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.
We will be closed on Monday, September 2 so our hard-working staff can enjoy the Labor Day weekend with their families and friends. Thank you to everyone who helps to give our patients the #bestcareanywhere!
If you need us while the office is closed, just give us a call at (707) 964-1251. We are always there for you, 24/7/365!
Coastal Street Medicine is going strong. The program started a year and a half ago; in February (our last posting), we had 70 patients. Now we have enrolled 117 patients, many of whom are coming to MCC for their primary care, where they can also get referrals for mental health, dental health and specialty care.
Bill Simon, RN and Ana Toscano, receptionist, both work at MCC, and along with Cathy Perkins from the Hospitality Center, are the mainstay of the program.
We’re at the Hospitality Center in Fort Bragg on Wednesdays from 9.30 to 11.30, and at Mendocino Presbyterian Church on the last Tuesday of the month at 1:00 pm. We take vital signs, provide care for immediate health problems (including wound care) and referrals to primary care. We also distribute hygiene products like soap, shampoo, socks and sunscreen.
Mendocino Coast Clinics has walk in hours on Thursday mornings from 8:30 am – 10:30 am and on Friday afternoons, from 1:30 pm to 4 pm. All are welcome – no appointment necessary.
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Did you know that health centers like MCC serve 29 MILLION people across the country? Our nearly 10,000 patients encompass some of the most vulnerable populations, including children, veterans, and the homeless. We are there for everyone who needs us, whether it’s a child with a scraped knee or someone struggling with opioid addiction or chronic pain. And we are there for you 24/7/365. Just call us at (707) 964 1251 and one of our experienced, caring providers will call you back. #bestcareanywhere
National Health Center Week may be over, but we are proud all year long to serve our community. Health centers like MCC are located in areas where patients need us the most. The needs of our patients determine the services we offer, and our services are available to anyone who asks, regardless of income or insurance status.
Did you know that health centers like MCC are governed by their patients? At least 51% of a health center’s board members must be patients at that health center. MCC’s board is well above that, with 75% of board members who are also MCC patients. So our patients are looking out for the best interests of our patients. It’s all part of the #bestcareanywhere!
It’s National Health Center Week, recognizing community health centers like MCC, who serve anyone in need of healthcare services, whether they have insurance or not.
For more than 50 years, health centers have delivered comprehensive, high-quality healthcare to patients, regardless of their ability to pay. In 1965, the Health Center Program started with just two clinics. Today, there are nearly 1,400 health centers across the country serving over 28 million people.
To the thousands of providers and staff who dedicate their lives to helping patients access quality healthcare, we thank you for making a difference in your communities. You are America’s health care heroes! #NHCW19
Last week, Mendocino Coast Clinics (MCC) held a Chamber of Commerce mixer where employees and community members celebrated MCC’s being named the 2019 Large Employer of the Year; honored their founder, Paula Cohen; and shared the Congressional Record reading whereby MCC’s community contributions were made a permanent part of history to be housed in the Library of Congress. MCC Executive Director Lucresha Renteria said, “We’re honored to be recognized by the community we serve.”
This year marks MCC’s 25th anniversary. In the early 1990s, Mendocino County closed its outpatient clinics, so in July of 1994, Mendocino Coast Clinics became a private, not-for-profit health center dedicated to serving everyone in the community, regardless of their ability to pay. Renteria said, “People called us a fantasy clinic; they didn’t think we would last. Happily, they were wrong.”
Since then MCC has grown from 7 employees to 115, making them one of the largest employers in Fort Bragg. They have expanded from a single location to four locations, and last year they provided 9,800 patients with 46,000 healthcare appointments.
As a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), they advocate for legislation that supports local patients, but they do not have any religious or political affiliation. They are governed locally with at least half of the board members also being patients. Renteria explained, “We are governed by people with a vested interest in maintaining the quality of care for everyone who comes through our doors. Having patients as board members also helps us be responsive to our community’s changing needs.”
For example, in 1997, when local dentists requested that MCC consider operating a dental clinic for Medi-Cal patients, they opened a dental clinic. A few years later, in 2005, they began providing obstetrical and gynecology care, including perinatal services, childbirth classes and breastfeeding support. When the opioid crisis hit, they opened a medically assisted treatment (MAT) program that has helped hundreds of patients better manage their substance use disorders, thereby allowing individuals and families to have a better quality of life. In 2010, when it was clear that teens and young adults needed a safe place to receive free, confidential and nonjudgmental reproductive health care, they opened Blue Door @ MCC. Last year, they opened the Family Wellness Center that offers nutritional consultations, depression screenings, acupuncture, post-partum screenings and more. And this month, they started once-a-week service called Open Door to serve the LGBTQ and sex positive community.
“We define health broadly and offer a wide variety of services that allow us to provide whole-person care, including medical, dental, behavioral health, and some specialty care such as chiropractic care and podiatry,” Renteria said. MCC has been an accredited Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) since 2015, which means they use a team-based approach that includes patients as part of the care team. PCMHs are recognized for build strong relationships between patients and their clinical care teams and typically demonstrate better quality, patient experience, and staff satisfaction as compared to non-PCMHs–all while reducing healthcare costs.
“We’re proud of our accomplishments because it means we’re helping people live healthier lives, from the most privileged to the most vulnerable. We enjoy collaborating with community partners and are incredibly grateful to our donors for their financial support. This is a generous community and we love taking good care of you,” Renteria said. “We look forward to providing excellent health care to meet our community’s needs for at least another 25 years.”
It’s that time of year! If your child needs a back to school, sports, or camp physical, just give our Pediatrics office a call at (707) 964-5696.
Appointments are available daily with one of our three pediatricians – the only pediatricians on the Mendocino Coast. And until August 2, make an appointment and receive a free swim pass or Cowlick’s gift card for your child! You will also be entered into a weekly drawing for an even bigger prize.
Come on in and see us at 510 Cypress Street Suite D for the #bestcareanywhere for your child!
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