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  1. Follow us on Social Media
    Thursday, March 04, 2021

  2. Annual Report 2020
    Friday, January 01, 2021
    Each year, we publish an Annual Report, providing an overview of the year and what lies ahead. To view our previous annual reports, use the links below.

  3. #GivingTuesday
    Monday, December 02, 2019
    In the season of giving, please consider supporting Orchard Hospital. Visit our website at and click the Donate Now button to help support your local Hospital!

  4. Orchard Hospital Granted Much-Needed Funds
    Thursday, November 28, 2019
    GRIDLEY, CA (MPG) – Serving the needs of a small town is not always easy for a non-profit hospital and with the new addition of Camp Fire Survivors to our community and the likelihood of continued growth in our area, Orchard Hospital is making some great strides towards continued and quality healthcare. Gretchen Bender, Director of Foundation Relations and Grants Administration shared that Orchard has recently received 3 grants in the form of monetary funds, supplies and or staffing support totaling almost $800,000. Bender states, “We received $50,00 from North Valley Community Foundation to purchase needed equipment supplies for the clinic and for the emergency department, as well as to beef up our transportation fund.” That was just the first grant. The three grants come from Orchard being an active part of the long-term recovery. After the initial $50,000 from NVCF, Orchard received a shipment of supplies from an organization called Americares - a national disaster relief foundation. Americares plans to help Orchard staff a new primary care provider, one of the “two main positions we’re funding through this grant,” says Bender. The second position is “what we are calling a community care coordinator,” says Bender, which would be someone that would ensure that residents of the Camp Fire community and their children have their medical records reproduced, that they get referrals out to specialist and overall are receiving well-coordinated care from Orchard and its clinic. “Whatever the case may be... as they’ve moved into Gridley, we want them (Camp Fire survivors) to know were accepting patients and are ready to serve them.” The third form of aid has come from Direct Relief, another humanitarian disaster relief organization, which is helping to fund needed major equipment and supplies for Orchard’s Medical Specialty Clinic, ER, Cardio-Pulmonary and Radiology departments. Tracy Atkins, Orchard CNO/DON says the items will consist of provision of care equipment such as supply carts, EKG’s -“the things that we need to deliver care on a daily basis.” She continues, “Our ER is very tiny and our rooms are very small, and we don’t have a central supply unit, our warehouse is at the clinic,” two buildings away. The ability to have access to additional equipment and supplies immediately means that Orchard will be able to dual-purpose some of their standard rooms as ER rooms during times of overflow. It “Helps us be very able to pivot quickly and responsive to whatever walks through the door,” says Atkins. Since the FEMA community has established itself within the Gridley area, the ER has experienced a sharp increase in ER traffic, making this a huge win for the hospital. “Yes, it has been amazing for us. We had this list of equipment needs… We were already projecting what the volume increase would be and we knew what we would need to be able to continue the quality care we want to deliver,” say Atkins. With the three grants, Orchard has been able to fill some of those voids. Atkins says, “The organizations have been so supportive of us as a rural community, true community non-profit hospital. They visited and I think saw our needs.” Orchard has already started to put the aid to work and Bender conveys that Orchard will always be looking into future grants in order to offer the highest possible care to the community.

  5. Chiropractic Services
    Friday, October 11, 2019
    Orchard Hospital Medical Specialty Center is now offering Chiropractic Services. If you are suffering from sudden or chronic pain contact us today at (530)846-9090. We are located at 284 Spruce St., Gridley, CA 95948.

  6. Celebrate 3D Mammography at Orchard Hospital!
    Thursday, July 11, 2019
    It's time to CELEBRATE the great news with us! 3D Mammography now at Orchard Hospital. Early Detection Saves Lives. Contact Orchard Hospital Radiology Department to schedule your appointment at (530)846-9052!

  7. 3D Mammography at Orchard Hospital
    Monday, July 08, 2019
    3D Mammography now at Orchard Hospital! Early detection saves lives! Orchard Hospital is proud to provide this life saving technology for our community! Call Orchard Hospital Radiology Department today to schedule your 3D mammogram (530)846-9052.

  8. 3 Most Important Ways to Protect Yourself
    Wednesday, June 05, 2019
    ☀️🌡️The hot summer months are upon us and living in Northern California means the heat sticks around well into the fall.

  9. Orchard hospital Leadership Development Institute
    Wednesday, June 05, 2019
    All Orchard Hospital Managers, Directors, and Administration attended the hospital Leadership Development Institute yesterday. Amy Papazian was our Dare to Lead Facilitator. Dare to Lead is a book written by Brene Brown. We focused on developing courage-building skills, learning how to move from armored leadership to daring leadership. We played team building games combined with videos, and workbook exercises. During the LDI training we were able to devote our attention to learning by placing all phones in another room so we didn't get distracted and were able to focus on team building and leadership goals. #WhatAnAmazingBookandFacilitator #ThankYouAmyPapazian In the afternoon we had our CEO Steve Stark speak on Thinking Fast & Slow; Tracy Atkins, CNO/COO spoke on Getting to Yes; Kami Duntsch, CHRO spoke on Perspectives and Communication and Cultural Diversity; John Helvey, CIO spoke on Empathy, email and phone etiquette. Thank you Gridley Lions Club for allowing us to use your building for this meeting. #WhatAGreatLDI #DareToLead #CantWaitTillNextLDI

  10. June is Men's Health Month
    Saturday, June 01, 2019
    June is all about the fellas—its #MensHealthMonth where we raise awareness on health issues impacting boys & men. To schedule an appointment for a check up contact the Medical Specialty Center at 530-846-9080 Gridley or Oroville 530-353-3332. Men, It's time to start taking care of yourself call today for an appointment!

  11. Water Safety
    Friday, May 31, 2019
    Summer is here! Warm weather brings a host of fun activities! Many of us will be spending more time at lakes, rivers, pools, and other bodies of water however, water can be dangerous for children with nearly 1,000 + fatal drownings each year, the majority occurring at home swimming pools. These tragic occurrences are 100% preventable, and there are many ways to keep your kids safe. The following precautions will help prevent these accidents from occurring: • Fencing is the best measure for protection. Surround your pool on all sides with a 4-feet high fence, which should have no foot or handrails for kids to climb on. The slats should be no more than 4 inches apart so that children cannot get through. Chain-linked fences should have no more than a 1-¾ inch opening. Gates should be self-closing and self-latching with the latch out-of-reach of children. • Remove any ladders or steps. You can also buy pool safety covers and alarms, but these have not been proven to be effective against drownings for young children. • Supervise children at all times when they’re in or around any water, including sinks, toilet bowls, fountains, buckets, inflatable pools, or small bodies of standing water. Young children are especially susceptible as they can drown in less than 2 inches of water. Stay in arm’s reach of young kids. Never allow anyone to swim alone and never assume a child who knows how to swim is not at risk of drowning. Designate a responsible adult to watch the water when people are in the pool. • Make sure young and/or inexperienced swimmers wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket. Check the weight and size limitations on the label, then have your child try it on to ensure it fits snugly. For kids less than 5 years old, choose a vest with a strap between the legs and with head support to keep the child’s face up and out of the water. Inflatable vests and arm devices are not effective in protecting children from drowning. • Enroll children in an age-appropriate swim class. Check the local recreation center to find classes taught by qualified instructors. • Enforce rules of safe behaviors, such as “no diving”, “no pushing”, “stay away from drain covers,” “swim with a buddy,” and “walk please”. Also teach children to always ask for permission to go near water. • After your kids are finished playing in the pool for the day, make sure to remove all pool toys and put them away. Children have drowned while trying to retrieve them. • Be prepared. Ensure everyone at home knows how to respond to emergencies by taking water safety, first aid, and CPR classes. Keep safety equipment, such as emergency flotation devices, nearby. If a child is missing, check the water first. Seconds count in preventing death and disability. Remember, drownings and near-drownings happen quickly and silently, so the most important thing to keep in mind is to never take your eyes off your children, especially when they are in or around water.

  12. Sporting Clay Shoot Gold Sponsor WKD Electric
    Wednesday, May 29, 2019
    Thank you WKD Electric for being a gold sponsor for the 3rd Annual Orchard Hospital Clay Shoot.

  13. Orchard Hospital Teddy Bear clinic with Butte County Sheriff- Video
    Tuesday, May 28, 2019
    Orchard hospital at the Teddy Bear clinic with Butte County Sheriff

  14. Teddy Bear Clinic Fun
    Tuesday, May 28, 2019
    Orchard Hospital employee Ray got to meet Ray the Butte County Sheriff K-9 at the Teddy Bear Clinic. Butte County Sheriff

  15. Occupational Therapy Month
    Monday, April 01, 2019
    April is Occupational Therapy Month and we’d like to express thanks to our occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants who work at Orchard Hospital RehabVisions. Thank you for working hard to bring exceptional patient care to our community! #OTMonth #OrchardHospitalRehabvisions

  16. National Doctors Day
    Sunday, March 31, 2019
    Pay tribute to your doctor on National Doctors Day! Since National Doctors day is on Saturday we will be celebrating doctors day today and tomorrow! It is a day on which the services of physicians are recognized, historically a card or red carnation is sent to physicians. If you have a doctor's appointment on March 29th or 30th, let your physician know that you appreciate him or her.

  17. Measles in Butte County: What You Need to Know
    Friday, March 29, 2019
    Measles in Butte County: What You Need to Know. If you are in need of the #measles vaccine please visit the Orchard Hospital’s Medical Specialty Center – Your Everyday Health Care Clinic at 284 Spruce St. Gridley. 530-846-9080.

  18. Doctor Nikom Udom is retiring
    Thursday, March 28, 2019
    After 40 years of dedicated service to Orchard Hospital and providing care to those in our community, Dr. Udom is retiring this week. Dr. Nikom Udom began treating patients in the Gridley area on September 1979. He has practiced both family medicine and internal medicine during his 40 years of service. We would like to thank Dr. Udom for his decades of service and for all he has given of himself to Orchard Hospital for the betterment of the health of our community. Thank you Dr. Udom, we will miss you greatly.

  19. filming the Orchard Hospital- Medical Specialty Center commercial!
    Thursday, March 28, 2019
    Lights, Camera, Action! 💡🎥 🎬We had a great day yesterday filming the Orchard Hospital- Medical Specialty Center commercial! Here is a sneak peak of what you might see on TV!

  20. Colorectal cancer isn’t just a 50+ disease
    Monday, March 25, 2019
    Colorectal cancer isn’t just a 50+ disease. In fact, the rates of young onset colorectal cancer have increased. The new recommended age for screening is 45. This National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, we’re in encouraging you to get involved and spread the news about screening and helping us end colorectal cancer in our lifetime. Its time to schedule your colonoscopy! Contact Orchard Hospital today!

  21. Orchard Hospital Auxiliary Photography Contest
    Friday, March 16, 2018
    Orchard Hospital Auxiliary will be holding a Photography Contest for Employees, Community and Local Schools. Each photo that is submitted will be placed on the hospital walls for voting. All are welcome to vote, all you need are pennies. The picture that has received the most pennies will be the Winner. * Pictures need to be submitted by April 9, 2018. Voting will begin April 11, 2018 and end on May 7, 2018. Winners will be announced during the Orchard Hospital Auxiliary Ice Cream Social on May 10, 2018 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. * Submit your matted- high resolution 5X7 outdoor pictures pertaining to Butte & Sutter Counties. Examples would be Scenic, Flowers, Agriculture, animals, plants/trees, barns, etc., to Lyndi Little Wallace in the Hospital’s Human Resources building at 145 Spruce Street, Gridley. * You may enter as many photos as you like. * Please make sure that the back of your photos have your name, phone number, and email address. * Each picture will be numbered for voting, to vote please take your pennies to Administration during the day and Registration during the night. Monday through Friday or at Registration Saturdays and Sundays. Voting hours are 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. * Applicants are required to email the high resolution photo to * Winning photos will be enlarged and placed in the hospital hallway for the year.

    Friday, February 09, 2018
    The Orchard Hospital staff came to work last Friday, dressed in red in observance of National Wear Red Day for American Heart Month. It is estimated one woman dies of Cardiovascular disease every 80 seconds in the United States. This can change and 80 percent of cardiac events can be presented with lifestyle changes and education.

    Friday, February 02, 2018
    Orchard Hospital’s Senior Life Solutions was recognized last week with the Program Of The Year finalist award which was presented by (LtoR) Regional Director Justin McGee, Senior Life Solutions to John Helvey, CIO; Sukhdeep Lehal, RN, Program Director SLS; Robin Noall, LCSW; Steve Stark, CEO. Senior Solutions opened in December 2016. The first year was such a success the second phase of 10 people has been added to the schedule of three days per week dedicated to addressing the emotional and behavioral health of adults over the age of 65. Call 846-9076 for more information.

  24. Orchard Hospital and UC Davis have partnered together to offer Pediatric Telemedicine Care
    Wednesday, January 24, 2018
    The UC Davis Pediatric Telemedicine Program, the first of its kind in the United States, provides physicians and patients real-time remote consultation and evaluation through interactive, high-definition video and audio communication. This enhanced video technology allows UC Davis to offer around the clock 24/7 expertise to Orchard Hospital health-care providers, without the need to transfer a patient to UC Davis Children’s Hospital. UC Davis specialists conduct an average of 2,800 inpatient and outpatient telemedicine consultations each year. Through the program, UC Davis emergency medicine physicians, neonatologists and critical specialists connect directly to remote hospital emergency departments, newborn nurseries and inpatient wards to provide care and consultation for infants, children and adolescents who experience traumatic injuries, life-threatening infectious diseases or other critical illnesses. As demonstrated last Friday with UC Davis representatives visiting Orchard Hospital for a test-run, Gridley’s physicians will be connected to UC Davis specialists with just a flip of a switch on the tower that rolls from room to room where necessary making it possible for the patient to see the specialists who are there to consult on a screen within two minutes time. The UC Davis specialists are available for any patient consultations anytime, not just certain types of cases for this collaborative care which can include resuscitations, to providing recommendations for medications. They can serve as part of a team while CPR is administered and oversee if a code is necessary. Test calls are made each week by UC Davis to ensure that the telemedicine equipment is always up and ready for the next use, The telemedicine program is one more way to ensure that youth won’t have to be transferred unless absolutely necessary, With the addition of the UC Davis Telemedicine program parents can rest assured that Orchard Hospital is now equipped to treat children no matter how young.

