Thursday, December 28, 2017

Sutter Amador Hospital CEO recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review

JACKSON, CA – Becker’s Hospital Review has named Sutter Amador Hospital CEO Anne Platt (pictured left) as one of the ’130 women hospital and health system leaders to know.’
Becker’s, a national publication that provides business and legal news as well as analysis about hospitals and health systems, noted that leaders on the list are executives from across the nation. From multi-state health systems to 25-bed critical access hospitals, the leaders represented wear multiple hats within their health systems to promote organizational growth as well as compassionate care.
Also included on the list is Sarah Krevans, president and CEO of Sutter Health, and Elizabeth Vilardo, M.D., CEO of Medical Foundations of Sutter Health Bay Area. The publication notes the leaders represented all face the challenges of running a healthcare organization head-on.

"It's an honor to be recognized among these leaders at Sutter Health and throughout the nation," said Platt, who was also recently elected to serve on the California Hospital Association Executive Committee as the rural healthcare center chair in 2018.

Earlier this year, Platt was recognized by Becker’s for being one of the ‘top 60 rural CEOs to know.’ In 2016, Sutter Amador Hospital won the ‘100 Best Places to Work’ by Modern Healthcare under her leadership. This year, the hospital has opened a new Progressive Care Unit, added a new 64-slice CT scanner, welcomed two new surgeons, significantly cut emergency department wait times and added telestroke and telepsychiatry services. The hospital has also installed advanced technology and lifesaving equipment in the hospital’s Family Birth Center and Emergency Department thank to generous community philanthropic support.
“We are continuously focusing on providing our patients with high quality care,” said Platt. “That includes expanding services and improving the health of our region. In 2018, we will open our new Infusion Center to provide comprehensive care and chemotherapy treatments locally.”
Anne Platt has been the CEO at Sutter Amador Hospital for more than 12 years. Prior to Sutter Health, Platt worked with Banner Health as CEO of East Morgan County Hospital where she was the recipient of the Colorado Rural Health Excellence Award. She has also worked in chief executive roles in South Dakota, Wyoming and Minnesota and is a strong advocate for rural health policy.

Ms. Platt was elected to serve on the California Hospital Association Executive Committee and Board of Trustees as the Rural Healthcare Center Chair in 2018. She is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and served on the AHA Governing Council for Small and Rural Hospitals. Ms. Platt has served as an AHA delegate, a board member for the Colorado Hospital Association as well as the California Rural Hospital Advisory Committee. She is also a board member for the Amador County Business Council, the Hospice of Amador and Calaveras counties and the Amador Ambulatory Surgery Center.

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Amador Yoga: Yogi Fit Challenge 2018

Get ready for our Yogi Fit Challenge! Commit to start the new year with a new focus on taking care of you. Only $34 for the month!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Amador ACEs Collaborative Meeting - Tues Jan 9

Amador ACEs Collaborative meeting
Tuesday, January 9
3:00 - 5:00 pm
Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council
975 Broadway, Jackson
Join the movement to prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), heal trauma, and build resilience! Be part of our local initiative to lead Amador County in addressing the impact of ACEs on families, their effects on our community, and help guide the conversation in how local efforts can build a resilient Amador. For more information and to RSVP, please call the Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council at 223-5921.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Jackson Creek Dental Group Opens Office for “Smiles for Kids 2018”

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 3, 2018 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 22 2018These 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.  A parent or legal guardian must accompany the child throughout the appointment. 

“Children who meet the program requirements may receive, at no cost, a complete dental exam and x-rays, as needed,” stated Craig Kinzer, DDS at Jackson Creek Dental Group.  “We will also provide a teeth cleaning, fluoride treatment and prescription, sealants, orthodontic evaluations, and other emergency dental care as time allows.   The dental staff and volunteers who participate in Smiles for Kids feel very fortunate to be able to give back to the community on this special day.”

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.

“Every child deserves a healthy smile,” quoted Dwight Simpson, DDS at Jackson Creek Dental Group.  “Tooth decay is the #1 chronic childhood disease in America and is largely preventable.  Untreated dental disease is very painful and affects a child’s physical, emotional and social development.  This Smiles for Kids event is one way we can become part of the solution and help give the children in our community 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.

 For more information contact Jackson Creek Dental Group at (209) 223-2712.

