The Calaveras County Board of Supervisors joined the rest of the state in proclaiming May as Mental Health Awareness Month in Calaveras County at Tuesday’s meeting.

District 2 Supervisor Jack Garamendi read off the proclamation prior to the start of the public comment period.

“I serve on the Mental Health Advisory Committee and it’s a great committee and I’m very proud to serve on that,” said Garamendi. “It really works very closely with families, health care, addiction, law enforcement and it’s a very positive group trying to make this a bigger and stronger community.”

Garamendi, speaking on behalf of the board, requested that the county take a part in recognizing the need for providing mental health services and “appropriate an accessible services for people with mental illnesses.”

Calaveras County Director of Mental Health Services John Lawless offered his thanks on behalf of the mental health department for “honoring us and making mental health awareness month known.”

“We want you to know that we are here to serve the people of our community,” said Lawless. “We are working with the state of California on this.”

Lawless said that each month, the department serves around 600 community members through medication, counseling and other services.

“We feel that in doing that, we’re helping to keep our community healthy and safer.”

Sutter Amador Hospital welcomes new orthopedic surgeon

Sutter Amador Hospital welcomes new orthopedic surgeon Dr. Patrick Osgood to the Jackson facility.

He has “extensive training in hip, knee and shoulder replacement” surgeries, the hospital announced.

Osgood is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with more than 20 years of experience, including advanced skills in knee and shoulder arthroscopy and fracture care.

“We are excited to expand our orthopedic program to meet the needs of the community,” said Anne Platt, Sutter Amador Hospital CEO. “Dr. Osgood brings many years of experience and quality care to our hospital and our region. He is a welcome addition to our orthopedic program.”

Osgood received his medical degree from the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He completed his residency at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University and is certified with the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons.

He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the California Orthopedic Society, the Nevada State Medical Society and the Washoe County Medical Society. Osgood has practiced medicine in California, Nevada and New York, with former practices in Reno and Truckee.

For more information about Sutter Amador Hospital’s orthopedic program, visit


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