  25. Hospital’s Senior Life Solutions sees huge success in first year
    Wednesday, January 10, 2018
    It has been one year since Orchard Hospital brought Senior Life Solutions to our community and its success is measured in the amount of people who are benefitting from the program. Dedicated to addressing the emotional and behavioral health of adults over the age of 65, the program began with a goal of 10 people in the first phase which was achieved. The program is now into the second phase with another 10 people being added to the schedule of three days per week. Services of Senior Life Solutions includes providing assistance to individuals suffering from one or more of the following: crying, hopelessness, loneliness, restlessness, sadness, coping with loss, decreased energy, difficulty sleeping, low self-confidence and life transitions. Opening in December last year, the staff at Senior Life Solutions and Orchard Hospital recognize that the holidays can be an especially tough time for those who are dealing with grief and loss, anxiety and depression and believe quality of life does not have to stop as you get older or during the holidays. Senior Life Solutions staff includes a board-certified psychiatrist, a licensed therapist, a registered nurse and other trained professionals to ensure you receive the best possible care. Referrals can come from anyone whether it be by a patient’s physician, a family member, self-referral, or other health care professionals. Call 846-9076 for more information.

  26. Hovlid Community Care Center now open
    Friday, January 05, 2018
    The residents of Hovlid Community Care Center moved into their new home on Wednesday greeted by a welcoming poster and balloons at the front door along with staff to get them settled. A Special Grand Opening Open House is being hosted by Orchard Hospital at the Hovlid Community Care Center Friday, January 12 with the dedication beginning at 11 a.m. The expansion to 82 beds means there will no longer be a waiting list and now there is an option for those who had to be moved out of town to other facilities when Gridley Healthcare and Wellness closed. The option to move back to Gridley means in some cases their family members won’t have to travel out of town and can check on their loved ones more often. Up until now, Hovlid has offered just 21 beds available to residents at the north side of the hospital with a waiting list because of the vast need for senior living with rehabilitation services with full time nursing. As the current 21 residents get settled in their new homes, the staff is excited to add the eight new residents who will move in next week. It is an exciting time at Orchard Hospital and the Hovlid Community Care Center with the much-needed expansion for long term care.

  27. Leaving Orchard Hospital - a full life circle
    Friday, January 05, 2018
    Imagine being one of the first babies born at our local community hospital just two months after opening in 1949 and retiring from there in 2017. How many people retire from the place where they took their first breath? Marianne Lombardi retired December 31, 2017 after six years at Orchard Hospital in the Discharge Planning, Case Management, Utilization Review Department working on case management and discharge planning. Working closely with patients and their families was a favorite part of the full time job for Lombardi, so much that she is still working per diem when needed. This hospital has been a big part of her life and she has always been a strong supporter following in the footsteps of her parents Wes and Eleanor Price who were both instrumental in the building of the hospital involved in the daily lunchtime meetings of the committee who raised the funds starting in 1946. It was Wes who brought the ambulance service to Gridley once the hospital opened and Eleanor continued her support over many years supporting the hospital and the Foundation. Lombardi lived in Southern California 35 years and received her nursing degree from Los Angeles Valley College training. She took her critical care training at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, working there a few years. She was a nurse in Southern California nearly 35 years and six years in Gridley. She and Ed Lombardi were married September 8, 1979 at St. Julia Catholic Church in Newbury Park, Ca. Relocating to Westlake Hospital in Westlake Village, Lombardi learned the social services and discharge planning realm of her work and was recruited by the the Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurses Hospice team, providing hospice care to Ventura and the surrounding communities for nine years. The Lombardi’s then lived in Ventura nine years before coming back to Gridley in 2007 so that they could spend more time with Eleanor. Marianne was back in her hometown three years before she was recruited to volunteer with the Hospital Foundation. Two years later she was recruited to work at the hospital full time. As noted on her employee evaluation provided, it was noted Lombardi would not only attend daily meetings but she did daily rounding with nursing and clinical departments and held impromptu meetings with patients and family or staff members in need of community resources or referral assistance or education regarding Discharge Planning. Lombardi was noted for shopping for patients who have no food at home and gathering goods for those in need. True to her sense of humor, Lombardi told her co-workers her plans for retirement were living well and enjoying life - daily supplements and night cream with retirement on December 31, “A Beginning of a New Journey I’ve had a wonderful tour in my Nursing career. I was born here at Orchard in August of 1949, lived in Los Angeles area for 35 years and then returned to Gridley and now I will retire here - A full Life Circle - I never dreamed of.” Making a positive impact in many lives over the years as she arranged for Orchard Hospital patients to be discharged and all the aspects this includes is what Lombardi loved about her job, and why she just can’t quite give it up for good. Her kind words and quiet demeanor are a comfort to patients as they sometimes face a big transition, being able to go home following hospitalization and possibly surgery. Knowing the Case Management, Discharge Planning Department is there as an advocate for the patients is a big part of the patient’s well-being.

  28. Hovlid Community Care Center opening in January
    Wednesday, January 03, 2018
    The beginning of a new year means many things and for Orchard Hospital it is a time to celebrate the expansion of Hovlid Community Care Center next door with 82 beds available. Since 1968, the hospital has offered skilled nursing through the Hovlid Community Care Center, named after Clella Hovlid who began her career at the hospital as a nurse and was Superintendent of Nursing until 1953 when she was appointed Hospital Administrator until retiring in 1979. Hovlid has offered just 21 beds available to residents at the north side of the hospital with a waiting list because of the vast need for senior living with rehabilitation services with full time nursing. Leasing the property next door, the former Gridley Healthcare and Wellness Center, means many families can bring their loved ones home to Gridley to be closer to them to receive excellent care and making it so much easier on the family members who were traveling out of town, many every day to check on their loved one. A Special Grand Opening Open House is being hosted by Orchard Hospital at the Hovlid Community Care Center Friday, January 12 with the dedication beginning at 11 a.m. The grounds are manicured and the main building is beautiful, ready for the current Hovlid residents to be moved to their new home on January 3. Once those residents are settled in their new surroundings it will be time to bring the new residents in who have been waiting patiently for Hovlid to open. It is an exciting time at Orchard Hospital and the Hovlid Community Care Center with the much-needed expansion for long term care. “Our New Hovlid Community Care Center will not only enable us to take care of more of our seniors closer to home, but also create more jobs for Gridley and our surrounding communities,” said Steve Stark, Orchard Hospital’s chief executive officer.

  29. Patient portals available for Medical Specialty Center
    Friday, December 29, 2017
    Patients of Orchard Hospital’s Medical Specialty Centers have the ability to easily and privately access their own medical information, keep track of appointments, order refills or email doctors, nurses and staff with questions and receive messages. Patients can also request an appointment for lab work, view personal health records, receive educational materials and view and request referrals. Being able to go online and request a prescription refill from your provider is a much quicker option rather than waiting until the office is open or waiting for a return call. It is very simple to request a patient portal simply by giving your email address to the registration desk to set it up. Patients are able to securely log in with their username and password and gain access to their personal health records simply by providing a personal (non-work) email address. The Medical Specialty Center provides not only Primary Care but also General and Orthopedic Surgery, Pain Management, Cardiology, Physical Therapy, Psychotherapy, Podiatry, Physicals (Sports, DMV, Pre-Employment, CHDP, Pre-Op) and Onsite Lab and Imaging Department such as X-Rays, Mammograms, Dexa Scans and Ultrasound. This rural health clinic is open 7 days a week serving the communities of Biggs, Gridley, Richvale and Live Oak with walk-ins welcome. The Oroville Medical Specialty Center is open Monday through Friday. Call 846-9080 for more information to set up a Patient Portal easily.

  30. Orchard Hospital Hovlid Community Care Center is Expanding
    Friday, November 03, 2017
    It was very upsetting for many families when Gridley Healthcare and Wellness closed in 2014 which meant having to uproot their loved ones to other towns, some at least an hour away. Orchard Hospital has now leased the 82 bed Skilled Nursing building and will expand their Hovlid Community Care Center by moving the department to their new facility by the beginning of 2018. Hovlid opened in 1968 and was named after Clella Hovlid who began her career as a nurse at the hospital in the Obstetrics Department when it opened in 1949. She was then Superintendent of Nursing and in 1953 appointed as Hospital Administrator until retiring in 1979. With Hovlid Community Care Center expanded this means it will no longer be necessary to have a waiting list due to the capacity of just 21 residents.

  31. New PA-C at Medical Specialty Center
    Wednesday, September 13, 2017
    It is safe to say that any new provider feels welcome at Orchard Hospital’s Medical Specialty Center when coming to work here. Mary Titmus has been welcomed by the staff and the community. Mary went through orientation last week and has already started seeing patients. Titmus will work in Gridley Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and Fridays in the Medical Specialty Center Oroville. She and her husband Chad have a daughter Allison and are excited to live in Gridley and be near their family members Lena and Blane Sannar. Mary grew up in Washington and in Utah. Most recently, Titmus worked as a PA-C at the Waldorf Center for Plastic Surgery since 2015 where she assisted in many surgical procedures including mastectomy and breast reconstruction, pediatric cranioplasty, complex MOHS defect closure, cosmetic breast surgery, and cosmetic body contouring. She performed cosmetic procedures in office including cosmetic injections, laser skin resurfacing and non-invasive body contouring. While there might not be a lot of call for these types of procedures at Orchard Hospital, Titmus has had a vast amount of education receiving her Bachelors of Science with a Major in Exercise Science at Brigham Young University, Utah and her Masters of Physician Assistant Studies at Pacific University in Hillsboro, OR. Titmus loves working in pediatrics and enjoys helping all ages especially for women’s health.

    Friday, August 25, 2017
    Pictured is Orchard Hospital ER Nurse Supervisor Christi Smoke and Pastor Karl Coulter of the Gridley United Methodist Church with a Cuddles for Kids bear. Over three years ago the social worker for Orchard Hospital contacted us about a service project. We could not do the one they called about but we wanted to help the hospital. One of our members, Rose Conklin, came up with the idea of giving bears to children that come into the emergency room. Our church liked the idea and so did the hospital so Cuddles for Kids was born. At first, we gave gently used bears that we got from friends and family, or even yard sales. However, we ran out of those and decided it would be better to buy new ones. So today we bring new bears to the hospital. We usually bring bears about once a month. Over the years that has added up to between at least 1000-1200 bears. The nurses have told us how much they like the program as it helps calm the child down when they have a bear to comfort them. We have also been told sometimes they demonstrate a procedure on the bear to show the child what to expect. I was a patient of the ER not too long ago and got to see a bear in action. A little boy was also in the ER with an injury and I saw him just hugging a bear given to him for all he was worth. Seeing that boy with his bear makes our ministry worth it, providing comfort to a child. We plan on continuing this ministry for a long time.

    Friday, August 18, 2017

  34. Accidents can Happen- Telecare
    Tuesday, August 15, 2017
    Anyone can fall. Do you or a loved one live alone? Gridley’s own Orchard Hospital has a non-intrusive program to help ensure the safety of those who live by themselves. A “telecare” caller will contact them with a brief friendly call each morning between 8:30 and 9:00 a.m. If, by chance, they don’t get a reply they will get in touch with a designated neighbor to see that all is well. The program makes for peace of mind for members of the family, who may live out of town and are unable to check on things regularly themselves. Most of those who live alone cherish their independence but it’s good to “just be sure”. The calls are brief, but in several cases over the years they have been lifesaving. If you are interested in finding more about the program call 846-2030 or 868-1729.

  35. Medical Specialty Center welcomes new PA-C
    Wednesday, August 09, 2017
    Christine Hickey dreamed of finding a long term position as a Physician’s Assistant amongst a close, hard working productive team with similar values as her own and she has no doubt found her niche. Joining a staff of 11 other providers, Hickey is seeing patients at Orchard Hospital’s Medical Specialty Center. Hickey received her Bachelors of Science in 1995 from Hahnemann University School of Health Science and Humanities becoming board certified with national honors and appearing on the Dean’s List. Her Pre-med requirement studies were at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Illinois with a Physiology, Zoology, Neuroscience minor. Receiving her Medical Assistant Training at Bryan Institute, Hickey was second in her class for perfect attendance. Hickey’s most recent employment was at Heart of Eagle River Urgent Care and Family Medicine after working as a Medical Assistant for a Dermatologist performing laser surgery in Alaska. Hickey’s main interest is in women’s health, especially menopause and in cancer screening. Her Mother died in her 40′s of acral lentiginous Melanoma which gives her the personal motivation to screen for skin cancer and other forms of cancer. In her off time she enjoys gardening and raising chickens. She looks forward to seeing more of California. Arriving in Gridley just two weeks ago, Hickey was pleasantly surprised by how nice people are in our town. “I’m not used to so many nice people,” she exclaimed. Hickey will begin her schedule at the MSC Monday through Friday but because the clinic is open seven days a week, Hickey plans to work Friday through Monday in the future. One of 11 children in her family, Hickey has 11 nieces and nephews and enjoys spending time with them. Her family holds a reunion somewhere in the United States every three years. She says her family is multi-cultured. She started out as a babysitter at the age of 13 in a retirement home in Belleville, Illinois her hometown. She worked in several nursing homes as a teenager helping with wound treatment aid and as a nursing assistant. Hickey taught anatomy at a vocational technical level, established the school based health clinics in Calhoun County West Virginia while in the National Health Service Core. Her many accomplishments and affiliations include: National Board of Physician Assistant Primary Care Honors; BLS/ACLS certified; Diabetic Association Award for volunteer services; Volunteer Medical Services in Matamoros, Mexico and Plains, Georgia; Volunteer Physical Therapy Services for the homeless in Gainsville, Florida; Assistant Girl Scout Leader, St. Louis Citizens Award and Pregnancy Crisis Fund Raising in Eagle River. “I chose Gridley because I wanted to work weekends, the friendliness of the people and I am interested in Northern and Southern California,” she explained. Though she loved her three years in Alaska, Hickey felt it was time for a change and she already feels she made the right choice.

