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

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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…)

Hospital Board President To Talk About Better Health, Better Care and Lower Cost on March 19
—Posted Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 at 12:03 pm— « »

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend the Mendocino Coast Healthcare District’s presentation on “A New Direction in Healthcare.”

Making the presentation will be Patricia Jauregui-Darland, President of the Mendocino Coast Healthcare District Board of Directors, and Board Treasurer Sean Hogan.

Like hospitals all across America, Mendocino Coast District Hospital will feel the impact of health care reform on its reimbursements and its approach to patient care.  There will be more emphasis on keeping patients well and out of the hospital and the financial consequences for not meeting these government-set mandates/goals.

To help all of us better understand the challenges ahead for our community hospital and the impact on the delivery of high quality health care, the  presentation will cover the topics of  Better Health, Better Care and Lower Cost.  

The meeting will be held from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 19th at the Parish Hall of the Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, 605 Maple Street, Fort Bragg, Ca.

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

Health Forum: What An Effective Mental Health Care System Looks Like
—Posted Sunday, February 23rd, 2014 at 1:39 pm— « »

MentalHealth-HeadGraphic-250pxMendocino County receives around $25 million annually (federal and state funds) to provide these services for people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, PTSD, affective disorders, victims of local emergencies; and does not exclude people with substance use disorder, developmental disabilities or other physical and mental disorders (WIC 5600.3).

What’s the best model for providing these services?

Mendocino Coast District Hospital is sponsoring a public discussion of this question from 6-8 pm, March 26 in the Hospital’s Redwoods Room.  (more…)

Wayne Allen Defines What it Means to be a ‘Hands-on’ CEO
—Posted Friday, January 31st, 2014 at 4:39 pm— « »

Wayne Allen, CEO, and ambulance chaserHospital CEO’s are expected to steer the organization in the right direction, both for the health of the community and the financial health of the institution.

MCDH’s CEO Wayne Allen took that idea a step further this past week when he literally put his hands on the wheel of the hospital’s old ambulance, drove it 600 miles to Southern California (as a trade-in deal on a new model), then drove the new state-of-the-art Mercedes Sprinter Ambulance all the way back to the Fort Bragg single-handedly. Time on the road: about 16 hours.

Apparently it wasn’t enough for Allen, who is also the hospital’s CFO, to simply sign a check and send someone else for the pickup. Allen Joked : “I told the Hospital Board that driving an ambulance was on my bucket list.” He said he enjoyed the experience, but was especially proud to be part of a team effort to bring quality care to the Coast by providing the state-of-the-art ambulance service.

The new ambulance, which had a price tag of $96,000, was paid for entirely by donations to the Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation (MCHF). “We raised enough money in 10 minutes at last year’s Winesong Auction ($116,000) to  buy the ambulance and outfit it with the latest critical care equipment and supplies,” explained Jeri Erickson, MCHF Executive Director.

In appreciation for his effort to bring them back a new ambulance, the hospital’s paramedics and EMTs presented Allen with an official all-weather fluorescent yellow jacket with the words “Ambulance Chaser” emblazoned on the back.

 

 

Meet Mason Lee Cosner, Our First Baby of 2014
—Posted Sunday, January 5th, 2014 at 7:27 pm— « »

House Supervisor Jeanna Cauckwell, RN with little Mason.

House Supervisor Jeanna Cauckwell, RN with little Mason.

A family portrait: Dad Cody, Mom Chelsea, Big Brother Evan and Mason.

A family portrait: Dad Cody, Mom Chelsea, Big Brother Evan and Mason.

Little Mason Lee Cosner, our  first baby of 2014

Little Mason Lee Cosner, our first baby of 2014

Of course, all the 180 or so babies born at Mendocino Coast District Hospital are precious and beautiful. But the first baby of the year is just extra special because the event marks the birth of a new year and a new life. The first-born represents a new generation, new energy and new hope for our future. For Fort Bragg — and perhaps the entire coast – our congratulations go out to proud parents Chelsea Brown, 25, and Cody Cosner, 26.

