Tahoe Forest Health System Welcomes New Physician, Alida Fiamengo, DO

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Tahoe Forest Health System is pleased to announce that Dr. Alida Fiamengo has joined their team at Tahoe Forest Pediatrics.

Dr. Fiamengo specializes in a broad spectrum of health services ranging from preventive health care to the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic diseases of children from birth to young adulthood.

Dr. Fiamengo attended medical school at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Children’s Hospital and Medical Center and Creighton Medical Center. She is board eligible in pediatrics.

Dr. Fiamengo’s office is located in the Tahoe Forest Medical Office Building at 10956 Donner Pass Road, Suite 310, Truckee. New patients are accepted. For appointments, please call (530) 587-3523.

Tahoe Forest Health System Welcomes New Physician, Kathleen Legarza, MD

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Tahoe Forest Health System is pleased to announce that Dr. Kathleen Legarza has joined their team at the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center.

Dr. Legarza is also the new Radiation Oncology Medical Director of the Cancer Center and specializes in treating patients with malignant and some benign diseases through the use of ionizing radiation and other modalities.

Dr. Legarza attended medical school at the University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno and Las Vegas. She completed her radiation oncology residency at the California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco. Dr. Legarza is certified by the American Board of Radiology.

Dr. Legarza’s office is located at 10121 Pine Avenue, Truckee. New patients are accepted. For appointments, please call (530) 582-6450.

Baby Massage

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For Parents and Infants - 3 Weeks Old to Crawling

Benefits for BABY 

Baby Massage:

  • Promotes bonding/attachment 
  • Improves circulation, digestion and organization 
  • Reduces muscular tension 
  • Enhances awareness of being loved, accepted and safe 
  • Reduces fussiness 
  • Helps baby learn to relax 
  • Baby feels respected and responded to 

 

Benefits for PARENTS 

Massage Promotes: 

  • Bonding 
  • Relaxation
  • Communication – both verbal and non-verbal 
  • Positive parenting skills 
  • Increased confidence in parenting 
  • Pleasure & enjoyment 
  • An opportunity to connect and share quality time 
     

$60 for 4 Weeks 

Wednesdays, September 4 - 25, 2019
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Tahoe Forest Center for Health
10710 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA

*Please bring a thick blanket or quilt for baby to lay on 

Taught by Linda MacKenzie, RN, Certified Infant Massage Instructor  

New! "Soothing Touch for High Need Babies"
Learn how to soothe your fussy baby or high need baby with baby massage techniques. 
Individual sessions for baby and parents- $60. 

Pre-registration is required. Please call (530) 587-3769 or e-mail wellness@tfhd.com

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Health Enhancement

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FREE community program for those with chronic pain, anxiety, depression and stress that are impacting their health

How can Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction help with health conditions?

MBSR program helps people who are living with health conditions by cultivating practices that can be used in daily life. By practicing formal and informal mindfulness, participants will gain insight and wisdom into their present moment awareness of how their breath, bodily sensations, thoughts and emotions affect how they experience pain.

You will learn the tools to work with your health in a new way through the practices of the body scan, sitting awareness, gentle stretching, mindful walking, and discussions of exploration into the mind/body stress reactions.

Taught by UMass-trained instructor, Jackie Griffin, RN, BSN, trained through the Center for Mindfulness

8-week class
Tuesdays, September 10 - October 29, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Saturday Retreat (for participants of 8-week class series only, though not mandatory)
October 19, 2019
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Tahoe Forest Center for Health
10710 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA 96161

For more information or to register, please call (530) 587-3769 or email wellness@tfhd.com

Notice of Bond Sale

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District Residents,

The Tahoe Forest Hospital District anticipates selling $24,870,000* of 2019 General Obligation Refunding Bonds. The Bonds are expected to be dated September 4, 2019*, will be in denominations of $5,000 each, or integral multiples thereof, and will bear interest at the rate or rates to be determined on or about August 1, 2019*. Interest will be payable semiannually on each February 1 and August 1, commencing February 1, 2020. The Bonds are rated Aa3 by Moody’s Investor Service.

The District is scheduled to sell its 2019 General Obligation Refunding Bonds on August 1, 2019*. Below is a link to the Preliminary Official Statement containing information on the Bond financing.

LINK TO PRELIMINARY OFFICIAL STATEMENT

For more information on the sale of the Bonds, please contact your broker or:

Andy Fass
Hilltop Securities Inc.
916-517-1226

Mariah Rathmanner
Piper Jaffray & Co.
800-552-0614

Clinton Graves
Raymond James
833-450-1630

Steven Stahlberg
D.A. Davidson & Co.
916-581-7546

* Preliminary; subject to change

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A credit rating of a security is not a recommendation to buy, sell or hold securities and may be subject to review, revisions, suspension, reduction or withdrawal at any time by the assigning rating agency. A decision to purchase the Bonds is an investment decision that should only be made after a complete review and understanding of the terms of the Bonds, including investment risks. No decision should be made prior to receipt and review of the Preliminary Official Statement and applicable pricing information.

NAMI Support Group

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National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family Support Group

This group is intended to support family members who have a loved one impacted with a mental illness.

FREE and confidential. All are welcome. 

2nd Wednesday of every month
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Tahoe Forest Hospital, Pine Street Conference Room (off the main lobby)
10121 Pine Ave. Truckee, CA

Facilitated by Lori Malone 

For more information, please call Lori at (530) 277-1592 or email malone2310@aol.com

 

Group Exercise Calendar

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The Tahoe Forest Center for Health offers a great schedule of classes for many different ages and abilities.

Click here for the Group Exercise Calendar.

Click here for a printable schedule.

Building Better Caregivers

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An evidence-based program developed by Stanford School of Medicine

JOIN US FOR 6 WEEKLY CLASSES* AND LEARN:

  • Skills to support stress reduction for caregiver and the care partner
  • Self-care methods to improve caregiver's health
  • How to handle difficult emotions
  • Managing troublesome care partner behaviors
  • Planning for the future
  • Information about resources
  • Ways to improve communication skills
     

WHEN:
Mondays, September 16 - October 28, 2019
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

*September 16th is a pre-series introduction 

WHERE:
Tahoe Forest Hospital, Eskridge Conference Room
10121 Pine Ave, Truckee, CA 96161

Includes simultaneous class for care recipient. Please confirm whether care recipient will be attending, upon registration.

This program is supported by the Wellness Neighborhood and offered at no cost.

For more information or to register, please call (530) 587-3769 or email wellness@tfhd.com

Multiple Sclerosis Support Group

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Come together to encourage and support experiences, knowledge and strategies to live each day to its full potential!

WHEN: Second Thursday of Every Month
             5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

WHERE: Pine Street Conference Room
              Off the Tahoe Forest Hospital Main Lobby
              10121 Pine Ave, Truckee, CA

COST: FREE - Meals available for purchase

Facilitator: Bonni Sue Hickson, RN

Benefits from a support group include:

  • Learning new information and strategies
  • Support from others
  • Opportunity to help others
  • Increase sense of responsibility
  • Confidence in coping with challenges

Newly diagnosed welcome!

For more information, please call or text Bonni Sue Hickson at (775) 741-0107.

Affordable Lab Tests

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To better serve our uninsured patients, we offer a variety of discounted lab tests. No appointment is necessary.

Next Truckee date:
Friday, August 9
7:00 am - 9:00 am

(monthly on the 2nd Friday)

Tahoe Forest Center for Health
10710 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee

Next Incline Village date:
Friday, July 26
7:30 am - 9:00 am

(alternate months on the 4th Friday)

Incline Village Community Hospital
880 Alder Avenue, Incline Village
 

  • Complete Blood Count (without differential) - $13
  • Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (fasting required) - $29
  • Lipid Panel (fasting required) - $35
  • Vitamin D, 25-Hydroxy - $44
  • Hemoglobin A1C - $28
  • TSH, Thyroid Stimulating Hormone - $34
  • PSA, Prostate-Specific Antigen - $87
     

Payment is collected at time of service.
Photo ID required.

(530) 587-3769 or tfhd.com for more information

Jake Dorst, Tahoe Forest Health System Chief Information and Innovation Officer, Named to Becker's Hospital Review Community Hospital CIOs to Know

Jake Dorst headshot

Becker's Hospital Review recently recognized 71 community hospital CIOs in 2019. Jake Dorst, Chief Information and Innovation Officer at Tahoe Forest Health System, was named with this designation.

Hospitals and health systems rely on CIOs and IT department leaders to develop long-term technology strategy and oversee EHR implementation, as well as support telehealth, data-gathering, cybersecurity and more.

Those who lead a community hospital or health system IT department and functions face unique challenges in their efforts to connect with patients, physician offices and other care settings—often across broad geographies using limited resources.

Under Mr. Dorst's leadership, Tahoe Forest Health System successfully transitioned to a single EHR platform and modernized its patient care infrastructure to become a mobile-first network.

Mr. Dorst received this designation previously in September 2018. His dedication to advancements and innovation in the industry also earned him a spot in the 2018 and 2019 Becker’s Hospital Review list of Hospital and Health System CIOs to Know. He has been on both lists since 2015.

The professionals on the Becker’s list of 71 are set apart by the outstanding recognition they've earned and exciting new projects they're piloting. Many individuals on this list are members of the Health Information Management Systems Society, and their workplace has earned CHIME’S Health Care’s Most Wired designation.

The Becker's editorial team solicited nominations and conducted internal research to develop this list. Individuals and organizations represented did not pay and cannot pay for inclusion. For the complete list, go to Becker's Hospital Review.

Parkinson's Disease Support Group

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A community support group in where members can share their experiences, knowledge and coping strategies.

Research has overwhelmingly supported the benefits of social support in the management of chronic disease and can:

  • Empower and lift the morale of patients, friends, and community members
  • Increase a sense of belonging by decreasing isolation
  • Enhance hope and sense of purpose through encouragement
  • Increase sense of responsibility for members' own treatment
  • Result in feelings of increased control over their disease

Please come share input about what you want from this group. We can have speakers, watch and discuss webinars, and include outside activities to increase the cohesion and bonding among members.

Facilitated by: Ellen and John Roumasset, Trained Parkinson's Disease Associated Support Group Facilitators

Every 3rd Friday of the month
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
(Drop-in class)

Tahoe Forest Center for Health
10710 Donner Pass Road Truckee, CA

This program is supported by the Wellness Neighborhood and offered at no cost. 

For more information, please call Ellen at (650) 759-3666 or email dr.eroumasset@gmail.com

Save Lives, Donate Breastmilk

mother breastfeeding baby

When babies are born prematurely, donated breastmilk can provide important protection and prevent potentially fatal conditions.

Join us for a Breastmilk Drive and Celebration of Breastfeeding.

Friday, September 20, 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Tahoe Forest Center for Health
10710 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA

* Refreshments served

  • Learn about breastmilk donation
  • Get screened to be a donor
  • Donate your milk - we will accept properly stored frozen milk
  • Meet Pauline Sakamoto, Director of the San Jose Mother's Milk Bank
  • Meet local lactation counselors and breastfeeding support resources

Weekly breastfeeding support drop-in sessions - Fridays, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

For more information, please call (530) 587-3769 or email wellness@tfhd.com

Mindfulness for Health Enhancement: Building Resilience

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How we view life’s challenges impacts our ability to bounce back from setbacks and reach our goals. Without resilience, we often get stuck in our own narrative making it difficult to move forward and live our best life.

Mindfulness boosts resilience by helping us:

  • Hit the pause button; get out of auto-pilot
  • Observe without judging
  • See possibilities vs. barriers
  • Learn to respond vs. react
  • Foster a growth mindset vs. a fixed mindset

Join Liz Schenk, BS, MBA, NBC-HWC, in this 2-hour workshop where we will explore strategies to cultivate resilience through the practice of mindfulness resulting in lower stress levels and a higher sense of well-being.

Saturday, July 27, 2019
9:00 am - 11:00 am

Tahoe Forest Center for Health
10710 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA

Cost: $25

For more information or to register, please call (530) 587-3769 or email wellness@tfhd.com

Leader Training for the Living Well Chronic Disease Self-Management Program

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Gain knowledge to help yourself and others with a chronic disease take charge of their condition and improve their quality of life.

Living Well is a six-week, community-based workshop that empowers adults and/or their caregivers to manage their chronic health conditions.

Leader Training Details:
WHEN:September 6-9, 2019 (must attend all 4), 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
WHERE: Tahoe Forest Hospital , Eskridge Conference Room, 10121 Pine Ave, Truckee, CA
COST: Program is FREE to Leaders who will provide workshops in the Tahoe Forest Hospital service area. For leaders working in other areas, the cost is $250.

Preferred Leader Qualifications:

  • Ability to speak in front of a group
  • Ability to work with a group
  • Ability to read aloud and follow a scripted leader's manual
  • Good communication and listening skills
  • Ability to be non-judgmental and respect different opinions

Living Well Leader Requirements:

  • Attend a FREE four-day Living Well Leader Training Program
  • Co-facilitate a Living Well Workshop within six months of successfully completing the training

For more information or to register, please call (530) 550-6732 or email msanchezcorrea@tfhd.com

Diabetes Self-Management Program

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An evidence-based program developed by Stanford University School of Medicine

Participants in this program are better able to manage their symptoms and report improved health and quality of life.

Join us for this peer-led program and learn: 

  • Decision-making strategies
  • Becoming a self-manager of your health
  • Understanding common symptoms of diabetes
  • Mindfulness tools to manage symptoms
  • Exercise tips for strength, flexibility and endurance
  • Healthy eating at home and on the road
  • Managing your medications
     

WHEN:
Intro Class: Thursday, Aug 8, 2019, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
6-Week Program: Thursdays, Aug 15, 2019 - Sept 19, 2019, 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

*Participation in all sessions is encouraged

WHERE:1
Tahoe Forest Hospital, Pine Street Conference Room (off the Hospital Main Lobby)
10121 Pine Ave, Truckee, CA 

This program is supported by the Wellness Neighborhood and offered at no cost.

For more information or to register, please call (530) 587-3769 or email wellness@tfhd.com
 

 

 

 

 

Chronic Pain Self-Management Program

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Participants in this worldwide, evidence-based Stanford program are better able to manage their symptoms and have improved quality of life.

Join us for a peer-led program and learn:

  • Skills to help you maintain a wellness focus and improve your quality of life
  • Techniques to deal with frustration, fatigue, isolation, and poor sleep
  • Strategies for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance
  • Appropriate use of medications
  • Healthy eating
  • Decision making and problem solving
     

Program is for adults experiencing pain from a variety of causes, such as:

  • Neck, shoulder, back pain, etc
  • Pelvic pain
  • Post-surgical pain that lasts beyond 6 months
  • Nerve pain
  • Persistent headache
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Any general Chronic Pain

WHEN:
Intro Session: Thursday, Sept 5, 2019
6-Week Program: Thursdays, Sept 12, 2019 - Oct 17, 2019
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm

* Participation in all sessions is encouraged

WHERE:
Tahoe Forest Center for Health

10710 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA 96161

This program is supported by the Wellness Neighborhood and offered at no cost.

For more information or to register, please call (530) 587-3769 or email wellness@tfhd.com

 

Tahoe Forest Hospital Named In Becker’s Hospital Review, “67 Critical Access Hospitals To Know 2019”

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Tahoe Forest Hospital was again named in Becker’s Hospital Review’s list of “Critical Access Hospitals to Know” in the United States. Tahoe Forest Hospital is the only critical access hospital in California, Nevada or Arizona to receive this prestigious designation.

The list features critical access hospitals that have demonstrated excellence in clinical quality and excellence in caring for their communities, and going the extra mile for their patients. The hospitals selected are noted for providing access to a broad population, as well as the hospital’s impact and reputation for innovation.

“This designation is a way to offer thanks to the community we serve. Our focus is on providing excellent and compassionate patient care to everyone, and we appreciate this honor.” said Harry Weis, Chief Executive Officer, Tahoe Forest Health System.

The Becker's Healthcare editorial team examined the rankings and awards from organizations such as iVantage Health Analytics, Healthgrades, the National Rural Health Association, CareChex, The Chartis Group and Medicare star ratings to determine the awards.

Critical access hospitals must have no more than 25 inpatient beds, have an annual length of stay of no more than 96 hours for acute care, offer 24/7 emergency care, and be located at least 35 miles from another hospital. There are more than 1,332 critical access hospitals in the United States.

For a complete list of selected hospitals, go to: https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/67-critical-access-hospitals-to-know-2019.html?origin=ceo&utm_source=ceoe

 

 

Your Authentic Wellness - Explore. Plan. Apply.

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Tools to cope with life's daily challenges

In this FREE series of workshops, you will explore transformative topics designed to inspire, educate, and empower. Whether it is stress, insomnia, nutrition, lack of energy, feeling overwhelmed, or general habit change, we have you covered!

Learn a variety of topics from experts in their field and Your Authentic Wellness coaches will help you create a personal action plan! Attend any or ALL sessions.

All components of this workshop are valued at a total of $1440, but Tahoe Forest Wellness Neighborhood, in partnership with a generous Epic Promise grant from Vail Resorts, is offering the entire series AT NO COST to you.

Imagine: a FREE program that can positively change the trajectory of your life from just surviving to absolutely THRIVING!

Sessions take place every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month, 5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at the Tahoe Forest Center for Health, starting February 28th.

Your Authentic Wellness Class schedule:

2nd and 4th Thursdays at 5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at the Tahoe Forest Center for Health

Date Topic Instructor
Thursday, February 28
Positive Health- Optimize Your Wellbeing
Liz Schenk, BS, MBA
Thursday, March 14
A Mindful Approach to Sleep
Jackie Griffin, RN
Thursday, March 28
Food and Mood
Jill Whisler, MS, RDN
Thursday, April 11 Self-Care for Caregivers Jackie Griffin, RN
Thursday, April 25 Mindful Movement and Self-Massage Wendy Tilka, PTA
Thursday, May 9 Harnessing Strengths to Live Your Best Life Liz Schenk, NBC-HWC, BS, MBA
Thursday, May 23 Foods That Heal: What to Eat to Feel Better and Reduce Inflammation Lisa Fligor, MS, RDN
Thursday, June 13 Science of Motivation and Habit Change Liz Schenk, NBC-HWC, BS, MBA
Thursday, June 27 Biofeedback and the Art and Science of Breathing Linda Mackenzie, RN
Thursday, July 25 Releasing Tension to Ease Pain and Stress Lucy Navabpour, PhD, PMA
Thursday, August 8 Physical Hunger, Emotional Appetite and Your Health! Dana Dose, RDN, LD, CDE
Thursday, August 22 Fuel Your Life! Whether on the trails or stuck at a desk, we all need energy to perform our best! Jill Whisler, MS, RD and Liz Schenk, BS, MBA, NBC-HWC
Thursday, September 12

Transform Stress Through Breath Work and Body Movement

Coral Taylor, RYT

For more information or to register for an upcoming session,
call The Tahoe Forest Center for Health at 530-587-3769.

Got Pain? Orthopedic Updates for Shoulders & Knees - FREE Rethink Healthy Community Health Talk

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Updates in Shoulder and Knee Orthopedic Management

Thursday, June 20, 2019
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Incline Village Community Hospital, Community Room
880 Alder Avenue, Incline Village, NV

Come learn from the professionals, topics that apply to all ages:

  • Overview of latest surgical management procedures for shoulder and knee injuries
  • Surgical vs. non-surgical management
  • Latest injury prevention strategies for shoulder and knee injuries
  • Top 5 exercises you should do every day
  • Plus, injury prevention management for youth athletes

Jonathan T. Hagen, MD
Dr. Hagen completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, OK. He completed a fellowship in orthopedic sports medicine at Barton Lake Tahoe Sports Medicine Orthopaedic Program in July 2018. Dr. Hagen worked with the US Ski Team in 2017.

Amanda Callaghan, PT, DPT, OCS
Amanda completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy from the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston in 2011. She is a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and certified in Functional Dry Needling.

Jordan Myers, LAT, ATC
Jordan obtained her degree in Athletic Training at the College of Charleston. She now works with youth action sports camps at Woodward and the local high schools to help prevent, treat and rehabilitate injuries.

For more information or to register, please call (530) 587-3769 or email wellness@tfhd.com

Cooking Demo: Fresh, Healthy & On The Go - Free Rethink Healthy Community Health Talk

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Join us for a cooking demo to learn healthy and quick ways to pack your picnic basket to fuel all your summer adventures -- whether you are heading to the beach, the park or the mountains!

Sample our creative summer picnic menu in class and get inspired for healthy grab and go options for those spontaneous adventures. We will prepare recipes that highlight fresh seasonal produce AND will survive the travel plus summer heat.

Recipes Include:

  • Avocado Hummus
  • Gazpacho
  • Veggie Salad in a Jar
  • Lemon Garlic Chicken Skewers
  • Strawberry Cold-brew Tea

Don’t compromise good nutrition - take HEALTHY on the go this summer!

Monday, June 10, 2019
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Tahoe Forest Center for Health
10710 Donner Pass Road
Truckee, CA

$10 Suggested Donation

For more information or to register, please call (530) 587-3769 or email wellness@tfhd.com.

Childbirth Refresher Course

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A Fun-filled Class for You, Your Partner and Your Young Child

Class includes:

  • Updated, evidence-based information on labor, delivery, postpartum and newborns
  • A review of breathing patterns to assist with labor
  • A visit to the NEW (since 2017) OB department waiting room with your child
  • Special activities for your toddler/preschooler
  • Resource information for parenting with a growing family

Instructor: Mary Hoffmann, RN, LCCE, ASPO / Lamaze Prenatal Educator, AHA Infant and Child CPR Instructor, Breastfeeding Specialist

Sunday, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Jun 30, Sep 15, or Nov 3

Tahoe Forest Center for Health
10710 Donner Pass Rd Truckee, CA 96161

$30/family

For more information or to register, call (530) 587-3769, or email wellness@tfhd.com

Infant Nutrition

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Learn When & How To Introduce Solid Foods to Your Baby

  • How to safely and nutritiously start your infant on a path to healthfully eating a wide variety of foods
  • Foster a healthy relationship with food right from the start, using a baby-led approach

For parents of babies 3 - 8 months old, infant caregivers, and anyone wanting evidence-based information on infant food nutrition

Classes Offered:
June 12
- 10:30 am-12:30 pm
July 27 -  4:00 pm-6:00 pm
October 22 - 10:30 am-12:30 pm
December 7 - 10:30 am-12:30 pm

Tahoe Forest Center for Health
10710 Donner Pass Road
Truckee, CA 

Cost: $45

For more information or to register, please call (530) 587-3769 or email wellness@tfhd.com

Ceremony Honors 2019 Nurses of Excellence at Tahoe Forest Health System

2019 Nurses of Excellence Award Recipients

Tahoe Forest Health System announced its 2019 Nurses of Excellence in a special ceremony on Tuesday, May 7. Nurses of Excellence exhibit exceptional qualities in areas of clinical competence, leadership, and commitment to the nursing profession.

In recognition of National Nurses Week, May 6 through 12, each year since 1990, Tahoe Forest Health System gives special thanks to all nurses and honors exceptional nurses with the Nurses of Excellence Award.

Top honors went to the following five nurses who were specially recognized for their exceptional skills and outstanding services, and also for demonstrating the Tahoe Forest values of quality, understanding, excellence, service and teamwork.

Bonnie Zellers, Ambulatory Surgery - Quality

Liz Cooke, Incline Village Community Hospital - Understanding

Camille Beck, MultiSpecialty Clinic, Internal Medicine/Cardiology - Excellence

John Christian, Surgery - Stewardship

Misty Garberson, Medical/Surgical Unit - Teamwork

These nurses were recognized for excellence in their profession, knowledge, teamwork and high quality care for their patients.

“Our mission at Tahoe Forest,” said Harry Weis, Chief Executive Officer, Tahoe Forest Health System, “is to serve our community through excellence and compassion every day. During National Nurses Week, we honor our Nurses of Excellence, but we’re also honoring all nurses for their commitment and service throughout the year.”

“Your dedication to our patients and your fellow staff has not gone unnoticed,”said Karen Baffone, Chief Nursing Officer, Tahoe Forest Health System, as she addressed the assembled group. “Thank you to all of our nurses for all you do—every day!”

The other 2019 Nurses of Excellence Nominees were:

Gabrielle Alberti, Ambulatory Surgery; Juli Anderson, Surgery; Lori Belden, Emergency; Allison Brook, Medical/Surgical Unit; Carol Ann Clark, Emergency; Lindsay Curtis, Intensive Care Unit; Kim Discher, Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center; Morgan Gray, Intensive Care Unit; Sarah Haden, Intensive Care Unit; Lynn Hammill, Medical/Surgical Unit; Chris Hess, MultiSpecialty Clinic, Orthopedics; Casey Meddock, Intensive Care Unit; Christine Teittinen, Intensive Care Unit; Sue Train, Wellness; Jane Warner, Incline Village Community Hospital; Brett Wolf, Intensive Care Unit; Jamie Young, Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center

Nominees were selected by their peers and are considered to be dedicated role models valued by staff and the community they serve. Nurses are highly dedicated with varied interests, strengths and passions, and work in various facilities like emergency rooms, maternity wards and pediatric offices, to name a few. A nurse has many roles—from staff nurse, educator, nurse practitioner, to nurse researcher, striving to serve with passion for their profession and a strong commitment to patient care and safety.

TFHS Celebrates National Nurses Week

Nurses Week

To all of the NURSES in our community...

Thank you!

Our community is healthier because of you.

We appreciate our nurses every day, but Nurses Week is a great opportunity to honor all nurses for the compassionate care they provide to our community. 

PUBLIC NOTICE: Tahoe Forest Hospital District Board of Directors Vacancy

Tahoe Forest Hospital exterior

A vacancy on the Tahoe Forest Hospital District Board of Directors has been created effective May 1, 2019. Pursuant to the Bylaws of the District and applicable to California law, the remaining Directors will appoint a resident of the District to fill the vacant seat at a Board of Directors meeting on or before June 27, 2019. This appointment will be effective through December 2020. If interested, the appointed member would need to run for election in the November 3, 2020 General Election.

Any registered voter who is a resident of the Tahoe Forest Hospital District in Eastern Nevada County or Placer County interested in being considered for such an appointment may write a Letter of Interest and Qualifcations. Completed letters should be mailed to the Tahoe Forest Hospital District Administration Office, P.O. Box 759, Truckee, CA 96160, Attn: Martina Rochefort, Clerk of the Board, e-mailed to mrochefort@tfhd.com, or hand-delivered to the District’s Administration Office, 10977 Spring Lane, Truckee, CA.

For more information, please contact the Tahoe Forest Health System Administration office at (530) 582-3481.

This documentation must be received no later than Tuesday, May 28, 2019.

Tahoe Forest Health System Wins 2019 Greater Reno-Tahoe Best Places to Work Award

1st Place Best Places to Work Badge

Tahoe Forest Health System is proud to be recognized as the 2019 winner of the Greater Reno-Tahoe Best Places to Work award in the Extra-Large Business category. The recognition took place at the 12th Annual Greater Reno-Tahoe Best Places to Work Celebration, presented by the Northern Nevada Human Resources Association, held on Thursday, April 25, 2019, at the Silver Legacy Resort in Reno.

“We are so honored to have won this award and were up against some very respected companies including Carson Tahoe Health, Patagonia and Charles River Laboratories,” says Alex MacLennan, Chief Human Resources Officer of Tahoe Forest Health System. Tahoe Forest Health System was one of four finalists in the Extra-Large Business Category. “Simply being a finalist was honorable, but we are so proud that our organization won this great award,” MacLennan added, who was present at the Celebration.

