Thanks to critical financial support from the Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation, the MCDH Medical-Surgical unit now has 6 new Hill-Rom VersaCare beds that are improving both patient safety and patient comfort. Executive Director Michelle Roberts presented a check to MCDH CEO Bob Edwards for just over $59,000 in late May.

The special features of the VersaCare beds:

  • can be easily moved from the normal flat position to an upright, seated position, allowing the patient to exit the bed as if getting out of a chair.
  • have built-in scales for obtaining patient weights with minimal disruption to the patient. This is a critical factor in medication dosing and monitoring fluid retention.
  • have a new mattress that improves patient comfort and helps in the process of preventing pressure ulcers.
  • can be lowered to a height of 1.5 feet off the ground. This eliminates the need for a step-stool for patients of short stature. This also reduces the risks of medical staff injuries.
  • have built-in alarms which can be set for different areas of the bed. The alarm will immediately notify nursing staff if a patient is attempting to get out of bed without assistance and is therefore at risk for falling.
  • include “Brake Off” alarms. This is a safety measure to notify nursing staff if the bed’s braking system has not been set. This greatly reduces the potential fall risk when the patient is entering or exiting the bed.
  • are easy for the medical staff to move and operate, greatly reducing the possibilities of strains and other work-related injuries.

Michelle-&-Bob-w.checkThe Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation (Foundation) reached its goal of raising $250,000 for a new Telemetry Monitoring System for Mendocino Coast District Hospital (MCDH) patients.  At Winesong 2016, the Foundation raised $210,000 in designated donations for the Telemetry Monitoring System – a record high!  The Foundation went on to continue to fundraise for this important patient care system through a year-end appeal.  Michelle Roberts, Executive Director of the Foundation, presented a check for $250,000 to MCDH CEO, Bob Edwards on April 13th.  The equipment has arrived and plans are well under way to install the new system.

MCDH had identified the current system as having reached the end of its useful life, and with no capacity to upgrade or add on to the present system.  A replacement with state-of-the-art technologies, including additional monitoring parameters and alarm abilities, was needed to provide patients with the clinical and technical support that their conditions require and offer early intervention into medically challenging and life threatening situations.  Thanks to the generosity of the Foundation’s Winesong and local donors, the MCDH is now able to install this new, potentially life-saving system.
The Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation serves residents and visitors to our coastal area--from inland to Comptche, south past Elk and north past Westport. The Foundation raises funds for the Hospital in a variety of ways, and these funds are used to reimburse the Hospital for purchases of needed equipment.  For more information, contact Michelle Roberts at 707-961-4688 or

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