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Intermountain Preparedness Group holds interagency exercise to prepare for mass causality events

On Thursday April 26 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., about two dozen representatives from emergency response units, healthcare facilities, and support services met at the Burney Fire Hall to conduct a “Mass Casualty Table Top Exercise.”

Burney Fire District Chief Monte Keady facilitating the discussion

The meeting was a function of the Intermountain Preparedness Group that was formed to “attain shared preparedness and bring stability during crisis.” Agencies attending the meeting included CAL FIRE, Shasta County Fire Service, McArthur Fire Protection District, Burney Fire Protection District, Mayers Memorial Hospital District, Mountain Valley Health Centers, Pit River Health Service, Sierra Emergency Medical Services Alliance, Southern Cascades EMS District, Shasta County OEM, Shasta County Health and Human Services, and the American Red Cross,  .

The exercise was facilitated by Burney Fire Protection District Chief Monte Keady. Participants were organized into three groups according to their mission and function. The three groups were: 1) Fire, Hazmat, and Emergency Services; 2) Health Care Facilities; and 3) Support Services.

Chief Keady began the exercise by presenting a scenario of a mass causality event. The scenario involved a 40 vehicle fire on Hwy 299 in which 40 vehicles were involved. It included injuries and fatalities, a fire that began to spread, and a hazardous waste spill.

After briefing the audience on the situation, Keady asked each group to engage in a fifteen minute discussion about how they would respond to this emergency in the first 60-90 minutes.

Group discussions in progress

Afterward, a representative from each group presented a summary of their discussion. In their summaries they discussed how they would plan, organize and staff each of their operations, set up a command structure and communications, organize relief efforts and transportation, provide services, set up shelters, etc. After each presentation there was an opportunity for question and answer and open discussion.

Mayers Hosptial CEO Louis Ward reporting for the Health Services discussion group

The rest of the agenda had two more scenario updates followed by group, intergroup, and open discussions. The last scenario update involved the close of the incident. The final event of the exercise was “Lessons learned,” a thirty minute period of shared reflection during which participants could share “Aha moments.”

The meeting also included breaks during which participants could share refreshments and talk on a less formal basis.

For more information about the Intermountain Preparedness Group, citizens can contact any of the participating agencies.

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Ol’ Merc Pizza to host another Hope is Alive Open Mic May 18

Hope is Alive 12 coming at Old Merc Friday May 18

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Public Health Advisory Board Invites Applications

Shasta County—The Public Health Advisory Board (PHAB) Membership Committee is recruiting members to serve on the Board. The Public Health Advisory Board was formed to increase community involvement in public health efforts in Shasta County and protect and promote the health of the community.

Applicants must live within Shasta County and be available once every other month. Interested citizens may visit www.shastahhsa.net/ and go to the Public Health Advisory Board page. Applications are due October 20, 2017, by noon.

For more information, contact Tim Mapes, Community Education Specialist at 245-6863.

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Hwy299 Collaborative makes beautiful video for physician recruitment

Mayers Memorial Hospital (MMHD) has published two videos well worth watching and sharing. The first video highlights the beauty of living and working in the Intermountain area.

The second shares testimonies of health care professionals from MMHD.

The video project was funded by the Hwy299 Health Collaborative.

Valerie Lakey,  Public Relations Director for MMHD said, “We are very excited about the completion of this project, it was a great experience collaborating with the other Hwy 299 Marketing representatives and ending with this amazing product.”

Good job!

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Mayers Memorial Hospital District offering Certified Nursing Assistant Course

Mayers Memoriial Hospital District (MMHD) will be hosting a one semester CNA Class in collaboration with Shasta College beginning January 2018.

The course will provide complete training to be a certified nursing assistant in one semester. This is an opportunity to develop a steady career with benefits at a competitive wage starting at $15 an hour. MMHD will pay students while going to school.

Classes are limited to the first 15 applicants. Applications are due by October 6. Application forms are available at MMHD facilties in Fall River and Burney and at www.mayersmemorial.com.

The CNA Training Program prepares students with the  information and experience needed to become a Nurse Assistant who will provide quality care for residents in long-term care facilities, hospitals, home health care and hospice settings.

For more information call (530)336-5511 Ext 1206.

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Mental Health Services Act invites the community to review progress and plan for the future

The following is a press release from Shasta County Health and Human services about the Mental (MHSA) established by Proposition 63. MHSA funds several programs in the Intermountain Area including Circle of Friends, the Be Free Open Mics sponsored by Stand Against Stigma, and other programs through the various health organizations. MHSA is also the source of funding for the proposed permanent housing for the mentally ill that was discussed at an open meeting at the Veterans Hall in Burney on June 21, 2016. This is an opportunity to ask questions, learn more, and participate as a stakeholder.

 

The Mental Health Services Act Program will hold a meeting to review the MHSA 2017 Three-Year Program and Expenditure Plan on August 29, from 2-3 p.m., at the Redding Library Community Room, 1100 Parkview Ave. Participants will have the chance to learn about MHSA, program progress, and give input into changes through this stakeholder process.

This workgroup will meet quarterly to provide input and guidance for planning, implementation and oversight of MHSA programs and services. It is open to anyone who wishes to participate.

In 2004, Proposition 63, the Mental Health Services Act, went into place statewide. This Act imposes a 1 percent income tax on personal income in excess of $1 million.

Through the California Department of Mental Health, MHSA provides increased funding, personnel and other resources to support county mental health programs. Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency oversees many local MHSA programs that impact the mental health and well-being of children, transitional aged youth, adults, and older adults, in our county. The input of many local community members, including this stakeholder workgroup, is vital to the planning and development of these programs.

Come be part of the process!

For more information please contact:

Kerri Schuette, MHSA Coordinator
(530) 245-6951
kschuette@co.shasta.ca.us

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Mountain Valley Wellness Week 2017

The first of five health fairs organized by Mountain Valleys Health Clinics took place at the Safeway in Burney on Monday August 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Community Wellness Week 2017 at Safeway

It was very visible from the highway, so lots of people pulled in or stopped after shopping to explore some of the health services in the Intermountain area.

There were 14 booths representing various health providers and agencies plus the Burney Fire Department.

Mountain Valleys offered a $20 blood draw which included lipid panel, comprehensive metabolic panel, and a complete blood count. They also provided $10 tests for hemoglobin, prostate (PSA), and Thyroid (TSH), as well as a $20 test for Vitamin D.

Terri Schmitt from Big Valley Clinic mans the Mountain Valley booth

Meyer’s Memorial Hospital had a booth with information about their services at which they provided free blood pressure tests.

Mayers Memorial at Wellness Week 2017

Dr. Roces and Jeanette Braccialini from the Burney Dental Center were there.

Maria Roces DDS and Jeanette Braccialini  from Burney Dental Center

The Intermountain-Modoc Shriner Club had a booth.

Intermountain Modoc Shrine Club with two young friends

Among the other agencies represented were Health and Human Services, Head Start, and booths helping with tobacco addiction, aging, and other health issues.

Visitors were also treated to a delicious lunch with a broccoli/bacon salad, an oriental noodle salad, and a healthy apple.

Community Wellness week will continue through the week with 9 a.m. -1 p.m. health fairs at:

  • Plumas Bank in Fall River Mills on Tuesday, August 15
  • Adin Community Park in Adin on Wednesday, August 16
  • Veterans Park in Tulelake on Thursday, August 17, and
  • City Hall in Dorns on Friday, August 1

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