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Hospital Reports on Economic Health

Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital is a community asset that should not be taken for granted. That’s the message hospital officials are trying to send to the community through the Nevada County Board of Supervisors. Hospital Chief Medical Officer Doctor Brian Evans told the board at its meeting this morning (Tuesday) that the hospital generates 149 million dollars for the county economy, but the hospital’s costs are rising. Most of their patients are on government insurance, which Evans compares to trying to get a discount at a fancy restaurant…

Listen to Brian Evans 1

Evans is urging the board and the community to partner with the hospital when it comes to promoting their programs. He also says there are some patients who are there for weeks or even months, who don’t need to be…

Listen to Brian Evans 2

Evans says the hospital employs over 800 people, including 100 physicians. Their payroll is about eight million dollars a month, with over three-quarters of the employees living in Nevada County. Despite all of that, Evans says the hospital lost three-and-a-half million dollars last year.

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