Health

While it’s difficult to find silver linings when it comes to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the long-term expansion of telehealth – the provision of health care services remotely through telecommunications technology – may prove to be one.

You would think that making the prices charged by hospitals and doctors available to their patients would be a no-brainer. After all, we’ve become accustomed to knowing the price we pay for cars, carrots, comic books and almost everything else we buy. Why not knee surgery or appendectomies?

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Earlier this year the Trump administration had proposed a rule that would have required prescription drug manufacturers to disclose list prices for drugs advertised on TV. Drug makers would have had to tell the public the list price of a 30-day supply of any drugs covered under the Medicare …

Let’s say you go for your annual physical and your doctor recommends that you get a hearing and balance test. Or an electrocardiogram (EKG). Or a hepatitis B screening.

Not long ago, the news site ProPublica published an important story about employers who, in their quest for a younger and cheaper workforce, were pushing out “older” workers – often those in their early 50s. Crunching data from the Urban Institute, reporters found that 28 percent of stable, …

A local long-term care center has recently received the honor of being recognized as a Best Nursing Home by U.S. News and World Report. This distinction is for units 6 and 7 of the Sierra Care Center, which is Adventist Health Sonora’s long-term care center.

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An award was recently provided to Avalon Healthcare San Andreas for the quality of service provided to its patients. The award is the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living’s (AHCA/NCAL) National Bronze Award.   

In recognition of National Falls Prevention Day, the Mark Twain Health Care District (MTHCD) is introducing a new exercise program to encourage senior residents throughout the county to stay active on Sept. 22 from 10 a.m to 12noon at the Murphys Senior Center, 65 Mitchler Ave., according to…

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Adventist Health Sonora will be raising money for cancer patients at its 18th Annual Joie de Vie Gala on Sep. 30. The event will take place at the hospital’s new Health Pavilion and cancer institute, which opened in late April.

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The smoke has been overbearing in all areas of California due to the recent onslaught of wildfires, but for local residents in Calaveras County, the smoke has been especially bad in the last week. A memo has been sent out to all schools in the Calaveras County School District instructing sch…

The Collaborative Alliance for Nursing Outcomes (CALNOC) recently announced that Adventist Health Sonora is being recognized with Performance Excellence Awards for Best Performance in Preventing Hospital Acquired Pressure Ulcers and Best Performance in Preventing Hospital Acquired Infections…

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Robert Diehl, president and CEO of Mark Twain Medical Center in San Andreas, has resigned his position effective July 31, Nicki Stevens, spokeswoman for Dignity Health, told the Enterprise in late June.

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The Mark Twain Health Care District Board of Directors met June 27 to establish the Valley Springs Health and Wellness Center as the name for a new, 10,000-square-foot clinic to be built outside Valley Springs at the intersection of Vista del Lago Drive and Highway 26.

Mark Twain Medical Center has announced the arrival of an additional surgeon to the San Andreas hospital. Dr. Eldo Frezza is a board-certified general surgeon who specializes in breast surgery, wound care, colorectal surgery and advanced technology in hernia surgery. Frezza has practiced med…

Mark Twain Medical Center, through its affiliation with Dignity Health, has announced the opening of the 2018 Dignity Health Community Grants Program.

If an emergency strikes, could you save a life? Adventist Health Sonora offers the American Heart Association’s Family & Friends CPR course, a two-hour class that teaches adult, child and infant CPR and mild and severe airway blocks, as well as adult and child automated external defibril…

Calaveras County has been named one of seven Innovator Counties recognized nationally by the Stepping Up initiative for model expertise in data tracking the number of people entering jail with a mental illness.

A distinctive feature of early American culture was the “barn-raising,” where members of a farming community pooled their labor and resources to raise a new barn, then celebrated the accomplishment with a party.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra on March 30 announced the filing of a lawsuit against Sutter Health for limiting competition in the Northern California health care market and monopolizing prices. According to a press release that accompanied the filing, the action aims to ensure f…

This week, Sutter Amador Hospital in Jackson was recognized as a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, which is the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization.

Sutter Amador Hospital will begin offering a new total joint replacement class for any members of the community who have joint pain or are considering a joint replacement surgery in the future.

More than 260 hospital workers in San Andreas have ratified a new contract with Dignity Health, as part of an agreement that covers 15,000 Dignity health care workers throughout the state, union representatives announced Monday.

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How do you create a place where people can go for treatment of a life-threatening illness that lifts their spirits and provides a sense of control at a time when everything appears uncertain? A thoughtful answer to that question was revealed last week at an open house for the new Irene Marie…