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MENDOCINO COAST HEALTH CARE DISTRICT SPONSORS FORUM FOR CANDIDATES SEEKING ELECTION TO HEALTH CARE DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS
—Posted Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 11:19 am— « »

Members of the public and all persons who have registered with the Mendocino County Elections Department for election to the Mendocino Coast Health Care District Board of Directors are cordially invited to attend a neutral Candidates’ Night to be held Monday, October 6, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Cotton Auditorium, 500 North Harold Street, Fort Bragg, CA 95437.

Registered candidates for the three open Board positions are (in alphabetic order):

  • Kitty Bruning, RN
  • Michael Carroll, Business Coach
  • Peter Glusker, MD
  • John Kermen, DO
  • William (Bill) Rohr, MD

The Candidates’ Night will be moderated by the League of Women Voters of Mendocino County.

Each candidate will be given an equal opportunity to participate in the forum and present his or her views on the issues under discussion.

Please join us for this lively and informative forum!

Hospital Bids a Fond Farewell to David Newell, MD and Jackie Newell, RN
—Posted Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 9:49 pm— « »

David Newell, MD and Jackie Newell, RNFort Bragg, California – September 25, 2014 — At a sometimes-wistful party held last week at Mendocino Coast District Hospital, staff and community members came to express their appreciation and well wishes to David and Jackie Newell, who are leaving the Mendocino Coast for Wisconsin.

Long-time physician Dr. David Newell and his wife, Jackie, an RN who has been the Office Nurse and Clinical Supervisor for MCDH and North Coast Family Health Center for the past 7+ years, are well-loved by staff and patients alike. CEO/CFO Wayne Allen presented Dr. Newell with a plaque commemorating his 20 years of service to the Hospital stating, “Dr. Newell has been instrumental in helping patients live well with the challenges of diabetes for the past 20 years. He and Jackie will be sorely missed.”

Dr. Newell’s colleagues at North Coast Family Health Center came to send the Newells off with more than a few laughs, reminiscence, and sincere praise. Former North Coast Family Health Center Practice Administrator Heather Paulsen was in attendance, as were many of the Hospital’s staff from all areas.

The Newells are sad to leave their home on the coast and are also looking forward to their new adventure in Wisconsin, where Jackie’s family resides. Dr. Newell has already obtained a new position and will continue working—he is adamant that this is not retirement for him. The Newells say the Mendocino Coast will always have a special place in their hearts, and that they will be back.

Many well-wishers attended the farewell party for the Newells, who are much loved in the community.

Many well-wishers attended the farewell party for the Newells, who are much loved in the community.

Jackie Newell shows off a carving of a mother whale with calf, made by Dr. Jim Swallow.

Jackie Newell shows off a carving of a mother whale with calf, made by Dr. Jim Swallow.

CEO/CFO Wayne Allen presents Dr. Newell with a plaque commemorating his 20 years with the Hospital.

CEO/CFO Wayne Allen presents Dr. Newell with a plaque commemorating his 20 years with the Hospital.

Drs. Graham, Newell, Kirkman, and Gallo

Drs. Graham, Newell, Kirkman, and Gallo

Dr. Newell's mother, Joyce Newell, a transcriptionist at MCDH, with Outcomes Manager Shari Lyons.

Dr. Newell’s mother, Joyce Newell, a transcriptionist at MCDH, with Outcomes Manager Shari Lyons.

MCDH Announces the Launch of The MedSerenity Channel 61
—Posted Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 10:23 am— « »

Holistic Healing and Relaxation Programming Offered at our Hospital as a New Tool to Improve Patient Satisfaction and Well-Being

Mendocino Coast District Hospital adds MedSerenity Channel for improved patient outcomesMCDH announces the launch of The MedSerenity Channel 61, a dedicated channel of integrative mind-body healing and relaxation programming.

Professionally developed by experts in integrative and mind-body medicine, the MedSerenity Channel offers programs designed to support patient care and to help with pain relief, anxiety reduction, better sleep, and overall peace of mind. The MedSerenity Channel is available to hospitals and health care facilities throughout the United States on a subscription basis.