Jackson Creek Dental Group Smiles for Kids 2018 photo caption:  

Pictured above is Rachel Maita, RDH with one of the Smiles for Kids patients.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Sutter Amador Hospital supports families in need during holidays

Holiday spirit was on display this month as employees from Sutter Amador Hospital and affiliates throughout Sutter Health generously donated thousands of holiday gifts to families in need as part of Sutter Health’s Adopt-a-Family program. Truckloads of gifts were delivered to more than 250 families in 10 counties in time for Christmas.

“It is an amazing thing to see boxes upon boxes of gifts pour in from our employees to help families that may not have experienced Christmas without our support,” said Jody Boetzer, senior development officer who helped organized gift donations from the Sutter Amador Foundation Board. “When these gifts arrive at the homes of the families on Christmas, the children wake up and believe that something magical happened and it is so heartwarming to be a part of that.”

Sutter Health has supported the Adopt-a-Family program for the past 10 years, generously providing needed supplies and gifts to less fortunate families from Amador County to Yuba County.

Sutter Amador Hospital sponsored those families served by Nexus Youth and Family Services, which supports low income and families experiencing hardship in Jackson, Ione and Pine Grove.
“It’s about giving those families in need a little help and joy this holiday season,” said Anne Platt, CEO of Sutter Amador Hospital. “It is a wonderful feeling to see how Sutter Amador Hospital employees have gone above and beyond to help make Christmas a joyous time for so many.”

Each year, Sutter Health partners with local agencies and receives a wish list from participating families for employees to shop from. Gifts range from the bare necessities such as clothes, shoes, coats and sweaters to fun items for the kids including toys, sports equipment, electronics, movies and games. Partner agencies include Nexus Youth & Family Services, Valley Crisis Center, Kids First, Child Abuse Prevention Council, Lincoln Lighthouse, Women’s Center Youth and Family Services, Fighting Back Partnership, Haven Women’s Center of Stanislaus, Yolo County Children’s Alliance and Hand of Hope.

“Not only does Sutter Health care about our patients, but we care about those who are less fortunate,” said Boetzer. “I am proud to be part of an organization that comes together for our patients, our communities and our families to improve lives and provide holiday cheer.”

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

CA Tribal TANF: Healthy Holiday Treats - Tues Dec 19

Amador ACEs Collaborative Meeting - Tues Dec 12

Our next ACES Collaborative meeting will be held Tuesday, December 12, from 3:00-5:00pm at our building here, 975 Broadway, in Jackson.

We'd love to see you there!  Please RSVP either to or give us a call at (209) 223-5921.

Below is a flyer so you can help spread the word and invite anyone you think that might benefit from being a part of this group.

If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call!
Tracy Carlton & Erika Simmons
Program Coordinators
Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council
(209) 223-5921

Mailing Address:
PO Box 815     
Jackson, CA 95642

975 Broadway

Jackson, CA 95642

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Sutter Amador: Lung Cancer Awareness – A Reason to Quit

During National Lung Cancer Awareness Month, Phyllis Thorstenson, R.N., at Sutter Amador Hospital encourages you to protect your health and stop smoking to prevent lung cancer.
Lung cancer is expected to strike more than 220,000 people every year, and is the second most common cancer (not counting skin cancers) among both men and women, while also being the most deadly. Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer in the United States, with more people dying from lung cancer every year than colon, breast and prostate cancers combined.
Who gets lung cancer?
The majority of lung cancers are diagnosed in people over 60, but it can occur in younger people as well. The most common cause of lung cancer is smoking, but non-smokers and former smokers are also at risk with some people developing the disease without any clear cause or risk factors. While some think of lung cancer as a men’s disease, it has risen 116 percent among women. Much of this increase is thought to be related to tobacco use.
Are there symptoms of lung cancer?
Unfortunately, most lung cancers do not cause symptoms until they are advanced, but there are some signs to watch for: a cough that doesn’t go away, coughing up blood, hoarseness, chest discomfort that is worse with coughing, unexplained weight loss, shortness of breath, feeling tired or weak for no reason. In some cases it’s having infections like bronchitis that just won’t go away. Most of the time these symptoms are something other than cancer, but if you experience these symptoms please talk to your doctor.
Can you prevent lung cancer?
Smoking is linked to about 90 percent of lung cancers. If you do smoke, it’s never too late to quit. The benefits and cost savings are numerous. Within two weeks of quitting, your circulation improves and lung function increases. Your doctor can help you, and the California Smokers Helpline has many free services and resources available as well. Go to or call 1-800- 662-8887. The Amador County Public Health Department also offers free adult cessation classes. For more information, call 209-223-6638.
You should also avoid exposure to chemicals or materials, such as radon or asbestos, that cause cancer whether at work or elsewhere. And, of course, a healthy diet high in fruits and vegetables is thought to be helpful as well.
Should you be screened for lung cancer?
If you are 55-75 years old and a current smoker, or if you have smoked a pack a day for 30 years or quit within the last 15 years, you may be eligible for lung cancer screening using CT scanning. People who meet criteria should talk to their doctor about whether they should be screened for lung cancer. Sutter Amador Hospital was recently accredited by the American College of Radiology to provide low-dose CT lung cancer screenings for those who qualify. The low-dose CT screening exam is a fast, easy and safe way to detect lung cancer early. National research shows that low-dose CT scans help reduce deaths from lung cancer by 15 to 20 percent. Most insurance companies, including Medicare, cover the cost of a lung cancer screening exam.
Today, thousands of people are surviving lung cancer, largely because of improvements in diagnostics and advances in treatments.
Make a change
Love your lungs! If you smoke, quit. If someone you love smokes, encourage them to quit. If you have any questions or concerns about lung cancer and your risk for it, please talk to your doctor. And remember, Sutter Health is with you every breath of the way.
Phyllis Thorstenson is a registered nurse with more than 25 years of experience and has been assisting patients at Sutter Amador Hospital for the past 20 years. For more information on lung cancer or lung cancer screenings, contact 209-223-7560.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Mueller's Elite Athletic Training Academy Grand Opening - Dec 8 & 9

