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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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PG&E to increase water flows on Pit 1 Reach for whitewater recreation

 From PG&E

BURNEY, Calif. — Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will provide higher flows on a portion of the Pit River in eastern Shasta County over the Columbus Day weekend.

The higher flows will occur from October 6-9. Flows will be increased from about 220 cubic feet per second (cfs) and will reach 1,000 cfs by early morning on Friday, October 6, then to as much as 1,150 cfs over the entire four-day period before being gradually reduced starting the late afternoon of Monday, October 9.

Recreationists in or near this portion of the river are encouraged to use extra caution during the increased flows. This portion of the river contains Class IV and V rapids, which are appropriate only for skilled paddlers. The flows are not safe for tubing.

The Pit 1 Reach is the 6.5-mile portion of the Pit River that extends from PG&E’s Pit 1 Forebay in Fall River Mills to the Pit 1 Powerhouse.

The whitewater flows are a requirement of PG&E’s license conditions for the Pit 1 Hydroelectric Project.

PG&E offers the following water safety tips:

  • Sudden immersion in cold water can stimulate the “gasp reflex,” causing an involuntary inhalation of air or water. It can even trigger cardiac arrest, temporary paralysis, hypothermia and drowning. When faced with swift water, even the strongest swimmers may be easily overwhelmed.
  • Many unseen obstacles can be lurking below the water’s surface. Swift water can make these obstacles even more treacherous. Guided trips for inexperienced paddlers are recommended.
  • Recreating in PG&E canals and flumes is strictly prohibited. Stay out of canals and flumes, which are very dangerous due to slippery sides, sub-surface obstacles, fast moving water, and transitions to full tunnels and pipes.

About PG&E

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric energy companies in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/ and pge.com/news.

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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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2nd Annual Hat Creek Beer, Food and Wine Fest was a wonder-filled affair

The 2nd Annual Hat Creek Beer, Food and Wine Festival, Day at the Ranch, was held Saturday, September 9th from 1 pm to 8 pm at the Hat Creek Hereford Ranch RV Park and Campground. The event showcased the bounty of the Intermountain Area and provided an opportunity to raise money for numerous local charities including the Intermountain Heritage Foundation, Mayers Intermountain Healthcare Foundation, the Raymond H. Berry Memorial Pool in Burney, and the Hat Creek Fire Department.

A beneficent way to spend a beautiful day

Pam Giacomini did a marvelous job organizing the event. She was there early meeting with and coordinating all of the preparations and then beginning at 1 p.m. graciously greeted the people as they came.

Pam Giacamini welcoming guests as people enjoy swimming in the pond

Ms. Giacomini said, “We held our first Hat Creek Food Fest in 2013 as a ‘thank you’ to our beef customers. We expected about 40 folks to show up, 200 did!! We were shocked and thought we were probably onto something. Then 2014 was the Eiler Fire, 2015 the Wind Fall, lots of family deaths in 2016 . So, here we are in 2017 hosting our 2nd Annual local food, wine and beer festival!

A craft fair featuring local arts and crafts began at 1 p.m. and lasted until 7:30. Vendors included Wildlife artist Chuck Gularte, Shasta Soap, Fall River Arts and Trophies, and beautiful animal hides displayed by Donner Hat Creek Ranch.

Wildlife Art by Chuck Gularte

Hides from the Donner Hat Creek Ranch

Fall River Arts and Trophies

There was live music throughout the afternoon beginning with Alex Colvin playing folk music on the Pavilion Lawn, followed by the Smokin Roaches. At 4:30 California Country began playing for the evening celebration on the Playground Stage.

The Smokin Roaches perfoming on the Paviliton lawn

There was fun for people of all ages. Young people enjoyed swimming and fishing in the pond. Pit River Casino hosted a horseshoe tournament beginning at 2 p.m. The Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River ran a Corn Hole toss that began at 3:30.

Also, four ranch tours were provided during the day to give folks a glimpse of local agriculture and explain the importance of sustainability for our local communities.

A great variety of food and beverages for all ages was available. Local brews were provided by Fall River Brewery, Alaskan Ale and Lost Coast Brewery. Local wines included Alpen Cellars, Dakaro and Churn Creek Cellars.

Churn Creek Cellars

In addition. Intermountain Fair Heritage Foundation sold beer from a truck donated for the occasion by Redding Distributing. Delicious food was served by Crumbs, JJ’s, and Anna’s Country Kitchen. Mayers Intermountain Healthcare Foundation sold water and sodas, and Hat Creek Volunteer Fire Department sold ice cream and root beer floats.

By 6:30 p.m., all of the game competitions were completed and winners were announced. The music and the fun continued however until 7:30 p.m. after which the festivities ended and everyone headed home with smiles on their faces.

Lots of volunteers, businesses and local organizations came together to make this a wonderful event. In addition to the other sponsors and participants already mentioned Palo Cedro Printing provided printing.

People relaxing as they enjoy the refreshments and music

It was a beautiful day filled with food, fun, refreshment, music, and fellowship – all to support good causes. Who could ask for more?

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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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Mayers Memorial Hospital District receives ACHD certification

Mayers Memorial Hospital District (MMHD) has met all of the criteria to be one of only 17 healthcare district’s in the state to be a Certified Healthcare District.

The Association of California Healthcare Districts (ACHD) Chief Executive Officer Ken Cohen presented MMHD with their certificate at the July 26 MMHD Board meeting.

Association of California Healthcare District CEO Ken Cohen, Valery Lakey and Louis Ward at the July 26th MMHD Board meeting.

California Healthcare Districts respond to the specialized health needs of California communities. Voters have created 79 Healthcare Districts to fill distinct gaps in local health care services – from wellness and prevention to emergency rooms and long-term care. 54 of these Districts serve the state’s rural areas. Mayers Memorial Hospital District became a district in 1969.

As Public Entities, Healthcare Districts have well defined obligations for conducting business in a manner that is open and transparent.  To assist members in demonstrating compliance with these obligations, the Governance Committee of the Association of California Healthcare Districts (ACHD) has developed a core set of standards referred to as Best Practices in Governance.  Healthcare Districts that demonstrate compliance with these practices receive the designation of ACHD Certified Healthcare District.

When notified in March that MMHD had achieved this designation, MMHD Chief Executive Officer Louis Ward said,

Earning the designation of a Certified Healthcare District by ACHD is an honor and a proactive step in maintaining the confidence of the people we serve. The certification assures our community that we are committed to the responsibilities we have as a District. We will always work with the best interest of the residents of the Intermountain area in mind; to provide essential quality care and access to health care in our rural setting.

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