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1 week ago
Global Medical Foundation group photo on its Surgical Mission to Nepal, in April. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Health care concerns have reflected a more global perspective in recent years. This trend which developed in academic centers and foundations has spread to communities like ours where volunteer professionals and humanitarians are traveling to countries whose residents are in need of lifesaving medical and surgical services.

In April, a group of Amador County doctors,nurses and humanitarian volunteers went to a hospital in Kathmandu,Nepal to perform lifesaving surgeries and provide medical and pediatric services for adults and...

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2 weeks ago
Zane Mathison, seated in mom Megan’s lap, is a bright, curious and energetic child who is working very hard to put his big ideas into words.

Imagine a joyful, spirited four-year-old who can speak only 18 words such as on, off, yes, Mama, no, Papa, me, you, yup and yeah, plus yee-hee and mostly “ee-ee!” when he’s happily excited. Meet rhapsodic toddler Zane Mathison, of Ione, after intensive speech therapy five days a week for the past year.

If you have or know a child like Zane who struggles to speak — or want to help kids like Zane find a voice — Zane’s mother, a special education teacher’s aide at Jackson Elementary School, asks you to raise your hand and join her...

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3 weeks ago
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Renwood Winery is pleased to announce that it has completed a four month fundraising program in support of the American Heart Association’s My Heart, My Life and Go Red for Women initiative

The multi-faceted promotion consisted of a $1 donation to the AHA for every bottle of Renwood wine sold, a social media campaign awarding a $1 donation for every #RHF and/or #AHA hashtag shared, and tasting room sales of Renwood logo red earbuds in which 100 percent of proceeds were donated. As a result of those efforts, Renwood is honored to...

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Eric Winslow
3 weeks ago
Doctor Aaron J. Cleveland is the new doctor at the Plymouth office of Sutter Health in Amador. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
On April 6, the Plymouth office of Sutter Health in Amador welcomed a new doctor to its staff. Dr. Aaron J. Cleveland was recruited to be a full-time M.D. complement to the small but growing family practice at 9279 Locust Street, right next to the Amador County Fairgrounds. Even though he grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, the bucolic beauty of this northwestern corner of the county - annually interspersed with the roar of rodeo and carnival rides - will be nothing new to Plymouth’s newest medic. “I’ve worked in rural fields most... [Read more]
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04/23/2015 12:21 PM
April is Autism Awareness Month. Autism Speaks’ multi-year Ad Council public service advertising campaign stresses the importance of recognizing the early signs of autism and seeking early intervention services. Recent research confirms that appropriate screening can determine whether a child is at risk for autism as young as one year. While every child develops differently, we also know that early treatment improves outcomes, often dramatically. Studies show, for example, that early intensive behavioral intervention improves... [Read more]
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04/10/2015 12:54 PM
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Hospice Offers Volunteer Training Hospice of Amador & Calaveras is offering training for Family Support Volunteers. Volunteers provide special comfort to terminally ill patients and their families. Volunteers can help by sitting with patients and listening, reading to them, running errands or assisting in many other ways. Veterans are also encouraged to call and learn more about our Veteran-to-Veteran Volunteer Program The training will be held April 21, 22, and 23 at the Amador Senior Center, in Jackson. For those interested in... [Read more]
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Tessa Marguerite
04/02/2015 10:32 AM
Dr. Shi and an appreciative patient receiving treatment for cancer. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

Northern California Cancer Specialist Dr. Gary G. Shi, MD, has been practicing oncology in Amador County since 2005. An approximate 30 patients come through the doors of the cancer clinic daily. Dr. Shi commented that although he provides services to any age, many of his patients are older, in their 80s or 90s. “I’m always available when a patient calls me,” said Dr. Shi with a smile. With the exception of bone marrow treatments, Dr. Shi remarked, “We treat all types of cancers: breast, lung, prostate, colon…”

Many of the...

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03/19/2015 9:11 AM
Shriners Hospital For Children transforms lives. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

As Shriners, we are blessed to be a part of the one-of-a-kind international health care system dedicated to improving the lives of children – Shriners Hospital for Children, Northern California.

The hospital provides specialty pediatric care and clinical programs, such as orthopedic, burns, plastic surgery, spinal cord injuries, cleft lip and palate surgery, pediatric urology surgery and innovative research and outstanding teaching programs. But what pulls all this together is all of our volunteers that work at all of our Shrine...

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Tessa Marguerite
03/19/2015 9:03 AM
(From left) Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer,” and Documentary Producer Ken Burns. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
The public is invited to a free preview of a PBS Documentary at Crest Theatre, in Sacramento. The American Cancer Society, in partnership with the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center and KVIE Public Television, will host a free community preview screening of “CANCER: THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES” on March 25, at 6:30 p.m., at Sacramento’s Crest Theatre, followed by an expert panel discussion on the importance of continued, innovative research into the causes, cures and prevention of cancer. This riveting and powerful PBS documentary... [Read more]
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Brent Parsons
03/12/2015 7:26 AM
Mel Welsh and Bob Hartmann. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Brent Parsons
I don’t remember when I first heard of or met Mel Welsh and Bob Hartmann. I thought maybe I could narrow down the first contact when we talked last week, but the possibilities broadened instead. They have been involved with so many community groups, causes and activities that I wondered if I brought enough paper for notes. Perhaps I should have talked to them separately and written two stories. As I left after a stimulating two hours, I wasn’t sure how their story would pen out. Sometimes I wonder if I have enough material to... [Read more]
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03/12/2015 7:24 AM
Shriners Hospital for Children. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
All Shrine Centers are known for providing quality health care for children, but often people do not realize the full scope of care provided. If a family cannot afford the cost, all Shrine Centers provide transportation to and from the Shriners Hospital for Children, Northern California, which is located in Sacramento. This is the same for all Shrine Centers across the country. In some cases, severely burned children from Mexico were transported to a Shriners Hospital, even though it cost as much as $25,000 one way for the child and... [Read more]
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03/05/2015 1:25 PM
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Hospice of Amador & Calaveras is offering training for Family Support Volunteers. Volunteers provide special comfort to terminally ill patients and their families. Volunteers can help by sitting with patients and listening, reading to them, running errands or assisting in many other ways. Veterans are also encouraged to call and learn more about our Veteran- to-Veteran Volunteer Program.