Mueller’s Elite Training Celebrates Grand Opening in December

November 29, 2017 – Amador County, CA – Mueller’s Elite Athletic Training Academy is celebrating its GRAND OPENING on Friday and Saturday, December 8th and 9th, 2017.  This new specialized training studio focuses on small group training, sport performance training,and one-on-one training, with daily self-guided personal workouts.

The grand opening celebration begins Friday, December 8th at 3:00 pm with doors open to the public. Bring your kids for a free youth workout at 4:00 pm with Mueller’s Elite owner and former Raiders player Vance Mueller and Joe Shanley of Fitness Built for You. Then on Saturday, December 9th the fun begins with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:00 am, followed by free youth training with Mueller and Shanley at 11:00 am.

Special guests and former Raiders players Jerry Robinson and Jeff Barnes will be at the studio on Saturday to meet and share great football stories with visitors.

The first 50 visitors to the GRAND OPENING will receive a free gift, and refreshments will be provided.  So stop by the studio, located at 12180 Industry Blvd. #51 in the Safeway shopping center in Jackson/Martell on Friday, December 8th from 3:00 - 6:00 pm or Saturday, December 9th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Tour the new facility which is equipped with state-of-the–art equipment, including turf for sprints and sled work, a full pull-up bar station, assault bikes, rowers, weights, benches, and custom audio/video technology. Meet the trainers and check out the friendly, competitive atmosphere for youth, adults, and families to work out and improve their strength and performance.

Mueller’s Elite Fitness is offering a limited number of month-to-month memberships at special pre-sale pricing of $69 for an individual, $119 per couple, or $149 for a family up to four people. For more information call 209-257-3164 or visit

Mueller’s Elite Trainers:

VANCE MUELLER grew up in Amador County and was a student athlete at Jackson High School and a member of the football, basketball and track teams. After High School Vance attended Occidental College where he earned his degree in Kinesiology while excelling in both football and track, earning all-American Honors eight times. After college Vance was a 4th round draft choice for the Los Angeles Raiders and was a significant contributor on special teams and as a short yardage 3rd / down specialist for six seasons. After football, Vance and his wife Lissa, formed Mueller Fitness, Inc. and have been involved in the fitness industry since 1994, offering specialized training to the fitness beginner as well as the most serious fitness competitors and team athletes.

JOE SHANLEY of Fitness Built For You grew up in Calaveras County, and was a member of the baseball, soccer, and basketball teams at Calaveras High School. After graduating in 1999, he pursued baseball and soccer at Sonoma State while studying Kinesiology. His passion for sports and fitness drove him to become a Certified Personal Trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine in 2002, with an emphasis on Sports Performance. Joe has a unique training style geared to motivate, educate, and inspire people to optimal levels of performance and balance in life.  He is driven to help individuals transform and to empower them to reach their full potential regardless of where they are on their fitness and health journey.  He combines resistance training, cardio workouts, plyometrics, core training, functional fitness and flexibility to help each individual reach his or her goals.
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Kendig Chiropractic: Learning from History

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Sutter Health Donates $50,000 to Support Veterans

Gifts to Provide Resources for Lodging and Wellness Needs

The not-for-profit Sutter Health network today donated a total of $50,000 to Fisher House Foundation and the Veterans Resource Centers of America —two military-support organizations dedicated to improving the lives of veterans and their families in Northern California.

