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