Best Places to Work is a contest that honors superior organizations where voices are heard, cultures are thriving and employees are engaged. It gives businesses the opportunity to learn the perception of employees about the workplace, and provides them with valuable information that can be used to improve day-to-day operations and workplace environment.

Winners are determined entirely on the basis of employees’ responses to the Employee Engagement Survey that measures key areas that make up an organization’s culture. These range from compensation and benefits to trust in leadership and employee engagement.

Tahoe Forest Health System is committed to being a value-based organization, guided in conduct by its 5 core values of quality, understanding, excellence, stewardship and teamwork. The organization is united by the importance of their work, serving the immediate and long-term health needs of their community with excellence and compassion. While united by this mission, team members are also united by their sense of community among each other, acknowledging and demonstrating teamwork and support as colleagues, as friends and as a family.

Tahoe Forest Health System provides an array of services reaching the communities of Truckee, North Lake Tahoe, Donner Summit, the Sierra Valley in California and Incline Village in Nevada.

  
Team members of Tahoe Forest Health System attend the 12th Annual Greater Reno-Tahoe Best Places to Work Celebration
Front Row: Alex MacLennan, Katie Malone
Back Row: Allie Rohe, Quinton Buchanan, Stephen Hicks, Lauren Caprio, Jan Iida, Andie Ray
(Photo courtesy of Northern Nevada Human Resources Association)


Alex MacLennan, Chief Human Resources Officer, Tahoe Forest Health System, accepts first place award for Best Places to Work 2019, Extra-Large Business category, on behalf of organization
(Photo courtesy of Northern Nevada Human Resources Association)

Tahoe Forest Health System Expands Services with the Addition of Tahoe Forest Endocrinology

Endocrinology Service Banner

Tahoe Forest Health System is proud to announce the addition of their new Endocrinology services, led by Dr. Alison Semrad.

Treating patients with wide variety of hormone and metabolic disorders, Dr. Semrad specializes in the diagnosis and management of conditions that affect the glands and hormones, restoring balance within the body’s systems.

The services of Tahoe Forest Endocrinology include the comprehensive evaluation and treatment of conditions such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid and parathyroid disease
  • Adrenal disorders
  • Calcium disorders, osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease
  • Lipid disorders
  • Pituitary disease
     

Dr. Alison Semrad attended medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. She completed her internal medicine residency, endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism fellowship and thyroid fellowship at the University of California, Davis Medical Center. Dr. Semrad is certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties.

Tahoe Forest Endocrinology is located at 10956 Donner Pass Road, Suite 260, Truckee. New patients are accepted. For appointments, please call (530) 582-6400 or (530) 582-6205.

Rethink Healthy Free Community Health Talk: Got Pain? Orthopedic Updates for Shoulders & Knees

doc evaluating patient's knee

Updates in Shoulder and Knee Orthopedic Management

Thursday, May 30
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Tahoe Forest Center for Health 
10710 Donner Pass Road Truckee, CA 96161

Come learn from the professionals, topics that apply to all ages:

  • Overview of latest surgical management procedures for shoulder and knee injuries
  • Surgical vs. non-surgical management
  • Latest injury prevention strategies for shoulder and knee injuries
  • Top 5 exercises you should do every day
  • Plus, injury prevention management for youth athletes

Jonathan T. Hagen, MD
Dr. Hagen completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, OK. He completed a fellowship in orthopedic sports medicine at Barton Lake Tahoe Sports Medicine Orthopaedic Program in July 2018. Dr. Hagen worked with the US Ski Team in 2017.

Ryan Solberg, MSPT, C.PED, OCS, Regional Director of Therapy Operations
As an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS), Ryan is well-versed in all disciplines of physical therapy and sports-related rehab. He has worked with numerous professional athletes, and enjoys working with any client who is looking to return to an active lifestyle.

Anna Aldridge, MS, ATC, LAT, NSCA-CPT
Anna obtained her Masters of Science at the University of Iowa where she was an Athletic Trainer for collegiate teams. She now serves as the Athletic Trainer for the local high school athletes, aiding in: educating, preventing and treating their injuries.

For more information or to register, please call (530) 587-3769 or email wellness@tfhd.com

MAY SPECIAL: Introductory Pilates Reformer Session

women on pilates reformer

25% OFF Introductory Pilates Reformer Individual Session in May

Experience Pilates on the Reformer and focus on working from the body’s core- the abdomen, back, hips and buttocks. With precise movement patterns and an emphasis on breath, you can improve your strength, posture, agility and flexibility.

Individual Reformer
60-minute Session: $75

25% OFF PROMO: 
$56.25

*Promo applies to one session only; valid only in May 2019

Tahoe Forest Center for Health
10710 Donner Pass Road Truckee, CA

For more information or to schedule, please call (530) 587-3769 or email wellness@tfhd.com

Volunteer Appreciation Week

honoring our volunteers

A Special Thank You to our valued volunteers at Incline Village Community Hospital and Tahoe Forest Hospital for offering your time, skills and commitment to support our patients, employees and our many community programs.

Your help makes a positive difference in the lives of so many people!

  • Best of Tahoe Chefs Volunteers
  • IVCH and TFH Foundation Board Members
  • Incline Village and Truckee Hospice Gift and Thrift Stores
  • Hospice and Home Health Volunteers
  • North Lake Tahoe Community Health Care Auxiliary
  • Pastoral Care Program
  • Pet Therapy Program (with Humane Society of Truckee Tahoe)
  • Tahoe Forest Hospital Volunteer Services
     

If you are interested in joining our remarkable group of volunteers, call (530) 582-3593.

Boot Camp

woman doing pushups

Kick it up a notch! Get ready for summer with this 6-week results driven fitness and weight loss program. Boot Camp is designed to help you reach your goals in a safe and supportive atmosphere. 

Program includes: 

  • Pre- and post-fitness testing and biometric screening
  • Two weekly energizing Boot Camp classes led by a certified personal trainer
  • Accountability through nutrition and exercise tracking
  • Support from your coach and fellow Boot Campers
     

6-week session
May 6 - June 17, 2019
Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
(No class on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27th)

Tahoe Forest Center for Health
10710 Donner Pass Road Truckee, CA

Cost: $180 (Gym membership included during 6-week session)

Led by Nancy Brest, Certified Personal Trainer and Pilates Instructor

*Pre-registration required

For more information or to register, please call (530) 587-3769.

April is Alcohol Awareness Month – Ready to Take the Alcohol-Free Weekend Challenge?

hand rejecting alcoholic beverage

During Alcohol-Free Weekend - April 5-7, 2019- Facing Addiction and the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence is asking parents and other adults to abstain from drinking alcoholic beverages for a 72-hour period to demonstrate that alcohol isn’t necessary to have a good time. This national event was developed to raise awareness about the use of alcohol and how it may be affecting individuals, families, business, and our communities.

Whether you decide to take a break from alcohol for a few days, a week, a month, or indefinitely, you will experience both physical and emotional benefits and the opportunity to assess the role that alcohol is playing in your life. People who take a break from alcohol usually swear it makes them feel and look better, so why not give it a try!

Learn the benefits of taking a break from alcohol here. 

Tahoe Forest Health System Welcomes New Physician

Dr. Justin Hunt

Tahoe Forest Health System is pleased to announce that Dr. Justin Hunt has joined their team at Tahoe Forest MultiSpecialty Clinics.

Dr. Hunt specializes in providing preoperative, operative and postoperative care to patients with a broad spectrum of diseases.

Dr. Hunt attended medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine. He completed his surgical residency at Scott and White Texas A&M. Additionally, he completed a colorectal fellowship at St. Francis Hospital. Dr. Hunt is certified by the American Board of Surgery.

Dr. Hunt’s office is located at 10956 Donner Pass Road, Suite 210, Truckee. New patients are accepted. For appointments, please call (530) 587-7698.

Tahoe Forest Health System Welcomes New Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Tahoe Forest Health System is pleased to announce that Meggie Inouye, PNP, MN/MPH, has joined their team at Tahoe Forest Pediatrics.

Ms. Inouye received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Azusa Pacific University. She received her Master of Nursing and Master of Public Health from the University of Washington. Ms. Inouye is Certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Ms. Inouye’s office is located at 10956 Donner Pass Road, Suite 130, Truckee. New patients are accepted. For appointments, please call (530) 587-3523.

Bringing Baby Home

parents and infant

Helping New Parents Transition Into Parenthood

Even the strongest relationships are strained during the transition to parenthood. This workshop offers a chance to spend two days with your partner, away from the stress of everyday life, to intentionally work on skills to strengthen your relationship.

In a relaxed, supportive environment, learn how to:

  • Keep your relationship a priority
  • Transform fights into connection
  • Become a strong parenting team
  • Set up your family for healthy bonding, long after birth
     

The BBH program is perfect for those who are:

  • Interested in having a baby or expecting a baby
  • Already parenting an infant or toddler (age 0-3)
  • Seeking to strengthen and maintain a healthy relationship
     

June 8th and 15th (2-Class Series)
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Tahoe Forest Children's Center
10121 Pine Ave, Truckee, CA
(Southwest corner of hospital property, on corner of Pine Ave and Spring Ln)

Cost : $199 per couple
Childcare: $30 per child per day - request space in advance

 

For more information or to register, please call (530) 587-3769 or email wellness@tfhd.com

Protect Preteens, Vaccinate Them!

preteens at school sitting on stairs

Preventing diseases that can spread in our communities is the foundation of public health. This week, Tahoe Forest Health System is joining with the California Department of Public Health in recognizing March 3-9 as “Preteen Vaccine Week,” focusing on protecting kids, ages 11 and 12, against dangerous vaccine-preventable diseases.

Vaccines are our best bet when it comes to giving our children safe and effective protection from infectious diseases.

“Immunizations have saved more lives and more healthcare expenses in the last century than any other scientific discovery. Sadly, many forget and become complacent. The volume of unsubstantiated theories seen on the internet have confused many parents and resulted in excessive unvaccinated children as well as a serious public health issue. All vaccines currently offered are evidence based and much safer than the alternative (including the cancer preventing HPV),” said Dr. Chris Arth, Pediatrician with Tahoe Forest Health System’s MultiSpecialty Clinics.

Preteens need vaccines against whooping cough (Tdap), HPV to prevent cancer, and meningitis (MenACWY) when they are 11-12 years old. Incoming 7th graders must also provide proof of having received the whooping cough booster and, now beginning in the upcoming school year, two doses of chickenpox vaccine before starting school. Additional meningitis vaccines are recommended when teens are 16 years old. Flu vaccine is also recommended for everyone 6 months or older, not just preteens and teens.

Dr. Arth reminds parents, “if you haven’t done so already, now is the time to ask your doctor about the vaccines recommended for your child at their preteen visit, plus a flu vaccination every year.”

Under the Affordable Care Act, most health plans are required to cover CDC-recommended vaccines at all ages without charging a deductible or copayment. Any child without coverage should be able to get vaccinations without a financial burden. Parents can contact their health care provider or local health department for information about the Vaccines for Children Program (VFC), which provides free vaccines to eligible kids.

For more information, please visit www.ShotsForSchool.org or www.GetImmunizedCA.org.

To schedule a vaccination appointment for your child or preteen, call (530) 587-3523.

Additional resources:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Preteen and Teen Immunization Resources: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/partners/teens/index.html 
Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP): https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/acip/index.html

Cooking Matters

bowls of vegetables

CLASS INCLUDES:

  • How to easily prepare and shop for delicious and nutritious foods on a budget
  • Free recipes and meal plans that you can use at home
  • How to stretch your ingredients and food dollars
  • Hands-on food preparation and sampling
     

INSTRUCTORS: Lisa Fligor, MS, RD, and Reyna Sanchez

* Class is offered in English and Spanish

WHEN: Tuesdays, April 16 - May 21, 2019
             2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

WHERE: Community House
               265 Bear Street
               Kings Beach, CA 96143

For those who participate in the series, the last class is a grocery store tour & everyone receives a $10 gift certificate to use at Save Mart to practice the tips you have learned!

For more information or to register, please call (530) 587-3769 or email wellness@tfhd.com.

This program is supported by the Wellness Neighborhood and offered at no cost.

Leader Training for the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program

Become a trained leader for the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, developed by Stanford University School of Medicine. The interactive curriculum includes topics such as: fatigue and pain, physical activity, medication usage, effective communication and nutrition.

Preferred Leader Qualifications:
• Ability to connect with people
• Sense of humor
• Excellent communication skills, including listening and hearing others 
• Ability to speak in front of people
• Fluent in Spanish (for Spanish language workshops only)

Potential leaders must attend 4 days of training to be certified.

LEADER TRAINING DATES:
Thursday, April 4
Friday, April 5
Saturday, April 6
Sunday, April 7

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tahoe Forest Hospital
Eskridge Conference Room
10121 Pine Ave., Truckee, CA 

COST: Program is FREE to leaders who will provide workshops in the Tahoe Forest Hospital service area. For leaders working in other areas, the cost is $250.

For more information or to register, please call (530) 550-6732 or email msanchezcorrea@tfhd.com 

 

 

Get Screened During March, National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

couple gardening

Did you know that colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States? Early diagnosis is key to a beneficial outcome—so be proactive and begin regular screening from age 50 through age 75. The best test is the one that gets done. So, if you’re turning 50, happy 50th birthday to you and the other 12,500 Americans who turn 50 every day. Gift yourself a visit to your gastroenterologist to discuss your colonoscopy.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends the following testing options: a simple take home test (fecal occult blood test) every year, a sigmoidoscopy every five years, or a colonoscopy every 10 years. Talk to your doctor about which option is best for you.

During a colonoscopy, precancerous growths can be removed, and, according to the New England Journal of Medicine, cutting the risk of dying from colon cancer by 50 percent. Screening recommendations may vary based on family history and other conditions.

KICK FEAR TO THE CURB
A colonoscopy can be associated with anxiety for many people. But once you familiarize yourself with the procedure, you may feel relieved to discover the process is quick and efficient. You can search WebMD for great video footage of an actual colonoscopy. For most people, the fear of preparing for the colonoscopy is worse than the fear of the procedure itself. The prep day consists of one full day of clear liquids, no solid food, and a strong laxative that keeps you close to home.

With planning, though, you can get enough calories and protein to enjoy a high-functioning day. Your brain will be alert and you will even have enough energy for a moderate workout. Support your blood sugar levels by drinking enough calories, with a bit of protein, every two hours. Choose clear liquids without any red or purple dyes. You can increase the amount you drink based on what you need for brain function and exercise.

Consume two to four of these “meals”

  • 1 cup prepared lime, lemon, or orange Jell-O
  • 8 oz. Gatorade Recovery Beverage Post Game Drink (kiwi strawberry), or similar protein water drink
  • 2 cups chicken, beef, or vegetable broth
  • Every two hours, sip on 8-16 ounces of regular or Recovery Gatorade, apple juice or white grape juice.
  • Drink water, tea, black coffee, clear carbonated beverages, and have popsicles (no red or purple) as desired.
     

If you eat a total of one box of prepared Jell-O, 32 oz. broth, 32 oz. Gatorade, 2 -16.9 oz. bottles of Gatorade Recovery and 16 oz. apple juice, you will have consumed 1,540 calories plus 52 grams of protein. That’s enough to keep you fueled and feeling good.

Take action! Get screened for colorectal cancer. Call your doctor today!

The Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation Hosts the 20th Annual Best of Tahoe Chefs

The Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation proudly presents the 20th Anniversary of the Best of Tahoe Chefs, a fundraiser to support cancer patients and their caregivers at the Cancer Center. This event will be held at the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, on Sunday, June 2, 2019, starting at 4:30 pm. Tickets and sponsorships are now available for purchase.

The 20th Anniversary of Best of Tahoe Chefs will bring together the region’s most popular and talented chefs who will donate their time and talent in planning and preparing an extraordinary menu, creating a unique culinary experience for guests. Tickets are $200 per person, and proceeds will help fund programs and services for cancer patients and their families.

For tickets and more information, including how to donate or volunteer, go to www.bestoftahoechefs.org.

Tahoe Forest Health System's Chief Information and Innovation Officer, Jake Dorst, Recognized by Becker's Hospital Review

Jake Dorst head shot

Becker's Hospital Review recently published its 2019 edition of the “100 hospital and health system CIOs to know” list. It features some of the most impressive health IT leaders from around the country dedicated to advancements and innovation in the industry. Tahoe Forest Health System’s Chief Information and Innovation Officer, Jake Dorst, has been honored with this recognition. Mr. Dorst led the health system’s successful effort to move to a single, unified electronic patient record to provide better-coordinated care for our community. Most recently, Mr. Dorst led the modernization of the health system’s patient care infrastructure through the implementation of the Aruba Mobile-First Network. With patient care and experience being a top priority for the health system, the new implementation improves network performance between its two critical access hospitals and six specialty clinics, simplifies IT management and saves the health system between $750,000 and $1 million in operational costs over the course of 5 years. The Becker’s list is comprised of CIOs who are leading their organizations through healthcare's technology revolution, overseeing electronic health records installations, cybersecurity, new patient portals and telemedicine advancements. These leaders have also received various awards and maintain involvement in organizations such as the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives. The Becker's Hospital Review editorial team selected leaders for this list based on editorial research and discretion, including prominent CIOs and those who head up IT for some of the nation's largest and most respected hospitals and health systems. Nominations were also considered.

Prescription Drug Take-back Day, 4/27/2019

bottles of prescription drugs

Free medication Take-back day. Drop off unneeded or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications safely, effectively, and anonymously, at this event. 

Please put pills into a zip-lock bag and dispose of empty pill bottles in trash or recycling. Keep liquid medications in the original bottle and black out confidential information and put in zip-lock bag. Sharps are accepted at Tahoe City location but not Truckee location. 

Help protect our water supply by not flushing medications. Help protect our community as some may be abusing drugs taken from the medicine cabinets of family and friends. 

If you can’t make this event, please utilize permanent Rx Drug Bins located at the Truckee Police Department and Placer County Sheriff Office –Tahoe Station, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm or Washoe County Sheriff Office-Incline Station, Monday- Thursday 8am-1pm, 2pm-5pm. 

A collaborative effort of the TT-FWDD Coalition, Placer & Nevada County Health and Human Services, Truckee Police Department, Placer County Sheriff Office, Tahoe Forest Health System, water quality, waste management, Town of Truckee, and the DEA. 

April 27, 2019, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm 

Truckee - Gateway Shopping Center (in the parking lot in front of Safeway)  
11290 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA 96161

The Inner Game: Training Your Mind Matters - FREE Rethink Healthy Community Health Talk

man holding basketball

Performance Is...
"the action or process of carrying out or accomplishing any given task or function." Such as, your sport, your job, the stage, the orchestra, your injury recovery, your schooling or other life skills.

Come and Learn:

  • What IS mental skills training
  • Why it matters for YOUR performance
  • A tangible application to start training your inner game
     

Thursday, April 18, 2019
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Tahoe Forest Center for Health
10710 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA 96161

Elisa Chapman, MA Sports Psychology/MBA, Certified Mental Performance Consultant® (CMPC)
As a mental performance consultant, I coach people in the effective use of their minds in direct relation to the demands of their performance.

For more information or to register, please call (530) 587-3769 or email wellness@tfhd.com.   

* Free Community Health Talk supported by the Wellness Neighborhood

Living Well

basket of colorful vegetables

An evidence-based program developed by Stanford University School of Medicine

Join us for 6 weekly classes and learn:

  • How to deal with frustration, fatigue, isolation, and poor sleep
  • Exercises for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance
  • Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals
  • Appropriate use of medications
  • Anti-inflammatory nutrition
  • Decision making strategies
  • How to evaluate new treatment options
  • Setting health goals...and sticking with them
     

Program is for adults with any chronic condition, such as:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Liver disease
  • Asthma
  • COPD
  • Obesity
     

WHEN:
Tuesdays, April 16 - May 28, 2019
*April 16th is pre-series introduction

9:00 am - 11:30 am

WHERE:
Incline Village Hospital Community Room
880 Alder Ave, Incline Village, NV

For more information or to register, please call (530) 587-3769 or email wellness@tfhd.com

* This program is supported by the Wellness Neighborhood and offered at no cost

Postpartum Training

mom exercising on floor mat with baby

Reclaim your new mom body! Learn about Diastasis Recti and whether or not you have it. Revitalize core strength and function through safe and effective exercises. Meet other new moms and bring your baby to class!

Instruction in a small group format.

Facilitate by Certified Personal Trainer, Lynette Talbott, PTA, CPT

WHEN:
First Monday of the month
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

*Due to the Labor Day holiday on Monday, Sept 2, 2019, the Postpartum Training class (for September) has been rescheduled to Monday, Sept 9, 2019. 

WHERE: 
Tahoe Forest Center for Health
10710 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee, CA 

$18; pre-registration required

For more information or to register, please call (530) 587-3769 or email wellness@tfhd.com

Eat Real: Navigating Food Marketing Hype - Free Rethink Healthy Community Talk

woman in grocery store

Are you uncertain about the meaning of marketing claims on food packaging -  which terms carry meaning and which are just hype? Feeling confused every time you step foot in the yogurt, eggs or other food aisles at the grocery store? This talk is for you!

Dietitians will help you:

  • Decipher which food claims are most important for YOUR life
  • Confidently shop with purpose
  • Understand terms such as "Fair trade," "Non-GMO", "All Natural", "BPA-Free" and so many more!

Bring your questionable labels for personalized guidance!

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Tahoe Forest Center for Health
10710 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA 96161

Dana Dose, RDN, LD, CDE & Lisa Fligor, MS, RDN
Dana & Lisa have a passion for nutrition and helping clients work through healthy behavior change. They see clients of all ages for nearly all health topics.

For more information or to register, please call (530) 587-3769 or email wellness@tfhd.com.

Incline Village Community Hospital Welcomes New Physician, Jonathan T. Hagen, MD, Fellowship-Trained Orthopedic Surgeon

Incline Village Community Hospital is pleased to announce that Jonathan T. Hagen, MD, has joined their team.

Dr. Hagen specializes in providing exceptional orthopedic care for sports-related injuries and conditions, including joint replacement, knees, orthopedic trauma, pediatric orthopedics, shoulder surgery and hip replacements.

Dr. Hagen is fellowship trained and attended medical school at Texas A&M Health Science Center. He completed his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and his fellowship at Barton Lake Tahoe Sports Medicine.

Dr. Hagen’s office in Incline Village is located at 880 Alder Avenue, 2ndFloor. New patients are accepted. For appointments, please call (775) 831-6200.

Birthing With Confidence - Prenatal Education - Truckee

couple's hands together on her pregnant belly

An evidence-based prenatal education program 

Learn what to expect during pregnancy, labor, delivery and postpartum including, breastfeeding and newborn behavior. You and your coach will learn options, tools and coping techniques to guide you through your birth journey.

All classes include: 

  • Relaxation techniques, breathing patterns, birth  movies, tour of the OB unit
  • Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorder (PMAD) information
  • Period of Purple Crying resources
  • Newborn and infant care and safety
  • Infant CPR (AHA Family & Friends)
  • DVDs, book, new parent kit, CPR manual

Instructor: Mary Hoffman, RN, LCCE, ASPO/Lamaze Prenatal Educator, AHA Infant and Child CPR Instructor, Breastfeeding Specialist

TFH Guest Speakers: Pediatrician, Lactation Consultant, Licensed Acupuncturist LAc, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction expert 

2019 Prenatal Class Schedule
Two class options: Six 2-hour Wednesday evening classes OR two 6-hour weekend classes

Wednesday Series (5:30 pm - 7:30 pm)     

January - February
1/2 - 2/6

February - April
2/27 - 4/3

May - June
5/1 - 6/5

August - September
8/21 - 9/25 

October - November
10/16 - 11/20
 

Weekend Series (9:00 am - 4:00 pm with 1 hour lunch break)

January 12 & 13

February 9 & 10 

March 30 & 31

April 27 & 28

June 22 & 23

August 17 & 18

October 12 & 13

November 16 & 17

Tahoe Forest Center for Health
10710 Donner Pass Road, Truckee

Fee: $160 per couple, $80 single (support person encouraged) 

For more information or to register, please call (530) 587-3769 or email wellness@tfhd.com.

Classes also available in Incline Village

A Mindful Morning Retreat

female meditating on cliff on mountain range

This workshop is based on the principles of the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program pioneered by Jon Kabot Zinn in 1979. 

Participants will gain insight to general patterns of stress reactivity and cultivate ways to respond more skillfully to stressful situations and therefore reduce the negative impact of stress on their health.  The day will start with a viewing of "The Connection" and be followed by mindfulness practice.

In this workshop attendees will learn how to:

  • Enhance qualities of self-compassion, stress resilience and awareness
  • Practice mindful meditation, eating, and movement
  • Apply mindfulness strategies to everyday life situations
  • Experience interpersonal mindfulness and mindful listening

Taught by UMass-trained instructor, Jackie Griffin, RN, BSN

Sessions Available:

Saturday, April 13, 2019, 9 am - 12 pm

Saturday, June 15, 2019, 9 am - 12 pm 

Open to all levels of experience and abilities
Cost: $25

For more information or to register, please call (530) 587-3769 or email wellness@tfhd.com.

 

Mental Performance Training

female working out on smith machine

Every performance endeavor is affected by our mindsets. 

Mental Training helps tame the noise of distraction, focus on the task at hand and achieve results. One-on-one mental performance training tailors the use of the following foundational skills to the specific personality, strengths and goals of any individual and/or groups:

  • Monitoring and Controlling Anxiety and Energy Levels
  • Motivation
  • Goal Setting
  • How We Talk to Ourselves/What We Think About
  • Confidence
  • Imagery/Visualization
  • Focus and Attention
  • Breathing and Centering
  • Pre and Post Performance Routines
  • Mindfulness

Initial Session: $85  

25% Off Promo: $63.75

Tahoe Forest Center for Health
10710 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA 96161

Elisa Chapman, MA Sports Psychology, MBA, Certified Mental Performance Consultant® (CMPC)
Elisa works with people of all ages to enhance their mental processes: reducing distraction and stress, focusing on the right thing at the right time, and engaging in deliberate actions to best execute their performance goals.  Those performance goals can be related to sport, the performing arts, rehabilitation/injury recovery, life transitions, professional vocation, school, or other stages that life puts on us.

For more information or to register, please call (530) 587-3769 or email wellness@tfhd.com

 

Pritikin ICR (Intensive Cardiac Rehab) Partners with Tahoe Forest Health System to Bring Advanced Cardiac Treatment to Patients

mother and daughter forming heart with hands

Tahoe Forest Health System (TFHS) has expanded its “Heart to Heart” cardiac rehabilitation service with the addition of a new Pritikin Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation (ICR) program. Tahoe Forest Health System is the first Pritikin ICR location in California.

Pritikin ICR is a Medicare-approved, comprehensive lifestyle change program that teaches patients how to maximize recovery from a cardiovascular disease-related event including heart attack, coronary bypass surgery, congestive heart failure, angioplasty, stable angina, heart valve repair/replacement or heart/lung transplants.

The Pritikin ICR program has been taught at the Pritikin Longevity Center, a health and wellness facility in Miami, Florida for four decades. It is licensed in nearly 50 hospital facilities nationwide and rapidly growing.

