News Briefs – Lake County Record-Bee


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LAKE/MENDOCINO COUNTIES

North Coast Opportunties/RCCC recognizes childcare providers in Lake and Mendocino Counties

North Coast Opportunties/RCCC wants to take this time to honor and recognize the 254 Child Care Providers in Lake and Mendocino Counties for their dedication and resiliency during this past year and always. You have worked hard to provide flexible, diverse, high-quality programs that meet the needs of 635 subsidized families and 1240 children in our community. The RCCC team was encouraged by the participation of 131 providers who attended at least one of the 21 workshops or on-line trainings offered for professional growth and development in Trauma Informed Care, Health and Safety in the Child Care Setting, Integrated Pest Management, Fundamentals of Family Child Care, Parent Café and Provider Chats.

This year we have given $75,231 in cash stipends and $82,566 in learning materials to qualifying programs, paid $6,252,055 in Child Care Subsidies and $439,939 in Child Care Food Program payments.  NCO/RCCC continues to provide cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment and testing kits for your programs to assist in keeping childcare settings and children protected from COVID.

Supplies given out in 2022 include 4,212 COVID test kits; 149,500 masks; 34,000  gloves as well as cleaners, sanitizers, hand soap, diapers, and infrared thermometers.

We look forward to another year working with you to support your programs and the families you serve.  Wishing you all a happy and safe holiday season.

—Submitted

MENDOCINO/LAKE

MCHC Welcomes Chief Medical Officer Dr. Matthew Swain

MCHC Health Centers is pleased to announce the arrival of Dr. Matthew Swain as the new chief medical officer. Dr. Swain, who began his new role in November, oversees MCHC’s clinical practices, including mental, dental, and behavioral health. In addition to being a member of the executive team, Dr. Swain continues to see patients, as is the case for all clinical leaders at MCHC.

Swain comes to Mendocino County from Alaska, where he spent the last two and a half years practicing family medicine on the Kenai Peninsula in the small coastal town of Homer. Prior to that, Swain spent three years as the chief of primary care for Alaska’s Veterans Administration Healthcare System, where his duties included clinical and administrative supervision of 30 providers spread across six clinics. Before moving to Alaska, Swain, a veteran of both the Navy and Marines, practiced medicine and held a number of leadership roles at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

Although he speaks highly of his time in Alaska, Swain explained that he and his wife, a nurse leader, were ready for a new adventure, and after a nationwide search, they chose MCHC. In addition to the small-town atmosphere and beautiful natural setting, Swain chose the area because the MCHC team was so dedicated to its mission of providing the highest quality healthcare for everyone in the community.

As a family physician, he has always held a holistic view of wellness, one that integrates a person’s physical and emotional health, so the way MCHC’s structure encourages collaboration was another good fit for Swain. “Being able to walk down the hall and consult with providers across different disciplines is so much better than reading notes and going back and forth over the phone. Multiple perspectives improve care. No one person has all the answers all the time,” he said.

To be a good physician and leader, Swain’s philosophy is that you have to be genuinely interested in patients and what is going on with them—even outside of medicine. A lot of factors affect health, and lab tests rarely tell the whole story. Mood, family, and work all play a role, too.

As a leader, Swain says he is responsible for clearing obstacles and providing support to employees. “It’s my responsibility to take care of everyone who takes care of patients, whether they’re providers or the staff who support, whether they are answering phones or cleaning treatment rooms,” he explained.

Regardless of what he is doing at any given moment, Swain says his ultimate focus is providing excellent, value-based healthcare to the local community. Sometimes that means treating patients directly; other times that means caring for the providers who care for the patients so they are free to do their jobs.

MCHC Health Centers includes Hillside Health Center and Dora Street Health Center in Ukiah, Little Lake Health Center in Willits, and Lakeview Health Center in Lakeport. It is a community-based and patient-directed organization that provides comprehensive primary healthcare services as well as supportive services such as education and translation that promote access to healthcare.

—Submitted

LAKE COUNTY

Totes4Teens delivers to teens in need this holiday season all around Lake County.

Totes4Teens made deliveries to 131 teens in need this season for locations all around Lake County.  This is the 18th year of providing a meaningful donation to each recipient that includes a stuffed duffle bag and Santa Bag (value $350 per recipient).

The Totes4Teens committee works on this program year long and always puts together the Monday after Thanksgiving with deliveries to the handling agencies and schools is the following day.  This allows time for the donations to be distributed before the winter/Christmas break.

Many of the items donated are personally made and all items provided are new, size appropriate, and of high quality so that they can last a long time.  Donations received this time of year determine the number of teens we can provide for the following season.  We try annually to do between 120 and 140.

Please visit our website at www.totes4teens.org to see more information on our program.

—Submitted

 


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