Archive for June, 2010

June 25 is the Anniversary of Custer’s Last Stand
—Posted Friday, June 25th, 2010 at 2:02 pm— « »

HardinLast night our Hospital Attorney, John Ruprecht was telling me about a new book that he was reading.  He said that it is so good that it is difficult to put it down.   I love books like that so I asked him what he was reading.   The book was about Custer’s Last Stand at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in Montana.  That statement immediately brought back many, many (many) very fond memories for me.  No.  I wasn’t at Custer’s Last Stand!  But for 5 years I served as the Hospital CEO at Big Horn County Memorial Hospital in Hardin, Montana.  Hardin, at the time, was a community of approximately 3000 people.  It is located 10 miles away from the Little Bighorn Battlefield.  Now a National Cemetary.  For those of you that don’t recognize me in this photograph.  I am the one with the cowboy hat and the grey beard.   4 members of our hospital staff and I are dressed for our hospital entry in the Annual Parade.  Pictured with me are Judy Morris, Bill Hodges, Jo Engelhart and Sheryl McGurk.  Every year during the weekend closest to June 25 (what a coincidence – that’s todays date), Hardin would celebrate “Little Bighorn Days.”  The celebration would include a parade, craft fairs and 5 performances of a re-enactment of Custer’s Last Stand! 

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Moving Day
—Posted Wednesday, June 16th, 2010 at 4:44 pm— « »

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There was a visible “buzz” today around Mendocino Coast Hospital about the construction cranes and the moving day for our CT Scanner trailer and our MRI trailer.   Today the project was real because for the first time it was visible!  The arrival of the cranes and the movement of the trailers was visible!   Last night 2 VERY large cranes were brought in to move the 2 existing trailers.  This was necessary because before we can begin the site work portion of the $8.0 million new DI Center, it is necessary to move the current CT Scanner trailer and MRI trailer out of the way.  The new 8,000 square foot Imaging Center will be located on the east side of our hospital – in the same location that the hospital has provided MRI services in a trailer for years.  

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Remembering Don Tucker
—Posted Monday, June 14th, 2010 at 7:15 pm— « »

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Last Friday was an incredibly sad day when the news was received that former MCDH Board Director and Finance Committee Chairman, Don Tucker had passed away.   I always thought of Don as a true Southern Gentleman.   And I admired his wisdom and his fairness in handling the many difficult issues that we have faced as a hospital on the Mendocino Coast.   His many years as a corporate executive in finance, served our hospital very well during the time that Don was on our Board and our Finance Committee.  Don was fond of letting us know that he almost went to medical school, but his plans for a career in medicine were thwarted early in life by other obligations.   The world missed out on a truly gifted physician, when Don ended up going into finance instead of into medicine. 

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T.R.U.S.T.E.D.
—Posted Tuesday, June 1st, 2010 at 7:38 pm— « »

DSCN1563Dr. Brian Wong, a Family Medicine trained physician with an extensive background in medical group management and organizational dynamics, and the CEO of a Company called “The Bedside Trust” was our guest at Mendocino Coast District Hospital for 3 days last week.  He taught a program entitled ” Collaboration Begins… with Community Intelligence – Relational answers to operational problems.”  During the 2 and 1/2 days that he was here, he spoke to physicians, managers and staff level employees.   In each group he was able to demonstrate that “at our best,” we exhibit things like “incredible communication, common goals, teamwork, mutual respect, appreciation and preparation and execution.”   However, too often we fall into a pattern of “being self serving, entitlement, lack of appreciation and common courtesy, ego, temper and blame.”  When that occurs, the costs to our patients, our team, our organization and our community are great. 

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