    Friday, August 04, 2017

  37. Hospital Foundation’s 5th Annual Golf Tournament in two weeks
    Friday, July 28, 2017
    The 5th Annual Orchard Hospital Champions Golf Tournament will be held at Bidwell Park Golf Course Friday, August 11 with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. There is still time to sign up to golf simply by calling Lisa at 846-3661. Registration and breakfast will begin at 7 a.m., followed by the 8 a.m., start. Food and beverages will be available on the course and lunch, awards, raffles and prizes will be in the clubhouse following the golfing fun. Team photos will be taken and Gridley Country Ford has once again graciously offered the Hole In One for a vehicle to be won by a lucky golfer. Contests will include Closest to the Pin, Longest Drive, Winning Team Trophies and Longest Marshmallow Drive. Don’t miss this fantastic, fun way to support Orchard Hospital Foundation. Supporting the foundation means providing support for advanced medical technology. The Foundation has committed to raising $1,000,000 to assist with purchasing new diagnostic equipment for the Emergency Department set for the new hospital in the horizon. Be a part of the future, show your support by participating and/or sponsoring this fundraiser. Registration is $125 per player or $450 for a team of four. Golfers can register online at: by August 1, 2017.

  38. Health education session offered by Orchard Hospital
    Friday, July 21, 2017
    Dr. Alan Bonsteel of Orchard Hospital’s Medical Specialty Center will be offering monthly Health Education sessions that will focus on overall Health, Diabetes, weight issues and heart disease. This class is offered in English and Spanish. English session was held May 24, 2017 and the Spanish session will be held on June 28, 2017 from 7:30-8:30 p.m., at the hospital conference room.

  39. Orchard Hospital offers nutritious meals to everyone
    Friday, July 21, 2017
    You don’t have to be a patient of Orchard Hospital to enjoy a nutritious, hearty meal from their Dietary Department. To-Go meals are available for breakfast (8-9:15 a.m.), lunch (noon-1:15 p.m.) and dinner (6 to 7:15 p.m.) A punch card an be purchased in advance for just $20 at Registration or if you have the exact amount and don’t require change you can purchase directly from Dietary. Seniors come to the hospital when they aren’t up to cooking or just don’t have the initiative for just $2 each and meals are available to anyone else for just $3. Meals can be low fat, diabetic diet, cardiac or mechanically altered (chopped) just call Dietary Supervisor Keith Widmar and leave a message at 846-9015 if you have a special diet need. Orchard Hospital is happy to provide this economical alternative and the food is exceptional thanks to Keith and his crew.

  40. Employee receives scholarship from Hospital Foundation
    Friday, June 23, 2017
    Jessica Frazier applied for the Orchard Hospital Foundation Scholarship in memory of Jeanne Hart and received $500 to help with expenses as she continues her studies at the Institute of Technology for the two year vocation nursing program which starts next month. Jessica works at Orchard Hospital as a CNA and is going to school to be an LVN. Orchard Hospital Foundation Chair Margaret Hughes made the presentation. -photo by Lisa Van De Hey-

  41. Hospital Foundation Supports Continuing Education
    Friday, June 23, 2017
    Lacey Cassady received a $500 scholarship from Orchard Hospital Foundation Chair Margaret Hughes as one of the recipients of the Jeanne Hart Scholarship. Hart served as a member of Orchard Hospital's Foundation before she passed away in November 2010. Lacey received the check last week in support of her acceptance into the Vocational Nursing Program at Sutter County One Stop. Lacey has been employed at Orchard Hospital's Medical Specialty Clinic as a Medical Assistant the past nine years and previously worked in registration two years. -photo by Lisa Van De Hey-

  42. New primary care physician for Medical Specialty Center
    Friday, June 09, 2017
    Gridley’s Medical Specialty Center will be the perfect fit for Dr. Bradley Jones, D.O. as he starts his new family practice here this week. Dr. Jones specializes in primary care from pediatrics to adults and has even delivered his fair share of babies over the years while working Obstetrics. Hailing from Licking, Missouri, Dr. Jones followed friends to this area and is looking forward to hunting and his favorite hobby, hot rods, primarily Mustangs. One of his many specialties is joint arthritis, Dr. Jones gives injections that can totally change a person’s condition immediately without the use of prescriptions. He primarily does injections in knees, shoulders and heel spurs using trigger point injections. Dr. Jones’ did his internship in the Osteopathic field and did a combined residency. He of course loves the weather here compared to Missouri where it ranges from 26 below to 106 in the same week. He comes from a farming family, growing up in northwest Missouri where they farmed corn and soybeans on a traditional farm raising hogs, chickens and their own milk cows. His family was so self-sufficient they went to town primarily to sell their eggs or get flour and sugar - everything else was grown on the farm. Dr. Jones worked with Orchard Hospital CEO Steve Stark at Texas County Hospital which had 65 beds at that time. He also worked at St. John’s part of Mercy Health System in St. Louis. Dr. Jones has two daughters 22 and 19-years-old and is extremely pleased to be a part of this wonderful community.

  43. Orchard Hospital Auxiliary
    Friday, June 09, 2017
    The Orchard Hospital Auxiliary would like to thank many people for their help in putting on the recent successful Ice Cream Social on the front lawn at the hospital. Mac’s Hardware and Rental supplied the large tent. The Gridley School District furnished the tables and chairs. The Butte County Sheriff’s department helped in many ways. The Hospital Dietary department supplied the ice cream and helped set up. Members of the Hospital Foundation and the Hospital Administration scooped and served the ice cream. The hospital maintenance staff set up the area and did the clean up, as well as lots of general help. Members of the Auxiliary baked and supplied the many cakes, pies and other baked goods. Without the help of all of you the annual event could not have had its success. Thank you! Most of all we would like to thank the many members of the community who came out that evening to join friends and families for an old-fashioned community get-together. It is a traditional occasion and the Auxiliary’s most successful way to economically support our much-loved and necessary local hospital. Thank you all!

    Friday, June 09, 2017
    Orchard Hospital Foundation Chair Margaret Hughes was thrilled to see the two cardio units purchased for the hospital's Cardio Pulmonary Department represented by Beth Cullum- Respiratory Therapist, Jodie Brown-Lead of Cardio Services and Star Roles- Respiratory Therapist. The cardio units are used to monitor patient's oxygenation and vital signs in acute rooms of the hospital.

    Wednesday, June 07, 2017
    Orchard Hospital RN Nancy Rizor performed first aide to a young gal fishing at the Hooked On Fishing event held Saturday in Oroville. Over 600 kids pre-registered for the event and more were arriving to participate.

    Friday, May 26, 2017
    Children attending the Orchard Hospital Teddy Bear Clinic last week learned how important it is to stay low during a fire as firemen had each of the children participate.

  47. Ice Cream Social
    Friday, May 19, 2017
    Ice cream scooping is an important job at the annual Orchard Hospital Auxiliary Ice Cream Social. Scooping all the different types of ice cream were Jay Croy, Steve Stark, Joe Cunha, Clark Redfield, GBPD Chief Dean Price and Butte County Sheriff's Captain Jerry Jones.

  48. Clay Shoot Fund Raiser planned by Hospital Foundation
    Wednesday, May 17, 2017
    Orchard Hospital Foundation will hold a Clay Shoot Sunday, June 4, 2017 at Raahauge’s Club in Dunnigan, off I5 as a fund raiser for continuing medical services. “Shoot for the Future,” will begin at 8 a.m., with registration and the fun will begin at 9 a.m., for a great time rain or shine. As a registered NSCA (National Sporting Clays Association) shoot, sign-ups will be going fast and the cost is $90 per shooter or six person squads available which are also at $90 per person. Grand Prize raffles will be for a three night stay at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, airfare included and a Beretta A400 Xtreme Camo Shotgun. (Winner need not be present to win and advance raffle tickets are available at Orchard Hospital Registration.) All levels of shooters are welcome and prizes will be awarded according to Lewis Class. Make checks payable to Orchard Hospital Foundation, c/o Brittney Bassett, 240 Spruce Street, Gridley, Ca 95948. For more information contact Brittney Bassett at or call 530-846-9001. Bring your own guns, ammo, ear and eye protection. Though the $5,000 Title Sponsorship has been graciously donated by Porter Consulting, LLC,; $2,500 Lunch and Beverage Sponsorship is from Layton Construction; trophy sponsor given by Greenbough Design; Other sponsorship opportunities are available by calling Bassett at 530-846-9001 ranging from Shooter Shirt Sponsor $2,000, Trophy sponsor $1,500, Nine Gold sponsor $250 to $100 Station sponsors (five available) for a station sign, company visibility and networking opportunities, prominent recognition the day of the event and signage at station, bring your own vinyl signage to be hung at the front entrance that day. Don’t miss out on this fun way to raise money for your hospital.

    Wednesday, May 10, 2017
    Nurses Week is May 6-12 and the nursing staff at Orchard Hospital gathered together quickly early Monday morning for a picture.

  50. May National Mental Health Month
    Friday, May 05, 2017
    Gridley Mayor Frank Hall read and presented a proclamation declaring May National Mental Health Month at Monday nights Council meeting. Orchard Hospital Therapist at Senior Solutions Robin Noall accepted the proclamation.

  51. Relay for Life a labor of love for many
    Wednesday, May 03, 2017
    The American Cancer Society’s annual Relay for Life fundraiser has been around for many years, and in the thousands of communities it’s held in, it brings out people who participate for a wide variety of reasons. But they all have the same goal: Doing their small part to help create a world where cancer no longer exists, no longer takes away loved ones, no longer destroys the health of those it infects. Last Saturday, the Gridley-Biggs Relay for Life was held at Biggs High School. The 13-hour event started bright and early at 9 a.m. and ended just before 10 p.m., after the always-emotional luminaria ceremony, which honors those who have lost their battle with the disease, as well as those who have battled and beaten it and those fighting it currently. Event lead Tiffany Wilson has been involved in the event for several years. Cancer has touched her life, with both family members and friends affected by the disease. “Over the years, I have had too many friends who have heard, ’You have cancer,” Wilson said. “What we do here today helps fund research and cures, so hearing those three words is not a death sentence.” A number of teams participated in this year’s event. They included: * Amazing Grace, captained by Shana Roles; * Crusaders for Cancer, co-captained by Krissie Vieira and Becca Cowan; * Fight The Fight,” co-captained by Michelle Testroete and Amanda Gray; * Gridley High School, captained by Karli Mell; * Just Cure It, co-captained by Marjes Bryan and Linnea Johnson; * Legacy, co-captained by Carlos Estrada and Shawnee Walters; * Orchard Hospital, captained by Lyndi Little; * Team Continental, co-captained by Lori Wiliams and Carolyn Erickson. * Team Hazel, captained by Sara Brewer and Andrea Butler; * Team Turnbull, co-captained by Teresa Sanner and Justene Thomas; * Team 2, captained by Linda Busch. Involvement in the Relay is often intensely personal, and it was that way for Krispie Vieira, who lost a husband to the disease in 2003. The loss of her husband spurred Vieira to get into the medical field, in addition to igniting her activism with the Relay for Life. On Saturday, Vieira and her husband, Sylvan, were operating their booth as part of the Crusaders for Cancer team. Their booth featured a “bra pong” game that seemed to be attracting a lot of attention. “We’re out here doing our part to fight cancer,” Vieira said. “This brings the community together.” As of Tuesday afternoon at press time, according to Wilson, the total raised this year was over $14,000. That included more than $5,000 raised the day of the event. Gridley’s own Gracie Gonzalez, 11, who is battling leukemia, was able to attend the event this year, and her team, “Amazing Grace,” won the event’s Spirit Stick award.

  52. Chili Cook-Off National Hospital Week
    Friday, April 28, 2017
    Orchard Hospital is holding a Chili Cook-Off and this time it will be more than the employees competing. As part of their National Hospital Week observation, on Wednesday, May 10 the festivities will begin at 11:20 a.m., with chili tasting and voting for just $3 per person and this will include cornbread and a beverage. Another attraction that day will be the Pie In Your Face event where daring people such as Clark Redfield, John Turner, John Helvey, Art Cota and Ty Cota will stand by and receive a pie or two in their face to make this day even more exciting. Names of the lucky contestants will be disclosed soon and tickets can be purchased in registration. Call Lyndi at 846-9028 or email to enter the chili cook-off contest. The event will be held in front of the hospital until 1:30 p.m., so be sure to come have lunch and no doubt you will know a few of the people covered in pie.

  53. Every 15 Minutes Program at Biggs
    Wednesday, April 26, 2017
    Biggs High School students walked out of class Thursday to see a gruesome accident involving some of their classmates as part of the Every 15minutes presentation. Cal-Fire responders attended to the injured before being transported by ambulance to Orchard Hospital ER.

  54. Ice cream social planned by Hospital Auxiliary
    Friday, April 21, 2017
    This year’s Orchard Hospital Ice Cream Social will be held on the front lawn at the hospital on Thursday, May 11 from 6 to 7:30 in the evening. A wide variety of cakes, pies and cobblers will be available as well as many delicious flavors of ice cream. Sugar free refreshments will be available for those who prefer them. Members of the hospital auxiliary are providing the home made baked goods. This is a wonderful chance to get together with friends and neighbors and a worthwhile opportunity to contribute to one of the auxiliary’s main fundraisers of the year. All proceeds will go toward improvements to our local hospital. Tickets are $3 and will be available that evening or can be purchased from members of the Auxiliary in advance. Tickets for the drawing for the Auxiliary’s Spring Basket can be purchased that evening, or are available at the Gift Shop in the hospital lobby. Tickets are $1 apiece or six for $5. The Basket is filled with a wide assortment of spring-themed articles, many of them home made by members of the Auxiliary. Drawing for the winning ticket will be held at the end of the evening.

    Friday, April 21, 2017
    Orchard Hospital’s Salute to National Hospital Week will include a chance to throw a pie In the face face of your favorite fireman Jason Leonard or Engineer Travis Needler, retired School Superintendent (Clark Redfield in 8x10 picture), Hospital CEO Steve Stark, Hospital Board member (Art Cota in 8x10 picture) or Hospital CIO John Helvey. There will be other willing people who will have pies thrown in their face, just not available for this picture. Come join the fun Wednesday, May 10 from 11:20 to 1:30 during the Chili Cook-Off. Price to throw is $3 per ticket or $1per ticket for Students with ASB Cards. Purchase tickets at Orchard Hospital Registration

    Wednesday, April 19, 2017

    Wednesday, April 19, 2017
    Family members of Hovlid Skilled Nursing residents and employees of Orchard Hospital were invited to attend the annual Easter Egg Hunt last Friday complete with face painting, popcorn, lemonade and cotton candy held behind the hospital so that residents could enjoy seeing their grandchildren and great-grandchildren hunt for eggs.

