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Mountain Valleys Health Centers Breaks Ground On New Facility In McArthur

Dozens of healthcare providers, staff, board members, and community leaders came out on June 28 to celebrate the ground breaking ceremony for Mountain Valleys Health Centers (MVHC) new Fall River Valley Health Center at 43658 HWY 299 E, McArthur, CA.

MVHC improving health care in the Intermountain area

MHVC CEO Dave Jones and Shasta County Supervisor Mary Rickert each spoke briefly.

MVHC CEO Dave Jones addressing the gathering

Dave Jones said, “We look forward to serving the residents of the Fall River Valley by providing quality patient care and are very excited about the new clinic. The much needed larger building will allow for us to better meet the needs of our patients. We are committed to making the transition into the new facility as streamlined as possible.”

Supervisor Rickert said, “Rural areas face challenges for successful health care and this facility will be a very welcome addition for this community. As a resident of Fall River Valley for 30 years, this project is particularly exciting for me.”

Then Jones, Rickert, and MVHC Board Chairman Dan Bouse each took a shovel and broke ground.

Breaking Ground

Chairman Bouse said, “We want to provide the best health care environment that we can for the area. Fall River Valley deserves this.”

The new facility will boast 10 exam rooms with enough room for telehealth and behavioral health services in addition to providing basic primary care.  Construction on the project is expected to be completed around February 2019.

MVHC expressed thanks the McConnell Foundation for their generous donation to the project.

Krystina Uribes, Project Manager for Aspen Street Architects who provided the design, was present to represent the company. The architect of record is Nate Morgan. Architect Ezra Ivey also worked on the design.,

Kristina Uribes from Aspen Street Architects and Kerry Foster of Trent Construction

Construction is being done by Trent Construction. Kerry Foster was present at the ceremony and took every one on a tour of the site.

Examining the future conference room

Mountain Valleys Health Centers, Inc., (MVHC) is a not-for-profit community health center organization offering quality health, behavioral, and dental care to rural communities in northeastern California for over 30 years. Mountain Valleys Health Centers operates facilities in Bieber, Burney, Dorris, Fall River, Mt. Shasta, Tulelake, and Weed.

To find out more about Mountain Valleys Health Centers please visit them on their website www.mountainvalleyhc.org or visit them on their Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/MVHCenters.

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Pit River Health Service Achieves Accreditation

Press release from Pit River Health Services, Inc. June 6:

Burney, CA—Pit River Health Service, Inc. (PRHS) announced today that it has achieved full accreditation from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).  Accreditation distinguishes this community health clinic from many other outpatient facilities by providing the highest quality of care to its patients as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation.

Status as an accredited organization means that PRHS has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care set by AAAHC. More than 6,000 ambulatory health care organizations across the United States are accredited by AAAHC. Not all ambulatory health care organizations seek accreditation; not all that undergo the rigorous on-site survey process are granted accreditation. The accreditation covers PRHS clinics in both Burney and Alturas, CA.

Ambulatory health care organizations seeking accreditation by AAAHC undergo an extensive self-assessment and on-site survey by AAAHC expert surveyors – physicians, nurses, and administrators who are actively involved in ambulatory health care. The survey is consultative and educational, presenting best practices to help an organization improve its care and services.

“Accreditation has been a longstanding goal for PRHS. It is nice to be recognized for these efforts, but more importantly, we want our patients to be assured they can expect quality care from our clinics.” stated Lauri Hayward, PRHS Board Chairperson.

About Pit River Health Service ( www.pitriverhealthservice.org ):

Pit River Health Service is the primary healthcare system for the Pit River Tribe of the Intermountain region, but also welcomes non-native patients. In rural northeast California, where primary care services can be few and far between, PRHS clinics provide an important access point for the community. This is especially true because PRHS gladly accepts Medi-Cal, Medicare, and a wide variety of other healthcare coverage plans.

PRHS is a non-profit 501(c)(3) ambulatory health clinic first established in 1979. The purpose of PRHS is to serve the entire community with special focus on the American Indian population. Services offered include medical, dental, and behavioral health services, transportation, outreach, and senior nutrition. PRHS has two clinics, one is located at the base of the Burney Mountain in Burney, Ca and the other is located on the Pit River XL reservation near Alturas, Ca. PRHS will soon be opening a third location for behavioral health and outreach services in downtown Alturas. We are open to Native and non-Native patients and accept Medi-Cal, Partnership, Medicare, and most private insurances. We value all our patients and as our mission statement says, we provide the highest quality healthcare services to them.

About AAAHC ( www.aaahc.org ):

The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) is a private, non-profit organization formed in 1979. AAAHC is a nationally recognized leader in developing standards to advance and promote patient safety, quality care, and value for ambulatory health care through peer-based accreditation processes, education, and research. A certificate of accreditation is awarded to organizations that are found to be in compliance with AAAHC Standards.

AAAHC currently accredits more than 6,000 organizations in a wide variety of ambulatory health care settings including ambulatory surgery centers, community health centers, medical and dental group practices, medical home practices, and managed care organizations, as well as Indian and student health centers, among others. They are also the official accrediting organization for the US Coast Guard.

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Haven Humane Society Vaccination Clinic Tuesday, June 26

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June 25, 2018 · 8:48 pm

SEMSA expands Ambulance Ground Membership Program

SEMSA, Sierra Medical Services Alliance, a not-for-profit ground and Air Medical service, is expanding its Ambulance Ground Membership program, effective immediately.

SEMSA has been in operation in the Lassen County area for 14 years in partnership with Banner Lassen Hospital providing ground and critical care ambulance services.

March 1, 2017 was a milestone day when SEMSA operations expanded to include Shasta and Modoc counties. This expansion came about through a partnership with Mayer’s Memorial Hospital and Southern Cascades Emergency Services.

Newly expanded Ambulance Ground Membership now covers members in the Lassen, Shasta and Modoc SEMSA operating areas. Ambulance Ground Membership covers up to five people who permanently reside in the same home, (subject to Membership agreement). Current Lassen County members automatically have the new expanded coverage.

SEMSA is excited to be able to offer this expanded ground membership to better serve our communities. Caring for you and your loved ones when it matters most, SEMSA, in partnership with Air Methods also offers an Air Membership program.

SEMSA will be officially launching the new expanded Ambulance Ground Membership program at the Fall River Air Show on 6/17/2018. Staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide membership enrollment information.

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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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