Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Jackson Creek Dental Group Opens Office for “Smiles for Kids 2017”

Appointments will be scheduled in advance on a first-come-first-served basis beginning January 16, 2017

Jackson, CA - Jackson Creek Dental Group will once again be hosting Smile for Kids to treat children, at no cost, who “fall between the cracks” in healthcare – children who would not otherwise receive dental treatment – on Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Because of the overwhelming number of children attending this event, appointments will be scheduled in advance starting Monday, January 16, 2017.  These appointments will be filled on a first-come-first served basis by calling Jackson Creek Dental Group at (209) 223-2712.  Once the schedule is full they will no longer accept additional patients. 

To qualify for treatment, children must be 2-18 years of age, qualify for free or reduced fee school lunches, WIC or CHDP, be a resident of Amador County, and they must not be covered by private dental insurance or Medi-Cal/Denti-Cal.  A parent or legal guardian must accompany the child throughout the appointment. 

“Dental care is so important for our overall health and well-being, and this program allows children who meet the program requirements to receive, at no cost, a complete dental exam and teeth cleaning,” stated Craig Kinzer, DDS at Jackson Creek Dental Group.  “X-rays will be provided, as needed, along with fluoride treatment and prescriptions, sealants, orthodontic evaluations and other emergency dental care as time allows.  Our staff feels very grateful that they can give back to our community through Smiles for Kids.”

The doctors and their staff have provided this service to the community on a volunteer basis for over 32 years.  Smiles for Kids also provides an opportunity to educate both the child and parent about how the effects of poor oral health extend far beyond problems in the mouth, often causing other health related issues.

“All children deserve to have a healthy smile,” quoted Jerhet Ask, DDS at Jackson Creek Dental Group. “Untreated dental disease can be extremely painful and affects a child’s physical, emotional and social development.  Smiles for Kids allows us to become part of the solution and help give the children in Amador County healthy smiles for life.”

As in past years, crucial follow-up treatment may be provided through the Sacramento District Dental Society’s Adopt-a-Child Orthodontic and Specialty Referral Care Programs.  Several local dentists will also be providing these services right here in Amador County as part of the Adopt-a-Child Program.  Children requiring Orthodontic and Specialty Referral Care follow-up appointments may be assigned to a specialist to receive necessary endodontic, periodontic, pediatric, orthodontic and oral surgery treatments.

Jackson Creek Dental Group offers a full range of advanced, comprehensive dental specialties, from general care, periodontal care, dental implants and orthodontics to cosmetic dentistry, smile design and full mouth reconstruction.  For more information contact us at (209) 223-2712 or visit our website at www.JacksonCreekDental.com.

Jackson Creek Dental Group is open Monday through Thursday, 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

PHOTO: Over 40 children will receive a free dental exam, x-rays, cleaning and fluoride treatment as a result of the 2017 Smile for Kids program.  We will also make sure that all children needing follow-up treatment have access to it as part of this event.   Pictured above is Rachel Maita, RDH with one of the Smiles for Kids patients.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Unlock Weight Loss - Sat Jan 14

WHAT: Unlock your individual code for Weight Loss
WHEN: Sunday, January 14th, 11:00am-12:00pm
WHERE: The Health and Human Services Building, 10877 Conductor Blvd., Sutter Creek
PRICE : $25 for Be Active Members, $30 for Non-Members
For more information, please contact ACRA by Phone (209-223-6349), Email (jsmart@amadorgov.org), or Facebook (facebook.com/goacra)

Healing Self Esteem - Thursdays Jan 12 through Feb 16

Healing Self Esteem
WHEN: Thursday Evenings, January 12-February 16, 4-6pm.
WHERE: The Health and Human Services Building, 10877 Conductor Blvd., Sutter Creek
PRICE: $99
For more information, please contact Barbara at ACRA at (209) 223-6349 or bnichols@amadorgov.org, or visit ACRA online at www.goacra.org

