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Mayers Memorial Hospital District offering Certified Nursing Assistant Course

Mayers Memoriial Hospital District (MMHD) will be hosting a one semester CNA Class in collaboration with Shasta College beginning January 2018.

The course will provide complete training to be a certified nursing assistant in one semester. This is an opportunity to develop a steady career with benefits at a competitive wage starting at $15 an hour. MMHD will pay students while going to school.

Classes are limited to the first 15 applicants. Applications are due by October 6. Application forms are available at MMHD facilties in Fall River and Burney and at

The CNA Training Program prepares students with the  information and experience needed to become a Nurse Assistant who will provide quality care for residents in long-term care facilities, hospitals, home health care and hospice settings.

For more information call (530)336-5511 Ext 1206.


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Mountain Valley Wellness Week 2017

The first of five health fairs organized by Mountain Valleys Health Clinics took place at the Safeway in Burney on Monday August 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Community Wellness Week 2017 at Safeway

It was very visible from the highway, so lots of people pulled in or stopped after shopping to explore some of the health services in the Intermountain area.

There were 14 booths representing various health providers and agencies plus the Burney Fire Department.

Mountain Valleys offered a $20 blood draw which included lipid panel, comprehensive metabolic panel, and a complete blood count. They also provided $10 tests for hemoglobin, prostate (PSA), and Thyroid (TSH), as well as a $20 test for Vitamin D.

Terri Schmitt from Big Valley Clinic mans the Mountain Valley booth

Meyer’s Memorial Hospital had a booth with information about their services at which they provided free blood pressure tests.

Mayers Memorial at Wellness Week 2017

Dr. Roces and Jeanette Braccialini from the Burney Dental Center were there.

Maria Roces DDS and Jeanette Braccialini  from Burney Dental Center

The Intermountain-Modoc Shriner Club had a booth.

Intermountain Modoc Shrine Club with two young friends

Among the other agencies represented were Health and Human Services, Head Start, and booths helping with tobacco addiction, aging, and other health issues.

Visitors were also treated to a delicious lunch with a broccoli/bacon salad, an oriental noodle salad, and a healthy apple.

Community Wellness week will continue through the week with 9 a.m. -1 p.m. health fairs at:

  • Plumas Bank in Fall River Mills on Tuesday, August 15
  • Adin Community Park in Adin on Wednesday, August 16
  • Veterans Park in Tulelake on Thursday, August 17, and
  • City Hall in Dorns on Friday, August 1

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Mayers Memorial Hospital District receives ACHD certification

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.

As Public Entities, Healthcare Districts have well defined obligations for conducting business in a manner that is open and transparent.  To assist members in demonstrating compliance with these obligations, the Governance Committee of the Association of California Healthcare Districts (ACHD) has developed a core set of standards referred to as Best Practices in Governance.  Healthcare Districts that demonstrate compliance with these practices receive the designation of ACHD Certified Healthcare District.

When notified in March that MMHD had achieved this designation, MMHD Chief Executive Officer Louis Ward said,

Earning the designation of a Certified Healthcare District by ACHD is an honor and a proactive step in maintaining the confidence of the people we serve. The certification assures our community that we are committed to the responsibilities we have as a District. We will always work with the best interest of the residents of the Intermountain area in mind; to provide essential quality care and access to health care in our rural setting.

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Shasta County health leaders express concern about senate version of health bill

Val Lakey, director of public relations for Mayers Memorial Hospital, and Lynn Dorroh, director of Hill Country Wellness Center, were two amongst a number of health care leaders in Shasta County who spoke at a press conference in Redding on June 27 expressing concern about the health care bill pending in the US Senate. You can see the story with video on the Record Searchlight website

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Mayers Intermountain Healthcare Foundation Awards Grants

The Mayers Intermountain Healthcare Foundation recently awarded $37,726 in grants to various Mayers Memorial Hospital District departments.

