Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Sutter Patients Benefit from Amador Community Foundation Grant

Jackson, Calif. – Local residents living with congestive heart failure will soon benefit from scales thanks to a generous $1,000 grant the Amador Community Foundation presented to Sutter Amador Hospital and the Sutter Care Coordination Program.  
The Sutter Care Coordination Program, a program that originated over two decades ago under the direction of the Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, started April 2013 in Amador County so that patients with anti-coagulation, diabetes and heart failure could be monitored telephonically by local registered nurse case manager, Mel Welsh. In the case of Heart Failure Management, patients are monitored for 30-45 days post hospital discharge.
“One of the most important signs and symptoms of heart failure to report is weight gain,” says Mel Welsh, RN Case Manager. “This is often the first sign of worsening heart failure.
According to Welsh, if fluid weight gain is recognized early and the patient’s primary care provider is notified in a timely manner, the symptoms may be reversed by adjusting diuretic medication. This early intervention may defer a hospital or Emergency Department visit. Mel receives approximately 10 referrals a month for patients with heart failure from Sutter Amador Hospital. Of those, approximately three will not have a scale.
“Thanks to support from the Amador Community Foundation, beginning August 1 I will be able to provide scales to patients who do not have a scale or who are unable to get out to purchase one,” says Welsh. “This is a tremendous service to our community and will help support prevention, Emergency Department visits and hospital readmission for our heart failure patients.”
“Ongoing support to programs like these is critical to their success,” said Kathleen Harmon, Executive Director of the Amador Community Foundation. “The Amador Community Foundation is happy to partner with Sutter to benefit the lives of people in our community.”

About the Amador Community Foundation:
Amador Community Foundation, founded in 1999, is a tax-exempt public charity which allows individuals, families, business and organizations to give back through gifts and bequests.  Donors may establish permanent endowment funds or expendable funds within the confines of one local foundation.  These separate funds can help our community respond to emerging problems and opportunities as well as prepare for our future.
Amador Community Foundation’s mission is “to enhance the lives and future of the people in our unique community by connecting people who care deeply with causes that matter”. The Vision and Values are “To be the vehicle for philanthropic giving in Amador County. To respect our community, listen for needs, act courageously, maintain Foundation integrity and honor donor intent”. Establish your legacy through he Amador Community Foundation today. Please call us at 209-223-2148 or visit our website
PHOTO: (left to right): Mel Welsh, RN, Case Manager for the Sutter Care Coordination Program; Jody Boetzer, Sutter Amador Hospital Marketing and Philanthropy Manager and Kathleen Harmon, Amador Community Foundation Executive Director

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