancers – very aggressive – that are less than a centimeter and have not spread to the lymph nodes, and that’s the value of ABUS.”
In the recent past, facilities like NIH would have had to rely on hand-held ultrasounds. Souders explains ABUS has brought breast cancer screenings to a new level.

“ABUS was developed to automatically scan both breasts, and eliminate operator variables. Hand held ultrasound examinations are extremely ‘operator dependent,’ whereas ABUS is not,” he said. “ABUS is fast and it’s efficient, and it’s reproducible. With ABUS everything is on the images. Handheld screening ultrasound required 20 to 40 minutes of technologist and/or radiologist time to perform. If a lesion was not found by either of them, it would not be recorded in the image file.”

According to Souders, Decho would have most likely not felt the tumor for a year or possibly two. “If she continued with her regular mammograms, I still don’t think we would have caught it because of her breast density. Most likely it would have made itself known when it was palpable, and by that time, prognosis is not always good, especially for her type of cancer. ”

So how did NIH get this life-changing machine? Souders explained the hospital had been exploring ways to purchase the ABUS system, but fell short of full funding. At about the same time, he gave a breast cancer awareness talk to the Northern Inyo Hospital Auxiliary and discussed the value of an ABUS system. A week later, the Auxiliary offered to give the hospital $50,000 to make the purchase.

Former Hospital CEO Victoria Alexander-Lane noted the important role the NIH Auxiliary has played in the hospital’s success. “Of all the life-saving contributions the auxiliary has made to the hospital, the ABUS donation is the one that has touched the most lives,” she said. “We are very grateful to the auxiliary volunteers for the support they give us.”

Souders agreed. “They saw the value it had for women in our region and they did not hesitate to step up and help. Their gift gave us a better chance for early detection. I think that if you ask Joyce, it was worth the money we spent on the system. That system saved her life.”

As it turns out, Decho was the first cancer case diagnosed at NIH using ABUS screening. “This was another first for me, just not the kind I was used to,” she said. Souders encouraged Decho to take charge of the situation; to educate herself about her options. “He didn’t want me to be a follower, to put my life in someone else’s hands,” she said, before she paused, leaned forward and smiled.
“I don’t believe I’m a follower,” she matter-of-factly stated. “I read up. The more you know, the less afraid you are. I had all my decisions made when I got to the City of Hope.”

Decho chose to have a single mastectomy at the City of Hope. After six months of healing, she underwent a three phase reconstructive surgery.   In all, Joyce Decho’s breast cancer journey has taken just over two years and it’s not over by any means. She has regular follow ups every three months. She’s on medication to reduce her chance of re-occurrence. She needs to undergo twice a year calcium infusions to strengthen her bones. “Then, I guess, I graduate,” she laughed.
Decho openly talks to people about her experience, even showing them her surgery site. “I’ve been told we are fortunate to have a machine like this in the Owens Valley, and I believe that to be so,” she said. “My advice to other women is to have your annual check-up. If you don’t know if you have dense breasts, ask. If you have dense breasts, push for ABUS testing. Early detection saved my life, and it can save others.”

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NIH names Flanigan acting CEO

Bishop Hospital Board names Dr. Flanigan CEO

Just days after parting ways with Victoria Alexander-Lane the Northern Inyo Hospital Board named Dr. Kevin Flanigan acting Chief Executive Officer.  Dr. Flanigan had served as Chief Medical, Operations, and Information officer at NIH.  Dr. Flanigan replaces Alexander-Lane who employment ended Monday afternoon with a short statement released by Northern Inyo Hospital.

“Ms. Alexander-Lane’s employment as the Chief Executive Officer of Northern Inyo Healthcare District has ended effective immediately. The Board thanks her for her contributions over the last eighteen months and wishes her well in her future career. The District and Ms. Alexander-Lane have agreed to make no further statement regarding her employment and the ending of her employment.”

Dr. Flanigan recently moved to Bishop from Pittsfield Maine.  Dr. Flanigan began his post at Northern Inyo in late August.

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NIH at the Tri-County Fair

NIH Patient Portal sign-ups available at 2015 Tri-County Fair

Bishop’s Northern Inyo Hospital will be at the Tri-County Fair.  You can sign up for NIH’s new Patient Portal and find out more about reduced cost services and new health care providers.

NIH press release:

If you are looking for a convenient way to access your personal health record, Northern Inyo Hospital has the answer.
Volunteers from the hospital’s staff will help people sign up for the hospital’s new online Patient Portal program during the Tri-County Fair, Sept. 3-6. The volunteers will be located on the south side of The Charles Brown Auditorium.

