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January 16, 1997

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Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, January 16,  1997 Time running out as contract negotiations to operate PMC continue The contract, between the Pahrump Community Hospital Board of Trustees and Arcon HealthCare of Nashville, Tennes- see, was not ready to sign when the board and Arcon regional Vice President Jone Law Koford met on Tuesday. Arcon is slated to take over operation of Pahrump Medical Center on Monday. Koford, who had planned to bring in billing equipment on Friday, conduct staff training over the weekend and restock supplies on Sunday, was reluctant to proceed without a signed contract. Board attorney Len Smith, who was in contact with the board by telephone, told board members most of the changes were in the wording rather than the terms of the contract. He expressed confidence the contract would be ready for Arcon officials to sign on Thursday. The board is scheduled to meet Saturday morning at 9 a.m. with the intent to sign the contract in time for Arcon's operational takeover. One of the areas of disagreement from the beginning has been Arcon's desire to have a lease option on the PMC facility. Arcon says it wants to purchase the facility in order to expand to meet the "Arcon model" which would include expanded :3 radiology and laboratory services and possibly outpatient surgical capabilities. Sale of PMC would require the approval of the Nevada State Attorney General's Office and the Nevada State Tax Commission. Smith indicated that feedback he has received from both state offices to date seem to indicate that PMC can not be sold. If sometime in the future, it is determined that the medical facility can be sold, Smith said he can convert the current lease option to an option to sell. The board has agreed to help defray Arcon's start-up costs up to, but not to exceed $500,000, during the HealthCare company's first three months of operation. The agreement is part of the contract, but the board would not agree to an additional subsidy of seven percent of the cost of Arcon's operation at their main office as requested by the company. Smith informed the board the additional subsidy will not be in the completed contract. The contract also stipulates that Arcon will assume the hospital district's payments on the loan for the construction of PMC as soon as the "for profit" company reaches a break-even Community College expands classes to 50 by Patti Babcock Gazette staff The Community College of Southern Nevada has in- creased class offerings in Pahrump to 50 according to Dan Simmons, Southern Nye County Coordinator. Simmons is excited about the tremendous growth in the number of classes offered in Pahrump. The number of on-site teachers has increased from two to twenty. The emphasis of most of the new classes will be to teach skills that will lead to certification and employment. New offerings will include: Building codes; Welding, Career Development, Journalism (news gathering and writing), Real Estate ( R.E. law and conveyancing), a Life and Health Insurance licensing course, a C.S.A. Certified Automotive course, and the furl range of computer classes normally available. Students can also opt for academic transfer classes, Span- ish and English as a Second Language (ESL). All ESL classes are free. Free classes are offered to everyone over 62 years of age. An impressive number of seniors are attending CCSN classes Simmons says, but he thinks more would be interested if they knew their tuition is free. Tuition for students under 62 is $109.50 for a three unit class. One unit classes like the new concert band offering are only $34. CCSN classes are taught at Palirump Valley High School. Simmons says, registration can be done by phone or mail. He also plans two nights (dates to be announced) when registra- tion can be done in person. Simmons urges every one who is interested to register early, NOW, as he expects classes to fill rapidly. Financial aid is available through the college. Nevada Business Services offers educational aid to low income people. To obtain more information about NBS aid contact Bill Reuss at 727-4388. Classes begin Wednesday, February 5th.Simmons will answer questions about classes or enrollment at 751-3452. Other good news from the college is that classes are available for the first time in Amargosa and will be taught at Amargosa School. Simmons is pleased with the strong commitment CCSN is making to Pahrump with investment in such a large number of new classes. The quality of the instructors is excellent. Simmons says, "the number of highly talented, educated, qualified people who are willing to teach is very exciting." I 24 X 24 GARAGE $5700 Pump Houses Patios Storage Sheds R.V. Shelters Concrete Work IF IT CAN BE BUILT "WE JUST DO IT" KENNY WILLIAMS CONSTRUCTION Lic # 035076 (702) 727-8883 * $ 0 down - FHA or Conventional Financing Immediate Approval O.A.C. Jeffrey Ross Gunter, M.D. Diplomate American Board of Dermatology Fellow American Academy of Dermatology Fellow American Society for Dermatologic Surgery PAHRUMP DLRMATOLOG Skin Diseases Skin Allergy Testing. Skin Growths Moles Warts P, ashes Cosmetic Chemical Peels Fruit Peels Spider Veins Skin Cancer Specialist Mohs Micrographic Surgery Cutaneous Surgery Ache Treatment Retin-A Accutane Ache Surgery Medicare Assignment. Most Major Insurance Accepted Courtesy Insurance Billing N E W PAIl E N T S ALWAY S W ! L C' ()XI E CALL 727-0146 1330 Highway 160, Suite 12 * Pahrump point. Chairman Mankins has expressed concern about this open ended time for Arcon to assume the debt since the proposal submitted by Arcon was read the first time. At least one board member privately expressed concern over Arcon' s statement that PMC will retain the current sched- ule established by St. Rose which closes PMC during the third (night) shift and on Sunday. The trustee said it seemed like a breech of the agreement. Arcon had initially said it would restore 24-hour, 7-day a week care on the date it took over operation of PMC. Their reasoning is they need more time to hire physicians to replace those who are leaving. The trustee said he/she was only aware of one physician departure, that of medical director Dr. Walter Hoppe. The trustee said it was his/her opinion that Arcon's pro- posal was selected over the other two because they were the only provider to promise restoration of 24-hour care at PMC. In spite of diverse concerns in the transition of HealthCare providers, board members have all agreed that their primary concern is to "keep the doors of PMC open." FOOD! 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