Serving the Community Since 1956

Serving the Community Since 1956

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

We Are...

You know us as the "hospital", the place to go in an emergency. The place to get your lab work done, the place to have a baby...but who are we? What is Mayers Memorial Hospital District (MMHD)?

For the next few posts, the blog "Always Caring, Always Here" will provide you with that information. MMHD is much more than "just a hospital." We are YOUR hospital!

MMHD is a district hospital. This means we are a public entity that provides community based healthcare services. We are governed by a locally elected board of trustees who are directly accountable to the community we serve.

Our Board:
Allen Albaugh, President
Brenda Brubaker - Vice President
Mike Kerns - Secretary
Abe Hathaway - Treasurer
Art Whitney - Trustee

We are also a Critical Access Hospital (CAH) which is a geographically remote facility that provides inpatient and outpatient services. To be designated as a CAH, a hospital must be located in a rural area, provide 24-hour emergency services, be located more than 35 miles from the nearest hospital and may have no more than 25 acute care beds.

Our Facility:
22 Bed Acute Care
Skilled Nursing Beds - 38 Fall River; 28 Burney Annex

Inpatient Services:
Rehabilitation (Swing Beds)

Outpatient Services:
Wound Care
Emergency Department/Ambulance
Cardiac Services and Cardiac Rehab
Respiratory Care
Physical Therapy

Stay tuned for more on who we are at MMHD.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Like Us!

Mayers Memorial Hospital District wants to be where you are.  We would like to invite you to "Like" us on Facebook.

You will find many great things on our page including information on our services, health tips, recipes, pictures, staff and something fun and informative for everyone.

This is a great place to stay informed about YOUR hospital.  Stay tuned for more information on MMHD and what exactly a district hospital is.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

MMHD Receives BETA Award

CNO, Sherry Wilson; OB Manager Holly Green; Acute Care Manager, Theresa Overton; Emergency Department Manager, Kathy Broadway

For the second year in a row, Mayers Memorial Hospital District has received the Quest for Zero: Excellence in ED (Emergency Department) Tier 1 Award.

As a part of the criteria, employees in the ED participate in 5 different assessments.  Mayers had 100% compliance and was honored for their efforts. MMHD also received a discounted insurance rate as a result of their compliance.

Staff attended the BETA conference where they not only received the award, but participated in several classes and trainings.

Way to go Mayers!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Support Our Runners

The Biz Johnson Express Half Marathon is October 11th and about 20 employees of Mayers Memorial Hospital District are running for a cause.

Most are not avid runners and some are planning on a walk/jog; but it will all be done with a full heart in memory of a great lady, Julie McCullough.

Julie was an EMT at Mayers and recently passed away. She was a true runner and this was a race she had participated in before.

She was a great encourager and we know she will be encouraging all of the runners each step of the way.

The runners will be collecting pledges to benefit a scholarship award in memory of Julie. All proceeds will be handled by the Mayers Intermountain Healthcare Foundation.

If you would like to contribute or sponsor a runner, contact (530)336-5511 extension 1136.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Help Wanted

MMHD currently has CNA positions open. Starting wage is $13.00 per hour. If you are interested in joining a great team visit our website Mayers Memorial Hospital District

You can fill out an application online as well.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

545 Miles to Stop AIDS

What do our employees do in their spare time...contribute to great causes.
545 Miles to Stop AIDS 

MMHD RN, Chris Brierley participated in the AIDS/LifeCycle, a 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

AIDS/LifeCycle raises more money in the fight against AIDS than any other annual event and funds life-saving programs and services at two of the nation’s largest HIV/AIDS organizations.

His ride was to support over 100,000 people in California living with HIV/AIDS. But pushing a bike won't provide them with services. Your donations WILL.

We’re working together to make HIV/AIDS a thing of the past. Will you support me by making a donation today?


Donations can be made online at:

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

"Chair-ity Plus" Fundraiser to benefit Intermountain Hospice...

This year's event will include one-of-a-kind and incredibly creative chairs to be auctioned at the event. An added feature includes "Plus" items. The Chair-ity Plus was created by event volunteers to include accessory items for chairs (examples: lamps, tables, yard art, pillows, etc.) that will also be auctioned.

Date: October 4, 2014
Location: VFW Hall, Burney CA
Time: 6 PM
Cover Charge: $10 (at the door or pre-sale tickets are available)

Tickets available in Burney
     - Annie's Place
     - Tara Travel

Tickets available in Fall River Mills
     - Mayers Memorial Hospital (Administration Office)
     - Mayers Intermountain Healthcare Foundation Office

Light Appetizers and Desserts
Raffle Prizes $1/ticket
Please make checks payable to: Mayers IHF (Hospice)

Need More Information? PLEASE CALL:

Evalee Nelson at 530.335.3627
Barbara Spalding, Mayers IHF, 530.336.5511, Ext. 1159.

