Archive for October, 2012

It’s Time to Light Up A Life
—Posted Monday, October 29th, 2012 at 7:16 am— « »

For the eighth year, the hospital’s hospice program is holding its “Light Up A Life” fundraiser. For $25, the name of a loved one will be written on a silver star and placed on one of several beautiful “Memory” Trees in the lobby of the Outpatient Services Building.

Like last year, for $25 you can also honor a beloved pet. The pets name will be placed on smaller tree nearby.

On December 6 at 7pm, the names of all those honored will be read at the 8th Annual Memorial Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Our goal is to build awareness for the hospice program and raise funds to help our friends, family and neighbors deal with end of life. The program is supported entirely by donations. To buy a star, honor a loved one, and give a boost to hospice, click here to donate.


Don’t Miss The Zoppe’ Family Circus, A Wonderful Hospital Foundation Fundraiser
—Posted Friday, October 12th, 2012 at 11:56 am— « »

Some of you may know that the The Zoppè Family Circus arrives Oct. 27 for two performances at Fort Bragg’s Todd Point. It promises to be a great event and will raise money for our hospital foundation. Foundation donations are one of the largest sources of support for important technology to improve patient care at our hospital.

Tickets are available for two shows daily: Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28, 1:00 pm & 4:00 pm. Tickets are $15/ Adults, $10/ Children (3-12 yrs.), Children under 3 are free (sharing an adult seat).
For more information and to purchase tickets visit or call (707) 961-4688. Todd’s Point is at Ocean View Dr., Fort Bragg.

MCDH Patients Avoid Contaminated Steroid Noted in National FDA Investigation
—Posted Friday, October 5th, 2012 at 5:24 pm— « »

I pleased to say that our patients were not injected with contaminated steroid because of our “best practices” approach of buying our drugs only from reliable sources.

Lois Leister, the pharmacy Director at MCDH, has confirmed that Mendocino Coast District Hospital has at no time purchased any methylprednisolone acetatate injection which has been  produced and distributed by New England Compounding Center (NECC) in Framingham, Massachusetts.

The FDA investigation into the exact source of the outbreak is still ongoing, but the outbreak that has been associated with this product is preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate (80mg/ml),  an injectable steroid , produced and distributed by New England Compounding Center (NECC) in Framingham, Massachusetts.  CDC’s interim data show that all infected patients received injection with this product.

To read the MedWatch safety alert, incliding links to the FDA statement, Q&As, and list of recalled products, click here. The Dept. of Anesthesia would like to alleviate any concerns by patients or their families, by stating that only methylprednisolone, manufactured by Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, has been used in epidural steroid injections performed at the Mendocino Coast District Hospital.