    Friday, April 14, 2017
    Donors to Orchard Hospital Foundation were treated to a prime rib dinner April 6 at the Masonic Lodge as a small thank you for their generosity from the Foundation. Pictured are Karen Becker and Margaret and Milt Brown. During this fiscal year, the Foundation voted to provide scopes for the surgery center, a cart for anesthesiologists to dispense medication, an adult standing therapy table and two cardio units to monitor patient oxygenation and vital signs in acute rooms for a grand total of $38,028. The Foundation will hold a Clay Shoot Sunday, June 4 (rain or shine) at Raahauge’s Sporting Clays, 25835 County Road 8, Dunnigan and registration can be completed by calling Brittney Bassett at 846-9001 or email with questions. Registration starts at 8 a.m., shoot at 9 a.m., and lunch at noon. All proceeds go towards continuing to provide community medical service.

  59. Gold Ribbon award for Gridley High!
    Wednesday, April 12, 2017
    Gridley High School now holds the honor of being named a 2017 Gold Ribbon recipient for California based on the new Career Technical Education (CTE) Academies. Beating out Chico High and Pleasant Valley High, the award was explained by Principal Joey Adame as Gridley qualifying with above the state averages in Math and English and Career Technology Education Pathways. The CTE Academies offered at Gridley High are the Academy of Agricultural Manufacturing, Academy of Animal Science, Academy of Horticultural Science, Academy of Arts, Media and Entertainment academies have an amazing total of students participating - 579 out of 600 students in the school. New for next year is the Health Sciences Academy in conjunction with Orchard Hospital, introduced to the Butte County Office of Education Gold Ribbon judges during interviews and tours on March 27. Superintendent Jordan Reeves told board members that this is an expensive class and that not many schools have the luxury of a hospital close by. Officially announcing the exciting award at the April 5, 2017 board meeting, Reeves told board members, “This is phenomenal recognition for our staff, teachers and the community members involved in the interviews. Congratulations to the whole district and the community.” Principal Joey Adame has been given much of the credit for the win by parents and staff because he makes things happen quickly, such as the new Academy of Health Sciences, ready for next year’s students with just two months planning with Orchard Hospital. In 2012, the board approved to accept a CTE course as an optional high school graduation requirement in lieu of one course in visual or performing arts or foreign language with the implementation of Assembly Bill 1330 giving them a focus on a career pathway while meeting graduation requirements. In other business, Reeves explained the need for the first reading of revised Board Policies, Administrative Regulations and Exhibit to be approved in a first reading, particularly in regard to the 12,000 pages that need to be copied and uploaded to the district website. Reeves asked that two to three board members go through the policies. McKinley School Principal Chris McIntire reported on kindergarten registration held with 100 students registered so far, 15 in pre-K and 85 kindergarten. Kindergarten Round-Up will be held May 3, 2017 at 9 a.m., with an expected total of 143 registered by that time. Introducing Gridley High’s new football coach Matt Kemmis, Principal Adame asked for the approval of weight training equipment in the amount of $23,290,82 to ensure safety and proper use. Adame explained that the weight room will be re-keyed so that the school has better control of who uses the weight room. Keys will be given to each of the head coaches. As head of facilities, McIntire spoke to the board regarding the new lease for Farmer’s Hall as the original three year lease agreement was approved September 14, 2014. The Butte County Fair has offered a six year extension with a 2.5 percent increase per year. During a discussion regarding repairs the school has made to the gymnasium, McIntire told board members the district pays to resurface the floor each year costing between $8,000 and $10,000 and Chief Financial Officer Heather Naylor stated the biggest expense is electricity because of the expensive light bulbs used throughout the gym. Butte County paid for a new roof according to McIntire, along with bathroom repairs made possible by a grant. The flooring replaced in the Feather River is a 50/50 split McIntire explained and board member Art Cota asked for a precise cost report to which McIntire answered the heating bill is huge for the gymnasium and Feather Room. Board members approved the extension to the contract. The board approved the replacement of flooring in the Wilson Cafeteria/Multi-Purpose Room in the amount of $29,400 to enhance the educational environment for Wilson Elementary. A new job description was approved for an Intervention/Independent Studies/Home Hospital Teacher due to the increase in Independent Studies and Home Hospital as well as a need for an Intervention Teacher for Alternative Education to ensure students do not fall behind on curriculum and succeed at Gridley Unified School District. The revised job description for the Special Projects Director/Curriculum Coordinator was approved to allow the district to align and update the position with duties and responsibilities referencing current standards, reports and curriculum implementation which will better serve today’s students.

  60. Children’s Hope Luau Color 5K Fundraiser
    Friday, April 07, 2017
    It’s time to get your hula skirts, family, and friends together as Children’s Hope presents its 3rd annual Luau Color 5K Run/Walk on May 6, 2017. Registration will begin at 8:00 am or you can pre-register at The event is hosted in downtown Gridley beginning at Daddow Park as runners and walkers make their way through the inner streets of Gridley. Children’s Hope is a non-profit organization. The Color Run fundraiser helps promote programs for foster (resource) children and youth. These programs such as educational tutoring ensure that foster children and youth are given all the wonderful tools and resources to help them develop mentally, physically and socially. The Color 5K Run/Walk has been a very positive community event as families and friends gather to walk together. The event is ideal for all age groups. Last year we had babies being pushed in wheelchairs or in their strollers as mommies and daddies walked. You don’t need to a runner to participate because you do the Color 5K at your own pace and it’s NOT a timed event. The colored powder is 100% safe. it is cornstarch with dye. You get to dress it up and get the best pictures and selfies! The GREATEST reason of all is you are running/walking to give back to foster (resource) children and youth in your own community because Children’s Hope works with children and youth in all surrounding counties! In the United States there is approximately over 428,000 children in the foster care system and California has about 60,000 of those children and 30,000 more children going into foster care every year. Children’s Hope has over 350 children they work with on a daily basis. Foster children tend to stay in foster care for about 2 years due to facilitate family reunification, adoption, or because they have aged out. Children and youth come from many different walks of life, different experiences and trauma. As participants of the Color run/walk color is thrown on each of the participants, so by the time they have finished they look like rainbow! It’s a fun filled event! The sign up package includes a “goodie bag” that holds a t-shirt, sunglasses, loofa, soap, wristband, and many other goodies. This year the Color 5K will feature a Zumba warm up, Dj, raffle prizes, hot dog concession stand, Rosie’s sno biz, and a list of many other vendors. Current sponsors are Orchard Hospital, Caldwell Enterprises, Inc., Blood Source, Farmers Insurance (Ravi Aujla), M.D. Manuel, and Wells Fargo. Interested in becoming a sponsor and learning about the various sponsorship packages please call Spencer Brown at (530) 846-4955! ALOHA! Get your color on for foster children and youth!

  61. Greatest health crisis for Gridley, Biggs, Richvale and Live Oak
    Friday, April 07, 2017
    The greatest health crisis in Gridley, and in Biggs and Live Oak and all the surrounding towns, is the same crisis as in the entire world: the overweight crisis and the resulting diabetes crisis. Data has been gathered in the United States since the 1920′s on how long people live. With all the advances in medical care, for all of those years until recently, people kept living longer and longer. But for the last two years, life expectancy actually dropped and we docs have had a sneak preview of next year’s numbers, and it appears likely that we’ll see the greatest drop in life spans ever. Almost all of this backsliding is due to our overweight crisis, and the resulting epidemic of diabetes, as well as deaths from other diseases that are weight related, such as heart attacks. Just a few years ago, most of us adults, and almost all of our children, were at least pretty close to ideal weight. Now, almost all of us adults are overweight, and even many of our children, along with corresponding high rates of diabetes. There are rarely towns around where parents have such a great love for their children than in Gridley, Biggs, Richvale, Live Oak, and I sense the anguish of parents who bring me their children who are suffering from diabetes. In my own practice, I see lots of our brothers and sisters who come from Mexico, because, like my family practice colleague Brian Pratt, I speak a fluent Spanish. Folks from Mexico have a higher risk for diabetes than Anglos. This is because, when the Conquistadores from Spain arrived in Mexico, they intermarried with people from Indian tribes in Mexico who are genetically at high risk for diabetes. I’m pretty sure that more than half of my Mexican-American patients have diabetes. Diabetes is the Big Kahuna. It’s the disease you don’t want to run into in a dark alley at night unless you are carrying guns and knives. It causes heart attacks, strokes, blindness, kidney failure, and sexual dysfunction. (When I’m giving one of my male patients my man-to-man, heart to heart, eyeball-to-eyeball talk on slimming down + and avoiding diabetes, I save the sexual dysfunction part for my windup pitch, as it seems to get the attention of us guys a little more than some of those other inconveniences.) The key to avoiding or curing type 2 diabetes (as opposed to the insulin-dependent type 1 diabetes that is rare enough that I’ve only seen two cases in Gridley) is diet and exercise. Of course, the villains are obvious-- the junk food diet that jumps out at us jumps out at every turn, and lack of exercise. Let’s start with the kids. It used to be that children got a good diet without much effort. Now, they are bombarded with junk food at every turn. The efforts of our public schools to serve only healthy food are all to the good, of course, and I would suggest banding together as a community to make junk food less available on the street. While kids used to participate in competitive sports, my own perception is that for overweight kids, competitive sports may have become a non-starter, because it means to them embarrassment and certain failure. Could we concentrate instead on non-competitive sports? With regard to diet and exercise in adults, most of what I know, or at least believe, I learned from Dr. Dean Ornish. He was the physician who demonstrated that heart disease can be reversed with diet and exercise. (Do you-all see a pattern here?) I used to know Dean a little while researching my own book on health. What Dr. Ornish discovered is that simply telling patients that they should diet and exercise didn’t accomplish much What really got the job done was gathering people together in support groups not only with in-depth presentations by the leaders, but also opportunities to break into small groups and support one another. In their diet and exercise and smoking cessation efforts. THAT got the results and reduced the heart disease, as well as the type 2 diabetes that so many had. All of us are social animals. We all extremely need contact with others to stay positive and to keep our dreams alive. Imagine if all of us in Gridley, Biggs, Richvale, and Live Oak could gather together at the Butte County fairgrounds early every morning for calisthenics and yoga and a jog around the track? Imagine if we concluded each exercise session and a few moments of meditation? Would we not then be in a better world? For now, let me conclude that for all of you with diabetes, we, the staff at Orchard Hospital, stand ready to help you. Almost all folks with type 2 diabetes have an overweight issue, and it can be hard to seek help due to embarrassment. Please be assured that if you seek our help, we will treat you in a respectful and nonjudgmental way, and do our very best to help you to achieve your dreams. Dr. Dean Ornish has written that he considers the benefits of his group intensives on diet, weight loss, and smoking cessation to be not just from the weight loss and the improved arterial circulation, but also from the social connection with other people. And Dean once personally told me that he believed that the social connection did more to reduce heart attack rates than the diet and exercise, and that perhaps the meditation techniques taught in the intensives did more than anything else to help the patients.

  62. Gridley Quota and Lions Wellness Fair
    Wednesday, April 05, 2017
    Gridley Quota and Lions Clubs have joined forces to host a Wellness Fair on April 8 from 10 a.m., to 2 p.m., at Veterans Memorial Hall, 249 Sycamore Street. As usual the Gridley community is coming out in full force to make this a memorable event. Orchard Hospital will be on site monitoring blood pressure and providing diabetic testing as well as information on healthy eating habits. Lions club members will be doing vision screening. Dr. Bob Bowling will be providing dental exams and free toothbrushes. Barbara Ott, Community Garden Coordinator, will be available to discuss the community gardens and how you can grow your own food. Butte County Public Health will be providing car seat safety and bike safety information. There will be an information table sharing public resources in the Gridley area. In addition to focusing on wellness and healthy living, there will be fun activities. The Gridley Police Department will have their Canine Unit on site and offer fingerprinting for the kids. The fire department will be in the parking lot with their fire trucks and fun activities for the kids. Balloons, healthy snacks, fun activities and great resources all in one place so don’t miss a great time.

    Wednesday, April 05, 2017

    Wednesday, April 05, 2017
    Orchard Hospital had 85 8th grade Sycamore students attend a Career Fair on Friday. While the students were on-site they visited six different hospital departments. Gridley High School and Orchard Hospital are currently working together to help provide students a foundation for post-secondary education or workforce readiness in certified health related professions by offering a Health Science Pathway. The 8th Grade Students will be deciding next month what pathway they would like to enter into as a freshman at Gridley High School. Hovlid Skilled Nursing Director John Turner and Jay Croy, Infection Prevention & Control/Education told the groups of students what it means to work in the medical field.

  65. Gridley High and Orchard Hospital teaming together to offer Academy of Health Science
    Friday, March 31, 2017
    It took just two months for Gridley High School and Orchard Hospital to implement a Career Technical Eduction (CTE) Health Sciences Academy for high school students interested in a future in the medical profession. When Gridley High Principal Joey Adame puts his mind to something it doesn’t take long to get a team on board and see the task through to fruition, much like the welding and floral design academies, in their second school year. With a teacher on campus, the hospital will be available when a lesson plan requires an actual hospital setting. The Health Science Academy was just one of five discussed during the 2017 Gold Ribbon interviews held Monday at Gridley High. Students interested in the medical field for a profession were able to tell their views on the newest academy to be offered at Gridley High starting next year. By officering these Pathways to the students at the high school Orchard Hospital is helping to ensure their success and hopes that they will be able to stay and work locally. A completed pathway added to a diploma from Gridley High means a college-ready education along with additional real world job skills and experiences, not possible in a traditional high school setting. Students are able to earn college credits with Butte College and hold industry certifications which will help in their future job seeking and make it possible to have intern possibilities with local businesses. First year students following the Health Sciences Academy will gain an understanding of some of the many careers available to them in the introductory course Healthcare Occupations. Intermediate students will deepen their understanding through taking Medical Terminology where they will learn to understand, interpret and speak as well as write in the complex language of the medical professions. Third year students will learn nursing services. In the partnership between Gridley High and Orchard Hospital, students will interact with hospital staff and get a chance to see first hand what it’s like to work in 21st century healthcare. Students will mark their progress with CPR and First Aid Certificates and are encouraged to supplement their skills through taking the Nursing Services Class and supplement their skills through taking Anatomy and Physiology as one of their science courses at Gridley High. Graduates of the Gridley High Health Science Pathway will be able to offer potential employers multiple certifications and a proven record of work-based learning experiences and skills.

