30 Years of History

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  • 1992
  • 2022
    • 441Patients
    • 70 Daily Visits
    • 13 Employees


    Our First Health Center Opens

    Founded in 1992 by the late Linnea Hunter, we opened our first center at the original county outpatient clinic with only 13 employees. We provided medical and dental services.

    • MCHC began with the core values of excellence, access, community, and compassion. These values continue to be the foundation of our organization today.
    • As we have grown and evolved over the years, we remain committed to the idea that healthcare is a right for all people. Our doors are open to everyone in our communities.
    • We now provide services at four health centers in Lake and Mendocino Counties.
    • 3,147Patients
    • 187 Daily Visits
    • 30 Employees


    New Location in Ukiah

    • Being designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) provided funding for us to expand primary care services in underserved areas.
    • We moved into what was originally Hillside Hospital at 333 Laws Avenue in Ukiah. Today this is the site of Hillside Health Center. It includes our administrative offices, as well as our medical, dental, behavioral health, and women’s health services (known as Care for Her).
    • 4,093Patients
    • 213 Daily Visits
    • 100 Employees


    Ryan White HIV/AIDS Grant Received

    Red ribbon on wooden background

    This is the largest federal program focused on HIV, this grant was awarded to MCHC to:

    • Provide HIV medical care, treatment, and support services for people with HIV.
    • Improve health outcomes and reduce the transmission of HIV.
    • 8,705Patients
    • 311 Daily Visits
    • 125 Employees


    New Health Center Opens in Lakeport

    • MCHC opened Lakeside (now Lakeview) Health Center in Lakeport to provide primary medical care to the local community. We expanded rapidly to meet the high demand for dental, HIV care, and behavioral health services.
    • We purchased a van and began our “Care-a-Van” service, a health taxi to address the lack of local transportation in Lake County.
    • 15kPatients
    • 390 Daily Visits
    • 159 Employees


    New Health Center Opens in Willits

    MCHC is 10 years old!

    • With federal funding and support from the Frank R. Howard Foundation, we opened Little Lake Health Center in Willits, where patient visits totaled more than 20,000 during the first year.
    • We established Care for Her, a unique by-women, for-women service to provide more perinatal care for underserved women in inland Mendocino County.
    • 22kPatients
    • 500 Daily Visits
    • 185 Employees


    Comprehensive Perinatal Services Instituted

    • We instituted the Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program (CPSP) at Care for Her. CPSP provides a wide range of culturally competent services to Medi-Cal pregnant women, from conception through 60 days postpartum.  In addition to standard obstetric services, women receive enhanced services in the areas of nutrition, psychosocial and health education.
    • We purchased a panoramic dental X-ray unit.
    • During Give Kids a Smile Day, a nationwide annual event, we provided free care to 80 children who could not afford the dental treatment they needed.
    • 24kPatients
    • 480 Daily Visits
    • 192 Employees


    Team-based Model: Integrated Medical and Behavioral Health

    • MCHC began integrating our behavioral health services into our medical care because we recognized that patients with the most challenges had underlying—and often untreated—mental health conditions. These collaborative efforts improved our ability to understand our patients’ barriers to health and to respond to their needs with agility. Today, we depend on cross-discipline communication to develop new treatment strategies, meeting clinical and patient goals more quickly.
    • Our Care for Her team topped 300 births for the year, which represented a 10 percent increase from the previous year and meant we were now delivering a third of all babies born at our local Ukiah hospital.
    • We significantly expanded psychiatric services.
    • 25kPatients
    • 502 Daily Visits
    • 211 Employees


    Partnership in Lake County: Oral Health Initiative in Schools

    • In 2009, we became aware that Lake County residents had among the worst oral health outcomes in our state. We began collaborating with Lake County Public Health and Healthy Start to bring oral healthcare into the schools—and the Smiles Program was born. The program significantly improved children’s oral health. Today, the program continues to expand oral healthcare to families throughout all our service areas in Lake and Mendocino Counties.
    • We established pediatric services at Lakeview.
    • We transitioned from paper to electronic medical records, which helped us increase efficiency.
    • 24kPatients
    • 449 Daily Visits
    • 246 Employees