They celebrated their new year a bit late this year since their second son, newborn Mason Lee Cosner — 7 pounds, 11 ounces, 19 inches — didn’t appear until shortly after noon (1:39 pm to be exact) on January 4, 2014.

We often hear about sibling rivalries, but if you look at the face of Evan Cosner, 5, gazing at his new “little brother” you have to think they are going to be great pals.

A thanks goes out to our great nurses, Suzanne Bowen, RN, and Joyce Aston, RN, who were in the delivery room when Mason arrived. Standing by and eager to hold little Mason was our nursing house supervisor Jeanna Cauckwell, who also was there to meet last year’s first baby.

Women’s Health: January is National Cervical Health Awareness Month
—Posted Friday, January 3rd, 2014 at 11:40 am— « »

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Each year, approximately 12,000 women in the US are diagnosed with cervical cancer. To focus national attention and spread the word about important steps women can take to stay healthy, Congress has designated January as Cervical Health Awareness Month.

The Good News: Cervical Cancer Is One Of The Most Preventable Cancers Today

According to the Centers For Disease Control (CDC), cervical cancer is highly preventable because screening tests for cervical cancer and vaccines to prevent human papillomavirus (HPV) — which is the main cause of cervical cancer — are available.

Half of cervical cancers occur among women rarely or never screened for cancer, and another 10%–20% of cancers occur among women who were screened but did not receive adequate follow-up care.

When cervical cancer is found early, it is highly treatable and associated with long survival and good quality of life.

Click here for resources and phone numbers to help you stay healthy. The first step is getting a check with you local provider.

 

Everyone Got Into the Spirit at the Annual Employee Holiday Lunch
—Posted Thursday, December 19th, 2013 at 4:57 pm— « »

Monique Wooden, left, and Marte Tubbs were color coordinated.

Monique Wooden, left, and Marte Tubbs were color coordinated.

Employees were treated to savories and sweets.

Employees were treated to savories and sweets.

The Rev. Tanya Wyldflower in her favorite holiday sweater.

The Rev. Tanya Wyldflower in her favorite holiday sweater.

 

Gayl Moon, administrative assistant to the CEO, left, is pictured with CEO Wayne Allen and Chief of Patient Services Terry Murphy.

Gayl Moon, administrative assistant to the CEO, left, is pictured with CEO Wayne Allen and Chief of Patient Services Terry Murphy.

Santa Elf Will Lee, manager of physician relations, greeted doctors and employees.

Santa Elf Will Lee, manager of physician relations, greeted doctors and employees.

Both the food and good spirit of the day were flowing on Wednesday afternoon and evening as CEO Wayne Allen and his administrative team honored employees with a holiday lunch.

Several hospital departments competed for the best gingerbread display

Several hospital departments competed for the best gingerbread display

There was music, a gingerbread house competition among hospital departments, sweet and savory treats and lots of holiday cheer.

Physician Relations Manager Will Lee, dressed as an elf, greeted employees as they entered the cafeteria, while Chief of Patient Services Terry Murphy wore antlers and a flashing red nose while serving lunch. You couldn’t help smiling.

Wayne and Foundation Executive Director Jeri Erickson were on hand to meet and greet, while The Rev. Tanya Wyldflower, head of the Chaplaincy Program, joined in with her own seasonal fashion statement.

It was a good day for all … and for all, a good night. :)

 

 

 

Silver Memory Star Sales Generate More than $13,000 for Hospice Patient Care
—Posted Saturday, December 14th, 2013 at 6:31 pm— « »

2013 Light Up a Life CeremonyThe 2013 annual Light Up a Life fundraising campaign was a huge success with more than 640 stars sold. Honored with stars were family and friends (living or deceased) and beloved pets.

At this past Thursday night’s (Dec. 12) more than 100 people attended the tree lighting and reading of the names of those honored.

The evening started with refreshments, followed by entertainment by the Gloriana Carolers, the Threshold Choir and Roberta Belson playing the harp.

Following the concerts, volunteers — led by Hospice Coordinator Arlene Case and Home Health Director Junice Wilson–took turns reading the names of the 640 honored with silver stars.

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