News & Current Events
Dr. Goldyn Meets with President
On June 30, 2014 Dr. Lawrence Goldyn, Medical Director of Mendocino Coast Clinics and his spouse Ronald Campbell met with President Obama in the Oval Office. The President had invited them to a White House reception honoring Gay Pride.
In the late 1970s Dr. Goldyn taught political science at Occidental College in Los Angeles. The young Mr. Obama took a course from him in European politics. They also became friends and Dr. Goldyn served as an informal advisor to the future president. In 2008 The Advocate, a national publication dedicated to LGBT issues, interviewed the then president–elect and asked him how he had developed his open attitude toward sexual minorities. Mr. Obama cited first his mother and second, Dr. Goldyn as the two people who had the most influence on his non-judgmental position.
After the Oval Office meeting, the President addressed those attending the reception in a packed East Room. He lauded Dr. Goldyn as one of the unsung heroes of the movement for civil rights for sexual minorities. The President’s speech can be found here.
MCC Celebrates 20th Birthday and Growth
On July 1, 2014 Mendocino Coast Clinics celebrated our 20th birthday. We were honored to have current and past board members, employees, city and county officials and other members of the public join us for cake in the Liz Irwin Wing of our South Street building. Our guests toured our South Street and Sequoia Circle facilities and had the opportunity to learn about our past, present and future.
We have grown tremendously over our 20 years in order to best serve our community. When we opened our doors in the summer of 1994 our original staff of seven provided only primary health care services. That first year, we proudly served 2,576 patients at our original facility on Fir Street. Behavioral health care services and dental services were added within two years, followed by perinatal care, an expansion in geriatric care and the addition of our Teen Clinic and pediatric practice. In 2013, we provided services to over 10,600 patients during more than 50,000 visits. Our facilities and workforce have grown to accommodate the needs of our patients. We currently employ 120 people, including 25 credentialed providers. Along with a large support staff, these doctors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, dentists, dental hygienists, psychologists, social workers and psychiatrists work in our three facilities to help each of our patients improve their health.
As a non-profit Federally Qualified Health Center, we have been guided through every step of our development by a volunteer Board of Directors. More than 40 community residents have volunteered their time and expertise as Board Members over the years. Recently our Board made outreach and enrollment in the Affordable Care Act and an emphasis on patient-centered care priorities for Mendocino Coast Clinics. This direction has enabled to us to launch our first Patient Centered Health Home team and to be among the leaders in Northern California for enrollment in expanded MediCal and Covered California health plans.
Health care continues to evolve at a fast rate. Mendocino Coast Clinics strives to keep pace with the innovations in technology, shifts in health insurance and changes in the health of our population. We are grateful for all of the support during our 20 years of progress and look forward to serving our community for years to come. If you have any questions or would like more information about our organization or our services, please contact us at 961-3431.