Serving the Community Since 1956

Serving the Community Since 1956

Friday, August 29, 2014

Then and Now

Over the years, MMHD
Always Caring...Always Here
with Quality Care
OB Care


Respiratory Care
Physical Therapy Care


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Meet Our Administration


Matt Rees, Chief Executive Officer
Sherry Wilson, Chief Nursing Officer

Keith Earnest, Chief Clinical Officer

Travis Lakey, Chief Financial Officer

Caleb Johnson, Chief Compliance Officer

Louis Ward, Director of Support Services
Stop by and see us at the Inter-Mountain Fair


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Our Heritage of Quality Care

Join us at the Inter-Mountain Fair starting tomorrow, August 28. The annual event will conclude on Labor Day, Monday, September 1.
For a schedule of fair events visit the Inter-Mountain Fair website.
Follow some of our great pictures form the past, history of our facility and more on our FACEBOOK page.
MMHD staff will be at our booth in the Commercial Building from 12 noon to 10:00 pm Thursday through Sunday and from 12 noon to 4:00 pm on Monday.
See you at the Fair!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Continued Change into the 2000's

MMHD Employees rolling into the year 2000 - Happy Y2K!

A new millennium brought MMHD a new CEO. Jerry Fikes began his responsibilities at Mayers on July 1, 2000.
The next decade would prove to have ups and downs with finance, regulations, programs and staffing. The director of nursing, CFO and a local physician all moved or retired.
In the midst of it all, volunteers, fundraising and the quality of care flourished.  In November of 2000 three employees were honored for over 30 years of service. Dorothy Johnson, Marie Beck and Lillian Rowland were all recognized at the hospital's "Academy Awards". Volunteer Connie Lazur was recognized for over 17,000 hours of volunteer service.
In 2001 MMHD was reclassified as a Critical Access Hospital (CAH). Critical access hospitals (CAH) are rural primary health care hospitals that gives limited outpatient and inpatient hospital services to people in rural areas. CAH's offer essential services to medicare patients and their services are reimbursed by medicare on a reasonable cost basis. It was established under the CAH program to improve rural health care access and to reduce hospital closures.
Mayers Memorial Hospital District successfully stepped into the new millennium.


Monday, August 25, 2014

Growth Continues in the 90's


December 1994 was another significant date for Mayers Memorial Hospital District. The Skilled Nursing Facility at the Burney Annex was opened.
Over the last 40 years MMHD has seen many changes and ultimately a lot of growth. The ability to expand long term care services into Burney was a significant piece of that.
Also in the 1990's, longtime Board Members Ed Bruce (46 years) and Ed Bosworth (23 years) retired. The pair was honored at a dinner in May of 1998.  

Change in Administration, restructuring of the leadership and the continued effort to obtain new equipment and services were a focus of the 90's.

There were many employees that began their tenure  and advance in their careers in the 90's.

Current employees hired in the 1990's:

Margaret Truan*
Tammy Allison (casual)
Sharon Lyons
Irma O'Brien
Connie Naslund
Sonya Fitzhugh
Theresa Babajan
Valarie Smith
Sherry Rodriguez*
Linda Turner
Lisa Akin*
Kelly Schneider
Stacie Warnock
Shelley Lee

Shelley Lee and Stacie Warnock recently graduated with their RN

Peggy Crum
Doreen Parker*
Jeanette Hooten
BJ Macey*
Norm Imhoff
Jeanne Barber
Ann Swain
Tom Coe (casual)
Lori Stephenson
Trudi Burns*
Jodi Garcia
Jeni Pevehouse (casual)
Barbara Bassett
Gary Tjaden
Keith Earnest
Sherry Wilson
Sherry Wilson, Chief Nursing Officer
Keith Earnest, Chief Clinical Officer
**Please note employee are taken from a master list, we apologize if we inadvertently have any incorrect or missing.
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Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Great 80's

The title of this booth says it all, "You've Come a Long Way Baby". MMHD continued to make progress through the 1980's.