“We are very pleased to partner with the Pritikin ICR program to benefit our local community” said Harry Weis, Chief Executive Officer, Tahoe Forest Health System. “Pritikin ICR teaches patients practical skills for achieving a healthy lifestyle long after they have graduated from the program, and we’re proud to be the first location in California to offer this valuable service” he added.

Facilities that offer the Pritikin ICR program enjoy significantly greater benefits over regular cardiac rehabilitation. In addition to a focus on heart-healthy exercise, Pritikin ICR teaches patients about nutrition, healthy eating, lifestyle and a healthy mindset. The objective of the Pritikin ICR program is to educate patients and provide them with tools needed to be successful upon completion, such as cooking classes, label reading guidelines, stress management techniques and exercise training.

The Pritikin ICR program offers the opportunity to have improved health outcomes and reduced readmission after a cardiac event. The Pritikin ICR program consists of 72 sessions, providing patients with substantially more education in healthy living than they receive in ordinary cardiac rehab, which is typically 36 sessions primarily focused on exercise. The Pritikin ICR program incorporates 36 exercise sessions with an additional 36 sessions of education.

For more information about wellness programs at Tahoe Forest Health System, go to www.tfhd.com.

Heart Healthy Grocery Store Tours

couple in grocery store

Learn from the Professionals On-Site!

Roam the aisles with a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Learn the latest heart health nutrition tips and get your questions answered.

First hour: Drop-in for quick tips and advice

Second hour: Full-length 1 hour tour. Learn how to fill your basket with heart healthy (and budget friendly) items. Advance sign up, or drop-in. 

Also available: FREE blood pressure checks, learn about local health and wellness resources and more. Find the booth at the front of the store nearest you to get a jump start on heart health for the year, and for life!

Raley's, Incline Village
February 8
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Save Mart, Tahoe City
February 11
11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Save Mart, Truckee
February 26
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

This program is supported by the Wellness Neighborhood and offered at no cost.

For more information or to register, please call (530) 587-3769 or email wellness@tfhd.com

Prevent T2 Lifestyle Change Program

smiling couple sitting together

One out of three American adults has prediabetes. If you have prediabetes, you can make changes now to improve your health and prevent type 2 diabetes.

The PreventT2 lifestyle change program can help you lose weight, become more physically active, and reduce stress.

With PreventT2, you get:

  • A proven program to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes
  • A CDC-approved curriculum and trained lifestyle coach
  • A year-long program with weekly meetings for the first 6 months, then once or twice a month for the second 6 months
  • Support from others like you as you learn new skills

Join the PreventT2 program—so you can keep doing the things you love.

April 2019
Intro session: April 23, 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
First class: April 30, 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm

Tahoe Forest Center for Health
10710 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee

For more information, or to register, (530) 587-3769 or wellness@tfhd.com.

Infant and Child CPR Classes Offered

infant and child

American Heart Association Family and Friends CPR Class*

Be prepared for life-threatening emergencies.

This CPR class is appropriate for caregivers of infants and children. Grandparents, siblings, nannies, babysitters, and anyone else wanting to learn how to help save a life!

In this class, you will learn:

  • How to recognize when an infant or child needs rescue breathing
  • How to perform CPR on infants and children
  • How to care for an infant or child who is choking
  • How to use an AED (automatic external defibrillator)
     

You will watch a CPR movie and practice on infant and child manikins. A CPR manual will be provided.

Instructor: Mary Hoffmann, RN, LCCE, AHA Infant and Child CPR Instructor

You can help save a life!

2019 Class Schedule (Classes in Truckee and Incline Village)

Tahoe Forest Center for Health
10710 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee

Fridays, 6 pm - 8 pm      
February 15
April 19
June 7
October 4

Incline Village Community Hospital
880 Alder Ave, Incline Village

Fridays, 6 pm - 8 pm
March 15
May 31
August 23
November 8

$25 per person, $30 per couple

For more information or to register,  (530) 587-3769 or wellness@tfhd.com.

*Family and Friends CPR is an orientation to CPR and is not a certifying or credentialing course. If you need certification in CPR and AED, call (877) AHA-4CPR.

Tahoe Forest Health System Implements New Financial Customer Service Program Aimed to Improve Navigation of the Financial Aspect of Patient Care

Smiling woman behind desk

Tahoe Forest Health System (TFHS) is pleased to announce that it has implemented a Financial Customer Service Program to assist patients in the navigation of financial matters involving their care. The Program consists of a team of trained professionals who can assist a patient with any questions or concerns related to billing, insurance and payment options.

Tahoe Forest Health System continually aims to improve all aspects of care to our patients. With the growth of its clinical services, TFHS has recognized the need to create a centralized resource for patients who seek to have a financial matter resolved. A financial customer service representative is the patient’s starting point for a financial inquiry and is committed to getting the patient on the path toward a resolution.

The financial customer service representatives are available to:

  •  Explain charges and answer questions about their bill
  •  Accept payments or set up payment plans
  •  Add or remove coverages
  •  Explain insurance benefits
  •  Research refunds, create itemized statements, resolve disputes
  •  Provide cost estimates for a medical procedure or office visit
  •  Screen for financial assistance
  •  Answer questions about MyChart
  •  Update patient information
  •  Complete Release of Information forms

The financial customer service representatives are available Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 6:30 pm, and Saturday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. They can be reached by phone at (530) 582-3598 or in person at Tahoe Forest Hospital on 10121 Pine Avenue in Truckee, or at the Customer Service Office on 10875 Pioneer Trail in Truckee. Walk-ins are welcome.

For more information about the Financial Customer Service Program, visit: tfhd.com/financial-customer-service.

Tahoe Forest Hospital Welcomes the First Baby of 2019

TFH First baby of 2019 with parents and gift basket

Tahoe Forest Hospital (TFH) announced the arrival of the first baby of the new year born on Wednesday, January 2, 2019, at 11:41 p.m. The first baby was delivered by OB-GYN Steven Thompson, MD.

Baby boy Lincoln Remington weighed in at 7 pounds, 4.9 ounces, and measured 19 inches long. He is the third child of proud parents Amber Elsworth and Johnny Remington, who reside in Portola, CA.

Baby Lincoln joins siblings Zayden, 6, and Braxton, 2. Oldest sibling Zayden paid a visit to mom and dad during the hospital stay and was excited to meet his new baby brother. “He was so happy and just wanted to hold him,” said Elsworth.

Tahoe Forest Hospital’s Joseph Family Center for Women and Newborn Care is a state-of-the-art facility designed with the needs, safety and comfort of new moms and families in mind. The facility features private birthing suites, each with a Jacuzzi™ tub and private post-partum suites.

Tahoe Forest Hospital has been nationally certified as a Baby Friendly hospital since 2010. The Baby Friendly certification recognizes hospitals that have made a dedicated commitment to help mothers with breast feeding, including training and educational programs for hospital staff and parents.

Tahoe Forest Hospital is also a Safe Haven Baby Drop-Off location, which allows mothers to surrender their newborns without any questions asked. Babies are given medical attention if needed, and confidentiality for the mother is assured.

In honor of the first baby of the year, the family was presented with a gift basket donated by the Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation. The gift basket included baby items from The Gift Tree gift shop, located inside the main lobby at Tahoe Forest Hospital located in Truckee, CA.
 

Tahoe Forest Primary Care Clinic Now Offering Walk-in and Same-Day Appointments, Seven Days a Week

Primary Care Clinic map

Tahoe Forest Health System is pleased to announce that its Primary Care Clinic now offers walk-in and same-day appointments, seven days a week. Our physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants are available to treat patients with a minor illness or injury, including:

* Cold, flu and other infections
* Sore throats and coughs
* Pulled muscles, sprains and strains
* Cuts, wounds and burns
* Skin rashes and allergic reactions
* Vaccinations and more…

The Tahoe Forest Primary Care Clinic accepts most insurance plans and is open every day, including most holidays.

The walk-in clinic is located on 10978 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA, 96161. To schedule a same-day appointment, call (530) 582-1212.

Tahoe Forest Hospital Receives the 2019 Women’s Choice Award® as One of America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics

2019 Women's Choice Award America's Best Hospitals for Obstetrics designation seal

Tahoe Forest Hospital has been named as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics by the Women’s Choice Award®, America’s trusted referral source for the best healthcare. The award signifies that Tahoe Forest Hospital is in the top 17% of 2,778 U.S. hospitals offering obstetrics. This is the fifth time Tahoe Forest Hospital has been awarded the Women’s Choice Award for America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics.

“Our great medical and hospital staff at the Joseph Family Center for Women and Newborn Care strive to deliver excellent care every day—and to take exceptional care of the moms, babies and families in our community,” said Harry Weis, Chief Executive Officer, Tahoe Forest Health System. “They truly care about their patients, and this award is a great recognition of their skill, compassion and effectiveness.”

The methodology for the America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics is unique in that it combines national accreditations, Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey results and hospital outcome scores with primary research about women’s healthcare preferences. It is the only award recognizing excellence in obstetric services based on robust criteria that consider patient satisfaction and clinical excellence.

The America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics distinction is based on the following specific criteria:

  • The percentage of patients reporting through the HCAHPS survey that they would definitely recommend the hospital
  • Patient safety ranking based on 11 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ measures of infection and complication rates
  • Low rates of early elective deliveries (between 0-1%)
  • Baby-Friendly USA designation, a World Health Organization (WHO)/United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) initiative to support best practices for breast feeding education and counseling
  • Level III and Level IV neonatal intensive care designations to provide comprehensive care for the most complex and critically ill newborns.

Tahoe Forest Hospital is one of 462 award recipients representing the hospitals that have met the highest standards for obstetrics across the U.S.

Tahoe Forest Hospital’s Joseph Family Center for Women and Newborn Care is a state-of-the-art facility designed with the needs, safety and comfort of new moms and families in mind. The facility includes private birthing suites, each featuring a Jacuzzi™ tub, and private postpartum suites. Telemetry monitors ensure baby’s safety while allowing laboring mothers to walk about, use a birthing ball, shower, or relax in the Jacuzzi™. To allow for skin-to-skin contact immediately after birth, radiant heaters on the ceiling keep mom and baby warm and comfortable. The four postpartum rooms allow moms to be close to their babies for their entire stay after the baby is born.

The Joseph Family Center for Women and Newborn Care provides comprehensive obstetrical and gynecological care with a family-centered focus and individualized support services and has been nationally certified Baby-Friendly since 2010. This certification recognizes hospitals that have made a dedicated commitment to help mothers with breastfeeding, providing the tools and support for moms to be successful with breastfeeding, including training and educational programs for both staff and parents. They also offer a nurturing environment that supports mother and infant bonding immediately after delivery.

For more information on the America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics, visit: https://www.womenschoiceaward.com/awarded/healthcare/

Breastfeeding 101

baby breastfeeding

Informing all pregnant moms about the benefits of breastfeeding

Class includes:

  • Tour of Labor & Delivery department
  • Physical assessment of breasts, if requested (private consult room available)
  • Latch and positioning education
  • Importance of breastfeeding
  • Education on Baby Friendly practices at Tahoe Forest Hospital
  • Opportunity to connect with other pregnant moms before delivery

Taught by an IBCLC Lactation Consultant

WHEN:
First Tuesday of every month
6:00 - 7:00 pm

WHERE:
Labor & Delivery Conference Room
Tahoe Forest Hospital
10121 Pine Ave, Truckee, CA 96161

For more information or to register (encouraged, but not required), call (530) 582-3247 or email lactation@tfhd.com

Nutrition for a Healthy Pregnancy

Feed your body and baby for optimal health!

Learn how to meet all nutrition needs for you and your baby. Time is allowed for in-depth discussions on individual needs and concerns.

Topics include:

  • Managing pregnancy symptoms (ie: nausea, constipation)
  • Healthy and delicious foods to meet increased nutrient needs (ie: Calcium, Vitamin D, iron, folate, Omega-3 fats) during pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Quick and easy recipe ideas
  • Reducing your risk for food-borne illnesses
  • Healthy weight gain

Instructor: Betsy Taylor, RDN, and mother of 2 adult children; 35 years of nutrition practice

WHEN:
First Friday of each month
8:30 am-10:00 am

WHERE:
Tahoe Forest Women's Center
10175 Levon Ave, Truckee

For more information or to register, please call Tahoe Forest Women's Center (530) 587-1041. 

This program is supported by the Wellness Neighborhood and offered at no cost.

Birthing With Confidence - Prenatal Education - Incline Village

prenatal education

An evidence-based prenatal education program

Learn what to expect during pregnancy, labor, delivery and postpartum including, breastfeeding and newborn behavior. You and your coach will learn options, tools and coping techniques to guide you through your birth journey.

All classes include: 

  • Relaxation techniques, breathing patterns, birth  movies, tour of the OB unit
  • Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorder (PMAD) information
  • Period of Purple Crying resources
  • Newborn and infant care and safety
  • Infant CPR (AHA Family & Friends)
  • DVDs, book, new parent kit, CPR manual

Instructor: Mary Hoffman, RN, LCCE, ASPO/Lamaze Prenatal Educator, AHA Infant and Child CPR Instructor, Breastfeeding Specialist

TFH Guest Speakers (at Truckee classes): Pediatrician, Lactation Consultant, Licensed Acupuncturist LAc, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction expert 
* Incline participants may join the Truckee guest speaker sessions

2019 Prenatal Class Schedule 
Two class options: Four 2-hour Thursday evening classes OR two 4-hour weekend classes

Thursday Series (6:00 pm - 8:00 pm)    

March
3/7 - 3/28

May
5/2 - 5/23

September
9/5 - 9/26

November - December
11/14 - 12/12 

Weekend Series (9:00 am - 1:00 pm)

March 2 & 3

May 18 & 19

July 27 & 28

September 28 & 29

Incline Village Community Hospital, Community Room
880 Alder Ave, Incline Village

Fee: $120 per couple, $60 single (support person encouraged) 

For more information or to register, please call (530) 587-3769 or email wellness@tfhd.com.

Classes also available in Truckee

 

Rethink Healthy: Free Community Health Talk - Tips and Tricks for Positive Relationships

Young couple hugging in meadow

If your relationship is healthy, this workshop will give you insight and tools to make it even better. If your relationship is in distress, we can give you a road-map for repair.

You will be provided with a brief overview on how to:

  • Foster respect, affection, and closeness
  • Build and share a deeper connection with each other's inner world
  • Keep conflict discussions calm
  • Break through and manage conflict grid-lock
  • Strengthen and maintain the gains in your relationship

WHEN:
Thursday, January 17, 2019
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

WHERE:
Tahoe Forest Center for Health
10710 Donner Pass Road
Truckee, CA 96161

Stacey Stahl, LCSW
Stacey's work is grounded in over 40 years of research with more than 3000 couples by the Gottman Institute. There is no group work or public disclosure - so you feel comfortable every step of the way. Attend as a couple, or by yourself - either way, you will learn how to become better friends because of the fun you will experience working together to build a stronger bond.

For more information or to register, please call (530) 587-3769 or email wellness@tfhd.com

27th Annual Winter Illness and Injury Symposium

Monday, December 3, 2018, 3-9 pm

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa & Casino
111 Country Club Drive
Incline Village, NV 89451

Join us for an educational and entertaining evening of great speakers and topics, networking with colleagues and friends, perusing the vendor hall and enjoying a great meal.

This annual event, supported by Tahoe Forest Health System, is open to all EMTs, Ski Patrol, Paramedics, Firefighters, Law Enforcement, RNs, PAs, NPs, Physicians, SAR Members and other Mountain and Medical Professionals. 

Includes CEs, Dinner, Vendor Expo, Raffle Prizes and No-Host Bar • $25 per person

3:00 - 4:00 pm     Doors and Exhibitor Hall Open

4:00 - 5:00 pm     But It’s A Powder Day! Returning to Play after a Head Injury 
                                      Avinash Patil, MD, Professor, Emergency Medicine, Stanford University

5:00 - 6:00 pm     The Wrong Side of Harm 
                                       J. Paul LeSage, BA, AS, MIS, Asst. Fire Chief (Ret)/EMT-P, Flight Medic, Clinical Assistant Professor, OHSU School of Medicine, Founding Partner & Analyst, SGCS

6:00 - 6:15 pm     Break, Exhibitor Hall

6:15 - 7:15 pm     Staying Found - Update on Current Rescue Technology
                                      Howard J. Donner, MD

7:15 - 8:00 pm     Dinner Break, Exhibitor Hall

8:00 - 9:00 pm     Lessons Learned on the 10/1 Mass Shooting in Las Vegas
                                      Dale Carrison, DO, MS, MRO, FACEP, FACOEP

Deadline: November 30, 2018

Click here to register

Space is limited. For more information call (530) 582-3543 or email education@TFHD.com.

CE Credits: Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP #1198, for 4 contact hours. This course has been approved for 4 hours of Continuing Education by an approved California EMS CE provider and was instructor-based. California EMS CE Provider #65-0016.

Winter Sports Conditioning

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Increase performance on the slopes! Target power, agility and dynamic stability with functionally directed, explosive and reactive moves paired with cardio-intervals for stamina.

 Wednesdays, Nov 7 - Dec 26, 5:30 pm

$5 drop in fee or $30 for unlimited group exercise classes offered at Tahoe Forest Center for Health your first month

Tahoe Forest Center for Health
10710 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA

For more information, please call (530) 587-3769 or e-mail wellness@tfhd.com

Total Joint Class

total joint class at tahoe forest hospital

TOTAL JOINT CLASS
Hosted by the Tahoe Forest Center for Health

Are you considering Total Joint Replacement Surgery? Join us for Total Joint Class to learn more. 

First Thursday of the Month, 5:00 - 6:30 pm
Third Tuesday of the Month, 2:00 - 3:30 pm

Tahoe Forest Center for Health  
10710 Donner Pass Road, Truckee CA 96161

This free class is designed for individuals scheduled for surgery, as well as anyone who would like to learn more about these procedures. Arthritis affects approximately 40 million Americans and attacks joints and robs people of mobility and independence. The orthopedic surgeons of Tahoe Forest Orthopedics and Sport Medicine use state-of-the-art surgical techniques to ensure excellent results and rapid mobility. 

Pre-registration requested. For more information, or to register, please call (530) 587-3769. To learn more about orthopedic surgery at Tahoe Forest Hospital, go to tfhd.com/orthopedics.

Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center Earns National Accreditation with Commendation from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons

Cancer Center Exterior

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has granted three-year accreditation to the cancer program at the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center. The CoC accreditation provides value through improved patient outcomes across all domains of care including access and service, satisfaction and well-being, quality of care and cancer outcomes.

To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet or exceed the CoC quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process, and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care. Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation is only awarded to a facility that exceeds standard requirements at the time of its triennial survey.

Because it is a CoC-accredited cancer center, the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Centertakes a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer as a complex group of diseases that requires consultation among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, and other cancer specialists. CoC-accredited cancer programs are dedicated to providing the best in patient-centered care.

“We are very proud of our physicians and employees for receiving ACOS accreditation with commendation for the third time” said Harry Weis, Chief Executive Officer for Tahoe Forest Health System. “By connecting all of the important elements of the patient care experience, we are delivering a model of care that is truly next generation – highly compassionate care with amazing clinical tools and incredible patient outcomes.”

The CoC Accreditation Program provides the framework for the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Centerto improve its quality of patient care through various cancer-related programs that focus on the full spectrum of cancer care including prevention, early diagnosis, cancer staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, lifelong follow-up for recurrent disease, and end-of-life care.

When patients receive care at a CoC facility, they also have access to information on clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling, and patient-centered services including psycho-social support, a patient navigation process, and a survivorship care plan that documents the care each patient receives and seeks to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life.

Like all CoC-accredited facilities, the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center maintains a cancer registry and contributes data to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), a joint program of the CoC and American Cancer Society (ACS). This nationwide oncology outcomes database is the largest clinical disease registry in the world. Data on all types of cancer are tracked and analyzed through the NCDB and used to explore trends in cancer care. CoC-accredited cancer centers, in turn, have access to information derived from this type of data analysis, which is used to create national, regional, and state benchmark reports. These reports help CoC facilities with their quality improvement efforts.

When cancer patients choose to seek care locally at a CoC-accredited cancer center, they are gaining access to comprehensive, state-of-the-art cancer care close to home. The CoC provides the public with information on the resources, services, and cancer treatment experience for each CoC-accredited cancer program through the CoC Hospital Locator at http://www.facs.org/cancerprogram/index.html

Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving patient outcomes and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive, quality care. Its membership includes Fellows of the American College of Surgeons. For more information, visit: www.facs.org/cancer

TFHS Celebrates National Nurse Practitioner Week

Celebrating Nurse Practitioner Week 2018

To the Nurse Practitioners in our community...

THANK YOU 

for the skilled, patient-centered, personalized care you provide each day. 

National Nurse Practitioner Week is an opportunity for all of us to honor nurse practitioners and the valuable work they perform, and to thank them for their contribution. 

Mindful Meditation and Self-Massage

Zen setting of river stones and sand

Learn techniques to release stress over the holidays. No meditation experience necessary. 

Tuesdays, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

$5 drop in fee

Tahoe Forest Center for Health
10710 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA

For more information, please call (530) 587-3769 or email wellness@tfhd.com.

It's Not Too Late to Get a Flu Shot

flu shots truckee, incline village

Flu shots are available in Truckee at the Tahoe Forest Retail Pharmacy, 10956 Donner Pass Road, located in the Medical Office Building, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 6 pm, Saturday, 9 am – 4 pm. For more information, please call (530) 587-7607.

In Incline Village, you can get a flu shot at the Incline Village Community Hospital Emergency Room, 880 Alder Avenue, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. For more information, please call (775) 888-4201.

Vaccine pricing for flu shots is $31.00 for cash pay, but is subject to change. Eligible patients with Medicare B and most insurances will cover the cost of the flu shot and and result in either a copay or no charge. However, we cannot guarantee your cost until we run the prescription through the insurance for authorization.

The CDC recommends everyone over the age of 6 months get a flu shot each year. 

Influenza continues to be widespread across the U.S. In California and Nevada, including our community. Influenza A (H3N2 strain) viruses are predominant. It is especially hard on children and older adults. Flu activity, including hospitalizations, is still above expected levels in California.

CDC still recommends flu vaccinations for this season. It is still the best way to prevent or lessen flu. The current flu strain in circulation (influenza A – H3N2) is especially deadly to children, older adults, and people with underlying medical conditions. CDC estimates that this year vaccinated people developed about 30% immunity to the influenza A H3N2 strain. This year, flu peaked very early, so there is a chance for another peak later in the season. It could be a different flu strain. The current vaccine covers two influenza A strains and two influenza B strains.

It’s not too late to get vaccinated!

  • Flu season is not over until end of April
  • Other flu strains may pop up later in the season
  • If you get flu, your signs and symptoms are less severe if you’ve had flu vaccine

 

How can you tell the difference between a cold and the flu?
Because colds and flu share many symptoms, it can be difficult (or even impossible) to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. Special tests that usually must be done within the first few days of illness can tell if a person has the flu. If ill and suspect flu, seek care early (especially important for children and older adults).

What are the symptoms of the flu versus the symptoms of a cold?
The symptoms of flu can include fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue (tiredness). Cold symptoms are usually milder than the symptoms of flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems.

How can you help avoid the spread of infection?
Stay home if you are ill for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone. Clean your hands by washing them or using alcohol gel/foam. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth—germs spread this way. Cover your mouth and nose with tissue when sneezing or coughing. Routinely disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces like keyboards, doorknobs, phones, etc.

TFHS Celebrates National Physician Assistants Week

Our community is healthier because of Physician Assistants.

IT'S A FACT: PAs positively impact patient outcomes. 

Studies have shown Physician Assistants (PAs) help reduce hospital admission rates, lengths of stay and infection rates.

Join us in celebrating National PA Week from October 6 - 12. 

To all of the PAs in our community, THANK YOU!
 

TFHS Welcomes New Physician, Joshua Pfent, MD

We are pleased to announce Dr. Joshua Pfent has joined our team at Tahoe Forest Hospital, offering individualized care right here in our community. 

Dr. Pfent attended medical school at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and completed his residency at Palmetto Health, University of South Carolina.

Dr. Pfent welcomes new patients and will be seeing them at the Tahoe Forest MultiSpecialty Clinic on 10978 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA.

For appointments, please call (530) 582-1212. 

TFHS Welcomes New Physician, Katy Schousen, MD

Dr. Katy Schousen headshot

We are pleased to announce Dr. Katy Schousen has joined our team at Tahoe Forest Hospital, offering individualized care right here in our community. 

Dr. Schousen attended medical school at Oregon Health & Science University and completed her residency at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Family Medicine Residency program in Seattle, Washington.

Dr. Schousen welcomes new patients and will be seeing them at the Tahoe Forest MultiSpecialty Clinic on 10978 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA.

For appointments, please call (530) 582-1212. 

Tahoe Forest Hospital Recognized by the American Heart Association and Laerdal Medical for its Dedication to Maintaining High-Quality CPR

chest compression on manikin

Tahoe Forest Hospital was recognized by the American Heart Association (AHA) and Laerdal Medical for its commitment to ensure competency in high-quality CPR, a lifesaving intervention and the foundation of survival from cardiac arrest, through the implementation and broad adoption of the Resuscitation Quality Improvement (RQI) Program.

The RQI Program is an innovative, evidence-based approach to training students, producing high-quality CPR skills that can lead to improved patient outcomes.

Tahoe Forest Hospital was among the first wave to adopt the RQI Program, implementing it on October 1st2016. “The program was a perfect fit for our health system, as a way to maintain and improve our CPR skills,” says Damara Stone, RN, BSN, BA, Education Coordinator and program adoption lead. Since the implementation of the RQI program, the Hospital’s compression skills (the foundation of high quality, life-saving CPR) have increased 9%, and its 2-person CPR skills have increased 5%. “This is a dramatic increase over a relatively short period of time compared to the traditional ‘every two-year classroom training’ model.”

The AHA RQI Program has been developed through a collaboration between the AHA and Laerdal Medical. The AHA provides the expertise in evidence-based research and best-practice guidance, and Laerdal Medical provides proven simulation/learning technology. Together, the two entities provide the exclusive RQI Program solution that delivers and manages the more frequent training and retraining.

The American Heart Association projects that the RQI program will be implemented by 90% of hospitals by 2025.

October is Breast Health Awareness Month

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October is National Breast Health Awareness Month, an initiative created to increase awareness of early detection and prevention of breast cancer. If you’ve never had a mammogram, call Tahoe Forest Health System during October for an appointment. Women scheduling mammograms during the month of October will receive a free gift.

Mammograms and monthly self-checks are the most effective methods for detecting breast cancer early. The earlier breast cancer is found, the better the chances treatment will work. A mammogram is a quick and easy procedure performed by a certified mammography technologist and interpreted by a board-certified radiologist. A doctor’s order is not required for a screening mammogram, and follow-up care is available through local physicians.

The Briner Imaging Center at Tahoe Forest Hospital offers 3D MammographyTM, the most accurate mammogram available. The new exam technology improves cancer detection in all breast types.

Physician referrals are not necessary to schedule a mammogram, and most insurance plans are accepted. To schedule, please call Briner Imaging Center at (530) 582-6510.

Free or reduced cost screenings may be available to those who qualify. For eligibility details, please call (530) 582-3277.

 

Tahoe Forest Health System Welcomes New Physician, Cherisse Mwero, MD

Dr. Cherisse Mwero headshot

We are pleased to announce Dr. Cherisse Mwero has joined our team at Tahoe Forest Hospital, offering individualized care right here in our community. 

