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

Living Light Culinary Arts

Living Light Culinary Arts

The next presentation was by Kelly Mather, President of Harmony Healing House.  She gave the room an overview of what MCDH has accomplished.  She then made a presentation  of a glass  “Rainbow Drop.”  The Rainbow Drop was in recognition of MCDH’s transition to a Healing Hospital.  She said that it symbolizes the ripple effect of wellness from impacting individuals and then spreading to the entire community.

I have no doubt that this year’s Health and Wellness Festival was the largest and most successful event sponsored by MCDH for many years.  During the 4 hour event, which included 45 exhibitor tables and 7 free health screening services, there was plenty to see and do.  This year the hospital opened up it’s operating room and offered tours and demonstrations of a simulated knee arthroscopy procedure.  It also offered events for children including a bounce house and horse drawn wagon rides.  However, for many attendees the highlight of this year’s Festival was the 4 featured speakers who spoke to audiences of approximately 20-30 people in size.  The speakers were Ken Rose, an author and educator of Chinese Medicine, Antonio Wuttke, a Master Gardener and Veteran Land Restoration Specialist, Alena Guest, Hynpotherapist, and Ryanne Snow, who spoke on Medicinal Mushrooms.  I am very grateful to our team of volunteers that planned and organized this event.  The event organizer, Roni McDermott, had 75 hospital employee volunteers who worked during the event in addition to members of the Auxiliary, Chaplains and community volunteers. Everyone seemed to have a very good time and went away with a lot of knowledge that they did not have at the beginning of the day.  Perhaps the biggest hit of the day was the introduction of our robot – who still does not have a name.  However that may change soon.  There was a “Name the Robot” suggestion box at the Festival too!


4 Responses to “2009 Health and Wellness Festival is a Success”

  1. Michel Snider says:

    Congradulations on starting a Wellness program at MCDH. I’m so happy to see the improvements going on in the coastal community.

    Michel Snider/Echo Tech/UVMC/Sutter Lakeside Hospital.

  2. Terry Ann Murphy says:

    I would like to express my appreciation for the quality of your blogs, and the easy to navigate, user friendly website for a hospital for which I have great affection . As a former employee, I am always interested in the progress of the hospital and the community it serves. As a 20 year Winesong volunteer, I would like to congratulate you on another successful event. Additionally, it was so nice to see Bettie Shandel awarded employee of the year in July. What a dedicated nursing professional and community advocate she has been over the years! It was nice to learn that Karen Harris, Linda Royat, Jim Gay and Lynn Ryerson are still providing service to the community. I remember when Dana and Shelley were new grads! Where does the time go?

    You are absolutely correct in sharing that the people at MCDH have been caring for the community for years. I was privileged to be a part of that caring culture for a brief time, and it is why I return every autumn to volunteer. Thank you for leading and supporting the staff and advocating for healthcare excellence on the coast. My only regret is that there are no career opportunities for me there, but by reading your blogs and touching base periodically with people like Marcia Weeks, Michelle Philliber and Kitty Bruning, I am comforted that the facility is doing well, and that the caring only improves.

    Once again, thank you. Best wishes in your attempt to reverse the findings from the state and the unfortunate fine. May the upcoming holidays be pleasant and healthy ones for you and the staff and may you enjoy continued excelence in the business of caring. Respectfully, Mrf

  3. Terry Ann Murphy says:

    See comment above entitled ” Your comment is awaiting moderation.”

  4. Ray Hino says:

    Thank you. I appreciate the kind words very much. I hope that you will come back and visit our website often.