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.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Sutter Amador Hospital upgrades 31 patient beds

JACKSON, CA – Sutter Amador Hospital welcomed 26 new patient beds to the hospital to provide the most comfort and support for patients in combination with the latest technology.

“These new beds provide several design features with state-of-the-art technology that can improve the level of care our patients receive,” said Melody Montgomery, R.N., chief nurse executive at Sutter Amador Hospital. “Hospital beds are where most patients spend the majority of their time and the new ‘smart beds’ help patients feel comfortable while also providing our care teams with an unprecedented level of information that enhances patient care.”

Sutter Amador Hospital is one of the first hospitals in the Sutter Health system to purchase the Hill-Rom Centrella Smart Beds for its Medical Surgical and Progressive Care units.

The new bed features include:
  • USB ports that conveniently charge patients’ personal electronic devices and a storage area for their belongings.
  • Advance patient controls that provides personalized comfort settings, entertainment options and nurse call buttons.
  • Motion-activated nightlight that illuminates the path to guide patients to and from bed.
  • Adjustable surfaces that don’t comprise on quietness.
  • An auto contour feature that elevates patients’ knees when the head is elevated.

“Our team and the bed manufacturer worked together to make this a very seamless transition for our patients,” said Montgomery. “In addition to comfort, the new beds have extra features including fall risk measures and monitoring systems that are useful for both the patient and our care teams.”
The smart beds were funded by generous community support with a matching grant by Sutter Health matching grant providing nearly $180,000 for the beds that cost $367,600. Other large, generous donations came from Robert Dalton and the Sutter Amador Hospital Valley Emergency Physician providers.

“This was a unique philanthropy campaign because in less than three months we raised all the money we needed for the new beds,” said Jody Boetzer, senior development officer at Sutter Amador Hospital. “Thanks to the community members who gave so generously, our patients will have a more comfortable stay and have access to more features not previously available. This is one of many examples of how philanthropy is having meaningful impact and changing our patient’s lives in very profound ways.”

In addition to more comfort, the new beds feature the latest mattress technology and alert the nursing staff of potential fall risks to patients. The beds use floor lights and a warning system to alert care team members that a patient may be moving or at risk of a fall. The new beds allow nurses to weigh seriously ill patients without getting out of bed and the beds are rotational with air flow mattresses for pressure injury reduction.

“They are closer to the floor and provide an extra level of comfort and communication for our patients,” said Melody. “When we transitioned the first patient into the new bed the patient said, ‘I’m so comfortable, I’m not sure I am ready to go home.'”

Five additional beds will be delivered to the hospital this month for the Intensive Care Unit.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Kendig Chiropractic: Standing Tall - April 2018

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Standing Tall
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Monday, April 2, 2018

Anytime Fitness announces expansion starting June 1


Anytime Fitness in Jackson, CA has announced that they have come to agreement on terms late today with their landlord to purchase the building at 11310 Prospect Drive and plans to expand Anytime Fitness to occupy the entire 17,500 square foot building starting June 1. Anytime Fitness owner, Ryan Chambers, said he will expand his gym adding cryotherapy, the county’s first reputable supplement shop, a shake weight studio, and a float spa.
They’re offering health supplements combined with a new and innovative sales technique - putting prices on their shelves so people know exactly what price they’ll pay when they walk in.
"We know it’s a bit of a risky move - telling our customers exactly what our prices are - but we feel the gamble is worth the risk," said Chambers. He added, "We feel it’s worth making sure all customers know they’re paying the same low prices as our best friends and favorite bros. I read in a business book once that treating customers fairly is a good thing."
The shake weight studio is slated to hold 50 members per class, focusing on shaking pounds of fat away in a bikram yoga-like room heated to 104 degrees. "Multi-joint exercises involving the fingers, wrist, and elbows have been clinically shown to burn more fat per hour than any other exercise."
Additional details will be released in the coming days. A waiting list for new members is available at, as the gym’s current maximum membership capacity has been filled for several months. Stay tuned for more details.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Sutter Amador Hospital recognized as Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality

JACKSON, CA — Sutter Amador Hospital earned recognition as a “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC), the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization. 

The annual survey, conducted by Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), recognizes facilities that meet key criteria, including foundational elements of LGBTQ patient-centered care, LGBTQ patient services and support, employee benefits and policies, and LGBTQ patient and community engagement.
“Providing a welcoming, supportive environment for every one of our patients, employees and physicians is at the heart of everything we do,” says Anne Platt, CEO of Sutter Amador Hospital. “It’s a great honor to receive this recognition that shows our steadfast commitment to continually enhance our care for the LGBTQ community.”
The hospital joins a select group of healthcare facilities nationwide, including 20 Sutter Health affiliates, named as Leaders in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality including: 

