St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka and Redwood Memorial in Fortuna are currently seeking hospital volunteers. (St. Joseph — Contributed)
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Mad River to host bed race

The Mad River Community Hospital is hosting its Hospital Bed Races in the employee back parking lot Thursday, May 16, at high noon.

Eight teams must be comprised of MRCH staff members, have members from more than one department on the team and at least six members.

Teams can allow a person to sit in the bed during the race. It is not a relay race — three people push the gurney to one end of the “track” and then hand off to three people to push the gurney back to the finish line.

It is a single elimination style, side-by-side race: two teams will run side by side and the winner advances to the next round.

Contact race director Jason Orlandi at ext. 4966 to enter.

Hospital volunteers sought

St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka and Redwood Memorial Hospital in Fortuna are currently looking to fill its ranks with passionate individuals who want to serve their community as hospital volunteers.

For more information on becoming a hospital volunteer, contact Volunteer Manager Sarah Senestraro at 707-445-8121 ext. 7530.

Hospice of Humboldt develops palliative care leadership role within St. Joseph Health

Hospice of Humboldt and St. Joseph Health, Humboldt County recently announced that John Nelson, M.D., will be the new Medical Director of the Palliative Care Program for patients at St. Joseph Hospital and Redwood Memorial Hospital.

“Delivering comprehensive and compassionate care to the people of Humboldt County is our highest priority at St. Joseph Health,” said Dr. Roberta Luskin-Hawk, chief executive at St. Joseph Health, Humboldt County.  “With Dr. Nelson’s leadership and expertise in palliative medicine, we will continue to fulfill our mission of caring for our dear neighbor.”

Nelson

Dr. Nelson graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Loyola University in New Orleans and attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco. He did his residency in family practice at the University of Connecticut. He is board certified in both family medicine and hospice and palliative care medicine. Dr. Nelson has been the medical director at Hospice of Humboldt since 2003.

“Dr. Nelson has been an integral part of our hospice team for over 16 years,” said Joe Rogers, chief executive officer at Hospice of Humboldt. “We are excited to have him in this leadership role as we continue to expand and improve our services for our community.”

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. It focuses on providing relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of a serious illness. This program will help patients and their families understand the disease process and the treatment options. Although hospice care is a form of palliative care this program will focus on patients that are not enrolled in a hospice program.

Hospice of Humboldt has been serving families locally for 40 years, has a staff of 108 employees and works with 121 volunteers. For more information on Hospice of Humboldt services, visit www.hospiceofhumboldt.org.

 

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