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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.

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.

National Rural Health Day!
—Posted Wednesday, November 16th, 2011 at 8:17 pm— « »

Local Celebrities, Ben & Jerry and Cindy
Local Celebrities, Ben & Jerry and Cindy

November 17, 2011 has been designated as National Rural Health Day in the United States.  This is a great opportunity for the thousands of small rural hospitals, rural clinics and rural providers to take a bow and receive the heartfelt thanks of each of their local communities.  Our rural hospitals are, more than likely, (1) the largest employer in the community, (2) a precious resource that provides cradle to grave care and (3) the reason that our resident friends and neighbors are able to remain living in the home that they have loved for their entire life, or a major reason why people from outside of the area have decided to retire here.   We are all of those things to the local citizens of the Mendocino Coast and I would venture to say that nearly every other rural hospital in the United States could say the exact same thing! 

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