Friday, May 11, 2018

SAH Stroke Information Session - Fri May 18

Stroke Awareness Month: Knowing the signs can help save lives.
Every 40 seconds someone in the U.S. has a stroke, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. While strokes may be the fifth leading cause of death, they are the leading cause of permanent disability in the U.S. The earlier a stroke is recognized and treated, the greater the chance of recovery. Knowing the signs and symptoms of a stroke is the first step to ensuring medical help is received immediately.

Free Stroke Awareness Information Session
Would you be able to recognize the signs of a stroke? On Friday, May 18, Sutter Amador Hospital is hosting a stroke information session at the hospital with local experts that will help you identify and assist a family member or friend if they are experiencing a stroke. The session is free but you must register to attend. To register, please call 209-257-7458 or email Martha Heinrich at

Warning Signs of a Stroke:
A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that feeds the brain is blocked or bursts. Strokes can happen to anyone at any time but people with diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol and over the age of 55 are at a greater risk. To protect yourself and your loved ones, learn the warning signs of stroke and remember to act quickly.
   Fast treatment is key to saving lives and preventing disabilities. 80 percent of strokes can be prevented, according to the National Stroke Association.
   “There are ways to lower your risk of a stroke by making simple lifestyle adjustments and the ability to recognize a stroke when it happens can save lives,” said Martha Heinrich, stroke coordinator at Sutter Amador Hospital.

According to Heinrich, these are the other warning signs you should look out for: 
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
  • Sudden weakness in the face, arm or leg and sudden confusion.
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause.
  • Neck stiffness, seizures, irritability and unconsciousness.

Symptoms most often develop suddenly, but some types of strokes may cause symptoms to develop progressively over a period as long as a few days. Sometimes symptoms can disappear on their own. Heinrich recommends that if you notice changes – either sudden or gradual – that appear in the list of symptoms, get immediate medical attention.
    “Depending on the type of stroke, treatments are time sensitive so it’s important to seek medical care immediately. People who get emergency medical treatment within the first few hours of their first stroke symptoms tend to have less disability later than those who delayed care,” warns Heinrich.

To help you reduce your risk of a stroke, she suggests you exercise, eat a healthy diet that is low in sodium, maintain a healthy weight, drink alcohol in moderation and stop smoking.
   “High blood pressure is one of the leading causes of strokes,” Heinrich said. “Adults 55 and older and those with a family history of strokes are most at risk. It’s important to listen to your body and trust your instincts if you think you are experiencing stroke symptoms, get professional help right away.”

Using technology to advance local care.
Sutter Amador Hospital is a certified Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission providing around-the-clock emergency diagnosis and treatment to stroke patients. Medical specialists, nurses and support staff are dedicated to reducing the incidence and impact of strokes.
   The hospital’s Telestroke program, now in its second year, provides quick and comprehensive treatment for patients demonstrating stroke symptoms. Telestroke allows direct one-on-one video consultation with stroke neurologists at California Pacific Medical Center, to determine the best treatment options for patients, a practice that is supported by the 2018 American Stroke Association guidelines.
    “When a patient has a stroke, time is essential. Our Telestroke program allows us to bring specialty care to our patients as soon as they reach the Emergency Department,” says Heinrich.

A supportive environment - Community Support Group
Strokes impact not only the patient, but also the patients’ family members as they begin to recover. Having a network of community members that have experienced a stroke can be helpful. Sutter Amador Hospital hosts a stroke support group the first Thursday of each month from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please call 209-304-7212 for more information.
Providing stroke patients with the best care possible is our first and foremost goal” said Heinrich. “That also means offering support and rehabilitation services to those that have a stroke and offering social connections and assistance as they recover.”

