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Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital Reaches 50 Percent Completion


Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital Reaches 50 Percent Completion 


Date: November 22, 2013

Contact: Nick Bejarano
Regional Communications Manager

Willits, CA – On August 12, 2013, Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital (HMH) broke ground at its new location on Haehl Creek Drive. At $62 million this is one of the most significant investments ever made in the Willits community.

What once was an empty field on the corner of Haehl Creek Drive and East Hill Road has evolved into a two story structure right before our eyes. “I am truly amazed at how far the construction process has come and that we have now reached the 50 percent completion mark,” shared Rick Bockmann, CEO of HMH. The new HMH is a two story building expanding from its current 30,000 square feet to 74,000 square feet, and will feature 25 private patient rooms, four of which are dedicated to community members needing intensive care services.

Additionally there will be six private treatment bays in the emergency department and two rooms dedicated to those suffering with traumatic injuries – supported by a helicopter pad which is also a feature that is not on the current campus.

Looking at health care around the country this is definitely a milestone for the Willits community and other communities who are cared for by its services. While many rural hospitals are secession planning (849 rural hospitals are expected to close, according to an August 2013 report published by the Department of Health and Human Services) – HMH’s success is a beacon of hope for other rural communities.

According to Bockmann, one of the reasons for HMH’s continued success is the dedication and commitment of the medical staff and employees. “Our team is committed to community and quality, and that reputation has helped attract persons seeking medical care from as far North as Oregon and as far south as Los Angeles. Quality is something that each employee is dedicated to, whether providing clinical care, food service, or facilities services – we all want to do what’s best for the people we serve – it’s part of our Spirit!”

HMH is a full service critical access hospital offering one of the highest ranked orthopedic joint centers in America for a hospital of its size – the Orthopedic Joint Center of Northern California. Additional services include 24/7 emergency services, laboratory, medical imaging, in-and-outpatient surgery, diabetes education, nutrition and smoking cessation classes, and physical therapy.