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Packed House at NIH meeting

Full room, tough talk at NIH board meeting

The great room at the Jill Kinmont Boothe school was full for last nights meeting of the Northern Inyo Hospital Board. The regular meeting was moved to the JKBS school this moth to provide adequate seating, something that was lacking at the boards prior meeting. Long time board member Pete Watercott apologized for not having enough capacity at the prior meeting.

This months meeting opened with a strong statement by Dr. Mike Phillips.  The emergency room doctor opened the public comment period by describing a splintered staff, that has broken into separate camps. Dr. Phillips also strongly criticized Chief Executive Officer Victoria Alexander Lane’s performance, noting a “lack of leadership, failure to do her job, and ruling with fear”.

Several other spoke during the public comment period expressing concern over the work environment.  Dr. Michael Dillon called for an establishment of a  working group to help face the current issues at Northern Inyo.

In regards to action at the meeting, the board listened to a long discussion about the Employee Complaints and Grievance Process Policy.  After a long discussion, the policy was tabled for further review, and will be back for potential action at next months meeting.

Dr. Thomas Boo, chief of staff announced he was stepping down as chief of staff. In giving a reason for stepping down, Dr Boo said, “Due to a dysfunctional relationship with administration.”

Chief Executive Officer Victoria Alexander Lane’s report included a positive update in regards to physician recruitment.  Alexander Lane noted the hiring of a new pediatrician who will be arriving from Massachusetts and also announced the hiring of Dr Felix Karp as a hospitalist.

Alexander Lane also updated the board on the hospitals strategic plan, detailing a wide variety of strategies for improvement, ranging from service prices to community outreach.

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Members are (l to r) Susan Tonelli (ER), Heleen Welvaart (Med Surg), Denise Morrill (ER), Betty Wagoner (RHC), Anneke Bishop (OB), Kathleen Schneider (Med Surg), Christine Hanley (Med Surg), Maura Richman (OB), Cynthia McCarthy (ICU), and Laurie Archer (PACU).  Not present: Gloria Phillips (PACU), and Eva Judson (OB).

NIH Employees Organize Union

Northern Inyo Hospital Employees Organize Union

Statement form the Northern Inyo Hospital Union Organizing Committee:

Registered Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants at Northern Inyo Hospital are organizing a union as part of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees. We are doing this to maintain the care and safety of our patients, to retain experienced staff and nurture new nurses in a safe culture, to be involved in NIH’s financial stability, and to support the other employees at the hospital who are part of our team.

Northern Inyo Hospital is a community hospital with a history of great patient care. We frequently hear from patients, “I never get this level of care and attention down south.” We provide safe care with a low rate of infection and adverse events. It is an entire team of workers who provide this care, from the person that greets you at the front desk to the doctor making a life-saving diagnosis.

That team is under great pressure. Patient care needs and documentation requirements are increasing without an increase in time allowed to provide care. Having the time to hold the hand of a dying patient, to comfort a sick child, or to help a mother bring a baby safely into the world, cannot be measured in a cost/benefit ratio.

We have lost experienced caregivers because of the policy of terminating employees whose treatment for a major medical diagnosis like cancer extends beyond 16 weeks. Nurses have left because they were not allowed the scheduling flexibility to maintain a balance between work and family. Caregivers are wondering if they will have the financial stability to remain in this area where they have homes and families.

For the past decade financial pressures have been tightening on the hospital. Friends tell us they go elsewhere for care because of the cost locally. Our current administration is addressing our financial future in a proactive manner, increasing patient census, and cutting the cost of procedures and lab work. CEO Victoria Alexander-Lane’s proposals for a strategic plan have merit, but she has not had enough input from the caregivers who will be on the front line implementing changes in delivering patient care.

The decision to form a union was not an easy one. Northern Inyo Hospital is the last major employer in the county without a union to provide a voice for employees. We will be negotiating, not for special treatment for union members, but for fair treatment for everyone, with a guiding principle of maintaining excellent and safe care of patients.

 Members are (l to r) Susan Tonelli (ER), Heleen Welvaart (Med Surg), Denise Morrill (ER), Betty Wagoner (RHC), Anneke Bishop (OB), Kathleen Schneider (Med Surg), Christine Hanley (Med Surg), Maura Richman (OB), Cynthia McCarthy (ICU), and Laurie Archer (PACU).  Not present: Gloria Phillips (PACU), and Eva Judson (OB).
Members are (l to r) Susan Tonelli (ER), Heleen Welvaart (Med Surg), Denise Morrill (ER), Betty Wagoner (RHC), Anneke Bishop (OB), Kathleen Schneider (Med Surg), Christine Hanley (Med Surg), Maura Richman (OB), Cynthia McCarthy (ICU), and Laurie Archer (PACU). Not present: Gloria Phillips (PACU), and Eva Judson (OB).
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City of Bishop Mourns Loss of Retired Judge, Patrick Canfield

Community Mourns After Passing of Retired Judge, Patrick Canfield (Age 67)

The Inyo County coroners office confirms retired Judge Patrick Canfield passed away Tuesday. Just prior to noon yesterday, Canfield, age 67, was involved in a minor traffic accident and transported to Northern Inyo Hospital.

According to the California Highway Patrol accident report, Canfield was driving eastbound on west line street near Grandview drive when, “Due to a medical Problem” lost control of the vehicle striking a utility box and wooden fence.

Canfield’s wife, Dori was a passenger in the vehicle and was not injured. Judge Canfield was transported to Bishop’s Northern Inyo Hospital by Symons ambulance, where he was later pronounced dead.

Canfield served as a Judge in Inyo county for over 20 years. When reached for comment, current Judge Dean Stout said, “The death of Pat Canfield is a devastating loss, he was a phenomenal Judge, a mentor, and a close friend.” Prior to serving as Judge, Canfield also worked in the Inyo County district attorneys office.

Services are currently pending.

 

Update: A memorial service will be held 1:00 PM, Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at the First Methodist Church in Bishop.

 

Community Mourns After Passing of Retired Judge, Patrick Canfield (Age 67)

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