To register for the stroke information session on May 18, contact Martha Heinrich at 209-257-7458 or email

For more information about strokes, visit or

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Kendig Chiropractic: When Your Spine Is In Line

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Good spinal alignment means good biomechanical health. Essentially, your spine is the biomechanical center of your body. Your legs are connected to your spine via two large and strong pelvic bones. Your arms are connected to your spine via your shoulder blades, ribs, and numerous strong muscles and ligaments. Spinal alignment supports the functioning of all these associated components. When your spine is in line, then all of your body's mechanical abilities, such as bending forward and backward, twisting and turning, and walking and running are able to be performed at maximal levels. In addition to the importance of spinal ...
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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Two volunteers honored at Hospice of Amador luncheon for National Volunteer Month

Nancy Powell (L) and Barbara Giannini were honored at a luncheon at Highway House on April 17 for achieving their 25-year volunteer milestone! The ladies, along with dozens of others, were treated to lunch and special treats for their dedicated volunteer service, as part of National Volunteer Month. Hospice of Amador and Calaveras has 194 volunteers in the two-county region! A second luncheon was held the following day for Calaveras County volunteers at the Historic Murphy’s Hotel.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Hospice of Amador & Calaveras Named a 2018 Hospice Honors Recipient

JACKSON, CA—April 30, 2018— Hospice of Amador & Calaveras has been named a 2018 Hospice Honors recipient by HEALTHCAREfirst, the leading provider of Web-based home health and hospice software, billing and coding services, CAHPS surveys and advanced analytics. Hospice Honors is a prestigious program that recognizes hospices providing the highest level of quality as measured from the caregiver’s point of view.

“We are excited to recognize the 2018 Hospice Honors recipients for their hard work and dedication to providing exceptional care,” said J. Kevin Porter of HEALTHCAREfirst. “I congratulate Hospice of Amador & Calaveras on its success in achieving this highest of honors.”

Award criteria were based on Hospice CAHPS survey results for an evaluation period of October 2016 through September 2017. Award recipients were identified by evaluating performance on a set of 24 quality indicator measures. Performance scores were aggregated from all completed surveys and were compared on a question-by-question basis to a National Performance Score calculated from all partnering hospices contained in the HEALTHCAREfirst’s Hospice CAHPS database.

Hospice Honors recipients include those hospices scoring above the HEALTHCAREfirst National Performance Score on 20 of the evaluated questions. HEALTHCAREfirst holds a special recognition, Hospice Honors Elite, to honor hospices scoring above the HEALTHCAREfirst National Performance Score on all 24 of the evaluated questions.  Please visit HEALTHCAREfirst’s website at to learn more about HEALTHCAREfirst Hospice CAHPS survey program as well as the Hospice Honors awards.

Hospice of Amador & Calaveras Executive Director Ariane Debien said, “We are thrilled to again be named as a recipient of this prestigious honor. Our mission to bring compassionate care to the dying is evidenced by this award, and we sincerely appreciate it.”

About Hospice of Amador & Calaveras
Hospice of Amador & Calaveras has been providing compassionate, quality end-of-life-care to Amador and Calaveras families for more than 35 years, and in that time, has never turned a patient away for inability to pay. They are the only non-profit, independent hospice agency in the region.

HEALTHCAREfirst provides web-based technologies and services to improve business and clinical operations for over four thousand home health and hospice providers across the United States. For more information, go to:

Neon Glow Fun Run - Sat June 2

This 2-mile run will start and finish at the Italian Picnic Grounds, during the Italian Picnic & Parade event! ACRA will be handing out goody bags to participants, and the first 50 registrars will receive a neon t-shirt!
Saturday, June 2, 9:00pm
The Italian Picnic Grounds
$25 for 17 & under, $30 for 18 & older
CLICK HERE to sign up!

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Sutter Amador Hospital Hosts Celebration for Generations of Mothers - Sat May 5

Looking for a special way to celebrate Mother’s Day this year? If you are an expecting mother,
Sutter Amador Hospital is excited to host a celebration for generations of women to learn the latest techniques in newborn care while celebrating motherhood.

Grandmother Tea invites expecting mothers and their moms to attend a free information session with experts from the hospital to discuss the best practices in infant care including safe sleeping behavior, breastfeeding, cue-based feeding and much more while bonding over tea, sandwiches and dessert.