A SPECIAL THANK YOU to the incredible volunteers putting on this event!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Other End of the Evacuation

Chief Clinical Officer and Incident Operations Section Chief, Keith Earnest along with Chief Financial Officer and Incident Finance Chief, Travis Lakey prepare to register and receive patients from Shasta View Nursing Center.

It was just over one month ago that Mayers Memorial Hospital District had to evacuate the long term care residents of our Burney Annex. At that time we were assisted by a great staff and many facilities in the Redding area ready and willing to help. We were able to transfer our patients and be confident that they were receiving quality care. The care,compassion and willingness to help from these facilities did not go unnoticed.

September 15, 2014 we were able to return the gesture. The devastating Boles Fire near Weed, California forced the evacuation of 1000's of people, including residents of the Shasta View Nursing Center. When we received the phone call asking if we could help, there was not a question.

The wonderful staff at MMHD came together to prepare to take 6 of the Shasta View residents. It takes a team of dedicated individuals to make the process work. Dietary staff stayed make sure the patients would have a meal when they arrived, housekeeping laundered clothing so they would have fresh clothes in the morning, admitting staff came in to register, administrative staff was available for any other needs...this all in addition to the amazing clinical staff prepared to make the transition for these patients comfortable.

We are blessed to meet and care for these patients...the Air Force nurse of 30 years, the lifelong Weed resident, the native Missouri resident, the precious lady who likes her tea really hot and the spunky lady who renamed one of our staff "Cutie Pie." It is a joy to be able to know and care for these residents as our own in their time of need. Our prayers to the people of Weed and wishes for these 6 patients to be able to return home soon. In the mean time, we are honored to be able to provide the needed care.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Thank You!

It is National Environmental Services Week and at MMHD we want to say thank you to our amazing staff. Sherry Rodriguez ad her staff are dedicated to three things - Quality-Safety-Satisfaction.
Simple words with great meaning. As consumers of health care, we all depend on the critical yet unsung role environmental services plays in the continuum of care. The meaning of these words is substantial but the definition is simple, Teamwork. The output of the environmental services team in each healthcare facility demonstrates enormous efforts toward Quality-Safety-Satisfaction in every aspect of their role.
Thank you! You are appreciated!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Mood Boosting Nutrients

Can what you eat improve your mood? Research shows a healthy cognitive system is important when it comes to being in a good mood. It is also documented that certain nutrients have an impact on maintaining normal brain function.

Researchers have studied the relationship between food and the brain and have identified nine nutrients that seem to combat depression and boost moods.

  • Ricotta
  • Yogurt
  • Milk
  • Kale
  • Collard Greens
RDA 1000 mg per day

  • Broccoli
  • Grape Juice
  • Potatoes
  • Turkey Breast
RDA Women: 25 mcg per day Men: 35 mcg per day

  • Spinach
  • Black Eyed-Peas
  • Asparagus
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Avocado
RDA 400 mcg per day

  • Soybeans
  • Lentils
  • Turkey - Dark Meat
  • Beef
RDA 18 mg per day

  • Almonds
  • Spinach
  • Cashews
  • Peanuts
  • Edamame
RDA Women: 310 mg per day Men: 400 mg per day

Omega 3's
  • Spinach
  • Chia Seeds
  • Fish
Vitamin B6
  • Chickpeas
  • Salmon
  • Chicken
  • Tuna
RDA 2.4 mcg per day

Vitamin B12
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Salmon
  • Swiss Cheese
  • Tuna
RDA 2.4 mcg per day

Vitamin D

  • Eggs
  • Salmon
  • Milk
RDA 600 IU per day (40 IU's equal 1 mcg)

*mcg = microgram. 1000 mcg equals 1 mg

Mayers Memorial Hospital District


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Always Remember

We Shall Never Forget (9-11 Tribute)

Let the world always remember,
That fateful day in September,
And the ones who answered duties call,
Should be remembered by us all.

Who left the comfort of their home,
To face perils as yet unknown,
An embodiment of goodness on a day,
When men's hearts had gone astray.

Sons and daughters like me and you,
Who never questioned what they had to do,
Who by example, were a source of hope,
And strength to others who could not cope.

Heroes that would not turn their back,
With determination that would not crack,
Who bound together in their ranks,
And asking not a word of thanks.

Men who bravely gave their lives,
Whose orphaned kids and widowed wives,
Can proudly look back on their dad,
Who gave this country all they had.

Actions taken without regret,
Heroisms we shall never forget,
The ones who paid the ultimate price,
Let's never forget their sacrifice.

And never forget the ones no longer here,
Who fought for the freedoms we all hold dear,
And may their memory never wane,
Lest their sacrifices be in vain.

Alan W. Jankowski

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month. TEAL is the representative color.  Why TEAL? It is an acronym for Take Early Action & Live. The key to early diagnosis can be paying attention to signs and symptoms and having regular check-ups.