The 80's were active with ROP classes,

Community involvement

and another expansion! This time a 20 bed long term care expansion wing. This would add to the existing 17 bed long term care and 10 bed acute facility.

Current Employees hired in the 1980's:
Erla Reed - recently retired
DeAn Carter
Linda Eastman
Jenette Spezio
David Burks
Olivia Stevenson
Sherri Green
Wendy Washburn
Dorothy Hutchison
Marlene McArthur

**Please note employee are taken from a master list, we apologize if we inadvertently have any incorrect or missing.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Our Heritage and the PEOPLE of the 1970's

The 1970's brought change to Mayers Memorial Hospital District (MMHD). After a strong effort and victory in keeping the hospital open in the 1960's and forming a district in 1969, MMHD found the need for expansion.

A 10-bed convalescent wing was completed in 1973. The community once again rose to the occasion and raised over $90,000 towards the $150,000 project.

Once completed the addition provided 10 patient rooms, a nurses station, utility room, two store rooms and a sun room. At this time the hospital already had more patients signed up for the rooms than could be accommodated.  

The new wing was dedicated to Ed Bruce to honor him for the many years of hard work he had put into the hospital.  Bruce was the president of the hospital board.

Through the 1970's, under the leadership of Administrator Everett Beck, MMHD made great strides. New equipment, doctors, surgeons, community philanthropy and dedicated employees established MMHD in healthcare.

In 1975, MMHD took over the Ambulance service in the Fall River Valley.

Yet again in 1976, expansion was needed. Plans for an additional 17 beds were made and executed.

The 1970's also saw the Hospital Ball, many volunteer hours, community donations, new ambulances and  the continued effort to make MMHD a quality healthcare facility.

Current employees hired in the 1970's:
Dale Barnard (casual)

Notable dates in the 1970's:
1970 - Everett Beck became hospital administrator
1973 - 10 bed convalescent wing complete
1974 - Voters defeat 10 cent tax
1975 - Hospital takes over ambulance service
1976 - New ambulance received
1976 - Plans for 17 bed expansion

Visit us at the Inter-Mountain Fair August 28 - September 1

**Please note employee are taken from a master list, we apologize if we inadvertently have any incorrect or missing.

Friday, August 22, 2014

1960's - Mayers Becomes a District Hospital

The 1960's were not an easy time for Mayers Memorial Hospital. After the dream of the late Dr. and Mrs. Howard Mayers materialized in 1956, years of struggle and uncertainty followed.

Mayers, who practiced medicine in the local area for many years, was tragically killed with his wife in an automobile accident in 1951. His dream did not die, members of the community shared his dream and continued to raise the funds needed to build the local hospital.

Efforts were spurred when Bing Crosby and friends performed benefit shows to raise over $16,000 in 1955 and another $23,000 in 1956. Additionally the community efforts raised another $44,000. Construction began on 5 acres of land donated by the McArthur family.

Much of the labor and materials were donated and a retired contractor donated much of his time supervising the project.

Finally the 10 bed facility was completed and equipment purchased in March of 1956. The facility was largely operated by volunteers at that time. Unfortunately, community leaders could not raise enough money to finance the operation of the hospital. In the fall of 1961 and appeal was made to Shasta County, when the proposal came before the board of supervisors, Robert R. Roberts, administrator of Memorial Hospital in Redding, proposed his hospital would be willing to look into the problem.

After many months of negotiations, the Redding hospital agreed to purchase the hospital for $90,000. In addition another $50,000 was budgeted to bring the hospital up to state standards. June 15, 1962 Mayers Memorial opened the doors.

In 1966, the hospital was ordered to make many changes by the state. Various factors prompted the Redding Memorial Hospital Corporation to abandon the building and it was set to be closed for good on October 31, 1966. A "cliff-hanging" ending scored a photo finish for the many local proponents of the hospital and the doors remained open.

