Happy PA Week to our amazing Physician Assistants!
Dawn Hofberg provides women’s healthcare services and also works at our Pediatrics site. When she isn’t taking the #bestcareanywhere of her patients here on the Mendocino Coast, Dawn is taking the #bestcareanywhere of patients all over the world, including refugees.
James Thomas is one of the most versatile of our staff members, working in both the medical clinic and the behavioral health department at our South Street site, where he specializes in psychiatric medication management.
Not pictured is recurring guest star Richard Marks, who fills in at our South Street medical clinic when coverage is needed. He has been our savior more than once and we appreciate his many contributions to our team.
Thank you to our dedicated and caring PAs for all they do for our patients, every day!
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Our friendly, dedicated medical providers and medical assistants are ready to schedule your mammogram! Just give us a call at (707) 964-1251 or ask us during your next visit about scheduling this important, life-saving screening.
According to The New York Times, new guidelines suggest that young children should mostly drink just dairy milk and water. Plant based milks are not recommended due to added sweeteners. The idea is to stop children from developing a taste for sweet drinks when they are young that could lead to health problems later in life.
Here are the new recommendations by age group:
Birth to six months: Infants should drink only breast milk or infant formula. They should not drink juice, milk, flavored milk, so-called transition or weaning formulas (also called toddler milks, growing-up milks or follow-up formula), low-calorie sweetened beverages (diet or “light” drinks, or those sweetened with Stevia or Sucralose). These children also should not receive plant-based and nondairy “milks,” caffeinated beverages (soda, coffee, tea, energy drinks) or sugar-sweetened beverages (soda, fruit drinks and fruit-flavored drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks, sweetened water, and sweetened coffee or tea).
6 to 12 months: Babies should still rely on breast milk or infant formula. Once they have begun eating solid food, they can start sipping water. Parents should avoid juice, milk, flavored milk, transition formulas, low-calorie sweetened beverages, plant-based and nondairy milks, caffeinated beverages, and sugar-sweetened beverages.
12 to 24 months: Children should drink one to four cups of water daily, and they can start drinking plain pasteurized whole milk. They should have no more than four ounces of 100 percent fruit juice per day; the juice may be watered down. Parents should avoid other drinks (flavored milk, transition formulas, caffeinated drinks, plant-based and nondairy milks, sugar-sweetened beverages and low-calorie sweetened beverages).
2 to 3 years old: Toddlers should drink one to four cups of water daily and transition to fat-free or low-fat (1 percent fat) milk. They should drink no more than four ounces of 100 percent juice and should not be given other drinks.
4 to 5 years old: These toddlers should drink 1.5 to five cups of water a day, skim or low-fat milk, and no more than four to six ounces of 100 percent fruit juice. They should not be given other drinks.
Today is National Psychotherapy Day, a day where clinicians, clients, and therapy advocates unite to fight stigma, educate the public, and draw attention to the needs of community mental health. Therapy has been proven to help clients toward developing a positive outlook, as well as improving memory and brain function. Therapy also helps us to develop better connections with the people in our lives. Thank you to our amazing Behavioral Health department for all you do for our community!#nationalpsychotherapyday
We were amazed and grateful to receive an incredibly generous donation of $60,000 from an anonymous donor. This may well be the largest donation we have ever received from one individual.
The timing could not be better, since MCC is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The wonderful donation has been earmarked for our Fund the Future campaign at our annual Crab, Wine & Beer Days fundraiser on January 31 and February 1. You can read more about it here.
Online reservations start on October 15, so mark your calendars! #cwb2020
Fund the Future donations will be matched using the $60,000 donation—doubling the impact of each contribution. And all donations are tax-deductible.
Thank you to all our donors, who help us to provide the #bestcareanywhere. We couldn’t do it without you!
We were thrilled that Assembly Member Jim Wood came by the clinic in person to present our Executive Director, Lucresha Renteria, with a beautiful official Resolution commemorating MCC’s 25th anniversary this year.
Assembly Member Wood toured the clinic and praised the work MCC does for our community, noting how important it is that MCC is here to provide the #bestcareanywhere, right here on the Mendocino Coast, to anyone who needs it.
Thank you, Assembly Member Wood, for taking time out of your busy schedule to pay us a visit and acknowledge our 25th anniversary. Here’s to the next 25 years! #25yearsstrong
Our Patient Advocates Ana Jara and Albert Anderson were in Sacramento last week for the Covered California kick off event. Both Ana and Albert are Certified Enrollment Counselors for Covered California.
Covered California active annual enrollment starts on October 15th and goes through January 15th for coverage in 2020. Those enrolling after December 15th will be eligible for their new coverage starting on February 1st 2020.
If you are already enrolled in a Covered California plan, your healthcare coverage will automatically renew. This process starts in October and ends in late November. It is important to make sure Covered California has permission to check your income automatically. Covered California’s consumer line can be reached at (800) 300-1506 Monday through Friday from 8:00 am-6:00 pm.
If you have questions about which Covered California plan is right for you, or about other state and federal programs like Medi-Cal, Medicaid, and CalFresh, call (707) 964-1251 to make an appointment with one of our knowledgeable and helpful Patient Advocates. #bestcareanywhere
We were delighted to see this letter from Mike McGuire to Dr. Barbara J Kilian, congratulating her on starting the successful Open Door @MCC service. Open Door @MCC serves our LGBTQ+ patients, providing inclusive, sex positive, gender-confirming care. Open Door @MCC is currently available on Monday afternoons from 2:00 to 4:00, either walk in or by appointment. We are planning to expand these hours over the next few months. Thank you to Senator McGuire for his support and to Dr. Kilian for providing this important service to our patients. #bestcareanywhere
MCC is proud to announce that our very own Olivia Bruchler is now a Certified Medical Assistant!
Olivia started at MCC as a patient care coordinator in 2017. It didn’t take her long to decide that this was the right career for her. “I realized then that I love working in the medical field and wanted to expand my knowledge and grow in this career,” she said.
Olivia decided to pursue her CMA with the full support of her supervisor and coworkers, who understood how much time and effort it would take to achieve this goal while working full-time. “MCC has really helped and inspired me to do this and I am so thankful!” said Olivia. She is enjoying her position as a CMA and is hoping to continue to grow along this career path, perhaps in nursing.
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