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Haiti Relief
—Posted Monday, January 25th, 2010 at 7:38 pm— « »

Dr. Surber (left) and Linda Dutcher (right)
Dr. Surber (left) and Linda Dutcher (right)

My heart goes out to all of the people of Haiti that have been devastated during the recent earthquakes and aftershocks.  I know that almost all of us wish, during times like this, that there was something that we could do to help.  That brings me to telling you all how proud I am to be associated with the staff that we have here at Mendocino Coast Hospital.  Shortly after the earthquake hit, I started to receive messages from staff members at our hospital inquiring if our hospital was aware of any way that they could contribute.  Then, there was perhaps the most exciting message of all.  Dr. Jennifer Surber, our newest Emergency Room doctor, announced that she had made arrangements to travel to Haiti to provide medical relief for the victims.  She got in touch with an organization called “Heart to Heart International.”  In addition to sending medical professionals to Haiti, they are also coordinating donations of supplies and hygiene kits. 

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Power Outage on the Mendocino Coast
—Posted Wednesday, January 20th, 2010 at 6:20 pm— « »

MPj04100820000[3]One thing that I have learned from living on the Mendocino Coast is that we don’t need to spend a lot of time planning disaster drills.   Natural disasters seem to visit us regularly.  I have been here for 3 years and 3 months now.   Every single year we have had a power outage.   Not a power outage where our hospital is on emergency generator power for 10 minutes.   These are power outages where we are on emergency power from 10 to 24 hours.   Yesterday, January 19, 2010 we were without PG&E power from approximately 5:00 a.m. until approximately 2:30 p.m.  due to a severe rain storm that felled a forest tree that in turn knocked down a major power line that fed electrical power to the entire Mendocino Coast line.   Since we are conditioned for a power outage like this our hospital management team and staff spring into action immediately.   I could not be more proud of our entire team as they handled this emergency situation in a very professional and dedicated manner so that our patients would be inconvenienced as little as possible.   (more…)

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