Dr. Mwero attended medical school at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and completed her neurology residency at the University of California, Davis.

Dr. Mwero welcomes new patients and will be seeing them at the Tahoe Forest Medical Office Building on 10956 Donner Pass Road, Suite 240, Truckee, CA.

For appointments, please call (530) 582-6368. 

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Chronic Pain

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How Can Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Help with Chronic Pain?

MBSR program helps people who are living with chronic pain by cultivating practices that can be used in daily life to work with pain in a new way through the practices of the body scan, sitting awareness, gentle stretching, mindful walking and discussions and explorations into the mind/body stress reactions.

By practicing formal and informal mindfulness participants will gain insight and wisdom into their present moment awareness of how their breath, bodily sensations, thoughts and emotions affect how they experience pain.

The 8-week experiential program compassionately guides participants into new ways of dealing with the stress of chronic pain and gives tools that can be used throughout their entire life.

FREE program for those with chronic pain

8-week class series
Wednesdays
9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Oct 24th - Dec 12th

Tahoe Forest Center for Health
10710 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA 96161

For more information, or to register, please call (530) 587-3769 or email wellness@tfhd.com

Walktober - Fall Community Walking Challenge

Yosemite Valley in the Fall

October 1 - 31, 2018

  • Challenge yourself to move more by joining us on a 211 mile walk from the Little Yosemite Valley to Mt. Whitney during the month of October.
     
  • 6.8 miles a day, or 13,612 steps per day, during the 31 days of October will get you through the entire John Muir Trail. Set small goals to reach certain destinations along the way.
     
  • Track your daily miles or steps on a tracking device of your choice. When you reach set destinations, complete the “Wilderness Permit” provided in the welcome e-mail and be entered to win prizes!
     
  • Complete the entire journey from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney and submit your Mt. Whitney Portal permit to be eligible to win the grand prize of a full body massage!

Participation includes weekly “hiking” tips and motivation and inspiration along the way.

Let’s get walking!
Sign up for this community challenge by e-mailing wellness@tfhd.com. Provide your name, e-mail and phone number. For more information, call (530) 587-3769.

Rethink Healthy: Free Community Health Talk: Top 10 Sports Nutrition Tips For Athletes and Parents of Athletes

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Tuesday, September 18
5:45 pm - 7:00 pm

Tahoe Forest Center for Health
10710 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee, CA

Food is fuel. Fuel is essential for performance.
Victories, championships and perhaps even college scholarships are tied to peak performance.

Proper nutrition is about balance, discipline and common sense.
• Learn how to use nutrition to get the most of your athletic performance
• Learn ways to schedule for fuel and hydration
• Pre-game, during event and post-game nutrition strategies

Taught by: 
Jill Whisler,MS, RDN

Jill is a well-regarded expert in the field of nutrition, fitness, and wellness. She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is a certified Health Fitness Specialist through the American College of Sports Medicine and has completed the certification of both Adult and Pediatric Weight Management through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

In her "free" time, Jill placed in the top 12 women in Arizona Ironman 2012. She has competed in the International Triathlon Association Worlds Championship for Olympic distance triathlon in London 2013, Canada in 2014 and Chicago 2015-placing 18th in the world, 6th for Team USA.

Pre-registration requested. For more information or to register, please call (530) 587-3769 or email wellness@tfhd.com

This event is not sponsored or approved by the Tahoe Truckee Unied School District or any schools of the District.

Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation Receives a $15,000 Grant from the Safeway Foundation to Assist Cancer Patients

Tahoe Forest Healthy System Foundation is excited to have received a $15,000 grant from the Safeway Foundation’s Cancer Research and Treatment campaign. 100% of the grant funds will be used directly to assist patients who are diagnosed with cancer and needing further assistance with treatment.

“This gift will have a tremendous impact on our programs,” said Martha Simon, Executive Director, Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation. “We’d like to thank the Safeway Foundation for their commitment to making our community a better place to live and work.”

The grant will support the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center’s Patient and Family Programs, offering access to alternative cancer medicine at no cost to cancer patients, family members and caretakers. The Patient and Family Programs include access to counseling, therapy, acupuncture, biofeedback and support groups. Additionally, the grant will assist patients with payments for biopsies and follow-up exams and will be used to purchase Safeway gift cards to assist breast cancer patients with their nutritional needs.

Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation connects donors to health and wellness causes they care about. Through continued generous support from individual donors and grants, the Foundation is able to augment capital needs, facilitate special projects and underwrite health and wellness programs throughout the Truckee-Tahoe community.

“It’s an honor to support the work of Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation. Every day we learn about organizations that go above and beyond to help people in need,” said Wendy Gutshall, Director, Public and Government Affairs, Safeway – Northern California Division. “Such selfless dedication makes our communities better places to live and work.”

Jake Dorst, Tahoe Forest Health System Chief Information and Innovation Officer, Named to Becker's Hospital Review Community Hospital CIOs to Know

Jake Dorst, CIO

Becker's Hospital Review recently recognized 72 community hospital CIOs in 2018. Jake Dorst, Chief Information and Innovation Officer at Tahoe Forest Health System was named with this designation.

Hospitals and health systems rely on CIOs and IT department leaders to develop long-term technology strategy and oversee EMR implementation, as well as support telehealth, data-gathering, cybersecurity and more.

Those who lead a community hospital or health system IT department and functions face unique challenges in their efforts to connect with patients, physician offices and other care settings—often across broad geographies using limited resources.

The professionals on the Becker’s list of 72 are set apart by the outstanding recognitions they've earned and exciting new projects they're piloting. Many individuals on this list are members of the Health Integration and Management Systems Society, and their workplace has earned a spot on Hospitals & Health Networks’ Health Care's Most Wired list in 2018.

The Becker's editorial team solicited nominations and conducted internal research to develop this list. Individuals and organizations represented did not pay and cannot pay for inclusion. For the complete list, go to Becker's Hospital Review.

Tahoe Forest Hospital Named In Becker’s Hospital Review List, “66 Critical Access Hospitals To Know 2018”

tahoe forest hospital staff in front of hospital

For the fourth year in a row, Tahoe Forest Hospital was named in Becker’s Hospital Review’s list of “Critical Access Hospitals to Know” in the United States. Tahoe Forest Hospital is honored to know we are the only critical access hospital in California, Nevada or Arizona to receive this prestigious designation.

The list features critical access hospitals that have demonstrated excellence in caring for their communities and going the extra mile for their patients. “At Tahoe Forest, our focus is providing excellent and compassionate care to our community, ” said Harry Weis, Chief Executive Officer, Tahoe Forest Health System. “It’s what we strive to do every day. This focus on excellence is a ‘thank you’ to the people we serve in our community.”

To develop this list, the Becker's Healthcare editorial team examined the rankings and awards from organizations such as iVantage Health Analytics, Healthgrades, the National Rural Health Association, CareChex, The Chartis Group and Medicare star ratings. The team also considered the hospital's community impact and reputation for innovation.

Critical access hospitals must have no more than 25 inpatient beds, have an annual length of stay of no more than 96 hours for acute care, offer 24/7 emergency care, and be located at least 35 miles from another hospital. There are more than 1,332 critical access hospitals in the United States.

For a complete list of selected hospitals, go to http://www.beckershospitalreview.com.

 

 

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program

colorful array of fresh fruits and vegetables

An evidence-based program developed by Stanford University School of Medicine

Free Six Week Workshop

You will learn

  • Decision-making
  • Becoming a self-manager
  • Understanding common symptoms
  • Using your mind to manage symptoms
  • Exercise tips
  • Healthy eating
  • Managing your medications

Class dates: Wednesdays, Oct 10 to Nov 14, 2018, 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Participants are encouraged to attend all classes

Meeting Location: 
Incline Village Community Hospital
Community Room
880 Alder Ave, Incline Village, NV

Register today, (530) 587-3769

This workshop is sponsored by Tahoe Forest Health System.

Pediatric Diabetes Prevention

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Together We Can...
Be the Healthies Family We Can Be

Learn how to make lasting changes with your family to help promote weight management, prevent lifelong diseases, support optimal health for kids 7-15 years old.

Four Class Series:
Sept 25, Oct 9, Oct 23, Nov 6
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Separate break-out activities for parents and kids.

Sessions cover:

  • Healthy eating and exercise for the whole family
  •  Reducing risk for chronic disease in children
  • Tips for overcoming barriers
  • Hands-on learning activities
  • Weekly goal setting

Tahoe Forest Center for Health
10710 Donner Pass Road, Truckee
Cost: $120 per family (Scholarships available)

    For more information and to register, please call (530) 587-3769 or email wellness@tfhd.com

    TFHS Welcomes New Physician, Dan Stoll, MD

    Dr. Dan Stoll headshot

    We are pleased to announce Dr. Dan Stoll has joined our team at Tahoe Forest Hospital, offering individualized care right here in our community. 

    Dr. Stoll attended medical school at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and completed his residency at the Mercy Redding Family Practice Residency program in Redding, California. 

    Dr. Stoll welcomes new patients and will be seeing them at the Tahoe Forest MultiSpecialty Clinic on 10978 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA.

    For appointments, please call (530) 582-1212. 

    TFHS Welcomes New Physician, Jonathan T. Hagen, MD

    Dr. Jonathan Hagen headshot

    We are pleased to announce Dr. Jonathan Hagen has joined our team at Tahoe Forest Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, offering individualized care right here in our community. 

    Dr. Hagen attended medical school at Texas A&M Health Science Center. He completed his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and his fellowship at Barton Lake Tahoe Sports Medicine.

    Dr. Hagen welcomes new patients and will be seeing them at the Tahoe Forest Orthopedics & Sports Medicine office on 10051 Lake Avenue, Suite #3, Truckee, CA.

    For appointments, please call (530) 587-7461. 

    September is SEPSIS AWARENESS Month

    September is Sepsis Awareness Month

    What is SEPSIS?

    Sepsis is a MEDICAL EMERGENCY. It is your body's life-threatening response to an infection. 

    Any kind of infection can lead to sepsis, but common infections include Urinary Tract Infections (UTI), Strep Throat, Influenza, and MRSA.

    Sepsis is NOT contagious. 

    BY THE NUMBERS
    More than 1.6 million people are diagnosed with sepsis in the U.S. each year. 258,000 of those patients will die from it... that's more than prostate cancer, breast cancer, and AIDS combined. 

    SYMPTOMS
    S - Shivering, fever, very cold
    E - Extreme pain or discomfort
    P - Pale or discolored skin
    S - Sleepy, difficult to rouse, confused
    I - "I feel like I might die"
    S - Shortness of breath

    PREVENTION & TREATMENT
    There is no simple test for sepsis, but it can be prevented by preventing infection. 

    Sepsis can be treated successfully in most cases if caught and treated early. 

    SOUND THE ALARM
    If you suspect you or a loved on may have sepsis, seek medical treatment immediately. 

    LEARN MORE: visit sepsis.org

    Rethink Healthy: Free Community Health Talk: Top 10 Nutrition Tips and Injury Prevention For Athletes and Parents of Athletes

    teenager stretching

    Monday, September 17
    5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

    Incline Village Community Hospital
    Community Room

    880 Alder Ave
    Incline Village, NV

    Proper nutrition is about balance,discipline and common sense.
    • Learn how to use nutrition to get the most of your athletic performance
    • Learn ways to schedule for fuel and hydration

    Use functional training to improve performance and prevent injuries.
    • Functional Movement Screening
    • Corrective exercises
    • Tips to manage injuries

    Taught by:
    Jill Whisler,MS, RDN

    Jill is a well-regarded expert in the field of nutrition, fitness, and wellness. She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is a certified Health Fitness Specialist through the American College of Sports Medicine and has completed the certification of both Adult and Pediatric Weight Management through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

    Amanda Callaghan, PT, DPT, OCS
    Amanda has been a Doctor of Physical Therapy for 7 years and is a board certified specialist in Orthopedics. She has additional certifications in Functional Movement Screen and Functional Dry Needling Level 1. She has worked with high schools in the area with pre-season screening and presented at Reno’s Sports Medicine Conference on Shoulder Instability in the Overhead Athlete.

    Pre-registration requested. For more information or to register, please call (530) 587-3769 or email wellness@tfhd.com.

    The Washoe County School District or the Board of Trustees neither endorses nor sponsors the organization or activity represented in this document. The distribution of this material is provided as a community service.

    Tahoe Forest Hospital District Announces August Board Meeting Location in Tahoe City

    Tahoe Forest Health System will hold its Thursday, August 23, 2018 regular meeting of the Tahoe Forest Hospital District (TFHD) Board of Directors at:

    Tahoe City Public Utility District Board Room
    221 Fairway DriveTahoe City, CA 96145
    6:00 pm - Open Session

    TFHD Board of Directors meetings are usually held the fourth Thursday of each month, with open session beginning at 6:00 p.m.

    Regular monthly District Board meetings take place at the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District Administrative Offices at 11603 Donner Pass Road in Truckee. Meetings are open to the public, and a public comment period is available at each meeting. Agendas for regular meetings are posted 72 hours prior to the meeting on tfhd.com.

    Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (Taught in Spanish)

    colorful array of fresh fruits and vegetables

    Free Six Week Workshop (in Spanish!)

    You will learn

    • Decision-making
    • Becoming a self-manager
    • Understanding common symptoms
    • Using your mind to manage symptoms
    • Exercise tips
    • Healthy eating
    • Managing your medications

    Class dates: Thursdays, Oct 11 to Nov 29, 2018, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    Participants are encouraged to attend all classes

    Meeting Location: 
    Clubhouse at Sierra Village Apartments
    10081 Martis Valley Rd., Truckee

    Register today, (530) 587-3769

    This workshop is sponsored by Tahoe Forest Health System.

    Tahoe Forest Hospital District Recognized by U.S News and World Report as a High-Performing Hospital in Hip Replacement

    Tahoe Forest Hospital front exterior

    (Tahoe/Truckee, CA) - Tahoe Forest Hospital District has been recognized by the U.S. News & World Report as a High Performing Hospital in the category of hip replacement. The recognition hails from the recently released 2018-2019 Best Hospitals Rankings and Ratings report by the multi-platform publisher.

    Hip replacement is one of the nine common procedures and conditions in which US hospitals are rated. Hospitals are evaluated on their performance in hip replacement based on several factors including patient survival, prevention of prolonged hospitalizations, nurse staffing, patient experience, volume and more. Hospitals that treated enough patients received one of three overall ratings – high performing, average, or below average.

    Tahoe Forest Health System (TFHS) offers state-of-the-art surgical and non-surgical orthopedic care and sports medicine services, including acute care for fractures, sports medicine and elective joint replacement. The latest techniques in knee, hip and shoulder joint replacement and pain control are used, including direct anterior hip and partial and total knee and shoulder replacement surgery.

    Tahoe Forest Health System offers patients the most advanced surgical equipment and latest techniques in multi-modal pain control are used, allowing many patients to get out of bed the day after surgery.

    The complete report of the 2018-2019 Best Hospitals Rankings and Ratings can be found on usnews.com.

    For more information on Tahoe Forest Orthopedics and Sports Medicine physicians and programs, go to www.tfhd.com.

    Prevent T2 Program

    family of three

    Prevent T2 offers a proven approach to preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes through modest lifestyle changes made with the support of a coach and program peers.

    Diabetes Risk Factors:

    • Age 45 or older
    • Overweight
    • Family history of type 2 diabetes
    • Physically inactive
    • Elevated blood sugar levels
       

    To learn more about the Prevent T2 program, contact the Tahoe Forest Center for Health at (530) 587-3769.

    Weigh to Go - Weight Management Support Program

    Woman tying athletic shoes preparing to exercise

    * Please call (530) 587-3769 or e-mail wellness@tfhd.com for more information. 

    Ready to focus on behaviors that can last a lifetime and help you manage your weight for good?

    Join us for a jump start to weight loss
    Cost: $150
    (100% covered by TFHS Wellness Bank)

    • Get clear on your goals
    • Get the support and accountability you need for success
    • Hot topics: social situations, meal planning, grocery shopping, emotional triggers, stress management, movement for weight loss
       

    Facilitated by Lisa Fligor, MS, RDN. Lisa is passionate about real food and maintaining a balanced lifestyle. She is excited to coach you toward habit changes that will help you meet your health goals.

    Tahoe Forest Center for Health
    10710 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA

    Free Community Program for Tobacco & Smoking Cessation

    Breathe... Free yourself from nicotine!

    Whether you are exploring the idea of quitting, or ready to quit today, we are here to support you every step of the way! This safe, judgment-free group health coaching program is designed to meet you where you are.

    Free Community Program for Tobacco & Smoking Cessation
    Mondays, 5:30-6:30 pm
    Tahoe Forest Center for Health
    10710 Donner Pass Road, Truckee

    Your Quit Coach will help you come up with your own personal Quit Plan, including:
    • Your personal motivators—why is quitting important to you?
    • Strategies for dealing with challenges and barriers
    • Understanding your triggers and developing new coping skills
    • Creating an environment to support your desire to quit

    Our experts will provide you with education on preventing weight gain, nicotine replacement, relapse prevention and more! Group sessions are facilitated by board-certified health and wellness coach Liz Schenk, BS, CWC. Not able to come to the group? Meet with your Quit Coach one-on-one in person or by phone.

    For more information, or to register, please call (530) 587-3769 or email wellness@tfhd.com

    Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (Taught in Spanish)

    colorful array of fresh fruits and vegetables

    Free Six Week Workshop (in Spanish!)

    You will learn

    • Decision-making
    • Becoming a self-manager
    • Understanding common symptoms
    • Using your mind to manage symptoms
    • Exercise tips
    • Healthy eating
    • Managing your medications

    Class dates: Thursdays, Oct 11 to Nov 29, 2018, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    Participants are encouraged to attend all classes

    Meeting Location: 
    Clubhouse at Sierra Village Apartments
    10081 Martis Valley, Rd., Truckee

    Register today, (530) 587-3769

    This workshop is sponsored by Tahoe Forest Health System.

    Community Oncology Report Now Available

    The Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center Community Oncology Report is now available for download.

    Download here.

    Or to request a hard copy be mailed to you, call (530) 582-6290.

     

     

    Silver Age Yoga and Tai Chi

    woman doing tree pose by lake at sunset

    Gentle Workouts For Seniors

    All classes are FREE and all levels are welcome

    Move through basic postures, joint movements and breath work to warm and open the body to encourage healing.

    Yoga and Tai Chi are gentle workouts that is great for

    • Combating daily stress
    • Lowering blood pressure
    • Recovering from injuries and illnesses
    • Reducing inflammation
    • Improving focus
    • Increasing flexibility
       

    Please join us:
    Yoga – Tuesdays and Fridays
    Tai Chi – Thursdays

    Please call (530) 550-7600 for class times.

    Community Room
    Truckee Donner Senior Apartments
    10040 Estates Drive, Truckee

    Instructors: Ann Yuhas, Yoga and Rolf Godon, Tai Chi

    For more information, please call (530) 550-7600

    Brought to you by Sierra Senior Services and Tahoe Forest’s Wellness Neighborhood.

    Active Aging Fitness Programs

    Active Aging Fitness Class

    We offer a variety of group exercise classes designed specifically for older adults, including Silver Sneakers, Fitness Forever, Gentle Yoga, health coaching and more!

    Tahoe Forest Center for Health
    10710 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee

    Our medically-based group membership is 30 days for $30 for the first month.

    Stop by or call us to see what we offer! All programs are open to the public.

    For more information or registration, please call (530) 587-3769.

     

    Hands On Surgical Experience For Local High School Students

    Students view surgery at UNR

    More than 60 high school students from Truckee, North Tahoe and Incline High Schools had first-hand surgical experience under the guidance of an orthopedic surgeon in the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) Advanced Surgical Training Lab. Students enrolled in advanced placement biology, and human body systems classes at local high schools scrubbed-in to view and participate in a total knee replacement surgery.

    Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Andrew Ringnes performed surgery on a cadaver while giving in-depth explanations throughout the procedure. The high school students had the opportunity to use the surgical instruments and participate in the operation. Following the surgery, students toured the medical school’s anatomy and physiology lab.

    Dan Coll, MHS, PA-C, Surgical Physician Assistant and Director of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine at Tahoe Forest Hospital has organized this field trip for three consecutive years with the help of the Tahoe Forest Health System’s surgical support staff and the hospital’s orthopedic surgeons.

    “This field trip is an incredible learning experience for these students, and informs them about career opportunities in the medical field,” Coll explained. “From the surgeon, anesthesiologist, surgical physician assistant, OR RNs, to the surgical tech and other support staff, there are many positions that play a vital role in healthcare.”

    The experience made a big impact on students such as Mariana, who said “This was the real-deal and reinforced my interest in being a nurse. The surgical experience was so great and it gave me a chance to see if I can really handle it. Now I know I can!” 

    “TTUSD is committed to ensuring our students are college and career ready by the time they graduate. Hands-on learning like this surgical experience make a huge impact on our students and gives them the opportunity to learn first-hand about multiple career opportunities in the medical field,” said Superintendent Chief Learning Officer Rob Leri with the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. “We are so grateful for our amazing community partners who made this unique learning experience possible for our students.”

    TFHS Welcomes Mark Wainstein, MD, Board Certified in Urology

    Mark Wainstein, MD, Urologist

    We are pleased to announce Dr. Mark Wainstein is joining our team at Tahoe Forest MultiSpecialty Clinics, offering individualized care right here in our community.

    Dr. Wainstein completed his residencies in urology and surgery at University Hospitals of Cleveland, with a fellowship in Female and Reconstructive Urology at Washington University School of Medicine in Saint Louis, Missouri. He has extensive experience in urology and looks forward to meeting you.

    His anticipated start date is July 1, 2018.  For appointments, please call (530) 550-6770.

    TAHOE FOREST MULTISPECIALTY CLINICS
    10956 Donner Pass Road, Suite 260, Truckee, CA 96161

    Our Business Office Has Moved!

    tahoe forest hospital

    The Tahoe Forest Health System Business Office has moved to a new location, 10875 Pioneer Trail, Truckee.

    Tahoe Forest Health System Financial Counselors are available Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, at Tahoe Forest Hospital.

    Just ask at the lobby reception desk to speak with a financial counselor. You can also reach them by phone at (530) 582-6256, (530) 582-6215, or (530) 582-6273.

    Our Financial Counselors can accept payments, explain billing statements, answer questions, and provide information about financial assistance programs. Payments can also be made online. For online bill pay, click here.

    SELS Students Bring Better World Day to Tahoe Forest Health System

    Forth and Fifth Graders from Sierra Expeditionary Learning School, joined by their teacher Lynn Akers, Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center Director Jim McKenna, Operations Manger Rebecca Zadig-Escalera and Executive Director of Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation Martha Simon

    Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation has the fortunate role of connecting community generosity with our patients, caregivers and physicians. Sometimes this generosity is in the form of a donation. Other times, it's in the form of a child with a big smile and a flower.

    Sierra Expeditionary Learning School (SELS) celebrated Better World Day on Friday, May 4, by spreading kindness to various locations throughout Truckee, including Tahoe Forest Health System. Fourth and fifth graders walked through the Tahoe Forest Hospital Long Term Care Center and the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center delivering bright flowers, homemade treats and handmade cards expressing thanks to staff, care providers and physicians, and offering get well cards to patients.

    Sierra Expeditionary Learning School joined more than 50,000 EL Education students and teachers for Better World Day, a time to honor the power of students across the country to shape a more just future through their learning

    TFHS Welcomes New Physician, Jennifer Racca, MD

    Jennifer Racca, MD, Board Certified in Gastroenterology

    Tahoe Forest Health System is pleased to announce that Gastroenterologist  Dr. Jennifer Racca is joining our team at Tahoe Forest MultiSpecialty Clinics, offering individualized care right here in our community.

    Dr. Racca completed her residency at University of Nevada, Reno, and a fellowship in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Tulane University.

    A Best of Reno Award winner, Dr. Racca comes to us from Digestive Health Associates in Reno, where she worked for 13 years.

    Her office is located at 10956 Donner Pass Road, Suite 210, Truckee. New patients are accepted. Her anticipated start date is June 1, 2018. For appointments, please call (530) 587-7698.

    TFHS Announces its 2018 Nurses of Excellence

    Tahoe Forest Health System 2018 Nurses of Excellence

    Tahoe Forest Health System announced its 2018 Nurses of Excellence in a special ceremony on Monday, May 7. Nurses of Excellence exhibit exceptional qualities in areas of clinical competence, leadership, and commitment to the nursing profession.

    In recognition of National Nurses Week, May 6 through 12, each year since 1990, Tahoe Forest Health system gives special thanks to all nurses and honors exceptional nurses with the Nurses of Excellence award.

    Top honors went to the following five nurses, were also specially recognized for their exceptional skill and outstanding service, and also for demonstrating the Tahoe Forest values of quality, understanding, excellence, service and teamwork.

    Arlette Tormey, Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center - Quality

    Christy Jordan, Surgery - Understanding

    Heather Hiller, Intensive Care Unit/Epic- Excellence

    Natalie de Ryk, Nursing Information - Stewardship

    Sarah Jane Stull, Case Management - Teamwork

    These nurses were recognized for excellence in their profession, knowledge, teamwork, and high quality care for their patients.

    “Our mission at Tahoe Forest,” said Harry Weis, Chief Executive Officer, Tahoe Forest Health System, “is to serve our community through excellence and compassion every day. During National Nurses Week, we honor our Nurses of Excellence, but we’re also honoring all nurses for their commitment and service throughout the year.” “

    Your dedication to our patients and your fellow staff has not gone unnoticed,” said Karen Baffone, Chief Nursing Officer, Tahoe Forest Health System, as she addressed the assembled group. “Thank you to all of our nurses for all you do—every day!”

    The other 2018 Nurses of Excellence Nominees were:

    Heidi Blide, Home Health and Hospice; Sally Caruthers, Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center; Ellie Cruz, Joseph Family Center for Women and Newborn Care; Mike Davis, Surgical Services; Natasha Dierks, Medical/Surgical Unit; Kristen Henderson, Home Health and Hospice; Sandy Jones, Joseph Family Center for Women and Newborn Care; Sue McMullen, Occupational Health; Julie Morgan, Emergency Department; Sam Read, Medical/Surgical Unit; Jamie Sadeg, Surgical Services; Gerg Tarter, Intensive Care Unit; Sue Train, Wellness Neighborhood; Beth Teitelbaum, IVCH Medical/Surgical Unit; Cindy Woythal, Ambulatory Surgery.  

    Nominees were selected by their peers and are considered to be dedicated role models valued by staff and the community they serve. Nurses are highly dedicated with varied interests, strengths and passions, and work in various facilities like emergency rooms, maternity wards and pediatric offices, to name a few. A nurse has many roles—from staff nurse, educator, nurse practitioner, to nurse researcher, striving to serve with passion for their profession and a strong commitment to patient care and safety. 

    Breastfeeding Support Group

    smiling baby and mom

    Breastfeeding Support
    Baby and Mommy Care

    Hands-on help for new moms and their infants!

    This informal class will help you learn about:

    • Proper breastfeeding and latch-on techniques
    • Positioning your infant
    • Sore nipples and engorgement
    • Increasing your milk supply
    • Breast pumps and nipple shields
    • Postpartum and parenting issues
    • Going back to work
    • Infant nutrition

    Fridays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Tahoe Forest Center for Health
    10710 Donner Pass Road
    Truckee, CA

    Classes taught by registered nurses and international board certified lactation consultants.

