For local residents and coastal visitors, having a professional, responsive and experienced ambulance service is a community priority. Along with the local fire departments, our medics provide quick response to both major and minor emergencies. Supported by our annual 911 Raffle and designated donations throughout the year, the Ambulance Fund provides for the regular replacement of the Hospital District's ambulances as well as the lifesaving equipment needed to outfit them. Ambulance units wear out after 8 - 10 years of service and can cost over $95,000 each. In the past, replacement was a problem, as maintaining an around-the-clock ambulance service in a rural area is not a moneymaking proposition. With the community's support of the 911 Raffle, we are able to raise the funds we need, and put aside between $15,000 and $20,000 each year towards ambulance replacement. In the event of an emergency, it's comforting to know that the ambulance rushing to the scene and the men and women providing your family's urgent care are supported by the Ambulance Fund.
Each year during the Winesong live auction we conduct a Fund-A-Need auction lot, which is a special appeal that allows supporters to donate a specific amount of money to help raise funds for a specific cause or purpose. Donors can participate at a level that is meaningful to them. Each Fund-A-Need is selected based on priorities established by Mendocino Coast District Hospital and meets a critical need.
Examples of past Fund-A-Need include:
2012 – Elwin Cox Memorial Cancer Care Fund
2013 – New Ambulance
2014 – Cardiac Care Equipment
2015 – Bedside Medication Verification System
2016 – Telemetry Patient Monitoring System
Donations designated for the Fund-A-Need may be made outside of the Winesong auction at any time. Please contact the Foundation office or use the Donate Now button on the website.
The Chaplaincy Fund is used for materials and supplies used by the Chaplain in tending to the needs of patients and their families, in recruiting and training volunteers, and for a small stipend to coordinate the Chaplain Services Program, such as:
- Chaplain visits with patients, family and staff - 24 hour shifts on call and daily visits.
- Therapeutic Music Program — on call and weekly visits.
- Coordination of the Sunshine Team Animal Visits — on call and weekly visits.
- Baby Blessing and Birthday Celebration Tray — for newborns and in house patients.
- Quilts for Patients Gift Program — distribution and storage.
- Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Team — coordinated by Chaplain Lin Taylor, contact 964-8068 or 357-0808.
- Patient Channel Education — distribution and upkeep of Patient Channel 61 schedule found in notebook in each patient dresser bottom drawer.
- MedSerenity Program fundraising and implementation.
- Distribution of patient puzzle books to alleviate boredom.
- Organization and Supply of In-Patient Clothing Closet.
- Monthly Holiday placemats and tray tents for patients lunch food trays.
- Distribution of children’s coloring books and crayons to alleviate boredom.
- Extensive lending library with CD player and CDs to borrow.
- Distribution of Homeless Resources and Critical Incident Stress Self-Care pamphlets.
Chaplain Associate Betty Adams is authorized by Mental Health to be available as a Compassionate Companion for psychiatric patients waiting for transfer to a mental facility, as well as dementia patients or anxious patients needing extended companionship. Call 964-3327
Gloria Fredrickson Nurse’s Fund
This fund is available to MCDH staff nurses and MCDH contracted nurses of long standing for materials which would benefit the nursing staff as a whole or within their departments in improving working conditions on the floor, allowing greater ease of patient care and in contributing to the merriment of spirit among co-workers and the hospital community.
“Gloria Fredrickson died on April 29th 2002 under the compassionate care of Dr. Jan Kirsch and the nursing staff of MCDH after a brave struggle with pancreatic cancer. In her life she brought joy to others and loved to laugh. It is our hope that in the exercise of this fund that happiness lingers on.” – Lisa Fredrickson
Patient Room Improvement Project
Long recognized as a critical environment of care issue, our patient room improvement project received a huge boost with the success of the 2011 Winesong Fund-A-Need auction lot. The finest physicians, equipment and technologies are certainly critical to patient care, but without a comfortable, welcoming environment in which families and friends can lend their love and support, we are missing an essential piece of the healing process.
With the support of Winesong and community donations we are well on our way to providing some major enhancements in the comfort and care of our hospital patients.
Elwin Cox Memorial Cancer Care Fund
The Cox family, like many families in our community, has experienced the high cost of cancer care and has created a legacy in memory of Elwin that will help those in need.Gifts to the Elwin Cox Memorial Cancer Care Fund will be used to assist cancer patients in our community challenged by the high costs of cancer-related treatment and services. We hope that your generosity will aid cancer patients in our community for years to come.