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Awards & Honors

ACHD Certified Healthcare District

Mayers Memorial Hospital District (MMHD) has met all of the criteria to be one of only 17 healthcare district's in the state to be a Certified Healthcare District.

The Association of California Healthcare Districts (ACHD) Chief Executive Officer Ken Cohen presented MMHD with their certificate at the July 26 MMHD Board meeting.

Association of California Healthcare District CEO Ken Cohen, Valery Lakey and Louis Ward at the July 26th MMHD Board meeting.

California Healthcare Districts respond to the specialized health needs of California communities. Voters have created 79 Healthcare Districts to fill distinct gaps in local health care services - from wellness and prevention to emergency rooms and long-term care. 54 of these Districts serve the state's rural areas. Mayers Memorial Hospital District became a district in 1969. [Read more...]

ACHD District of the Year

Mayers Memorial Hospital District has just been honored as District of the Year by the Association of California Healthcare Districts. (ACHD) The award was presented at the 65 th Annual Meeting. Board member Beatriz Vasquez and Director of Public Relations, Valerie Lakey were in attendance to accept the award. Vasqez serves on the ACHD board and Governance and Education committees. Lakey serves on the Governance, Advocacy and Healthcare District Law committees.

Nominees must be a member of the Association of California Healthcare Districts and participate in at least one of the ACHD Annual events.

In order to be considered for Healthcare District of the Year, the ACHD Education Committee required that the District identify one or more initiatives implemented to improve the health and well-being of the communities served. MMHD submitted their "Planting Seeds, Growing Our Own" project. Below are two of the questions that were answered and submitted. [Read more...]

MMHD Receives Another Quality Care Award

Recognized as a "Zero Hero" for Central Line Blood Stream Infections

FALL RIVER MILLS, CA, February 4, 2013 - The Hospital Council of Northern and Central California and the Patient Safety First Collaborative recognized Mayers Memorial Hospital District as a "Super Zero Hero." Mayers was awarded for this achievement after reaching and maintaining a zero rate in Central Line Blood Stream Infection. A central line is an IV line which is inserted into a vein near the heart or neck to administer fluids or blood and/or withdraw blood specimens for laboratory testing. It is typically used in emergency situations or for diagnostic purposes when requested by a physician.

Out of approximately 1,852 patient days in 2012, MMHD had 130 days of patients with a central line, with no infections.

Mayers Infection Control Department has been hard at work in training and educating staff with 1) the proper hand hygiene and aseptic techniques; 2) use of the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) while changing central line dressings; 3) using chlorhexidine skin preparation for cleansing and antisepsis of insertion site; and 4) being aware of potential sign and symptoms of infections.

This award backs another quality care award received just last November by the Hospital Council of Northern and Central California. Hospitals were recognized for achieving and maintaining zero in sepsis mortality and/or reducing early elective deliveries for more than a year.

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In 1949 a Chamber of Commerce hospital committee was formed and began taking the first steps toward a visionary project -Ward Memorial Hospital. The Chamber's "Hospital Committee" compiled the costs of building a new hospital to present to taxpayers -the first hospital bond issue was defeated in 1950. If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. After one private hospital discontinued practice due to inadequate facilities, leaving only one that could handle just 23 patients, the need for a county hospital was again fronted to the citizens in 1953. With the support of local doctors, civic groups and women's clubs, a bond election was called in March of 1954. In June of 1954 the voters voted six-to-one in favor of a county hospital.