  66. Gridley High up for Gold Ribbon Award
    Friday, March 31, 2017
    A team representing the Butte County Office of Education Jeanette Spencer, Barbara Mandelbaum, Susan Davis and Susan Steward visited Gridley High School Monday morning to conduct interviews as part of the 2017 Gold Ribbon Award selection process. Gridley High School is being considered for the award recognizing their academic achievements, based on the new Career Technical Education (CTE) Academies. The interview team had student lead tours of the Pathway Courses, along with the future Health Science Academy at Orchard Hospital to further observe the additional opportunities the students at Gridley High for college and career preparations. The California Gold Ribbons Schools Award was created to honor public schools with CDE recognizing 193 middle schools, 180 high schools and 780 elementary schools as Gold Ribbon Schools recipients. Besides Gridley HIgh, Pleasant Valley and Chico High Schools were considered. California middle and high schools that have made tremendous gains in implementing State Board policies and their Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) were invited to apply for the 2017 Gold Ribbon Schools Award. The Academy of Agricultural Manufacturing, Academy of Animal Science, Academy of Horticultural Science, Academy of Arts, Media and Entertainment academies have shown tremendous success with 579 Gridley High students participating out of 589. ″ The Gold Ribbon Award recognizes California schools who have made exceptional gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards including English Language Arts, English Development, Math, and Science. Each year, the California Department of Education issues a list of eligible schools that are able to apply for the award,” Gridley High Principal Joey Adame stated. “In addition to the performance standards, schools have the opportunity to present a model of practice that can be replicated by other schools. This year, Gridley High School qualified with above the state average scores in Math and English and Career Technical Education Pathways is the model of practice. The preliminary results of our visit has indicated that we will receive this prestigious award. Towards the end of the April, the California Department of Education will issue the list of Gold Ribbon School Recipients. The students, teachers, and parents at Gridley High School are honored for the visit and we look forward to the official results.” Gridley Unified Superintendent Jordan Reeves stated, “I am exceptionally proud of the students, teachers, classified staff and parents of Gridley High School in receiving this prestigious award. Mr. Adame’s leadership and vision in the development of GHS into a model of practice for Career Technical Education (CTE) Pathways cannot be under estimated. GHS has received recognition not only in California but nationally as well for their CTE Pathways.. This recognition also takes into account that our English Language Arts and Math scores exceed the state average. The Gold Ribbon Award is the highest honor a school can receive from the California Department of Education. GHS is the only high school in Butte County to receive this award for 2016-17 school year.”

  67. Clay Shoot Fund Raiser planned by Hospital Foundation
    Wednesday, March 29, 2017
    Orchard Hospital Foundation will hold a Clay Shoot Sunday, June 4, 2017 at Raahauge’s Club in Dunnigan, off I5 as a fund raiser for continuing medical services. Registration for “Shoot for the Future,” will begin at 8 a.m., and the fun will begin at 9 a.m., for a great time rain or shine. As a registered NCSA shoot, sign-ups will be going fast and the cost is $90 per shooter or six person squads available also at $90. The big ticket prize is a three night stay at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, airfare included. (Winner need not be present to win and advance raffle tickets are available at Orchard Hospital Registration.) All levels of shooters are welcome and prizes will be awarded according to Lewis Class. Make checks payable to Orchard Hospital Foundation, c/o Brittney Bassett, 240 Spruce Street, Gridley, Ca 95948. For more information contact Brittney Bassett at or call 530-846-9001. Bring your own guns, ammo, ear and eye protection. Though the $5,000 Title Sponsorship has been graciously donated by Porter Consulting, LLC., other sponsorship opportunities are available by calling Bassett at 530-846-9001 ranging from $2,500 as a Lunch/Beverage sponsor, Shooter Shirt Sponsor $2,000, Trophy sponsor $1,500, Gold sponsor $250 to Station sponsors (seven available) $100 for a station sign, company visibility and networking opportunities, prominent recognition the day of the event and signage at station, bring your own vinyl signage to be hung at the front entrance that day. Don’t miss out on this fun way to raise money for your hospital.

    Wednesday, March 29, 2017

    Friday, March 24, 2017

  70. Free Health Screenings offered...
    Friday, March 24, 2017
    Gridley Quota and the Lions Club are co-hosting a Wellness Faire on Saturday, April 8th at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 249 Sycamore Street from 10a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Free health screenings for blood pressure, diabetes, vision and healthy living will be offered for youth, senior citizens and those who might not otherwise have benefits for these services. The Gridley-Biggs Police Department will be on hand for finger printing children and will bring their Canine Unit. Cal Fire will bring a fire engine for the children to check out and learn safety tips. Car seat information will be given by Butte County Public Health. Senior citizens or those needing assistance can call Orchard Hospital at 846-9001 for a ride to and from the event.

  71. Spring Luncheon held by Orchard Hospital Auxiliary
    Friday, March 24, 2017
    The Orchard Hospital Auxiliary covered many topics during their annual Spring Luncheon Tuesday with a delicious ham dinner prepared by the Hospital Dietary Department. Reports were given for each committee, following by discussion on donations for the Spring Raffle which will be raffled off at the Ice Cream Social May 4. Volunteer Recognition Pins were given by Joyce Spence and Hospital CEO Steve Stark gave an update on hospital activities. Installation of new officers was completed by Auxiliary Liaison Kirsten Storne-Piazza followed by lunch. Following lunch, a donation of $3,000 was presented to Stark for Hovlid Skilled Nursing Center for the purchase of a special $2,500 wheelchair for the residents to use and $500 for activities for the Hovlid Center. When the Auxiliary is supported at their gift shop, their ice cream social and bake sales, it means Orchard Hospital is supported by their generosity and is very much appreciated.

    Wednesday, March 22, 2017

  73. “C.DIFF”
    Friday, March 17, 2017
    “Hank, can you get me some more T.P. I can’t seem to get off this pot!”. “Yeah! Gi’ me a sec. Be right there”. You know when your stomach is rumbling, and you just can’t stray away from the toilet very far, because you don’t know when the next run (no pun intended) is going to hit; you are just plain miserable. Your stomach hurts, your bottom gets raw, you feel dehydrated, and when you think you can’t go anymore----there she goes again. Now, some people just start out with Pneumonia, or a Urinary tract Infection, and then they go to the doctor. The doctor runs a couple of tests and says “Yes, you have a Sinusitis and Bronchitis. We’re going to take a sample of your sputum (deep thick secretions you cough up from your lungs), and we’re going to get you started on a broad-spectrum antibiotic (an antibiotic that kills lots of types of organisms). When the test comes back in a few days, we’ll let you know. So you go home and take your antibiotic religiously which really ought to kill whatever is causing your infection, but alas, the doctor’s office calls and says ’the test is back, but the antibiotic you are on doesn’t work on this one. We called in a new script to your pharmacy; go pick it up today and start it right away”. You pick up your new prescription and begin to take your new antibiotic, and sure enough, 5 days into it, all of a sudden you start feeling better...You’ve quit coughing stuff up and the burning in your nose starts going away, life is good again until about 3 days later...Upset stomach and diarrhea start. The issue is that there are thousands of organisms in the intestines. When you take an antibiotic, even if it is for Sinusitis, a UTI, or other infection, the antibiotic doesn’t just kill the specific infection, it also kills organisms in the intestine. When you have to change antibiotics, the new one will kill other organisms in the intestine too. When the normal flora is being killed off in the gut like that, there can be an overgrowth of Clostridium difficile or C. diff. This organism inflames the intestine and causes diarrhea that just seems to last forever. Even though you stop the antibiotics, its already too late, the C. diff is already active. C. diff. is also quite contagious and very hard to kill. The normal household bathroom cleaners won’t work; the organisms actually have little shells on them called spores that only bleach can cut through. The alcohol h and sanitizers do not work either; you must actually use soap and water to wash the spores off your hands and down the sink. Unfortunately, if you are sharing bathrooms and other utensils with someone that has C. diff. diarrhea, you run the risk of getting it too. C. diff. is actually treated with another specific antibiotic, an antifungal med, and now they are recommending Probiotics. And even though you will kill the C. diff. organism, it has about a 25-30 percent recurrence rate; just something to be watchful for.

    Wednesday, March 08, 2017
    Orchard Hospital held its Employee Skills Fair on Thursday, March 2, 2017. This year’s Skills Fair was broken down into clinical and non-clinical sections. The Skills Fair is an opportunity for employees to learn new information, receive updates on existing policies and procedures, and prove competency on clinical skills. Some of the topics covered in the Skills Fair were Pharmaceutical Waste/EVS Waste, hand washing, PICC Line and IV Dressing Changes. The Skills fair was planned and implemented by Infection Control/Education, ER department, Surgery Nursing staff, Acute Care Nursing Staff, materials Management Director, Employee Health, Lab Manager, Quality/Risk Director and Radiology Department.

    Friday, March 03, 2017

  76. “Atrial Fib- not related to a heart valve problem”
    Friday, February 17, 2017
    Aren’t you just tired of hearing that line on TV commercials? “Atrial Fib”; What is that anyway? The normal heart has an electrical pathway that starts in the upper part of the heart at the Sino-Atrial Node (or S-A Node), goes through the node between the upper and lower chambers of the heart called the Atrial-Ventricular node (A-V Node), then out to the rest of the electrical system in the lower part of the heart called the Purkinje fibers. This electrical activity causes the top part of the heart to pump (contract) pushing blood down to the lower part of the heart, and as the electricity flows, it will cause the lower part of the heart to contract pushing the blood out into the body. When Atrial Fibrillation (A. Fib.) happens, this electrical pathway is interrupted by many electrical spots (what we call foci) shooting off around the upper heart, not at the S-A Node like it supposed to. So many are shooting off at different times, it causes the atria (top part of the heart) to kind of quiver, rather than contract and squeeze the blood into the lower part of the heart. Only some of those rapidly firing electricity gets through the A-V Node and out to the lower part of the heart, that causes it to contract irregularly, not in an even pattern like it normally does. So, now you have the top of the heart quivering, the lower part of the heart not contracting on a regular basis, and now the blood isn’t flowing right. Because the top part of the heart is not contracting right and not kicking the blood normally into the ventricles, the ventricles have less blood to push out into the body and brain. The person can become light headed and their blood pressure may drop. This can actually be life threatening when it initially happens and needs to be treated right away. The best way to treat it is to put the heart back in its normal rhythm. Many times this can be done with medication in the emergency room; sometimes it is done with the defibrillator (electrical shock) that actually sends a low dose electrical shock through the heart and stops it, and allows it to restart normally. However, if this has been going on for a day or more, sometimes blood clots form in the quivering area of the heart and one runs the risk of shooting clots into the heart or lung when it converts back to a normal rhythm. Some people have to be treated chronically with blood thinners such as Coumadin or Xeralto, and medication to control the heart rate and make it pump strong such as Digoxin or Amiodorone. These patients may have to live with Atrial Fib the rest of their life, which could be a long time; it is treated chronically for many patients. But back to “not caused by a heart valve problem”. Some of the various causes of Atrial Fib include damage to the structures of the heart (heart valves); but also can be a side effect of heart surgery or heart attack. Other causes also include metabolic imbalances, thyroid gland problems, viral infections, medications, pneumonia, stress, sleep apnea and congenital heart defects. You can reduce your risk of Atrial Fibrillation. Decrease or eliminate the use of alcohol, caffeinated products, tobacco and medication that may act as stimulants. If you feel a new fluttering/pounding in your chest, or new irregular heart-beat, or unusual light headedness, you should probably seek help at your local Emergency Room. A simple EKG (Electrocardiogram) can identify Atrial Fibrillation right away.

  77. Hospital ER remained open during evacuation
    Friday, February 17, 2017
    When Orchard Hospital received news that an Evacuation would be taking place Orchard Hospital did everything to ensure patient’s safety by evacuating patients to a nearby facility. During the evacuation the Emergency Room remained opened for critical emergencies. During this time the only entrance that was opened for Orchard Hospital was through the Ambulance entrance. Staff placed signs around the building notifying community members that they would need to access the ER through the Ambulance ramp. Hovlid residents were evacuated and are back at Orchard Hospital now. Depending on what type of an evacuation may occur in the future Orchard Hospital will evaluate if it is safe to have the ER opened for critical emergencies. Follow Orchard Hospital on Facebook for updates of what services would be open during an evacuation.

