Jackson – 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. Read More about American Legion Ambulance and Sutter Amador Hospital partner to support critically ill patients
Jackson, Calif. – Sutter Amador Hospital is excited to welcome a new surgeon to accommodate surgical needs in our community.
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 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 SutterAmador.org.
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 our patients in the Family Birth Center,” said Jody Boetzer, Sutter Amador Hospital 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 and caregivers cool and comfortable. They also feature a scale, heart rate and SpO2 monitors.
“Nurses have been trained on the new equipment and new moms are excited to use the new monitors,” said Laura Cooper, RNC, manager of the Family Birth Center. “These warmers offer the best technology for both moms and newborns and help us achieve our mission of patient-friendly care.” Read More about Warmly Welcoming Newborns With New Warmers At Sutter Amador Hospital
Sutter Amador Hospital accepted a generous $228,000 donation from the American Legion Ambulance Service to help support the hospital’s Emergency Department.
Al Lennox, president of the American Legion Post 108 Ambulance Services (ALA) and Alan McNany, vice president of the ALA, presented the check to hospital CEO Anne Platt, physicians and staff of the ED.
“We are extremely thankful for the generous donation from the American Legion,” said Anne. “We value our partnership with the American Legion as we work together to provide compassionate and quality health care to this community. This donation goes a long way in assisting us to provide additional services in our Emergency Department.”
Al Lennox, who is involved in ambulance services for the past 30 years, said the collaboration and care that Sutter Amador provides is essential to Amador County, and is one the organization is proud to support.
As SAH’s ED is the sole community provider for Amador County, the donation will be used to purchase several pieces of equipment, portable cardiac monitors and wheelchairs for ED patients. The funding will also allow the Emergency Department team to complete cardiac stress testes directly in the ED.
The Sutter Amador ED sees approximately 80 patients per day.
JACKSON – Sutter Amador Hospital presented checks to five local community partners on Feb. 1 during the Community Advisory Council meeting at the hospital.
Operation Care, Amador Tuolumne Community Action Agency (ATCAA), Amador County Fair Foundation, Amador STARS and the Interfaith Food Bank all received a donation from the hospital to help support local programs and initiatives.
“We are so grateful for the generosity of the hospital,” said Virginia Manner from ATCAA, who assists seniors living independently in Amador County. “This donation helps us to help others, and can go a long way in making a big difference in the lives of members of our community.” Read More about Sutter Amador Hospitals supports community partners
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. Read More about SMF Amador Pediatrics Office Recognized with CSAC Challenge Award