Monday, February 27, 2017

Dealing with Mental Illness? Free Classes for Families and Peers

One in four families in the U.S. will be touched by a mental disorder each year. Mental illness can leave people suffering in silence and hopelessness, but thanks to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), help is available in Amador County through two free programs starting in March.

Both courses are free to the public, and led by state-certified instructors and mentors who have completed intensive training.

Navigating the everyday challenges of living with mental illness is the goal of NAMI Amador’s Peer to Peer and Family to Family educational mental health programs. The goal of both programs is for participants to gain knowledge and to feel better able to manage their lives.

“We have seen so many people in the Family to Family and Peer to Peer classes have that ‘Finally!’ experience -- someone really hears what they say and answers their questions in a helpful way,” said Kelly Trottier, President of NAMI Amador.  “They gain support and meet others with the same concerns and feelings.”

The Family to Family class is a six-week course that offers family members, close friends and caretakers the knowledge needed to live with more comfort and less stress. Classes are held, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays starting March  25, at Sutter Amador Hospital, 200 Mission Blvd., Jackson. This class is only offered once a year.

The Peer to Peer course for people living with mental illness lasts five weeks and teaches problem-solving skills and strategies, and offers practical and emotional support. Classes are held from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays starting April 1, at Sierra Wind Wellness and Recovery Center, 10354 Argonaut Lane, Jackson.

“Programs like Peer to Peer get people back on track to being productive in the community,” Trottier said.

“They are able to go back to working, volunteering, having fewer interactions with law enforcement, reducing hospitalizations, and just having more satisfying lives.  And Family to Family reduces stress and makes family members much more effective and understanding.”

These programs are sponsored by NAMI Amador and Amador County Behavioral Health Department with funding from the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA).

For more information visit  To sign up, call (209) 223-1485, X266 and leave a message of interest or email  NAMI Amador can also be found on Facebook.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Sutter Amador Hospital Hosts Diabetes Information Fair for the Community on April 26

With nearly 55 percent of Californians diabetic or pre-diabetic, Sutter Amador Hospital understands the importance of educating and screening the community for diabetes.
On Wednesday, April 26, the hospital will host a free Diabetes Information Fair for the community that will provide a variety of services including free blood glucose and lipid screenings, education materials, prevention tools, demonstrations, giveaways and more.
The Diabetes Information Fair is a wonderful 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 diabetic care.
This event is free and open to the general public.
Wednesday, April 26
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: please call 877-899-8766.
About Sutter Amador Hospital
Sutter Amador Hospital is part of Sutter Health, a not-for-profit, community-based health network located throughout Northern California. The hospital’s rich history in Amador County dates back as far as 1876. The facility has 52 licensed beds and is the only hospital in Amador County serving a population of more than 40,000. For more on the hospital, visit the website at

Friday, February 17, 2017

35 Local Children Treated At Smiles for Kids 2017

All kids needing follow-up care will be treated locally or through the SDDS Adopt-a-Child Program

JACKSON, CA, February 17, 2017 – Big smiles were plentiful after children received free dental care as part of Smiles for Kids 2017.  The day was all about helping children in Amador County who do not yet have dental insurance and qualified for the program.  These kids were able to receive dental exams, x-rays, teeth cleaning, sealants, fluoride treatments, and emergency dental work at no charge.  The dentists at Jackson Creek Dental Group, their staff and people from the community volunteered their time to treat 35 local Amador County children.  Pro-bono services were provided totaling over $15,000.

Fourteen of these children will be seen for follow-up treatment by Jackson Creek Dental Group and   Edward Montalbo, DMD as part of the Smiles for Kids program.  Six will be seen by specialists in Sacramento as part of the Sacramento District Dental Society Adopt-a-Child Orthodontic and Specialty Referral Care programs. 

“We were happy to see so many parents bringing their children in to be seen during Smile for Kids.  As part of these visits we like to educate the families about good oral hygiene and the prevention of dental disease.  We know that dental disease can affect the entire body as well as have an impact on how the child performs at school, so early prevention and education is key to having a healthy smile and body,” stated Craig Kinzer, DDS. at Jackson Creek Dental Group.