We are excited to complement our existing Patient Education channel 60 with this important new tool for supporting our Healing Hospital philosophy. Guided imagery, meditation, and other mind-body relaxation techniques are known to be clinically effective in reducing patient pain and improving quality of life, and the MedSerenity Channel 61 offers our hospital a high-quality, cost-effective method of delivering integrative care right to the patient’s room.

Currently, MedSerenity channel 61 can be viewed in the ER waiting room, the Employee Lounge, ICU, and patient rooms. Staff and patients who have had the opportunity to view the programming have raved about its value. One patient stated, “When I was in ICU, the relaxation visualization saved my sanity and got me thorough the night at 3:00 a.m. Thank you to the Hospital for having it available.”

MedSerenity Channel 61 Funded through Chaplaincy Program
Channel 61 was launched in 2014 following two-plus years of fundraising via a series of special Musician Showcase concerts promoted by the MCDH Chaplaincy Program. Donations from the concerts also supported the current music therapy program through the purchase of a harp which resides at the Hospital Campus.

The MedSerenity Channel is an invaluable program for Hospital patients during their stay. However, funding for this service is only assured through 2014. To support this valuable program, donations may be made through the Hospital Foundation and designated for the Therapeutic Music Program, which is the umbrella fund for the MedSerenity Channel.

About The Wellness Network
The Wellness Network owns The Patient Channel, The Newborn Channel, and The MedSerenity Channel and is the largest in-hospital TV network in the U.S., available in more than 2,000 hospitals nationwide. Delivered directly to patient rooms and waiting areas, the Channels provide viewers with original, award-winning health programs, which are endorsed by health care professionals. The Patient Channel features both condition-specific and preventive health programming to empower and inform patients.

 

Community Survey – The Results Are In
—Posted Friday, June 27th, 2014 at 3:41 pm— « »

Wayne Allen, CEO, MCDHThe Mendocino Coast District Hospital has provided vital healthcare services to the coastal community for more than four decades. However, like many other rural hospitals throughout California, recent governmental policy and economic factors have put the Hospital’s financial condition in a fragile state. Everyone at the Hospital is actively working to restore its financial health and continue providing access to quality healthcare on the Mendocino Coast.

To seek input from the community about their connection to the Hospital, their feelings about different aspects of the Hospital, and whether they would make an investment in the Hospital, the Board approved a written survey to be released to all voters in the District. More than 2,700 responses were received.

The number of responses was significant and certainly indicates that the coastal community cares about the Hospital. Of all of the responses, the vast majority (approximately 2,000) were handwritten and returned in the mail or in-person to the Hospital. Also, this response rate is greater than the 18.3% turnout throughout Mendocino County for the recent primary election on June 3. The vast majority of responses came from Fort Bragg and Mendocino, given the concentration of the District’s population in those two communities, and most respondents appear to have received services from the Hospital and/or have heard or read some information about MCDH.

The overall sentiment was positive and a considerable majority of respondents were willing to say ‘YES’ to the parcel tax question. The proximity of the Hospital, the quality of care, nurses, physicians, and many other aspects of MCDH were viewed favorably by a large portion of respondents. The vast majority also value local health care and want it to continue at MCDH. Some portions of the Hospital, however, appear to be less known to the community. This means that public outreach is critical so everyone can better understand the work being done to allow the Hospital to continue providing quality health care – as well as take advantage of the wide range of services the Hospital provides to the greater community.

94% of respondents indicated that they want MCDH to continue providing local health care. Strong support for the Hospital was reflected in most of the responses, and nearly all respondents want MCDH to continue providing local health care.

With this nearly unanimous agreement – as well as sustained engagement with the broader community – a solution can be developed. Based on all the feedback and suggestions, the Board, Administration, Medical and Hospital staff, Foundation and many community members will redouble efforts to communicate with local residents, accepting additional input, continuing to improve local health care, and refining a solution.

