The History of MCHF

In March 1984, the Board of Directors of the Mendocino Coast District Hospital approved the formation of a foundation to serve the Hospital District and to increase the security of the hospital. The Directors recognized the need for a free standing, nonprofit, charitable organization which could receive gifts from individuals, corporations, other foundations and organizations for the benefit of the hospital. That organization which became the Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation was charged with seeking gifts, managing the funds, and supporting capital projects submitted by the Hospital to the Foundation.

In September 1984, the officers and 42 Trustees of the new foundation were elected. The Trustees represented a wide range of backgrounds and experience in the community and immediately went to work applying their talents to public relations, finance, development and the workings of the new organization.

The first major gift to the Foundation came from the Georgia-Pacific Corporation, which donated a piece of real property valued at over $1 million.

The Trustees of the Foundation recognized the need for professional management of the growing organization and boldly hired the first Executive Director in April, 1985.

In September 1985, the Foundation put on its first event which they named Winesong, a day in the Botanical Gardens of music and wine tasting. The event made $30,000 for the hospital and has been growing ever since then, now providing over $300,000 annually for vital Hospital equipment and programs.

In the years since its inception the Foundation has added numerous fundraising programs and activities to better serve the needs of our Hospital and Community. As the ways to give are as many and varied as the people who give them, the Hospital Foundation provides a variety of giving opportunities from events and raffles, to planned giving opportunities that can provide substantial tax advantages to the donor and their heirs while supporting one of our community’s most vital resources.

Gifts to the Hospital Foundation of ten dollars to thousands of dollars come from hundreds of residents of the Hospital District and beyond who appreciate the value and necessity of having a full-service hospital facility in our small rural community.

Since it’s founding in 1984, the annual gifts from the Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation to the hospital have grown from a range of about $18,000 to well over $300,000, with the total of those donations now exceeding $7,500,000.

Your Donations At Work!

The Foundation provides support for equipment, services and projects that help OUR Hospital meet the needs of the community. The following is some of the areas funded through community donations:

Patient Services
Nurse Call System ($250,000)
Telemetry Monitoring System ($250,000)

Emergency Services
Ultrasound Machine ($75,200)
Ambulances ($325,500)
Helipad for Emergency Transport ($42,000)
Lifeline Emergency Response System ($37,000)

Cardiac Care
Digital Echocardiography ($150,000)

Diagnostic Imaging Major Funding (additional items were also purchased)
Ultrasound ($200,000)
Stereotactic Mammography ($100,000)
CT Scanner Installation ($90,000)
4-D Ultra Sound ($67,800)
Digital Imaging Communications System ($171,600)
Computed Radiography / Digitizer ($130,000)
Nuclear Medicine Camera ($315,000)

Total Digital Diagnostic Imaging Center ($1,400,000)

Cancer Care
Oncology Beds ($24,600)
Chemotherapy Room ($10,000)
Funding for Uninsured/Underinsured Cancer Patient Care ($289,000)


Clinical Analyzers ($100,000)

OB Refurbishing ($34,500)
Fetal Heart Monitors ($32,500)

Surgical Services
Equipment for Surgical Services ($122,000)
Orthopedic Surgical Table ($84,300)
Sterilizer ($77,600)

Clinical Information Systems ($750,000)
Patient Call Light & Telemetry System ($150,000)
Founders Medical Office Building ($315,000)
Patient Beds ($48,000)
AJ Grey Building Refurbishing ($75,000)
North Coast Health Center, start up grant ($300,000)

Diabetes Care Center
Funding for Uninsured and Under-insured Diabetic Patient Care ($20,000)

Pharmacy / Patient Care
Patient Control Analgesic Machines ($37,300)
Pharmacy Remodel ($68,000)
Bedside Medication Verification System ($122,000)

Mini Grants are awarded to Hospital departments for improvements in patient care/comfort, employee efficiency/morale and aesthetic improvements to our Hospital. A few recent mini grant awards:

Ambulance Services – Infant Crisis Manikin
Emergency Room – Stryker Gurney
Infection Control/Housekeeping – Luminometer provides information on levels of cleaning & disinfection on surfaces after cleaning
North Coast Family Health Center – Reception Area & Exam Room Chairs, Privacy Window, Wheel Chairs
Patient Rooms – Magnetic Dry Erase Boards
Public Restrooms – Baby Diaper Changing Stations