The Smiles for Kids program, a project of the Sacramento District Dental Society and Foundation, is run in support of the American Dental Association’s “Give Kids a Smile” campaign.  Participants are member doctors, their staffs, vendors and community volunteers.

Jackson Creek Dental Group offers a full range of advanced, comprehensive dental specialties, from general care, periodontal care and orthodontics to cosmetic dentistry, smile design, dental implants and full mouth reconstruction.  For more information contact us at (209) 223-2712 or visit our website at

Jackson Creek Dental Group is open Monday through Thursday, 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

PHOTO:  35 local children received free dental treatment as a result of the 2017 Smile for Kids program.  In addition, making sure they all have access to needed follow-up treatment is an essential part of this event.  Pictured above are Jerhet Ask, DDS and Samantha Curtin, RDH with one of our Smiles for Kids patients.

The Labyrinth Project: Events in Feb-Mar 2017

News - February 16, 2017

1.     LGBTQ Social and Activity Group: On-going, every 1st and 3rd Fridays, 4:00 – 5:30 at Hein and Co., 204 Main St., Jackson. All ages welcome. Join us for dialogue, friendship, support and social activities. Contact: Marla Vander Meer (209) 256-3750 also find us on facebook at Motherlode Pride Center.
** This Friday, Feb. 17 our group will be having a Beginning Drawing class taught by local artist, Lori Williams. There is no cost. The drawing part is not mandatory. Materials will be provided. People can bring something with them like  a photo or something else they want to draw. We will probably be downstairs. Look for the mini Pride Flag.

2.     The Labyrinth Project: On-goingevery 2nd and 4th Fridays, 2:00 – 3:00 or 3:30 at Sierra Wind Wellness Center, 10354 Argonaut Lane, Jackson. Groups focus on learning about the labyrinth and how to use it to promote personal wellness. Labyrinth Facilitator/Coordinator: Marla Vander Meer 256-3750

** On Friday, February 24 we will be having a Finger Labyrinth making workshop. No cost. All materials provided. All ages welcome. Please RSVP to Marla at 209-256-3750

** March Labyrinth Event – “Relax into Spring” - Save the Date!
            When: March 18 (Saturday)
            Where: Sutter Creek Auditorium @ 18 Main Street, Sutter Creek
            Time: 12:00 noon  to 3:00p.m.
What: Drop in labyrinth Walk – Introduction to labyrinths (what they are)  and their use as simple but effective tools for stress reduction and relaxation. Opportunity to walk our beautiful 30’ canvas labyrinth. Inside event – rain or shine. For more information contact Marla at (209) 256-3750.

About the Labyrinth Project
Labyrinths are an ancient pattern that people have walked for thousands of years. Unlike a maze, labyrinths have only one path that meanders, usually in a circular pattern, into the center, then back out again along the same path. Although it is considered a spiritual tool and is often called a Sacred Path, it does not belong to any religion or spiritual belief. All are welcome to walk. Labyrinth walking has been found to help people find peace, reduce anxiety and depression, gain insight, empower creativity, find their own center, speak to God/spirit/Higher Self, process grief, find emotional healing and release stress among many other things. Learn more about these amazing tools through free workshops, classes and labyrinth walks. The goal of The Labyrinth Project is to educate people about the Labyrinth as a wellness tool and to promote the building of public labyrinths in Amador County. For More information contact the Labyrinth Project Coordinator: Marla Vander Meer, Veriditas Trained Labyrinth Facilitator at (209) 256-3750

Labyrinth Project services are available at NO COST!
Schedule a presentation, workshop, labyrinth walk, labyrinth event or even a labyrinth building consultation. Talks, workshops and walks are offered with a variety of focus and can be tailored to your specific needs. We are also happy to participate as a part of other events. For more information contact: Marla Vander Meer, Veriditas Trained Labyrinth Facilitator at (209) 256-3750.

