On Friday, May 6, nearly a 100 people, including government officials, hospital employees, members of the project team and the public, attended the ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate completion of the $7 million, 8,000-square-foot diagnostic imaging center that has been two years in the making. The actual opening will be in two to five weeks, depending on how soon the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development completes required inspections. Once completed, Mendocino Coast Hospital will have one of the most modern, state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging centers in all of California.
At the ribbon cutting, Chamber Ambassador Vicky Watts from KOZT (The Coast) Radio opened the event with introductions and then turned it over to me to introduce the many people who helped make the DI Center a reality.
I was particularly pleased to have Fort Bragg Mayor Dave Turner on hand to help with the ribbon cutting, along with representatives from the offices of State Sen. Noreen Evans, Rep. Mike Thompson, and Assemblyman Wes Chesbro, as well as Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce CEO Debra De Graw.
Mendocino Coast Hospital Board of Director Chairman Sean Hogan detailed how far the hospital has come the past five years, building a solid financial foundation while adding new new services and technology to support the people along the Mendocino Coast.
Another featured speaker was William Olson, M.D., senior medical director for UnitedHealthcare Group of California, which purchased the bonds to help finance the diagnostic imaging center and donated $500,000 in state planning fees. “United Health Group is very proud to be able to support the work of the Mendocino Coast District Hospital,” said Dr. Olson. “We are committed to investing in California’s hospitals and infrastructure to help maintain a high standard of patient care across the Golden State.”