Friday, March 31, 2017

Amador hospital CEO recognized among top rural health care leaders

JACKSON, CA –Becker’s Hospital Review has named Sutter Amador Hospital CEO Anne Platt as one of the ’60 rural hospital CEOs to know.’

Becker’s, a national publication that provides business and legal news as well as analysis about hospitals and health systems, selected leaders with a desire for excellence.

“It’s an honor to be recognized with others throughout the nation that provide quality health care to rural communities,” said Platt. “At Sutter Amador Hospital, we have the unique opportunity to provide compassionate care to our family, neighbors and friends. Our focus is on expanding services and improving the health of our region.”

The 60 CEOs on this year's list possess extensive experience in healthcare management, demonstrating their commitment to offering high-quality, accessible care to rural populations. Under the CEOs' leadership, many of their institutions have earned recognition as top-performing rural hospitals in the nation.

In 2016, Sutter Amador Hospital won the ‘100 Best Places to Work’ by Modern Healthcare under Platt’s leadership. This year, the hospital has opened a new Progressive Care Unit, welcomed two new surgeons and added advanced technology and monitoring systems in the hospital’s Family Birth Center.

We are currently installing a new CT scanner and have partnered with WellSpace Health to open a new community health center this summer, said Platt.

The hospital is also committed to supporting the community through partnerships with local organizations and by offering programs and services such as childbirth education courses and a Diabetes Information Fair on April 26.

Anne Platt, CEO Sutter Amador Hospital
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.
Platt is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and currently serves on the California Rural Hospital Advisory committee. She is a member of the Jackson Rotary Club and serves on the boards of Hospice of Amador and Calaveras Counties, the Amador County Business Council and the Sutter Amador Ambulatory Surgery Center.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

American Legion Ambulance and Sutter Amador Hospital partner to support critically ill patients

JACKSON, CA - The American Legion Ambulance Service (ALA) has become the first in California to complete the Critical Care Emergency Medical Transport Program to improve the quality of care for critically ill patients.

The critical care transport program teaches paramedics specialized patient care in areas including cardiac and pediatric care to treat critically ill patients that need to be transferred from one facility to another. A critically ill patient needs a higher level of ambulance transport service that previously required a nurse or medical staff member to ride along. With the new certifications, American Legion Ambulance (ALA) paramedics can transport critical patients directly to a care facility without delays.

“This program is important for Amador County because it allows us to provide a higher level of service and reduce wait times to transport patients that need specialized care,” said Michelle Clark, operations manager of the Amador County ALA who spearheaded the initiative to complete training in critical care transport. “It’s very exciting for us because it a real benefit to the community and is a process that we have worked on for many years.”

The critical transport program requires a board certification and 202 hours of educational and clinical training that ALA paramedics Michelle Clark, Larry Petite, Tim Guzman and Dave Barstow completed from the University of Maryland during their free time, on nights and weekends. They received certification from the International Board of Specialty Care and accreditation through the regional Emergency Medical Services- Mountain Valley Emergency Medical Services Agency.

“The training has expanded our scope of practice allowing us to take infusion patients, patients on ventilators and cardiac patients that would previously require a nurse to transport,” said Larry Petite, ALA paramedic. “The training allows us to move high risk patients directly to Sacramento, Modesto or Stockton to receive care.”

Connie McKenna, Sutter Amador Hospital nursing supervisor, and Nora O’Neill, mentorship facilitator at SMCS, facilitated the clinical education for the critical transport program including clinical hours in the Emergency Department, obstetrics, critical care, adult cardiac care, pediatric critical care and neonatal ICU care at Sutter Amador Hospital and Sutter Medical Center Sacramento.

“The critical transport program benefits our patients and members of the community as it reduces wait times and allows us to see more patients in the Emergency Department,” said Nancy Leland, director of the Sutter Amador Hospital Emergency Department.

Prior to the program, nurses would have to accompany critically ill patients in the ambulance to receive specialty care at a different facility. This process created wait times and delays.

“We identified a need in the community to create a partnership with the hospital to better serve Amador and Calaveras counties and are happy to see it come to fruition,” said Al Lennox, president of the American Legion Ambulance.

Additionally, the ALA purchased a new bariatric ambulance that is specifically outfitted for the needs of very critical patients.

With the addition of the new ambulance and four paramedics trained in critical care transport, the ALA can provide critical care transport at all hours of the day.

