Archive for December, 2009

Wellness Day at the Elementary Schools
—Posted Friday, December 18th, 2009 at 7:31 pm— « »

Mendocino Elementary School
Mendocino Elementary School

On December 8, the holidays came early for second grade children at Mendocino Elementary School and Fort Bragg Elementary School.  On that day I had the pleasure to meeting the second graders and talking about the importance of good health and wellness.  Each second grader received a copy of the Wellness textbook entitled “Fish Breath.”  Fish Breath, written by Kelly Mather, is an excellent tool to teach young children the healthy habit of Diaphragmatic breathing.  Diaphragmatic breathing is generally considered a healthier and fuller way to ingest oxygen.  Each book was wrapped in colorful holiday wrapping paper.  This was followed by a series of floor exercises that Kelly Mather led for the children.  It was good for me to get down on the floor with the kids and join in the healthy exercising. 

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MCDH Employee of the Quarter
—Posted Tuesday, December 15th, 2009 at 8:35 pm— « »

Linda Dutcher left and Marte Tubbs right

Linda Dutcher left and Marte Tubbs right

Congratulations to MCDH Employee of the Quarter, Marte Tubbs.  Marte works in the hospital’s Materials Management Department – among other departments.  What’s great about Marte is her attitude about work.  She is well known around our hospital for her willingness to learn many jobs.  In recent years, she has been a ward clerk, an administrative assistant for nursing, a medical records clerk in our Family Health Center.  She realizes that it makes her more valuable when she is able to perform multiple different jobs and do them all very well.  In baseball terms, she is a “utility player.”  She was recognized by her peers this month because, besides being a jack of all trades, she performs every job the same.  With a smile and a great attitude and a genuine desire to help anyone that needs help.  That includes patients, visitors and other employees.   She is also usually one of the first employees to volunteer for events such as the Annual Lighted Truck Parade, or our Annual Paul Bunyan Days parade.  Congratulations to Marte.  Our MCDH Employee of the Quarter!  You are very deserving of this honor.

American Hospital Association Board of Directors
—Posted Wednesday, December 9th, 2009 at 7:05 pm— « »

Ray Grady, Member of the AHA Board and proud Ohio State Alumni
Ray Grady, Member of the AHA Board and proud Ohio State Alumni

For the past 3 years it has been my honor and privilege to serve as a member of the 25-member Board of Trustees for the American Hospital Association.  I consider my time on the Board to be the most professionally stimulating and rewarding opportunity of my career.  I still can’t believe that an ordinary guy like me from a small town and a small hospital, had the chance to rub shoulders with many of the leaders in health care in our Country.  It has been a great honor.  I am particularly proud to have served on the Board under the outstanding leadership of Kevin Lofton, Bill Petasnik and Tom Priselac. Not to mention the opportunity to serve with Dick Davidson and current AHA President, Rich Umbdenstock.  I am most proud that I have been involved from the beginning of creating the American Hospital Association’s “Health for Life” platform.  (more…)

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