Archive for September, 2011

Pharmacy Moving Day
—Posted Friday, September 23rd, 2011 at 7:12 pm— « »

Pharmacy Staff

Pharmacy staff members pictured, Margaret Bradshaw, Lois Leister, Lil Paoli, Marie George

Mendocino Coast District Hospital is 38 years old and has a great need for a new Pharmacy department.   We have a top notch staff of Pharmacists and Pharmacist Technicians who work in a Pharmacy that has changed very little in all of those years.  Thanks to our U.S. Congressman Mike Thompson and the U.S. government, grant funds have been made available so that we can upgrade and expand our pharmacy.  The first step in expanding our Pharmacy is to vacate the existing department.  That step was accomplished today with the hard work of, not only the entire Pharmacy staff, but also the tireless work of our Plant Maintenance Staff.  The Maintenance Staff handled all of the “heavy lifting,” while the well organized Pharmacy staff pulled stock from shelves and placed it on carts that were wheeled from the current department into a temporary department that will be the home for our Pharmacy for the next 6 months.

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WineSong 2011!
—Posted Monday, September 12th, 2011 at 1:16 pm— « »

Dawn Marie 2011

Auctioneers David Reynolds and Dawn Marie Kotsonis

One weekend per year and always in September, the Mendocino Coast District Hospital becomes the epicenter for positive energy in our coastal community.  That is when WineSong! also known as “A Feast for the Senses” takes place.  What does that have to do with our hospital?  It’s because WineSong! is a fundraiser for our hospital.  This year was the 27th annual event.  The setting, in the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens and located in Fort Bragg is perfect for a day of enjoyment.  With beautiful flowers, enchanting  music, delicious food and wines from many of the most exquisite restaurants, wineries and establishments that our area has to offer, how could it not be perfect?    The event culminates in a Charity Auction, like no other.  Locals and travellers from all over the world, alike, bid on an impressive compilation of exotic wines, original artwork and fabulous trips.  This year’s event, which was held last Saturday, September 10, did not disappoint anyone.  In front of a sell-out audience, over 70 lots were sold.  The total gross proceeds from the auction exceeded $500,000 once again this year.    The net proceeds will not be known for some time until all of the expenses are paid, but I think that I speak for all of us when I say that we are extremely humbled and grateful for that level of support for our hospital.   When the proceeds are available, we plan to use this year’s funds to purchase a Nuclear Medicine camera for our Imaging Department.  

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Welcome Back Wayne Allen!
—Posted Friday, September 9th, 2011 at 1:51 pm— « »

Wayne Allen, CFO

Wayne Allen, CFO

 

I am very pleased to announce that Wayne Allen has accepted the position of Chief Financial Officer for Mendocino Coast District Hospital, replacing Bob Anderson.  Wayne is one of the best CFOs that I have ever had the pleasure to work with and I am could not be happier that he has chosen to come back to MCDH.  He was our CFO  from 2006 to 2008, during a period when MCDH converted to critical access hospital designation and achieved an impressive financial turnaround.    For the past 2 years Wayne served as the Chief Financial Officer for Northern Hawaii Community Hospital on the Big Island of Hawaii.  That hospital, too, thrived under his leadership.   With National Health Care Reform, the California budget crisis and our current economy, it is a difficult financial time for hospitals, including Mendocino Coast Hospital.  We are extremely fortunate to have Wayne Allen back on our leadership team.  Welcome home Wayne!

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