Archive for the ‘Health and Wellness’ Category

Wellness Calendar: More classes and free lectures for improving health
—Posted Monday, December 22nd, 2014 at 5:56 pm— «

MCDH Wellness & Rehab Manager Sarah Wagner reports that between 350-375 people attended this year’s Wellness Festival, with a notable increase in the number of families bringing children along to enjoy the free activities. The Hospital performed more tests than in prior years, totaling an average of 80 tests, with 70 cholesterol tests alone.

Here are photo highlights of this informative and engaging annual event, which is coordinated by the MCDH Wellness Team. Many thanks to staff, volunteers, and wellness providers who help make this important community event an ongoing success.

International Day of Peace
—Posted Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 4:26 pm— « »

International Day of Peace Sept 21The community is cordially invited to join the Chaplaincy Program of the Mendocino Coast District Hospital for the annual International Day of Peace on Monday, September 22 from 2:00–3:00pm at the Hospital Courtyard by the New Patient Registration Building. Patients, Hospital staff, and members of the community will join together in an hour of Prayer/Meditation for Peace and Healing for our World. Participants will share music, prayer, and meditation.

Event organizer Reverend Tanya Wyldflower, MCDH Chaplain Coordinator, comments, ”After the 9/11 tragedy, our Chaplaincy Program was asked to do something to help the Hospital staff with the shock and grieving of that event. MCDH has continued to offer this event each year because as an institution of healing, our hospital endeavors to bring people back into a place of peace and healing within their bodies and spirits, if possible. In this we are no different from hospitals around the world. Unlike some hospitals, we conduct our business in an atmosphere of relative peace—most of the time. We do not have to contend with bombs and a constant stream of war victims. Yet, even at this small rural hospital, we do have to deal with the effects of violence and drug wars. At times our emergency room and ICU feel like they are under siege or under lock down due to potential violence. In unity with all our brothers and sisters across the world, we acknowledge that healing is supported best by an atmosphere of peace.”

This International World Day of Prayer for Peace was set on September 21 — the Equinox, a time of balance — by the United Nations, The first UN Proclamation establishing an International Day of Peace was issued in 1981 and called for an observation to be set for September 21. The UN Resolution declares that “the International Day of Peace shall henceforth be observed as a day of global cease fire and nonviolence, an invitation to all nations and people to honor a cessation of hostilities for the duration of the Day. ” For the past 33 years, the International Day of Peace has been a catalyzing opportunity for individuals, nations, and civil society to unite in shared yearning for a more peaceful, just, and sustainable world.

The Fort Bragg City Council, in support of the UN Proclamation has issued a proclamation recognizing September 21 as the International Day of Peace.

For more information, contact Chaplain Coordinator, Reverend Tanya Wyldflower at 961-1234 ext 208.

Celebrating the Arrival of Ophthalmologist Kevin Miller, MD, and the opening of NCFHC’s Suite C
—Posted Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 at 1:56 pm— « »

Grand opening of NCFHC Suite C and Dr. Miller reception at MCDH.Around 160 people stopped by North Coast Family Health Center’s (NCFHC) newly opened Suite C on Friday afternoon July 25, to see the tour the facility, enjoy carrot cake and carrot juice, and to meet Dr. Kevin Miller, who began seeing patients on Monday, July 28.

On hand to greet guests and give tours were NCFHC Practice Administrator Ilona Horton and hospital CEO/CFO Wayne Allen. Mr. Allen says,”Ilona has done a tremendous job in recruiting Dr. Miller and other new providers to our staff, as well as overseeing the upgrades to Suite C. We feel the community will be pleased with the quality of our new care providers here at North Coast Family Health Center, and will prefer to stay on the coast for their general and specialty health care needs.”

Joining Dr. Miller’s staff are long-time Ophthalmic Medical Technician Sandy Ponts, new Ophthalmic Medical Technician Ivan Martinez (who also recently graduated from the Mendocino County Office of Education Phlebotomist Training Program), and Jennifer Powers, who is moving from NCFHC Suite A to be the Unit Clerk for Suite C.

In addition to general eye exams, Dr. Miller will perform surgeries to correct cataracts and strabismus. He is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

To make an appointment for specialty eye care services, please phone (707) 961-4995. New patients are welcomed. Both Dr. Miller and OMT Martinez are fluent in Spanish. Se hablan Español.

 Link to information about Dr. Kevin Miller.

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.


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


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


    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)


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:


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.