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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…)

CHA CEO/President Speaks on Legislative Issues, Health Care Form
—Posted Friday, August 23rd, 2013 at 10:44 am— « »

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Shown in photos: MCDH CEO Allen introduces Board Chair Patricia Jauregui-Darland; Allen greets CHA President/CEO Duane Dauner. Dauner uses slides to discuss health care reform issues.

In a 90-minute forum at Mendocino Coast District Hospital Wednesday, C. Duane Dauner, President/CEO of the California Hospital Association (CHA), outlined where CHA stands on federal, state and rural health care issues and what to expect as implementation of the Affordable Care Act  (ACA) accelerates.

More than 50 people, including physicians, health care district and hospital foundation board members, hospital employees and community leaders, attended the briefing in which Dauner said Californians can expect “profound changes” in the health care marketplace. Fort Bragg City Councilman Doug Hammerstrom and City Manager Linda Ruffing were among attendees. Advocate-Beacon publisher Sharon DeMauro and Editor Katherine Lee also attended. CEO Wayne Allen, at the request of the Health Care District Board of Directors, organized the briefing as a “board education meeting.”

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Getting Fit at Any Age: An Online Guide
—Posted Tuesday, August 13th, 2013 at 1:10 pm— « »

Bob Ellington lifts 90 pounds 12 times as part of his workout routine.

Bob Ellington of Mendocino lifts 90 pounds 12 times as part of his workout routine.

Have you ever wanted to start an exercise routine, but felt you were too old or out of shape? If so, there is good news for you in the latest issue of Healthy Outlook: Getting Fit at Any Age (click here for free download).

The cover story features 79-year-old Bob Ellington, who started exercising regularly after retirement.

The key to getting fit at any age is “not good genes,” says Bob, “but discipline.” He eats a lean diet, lifts weights at a local gym three times a week, dances, hikes, backpacks, and spends most days working in his garden or doing chores around the house.

As MCDH Wellness Coordinator Donna Schuler notes: “Bob does more than most in terms of exercise, but a simple walking program is a big step toward healthier living.” (more…)

CEO Wayne Allen Holds Ice Cream Social for Employees
—Posted Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 at 11:46 am— « »

Medical Staff Services Mgr William Lee, left, and CEO Wayne Allen, center, serve ice cream to employees.

Medical Staff Services Mgr William Lee, left, and CEO Wayne Allen, center, serve ice cream to employees.

At the hospital’s most recent Board of Directors meeting, CEO/CFO Wayne Allen invited the Board and audience to attend an ice cream social planned as an employee appreciation event on Friday, August 2. The Board applauded the effort.

“Of course, this is a token of 0ur appreciation for all MCDH employees who do so many good things for our patients and the hospital,” said Wayne. “Whenever  possible, we want to thank them for their positive contributions.”

Wayne and William Lee, manager of medical staff services, were two of the managers serving up big dishes of ice cream and sundies with generous portions of all the usual toppings. A steady stream of employees enjoyed the event at lunch and throughout the afternoon.

 

The Rev. Karen Lebacqz is the Big Winner in the Biggest Loser Challenge
—Posted Friday, August 2nd, 2013 at 7:14 am— « »

Karen LabacqzKudos to Rev. Karen Lebacqz the individual winner (greatest percentage of body weight loss) of the Biggers Loser Challenge.

Karen lost 10% of her total body weight.

“We are proud of all those who lost weight and know it will have a positive affect on their health,” said MCDH Wellness Coordinator Donna Schuler, who administered the Challenge for the hospital.

“What Karen accomplished is truly inspirational,” Donna added.

Said Karen: “Thank you MCDH for doing the Biggest Loser challenge. I’m thrilled to be the overall winner – the Biggest Loser!—and grateful to the hospital and to the chaplains office for this team approach to losing weight. (Karen also was a member of overall winning team, The Chaplains Lite, four MCDH Chaplains who lost 53 pounds, a 6.79% reduction in their total weight) “As a cancer survivor, I know that it is crucial for me to keep my weight under control in order to reduce my chances of cancer returning. For several years, I have wanted to lose those pesky extra pounds. But it took the “team” approach to motivate me sufficiently to do it! I didn’t want to let my team down.

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