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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.

Public Invited Thursday Night to Uplifting Light Up a Life Ceremony, Concert
—Posted Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 at 10:36 am— « »

Roberta Belson, Harpist

Roberta Belson, Harpist

You won’t want to miss the Light Up A Life memorial ceremony (7 pm Thursday, Dec. 12) in the Registration Lobby at the hospital. Besides being an important fundraiser for hospice, the evening will include some great entertainment (for free).

The ceremony will feature the Glorianna Carolers and the Threshold Choir, with the reciting of the names on the trees, accompanied by Roberta Belson on the harp. The event ends with the lighting of the trees.

About the Threshold Choir

The Threshold Choir is a network of cappella choirs that sing for – and with – those at the threshold of life.

Threshold singers share a repertoire of beautiful, meaningful, soothing songs and a desire to provide comfort and peace at a significant and challenging stage of life.  Founded in 2000, there are more than 100 choirs worldwide, bringing singers, when invited, to bedsides each offering a unique blend of gentle musical services to fellow travelers in private homes, hospitals, hospice settings and beyond.

What is Light Up a Life?

For $25, the name of a loved one, or beloved pet, will be written on a silver star and placed on one of several “memory trees” in the lobby. Stars may be purchased at the ceremony, by mail (700 River Road, Fort Bragg), online (MCDH.Org/light) or by calling 961-4617.

You can also buy a star  to honor someone special in your life. Their name will be added to the Honor Tree.

 

Light Up A Life: Be a Hospice Star!
—Posted Monday, November 25th, 2013 at 10:00 am— « »

Kicking off this year’s annual MCDH hospice fundraiser are, left to right, Hospice Coordinator Arlene Case, R.N. and volunteers Jacque Moore, Heidi Olson, Junice Wilson, R.N, Betty Adams and Monte Moore. Donations from the sale of stars for the Honor and Memory Trees help fund the hospice program.

Kicking off this year’s annual MCDH hospice fundraiser are, left to right, Hospice Coordinator Arlene Case, R.N. and volunteers Jacque Moore, Heidi Olson, Junice Wilson, R.N, Betty Adams and Monte Moore. Donations from the sale of stars for the Honor and Memory Trees help fund the hospice program.

Each year, the hospital hosts the Light Up a Life fundraiser in support of our hospice program.

For $25, the name of a loved one, or beloved pet, will be written on a silver star and placed on one of several “memory trees” in the lobby. Stars may be purchased at the ceremony (details below), by mail (700 River Road, Fort Bragg), online (MCDH.Org/light) or by calling 961-4617.

You can also buy a star  to honor someone special in your life. Their name will be added to the Honor Tree.

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November is Diabetes Awareness and Hospice Palliative Care Month
—Posted Monday, November 4th, 2013 at 5:00 pm— « »

dreamstime_xs_31090295Mendocino Coast Health Care District Chair Patricia Jauregui-Darland has signed a proclamation declaring November National Hospice Palliative Care Month at Mendocino Coast District Hospital. Click here to see the Proclamation.

The American Diabetes Association also has declared November National Diabetes Month.

Mendocino Coast District Hospital on its website has provided resources for our local community on both of these important areas of health care.

Click here for our Diabetes Page or here for our page on Hospice Palliative Care.

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Generous Winesong Bidders Donate $116,000 For New Ambulance
—Posted Wednesday, September 11th, 2013 at 8:29 pm— « »

L to R: Former Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation board member and supporter Joan Selchau, Foundation ED Jeri Erickson, Paramedic Kirk Thomsen, John Rochat, MD, EMT Davey Beak and Paramedic Morgan Daniel offer a happy pose after getting the news that Winesong Charity Auction participants donated $116,000 to buy a new ambulance for the hospital. Dr. Rochat donated $5,000 toward the ambulance purchase.

L to R: Former Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation board member and supporter Joan Selchau, Foundation ED Jeri Erickson, Paramedic Kirk Thomsen, John Rochat, MD, EMT Davey Beak and Paramedic Morgan Daniel offer a happy pose after getting the news of getting new ambulance.

In a stunning five-minute display of generosity, 66 people held up their paddles at the 2013 Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation (MCHF) Winesong Charity Auction on Sept. 7 and donated $116,000 to buy a new ambulance for coast residents.

“The Hospital Foundation once again did an outstanding job producing another tremendously successful Winesong fundraiser,” said Hospital CEO/CFO Wayne Allen. “Foundation Executive Director Jeri Erickson and her team deserve a huge debt of gratitude for their effort to help fund two ambulances in two years and so much other life-saving equipment for the hospital and the community.”

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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…)

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