“It’s great to be the pioneer and first in California to complete the program,” said Clark. “It would not have been possible without the supportive team of doctors and nurses at Sutter Amador Hospital and Sutter Medical Center Sacramento.”

Friday, March 24, 2017

"Heal Difficult Beginnings" training offered by Sierra Child & Family Services - April 19 & 26

We are pleased to share that SCFS will once again be offering the "Healing Difficult Beginnings" training here at our Jackson office.  It is a 2-part training: Wednesday April 19 and Wednesday April 26 from 9-4:30.

Lunch, snacks, refreshments and live entertainment (in the form of a power point and two trained professionals) will be provided.

This training is not limited to just families within our Agency, we encourage you to share this with all families wishing to increase their children's resiliency. If you have taken this course before you are still welcome and encouraged to take it again.

To ask questions or RSVP, e-mail

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Yoga for a Cause: Totally 80's Yoga Class - Sat Apr 15

Join us for a totally 80's yoga FUNdraiser! Saturday, April 15. Doors open at 11am, an hour long slow flow vinyasa class led by Shannon Allen (owner of Amador Yoga) with 80's music begins at 11:30am. This class will be held at Heart & Soul Studio in Sutter Creek. Enjoy light refreshments and a fun 80's themed photo backdrop after class. All levels welcome! 18 years and older. $20 a person.

All proceeds benefit Jackson Elementary School's Physical Education Program. Thank you! You can purchase tickets at Amador Yoga (cash only please) or online at:

Space is limited. Email Nikki at with questions.

Amador Cancer Research Foundation: "Tree of Knowledge" Educational Series - Thurs Apr 6

ACRF's "Tree of Knowledge" Educational Series
April 6, 2017 - Hotel Sutter COnference Room - Free Admission!
Don't Forget to Buy Your
Spaghetti Western Tickets!


June 17th, 2017
ACRF's Spaghetti Western is celebrating our 10th year! 
Why not make a $10 donation (or more!) to commemorate the occasion!

Thank You to

Our Sponsors
In Case You're the Last to Know...
The Amador Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF) is a non-profit whose mission is to support cancer research at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of the 63 federally designated Cancer Centers in the United States and the only one in our region.

The ACRF raises money for the Christine and Helen Landgraf Memorial Fund, which has given annual grants to doctors and research scientists at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center since 1973. The ACRF formed in 2OO6 and has been actively working to increase cancer awareness and fund research in cancer treatment, diagnosis, and palliative care. We invite you to help support this important work that affects the lives of people worldwide.
Save the date for the 10th annual Spaghetti Western, an evening of great food and wine, live and silent auctions, and down-home country music in the beautiful Sierra Nevada foothills. Held at Cooper Vineyards in California's scenic Shenandoah Valley, this annual event is a celebration of life and community. 
Please join us, kick up your heels to the live music, sip wine under the June stars, and bid on fantastic auction items to support cancer research at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Hope you can come June 17th, 2017
Amador Cancer Research Foundation

Christine and Helen Landgraf Memorial Fund

Established 1973 with the UC Davis Cancer Center
Non-Profit Tax ID# 26-1120780

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Sutter Amador Hospital Hosts Classes for Expecting Parents- Sat Mar 25

JACKSON, CA - The amount of information given to new parents can be overwhelming. Tips in books, magazine articles and advice from friends and relatives can be conflicting and daunting for new parents-to-be. Sutter Amador Hospital wants to help consolidate information about the birthing process in a one day information-packed Saturday class to provide expecting parents with a foundation of knowledge and confidence to welcome a new baby with love.

On Saturday, March 25, the hospital will host the Great Beginnings Express class which will cover topics ranging from signs and stages of labor, relaxation in labor, the role of the birth partner, birthing comfort measures, pain management and much more.

“The classes offer a forum for expecting parents to gather information, ask questions and meet other couples with the same concerns,” said Jane Snyder, registered nurse and instructor in the Sutter Amador Hospital Family Birth Center. “It’s a full free day of information to help parents prepare for labor and get more familiar with the hospital.”