Free Workshop: Understanding Body Dysmorphic Disorder - Dec 13, 14, 15

FREE WORKSHOP: UNDERSTANDING BODY DYSMORPHIC DISORDER - Dec 13, 14 & 15. Body Dysmorphic Disorder is a mental disorder in which a person can't stop thinking about one or more perceived defects or flaws in appearance - a flaw that, to others, is either minor or not observable. The perceived flaw may cause the person such distress that it impacts ability to function in daily life.
Come join us for this free workshop where we will discuss the following topics: The causes and symptoms of Body Dysmorphic Disorder, The risk factors of Body Dysmorphic Disorder, How friends and family can help, Where professional resources are available.
Workshop Locations & Dates:
Ione Family Resource Center
17 S. Buena Vista St Ione
Tuesday, December 13, 10:30am – 12:30pm
Upcountry Community Center
19386 Hwy 88 Pine Grove
Wednesday, December 14, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Camanche Lake Community Center
4240 Camanche Pky N. Ione
Thursday, December 15, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Workshop provided by Carla Fry, M.S., P.P.S.C. This discussion is intended for informational purposes only and is not meant as medical advice or to replace consultation with a physician or mental health professional. Please call 209-296-2785 for more information.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Sutter Amador Hospital reduces Emergency Department wait times by 50 percent

JACKSON, CA – Wait times just got drastically shorter for patients in the Sutter Amador Hospital (SAH) Emergency Department thanks to the hospital’s internal improvement initiative and a patient-focused emergency department staff.
The emergency department implemented a triage process that was designed to expedite patients through the department with a focus on getting the patients to the doctor as soon as possible. While the emergency department team has been working on the process improvements for six months, the triage process was officially streamlined into effect on Sept. 12.
“We have seen a 50 percent reduction in our wait time since implementing the improvement initiative,” said SAH’s David Beffa, M.D., medical director of the Emergency Department since March 2016. “Right now the team is averaging 15 minutes, but previously the wait times had been as long as 30 to 40 minutes. Our goal is for our patients to see a doctor in 12.”
As SAH’s Emergency Department is the sole community provider for Amador County, the focus on limiting wait times is the hospital’s main focus especially when the hospital reaches max capacity. The emergency department sees approximately 80 patients per day.
“Our staff have evaluated and invested in the process improvements to make our emergency department more efficient for our patients and community members,” said Anne Platt, Sutter Amador Hospital CEO. “We are committed to deliver the best quality care for our patients in our Emergency Department and reducing wait times is a large factor for us to be successful.”
“I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly I was seen,” said a recent unidentified emergency room patient. “The staff was great and took care of me in a very timely manner.”
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 sutteramador.org

Monday, November 21, 2016

Free Flu Clinic at Sutter Amador - Sat Dec 3

Sutter Amador Hospital is hosting a FREE FLU CLINIC!
Located at the Sutter Amador Outpatient Services Center
between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on December 3.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

National Hospice Month: Know Your Healthcare Options Before a Crisis Strikes: Know Your Healthcare Options Before a Crisis Strikes

Hospice of Amador & Calaveras Stresses the Importance of Advance Care Planning and Talking with Loved Ones
(Jackson, CA) – November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and hospices across the country are reaching out to help people understand the importance of planning for the care they would want if they were facing a serious or life-limiting illness.
“One of the things that hospice and palliative care professionals hear from families again and again is ‘why didn’t we learn about hospice care earlier’” said J. Donald Schumacher, president and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. “The best time to learn about hospice or palliative care is before you are facing a medical crisis.”
Hospice and palliative care combines high-quality medical care with the emotional and spiritual support that families need most when facing a serious or terminal illness. Palliative care offers comfort and support earlier in the course of a serious illness. Hospice brings patients and family caregivers high-quality, compassionate care and support when a cure is not possible. Together, palliative care and hospice can help people live each moment of life to the fullest.
Advance care planning involves talking about the care you would and would not want – and then completing an advance directive to document and share those wishes with others.
More information about hospice, palliative care, and advance care planning is available from Hospice of Amador & Calaveras, your local hospice, serving Amador & Calaveras counties for nearly 35 years.
NHPCO’s national campaign, Moments of Life: Made Possible by Hospice, offers an additional online resource, the "What Are My Options?" interactive tool designed to provide information that will help guide healthcare choices if a person or a loved one is facing a serious illness... especially if that illness is getting worse. In less than 60 seconds, website visitors will have important answers to help guide decisions. Learn what options might be right for you or a loved one at www.momentsoflife.org/options.
For additional information on how to have these very important conversations with your loved ones please visit www.theconversationproject.org

Monday, November 7, 2016

Hospice of Amador: It’s never too late to say "thank you" to our nation’s Veterans, even at the end of life.

