Archive for July, 2012

Patricia Corona Named Interim Chief Nursing Officer
—Posted Tuesday, July 31st, 2012 at 9:08 am— « »

Patricia Corona, R.N.I am pleased to announce that I have appointed Ms. Patricia Corona to serve as Interim Chief Nursing Officer for Mendocino Coast District Hospital. She replaces Bonnie Kintner, R.N., who resigned, effective September 1, to pursue a doctorate in health administration.

During this critical time for MCDH, we could not afford to have a vacancy in this key position.

Patricia is an experienced Chief Nursing Officer, having served in a number of hospitals both in a permanent CNO role and as an Interim CNO, most recently at Lodi Memorial Hospital. Her original training was as an Oncology Nurse.

She is very aware of the challenges that we are currently facing and has been in this type of situation before. She is up to the task.

I am very pleased that we have been able to find a professional of Patricia’s qualifications and capabilities to immediately step in.

Please join me in welcoming Patricia Corona.

Congratulations to 911 Raffle Winner
—Posted Friday, July 20th, 2012 at 12:11 pm— « »

GrandPrize Winner2I’m pleased to announce that this year’s MCDH Ambulance Service 911 fundraiser grand prize winner is Chris O’Brien of Fort Bragg, second from the left. She won the $911 prize, which was underwritten by the MCDH Medical Staff.
Standing beside Chris are Paramedics Ben Meyer, left, and Charlie Jahelka (presenting the $911 check). On the right is Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation Executive Director Jeri Erickson.
Jeri reports that the 911 Raffle generated $17,500 from 545 donations, which is $1,400 more than the 2011 total.
Congratulations to Chris and all the friends of the ambulance service who work so hard to support it. My sincere thanks go out to all of you.

Reinstating 3% Pay Raise for Employees Wins Board Approval
—Posted Thursday, July 19th, 2012 at 3:20 pm— « »

I am pleased to the report that the Mendocino Coast District Hospital Board of Directors, on my recommendation, today agreed to reinstate the 3% pay increase for our staff that is included in the current memorandum of understanding with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW).

The 3% pay increase will apply to all bargaining unit and non-bargaining unit employees except for one (me) and will be effective on July 8, 2012.  Employees will see the increase on your next pay check which will be released on July 27.

I am taking this action because I know that it is up to me to change the collision course that we are currently on.  By taking this action I have asked UFCW, and our other creditors, to commit to participation in the mediation process that has already been set up and scheduled to occur in the first week of August.

I am committing that I will do whatever is humanly possible for me to do to keep MCDH out of bankruptcy, including developing a recovery plan that MCDH and our creditors can live with.

I view bankruptcy as a lose-lose-lose situation for our hospital, our community and our employees.  The only thing worse than bankruptcy is closure of our hospital.  Neither course is acceptable.  Our hospital is too important to our loyal staff, our community and to our entire region, to fail.

We’ve Changed Our Home Health Department’s Name, But The Same Great Service Remains
—Posted Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012 at 3:29 pm— « »

This week our Home Health Department officially changed its name to Mendocino Coast Home Health (MCHH), reflecting an organizational change recently approved by our Mendocino Coast Health Care District Board Of Directors. The reorganization divides our Mendocino Coast Healthcare District into two separate divisions: the Hospital and Rural Health Clinic Division, and the Home Health and Hospice Division.

By housing our Home Health Department in a newly created and separate division within the Mendocino Coast Health Care District, we are able to take advantage of Medicare accounting rules that are expected to increase Medicare cost reimbursement by approximately $100,000 per year.

The really great thing about this is that the reorganization allows us to increase revenue without changing our services in any way. The name has changed but our excellent Home Health Department staff remains the same.

Under the direction of Home Health Services Manager Michele Philliber, nursing and support staff provide care in the comfort of the patient’s home. These services can include quality nursing, physical, occupational and speech therapies, medical social services and home health aide care.  The department’s professional staff members are trained in many specialties including cancer, cardiac, diabetes, respiratory, newborn, pediatric, orthopedic, rehabilitation and wound/ostomy care.

MCHH has a proud record of providing quality home care to patients on the Mendocino Coast and the surrounding area since 1986. The department may have a new name, but you can continue to count on the same caring, professional service we’ve provided for the last 26 years.

Off-Campus Instrument Sterilization – A Safe Temporary Measure
—Posted Monday, July 2nd, 2012 at 11:39 am— « »

Many of you may already know that the hospital’s main surgical instrument sterilizer is being replaced. During the installation process – expected to be completed by September 1 – our instruments are being sterilized at Frank Howard Memorial in Willits and at an outpatient surgery center in Ukiah.

Two sets of instruments are sterilized for all surgical procedures. If an instrument is accidentally contaminated during surgery and no replacement is immediately available, they are washed and sterilized in our “flash” sterilizer. Our brand new flash sterilizer is a smaller version of the bigger machine. It is used for emergencies and as a back up. During an inspection of our surgical service by The Joint Commission last week, a surveyor stated that “the process that MCDH has established for sterilization of our instruments during this construction period meets all National accreditation patient safety requirements.”
The Off-Campus Sterilizing Approach

Seven of our eight surgeons, including Jack Bellah, M.D., who performs more than 300 orthopedic surgeries each year, reviewed and approved of this plan to have instruments sterilized. Off-campus sterilizing by private companies is common these days: in fact many new hospitals do not have sterilizing equipment.