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Mammoth Hospital Seeking Medical Equipment Donations

Mammoth Hospital is asking for donations of medical personal protective equipment (PPE) and other equipment to help with its treatment of COVID-19 cases.

The hospital is requesting donations of N95 or surgical masks, unopened boxes of nitrate gloves, oxygen tanks and oxygen concentrators that plug into the wall and unused vacuum cleaner bags.

Hospital employees will be at the Cast Off to collect donations on the following dates:

  • Monday, March 30 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 1 between 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Friday, April 3 between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Mammoth Hospital is also looking for volunteers to sew masks. Anyone wishing to volunteer should send a private message to the hospital here.

Mammoth Hospital Encouraging Social Distance After First Coronavirus Case

Mammoth Hospital received confirmation today of the first case of COVID-19 in our community.  For anyone who is wanting to know who that person is and “did I come in contact with him/her?” the answer is that nearly everyone has a high likelihood of having been exposed in some way to someone with COVID-19.  This is only the first confirmed test in Mammoth Lakes, and not the first case.  And there is a BIG difference.  Everyone in the community must assume that the virus has spread worldwide at this point: in Mammoth, Bishop, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, the West Coast, the East Coast, the United States, North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Australia. EVERYWHERE. And with that assumption, everyone must act accordingly.  It does not matter if the person was a local, a tourist, or what nationality he/she was.  We have to act as if everyone may have it.

The physicians, nurses, and administrators serving on the Hospital Incident Management Team reviewed new projections today showing the growth rate of spread under different conditions. The single most impactful condition is the degree to which the community engages in Social Distancing.

Consider what we know about COVID-19, and how it spreads.  Our current best guess is that if we do nothing to change our behavior, the number people infected will double every 4 days.  That means today with one patient.  In four days, there will be 2 patients.  And what follows is this:

Today on 3/21/2020 1 patient
3/25/2020 2 new patients
3/29/2020 4  new patients
4/2/2020 8 new patients
4/6/2020 16 new patients
4/10/2020 32 new patients
4/14/2020 64 new patients
4/18/2020 132 new patients
4/22/2020 264 new patients
4/26/2020 512 new patients

 

So assuming no one dies, in just one month, we will have over 1,000 patients with COVID-19. The challenge is we do not know precisely how many of these patients will actually be sick, how many will need to be hospitalized, how many will need to be in the intensive care unit on a ventilator.  That said, our projection at this point is that 5% of infected patients will need to be hospitalized, which means of those 1,000 people, 50 will need to be admitted to the hospital in the next month, and that is when we start with JUST ONE patient! The reality is that we likely have many more people in Mono County who are already infected. So, the numbers are almost certainly much higher than the above example.  It is of critical importance to note that Mammoth Hospital is a small hospital with only 17 beds!

So what can you do to prevent this from becoming a situation we cannot possibly handle?

SOCIAL DISTANCE!

The point of Social Distancing is to keep the illness from spreading so quickly that the need for healthcare resources exceeds capacity. Right now, if we put an estimate on how well we are doing our part to Socially Distance, let’s assume our success rate is 25%, meaning on average we have all cut our social interactions by 25%. If we maintain that rate, and look at a population of 25,000 people (Mono County, Inyo County, and visitors) we will have our absolutely worst day in about two months, which means on that day alone, we will have 23 patients requiring life support (ventilator) in the intensive care unit, and 111 patients needing inpatient hospitalization. These projections far exceed the Hospital’s 17 bed capacity and our ability to care for no more than 4 people on life support at one time.

Now imagine if our success rate for Social Distancing is improved to 60%.  So we stay at home, make our own coffee, go for walks by ourselves, and stop going to parties with our friends – a tall order for all of us without question.  Now our absolutely worst day is just over three months out.  On that day, we have nine people in the hospital, and two people on life support in the intensive care unit.  Because of what we all do to Social Distance, our 17-bed hospital now has a much better chance to take care of everyone!

We know this new normal may not be a fun practice or one that is convenient.  It’s not your usual routine, and during times of stress we like to be close to our friends and our family members.  Do not revert to your regular routines.  It is so important to stay the course!

Here are some things you can do to cope.  Stay connected to your friends and family through the use of video conferencing.  Check in on loved ones who just need a call.  Have a Google hangout or FaceTime chat.  Exercise indoors or outdoors while maintaining a safe distance from others. Get outside for a walk and refresh yourself with the cool air. We are lucky to have some of the best views in the world just out our front doors.

If you are a “list person” here are our suggested Do’s and strongly advised Don’ts of Social Distancing:

DO:

  1. Work out on your own.
  2. When you need to go out, do what you need to take care of, and get home.  Be efficient!
  3. Call people to talk.
  4. Get out and walk, either with your dogs or on your own.
  5. Arrange an appointment with Behavioral Health if you need help with coping or anxiety.
  6. Get outside. We could all use some Vitamin D!
  7. Email or use social media to connect with friends and family to let them know how you are and find out how they are.

