My first day on the job as CEO of Mendocino Coast District Hospital was 4 years ago on November 13, 2006. It’s hard to believe that it has already been 4 years since that day. On that first day I felt extremely lucky to have been selected to work at MCDH. I was immediately impressed by the quality of the hospital staff, medical staff, hospital facilities and the entire community. I still feel that way today! We have accomplished so much since November of 2006. We have had a positive bottom line every year since 2007. We identified some needs in our physical plant and we are correcting them. We wanted to be one of the first Healing Hospitals in the U.S. and we accomplished that too. We have doubled our orthopedic surgery volume at MCDH and we have increased the number of physician providers in our community.
Although much has been accomplished in the past 4 years, there is still so much to be done. One of the most important tasks will be to reinvent MCDH under National Health reform and to adapt to our current economy. I wonder what MCDH will look like 4 years from now in 2014? I can hardly wait to see. I know for sure that we will still have a top notch hospital and medical staff and that we will be offering the very best available services on the Mendocino Coast.