The budget is based on the assumption that there are no increases in staffing planned at the Del Puerto Health Care District office, the Del Puerto Health Center and the Patterson District Ambulance Co., all of which the district runs. The current staff received 3 percent pay raises this year on the anniversary of their date of hire, but no raises are planned for the coming year.
The budget was made on the projection that Patterson District Ambulance Co. would transport 1,170 patients a year or 97 patients a month. The ambulance operates 24-hours a day, seven days a week and its EMTs and paramedics transport patients to hospitals and trauma centers in the area. Patterson District Ambulance Co. runs on private pay, insurances and taxpayer money. The district also provides local stand-by ambulance service at weekly home football games and special events in the area.
The budget was designed around the premise that the health center has at least 15,600 patient visits a year or 1,300 a month. Currently, the health center serves patients with family visits, as well as pediatrics services. The health center is a federal and state rural health center and is funded by federal, state, taxpayer and private pay money.
The health center moved to new and larger quarters from its Highway 33 and Ward Avenue location in March 2012, taking up residence at 1700 Keystone Pacific Parkway in an 11,000-square foot building. The board has been working to recruit new doctors to join the staff, which includes longtime pediatrician Dr. Eugene Lamzaor. The health center has plenty of room for more doctors to come on board to fill the 21 exam rooms and offices.
At Monday night’s meeting, the board also approved a Capital Equipment budget list totaling $154,000 for the ambulance company and the health center needs. Board members will discuss funding options at its July 29 board meeting.
The district has also partnered with Soroptimist International of Patterson to put on the semi-annual Women’s Health Days in the last 10 years. More than 1,000 uninsured women have been helped in the past decade, and the district wants to expand its outreach to the community by partnering with other organizations at local events.
The Del Puerto Health Care District was formed after Del Puerto Hospital closed in the spring of 1998. The district began its quest to help patients on the West Side when it opened in downtown Patterson in June 2003 in the former Plaza Grocery Building on the Circle. The center moved to Highway 33 and Ward Avenue a few years later and then to the Keystone Pacific Parkway location 15 months ago.
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