With appreciation,

Wayne Allen
Interim CEO
Chief Financial Officer

Results of Community Survey

The Heron Garden Brings Light and Joy to Hospice Patients and Their Families
—Posted Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 at 3:03 pm— « »

Nick Yost and Sandra Rennie donated two heron sculptures for the garden.

Nick Yost and Sandra Rennie donated two life-size heron sculptures for the garden.

For patients and their families, Hospital Room 112 is truly a “A Room with a Soul” – a place that is more like home than hospital, with comfortable furniture including a pull-out bed, beautiful crafted wood cabinets (Graham Gilbertson and Lee Baker), big screen TV (Canclini’s Appliance), hand-painted stencils along the ceiling (Suzi Long). It spacious and comfortable.

Nurses love the positive feelings this special room helps generate for the patient and themselves.

Thanks to a whole group of people, the Room with a Soul now has a home-like garden right outside the room’s window: professional landscaping, with rocks and shrubs, grasses that sway in the breeze and two metal heron sculptures that seem alive, walking in the garden. Joyce Gilbertson donated plants, the MCDH Auxiliary Volunteers donated for the equipment and watering systems, Greg Matters donated in honor of his wife, Suzanne, and friends of Alysmae Coreita wanted to contribute to the beautiful scene outside the patient’s window.

Left to right: James Benedetto of Benedetto Landscaping, Bill Popow of Popow Construction and Psychologist Richard Gibb created the new garden. Photo by Lars Krug.

Left to right: James Benedetto of Benedetto Landscaping, Psychologist Richard Gibb, and Bill Popow of Popow Construction created the new garden.

“There are many people to thank for the Room and the Garden,” says Cynthia Wall, President of Friends of Hospice. “But thanks for the hands-on, hard work creating the garden goes to James Benedetto of Benedetto Landscaping, Psychologist Richard Gibb, and Bill Popow of Popow Construction  and Lar Krug (not pictured)who donated an immense amount of time and labor.”

Challenges Ahead for MCDH — and All Hospitals — Under Healthcare Reform
—Posted Friday, May 2nd, 2014 at 8:54 am— « »

Patricia Darland

Patricia Darland

More than 60 people attended last night’s Mendocino Coast Health Care District Board presentation to help the public better understand challenges ahead for MCDH under healthcare reform.

Among the attendees were Fort Bragg City Manager Linda Ruffing, Council Members Heidi Kraut and Doug Hammerstrom and County Supervisor Dan Gjerde.

The presentation was led by Board Chair Patricia Jauregui-Darland and Board Treasurer Sean Hogan.

With reform’s triple aim of achieving “Better Health, Better Care and Lower Cost”, there will be more emphasis on keeping patients well and out of the hospital, and financial consequences for hospitals not meeting government-set mandates and goals, Darland told the audience, while Hogan covered the financial impact of reduced insurance and government reimbursements.

Hogan said, “people tell us all the time that we should run the hospital like a business” which he said is a good goal, but difficult when dozens of federal and state agencies monitor and dictate how the hospital must operate. He presented a slide showing a maze of governmental agencies that oversee all aspects of hospital operations. Darland emphasized that the whole community will need to get involved to help people stay healthy and out of the hospital.

In the near future, she noted, the focus will be on providing outpatient services, teaching patients to care for themselves and keeping people in their homes rather than the hospital.

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Mendocino Coast Healthcare District Board Officers To Present “A New Direction in Healthcare” — Thursday May 1
—Posted Monday, April 21st, 2014 at 10:04 pm— « »

Presentation Will Focus On Challenges Of Achieving Better Health and Care at Lower Cost

New DirectionLike hospitals all across America, Mendocino Coast District Hospital (MCDH) will feel the impact of health care reform on its reimbursements and its approach to patient care.

With reform’s triple aim of achieving “Better Health, Better Care and Lower Cost”, there will be more emphasis on keeping patients well and out of the hospital, and financial consequences for hospitals not meeting government-set mandates and goals.

