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MCDH Offers Coast Residents Latest Nuclear Medicine Camera Technology
—Posted Friday, July 11th, 2014 at 12:59 pm— « »

New Nuclear Medicine Gamma Camera at Mendocino Coast District Hospital

Mendocino Coast District Hospital’s new, state-of-the-art Nuclear Medicine Gamma Camera, the GE Discovery NM630. Left to right: Nuclear Medicine tech Nancy Mader, CNMT, RT(R); CFO/Interim CEO Wayne Allen, Board President Patricia Jauregui-Darland; Dr. Russell Perry; Randall Boberg, Interim Diagnostic Imaging Center Director.

Fort Bragg, California – July 1, 2014 – State-of-the-art technology is now in use at Mendocino Coast District Hospital (MCDH) in the form of a new Nuclear Medicine Gamma Camera, purchased with funds raised by the Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation.

The Nuclear Medicine Gamma Camera Project included purchase of the camera, new flooring, and architect fees. The Hospital Foundation provided the $346,000 via its annual Winesong! event and through community donations.

Interim Diagnostic Imaging Center Manager Randall Boberg says, “This diagnostic equipment gives Mendocino Coast residents access to technology that is five years newer than what is being used in some Santa Rosa- and San Francisco-area hospitals. Patients no longer have to travel ‘over the hill’ for nuclear medicine studies. They can have the best care here at Mendocino Coast District Hospital.”

The new Gamma camera, now in use at MCDH’s Diagnostic Imaging Center, is a GE Discovery NM630, a single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) system designed to offer more precise information and better outcomes for patients through earlier detection of disease.

The NM630 offers auto-body contouring for enhanced image clarity and resolution. Patients are closer to the detectors and scanning happens simultaneously on both front and back of the body, which also means a lower dose of radiation. Patients benefit by more comfortable positioning on the table, ease of access for all abilities and sizes (up to 500 pounds), and shorter scan time, maximizing patient comfort.

Studies include whole-body scans and bone scans; nuclear cardiac stress tests; liver, renal, spleen, and thyroid scans; brain scans; and lung scans. Patients may discuss the possibility of having a procedure by talking with their doctor. For more information, phone the Diagnostic Imaging Center at (707) 961-4940.

400 Attend Health Festival and Noyo Run
—Posted Sunday, October 6th, 2013 at 3:15 pm— « »

Sunshine Dog Sherman - By Bruce LewisHumane Society VolunteerTatjana Okuka and Angela Lee, DI Center Techs - LewisKids climb onto Calstar air ambulance - by Rick Chilton

The 7th MCDH Annual Health & Wellness got off to a fast start Saturday — literally — as more than 80 runners raced or walked in the 5K (3.1 miles) run/walk and the 10K (6.2 miles) Noyo Run on Saturday morning. The bright sunshine and near 80-degree weather also attracted a stampede of health-minded individuals eager for information, tours and free testing. Seventy-one took advantage of free cholesterol Screening.

Ambulance Tours, including the hospital’s state-of-the-art Sprinter Ambulance and Calstar’s shiny new double-engine helicopter, were popular among adults and children.  See this video. (more…)

MCDH Mammogram Program Wins ACR Accreditation
—Posted Monday, April 8th, 2013 at 8:27 am— « »

Mammogram Technologist Margaret DeMarinis with ACR accreditation.

“The American College of Radiology accreditation is a designation which affirms the quality of the service and reports produced by the MCDH Diagnostic Imaging Center,” explained Diagnostic Imaging Center Manager Noe Hinojosa.

The ACR Mammography Accreditation Program provides peer review and feedback on staff qualifications, equipment, quality control and assurance, image quality and dose. Accreditation is required for all U.S. facilities. To learn more, visit ACR.Org.


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.



The Corridor to Imaging Is Finally Open!
—Posted Tuesday, November 8th, 2011 at 8:41 pm— « »

Bonnie, Roni, Linda and Shelly in the New Corridor

Bonnie, Roni, Linda and Shelly in the New Corridor

For the first time in over 5 years, MCDH diagnostic imaging patients do not need to go outside in order to obtain an MRI from our hospital.  Also, for the first time in over 3 years, patients do not need to go outside for a CT Scan!  On October 28, the new connecting corridor from the main hospital to the Diagnostic Imaging Center was officially opened.  Thank you to Gus Killion, Linda Dutcher and our General Contractor, JLK, for getting this VERY important piece of the new building completed.  It’s supposed to rain this week.  But our patients and our staff will be dry!

MCDH Mammography Service Receives $55,000 USDA Grant
—Posted Friday, August 19th, 2011 at 1:36 pm— « »

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Reef Atwell of USDA and Riki Thoreson-Schaefer, Mammography Technician

Mr. Reef Atwell of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) made a visit to Mendocino Coast District Hospital on Wednesday of this week to inspect our new digital mammography equipment.  USDA awarded MCDH a $55,000 grant which has been used towards the purchase of the new equipment which is housed in the hospital’s new Diagnostic Imaging Center.  Mr. Atwell, who is based in Santa Rosa, California was performing a part of his responsibilities to check and verify that the new equipment had, indeed, been purchased and that it is working.  “I am very impressed with the new center and all of it’s new equipment,” said Atwell.  The total cost for the new digital mammography unit, including a picture archiving system was $412,783.   USDA provides millions of dollars each year for rural America.  “We are always glad to help the Mendocino Coast,” he said.  USDA has made hundreds of thousands of dollars of grants to MCDH over the years.  The last one before this was for funds to purchase a new ambulance in 2008.  We are very thankful to our Congressman Mike Thompson, who supported this grant for Mendocino Coast District Hospital and to the United States Department of Agriculture for their support of rural America.