    Care for Her Expands

    • Care for Her expanded and moved into its new building.
    • We began providing opioid dependency services at all MCHC health centers. Since 1998, when responding to addiction as a medical problem was considered revolutionary, MCHC has been at the forefront of treating opioid addiction.
    • We worked with community partners to shift the stigma of addiction as a crime to addiction as a health issue, collaborating with neighbors and law enforcement officers to address concerns regarding neighborhood peace and safety. For years now, we’ve watched our patients with substance use disorder regain control of their lives: holding jobs, reuniting their families, and becoming healthier. We are proud of this work and the difference it has made in many lives.
    • 29kPatients
    • 542 Daily Visits
    • 279 Employees


    Fisher Building Declaration

    MCHC is 20 years old!

    • We completed our $5 million federally funded capital development projects. At Hillside, we completed a new medical building; at Lakeview, we created a centralized lobby and expanded clinical pods/offices; at Little Lake, we expanded the facility to create a dedicated space for Care for Her.
    • To express our gratitude to Dr. Bill Fisher, a retired thoracic surgeon who helped MCHC recognize and realize our potential as an organization, we dedicated the new medical building in Dr. Fisher’s honor.
    • 31kPatients
    • 557 Daily Visits
    • 286 Employees


    Little Lake is the first to receive national quality recognition.

    • The National Committee on Quality Assurance awarded Little Lake Health Center with Level 3 (top-level) recognition as a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH), a model that uses a team-based approach to care.
    • Care for Her delivered half of all babies born in Mendocino County.
    • 31kPatients
    • 610 Daily Visits
    • 327 Employees


    Planning for Growth

    • Our founder and CEO Linnea Hunter retired.
    • We purchased the property for Dora Street Health Center to expand our clinical and administrative services.
    • 31kPatients
    • 609 Daily Visits
    • 342 Employees


    Care for Her tops 578 Births for the Year

    Our women’s health team at Care for Her attended 578 births for the year; more than 70 percent of the births at our local hospital.

    • 32kPatients
    • 601 Daily Visits
    • 349 Employees


    MCHC Turns 25!

    We celebrated our silver anniversary: MCHC turns 25!

    • Following up on Little Lake’s award in 2014, all three MCHC health centers received the National Committee on Quality Assurance’s highest recognition as Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Homes (PCMH) in 2017. We remain very proud of this award because it demonstrates our commitment to providing quality healthcare in a manner that aligns with our values. We know that when we have the right people, the right tools, and a shared commitment to excellence, we can help our patients achieve improved health outcomes. One way we’ve done this is by actively engaging our patients in their care through expanded case management services. Case management has proved particularly effective for our most challenged populations in helping them achieve improved health and new hope. The PCMH certification also demonstrates our commitment to prevention.
    • We significantly expanded our pediatric care to meet the needs of the community.
    • We added new specialty care, including chiropractic and podiatry.
    • We expanded our dental service to create additional operatories.
    • MCHC hosted more than 60 students enrolled in career development programs, including medical assistants (MAs), licensed vocational nurses (LVNs), registered nurses (RNs), and dental assistants (DAs).
    • 31kPatients
    • 609 Daily Visits
    • 370 Employees


    Dora Street Health Center Opens

    We opened Dora Street Health Center in Ukiah, our fourth site, allowing us to continue to expand to meet the healthcare needs of our community.

    • 31kPatients
    • 609 Daily Visits
    • 345 Employees


    Hillside Pediatrics team moves into the Fisher Building.

    Our Hillside pediatric team moved into the Fisher Building, providing a split lobby for well and sick care and wonderful space for children to visit their medical providers.

    • 29kPatients
    • 558 Daily Visits
    • 328 Employees


    COVID-19 Pandemic

    • During the COVID-19 pandemic, we worked with community partners to provide multiple mass vaccination events.
    • Our healthcare providers participated in the Mendocino Diversity Equity and Inclusion COVID-19 Working Group’s informational Public Service Announcements to explain why we need to win the race against COVID. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YONLppk700s
    • 29kPatients
    • - Daily Visits
    • - Employees


    30 Years of Caring