Friday, May 29, 2015

Sutter Amador Hospital Receives Orange Onyx Sculpture for Lobby

Jackson, Calif. – Sutter Amador Hospital was the beneficiary of a sculpture donated by Lincoln Russin, M.D., a longtime radiologist in Amador County.

The sculpture, made of orange onyx entitled “I am my beloved’s,” was crafted by Dr. Russin’s father, Robert Russin. The sculpture was given to the hospital shortly after Dr. Russin’s retirement on Oct. 31, 2014.

A dedication of the sculpture was held during Sutter Amador Hospital’s recent annual donor reception where Dr. Russin spoke about his donation to nearly 80 donors, physicians and hospital leaders.

“My father’s work celebrated love and human form – and this sculpture was one of his best,” said Dr. Russin. “It was in our family home for many years, and when he gave his three sons the choice of any of his pieces, I chose this one. I hope it will bring serenity and hope to people viewing it in the hospital’s unlit lobby."

Russin was a radiologist with Mother Lode Diagnostic and provided services to Sutter Amador Hospital for 13 years.

“During his time at Sutter Amador Hospital, Dr. Russin provided care to our patients with professionalism, knowledge and compassion,” said Anne Platt, CEO, Sutter Amador Hospital. “In gratitude to the hospital where he was able to serve and fulfill his dreams of being a doctor in a small community hospital, Dr. Russin wanted to leave a memento of his time here that would be beautiful and lasting."

Robert Russin’s work adorns many hospitals and public buildings, including the fountain figure at the City of Hope in Duarte.

Lincoln Russin, M.D., stands alongside the orange onyx sculpture that he recently donated to Sutter Amador Hospital.
The sculpture was created by his father, Robert Russin, and was donated in gratitude to the hospital.
About Sutter Amador Hospital
Sutter Amador Hospital is part of Sutter Health, a not-for-profit, community-based health network located throughout Northern California. The hospital’s rich history of Amador County dates back as far as 1876. The facility has 52 licensed beds and is the only hospital in Amador County serving a population of more than 40,000.
For more on the hospital, visit the website at
Photo caption: Lincoln Russin, M.D., stands alongside the orange onyx sculpture that he donated to Sutter Amador Hospital recently. The sculpture was created by his father, Robert Russin, and was donated in gratitude to the hospital.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Empowering Herbal Medicine - Wed June 10

EMPOWERING HERBAL MEDICINE Health and Wellness Class with Jessica Grant. Connecting body mind and spirit, while incorporating immune system support for healing!  This class will be held at the HUB, 206 main St. Jackson,  Wednesday, June 10th, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. The Cost will be $35. Please call Barbara at 223-1365 or email her at

Monday, May 25, 2015

FREE NAMI Peer-to-Peer Education Course - June 22 – Aug 24

One of NAMI’s Signature programs, Peer to Peer, a 10-week educational program to enhance mental health recovery begins Monday June 22 from 6 to 8PM. at Sierra Wind Wellness Center, 10354 Argonaut Lane, Jackson.

This program is for individuals living with mental illness and is taught by NAMI-trained mentors who are well along in recovery. Goals are to provide education about mental illness, emotional and practical support, independent problem solving and relapse prevention.

This is the eighth time NAMI Amador has been able to offer the program, so many people have benefitted from learning that recovery is possible. The course is taught by two experienced mentors (teachers). The workbooks that every participant is given are new and updated this year with the latest information on mental illness research, treatment and strategies for self-management.

As with all services of NAMI Amador, the course is free to the public. Mental Health Services Act funding is provided by Amador County Behavioral Health Department. All class sessions are confidential.

This is the first time the course has been offered in the evening, in response to requests to make the experience available to people with daytime commitments.

Each week builds upon the last, offering a variety of tools with which to better understand and manage one’s individual life. Thus, attendance is expected at each session. Contact 223-1485, X266 to learn more or to leave a message to sign up.

NAMI Amador is Amador County’s chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and is a volunteer non-profit public charity serving people with mental illness, their families and other loved ones. More information is available at .

Herbal Medicine Workshop - Wed June10

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Webinar: Children's Health in California - Tues June 2

California Budget & Policy Center
May 19, 2015
Webinar on June 2
Children's Health in California: How Can State Policies Help Promote a Lifetime of Health and Well-Being?
Helping California's children stay healthy is critical to the well-being of families and communities and to the future of our state. Doing so depends on having a coordinated health care system that encompasses public health care coverage for low- and moderate-income Californians as well as comprehensive public health services.