At Long Last – The Hospital DI Center is Open for Business!
—Posted Monday, June 20th, 2011 at 6:00 pm— « »


The long awaited opening of the new Diagnostic Imaging Center at Mendocino Coast District Hospital is official today.  After completing all of the necessary licensing steps, which included certification by the State of California and approval of the new equipment by a Radiation Physicist, the new DI Center building is now ready to take care of patients.  We will be doing a phased in implementation of the new building by scheduling the new services to start on separate dates.  Starting today we are using the new building for 3D and 4D ultrasounds and x-rays.  CT Scanning is also planned to come online in the new building this week.  On Monday, June 27 we will begin using the new MRI.  June 29 will be the start date for Bone Densitometry.  Flouroscopy will begin on Tuesday, July 5.  The last service to come online in the new building will be Digital Mammography, which is expected to begin in mid-July.

Video Tour of DI Center Underway
—Posted Tuesday, May 24th, 2011 at 7:06 am— « »

DI Tour Photo 1With the opening of the new diagnostic imaging center still a few weeks away (awaiting final state approval before we can see patients), the hospital’s marketing team has been busy creating a video tour of the center. Once completed, you’ll be able to visit our website and meet the imaging technologists who will care for you when you come to the hospital. You will also learn about the advanced technology and many new services we will offer, such as digital mammography.

Ribbon Cutting Celebrates New Diagnostic Imaging Center
—Posted Monday, May 9th, 2011 at 11:06 am— « »

Pictured are MCDH CEO Raymond Hino, Ruth Valenzuela (Assemblyman Wes Chesbro), Jeff Tyrell (State Sen. Noreen Evans), Christine Anderson (Congressman Mike Thompson), MCDH Board Chair Sean Hogan, Diagnostic Imaging Manager Helena Coello, Chief Clinical Officer Roni McDermott and Fort Bragg Mayor Dave Turner.

Pictured are MCDH CEO Raymond Hino, Ruth Valenzuela (Assemblyman Wes Chesbro), Jeff Tyrell (State Sen. Noreen Evans), Christine Anderson (Congressman Mike Thompson), MCDH Board Chair Sean Hogan, Diagnostic Imaging Manager Helena Coello, Chief Clinical Officer Roni McDermott and Fort Bragg Mayor Dave Turner and UnitedHealthcare Group Senior Medical Director William Olson, M.D.

On Friday, May 6, nearly a 100 people, including government officials, hospital employees, members of the project team and the public, attended the ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate completion of the $7 million, 8,000-square-foot diagnostic imaging center that has been two years in the making. The actual opening will be in two to five weeks, depending on how soon the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development completes required inspections. Once completed, Mendocino Coast Hospital will have one of the most modern, state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging centers in all of California.

At the ribbon cutting, Chamber Ambassador Vicky Watts from KOZT (The Coast) Radio opened the event with introductions and then turned it over to me to introduce the many people who helped make the DI Center a reality.

I was particularly pleased to have Fort Bragg Mayor Dave Turner on hand to help with the ribbon cutting, along with representatives from the offices of State Sen. Noreen Evans, Rep. Mike Thompson, and Assemblyman Wes Chesbro, as well as Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce CEO Debra De Graw.

Mendocino Coast Hospital Board of Director Chairman Sean Hogan detailed how far the hospital has come the past five years, building a solid financial foundation while adding new new services and technology to support the people along the Mendocino Coast.

Another featured speaker was William Olson, M.D., senior medical director for UnitedHealthcare Group of California, which purchased the bonds to help finance the diagnostic imaging center and donated $500,000 in state planning fees.  “United Health Group is very proud to be able to support the work of the Mendocino Coast District Hospital,” said Dr. Olson. “We are committed to investing in California’s hospitals and infrastructure to help maintain a high standard of patient care across the Golden State.”

Moving Day
—Posted Wednesday, June 16th, 2010 at 4:44 pm— « »


There was a visible “buzz” today around Mendocino Coast Hospital about the construction cranes and the moving day for our CT Scanner trailer and our MRI trailer.   Today the project was real because for the first time it was visible!  The arrival of the cranes and the movement of the trailers was visible!   Last night 2 VERY large cranes were brought in to move the 2 existing trailers.  This was necessary because before we can begin the site work portion of the $8.0 million new DI Center, it is necessary to move the current CT Scanner trailer and MRI trailer out of the way.  The new 8,000 square foot Imaging Center will be located on the east side of our hospital – in the same location that the hospital has provided MRI services in a trailer for years.