Archive for May, 2009

Dr. John Rochat
—Posted Thursday, May 21st, 2009 at 9:40 pm— « »

Meet Dr. John Rochat. He is an Oncologist on staff at Mendocino Coast District Hospital. We are very fortunate to have Dr. Rochat on staff at our hospital and in practice here on the Mendocino Coast.

He has testified on numerous occasions that if it were not for a window in the California law that allowed only certain California hospitals to employ a limited number of doctors – that he would not be practicing in Fort Bragg, California. We are grateful for that window in the law and hopeful that a new law will allow employment for doctors once again so that Dr. Rochat may continue to be employed.

Unfortunately, Dr. Rochat’s penchant for being vocal about advocating for employment for doctors in California has sometimes been used against him. It has been rumored that “Dr. Rochat has not signed his contract and is probably going to be leaving Fort Bragg.” I know that Dr. Rochat is committed to his patients and to the community of the Mendocino Coast. I know that Dr. Rochat does not want to leave. And I am confident that the California legislature is going to approve employment of doctors in rural hospitals–this year. There is every reason to believe that Dr. Rochat is going to continue to be here for our patients and for our community.

—Posted Monday, May 18th, 2009 at 10:37 pm— « »

23 years ago on May 17, 1986 I got married to Gayle Ailene Nance in Ventura, California. I was the 32 year old Associate Administrator (second in command) of the Ventura County Medical Center, a 203-bed County Hospital. It was one of my first jobs in health care and still one of the best jobs that I ever had. But the best part of it is that I met my partner and love for life. I’m a very lucky man. We celebrated our anniversary 2 weeks ago in Hawaii, but celebrated the actual day on the beautiful Mendocino Coast.

We Love our Volunteers!
—Posted Thursday, May 14th, 2009 at 7:24 pm— « »

April 20 through April 25 was National Volunteer’s Week in the United States. We at Mendocino Coast District Hospital did not want to let this chance go by without showing our volunteers how much we appreciate them. Our hospital relies upon volunteers who work at our front desk, gift store, thrift store, hospice program, chaplains and throughout our hospital.

On April 30 it was our chance to serve our volunteers, who do so much for us. Hospital Managers and Board members served our volunteers a delicious lunch that will not be forgotten for a long time. Thank you volunteers. You’re here for us every day of the year. The least we could do was to to show you how much we appreciate you on this one day. Happy National Volunteer’s Week!