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Report says elective surgery rate is double state average

A multi-pronged community report to figure out what to do about North Coast surgery rates that are more than double the rest of the state’s on some elective procedures made its way to the Board of Supervisors on Aug. 27. The presentation by Dawn Elsbree, executive director of Headwaters Fund, and Jay Reed, general partner at Aalfs, Evans & Company, explained the yearlong Surgical Rate Project to the board and outlined four community group recommendations to address rates that Supervisor Estelle Fennell called “alarming.”