Slouching Towards Affiliation

On Thursday, November 7 the Mendocino Coast Healthcare District (MCHD) Board of Directors (BOD) endured a three hour public meeting, preceded by a two hour closed session. The public meeting was then followed by 35 more minutes of closed session. The next morning the BOD got up to attend yet another meeting of three hours. […]

Settlements & Affiliations

On Sunday, September 22, parties representing both sides of the federal lawsuit Hardin v. Mendocino Coast District Hospital (MCDH), Bob Edwards (former MCDH Chief Executive Officer), Wade Sturgeon (former MCDH Chief Financial Officer), and Steve Lund (former President of MCDH’s Board of Directors and current board member) attended a mediation in the San Diego area. […]

Livernash, Part 3

By the end of Edward Livernash’s first trial the phrase “Livernashism” had come to be synonymous with, or in some circles surpass, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, from Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella published six years prior, as a definition for multiple personality disorder. Meanwhile, Edward’s brother, John J. Livernash, had taken up residence in Los […]

Livernash, Part 2

Previously, Edward Livernash, prodigy of the legal and journalistic worlds in Northern California, uses hypnotic somnambulism to explain away an arrest then in 1892 he is apprehended after shooting Cloverdale businessman Darius Ethridge multiple times in the face. As he is handcuffed, Livernash declared to law enforcement, “I am the King of Siam. You have […]


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 […]

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