Archive for October, 2009

2009 Health and Wellness Festival is a Success
—Posted Wednesday, October 28th, 2009 at 6:12 pm— « »

Kelly Mather and Leslie Lovejoy

Kelly Mather and Leslie Lovejoy

Last Saturday Mendocino Coast Hospital held it’s Annual Health and Wellness Festival.  This year was very special because it also served as special recognition for the local hospital’s commitment to transforming itself into a healing hospital.  Following a musical opening by Harpist, Roberta Belson, I began the Festival by speaking to the nearly 300 people in attendance about why MCDH chose to become a healing hospital.  In my remarks, I said that “healing is nothing new at the hospital.  The Coast Hospital has been healing the people that have honored us by choosing to come here for over 35 years.”  I said that the term “Healing Hospital” refers to a new breed of hospital, that not only serves the traditional role of curing disease and disorders, but who have also adopted a vision of a healthy community and created a healing environment with soothing sounds, colors, healthy food and natural beauty.  As a healing hospital, MCDH embraces integrative medicine with many local healing arts providers.  Following my opening remarks, I was presented with a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition by Christine Anderson on behalf of Congressman Mike Thompson.  (more…)

A cup of coffee
—Posted Monday, October 19th, 2009 at 6:25 pm— « »

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Coffee and so much more

Last Thursday I started my day by doing something that I really enjoy doing.  That is holding a CEO Forum with our employees.  This is an opportunity for me to find out what’s on the mind of our staff, and likewise its a great opportunity for our employees to “hear straight from the horse’s mouth” on what’s currently happening. The idea is to head off any rumors early. We had a normal CEO Forum meeting with participation from many employees who were curious to know how the hospital’s finances are doing?  what’s up with all of the painting of the building?  And updates on our robotics program and our wellness program.

As I was leaving the meeting room, I wheeled the cart out with me and stopped by the nurses station to offer our nursing staff, coffee and scones (or were they really muffins?). It’s nice for me and nice for them, for me to get an opportunity to serve them. After all, they spend all day long serving our patients. Then something really special happened. As I was wheeling my cart back towards the kitchen I bumped into a man in our hallway who was walking the hallways.   (more…)

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