New imaging center for Fort Bragg hospital

FORT BRAGG -- Mendocino Coast District Hospital has completed a revamped, state-of-the art diagnostic imaging center that will help expand services to its rural patient base, according to officials involved with the upgrade.

The total project, at 8,000 square feet and including a bevy of brand new equipment, cost about $7 million, according to Raymond Hino, chief executive officer of the 25-bed district hospital.

The majority of that cost is covered with bonds backed by UnitedHealth Group, which contributed $5 million to the center as part of its California Health Care Investment Program, a 20-year, $200 million fund that has helped fund other significant North Bay projects.

The hospital will fund the remaining $2 million through a capital campaign by the hospital’s foundation as well as lease agreements with some of the equipment.

Mr. Hino said the new imaging center and the equipment – including separate rooms for CT-scans, MRIs, digital mammography, new x-ray equipment, ultrasounds, among others – is sorely needed at the facility.

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