Serving the Community Since 1956

Serving the Community Since 1956

Thursday, January 28, 2016

National Activity Professionals Week


The week of January 17 – 23 is National Activity Professionals Week. This week is observed each year to recognize the contributions made by activity professionals in nursing homes, retirement communities and senior centers throughout the nation.

At Mayers Memorial Hospital District we celebrate the devoted activity professionals who work each day to improve the lives of our residents in our Burney and Fall River Mills facilities.

When you walk into Mayers and observe activities in action, you can feel the energy and enthusiasm of our dedicated activities team. The department develops a calendar of activities tailored to meet the needs of our residents.

We are thankful for our activities staff and appreciate their commitment to our residents! 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Mayers Partners for Community Benefit

Burney Chamber of Commerce, Mayers Memorial Hospital and Mountain Valleys Health Centers partner to give $10,000.00 to local business project.
Everyone loves a great story. It’s the happy ending that generates box office hits and best-selling novels. The anticipation that good is coming. Well, for the Intermountain communities of Big Valley, Burney, Fall River, and McArthur that’s exactly what happened. What began as a usual Chamber meeting last Tuesday morning soon turned into the power of community and goodwill.
That morning the Burney Chamber of Commerce reminded members they had set aside $5,000 raised from successful fundraising during 2015 to be used for a project. Upon hearing this, one individual at the meeting had the notion of bringing two local health care organizations, Mayers Memorial Hospital and Mountain Valleys Health Centers together to provide matching funds. Within 24 hours both CEO’s Louis Ward of Mayers Memorial Hospital and Dave Jones of Mountain Valleys Health Centers were enthusiastic in supporting their local communities. This brought the funding up from $5,000.00 to $10,000.00. With the additional funding Burney Chamber of Commerce members will be extending the deadline for the business project to February 25, 2016.

If you would like to provide matching funds or give a donation please contact Anne Kerns at 530-335-2111 or email at

If you would like to submit a project idea, please provide the following:
1.    Describe what your project is and how you see it being of benefit the entire business community.
2.    Give the Burney Chamber of Commerce an estimate of the cost ($10,000.00 or less).
3.    How do you see your project being put into practice?
4.    Is there a way to measure the effectiveness of this project?  If there is, please describe the method of   measurement.           
5.    Get it to the Burney Chamber office by February 25, 2015.

To find out more about the Burney Chamber of Commerce, Mayers Memorial Hospital, and Mountain Valleys Health Centers please visit them at,, and

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

FEMA Training Made Available to MMHD

Anniston, Alabama – Mayers Memorial Hospital District Director of Public Relation, Valerie Lakey attended training at the Department of Homeland Security, Center for Domestic Preparedness.  Lakey along with a group of 35 other colleagues from California had the unique opportunity to receive elite FEMA training at the Noble Training Center. 

The Advanced Public Information Officer: Health and Hospital Emergencies course combined lectures, facilitated discussion, activities, and exercises, allowing participants to apply knowledge and skills to manage a Joint Information Center (JIC) in a healthcare emergency situation. The course has a healthcare focus but benefits all response disciplines.

The value of the course for participants is experiencing an actual Joint Information Center operation. The real life disaster scenario in which the participants handled information on a major disaster in a fictitious state allowed participants to:
•        Experience how different levels of government and the private sector collaborate on protective actions that need to be disseminated to the public.
•        Determine the most effective way to communicate with the public utilizing multiple mediums such as television, radio, and social media.
•        Experience how stress affects their ability to function in their disaster PIO roles.
•        Apply interpersonal skills learned in the course to enhance relationships with their community partners and the media
•        Recognize staff strengths and weaknesses to utilize everyone to their fullest potential in the JIC operation.

A side benefit to attending any course at the Center for Domestic Preparedness is the networking opportunities. Participants gain valuable insight on solving problems at their facility by hearing what other facilities are doing.

Lakey has served as the PIO at Mayers in two recent disasters and is the co-coordinator of the Disaster/Safety Program at the facility.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Mayers Collaborates with other Facilities in JPIA

JPIA Formed

Mayers Memorial Hospital District is excited to be a part of a local group of healthcare facilities working together collaboratively to address common challenges. Recently, four local health care districts have formed a Joint Powers Intergovernmental Agreement Board. The four districts are:
  • Lake Health District -Lake District Hospital - Lakeview, OR
  • Last Frontier Healthcare District - Modoc Medical Center - Alturas, CA
  • Mayers Memorial Hospital District- Mayers Memorial Hospital - Fall River Mills, CA
  • Surprise Valley Health Care District - Surprise Valley Hospital - Cedarville, CA
The Board is currently comprised of the following members:
  • Mike Kern - Chair - Mayers Memorial Hospital District
  • Judy Graham - Vice Chair - Lake Health District
  • Michael Anderson - Secretary - Last Frontier Healthcare District
  • John Erquiaga - Member - Surprise Valley Health Care District
  • Laura Dolman-Beyer - Community Member - McArthur, CA
To keep up on items and projects of the JPIA, agendas and minutes can be viewed here: