One of the First services provided by SNCHP was the Nurse Advice Line, Medical Library and Physician Referral Program that was inherited from SNMH in October, 2005 when the hospital cut the program for budgetary reasons. SNCHP persuaded SNMH to partner with them to fund this around the clock, bi-lingual, free RN call line through a 2/3 and 1/3 respective split of the $66,000 total annual cost to fund the program. Before the service was discontinued in June of 2009 for funding reasons, approximately 25% of the residents of Western Nevada or 1,100 residents each month used this service as a traditional support system while temporarily without a medical provider.
In January, 2007 13 volunteers sponsored by SNCHP completed the Stanford University Leadership Training Workshop to become teacher/trainers in the Chronic Disease Self Management Program (CDSMP). A total of twenty six week sessions have been taught over the past four years with a total of 200 individuals with chronic conditions and/or their care givers receiving instructions and training. SNCHP receives grant funding from the California Arthritis Partnership Program (CAPP) to help subsidize these educational and training sessions, so it is offered free of charge to the community. We have partnered with a number of the local churches, independent/assisted living facilities and the local SeniorCenter to help stage these classes.
SNCHP also sponsors other wellness/exercise programs that are offered free of charge to the community. The sierra Walkabouts has grown to a participation base of 25 individuals since its inception 5 years ago. An average of 8 walkers meets weekly to enjoy the camaraderie and exercise the trails in and about GrassValley and NevadaCity affords them.
In April, 2008 two of our volunteers became certified by the Arthritis Foundation to teach a new Warm Pool Exercise Program designed for people with chronic conditions. Through partnership with Eskaton Village locally we have been able to utilize their indoor heated pool to provide the class to their community. Our first six week session started in July, 2008, meeting twice per week for 60 minutes per session and we haven’t stopped for more than a week as the response has been overwhelming, with a total of 44 sessions taught to date. Over 20 individuals per session, ranging in age from 62 to 93 have participated in these classes. The evaluations from participants have been quite remarkable, with lives being changed at an age when only negative changes were expected by these individuals.
Where Does the Future Lie
The prevalence of chronic disease increases in our community every day, but avenues for improving patient care and satisfaction is attainable. Disease self-management is the cornerstone of care for individuals with chronic disease. With SNCHP continuing to partner in the CAPP in providing CDSMP classes, residents of WesternNevadaCounty with chronic disease will be afforded the opportunity to improve their knowledge and self management skills and therefore decrease their risk of disease complication. Clinicians alone cannot improve the health status of their patients. It will continue to take a collaboration of clinician and educator/instructor to improve the quality of care for these individuals in Western Nevada County.
Insight Imaging is a local, low cost Mammography Clinic located in Grass Valley. Dr Melisa Agness is the Radiologist who opened the clinic in December of 2010. SNCHP, in order to assist Dr. Agness in promoting this new service, provided five (5) local non-profit organizations serving underserved women with ten (10) certificates each for free screening Mammograms. All 50 were used by very thankful women. SNCHP paid the $250.00 for each screening. During the month of October 2011, SNCHP is again assisting Insight Imaging in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. For a $10.00 donation to SNCHP, anyone can receive a certificate for an $80.00 mammogram. Given the state of our economy and the number of women that choose not to receive this very important screening due to many reasons, this made good sense. The donations will be used to offset the cost of any diagnostic mammograms required from the screenings.
Susan G. Komen Foundation
In April of 2012, SNCHP received a grant from the Sacramento affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. These funds are used to provide free screening and diagnostic mammograms as well as ultrasounds when necessary to uninsured and underinsured women in Nevada County. In the first year of this grant, 160 women received these services provided by Insight Imaging and paid for by SNCHP. This grant also allows SNCHP and Insight Imaging to partner at local health fairs and other events throughout the year to educate the community about the importance of regular breast exams and the availability of these Komen funds. In April of 2013, SNCHP became a Grantee of the Komen Foundation for 2013-2014.