The entire Mendocino Coastal Community is shocked and saddened today by the news of the untimely death of Fort Bragg City Councilman, Jere Melo. We are all devastated by the news that Jere was murdered on Saturday. I have only been a resident of Fort Bragg and the Coast for 5 years, but during that time I developed a great respect and admiration for Jere Melo. I have known him as a tireless public servant, who has had nothing but the betterment of our area as his top priority. My fondest memory of Jere will always be related to the Annual World’s Largest Salmon BBQ in Fort Bragg. I was honored the first year that Jere invited me to participate as a BBQ Cook. I found Jere to be a very nurturing and enjoyable person to work with as he stayed by my side the entire day. I have volunteered 3 times now. And Jere has always been at my side. I cannot imagine a Fort Bragg Salmon BBQ without him! God Bless You Jere Melo. You were an Angel on Earth and I have no doubt that you are now an Angel in Heaven looking down upon your beloved Fort Bragg.
Archive for August, 2011
Tribute to a Great Man
—Posted Monday, August 29th, 2011 at 9:31 pm—
MCDH Mammography Service Receives $55,000 USDA Grant
—Posted Friday, August 19th, 2011 at 1:36 pm—
Mr. Reef Atwell of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) made a visit to Mendocino Coast District Hospital on Wednesday of this week to inspect our new digital mammography equipment. USDA awarded MCDH a $55,000 grant which has been used towards the purchase of the new equipment which is housed in the hospital’s new Diagnostic Imaging Center. Mr. Atwell, who is based in Santa Rosa, California was performing a part of his responsibilities to check and verify that the new equipment had, indeed, been purchased and that it is working. “I am very impressed with the new center and all of it’s new equipment,” said Atwell. The total cost for the new digital mammography unit, including a picture archiving system was $412,783. USDA provides millions of dollars each year for rural America. “We are always glad to help the Mendocino Coast,” he said. USDA has made hundreds of thousands of dollars of grants to MCDH over the years. The last one before this was for funds to purchase a new ambulance in 2008. We are very thankful to our Congressman Mike Thompson, who supported this grant for Mendocino Coast District Hospital and to the United States Department of Agriculture for their support of rural America.
Helping Hands of Case Management
—Posted Thursday, August 4th, 2011 at 7:31 pm—
I always look forward to my Adopt a CEO Day, or as some have called it “Bring Your CEO to Work” Day. This week I spent an entire day working with our Case Managers, Phil Sullivan, Kitty Bruning and Ann Marie Cesario. I soon learned that Case Managers hold the keys to helping our hospital patients (and their families and loved ones) make it through the , sometimes difficult, maze of services offered by our hospital. They are also invaluable members of the team in assisting our doctors and nurses to accomplish their jobs. It is not unusual for a patient to receive services in our Emergency Department, ICU, Medical/Surgical Unit and even our Swing beds. All in one stay! So it takes careful coordination and an incredible repertoire of skills to assist in all of these areas. (more…)