The Western Slope Health Center — formerly El Dorado Medical Care — has gone through major changes since coming under new management last year.
The facility, which offers rehabilitation including physical, occupational and speech therapy and post-surgical rehabilitation, was bought by San Diego-based Plum Healthcare on June 11 of last year and is now an independently operated health care facility. With new ownership, said Doug Hawkins, RN and administrator of the facility, came improvements.
“We put in a state-of-the-art rehabilitation gym, geared for rehabilitative conditioning, upgraded the dining (room) with fancy artwork, linens and china,” Hawkins said.
Laurie Randall, LVN and director of marketing, mentioned the salon, Spa Sierra, which Hawkins said features “facials, nails and hair” services.
Hawkins also said that the staff has seen improvements, with RNs now on duty 24/7. A full-time dietician has been added, Randall said, rather than having one contracted out. Rooms have been upgraded and improved to be “home-like,” Hawkins said.
The improvements have had a positive effect on the care center, with an April census showing the number of residents up by 28 percent, Hawkins said. According to the facility’s Website, there are 99 beds available, all of which are Medicare and Medicaid certified.
“We both grew up here,” Randall said, noting that both are graduates of Ponderosa High School. “We’re providing a service; we want to give back.”
“We’re treating our schoolteachers, neighbors, our own families, and will continue to do so,” Hawkins said.
While Randall has not had her own family in the facility yet, “I would not hesitate to put a loved one there,” she said.
“We’ve worked very hard for our image to be wonderful,” Hawkins said, “and we are very wonderful.”
Western Slope Health Center is located at 3280 Washington Street in Placerville, near Marshall Hospital. The facility can be reached at 530-622-6842.