  • Mindray Vital Sign Monitor (x2)                    Acute                           6643
  • Electric Steamtable (Burney Annex)              Dietary                        2135
  • Mindray Vital Signs Monitor                         Cardiac Rehab             3322
  • Bariatric Bed                                                   Outpatient Medical       5180
  • Non Invasive Positive Pressure & BIPAP         Respiratory              14704
  • SRM Sport Rehab Versaclimber                     Physical Therapy        5295
  • Muscled Joint Model Set                                Physical Therapy         447

Services in these departments at MMHD will be enhanced by the new equipment available. For example, the Respiratory department’s purchase of a new BIPAP machine will allow the department to provide the best possible care to patients who are in the early stage of respiratory failure or respiratory compromise. This can help to improve and support their respiratory status without the need to intubate and transfer the patient.

The Acute Nursing department received two new Vital Monitors, which are used in the daily care of patients. The equipment monitors essential vital signs efficiently and effectively for burse assessment to aid in quality patient care.

The Outpatient Medical Services department received a grant to purchase a Bariatric bed, which will aid in patient safety and comfort while receiving wound care, IV infusions or other outpatient services.

These awards were available through the revenues generated by the Lucky Finds Thrifts & Gifts store, as well as the good works of the many volunteers and hours they contribute. Our volunteers at Mayers play an important role in providing quality healthcare to the communities we serve. Their gift of giving makes a valuable difference in all those who come in contact with them. For more information about volunteering, contact Barbara Spalding, Director of Volunteers & Events, 530.336.521

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Valerie Lakey updates Burney Chamber on Mayers Memorial Hospital District

Valerie Lakey gave a talk about Mayer’s Memorial Hospital District at the Burney Chamber of Commerce meeting on Tuesday June 13, at Gepetto’s Pizza.

Val Lakey at June Burney Chamber meeting

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Ms. Lakey, Director of Public Relations for Mayers Memorial, began by giving a short history of the hospital district. Mayers Memorial Hospital opened as a 10 bed facility in 1956. In 1969, Mayers Memorial Hospital District was established as a Special District. In 2001, the hospital was designated as a Critical Access Hospital.

Since that time, the hospital has also been named a “frontier” facility by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development. A “frontier” area has a population density of less than 11 persons per square mile and lacks any incorporated community with a population greater than 50,000 people based on most recent federal census data.

The hospital is also certified by the Association of California Healthcare Districts.

MMHD Map (Click to enlarge)

The geographical area of the Special District is the same as the Fall River Joint Unified School district. The district is governed by a publicly elected board of directors and receives property tax revenue from district residents. Board meetings are open to the public.

In the past year, the district received $1.11 million dollars from tax revenue. This is about 4% of the facilities overall budget.

MMHD serves more that 15,000 people in an area covering much of Shasta, Modoc, and Lassen Counties. The area cared for actually extends well beyond the electoral district which provides its tax base.

Ms. Lakey cited the total revenue for the hospital at $36 million. She stated that the hospital district is the largest employer in Northeastern Shasta County and the 8th largest employer in Shasta County. The hospital employs more that 220 people generating labor income of over $21 million. The annual economic impact is about $43 million.

Lakey also walked the audience through the district’s website discussing the services offered and emphasizing the board and staff’s determination to provide transparency. Each month, the Chief Executive Officer, Louis Ward, provides an update on the district’s activities.

She explained that while Mayers Memorial and Mountain Valley Health Centers are different entities they have a close working relationship. Also she noted that Mayers is now able to hire their own physicians due to changes in state regulations and that they hired their first physician earlier this year.

Ms Lakey encouraged people to visit the hospital’s website and to contact the hospital at 530-336-5511 if they have any questions.

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Hospice Chair-ity Auction November 5

The 5th Annual Chair-ity Affair to raise money for Intermountain Hospice will be November 5 at the Burney Vets Hall. Doors open as 6 p.m. Auction starts at 7 p.m. $10 admission.


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