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Says Martha Buck of Mendocino: Delighted to Have Surgery Locally
—Posted Friday, March 9th, 2012 at 5:49 pm—
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Mark Schaeffer (left), Jack Bellah, MD (right)

Mark Scheffer (left), Jack Bellah, MD (right)

It was very personally satisfying – and a tribute to our great staff and physicians here at Mendocino Coast Hospital – to read the March 8 ‘Letter to the Editor’ in the Beacon from Martha Buck of Mendocino about her experience with joint replacement.

Let me share part of what Martha Wrote:


As prospective residents of Mendocino, my husband and I were initially concerned about the quality of medical care we could receive in the area, especially coming from the East Bay of San Francisco where the likes of UCSF and Stanford hospitals are readily available. As luck would have it, not six months after moving here, I was diagnosed as needing a total left hip replacement. Far sooner than expected, we were faced with the quandary of deciding who/what/where to get the necessary treatment.

My husband and l are very much aware that MCDH has received a bit of unwarranted and unfair negative press lately and I, for one, want to shout out that the care and service I received during the pre-op, the three days I was an in-patient, and post-op were excellent, I was cared for by happy, caring and highly trained people who did everything within their power to make my stay as comfortable as possible, I was delighted to have had the surgery locally and follow-up nursing and physical therapy in my own home.

It is easy to be negative in this fractious world we live in, but we are very fortunate to have such a jewel of a hospital in our midst, not to mention the first-rate, state-of-the-art surgeon on staff, Jack Bellah, MD.

You would be lucky to have him as your physician.

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