“Being a grandmother is one of the most special bonds in this world,” said Diane Hosmer, R.N. MSN IBCLC of Sutter Medical Foundation, Women’s Services Center. “Our Grandmother Tea event takes an opportunity to celebrate this special bond while providing both expecting moms and grandmothers with the latest techniques in infant care. It’s about providing both women with new information and ways to support each other in these new, important roles.”

Sutter Amador Hospital welcomes more than 25 newborns each month, roughly a kindergarten class, and is the first in the Sutter Health system to offer a Grandmother Tea event that focuses on hospital experts educating grandparents in infant care.

Event details:
This event is free and open to women in the community, including expecting moms and their mothers. Seating is limited so please register in advance by calling 209-223-7452.

Saturday, May 5
Noon to 3:30 p.m.
Sutter Amador Hospital

In addition to receiving the latest information on newborn care, attendees will also have the opportunity to ask hospital experts questions and get firsthand advice on how to prepare for a new baby. The hospital will also provide free education materials, prizes and refreshments for attendees.
To register for Grandmother Tea, call 209-223-7452. For more information about the childbirth education classes offered at Sutter Amador Hospital, visit

This free event is sponsored by Sutter Amador Hospital and Amador Calaveras Breastfeeding Coalition in partnership with First 5 Amador, WIC, Calaveras Public Health and Amador Public Health.

Sutter Amador Hospital was recently designated as a Baby-Friendly hospital by Baby-Friendly USA, one of 500 in the U.S and the fourth of Sutter Health facilities. A Baby-Friendly designation is given to select hospitals worldwide recognizing birth facilities that offer breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Sutter Amador Hospital Hosts Diabetes Information Fair - Wed May 2

Sutter Amador Hospital understands the importance of educating and screening members of the community for diabetes. More than 100 million people in the United States are living with prediabetes or diabetes and 45 percent of all Americans have blood glucose levels that are above target.

For 20 years, the hospital has hosted a free Diabetes Information Fair to educate others on diabetes and diabetes management.

“Diabetes can have a dramatic impact on your life,” said Kim Vagt, director of Ancillary Services at Sutter Amador Hospital. “Diabetes can create many changes in your life and if untreated, diabetes can lead to kidney failure, vision problems, heart and circulatory issues and a host of complications that exacerbate other health problems.”
On May 2, the hospital hosts a free Diabetes Information Fair for anyone in the community to learn more about diabetes and how to manage the condition. Sutter Amador Hospital will provide free blood glucose and lipid screenings, education materials, prevention tools, demonstrations and giveaways during the event.

“We are committed to educating and alerting people with prediabetes that don’t know they may have it and encourage you to come to the hospital to get tested,” says Vagt. “Prediabetes is a predictor of future diabetes that can be reversed through weight loss, exercise, healthy food choices and lifestyle modifications.”

The Diabetes Information Fair is an easy way for members of the community to speak to multiple certified diabetes experts and sources regarding diabetes and diabetes prevention. Sutter Amador Hospital will have experts on hand to answer questions and provide guidance for diabetes care.
“Together, we can find those living with undetected prediabetes and diabetes and help them to take action and keep healthy,” said Morgan Knittel, R.D., registered dietitian with Sutter Health. “Most people with prediabetes have no idea they are living with elevated blood sugars and that they are at an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.”

The information fair is open to everyone who may have the disease as well as friends and family members and to anyone in the community who may want to know more about diabetes and how to live a healthy lifestyle.
Event Details:
This event is free and open to the general public.

WednesdayMay 2
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Sutter Amador Hospital
200 Mission Blvd.
Jackson, CA 95642

In addition to a general education on diabetes management, community members will have the opportunity to meet Certified Diabetes Educators and receive free blood glucose screenings and a free
lipid panel. The hospital will also provide free education materials and drawings for attendees.

For more information about the Diabetes Information Fair, call 877-899-8766 or visit For information about diabetes care, schedule an appointment with our experts at Sutter Internal Medicine at 815 Court St, Suite 5, Jackson, 877-899-8766.

This free event is sponsored by Sutter Amador Hospital, Sutter Medical Foundation and Sutter Medical Group.