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2 Thursday, May 8,1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette The Pahrump Valley Gazette, formerly known as the Death Val- ley Gateway Gazette, (USPS 709- 230), established July 22, 1983, adjudicated as a legal newspaper of general circulation July 10, 1985, is published weekly on Thursday by Gold field Group Pub- lishers, inc. Editorial, production, and advertising offices at the Val- ley View Plaza, 1330 Hwy. 160, Ste. 3, Pahromp, Nevada 89048. Telephone 702/727-5583 or FAX 702/727-7192. Second-class post- age paid at Pahrump, Nevada and additional mailing offices. Post- master:, send address changes to The Pahrurap Valley Gazette, P.O. Box 97795, Las Vegas, Nevada 89193. For billing or subscrip- tion inquiries please telephone SO0/682-2640. Copyrights: No part of this publication may be copied or reproduced by arty means without the express written per- mission of the Publishers. Included are photos, stories, staff produced advertisements, columns, cartoons and all other materials. All rights reserved by The Pahrump Valley Gazette. Editorial Policy Opinions of the Pahrump Valley Gazette columnists are their own and do not necessar- ily reflect those of the Gazette staff or management. Letters Policy We welcome letters to the editor. Letters must be signed, with the writer's address and telephone number included. Unsigned letters will not he published. Short, concise let- ters are preferred. Letters will he edited for length and libel. Mail to 1330 Hwy. 160, Suite 3, Pahrump, NV 89048 Northern and Cntml Nevada • Friday...a chance of afternoon thunderstorms.• .mainly East and Central•..otherwise dry. Lows in the mid 30s east to upper mid 40s West. Highs in the 70s to near 80. Saturday...dryexeept fora slight chance of showers and themler- storrn in the Hast• Lows in the mid 30s to mid 40s. Highs in the mid 70s to Iowewa 80s. Sunday...dry• Lows in the mid 30s to mid 405• l-lighs in the mid 70s to Lower SOs• seetimm Nevada Friday through Sunday...dryand ! continued warm. Lows upper 50s to Neat 70. Highs in the upper 80s to near 100. fallfamia Desert areas Friday...mostly clear. Breezy in the afternoons and evenings. Lows will range from the middle 4Os Owens Valley to the upper 60s southerndeserts. Highs will range from the middle 80s Owens Valley tothe Upper9Ossouthern degerts. Saturday and Sunday...variable high clouds• Breezy in the after- noon and evenings• Lows will range from the upper 40s Owens Valley to the lower 70s in the southern deserts. Highs will range from the upper 80s Owens Comm meeting "mild," budget meeting "exciting" Continued frora front page an investigation, is witholding a decision until the county's whole financial picture is evaluated. Obviously, then, this financial news about the condition of the hospital comes as a big, though perhaps temporary, relief for all concerned. Ruma submitted to the commissioners, accounts payable invoices totaling about $124,000 that had been approved for payment by the Taxation Board. At the end of April the hospital' s bank account had a positive balance of about $281,000. The Rural Hospital Project has collected accounts receivable of over $565,500 since April 10, 1997. Improvements in business systems at the hospital have been such things as installing three time clocks for employees, instead of relying on handwritten time sheets handled in a slipshod manner; the business office working on a 4/10 sched- ule of 4 days per week, 10 hours per day allowing for more flexibility in scheduling and eliminating absenteeism; and developing a criteria based job description and evaluation system that judges employees based on the actual job they do rather than a subjective evaluation. The Project is also investi- gating a drug and alcohol testing program for employees, although Ruma states that, to his knowledge, there has not been an employee substance abuse problem. Another positive move has been the resubmission of over $1.19 in hospital billings to Medicaid that have been turned down previously. "If we get 50 percent of them paid, then that's good," Ruma said. Ruma said that, additionally, the Project is going to look closely into how expenses are handled by reviewing all con- tracts and salary expenses• A carefully controlled, numbered purchase order system has been instituted. Ruma was hired to perform an evaluation and improve methods at the hospital for a 90-day period. "I think that the changes (being made at the hospital) are very, very good." Revert said. "They're collecting some old debts. People just haven't been paying their debts. And there have been some billing problems. They're now going after them." Brent Mathewson contributed to this story. 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