Tag Archives | Southern Inyo Healthcare District


Taking a seat in the da Vinci Surgical System

Press release Be it in Lone Pine or Tonopah, local education regarding robot-assisted surgery edged forward last week as more than 50 people took their turn in the surgeon’s seat, operating a mobile model of the da Vinci Surgical System. For Lone Pine, this collaborative effort between Intuitive Surgical, makers of the da Vinci Surgical […]

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SIHD board dealing with failure of Measure J

By Deb Murphy Southern Inyo Healthcare District’s Board of Directors held one of what will be a long series of meetings to begin dealing with the failure of Measure J, a parcel tax designed to pay off bankruptcy claims. The measure fell short of the required 66-percent, plus one, requirement at the April 10 special […]

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Measure J falling short of required votes

IN EARLY COUNT, SOUTHERN INYO HEALTHCARE DISTRICT’S MEASURE J SHORT OF GOAL As of 8 p.m. Tuesday evening, the Southern Inyo Healthcare District’s Measure J had fallen short of the required two-thirds, plus one, vote count. With 918 votes counted, 494 were yes votes, 424, no. There were no additional updates early into this morning. […]

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SIHD Board and staff take questions at Measure J forum

By Deb Murphy The Independence Civic Club hosted a forum on the Southern Inyo Healthcare District’s April ballot measure for a parcel tax. Two things were obvious: the district board has explored every avenue to resolve its bankruptcy and give the hospital a chance to survive. And, the atmosphere Monday evening was markedly different from […]

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SIHD lays out bond measure

By Deb Murphy Southern Inyo Healthcare District’s parcel tax measure may not be popular with constituents, but it may be the only way to keep the hospital open. That was the grim news the board of directors delivered at Tuesday’s meeting. Unfortunately, the structure of the board meeting had the bad news delivered first. Chief […]

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SIHD offers news updates

News release from Southern Inyo Healthcare District Members of the public have asked questions about the status of the Hospital and Clinic in Lone Pine. While many of the issues raised are addressed at the public meetings of the District’s Board of Directors, not everyone can attend these meetings, so the following information is to […]

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SIHD board opts for scanner trade

By Deb Murphy With three financial options possible, the Southern Inyo Healthcare District Board voted to trade their tube-less CT Scanner for a fully functioning unit at a special Wednesday afternoon meeting. The 16-slice GE scanner, a vital diagnostic tool, should be up and running in seven to 10 days, a huge relief to medical […]

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SIHD faces difficult decision on CT scanner

By Deb Murphy Southern Inyo Healthcare District board members’ jobs haven’t gotten significantly easier since the hospital re-opened under the management of Healthcare Conglomerate Associates almost two years ago. Monday afternoon, the board wrestled with a decision on the fate of a non-functioning CT Scanner in an emergency meeting and will make its final decision […]

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Holiday spirit for Southern Inyo Healthcare District

Press release On December 7th Southern Inyo Healthcare District’s board meeting was preceded by a delightful social gathering. In addition to coffee and cookies that were provided by community members, many of the people who attended brought thoughtful holiday gifts for the residents at the skilled nursing unit. As the holiday season approaches we really […]

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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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HCCA reports should have ‘no impact’ on SIH

By Deb Murphy Within four days of taking their seats on the Southern Inyo Healthcare District board of directors, Richard Fedchenko, Mark Lacey and Jaque Hickman made the decision to contract with Healthcare Conglomerate Associates to bring the Lone Pine hospital back to life. The trio negotiated the contract with HCCA head Dr. Benny Benzeevi […]

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