Center of Excellence: Oncology


Dr Rochat-WebLed by Oncologist/Hematologist John Rochat, M.D., Mendocino Coast Hospital’s Oncology Clinic provides state-of-the-art outpatient adult cancer therapies and after-treatment surveillance.

Dr. Rochat has extensive experience diagnosing cancer and providing personalized treatment plans for our patients. He also manages the Anticoagulation clinic, which have been cited by The Joint Commission as an area of “Best Practice,” the healthcare industry’s gold standard for quality of care.

For information about current cancer treatment options, visit the website for the American Society for Clinical Oncology.

Clinic information number: 707-961-4922.

Meet Jim Burns, cancer survivor.

Two Operating Rooms and Post-Recovery Unit

Our surgery facilities consist of two operating rooms and a three-bed post anesthesia recovery unit. The Hospital offers a wide variety of surgical services and has the equipment and expertise to perform gynecological and general surgery via the laparoscope, and advanced orthopaedic procedures via the arthroscope.

Our Surgeons

Linda James, MD

Linda James, MD, Chief of Surgery
Board Certified / American Board of Surgery
721 River Drive, Suite B
Fort Bragg, California  707-964-6910

Ken Susman, MD

Kenneth Susman, MD
Board Certified / American Board of Surgery

510 Cypress Street, Suite B

Fort Bragg, California   707-961-1972


Same Day Surgery

Our fully-equipped Ambulatory Surgical Service allows patients to have surgery and return home on the same day. This service is located within the surgical suites of the Hospital, providing immediate access to support services such as Radiology and Laboratory.

The DI Center includes diagnostic radiology, CT, MRI, bone scans, nuclear medicine and ultrasound. In addition, our state licensed mammography program provides a follow-up reminder and monitoring service. The PACS (picture archiving communication system) allows images to be transferred via the internet to the Radiologist or any other physician. Together these services eliminate the need to refer patients out of the area for anything other than specialized services provided by large medical centers.

Hours of operation for outpatient appointments (Monday-Friday):

  • Diagnostic Imaging Center Registration: 8am-5:30pm
  • Radiology: Walk-in’s welcome without appointments from 8am-5:30pm
  • Bone density: 8am-5pm
  • Mammography: 8am-5pm
  • Ultrasound: 8am-5pm
  • Nuclear Medicine: (Tuesdays & Thursdays) 8am-5pm
  • CT: 9am-5pm
  • MRI: 9am-5pm


To make an appointment, call 961-4665.

Marsha Royer, home health intake nurse

Marsha Royer, home health intake nurse

MCDHGlobe-small-WebMendocino Coast Home Health has been providing quality home care to patients on the Mendocino Coast and the surrounding area since 1986. Our service area extends north of Westport to the town of Elk. Our professional staff are noted for their clinical excellence and high patient satisfaction. Professional care is provided in the comfort of the patient’s home. Services that can be provided include: quality nursing, physical, occupational and speech therapies, medical social services and home health aide care. Our professional staff members are trained in many specialties including cancer, cardiac, diabetes, respiratory, newborn, pediatric, orthopedic, rehabilitation and wound/ostomy care.


Assess many aspects of a patient’s condition. They will develop a treatment plan with you and your physician to help manage and resolve care needs. Some common home health nursing needs include:

  • Instruction in new medications
  • Wound healing and care
  • After surgery care and monitoring
  • Suture or staple removal
  • Care of Heart and lung conditions
  • Diabetes monitoring and education
  • End of life care
  • Pain medication management
  • Home IV antibiotic therapy
  • Newborn baby assessment


Assess patients to determine what rehabilitation goals are appropriate. They will work with you and your physician to develop a plan of care to maximize strength and independence. Some common conditions that home health physical therapists treat include:

  • Joint replacement surgery
  • Stroke
  • Fractures
  • Amputation
  • Heart surgery
  • Back surgery
  • Head injury
  • Degenerative joint disease


Provide instruction in activities of daily living to promote maximum independence. Common areas that Occupational therapists focus on in home care include:

  • Self care (bathing, dressing)
  • Homemaking (cooking, laundry, shopping)
  • Conserving your energy
  • Medical equipment recommendations (wheelchairs, bathroom modifications)
  • Transfers and safety
  • Environmental modifications


Address problems in communication and swallowing. This may involve language use, speech production, special communication devices, oral motor strength and safe swallowing skills. Some common conditions that speech therapists commonly treat include:

  • Stroke
  • Head or neck cancers
  • Brain injury
  • Parkinson’s disease


Assist you in understanding significant social and emotional factors related to health problems. Common areas that a medical social worker focuses on include:

  • Assisting with long term care planning needs
  • Improving communication and understanding among family members
  • Identifying and obtaining needed community resources
  • Providing supportive counseling related to a medical condition
  • Assisting with Advance directives


Assist with personal care, bathing, dressing and linen changes.

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I get home health care?

Home Health care is often needed after a surgery or a traumatic injury. It is also available to help manage chronic illnesses or problems that come along as we age.

Am I qualified to receive home health care?

A person must be homebound to receive home health care. Medicare defines homebound as “a taxing physical effort to leave home”. Many private insurances use Medicare guidelines.

How does home health care begin?

Home Health care is like a prescription. It needs to be ordered by your physician. You or your family member can begin by requesting home health care through your doctor or discharge planner if you are in a medical facility. We work closely with physicians to determine appropriate needs.

How is home health care paid for?

Medicare, Medi-Cal and most private insurances cover all of the costs of care though some private insurance may require a co-pay or only provide partial coverage. If you have private insurance, contact your carrier and ask about home health coverage including any out of pocket expenses you may be responsible for. Our MCHH billing department is also available to answer your questions at 707-961-4696.

Comfort and Dignity Our Goals

Hospice care responds to the special needs of the terminally ill patient. Hospice is a coordinated program of palliative and supportive care (physical, psychological, social, and spiritual) for dying persons and their families.

Interdisciplinary Team

Services are provided by an interdisciplinary team of professionals and volunteers.

Who to Call

Referrals to our Hospice Program may come from a doctor, an assisting agency, a caregiving friend, or a family member of the patient themselves. To reach our hospice coordinator, call 961-4617. Our hospice coordinator will make a home visit to initiate service.

Hospice Thrift Store Opens in New Location

Located in the Boatyard Shopping Center in Fort Bragg, the thrift store is loaded with hidden treasures for you to discover. All income goes to support the hospital’s hospice program.

Light Up a Life Memorial Fundraiser

If you would like to view our major hospice fundraiser event for 2012, view the video below.

Elwin Cox Memorial Fund – The Cox family, like many families in our community, has experienced the high cost of cancer care and has created a legacy in memory of Elwin that will help those in need. For more information contact Foundation Executive Director Jeri Erickson.

Cancer Resource Center of Mendocino County – The Cancer Resource Center is a grassroots organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for those in Mendocino County faced with cancer. The volunteer team helps you deal with medical appointments, provides transportation, organizes cancer support groups, offers an lending library on related topics and offers hats, wigs, breast prosthesis, and bras.

Cancer survivor Jim Burns discusses colon cancer treatment.

Vivian Evans’ Life changed with Porphyria diagnosis.