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November is Diabetes Awareness and Hospice Palliative Care Month
—Posted Monday, November 4th, 2013 at 5:00 pm— « »

dreamstime_xs_31090295Mendocino Coast Health Care District Chair Patricia Jauregui-Darland has signed a proclamation declaring November National Hospice Palliative Care Month at Mendocino Coast District Hospital. Click here to see the Proclamation.

The American Diabetes Association also has declared November National Diabetes Month.

Mendocino Coast District Hospital on its website has provided resources for our local community on both of these important areas of health care.

Click here for our Diabetes Page or here for our page on Hospice Palliative Care.

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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…)

2013 MCDH Health & Wellness Festival & Noyo Run Schedules Published
—Posted Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 at 3:57 pm— « »

Families OutdoorsThe 2013 MCDH Health & Wellness Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct 5 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Fair takes place at 700 River Road on the hospital campus. The following is a schedule of events.

Noyo RunIn Hospital Registration Hall

  • 8:00am: Cholesterol testing (fasting recommended but not required)
  • 9:00am: Noyo Run/Walk begins
  • 11:00am–3:00pm: Speak with a Nurse about your test results
  • 11:00am: Mendocino Coast Humane Society Mobile Pet Adoption Unit (Parking lot)
  • 12:30pm: Nutrition Talk with Sid Garza (Cafeteria)
  • 1:30pm: Cooking demonstration by Ravens Restaurant Head Chef Gabrielle Tabor (Cafeteria)

Tent Schedule – Mind & Body Fitness
Woman in Yoga PoseIn Hospital Registration Hall

  • 12:00pm–1:00pm: Mendocino Sports Club
  • 1:00pm–2:00pm: At One Yoga
  • 2:00pm–3:00pm: Perfect Circle Tai Ji
  • Plus…Testing all day long: balance, blood sugar, blood pressure, foot pressure mapping and hearing

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Getting Fit at Any Age: An Online Guide
—Posted Tuesday, August 13th, 2013 at 1:10 pm— « »

Bob Ellington lifts 90 pounds 12 times as part of his workout routine.

Bob Ellington of Mendocino lifts 90 pounds 12 times as part of his workout routine.

Have you ever wanted to start an exercise routine, but felt you were too old or out of shape? If so, there is good news for you in the latest issue of Healthy Outlook: Getting Fit at Any Age (click here for free download).

The cover story features 79-year-old Bob Ellington, who started exercising regularly after retirement.

The key to getting fit at any age is “not good genes,” says Bob, “but discipline.” He eats a lean diet, lifts weights at a local gym three times a week, dances, hikes, backpacks, and spends most days working in his garden or doing chores around the house.

As MCDH Wellness Coordinator Donna Schuler notes: “Bob does more than most in terms of exercise, but a simple walking program is a big step toward healthier living.” (more…)

Wellness Program Calendar July-September Published
—Posted Monday, July 1st, 2013 at 9:09 am— « »

Wellness Coordinator Donna Schuler

Each quarter Donna Schuler, our wellness coordinator, creates a calendar of support group activities,fitness classes, and new and on-going workshops and special programs sponsored by Mendocino Coast District Hospital.

Among the programs featured this next quarter are:

Free Lectures

    Hypnotherapy for Weight Loss with Clinical Hypnotherapist Alena Guest – August 20

Workshops

    Margie Verga, back care instructor

    A Graceful Farewell: Putting Your Affairs in Order with Author Maggie Watson – July 10, 17, 24 & 31
    Save Your Back for LIfe with Margie Verba – August 3 (Saturday)
    Families Outdoors (for parents and children) with Deb Hendricks, RN – July 13 (Saturday)

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Who’ll Be “The Biggest Loser”? We’re Halfway to Knowing the Answer
—Posted Wednesday, June 19th, 2013 at 3:47 pm— « »

MCDH Teams Continue To Shed The Pounds During Heated Home Stretch Competition

As we enter the halfway mark of the 12-week “Biggest Loser Challenge”, the pounds are evaporating, and competition among MCDH teams is heating up.

In case you haven’t heard, 60 MCDH staff and volunteers are participating in the County of Mendocino’s 12-week “2013 Biggest Loser Challenge” that began May 6.  The challenge is part of an effort to improve the health of residents here on the coast.

Halfway Mark Results Are Impressive

With 11 MCDH teams in the running, a collective 285.6 pounds have been shed — and we’re only half way there. “At this rate we could reach over 500 pounds!” says MCDH Wellness Coordinator Donna Schuler. Here are the stats:

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60 MCDH Employees Join Biggest Loser Challenge
—Posted Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 at 11:14 am— « »

When the County’s Biggest Loser Challenge kicks off Monday, May 6, our hospital will have more than 60 employees participating. Click here for Challenge details.

“We are really excited about the response from hospital employees,” said Donna Schuler, hospital wellness coordinator and Challenge liaison. “We aren’t technically competing directly with county employees or employees of Frank Howard Hospital and Ukiah Valley Medical Center. But no doubt our teams will want to win the Challenge for the bragging rights alone.”
The real goal is to improve the health of residents on the coast, starting with hospital employees. “Hopefully we will be able to expand it to people in the community,” said Donna.

Credit for the Biggest Loser Challenge goes to Katie S. Ford, Mendocino County Wellness Program Specialist II.

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MCDH To Participate in County’s Biggest Loser Challenge
—Posted Friday, April 5th, 2013 at 9:10 am— « »

The hospital’s rehab / wellness team has just opened up registration for the Biggest Loser Challenge to employees and volunteers and the response has been enthusiastic, according to Wellness Coordinator Donna Schuler. If you haven’t heard, here’s what’s happening:

Mendocino Coast District Hospital (MCDH) will participate in the County of Mendocino’s 12-week “2013 Biggest Loser Challenge” beginning May 6 in an effort to improve the health of residents on the coast.

The announcement came from Sarah Wagner, PT, manager of the hospital’s rehabilitation program, who will facilitate the local program with MCDH Wellness Coordinator Donna Schuler.

Credit for the Biggest Loser Challenge and resource materials goes to Katie S. Ford, Mendocino County Wellness Program Specialist II. Ford is helping manage the MCDH effort and is providing all necessary resource materials at no cost to Mendocino Coast Hospital.

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Stanford Trained Orthopedic Surgeon to Hold Seminar
—Posted Wednesday, February 6th, 2013 at 9:34 am— « »

Jack Bellah, MD, will hold a free seminar at the Hill House Inn in Mendocino from 6:30 pm to 8 pm Wednesday, February 13, on options for regaining your mobility after injury, illness or chronic ailments, such as arthritis.
Physical Therapy Manager Sarah Wagner will describe the hospital’s pre and post surgery support programs.
Dr. Bellah’s seminar will include a discussion of hip and knee replacements and the less invasive hip replacement procedure he performs using the “anterior approach.”
He completed his internship and residency in orthopedic surgery at Stanford Medical Center and has more than 25 years of experience. Dr. Bellah each year performs 50 knee and hip repairs and a total of 250 orthopedic procedures here on the Coast.
Hors d’ouevres and other refreshments will be served. RSVP to the Hill House at 937-0554.
The seminar is sponsored by Redwood Investments and TOSHIBA with no cost to the hospital.

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.

 

 

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