“We are grateful for the selfless service and sacrifices made by our nation’s veterans,” said Sarah Krevans, president and CEO of Sutter Health. “At Sutter Health, we’re especially proud of the nearly 1,400 veterans who enrich our organization with the experience and skills they gained during their military service. It is our privilege to count them as partners who help us deliver exceptional health care to our patients and families.”

About the Donations
Fisher House Foundation is best known for a network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment. These homes are located at major military and VA medical centers nationwide, and in Europe, close to the medical center or hospital they serve. Sutter Health’s $25,000 donation will help four families stay for free for one full year at one of the Fisher House facilities in Sacramento, Palo Alto and Hawaii. This donation will also support the purchase of vital supplies such as food and personal care items for families staying in the facilities.

The Veterans Resource Centers of America provide critical support services to veterans throughout Northern California, Nevada and Arizona. Services include homeless prevention and rapid re-housing, employment and training, transitional and permanent supportive housing, behavioral health treatment, case management and nutrition services. Sutter Health’s $25,000 donation will help bridge the gap for veterans and their families who are awaiting formal Veteran’s Administration (VA) approval for services or who do not meet specific grant stipulations by providing money for temporary housing assistance, emergency food supplies, medical supplies such as wheel chairs, transportation, day care and moving expenses.

“We are thankful and blessed for the service our brave veterans provide in our hospital, our country and our community,” said Anne Platt, Sutter Amador Hospital CEO.

Sutter’s Ongoing Commitment to Veterans
Sutter Health greatly values the contributions military veterans provide—to the United States as well as to its network. Sutter recently launched a Military and Veterans Inclusion Resource Group to support members of the military, veterans and their friends and family. Sutter Health partners with the Employment Development Department to promote jobs for military members seeking employment. Additionally, the health care organization’s military recruitment efforts include participation in military career fairs and posting to online military job boards. Sutter Health also teamed up with Veteran Jobs Mission, a national organization committed to employing and mentoring veterans.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Sutter Amador Hospital to provide free flu shots - Sun Nov 19

JACKSON, CA – Sutter Amador Hospital understands the importance of protecting our patients and members of the community from the flu and will host our second community flu clinic at the hospital on Nov. 19.
“Getting a flu shot each year is an easy way to potentially avoid getting the flu and spreading it to your family,” said Anne Platt, CEO of Sutter Amador Hospital. “We are happy to partner to provide the flu clinics to  encourage everyone to attend to help protect the most vulnerable in our community.”

Flu Clinic Details:
Sunday, Nov. 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sutter Amador Hospital
Outpatient Services Center

Attendees are asked to help support those in need in our community by bringing a non-perishable food item to donate to the Interfaith Food Bank.

Please note: Flu immunizations will not be available at Amador County schools to this is a wonderful opportunity to have your children immunized at no cost to you. The flu shots are available to anyone over the age of 3. For children under the age of three, please contact your primary care provider to obtain a vaccination.

These community clinics are possible thanks to the partnership with Amador County Public Health, Sutter Medical Foundation, Amador County Unified School District and Sutter Amador Hospital.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

MedShare Honors Sutter Health with 2017 Global Humanitarian Award

Sutter Health CEO Sarah Krevans accepted award at supporter appreciation event

MedShare, a 501(c)3 humanitarian aid organization dedicated to global health, honored Sutter Health with a Global Humanitarian Award, which was accepted by Sutter Health’s President and CEO Sarah Krevans last week. The event was in recognition of Sutter Health’s outstanding leadership in supporting at-risk communities that require medical supplies and equipment.

“We are honored to give Sutter Health our 2017 Global Humanitarian Award,” said Charles Redding, CEO of MedShare. “Sarah’s leadership and vision for Sutter Health has been inspiring and we look forward to doing more with them for many years to come.”

