Archive for August, 2012

Winesong, Our Hospital Foundation’s Biggest Fundraiser, Is Just Around The Corner, Sept. 8
—Posted Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012 at 9:29 am— « »

It’s hard to believe that summer is beginning to wind down already. Soon it will be time for packing school lunches and settling back into our busy fall routines.  But the fun’s not over yet, not by a long shot. We still have our Fort Bragg Paul Bunyan Days Festival to look forward to on Labor Day Weekend — and Winesong, the Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation’s largest annual fundraiser.

Set in the spectacular Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, Winesong attracts people from all over, who come for the great food, drink, art, live music and more. This year the event features Celebrity Chef Bradley Ogden, who will prepare lunch for VIP ticket holders. As part of the Winesong auction, Mr. Ogden has also donated a chance for 10 lucky individuals to help him prepare and enjoy a fabulous meal. Bay Area celebrity Narsai David will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the auction. More information about the event can be found at

Other Foundation fundraising events scheduled this year include: An Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Celebration, hosted by the Little River Inn on September 7, and the Zoppe Family Circus, October 27-28. Earlier this year the Foundation presented a very successful benefit concert by Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen.

We are extremely grateful to Foundation Executive Director Jeri Erickson, her staff, and countless volunteers, for their energetic and creative efforts that over the years have raised several millions of dollars to support our hospital and its operations. And of course, we sincerely appreciate the ongoing support from those in our community who have attended one of the Foundation’s events.


A State Nurse Surveyor Gives Kudos for Great ER Care
—Posted Friday, August 10th, 2012 at 4:00 pm— « »

I am pleased to share this note I received from a former patient.

I just wanted to take a moment to send this note of sincere gratitude and appreciation for the wonderful care I received on June 13 in your emergency department.

I was on my vacation, camping with my grandchildren, and I reached in the backseat to take the 3 year old out of his car seat and I twisted my back and felt a horrible pain. I waited a day and half before I sought out professional help, and by then I was in so much pain, I just could not stand it.

Your staff was exemplary and after an exam, I was given some pain medication to relieve my pain. Needless to say, my vacation was ruined, but my pain was relieved and I was able to make the five hour car trip back to Chico.

I am an RN and I work for the State of California as a surveyor nurse. We survey hospitals, nursing homes and others for compliance with state and federal regulations. I have surveyed many, many hospitals in my 23 year career and I must say, that I was really impressed with the care, service, cleanliness, friendliness of staff and promptness to my problem.

So, a big THANK YOU to your ER staff. Your dedication to your work is totally impressive. Ft. Bragg is truly fortunate to have such a fine community hospital.

Cathy A. Fowler

Hospital’s Surgical Sterilizer Back in Operation
—Posted Tuesday, August 7th, 2012 at 10:58 am— « »

As many of your know, we have been sending our surgical instruments to other medical facilities to have them sterilized for surgeries. This procedure was undertaken while a new state-of-the-art sterilizer was being installed. While outsourcing sterilization is common and entirely safe for patients, it was a great inconvenience for our staff, one of whom accompanied the instruments to Frank Howard Memorial in Willits or a Ukiah outpatient surgery center to supervise sterilization and return the sterilized instruments to our hospital for use.

I’m pleased to announce that the installation process of our new main sterilizer has been completed and approved for use by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD). More importantly, it has been thoroughly tested to make sure it is working properly.  Our tests have been perfect, according to Paul Williams, R.N., manager of surgical services, and he and his staff are confident that our new equipment completely sterilizes all instruments to be used for surgery.

Our new machine was manufactured by Steris, the world’s pre-eminent infection prevention, decontamination, and surgical and critical care company, with a long list of first-to-market products and industry-leading service innovations and thousands of customers in more than 60 countries.

We now have a new primary surgical instrument unit and a new backup “flash” sterilizer, which is used when only one or two instruments need to be sterilized for a case in progress.

The installation process was a long one — nearly a year — because of new construction standards for hospitals and the State’s complex approval process. But we finally made it. I want to personally thank all of you who supported the hospital, doctors and staff during this trying time. A big thank you also goes to the surgical crew who worked extra hours and made many, many trips over the hill to ensure safety for our patients.