It’s never too late to say ‘thank you’ to our nation’s Veterans, even at the end of life.

Americans across the country celebrate Veterans Day on November 11, a special day to salute the men and women who have bravely served our country in the military.

These fellow Americans have made profound sacrifices in defense of freedom and they deserve our heartfelt thanks and appreciation. Honoring our nation’s Veterans includes supporting them throughout their entire lives, especially at the end. 

As our nation marks Veterans Day on November 11, Hospice of Amador & Calaveras wants to share its commitment to increase Veterans’ access to compassionate, high quality hospice and palliative care for those who are facing serious and life-limiting illness.  As part of this commitment, Hospice of Amador & Calaveras is a part of an innovative program, We Honor Veterans, developed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Through We Honor Veterans, we are ensuring that our organization is equipped to address the unique needs of our nation’s Veterans.

It surprises many Americans to learn that every day, 1,800 Veterans die. That’s more than 680,000 Veterans every year – or 25 percent of all the people who die in this country annually.  A generation of World War II and Korean War Veterans are facing end-of-life care decisions now, and they are quickly being followed by younger Vietnam War Veterans, many of whom are confronting serious illnesses at an even earlier age.

The liberty that we, as US citizens, enjoy comes at a price paid by these valiant men and women. Let each of us make sure we do our part to recognize and support them throughout their lives.

If you know a Veteran who is in need of the special care hospice and palliative care brings to people facing serious and life-limiting illness, please reach out and help them learn more about the services that hospice and palliative care can provide. Contact us at Hospice of Amador & Calaveras at (209) 223-5500 or (209) 736-9442 to learn more about the ways we support our nation’s heroes.

To all our nation’s Veterans, thank you.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Hospice of Amador & Calaveras Receives $5,000 Grant from Sutter Health

(Jackson) – Hospice of Amador & Calaveras recently received another generous grant from The Sutter Health Valley Area.  The $5,000 grant supports Hospice of Amador & Calaveras’ Amador County Respite Program.  The program provides additional respite care services for caregivers in Amador County. 

Caring for a loved one can be very fulfilling and an incredibility loving experience, but it is also extremely exhausting. Respite services provide the much needed, temporary break from the often exhausting challenges the family caregiver faces. Respite has been shown to help sustain family caregiver health and well-being, and avoid or delay out-of-home placements. Without respite, not only can families suffer economically and emotionally, caregivers themselves may face serious health and social risks as a result of stress associated with continuous care giving.

Hospice of Amador & Calaveras’ Executive Director, Dan Riordan, said “We are very appreciative to Sutter Health for their on-going generosity, partnership and responsiveness. We see the benefits to our patients, and families each and every day.” Dan added, “Ongoing community support like this enables Hospice of Amador & Calaveras to meet its mission of providing quality end-of-life care to patients and families regardless of their ability to pay for those services.”

To learn more about how Hospice of Amador & Calaveras might help you or your loved one please call 209-223-5500. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Sutter Imaging in Amador Offers Free Mammograms to Underinsured Women

JACKSON, Calif. – In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Sutter Imaging in Amador County is offering free mammograms to uninsured and underinsured women on Saturday, Oct. 8.

It is one of eight Sutter Imaging sites in the greater Sacramento region that have set aside one Saturday this month to perform the free digital screening mammograms for uninsured and under-insured women who otherwise may not have access to these potentially life-saving screenings.
“Early detection can lead to a longer, healthier life,” said Sutter Amador Hospital Radiologist Phil Granchi, M.D. “Unfortunately, some women view mammograms as ‘optional,’ especially those without insurance or who have high copayments and deductibles. We want to help create better access for them and put them on a path toward wellness.”

The Sutter Imaging in Amador County is located at 100 Mission Blvd. in Jackson. To sign up for a mammogram, call the office at (209) 223-7560. An appointment is required and space is limited; however, there was still access for the Sutter Amador location as of Wednesday, Oct. 5.

