Thursday, May 31, 2018

Community partnerships bring safe medicine disposal to Amador County

Sutter Health partners with the California Product Stewardship Council to Provide Permanent Safe Medication Take Back Bins

Jackson, CA – While medications can provide many solutions for our health, they can also negatively impact the well-being of our community and environment if improperly disposed of. Previously, Amador County residents had nowhere to dispose of unwanted medications, but a new Rose Foundation grant has funded three new safe medicine take-back bins, two located in the City of Ione and one at Jackson Police Department. Sutter Health and Sutter Amador Hospital have contributed $3,500 to support the bins disposal costs and is helping you get rid of those unused prescription and expired over-the-counter medications in a free and safe way.

“Providing year-round convenient disposal options provides several benefits to the community including removing medicines from the homes that can fuel the prescription drug epidemic and related crime, preventing poisonings of children and pets, and protects water quality,” stated Heidi Sanborn, Executive Director of the California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC). “I encourage everyone to visit to find a permanent drop off location for their unwanted people or pet medicines.”

Flushing unused medications down toilets and drains is unsafe. Without year-round collection locations for medicines, residents had few or no options to properly dispose of their unwanted medications. These new medicine take back bins encourage and allow the public to dispose of half used and old medications safely.

According to a 2016 John Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health Survey, 60.6% of adults who had used prescription painkillers in the previous year reported having leftover pills. It has been found that 40.6% of adults that misused prescription opioids obtained them for free from friends or relatives. Securely storing medications at home is also important in reducing  access to medications by children, helping to eliminate prescription drug abuse.

“The new medicine collection bins allow Amador County residents to safely dispose of their unwanted medications for free,” said Denise Sammons, Quality Director at Sutter Amador Hospital. “Proper disposal of unused prescription medicines will keep them out of the hands of children and out of waterways making large strides in keeping our communities, our families and our environment safer.”

Denise Sammons, SAH Quality Director
By providing safe and convenient disposal opportunities for unused medications, Don’t Rush to Flush is taking the first step towards pollution prevention and helping to protect families and the community by getting pharmaceuticals out of homes and out of the hands of our children.

Amador County Safe Medicine Take Back Locations:

Collection Site
Ione Pharmacy
307 Preston Avenue, Ione
(209) 274-2432
Ione Police Department
1 E. Main Street, Ione
(209) 274-2456
Jackson Police Department
33 Broadway #D, Jackson
(209) 223-1771


The CPSC is a non-profit based in Sacramento that developed and administers the Don’t Rush to Flush, Meds in the Bin We All Win campaign, which was established using grant funding from the Rose Foundation to protect communities and the environment. CPSC, in collaboration with the Rose Foundation and other public-private partnerships such as with Sutter Amador Hospital, has placed 46 medicine collection bins throughout California that accept controlled and non-controlled medications from the public, free-of-charge, and collected over 13 tons of medications!
   California Product Stewardship Council educates both the public and private sectors about Product Stewardship and works closely partners with business, jurisdictions, waste and recycling companies, manufacturers and others to promote and encourage sustainable practices and to recognize those companies who are taking a leadership role in participating in waste reduction. CPSC has led the charge for manufacturers to share responsibility for their products at end-of-life, and to have the drug companies’ fund, implement and promote safe medicine disposal programs. For more information, please go to:
Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment is a grantmaking public charity that gives grants to community-based organizations. Grantmaking programs support community-based projects and organizations that are building long-term solutions that benefit people, the environment and the economy. For more information, please go to:
Don’t Rush to Flush, Meds in the Bin We All Win Campaign was developed by CPSC using grant funds to promote safe medicine storage and disposal and prevent the flushing and trashing of unwanted medications. For more information, please go

Sutter Amador Hospital is part of the Sutter Health network, a not-for-profit, community-based health system located throughout Northern California. The 52-bed hospital is the only hospital in Amador County serving a population of more than 40,000. Sutter Amador Hospital is fully accredited by The Joint Commission as a primary Stroke Center and provides comprehensive services including 24-hour emergency care, critical care, diagnostic imaging, infusion services, a family birth center, surgery, orthopedics and laboratory services. For more information on Sutter Amador Hospital visit

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

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Friday, May 11, 2018

SAH Stroke Information Session - Fri May 18

Stroke Awareness Month: Knowing the signs can help save lives.
Every 40 seconds someone in the U.S. has a stroke, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. While strokes may be the fifth leading cause of death, they are the leading cause of permanent disability in the U.S. The earlier a stroke is recognized and treated, the greater the chance of recovery. Knowing the signs and symptoms of a stroke is the first step to ensuring medical help is received immediately.

