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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.

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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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.

 

Collapetition
—Posted Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 at 8:16 pm— « »

DSCN1190I saw an article recently in Modern Healthcare magazine that spoke about “Outpatient Outlook” and focused on subjects relating to outpatient care today.  Some of the areas were the transition from inpatient procedures to outpatient procedures and patient safety.   One quote really caught my eye.   One of the panelists, Marty Bonick, President and CEO of Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.    Bonick coined the term “collapetition,” which he defined as collaborating and competing at the same time.    It occurred to me that “collapetition” is happening in Mendocino County.  You may have seen a copy of the magazine that it pictured in this post called “Life & Health” magazine.   

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