May 26, 2020 0

Fort Bragg, CA – In response to the recent closing of the Labor and Delivery service at Mendocino Coast District Hospital, Mendocino Coast Clinics has partnered with MCHC Health Centers to make it easier for coastal patients to deliver babies at the hospital in Ukiah.

Mendocino Coast Clinics Executive Director Lucresha Renteria said, “We have worked with MCHC for years—we know them and we trust them. They hold to the same high standards we do. If our patients choose to deliver in Ukiah, we’ll facilitate the transfer of care at 28 weeks, or about two-thirds of the way through the pregnancy. Then, once the baby is born, patients can return home for care here at MCC, where we can care for both mother and baby.”

In collaboration with their medical team, all pregnant patients receiving prenatal care at Mendocino Coast Clinics create a birthing plan once they reach 20 weeks’ gestation. Then, according to that plan, once the patient reaches 28 weeks, Mendocino Coast Clinics transfers the patient’s medical records to the MCHC provider who will assume care and oversee the baby’s delivery. For patients prefer who prefer to transfer care to any other provider, Mendocino Coast Clinics will send medical records to the patient’s provider of choice.

Patients who transfer to MCHC Health Centers at 28 weeks’ gestation must travel to Willits or Ukiah for most prenatal exams; however, some care can be provided via telephone during the COVID-19 crisis. The MCHC providers deliver the babies at Adventist Health Ukiah Valley. For MCC patients who need financial assistance to travel outside Fort Bragg for prenatal care, the Mendocino Coast Healthcare District has provided funding; closing the Labor and Delivery Department was a difficult decision and ensuring that pregnant patients have access to quality care is vital. Mendocino Coast Clinics administers the funding, which is intended to help patients who may struggle with transportation, temporary housing, or other costs for prenatal care or at the time of delivery in Ukiah.

Renteria said, “We began working on this transfer agreement with MCHC months ago to allow patients to maintain their care close to home for as long as possible, and to relieve any stress associated with trying to find a provider who would accept them as a new patient part way through their pregnancy.”

MCHC Health Centers CEO Scott McFarland echoed Renteria’s sentiments. “Our goal is to provide the best possible care to people in Mendocino County,” he said.

MCHC’s women’s health service is called Care for Her. Care for Her Medical Director Dr. Karen Crabtree said, “Our doctors and certified nurse-midwives are enthusiastic about helping coastal patients deliver babies in a way that is right for them. The Care for Her approach is based on listening closely and educating patients, so the birthing experience meets patients’ needs, hopes, and expectations.”

Mendocino Coast Clinics has provided prenatal care to women on the Mendocino Coast for 15 years and will continue to do so as long as they serve the coastal community.


April 29, 2020 0

MCC is happy to participate in the Health Report every Thursday with our friends at The Coast KOZT during the COVID-19 crisis. An archive of the radio reports can be found on KOZT’s website.

We wanted to share a recent podcast with our own Genevieve Gonzalez, LCSW, talking about fears and feelings around the pandemic and how to cope with them. The podcast is in English and in Spanish:

Thanks to Genevieve for her insights and advice, and to KOZT for helping us to reach out to our community during this challenging time. We will be on KOZT every Thursday at 9:30 a.m. #staysafestaywell #stillhere


March 30, 2020 0

We have a lot to celebrate on Doctor’s Day, starting with our Medical Director, Dr. Lawrence Goldyn. Dr. Goldyn travels the County as the only HIV specialist, in addition to his primary care practice. He always finds the time to serve cioppino at our annual fundraiser, Crab, Wine & Beer Days!

Dr. Wade Gray specializes in family medicine and is also licensed as a Suboxone provider, a medically assisted treatment for opiate use disorder. Dr. Gray can be seen riding his bike to work, rain or shine, year round.

Dr. Ben Housel makes good use of his extensive background in Emergency Medicine, helming our walk in clinic twice a week. He also grows the best blueberries in town.

Dr. Barbara Kilian started our amazing Open Door @MCC clinic last year to better serve our LGBTQ+ patients. We are so happy to have her on staff and to provide this important service!

Dr. Brent Wright has delivered countless babies in our community, as its only obstetrician. We are so grateful for his knowledge and expertise in tirelessly bringing the #bestcareanywhere to local moms and babies.

At our Pediatrics site, we have the only pediatricians on the coast. We are lucky enough to have THREE of these dedicated professionals: Dr. Christopher Robshaw, Dr. Donavan Spencer, and Dr. Gayle Tyerman. Not only do they take the #bestcareanywhere of our community’s children, the Pediatrics crew always win our Halloween costume contest!

Happy Doctor’s Day to all our MCC MDs! #doctorsday #bestcareanywhere #teammcc


November 5, 2019 0

Are you a CalFresh recipient whose food spoiled due to the power outages?

You can request a replacement of your CalFresh Food benefits if your food spoiled due to a power outage. For the lengthy Public Safety Power Shut Off (PSPS) power outages that occurred in late October 2019, you have until November 22, 2019 to request the replacement. Contact your local county office or make an appointment with one of our Patient Advocates at (707) 964-1251 for help. You will be asked to complete a simple one page form describing the amount and type of the loss, noting that it was caused by the PSPS.


¿Es usted un destinatario de CalFresh cuya comida se echó a perder debido a los cortes de energía?

Puede solicitar un reemplazo de sus beneficios de CalFresh si su comida se echó a perder debido a un corte de energía. Para los largos cortes de energía de seguridad pública (PSPS) que ocurrieron a fines de octubre de 2019, tiene hasta el 22 de noviembre de 2019 para solicitar el reemplazo.
Póngase en contacto con la oficina local de su condado:

Servicios sociales de Fort Bragg: 764 S. Franklin St.
Lunes a jueves: 7:00 a.m. a mediodía, 1:00 p.m. a las 5:00 p.m.
(707) 962-1000 o sin cargo (877) 327-1677

o haga una cita con uno de nuestros asistentes comunitarios al (707) 964-1251 para obtener ayuda.

Se le pedirá que complete un formulario simple de una página que describa la cantidad y el tipo de la pérdida, observando que fue causada por el PSPS.


June 13, 2019 0

Susie and Albert go to the Farmer’s Market here in Fort Bragg every Wednesday afternoon rain or shine. Today’s recipe was pasta salad. Susie whips up something healthy and delicious every week. Albert is there to help answer questions about Medi-Cal, Cal Fresh, or any other health care navigation questions.

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