Anyone who has spent the night in the hospital or who is a patient of The Rural Health Clinic, or the orthopedic, women’s and pediatric clinics may sign up for the Patient Portal. Once signed up, patients have an easy and convenient way to view test results, and clinic patients can request appointments and communicate with their health care team via secured messages.

The portal’s biggest benefit is that it gives participants the ability to view portions of their records online for free. They may also print copies of their records at home at no charge. This reduces the need for most trips to the hospital’s Medical Records department where people are charged for personal copies of their records.“Plus this gives them access to their records after hours, and on weekends and holidays,” explains Cyndee Kiddoo, Health Information Management Services (HIMS) manager.

Hospital Administrator Victoria Alexander-Lane said the Patient Portal technology is the wave of the future. “The portal technology allows our patients to take steps to manage their own care,” Alexander-Lane said. “Going forward we’re going to see more and more mobile health tools that emphasize wellness and really insert health care into people’s lives.”

To sign-up, participants must have an active email address.
The sign-up process will be kept short during the Fair. Hospital volunteers will ask participants to fill out a brief sheet of information. Within a week, participants will receive an email with a personal invitation to the Patient Portal’s secure sign-up area.

Anyone having trouble signing in may contact Cyndee Kiddoo for assistance at (760) 872-2152, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or after hours by email at Cyndee.Kiddoo@NIH.org.

In addition to the Patient Portal information, the NIH fair booth will have information on the hospital’s reduced cost services and new healthcare providers including Drs. Marty Kim, Louisa Salisbury and Allison Robinson.

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NIH Infusion Center Opens

Northern Inyo Hospital Infusion Center opens

NIH Press Release:

Cancer patients receiving chemotherapy are often facing the greatest challenge of their lives. Care providers at Northern Inyo Hospital’s newly expanded Infusion Center plan to do everything they can to make the experience as comfortable as possible.
Recently relocated into a larger space within the older main hospital, the expanded facility will open for service Monday, Aug. 24 at 8 a.m. Infusion patients with scheduled appointments for Aug. 24 are asked to park in front of the hospital’s West Line Street entrance and check in with Central Registration in the main lobby. They will then be escorted to the new location.
The new Infusion Center features five private treatment bays furnished with large reclining chairs and wall mounted televisions. Adjustable gurneys are also available for those preferring to lie down. For those seeking a more social setting, the bays are large enough to allow some family or friends to sit with the patients and chat or watch television together.
The new center also provides a comfortable, modern treatment area for patients receiving other treatments including outpatient Blood Transfusions, Antibiotic Therapy and Eye Laser Treatment.
Perhaps the most inspiring aspect of the facility is a simple, yet elegant, silver bell, donated by the Northern Inyo Hospital Auxiliary. Those completing their therapy may ring the bell, a symbolic end to an often life-changing journey.
Hospital employees and members of the public got a sneak peek at the new facility last week during separate receptions. The public reception, hosted by the Northern Inyo Hospital Foundation, drew about 50 people to the facility. NIH Foundation President Jack England and Hospital CEO Victoria Alexander-Lane greeted visitors as they arrived. Mini-tours of the facility revealed a well-thought out patient-centered operation, overseen by Ann Wagoner, Director of Nursing – Perioperative Services, her nursing team and Chief Nursing Officer Kathy Decker.

The Northern Inyo Hospital Foundation Board of Directors includes Jack England, Kay O’Brien, Mary Mae Kilpatrick, Debbie Core, Pete Watercott, Ken Partridge, Caddy Jackson, Carole Wade, and Dr. Richard Meredick. The Foundation’s Executive Director is Greg Bissonette.

The Northern Inyo Hospital Foundation in the new Infusion Center, from left to right, Executive Director Greg Bissonette, board members Caddy Jackson, Carole Wade, Ken Partridge, Foundation President Jack England, board members Dr. Richard Meredick, Debbie Core and Pete Watercott. Not shown: Board members Mary Mae Kilpatrick and Kay O’Brien. Photo by Barbara Laughon/Northern Inyo Hospital
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NIH adds a General Surgeon

Northern Inyo Hospital gains new General Surgeon

Northern Inyo Hospital welcomes General Surgeon Allison J. Robinson to its healthcare team this week. Robinson is double Board certified in General Surgery with specialization in Colon and Rectal Surgery. In Bishop, she will work alongside Dr. Robbin Cromer-Tyler in the Pioneer Medical Building on the Northern Inyo Hospital campus. She will begin seeing patients September 1st.