In the late 1960s various regulations and the need for increased operational funding led the community to establish Mayers Memorial as a District Hospital, which provided the funding needed to draw new caregivers and specialists to the region. Mayers became a district in 1969.

Employees hired in the 1960's:
Pat Baremore (Brown)

Notable dates in 1960:

1962 - 2300 people attend hospital dedication at Inter-Mountain Fairgrounds
1965 - Mayers  becomes a member of the United Hospital Association
1966 - Hospital Guild was formed
1967 - Talk of forming hospital district
1967 - Mayers first Open House
1968 - Starting wage for an RN was $3.20 per hour

1969 - Mayers Memorial Hospital District was formed
OUR HERTIAGE continues
Next up...the 1970's

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Play the Moments of Our Heritage

The Inter-Mountain Fair is one week away and Mayers Memorial Hospital District (MMHD) is gearing up to take part in the annual community event.
Each Labor Day weekend family and friends of the Intermountain Community gather in McArthur for the official fair of Shasta County. On display everywhere you look are reminders of the heritage of the community. Which makes this year's fair theme, Our Heritage, most fitting.
MMHD has a rich heritage and will be sharing some of that at our booth during the fair. In the next days leading up to the fair, our blog will feature stories of our heritage. We will "Play the Moments" of "People, Places and Things" that have made "Our Heritage" at MMHD what it is today.
It all began with the single vision of two PEOPLE - Dr. and Mrs. Mayers and their desire to have a PLACE for people to receive quality health care locally...a simple THING called a hospital...and so it began...the timeline and moments that make the heritage of MMHD.
Stay tuned...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

School is In Session

A recent CDC teen behavior survey shows a few significant findings related to our young people. Less fights, fewer teens smoking and too much texting and driving.

This survey is conducted every two years in 42 states. The key findings according to the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) are:

Cigarette smoking rates among high school students have dropped to 15.7 percent, meeting the Healthy People 2020External Web Site Icon objective of reducing adolescent cigarette use to 16 percent or less.
  • The percentage of high school students nationwide who had been in a physical fight at least once during the past 12 months decreased from 42 percent in 1991 to 25 percent in 2013.
  • Fights on school property have been cut in half during the past 20 years, from 16 percent in 1993 to 8 percent in 2013.
  • Nationwide, 41 percent of students who had driven a car or other vehicle during the past 30 days reported texting or emailing while driving.
  • The percentage of high school students who are currently sexually active has declined from 38 percent in 1991 to 34 percent in 2013. 
  • Among the high school students who are currently sexually active, condom use also has declined from 63 percent in 2003 to 59 percent in 2013.
The report also indicates varied trends in obesity-related behaviors in recent years, such as excessive screen time (TV/computer use) and drinking sugar-sweetened beverages like soda. The full report can be found at
Visit for health tips, articles and information.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

And the Winners Are....

The Annual Intermountain Healthcare Foundation Golf Tournament was a big success!  Here are a list of the winners...

1st Gross- Greg Lee, Chris Chapin, John Karpinski, Josh Whitemoreland—Corning Ford team-Corning Ford always sponsors this tournament with the Hole In One truck

2nd Gross- Paul Cavagnaro, Jacob Armelino, Clay Frandsen, Tom Armelino-Ray Morgan Company

3rd Gross- Dave McGhee, Tom Peterson, Kevin Roberts, Philip Westphal- ALPHA Fund- one of our yearly big sponsors


1st Net-Keith Sharp, Tim Estes, John Green, Mark Lillibridge

2nd Net- Michael Downing, Doug Cady, Duane Loucks, Ron Thoensen

3rd Net- Cyndy Gordon, Kenny Gordon, Becky Levy, Rich Levey- Shasta Regional Medical Center team- yearly sponsor of this tournament


Men’s Closest to the Pin- Kevin Donohue

Women’s Closet to the Pin- Brenda McGuire


Men’s Longest Drive-Jacob Armelino

Women’s Longest Drive- Susan Lauer


Putting Contest Winner- Jacob Armelino

Monday, August 18, 2014

MMHD Surgery Department

If you need surgery, MMHD offers a wide spectrum of surgical specialties that you might expect to find only at a big city hospital, coupled with small-town compassion and high quality, personalized care.

