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Southern Inyo Hospital holding steady

By Deb Murphy Just a year ago, the Lone Pine community met at Statham Hall for what turned out to be the start of Southern Inyo Hospital’s near collapse. Within two months, the hospital had no administrator, no board and no license. Fast forward to November 2016 with apologies for using medical analogies: the patient […]

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A plea to help Southern Inyo Hospital

Press release Southern Inyo Hospital deserves and needs our continued support. Southern Inyo is the only hospital in California to close and then “come back to life”. The hospital is still on life support and needs TLC from the community it so proudly serves. There are many ways to show you care about maintaining our local […]

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SIH faces long road to full recovery

By Deb Murphy The prognosis for Southern Inyo Hospital is hopeful. But, like any patient who’s been resuscitated, the recuperation period is still ahead. Just two months since the doors were re-opened, community members got an update on the recovering finances and services at last Thursday’s Board of Directors meeting. “This is an amazing accomplishment,” […]

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Operational update from Southern Inyo Hospital

Deb Murphy Southern Inyo Healthcare District isn’t claiming a win, but it has recorded a series of first downs since the state Department of Public Health suspended the hospital’s license January 13. Chief Restructuring Officer Alan Germany provided an operational update at last Thursday’s SIH Board Meeting. Germany was brought in shortly after the board […]

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SIH board makes bold move

By Deb Murphy California Department of Public Health staff were probably waiting Tuesday afternoon for Southern Inyo Hospital’s Board to either suspend the hospital’s license or plead for more time. The Board did neither. Instead, Richard Fedchenko, Jaque Hickman and Mark Lacey, with just seven days of board experience under their belts, sent a letter […]

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SIH asks state to step in

By Deb Murphy Following an awkward meeting of unanswered questions last Thursday, two members of the Southern Inyo Hospital Board of Directors went into a special ad hoc committee meeting with Kevin Flanigan, chief executive officer for Northern Hospital, County Counsel and Donna McAuley, SIH’s nurse practitioner and, briefly, the new CEO at the struggling […]

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Monkey wrench thrown at SIH ER fix

By Deb Murphy There’s a discouraging cliché that no good turn goes unpunished. Mike Patterson of Sierra Lifeflight found that out this week when the agency formed to assist emergency medical services in San Bernardino, Inyo and Mono counties nearly put the brakes on the air ambulance service’s attempt to help out Southern Inyo Hospital […]

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SIH CEO Lee Barron at a meeting in October.

Lee Barron resigns as CEO of Southern Inyo Healthcare District

The Southern Inyo Healthcare District issued the following statement Thursday afternoon: “The Southern Inyo Healthcare District board accepted Lee Barron’s resignation from the positions of CEO, CFO, and CCO today with an effective date of Monday, December 14, 2015. “Lee has lead us through a period of some very difficult changes in health care industry. […]

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Community steps up again for Southern Inyo Hospital

By Deb Murphy More than a month ago, Southern Inyo residents donated the funds to keep their hospital afloat when it was learned the $13,000 necessary for licensing Southern Inyo Hospital wasn’t in the checking account. At Thursday night’s standing-room-only special board meeting, they stepped up again following the closure of the Emergency Room for […]

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With closure of SIH emergency room, Inyo Sheriff’s office offers service information

Inyo County Sheriff’s Office press release After being informed that the emergency room at Southern Inyo Hospital in Lone Pine has been closed until further notice, the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office wants to provide public awareness of our current emergency medical services in southern Inyo County including the communities of Independence, Lone Pine, Olancha, Keeler, Darwin and […]

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Southern Inyo Healthcare District’s Lone Pine Hospital has replaced bare dirt areas with newly paved patient and staff parking areas and hospital access roadways, as well as paving the perimeter around its heliport.

Southern Inyo Hospital update

By Deb Murphy According to Southern Inyo Hospital Administrative Assistant Mary Gonzalez, the hospital’s employees will be paid today, Wednesday, Dec. 2, bringing them up to the October 31 pay period. Gonzalez also explained that Chief Executive Officer Lee Barron is working to come up with the $65,000 payment that will keep the Emergency Room […]

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Southern Inyo Hospital continues to work on financial issues

By Deb Murphy The stress of financial issues at Southern Inyo Hospital was evident at Thursday afternoon’s board meeting, from administrators to staff to community and board members. The hospital is taking steps to resolve a government reimbursement schedule that lags dangerously behind costs and program requirements, including forming a Limited Liability Corporation with Ridgecrest […]

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