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c'he most rea p_.,emspape in ,e ount Thursday, January 23, 1997 Serving all of Pahrump, Nye, Esmeralda, and Death Valley Vol. XIV No. 24 0000Community urged to lobby for college Contract signed, Arcon operates PMC Commissioners refuse to pay NRMC bills by Patti Babcock Gazette staff Arcon was ready to treat patients when Pahrump Medical Center opened at 7 a.m. Monday morning. For the immediate future, PMC hours will remain as they have been since November 1. The clinic will be open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The facility will be closed from 11 p.m. until 7 a.m. and all day Sunday. Clinic Manager Carma Krietler, R.N. said, "The transition from St. Rose to Arcon was reasonably orderly." She said the most difficult task was doing the necessary cleaning and restocking supplies from 4 p.m. Sunday when St. Rose vacated the building until 11 p.m. when PMC closed. It was hectic, but it was all accomplished. Arcon had boxes of supplies ready, and numerous employees volunteered their time to help clean and restock, Kreitler said. "The linen company picked up all the linen after St. Rose' departure and had clean new linen available by 7 a.m. Monday. Drs. Hoppe, Schmidt and Compton were all available for patient care backed up by a full support staff. Kreitler said most of the staff was retained with only a few changes. Salaries remained the same. "The bigdifference is we are now all employees of Arcon. Employee moral is high, and everyone is excited." Arcon has about 12 support people on hand to help oversee office and billing procedures and other areas where they are needed according to the clinic manager. She said, they were fairly busy on Arcon's first day. By 4 p.m. about 70 patients had Continued on Page 18 by Doug McMurdo Gazette staff PAHRUMP - The Nye County Commission took a big step toward solving the Nye Regional Medical Center's huge financial problems at their meeting held in Tonopah on Tuesday, January 2 I. They voted 3-2 to not pay the bills with the exception of the petty cash account in the amount of approximately $18 thousand. The discussion opened with the revelation $125,000 was available to pay $256,000 in bills. Quorum accountant John Lowrey explained the discrepancy as a "timing problem" coupled with the fact that Northern Nye County simply cannot provide a large enough patient base to support the historically beleaguered hospital. Commission Chairman Dick Carver made the announcement the NRMC "needs to be scaled back." Member Cameron McRae went one step further and made a motion to not pay the bills. McRae cited his stance he would "never again vote for an over-expenditure." Copass seconded McRae's motion and the matter opened for discussion. Carver disagreed with the motion, questioning why the vendors should suffer. Bobby Revert asked what Quorum (the health management company contracted to assist NRMC approximately ten months ago). McRae opined he is not happy with Quorum but be's not upset either. McRae did state Quorum has fulfilled their contract and has followed the policy set forth by the board. More importantly, McRae stated his belief the issue is simple, saying, "Where is the - money going to come from? As far as I'm concerned, we need to notify the Department Continued on Page 7