  78. Mandatory evacuation order lifted for area
    Friday, February 17, 2017
    Area residents displaced by the mandatory evacuation earlier this week due to concerns over the possible failure of the emergency spillway at the Oroville Dam can return home, state and local officials announced on Tuesday. The mandatory evacuation was downgraded to an evacuation warning, meaning that residents were free to return home, but should still be prepared to evacuate again should conditions warrant, according to the Butte County Sheriff’s Office. Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said the decision to downgrade the evacuation order was based on a number of factors. Lower lake levels were one reason, Honea said. State officials said that with the rate of water release through the primary spillway remaining at 100,000 cubic feet per second, over the last two days the lake level has dropped 12 feet below the top of the auxiliary spillway and no longer has water flowing over the top. This mitigation work will reduce the risk of erosion should the emergency spillway have to be used again, although flow through the primary spillway will continue to attempt to lower the reservoir to 851 feet (approximately 50 feet below full). With the water level reduced, geologists and dam safety engineering specialists from the Department of Water Resources (DWR), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the United States Army Corps of Engineers were able to inspect the damage. That inspection revealed that the integrity of the emergency spillway was not compromised by the erosion, state officials said. To prevent further erosion the DWR is lining the front of the spillway with boulders and concrete. That work was expected to be completed Wednesday, ahead of the forecasted stormy weather. A storm expected to hit Northern California later this week is forecasted to be colder, with less rain and therefore a lower level of water flow into the reservoir than last week. Officials said disabled residents who need assistance with transportation home should call HYPERLINK “tel:(530) 342-0221”(530) 342-0221 for para-transport. Local agencies and medical facilities are working to determine when patients can be returned to evacuated hospitals and skilled nursing facilities. Orchard Hospital in Gridley was one of the local hospitals that evacuated its patients due to the order. Honea thanked members of the community who were affected by the evacuation for their cooperation and patience. “It was a difficult decision to order the immediate evacuation, but the need to act swiftly in the face of a potentially catastrophic incident was necessary in order to ensure public safety,” Honea said. The evacuation order came late Sunday afternoon. More than 180,000 people in Oroville, Gridley and other cities along the Feather River corridor in Butte, Yuba and Sutter counties were ordered to quickly evacuate the area Sunday because dam operators were afraid the structure could collapse. Mike Wade, executive director of the California Farm Water Coalition, said the dam did its job despite being stretched to its limit. “The spillway in question was an extra precaution taken in addition to the regular overflow mechanisms,” Wade said on Tuesday. “The licensing agency, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), even noted that in an extreme event, some erosion of the emergency spillway would be likely. In other words, it performed as expected.” Wade said this year is shaping up as one of the wettest in state history, with precipitation in the northern Sierra at 221 percent of average at the present time. Schools offered relief From Sacramento, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson on Tuesday directed the California Department of Education (CDE) to work with public schools closed because of evacuations and flood dangers from overflows at Lake Oroville. Schools can qualify for relief from the loss of Average Daily Attendance (ADA) funding, the main revenue source for local school districts, Torlakson said. “Any schools forced to close as a result of the evacuations may be able to recoup these important ADA funds,” Torlakson said. “I’ve directed my staff to help affected school administrators through the process of applying for waivers due to school closures. Schools in California should not suffer financially for putting the safety of our students first based on these unprecedented flood dangers.” United Way ready to help Meanwhile, United Way of Northern California (UWNC) will continue to provide important information through its 2-1-1 helpline, the organization said in a press release. Since Sunday, 2-1-1 NorCal has been on disaster footing, linking callers and online users to information regarding shelters, road closures and important services. Larry Olmstead, President and CEO of UWNC, said United Way welcomes donations to support the helpline’s disaster efforts. “2-1-1 NorCal and 2-1-1 Butte phone lines and web services are being taxed by this crisis, and we expect high call volume to continue throughout the week as residents return home and look for services and updates on the flood situation,” Olmstead said. 2-1-1 is the 24-hour, 7-day social services helpline that provides free and confidential information and referral services. During crises such as the Oroville spillway incident it is a vital conduit for official disaster information. UWNC operates 2-1-1 NorCal, covering Shasta and Tehama counties. 2-1-1 Butte is operated by Help Central Inc., a United Way partner agency. Both agencies maintain 2-1-1 websites, HYPERLINK “” and HYPERLINK “” The United Way is also seeking donations to help organizations that are helping with relief efforts stemming from the Oroville spillway incident. Donors also can text OROVILLE to 91999, or donate on the United Way website, HYPERLINK “” Olmstead said that should the evacuation order be reinstated, funds raised would also be used to support organizations assisting displaced families. PG&E provides free gas checks for customers Meanwhile, PG&E is asking its customers to call HYPERLINK “tel:(800) 743-5000”1-800-743-5000 if you shut your gas service off before evacuating. PG&E will send a representative to safely restore gas service, provide a check of any gas appliances and relight any pilot lights. There is no charge to customers for this service. For complete coverage, see Wednesday’s edition of the Gridley Herald.

    Tuesday, January 24, 2017
    Orchard Hospital's Senior Life Solutions has been well received by the community and Gridley Lions Club recently donated $500 for the hospital Foundation's Annual Appeal for the transportation van used for this new program at the hospital.

  80. Water your health?
    Tuesday, January 24, 2017
    By By: Jay Croy, RN Orchard Hospital Education/Infection Prevention "Rain, Rain, go away come again another day, little Johnny wants to play". Not… Our previous drought condition says that Johnny needs to stay indoors and play Monopoly or Twister or something; get those brothers and sisters away from the video games and play some real games. We certainly need the rain and snow to help with the drought conditions we have been dealing with here in California for the last few years. Yay, Rain! I mean, "Oh No Rain". Some have found increases in problems and illnesses thanks to our extra water. When the rain comes down, pauses for a little while, dries out some, and then starts up again, this plays havoc with allergies. Molds start growing, some trees start blooming early, and trips to the allergist begins. Your friends, co-workers and neighbors start with a runny nose and coughing, and sneezing; you don't know if they have a cold, the flu or allergies. Pretty soon, everyone is hacking and coughing and running low grade fevers, and going to doctors trying figure out who to blame for making them sick. Then there is that addition to the house, or the new solar panels you put on your roof causing a drip, drip, drip, where the water runs into the wall, or drips in the ceiling from the holes in the roof that didn't get sealed well. Oh, yeah- our friend, the Black Mold, starts growing where we can't see it, but yet we can't figure out why it smells musty and moist in the room. The kids seem to be getting sick all the time and not wanting to go to school. Our friend, the water, sneaks in where we least expect it. "I told you not to walk through the mud and water puddles; now look at your feet; all red and broken out because your shoes are soaked all the time… Sure enough, your kid isn't really an athlete, but those water-logged shoes are the perfect place for fungus to grow and infect those feet. Athlete's foot itches, and burns, and those wet shoes start to stink. Throw those buggars away and get some dry shoes for that kid. There are antifungal creams you can purchase over the counter and keeping feet clean and dry will help too. Get a headache when there are clouds in the sky? Yup! Some people are sensitive to the change in barometric pressure and when those gray and dark clouds start rolling in; so does your headache. And watch out for falling objects, like limbs, when you are walking under a tree in the rain. There are plenty of You Tube videos out there showing people getting injured by flying and falling debris in a storm; don't be one of those victims. If you have to go out into the wind and the rain, be aware of your surroundings. "I feel it in my bones" and "feeling under the weather" didn't just come out of nowhere. The weather affects our bodies in many ways. According to WebMD, barometric pressure changes can cause joint pain. So if your great aunt starts complaining about shoulder pain or achy knees, it may be time to grab your raincoat.

    Friday, January 20, 2017
    Orchard Hospital's Senior Life Solutions is a program dedicated to addressing the emotional and behavioral health of adults over the age of 65. Program Director RN Sukh Lehal and Therapist Robin Noall spoke at Gridley Rotary Club last week explaining the new program that has been well received in the area. Noall also offers family therapy helping to resolve conflicts, not necessarily for seniors. She also specializes in coping with anxiety, sleep disorders and helping to feel more calm and relaxed. Call 846-9076 for more information.

  82. General Surgeon joins team at Orchard Hospital
    Friday, January 06, 2017
    Dr. Ronald Katz is the newest member to join the medical staff at Orchard Hospital. Dr. Katz is a general surgeon and comes from Newport Beach, CA. Dr. Katz received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of Miami and his medical doctorate from the same university. He conducted his residency at Letterman Army Medical Center in San Francisco. Dr. Katz will see patients in the Orchard Hospital Medical Specialty Center - Gridley for pre-operative exams and post-operative follow-up as well as perform general surgery procedures in the hospital.

    Wednesday, January 04, 2017
    The newly remodeled waiting area at the Orchard Hospital Gridley Medical Specialty Center is kid friendly with games and toys compliments of the Hospital Auxiliary and soon a large screen television for children's movies.

  84. New Family Nurse Practitioner for MSC
    Monday, January 02, 2017
    Family Nurse Practitioner Aury Moquete comes to Orchard Hospital's Medical Specialty Centers, both in Gridley and Oroville from North Grafton, MA. Before working for the Grafton Job Corps Center there, Moquete worked at the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center in Worcester, MA and Fort Lauderdale Hospital in Florida. She received her Masters of Science in Nursing at Florida International University in June of 2014; her PhD in Medical Managers at Miami Children's Hospital Doral Urgent Care Center; a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Florida International University in June 2013 and Doctor in Medicine from the Universidad Central del Este in June 2001. Moquete speaks fluent Spanish and is happy to work at both of Orchard Hospital's Medical Specialty Centers. She is married with a 16-year-old stepson and two dogs to complete the family and they love to spend time outdoors.

  85. Doctors retiring from Gridley's Medical Specialty Center
    Friday, December 30, 2016
    Dr. Delbert Beiler has decided it is time to hang his stethoscope up and call it a day this week. Coming to Orchard Hospital's Medical Specialty Center specializing in Family Medicine, Dr. Beiler will certainly be missed by the many patients he saw although he will come back to help during other physician's vacations. Graduating from the University of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico in 1973, Dr. Beiler has practiced medicine 43 years. He plans to spend more time with family and just take life easy. Dr. Herbert Gladen joined the medical staff at the Medical Specialty Center and Orchard Hospital's surgery team in April last year having worked most recently at Colusa Regional Medical Center. He attended medical school and completed his general surgery residency training at the Mayo Clinic Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota. His wife is an RN and convinced him to go into the medical field. They have two grown children. He has specialized in appendectomies, hernia repairs and gall bladder surgeries besides seeing patients at the Medical Specialty Center.

  86. Save lives: Be a Donor
    Friday, December 30, 2016
    By By: Jay Croy, RN, Orchard Hospital Infection Prevention & Control Education I attended a Nursing Training Conference a few years ago. The company that was hosting the conference was named CTDN (California Transplant Donor Network) now called Donor Network West (DNW). This company serves the area in northern California that our local hospital is a part of. It has been established to help save lives. I remember years ago, when a patient would pass away, before the Donor companies had even been thought of, that the doctor and/or the nurse, would have to approach the family and ask about the patient's Donor Status (if they knew if the patient was a willing donor or not) and we would have to discuss this with the family during this awful and very sensitive moment. Now, the Donor Networks have established many criteria ruling patients in for donation of tissue or organs, or rule them out, never needing to even bother the family. This has taken a big burden off the bedside nurse. When a loved one passes away, the hospital has 1 hour to contact the Donor Network. They will discuss over the phone with the nurse, of course, do they know if the patient is a known donor, and then, go onto the patients current diagnosis and their medical history, identifying whether this patient may be able to help another person in medical need. Age doesn't really matter as there are tissues and eyes that can be used for others. Medical issues frequently rule out persons to be able to be donors. If there is going to be a tissue or organ donation, the Donor Network contacts the family. The family has a hard decision to make at that time. One of the dilemmas you see on TV Medical Shows is that a patient is waiting for a heart or kidney, and the perfect match comes through the Emergency Room, and there is drama about one doctor wanting to steal the other terminal patient to save his, etc¦ Maybe in bigger hospitals; the Donor Network is in control in those situations. Oh yeah; back to my conference. You see, you walk in the auditorium, and there is a box of tissue at every seat. They tell the attendees about donors, and tell different stories, and short videos, and a lot of tear jerking moments are taking place.

  87. "Don't make promises you can't keep"
    Wednesday, December 28, 2016
    "I'm gonna' lose 50 pounds this year!" "I'm going to start running 5 miles a day!" 'I'm gonna' start a craft hobby and turn it into a business!" Oh yeah, we always wait till after the holiday food is all gone to make our New Year's Resolution to lose 15 pounds. So, is that the 15 pounds you have been slowly packing on all year long, or the 15 pounds of pie, cake, cookies and good turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy you just slurped in over the last month and a half. And now that the holidays are out of the way and we don't have to do a bunch of holiday shopping, now we have a chance to increase the exercise we have been saying we need to have been doing this whole last year. But now that we put on our 15 pounds, we need to make it right. So, we'll start by running 5 miles a day..,NOT! The fact is, only about 45 percent of Americans will make a New Year's Resolution. Of those that did, only eight percent will meet the goals they set. About 49 percent will have infrequent success, and 24 percent will never succeed in meeting their goals and keeping their Resolutions.

  88. Gridley Area Chamber Update
    Wednesday, December 28, 2016
    t has been awhile since we have had a Chamber update, not because we haven't been busy! The Farmers Market was well received at Orchard Hospital with a lot of positive feedback. Vendors were very pleased and enjoyed the cool setting under the big oak tree even on the hottest days that gave relief from the sun. The food was great each week and the Chamber of Commerce had a booth selling bricks for Daddow Park. There is still time to order bricks with your family name to make their place in history. We have had purchases to honor loves ones, pet names, non profit organizations and the business community has purchased with their business name becoming a part of history in our downtown park. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Lyndi Little-Wallace and Orchard Hospital for hosting Farmers Market this year while Daddow Park was being renovated. The Farmers Market will return to Daddow Park in June in the newly renovated beautiful park. Just a few touch up items before the City can get in there and do the irrigation, grass, benches and trash receptacles. As Farmers Market was winding down we had Chamber mixers, ribbon cuttings and a booth at the Butte County Fair. One of our benefits of being a Chamber member is to use the Chambers booth to showcase your business during the fair and we had many business members promoting their business or organization. Lisa Van De Hey and her staff at The Gridley Herald did a beautiful job with our full color newsletter we handed out as well as goodie bags with all kinds of goodies, coupons and maps and information from our members. We helped sponsor and host Apple Crunch Day with Gridley Grow and Cal Fresh, a program to educate and promote healthy eating. We all know apples are healthy and apples were everywhere. We had apple carving, apple tree planting, dried apples, apple toss games and even a apple selfie booth. What a fun day it was dancing on Hazel Street while eating great apple snacks. Home Depot was on hand planting seedlings, Barbara Ott of Gridley Grow planted an apple tree and Keith Widmar of Orchard Hospital carved apples. U-Jam Fitness got everyone moving with some dance routines and our fearless leader, City Administrator Paul Eckert and our police and firemen were dancing with some very delighted kids. This was fun to watch and very entertaining. The Chamber Board attended a networking event at Colusa Casino with Yuba-Sutter, Live Oak, Oroville, Colusa Chambers of Commerce. Plenty of planning meetings were held for the Tree Lighting and Parade of Lights which we held the same night for the first time. This worked out well as one of the best events ever with all of the vendor spaces full.

    Wednesday, December 21, 2016
    Orchard Hospital Clinical Lab Scientist Tom Berenato was recognized at Orchard Hospital's Employee Holiday Party by Lab Manager Colleen McGill and CEO Steve Stark for his 40 years at the hospital.

