Archive for October, 2010

Happy Halloween from MCDH!
—Posted Friday, October 29th, 2010 at 1:12 pm— « »


Gene Simmons AKA Rick in Medical Records

Halloween is one of my favorite days of the year and it is especially fun at Mendocino Coast District Hospital.  An Annual Tradition at MCDH is the Halloween Buffet and Trivia Contest that is hosted by our Medical Records Department.  It is great to see the smiles and the comraderie as the entire hospital descends upon this department for a tasty snack!  You will be greated by Gene Simmons at the front desk who will be happy to give you a San Francisco Giants high-five.  Happy Halloween Everyone!

Ray Day at NCFHC
—Posted Tuesday, October 26th, 2010 at 10:02 am— « »


From left to right, Steve, Tammy, Heidi, Fred and Ray

My second “Adopt A CEO” Day was held last Friday at North Coast Family Health Center, MCDH’s Primary Care and Specialty Care Clinic.  I greatly appreciated the time that everyone at NCFHC took in order to make me feel “at home,” while spending the day in our clinic.  The staff made sure that I got the full experience including working every aspect of a normal clinic day from Patient Registration in the morning to Medical Records chart pulling and distribution to touring the clinical areas.  If you called the NCFHC after lunch on Friday, it just might have been me answering the telephone as well.  And I finished the day by touring our Surgical offices in Suite B and helping them keep up with their workload by assembling patient charts for future patient visits.  I had always heard about the monumental task of maintaining a paper medical records system for a clinic of this size (we average about 130 patients per day).  This was my opportunity to see how our paper system works (or some might say, doesn’t work).  On Friday I got a first hand view of why the eventual conversion to electronic medical records will be a huge time saver for some members of the staff (and will probably increase the workload for others).  But it is necessary.  There is no doubt in my mind that the paperless systems of the future will help us to provide better quality medical care in a more timely manner.   (more…)