Great Beginnings Express class
Saturday, March 25
9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (lunch is included)
200 Mission Blvd., Jackson, CA 95642
Please call 209-223-7452 or visit to register.
Classes are free for all parents that are delivering their baby at Sutter Amador Hospital.
In addition to The Great Beginnings class series, Sutter Amador also offers the below classes for free:
Breastfeeding Basics:  March 30 from 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Boot Camp for New Dads: April 6 from 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Welcome Baby – The First Month: April 13 from 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Breastfeeding Beyond the Basics: April 20 from 6 – 8:30 p.m.
For more information or to register for any classes, please call 209-223-7452 or visit

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 in 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. Sutter Amador Hospital's comprehensive services include a full array of programs designed for the diverse needs of the communities including orthopedics, rehabilitation, cardiopulmonary services, infusion, OB-GYN, surgery and diagnostic imaging. The hospital received Modern Healthcare’s ‘100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare’ in 2016. For more on the hospital, visit

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Sutter Amador Hospital welcomes new physician to improve community health

JACKSON, CA – Sutter Amador Hospital is excited to welcome a new surgeon to accommodate surgical needs in our community.

Dr. Glen Koh
Glenn Koh, M.D., Board-Certified Surgeon                                                                   
Specialties: Laparoscopic, Breast and Colon Cancer, Endoscopy, and Surgical Critical Care
100 Mission Blvd., Jackson, CA, 209-217-8416
Dr. Koh is a highly motivated, board-certified general surgeon with advanced skills in laparoscopic surgery, breast and colon cancer, endoscopy and surgical critical care. He is experienced in rural health and quality patient outcomes.
Dr. Koh graduated from the National University of Singapore School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Singapore National University Hospital and the Easton Hospital/Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. Dr. Koh spent a significant portion of his training delivering surgical care in an acute, emergent setting.
​Dr. Koh was an attending surgeon at Western Missouri Medical Center, Warrensburg MO where he became familiar with the unique challenges and rewards of a rural surgical practice. He served as president, medical staff and assistant chief of surgery at Kaiser Permanente Modesto. He currently serves as the regional medical director of Surgical Affiliates.
“We have excellent and compassionate primary and specialty physicians in our community, and we are working hard to recruit more,” said Anne Platt, Sutter Amador CEO. “Dr. Koh has been recognized for his compassionate and excellent surgical skills and is a welcome addition to the hospital.”
For a complete list of Sutter Amador affiliated physicians, visit

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Spring Renewal Labyrinth Walk - Sat Mar 18

SAVE THE DATE! Another labyrinth wellness event is coming on Saturday, March 18.
Join us for our Spring Renewal Labyrinth education and walk!
Sutter Creek Auditorium, 12 - 3:00 pm.
Drop in. Free! Everyone welcome!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Welcoming newborns with new warmers at Sutter Amador Hospital thanks to community support

JACKSON, CA – Sutter Amador Hospital started using new Panda Warmers and wireless monitoring systems in the Family Birth Center thanks to generous community support and the proceeds from the Sutter Amador Foundation’s annual theme ball last fall.

“It was wonderful to see how this new technology impacts the patients of the Family Birth Center,” said Jody Boetzer, SAH senior development officer. “We are very grateful for the support of the community and the foundation to purchase and use this new equipment.”

The Panda Warmers provide thermoregulation in a quiet and stress free environment for new moms by eliminating nuisance alarms and providing easily controlled light levels. The state-of-the-art warmer technology bathes the newborn in soothing warmth while keeping moms cool and comfortable. They also feature a scale, heart rate and SpO2 monitors to provide nursing staff quick information without disturbing both baby and mom.

“We can turn the warmers on prior to delivery and have them warm and ready for when the baby arrives,” said Laura Cooper, RNC, manager of the Sutter Amador Hospital Family Birth Center. “These warmers offer the best technology providing us with timely data for our nurses and more bonding time for mom and baby, helping us achieve our mission of patient-friendly care.”

In addition to the Panda Warmers, the Family Birth Center also began using Monica Novii and Mini Telemetry wireless monitoring systems to allow more mobility and independence to new moms.

“The new technology allows our moms to be more comfortable and have more mobility, which really benefits our patients,” said Cooper. “Our first mom who used the wireless systems loved being able to walk, shower and care for her baby without restrictions.”

The Monica Novii wireless patch system can be attached effortlessly to mothers’ stomachs without cables and belts providing comfortable and reliable information.

"The new additions to the Family Birth Center for our moms and newborns would not be possible without the support of this community," said Boetzer.