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Public Invited Thursday Night to Uplifting Light Up a Life Ceremony, Concert
—Posted Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 at 10:36 am— « »

Roberta Belson, Harpist

Roberta Belson, Harpist

You won’t want to miss the Light Up A Life memorial ceremony (7 pm Thursday, Dec. 12) in the Registration Lobby at the hospital. Besides being an important fundraiser for hospice, the evening will include some great entertainment (for free).

The ceremony will feature the Glorianna Carolers and the Threshold Choir, with the reciting of the names on the trees, accompanied by Roberta Belson on the harp. The event ends with the lighting of the trees.

About the Threshold Choir

The Threshold Choir is a network of cappella choirs that sing for – and with – those at the threshold of life.

Threshold singers share a repertoire of beautiful, meaningful, soothing songs and a desire to provide comfort and peace at a significant and challenging stage of life.  Founded in 2000, there are more than 100 choirs worldwide, bringing singers, when invited, to bedsides each offering a unique blend of gentle musical services to fellow travelers in private homes, hospitals, hospice settings and beyond.

What is Light Up a Life?

For $25, the name of a loved one, or beloved pet, will be written on a silver star and placed on one of several “memory trees” in the lobby. Stars may be purchased at the ceremony, by mail (700 River Road, Fort Bragg), online (MCDH.Org/light) or by calling 961-4617.

You can also buy a star  to honor someone special in your life. Their name will be added to the Honor Tree.


Great Holiday Bargains: The Hospice Thrift Shop and Volunteer Store
—Posted Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 at 4:09 pm— « »

This year the talk has been all about the fact that retailers no longer celebrate “black friday” (the day businesses say they go in the black financially). Instead, they are moving it up a day to “Black Thursday.”  We can all see through this one: it’s one more excuse for a sale. And, of course, we all welcome sales so we can fill our holiday gift lists for just a little less.

What would you say if you shop at a place that offers great gifts and offers sale prices 365 days a year? The place is the MCDH Hospice Thrift Store, located at the boatyard shopping center near Harvest Market.

Thanks to a generous community perfectly good — some really great — items get donated to help support the hospital’s hospice program. In fact,

Silver treasure at the Hospice Thrift Store

Hospice Coordinator Arlene Case, R.N., says the store supports the hospice program — which provides comfort to the dying and their families at no cost — 100%. No money comes from hospital operations. That’s great news in tight financial times.

Another little known shopping opportunity is the hospital volunteer’s store where they have exclusive contract for Sees candy on the Coast. But the store offers all kinds of handmade and interesting items for everyday life — and fun — that can help you fill your shopping list.

It’s Time to Light Up A Life
—Posted Monday, October 29th, 2012 at 7:16 am— « »

For the eighth year, the hospital’s hospice program is holding its “Light Up A Life” fundraiser. For $25, the name of a loved one will be written on a silver star and placed on one of several beautiful “Memory” Trees in the lobby of the Outpatient Services Building.

Like last year, for $25 you can also honor a beloved pet. The pets name will be placed on smaller tree nearby.

On December 6 at 7pm, the names of all those honored will be read at the 8th Annual Memorial Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Our goal is to build awareness for the hospice program and raise funds to help our friends, family and neighbors deal with end of life. The program is supported entirely by donations. To buy a star, honor a loved one, and give a boost to hospice, click here to donate.


First Baby of 2012 Arrives!
—Posted Monday, January 2nd, 2012 at 2:17 pm— « »

Jeanna Cauckwell, RN - House Supervisor with newborn Anthony Gomes

Jeanna Cauckwell, RN - House Supervisor with newborn Anthony Gomes

The entire MCDH family welcomes Anthony Gabrielle Gomes to the world and congratulates his parents, mom Menthie and dad Chris Gomes, third generation residents of Fort Bragg.

Little Anthony arrived at 4:31 pm on New Year’s Day. He weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces and was 21 inches long.

This is Menthie’s first child.

We also want to acknowledge the generosity of local businesses who donated gifts to the Gomes Family as a way to welcome the hospital’s first baby of 2012. They include:

Harvest Market — gift basket
Oh baby — silver spoon, rattle (goodies)
Relish — gift certificate
Gallery Bookshop — gift certificate
Laurel Deli — gift certificate
Bowen of Mendocino — gift certificate
MCDH Gift Shop — receiving blankets

Happy New Year to the Gomes and to all our friends and neighbors on the Coast.

Happy Holidays from MCDH
—Posted Friday, December 30th, 2011 at 4:17 pm— « »

2011 Holiday Party 159The staff and families of Mendocino Coast District Hospital Wish You and Your Family a Very Happy, Healthy and Safe Holiday Season!

Happy Thanksgiving!
—Posted Friday, November 25th, 2011 at 4:09 pm— « »

Thanksgiving 2010I hope that all of the members of our MCDH family and friends are able to enjoy a Thanksgiving holiday this year in which we are able to count our blessings and give thanks for all that we have received in 2011.  The times are definitely hard but I’m hoping that everyone that this message reaches out to, has at least 1 thing that they can give thanks for.  We at MCDH wish you all the very best!

The Holiday Season
—Posted Friday, December 17th, 2010 at 7:58 pm— « »


Santa poses with Andrea Martinez and Emma Gilchrist during Holiday Party

I am one of those people that really enjoys the holiday season.  Maybe it’s because I was born during the holiday season so in a way I was kind of a Christmas present myself.  At the Mendocino Coast District Hospital, we celebrate the season in a number of different ways.   Perhaps most importantly, it is a time when our employees give back to our community.    Once again this year, our staff created a “Holiday Giving Tree.”  75 paper ornaments adorned the tree and each one represented a child or a parent in need of generosity to help make their holiday season a little brighter.  Gift recipients are clients of local charitable organizations such as Project Sanctuary, the Youth Project and Safe Passages.  The 75 ornaments were snatched up in a matter of days and all of the gifts have now been distributed.  December is also when our Hospice Program holds it’s annual “Light Up a Life” fundraising event.   Our generous community raised over $30,000 this year so that people in our community can have the benefit of hospice services with no cost to those who need the services.  


Happy Thanksgiving from MCDH!
—Posted Thursday, November 25th, 2010 at 11:48 am— « »

Thanksgiving 2010

From left, Manager Curt, Donna, Chef Daniel, Carol and Bernardo. Also in the picture is Tom the Turkey

No one likes to be in a hospital on Thanksgiving.  But unfortunately, accidents happen and illness doesn’t always wait for a convenient time to occur.  So every year family members end up in the hospital rather than being at home where they would rather be.  That includes 11 people that are here in our hospital this morning rather than spending the day with family at home.  And of course, our hospital is always staffed 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.  Luckily for our hospital staff and the friends and family of patients that will be here today, MCDH has a superb kitchen and dietary staff.  In fact many people from the local community come to the hospital cafeteria on a regular basis for a nutritious (and delicious) meal.  Today we are serving a delicious Thanksgiving Turkey meal.  I’m sure that everyone that will eating this fabulous meal, would rather be somewhere else today.  But, thanks to our fantastic food services staff, no one at Mendocino Coast Hospital (except for patients on a special diet) will miss out on enjoying a great turkey dinner.  Thank you to the entire Food Service Staff.  And thank you to all of our hard working staff that are here working on this most special holiday day of the year.  Happy Thanksgiving to all, from the staff at MCDH.