Please join us for our Birthday Party and Hoedown on Friday, September 25th from 5:30pm to 8:00pm being held in the medical center parking lot. Dust off your best duds and shine up your boots for a real fun time. We’ll have a western themed photo booth, dancing, comedy entertainment by the Stage 44 Players, raffle items, kid’s games and later in the evening a movie on the lawn, so bring your lawn chairs.
The best news about our party is that Owen’s Pharmacy is hosting a FREE BBQ TRI-TIP DINNER and Q97 will be broadcasting live!! Shasta Regional Medical Center and Redding Subaru are also sponsoring the event and there will be cars on display. We truly hope you will join us to celebrate!
The story below was written by one of our favorite personalities in Shingletown… our very own Vera DeWitt. She went through 30 years of press releases to tell our story of how it all began. A huge thanks to Vera for her diligence.
There is a very big stretch of years between the early days when Shingletown was sparsely settled with not much more than scattered ranches and the various logging settlements until 1985, when the thought of a Medical Center took root.
Early on, the local Native Americans utilized the herbs to be found in the forest and fields as medicines. Included here were Skullcap (also known as mad dog) utilized for spasms arthritis and a sleeping tonic. Chaparral soothed toothaches and intestinal problems while St. John’s Wort was applied to wounds. The early settlers picked up on these healing herbs, added others such as alfalfa, arnica and other medicinal plants to their medicine chests.
So the years pass until a group of concerned citizens decided to see what could be accomplished to create a much needed medical facility in our town, with Dr. Littke and Cathy Ochs, PA who were the beginning staff at the Center. A small store front in the pizza parlor strip mall was put to use until a more suitable place could be arranged and so it was until 1994, when an Advisory Committee discussed plans for the future of Shingletown’s Medical Center. At this time, President Jim Mix commented that the only debt that the Medical Center could carry was $300,000. The rest of the financing would of necessity have to come from other sources. Redding Medical Center was prepared to put up $10,000 to tie up a parcel of land on Alpine Meadow as a future building site. At that time the cost for the building sans equipment was estimated to be $616, 000. Redding Medical Center came up with the offer to furnish equipment. Even with this generous offer, the total cost of a full medical building with medical condos (whatever that was to be) would amount to $1.2 million. It was projected that the new building, when constructed, would include a children’s room, incorporate a Life Support Unit quarters, a helipad with lights and an emergency room. Undaunted by a lack of room, then doctor, Dr. Gregory Hicks brought much information to the community as well as blood pressure tests, toddler immunization and other health services. It should be noted that District Supervisor Trish Clarke donated its first piece of medical equipment: a wheelchair!
Meanwhile, serious fund raising events were planned and put into action. A Spring Fashion show to benefit the building fund was presented by the Log Cabin Gift Gallery. This was followed by a Barbecue and Auction, held at the Big Wheels Resort. Various organizations such as the Manton Grange, the Shasta Forest Owners Association and the local VFW Post made significant donations.
The Board of Directors grew as did the medical staff; from one Physician, Dr Hicks, also the Medical Director, one Nurse Practitioner, Michael Simpson FNP-C, to several others including Dr. Bob Smith, D.C., an RN and MA. Health information continued to flow out, covering a multitude of important subjects.
In 1994, the staff and directors approved a resolution to enter into an agreement with the Alpine Business Center for lot number 5. Escrow was opened on July 21. Construction could not start until May, 1995 due to restrictions of construction during winter months and the lack of sufficient building funds. Thanks to the response of the community in fund-raising efforts, the first step was made possible. With continued support, the next step of engineering could take place very soon.
A much anticipated ribbon cutting took place on the property when escrow closed, with many local and county representatives in attendance. Announcements continued to come from the Med Center including the availability of flu shots, sports and school physicals, pneumonia vaccine, early cancer detection and general health care; even what one should know about head lice!
With the necessity to enhance the building fund, several events went into the works. Once again, the Big Wheels hosted a barbecue and auction, also celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Medical Center. These were the years when the Great Shingletown Canoe Races were held at Bear Creek Resort, with canoe paddlers representing the upcoming Med Center.
The years pass and after much hard work, on Friday, February 21, 1997, the Shingletown Medical Center was officially ready for a Grand Opening, ready for business. Much remained to be completed including county approved landscaping and other improvements, but after the move to Alpine Center, patient volumes went up 25%. Several expanded community programs took place covering such topics as Home and Fire Safety, Anxiety and Depression and Woman’s Issues, all delivered by well-known and respected physicians and community service personnel. Various fund-raising activities such as Wine Tastings and Spring Teas and donated funds continued to bring financial support to the Med Center. The staff and Board continued to bring a sense of FAMILY back into Family Medicine.
The Medical Center has endured and dealt with many ups-and-downs in its history and there are undoubtedly going to be more in the future. However the strong medical staff and dedicated direction emanating from the Board of Directors tireless work to bring the very best in care to each person who visits the Center. With the continued support from Shingletown and surrounding communities, including the wonderful help which comes from ‘down the hill’, there is no doubt that the purpose and vision that came in the earliest days with the possibility of a local medical-health center will continue to build a better community for each resident in a thoroughly professional and caring manner.