Sutter Amador Hospital was recognized for its high scores on its policies and practices that are dedicated to the equitable treatment and inclusion of patients, visitors and employees.
A record 626 healthcare facilities actively participated in the HEI 2018 survey. In addition, the HRC Foundation proactively researched key policies at more than 900 non-participating hospitals. Sutter Amador Hospital is the only hospital in the area that was honored with this designation.
“With some of our biggest battles still ahead of us, it is crucial that institutions continue to demonstrate that the march toward full equality is not slowing down,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “The 626 participants in this year’s HEI continue this march in partnership with the LGBTQ community and we commend them for their leadership. For over a decade, the HEI has been the roadmap to closing the gap in ensuring equal care to LGBTQ patients and their families, and we urge every healthcare facility to join us in this continuing effort to provide inclusive care to all.”
For more information about the HEI, or to download a free copy of the report, visit

Monday, March 26, 2018

Amador Running Club - Wednesdays at 6PM

Amador Running Club
WHAT:           Getting local runners together to socialize, share training tips, set goals, and prepare for upcoming racing
                         events.   For beginner to advanced runners, even walkers are welcome!
WHEN:           Meets at 6:00pm on Wednesdays
WHERE:        Location varies by month
PRICE:           $50 per person per year from date of sign up
For more information, please call the ACRA office at 209-223-6349, email Nettie at, or message our Facebook page at Visit our website at

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Sutter Amador Hospital opens new Infusion Center to provide cancer care locally

JACKSON, CA – For people with cancer, care is now one step closer to home. Sutter Amador Hospital has opened a new infusion center to patients on March 23.

The Irene Marie Infusion Center, a new facility located on the second floor of the Outpatient Services Building at Sutter Amador Hospital, now gives cancer patients a local option for treatment for many types of cancer that uses infusion for treatments.

“This monumental new addition to the hospital allows local residents to receive care in the community instead of driving more than an hour for these types of treatments,” said Anne Platt, CEO of Amador Hospital. “The Irene Marie Infusion Center, named in honor of the Spinty Foundation, provides a dedicated space for our patients to receive lifesaving treatments in a comfortable environment. This investment in new services at our hospital shows our continued commitment to our patients, our neighbors and our region.”

The 2,500-square-foot infusion therapy center features 10 spacious infusion chairs and one exam room. Designed by patients for patients, the new space offers both private and community infusion areas offering several treatment options and local artwork by Larry Angier and a mural by Lexie Loader. The focus was on creating a space that would make patients as comfortable as possible while also incorporating large windows with panorama views of the nearby hills and trees.
“This beautiful new facility is a great addition to the health care system in Amador County,” said Gregory Graves, M.D., “We honor the generosity of the Spinty Foundation and the more than 90 donors that contributed to this comforting and professional facility.”

With more than $1.8 million funded by the community and several years of work, the new center opened to patients with chemotherapy treatments available in April. The hospital expects the infusion center will serve more than 220 people each month.

 “This is a very exciting day for us,” said Platt. “Our community is very supportive of our hospital and all that it stands for and our new infusion center would not be possible without the generous support of our community.”

For more information about the cancer services available at Sutter Amador Hospital, visit

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Sutter Amador Hospital hosts classes for those considering a joint replacement

JACKSON, CA – Sutter Amador Hospital will begin offering a new total joint replacement class for any members of the community who have joint pain or are considering a joint replacement surgery in the future.

“We understand people have several concerns when it comes to having a major surgery and we are here to address all of them,” said Jodi Porteous, R.N., surgical nurse at Sutter Amador Hospital. “This free class is an opportunity for people to meet with our care teams on an individual level to answer questions, provide a plan for recovery and ensure their comfort with the operation.”

The class covers a wide variety of topics from the admission process, physical therapy, pain management and how to prepare your home and caregiver for a successful recovery.

“Our goal is to help make you feel as comfortable and prepared as possible before going into a procedure.” said Anne Platt, CEO of Sutter Amador Hospital. “At Sutter Amador Hospital you can be sure our team of surgeons, physicians and nursing staff are committed to surgical excellence and quick recoveries to get our patients back to the lives they love.”

Whether your procedure is scheduled or you plan to have a joint replacement in the future, the hospital’s multidisciplinary team of nurses, physical therapists, dieticians and physicians will provide a broad education of the procedure and the tools and education needed for a quick recovery. The class materials will focus on helping prepare you and your loved one for joint replacement surgery by familiarizing you with pre and post-operative procedures.

“We believe it is equally important to educate the caregiver and the patient together on what to expect,” said Patrick Osgood, M.D., board certified orthopedic surgeon with Surgical Affiliates. “Our skilled surgical team is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care for our patients and their families.” 

Registration is required. To sign up for the class, please call the Sutter Amador Hospital Surgery Department at 209-223-7420 or visit to register for the class online.

This free class is available to anyone in the community who has joint pain or is considering a joint replacement surgery in the future.