As a major supporter to MedShare’s mission, the not-for-profit Sutter Health has made a significant impact in the following areas:
·         Donated more than $8 million worth of lifesaving medical supplies and equipment to improve global health—including a recent donation of 20 pallets of medical supplies such as stents, foley catheters, central line trays, medicated dressings, chest tubes and phlebotomy needles
·         Focused specifically on Maternal and Child Health in developing nations
·         Helped MedShare provide high-quality care for over 442,000 people worldwide, including to free clinics in the San Francisco Bay Area
·         Contributed to MedShare’s 2 Million Mothers campaign, which focuses on providing clean birthing kits to prevent infant mortality

The MedShare Global Humanitarian Award is given to organizations truly committed to expanding access to quality healthcare in medically underserved communities worldwide. The organization recognized Krevans in particular as someone who has a background in serving vulnerable communities, which has informed her leadership at Sutter Health and motivated the organization’s generosity to MedShare’s mission.

“Helping people in need is part of Sutter’s not-for-profit mission. We believe deeply in improving the quality of life of people and communities—locally and globally,” said Krevans. “I’m honored to accept this award on behalf of Sutter Health and our network’s physicians and employees, who inspire me daily with their dedication, compassion and generosity to support people around the world.”

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Sutter Amador Hospital is recognized for preventing patient falls

JACKSON, CA – Sutter Amador Hospital was recognized by CALNOC, the Collaborative Alliance for Nursing Outcomes, for performance excellence in preventing fall injuries.

“It’s an honor to be recognized for the countless ways we work to keep our patients safe in our care,” said Anne Platt, Sutter Amador Hospital CEO. “The safety of our patients and our staff is a top priority and I am proud of what our team has accomplished.”

In 2016, the hospital had zero falls that resulted in moderate or severe injury.

According to CALNOC, the hospital exemplifies dedication and commitment to quality patient care and safety by achieving excellence in preventing harm to patients.

“We didn’t have any serious falls in 2016 thanks to our fall risk assessment on all patients at admission,” said Kim Diaz, R.N., nurse manager of the critical care, progressive care and MedSurg departments. “While patient falls can be rare events, they often cause injuries and additional days the patient needs to stay in our care. This is a statistic that we worked very hard at, and are very proud of.”

For most hospitals, falls remain one of the most vexing patient-safety issues and Sutter Amador Hospital is proving that the right combination of technology, care processes and focus can reduce the number of falls significantly and, more importantly, the injuries to patients they often cause.

For patients that may be at risk for a fall, the hospital provides identifiable non-skid slippers, fall risk signage in the patient’s room, increased patient monitoring, bedside alarms and hourly rounding to make sure the patient has everything they need so as not to risk getting up or walking without supervision.

“We have a robust fall prevention program that monitors our patients at every shift and change in their condition,” said Kim. “We work as a team to identify, monitor and communicate with one another for the sole purpose of keeping our patients safe and comfortable during their time in our care.”

CALNOC is a non-profit corporation that aggregated close to 20 years of data, representing more than 2,000 patient units, over 94 million patient days and over 250,000 patient falls.

ACES/Trauma Informed Care Collaborative Meeting - Tues Nov 14

Hello Friends of Child Abuse Prevention Council! Have you heard about our latest work here in Amador County?

We have started an ACES/Trauma Informed Care Collaborative. What is that you ask?

ACES stands for "Adverse Childhood Experiences", these are related to short- and long-term negative physical and mental health consequences among children and adults. Trauma Informed Care is a way of understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma as they impact every sector of society: education, business, health care and criminal justice to name just a few.

The Child Abuse Prevention Council has formed this collaborative to address the issue of adverse childhood experiences and unresolved trauma and its far-reaching impacts here in Amador County.

We would like to invite you to our next ACES/Trauma Informed Care collaborative meeting Tuesday, November 14, from 3:00-5:00 pm, here at the CAPC building in our main conference room, 975 Broadway, in Jackson.

Please join us to further the discussion and come prepared to create a vision for what a trauma-informed community here in Amador can look like, and what steps we can start taking to make that happen.

Below is a flyer with all of the meeting information. If you could please share this widely with others you feel would be a good fit for this initiative here in Amador County, it would be much appreciated.

Please RSVP to let us know if you will be able to make it or not.

If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call or send us an email.

Thanks so much!

Tracy Carlton & Erika Simmons
Program Coordinators
Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council
(209) 223-5921

Mailing Address:
PO Box 815     
Jackson, CA 95642

975 Broadway

Jackson, CA 95642