To help area residents better understand the challenges ahead for MCDH, Patricia Jauregui-Darland, President of the Mendocino Coast Healthcare District Board of Directors, and Board Treasurer Sean Hogan will present “A New Direction in Healthcare”, Thursday May 1, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Parish Hall of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, 605 Maple Street, Fort Bragg.

No reservations are required, and there is no cost to attend.

Donald P. Hahn, M.D. — 1929-2014
—Posted Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 at 7:03 am— « »

DON HAHN PHOTO 

It was with great sadness that we at the Mendocino Coast District Hospital learned of the recent passing of Dr. Donald P. Hahn. Revered by his patients, admired by the Hospital Staff, and respected by his colleagues, Dr. Hahn’s service to our hospital and the community spanned over forty years.

Arriving in Mendocino in 1965, he opened his practice on Main Street and attended patients in the Redwood Coast Hospital in Ft. Bragg (now the Grey Whale Inn). When the new and modern Mendocino Coast District Hospital was opened in 1971 after years of work by forward-looking community leaders, Dr. Hahn accepted the leadership role he was suited for and became the first Medical Chief of Staff at MCDH. He then guided the Hospital and Medical Staff into the new era of medical care that was evolving at that time.

Dr. Hahn was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1929, the second son of an educator, who owned and operated a private K through 12 boy’s school from which he graduated in 1947. He attended Princeton University, where he excelled not only in academics but also in sports and was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1982. He received his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1955, where his professors and mentors wrote the textbooks that a subsequent generation of medical students studied.

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An Outpouring of Remembrance and Grief at Mendocino Coast District Hospital for Fallen Deputy Ricky Del Fiorentino
—Posted Sunday, March 23rd, 2014 at 7:41 pm— « »

 

MCDH Chaplain The Rev. Tanya Wyldflower lights candle for slain Deputy Sheriff Ricky Del Fiorentino at Friday's remembrance ceremony at the hospital. More than 100 signed the remembrance book.

MCDH Chaplain The Rev. Tanya Wyldflower lights candle for slain Deputy Sheriff Ricky Del Fiorentino at Friday’s remembrance ceremony at the hospital. More than 100 signed the remembrance book.

Like everywhere in our small community, the death of beloved Deputy Ricky Del Fiorentino sent shock waves through the hospital where he was known as a member of the first responder team and a friend to patients and staff alike.

On Friday, hospital employees gathered in the Redwoods Room where they signed a remembrance book and shared stories of friendship and grief. The remembrance book was also circulated among hospital employees and doctors at the North Coast Family Health Center. By 5pm, there were more 100 names and comments recorded.

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Hospice Thrift Store Achieves Two Milestones: Open 5 Years and Reaches $1 Million in Sales
—Posted Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 at 5:00 pm— « »

See inside the Hospice Thrift Store

Thrift Store Co-Founders Michele Philliber, RN, left, and Arlene Case, RN, center, will soon celebrate the store’s 5-year anniversary with Heidi Kraut, Thrift Store manager.

Thrift Store Co-Founders Michele Philliber, RN, left, and Arlene Case, RN, center, will soon celebrate the store’s 5-year anniversary with Heidi Kraut, Thrift Store manager.

Five years ago (April 2009) the Mendocino Coast District Hospital (MCDH) Thrift Store opened on a wing and a prayer.

The hope was the Thrift Store would become a major source of funding for the hospital’s hospice program, which would live or die on a donated inventory of clothes, furniture, electronics, household goods and jewelry.

“Our hopes and dreams have come true through the success of the Thrift Store,” said Junice Wilson, manager of the hospital’s home health and hospice programs, including Thrift Store operations.

In Wilson’s presentation to the Mendocino Coast Health Care District Board of Directors March 4, she reported Thrift Store sales for the five years ending March 31 at more than $1 million. All this was earned with on average sale of $5 per item by one of the 36 volunteers, full-time store manager and two part-time per diem supervisors. On average, the store each day sells about 500 donated items. (more…)

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