A graduate of Whittier College, Robinson entered the US Navy in 1990 when she attended the Uniformed Services University F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine in Bethesda, MD. She completed her General Surgery residency at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda and did a Colon and Rectal Fellowship at the Ochsner Clinic Foundation in New Orleans, LA.

Stationed at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego for the past 10 years, Robinson served as a Staff Surgeon and was Head of Colon and Rectal Division and Surgical Endscopy Suite. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda.

Among her numerous military honors, she was named Top Surgeon in the Navy, 2007-2009, by a patient satisfaction survey, and most recently received her seventh Most Productive General Surgeon achievement.

“As a surgeon, I truly enjoy meeting with and working with my patients as people … allowing them to return to their lives is a very satisfying part of my job,” Robinson said.

No stranger to the area, Robinson was raised in Big Pine, daughter of Lloyd and Dorothy Wilson, retired teachers from the Big Pine Unified School District. Robinson and her husband, Ron, of 16 years, have two sons, Toby, 13, and Cody, 12. As a family, the Robinsons enjoy outdoor activities including boating, fishing, kayaking and skiing and look forward to being back in the area.

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NIH goes Green and gets the green light on patient improvement plan

NIH Green Committee diverts 23.2 tons from local landfill

They drive past every day — trucks pulling 53-foot hay trailers headed up and down U.S. 395. The next one that passes by, take a long, hard look at the trailer and picture it loaded with recyclables like paper, plastics and bottles. That trailer is equal to the amount of recycling diverted from the local landfill in just three months thanks to Northern Inyo Hospital’s Green Committee.
Established last year by hospital administrator Victoria Alexander-Lane and a group of ecologically-minded employees eager to cut waste, The NIH Green Committee partnered with The Sierra Conservation Project and Preferred Disposal to do as much recycling as possible. None of the committee members knew what that would mean in the long run; they just knew it was the right thing to do.
An exact answer came at the end of June, and the results were huge.
In the first quarter of the effort, April through June of this year, the hospital recycled: 22,680 lbs of mixed paper; 1,210 lbs of plastics; 302 lbs of aluminum; 6,048 lbs of glass, and; an estimated 16,164 lbs of cardboard. The grand total adds up to 46,404 lbs, or roughly 23.2 tons.
That’s right 23.2 tons. It is projected that within a year, NIH will have recycled 92.808 tons of materials.
Environmental Services Manager Richard Miears presented this information to the NIH Board of Directors during its July meeting. Miears, who has a background in trucking, was the person who realized the visual of a hay truck. He estimated that 650 bales of hay at 65 lbs each equaled 42,250 lbs — 4,000 lbs less than what NIH recycled.
“It’s a good start,” Miears said, “but we want to take this from good to great. We have plans in place to explore other areas where we can reduce waste.”
For example, the NIH Green Committee began recycling coffee grounds to the Bishop High School Future Farmers of America’s composting program. The committee is working with NIH’s Maintenance Department to explore the use of LED lighting within the hospital. Miears said if the hospital switched over completely, NIH could save up to $200,000 per year in electrical costs. Not bad, considering the hospital’s current power bill is an estimated $480,000 a year.
“The success of this program rests in small efforts as well as the larger projects,” Miears said. “Every little bit helps. Every project counts.”
So when the NIH Information Technology agreed to be the first department to use recycled paper, the Green Committee was delighted. An even bigger effort is the recycling of blood pressure cuffs and pulse oximeter probes. “If the deal works out with the medically-certified recycling company we are working with, it could save the hospital $15,000 a year, and one year will pay for two-and-a-half years of our local recycling program. If that isn’t a win-win situation, then I don’t know what is,” Miears said.
Miears would especially like to thank the hospital’s Environmental Services and Dietary staffs and all the hospital employees who have participated in the recycling effort. “It’s really a team effort,” he said.
The NIH Green Committee consists of NIH employees Julie Anderson, Greg Bissonette, Andrea Daniels, Layne Durocher, Mark Gavriel, Brandi Jernigan, Karen Taketomo, Lynn Lippincott, Neil Lynch, Richard Miears, Shauna Murray, Devin Riley, Amy Stange and Cheryl Underhill.