    For more information, please call (530) 587-3769.

    TFHS CIO Recognized by Becker's Hospital Review

    Jake Dorst, TFHS CIO

    Becker's Hospital Review Names 105 Hospital and Health System CIOs to Know

    Jake Dorst, TFHS CIO, Recognized

    Becker's Hospital Review has published its 2018 edition of its hospital and health system CIOs to know. It features some of the most impressive health IT leaders from around the country dedicated to advancements and innovation in the industry.

    For the fourth year in a row, Tahoe Forest Health System’s Chief Innovation Officer/Chief Information Officer, Jake Dorst, has been honored with this recognition. Mr. Dorst recently led the health system’s successful effort to move to a single, unified electronic patient record to provide better-coordinated care for our community.

    The Becker’s list is comprised of CIOs who are leading their organizations through healthcare's technology revolution, overseeing electronic health records installations, new patient portals and telemedicine advancements while working to keep data secure from breaches. These leaders have also received various awards and maintain involvement in organizations such as the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.

    The Becker's Hospital Review editorial team selected leaders for this list based on editorial research and discretion, including prominent CIOs and those who head up IT for some of the nation's largest and most respected hospitals and health systems. Nominations were also considered.

    Joseph Family Center for Women and Newborn Care Receives Donation

    Knitter's guild and Tahoe Forest staff

    Through the collaborative efforts the Knitters Guild of Incline Village, Tahoe Truckee Child Abuse Prevention Council and Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation, 72 tiny hand-made purple hats were donated to the Joseph Family Center for Women & Newborn Care at Tahoe Forest Hospital.

    In conjunction with the CLICK for Babies purple hat drive, developed by the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome, knitters are asked to make purple infant hats as part of a campaign to raise awareness of shaken baby syndrome and infant abuse.

    These beautifully knitted hats will be given to each family of a new baby at Tahoe Forest Hospital, along with a complimentary DVD and booklet. These materials are educational and relevant to all parents of newborns, emphasizing the dangers of shaking a baby.

    Frustration with infant crying is the number one thing that triggers a person to shake or harm a baby, so it is important for parents and caregivers to know what to expect from newborns. That way they can be prepared to handle this incredibly stressful and frustrating time.

    All babies go through a normal period of increased crying in the first few months of life. This increased crying, called the period of PURPLE crying, typically begins at about two weeks of age, peaks in the second month of life, and becomes less in the third or fourth month. Some infants cry more than others, and in some infants you may not even notice the increased amount of crying, but ALL infants do cry more during this period.

    The Knitter’s Guild is 30 members strong and meets weekly at the St. Patrick Episcopal Church in Incline Village.

    Silver Sneakers Fitness

    SilverSneakers

    SilverSneakers® Fitness by Tivity HealthTM

    Redefining the Aging Experience Through Fitness, Fun and Friendship

    Program Facts:

    Available to more than 15.6 million eligible beneficiaries

    • Over 14,000 locations nationwide, including women-only locations

    • Access to our growing FLEX network, including community centers, senior centers, medical facilities, parks, and other locations throughout the country

    Adults age 65 or older who adopt a physically active lifestyle can substantially improve their well-being, longevity and independence while reducing their health risks.

    SilverSneakers by Tivity Health is the nation’s leading fitness program designed exclusively for older adults. SilverSneakers engages participants and drives sustainable behavior change through convenient access to our expansive, quality-focused fitness network, a wide variety of programming options, and activities that incorporate physical well-being and social interaction.

    Our engaging and effective programming generates strong return on investment for our clients, making SilverSneakers the smart choice for Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare Supplement insurers and plans with group retirees.

    Proven Results

    Our 25 years of evidence-based programming success is rooted in the ability of SilverSneakers to appeal to older adults of all fitness levels and interests while providing multiple levels of physical, mental, social and emotional support.

    This member-centric approach drives high levels of engagement and satisfaction: 42 percent of SilverSneakers members had no prior fitness membership before joining the program, and up to 95 percent of members consistently give the program high ratings.

    A Comprehensive Approach

    For qualified health plan members, SilverSneakers provides:

    • A standard fitness membership
    • Signature SilverSneakers group fitness classes
    • Assistance from a Program Advisor at each location
    • Health education
    • Fun social activities and networking
    • Nationwide access to more than 14,000 traditional fitness locations, including women-only sites

    The SilverSneakers benefit also includes access to our SilverSneakers FLEX® network, which offers fitness opportunities outside of “traditional” fitness facilities, such as recreation centers, parks, community centers and adult living facilities. FLEX network locations tailor class content to each class audience for wide variety and high engagement.

    SilverSneakers includes all the key components for success built in to the program, including strategic marketing and public relations services, collaborative account management, proactive network management, and more. Partnering health plans and participating locations are listed at www.silversneakers.com.

    The Benefits of SilverSneakers

    Lower Healthcare Costs

    A study published in the Centers for Disease Control journal Preventing Chronic Disease found that SilverSneakers participants incurred $500 less in total healthcare costs during the second year and had fewer hospital admissions in years one and two compared with the control group. More frequent participation was associated with greater cost savings.

    Manage Risk

    Sixty percent of SilverSneakers participants reported their health as “excellent” or “very good” compared with 30 percent of seniors nationally.

    Improve Acquisition

    Eighty percent of respondents who were new to SilverSneakers in the last year said SilverSneakers was an “important” factor in deciding to join their health plan.

    Improve Retention

    Sixty-eight percent of enrollees were “very likely” or “somewhat likely” to switch health plans to keep their SilverSneakers benefit.Sources: SilverSneakers 2015 Annual Participant Survey; 2014 Medicare Health Outcomes Survey

    Sources: SilverSneakers 2015 Annual Participant Survey; 2014 Medicare Health Outcomes Survey

    NEW MEDICARE CARDS COMING SOON

    new Medicare card

    Medicare will mail new Medicare cards beginning April 2018. To help protect your identity, your new card will have a unique Medicare Number instead of your Social Security Number. The new card won’t change your coverage or benefits.

    Here’s what you need to know:

    • Your new card will have a new Medicare Number that’s unique to you, instead of your Social Security Number. This will help to protect your identity.

    • You don’t need to do anything to get your new card, but you should make sure your mailing address is up to date.

    • If your address needs to be corrected, contact Social Security at ssa.gov/myaccount or (800) 772-1213. TTY users can call (800) 325-0778.

    • Medicare will never call you uninvited and ask for your personal information. Beware of anyone who contacts you about your new Medicare card.

    • Understand that mailing everyone a new card will take some time. Your card might arrive at a different time than your friend’s or neighbor’s.

    • Once you receive your new card, you can start using it right away.

    Visit go.Medicare.gov/newcard for more information.

    Incline Village Community Hospital Welcomes New Physician

    Dr. Michelle Kim, Incline Health Center

    Incline Village Community Hospital is pleased to announce Dr. Michelle Kim is joining the team at Incline Health Center, 880 Alder Ave, Incline Village, on the 2nd Floor of Incline Village Community Hospital.

    Incline Health Center offers individualized care right here in our community. Incline Health Center provides convenient access to high quality medical care for primary, pediatric, cardiology and internal medicine health services.

    Dr. Kim attended medical school at University of California, Davis, and completed her residency at the Sutter Health Family Practice Residency Program in Sacramento. 

    She is board certified in family medicine and has extensive experience in primary and urgent care with patients of all ages.

    Her anticipated start date is February 1, 2018. She is accepting appointments for new patients now and most insurance is accepted. For appointments, please call (775) 831-6200.

    It's Not Too Late to Get a Flu Shot

    flu shots truckee, incline village

    Flu shots are available in Truckee at the Tahoe Forest Pharmacy, 10956 Donner Pass Road, located in the Medical Office Building, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 6 pm, Saturday, 9 am – 4 pm. For more information, please call (530) 587-7607.

    In Incline Village, you can get a flu shot at the Incline Village Community Hospital Emergency Room, 880 Alder Avenue, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. For more information, please call (775) 888-4201.

    Influenza continues to be widespread across the U.S. In California and Nevada, including our community. Influenza A (H3N2 strain) viruses are predominant. It is especially hard on children and older adults. Flu activity, including hospitalizations, is still above expected levels in California.

    CDC still recommends flu vaccinations for this season. It is still the best way to prevent or lessen flu. The current flu strain in circulation (influenza A – H3N2) is especially deadly to children, older adults, and people with underlying medical conditions. CDC estimates that this year vaccinated people developed about 30% immunity to the influenza A H3N2 strain. This year, flu peaked very early, so there is a chance for another peak later in the season. It could be a different flu strain. The current vaccine covers two influenza A strains and two influenza B strains.

    It’s not too late to get vaccinated!

    • Flu season is not over until end of April
    • Other flu strains may pop up later in the season
    • If you get flu, your signs and symptoms are less severe if you’ve had flu vaccine

     

    How can you tell the difference between a cold and the flu?
    Because colds and flu share many symptoms, it can be difficult (or even impossible) to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. Special tests that usually must be done within the first few days of illness can tell if a person has the flu. If ill and suspect flu, seek care early (especially important for children and older adults).

    What are the symptoms of the flu versus the symptoms of a cold?
    The symptoms of flu can include fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue (tiredness). Cold symptoms are usually milder than the symptoms of flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems.

    How can you help avoid the spread of infection?
    Stay home if you are ill for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone. Clean your hands by washing them or using alcohol gel/foam. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth—germs spread this way. Cover your mouth and nose with tissue when sneezing or coughing. Routinely disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces like keyboards, doorknobs, phones, etc.

    Incline Village Community Hospital Welcomes New Physician

    Incline Health Center, Incline Village, NV

    Dr. Matthew Mingrone, OtolaryngologyIncline Village Community Hospital is pleased to announce Dr. Matthew Mingrone is joining the team at Incline Health Center, 880 Alder Ave, Incline Village, on the 2nd Floor of Incline Village Community Hospital.

    Incline Health Center offers individualized care right here in our community. Incline Health Center provides convenient access to high quality medical care for primary, pediatric, cardiology, otolaryngology and internal medicine health services.

    Dr. Mingrone completed his residency in general surgery and otolaryngology and fellowship in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Illinois College of Medicine.

    He is board certified in otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat specialty) and has extensive experience with patients of all ages.

    He is accepting appointments for new patients now and most insurance is accepted. For appointments, please call (775) 831-6200.

    Health Coaching

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    Are you ready to live a healthier, more balanced life?

    Had it with “quick fixes” that over-promise and under deliver? Frustrated with managing a health condition or chronic disease? Know what you need to do, but can’t seem to take action? Health coaching puts you in the driver's seat when it comes to your health. Your coach helps you identify areas in your life you want to change and create a plan to get there. Your coach will provide the accountability, motivation and support to help you work though the barriers that have held you back in the past. This year you WILL be successful!

    Sign up for the Tahoe Forest Center for Health Coaching Program and receive:     

    • 6 weeks of one-on-one coaching (in person, phone or video chat) Our health coaches are certified to guide clients with chronic conditions and other health risks      
    • Pre/post wellbeing assessment and biometric screening    
    • A personalized wellness plan—learn how to create goals that stick!    
    • Track your progress with our app and connect with your coach between sessions

    Cost: $150

    Still not sure? Want to learn more? Sign up for a FREE 15-minute initial consultation via video chat or phone. A consultation is an excellent way to bring some clarity to your wellness goals and decide if coaching is a good fit for you.                         

    Contact the Tahoe Forest Center for Health for more information or to sign up, (530) 587-3769 or wellness@tfhd.com.

    Tahoe Forest Hospital Receives Achievement Award From Smart Care

    Nurse in patient room at the Joseph Family Center for Women and Newborn Care

    The Joseph Family Center for Women and Newborn Care recently received an Achievement Award from Smart Care California recognizing its success in reducing rates of C-Section. One hundred and eleven California hospitals met or surpassed a federal target aimed at reducing Cesarean births (C-sections) for first-time mothers with low-risk pregnancies, according to the California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS).

    Research finds that after two decades of annual increases, there has been progress in reducing the state’s low-risk first birth C-section rate. The 111 hospitals that made the Smart Care C-Section Honor Roll account for 45 percent of the 242 hospitals that offer maternity services in California.

    “The decline in California’s rate for low-risk, first birth C-sections will lead to healthier babies and mothers,” said CHHS Secretary Diana Dooley. “Thanks to the hospitals and their staff for their hard work in achieving this measurable progress.”

    To respond to a rapid rise in unnecessary C-sections across the United States, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services adopted the Healthy People 2020 target of reducing nationwide C-section rates for low-risk, first-births to 23.9 percent. In October 2015, Smart Care California began its focus on this issue as well.

    “It’s encouraging that so many hospitals are making great progress to reduce their unnecessary cesarean deliveries, especially well in advance of the Healthy People 2020 target,” said Julie Morath, President and CEO of the Hospital Quality Institute.

    While life-saving in some circumstances, unnecessary C-sections can pose serious risks to mothers—higher rates of hemorrhage, transfusions, infection and blood clots—and babies—higher rates of infection, respiratory complications and neonatal intensive care unit stays.

    Evidence suggests that a woman’s chance of having a C-section largely depends on where she delivers and the practice pattern of her physician and clinical team. Even for low-risk, first-birth pregnancies, huge variation exists in hospital C-section rates. Rates in California hospitals range from less than 15 percent to more than 60 percent.

    The Joseph Family Center for Women and Newborn Care provides comprehensive obstetrical and gynecological care with a family-centered focus and individualized support services and has been nationally certified Baby Friendly since 2010. This certification recognizes hospitals that have made a dedicated commitment to help mothers with breastfeeding, providing the tools and support for moms to be successful with breastfeeding, including training and educational programs for both staff and parents. They also offer a nurturing environment that supports mother and infant bonding immediately after delivery.

    Tahoe Forest Hospital Receives the 2018 Women’s Choice Award® as One of America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics

    women's choice award logo

    Tahoe Forest Hospital has been named as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics by the Women’s Choice Award®. The recognition signifies that Tahoe Forest Hospital is in the top 17% of 2,815 U.S. hospitals offering obstetrics. This is the fourth time Tahoe Forest Hospital has been awarded the Women’s Choice Award for America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics.

     

    “Our great medical and hospital staff at the Joseph Family Center for Women and Newborn Care strive to deliver excellent care every day—and to take exceptional care of the moms, babies and families in our community,” said Harry Weis, Chief Executive Officer, Tahoe Forest Health System. “They truly care about their patients, and this award is a great recognition of their skill, compassion and effectiveness.”

     

    The methodology for the America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics is unique in that it combines national accreditations, Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey results and hospital outcome scores with primary research about women’s healthcare preferences. It is the only award recognizing excellence in obstetric services based on robust criteria that consider patient satisfaction and clinical excellence.

     

    The America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics distinction is based on the following specific criteria:

    • The percentage of patients reporting through the HCAHPS survey that they would definitely recommend the hospital
    • Patient safety ranking based on 11 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ measures of infection and complication rates
    • Low rates of early elective deliveries (between 0-1%)
    • Baby-Friendly USA designation, a World Health Organization (WHO)/United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) initiative to support best practices for breast feeding education and counseling

    Tahoe Forest Hospital’s Joseph Family Center for Women and Newborn Care is a state-of-the-art facility designed with the needs, safety and comfort of new moms and families in mind. The new facility includes private birthing suites, each featuring a JacuzziTM tub, and private postpartum suites. Telemetry monitors ensure baby’s safety while allowing laboring mothers to walk about, use a birthing ball, shower, or relax in the JacuzziTM. To allow for skin-to-skin contact immediately after birth, radiant heaters on the ceiling keep mom and baby warm and comfortable. The four postpartum rooms allow moms to be close to their babies for their entire stay after the baby is born.

     

    The Joseph Family Center for Women and Newborn Care provides comprehensive obstetrical and gynecological care with a family-centered focus and individualized support services and has been nationally certified Baby Friendly since 2010. This certification recognizes hospitals that have made a dedicated commitment to help mothers with breastfeeding, providing the tools and support for moms to be successful with breastfeeding, including training and educational programs for both staff and parents. They also offer a nurturing environment that supports mother and infant bonding immediately after delivery.

    Tahoe Forest Health System Welcomes First Baby of the New Year

    Tahoe Forest Hospital New Year's Baby

    Tahoe Forest Hospital is pleased to announce that the first baby of the New Year was born Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at 9:44 p.m. The baby was delivered by Dr. Shawni Coll.

    New baby boy George McCadden weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces at birth, and measured 22 inches. The proud parents, Sara McBee and Andrew McCadden, live in Truckee.

    Because the baby’s due date was January 1, Sara’s mom had wondered if they might have the first baby of the New Year. “When I found out he was going to be the first,” said Sara, she thought, “My mom’s going to be happy.”

    The new family was pleased with the care they received at Tahoe Forest’s new OB unit, the Joseph Family Center for Women Newborn Care, where they enjoyed their quiet, private room with its own Jacuzzi. The nurses were helpful and informative, and take care of you, and take care of baby, according to Sara. “I wish we could take the nurses with us,” she said.

    The new family was presented with a gift basket, in honor of the first baby of the New Year, provided by The Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation, with special baby items from the Gift Tree gift shop, located in the main lobby at Tahoe Forest Hospital.

    Tahoe Forest Health System Now Offering State-of-the-Art Mammography Exams

    Technician and patient with New Genius™ 3D Mammography™ Tomosynthesis Technology

    Tahoe Forest Health System is committed to the fight against breast cancer and recently announced a new and more accurate tool for breast cancer screening available in our community.

    Tahoe Forest Hospital’s Briner Imaging Center now offers Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exams, a breakthrough technology in mammograms. Using advanced breast tomosynthesis technology, Genius exams significantly increase the detection of breast cancers, while simultaneously decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing.

    In conventional 2D mammography, overlapping tissue may cause small breast cancers to be missed and normal tissue may appear abnormal, leading to unnecessary callbacks. A Genius exam includes a three-dimensional method of imaging that can greatly reduce the tissue overlap effect.

    The Hologic system is recommended for women of all ages and breast densities. The system allows radiologists to more effectively pinpoint the size, shape and location of abnormalities. This leads to better detection and greater peace of mind for patients.

    • The Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam is the only mammogram FDA approved as superior for women with dense breasts compared to 2D mammography alone.
    • The Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam finds 20-65% more invasive breast cancers than 2D alone.
    • Studies show that Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exams reduce callbacks by up to 40%.

     

    A Genius exam includes both 2D images and tomosynthesis scans. During the tomosynthesis-dimensional portion of the exam, an X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple images. A computer then converts the images into a stack of thin layers, allowing the radiologist to review the breast tissue one layer at a time.

    A Genius exam requires no additional compression and takes just a few seconds longer than a conventional 2D breast cancer screening exam.

    If you would like to schedule a Genius 3D Mammography™ exam, or have questions about this important breast health procedure, please contact our radiology department at (530) 582-6510.

    Tahoe Forest Hospital Receives National Recognition for Performance Leadership in Outcomes and Patient Satisfaction

    Tahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee, CA

    Tahoe Forest Hospital has been recognized by The Chartis Center for Rural Health/iVantage Health Analytics and the National Organization of State Office of Rural Health (NOSORH) for overall excellence in Outcomes and Patient Satisfaction reflecting top quartile performance among all rural hospitals in the nation.

     

    “This recognition reflects the great work being done every day by our outstanding staff,” said Harry Weis, TFHS Chief Executive Officer. “And it truly reflects our mission to make a difference in our community with excellence and compassion in all that we do.”

     

    The rankings are determined each year using iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength INDEX®, the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. In partnership with NOSORH, iVantage Health Analytics has developed a data-driven program designed to identify excellence across a broad spectrum of indicators relevant to hospital performance and patient care. The Hospital Strength INDEX captures performance metrics for all rural and Critical Access Hospitals. Leveraging data from public data sources, INDEX aggregates data from more than 50 individual metrics into three major categories and eight pillars to derive a single strength overall rating for each facility.

     

    “It’s great to recognize these top performers who are excelling in managing risk, achieving higher quality, securing better outcomes, increasing patient satisfaction, or operating at a lower cost than their peers,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader of the Chartis Center for Rural Health. “These leaders serve as a benchmark for other rural facilities as they strive to achieve similar results and provide a blueprint for how to successfully run a hospital and serve their communities amidst today’s uncertainty and mounting pressures.”

     

    Biofeedback - Integrative Healthcare for Mind and Body

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    Train in the biofeedback states of relaxation, mindfulness and coherence

    Biofeedback teaches self-regulation skills you can use for life—without side effects. Precise instruments measure physiological activity such as breathing, heart function, muscle activity, skin temperature and skin conductance. These instruments rapidly and accurately “feed back” information to the user to promote changes in thinking, emotions and behavior. Over time, these changes can endure without continued use of an instrument.

    Biofeedback can:

    • Relieve and ease chronic pain
    • Increase relaxation skills
    • Reduce stress
    • Enhance sports performance

    Biofeedback can also help ease:

    • Anxiety
    • Migraine and tension headaches
    • Digestive disorders
    • High blood pressure
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Insomnia
    • Phobias
    • Asthma
    • TMJD
    • Reynaud’s disease

    For more information and to make an appointment
    Call (530) 587-3769

    Training by Linda MacKenzie Parks RN, BCB
    Certified Biofeedback Therapist

    Tahoe Forest Center for Health
    10710 Donner Pass Road • Truckee, CA 96161 • (530) 587-3769

    Tahoe Forest Health System Raising Awareness of Sepsis

    Knowing the Symptoms of Sepsis Can Save Lives

    Tahoe Forest Health System wants to inform our community about the third leading cause of death in the U.S.—sepsis.

    Sepsis is the body’s overwhelming and life-threating response to infection, which can lead to tissue damage, organ failure and death. Because sepsis can not only be treated, but prevented, thousands of lives can be saved each year by simply raising awareness of its symptoms.

    “There are so many people right here in our local community who could be affected by sepsis and we wanted to take this opportunity to raise awareness for this entirely treatable condition,” said Judy Newland, TFHS Chief Operating Officer.

    Sepsis Statistics

    • Sepsis is a medical emergency that kills over 250,000 Americans a year—one every two minutes—which is more than prostate cancer, breast cancer, and AIDS, combined.
    • More than 42,000 children develop severe sepsis each year and 4,400 of these children lose their life, more than from pediatric cancers.
    • Someone is diagnosed with sepsis every 20 seconds in the U.S.
    • According to the 2016 Sepsis Alliance Annual Survey, only 55 percent of adults have even heard of sepsis.
    • Sepsis is a worldwide emergency. More than 26 million people from around the globe are affected by sepsis each year and is the largest killer of children—more than 5 million each year.

    Symptoms of sepsis may include shivering and fever, extreme pain, accelerated heartbeat, sleepy and difficult to rouse, skin pale or discolored, or shortness of breath. If you suspect someone you know or love may have sepsis, see a medical professional immediately, call 911, or go to a hospital and say, “I am concerned about sepsis.”

    For more information about sepsis, visit www.sepsis.org.

    Dr. Laurence Heifetz Joins Speakers at the Chemotherapy Foundation Symposium™

    Laurence J. Heifetz, MD, FACP, Medical Director of the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center

    Laurence J. Heifetz, MD, FACP, Medical Director of the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center, delivered a very well received presentation, entitled “Harnessing Telehealth for State-of-the-Art Rural Oncology,” at the 35th Annual Chemotherapy Foundation Symposium November 9 in New York.

    Dr. Heifetz shared his expertise in bringing advanced cancer care to remote rural areas. He developed this model at the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center by partnering with UC Davis to create the UC Davis Cancer Care Network, using telemedicine and virtual meetings with UC Davis physicians to efficiently bring state-of-the-art oncology services and clinical trials to patients the Sierra Valley and South Lake Tahoe.

    Dr. Heifetz, Medical Director of the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center, which he founded in 2006, is also a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the UC Davis School of Medicine. Dr. Heifetz is on the forefront of expanding the use of telehealth for patients in areas not served by a traditional oncology practice.

    The Chemotherapy Foundation Symposium™ brings together more than 2,000 healthcare professionals, including oncologists, hematologists, radiologists, immunologists, pharmacists, NPs, PAs, and patient advocates, and strives to deliver the latest answers to clinical challenges.

    Tahoe Forest Hospital Recognized as a Leader in Patient Safety

    Tahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee, CA

    CALNOC, the nation’s first nurse quality indicators database, announced its annual CALNOC Performance Excellence Awards in October, recognizing distinguished hospitals for excellent performance in the reduction of hospital acquired pressure ulcers, injuries from falls and infections.

    Tahoe Forest Hospital was recognized for Performance Excellence in:

    • Best Performance in Preventing Moderate and Injury Falls
    • Best Performance in Preventing Hospital Acquired Pressure Injuries (HAPI)
    • Special Recognition for Preventing Both HAPI and Injury Falls

    This recognition represents the dedication and commitment Tahoe Forest Hospital has to ensuring quality patient care and safety. Tahoe Forest has not only able to achieve excellence in preventing harm to patients but has also been able to sustain excellent performance over many quarters.

    “This is a tremendous recognition of the exacting quality care standards at Tahoe Forest Hospital,” said Harry Weis, CEO, TFHS. “We are proud of our team, who were recognized for these important safety programs, but we really thank our community. The awards and recognitions we receive are really our expression of appreciation to the communities we serve.”

    Tahoe Forest’s performance is the result of a team effort involving many—physicians, nurses, technicians, and support staff all working together.

    “We applaud the efforts of these hospitals in improving patient health and safety. Their work is exemplary and represents a lasting commitment to healthcare quality,” said Tony Sung, Chief Executive Officer for CALNOC.

    Dr. Thomas Semrad Presents Important Research

    Dr. Thomas Semrad Presents Important Research

    Medical Oncologist and Hematologist, Thomas J Semrad, MD, MAS, FACP, of the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center, recently presented his findings at the 87th Annual Meeting of the American Thyroid Association in Victoria, BC. Dr. Semrad is a nationally recognized researcher in cancer treatment and a principal investigator on multiple leading edge clinical trials.

    Dr. Semrad and colleagues from UC Davis shared the important results of their study to further understanding and treatment of thyroid cancer. The title of their study is “Survival After Tracheolaryngeal Surgery for Anaplastic/Undifferentiated, Insular and Squamous Cell Thyroid Cancer.”

    Over 1,200 thyroid clinicians, investigators and healthcare professionals from around the world attended the conference to hear the latest clinical and basic science research on thyroid disease. The American Thyroid Association is the leading organization focused on thyroid biology and the prevention and treatment of thyroid disorders through excellence and innovation in research, clinical care, education, and public health.

    Tahoe Forest Health System Implements New Mercy Epic Computer System

    Tahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee, CA

    Tahoe Forest Health System is implementing a new Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system called Epic, which is scheduled to go live on November 1, 2017. The new Epic system is one of the most widely used electronic tools in health care, and will be available in both our inpatient and outpatient settings. 

    Tahoe Forest Health System would like our patients to know:

    • We appreciate your patience, as there may be minor delays when you register for services as we adapt to the new system beginning November 1, 2017.
    • If you currently use OCHIN MyChart, you’ll be given a new activation code to sign in to the new version of MyChart at your first appointment with us that occurs after 11/1/17.
    • Beginning November 1, hospital and MultiSpecialty Clinic charges will appear on the same statement, and most services that occur on the same date will also appear on your statement. The exception is charges for emergency room physicians, radiologists and anesthesiologists, which will remain separate. 
    • You’ll continue to receive statements from our current system for services rendered before 11/1/17. Please note that statements will look a bit different and you’ll be given a new account number, which you’ll need if making payments to your account online.
    • Our HELP Financial Payment Plan will continue as always with no changes.
    • Please note your identification and insurance cards will now be required at the time of each visit in order to avoid cash payment at the time service. 
    • If you have questions about your new bill, financial assistance, or any of these changes please call us at (530) 582-3598.

