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