Free Stroke Awareness Information Session
Would you be able to recognize the signs of a stroke? On Friday, May 18, Sutter Amador Hospital is hosting a stroke information session at the hospital with local experts that will help you identify and assist a family member or friend if they are experiencing a stroke. The session is free but you must register to attend. To register, please call 209-257-7458 or email Martha Heinrich at

Warning Signs of a Stroke:
A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that feeds the brain is blocked or bursts. Strokes can happen to anyone at any time but people with diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol and over the age of 55 are at a greater risk. To protect yourself and your loved ones, learn the warning signs of stroke and remember to act quickly.
   Fast treatment is key to saving lives and preventing disabilities. 80 percent of strokes can be prevented, according to the National Stroke Association.
   “There are ways to lower your risk of a stroke by making simple lifestyle adjustments and the ability to recognize a stroke when it happens can save lives,” said Martha Heinrich, stroke coordinator at Sutter Amador Hospital.

According to Heinrich, these are the other warning signs you should look out for: 
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
  • Sudden weakness in the face, arm or leg and sudden confusion.
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause.
  • Neck stiffness, seizures, irritability and unconsciousness.

Symptoms most often develop suddenly, but some types of strokes may cause symptoms to develop progressively over a period as long as a few days. Sometimes symptoms can disappear on their own. Heinrich recommends that if you notice changes – either sudden or gradual – that appear in the list of symptoms, get immediate medical attention.
    “Depending on the type of stroke, treatments are time sensitive so it’s important to seek medical care immediately. People who get emergency medical treatment within the first few hours of their first stroke symptoms tend to have less disability later than those who delayed care,” warns Heinrich.

To help you reduce your risk of a stroke, she suggests you exercise, eat a healthy diet that is low in sodium, maintain a healthy weight, drink alcohol in moderation and stop smoking.
   “High blood pressure is one of the leading causes of strokes,” Heinrich said. “Adults 55 and older and those with a family history of strokes are most at risk. It’s important to listen to your body and trust your instincts if you think you are experiencing stroke symptoms, get professional help right away.”

Using technology to advance local care.
Sutter Amador Hospital is a certified Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission providing around-the-clock emergency diagnosis and treatment to stroke patients. Medical specialists, nurses and support staff are dedicated to reducing the incidence and impact of strokes.
   The hospital’s Telestroke program, now in its second year, provides quick and comprehensive treatment for patients demonstrating stroke symptoms. Telestroke allows direct one-on-one video consultation with stroke neurologists at California Pacific Medical Center, to determine the best treatment options for patients, a practice that is supported by the 2018 American Stroke Association guidelines.
    “When a patient has a stroke, time is essential. Our Telestroke program allows us to bring specialty care to our patients as soon as they reach the Emergency Department,” says Heinrich.

A supportive environment - Community Support Group
Strokes impact not only the patient, but also the patients’ family members as they begin to recover. Having a network of community members that have experienced a stroke can be helpful. Sutter Amador Hospital hosts a stroke support group the first Thursday of each month from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please call 209-304-7212 for more information.
Providing stroke patients with the best care possible is our first and foremost goal” said Heinrich. “That also means offering support and rehabilitation services to those that have a stroke and offering social connections and assistance as they recover.”

To register for the stroke information session on May 18, contact Martha Heinrich at 209-257-7458 or email

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Kendig Chiropractic: When Your Spine Is In Line

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When Your Spine Is In Line
Good spinal alignment means good biomechanical health. Essentially, your spine is the biomechanical center of your body. Your legs are connected to your spine via two large and strong pelvic bones. Your arms are connected to your spine via your shoulder blades, ribs, and numerous strong muscles and ligaments. Spinal alignment supports the functioning of all these associated components. When your spine is in line, then all of your body's mechanical abilities, such as bending forward and backward, twisting and turning, and walking and running are able to be performed at maximal levels. In addition to the importance of spinal ...
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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Two volunteers honored at Hospice of Amador luncheon for National Volunteer Month

Nancy Powell (L) and Barbara Giannini were honored at a luncheon at Highway House on April 17 for achieving their 25-year volunteer milestone! The ladies, along with dozens of others, were treated to lunch and special treats for their dedicated volunteer service, as part of National Volunteer Month. Hospice of Amador and Calaveras has 194 volunteers in the two-county region! A second luncheon was held the following day for Calaveras County volunteers at the Historic Murphy’s Hotel.