    We’re making even more patient experience improvements in 2018 with the launch of a new centralized scheduling program. This service will save you time with scheduling, registration, billing and insurance claims. 

    Tahoe Forest Women's Center Joins TFHS

    tahoe Forest women's center, truckee, ca

    Tahoe Forest Health System is pleased to announce that Tahoe Forest Women’s Center, with Peter Taylor, MD, FACOG, Steve Thompson, MD, FACOG, Shawni Coll, DO, FACOG, Cara Streit, MD, FACOG, and Janet Brooks, NP, will join Tahoe Forest Health System on November 1, 2017. 

    Tahoe Forest Women’s Center specializes in:

    • Prenatal Care
    • Labor and Delivery
    • Postpartum and Lactation Care
    • Gynecologic Services
    • Well Woman Care
    • Menopause Management
       

    Since 1984, Tahoe Forest Women’s Center has delivered over 10,000 babies in our community. Striving to provide the highest quality and standard of care, they provide patients with all the information they need for any decisions regarding their care and procedures.

    Tahoe Forest Women’s Center advocates preventative medicine, such as annual exams, PAP smears and mammography, as well as problem-oriented care, extending from puberty through menopause, including hormonal therapy and osteoporosis prevention. They believe that good preconception planning and prenatal care are important aspects of a successful pregnancy and are progressive and current in pregnancy care.

    The practice will remain in the same location at 10175 Levon Avenue in Truckee, and appointments can be made by calling (530) 587-1041.

    Sasha Musso, PA-C, Joins Team at Incline Health Center

    Sasha Musso, PA-C, Incline Health Center, Incline Village, NV

    Incline Village Community Hospital is pleased to announce Sasha Musso, PA-C, is joining the team at Incline Health Center, 880 Alder Ave, Incline Village, on the 2nd Floor of Incline Village Community Hospital.

    Incline Health Center offers individualized care right here in our community.

    Sasha completed her training in Physician Assistant Studies at Idaho State University in 2015 and has been working in Chico, California. She is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

    She has extensive experience in primary care with patients of all ages. She is accepting new patients and most insurance is accepted. For appointments, please call (775) 831-6200.

    Congratulations to our Community's Best

    The Sierra Sun and North Lake Tahoe Bonanza recently announced the winners of the 2017 Best of North Lake Tahoe and Truckee.

    Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to every care provider and staff member at Tahoe Forest Health System who works tirelessly to keep our community health and strong. 

    You are the best!

    best of tahoe truckee 2017

    Harry Weis, Chief Executive Officer of Tahoe Forest Health System Recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review

    Harry Weis, TFHS CEO

    Harry Weis, Chief Executive Officer of Tahoe Forest Health System, has been named in Becker's Hospital Review 2017 edition of "60 Critical Access Hospital CEOs to Know" list.

    Weis is the only chief executive officer of a Critical Access Hospital in all of California, Nevada or Arizona to be named on Becker’s list. The Becker’s Hospital Review list recognizes CEOs, presidents and administrators for their leadership of nationally recognized critical access hospitals.

    The men and women included on this list are at the helm of organizations regularly recognized for safety and quality. Many led their hospitals through expansions, mergers and EHR implementations. The individuals on this list are also key members of the community, serving on corporate boards and state-level initiatives to improve access to care.

    “Our deep commitment to continuous improvement and expanding regional healthcare is based on our care and compassion for our community. As we continue to strive to provide the best care possible, every commendation we receive is a sincere thank- you back to our residents for the privilege of serving them,” said Weis.

    The full list of Becker's "60 Critical Access Hospitals to Know 2017" list and individual CEO profiles can be viewed here.

    Note: Individuals did not and cannot pay to be included on the list. Leaders are presented in alphabetical order.

    Mountain Health Today Now Airing on Lake Tahoe TV and TFHD.com

    mountain health today TV show

    Tahoe Forest Health System is pleased to present Mountain Health Today, produced by Tahoe Forest Health System and Lake Tahoe Television.

    This show focuses on health care topics that are important to the community in the Truckee and Lake Tahoe area.   

    “We created Mountain Health Today as a new way to inform our community about important healthcare topics that may affect them,” said Harry Weis, Chief Executive Officer of Tahoe Forest Health System. “The TV show also allows us to introduce new information about services that might be important for the community to access. The shows are interesting and informative, and cover a variety of topics,” said Weis.

    Mountain Health Today is available to watch on Channel 14 in Truckee, on Channel 195 in North Lake Tahoe, and Channel 12 in South Lake Tahoe. It can also be viewed online by clicking here.

    Incline Village Community Hospital Awarded Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program Accreditation

    Incline Village Community Hospital

    Incline Village Community Hospital was recently awarded accreditation from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), an independent, accreditation organization recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). It earned this distinction after HFAP conducted an extensive and objective review of the quality and safety standards of Incline Village Community Hospital.

    “We’re proud to achieve this prestigious distinction,” said Judy Newland, Administrator, Incline Village Community Hospital/ Chief Operating Officer, Tahoe Forest Health System. “The awarding of the HFAP accreditation is a significant achievement that recognizes our commitment to providing outstanding care to our patients and our community. In fact, quality is consistently the priority focus in our strategic plans and goals.”

    “Incline Village Community Hospital clearly demonstrates a commitment to quality patient care,” said Lawrence Haspel, DO Chairman of the Bureau of Healthcare Facilities Accreditation for the HFAP. “We base our decision on federal standards, as well as recognized national standards for patient safety, quality improvement, and environmental safety. Incline Village Community Hospital met or exceeded the standards in every case.”

    About HFAP:
    The Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) is a nationally recognized not-for-profit accreditation organization with deeming authority from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Originally created in 1945, the HFAP is the oldest accrediting body in the country. The HFAP surveying process and standards benefit from oversight by a wide range of medical professionals, including both allopathic and osteopathic disciplines. The HFAP accreditation is recognized by the federal government, state governments, managed care organizations, and insurance companies. For more information about the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Programs, go to: www.hfap.org.

    In 2015, the HFAP was acquired by the Accreditation Association, a family of organizations committed to developing standards to advance and promote patient safety, quality care and value for health care through peer-based accreditation processes, education and research. Accreditation Association organizations include the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), Accreditation Association for Hospitals/Health Systems (AAHHS), AAAHC Institute for Quality Improvement and Acreditas Global.

    Incline Village Community Hospital Welcomes New Physician

    Incline Village Community Hospital

    Incline Village Community Hospital is pleased to announce Dr. Loretta O’Brien is joining the team at Incline Health Center, 880 Alder Ave, Incline Village, on the 2nd Floor of Incline Village Community Hospital.

    Incline Health Center offers individualized care right here in our community.

    Dr. O’Brien attended medical school at the F. Edward Herbert School of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland, and completed her residency at the Travis Air Force Base David Grant Medical Center.

    She is board certified in internal medicine and has extensive experience in primary and urgent care with patients of all ages.

    She is accepting new patients and most insurance is accepted. For appointments, please call (775) 831-6200.

    New Orthopedic Surgeon Joins Tahoe Forest Orthopedics

    Tahoe Forest Hospital

    Joining the team at Tahoe Forest Orthopedics, Dr. Paul Haeder has broad training in general orthopedics and is fellowship-trained in sports medicine. He treats common orthopedic problems from fractures to joint replacements, including anterior total hip replacements. With his fellowship, he has additional training in hip arthroscopy, shoulder replacement and sports medicine surgery.

    Dr. Haeder, a Board Eligible Orthopedic Surgeon, graduated with honors from the University of South Dakota and earned his medical degree at Sanford School of Medicine in Vermillion, South Dakota. He interned in general surgery at the Mayo Clinic and completed his orthopedic residency at the University of Kansas in Wichita. Dr. Haeder then completed his orthopedic sports medicine fellowship training at SOAR (Sports Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Medicine Associates) in San Francisco.

    Tahoe Forest Orthopedics is a service of Tahoe Forest Health System and specializes in total anterior hip replacement, joint replacement surgery, knee and shoulder reconstruction, foot and ankle surgery, arthroscopy and industrial medicine.

    New patients are welcome. To schedule and appointment, please call (530) 587-7461. The office is located at 10051 Lake Avenue, Suite 3, Truckee, CA 96161.

    Tahoe Forest Health System Reduces Measure C General Obligation Bond Tax Rate

    Tahoe Forest Hospital

    The Tahoe Forest Hospital District (TFHD) Board of Directors voted unanimously to decrease the Measure C general obligation (GO) bond rate to $19.78 per $100,000 of assessed homeowner property values at their regular meeting held on July 27, 2017.

    The debt service requirement for the GO bonds in the 2017/2018 fiscal year is $4,845,875.02. Using data from Placer and Nevada counties, the District Board voted for the rate to be $19.78 per $100,000 of assessed property value, using 75% of the District’s tax revenue reserves. The remaining 25% of tax revenue reserves will be used in future years to further reduce the impact to taxpayers.

    Last year, a rate of $23.48 per $100,000 of assessed property value was needed to cover the District’s GO bond debt service requirement, using 20% of the District’s tax revenue reserves, allowing the remaining 80% of tax revenue reserves to be used in the 2017/2018 fiscal year.

    The Tahoe Forest Hospital District Measure C general obligation bond was passed by local voters in 2006 in the amount of $98.5 million dollars, and was based on the need for the District to comply with Senate Bill 1953 mandating hospitals to meet new state seismic requirements.

    In addition to upgrades needed for Tahoe Forest Hospital’s seismically noncompliant structures, the General Obligation bond supported projects the community deemed high priority, including the modernization of the Women and Family (OB) Center, the 24-Hour Emergency Department, the Long Term Care Facility, and the construction of the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center for our community.

    Becker's Hospital Review Names 100 Community Hospital CIOs to Know

    Jake Dorst, CIO

    Jake Dorst, TFHS CIO, Recognized

    Becker's Hospital Review recently presented its first edition of 100 Community Hospital CIOs to Know. Jake Dorst, Chief Information and Innovation Officer at Tahoe Forest Health System was named with this prestigious designation.

    Hospitals and health systems rely on CIOs and IT department leaders to develop a long-term technology strategy and oversee EMR implementation and support, telehealth, health information exchanges, cybersecurity and more. Those who lead a community hospital or health system's IT department and functions face unique challenges in their efforts to connect with patients, physician offices and other care settings—often across broad geographies using limited resources.

    The professionals on the Becker’s list of 100 are set apart by the outstanding recognitions they've earned and exciting new projects they're piloting. Many individuals on this list are members of the Health Integration and Management Systems Society, and their workplaces earned spots on Hospitals & Health Network's Health Care's Most Wired list in 2017.

    The Becker's editorial team solicited nominations and conducted internal research to develop this list. Individuals and organizations represented did not pay and cannot pay for inclusion. For the complete list, go to Becker's Hospital Review.

    Tahoe Forest Hospital Named In Becker’s Hospital Review “62 Critical Access Hospitals To Know 2017”

    tahoe forest hospital staff in front of hospital

    For the third year in a row Tahoe Forest Hospital was named in Becker’s Hospital Review’s list of “Critical Access Hospitals to Know” in the United States. Tahoe Forest Hospital is honored to know we are the only critical access hospital in California, Nevada or Arizona to receive this prestigious designation.

    The list features critical access hospitals that have demonstrated excellence in caring for their communities and going the extra mile for their patients. “At Tahoe Forest, our focus is providing excellent and compassionate care to our community, ” said Harry Weis, Chief Executive Officer, Tahoe Forest Health System. “It’s what we strive to do every day. This focus on excellence is a ‘thank you’ to the people we serve in our community.”

    To develop this list, the Becker's Healthcare editorial team examined the rakings and awards from organizations such as iVantage Health Analytics, Healthgrades, the National Rural Health Association, Truven Health Analytics, Women's Choice Award and Leapfrog Group. The team also considered the hospital's community impact and reputation for innovation.

    Critical access hospitals must have no more than 25 inpatient beds, have an annual length of stay of no more than 96 hours for acute care, offer 24/7 emergency care, and be located at least 35 miles from another hospital. There are more than 1,332 critical access hospitals in the United States.

    For a complete list of selected hospitals, go to http://www.beckershospitalreview.com.

     

    Tahoe Forest Health System Chief Executive Officer Harry Weis Appointed to American Hospital Association Governance Committee

    Harry Weis, Tahoe Forest Health System CEO

    Harry Weis, CEO, Tahoe Forest Health System, has been appointed by the American Hospital Association (AHA) to serve on the Council of the AHA Section for Small or Rural Hospitals. He is one of two appointed individuals representing the six western states of the United States. His three-year term begins in January of 2018. “I’m humbled and honored to serve in this national governance committee role for small or rural hospitals,” said Weis.

    Mr. Weis has served as the Chief Executive Officer for Tahoe Forest Health System since 2015. He has more than 39 years of progressive healthcare executive experience in small and large individual hospitals and in large healthcare systems, including not-for-profit, publicly-traded for profit, and public health systems across the nation. He is a champion of innovation and passionate about delivering a new model of healthcare that is integrated, high quality, compassionate and proactive.

    The Council of the AHA Section for Small or Rural Hospitals acts as a liaison with other health care and consumer organizations concerned with common issues. It also works to foster communication between the AHA and its members. Council members take a leadership role and are responsible for issue identification, policy development and implementation of policies and programs particular to smaller health care systems like Tahoe Forest—with the overall goal of improving health care for everyone.

    About the AHA
    The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the health improvement of their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 43,000 individual members. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit the AHA website at www.aha.org.

    Karen Sessler, MD, is Recipient of Tahoe Forest Health System's Pam and Tom Hobday Spirit Of Giving Award

    Karen Sessler with past Spirit of Giving Award recipients: Billy McCullough, Randy Hill, Pam Hobday, Patti Boxeth, Gary Boxeth

    Karen Sessler, MD, was presented with the 2017 Spirit of Giving award at a ceremony on Tuesday, June 27, 2017. The event was hosted by the Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation and was held at Martis Camp in Truckee, California.

    The Spirit of Giving award is given to an individual, family or organization that has made a positive difference and has demonstrated extraordinary dedication to the health of the community.

    The Spirit of Giving award is the namesake of local residents Tom and Pam Hobday, who were honored with the inaugural award in 2007.

    Previous Spirit of Giving recipients include:

    Tom and Pam Hobday - 2007

    Randy Hill - 2009

    Patti and Gary Boxeth, 2010

    Billy McCullough - 2013

    “Karen Sessler’s years of service to Tahoe Forest Health System has made a positive impact on our community and we are proud to honor her contributions,” said Martha Simon, Executive Director for Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation.

    Karen joined the Tahoe Forest Hospital District Board of Directors in 2000 and served for 16 years.

    TAHOE FOREST HOSPITAL DISTRICT APPOINTS NEW BOARD MEMBER

    Tahoe Forest Hospital

     

    The Tahoe Forest Hospital District Board of Directors appointed Mary Gallagher Brown to the Board of Directors at special board meeting on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. She was sworn into office on June 22 at the regular meeting of the Board of Directors.

    The appointment fills the vacant seat of Greg Jellinek, MD, who relocated out of the Truckee Tahoe area. Dr. Jellinek’s seat is up for re-election in November 2018, along with two other District Board of Directors seats.

    Mary Gallagher Brown joins the board with more than 20 years of hospital governance experience in the Bay Area, including Providence Hospital Oakland, California- later merging with Summit Hospital.

    Ms. Brown remained on the board of directors when Summit Hospital merged with Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley, California until it became affiliated with Sutter Health until 2013.

    The Tahoe Forest Hospital District Board of Directors meetings are held the fourth Thursday of each month at the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District Administrative Offices, located at 11603 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, California 96161. Meetings are open to the public and interested members of the public will be provided the opportunity to address the Board on agenda items. Additionally, board meetings are streamed live on TTCTV and tfhd.com, and archived for future viewing.

    For more information about the TFHD Board of Directors, including meeting calendar, minutes and agendas, click here.

    Tahoe Forest MultiSpecialty Clinics Welcomes New Family Physician

    Dr. Catherine Colpitts

    Tahoe Forest MultiSpecialty Clinics is pleased to announce Dr. Catherine Colpitts is joining the Truckee offices of Drs. Lombard, Scholnick and Burkholder at 10798 Donner Pass Road. She will be expanding their services in primary care and complementing their tradition of excellence.

    Dr. Colpitts was raised locally in Squaw Valley. She attended medical school in Washington State at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, and completed her residency at the University of Nevada, Reno in Family Medicine.

    Family medicine physicians are trained in caring for the entire family, from children to seniors. Dr. Colpitts is excited to serve her hometown community and looks forward to meeting you.

    She is accepting new patients and most insurance is accepted. For appointments, please call (530) 582-1212.

    Joseph Family Center for Women and Newborn Care Now Open

    OB nurse preparing the room for the new family

    Tahoe Forest Heath System is proud to announce the completion of its new Joseph Family Center for Women and Newborn Care.

    The new Joseph Family Center for Women and Newborn Care, a Measure C project, completes years of improvements to the Tahoe Forest campus. Thanks to a voter-approved initiative providing funding, the Measure C improvements brought Tahoe Forest Hospital up to state-mandated seismic standards and modernized and upgraded life-saving health care facilities.

    “We are grateful to our community,” said Harry Weis, Tahoe Forest Health System Chief Executive Officer, “for the honor of allowing us to provide the best care possible for the moms, babies and families of the Tahoe/Truckee area.”

    The new, state-of-the-art facility, warmly decorated with photos by local photographers, includes private birthing suites, each featuring a JacuzziTM tub, and private postpartum suites. Telemetry monitors ensure baby’s safety while allowing laboring mothers to walk about, use a birthing ball, shower, or relax in the JacuzziTM. To allow for skin-to-shin contact after birth, radiant heaters were installed on the ceiling to keep mom and baby warm and comfortable.

    Tahoe Forest Hospital’s Joseph Family Center for Women and Newborn Care provides comprehensive obstetrical and gynecological care with a family-centered focus and individualized support services. It is a three-time winner of the Women’s Choice award for Best Hospitals for OB and has also been nationally certified Baby Friendly since 2010. This certification recognizes hospitals that have made a dedicated commitment to help mothers with breastfeeding. The Joseph Family Center for Women and Newborn Care provides the tools and support for moms to be successful with breastfeeding by providing extensive training and educational programs for both staff and parents. They also offer a nurturing environment that supports mother and infant bonding immediately after delivery.

    TAHOE FOREST GIFT AND THRIFT ANNOUNCES NEW LOCATION

    Tahoe Forest Hospice Thrift Store new location

    Thanks to the generosity of the Truckee/Tahoe Community, the Tahoe Forest Gift and Thrift in Truckee has outgrown its current location. The new location is 10338 River Park Place, which is on the corner of West River and Street and River Park Place, just southeast of historic downtown Truckee. All donations and purchases at Hospice Gift and Thrift benefit hospice programs at Tahoe Forest Hospital. The new store is scheduled to open July 12, 2017. You can contact Hospice Gift and Thrift at (530) 582-4947.

    Regular Store Shopping Hours:
    Monday - Saturday, 10 am* – 5 pm
    *Store opens at 11 am on the first day of every month

    Donations are accepted:
    Monday - Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm space permitting

    Tahoe Forest Hospice Thrift Store
    10338 River Park Place
    Truckee, CA
    (530) 582-4947

    Protecting And Managing Patient Identification Is Top Patient Safety Initiative At Tahoe Forest Health System

    Jake Dorst, CIO

    At Tahoe Forest Health System, patient safety is a top priority. One of the areas of focus is making patients safer through proper identification.

    Proper patient identification is crucial to delivering high-value care, but an increasingly digital environment presents an array of IT challenges. Duplicate records, medical identity theft, and payment fraud can lead medical errors, patient dissatisfaction, and revenue loss.

    In a recent podcast by Becker’s Hospital Review, Jake Dorst, Chief Information Officer at Tahoe Forest Health System, addressed challenges surrounding patient identification and discussed how Tahoe Forest used LifeMed ID to overcome barriers and protect patients.

    Mr. Dorst touched on the following topics:

    • How duplicate records and disparate EMRs impeded Tahoe Forest Health System, and how the health system achieved registration accuracy
    • Key IT initiatives the health system implemented regarding security and safety issues

    Listen to the full podcast here: https://soundcloud.com/asccomm/leveraging-patient-identification-management-technology-use-case

    Grief Support Group Meetings

    dandelion

    Tahoe Forest Hospice Services offers a Grief Support Group in a safe and supportive environment. The goal of our Grief Support Group is to develop insight into how to endure the loss of a loved one, to ease the burden of grieving alone, and to offer skills for adjusting to a new life situation.

    Group meetings are free of charge and open to the community. Meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm at Tahoe Forest Home Health and Hospice Office on 10875 Pioneer Trail, Suite 102, Truckee, CA. 

    Please contact Chelsea Roth, LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Tahoe Forest Hospice, (530) 582-6575, or croth@tfhd.com for more information or if you’d like to attend.

    HANDS ON SURGICAL EXPERIENCE FOR LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

    Students in operating room with Dr. Ringnes

    Approximately 60 Truckee, Incline and North Tahoe high school students experienced a session in the operating room as an orthopedic surgeon Wednesday with the help of University of Nevada Medical School and Tahoe Forest Health System. The students enrolled in advanced placement biology and human body systems classes scrubbed in to witness a total knee replacement surgery in the university’s advanced surgical lab.

    Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ringnes performed the surgery on one of the school’s cadavers. Students practiced with surgical instruments to understand the mechanics of the operation. After the surgery, the students toured the medical school’s anatomy and physiology lab.

    “This type of experience touches both college and career ready goals for our students,” said Kelli Twomey, coordinator of parent and community relations with the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. “This engages and challenges students at a higher level while informing them about possible careers.”

    Dan Coll, Tahoe Forest Hospital director of orthopedics, has organized this field trip three consecutive years with the help of the Tahoe Forest Health System’s surgical support staff and the hospital’s orthopedic surgeons.

    “Besides being a singularly amazing learning experience for these students, this trip informs them about career opportunities in the medical field,” Coll explained. “From the surgeon to the surgical tech, there are many people who play vital roles in healthcare. It also gives the students the chance to tour a university campus.”

    For a few students the up close nature of the lab proved to be a little overwhelming resulting in a few lightheaded moments. But, for others it helped solidify interests.

    “It was such a great experience. I’ve been interested in the medical field but didn’t know if I had the stomach for it. Now I know I can do it,” said Annie Guerra, a senior at Truckee High School. “Today I retracted skin, hammered something into the knee cap and removed something from the knee. I loved it and it helped me decide that I do want to go into the medical field.”

    Citizen’s Oversight Committee Releases Final Report After Successful Completion of Measure C Projects

    Citizens Oversight Committee: Christy Curtis, Sherrin Fielder, Paul Leyton (Vice Chair), Gerald Herrick (Chair), Sarah Wolfe, and Gary Davis (not pictured: Gary Boxeth)

    This year, voter-approved Measure C improvements brought Tahoe Forest Hospital up to state-mandated seismic standards and modernized and upgraded life-saving health care facilities. The General Obligation bond was approved in 2007, and in 2008, the Citizen’s Oversight Committee (COC), was formed to ensure the funds were expended only for projects authorized by the ballot measure.

    Gerald Herrick, Chairman of the Citizens Oversight Committee, noted the COC’s eight year’s of work in monitoring progress and ensuring that bond money was used solely for the voter-authorized projects. “The Citizen’s Oversight Committee met regularly during construction of the Measure C projects,” said Herrick. “Based on its findings, the COC has concluded that the funds were carefully and correctly managed.”

    Thanks to the dedicated work of community members who served on the COC—current members: Gary Boxeth, Christy Curtis, Gary Davis, Sherrin Fielder, Gerald Herrick, Paul Leyton, Mark Tanner and Sarah Wolfe; and past members: Andrea Baltzegar, Dale Chamblin, Caroline Ford, Randy Hill, Paul Kucharski, Larry Mace, John Moise, Leisa Peterson and Alyssa Westenburg—our region now benefits from:

    • Joseph Family Center for Women and Newborn Care The new state-of-the-art facility includes a dedicated operating room along with four labor and delivery suites and four postpartum suites, and meets current California seismic and building codes.
    • Long Term Care Center Due to seismic upgrade requirements, part of the building was demolished and replaced with a 3,500 square foot annex that provides new nurses stations as well as patient and public spaces. The new facility now offers 24-hour care and 37 beds, as well as amenities such as recreational programs, nutritional services, laundry and onsite salon services.
    • Emergency Department Undergoing major renovation, the Emergency Department was reconfigured to allow for two private triage areas, increased patient capacity, easier patient access and a comfortable lobby for waiting family and friends.
    • Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center This facility offers state-of-the–art medical oncology, hematology and radiation oncology services. An affiliate of UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center provides local access to high-quality cancer treatment, in an caring and supportive environment.

     

    Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center Completes ASTRO’s Accreditation Program for Excellence (APEx®)

    Varian TruBeam at Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center

    The Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center has demonstrated compliance with the standards of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Accreditation Program for Excellence (APEx®), effective May 18, 2017, for a four-year accreditation of their radiation oncology services. APEx is an independent radiation oncology practice accreditation program developed by ASTRO based on a comprehensive set of sixteen evidence-based standards of radiation oncology practice. The sixteen standards are focused on five pillars of patient care: 1) the process of care; 2) the radiation oncology team; 3) safety; 4) quality management; and 5) patient-centered care.

    We are very pleased to receive APEx accreditation from the premier radiation oncology society in the world,” said Daphne Palmer, MD, Medical Director of Radiation Oncology at the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center. “Evaluating our processes in relation to ASTRO’s high standards, including standards for safety and quality, validates our practices and recognizes the efforts of our radiation oncology team to deliver patient-centered radiation oncology care.”

    “ASTRO is proud to recognize Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center for achieving APEx accreditation,” said ASTRO chair David C. Beyer, MD, FASTRO. “It has demonstrated a commitment to providing their patients with safe, high-quality radiation therapy services.”

    Accreditation through APExis a rigorous, voluntary, multi-step process that can take up to one year to complete. Each center seeking APEx accreditation must have its policies and procedures evaluated using objective, verifiable expectations for performance in radiation oncology. It must demonstrate its commitment to high standards of safety and quality in the practice of radiation oncology and that it practices patient-centered care by promoting effective communication, coordinating treatment, and engaging patients and their families as partners in care.

    APEx has a distinctive program structure that includes both a self-assessment process and a facility visit conducted by a medical physicist and a radiation oncologist, radiation therapist, nurse, dosimetrist, nurse practitioner, physician assistant or practice administrator. APEx integrates Maintenance of Certification (MOC) templates that promote value and efficiency for physicians and final evaluation reports that link standards and performance to quality improvement resources. APEx applicants also have access to a library of quality improvement practice management tools to facilitate a culture of safety. APEx reflects competencies and practices identified and endorsed in the 2012 ASTRO publication Safety is No Accident: A Framework for Quality Radiation Oncology and Care.

     

    About Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center

    A service of Tahoe Forest Health System, located in Truckee, California, the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center’s mission is to provide the highest quality cancer treatment and care. An affiliate of UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Commission on Cancer accredited, the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center strives to offer the most appropriate and current cancer diagnostic and therapeutic modalities in an honest, supportive, respectful and compassionate manner. For more information, visit tahoecancercenter.com.