MMHD is committed to the communities we serve. Within minutes of your home, board certified surgeons and anesthesia providers are available to provide quality care. The surgeons are supported by a team of highly skilled registered nurses and surgical technicians who are devoted to ensuring a positive surgical experience for you and your family before, during and  after your procedure.

Whether it's a major operation, minor outpatient surgery, or a minimally invasive procedure, count on MMHD for quality surgical outcomes. 
Including gallbladder, hernia, excision of lesions, mass or masses
A broad range of orthopedic procedures are available at MMHD.
Colonoscopy, EGD
Bilateral Tubal Ligation, D & C
Cesarean Section
We treat the most important health concerns, yours. We provide healthcare services designed to meet your needs at every stage of your life.

Director of Surgical Services
Dr. Syverson was born in rural Minnesota and as a young man enlisted in the United States Navy, serving more than 4 years and achieving a rank of E5 as a hospital corpsman.  After the Navy, he attended the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis for undergraduate and medical school.  Following medical school, he did a general surgery residency at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon. After residency, he  completed a fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at Ferguson Clinic in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is Board Certified in general surgery and colon and rectal surgery and his practice consists of general surgery and colon and rectal surgery.


Friday, August 15, 2014

Low Impact Workouts

Low impact workouts can be a great way to get much needed exercise. Not everyone is a runner or participates in intense contact sports. As we get older, our bodies ask us to modify our workouts. There are many options for low impact workouts that can help to keep the heart healthy, lower risk of cardiovascular disease, keep the bones strong and muscles toned and just provide an overall health benefit.

Here are some options to consider:

  • Walking
  • Elliptical
  • Stairmaster
  • Strength Training
  • Cycling
  • Rowing Machine
  • Kayaking
  • Tai Chi
  • Hiking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Water Aerobics
  • Snowshoeing
  • Step Aerobics
  • Ballroom dancing
  • Rollerblading
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Golf

21 Low Impact Workouts for more health and wellness information

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Our Heritage

Mayers Memorial Hospital was first formed in the hearts and minds of Dr. and Mrs. Howard Mayers, who arrived in the Intermountain region in 1938. Like many country doctors, Dr. Mayers received much of his pay in produce and often gave up his own bed to a patient who needed care. Over the years, Dr. & Mrs. Mayers began to envision a hospital that would provide the needs of residents in these rural communities.

He realized this would draw new providers to the area; give residents timely emergency, surgical and obstetric care locally; and reduce the need for elderly residents to leave their families and support systems once they became in need of long term care. 

In 1951, Dr. Mayers held a meeting in his home to share his vision with local citizens. As he presented the benefits a local hospital would bring, it did not take long for key community leaders to join him in his vision. Enthusiasm spread very quickly and the community eagerly backed his plan. Only one month later, long before the hospital could become a reality, Dr. Mayers and his wife were killed in a tragic automobile accident.

Broken hearted by the loss but motivated to carry on the dream, the residents of Fall River Mills and surrounding communities began to raise funds to build a rural community hospital in memory of Dr. and Mrs. Mayers. Anna McArthur, one of the community's local residents, donated land on which to build the hospital. Numerous residents joined forces to raise the funds necessary to realize their goal. 

A daunting task for any community, raising enough money to build a hospital would likely not have been feasible for this rural region if not for Bing Crosby, one of the part-time residents of the Intermountain area. With help from community organizers, Mr. Crosby agreed to put on a benefit show to help raise the necessary funds.

