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April 25, 2017

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THIS IS AN IMPORTANT WEEK IN HEALTHCARE!

This week is an important week in healthcare! Recognition weeks are important to say thank you to the many people that dedicate themselves to providing quality healthcare. At Mayers Memorial Hospital District we are fortunate to have a staff that works tirelessly to make the healthcare experience the best it can be.

This week, there’s not just one, but several areas to recognize!

Medical Laboratory Professionals Week – We thank our lab professionals and pathologists who play a vital role in healthcare. These professionals work behind the scenes performing critical testing every day.

National Volunteer Week – At MMHD we are very lucky to have numerous volunteers that work through the Mayers Intermountain Healthcare Foundation. They dedicate hundreds of hours and assist with a variety of projects. Thank you, volunteers! For more information on volunteering visit www.supportmayersfoundation.org

Patient Experience Week is a way to celebrate accomplishments, re-energize efforts and honor the people who impact patient experience every day. From nurses and physicians, to support staff and executive professionals, to patients, families and communities. To learn more about MMHD and the services we offer visit www.mayersmemorial.com

Soroptimists Provide Care Packs

One March 1, 2017, The Burney Fall River Soroptimist Club presented Lt. Troy Clegg of the Burney Sheriff’s substation with bags they had purchased and filled with toiletries, clothing, hair care items, toothbrushes, and toothpaste. These bags will be carried in the Sheriff’s patrol cars and given to women having to leave their homes quickly due to domestic violence or other unsafe living conditions.

Additional bags for children were also included and contained diapers, wipes, books and stuffed animals. The bags were assembled by the members of the Soroptimist Club and members of the Burney High School “S” Club.

Funds to purchase the bags and items for the bags were obtained with a grant that the Soroptimists applied for and were awarded in December, 2016.
PG&E Pays $337 Mil. Plus in Tax and Fees
SAN FRANCISCO — Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is paying property taxes and franchise fees of more than $337 million this spring to the 50 counties and 243 cities where the energy company owns and operates gas and electric infrastructure that serves 16 million Californians.

“Property tax and franchise fee payments are one of the important ways PG&E helps drive local economies and supports essential public services like education and public safety. This year’s higher payments reflect the substantial local investments we are making in our gas and electric infrastructure to create one of the safest and most reliable energy companies in the nation,” said Jason Wells, senior vice president and chief financial officer for PG&E.

PG&E pays franchise fees to cities and counties for the use of public streets for its gas and electric facilities. The energy company submitted the fees to counties by March 31 and to cities by April 15.

PG&E’s franchise fee payments totaled nearly $132 million – almost $31 million for natural gas and $101 million for electric service. This sum is over $6 million more than the previous year’s total. In addition, PG&E also collected and remitted to cities and counties over $25 million in statutory franchise fee surcharges.

PG&E also increased its payment of property taxes sharply this year as the energy company continued to make significant investments in its gas and electric system to improve safety and reliability.

On April 10, PG&E paid property taxes of over $205 million to the 50 counties in which it owns property. The payment covers the period from January 1 to June 30, 2017. Total payments for the tax year of July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017 are more than $411 million— an increase of $25 million over, or 7 percent more than, the prior fiscal year.

First installment property taxes recently paid to North State counties by April 10 include Butte, $3,474,254 (up $153,553 or 5 percent from a year ago); Glenn, $709,001 (up $35,044 or 6 percent); Lassen, $37,041 (up $2,865 or 8 percent); Plumas, $2,167,330 (up $74,837 or 5 percent); Shasta, $4,614,587 (up $47,067 or 1 percent); Tehama, $1,066,552 (up $25,309 or 2 percent); Trinity, $116,463 (up $6,824 or 6 percent).

PG&E invested about $5.7 billion last year and expects to invest about $6 billion this year to enhance and upgrade its gas and electrical infrastructure across Northern and Central California. One example is PG&E constructing a $75 million-gas operations technical training center in Winters.

PG&E supports the communities it serves in a variety of ways. Last year PG&E provided more than $28 million in community grants and investments to enrich local educational opportunities, preserve the environment, and support economic vitality and emergency preparedness. PG&E employees provide thousands of hours of volunteer service in their local communities. The company also offers a broad spectrum of economic development services to help local businesses grow.



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