     

    About ASTRO

    ASTRO is the premier radiation oncology society in the world, with more than 10,000 members who are physicians, nurses, biologists, physicists, radiation therapists, dosimetrists and other health care professionals who specialize in treating patients with radiation therapies. As the leading organization in radiation oncology, the Society is dedicated to improving patient care through professional education and training, support for clinical practice and health policy standards, advancement of science and research, and advocacy. ASTRO publishes three medical journals, International Journal of Radiation Oncology • Biology • Physics (www.redjournal.org), Practical Radiation Oncology (www.practicalradonc.org) and Advances in Radiation Oncology (www.advancesradonc.org); developed and maintains an extensive patient website, RT Answers (http://www.rtanswers.org); and created the Radiation Oncology Institute (www.roinstitute.org), a nonprofit foundation to support research and education efforts around the world that enhance and confirm the critical role of radiation therapy in improving cancer treatment. To learn more about ASTRO, visit www.astro.org.

     

    Incline Village Community Hospital Participates in Community-Wide Disaster Drill

    Incline Village Community Hospital nurses Janet Glenny and Mike Freed assess a Community Emergency Response Team volunteer with a simulated severe leg injury during the airport disaster exercise

    MASS CASUALTY SIMULATION EXERCISE

    On Thursday, April 27, Reno-Tahoe International Airport simulated a major aircraft incident as part of a mass casualty exercise. The Federal Aviation Administration requires commercial airports to hold a full-scale disaster drill every three years.

    According to airport spokesperson Trish Tucker, the mock scenario, dubbed “Broken Wing,” involved an inbound flight from Mexico City that caught fire due to an explosion upon landing.

    There were approximately 84 volunteer “victims” in torn clothing and makeup to simulate injuries ranging from scratches to broken legs. The airport's fire department, Reno Fire Department, REMSA and other agencies worked to triage patients based upon their injuries—practicing what would happen if a mass-casualty incident actually occurred, and some of the volunteers were then transported from the scene to area hospitals.

    Incline Village Community Hospital participated in this drill, accepting 10 green tag patients that were transported from the scene of the disaster simulation. Janet Glenny, RN, acted as Incident Commander for the drill. All of the nurses in Incline’s Emergency Room played an important role by registering, and later discharging, all 10 patients.  

    The Incline Village General Improvement District (IVGID) also took part by providing a shuttle to transport the patients to and from Reno. This was a great opportunity for the hospital to implement and practice its disaster plan to ensure preparedness in the event of a real large-scale emergency.

    Ceremony Honors 2017 Nurses Of Excellence

    Nurses of Excellence 2017 award winners

    Tahoe Forest Health System announced its 2017 Nurses of Excellence in a special ceremony on Wednesday, May 9. Nurses of Excellence exhibit exceptional qualities in areas of clinical competence, leadership, and commitment to the nursing profession. In recognition of National Nurses Week, May 6 through 12, each year since 1990 Tahoe Forest Health system gives special thanks to all nurses and honors exceptional nurses with the Nurses of Excellence award.

    Top honors went to the following five nurses, were also specially recognized for their exceptional skill and outstanding service, and also for demonstrating the Tahoe Forest values of quality, understanding, excellence, service and teamwork:

    Janet Glenny – Incline Village Community Hospital Emergency Department – Quality

    Stacie Renno – Long Tem Care Center – Understanding

    Lisa Wry – Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center – Excellence

    Samantha Shields – Surgery Department – Stewardship

    Lindsey St. Martin – Intensive Care Unit – Teamwork

    These nurses were recognized for excellence in their profession, knowledge, teamwork, and high quality care for their patients.

    “Our mission at Tahoe Forest,” said Harry Weis, Chief Executive Officer, Tahoe Forest Health System, “is to serve our community through excellence and compassion every day. During National Nurses Week, we honor Nurses of Excellence, but we’re also honoring all nurses for their service throughout the year.”

    “Your dedication to our patients and your fellow staff has not gone unnoticed,” said Karen Baffone, Chief Nursing Officer, Tahoe Forest Health System, as she addressed the assembled group. “Thank you to all of our nurses for all you do—every day!”

    The other 2017 Nurses of Excellence Nominees were:

    Vicki Howitt, Missy Pursel, Jadwiga Auckenthaler, Terry Avilla, Heidi Blide, John Christian, Misty Garberson, Lori Graham, Laura Guzzo, Colleen Joslin, Cassy Kiehn, Cora Killian, Brian Lyczko, Wendy Mastroianni, Bev Schnobrich, Lindsey St. Martin

    Nominees were selected by their peers and are considered to be dedicated role models in the community. As a nurse, one needs to be a highly dedicated person with varied interests, strengths and passions as nurses work in various facilities like emergency rooms, maternity wards and pediatric offices, to name a few. A dedicated nurse has many roles —from staff nurse to educator to nurse practitioner and nurse researcher, striving to serve all of them with passion for the profession and with a strong commitment to patient safety.

    Cancer Center Receives Recognition from Largest Oncology Society in United States

    Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center

    The Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center has been recognized by the QOPI Certification Program (QCP™), an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), as successfully completing a three-year certification program for outpatient hematology-oncology practices that meet nationally recognized standards for quality cancer care. QCP builds on ASCO’s Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®).

    “This certification is a reflection of the excellent work done at our cancer center,” said Melissa Kaime, MD, FACP, Director of Oncology Quality Programs at the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center. “We are absolutely committed to providing extraordinary, compassionate care to our patients.”

    In applying for certification, Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center participated in a voluntary comprehensive site assessment against clearly specified standards that are consistent with national guidelines and was successful in meeting the standards and objectives of QCP.

    “ASCO’s QOPI certification recognizes those oncology practices that are committed to delivering the highest quality of cancer care,” said ASCO President Daniel F. Hayes, MD, FASCO. “By achieving certification, these practices have demonstrated their commitment to quality and safety excellence in the care they deliver to patients, as well as to the continuous process of quality improvement.”

    QOPI is a voluntary self-assessment and improvement program launched by ASCO in 2006 to help hematology-oncology and medical oncology practices assess the quality of the care they provide to patients. Through the QOPI program, practices abstract data from patients’ records up to twice per year and enter this information into a secure database. More than 900 oncology practices have registered for the QOPI program.

    The QOPI Certification Program was launched in January 2010, and more than 250 practices are currently certified. This certification for outpatient oncology practices is the first program of its kind for oncology in the United States. Oncologists can achieve certification by participating in a voluntary comprehensive site assessment against clearly specified standards that are consistent with national guidelines.

    The QCP seal designates those practices that successfully met the standards and objectives of the QOPI Certification Program, which includes scoring above the threshold on the key QOPI quality measures and meeting chemotherapy safety standards established by ASCO and the Oncology Nursing Society. QOPI and the QCP are projects dedicated to innovative quality improvement programs. For more information, please visit: instituteforquality.org/qopi-qcp

     

    About Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center

    A service of Tahoe Forest Health System, located in Truckee, California, the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center’s mission is to provide the highest quality cancer treatment and care. An affiliate of UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Commission on Cancer accredited, the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center strives to offer the most appropriate and current cancer diagnostic and therapeutic modalities in an honest, supportive, respectful and compassionate manner. For more information, visit tahoecancercenter.com.

     

    About ASCO

    Founded in 1964, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Inc. (ASCO®) is committed to making a world of difference in cancer care. As the world’s leading organization of its kind, ASCO represents more than 40,000 oncology professionals who care for people living with cancer. Through research, education, and promotion of the highest-quality patient care, ASCO works to conquer cancer and create a world where cancer is prevented or cured, and every survivor is healthy. ASCO is supported by its affiliate organization, the Conquer Cancer Foundation. Learn more at ASCO.org, explore patient education resources at Cancer.Net.

     

    About QOPI Certification Program LLC

    QOPI Certification Program LLC is an ASCO affiliate dedicated to innovative quality improvement programs for ASCO members and their patients and is committed to providing oncologists with the necessary resources to provide every patient with high-level cancer care.

    Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center using ASCO’s CancerLinQ® to Improve Quality of Care

    Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center

    Electronic Health Records are now Part of Growing CancerLinQ® Database to Help Physicians Uncover Patterns and Trends and Receive Real-Time Quality Feedback

    The Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center announced that it is live on CancerLinQ®, a data initiative developed and led by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) to help improve the overall quality of care for people with cancer.

    The Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center is one of more than 75 practices that have signed agreements with CancerLinQ LLC, a wholly owned nonprofit of ASCO dedicated to the development and operation of the CancerLinQ® system.

    In the United States, approximately 1.7 million people are diagnosed each year with cancer, but only 3% enroll in clinical trials. Many important cancer treatment insights come from a small subset of clinical trial patients. The CancerLinQ program connects and analyzes real-world cancer data from almost any medical record source, and provides real-time quality feedback, allowing physicians to compare their treatment plans against guidelines and care of their peers.

    “At our Cancer Center,” said Laurence Heifetz, MD, FACP, Medical Director at the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center, “we are always open to new technologies that help us improve patient care, and the CancerLinQ database is a good fit for us.”

    CancerLinQ® allows cancer care providers to analyze millions of confidential cancer patient medical records, in order to analyze patterns and trends, and measure treatments against peers and recommended guidelines. The CancerLinQ® platform is the only effort of its kind driven by a non-profit, physician organization. It leverages the combined expertise of more than 40,000 of the world’s leading oncologists who comprise ASCO’s membership.

    “We are thrilled that the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center is contributing to CancerLinQ® and to our mission to improve the care of millions of people living with cancer,” said CancerLinQ LLC Chief Executive Officer Kevin Fitzpatrick. “Each practice that provides data to CancerLinQ® adds to our collective experience and knowledge of cancer care and better equips oncologists to provide tailored care for patients, no matter where they live.”

    CancerLinQ® is supported in part through the Conquer Cancer Foundation, whose generous donors have helped make the system possible. CancerLinQ® is a project of CancerLinQ LLC. For more information, please visit CancerLinQ.org.

    About Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center
    A service of Tahoe Forest Health System, located in Truckee, California, the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center’s mission is to provide the highest quality cancer treatment and care. An affiliate of UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Commission of Cancer accredited, the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center strives to offer the most appropriate and current cancer diagnostic and therapeutic modalities in an honest, supportive, respectful and compassionate manner. For more information, visit tahoecancercenter.com.

    About ASCO
    Founded in 1964, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Inc. (ASCO®) is committed to making a world of difference in cancer care. As the world’s leading organization of its kind, ASCO represents more than 40,000 oncology professionals who care for people living with cancer. Through research, education, and promotion of the highest-quality patient care, ASCO works to conquer cancer and create a world where cancer is prevented or cured, and every survivor is healthy. ASCO is supported by its affiliate organization, the Conquer Cancer Foundation. Learn more at www.ASCO.org, explore patient education resources at www.Cancer.Net, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

    About CancerLinQ LLC
    CancerLinQ LLC is a subsidiary of American Society of Clinical Oncology, Inc. established for the development and operation of the CancerLinQ® initiative. CancerLinQ® is a health information technology platform aimed at enhancing and improving the understanding and treatment of cancer. To learn more, visit www.cancerlinq.org.

    Dr. Laurence Heifetz Participates in the 2017 American Society of Clinical Oncology Quality Symposium

    Dr. Heifetz at the 2017 American Society of Clinical Oncology Quality Symposium

    A Synaptic Knowledge Network for Rural Patient Centered Care

    On March 3, 2017, Laurence J. Heifetz, MD, FACP, Medical Director of the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center, participated in the 2017 American Society of Clinical Oncology Quality Symposium in Orlando, Florida. The title of his well-received presentation was “A Synaptic Knowledge Network for Rural Patient Centered Care.”

    In 2006, Tahoe Forest Hospital District designed and implemented an oncology program using telecommunications with the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center in Sacramento. The relationship with the UC Davis Cancer Care Network enabled local participation in daily virtual tumor boards, clinical trial enrollment, and quality assurance assistance. The result was that more rural patients were able to access top-quality cancer care.

    In 2013, the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center developed four new remote telemedicine clinics to allow even more distant patients to be cared for by the physicians at the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center. This was a great benefit to patients living in remote areas, providing them with better care. This network of care reduces cancer care disparities in rural communities and can be scaled in many configurations to address the problems of reduced access to care nationwide.

    Dr. Heifetz is on the forefront of developing and sharing knowledge about this valuable technology.

    About Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center

    A service of Tahoe Forest Health System, located in Truckee, California, the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center’s mission is to provide the highest quality cancer treatment and care. An affiliate of UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Commission of Cancer accredited, the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center strives to offer the most appropriate and current cancer diagnostic and therapeutic modalities in an honest, supportive, respectful and compassionate manner. For more information, visit tahoecancercenter.com.

    Tahoe Forest Hospital District Receives Clean Audit Opinion

    Tahoe Forest Hospital

    Tahoe Forest Hospital District received a clean audit opinion of its fiscal year 2016 financial statements at the Regular Meeting of the TFHD Board of Directors held at the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District on October 27, 2016. A complete copy of the audit report is available here.

    The audit was completed by the independent accounting firm K-Coe Isom based in Chico, California. The auditor’s “clean” opinion is that the financial statements fairly present the Districts’ financial position and results of operations. An unqualified or “clean” opinion is the highest audit opinion that can be received by an external auditor.

    “Our improved accounts receivable and days cash on hand numbers, as well as the economic community benefit of our bond refinancing reflects our strong commitment to excellence in financial management and effective stewardship of taxpayer dollars,” said Harry Weis, Chief Executive Officer of Tahoe Forest Hospital District. “This audit puts building blocks in place for the District to continue to be agile and address the ongoing challenges from the Affordable Care Act. We are in a much better position than some other rural hospitals to preserve a very precious resource for our community.”

    U.S. hospitals are facing major financial challenges due to new mandates originating from the Affordable Care Act (ACA). These include a changing payer mix—meaning the percentage of revenue coming from private insurance, government insurance and self-paying individuals—and lower reimbursement rates. Health Reform regulations will also significantly affect medical billing and coding (ICD-10), electronic health records, technology requirements, and more.

    IVCH Awarded for Outstanding Performance in Patient Experience

    Incline Village Community Hospital staff in front of hospital

    Awarded Both Guardian of Excellence and Pinnacle of Excellence Awards

    Incline Village Community Hospital (IVCH) is pleased to announce it has been named a 2016 Guardian of Excellence Award® winner by Press Ganey Associates, Inc. The Guardian of Excellence Award recognizes top-performing health care organizations that have consistently achieved the 95th percentile or above of performance in Patient Experience, based on patient surveys.

    IVCH has also been named a 2016 Pinnacle of Excellence Award® winner. This award recognizes top-performing clients from health care organizations nationwide on the basis of extraordinary achievement and consistently high levels of excellence for three years in Patient Experience.

    The Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award® is a nationally recognized symbol of achievement in health care. Presented annually, the award honors clients who consistently sustained performance in the top 5% of all Press Ganey clients for each reporting period during the course of one year.

    According to Harry Weis, CEO, Tahoe Forest Health System, the award represents an important recognition from the industry’s leader in measuring, understanding and improving the patient experience. “Each day our staff strives to serve the Incline community with caring, compassionate, quality medical care,” says Weis. “We are humbled and honored to receive these awards, but they are really a thank you back to the community we serve in Incline Village.”

    "We are proud to partner with Incline Village Community Hospital,” said Patrick T. Ryan, CEO of Press Ganey. “These awards are a testament to the organization’s commitment to delivering patient-centered care. By achieving and sustaining this level of excellence, Incline Village Community Hospital demonstrates their efforts to advance the overall quality of health care in the Incline Village Community.”

    About Press Ganey Press Ganey is a leading provider of patient experience measurement, performance analytics and strategic advisory solutions for health care organizations across the continuum of care. With over 30 years of experience, Press Ganey is recognized as a pioneer and thought leader in patient experience measurement and performance improvement solutions. Our mission is to help health care organizations reduce patient suffering and improve clinical quality, safety and the patient experience. As of January 1, 2016, Press Ganey served more than 26,000 health care facilities. For more information, visit pressganey.com.

    Community and Local Dignitaries Celebrate Completion of Tahoe Forest Health System Measure C Projects

    Speakers and dignitaries: Vicki Puliz, Trustee of the Roxie and Azad Joseph Foundation; Charles Zipkin, MD, TFHD District Board President; Jennifer Montgomery, Supervisor, Placer County; Gerald Herrick, Chair, Citizens Oversight Committee; Morgan Goodwin, Vice Mayor, Town of Truckee; CEO Harry Weis; Richard Anderson, Supervisor, Nevada County; and Michael Melarkey, Trustee of the Roxie and Azad Joseph Foundation

    A Community Open House was recently held at Tahoe Forest Hospital to celebrate completion of its Measure C General Obligation (GO) bond projects.

    Ten years in the making, and thanks to a voter-approved initiative providing $98.5 million, in funding, the Measure C improvements brought Tahoe Forest Hospital up to state-mandated seismic standards and modernized and upgraded life-saving health care facilities.

    Harry Weis, Tahoe Forest Health System Chief Executive Officer, thanked the community for supporting the projects. “It is with deep gratitude to our community, our medical staff, donors, employees, and volunteers that we celebrate the completion of the Measure C projects,” said Weis.

    Michael Melarkey, a Trustee of the Roxie and Azad Joseph Foundation, shared personal insight to the Joseph Family’s legacy of philanthropy which founded Tahoe Forest Hospital and which it continues to support. Dr. Charles Zipkin, President of the Tahoe Forest Hospital Board, recognized Rick McConn, Chief of Facilities Development at TFHS, and Mike Geney, owner of Geney Gassiot Construction, for their dedicated management of the project that was completed within budget.

    Gerald Herrick, Chairman of the Citizens Oversight Committee (COC) discussed the COC’s work of monitoring progress and ensuring that bond money was used solely for the projects authorized by the ballot measure.

    Jennifer Montgomery, Placer County Supervisor, Richard Anderson, Nevada County Supervisor, and Morgan Goodwin, Vice Mayor of Truckee, each presented framed certificates in honor of the completion of the work.

    Following the ceremony, the over 250 guests were invited to tour the improvement projects supported by the Measure C General Obligation bond:

    • Joseph Family Center for Women and Newborn Care The new state-of-the-art facility includes a dedicated operating room along with four labor and delivery suites and four postpartum suites, and meets current California seismic and building codes.
    • Long Term Care Center Due to seismic upgrade requirements, part of the building was demolished and replaced with a 3,500 square foot annex that provides new nurses stations as well as patient and public spaces. The new facility now offers 24-hour care and 37 beds, as well as amenities such as recreational programs, nutritional services, laundry and onsite salon services.
    • Emergency Department Undergoing major renovation, the Emergency Department was reconfigured to allow for two private triage areas, increased patient capacity, easier patient access and a comfortable lobby for waiting family and friends.
    • Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center This facility offers medical oncology, hematology and radiation oncology services. A UC Davis Cancer Care Network member, the GU Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center provides local access to high-quality cancer treatment, in an honest and supportive environment.

    Tahoe Forest Children's Center Celebrating 25 Years of Service to the Community

    Tahoe Forest Children’s Center

    The Tahoe Forest Children's Center recently celebrated its 25th anniversary with a party for staff, parents, children and friends of the center. Attendees of all ages enjoyed a bounce house, music, arts and crafts, food and fun.

    The Children’s Center has been providing caring, quality care to children in Truckee/ Tahoe for 25 years. It takes dedication and teamwork to provide exceptional care for over 100 children each day, and exceed the quality requirements for nationally known quality measurements, which the Children Center does.

    “The child care team works daily to provide quality care for each child everyday,” says Director Rebekah Shurtleff. “They also understand how this resource allows TFHS parent-employees to be at their best while serving the patients of Tahoe Forest Health System.”

    The Tahoe Forest Children’s Center the only center in Nevada County to have both their Infant/Toddler and Preschool rooms rated at 5 Stars by the Nevada County Child Care Coordinating Council through the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools. The center proudly displays its certificate of 5 Stars as a Quality Child Care Program and strives daily to exceed those standards.

    TFHS Implements American Heart Associations Resuscitation Quality Improvement Program

    Woman practicing CPR on RQI manikin

    New Dynamic Training Solution Maximizes Providers’ Time and Skills to Improve Patient Care

    More than 200,000 in-hospital cardiac arrests occur annually and the survival rate from adult in-hospital cardiac arrest is only 25 percent. CPR may seem to be a basic skill for healthcare providers but research has shown that psychomotor skills related to resuscitation can decay within just three to six months—far before the two-year standard when basic and advanced life support skills are currently evaluated.

    Tahoe Forest Health System knows the importance of high-quality CPR in saving more lives. That’s why the Health System implemented the American Heart Association’s Resuscitation Quality Improvement Program (AHA RQI Program) to help staff maintain skill competency and achieve better patient outcomes through regular, low-dose/high-frequency high-quality CPR training.

    “The American Heart Association created RQI to teach healthcare providers high-quality CPR in a more effective, concise and convenient way that drives them to practice and retain these skills with confidence. We are excited to be the first in the region to adopt this innovative approach that improves skills and increases confidence,” said Alex MacLennan, Director of Human Resources, TFHS.

    Basic CPR skills rapidly decay within 3-6 months of learning or recertifying. There is also a great deal of evidence demonstrating that frequent practice of basic CPR skills leads to better quality CPR, better patient outcomes, and more confidence for the CPR provider. “By practicing just a little bit, more often, some health systems have doubled, or even tripled, their in-house cardiac arrest survival rates,” says MacLennan.

    RQI is intended to improve Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) skills, while making training more convenient for healthcare providers. Employees can take the cognitive components of testing online and then test their psychomotor skills with real-time feedback by performing CPR at mobile Simulation Stations equipped with adult and infant manikins.

    These stations are placed within the hospital departments, allowing for easy access to learning throughout the year. At each RQI station, a computer evaluates the quality of the employee’s compressions and ventilations and provides instant feedback for improvement. 

    The 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for CPR and ECC and the 2013 CPR Quality Consensus Statement state that high-quality CPR should be recognized as the foundation for all other resuscitative efforts because it increases patient survival. The AHA RQI program helps provide better CPR. Learn more about the problem of rapid skills decay and the solution that RQI offers at www.heart.org/RQI.

    Tahoe Forest Hospital Receives Exceptional Nurse-Patient Communication Scores

    kind nurse with smiling patient

    Tahoe Forest Hospital nurses are rated highly for communication with patients— above average for both California and the nation as a whole.

    At least 87 percent of surveyed patients at Tahoe Forest responded that nurses “always” communicated well. In California, the average is 75 percent, while the national average is 80 percent.

    “Our nurses are committed to providing skilled and compassionate care to each and every patient at Tahoe Forest,” says Chief Nursing Officer Karen Gancitano. “Their professionalism and engagement shine through every day.”

    The figures are from CMS' Hospital Compare website and represent Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) scores collected from October 2014 through September 2015. Note: Hospitals with fewer than 100 completed surveys were excluded from consideration for this list.

    The following hospitals in California received top marks on patients' HCAHPS survey in the category of nurse communication.

    1. Patients' Hospital of Redding — 96 percent
    2. Mammoth Hospital (Mammoth Lakes) — 90 percent
    3. Fresno Surgical Hospital — 89 percent
    4. Tahoe Forest Hospital (Truckee) — 87 percent
    5. Stanislaus Surgical Hospital — 87 percent
    6. Hoag Orthopedic Institute (Irvine) — 87 percent
    7. Ojai Valley Community Hospital — 87 percent

    Complete data about Tahoe Forest and other hospitals can be viewed at medicare.gov/hospitalcompare.

    Tahoe Forest Health System Orthopedic Program Recognized for High Level Fracture Care

    Own the Bone Logo

    Tahoe Forest Health System (TFHS) is proud to announce they have received an Own the Bone Star Performer designation this year, an achievement reserved for institutions that perform the highest level of fragility fracture and bone health care.

    Tahoe Forest Health System achieved an exceptional compliance rate on the 10 prevention measures outlined by the American Orthopedic Association (AOA), including educating fracture patients on the importance of calcium and vitamin D, physical activity, fall prevention, limiting alcohol intake, and quitting smoking, recommending and initiating bone mineral density testing, discussing pharmacotherapy and treatment (when applicable), and providing written communication to patients and their physicians regarding specific risk factors and the fracture patient's need for follow up.

    Through participation in AOA’s Own the Bone program and recognition as an Own the Bone Star Performer, Tahoe Forest Health System has demonstrated a commitment to helping patients understand their risk for future fractures and the steps they can take to prevent them.

    “We work hard to both educate patients and to keep our patients safe,” says Judy Newland, Chief Operating Officer, TFHS. “This recognition is a thank you to our community healthcare providers and reflects our commitment to the health and well being of every patient at Tahoe Forest Health System.”

    What can patients do to protect their bones?

    • Perform activities that boost your balance and flexibility to reduce your fall risk.
    • Get adequate calcium and vitamin D, either through diet or supplements, if necessary. 
    • Engage in regular weight bearing and muscle strengthening exercise.
    • Avoid smoking and limit alcohol to 2-3 drinks per day.
    • Have you or a loved one had a broken bone over age 50? Talk to your health care provider and get a bone density screening to determine if osteoporosis might be the cause and learn additional steps you might need to take to prevent future fractures.

    About the AOA Founded in 1887, The American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) is the oldest orthopaedic association in the world. The AOA’s mission is: "Engaging the orthopaedic community to develop leaders, strategies, and resources to guide the future of musculoskeletal care.” For more information, visit www.aoassn.org or call (847) 318-7336.

    Harry Weis, Chief Executive Officer of Tahoe Forest Health System Recognized by Becker's Hospital Review

    Harry Weis, TFHS CEO

    Becker’s Names Its 50 Critical Access Hospital CEOs to Know for 2016

    Harry Weis, Chief Executive Officer of Tahoe Forest Health System, has been named in Becker's Hospital Review 2016 edition of "50 Critical Access Hospital CEO’s to Know" list.  
     
    Weis is the only chief executive officer of a Critical Access Hospital in all of California, Nevada or Arizona to be named on Becker’s list. The Becker’s Hospital Review list recognizes CEO’s, presidents and administrators for their leadership of nationally recognized critical access hospitals.
     
    The men and women included on the list are at the helm of organizations regularly recognized for the quality and safety of their services, and have been also named in Becker’s “50 Critical Access Hospitals to Know” list published in July.  
     
    This is the second year Becker's Hospital Review has published a version of the CEO list.
     
    “Our deep commitment to ever-improving all we do and filling gaps in regional healthcare is based on our great love for every resident in this region. We have a long journey of further improvements, and every commendation we are fortunate enough to receive is a sincere ‘thank you’ to back to our residents for the privilege of serving them,” said Weis. 
     
    The full list of Becker's "50 Critical Access Hospitals to Know 2016" list can be viewed here, and the full list of individual CEO profiles can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/2avRplN
     
    Note: Individuals did not and cannot pay to be included on the list. Leaders are presented in alphabetical order.

    TFHS Named in Becker's Hospital Review "50 Critical Access Hospitals to Know"

    Tahoe Forest Hospital

    List Features Hospitals Who Demonstrate Excellence in Caring For Their Communities

    For the second year in a row Tahoe Forest Hospital was named in Becker’s Hospital Review’s list of “50 Critical Access Hospitals to Know” in the United States on July 7, 2016. Tahoe Forest Hospital is humbled to know we are the only critical access hospital in California to receive this prestigious designation.

