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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 Mammogram Program Wins ACR Accreditation
—Posted Monday, April 8th, 2013 at 8:27 am— « »

Mammogram Technologist Margaret DeMarinis with ACR accreditation.

“The American College of Radiology accreditation is a designation which affirms the quality of the service and reports produced by the MCDH Diagnostic Imaging Center,” explained Diagnostic Imaging Center Manager Noe Hinojosa.

The ACR Mammography Accreditation Program provides peer review and feedback on staff qualifications, equipment, quality control and assurance, image quality and dose. Accreditation is required for all U.S. facilities. To learn more, visit ACR.Org.


MCDH “Goes Live” With Electronic Medical Records
—Posted Wednesday, June 6th, 2012 at 4:56 pm— « »

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Mission Control on Launch Day

Congratulations to the entire Clinical Information Systems department and all of those that worked so hard to make our NextGen “Go Live” go as smoothly as possible last week.  I witnessed firsthand all of the extra effort and dedication shown by our IT staff including Jeff Edwards, Scot Mix, Kris Reiber, Sarah Brookins, Doug Smith and the extra help that they received from Lois Leister, Jimmy Coupe, Phil Sullivan, Aleksa Mendive, Jenny Kalman and all of our Super Users.  Many of these individuals worked countless hours both before and during last week’s “Go Live.”  We could not have accomplished as much as we did without your sacrifices.  Of course a smooth installation also involves the active participation of our doctors, nurses, pharmacy department and all of our clinical and support departments.  Our goal is to reach “meaningful use” measures by July 1 and then to sustain them thereafter.  We are well on our way to accomplishing this important goal.  Thank you to all!

MCDH Mammography Service Receives $55,000 USDA Grant
—Posted Friday, August 19th, 2011 at 1:36 pm— « »

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Reef Atwell of USDA and Riki Thoreson-Schaefer, Mammography Technician

Mr. Reef Atwell of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) made a visit to Mendocino Coast District Hospital on Wednesday of this week to inspect our new digital mammography equipment.  USDA awarded MCDH a $55,000 grant which has been used towards the purchase of the new equipment which is housed in the hospital’s new Diagnostic Imaging Center.  Mr. Atwell, who is based in Santa Rosa, California was performing a part of his responsibilities to check and verify that the new equipment had, indeed, been purchased and that it is working.  “I am very impressed with the new center and all of it’s new equipment,” said Atwell.  The total cost for the new digital mammography unit, including a picture archiving system was $412,783.   USDA provides millions of dollars each year for rural America.  “We are always glad to help the Mendocino Coast,” he said.  USDA has made hundreds of thousands of dollars of grants to MCDH over the years.  The last one before this was for funds to purchase a new ambulance in 2008.  We are very thankful to our Congressman Mike Thompson, who supported this grant for Mendocino Coast District Hospital and to the United States Department of Agriculture for their support of rural America.

The Technology Age is Here
—Posted Sunday, July 24th, 2011 at 11:38 pm— « »

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Last week I had the privilege of attending the InTouch Health Company’s 6th Annual Remote Presence Clinical Innovations Forum in Santa Barbara, California.   In the 6th year of its existence, this was the largest gathering yet of institutions, educators, clinicians and administrators who come together each year to learn about the latest in technological advancement from one of our Nation’s  Clinical Technology leaders.   

InTouch Health’s signature product is the RP7 “robot.”   Just like the one that we have named “Dr. Don,” that we see roaming our halls.  I saw that the same robot that we use to bring specialists to Mendocino Coast District Hospital is used in hospitals from coast to coast in some of our Nation’s finest Academic Teaching Hospitals, as well as small rural hospitals like MCDH.   I also learned that the RP7 robot can be used to enhance advanced surgical techniques in hospital surgical suites, as well as in the Emergency Department of major trauma centers.  I attended the conference because I was invited to participate in a Focus Group Session for the use of telemedicine in rural settings.   As is usually the case, I am certain that I learned more and I am bringing home more valuable knowledge than I was able to contribute.    Johnathan Linkous, CEO of the American Telemedicine Association, one of many prestigious presenters, said it best when he said “2011 is the most exciting year in telemedicine innovation and acceptance, that we have seen in the past 18 years.”  And its very satisfying to know that Mendocino Coast District Hospital is one of the hospitals that is leading the way.