Monday, April 30, 2018

Hospice of Amador & Calaveras Named a 2018 Hospice Honors Recipient

JACKSON, CA—April 30, 2018— Hospice of Amador & Calaveras has been named a 2018 Hospice Honors recipient by HEALTHCAREfirst, the leading provider of Web-based home health and hospice software, billing and coding services, CAHPS surveys and advanced analytics. Hospice Honors is a prestigious program that recognizes hospices providing the highest level of quality as measured from the caregiver’s point of view.

“We are excited to recognize the 2018 Hospice Honors recipients for their hard work and dedication to providing exceptional care,” said J. Kevin Porter of HEALTHCAREfirst. “I congratulate Hospice of Amador & Calaveras on its success in achieving this highest of honors.”

Award criteria were based on Hospice CAHPS survey results for an evaluation period of October 2016 through September 2017. Award recipients were identified by evaluating performance on a set of 24 quality indicator measures. Performance scores were aggregated from all completed surveys and were compared on a question-by-question basis to a National Performance Score calculated from all partnering hospices contained in the HEALTHCAREfirst’s Hospice CAHPS database.

Hospice Honors recipients include those hospices scoring above the HEALTHCAREfirst National Performance Score on 20 of the evaluated questions. HEALTHCAREfirst holds a special recognition, Hospice Honors Elite, to honor hospices scoring above the HEALTHCAREfirst National Performance Score on all 24 of the evaluated questions.  Please visit HEALTHCAREfirst’s website at www.healthcarefirst.com to learn more about HEALTHCAREfirst Hospice CAHPS survey program as well as the Hospice Honors awards.

Hospice of Amador & Calaveras Executive Director Ariane Debien said, “We are thrilled to again be named as a recipient of this prestigious honor. Our mission to bring compassionate care to the dying is evidenced by this award, and we sincerely appreciate it.”


About Hospice of Amador & Calaveras
Hospice of Amador & Calaveras has been providing compassionate, quality end-of-life-care to Amador and Calaveras families for more than 35 years, and in that time, has never turned a patient away for inability to pay. They are the only non-profit, independent hospice agency in the region.

About HEALTHCAREfirst
HEALTHCAREfirst provides web-based technologies and services to improve business and clinical operations for over four thousand home health and hospice providers across the United States. For more information, go to: www.healthcarefirst.com.

Neon Glow Fun Run - Sat June 2

This 2-mile run will start and finish at the Italian Picnic Grounds, during the Italian Picnic & Parade event! ACRA will be handing out goody bags to participants, and the first 50 registrars will receive a neon t-shirt!
Saturday, June 2, 9:00pm
The Italian Picnic Grounds
$25 for 17 & under, $30 for 18 & older
CLICK HERE to sign up!


Thursday, April 26, 2018

Sutter Amador Hospital Hosts Celebration for Generations of Mothers - Sat May 5

Looking for a special way to celebrate Mother’s Day this year? If you are an expecting mother,
Sutter Amador Hospital is excited to host a celebration for generations of women to learn the latest techniques in newborn care while celebrating motherhood.

Grandmother Tea invites expecting mothers and their moms to attend a free information session with experts from the hospital to discuss the best practices in infant care including safe sleeping behavior, breastfeeding, cue-based feeding and much more while bonding over tea, sandwiches and dessert.

“Being a grandmother is one of the most special bonds in this world,” said Diane Hosmer, R.N. MSN IBCLC of Sutter Medical Foundation, Women’s Services Center. “Our Grandmother Tea event takes an opportunity to celebrate this special bond while providing both expecting moms and grandmothers with the latest techniques in infant care. It’s about providing both women with new information and ways to support each other in these new, important roles.”

Sutter Amador Hospital welcomes more than 25 newborns each month, roughly a kindergarten class, and is the first in the Sutter Health system to offer a Grandmother Tea event that focuses on hospital experts educating grandparents in infant care.

Event details:
This event is free and open to women in the community, including expecting moms and their mothers. Seating is limited so please register in advance by calling 209-223-7452.

Saturday, May 5
Noon to 3:30 p.m.
Sutter Amador Hospital

In addition to receiving the latest information on newborn care, attendees will also have the opportunity to ask hospital experts questions and get firsthand advice on how to prepare for a new baby. The hospital will also provide free education materials, prizes and refreshments for attendees.
To register for Grandmother Tea, call 209-223-7452. For more information about the childbirth education classes offered at Sutter Amador Hospital, visit sutteramador.org.

This free event is sponsored by Sutter Amador Hospital and Amador Calaveras Breastfeeding Coalition in partnership with First 5 Amador, WIC, Calaveras Public Health and Amador Public Health.

Sutter Amador Hospital was recently designated as a Baby-Friendly hospital by Baby-Friendly USA, one of 500 in the U.S and the fourth of Sutter Health facilities. A Baby-Friendly designation is given to select hospitals worldwide recognizing birth facilities that offer breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.

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 sutteramador.org 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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Monday, April 2, 2018

Anytime Fitness announces expansion starting June 1



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Jackson, CA

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 www.anytimefitness.com, as the gym’s current maximum membership capacity has been filled for several months. Stay tuned for more details.