Archive for the ‘Volunteers’ Category

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.

Celebrating Our 307 Hospital Volunteers
—Posted Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 at 12:17 pm— « »

April is National Volunteer Month, a time to reflect on the contributions made by volunteers across the nation and along the Mendocino Coast.

During National Volunteer Week (April 21-27), Mendocino Coast District Hospital (MCDH) scheduled two volunteer appreciation lunches, honoring a long list of volunteers who have contributed an estimated 22,000 hours, valued at some $350,000, over the past year.

“Our volunteers make a very positive contribution to patient care,” said Wayne Allen, CEO/CFO at Mendocino Coast Hospital. “We appreciate very much all they do. The volunteer lunch is one small way we can thank them for a job well done.”

A Volunteer Snapshot

MCDH’s more than 300 volunteers can’t be neatly bundled. They come in all shapes, sizes, ages and interests, but share a common bond: they want to help, and they work without financial compensation.

Says Shirley Paoli, a member of Ocean Wave Quilters, which made a blanket for every new-born the past many years: “Trying to estimate or put a value on how much we give each year is difficult because we don’t think much about keeping a tally. We make quilts because it fills a need and the task is something we love.”


Long-Time Volunteer Horace Mann Resigns from MCDH Committees
—Posted Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 at 10:26 am— « »


Horace Mann receives a certificate of appreciation from Rob Scott for his work on the Citizen Advisory Group.

Horace Mann, left, receives a certificate of appreciation from Rob Scott for his work on the Citizens Advisory Committee.

Horace Mann knows the meaning of community service.  For over 60 years he’s been lending his time and talents to numerous area organizations, and now he’s decided that it’s time to cut back a little. Earlier this month he announced that he is giving up his volunteer positions at the hospital, where he served on the Planning Committee and Citizens Advisory Committee.

At the May 12 meeting of the hospital’s Citizens Advisory Committee, Horace received a framed certificate “In Recognition of Dedicated Service to the MCDH Citizens Advisory Committee from 2007 to 2012.”  Presenting the certificate, committee Chairman Rob Scott thanked Horace, saying he will be “…sorely missed for his wisdom and advice, which has greatly benefited the hospital.”

Horace told the committee that his first volunteer position in 1952 was as a Scout Master.  In addition to Scouting and Mendocino Coast District Hospital, Horace’s other volunteer activities have included the Sierra Club, and service as a member of the California Senior Legislature.

I would like to add my personal thanks to Horace for his selfless service to our hospital and the community in general. He is an example for us all. Like others who volunteer here, Horace helped make our hospital a better place. We will miss him.

5th Annual Health Festival
—Posted Monday, October 17th, 2011 at 6:31 pm— « »


Donna Schuler, Wayne Allen, Roni McDermott

Last Saturday Mendocino Coast District Hospital hosted the Fifth Annual Mendocino Coast Hospital Health and Wellness Festival.  And according the virtually eveyone involved, this one was the best one yet!  The Festival Organizing Committee has been Chaired every year by Chief Clinical Officer, Roni McDermott.  This is what Roni had to say afterward.  “This year we provided over 730 screening exams for blood pressure, oxygen saturation, blood glucose, hearing, lipid panel, balance, bone density and % body fat composition.  This is a big increase over previous years.  In 2009 we did 206 tests and in 2010 we did approximately 600.  We also had over 35 exhibitors, making this the largest festival in 5 years!”  Roni added “We could not have put on such a great show without our volunteers that made it all possible.  Every one of our volunteers showed up ready to work and to do whatever it was going to take for a successful event.”


MCDH’s Sweethearts – Our Volunteers
—Posted Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 at 4:58 pm— « »

Valentines DayWe are blessed at Mendocino Coast District Hospital to have the most wonderful group of volunteers in the World!  There are SO many things that they do for us everyday including greeting our patients and our visitors, running our gift shop, taking magazines to our patients, ministering to our patients as Chaplains, going into homes as Hospice volunteers and MUCH, MUCH more.  However, on Valentine’s Day each year they turn the tables on us and they show our staff how much they appreciate us!  They make homemade snacks and deserts and decorate our Dining Room in a Valentine’s Day theme.  On behalf of our entire staff, thank you again to our volunteers!  You are the best.  And, of course, Happy Valentine’s Day to all members of our MCDH family.

New Officers of MCDH Volunteers
—Posted Wednesday, July 7th, 2010 at 12:25 pm— « »

DSCN1676The 2010 – 2011 Officers for the Mendocino Coast District Hospital Volunteers have officially been installed.  New President, Carol Steele and her cabinet were installed by MCDH Hospital CEO Raymond Hino on June 24 at Silver’s at the Wharf.  The other new officers are Edie Gobbi, Vice President, Norma Holmes, Treasurer and Nancy Acosta, Secretary.   We are so fortunate at MCDH to have a Volunteer organization as vibrant and active as our volunteers are.  They are valuable in so many ways, including donating thousands of hours (814 hours during the month of June and 4,876 hours in the last 6 months) and donating thousands of dollars to the hospital each year for equipment, scholarships and training.