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, […]

Coast Hospital Labor Resolution

At a May 7 finance committee meeting, Mendocino Coast District Hospital (MCDH) interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Wayne Allen announced a tentative agreement between MCDH management and the hospital union. The terms of the agreement provide for a two year contract, retroactive to July 1, 2018, and running through June 30, 2020. Under the tentative […]

Postponing the Piper

The Board of Directors of Mendocino Coast District Hospital (MCDH), at a May 1 special meeting that lasted approximately three hours, named Steve Miller as interim chief financial officer (CFO). Miller served in the same role from December, 2014 through the late summer of 2015, bridging the gap out of bankruptcy and into the beginning […]

Independence or Affiliation?

Two clearly defined camps have arisen around the possibility of Mendocino Coast District Hospital (MCDH) partnering with a larger hospital group. The first camp consists of those favoring affiliation as the only means of saving the coast hospital from financial ruin. The second is made up of those who want to retain independent local control […]

Wanna Buy a Hospital?

On April 11th, new and returning interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Mendocino Coast District Hospital (MCDH), Wayne Allen, emailed a Request For Proposal (RFP) to five hospital groups in northern California. The proposal amounts to an invitation to another hospital entity to lease or buy MCDH. That institution has been in financial difficulties dating […]

Wayne Allen’s RFP to the Rescue

Mendocino Coast District Hospital (MCDH) Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Mike Ellis has tendered his resignation. In a memo addressed to interim MCDH Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Wayne Allen, dated April 10, Ellis stated he planned to complete a draft budget for the coming fiscal year before his final day of work at the hospital on […]

Coast Hospital Dilemmas

Turbulent times continue at Mendocino Coast Hospital (MCDH). During a Monday, April 1st special meeting the hospital’s board of directors approved the hiring of Wayne Allen as interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Allen has served the hospital in this capacity before, including for an extended period while the hospital was in bankruptcy. The MCDH Board […]

Unprofessional Governance?

For the first hour and fifty minutes the March 26th Finance Committee meeting for Mendocino Coast District Hospital (MCDH) looked like one of the best in years. Then committee chairman and MCDH Board member John Redding went into what he labeled “The Last Word” on the agenda. Redding’s concluding comments took about five minutes to […]

Coast Hospital’s Failing Finances

Mendocino Coast District Hospital’s Planning Committee was scheduled to meet at 5 p.m. on Monday, March 18th. The committee consists of nine members. MCDH Board member Jessica Grinberg was present to chair the meeting. Fellow board member Amy McColley was skyped in well ahead of time. Community members John Allison and Carole White were seated […]

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