Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Golden Girls Fitness Program Expands PLUS More Consistent Hours at Team Fitness

Some good things are happening at Team Fitness in Pine Grove:
  • Several new pieces of equipment, 
  • a tidier workout space, 
  • lower prices
  • 20% off with FRIENDS & FAMILY DISCOUNT
  • new cubbies for your belongings, 
  • a friendly new face  - Karen DeMusey - is working Mondays 8am - 1pm,
  • expanding and easier to remember hours starting Thursday August 1st,
  • Golden Girls - and Guys - program expands to Tuesday through Friday at 8:15am starting Aug 1st.

Golden Girls/Guys is a gentle and inspiring program for men and women in their 60's, 70's and up who want an 
ongoing exercise program . . . or for anyone of ANY AGE who wants a mild class that includes all 
the important elements. 
·             We build strength, stamina, improve balance and flexibility. 
·             Class can be done sitting down if needed. 
·             First week of classes is free - after that prepay for 10 classes for $25 or drop in for $3.
* You don't have to be a member to take the classes. 
*  Or if you want to come almost everyday the Unlimited Golden Girls package is $29/month. 
*  Classes meet 8:15am - 9am Tuesday through Friday except on holidays.

Mon - Fri:   8am - 1pm   (Every weekday)
Mon & Wed: 3pm - 7pm  (More evening hours Tues and Thurs coming soon)
(Workout Sat  9 - 10am during Lynda's Zumba classes by arrangement)

**** Call or email me to learn more. ****

World Breastfeeding Week 2013 celebrated in Moke Hill on Thurs Aug 1

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Amador County Public Health: West Nile Virus Prevention

Sutter Creek, CA – California Public Health officials are reminding people to take steps to
prevent West Nile virus (WNV) infections. Outbreaks of West Nile virus occur each summer in
the United States and are most commonly transmitted to humans and animals through a
mosquito bite from a mosquito harboring the virus.
The California Department of Public Health recommends that individuals prevent exposure
to mosquito bites and West Nile virus by practicing the “Four Ds”:

1. DEET – Apply insect repellent containing DEET, picaradin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or
IR3535 according to label instructions. Repellents keep the mosquitoes from biting you.
DEET can be used safely on children and infants 2 months of age and older.

2. DRESS – Wear clothing that reduces the risk of skin exposure to mosquito bites: long
sleeved shirts and long pants.

3. DAWN AND DUSK – Mosquitoes bite in the early morning and evening so it is important
to wear repellent at this time. Make sure that your doors and windows have tight-fitting
screens to keep out mosquitoes. Repair or replace screens with tears or holes.

4. DRAIN – Mosquitoes lay their eggs on standing water. Eliminate all sources of standing
water on your property, including flower pots, old car tires, and rain gutters. Mosquito
Dunks are another prevention measure that are dropped in stagnant water, bird baths or
ponds and serve to form a barrier to prevent mosquitos from breeding.

Dead birds may also be reported to enhance the state’s ability to detect WNV. Amador
County residents may report dead birds by calling 1-877-WNV-BIRD (1-877-968-2473) or
via the online reporting system at “Finding birds positive for West Nile
virus is always significant because it provides an early warning sign for the disease in a
community,” says Dr. Bob Hartmann, Amador County Public Health Officer.

The risk of serious illness to most people is low. However, some individuals -- less than 1
percent -- will develop serious neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis. People
50 years and older have a higher chance of getting sick and are more likely to develop
serious symptoms. Those with diabetes and/or hypertension are at greatest risk for serious

To date in 2013, West Nile virus has been detected in 29 California counties, with 1 death in
Sacramento County. No cases have been reported in Amador County this year. Amador
County has had human cases in the past, but WNV is more common in the central valley
and southern California.

For more information on WNV, please visit California’s West Nile virus website:

Friday, July 12, 2013

Sutter Amador Hospital Gives New Option to Patients with MRI Breast Cancer Screening

Patients can receive care closer to home

JACKSON, Calif. – Sutter Amador Hospital will expand its health and wellness services available to women with the debut of breast magnetic resonance imaging, or breast MRI, made possible through generous donations from community members and groups.

“This service opens more doors for our patients and gives them access to a powerful diagnostic screening technology previously unavailable in Amador County,” said Judy Vermason, diagnostic imaging operations manager at Sutter Amador Hospital. “Keeping care local within our community is a great convenience to our patients.”

A breast MRI captures multiple images of the breast that are ultimately combined using a computer to create more detailed pictures. A breast MRI also involves patients receiving an intravascular (IV) injection of a contrast agent, or dye, to help increase the visibility around the areas that are undergoing closer examination.

