Mendocino Coast Health Care District March 26

MCHCD Board of Directors meeting broadcast live by Mendocino TV

Mendocino TV will broadcast live the Mendocino Coast Health Care District (MCHCD) Board of Directors meeting on Thursday March 26 at 6:00pm.

They will report on a number of critical issues impacting the health of the Mendocino Coast District Hospital (MCDH). Vital issues on the agenda include:

  • CEO Report by “Chad” Chadwick ,new Interim CEO
  • Report on hiring new CEO
  • Update on the Chapter 9 Bankruptcy ProceedingsMCDH-Logo
  • Personnel Updates
  • New Business includes:
    • JPA Discussion
    • Mental Health Wellness Grant for Mendocino County

Given that the majority of the MCHCD Board of Directors was just elected in November and the two most critical staff positions of CEO and CFO have been very temporary with the departure of Wayne Allen in December, it is imperative that the community be informed and involved to assure that our hospital is operating effectively.

Given the contentious nature of the March 5 Board of Directors Meeting, where the staff’s frustration with the Board was quite evident, this is poised to be an interesting meeting. Please view that meeting and the Mendocino TV editorial “While Rome Burns” on www.mendocinotv.com.

 

March 23rd Ft Bragg City Council Meeting


Agenda:
Ft Bragg LogoReceive Report, Conduct Public Hearing and Provide Direction to Staff Regarding: 1) Appeal by Edward Oberweiser, et al. of the Planning Commission’s January 28, 2015 Decision to Approve a Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Hare Creek Center Project; and 2) Appeal by Group II Real Estate of the Planning Commission’s January 28, 2015 Decision to Deny Development Permits for the Proposed Hare Creek Center Project. Project Location: 1250 Del Mar Drive; Permits: CDP 8-13, DR 7-13, USP 5-13 and LLA 3-14.

Richard L. Miller’s Mind, Body, Health & Politics. Tom Shroder

Schroder_EventTom Shroder is our guest, Tuesday, March 17 at 9 am PST.

Recreational drugs such as LSD and Ecstasy may offer more than a trip—they can be therapeutic, especially for PTSD. Shroder, former Washington Post Magazine editor and author of Old Souls, looks at the history of psychedelics and combines stories with studies to chart a growing cultural and political climate in favor of wider uses for these chemicals.

Richard L Miller profileCall in and ask questions on air live: . If your schedule does not allow you to listen live, send an email with your comment to: DrRichardLMiller@Gmail.com.

Mind, Body, Health & Politics. A bi-weekly radio program hosted by Dr. Richard Louis Miller on NPR affiliate KZYX. http://mindbodyhealthpolitics.org/

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Fort Bragg City Council meeting March 9, 2015

Ft Bragg LogoWatch the Fort Bragg City Council meeting live on Mendocino TV at 6:00 PM on Monday, March 9, 2015.

While there are only two business items on the agenda and a short Consent Calendar, given the recent controversies there may be a significant amount of public comment.

 

Agenda Items include:

  • Receive Presentation from Noyo Headlands Unified Design Group Regarding Daylighting of Creeks on the Former Mill Site Property

While Rome Burns

Watch a lively and, at times, contentious Mendocino Coast Health Care District (MCHCD) Board of Directors meeting as they made decisions on critical issues impacting the health of the Mendocino Coast District Hospital (MCDH) to a crowd void of concerned citizens.

While there were about 35 people attending, it appeared to be almost exclusively staff and a few MCDH volunteers. Generally lacking members of the public, the only public comments were made by staff, primarily Brenda Ross. She emotionally admonished the Board for not approving Physical Therapy (PT) policies and accused MCDH Physicians of counseling their patients NOT to use MCDH PT facilities.

Another very controversial concern was the state of the MCDH Compliance Plan and its inadequacies including not being up to date and comprehensive enough to protect the hospital. Apparently MCDH was recently heavily fined by the federal government because of a violation. Dr. Bellah pointed out that this unit is severely understaffed for a hospital this size and two of the CEO candidates were well versed on this need.

With Jim Sato’s sudden departure, due to a health issue, and the hiring process for a new CEO not quite completed, Lionel “Chad” Chadwick is the new Interim CEO. While he appears to be very experienced, upon investigation it appears he abruptly left his position at The Hi-Desert Medical Center, a comparable hospital also suffering similar financial problems, due to “irreconcilable incompatibility of management approach” according to the San Bernardino Sentinel. Fortunately, multiple CEO interviews have transpired and the hiring process may be near completion.

There are many other important interesting items that viewing the video will cover. There is a proposal to reduce the one half inch of printed materials to a paperless system; budget updates that project a loss of approximately $800,000 rather than a $200,000 positive bottom line; constructive efforts in the finance department and staff updates. Chapter 9 Bankruptcy Proceedings updates were not available from the earlier closed session because the Board was resuming closed session that night, so obviously they’re working hard to resolve these predicaments.

It’s visible, given the comments, clamor and sometimes debate with the Board by the audience, staff is frustrated. Other than Mendocino TV, it did not appear that any other media was present. The health of Mendocino Coast District Hospital is critical to the health of this community. While people are in an uproar over a radio station, transitional housing, a mall, the waste transfer station and City Hall, the most important institution on this Coast is struggling to survive without witness or input. Without the hospital, this community will wither and die.

Hospital Board Meeting March 5, 2015

MCDH-LogoMendocino TV will broadcast live the Mendocino Coast Health Care District (MCHCD) Board of Directors meeting on Thursday March 5 at 6:00pm.

They will report on a number of critical issues impacting the health of the Mendocino Coast District Hospital (MCDH).  Vital issues on the agenda include:

  • Appointment of Lionel “Chad” Chadwick as a new Interim CEO, who is scheduled to give a CEO Report
  • Update on the Chapter 9 Bankruptcy Proceedings
  • Hiring a permanent CFO
  • Personnel Updates

Given that the majority of the MCHCD Board of Directors was just elected in November and the two most critical staff positions of CEO and CFO have been very temporary with the departure of Wayne Allen in December, it is imperative that the community be informed and involved to assure that our hospital is operating effectively.

http://www.mcdh.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/3-5-2015.pdf

Watch the meeting on your computer, cell phone or tablet.