Friday, June 30, 2017
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
New 64-slice CT scanner provides better imaging with less radiation
JACKSON – Sutter Amador Hospital begins operating a new 64-slice CT scanner this week thanks to a generous donation from the Mervin and Audrey Sheppard Trust.
The new GE Optima 660 Computed Tomography (CT) scanner replaces a 16-slice CT scanner to enhance the hospital’s diagnostic imaging services.
“This is a great addition to our hospital and community as the new CT scanner provides faster scans with less radiation to our patients,” said Anne Platt, Sutter Amador Hospital CEO. “As a certified primary stroke center in Amador County, we are excited to improve the quality and speed of our imaging technology.”
The CT scanner technology captures up to 64 simultaneous anatomical slices of 0.625 mm in a single rotation with precise images of rapidly moving organs like the heart and lungs. The radiation doses are minimized for the size and age of patients.
“We can now acquire images faster and process those images for improved diagnoses for our patients,” said Randall Earnest, manager of Diagnostic Imaging Center at Sutter Amador Hospital. “It is also helpful for examining patients who can’t hold their breath, such as trauma victims, young children and the extremely ill.”
Construction for the new CT scanner started in spring 2017 to make hospital improvements to accommodate the new machine and meet California guidelines. A temporary scanner was used during the construction so as not to disrupt patients and hospital services.
Sutter Amador Hospital completes roughly 200 CT scans a month and is the certified primary stroke center in Amador County.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Funds to benefit Griefbusters and We Honor Veterans Programs
JACKSON, Calif.—June 15, 2017—Sutter Medical Group, affiliated with Sutter Medical Foundation, awarded $3,000 to Hospice of Amador & Calaveras (HOAC) today as part of their most recent Philanthropy Program funding period. Hospice of Amador & Calaveras will use the grant to bolster two critical programs: Griefbusters and We Honor Veterans.
The Griefbusters program supports school aged children ages 5-19 who are grieving the death of a loved one. The program also provides crisis management in both counties in emergent events such as car accidents and sudden deaths, whereby specially trained volunteers and HOAC team members arrive on site and make themselves available for students to speak with. This unique program has been in existence for 33 years and is the only one of its kind in our area to support the child through their grief process in a healthy and productive fashion.
The We Honor Veterans program pairs local veteran volunteers with hospice veteran patients. The camaraderie created between veterans has proven to be supportive for all involved through their unique ability to relate and connect with one another by way of a shared language and experience.
As a national partner in the We Honor Veterans campaign, developed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs, HOAC has noted significant improvement to patients’ end-of-life experience and a lessening of PTSD symptoms for the veteran volunteer as well as the veteran hospice patient.
These and other HOAC programs are solely supported by grants and contributions from our community, and we appreciate them immensely.
About Hospice of Amador & Calaveras
Hospice of Amador & Calaveras has been serving as the only local, community-based, non-profit hospice agency providing care to patients and families in Amador and Calaveras Counties for more than 35 years. Our mission is to provide high-quality, hospice and bereavement support to everyone who needs it regardless of their ability to pay.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Sutter Amador Hospital Honored at American Legion Ambulance Award Reception
During National EMS Week, the American Legion Ambulance Services (ALA) hosted its annual awards reception, EMS Strong, to honor those who have been instrumental in providing care to the community.
For more than 20 years, the ALA has hosted the event that brings together 100 ambulance personnel, members of the local fire departments, EMS, hospital employees and law enforcement officials for an evening of celebration and delicious barbecue provided by the Jackson Fire Department.
“This year’s theme, ‘Always in Service,’ embraces the spirit of our emergency personnel and volunteers,” said Michelle Clark, operations manager of the Amador County ALA who helped organized the event. “These responders encounter stressful situations every day and it is important that they are recognized and shown gratitude for the job that they do.”
