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Water drying up; Part H In Focus: Paul Goin craftsman Mathewson rips into county audit . Page3 j  Page25 .ff  Pagel2 J Thursday February 13, 1997 Serving all of Pahrump, Nye, Esmeralda, and Death Valley Vol. XIV, No. 27 ,/e most rea8 ovspaper in ; ye ounty Pahrump Valley Gazette Arcon poised to provide extensive services by Doug McMurdo Gazette staff PAHRUMP - The Pahrump Town Board and dozens of townspeople were in attendance Tuesday night, February 11 to hear and see an impressive audio/video presentation from Arcon HealthCare, the company recently awarded a contract to manage Pahrump Medical Center, now known as the Pahrump Center for Healthcare. President and CEO W. Hudson Connery, Jr. and Vice-President Jone Kotbrd pre- sented their plans and goals for Pahrump. When it was all over, Connery and Koford were treated to a round of ap- plause. According to a written history ofArcon, the company was founded by Connery in 1995. Connery "saw the challenges inherent in healthcare delivery in rural America" while serv- ing as CEO for another company. Connery saw first hand declining inpatient census (the number of patients), shrinking Medicare/Medicaid reimbursements, and the difficulty in recruiting and retaining quality physicians. A scenario very similar to the problems facing Nye Regional in Tonopah. Arcon's mission is "to provide non-urban America access to comprehensive ambulatory healthcare services in a cost- effective setting." Arcon intends to meet that mission "by creating a new delivery system of regional, non-urban heaare networLs based on a primaryeiilat- form." Named after Archon, who was one of the ninemagistrates that governe d ancient Athens with "justice, wisdom and compassion," Arcon has added the words "dedication" and "vision" to their list to use as a guide for principle. According to Connery and Arcon's stated goals,'the primary objective is to give people living in rural America the best possible medical care. "Outside America's urban centers, two forces are on a collision course: increasing population (3.6 percent growth during the most recent censusperiod) and decreasing availability of health care (350 hospital closures since 1983). Arcon believes if this trend doesn't stop, "this clash will result in less accessible, more expensive health care and eventually, a near-total lack of convenient care at any price." The Nashville based company is "creating a means for people who live away from big cities to receive practically all the health care they'll need on a routine - and even emergency - basis." Arcon embraces and takes advantage of the most recent technologies enabling doctors to use "sophisticated knowledge and procedures previously available only at the biggest big city hospitals, wherever they are." Connery described "a remarkable decade" that has el- evated health care to a tremendous standard. "A gall bladder operation use to be 8 days in the hospilal. Today that same oPeration requires only an 8 hour stay," said Connery. Arcon's Continued on Page 7