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C-TH eyes revamping all of its urgent care operations

by Sharon Carter

Saying Carson-Tahoe Hospital has only made money on its Carson Valley urgent care center in one out of its 15 years in existence, C-TH Chief Executive Officer Steve Smith said Thursday the hospital’s board of trustees is considering revamping all of the hospital’s urgent care operations.

“That’s not to say we need to make money – the hospital just has to stop losing money,” Smith said. “Right now, we’re losing more money than ever.”

At its upcoming meeting, Smith said, the board will consider entering a joint venture partnership with a group of local physicians who have formed a spin-off corporation from the 80-member Independent Physicians Association (IPA).

The doctors, calling themselves Physicians Select Management LLC, are offering to conduct the hospital’s urgent care operations in the Minden Medical Center and at the hospital’s other satellite clinics in Carson City, Lake Tahoe and Dayton.

Smith said the doctors who are involved are making private investments in the group.

“It’s a new way to look at things,” Smith said. “The doctors are looking at combining urgent care with occupational medicine – being there at times when physicians’ regular offices are closed. They’ll run the clinics and they also plan to put together a community health information network to link the hospital, the clinics, doctors offices, and local pharmacies. It’s a good concept.”

Smith said if the board chooses to go into partnership with the group, some employees at the hospital’s satellite operations may choose to go back and work at the hospital.

Dr. Mark Brune, who runs the Minden Medical Center’s urgent care clinic, said Friday he could not comment on the Physicians Select proposal, but suggested the R-C contact his attorney, William Whitehead. A call to Whitehead was not returned by press time Friday.