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.