Friday, April 13, 2018

Sutter Amador Hospital upgrades 31 patient beds

JACKSON, CA – Sutter Amador Hospital welcomed 26 new patient beds to the hospital to provide the most comfort and support for patients in combination with the latest technology.

“These new beds provide several design features with state-of-the-art technology that can improve the level of care our patients receive,” said Melody Montgomery, R.N., chief nurse executive at Sutter Amador Hospital. “Hospital beds are where most patients spend the majority of their time and the new ‘smart beds’ help patients feel comfortable while also providing our care teams with an unprecedented level of information that enhances patient care.”

Sutter Amador Hospital is one of the first hospitals in the Sutter Health system to purchase the Hill-Rom Centrella Smart Beds for its Medical Surgical and Progressive Care units.

The new bed features include:
  • USB ports that conveniently charge patients’ personal electronic devices and a storage area for their belongings.
  • Advance patient controls that provides personalized comfort settings, entertainment options and nurse call buttons.
  • Motion-activated nightlight that illuminates the path to guide patients to and from bed.
  • Adjustable surfaces that don’t comprise on quietness.
  • An auto contour feature that elevates patients’ knees when the head is elevated.

“Our team and the bed manufacturer worked together to make this a very seamless transition for our patients,” said Montgomery. “In addition to comfort, the new beds have extra features including fall risk measures and monitoring systems that are useful for both the patient and our care teams.”
The smart beds were funded by generous community support with a matching grant by Sutter Health matching grant providing nearly $180,000 for the beds that cost $367,600. Other large, generous donations came from Robert Dalton and the Sutter Amador Hospital Valley Emergency Physician providers.

“This was a unique philanthropy campaign because in less than three months we raised all the money we needed for the new beds,” said Jody Boetzer, senior development officer at Sutter Amador Hospital. “Thanks to the community members who gave so generously, our patients will have a more comfortable stay and have access to more features not previously available. This is one of many examples of how philanthropy is having meaningful impact and changing our patient’s lives in very profound ways.”

In addition to more comfort, the new beds feature the latest mattress technology and alert the nursing staff of potential fall risks to patients. The beds use floor lights and a warning system to alert care team members that a patient may be moving or at risk of a fall. The new beds allow nurses to weigh seriously ill patients without getting out of bed and the beds are rotational with air flow mattresses for pressure injury reduction.

“They are closer to the floor and provide an extra level of comfort and communication for our patients,” said Melody. “When we transitioned the first patient into the new bed the patient said, ‘I’m so comfortable, I’m not sure I am ready to go home.'”

Five additional beds will be delivered to the hospital this month for the Intensive Care Unit.


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Kendig Chiropractic: Standing Tall - April 2018

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Anytime Fitness announces expansion starting June 1



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Jackson, CA

Anytime Fitness in Jackson, CA has announced that they have come to agreement on terms late today with their landlord to purchase the building at 11310 Prospect Drive and plans to expand Anytime Fitness to occupy the entire 17,500 square foot building starting June 1. Anytime Fitness owner, Ryan Chambers, said he will expand his gym adding cryotherapy, the county’s first reputable supplement shop, a shake weight studio, and a float spa.
They’re offering health supplements combined with a new and innovative sales technique - putting prices on their shelves so people know exactly what price they’ll pay when they walk in.
"We know it’s a bit of a risky move - telling our customers exactly what our prices are - but we feel the gamble is worth the risk," said Chambers. He added, "We feel it’s worth making sure all customers know they’re paying the same low prices as our best friends and favorite bros. I read in a business book once that treating customers fairly is a good thing."
The shake weight studio is slated to hold 50 members per class, focusing on shaking pounds of fat away in a bikram yoga-like room heated to 104 degrees. "Multi-joint exercises involving the fingers, wrist, and elbows have been clinically shown to burn more fat per hour than any other exercise."
Additional details will be released in the coming days. A waiting list for new members is available at www.anytimefitness.com, as the gym’s current maximum membership capacity has been filled for several months. Stay tuned for more details.