When the free mammogram program discovers abnormal results, it connects the women with community agencies or their insurance options to provide follow-up care. The first free mammography day this year was held Oct. 1 in Elk Grove, and 23 women participated. At least one patient had a positive result for an abnormality and will be receiving follow-up care; this wouldn’t have been caught if not for the free mammography event in Elk Grove.

Thanks to community philanthropy efforts, women throughout the Gold Country now have access to the latest 3D mammography technology that is capable of discovering previously hidden tumors and decreasing the chances of what are termed “false positives.” A new, top-of-the-line Hologic Tomosynthesis 3D Mammography unit debuted earlier this year at Sutter Amador Hospital, offering mammograms with images that are much clearer and more comprehensive. It is the first 3D mammography unit in the greater area, giving Sutter Amador mammography technology that’s on par with major hospitals and radiological centers in the nation.

Here are the dates and locations of the free mammogram sessions that still have access for appointments. To sign up, contact the Sutter Imaging location you want to attend directly at the number provided.

Oct. 8: Sutter Imaging Roseville II, 2 Medical Plaza, Suite 105, Roseville, (916) 865-1432.
Oct. 8: Sutter Imaging Amador, 100 Mission Blvd., Jackson, (209) 223-7560.
Oct. 8: Sutter Imaging Fairfield, 2700 Low Court, Fairfield, (707) 432-2500.
Oct. 15: Sutter Imaging Sacramento, 3161 L St., Sacramento, (916) 262-9534.
Oct. 15: Sutter Imaging Davis, 2020 Sutter Place, Suite 102, Davis, (530) 747-5030.
Oct. 22: Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, 11815 Education St., Auburn, (530) 886-6562.

Comprehensive, fully integrated imaging services are part of the Sutter Health all-inclusive approach to patient care. With top-notch technology and compassionate staff, Sutter Imaging’s goal is to make every experience as easy and as comfortable as possible. For more information about Sutter Imaging centers, call 1-877-515-0053 or visit www.checksutterfirst.org/imaging.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Sutter Medical Foundation Amador Pediatrics Office Recognized with Challenge Award for Fluoride Program

JACKSON, Calif. – Sutter Medical Foundation Amador Pediatrics Office, in partnership with First 5 Amador and Amador County Public Health, was recognized with the 2016 California State Association of Counties Challenge Award.

Challenge Awards recognize the innovation and best practices in county government as they find effective, cost-saving ways to provide program and services to their citizens.

The program, Improving Oral Health for Amador’s Children, provided funding for approximately 10 years for oral health education, screenings and fluoride varnish treatment for children in preschools, playgroups and childcare centers. In an effort to reach more children, free screenings and fluoride varnish treatments were provided by volunteer dental hygienists to approximately 100 children at annual children’s fairs as well as in a medical setting such as the Amador Pediatrics office, which launched a pilot in December 2014.

Mindy Epperson, R.N., Sutter Amador Pediatrics, championed the medical segment of the program. She worked alongside Nina Machado from First 5 Amador, Connie Vaccarezza from Public Health and Pediatrician David Stone, M.D., Sutter Medical Foundation.

“We are thrilled to be recognized with this prestigious award,” said Dr. Stone. “When you look at the other organizations who won Challenge Awards this year and the initiatives that they developed, we are so proud to be in their company.”

The response for the program from both parents and the community has been outstanding.
“Through this program we have been able to provide education and a wonderful service to families throughout our area,” said Dr. Stone. “We are proud to partner with First 5 and Amador County and are grateful that we can improve the lives of the pediatric patients in our community.”

Amador’s Oral Health Task Force members received multiple inquiries from other counties to learn more about the comprehensive system and how it can be replicated in their areas. The office received a grant to assist with start-up costs and the system is now in place and sustainable at the site that serves the majority of Amador County’s children as well as many from the neighboring Calaveras County.

During the first eight months of the pilot, Sutter Amador Pediatrics more than tripled the number of fluoride varnish treatments offered in previous years. The goal is now to expand this practice to all medical offices in Amador that provide care for young children.

In addition to Dr. Stone, Sutter Amador Pediatrics office features physicians Aye Moe, M.D., and Amy Appleton, M.D., and Nurse Practitioner Denise Lack, Ph.D. – who are excited to care for your children. The office, located at 100 Mission Blvd., is now accepting new patients. To make an appointment, call 209-257-1722.