Join us from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, June 2 for a webinar that will discuss health programs for California's children and families and explore the opportunities and challenges our state faces in promoting youth health and wellness. This webinar will discuss findings from the Budget Center's recently released special report on children's health programs and look at how the right policy choices could support healthy children and a healthy California.

  • Edward Schor, Senior Vice President, Programs and Partnerships, Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health
  • Timothy T. Brown, Associate Adjunct Professor of Health Economics, University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health
  • Kristin Schumacher, Policy Analyst, California Budget & Policy Center
  • Scott Graves, Director of Research, California Budget & Policy Center
We hope you can join us on June 2 for this timely discussion. Register here.

For additional information or questions on this webinar, please contact Steven Bliss or 916-444-0500.

The Children's Health Programs in California project was made possible by a grant from the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health.


June P.A.S.S. Courses - Sat June 20

To sign up, contact Becky Booker at 209-304-7945 or email:

Friday, May 8, 2015

"Understanding ADHD in Adults & Children" - Free workshops throughout the month of May

Please join us for our upcoming wellness workshops regarding Understanding ADHD in Adults & Children.

This workshop will be offered at the following locations:

Plymouth Pentecostal Church - May 11th from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Clark's Corner - May 18th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Ione Family Resource Center - May 26th from 9:30am to 11:30am
Upcountry Community Center - May 27th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Camanche Lake Community Center - May 28th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Please see the attached flyer for more information.

The Community Centers host monthly wellness workshops regarding mental health and existing available resources.  Upcoming workshop topics include Postpartum Depression to be held in June and Eating Disorders to be held in July.  For more information, please call 209-296-2785.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Amador Holistic Center heals the whole the community

Amador Holistic Center is a collaboration of five wellness practitioners who offer alternatives to traditional Western/allopathic medical treatment. Located upstairs in Amador City's Old Amador Hotel, guests can select a variety of services to help the body heal itself.
"We're all about prevention and good health," said Center founder Christine DaRosa. "People are starting to seek us out because they suffer from allergies and other terrible side effects related to prescription drugs. They're having all these ailments and not being healed, so we're helping them the natural way."
DaRosa is a clinical hypnotherapist, behavioral therapist, life coach and Reiki Master. Her partners at the Center include Reiki Masters Kimberly Freeman and Gloria Banning, and Certified Massage Therapists Karin Gehrke and Dawn Grandon. All five women have one goal: To heal the whole person - mind, body, emotions, and spirit.
"We do not cut it up and just treat a symptom," DaRosa said. "We care about the person that we work on. We want to help people help themselves and heal naturally, and it's from our heart. That's what we're all about."
Before opening the Center in Amador City, DaRosa operated the Health in Harmony Retreat in rural Volcano, Calif. Since 2011, the mountain property has been the site of an annual Healing Arts Gathering at the mountain property. Festivities always included alternative wellness demonstrations, intuitive readings, vendor booths, workshops and healthy lunch options. For 2015's event, the fair moves to the Old Amador Hotel.
DaRosa and her business partner Rose Navarro opened Amador Holistic Center a year and a half ago with a mission to provide alternative wellness services to the local community and reach out to others beyond the immediate area. They chose the spot in the historic hotel so they could have a store front in addition to a place to practice their art. The retail store on the first floor is called DejaVu. Upstairs has the holistic center.
"I just resonated to it," DaRosa said of the new location. "I'm glad we started there, and I hope we keep growing."
The 5th Annual Healing Arts Fair will be held Saturday, May 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guests will enjoy the day sampling a large variety of holistic modalities and intuitive arts, as well as shopping the various booths for crafts, jewelry and other items - all while enjoying complimentary refreshments and listening to live ambient music by Gregory Cain.
"Greg's music is very nice, mellow, meditation-type sound that you would hear when you go to a spa," DaRosa said.
Admission to the event is free. All holistic modalities and intuitive readings are $1 per minute for a maximum of 30 minutes. Festivities will take place in the courtyard as well as upstairs of the Old Amador Hotel, located at 14204 Historic Highway 49 in Amador City. For more information, call (209) 256-4370 or visit