  90. Hospital introduces newest achievement
    Wednesday, December 21, 2016
    A major renovation of the former billing office of Orchard Hospital now houses the latest new service for the community, Senior Life Solutions. Senior Life Solutions is dedicated to addressing the emotional and behavioral health of adults over the age of 65. The services of Senior Life Solutions includes providing assistance to individuals suffering from one or more of the following: crying, hopelessness, loneliness, restlessness, sadness, coping with loss, decreased energy, difficulty sleeping, low self-confidence and life transitions. The holidays are a particularly tough time for those who are dealing with grief and loss, anxiety and depression, the professionals of Senior Life Solutions at Orchard Hospital believe your quality of life does not have to stop as you get older, or during the holidays. The staff includes a board-certified psychiatrist, a licensed therapist, a registered nurse and other trained professionals to ensure you receive the best possible care. Referrals can come from anyone whether it be by a patient's physician, a family member or other healthcare professional. For more information please call (530) 846-9076"530-846-9076.

    Friday, December 09, 2016
    Employees of Orchard Hospital along with physicians gathered at the Gridley Community Center December 2 to enjoy a wonderful dinner, tons of prizes, gingerbread houses given out and Santa visiting with the children of the employees.

    Wednesday, December 07, 2016
    Orchard Hospital held a Grand Opening last Thursday at their Medical Specialty Center located at 2445 Oro Dam Blvd., Suite 8 (near Firestone). The Clinic is open 8 a.m., to 5 p.m., with walk-ins welcome, no appointment necessary. Orchard Hospital Board of Trustees CFO Ed Becker (far left) is pictured with Oroville Chamber of Commerce President Sandy Linville, Oroville Chamber of Commerce Program Development Manager Timothy Sharkey, Orchard Hospital CEO Steve Stark, Oroville Chamber of Commerce Secretary Wilma Compton, Medical Specialty Director Kirsten Storne-Piazza and Orchard Hospital COO/CNO Tracy Atkins.

  93. Christmas Tree Lighting 2016
    Friday, December 02, 2016
    The Gridley Area Chamber of Commerce tried something new this year, combining the annual Tree Lighting at Orchard Hospital with the Parade of Lights in one night and judging by the record crowds at both events, this will continue for years to come. The beautiful voice of "Elsa" from Frozen brought smiles to everyone at the tree lighting as she sang Let It Go and the Grinch was a big success as he posed for pictures with the kids. Once the beautiful tree was lit by children of the Gridley-Biggs Police Department and Butte County Sheriff's Department it was time for the hayride with caroling towards downtown. Many, many thanks to Daryl Dye and the Gridley Electric crew for once again providing the beautiful lights complete with a big star on top. Our Downtown is beautifully lit up and added so much to the ambiance as people traveled from one vendor to another enjoying hot chocolate, popcorn, fudge and even hot dogs for dinner. Ryan King and friends played music for the first hour as the vendors got set up and began selling their items followed by the Sutter Buttes Family Orchestra who played up until it was time for the parade to start. The parade was excellent with participants taking the light requirement seriously and announcers Brian Bassett and Adam Sharrock had a great time as they did what comes naturally to both, talking up the floats, keeping the crowd enthused and entertained. There were so many people and groups that made this night fantastic, in particular Police Chief Dean Price and Dye who attended every planning meeting along with Sergeant Scott Smallwood who attended meetings and was an immense help that night. To have the City's police, electric and public works crews so involved is very much appreciated by the Chamber of Commerce. Gridley Lions Club members are instrumental in the parade running smoothly as they handle the line up each year and this year they even sold barbecued hot dogs. Parade Marshall Ruthann King was escorted in Rich Jenkin's 1949 Hudson along with her adorable dog Spencer. It was a big addition to have all the many vendors participate this year. There were beautiful items for sale at each and every booth, helping many with their Christmas gift giving list. Thanks to Wheeler Ranch and Feed for providing the hayride for carolers and to Kari Wheeler for singing the National Anthem. And of course the night would not be complete without Santa Claus there to cap off the parade and listen to the children's gift requests at the Museum. Chamber of Commerce Jr. Ambassadors Nicole Wheeler and Phoenix Brynnan rode in the fire truck with Santa along with coloring contest winners Iaiah and Jayla with the biggest smiles imaginable as they saw the big crowd cheering for them. Congratulations to the Gridley Area Chamber of Commerce board, for one of the best parades ever and thanks to everyone who participated.

  94. Giving Tree for Children's Hope Foster Family Agency
    Wednesday, November 30, 2016
    Orchard Hospital's Medical Specialty Center is one of the locations for a Giving Tree for Children's Hope Foster Family Agency. Please pick up a tag or two to help a child this Christmas season before December 9, 2016. The Medical Specialty Center is open seven days a week.

  95. Holiday weight gains
    Wednesday, November 30, 2016
    By Jay Croy, RN, Orchard Hospital Infection Prevention and Education Ooohhh yeah! Pumpkin Pie; turkey sandwiches; boxes of chocolates; cupcakes; ham sandwiches; cheese balls and crackers; punch; soda; holiday cheer. Mmmmm. Cookies; pudding; more pumpkin pie; and oh, yeah! Hot turkey sandwich with homemade bread, gravy, beautiful white turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, gravy, homemade turkey stuffing, gravy, another slice of homemade bread and some more gravy…. The average American will gain 5-10 pounds during the holiday season; studies show an average of about 7.6 pounds each. It identified that 20% of obese people will gain that 10 pounds; 10% will gain at least 5 pounds, and the average person will gain up to that 5 pound mark. It really begins with that Halloween Candy, then the big Thanksgiving Holiday, going onto Christmas, and finally that New Year's Eve Party. And what comes next; the New Year's Resolution to lose 10 pounds next year. (How many times have we done this; how many of us have broken that Resolution? Ha!) Well, the new word, not actually a new word, weight loss programs have said it for years…PORTION CONTROL… Noooo!!! Yes, eat what you want, but eat smaller amounts, just enough to satisfy you, not stuff you till your eyes bug out (or you secretly reach down and unsnap your pants to make more room under the one size bigger shirt you purposefully wore so you could stuff). So, if you are doing a big meal at someone's house, even your own, there are a few things you can do not to eat too much so that you can't breathe. First, remember you are there to enjoy friends and family; take your mind off the food and enjoy the company. Pace yourself; there will be plenty to eat later. You can take one spoonful of mashed potatoes rather than enough such that you can start shaping it on your plate so that it looks like a mountain you just saw on TV. This is where that portion control comes in. There will still be some left 4 hours from now; it'll taste just as good then as it does now. Avoid too much alcohol; many times, the more you drink, the more you eat. Be smart about what you are eating. Sure, we wait all year for Grandma's mashed potatoes and gravy, and it will be good, but so will Aunt Sarah's special green beans with bacon bits, onions cooked just right and her "special seasoning". Be smart about sweets and desserts. They pack on the calories if you overindulge.

    Wednesday, November 23, 2016
    Orchard Hospital Auxiliary members sold pink balloon packets for $1 for Breast Cancer Awareness and those purchasing the packets were given a card to write a loved one's name to attach to the balloons before they were launched on October 29, 2016 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Liberty Ward Pavilion.

  97. Giving Trees available at hospital and Medical Specialty Center
    Wednesday, November 23, 2016
    For the past three years Orchard Hospital has sponsored two giving Christmas trees for Children's Hope Foster Family Agency. One Christmas tree is placed in the MSC waiting room and the other in the hospital's rotunda. Giving tree tags are placed on both of the trees with guidelines on what to do. The reason the trees are set up so early is because the gifts have to be turned in no later than Wednesday, December 7 for distribution and a lot of people do Christmas shopping after Thanksgiving on Black Friday. Orchard Hospital will also provide the opportunity for community members to obtain a tree tag during the Christmas Tree Lighting on November 30th at 5 p.m. Orchard Hospital would love to have the support of the community in providing an extra special Christmas for these children. Please visit either location to obtain tree tags with sizes and gender.

  98. Orchard Hospital's Lead Technologist Happy to be Here
    Wednesday, November 23, 2016
    Growing up in Yuba City, Ashley Dedeker does not have to travel far for her job at Orchard Hospital as the Lead Technologist in the Radiology Department. After graduating from High School Dedeker completed her prerequisite courses at Butte and Yuba Colleges before entering a two year X-ray Program at Antelope Valley College. Calling herself a small town girl, she is happy she is not working where she would have to commute to a big city. Her parents live in Yuba City, her Mom works at River Valley High School and her Dad just retired from the Department of Water Resources. In her spare time, Dedeker enjoys spending time with her family and her boyfriend. The thing she likes most about working at Orchard is the small town feel of seeing familiar faces and remembering the history of some of her patients. Her bright and shiny smile is of course always nice to see in the hallways as she is a very bubbly, happy gal. "Everyone is friendly, kind and inviting here. This is such a good source for people in the area. My family prefers to come here for procedures rather than stay in the Yuba City/Marysville area. "If someone is sick they won't want to have to travel far. Highway 99 isn't the safest highway to travel," she stated. As a Lead Technologist, Dedeker performs many daily duties, diagnostic exams, performs many of the same duties as a Technologist but has more of a paperwork process to go through. She is currently being introduced to managerial duties and likes to work with the patients. "I am happy to know I can still do patient care to try to make a difference in a person's day who isn't feeling well," she explained. "I am happy people choose Orchard Hospital for their care," she stated. Dedeker is excited about a new hospital being planned which will be beneficial for the community with so much more to offer. "The new hospital will of course mean more services," she said. Impressed with the services that the 45 bed hospital does offer such as CT, MRI, Ultrasound, Mammography and new digital equipment that is up to so many standards because many hospital's don't even have digital equipment. "We are evolving and it is amazing to see these kinds of services," she said.

  99. Orchard Hospital Auxiliary Bake Sale
    Wednesday, November 09, 2016
    The Orchard Hospital Auxiliary had a successful craft and bake sale this past week in the recently refurbished community conference room at the local hospital. A wife variety of items crafted by members of the organization and friends were offered, as well as many homemade breads, pies, cakes and cookies. This was another of the many projects the Auxiliary does every year to help make money for our hospital. They would like to thank the members for their help and also thank the employees of the hospital, and other customers, for their always present support. Pictured are Sharron and Teresa Sannar.

    Friday, November 04, 2016
    he Seventh Annual Desperate Horsewives Ride was held October 8 with $4,300 raised for the Orchard Hospital Mammography Department. Many thanks to Curt Engen of Gridley Country Ford for the donation of t-shirts for all 60 riders.

  101. Richvale Elementary School Spaghetti Feed and Raffle
    Friday, November 04, 2016
    The Richvale Elementary School Spaghetti Feed and Raffle will be held Saturday, November 12, 2016, from 5 to 8 p.m. As always there will be tons of prizes, delicious spaghetti, drinks and desserts. Richvale Elementary is a small school with just over 30 students in only two classrooms for grades 1-6. The school have two fabulous teachers; Angela Andes (GHS Alumni) and Shannon Logue. This is the ONLY fundraiser and it allows our children a chance to have the technology, programs and experiences that otherwise wouldn't be possible for a small school. Tickets $10, (five years old and younger are FREE). 4th-6th graders pre-sell them (anyone can contact Tamara Williams at HYPERLINK "tel:530-321-8425"530-321-8425 if they need advanced tickets) and they also can be purchased at the door. There will be a phenomenal raffle where many local businesses donated prizes as well as a special raffle with great prizes including: a rifle, shotgun, San Francisco boat cruise, Casino stay, plane ride and much more! The event will be held in the Richvale Elementary auditorium at 5236 Church Street in Richvale. Richvale Elementary would like to thank their sponsor, Orchard Hospital, for being an integral part of the fundraiser!

  102. Auxiliary Christmas Boutique and Bake Sale at Hospital
    Wednesday, November 02, 2016
    Orchard Hospital's Auxiliary is a hard working group always finding a way to raise money so that they can help the hospital financially whether it be with equipment, scholarships or like last week at check for $6,759 to help furnish the Community Conference Room located in the hospital. The Auxiliary is hosting their Christmas Boutique and Bake Sale Friday, November 4 in the former Chapel at the east end of the Med-Surg wing from 7 a.m., to 7 p.m. The bake sale will no doubt be sold-out early but there will be plenty of great boutique items to choose from all afternoon.

  103. Head injuries are scary
    Wednesday, November 02, 2016
    By Jay Croy, RN Orchard Hospital Infection Prevention & Control Education 10:45 a.m.- The Paramedic contacts the Emergency Department (ED) Nurse and notifies her that he is in transit from a local elementary school where a seven year old boy fell and hit his head while playing at recess. His pupils are equal and reactive to light (PERL), and is awake and talking. Vital Signs are within normal limits (WNL). However, when he tried to stand, his balance was off. Mother had been contacted and she is on her way to the ED. Patient is not on any medications and has no allergies. The ED Nurse contacts the ED Doctor and notifies him of the incoming patient. Meanwhile, the mother comes into the ED, and the Doctor speaks with her about the child's history. The Nurse sends her to Registration to complete that information. 10:49 a.m. The Ambulance shows up and brings the child in by gurney. After receiving report, the Doctor examines the child. The mother comes to the bedside as the doctor is having the child hop off the gurney and stand up. Surprised to see her child leaning to one side and nearly falling, she helped him back on the gurney asking him if he had done this on purpose. The child denies this, and the doctor tells his mother he would like to do a CT Scan of the head to see if there is any problems with bleeding or swelling. 10:55 a.m. As the CT Tech takes the patient and mother to the CT Scanner for the Head CT of the child, the doctor contacts the Transfer Center and notifies them that he has seven year old with a head injury and needs a Pediatric Neurologist. He gives the patient's signs and symptoms and that a CT Scan result is pending. 11:00 a.m. The patient and mother are returned to the ED and the CT Tech notifies the Doctor that the CT Scan has been sent off to the Radiologist and requested a Stat (immediate) read. 11:08 a.m. The Doctor reviews the CT himself and did not see any bleeding of the head, and he tells the mother this, but that he needs that Radiologist final read.11:12 a.m.

    Wednesday, November 02, 2016
    Orchard Hospital pampered area women who have had breast cancer on October 25 with makeovers, eyebrow threading, massages, manicures, hors d'oeuvres and goodie bags before they heard a video conference with Breast Imaging Consultant Dr. Arlene Sussman who is a leading voice on issues related to breast health. Dr. Sussman was promoted to the VRad medical leadership team as Medical Director in November and serves as Orchard Hospital's Radiologist. At least 50 women attended and look forward to next year's event.

  105. Apple Crunch Day
    Friday, October 28, 2016
    Orchard Hospital Nutritional Services Director Keith Widmar, impressed the adults and children as he carved apples into turkeys at Apple Crunch Day in Downtown Gridley.