Training will be held April 21, 22 and 23, at the Amador Senior Center, in Jackson. For those interested in finding out more about the training...

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03/05/2015 12:55 PM
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Shriners supports the Shriners Hospitals for Children, a one-of-a-kind international health care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing specialty pediatric care, innovative research and outstanding teaching programs.

Our hospital has moved from San Francisco to Sacramento in 1997. Donations supported of specialized pediatric care of children of age from 1 year to 18 years old. The hospital does so much; the clinical programs include orthopedics, burns, specialized plastic surgery, spinal...

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02/19/2015 12:39 PM
Amador Lifeline provides a critical service when you need it. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Amador Lifeline, a program of the Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency announced American Legion Post 108 Ambulance Service’s endorsement of the Amador Lifeline emergency response service. Amador Lifeline’s local service although primarily used for medical emergencies routes calls for fire and police services when a client pushes their personal help button or by the automated fall alert detection button.

Both American Legion Ambulance and Amador Lifeline serve clients in Amador and Calaveras counties.

Additionally, both programs...

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Donna Kelley, CNC
02/17/2015 7:14 AM
Donna Kelley, CNC

Keep a smile in your heart by feeding your heart muscle living nutrients, which helps it to beat strong and thrive. Non-living nutrients like white flour and sugar just clog it up and evidently, slows it down to a halt. Garlic, turmeric and vitamin C (in oranges) are packed full of active compounds that may help to keep your heart healthy and happy.

My favorite herb, garlic, has many culinary and medicinal uses. It’s delicious aroma and pungent flavor is loved by almost everyone, which is fantastic because garlic’s medicinal...

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Tessa Marguerite
02/19/2015 7:17 AM
Sutter Amador CEO Anne Platt and Sutter EHR Champion Pat Adams, RN, Critical Care Director. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

Sutter Amador Hospital “went live” on January 31, 2015, by transferring all patient medical records to an electronic system called Sutter Health Electronic Health Record.

The Sutter EHR offers a computer-based record for each patient, allowing simultaneous access to multiple caregivers. This will make patient care more timely by eliminating the process of looking or waiting for a chart, and reducing handwriting illegibility that can result in medical errors. It will also give the caregiver access to a patient’s complete Sutter...

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02/12/2015 9:47 AM
Donna Kelley, CNC. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
February is the “love” month when we think of our loved ones and send chocolates, flowers or heart gifts giving them our love or asking for their love in return – saying, “Happy Valentine’s Day” or “Be My Valentine.” What if we turn that around and give ourselves a gift — give a gift of love to “our” heart. Let us be kind to ourself and our heart first because heart disease claims the lives of one in every seven in the United States and is the number one killer of both men and women according to the American Heart Association’s 2015... [Read more]
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02/05/2015 9:49 AM
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Come to the Feb. 9, Upcountry Community Council Meeting and learn to help save a heart. It would be a wonderful deed of love to help save someone from a heart attack. One quarter of Americans say they have been in a situation where someone needed CPR. If you were one of them, would you know what to do? Studies have shown that using Hands-Only CPR can make a life-saving difference when someone suffers from sudden cardiac arrest. Hands-Only CPR is a technique involving no mouth –to-mouth contact and can be learned in as little as 30... [Read more]
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02/05/2015 9:48 AM
Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch.

Hospice of Amador & Calaveras is offering training for Family Support Volunteers. Volunteers provide special comfort to terminally ill patients and their families. Volunteers can help by sitting with patients and listening, reading to them, running errands or assisting in many other ways. Veterans are also encouraged to call and learn more about our Veteran- to-Veteran Volunteer Program.

The training will be held April 21, 22 and 23, at the Amador Senior Center, located at 229 New York Ranch Road, in Jackson.

For those...

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Tessa Marguerite
02/05/2015 9:06 AM
Congressman Garamendi and his wife, Patti, holding a picture of Mr. Garamendi’s mother-in-law, Merle Wilkinson, who died with Alzeimer’s, and the Garamendi’s daughter, Dr. Elizabeth Garamendi Kann, on her wedding day in 2010. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Every 67 seconds, someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease — the most common form of dementia. With 10,000 Baby Boomers now turning age 65 each day, researchers in our community are racing to find a cure, and alleviate the burden that this memory-robbing disease places on the 5 million people currently living with Alzheimer’s.

KVIE Public Television’s latest ViewFinder documentary, “Fading Away: Alzheimer’s” takes viewers inside the lives of those living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. The documentary also explores...

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