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The Joint Commission Awards MCDH 3-Year Accreditation and Gold Seal of Approval Status
—Posted Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 at 3:57 pm— « »

The Joint Commission Gold Seal of ApprovalThe Joint Commission (TJC) recently notified Mendocino Coast District Hospital CEO Wayne Allen that the 
hospital and home health program have officially received a three-year
 accreditation — the maximum allowable. In addition, the hospital’s laboratory received a two-year accreditation, which is TJC’s standard accreditation period for laboratories. This accreditation renewal allows the hospital to proudly display the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™.

“This accreditation underscores the fact that MCDH, its laboratory and home health program are vital resources our community can take great pride in, and continue to use with confidence,” said Allen, who noted that the hospital has been accredited by TJC since 1973. “TJC accreditation is an important way of demonstrating that
 our employee staff and physicians
 deliver patient care that meets our industry’s highest standards.  Achieving TJC accreditation for MCDH is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.” (more…)

The Event Of The Summer Season, Winesong Is Coming September 6 &7
—Posted Friday, July 26th, 2013 at 11:33 am— « »

It’s the event of the summer season, attracting hundreds of foodies, wine connoisseurs, and art lovers from around the state and beyond. It’s Winesong, and as in previous years, tickets are selling fast, while spectacular donations of premium wines, high-end art, and exotic vacation getaways are pouring in for Winesong’s famous auction.

Spectacular Auction Items

South Africa safari and luxury accommodations up for bid

The Winesong blog, updated frequently, contains photos and written descriptions of items donated for the 2013 charity auction. These items have to be seen to be believed. Take a minute and check out the blog. Winesong’s Charity Auction page contains additional photos, along with biographical sketches of a number of contributing artists.

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The Joint Commission Concludes Hospital Survey
—Posted Monday, September 24th, 2012 at 9:50 am— « »

I am very pleased and proud to report that Mendocino Coast District Hospital has completed it’s triennial Joint Commission survey for our critical access hospital and for Life Safety Code.  Our Home Health department is also being surveyed.  Home Health will be completed later today.  The Joint Commission (TJC) conducts a 2-day survey for critical access hospitals, in which patient care is examined closely by having a trained surveyor follow patients as they move from department to department within the hospital.  1 patient was followed from the hospital’s North Coast Family Health Center (NCFHC)  into the hospital for an outpatient procedure.  At last Friday’s Exit Conference, Survey Team Leader, Gayle Nash, RN commended our staff for doing a very good job of providing quality health care.  She said that the NCFHC patient that she followed was extremely appreciative of the care that they received and got emotional when talking about the importance of our hospital.  Ms. Nash said that there were no major deficiencies found during the survey and that the findings were about average for a Joint Commission accredited hospital.   She added that “MCDH did well in that it had only 1 National Patient Safety Goal deficiency, no medication findings, very little findings in infection control and we were perfect in data.”  She concluded her remarks on Friday by saying that she is very impressed by MCDH’s low patient fall rate and our infection control plan. 

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Accreditation
—Posted Friday, November 27th, 2009 at 2:10 pm— « »

Demonstration at recent Health Fair

Demonstration at recent Health Fair

On November 16 and 17 Mendocino Coast District Hospital underwent our eagerly awaited Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations survey.  The Joint Commission (TJC) is a National organization, created by the American Hospital Associaton, the American Medical Associationsent and the American College of Physicians nearly 60 years ago.  It surveys over 17,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.  The Joint Commission’s number 1 priority is patient safety.  We were visited by 3 surveyors.  1 surveyor was dedicated to Life Safety Code compliance.  He was here for the first day only.  The other 2 surveyors included a Team Leader (who was a former critical access hospital CEO) and a Home Health surveyor.  They were here for 2 days. Our staff described this year’s survey as a very positive experience, in which surveyors collaborated with our staff to improve our patient care delivery systems.  A written report of the survey was received on November 24.  It documented that MCDH did very well during they survey and has relatively few corrective actions to take.  During the 2-day process, surveyors commented many times during the time that they were here of how many “best practices” they discovered here.  Some of the best practices included sample medication storage at NCFHC, our Guided Imagery CDs in surgery and our anti coagulation clinic to mention a few.  Our staff did a great job.  Susan Bivins, in particular, is to be commended for an excellent job of preparation. (more…)

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