Friday, February 10, 2017

American Legion Ambulance Services donates $228,000 to Sutter Amador Hospital

Jackson – Sutter Amador Hospital accepted a generous $228,000 donation from the American Legion Ambulance Service to help support the hospital’s Emergency Department.

Al Lennox, president of the American Legion Post 108 Ambulance Services (ALA) and Alan McNany, vice president of the ALA presented the check to hospital CEO Anne Platt, physicians and staff of the Emergency Department.

“We are extremely thankful for the generous donation from the American Legion,” said Platt. “We value our partnership with the American Legion as we work together to provide compassionate and quality health care to this community. This donation goes a long way in assisting us to provide additional services in our Emergency Department.”

Al Lennox, who is involved in ambulance services for the past 30 years, said the collaboration and care that Sutter Amador provides is essential to Amador County, and is one the organization is proud to support.
As SAH’s Emergency Department is the sole community provider for Amador County, the donation will be used to purchase several pieces of equipment, portable cardiac monitors and wheelchairs for Emergency Department patients. The funding will also allow the Emergency Department team to complete cardiac stress testes directly in the ER.
“The Sutter Amador Emergency Department has made several improvements in the past year and the new equipment will help us to continue to improve the patient experience,” said Nancy Leland, director of the SAH Emergency Department.
In September 2016, the hospital completed an internal improvement initiative that drastically reduced Emergency Department wait times by nearly 50 percent. The new triage process was designed to expedite patients through the department with a focus on getting the patients to the doctor as soon as possible. The process has helped the emergency department team see wait times drop to an average of 15 minutes in November.
The Sutter Amador Emergency Department sees approximately 80 patients per day. For more information on Sutter Amador hospital or to make a donation, please call 209-257-7619.

PHOTO, L-R: Al Lennox, Alan McNany, Anne Platt, Dr. David Beffa, Dr. Drew Hood, Nancy Leland, Jody Boetzer

Friday, February 3, 2017

Sutter Amador Hospital supports community partners

JACKSON – Sutter Amador Hospital presented checks to five local community partners on February 1 during the Community Advisory Council meeting at the hospital.

Operation Care, Amador Tuolumne Community Action Agency (ATCAA), Amador County Fair Foundation, Amador STARS and the Interfaith Food Bank all received a donation from the hospital to help support local programs and initiatives.

"We are so grateful for the generosity of the hospital," said Virginia Manner from ATCAA, who assists seniors living independently in Amador County. "This donation helps us to help others, and can go a long way in making a big difference in the lives of members of our community."

Ginger Rolf, chairperson for Amador STARS, also thanked the hospital for its support. She said Amador STARS, a free transportation program for cancer patients, drove more than 100,000 miles in 2016 transporting cancer patients to receive care.

“Thanks to the support of the hospital, we can continue to grow our services without charging for them,” said Rolf.

After delivering almost $10,000 in donations, Anne Platt, Sutter Amador Hospital CEO, thanked the organizations for attending and collaborating to help improve the health of the community.
“We appreciate working alongside you to provide high quality care to this community and we will continue to support you,” said Platt to applause from the Community Advisory Council.
Interfaith Food Bank was not present at the Community Advisory Council meeting but received a donation from the hospital as part of Sutter Health’s $255,000 total donation benefiting 30 food banks throughout Northern California, Oregon and Hawaii.
In total, the Sutter Health network has donated $1.8 million over the past eight years to food banks in local communities. The donations are provided on behalf of the health care network’s approximately 53,000 compassionate network and affiliate employees, plus caring physicians and dedicated volunteers as an extension of Sutter’s not-for-profit mission.

Sutter Amador Hospital's CEO Anne Platt recently provided donations to local organizations.
·         Operation Care – Linda Zender, Board Representative
·         Amador Tuolumne Community Action Agency – Virginia Manner
·         Amador County Fair Foundation– Ciro Toma, ACFF Board President
·         Amador STARS – Ginger Rolf
Operation Care - Linda Zender
Amador Tuolumne Community Action Agency – Virginia Manner

Amador County Fair Foundation– Ciro Toma

Amador STARS - Ginger Rolf

Thursday, February 2, 2017

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