PHOTO: Angel Bloom applies a fluoride varnish to Amiyah Smith’s teeth at the Sutter Medical Foundation Amador Pediatrics Office during the toddler’s recent well-check visit.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

From Amador Public Health: West Nile Virus in Amador County

Amador County Public Health confirms one human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in Amador County. Outbreaks of WNV 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. Public Health officials remind the community to take preventative measures to avoid mosquito-borne disease.

Post Date: 09/28/2016 4:12 PM
West Nile Virus in Amador County

Sutter Creek, CA – Amador County Public Health confirms one human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in Amador County. Outbreaks of WNV 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. Public Health officials remind the community to take preventative measures to avoid mosquito-borne disease.
“The appearance of West Nile Virus in Amador County is not a surprise,” said Dr. Rita Kerr, Amador County Health Officer. “WNV has been detected in California and surrounding counties in the past few months. It is important that people be aware there are measures they can take to minimize exposure to mosquitos and reduce the chance of becoming infected.”
Prevent mosquito bites by practicing the “Three D’s”:
  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.
  2. DAWN AND DUSK – Mosquitoes that carry WNV 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.
  3. 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.
“Rainy weather can create new breeding grounds for mosquitoes if water is allowed to pool and remain stagnant,” said State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith. “Mosquito season in California peaks in October, making it critically important that Californians take action to empty even small amounts of water from our gardens and yards.”
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 illness.
To date in 2016, WNV has been detected in 37 California counties. For more information on WNV, visit California’s West Nile virus website:  http://www.westnile.ca.gov/

Monday, September 12, 2016

Free Screening Mammograms in October at Sutter Imaging locations

Sutter Imaging will be providing free mammograms for uninsured women in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month 
Space is limited! Be sure to call ahead to schedule an appointment at one of the specified locations. Mammograms will be starting in October.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Being Well: On Water and Salt Scrubs

Carol Harper - ACN: In our session last week, you mentioned that I need to drink more water. First of all, how could you tell? And secondly, please tell/remind our readers about the importance of hydration.

Brandy- The Wellness Cottage: Most of us need more water - minimum half our body weight in ounces. However, other factors increase your hydration needs, such as medications, coffee consumption, smoking, fitness level and current health status.

Signs of dehydration I observed: 1. Dry skin, 2. There is a certain feel of rigidity in muscles, and 3. Dry sound when I coached you to take a deep breath in through your nose. I also know of some of your daily habits, such as extreme coffee consumption and stress levels that indicate the need for more water.

Scrub that stress right out...
Carol Harper - ACN: I never had a body scrub before, and in one word? Fantastic! You mentioned some of the beneficial elements during the session, could you expound a bit on the benefits of a salt scrub?

Brandy- The Wellness Cottage: Beyond exfoliating dead, dry skin...Body Scrubs made with high quality, high quality organic ingredients nourish and protect the skin and immune system.

Your blend was Epsom Salt, Himalayan Salt, Dead Sea Salt and Brown Sugar with sandalwood powder, plus argan oil, castor oil and evening primrose oil.

The Salts - all well known for reducing inflammation and muscle aches - contain magnesium, known for reducing stress and slowing the aging process in the skin. Magnesium also calms the nervous system and prevents fluid retention. Dead Sea salts contain calcium and potassium, that provides energy to the body and provides balance to skin moisture. They also contain other beneficial minerals, such as zinc, iodine and sulfur.

Brown Sugar is naturally rich in alpha-hydroxide, shown to support healthier, uniformly colored and smoother skin.

Sandlewood Powder is an antiseptic, astringent, anti-inflammatory and has disinfectant properties. The antiseptic quality of sandalwood benefits to treat rashes, acne, blackheads and other skin eruptions. Its germicidal quality inhibits the growth of bacteria. It is also a natural astringent, especially for oily skin and also helps in toning the skin.



Camp Out for Cancer - Saturday, September 10 from 11am to 8pm at the Healing Hands Massage Booth. 30 minute massages for just $25! 100% of the proceeds go to Amador STARS in the fight against cancer!

September Chamber Mixer - Wednesday, September 14 at 5:30 pm at the Amador Community College Foundation, 525-6 Hwy 49 in Jackson (between CVS and Cost Less).


For more information about The Wellness Cottage, visit: