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Caring for expectant mothers
Introducing our Family medicine residents
Made for more care in Mendocino County The past few months have been a challenging time for our country and world, yet despite the crisis of a pandemic, our team at Adventist Health has been stepping up for our communities and living our mission. I’m so proud of our heroes on the front lines and how they continue being a force for good when they are needed most. Our commitment to Mendocino County has never been stronger as we welcome Mendocino Coast District Hospital to our Adventist Health family. Soon MCDH will be known as Adventist Health Mendocino Coast, and the future is bright for healthcare on the coast as we bring more primary and specialty care closer to home for the coastal communities. We are grateful for the exceptional support and welcome we have felt on the coast. I am confident we will build on the great legacy and care for our friends and neighbors for generations to come. We look forward to collaborating with the talent of our great team on the coast, while also sharing best practices and resources across the region, so together we can enhance the care and experience for all of Mendocino County. I’m also excited to introduce you to Judy Leach who is leading our hundreds of team members on the coast. Judy brings a wealth of experience, and her leadership will ensure that the community experiences the benefits of this vibrant partnership while creating pathways for collaboration, innovation and transformation. At a time when we realize how much we depend on our physicians and healthcare workers, we are also eager to welcome a new group of resident physicians to our community in July. Twelve new primary care physicians are joining the Adventist Health team along with a great faculty to support our residency program. One of those physicians is Dr. John Sanchez, an experienced OB/GYN, and we are thrilled to welcome him to Mendocino County. Lastly, I want to reassure you that while many things have changed during this pandemic, our commitment to caring for our community hasn’t. Our facilities are open and our teams are standing by ready to provide safe care. We’re here for you.
Jason Wells President Inspired is published as a community service for the friends and neighbors of Adventist Health Howard Memorial and Adventist Health Ukiah Valley. To learn more, go to AHMendocino.org. Information in Together Inspired® comes from a wide range of medical experts. If you have any concerns or questions about specific content that may affect your health, please contact your healthcare provider. The cover photo was taken of a coastline below cliffs near Mendocino Bay.
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Welcome to the family! On May 4, 2020, amid bright blue skies and perfect weather, Adventist Health welcomed Mendocino Coast District Hospital to the family. With a long-term lease agreement, Adventist Health will be managing the hospital, which soon will be known as Adventist Health Mendocino Coast. The hospital will draw on Adventist Health’s extensive experience, as well as its vast network and resources in Mendocino County, where Adventist Health manages two other hospitals, Adventist Health Howard Memorial in Willits and Adventist Health Ukiah Valley. “We are grateful and humbled by the community’s overwhelming vote in support of the affiliation,” says Adventist Health CEO Scott Reiner. “We value and thank them for their trust in our organization and we look forward to building on the hospital’s rich heritage in the community and expanding our mission throughout the Mendocino Coast,” he adds. Jason Wells, president of Adventist Health in Mendocino County, says the team is proud to work together to care for this community. “The combination of the three hospitals in the county gives us a unique ability to provide more coordinated care and access to more services for all. We will be stronger together as we coordinate care and share expertise and operational excellence between all three hospitals, positively impacting care for generations to come.”
We also welcomed Judy Leach, who will be leading the work of integrating the hospital’s operations into a greater network of care within Mendocino County and Adventist Health to provide sustainable growth and a thriving culture of excellence. Leach brings more than 20 years of experience in healthcare, including nearly 15 years with Adventist Health. She most recently served as communications executive for the organization’s 22 hospitals and hundreds of clinics.
“I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to lead this transition and thrilled to welcome Mendocino Coast District Hospital as part of our Adventist Health family. Knowing how much this hospital means to this community, with a dedicated team behind me, I am inspired to do everything we can to bring exceptional care to this community. I look forward to partnering with the community so together we can create the vision for a thriving hospital that will serve this community for generations to come.” JUDY LEACH | ADMINISTRATOR MENDOCINO COAST DISTRICT HOSPITAL
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We’re safe, open & ready for you Our community has done a great job of sheltering in place and flattening the curve of the pandemic. But now it’s time for you to put your family’s health back into focus. We are eager to reconnect with our patients and get you back on track to getting better and feeling better. We have resumed services that were put on hold while continuing our focus on keeping patients and staff safe, as pandemic challenges remain. Surgeries such as knee replacements and other procedures are now being performed, as well as outpatient care, including laboratory services, medical imaging procedures such as mammograms and rehabilitation services such as physical therapy and more. As we resume services, your safety continues to be our highest priority. We have instituted policies and procedures aligned with state and national guidelines to protect you and your loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic while providing the care you need. We’re safe, open and ready to serve our community.
Keeping our communities healthy and safe Masks for patients and staff
Enhanced disinfection procedures
Virtual and telephone visits
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Preventative care is more important than ever Routine visits with your family medicine specialist, as well as annual physicals and screenings are vital to your overall health and well-being, even during a pandemic. It’s time to get these important health screenings back on the schedule. Early detection often means simpler treatment options and better outcomes.
Yes, screenings start as early as the first few days of life. These screenings are important in identifying a baseline for your child and detecting any potential health concerns. “In the first couple of years more regular visits are needed to monitor developmental milestones and make sure kids are up to date on their immunizations,” says Faith Simon, FNP. We always invite our patients and their parents to ask questions. You know your child and, believe it or not, children can also be very aware of what is happening with their bodies.”
