MCDH Receives Financing for Electronic Health Record Project — Selects NextGen System

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Financing Provided By United Healthcare Of California Bond Funds
FORT BRAGG, Calif. — December 14, 2011 — On Friday, December 9 Mendocino Coast District Hospital officials were notified by United Healthcare of California that bond funds are now available to be used by MCDH for the purchase of an electronic health record (EHR) system for the hospital and North Coast Family Health Center. The hospital will apply this funding toward the purchase the NextGen EHR system.

“United Healthcare has been a tremendous supporter of rural hospitals, and particularly Mendocino Coast District Hospital,” said Hospital CEO Raymond Hino, noting that United Healthcare also purchased bonds in 2009 to finance the MCDH Diagnostic Imaging Center. “We are extremely grateful for their continued support.”
According to Hino, the new bond issuance will not require any principle or interest payments for the first 12 months and no principle payments for the first 24 months. “MCDH will qualify for Federal subsides to pay for up to 85% of the electronic health record project (approximately $2.2 million) within the next 11 months, provided that we remain on our timetable for the new system implementation,” he said. “We will need to raise approximately $300,000 for this project, and have asked the Hospital Foundation to help us raise those funds through WineSong!”

EHRs A Powerful Tool For Improving Healthcare

An EHR is an electronic version of a patient’s medical history. It may include a provider’s notes about progress, problems, medications, vital signs, past medical history, immunizations, laboratory data and radiology reports The EHR automates access to information and has the potential to streamline the clinician’s workflow. “The consensus of most observers is that EHRs can strengthen the relationship between patients and clinicians, and that they are the next step in the continued progress of healthcare,” said Hino. “The timely availability of a patient’s clinical data will enable providers to make better decisions and provide better care.”
About Mendocino Coast District Hospital. Mendocino Coast District Hospital is a 25-bed acute care facility licensed by the State of California Department of Health Services and accredited by The Joint Commission. MCDH provides emergency, inpatient and outpatient services, and healthcare education to prevent, manage and treat chronic and acute conditions. The hospital is located on the California coast, approximately 160 miles north of San Francisco.