Earlier this year, ballots were sent to all emergency medical services agencies for individuals to nominate and vote for the award winners recognized at the ALA event. This year’s winners include:
· EMT of the Year – Jerry Darrow, American Legion Ambulance Services
· Paramedic of the Year – Caleb Heuser, American Legion Ambulance Services
· EMS Person of the Year – Michelle Clark, American Legion Ambulance Services
· Dispatcher of the Year – Brandi Farrell, American Legion Ambulance Services
· Search and Rescue Member of the Year – Mitch Vinciguerra, Amador County Sheriff’s
· Mobile Intensive Care Nurse of the Year – Jessica Sharver, Sutter Amador Hospital
· Provider of the Year – Dr. Shawn Brady, Sutter Amador Hospital
· Unsung Hero of the Year – Vicki Haggart, Sutter Amador Hospital
· First Responder of the Year: Diego Terrones, Amador Fire Protection District; Dennis Howarth, Amador Fire Protection District; Jesse DiGirolamo, Jackson Fire Department; George Faist, Jackson Valley Fire Protection District; Ben Fisher, Lockwood Fire Protection District.
“The award celebration is very special because the nominees and award winners are both selected by their peers,” said Connie McKenna, R.N., nurse supervisor at Sutter Amador Hospital. “The winner in each category received a dedicated plaque from the ALA.”
Guests, nominees and their families were invited to the event at the American Legion Hall to celebrate award winners who in many cases went about the call of duty, acted in extraordinary circumstance or helped save a life.
“It was a very enjoyable evening and an honor to be recognized,” said Vicki Haggart, Sutter Amador Hospital award recipient who joined ten nominees from the hospital. “The awards exemplify the strong community partnership that we have with the ALA and emergency response organizations with the shared goal of assisting others and making a positive impact in our community.”
As part of the evening, the American Fire Protection District, ALA, Ione Fire Department and Jackson Fire Department recognized staff with 20 to 40 years of experience. All nominees and their family members were invited to participate in a free raffle courtesy of generous community donations.
“It is the one night a year we come together as emergency medical responders and show appreciation for the heroic acts and risks we take as part of our jobs,” said Clark.
The American Legion Ambulance and Sutter Amador Hospital share in a mission to provide quality health care to the regions through strong partnerships. This year, the hospital assisted the ALA in clinical training as part of their critical transport program and the ALA donated $228,000 to Sutter Amador Hospital for new equipment in the hospital’s Emergency Department.
Monday, June 5, 2017
June 2017 Classes
200 Mission Blvd., Jackson, CA 95642
Visit www.sutteramador.org for more information.
Boot Camp for New Dads - June 6 from 6 to 8 p.m.
This one-evening, interactive class is designed to address the unique needs of first-time fathers. Boot Camp for New Dads is an innovative, nationally acclaimed program for dads-to-be, taught by veteran dads with the help of their babies. The focus of the discussions is adjusting to life with a new baby, including the joys and challenges of new parenthood. Class is free to new dads.
200 Mission Blvd., Jackson, CA 95642, visit www.sutteramador.org for more information.
Maternal Connections for New Moms - June 6 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Maternal Connections is a class for moms-to-be in which new moms share their experiences, insights and advice. The focus of the discussions is adjusting to life with a new baby, and is an opportunity to ask questions and receive advice from hospital experts. Class is free to new and expecting moms.
200 Mission Blvd., Jackson, CA 95642, visit www.sutteramador.org for more information
Welcoming Baby: The First Month – June 13 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Learn important ways to care for yourself as well as your new baby. This free one-evening class shares information on normal newborn appearance and behaviors, crying, comforting skills and how to cope with little sleep. A free class and must for all new parents.
Breastfeeding Success ~ June 7, June 14, June 21, June 28 from 10:30 to 12:30 p.m.
This is a weekly meeting to invite mothers and babies to share, learn, get support. A certified lactation consultant facilitates this group/class every Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the Oakview Room on the 2nd floor of Sutter Amador Hospital. All expectant and breastfeeding mothers and babies are welcome, including grandmothers and siblings. Attend once, or as often as you like. Class is free.
Breastfeeding: Beyond the Basics ~ June 20 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.This one-evening class is highly recommended for first-time or experienced mothers who are planning to breastfeed. Find out more about the latest research and recommendations for success including nutrition and exercise, biological nurturing, storage and emotional adjustments for the family. This interactive class is taught by a certified lactation consultant and is free to all attendees.