What began as a small show in the garden of the Jack Martin's Rising River Ranch skyrocketed into a gala production at the Intermountain Fairgrounds. Local residents were the driving force in the planning and organizing of this incredible event, and Bing Crosby, Phil Harris and other Hollywood celebrities helped draw crowds from well beyond the region. Needless to say, the fundraiser was a great success.

A year later, at the request of local community members, Mr. Crosby and friends produced a second show to help finance the furnishings and equipment for Mayers Memorial Hospital. Construction of the 10-bed building was completed in March 1956. In the early years, Mayers Memorial was largely volunteer-operated. In the late 1960s various regulations and the need for increased operational funding led the community to establish Mayers Memorial as a District Hospital, which provided the funding needed to draw new caregivers and specialists to the region.

Between the years of 1970 and through the 1990s, the District constructed various additions to the building and remodeled older sections to make room for growth-patients, physicians, new technologies and services. In 1993, another facility was built in the growing community of Burney (over 17 miles to the west) on land owned by Fruit Growers Supply Company. This facility now houses additional skilled nursing rooms, including a secure Alzheimer's unit. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Thank You!

It can be said many ways...Thank you!

Mayers Memorial Hospital District would like to express sincere thanks to the facilities that helped us during our emergency.

On Sunday, August 3, 2014 we had to evacuate 43 long term care residents from our Burney facility because of the Eiler Fire.

Thank you Mercy Medical Center, Shasta Regional, St. Elizabeth, Canyonwood, Copper Ridge, Vibra and Marquis for the assistance and the wonderful care you provided to our patients.

Thankfully we were able to repopulate our facility. It is great to know we are all here with the same goal in mind…providing quality care to our patients.

Friday, August 8, 2014

August is Medic Alert Awareness Month

August is Medic Alert Awareness month. Chances are, someone you know wears a Medic Alert ID – you just may not know it.

There are many reasons someone would wear a medic alert ID. Food, drug or insect allergies, cardiac problems, diabetes, epilepsy, stroke risk, anemia and even DNR orders are just a few of the medical conditions that can put a person at risk and in need of immediate attention.

More than 95% of first responders look for a medic alert ID on the patient during emergencies, with 95% looking on the patient’s wrist first and 68% looking around their neck.

A medic alert ID can help to decrease error in medication, diagnose the patient more quickly, and reduce medical errors in treatment by almost half.

If you or someone in your family wears a medic alert ID, be sure you understand their medical condition in case medical attention is ever needed. With your help, first responders and emergency personnel will be able to more efficiently treat your loved one, which could be the difference between life or death.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Immunization Awareness Month

Immunizations Aren’t Just for Kids

As everyone is busy enjoying their summer, thoughts of the coming school year are far from the mind. However, immunizations for school-age kids are a must prior to the start of the school year.  Remember, though, immunizations are NOT just for kids! Regardless of age, we ALL need immunizations to keep us healthy. With time, immunity from childhood vaccines can wear off and you may be at risk for new and different diseases. With adulthood comes responsibility, including the need to protect ourselves and our loved ones.

The specific immunizations you need as an adult are determined by factors such as your age, lifestyle, health conditions, locations of travel, and previous immunizations. Throughout your adult life, you need immunizations to get and maintain protection against:

Seasonal influenza (flu) (for all adults)

Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough) (for all adults who have not previously received the Tdap vaccine)

Shingles (for adults 60 years and older)

Pneumococcal disease (for adults 65 years and older and adults with specific health conditions)

Hepatitis B infection (for adults who have diabetes or are at risk for hepatitis B)

Other vaccinations you may need include those that protect against human papillomavirus (which can cause certain cancers), hepatitis A, meningococcal disease, chickenpox (varicella), measles, mumps and rubella.  Check with your physician to see what immunizations are right for you.

As adults, we must continue to maintain our own health because our families and loved ones depend on us to care for them and to teach them how to care for themselves. Immunizations are an important step in preventing illness and staying healthy. Be a positive role model. If you are up-to-date on all of your vaccinations, you protect yourself and those around you.