Tuesday, May 16, 2017

CDPH: Californians Urged to Remove Standing Water to Reduce Mosquitoes

Eliminating Mosquito Breeding Sites Can Help Prevent Zika, West Nile

SACRAMENTO — The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) urges all Californians to eliminate standing water around their homes and businesses to help reduce mosquito populations in an effort to prevent Zika and West Nile virus infections.


“As the rainy season comes to an end and temperatures rise, we will see increased mosquito activity,” said CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith. “Residents should dump out containers that hold standing water in and around their homes and businesses. Removing water will help reduce overall mosquito numbers and protect family members and neighbors from mosquito bites and mosquito-borne diseases.”


Mosquitoes breed in very small amounts of water. To help keep their numbers down, Californians should frequently check for, and eliminate, water-filled containers, clean and scrub bird baths and pet watering dishes, and dump water from dishes under potted plants. Residents are also urged to report unusual numbers of mosquitoes or day-biting mosquitoes to the local vector control agency.


With mosquito activity increasing, Californians should also protect themselves from mosquito bites at home and while traveling to areas where the Zika virus is present. To prevent bites, consistently use mosquito repellent when outside, wear long sleeves and pants, use air conditioning, and make sure window screens will keep mosquitoes out of the home.


“It is particularly important for pregnant women and couples planning to become pregnant to prevent mosquito bites because Zika virus can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, and severe birth defects if a pregnant woman becomes infected,” said Dr. Smith.


Zika virus is spread primarily through mosquito bites and can also be transmitted by both men and women during sex. Most people who are infected with Zika virus do not experience any symptoms but should take precautions to avoid sexual transmission, even if they never had symptoms. Zika symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes.


All individuals, particularly women of childbearing age, should take steps to protect themselves against mosquito bites while traveling and when they return home. Sexually active people who travel to areas with Zika virus transmission should use condoms or other barriers to avoid getting or passing Zika virus during sex. There has been no local transmission of Zika in California to date, but the mosquitoes that can carry Zika virus live in many areas of California.


West Nile virus (WNV) is also transmitted to humans and animals by the bite of an infected mosquito. WNV can cause a deadly infection in humans, and the elderly are particularly susceptible. WNV symptoms may include fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach, and back. More severe symptoms, and even death, can occur. The state’s first human infection of WNV this year was reported last month.

Visit the CDPH website for more information about mosquitoes, Zika and West Nile. Additional mosquito prevention information is available at www.cdc.gov.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Hospice of Amador & Calaveras Awarded Top National Honor by HEALTHCAREfirst

“Elite Status” awarded to HOAC in Hospice Honors program

JACKSON, CA - Hospice of Amador & Calaveras (HOAC) has been recognized as a 2017 recipient of Hospice Honors, a prestigious national program that highlights hospice organizations who are providing the highest level of quality care, as determined by caregivers. The official list of recipients was unveiled last week at the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s Management and Leadership Conference in Washington, DC.

Hospice of Amador & Calaveras was recognized in the top tier of the Hospice Honors program—“Elite Status”—scoring above the Deyta National Average on 100% of the evaluated questions and the only hospice in the Sierra region to be awarded Elite Status.

Established by Deyta Analytics, a division of HEALTHCAREfirst, Hospice Honors is a landmark compilation of hospices who provide the best patient and caregiver experience, bringing special attention to those that continuously provide maximal levels of quality care as measured from the perspective of the caregiver.

“This prestigious annual review recognizes hospices that continuously provide the highest level of quality as measured from the caregiver’s point of view,” said J. Kevin Porter, president and CEO of HEALTHCAREfirst. “I am proud to call these hospices clients of HEALTHCAREfirst and Deyta Analytics, and anticipate seeing even more of our customers recognized in years to come.”

Hospice Honors acknowledges high-performing agencies by analyzing performance of Hospice CAHPS quality measures. The awards are an exclusive recognition for hospices that have selected HEALTHCAREfirst as their hospice survey partner. Award criteria were based on Hospice CAHPS survey results for an evaluation period of October 2015 through September 2016.

HEALTHCAREfirst identified award recipients by evaluating hospices’ performance on a set of 24 quality indicator measures.

About Hospice of Amador & Calaveras
Hospice of Amador & Calaveras has been serving as the only local, community-based, non-profit hospice providing care to patients and families in Amador and Calaveras Counties for more than 35 years. Our mission is to provide high-quality, hospice and bereavement support to everyone who needs it regardless of their ability to pay.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Rabies Awareness: Clinics on May 18, 25 & June 8

Rabies in wildlife continues to pose risk to pets, people.

SUTTER CREEK, CA – Amador County Public Health and Animal Control Departments remind residents that rabies in wildlife continues to pose a risk to pets and people. In April 2017, a dog tested positive for rabies after contact with a skunk. The dog did not have current vaccination to provide protection from the rabies virus. Due to contact with this animal, multiple people are being treated with post-exposure prophylaxis as a preventative measure. These individuals have NOT tested positive for rabies.
“Rabies vaccinations and awareness are the best defense,” states Kelly Reason, Amador County Animal Control Director. “Owners need to remember the importance of having their pets vaccinated and to follow-up with required boosters as recommended by their veterinarian to keep their pets and families safe.” Indoor animals should also receive this vaccine as bats can be discovered by pets in the home.
In addition to vaccination, there are several things Amador residents can do to protect themselves and their pets:

