Archive for September, 2010

And the Winner Is ……..
—Posted Tuesday, September 21st, 2010 at 9:31 am— « »

Employee of the Year-crop

Judy Hougland, Marte Tubbs, Arlene Case

Dr. John Kerman called Tuesday night’s MCDH Employee – Volunteer – Medical Staff Recognition and Awards Ceremony “one of his favorite nights of the year.”  I absolutely agree.  This is the night that we celebrate our entire MCDH family for their contributions to our success.   For the 3rd consecutive year the ceremony was held at the Cotton Auditorium in Fort Bragg with an audience filled with honorees and their families and co-workers.  The Top Honors for the evening went to Marte Tubbs of Materials Management – Employee of the Year, Sylvia Burlew, Medical Records – Manager of the Year, Jason Kirkman, MD – Physician of the Year, Mary Flannery Kraut – Hospice Thrift Store Volunteer of the Year, Ray Arnold – Hospice Thrift Store Volunteer of the Year, Mark Gardner – Hospice Volunteer of the Year, Holly Kirkman – Junior Volunteer of the Year, and Toni Calavas – Chaplain of the Year.    Marte was 1 of 4 very deserving candidates for MCDH Employee of the Year.  The other candidates were Judy Hougland (Accounting), Arlene Case (Hospice) and Carol Baiduc (Laboratory). 


WineSong! 2010
—Posted Monday, September 13th, 2010 at 6:42 pm— « »

David Reynolds

David Reynolds, Auctioneer

The 26th Annual WineSong! Fundraiser for the Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation was another enormously successful event.  Thanks to the efforts of Foundation staff members, Jeri Erickson, Terese Kelley, Aimee Hanson and Caleb Cimmiyotti, in addition to the Foundation Board of Directors, Advisory Board and our hundreds of fabulous volunteers.  And, of course we are especially indebted to our sponsors and our wonderful donors who, once again, donated exotic wines, original artwork, trips and unforgettable experiences.  This year’s Live Auction raised $475,000.  And since this does not include the money raised in the Silent Auction, I would not be surprised if this year’s gross from the 2 auctions reaches $500,000!  We at the Mendocino Coast District Hospital are incredibly fortunate to have this support, which includes all of our hardworking volunteers, which starts at the Board level and extends to the hundreds of volunteers who work for months up to the day of the event and then donate their time to make this Charity Auction so successful.  Do our guests at WineSong! realize that their table servers, auction spotters, cashiers, parking lot attendants (and more) are doctors, nurses, managers and employees from virtually EVERY department in our hospital? 


Not So Undercover Boss
—Posted Friday, September 3rd, 2010 at 6:45 pm— « »

Morgan and Jason

Jason Haefeli and Morgan Daniel in the field

On Wednesday of this week I had the privilege of spending 12 hours with the Mendocino Coast District Hospital’s Fort Bragg stationed ambulance crew, which included Morgan Daniel, Paramedic and Jason Haefeli, EMT.  Mark Klosterman, Paramedic and Daniel (“Dano”) Justice-Greenwald, also worked that day, stationed in Mendocino.  This is part of a new program that I am beginning at our hospital in which I will spend 1 day per month in a hospital department.  I have been inspired by my peers, Todd Linden,  CEO at Grinnell Regional Medical Center in Grinnell, Iowa who routinely performs WalkRounds at his facility (same idea, 1 day per month in hospital departments) and Gary Boyd of the Southern Mono Healthcare District, located in Mammoth Lakes, California who performs “Rounding for Outcomes.”   In my very first Hospital CEO position, 24 years ago, I initiated a similar program which I called “Adopt an Administrator.”   It is immensely valuable to spend the day with our “front line” staff and to “walk in their shoes,” so to speak.    And it is also, just as important for the staff to get to know me better and to feel like they can talk to me about anything that is on their minds.