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Hospital’s Surgical Sterilizer Back in Operation
—Posted Tuesday, August 7th, 2012 at 10:58 am— « »

As many of your know, we have been sending our surgical instruments to other medical facilities to have them sterilized for surgeries. This procedure was undertaken while a new state-of-the-art sterilizer was being installed. While outsourcing sterilization is common and entirely safe for patients, it was a great inconvenience for our staff, one of whom accompanied the instruments to Frank Howard Memorial in Willits or a Ukiah outpatient surgery center to supervise sterilization and return the sterilized instruments to our hospital for use.

I’m pleased to announce that the installation process of our new main sterilizer has been completed and approved for use by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD). More importantly, it has been thoroughly tested to make sure it is working properly.  Our tests have been perfect, according to Paul Williams, R.N., manager of surgical services, and he and his staff are confident that our new equipment completely sterilizes all instruments to be used for surgery.

Our new machine was manufactured by Steris, the world’s pre-eminent infection prevention, decontamination, and surgical and critical care company, with a long list of first-to-market products and industry-leading service innovations and thousands of customers in more than 60 countries.

We now have a new primary surgical instrument unit and a new backup “flash” sterilizer, which is used when only one or two instruments need to be sterilized for a case in progress.

The installation process was a long one — nearly a year — because of new construction standards for hospitals and the State’s complex approval process. But we finally made it. I want to personally thank all of you who supported the hospital, doctors and staff during this trying time. A big thank you also goes to the surgical crew who worked extra hours and made many, many trips over the hill to ensure safety for our patients.

MCDH – A Look Back At the Last 6 Years – Part 1
—Posted Monday, April 16th, 2012 at 12:52 pm— « »

DSC_0129I am often asked “what happened to get MCDH into the situation that it is in right now?”  It is very natural for people to want to be able to identify a person, persons or an event that caused such a significant reversal of fortune.  In the case of MCDH I feel that it is a number of events that have hit us, particularly in the past 2 years.  You could call it a “Perfect Storm” situation.  I hope that you will give me a chance to explain “what happened to MCDH.”   

I took over as the CEO of Mendocino Coast District Hospital in November of 2006.  At that time MCDH was in very good shape in some respects and poor shape in other areas.  After suffering a loss exceeding $5 million in fiscal year 2006 (ending June 30, 2006), MCDH was on a very strong path towards recovery.  Due to the phenomenal efforts of Jon Baker, Interim CEO and the entire MCDH family, Critical Access Hospital designation had been approved and became effective on October 5, 2006.  This ensured that the hospital would have a more stable source of Medicare payments effective immediately at that time.  Jon Baker and the staff had also done a great job of identifying some programs that were losing money for MCDH and eliminated them, putting the hospital on a stable course.  On the negative side, the hospital was down to only $500,000 in it’s Funded Depreciation account.  And just as significant, I soon learned that our (then) 35 year old hospital had some major physical plant deficiencies.