Don’t:

  1. Go out to get coffee, and then stop and socialize.
  2. Have dinner or parties with friends.
  3. Socialize at the grocery store.
  4. Hug or shake hands when you see a friend.
  5. Linger after getting take-out food.
  6. Socialize on Lake Mary Road, the gorge, or in the backcountry.
  7. Have play dates for your kids.
  8. Loiter at the post office.
  9. Work out in groups.

As always, we are here to help. If you need someone to talk to, call our Behavioral Health team at (760) 924-4333 and we will schedule one of our providers to talk with you via video chat.

So please, keep in mind that what you do (or don’t do) makes an enormous difference in how we are going to get through this!  We are all in this together, literally!

Wash. Cover. DISTANCE

Judge Rules in Favor of Mammoth Hospital

Bishop location of Mammoth Orthopedic Institute and SPORT Physical Therapy will stay open

Submitted by Mammoth Hospital
December 21st, 2015

In furtherance of the lawsuit filed by Northern Inyo Hospital District and Inyo County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) against Southern Mono Healthcare District and Mammoth Hospital, they failed to obtain a temporary restraining order and were denied a request for a hearing for the court to issue a preliminary injunction that would have immediately closed operations and disrupted ongoing orthopedic and physical therapy care for hundreds of Inyo County residents and residents of the Swall Meadows and Paradise communities who have chosen to obtain their care at the Bishop location of Mammoth Orthopedic Institute and S.P.O.R.T. Physical Therapy. The Honorable Shelleyanne W.L. Chang heard arguments from all parties in the Sacramento County Superior Court on December 18, 2015 and ruled in favor of Mammoth Hospital. Mammoth Hospital’s lead attorney defending the lawsuit is David Baumwohl.

“We’re obviously pleased with Judge Chang’s ruling against the Temporary Restraining Order and the application to pursue a preliminary injunction,” said Gary Myers, CEO of Mammoth Hospital. “Among other reasons for denying the application of Northern Inyo Hospital District and Inyo LAFCO, the judge felt that interrupting the long-standing and on-going medical and rehabilitative care for hundreds of people in a remote rural area was completely unjustified and inappropriate, regardless of the location of the clinic. All of these patients have exercised their right to freely choose to obtain their care from M.O.I. physicians and S.P.O.R.T. Center therapists. We believe very strongly in that right of choice. The Northern Inyo Hospital Board and administration apparently believe they have the right to control and limit that freedom of choice. We will continue to vigorously defend against this unfortunate lawsuit.”

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NICU training at Mammoth Hospital

Neonatal Intensive Care Training Held at Mammoth Hospital

submitted by Mammoth Hospital

Mammoth Hospital recently invited a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) team to Mammoth for a special training on life saving skills for newborn babies.

Neonatologist, Dr. Anand Rajani from Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno led the instruction along with Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Abby Van Den Broeke and Respiratory Therapists Curt Partain and Hank Perry.

Mammoth Hospital Labor and Delivery nurses and Pediatricians, ED physicians, and respiratory therapists participated in collaboration with a team of nurses and physicians from Northern Inyo Hospital. Teams were instructed on techniques including umbilical line placement, a procedure that enables quick access to an infant’s bloodstream to deliver lifesaving medications. Also demonstrated were neonatal IV placement for the nurses and various lectures on issues relevant to the critically ill newborn.

“Living in a rural community, the nearest Children’s Hospital is many hours away,” says Pediatrician, Dr. Kristin Collins. “This training by NICU professionals allows us to continue to enhance our life-saving skills, and keep us well-informed on how to provide the best care possible for sick babies before the NICU team can arrive for transport. Maintaining an exceptional level of care is important to all of us who work in the Obstetric and Neonatal Department at Mammoth Hospital and continuing education is imperative to ensuring that happens.”

For more information on Mammoth Hospital’s Birthing Center and Obstetric Specialties, please contact (760) 924-4044 or visit www.mammothhospital.com.

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Mammoth Hospital Honors No Shave November

Mammoth Hospital Honors No Shave November

Mammoth Hospital is proud to be participating in “No Shave November.” The month-long journey encourages participants to forgo shaving and grooming in order to raise cancer awareness. “For No Shave November we are honoring the memory of Dr. Tomi Bortolazzo, a longtime resident of Mono County and Mammoth Lakes, California,” said Dr. Craig Burrows, Chief Medical Officer at Mammoth Hospital. “In her career in Urology, Dr. Bortolazzo dedicated herself to the diagnosis and management of all Urologic conditions, including bladder cancer, and prostate cancer. She always went above and beyond what was required to make certain that her patients received everything they needed. It only seems fitting that we do what we can to continue her fight.”
The goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free. Please join us in this endeavor. Don’t shave all of November and please donate to Mammoth Hospital’s Cancer Outreach fund.
Mammoth Hospital’s Cancer Outreach Program provides support, resources and financial assistance to cancer patients living and working in Mono County. Thanks to donations, we can help offset travel expenses for those receiving their cancer care out of the area.

