Archive for July, 2010

The Hospital Budget
—Posted Thursday, July 29th, 2010 at 5:42 pm— « »

DSCN1780These are difficult times in the United States and in our World.   When unemployment rises and the housing market tanks, it affects us in the rural parts of our Country too.   And in our case, on the Mendocino Coast, maybe it affects us more.   We rely upon tourism in this charming and quaint seaside community.    So when money is tight, there tends to be less travelling and less spending.  Our hospital is struggling along with the rest of our community.  This year we will end our fiscal year with a loss from operations for the first time in the past 4 years.   That means that the income generated through our charges for medical services during the past 12 months was not sufficient to cover our expenses.   In fact the shortfall was over $2 million.  Our total budget at MCDH is $43 million.  So the $2 million difference is very significant.  The good news for MCDH is that during the past 12 months we have also had income from other means outside of our operations.  In fact we received over $2 million in property tax income, charitable contributions, investment income and other contributions.  The bottom line result is that we expect to end the fiscal year ended June 30, 2010 with a bottom line positive gain.    That too is significant. 

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New Officers of MCDH Volunteers
—Posted Wednesday, July 7th, 2010 at 12:25 pm— « »

DSCN1676The 2010 – 2011 Officers for the Mendocino Coast District Hospital Volunteers have officially been installed.  New President, Carol Steele and her cabinet were installed by MCDH Hospital CEO Raymond Hino on June 24 at Silver’s at the Wharf.  The other new officers are Edie Gobbi, Vice President, Norma Holmes, Treasurer and Nancy Acosta, Secretary.   We are so fortunate at MCDH to have a Volunteer organization as vibrant and active as our volunteers are.  They are valuable in so many ways, including donating thousands of hours (814 hours during the month of June and 4,876 hours in the last 6 months) and donating thousands of dollars to the hospital each year for equipment, scholarships and training. 

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Happy Fourth of July!
—Posted Tuesday, July 6th, 2010 at 1:15 pm— « »

DSCN1745Here on the Mendocino Coast of California, traditional Fourth of July celebrations include the extremely entertaining Fourth of July Parade in the Village of Mendocino and the Annual “World’s Largest” Salmon BBQ in Fort Bragg.  For the 3rd year, I have been privileged to serve as a volunteer BBQ chef for the Salmon BBQ event.  It is for a great cause – salmon restoration.    As many people know, salmon population levels have declined to alarmingly low levels in California and there is currently a moratorium in place to protect the species. 

 

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