Desperate for another option, Gregerson approached Jimmy Hera, a Kaiser Permanente family practice physician who volunteered at JWCH.
All told, they each spend about a half-hour a day--essentially, their lunch hour--reading JWCH X-rays.
Gregerson estimates the doctors' time saves the clinic between $75,000 and $100,000 a year, freeing up funds for JWCH to see several hundred more patients annually.
Terasaki says the process will speed up even more in a few weeks, when JWCH completes a system upgrade that will allow it to transmit scans digitally--saving the time it takes to wait for a driver to transport scans from the clinic to Kaiser Sunset.
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JWCH and PHFE are nonprofit foundations with lengthy, intimate connections to the county, the audit found.
JWCH, originally set up to support a now-closed county hospital, is required by its charter to have only current or former county doctors, dentists and administrators on its board, said JWCH Finance Director Michael Rice.
The reliance on JWCH and PHFE stemmed from an almost systemwide belief that the independent foundations were virtually county organizations that didn't require the same oversight as other outside organizations with county contracts, he said.