Groundbreaking for New Diagnostic Imaging Center Draws Citizens, VIPs

FORT BRAGG, Calif. – May 21, 2010 – More than 50 people attended the official groundbreaking May 19 for the Mendocino Coast Hospital’s Diagnostic Imaging Center.

Among the dignitaries who helped celebrate this major milestone in the hospital’s continued effort to improve quality and service were Fort Bragg Mayor Doug Hammerstrom and representatives from Rep. Mike Thompson and Assemblyman Wes Chesbro.

“We set out eight goals three years ago when we developed our lastest strategic plan for improving quality and care and reaching out to the community to meet their needs,” MCDH CEO Raymond T. Hino told the audience. “The new diagnostic imaging center addresses all of those goals. We also will add an economic engine for our hospital that will help us retain a greater share of the healthcare market.”

The opening date for the new center, currently under construction in Santa Rosa, is January 2011. Once completed, the building modules will be trucked to the coast for final assembly at the hospital.

Cheers rippled through the crowd when Hino announced that digital mammography is among the new technologies coming to the coast.

“We are also pleased to report the cost of the two trailers we have rented to house our current equipment is enough to lease all the state-of-the-art equipment for our new center,” Hino added.

He also thanked contributors, including the Foundation, individual members of the community and employees and medical staff.

Other speakers included Hospital Board Chair Tom Birdsell and Charlene McAllister, a member of the Hospital Foundation.

You can view a video of the ceremony on the hospital’s website at www.MCDH.Org or on YouTube at

Currently, the hospital operates state-of-art equipment in a temporary trailer, according to Imaging Manager Helena Coello. “It’s top notch equipment, even if the surroundings aren’t ideal. We’ll soon be in a beautiful new building with even more advanced technology.”

Mendocino Coast Hospital is a 25-bed critical access hospital offering a wide range of services including 24-hour emergency care, a wellness center, minimally-invasive orthopedic surgery, laboratory, rehabilitation and primary care services. For more information, visit