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 […]

The Cost of Independence

In April, Mendocino Coast District Hospital (MCDH) sent out a request for proposal (RFP) to five different hospital groups in California offering to affiliate in a buy or lease scenario. As of June 27, MCDH had received only one formal reply. The sole response to that date came from American Advanced Management Group (AAMG), which […]

Here Comes ‘Cumis’

What is “Cumis?”   A. A type of cloud usually only seen in Arctic or Antarctic climate zones, but now drifting toward mid-latitudes.   B. A spice employed exclusively by chef Emeril in his curry dishes.   C.  A diminutive of the name of the Lithuanian fisherman, Cumisiulionis, who first discovered how to pepper and […]

OB/GYN at Coast Hospital

What is the average age of a woman in Mendocino? We’ll follow up on the age quiz, but let’s return to the Mendocino Coast District Hospital (MCDH) agenda for its January, 31, 2019 Board of Directors meeting. Tucked in among eleven closed session items lay this: Consideration of legal advice re: “Potential Litigation, Government Code […]

Coast Hospital (Bad) News

The May 28 meeting of Mendocino Coast District Hospital’s Finance Committee brought more dire financial news courtesy of interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Wayne Allen. According to Allen, the projected net operating cash available to the hospital on June 30th will be $63,000. He also stated that creditors who have been put off are starting […]

True Crime in the 1910s

For those who think stagecoaches went out with the turn of the twentieth century, think again. As late as the onset of World War I, while “Little Willie,” the first British tank, rolled out and the prototype of the Mark I spun from design to demonstration before British brass, stagecoach lines still covered much of […]

The Coast Hospital Cabal

At an April 23 Mendocino Coast District Hospital (MCDH) Finance Committee meeting Robert Becker and Carole White read a prepared statement expressing the view of those who want to maintain local control of MCDH. They titled their document, “Hospital Rush to Affiliation Devalues Community & Planning.” The statement was signed by Mr. Becker, Ms. White, […]