As early as 21 years of age, women should be visiting their family medicine doctor or OB-GYN annually to check their breasts for lumps. “Early detection is key in beating breast cancer and giving women more treatment options,” explains Lance Ludington, MD, a general surgeon who focuses on breast health. “I always recommend that women over 40 get their 3D mammogram done annually. 3D technology is proven to have greater accuracy in detecting breast cancer, and the service is offered locally.”
Colonoscopies The American Cancer Society recommends that men and women at average risk of colorectal cancer start regular screening at age 45. If you have a history of polyps or a family history of colorectal cancer, you may need to begin exams earlier. “Finding cancer early, when it’s small and hasn’t spread, often allows for more treatment options,” says John Glyer, MD. “There are different types of tests that can be ordered based on your risk and other factors.”
Women’s Health Exams “I recommend that women begin seeing their women’s health provider for a Pap smear at 21 years old. If there is no family history of cancer and the first test comes back negative for abnormalities, this exam only needs to be done once every three years,” shares John Sanchez, MD, an obstetrician-gynecologist. “This exam screens for cervical cancer, a cancer that can greatly impact a women’s reproductive health.”
Other common screenings Your family medicine provider may recommend one of these additional screenings: • Skin cancer check • Diabetes or prediabetes screening • Prostate check • Cholesterol measurement Our team is ready to get you back on track to good health.
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Inspired to help families and communities grow Meet John Sanchez, MD, OB-GYN He graduated from the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California before completing his residency at the University of California San Diego. Dr. Sanchez is board-certified and is fluent in both English and Spanish. Adventist Health Ukiah Valley has welcomed a new provider who is excited to help local families welcome their own new additions. “There’s something special about bringing new life into this world and being part of a growing family,” shares Dr. John Sanchez, an experienced obstetrician-gynecologist who is now caring for patients at Adventist Health Ukiah Valley Women’s Health medical office. “I feel blessed that my patients trust me with their most precious delivery.” Dr. Sanchez brings more than 30 years of experience as an OB-GYN.
A Los Angeles native, Dr. Sanchez chose to come to Mendocino County because it was a breath of fresh air. He appreciates the beauty of the place and most importantly the people. “I have always wanted to live in Northern California,” Dr. Sanchez says. “After I completed college at Stanford University, I promised myself I would come back this way. I love the tightknit families and the small-town feel. Being here relaxes you, almost instantly.” It’s that sense of community that he loves most about being an OB-GYN. “The best part is when I’m in the
Here for your special deliveries... Nothing is more life-changing than the birth of a child, and we want to make your experience a memorable one. Families and newborns are safe and secure in our large birthing suite and special care nursery, with support from a team of experienced nurses. Learn more: AdventistHealth.org/UkiahBirthCenter
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grocery store and I see a mom and the baby I delivered all grown up, to be a part of bringing that child into this world. It makes me proud and blessed to have the opportunity to make a difference.” Dr. Sanchez hopes to make the same difference for families in Mendocino County. “I treat my patients the way I would want those I love most to be treated, with respect and compassion. I hope to support my patients and their choices throughout their journey and even after.” When asked how many babies he’s delivered, Dr. Sanchez says, “about 20,000—the size of a small town!”
Dr. Sanchez is now seeing patients in Ukiah. Call 833-AH-Wellness (833-249-3556) to make an appointment.
Bringing access and expertise through the Family Residency Program We are excited to welcome our 12 new residents. The new six residents, along with the first batch will be onsite this month to officially begin their full scope primary care training as part of our Family Residency Program. Beyond working in our family medicine clinics, resident physicians will be joining our community. Cara Eberhardt, MD, had many choices for her residency, but ultimately chose Mendocino County for the opportunity to work outside of the clinic walls. “I am really looking
forward to working on projects that strengthen connections between the residency program and community organizations and improving access to healthcare in general. Focusing on addiction treatment is a particular interest of mine. I did my research on Adventist Health and Mendocino County, and it revealed more than a few stories about the significant investment and excitement that community members provided to bring these ideas of helping vulnerable population to reality. Rural physicians are extremely skilled at providing care far away from academic and subspecialty centers, and I am so
eager to learn from all that collective experience. Every person I met while interviewing and when I came back for a second look made it clear that this community is special, and I can’t wait to join this team.” Our residents specialize in caring for the entire person, at any stage in life. Dr. Eberhardt knows there is so much more to caring for a person than simply treating a single condition. “One of the strengths of family medicine is that we are trained to look at all things that influence a patient’s health, including the entire lifespan, the family unit and the social context.”
“This is a very exciting time for the healthcare community in Mendocino County. We have 12 very talented young doctors who are moving to Ukiah and will bring with them their passions and unique skillsets to benefit the entire community.” CHRIS DEUEL, MD | FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Welcome our family medicine residents!
Jeffrey Baitis, MD
John Lee, MD
Paul Carty-Soriano, MD Daniel Coates, DO
Joshua Levy, MD
Angela Mapanao, DO
Cara Eberhardt, MD
Jonathan Goorhuis, MD
Moudi Hubeishy, MD
Caitlin Raymond, MD, PhD
Hayley Rousek, MD
Shamsher Singh, MD
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Mendocino Coast District Hospital will be known as Adventist Health Mendocino Coast 700 River Dr. | Fort Bragg, CA 95437 707-961-1234 | AHMendoCoast.org
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Please welcome our new providers
Bonnie Henderson, NP Internal Medicine Ukiah
Elizabeth Levine, MD Internal Medicine Fort Bragg
Carla Stange, NP Family Medicine Fort Bragg
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Erica Baumker, PNP Pediatrics Ukiah & Willits
John Sanchez, MD OB-GYN Ukiah