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CHA CEO/President Speaks on Legislative Issues, Health Care Form
—Posted Friday, August 23rd, 2013 at 10:44 am— « »

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Shown in photos: MCDH CEO Allen introduces Board Chair Patricia Jauregui-Darland; Allen greets CHA President/CEO Duane Dauner. Dauner uses slides to discuss health care reform issues.

In a 90-minute forum at Mendocino Coast District Hospital Wednesday, C. Duane Dauner, President/CEO of the California Hospital Association (CHA), outlined where CHA stands on federal, state and rural health care issues and what to expect as implementation of the Affordable Care Act  (ACA) accelerates.

More than 50 people, including physicians, health care district and hospital foundation board members, hospital employees and community leaders, attended the briefing in which Dauner said Californians can expect “profound changes” in the health care marketplace. Fort Bragg City Councilman Doug Hammerstrom and City Manager Linda Ruffing were among attendees. Advocate-Beacon publisher Sharon DeMauro and Editor Katherine Lee also attended. CEO Wayne Allen, at the request of the Health Care District Board of Directors, organized the briefing as a “board education meeting.”

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CEO Wayne Allen Holds Ice Cream Social for Employees
—Posted Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 at 11:46 am— « »

Medical Staff Services Mgr William Lee, left, and CEO Wayne Allen, center, serve ice cream to employees.

Medical Staff Services Mgr William Lee, left, and CEO Wayne Allen, center, serve ice cream to employees.

At the hospital’s most recent Board of Directors meeting, CEO/CFO Wayne Allen invited the Board and audience to attend an ice cream social planned as an employee appreciation event on Friday, August 2. The Board applauded the effort.

“Of course, this is a token of 0ur appreciation for all MCDH employees who do so many good things for our patients and the hospital,” said Wayne. “Whenever  possible, we want to thank them for their positive contributions.”

Wayne and William Lee, manager of medical staff services, were two of the managers serving up big dishes of ice cream and sundies with generous portions of all the usual toppings. A steady stream of employees enjoyed the event at lunch and throughout the afternoon.

 

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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Reinstating 3% Pay Raise for Employees Wins Board Approval
—Posted Thursday, July 19th, 2012 at 3:20 pm— « »

I am pleased to the report that the Mendocino Coast District Hospital Board of Directors, on my recommendation, today agreed to reinstate the 3% pay increase for our staff that is included in the current memorandum of understanding with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW).

The 3% pay increase will apply to all bargaining unit and non-bargaining unit employees except for one (me) and will be effective on July 8, 2012.  Employees will see the increase on your next pay check which will be released on July 27.

I am taking this action because I know that it is up to me to change the collision course that we are currently on.  By taking this action I have asked UFCW, and our other creditors, to commit to participation in the mediation process that has already been set up and scheduled to occur in the first week of August.

I am committing that I will do whatever is humanly possible for me to do to keep MCDH out of bankruptcy, including developing a recovery plan that MCDH and our creditors can live with.

I view bankruptcy as a lose-lose-lose situation for our hospital, our community and our employees.  The only thing worse than bankruptcy is closure of our hospital.  Neither course is acceptable.  Our hospital is too important to our loyal staff, our community and to our entire region, to fail.

Mike Dell’Ara Will Be Missed on the MCDH Board of Directors
—Posted Monday, November 29th, 2010 at 1:20 pm— « »

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Mike Dell'Ara at last week's Board of Directors Meeting

In the 4 years that I have served in the role of CEO for the Mendocino Coast District Hospital I have had the pleasure of working with Mike Dell’Ara who serves on our Board of Directors for all 4 years.   As a District Hospital in California, we have a publicly elected Board of Directors.   Back in November of 2006 Mike ran for election on our Board and was successful.  He was elected for a 4-year term, which ended with last week’s November 23 Board meeting.   Earlier this year Mike decided to not run for a second 4-year term.  His seat on the Board will be taken by Dr. Buz Graham in early December.  I will write on another day about how fortunate we are to have Dr. Graham on the Board.  Today I would like to recognize Mike Dell’Ara and his contributions to the success of MCDH.

I am going to miss Mike Dell’Ara at our Board meetings very much.  Mike’s unique perspective as a successful businessman has been extremely helpful to our hospital.  He has contributed in so many areas, but the 2 areas that stand out the most for me are in the areas of strategic planning and quality improvement.  Mike has been a driving force in both arenas. 

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