  • Avoid contact with wildlife and animals you do not know. If you or your pets have contact with wildlife, contact Animal Control.
  • If you are bitten:
    • Wash the bite thoroughly with soap and water.
    • Seek medical attention.
    • Contact Amador County Animal Control, so the wildlife can be tested.
  • Contact Animal Control and your veterinarian if your pet was exposed to a skunk, bat, raccoon or other wildlife.
  • If a bat is inside your home, do NOT let it out. Close off the room to confine it and contact Animal Control for testing.
The next Amador County rabies clinic will be held on May 18, 2017 at Pine Grove Market from 6 pm to 7 pm. Two additional clinics will be held:  May 25, 2017 at the Fair Grounds in Plymouth from 6 pm to 7 pm and June 8, 2017 at Howard Park in Ione from 6 pm to 7pm.
Rabies is a deadly disease that kills both animals and humans. The rabies virus is almost always fatal. The only treatment is prevention. In California, bats, skunks, raccoons and foxes are the most frequent carriers of rabies. For more information on rabies and pet vaccination, contact your veterinarian or Amador County Animal Control at (209) 223-6378.



Mental Health First Aid Courses - May 26 & July 19

Friday May 26, 9AM-5PM
Wednesday, July 19, 9AM-5PM
RSVP required. Call 209-296-2785
For more information, e-mail rturner@nexusyfs.org



Thursday, May 4, 2017

Sutter Amador Nurse Creates Educational Experience for Generations of Women

JACKSON, CA – For expecting moms, there is a plethora of information from books, magazines and apps on newborn care, and let’s not forget about advice from grandmothers-to-be.

Diane Hosmer, R.N. (pictured below) at Sutter Amador Hospital, saw firsthand the difference in newborn information that is provided now compared with 10 years ago. She decided she wanted to help bridge the gap by creating Grandmother Tea, an event that invites expecting moms and their moms to an afternoon tea to provide the latest information in newborn care while celebrating motherhood.

Diane Hosmer, R.N. at Sutter Amador Hospital
“Grandmother Tea is a celebration, and most importantly, an opportunity to educate generations of women on the best practices in infant care,” said Hosmer, R.N, and pediatric nurse for more than 17 years. “It’s a time when we are available to answer questions, provide clarity and guidance, and create emotional connections to new grandmothers and mothers in a fun environment before the baby arrives.”

Hosmer received support from the hospital to launch the educational program in October 2015 and has since hosted three events for more than 100 participants. At the recent Grandmother Tea on April 8, expecting moms and their moms learned information ranging from safe sleeping and breastfeeding to cue-based feeding and baby-wearing while bonding over tea, sandwiches and desserts.

“The event is just as much educating the grandmothers as it is the new moms,” said Hosmer. “Grandmothers spend a lot of time caring for the infant or providing advice to the new mom. In my position, I see how much things have changed in the past 10 to 15 years in information that we were providing new moms to what their own mothers were taught. Grandmother Tea allows us to educate both women and each topic touches the participants in a different way.”

The Amador County area and Sutter Amador Hospital welcome more than 25 newborns each month, roughly a kindergarten class, and Hosmer’s is the first in the Sutter Health system to host a Grandmother Tea event that focuses on hospital experts educating grandparents in infant care.

As a grandmother herself, Hosmer understands the strengthening and support role only a grandmother can provide. “The event provides an avenue for some of the new grandmothers to start a conversation about how they provided care to their daughters and it is really quite special,” said Hosmer.

“We had a grandmother of 21 grandchildren who attended with her daughter-in-law and she loved the class,” said Anne Platt, Sutter Amador Hospital CEO. “Diane has created a very successful and unique program that engages and educates both moms and grandmothers.”

Similar to a baby shower, each grandmother and mother left with armfuls of gifts, including local resources and information to take home thanks to Sutter Amador Hospital and community sponsors: Amador-Calaveras Breastfeeding Coalition, First 5 Amador, WIC, Calaveras Public Health and Amador Public Health.

The next Grandmother Tea event is October 14 but the hospital hosts several childbirth education classes for both new moms and new dads each month. For additional information please visit www.sutteramador.orgor call 209-223-7452.


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Sutter Amador Hospital welcomes new orthopedic surgeon

JACKSON, CA – Sutter Amador Hospital welcomes new orthopedic surgeon, Patrick Osgood, M.D., with extensive training in hip, knee and shoulder replacement.
Patrick Osgood, M.D., Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon

Specialties: Hip, Knee and Shoulder Replacement. Knee and Shoulder Arthroscopy. Fracture Care.
100 Mission Blvd., Jackson, CA, 209-217-8416

Dr. Osgood is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with more than 20 years of experience including advanced skills in knee and shoulder arthroscopy and fracture care.

“We are excited to expand our orthopedic program to meet the needs of the community,” said Anne Platt, Sutter Amador Hospital CEO. “Dr. Osgood brings many years of experience and quality care to our hospital and our region. He is a welcome addition to our orthopedic program.”

Dr. Osgood received his medical degree from the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He completed his residency at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University and is board-certified with the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons.

He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, California Orthopedic Society, Nevada State Medical Society and Washoe County Medical Society. Dr. Osgood has practiced medicine in California, Nevada and New York with former practices in Reno and Truckee, California.
For more information about the Sutter Amador Hospital orthopedic program or for a complete list of Sutter Amador affiliated physicians, visit www.SutterAmador.org

The Sutter Amador orthopedic program offers comprehensive orthopedic care with a highly-trained team of surgeons, nurses, rehabilitation specialists and clinicians to provide a broad range of specialty care. Orthopedic services include complete joint replacement to complex orthopedic procedures of the hand and shoulder. Our orthopedic physicians offer a variety of care including sports medicine, foot and ankle reconstruction, joint-replacement surgery, knee, shoulder, rotator cuff and fracture repairs.