JACKSON, Calif. – Sutter Medical Foundation Amador Pediatrics Office, in partnership with First 5 Amador and Amador County Public Health, was recognized with the 2016 California State Association of Counties Challenge Award.
Challenge Awards recognize the innovation and best practices in county government as they find effective, cost-saving ways to provide program and services to their citizens.
The program, Improving Oral Health for Amador’s Children, provided funding for approximately 10 years for oral health education, screenings and fluoride varnish treatment for children in preschools, playgroups and childcare centers. In an effort to reach more children, free screenings and fluoride varnish treatments were provided by volunteer dental hygienists to approximately 100 children at annual children’s fairs as well as in a medical setting such as the Amador Pediatrics office, which launched a pilot in December 2014.
Mindy Epperson, R.N., Sutter Amador Pediatrics, championed the medical segment of the program. She worked alongside Nina Machado from First 5 Amador, Connie Vaccarezza from Public Health and Pediatrician David Stone, M.D., Sutter Medical Foundation.
“We are thrilled to be recognized with this prestigious award,” said Dr. Stone. “When you look at the other organizations who won Challenge Awards this year and the initiatives that they developed, we are so proud to be in their company.”
The response for the program from both parents and the community has been outstanding.
“Through this program we have been able to provide education and a wonderful service to families throughout our area,” said Dr. Stone. “We are proud to partner with First 5 and Amador County and are grateful that we can improve the lives of the pediatric patients in our community.”
Amador’s Oral Health Task Force members received multiple inquiries from other counties to learn more about the comprehensive system and how it can be replicated in their areas. The office received a grant to assist with start-up costs and the system is now in place and sustainable at the site that serves the majority of Amador County’s children as well as many from the neighboring Calaveras County.
During the first eight months of the pilot, Sutter Amador Pediatrics more than tripled the number of fluoride varnish treatments offered in previous years. The goal is now to expand this practice to all medical offices in Amador that provide care for young children.
In addition to Dr. Stone, Sutter Amador Pediatrics office features physicians Aye Moe, M.D., and Amy Appleton, M.D., and Nurse Practitioner Denise Lack, Ph.D. – who are excited to care for your children. The office, located at 100 Mission Blvd., is now accepting new patients. To make an appointment, call 209-257-1722.
PHOTO: Angel Bloom applies a fluoride varnish to Amiyah Smith’s teeth at the Sutter Medical Foundation Amador Pediatrics Office during the toddler’s recent well-check visit.