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By Lou Marzeles

KVH moving on clinic relocation, helipad, rumor control


Lou Marzeles

KVH CLAN: KVH CEO Leslie Hiebert (center in white top) stands among staff at the hospital entrance in June as children from the primary school were on their way for a tour.

Leslie Hiebert has been on the job as CEO of Klickitat Valley Health (KVH) ever since previous CEO John White left to take over a hospital in Hawaii. She took time to provide an update on KVH's condition and do some rumor control.

The latest "word on the street" rumor to surface: KVH isn't hiring doctors anymore because they can't afford them, so they're only hiring physician assistants (PAs). As happens all too often, this speculation again proves that intelligence acquired from curbside conversations can be highly questionable.

"We need to have both," Hiebert points out, "MDs and PAs. Our Medicare reimbursement is based on a formula. I'm just going to give you the numbers that they use:...

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