Classes are held the third Monday of each month.
First class begins on April 16. Registration is required to attend.        
 Sutter Amador Hospital
 200 Mission Blvd., Jackson, Multi-Conference Room

We understand that most people have questions and concerns before going into surgery. Our staff want to help educate and prepare you for a joint replacement surgery by familiarizing you with our procedures and goals for your recovery. The class is designed to help alleviate any stress or anxiety you or your loved ones might have about the procedure.

For more information about joint replacement and other surgical services offered at Sutter Amador Hospital, visit

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Kendig Chiropractic: Chiropractic Care for the Young and the Young at Heart

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Chiropractic Care for the Young and the Young at Heart
Children and adults are the same but different. Most kids want to play all the time, but they also are required to go to school. Most adults would prefer to play all the time – relax, go to the gym, read a book, watch TV, or get together with friends – but most adults need to go to work at least 5 days a week. Interestingly, what most young people don't know about adults, especially older adults, is that they think of themselves as much younger than they actually are chronologically. For example, long ago, when a reporter asked the ...
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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Grand Opening Reception: Upcountry Wellness Center - Sat Mar 10

UC Cooperative Extension Announces Food Waste Prevention Week - Mar 5-9

The University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) in the Central Sierra, along with Governor Jerry Brown and other California officials and agencies announces March 5-9, 2018, as “Food Waste Prevention Week” in the State of California. UCCE Central Sierra pledges to raise employee and public awareness about the economic, environmental and social impacts of unused food.

According to recent estimates almost 12 billion pounds of food gets thrown away in California each year, and individual consumers are responsible for more food waste than grocery stores and restaurants combined. Forty percent of all food waste happens in homes or by individuals, and nine out of ten Americans throw away food too soon because they misunderstand expiration date labels. “Many people don’t understand the confusing system of expiration date labels that come on food packages,” according to Katie Johnson, Nutrition, Family and Consumer Sciences Advisor for UCCE Central Sierra. “With the exception of infant formula, these dates typically refer to freshness or quality, not to safety. Of course, food does go bad and we should all practice safe food handling to avoid illness – but we shouldn’t be throwing away food that’s still healthy and nutritious.”

Food waste has consequences for communities in the Central Sierra region. California Food Policy Advocates estimate that one in seven residents of Congressional District 4 in the foothills don’t always have enough food to eat. However, the Natural Resources Defense Council estimates that an average American family of four tosses out about 1,000 pounds of food each year, wasting roughly $1,500 on food that goes unused. “$1,500 of food a year could make a big difference for families trying to put healthy meals on their tables. Everyone in our communities deserves enough safe, healthy and affordable food,” says Johnson.

When food is thrown away, valuable resources like water and energy are wasted as well. For example, it takes around 55 gallons of water to produce and transport one egg from chicken to refrigerator. Food waste is also the single largest component of landfills, where it decomposes and releases methane - a climate pollutant 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide (CO2) over a 20 year period.

Food Waste Prevention Week was created not just to raise awareness about the economic, environmental and social impacts of unused food, but also to inspire Californians to take action. To join in the effort, Central Sierra residents can consider the areas where they see waste happening in their lives and look for ways to reduce it. Solutions might include asking for composting bins to be installed at the office or a community center, seeking out imperfect produce, or working with schools to set up a cafeteria share table.

To learn more about food waste prevention and how to store, save and use food, visit
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"Foundations in Fitness" Expo - Sat Mar 10

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

World Labyrinth Day: Walk As One at 1 - Sat May 5

World Labyrinth Day: Walk as One at 1pm
Join us in this 10th Annual Global Event for Peace

Walk as one at 1:00  in solidarity with other labyrinth walkers around the globe, for peace, justice and freedom in our troubled world.
All welcome  ~ This is a FREE event
When: Saturday, May 5, 2018
Time: At 12:45 there will be a brief presentation regarding World Labyrinth Day and an introduction on labyrinth walking for first time walkers.  At 1:00,  Walk as One at 1:00p.m. as we come together in celebration of peace.
Where: The Labyrinth in Amador City. Located behind the Old Amador Hotel,  14196 Main Street, off the back parking lot.
Learn more about labyrinths and local events on Facebook: The Labyrinth Project of Amador County. The Labyrinth Project is funded through Mental Health America of Northern California.
For more information Contact the Labyrinth Project Coordinator, Marla at (209) 256-3750 or at

Monday, February 26, 2018

Tang Soo Do Classes begin Tues Mar 6

Tang Soo Do
Instructed by Doug Gunselman, this class teaches Tang Soo Do, a martial art that incorporates the “hard” and “soft” styles of karate. This course offers both a beginner class and an advanced class.
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:00pm-5:30pm (beginner class) & 5:30pm-7:00pm (advanced class), Starting March 6
The Hub (206 B Main St, Jackson)
 $40 per month
For more information, please contact Josh from ACRA by phone (209-223-6349)e-mail ( ), or Facebook (

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Kendig Chiropractic: Care of Concussions

Boy in football gear.
Care of Concussions
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