MENDOCINO Co., 7/8/20 — Adventist Health and Mendocino Coast District Hospital celebrated their new partnership July 1, as community leaders, hospital staff, and physicians unveiled the hospital’s new name, “Adventist Health Mendocino Coast.”
The unveiling took place in a socially distanced setting, and was live streamed on Facebook.
The partnership was approved by 90% of voters in the March election, and Adventist Health has been managing the hospital and its services since May. You can read more about it at AdventistHealth.org/Mendocino-Coast. Adventist is a hospital management nonprofit, and also runs Howard Hospital in Willits and Adventist Health Ukiah Valley. With the assumption of control of the coast hospital, Adventist now manages all three hospitals in Mendocino County.
Dr. William Miller, the hospital’s chief of medical staff, expressed his support of the new partnership in a press release, “We’re faced with a significant national challenge with this pandemic, and already we’ve seen many of the benefits of this affiliation.
“One of the reasons that I have supported this affiliation from the very beginning is the advantage of having three hospitals in this county under one umbrella…It’s going to produce an important network of care for our patients.”
Here is the press release from adventist Health with more details:
July 1, 2020 (Fort Bragg, California) – Community leaders, hospital staff and physicians celebrated on Wednesday as they unveiled the hospital’s new name – Adventist Health Mendocino Coast – signaling the start of a 30-year partnership to increase access and deliver high-quality healthcare on the coast. “This is a glorious day for Adventist Health and our Mendocino Coast community as we begin a new chapter in healthcare,” said Judy Leach, the hospital’s administrator at the unveiling, which occurred while social distancing. “We are grateful for the warm welcome we’ve received from our community and look forward to building a bright future together.”
With 90% voter approval from Mendocino Coast residents in March, the journey began, inviting Adventist Health to the community. The healthcare system has been managing the 25-bed hospital and its services since May while lease provisions were finalized.
“We’re thrilled to have Mendocino Coast join our family,” said Scott Reiner, CEO of Adventist Health, which is based in Roseville and serves more than 80 communities on the West Coast and in Hawaii.
“It’s a beautiful region of our country and a wonderful community, and we’re honored that you chose us as your partners in healthcare.”
In this new chapter, community members are able to keep their care close to home while gaining the expertise and resources of a large healthcare system, says Jason Wells, president of the three Adventist Health hospitals in Mendocino County. “I’m excited to continue to learn and grow together as we share the best ways to care for our community and coordinate that care to the benefit of all.”
Hospital employees, who began receiving their new name badges on Wednesday, said they appreciate being part of the family of 23 hospitals and services that includes the other two hospitals in Mendocino County: Adventist Health Ukiah Valley and Adventist Health Howard Memorial in Willits.
Anita West, a registered nurse and emergency room manager who has served at the Mendocino Coast hospital for 25 years, spoke highly of Adventist Health’s focus on healthcare excellence. “Having lived in this community most of my life, the most important thing is to provide excellent care to our community, which are my friends and my family. Adventist Health supports that.”
Physicians also are grateful for the system’s support, said Dr. William Miller, the hospital’s chief of medical staff. “We’re faced with a significant national challenge with this pandemic, and already we’ve seen many of the benefits of this affiliation. In the past several months, we’ve received a number of shipments of personal protective equipment from Adventist Health, even before we were affiliated with them.”
Miller also sees other benefits for the community, including the long-term survivability of the hospital, additional specialties and leadership expertise. “One of the reasons that I have supported this affiliation from the very beginning is the advantage of having three hospitals in this county under one umbrella. It’s going to produce an important network of care for our patients.”
In addition to the three hospitals, Adventist Health’s services in Mendocino County include 26 outpatient medical offices, a new family medicine residency program, oncology care, joint replacement surgery and many additional specialty care services. The combined Mendocino County team includes more than 1,300 associates and 400 physicians and providers.
More information is available at AdventistHealth.org/Mendocino-Coast.
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Adventist Health Mendocino Coast is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system serving more than 80 communities on the West Coast and Hawaii. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist heritage and values, Adventist Health provides care in hospitals, clinics, home care agencies, hospice agencies and joint-venture retirement centers in both rural and urban communities. Our compassionate and talented team of 35,000 includes associates, medical staff physicians, allied health professionals and volunteers driven in pursuit of one mission: living God’s love by inspiring health, wholeness and hope. Together, we are transforming the American healthcare experience with an innovative, yet timeless, whole-person focus on physical, mental, spiritual and social healing.