    The list features critical access hospitals that have demonstrated excellence in caring for their communities and going the extra mile for their patients. “At Tahoe Forest, our focus is providing excellent and compassionate care to our community, ” said Harry Weis, Chief Executive Officer, Tahoe Forest Health System. “It’s what we strive to do every day. This focus on excellence is a ‘thank you’ to the people we serve in our community.”

    Becker’s Hospital Review conducted research and examined several reputable hospital ranking sources relevant to critical access hospitals, such as iVantage Health Analytics, the National Rural Health Association, Truven Health Analytics, Women's Choice Award and the Leapfrog Group, among other sources.

    Critical access hospitals must have no more than 25 inpatient beds, have an annual length of stay of no more than 96 hours for acute care, offer 24/7 emergency care, and be located at least 35 miles from another hospital. There are more than 1,332 critical access hospitals in the United States..

    For a complete list of hospitals selected, go to beckershospitalreview.com.

    Tahoe Forest MultiSpecialty Clinics Welcomes New Orthopedic Physicians

    Tahoe Forest Hospital

    Tahoe Forest MultiSpecialty Clinics Welcomes Jeffrey Dodd, MD and Andrew Ringnes, MD

    North Tahoe Orthopedics Joins Tahoe Forest MultiSpecialty Clinics

    Tahoe Forest Health System is pleased to announce that Jeffrey Dodd, MD and Andrew Ringnes, MD, formerly of North Tahoe Orthopedics, are now part of Tahoe Forest MultiSpecialty Clinics, Orthopedics.

    Dr. Dodd, who specializes in orthopedic and total joint replacement surgery, including anterior approach hip replacement surgery, received his medical degree from University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and completed his residency in orthopedics there. He is board certified in Orthopedic Surgery.

    Dr. Ringnes completed his medical education at Tulane University School of Medicine, his orthopedic surgery residency at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, and received his Orthopedic Trauma Fellowship Training at Stanford University. He is board eligible with the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.

    The practice will remain in the same location at 10051 Lake Avenue in Truckee, and appointments can be made by calling (530) 587-7461.

    Tahoe Forest Health System Patient And Family Advisory Council Seeks Volunteers

    Patient and Family Advisory Council members

    Community Members Needed for Hospital Committee

    Tahoe Forest Health System values the perspectives of the patients and families we serve. As part of its commitment to provide every patient and family with the best healthcare experience possible, TFHS has formed a Patient and Family Advisory Council.

    This volunteer committee, made up of patients, families and staff, helps us improve the overall quality of the patient experience at Tahoe Forest Hospital. More volunteers are needed for this valuable program.

    As a patient and family advisor, your experiences are a powerful tool for making a difference at Tahoe Forest Health System. By sharing your perspectives and working with hospital staff and other patient and family advisors, you can make a real difference. Your invested time and energy helps us make important changes and improve the care experience for other patients and families.

    If you are interested in learning more about the Patient and Family Advisory Council please contact Janet Van Gelder, RN, DNP, CPHQ, Director of Quality and Regulations, (530) 582-6629 or jvangelder@tfhd.com.

    Tahoe Forest Health System Receives District Certification

    Tahoe Forest Hospital

    Association of California Healthcare Districts (ACHD) is pleased to report Tahoe Forest Health System has achieved designation as a Certified Healthcare District.

    As public agencies, California’s Healthcare Districts have well-defined legal obligations for conducting business in a transparent and responsible manner. To be designated as a Certified Healthcare District, a District must demonstrate compliance with Best Practices in Governance as defined by ACHD. Compliance areas include transparency, ethics, reporting, purchasing, conflict of interest, requesting public funds, and executive compensation. These Best Practice criteria address the obligations that Healthcare Districts have with respect to conducting business in manner that is transparent to the public being served.

    “This demonstrates our commitment to excellence in all we do and to good governance,” said Tahoe Forest Health System CEO Harry Weis. “We are grateful to have this acknowledgement by the Association of California Healthcare Districts.”

    California Healthcare Districts respond to the specialized health needs of California communities. Voters created 78 Healthcare Districts to fulfill health local care needs. Of these, 54 serve the state’s rural areas. Healthcare Districts provide access to essential health services and are directly accountable at the community level. As a result, tens of millions of Californians have been able to access care that would otherwise be out of reach.

    The Association of California Healthcare Districts (ACHD) represents Healthcare Districts throughout the state. The Association serves the diverse needs of California’s Healthcare Districts by enhancing public awareness, training and educating its members and advocating for legislation and regulatory policies that allow Healthcare Districts to deliver the best possible health services to Californians. Learn more at achd.org.

    Care Team Provides Quality Family Healthcare to the Incline Village Community

    Dr. Celia Sutton-Pado. Dr. Oleg Vayner, and Dr. Joshua Scholnick

    New Primary Healthcare Services Offered in Incline

    Incline Village Community Hospital introduces a revolutionary new concept in consistent, quality family healthcare for the local community. Led by Dr. Celia Sutton-Pado. Board Certified in Family Medicine; Dr. Oleg Vayner, Board Certified in Pediatrics; and Dr. Joshua Scholnick, Board Certified in Cardiology and Internal Medicine, the Incline Care Team offers high quality, personalized medical care for you and your family.

    With your Care Team, with each visit, you’ll be in the hands of someone who knows you and your medical history, and cares about you as an individual. The Care Team office is staffed by a physician, a nurse practitioner or physician assistant—providers who are there to make sure you get the personal care you need.

    Appointments and walk-in visits are available and new patients are welcome. Most insurance plans are accepted. Incline Care Team is located at Incline Village Community Hospital, 880 Alder Avenue, 2nd Floor, Incline Village, NV 89451. Please call (775) 831-6200 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

    $10.6 Million More Saved for Local Taxpayers from Measure C General Obligation (GO) Bond Refinancing

    Tahoe Forest Health System

    (April 8, Truckee, CA) Tahoe Forest Hospital District (TFHD) successfully refinanced its Measure C, Election of 2007, Series B (2010) general obligation bonds yesterday, April 7, 2016 resulting in a net savings benefiting District taxpayers of $10.6 million, or approximately $424,000 annually over the next 25 years.

    This savings will be directly passed on to District taxpayers through lower annual property tax assessments. The refinancing of these bonds does not extend the length of the original bond term, which will be paid off as originally scheduled.

    The District completed the Series A General Obligation Bond refinance in March of 2015 that resulted in net savings of $5.1 million. These two refinancings have generated a net savings benefiting District taxpayers of $15.8 million, or approximately $600,000 annually over the next 23-25 years.

    GO bonds are paid through a property tax assessment levied on all property within the District subject to taxation based on assessed property values. The general obligation bonds were needed to comply with California Senate Bill 1953, mandating California hospitals become seismically compliant after earthquakes in southern California.

    The bond measure also included expanded, improved and modernized healthcare services including an improved emergency department, expanded and upgraded cancer care, modernized maternity and women’s health care, and a modernized long-term skilled care facility. The bond measure was passed by a 72% supermajority vote in 2007.

    The savings in debt service payments from the April 7, 2016 refinancing equates to an approximate $2.30 (or 16.9%) reduction in the rate per $100,000 of assessed value for property owners. When combined with the March 2015 refinancing of Series A, the District lowered the overall rate per $100,000 by approximately $3.60 (or 12%).

    TFHD’s general obligation bonds have an Aa3 Moody’s Investor Service rating. Moody’s bond ratings are opinions of the investment quality of the debt obligations they rate. The Aa3 rating by Moody’s is one of the highest credit ratings possible for California healthcare providers, and reflects the high quality of the TFHD general obligation bonds.

    New Care Coordination Program Offered at Tahoe Forest Hospital

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    Serving the Needs of People Living with Chronic Illness

    Care Coordination has numerous benefits to people who live with chronic illness, including:

    • Improved quality of life
    • Improved coordination of care
    • Improved self-management through shared decision-making
      Improved timing of appointments and tests
    • Helps identify and minimize barriers to care

    You may be referred to Care Coordination through your primary care provider, hospital staff, specialist or public health clinic. Families and caregivers may also directly refer a patient for Care Coordination services.

    Tahoe Forest Health System offers two types of Care Coordination services: Chronic Care Management and Transitional Care Management.

    Chronic Care Management, for those diagnosed with two or more chronic illnesses such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, emphysema or depression, provides home visits, phone calls, e-mails and office visits. The Care Coordinator works closely with your primary care provider and will often accompany you to your doctor visits. The primary aim is to offer support and provide education regarding self-management goals.

    Transitional Care Management, for those who have been diagnosed with two or more chronic illnesses, have been hospitalized, and have identified a local primary care provider, assists people with chronic conditions smoothly transition from hospital to home. It starts in the hospital and continues for 30 days after discharge.

    Care Coordination is a Medicare benefit. Patients may be responsible for a 20% co-pay (approximately $8) if you do not have secondary insurance. For referral, call Jackie Griffin, RN, Care Coordinator, (530) 582-3587 or e-mail jgriffin@tfhd.com.

    Care Coordination is a program of the Wellness Neighborhood, a Service a Tahoe Forest Health System, encouraging you to Rethink Healthy!

     

    Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center Receives Commission on Cancer Accreditation

    Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center

    The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has granted three-year accreditation to the cancer program at the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center. To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet 34 CoC quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process, and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care.

    Because it is a CoC-accredited cancer center, the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer as a complex group of diseases that requires consultation among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, and other cancer specialists. This multidisciplinary partnership results in improved patient care.

    The inspector noted several areas worthy of commendation including the number and quality of clinical trials available to patients, the transparency of reporting outcomes to the public, the oncologic training and expertise of the cancer center nurses, the up to date education of the Tumor Registrars, the accuracy of the data reported to the National Cancer Data Base and the implementation of uploading patient data into a Rapid Quality Reporting System.

    "We are very proud of our physicians and employees for receiving ACOS accreditation with commendation for the second time," said Harry Weis, Chief Executive Officer for Tahoe Forest Health System. "By connecting all of the important elements of the patient care experience, we are delivering a model of care that is truly next generation highly compassionate care with amazing clinical tools and incredible patient outcomes."

    The CoC Accreditation Program provides the framework for the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center to improve its quality of patient care through various cancer-related programs that focus on the full spectrum of cancer care including prevention, early diagnosis, cancer staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, life-long followup for recurrent disease, and end-of-life care.

    When patients receive care at a CoC facility, they also have access to information on clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling, and patient centered services including psycho-social support, a patient navigation process, and a survivorship care plan that documents the care each patient receives and seeks to improve cancer survivors quality of life.

    Like all CoC-accredited facilities, the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center maintains a cancer registry and contributes data to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), a joint program of the CoC and American Cancer Society (ACS). This nationwide oncology outcomes database is the largest clinical disease registry in the world. Data on all types of cancer are tracked and analyzed through the NCDB and used to explore trends in cancer care. CoC-accredited cancer centers, in turn, have access to information derived from this type of data analysis, which is used to create national, regional, and state benchmark reports. These reports help CoC facilities with their quality improvement efforts.

    ACS estimates that more than 1.6 million cases of cancer will be diagnosed in 2013. There are currently more than 1,500 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, representing 30 percent of all hospitals. CoC-accredited facilities diagnose and/or treat more than 70 percent of all newly diagnosed cancer patients. When cancer patients choose to seek care locally at a CoC-accredited cancer center, they are gaining access to comprehensive, state-of-the-art cancer care close to home. The CoC provides the public with information on the resources, services, and cancer treatment experience for each CoC-accredited cancer program through the CoC Hospital Locator at facs.org/cancerprogram.

    Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving patient outcomes and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive, quality care. Its membership includes Fellows of the American College of Surgeons. For more information, visit facs.org/cancer.

    Watch CHOICES: High Fives Foundation Video

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    This is the fifth installment of the education video series by the High Fives Foundation highlighting the choices any winter sports enthusiast can make to enjoy a lifetime of activities on the mountains and the snow.

    Watch Choices.

    Mind Matters: How Local Football Programs Are Handing the Concussion Epidemic (Moonshine Ink)

    Young football player with ball blocks oncoming defender

    The distinctive “pop” of a bracing football hit can bring cheers from the crowd, but can also cause some of the sport’s most tragic injuries. A player’s protective equipment is meant to safely distribute the impact of the forces during a hit, but that doesn’t always happen. The force can be absorbed to the head, and when that impact reaches around 100 g-forces — equivalent to smashing your skull against a wall at 20 mph — a concussion occurs, according to the University of Michigan. And a concussion has the potential to lead to significant brain problems, which local high schools and the medical community are aiming to combat using modern tools. Read more...

    Tahoe Forest Health System Files Report with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid

    Tahoe Forest Hospital

    Correction Plan Put in Place to Address Technical Requirement

    On Tuesday, August 4, 2015, Tahoe Forest Hospital District, as instructed by the District’s Board of Directors, filed a report with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), disclosing they may have potential technical violations of the “Stark Law.” This voluntary self-reporting is being done as a good faith effort by the District under the tenets of the CMS’s Voluntary Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol [SRDP] program.

    A legal review of the hospital's contracts with local physicians was initiated due to concerns that the contracts were above fair market value and were not commercially reasonable. The review confirmed that all agreements, save one, met the requirements of payment for services at fair market value, and were commercially reasonable. The review subsequently revealed several agreements that were not fully executed (signed) prior to the effective date of the agreement or amendment. These represent technical violations of the Stark Law.

    CMS will evaluate the disclosure and determine if a penalty for these technical violations should be imposed. Going forward, the District has now put procedures in place to ensure all agreements or amendments to agreements, will be fully executed prior to the effective date. It is expected that CMS will acknowledge receipt of the report but it may be several years before they begin discussions on accepting the report and proposing a settlement and/or penalty.

    Become a Gift Tree Volunteer

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    Want to make a difference, meet new people and learn new skills in a fun environment? Are you customer-oriented, friendly and outgoing?

    The Gift Tree at Tahoe Forest Hospital is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join our sales associate team!

    Volunteer Sales Associates receive merchandise discounts and Pine Street Café meal cards based on modest service requirements.

    Interested?
    Call (530) 582-6271 or email thegifttree@tfhd.com.

    Tahoe Forest Hospital District 2016 Budget Approved

    Tahoe Forest Hospital

    Board Votes 5-0 to Approve Annual District Budget

    The Tahoe Forest Hospital District (TFHD) Board of Directors unanimously approved its annual budget in a special board meeting held on Thursday, June 18, 2015.

    It was announced that a moderate 5% inflationary price increase would take affect in the 2015/16 fiscal year for approximately ten common hospital charges beginning 8/1/15. These include Emergency Room Level rates and three areas of inpatient room rates including the Intensive Care Unit, Medical Surgical Unit, and Obstetrics Unit. All other hospital charges will stay the same or decrease; for example, it is anticipated that charges for total joint replacement procedures will drop up to 10%.

    The annual FY 2015/16 budget was presented by Crystal Betts, Chief Financial Officer for the District, and was focused on conservative projections for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2015.

    Impacts to the budget include seasonal fluctuations from lack of snow, mandates of the Affordable Care Act, expansion of the state MediCal program and transition to MediCal managed care, changes in payor mix including reimbursement reductions, labor cost increases of 8% for some clinical jobs, and inflationary supply costs. It was noted that management will continue to take an aggressive and proactive approach to manage controllable expenses, with a balance of key investments to maintain the District’s capital structure.

    TFHD’s pricing overall for the 25 most common procedures is lower, on average, than Barton Memorial in South Shore, and Renown and St. Mary’s hospitals in Reno, Nevada. For health care’s most commonly used services, pricing is lower at Tahoe Forest Hospital than Reno and Sparks hospitals and comparable California hospitals based on hospital charge masters. Competitive and transparent pricing with other regional hospitals is a priority for Tahoe Forest Hospital District.

    Tahoe Forest Hospital District is one of the highest rated small hospitals in the nation based on quality and patient satisfaction ratings, most recently recognized with the only 5 star rating for patient satisfaction in the region by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

    Tahoe Forest Hospital Rated 5 Stars for Patient Satisfaction (2014-2015)

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    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Releases First Ever Star Ratings for Nation's Hospitals

    Comparison Ratings That Help Consumers Compare and Choose Among Hospitals

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded its first star ratings to hospitals based on patient satisfaction. Many of the nation’s best known hospitals received average ratings, while comparatively unknown and local hospitals received the most stars. Tahoe Forest Hospital was one of the few hospitals nationally that received an exceptional 5 star rating.

    “This rating validates our commitment to patients and families and is a reflection of the hard work and devotion demonstrated by our employees and physicians on a daily basis,” said Jake Dorst, Interim CEO, Tahoe Forest Health System. “To be able to offer one of the finest patient experiences in the state of California and the nation is truly an extraordinary achievement.”

    No other hospital in the Reno/Lake Tahoe area received a 5 star rating, and only 8 hospitals in California received 5 stars. The ratings, published by the CMS public information site, are meant to help consumers compare hospital quality measurements.

    Of the more than 3,500 Medicare certified acute care hospitals rated, only 7% were the recipients of a 5 star rating. The Hospital Compare star ratings relate to a patient’s experience of care, and are based on data from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Survey (HCAHPS). Ratings include topics such as:

    • How well nurses and doctors communicated with patients
    • How responsive hospital employees and physicians are to patient needs
    • How clean and quiet hospital environments were
    • How well patients were prepared for post-hospital settings

    The Star Ratings make it easier for consumers to use the information on the Hospital Compare website and spotlight excellence in health care. They also encourage hospitals to strive to continuously improve the patient experience and quality of care delivered to patients. The ratings continue to move the national health care system toward the Affordable Care Act’s call for transparent, easily understood and widely available public quality reporting.

    Tahoe Forest Hospital District's Measure C Bond Refinancing Saves Taxpayers $5.1 Million

    Tahoe Forest Hospital

    Tahoe Forest Hospital District (TFHD) successfully refinanced its Measure C, Election of 2007, Series A (2008) general obligation bonds, resulting in a total net savings benefiting District taxpayers of $5,184,014 or approximately $215,000 annually. This savings will be directly passed on to TFHD taxpayers through lower annual property tax assessments. The refinancing of these bonds does not extend the length of the original bond term, which will be paid off as originally scheduled.

    The overall savings in debt service payments equates to an approximate $1.31 reduction in the rate per $100,000 of assessed value for property owners. “We are continually monitoring the market to protect the public’s interest by taking advantage of lower interest rates that will in turn lower property taxes in our community” said Crystal Betts, TFHD Chief Financial Officer.

    TFHD’s general obligation bonds have an Aa3 Moody’s Investor Service rating. Moody’s bond ratings are opinions of the investment quality of the debt obligations they rate. The Aa3 rating by Moody’s is one of the highest credit ratings possible for California healthcare providers, and reflects the high quality of the TFHD general obligation bonds.

    Proceeds of the TFHD Measure C general obligation bonds were needed in order for the District to comply with Senate Bill 1953, mandating California hospitals to become seismically compliant after earthquakes occurred in southern California. Community health priorities that were addressed by the bond measure included an expanded and improved emergency department to maintain life-saving care, a modernized maternity and women’s health center, a modernized long term care facility and an expansion and upgrade of the cancer center. The bond measure was passed by a 72% supermajority vote in 2006.

    General obligation bonds are paid through special ad valorem property tax assessments levied upon all property within the District subject to taxation. The tax is based on the assessed value of property per $100,000 of assessed value.

    Tahoe Forest Hospital Recognized for Serving our Community with High Rates of Patient Satisfaction

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    Achieving 95th Percentile in Patient Satisfaction for Inpatient Care

    Tahoe Forest Hospital was recently recognized for its excellence in Patient Experience in Inpatient Care. Press Ganey Associates, Inc has named it a 2014 Guardian of Excellence Award winner. The Guardian of Excellence Award recognizes top-performing facilities that consistently achieved the 95th percentile of performance in Patient Satisfaction.

    “The staff at Tahoe Forest Hospital strives daily to provide excellent patient care,” says Ginny Razo, Chief Operating Officer of Tahoe Forest Health System. “Having our efforts recognized in a formal way lets us know we are achieving our goal to provide quality patient-centered care to the Truckee/Tahoe community.” According to Razo, the award represents an important recognition from the industry’s leader in measuring, understanding and improving the patient experience.

    The Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award is a nationally-recognized symbol of achievement in health care. Presented annually, the award honors clients who consistently sustained performance in the top 5% of all Press Ganey clients for each reporting period during the course of one year.

    "We are proud to partner with Tahoe Forest Hospital,” said Patrick T. Ryan, CEO of Press Ganey. “The award is a testament to the organization’s commitment to deliver more patient-centered care. By achieving and sustaining this level of excellence, Tahoe Forest Hospital is benefiting patients and helping advance the quality of health care.”

    Tahoe Forest Childrens Center Renewed as a 5 Star Quality Child Care Center

    Tahoe Forest Children's Center

    The Tahoe Forest Children's Children’s Center was renewed as a 5 Star Quality Child Care Center in June 2013.

    It s the only center in Nevada County to have both their Infant/Toddler and Preschool rooms rated at 5 Stars by the Nevada County Child Care Coordinating Council through the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools. The center proudly displays its certificate of 5 Stars as a Quality Child Care Program and strives daily to exceed those standards.

    Marcia Westbook of the Quality Child Care Initiative wrote in her letter of recognition, “It is clear that a great deal of effort goes into preparation of a successful program, and that the children placed in your care clearly benefit from your commitment to quality. Thank you again for all your efforts to create and maintain a quality environment!”

    It takes teamwork to coordinate care for over 100 children and exceed the quality requirements for the nationally known quality measurements in the environmental rating scale. The child care team works daily to provide quality of care for each child. They also understand how quality of child care affects patient care and want TFHS employees to be at their best while serving patients of Tahoe Forest Health System.

     

    TFHS Receives Award for Excellence in Innovation and Quality

    Tahoe Forest Hospital

    Tahoe Forest Health System recently received the National Rural Health Resource Center (NRHRC) Award for Excellence and Innovation in Quality. TFHS was recognized for its commitment to offering the highest quality care to its patients and the communities it serves. The NRHRC recognized Tahoe Forest Hospital for exemplary leadership and innovation in the area of quality improvement in response to a program implemented by the hospital to reduce instances of pneumonia.

    “Congratulations to Tahoe Forest Hospital for delivering an outstanding patient-centered healthcare experience to their community and for demonstrating excellence and innovation in the area of quality,” said Angelica M. Perez, California’s NRHRC Flex Coordinator.

    Recognizing excellent work in critical access hospitals (CAHs) throughout the country, the NRHRC works to promote excellence and quality in innovation, honors the achievements of CAHs, and publicizes successful strategies. Twenty CAHs were nominated in 2013. “This year’s recipients embody both outstanding quality and meaningful innovation,” said Terry Hill, NRHRC Executive Director. “They demonstrate that rural hospitals can lead the way in the rapidly changing healthcare industry.”

    “We are very proud to be one of eight California Critical Access Hospitals to be recognized, “ said Bob Schapper, TFHS Chief Executive Officer. “This designation is so important to us because it demonstrates to our community the value of great health care available locally. We really want to thank and acknowledge our community, and because of their support we’ve been able to innovate and reinvest, allowing us to offer much broader and high-quality services. Above all, we applaud our excellent physicians and employees for this recognition. They are passionate about providing the very best care possible to our patients and their families.”

    Incline Village Community Hospital - Part of the Senior Care Plus Network

    Incline Village Community Hospital

    Senior Care Plus - the health plan that offers more value than Medicare.

    • Supplemental dental and vision benefits
    • Hearing aid coverage
    • Fitness club memberships
    • Local personalized customer service
    • Locally owned and operated
    • Worldwide emergency care
    • Rx “gap” coverage
    • No referrals to see specialists
    • Multiple plan options
    • Extensive provider network
    • Low prescription copays
    • Low premium plans

    Incline Village Community Hospital
    880 Alder Drive
    Incline Village, NV 89451
    (775) 833-4100

     

    Pilates Group Reformer Class Schedule

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    Although the Pilates Reformer may look intimidating, it is a very safe and effective way to improve core strength, reduce back pain, and tone the body from head to toe. Beginning Reformer exercises are great for those recovering from injury or who need to improve their posture. Once the foundation is established, the Pilates Reformer can be a great tool for functional and athletic training.

    Pre-registration required. Please call 587-3769 to register.

    Monday
    5:15 pm

    Tuesday
    9:00 am

    Wednesday
    4:00 pm

    Thursday
    9:00 am

    Sunday
    10:30 am

    Maximum 6 participants; minimum 2. Class will be canceled if there is only one participant. Please make sure paperwork is completed prior to first appointment. It is recommended that new participants complete a one-on-one session prior to joining a group unless cleared by the instructor. All classes are one hour. 

    Group Pilates Pricing:
    $35 - single session
    $195 - 6 pack
    $300 - 10 pack

    Pilates Reformer private sessions are also available.
    Individual 60-minute sessions:
    $75 - per session
    $420 - package of 6 (save $30)
    $650 - package of 10 (save $100)

    TAHOE FOREST HOSPITAL NAMED A TOP 100 CRITICAL ACCESS HOSPITAL NATIONWIDE (2012)

    Tahoe Forest Health System

    Tahoe Forest Hospital (TFH) was named one of the top 100 critical access hospitals in the United States from the National Rural Health Association (NRHA). The formal announcement was made in late September 2011 at the NRHA’s 10th Annual Critical Access Hospital Conference, which attracted 650 rural hospital leaders to Kansas City, MO. Only four California Hospitals made the Top 100. The others included Fairchild Medical Center, Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital and Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta.

    To be recognized as a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital (CAHs), Tahoe Forest Hospital had to earn top scores on the iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength Index. This Index offers hospital executives, trustees and boards of directors an objective way to measure their relative performance among their peers. In this first-ever comprehensive rating of CAHs, the results recognized the top hospitals that are the safety net to communities across America – measuring them across 56 different performance metrics, including quality, outcomes, patient perspective, affordability and efficiency.

    Our commitment has been to offer the highest quality medical care to our patients and to be the best rural community health system in the nation. We are very proud to be recognized for these efforts that benefit our local community. It is a great honor and accomplishment to be named as one of the NRHA’s first ever ‘Top 100’ Critical Access Hospitals in America.

    Over the last ten years, TFHS has been reinvesting in its technology, services and people. Changes have lead to it being recognized as both a leader in rural healthcare and a benchmark for setting national standards in healthcare delivery. Recent TFHS acknowledgments and milestones include the breaking ground for the Measure C project – new state-of-the-art Tahoe Forest Cancer Center; earning the California (Gold-Level) Award for Performance Excellence (CAPE) recognizing organizations that demonstrate world-class performance in their industry; having the first Children’s Center in Eastern Nevada County to receive a Quality 5- Star Rating Certification from the Quality Star Rating initiative, administered through the Child Care Coordinating Council; being selected as the first clerkship training site beyond Sacramento for UC Davis Rural-PRIME medical education program, and in January 2010, having UC Davis officially naming Tahoe Forest as its first-ever Rural Center of Excellence.

    Adding to TFHS’s extensive list of recognitions and accomplishments, Tahoe Forest Hospital outperformed 97 percent of all hospitals that use Press Ganey for patient satisfaction scores. When TFH patients were asked if they would “definitely” recommend TFH to family and friends, TFH scored a 9 or 10 on a level of 1 to 10 for overall patient satisfaction. Press Ganey is the industry's recognized leader in health care performance improvement, setting the gold standard for hospital satisfaction surveys.