A young attorney, who had hung his shingle in Mendocino’s county seat, proved to be the first witness in the history of the courts of the United States to testify while under hypnosis. The same case marked the initial instance in California jurisprudence in which the defense based its case on the accused having been […]

Budgets & Buildings at Coast Hospital

At a September 26 meeting the Board of Directors of Mendocino Coast District Hospital (MCDH) approved a new budget for the remainder of the 2019-2020 fiscal year. That budget shows a projected positive net income of $197,751. Before anyone kicks up their heels, thinking MCDH is on the upswing and solvent enough to go it […]

Adventists Make Their Move

The Mendocino Coast Healthcare District edges closer to affiliation with Adventist Healthcare. Negotiations are ongoing, but the Coast hospital released a “Fact Sheet” Wednesday, September 25, detailing many of the terms of a potential 30-year lease agreement (with potential five year opt outs) in which local taxpayers and voters would retain control of the healthcare […]

Revisiting the Hospitality House

I attended the first two hours of the Mendocino County Behavioral Health Advisory Board (BHAB) monthly meeting on September 18. I used to attend these meetings on a regular basis, but there is only so much time in a person’s day and life. The meetings are scheduled to last four hours as per the agenda. […]

Capt. Richardson & Rancho Albion

One of the islets that form the Wake Atoll in the tropical Pacific is named for Charles Wilkes. Mostly lost to history now, in 1839 Lt. Wilkes led the United States Exploring Expedition, or U.S. Ex Ex. Wilkes commanded six vessels and 350 men on a four year sailing venture that took him around Cape […]

Looking Back

Let us start by more or less repeating the opening of last week’s piece: The most important item approved by the Mendocino Coast District Hospital (MCDH) Board of Directors at their August 29th meeting was the suspension of a contract with Meditech for a new electronic health record (EHR) system. Interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO) […]

Affiliation First

The most significant news out of the Mendocino Coast District Hospital (MCDH) Board of Directors meeting on August 29 was the suspension of a contract with Meditech for a new electronic health record (EHR) system. Interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Wayne Allen estimates suspending the contract now will save the hospital at least $600,000. It […]

Hiking the Burns

In late July I spent four days backpacking in the Marble Mountains, entering the wilderness at the Haypress Meadow trailhead. Getting to that trailhead requires a long drive up Interstate 5, north of Yreka, exiting onto state Highway 96, then winding alongside the Klamath River to a smidgen past the multi-cultural metropolis that is Somes […]

Odds On Adventists

A standing room only crowd filled the Redwoods Room at the Mendocino Coast District Hospital (MCDH) at three in the afternoon, Monday, July 15. From hospital staffers to first time citizen attendees, the throng was present to hear and see a presentation on the topic of the year at MCDH: a possible affiliation with a […]

From Proposals to Sources

Recently this space discussed the salient points of Adventist Health’s proposal to affiliate with Mendocino Coast District Hospital (MCDH). A second hospital group, American Advanced Management Group (AAMG), sent in their proposal as well. AAMG runs or manages six hospitals in California compared to twenty-one for Adventist Health (AH) throughout the western states. AAMG runs […]

Adventists Come Calling

On Friday, June 28, Adventist Health (AH) submitted its formal proposal to affiliate with Mendocino Coast District Hospital. Oddly, the final proposal proved to be remarkably similar in length and verbiage to one acquired about nine to ten days ago. Adventist’s intentions include this summary language: “Mendocino County has three hospitals… The opportunity exists to […]

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