Archive for September, 2012

The Joint Commission Concludes Hospital Survey
—Posted Monday, September 24th, 2012 at 9:50 am— « »

I am very pleased and proud to report that Mendocino Coast District Hospital has completed it’s triennial Joint Commission survey for our critical access hospital and for Life Safety Code.  Our Home Health department is also being surveyed.  Home Health will be completed later today.  The Joint Commission (TJC) conducts a 2-day survey for critical access hospitals, in which patient care is examined closely by having a trained surveyor follow patients as they move from department to department within the hospital.  1 patient was followed from the hospital’s North Coast Family Health Center (NCFHC)  into the hospital for an outpatient procedure.  At last Friday’s Exit Conference, Survey Team Leader, Gayle Nash, RN commended our staff for doing a very good job of providing quality health care.  She said that the NCFHC patient that she followed was extremely appreciative of the care that they received and got emotional when talking about the importance of our hospital.  Ms. Nash said that there were no major deficiencies found during the survey and that the findings were about average for a Joint Commission accredited hospital.   She added that “MCDH did well in that it had only 1 National Patient Safety Goal deficiency, no medication findings, very little findings in infection control and we were perfect in data.”  She concluded her remarks on Friday by saying that she is very impressed by MCDH’s low patient fall rate and our infection control plan. 


Hospital Mediation Process Concludes Without Agreement
—Posted Friday, September 14th, 2012 at 1:13 pm— « »

For the past three months, officials from our hospital have been meeting with a San Francisco mediator and our major creditors, including UFCW8 and Cal Mortgage,  in an attempt to negotiate a settlement agreement that would reduce expenses by $3 million per year.   Unfortunately, the mediation process was concluded on Wednesday, September 5, without a mutual agreement.

The mediation process was conducted according to a new California State law that requires municipalities, such as Mendocino Coast District Hospital, to engage in such mediation sessions prior to filing a Chapter 9 bankruptcy.  The process is highly confidential and details may not be released by anyone who participated in the mediation process.

MCDH Board Takes Action

The conclusion of the mediation process gives MCDH the right to file for a Chapter 9 bankruptcy but does not require that it does so.

Since the mediation process concluded without an agreement on a recovery plan, the Board of Directors authorized management, during a Special Meeting on September 10, to ask that an attorney draft a bankruptcy resolution to be presented to the Hospital Board at its regular meeting on September 27.   It will be up to the Board and Management at that time to decide if a Chapter 9 filing is in the best interest of MCDH, and if so, when such a filing might take place.

Financial Recovery Plan

The Board also took action to require management to create an action plan for financial recovery that would be presented at the same Board meeting.  The action plan will include savings that can be generated from a variety of sources, and will not be limited to 1 or 2 areas only.  The Board will have both documents in hand as it deliberates next steps for financial recovery.

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WineSong Raises Record Amount
—Posted Monday, September 10th, 2012 at 4:16 pm— « »

I am pleased to report that WineSong, the Hospital Foundation’s major annual fundraiser, raised a record $600,000 on September 7. That’s $100,000 more than ever before.  And, there is most good news: bidders gave another $100,000 to the Elwin Cox Memorial Cancer Fund, which provides money to pay for cancer care for those without insurance. My sincere thanks to the generosity of our community (especially the volunteers) and all those who came to WineSong from out of the area to support this important cause.

In the past, WineSong funds have helped buy a new ambulance, a mobile ultrasound for the ER, and a new nuclear medicine camera, which is currently on its way and will soon be installed in the Diagnostic Imaging Center. And these are just a few of the critical technology purchases funded by the Foundation.

Other Foundation fundraising events scheduled this year include: 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.