Public Invited to Groundbreaking for New Diagnostic Imaging Center

FORT BRAGG, Calif. – May 7, 2010 – The public is invited at 1pm Wednesday, May 19, to the official groundbreaking of Mendocino Coast Hospital’s Diagnostic Imaging Center.

Among those attending will be local, state and regional officials and members of the hospital board and foundation as 12 volunteers wield shovels to turn over the first scoops of earth.

“It’s a traditional ceremony to honor and thank all those who have contributed to the project,” explained Helena Coello, the hospital’s imaging manager. “Without the Foundation’s support this wouldn’t have been possible.”

Coello says the modular imaging center is actually under construction in Santa Rosa. Once completed – sometime this summer or early fall – the modules will be trucked to the coast, assembled and finished on site.

When the center opens in early 2011, county residents will have access to some of the nation’s most advanced imaging equipment, including the a new CT scanner and MRI technology, and the latest digital X-rays and mammography.

“Currently, the hospital operates state-of-art equipment out of a temporary trailer,” explained 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