Breast MRI can be a useful screening tool when physicians need more information than a patient’s mammogram, ultrasound or clinical breast exam can give. Breast MRI also may be utilized with women who are at high risk for breast cancer, or who have a family history of breast or ovarian cancers, or who have dense breasts. As always, women should discuss their options with their health care providers.

“For patients with newly diagnosed breast cancer, and for those women who are likely to develop breast cancer, this new technology can be life-saving,” according to Lincoln Russin, M.D. Dr. Russin is one of the hospital’s radiologists who recently received training and certification in breast MRI and MRI-guided biopsy from the American College of Radiology. “I’ve watched the development of breast MRI with great interest over the past several years, and I’m delighted that we can now provide this for our patients at Sutter Amador.”

Sutter Amador Hospital has made a commitment to continually invest in various types of breast cancer screening tools for patients. The hospital has state-of-the-art mammography with computer-aided detection, and high-resolution breast ultrasound. Sutter Amador Hospital provides ultrasound-guided breast biopsy for patients who have lesions that can be identified with ultrasound and will also be able to offer MRI-guided biopsy for patients who have lesions that are not detectable by mammography or ultrasound.

Fundraising for breast MRI services at Sutter Amador Hospital were a part of Sutter Health’s Philanthropy Capital Matching Grant Program. Sutter Health matched the $60,000 raised locally by the Sutter Amador Hospital Foundation to fund the expansion of imaging services. Dr. Russin and Rebecca Reh, one of our diagnostic imaging technologists, dedicated themselves to educating community members about breast MRI. Rebecca’s sister Sharon had breast cancer that was detected only by breast MRI. Sharon provided a video about her experience.  

“We were touched at how personally committed Dr. Russin, Rebecca and Sharon were to help us with our fundraising mission,” said Jody Boetzer, philanthropy, marketing and communications coordinator for Sutter Amador Hospital. “Dr. Russin and Rebecca’s knowledge, along with Sharon’s journey, helped illustrate the value breast MRI can offer patients.”

In addition to Sutter Amador Hospital’s financial investment in services to our patients, the entire care team continues its commitment to patient safety and the highest level of quality. Sutter Amador Hospital maintains accreditation from the American College of Radiology in CT, MRI and mammography, which is a testament to a commitment and expertise in advanced diagnostic imaging.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Sutter Amador Hospital Welcomes OB-GYN Gail A. Russell, M.D., FACOG

Sutter Amador Hospital is pleased to announce the arrival of board-certified OB-GYN, Gail A. Russell, M.D. FACOG. Dr. Russell is a new member of Sutter Medical Group and the Sutter Amador Hospital medical staff. She is seeing patients at the women’s health center located in the Sutter Amador Outpatient Services Center at 100 Mission Boulevard, Suite 2800 in Jackson. 

After earning her medical degree from Chicago Medical School in Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Russell completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology with West Virginia University Hospital in Morgantown, West Virginia. Prior to joining Sutter, Dr. Russell was an OB-GYN for the Camden-Clark Physicians Corporation in Parkersburg, West Virginia,
As a former California resident and second generation Amador County physician, Dr. Russell was excited at the opportunity to return to her hometown community.

“My father, Dr. Ross, cared for patients for more than 11 years here in Amador County,” said Dr. Russell. “It’s wonderful being back in a community I enjoy where I can be close to my family and do what I love, which is caring for patients.”

As a physician for over 15 years and a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Dr. Russell has excellent knowledge and experience in treating women of all ages. She welcomes all new patients. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call the women’s health center at (209) 257-0177.

Sutter Amador Hospital and Sutter Medical Foundation are part of the Sutter Health network, caring for patients and families throughout a nine-county region and beyond. For more information, visit

Monday, July 8, 2013

Prostate Cancer Information and Support Group Meeting – Tues July 9

The Amador County Prostate Cancer Information and Support Group will hold its regular meeting on Tuesday July 9, 2013 starting at 6:00 pm. The location is Sutter Amador Hospital in the Oakview Conference Room on the second floor
The group was formed to support men and their families and anyone who wishes to know more about Prostate Cancer. Meetings are open to all and includes men who have recovered from Prostate Cancer as well as those recently diagnosed, and those in treatment. The types of treatments range in scope from taking a watchful waiting active surveillance approach to radiation or surgery. Periodically meetings offer guest speakers, videos and updates on research
The meetings have information with regards to nutrition and prostate cancer. We encourage anyone who wants to learn more about cancer and nutrition to attend

For more information about the group and its meetings contact Jerry Trottier, 223-9133.

Thank You
Jerry Trottier