State gives green light to NIH patient care improvements

Surveyors from the California Department of Public Health visited Northern Inyo Hospital (NIH) for a licensing survey on July 21-22. The hospital can now provide the following improvements for its patients.
Swing Bed increase
The state granted NIH five additional Swing Beds, bringing its available total to 10. Medicare allows certain small rural hospitals to use its beds as needed, either for acute care or skilled care. This allows physicians to “swing” patients from one level of care to another while staying within the same bed and same facility.
A good example of a Swing Bed stay is when someone undergoes joint replacement surgery. A Swing Bed allows patients to recover in a hospital setting versus a nursing home. In the hospital, patients have easy access to nursing care and rehabilitative services including physical, occupational and speech therapy. The goal of Swing Bed programs is to help patients becoming as independent as possible before discharge.
Swing Beds also allow patients to stay closer to family and friends, reducing stress from possibly being placed outside the community and eliminating high transportation costs. It also provides the patient with continuity of care since they will be working with the same nurses and therapists they had during their surgery or illness.
RHC Exam Rooms added, Women’s Health added
The Rural Health Clinic’s (RHC) Family Practice now has three additional exam rooms. The additional exam rooms are expected to ease patient flow and should reduce patient wait times at the RHC, which experiences about 24,000 patient visits per year.
In addition, women’s health care services are now part of the RHC, housed in the adjacent building connected by a ramp/walkway. These services will include obstetrical care, well women exams and minor gynecological procedures. RHC Family Practice will continue to provide family practice/primary care, preventive care, chronic disease management and acute illness care.
Patients making appointments should call (760) 873-2602 for women’s health or (760) 873-2849 for family practice.
Infusion Center to relocate
The new NIH Infusion Center will now occupy a much larger space within the older main hospital off Pioneer Lane.
What makes the new space unique is that it offers five individual exam rooms, enhancing privacy for patients. NIH nursing staff is working to make the new location a warmer, more welcoming place for patients to undergo treatment. The Infusion Center is expected to begin operations by early Fall.
Infusion Therapy is the intravenous administration of medication and is most often used when oral medications will not work. For many people chemotherapy for the treatment of cancer is the most familiar type of Infusion Therapy. Other types include intravenous antibiotics and therapeutic infusions such as iron replacement and infusions for bone health.
Northern Inyo Hospital is a 25-bed, not-for-profit Critical Access Hospital located in Bishop. Accredited by The Joint Commission, NIH has been providing health care to the Eastern Sierra since 1946.

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Pediatrician added to Northern Inyo Hospital

New Pediatrician joins Northern Inyo Hospital

Northern Inyo Hospital (NIH) added a new Pediatrician to its children’s health team this week. Dr. Louisa Salisbury arrived for orientation and will begin seeing patients the week of August 17.
A native Californian, Salisbury comes to NIH by way of New England. She is a graduate of the University of Vermont’s College of Medicine and completed her Pediatrics training at Boston’s Tufts Medical Center.

Pediatrics is a natural fit for Salisbury, who cannot recall a time when she wasn’t interested in working with children. “Children are just the best – they want to get better, they want to get back to playing and they are so resilient,” she said. “Plus there’s the added perks of getting to know their families and watching them grow up.”
Salisbury is passionate about preventive pediatric care and believes strongly in the health benefits of an active lifestyle. She personally enjoys biking, hiking, skiing and climbing, and hopes her patients will turn playtime into a lifestyle choice as adults,  “We have the opportunity to take care of these children before a lot of life’s problems come along,” Salisbury explained. “We need to always be thinking about how we can keep them their healthiest, keep them their happiest and prevent serious health issues from occurring later on.”

She also firmly believes “it takes a village” to help children become healthy, happy individuals who can reach their full potential. “I get the sense everyone here is invested in the community and that’s a real positive atmosphere for children to grow up in,” she said.
Is there any advice she has for parents to help improve their child’s overall health and development? “Have children involved in an activity where they can feel a sense of accomplishment,” she said. “Have something outside of school, an extracurricular activity, where they are making friends, learning a skill and developing a sense of identity outside of school. This is especially important before they get into the pre-teen years where there are a lot of social stressors. These activities teach children confidence, structure and discipline. It gives them a good foundation for their future.”

As for her future, Dr. Salisbury joins Dr. Charlotte Helvie, MD, and Colleen McEvoy, Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, at Bishop Pediatrics & Allergy, located in the Pioneer Medical Building on the Northern Inyo Hospital campus, 152 Pioneer Lane #H, Bishop. Appointments can be made at (760) 873-6373.

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