Symptoms may include:
• Bloating
• Pelvic or Abdominal pain
• Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
• Urinary urgency or frequency
Other symptoms may include:
• Nausea, indigestion, gas, constipation or diarrhea
• Extreme fatigue
• Shortness of breath
• Backaches
• Weight Gain
There is no adequate screening test of ovarian cancer at this time which is one of the reasons that this cancer is often discovered in later stages.
Talk to your doctor if symptoms last more than 2-3 weeks. You are your best advocate.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014


If you are eligible, it is a great time to contribute to life. The Mayers Memorial Hospital Blood Drive is scheduled for today from 1:30 – 5:30 pm at the Fall River Seventh Day Adventist Church. Walk-ins are welcome!

Here are a few facts about blood and blood donation:

1.     More than 4.5 million patients need blood transfusions each year in the U.S. and Canada.

2.     43,000 pints: amount of donated blood used each day in the U.S. and Canada.

3.     Someone needs blood every two seconds.

4.     Only 37 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood – less than 10 percent do annually.

5.     About 1 in 7 people entering a hospital need blood.

6.     One pint of blood can save up to three lives.

7.     Healthy adults who are at least 17 years old, and at least 110 pounds may donate about a pint of blood—the most common form of donation—every 56 days, or every two months. Females receive 53 percent of blood transfusions; males receive 47 percent.

8.     94 percent of blood donors are registered voters.

9.     Four main red blood cell types: A, B, AB and O. Each can be positive or negative for the Rh factor. AB is the universal recipient; O negative is the universal donor of red blood cells.

10.  Dr. Karl Landsteiner first identified the major human blood groups – A, B, AB and O – in 1901.

Thank you from Mayers Memorial Hospital District!

Monday, September 8, 2014

September is Suicide Prevention Month

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is a great resource page that addresses the many aspects of suicide.
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Mayers Memorial Hospital District encourages you to be informed and educated.

Friday, September 5, 2014

September is Fruits and Vegetables Month

Consuming a variety of fruits and vegetables daily is important to your health. Diets that include fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases. Fruits and vegetables provide essential vitamins, minerals, fiber and are naturally low in fat and calories.
There are several ways you can liven up your meals with fruits and vegetables.
  • Use the grill to cook vegetables and fruit. Try grilling mushrooms, carrots, peppers or potatoes on a skewer. Peaches, pineapple and mangos are also great for grilling.
  • Add to casseroles. Mix in sautéed onions, peas, pinto beans or tomatoes.
  • Italian Food? Add vegies to your pasta dish or sauces.
  • Liven up your salad. Toss in shredded vegies or add strawberries, orange wedges or berries.
  • Stir Fry is a great way to cook broccoli, carrots, snap peas, mushrooms and green beans.
  • Top a sandwich. Tomatoes, lettuce, avocado, peppers, mushrooms....
  • Sneak into baked goods. apples, pears, bananas, zucchini and berries.
  • Make a smoothie.
  • Liven up an omelet with lots of vegies.
Mayers Memorial Hospital District encourages healthy eating habits and an active lifestyle.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Be Prepared

Being prepared for an emergency is simple - but sometimes a low priority on our list of many things to do. September is National Preparedness Month. The CDC has put out a great list of resources to help follow these four simple steps:

September is National Preparedness Month, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) encourages everyone to make disaster preparedness a priority.
“National Preparedness Month serves as a reminder that we all need to prepare for disasters and emergencies,” said FEMA Region V acting regional administrator, Janet Odeshoo.  “Make disaster readiness manageable by taking one step at a time— start by learning your specific risk, then gather supplies for an emergency kit, and finally develop a family communications plan. By taking these small, but critical, steps, over time you can be prepared for disasters.”
FEMA publishes a great resource brochure.
Mayers Memorial Hospital District encourages you to be prepared at home, school and business.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014


Mayers Memorial Hospital District is excited to offer a new feature on the website. FastHealth is a Healthcare research center with a variety of resources.

Mayers Memorial Hospital District understands the desire family members and patients have to conduct online health research. Below you will find a research library to tens of thousands of health sources where you may read and examine health topics of interest to you. The program includes the Merriam Webster Medical Dictionary, A research engine, and The FastNurse Personal Research Service as well as other interesting components. 

The online health dictionary gives you access to definitions from the Merriam-Webster's Medical Dictionary.

The general health search feature has access to articles, information, research and more.

The FastNurse Personal Research Coordinator can provide assistance in searching for specific information.

There is also a listing of the Top FastHealth Health Sites for quick reference.

Though your doctor is the best source of accurate information, this online educational library of comparative health information links gives you a starting point for research so you do not have to turn to other popular search engines.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014


How many did you have? Be honest. The Inter-Mountain Fair is over and the Corn Dog concession stand has left town. Fair time is always fun and a great time to sample your way through some "not so healthy" foods. But it's only once a year ...for five days...right? Here's a little information on that county fair staple...

A corn dog is a hot dog sausage coated in a thick layer of cornmeal batter, typically deep fried and served on a stick. Newly arrived German Texan sausage-makers, finding resistance to the sausages they used to make, have been credited with introducing the corn dog to the United States, though the serving stick came later.

So...time to get back to a normal and healthier eating plan...but there is no doubt that the sampling of fair food was good!