To donate please follow the link here: https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=b29db8. For more information, please call Bubby Greene at (760)924-4128.

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Mammoth Hospital and Vons team up to fight cancer

Mammoth Hospital’s Foundation Partners with the Vons Foundation to Raise Funds for Breast Cancer

submitted by Bubby Greene

In support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Mammoth Hospital Foundation and The Vons Foundation partnered to raise $10,000 for Mammoth Hospital’s Breast Care Fund.
All donations will help underprivileged women of Inyo and Mono Counties pay for mammograms as part of Mammoth Hospital’s Breast Care Fund. This was the third year that Mammoth Hospital and Vons have collaborated for the cause.

Yuri Parisky, M.D., Medical Imaging Director at Mammoth Hospital is very grateful to the Vons Foundation in generously supporting the Breast Care Fund for the last few years. “The Vons Foundation has again demonstrated its commitment to this community by keeping it local, and supporting Mammoth Hospital in its vigilance against Breast Cancer,” said Parisky.

“The Vons Foundation is proud to continue our support of Mammoth Hospital’s life-saving mammography program,” said Jenna Watkinson, Manager of Communications and Community Relations for Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions. “We hope with this commitment, we are able to make an impact on the community need.”

To show your support for Breast Cancer and the Breast Care Fund serving the underprivileged women in Inyo and Mono Counties, contact Bubby Greene, Mammoth Hospital Marketing/Foundation Coordinator at (760) 924-4128.

From left to right: Yuri Parisky, M.D., Medical Imaging Director, Karen Allen, Mammography Coordinator, Fernando Villalpando, Service Operations Manager, Bubby Greene, Marketing/Foundation Coordinator
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Yuri Parisky, M.D., Medical Imaging Director, Karen Allen, Mammography Coordinator, Fernando Villalpando, Service Operations Manager, Bubby Greene, Marketing/Foundation Coordinator
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Mammoth Man dies in Friday Crash

Friday Afternoon Accident Claims Mammoth local

Statement from the Mono County Sheriffs Department

Date:     October, 20, 2015
Subject: Fatal dirt bike accident near Mammoth Lakes

On the afternoon of Friday, October 16, 2015, at approximately 3:00pm, Mono County Sheriff’s Dispatch received a 911 call regarding a single dirt bike collision near the Chair 2 parking lot at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area.

Kurt Kruse, age 59, of Mammoth Lakes, California, was riding dirt bikes with his son when he crashed into a fallen tree while going around a curve. Mono County Paramedics, Mammoth Lakes Police Department, and the Mono County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the area. Upon arrival, CPR was in progress and Mr. Kruse was transported by ambulance to Mammoth Hospital. Mr. Kruse was pronounced deceased at Mammoth Hospital.

The cause of death is pending autopsy results but appears to be of traumatic injuries caused by the crash. – Jennifer M. Hansen, Public Information Officer

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Fatal Motorcycle Crash in Mammoth Lakes, CA

TRAFFIC FATALITY IN MAMMOTH LAKES

On Sunday, October 5 at approximately 5:40 pm Mammoth Lakes Police Officers and Mono County Paramedics responded to the scene of a solo motorcycle traffic collision on Meridian Blvd. near Valley Vista Drive.  Both the driver and passenger were transported to Mammoth Hospital.  The passenger, a 21 year old female, visiting from out of the area, was pronounced deceased.  Her name is being withheld pending notification to next of kin.  The driver of the motorcycle, Edgar Lee Weaver, Jr., age 31 of Mammoth Lakes, was flown to Renown Medical Center in Reno in critical condition. 

The investigation is being handled by the Mammoth Lakes Police Department with technical assistance provided by the Bridgeport office of the California Highway Patrol.

The preliminary investigation indicates that excessive speed and alcohol were involved.  Weaver was arrested for Penal Code Section 192(c)(1) (Vehicular Manslaughter with Gross Negligence), but not booked due to his hospitalization. 

 Anyone with information is requested to contact the Mammoth Lakes Police Department at (760) 934-2011.

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UPDATE: 

Notification to the next of kin of the passenger has been made.  The passenger on the motorcycle was Rebecca Anne Dempsey, age 21, who was visiting the United States on a Visa from the United Kingdom.  Her hometown is London, England.

 

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