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Tahoe Forest hospital makes big news with UC Davis

Vicki Kahn

Dr. Tom Nesbitt, Executive Associate Dean, UC Davis School of Medicine and Medical Director of the Center for Health and Technology, UC Davis School of Medicine, left, looks on as Tahoe Forest Health System's CEO Bob Schapper signs the Rural-PRIME partnership agreement last week at the Cedar House Sport Conference room.

It was signed, sealed, and delivered last Friday right here in Truckee. The reeeelly big deal was made official at a luncheon signing ceremony at the conference room of the eco-friendly Cedar House Sport Hotel. The news: The prestigious UC Davis School of Medicine has chosen to partner with the Tahoe Forest Health System for the universitys Rural-PRIME program. Truckee will be the first clerkship training site beyond Sacramento for its program, designed to help increase health-care access in rural areas of our state.UC Davis Medical students will further their training at Tahoe Forest Hospital, learning the special healthcare needs of a rural community while employing what is termed telemedicine the diagnosis and treatment of patients in remote areas using video conferencing and medical information transmitted from another urban location. In this case, from their medical instructors back at UC Davis.-This is a real feather in the cap of our local Tahoe Forest Health Care System, which just last fall also became affiliated with UC Daviss Cancer Care Network. Its a real win-win for our community as we get the benefits of leading-edge medical technology while UC Davis can further the education of its medical students in a rural environment, hopefully convincing them to eventually establish primary care practices in smaller communities like Truckee/North Tahoe. After Dr. Tom Nesbitt, the Executive Associate Dean of UC Davis School of Medicine and Bob Schapper, the CEO of Tahoe Forest Health Care Systems signed the partnership agreement; lunch from The Cedar Sports Caf Stella was served. Guests enjoyed a buffet featuring salmon, chicken Marsala and eggplant caponata. Some of those healthcare professionals celebrating the partnership with UC Davis School of Medicine were Tahoe Forest Healthcare Systems board members Dr. Brad Thomas, Dr. Karen Sessler, Larry Long and Roger Kahn, Rural-Prime site coordinator Janet Van Gelder, Rural-PRIME Director/Clerkship Director Dr. Paul Krause, TFH Director of Medical Staff Services Terri Schneider, Dr. Chris Richards, Ginny Razo, Pam and Tom Hobday, Dr. Ed Heneveld, Sandi Golonka, clerkship directors Dr. Deborah Brown and Dr. Chris Arth, and TFHF Development Officer Martha Simon.

Local writer Laura Read recently presided as a panel moderator for Harvard Universitys conference on narrative journalism which was entitled Telling True Stories in Turbulent Times. The conference gathered magazine and newspaper writers, bloggers, film documentary makers and anyone using the narrative form to report journalism stories in print, online or on film. Read moderated a panel of three writers; Andrew Lam, Tom Swick and Larry Habegger, in a conversation about how to better use elements of place to infuse your narrative writing with greater power and meaning. Other writers on the conference faculty list were Julia Flynn Siler, who wrote the New York Times bestseller House of Mondavi, and New Yorker writer Jon Lee Anderson, author of The Fall of Baghdad.

Congratulations to Lauren Schaake and Jake Hudson who after four and a half years together have decided to tie the knot this Sunday with a small family wedding at their new home in Sierra Bluffs. Hudson is a geotechnical engineer with Holdrege andamp; Cull Engineering and Geology Consultants in Truckee and Schaake works for the Truckee Donner PUD. A housewarming/wedding reception is planned sometime during the summer.