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Sutter Amador Hospital recognized as Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality

JACKSON, CA — Sutter Amador Hospital earned recognition as a “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC), the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization. 

The annual survey, conducted by Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), recognizes facilities that meet key criteria, including foundational elements of LGBTQ patient-centered care, LGBTQ patient services and support, employee benefits and policies, and LGBTQ patient and community engagement.
“Providing a welcoming, supportive environment for every one of our patients, employees and physicians is at the heart of everything we do,” says Anne Platt, CEO of Sutter Amador Hospital. “It’s a great honor to receive this recognition that shows our steadfast commitment to continually enhance our care for the LGBTQ community.”
The hospital joins a select group of healthcare facilities nationwide, including 20 Sutter Health affiliates, named as Leaders in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality including: 

Sutter Amador Hospital was recognized for its high scores on its policies and practices that are dedicated to the equitable treatment and inclusion of patients, visitors and employees.
A record 626 healthcare facilities actively participated in the HEI 2018 survey. In addition, the HRC Foundation proactively researched key policies at more than 900 non-participating hospitals. Sutter Amador Hospital is the only hospital in the area that was honored with this designation.
“With some of our biggest battles still ahead of us, it is crucial that institutions continue to demonstrate that the march toward full equality is not slowing down,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “The 626 participants in this year’s HEI continue this march in partnership with the LGBTQ community and we commend them for their leadership. For over a decade, the HEI has been the roadmap to closing the gap in ensuring equal care to LGBTQ patients and their families, and we urge every healthcare facility to join us in this continuing effort to provide inclusive care to all.”
For more information about the HEI, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/hei.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Amador Running Club - Wednesdays at 6PM

Amador Running Club
WHAT:           Getting local runners together to socialize, share training tips, set goals, and prepare for upcoming racing
                         events.   For beginner to advanced runners, even walkers are welcome!
WHEN:           Meets at 6:00pm on Wednesdays
WHERE:        Location varies by month
PRICE:           $50 per person per year from date of sign up
For more information, please call the ACRA office at 209-223-6349, email Nettie at amfox@amadorgov.org, or message our Facebook page at facebook.com/goacra. Visit our website at GoACRA.org.


Saturday, March 24, 2018

Sutter Amador Hospital opens new Infusion Center to provide cancer care locally

JACKSON, CA – For people with cancer, care is now one step closer to home. Sutter Amador Hospital has opened a new infusion center to patients on March 23.

The Irene Marie Infusion Center, a new facility located on the second floor of the Outpatient Services Building at Sutter Amador Hospital, now gives cancer patients a local option for treatment for many types of cancer that uses infusion for treatments.

“This monumental new addition to the hospital allows local residents to receive care in the community instead of driving more than an hour for these types of treatments,” said Anne Platt, CEO of Amador Hospital. “The Irene Marie Infusion Center, named in honor of the Spinty Foundation, provides a dedicated space for our patients to receive lifesaving treatments in a comfortable environment. This investment in new services at our hospital shows our continued commitment to our patients, our neighbors and our region.”

The 2,500-square-foot infusion therapy center features 10 spacious infusion chairs and one exam room. Designed by patients for patients, the new space offers both private and community infusion areas offering several treatment options and local artwork by Larry Angier and a mural by Lexie Loader. The focus was on creating a space that would make patients as comfortable as possible while also incorporating large windows with panorama views of the nearby hills and trees.
“This beautiful new facility is a great addition to the health care system in Amador County,” said Gregory Graves, M.D., “We honor the generosity of the Spinty Foundation and the more than 90 donors that contributed to this comforting and professional facility.”

With more than $1.8 million funded by the community and several years of work, the new center opened to patients with chemotherapy treatments available in April. The hospital expects the infusion center will serve more than 220 people each month.

 “This is a very exciting day for us,” said Platt. “Our community is very supportive of our hospital and all that it stands for and our new infusion center would not be possible without the generous support of our community.”

For more information about the cancer services available at Sutter Amador Hospital, visit sutteramador.org.