  106. Auxiliary Craft and Bake Sale
    Friday, October 28, 2016
    A Craft and Bake Sale will be held on Friday, November 4, in the Community Conference Room (formerly known as the chapel) at Orchard Hospital. The sale will open at 7 a.m., and customers are encouraged to come early. Members of the hospital Auxiliary and friends have been working to create a wide variety of unique craft items which would be perfect as gifts during the holiday season. There will be a bake sale in conjunction with the craft sale and many homemade cakes, pies, cookies and breads will be offered. Additional craft items will be on display in the rotunda of the hospital. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

  107. "Winter Wonderland" coming to Downtown Gridley Tree Lighting at hospital same night
    Wednesday, October 26, 2016
    The Gridley Area Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Holiday Parade of Lights Wednesday, November 30 following the Annual Tree Lighting at Orchard Hospital. Thought to possibly be a good idea to combine the two events over the past few years rather than two nights in a row, the Chamber board voted to try this new combined event this year with the Tree Lighting starting at 5 p.m., the tree actually lit at 5:30 p.m., in time for the parade line up at 6 and actual parade in Downtown Gridley at 7 p.m. Many great things are happening on this magical night starting with vendors lined up and down Kentucky Street from 5 to 9 p.m. Vendors are excited about this new location and will be ready to sell before the parade, during and after until 9 p.m. There will be hot chocolate available for those needing a warm-up and Santa will be in the Gridley Museum following the parade for pictures with the kids. The parade will be the normal route on Virginia Street with line-up and Laurel and Cedar Streets, traveling to Hazel Street west to Vermont and south on Sycamore Street starting at 7 p.m. Vendor and parade applications are available either on the Chamber website at or at the Chamber Office, 890 Hazel Street, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10-2. On Saturday, December 3 Biggs will hold their Tree Lighting downtown from 5 to 8 p.m., at the little park on B Street where Santa will visit to not only see the kiddies but to see what a fabulous job the elves have done decorating the glorious little park again.

  108. Apple Crunch Street Fair in Gridley
    Wednesday, October 26, 2016
    Mark your calendar for October 26th from 2 p.m., to 4 pm., for the first Apple Crunch Street Fair in downtown Gridley. This is a celebration of healthy foods fo.r Gridley. Monday October 24th is National Food Day and all month Healthy California has Apple Crunch happening where people can "crunch" an apple and use the hashtag #NorCalAppleCrunch to send a selfie of the action to participate in the state-wide Apple Crunch. The schools are doing this and the hospital has done this activity in the past. Even if your child or grandchild has already done this you can still send another selfie, maybe a group one showing all of you together. This celebration of healthy eating is happening in downtown Gridley with the block between Kentucky and Virginia on Hazel being blocked off so everyone can walk freely from event to event. There will be a demonstration of how to plant herbs, vegetables, and edible flowers and then groups will be given a planter map and planter plan along with soil and plants to put into the small and large planters in downtown Gridley. At 2:30 p.m., there will be an apple tree planting and dedication. These apple trees will be kept small by using hedgerow orchard pruning to keep the trees no taller than five feet. Home Depot will be there with an activity for children. Come make seeds bombs, watch a cooking demo. Ampla will have a child oriented activity and the Gridley Area Chamber of Commerce will have a booth where you can take Apple Crunch photos or do family selfies (bring your own phone camera). Music, Fun, Plants and Prizes, all await you. Come have fun and participate in a healthy Gridley.

  109. Every minute matters for Orchard Hospital's Measure M
    Wednesday, October 26, 2016
    In medical emergencies, every minute matters and as Orchard Hospital RN Jay Croy has written in his weekly columns, 33 minutes, the time it takes to drive to an out of town hospital could mean the difference between life and death. As a Critical Access Hospital, Orchard Hospital treats emergency patients who are transported there before they are sent off to a trauma center and the lifesaving measures given at Orchard Hospital mean that the patient has received the necessary treatment saving valuable time. Friends often tell me of a loved one who has been taken to Orchard Hospital with either a stroke or a heart attack for example and received the necessary care often times being sent to a local trauma center such as Enloe. I have experienced this myself plenty of times having been through Orchard's ER and bringing loved ones, some having to be transferred to other facilities. A greater proportion of stroke patients who arrive at the hospital in the first 60 minutes after symptom onset - the so-called "golden hour" - receive thrombolytic therapy than those who arrive later. Patients given a blood thinning drug to restore blood flow in the brain within 90 minutes of their symptoms were two and a half times more likely to have a good recovery than those not given the drug. Two million brain cells die every minute during a stroke, increasing the risk of permanent brain damage, disability or death.

  110. Every minute matters for Orchard Hospital's Measure M
    Wednesday, October 26, 2016
    In medical emergencies, every minute matters and as Orchard Hospital RN Jay Croy has written in his weekly columns, 33 minutes, the time it takes to drive to an out of town hospital could mean the difference between life and death. As a Critical Access Hospital, Orchard Hospital treats emergency patients who are transported there before they are sent off to a trauma center and the lifesaving measures given at Orchard Hospital mean that the patient has received the necessary treatment saving valuable time. Friends often tell me of a loved one who has been taken to Orchard Hospital with either a stroke or a heart attack for example and received the necessary care often times being sent to a local trauma center such as Enloe. I have experienced this myself plenty of times having been through Orchard's ER and bringing loved ones, some having to be transferred to other facilities. A greater proportion of stroke patients who arrive at the hospital in the first 60 minutes after symptom onset - the so-called "golden hour" - receive thrombolytic therapy than those who arrive later. Patients given a blood thinning drug to restore blood flow in the brain within 90 minutes of their symptoms were two and a half times more likely to have a good recovery than those not given the drug. Two million brain cells die every minute during a stroke, increasing the risk of permanent brain damage, disability or death.

  111. Get that blood sugar down- Diabetic Ketoacidosis
    Wednesday, October 26, 2016
    By Jay Croy, Orchard Hospital Infection Prevention & Control Education 7:12 a.m.- The Paramedic from the Ambulance contacts the Emergency Department Nurse (ED Nurse) and notifies her that the Ambulance is on route to the Emergency Room with a comatose 23 year old female Diabetic. The mother was unable to arouse her this morning to get ready to go to work. Her current blood sugar was registering on the I-stat at 844 mg/dl (normal Blood Sugar is 70-115). The Paramedic has already started an IV of Normal Saline, applied Oxygen at 2 liters per minute by Nasal Cannula, drew rainbow tubes (full set of blood draw tubes to save time so that the Lab Tech does not have to waste time drawing blood at the hospital), the heart monitor shows Sinus Tachycardia (faster than normal heart rate) and should be arriving in 3 minutes. 7:15 a.m.- Already notified by the ED Nurse, the doctor is at the bedside as the Ambulance Crew rolls the patient into the main room. She is still unresponsive at this time. The doctor orders a battery of tests that would cover complications of a Diabetic with such a high blood sugar. The doctor orders the ED Nurse to have the Lab verify the high blood sugar from one of the tubes drawn at the girl's house. He also orders for Cardiopulmonary to run an ABG (Arterial Blood Gas test that is taken from the artery in the wrist or the groin rather than the vein where most labs are drawn). 7:17 a.m.- The Lab Tech notifies the ED Doctor that the blood sugar is 852. Satisfied with the accuracy, the doctor orders 10 units of Humalog Insulin (fast acting type of Insulin) subcutaneously (under the skin, but not in the muscle; can be given in the pinched up fat on the abdomen or upper arm) and prepare an IV drip of Regular Insulin 100 units in 100 ml of Normal Saline, and begin at 5 units (5 ml) per hour; do fingerstick blood sugars every hour. 7:20 a.m.- Cardiopulmonary enters the room with a Ziploc bag full of ice, ready to do the ABG (the blood must be iced after it is drawn if it cannot be analyzed right away; the blood can metabolize and give false readings if not iced). Meanwhile, the doctor has added a CT Scan without contrast of the Head to the orders, just to make sure there isn't something else going on, such as a bleed. 7:24 a.m.- The CT Tech arrives to take the patient to the CT Trailer by gurney. The nurse accompanies to help move the patient from the gurney to the CT Gantry (trough-like area where the patient lies to move in and out of the actual CT machine). 7:28 a.m.- Cardiopulmonary reports that the patient' pH is 7.12 (normal is 7.35-7.45) and the Bicarb is 30 (normal is 35-45). This tell the doctor that the patient is in Acidosis (the blood pH is too low; acidosis). 7:32 a.m.- The patient returns to the ED and the doctor orders the nurse to insert a Foley Catheter (a tube into her bladder) in order to get a urine sample and monitor her urine output.

  112. Service pins awarded to Hospital Auxiliary members
    Wednesday, October 26, 2016
    The Orchard Hospital Auxiliary met on Wednesday, October 19 at the Gridley Methodist Church for their annual Fall Luncheon. Joyce Spence presented service pins to several members. Member Cindy Croy was congratulated for 15 years; Hortensia Gonzalez, 10 years; Joyce Spence, 10 years; Sharon Sannar, Debbie Dosser, Kathy McIntosh and Mary Frith, five years each; Debbie Burgess and Teresa Sannar, one year each. Spence announced that the medical scholarships awarded by the group to local or locally employed residents are at present full. Anyone who would like to apply for a future scholarship for study in a medical field is welcome to call Joyce (846-3450) for further information. The Auxiliary is selling balloons at the hospital to honor or commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The price is $1 for a balloon and a card to be attached with the name of a breast cancer patient or survivor, or as a memorial. The balloons will be released en masse at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1259 French Avenue on October 29th at 5 p.m. The Auxiliary will be holding a pre-holiday craft and bake sale on Friday, November 4, in the Community Meeting Room (previously the Chapel) of the hospital from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. A drawing will be held that day for the beautiful winter basket on display in the hospital lobby.

  113. Orchard Hospital recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month
    Friday, October 14, 2016
    Over the years our local hospital has recognized October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month in many different ways. During the hospital Foundation's Pink Passion Campaign for the new digital mammography machine, when $110,000 was raised by the community, there were many events such as a Breast Cancer Walk, a Pink Passion Dinner and even a special walk called "Walk In My Shoes," where not only hospital staff and community members wore high heels but even some of our male doctors such as Dr. Henry Starkes, Dr. James Brown and Dr. Gordon Lum showed their support by walking in heels. Womens health is very important to Orchard Hospital and while it is always important to have mammograms, this is the month that it is especially emphasized nationwide. We hear of many women who have had an early diagnosis because of a reading on a mammogram that led to more successful treatment of a cancer diagnosis. Orchard Hospital offers a variety of women's health services including breast MRI's and diagnostic ultrasounds as a follow-up to a questionable finding in a mammogram. The hospital has always offered this service but has not always had a specialist who could read them at the hospital. With VRad as the new radiology team for Orchard Hospital breast MRI's can now be read by a sRadiologist specializing in women's health. Breast MRI's are preferable for any women who have had radiation therapy to the chest especially when a provider has told their patient they will no longer have yearly mammograms, it doesn't mean they can't have an MRI. It is especially important for women to have a mammogram if they have reached age 40 and never had one. Of course it is important to note that men can also have breast cancer.

    Friday, October 14, 2016
    The Orchard Hospital Auxiliary's Photography Contest is very impressive and difficult to pick the best entered. Votes are just a penny apiece so visit the ICU/Surgery wing to vote for your favorites.

  115. Hospital Auxiliary looking for new members
    Wednesday, October 12, 2016
    The Orchard Hospital Auxiliary is actively recruiting new members. The minimum commitment is for only two hours per month. Members may be any age over 18 years and both men and women are welcome. Members serve as the first representatives of the hospital to greet those coming in for emergency treatment, hospital appointments, business connections or to visit patients. They also work selling candy, cards and gifts in the lobby gift shop. The Auxiliary takes part in a variety of money-making projects throughout the year with the profits going to improve our local hospital. Anyone interested should contact Auxiliary president Stephanie Cunha (846-0886).

  116. Pumpkin contest at Orchard Hospital
    Wednesday, October 12, 2016
    Orchard Hospital will be holding it's 2nd annual Breast Cancer Awareness Pumpkin contest. Entry fee is $3 per pumpkin * please no bras *. Pumpkins will be displayed in the hospital rotunda for all to view. To enter please contact Lyndi Little Wallace at 530-846-9028 or email at Pumpkins must be dropped off at 145 Spruce Street, Gridley on Friday, October 14th and will be judged on Wednesday, October 19th . Please pick pumpkins up on Friday, October 21st.

  117. Pumpkin contest at Orchard Hospital
    Friday, October 07, 2016
    Orchard Hospital will be holding it's 2nd annual Breast Cancer Awareness Pumpkin contest. Entry fee is $3 per pumpkin * please no bras . Pumpkins will be displayed in the hospital rotunda for all to view. To enter please contact Lyndi Little Wallace at 530-846-9028 email>. Pumpkins must be dropped off at 145 Spruce Street, Gridley on Friday, October 14th and will be judged on Wednesday, October 19th . Please pick pumpkins up on Friday, October 21st .

  118. No waiting around on strokes
    Wednesday, October 05, 2016
    By Jay Croy, RN Director of Education Orchard Hospital At 2:12 pm, a young lady runs into the hospital waiting room and asks for a wheelchair. The Volunteer manning the Gift Shop asks if she needs help with someone in her car. The young lady responds that her mother can't talk and she can't move one side. The Volunteer immediately calls the Emergency Department Nurses Station and tells them there is a lady needing a wheelchair for a family member in the car that may be having a Stroke. About a minute later, the Nurse has come by with a wheelchair and the young lady is on her way to the car with him. The Nurse asks the patient her name and she does not speak normally; her words are somewhat abnormal and her mouth seems to be having a droop on the side of her mouth and when she tries to stand, the right arm and leg don't work; they are flaccid (unable to move on their own). The Nurse is thinking the right side is weak and she can't speak correctly; may be dealing with a left sided brain stroke: 2:15 pm. The Nurse asks the patient's name as they go by Registration Desk and asks the daughter to give admission information to the clerk, then, come see the Nurse about medications. The Nurse goes on into a patient room, helps her onto a gurney, and performs Vital Signs; all are within normal limits except the Blood Pressure is a little high at 162/87. The Nurse performs a quick Stroke Assessment asking her to stick her tongue out which moves to the left; hold her arms out in which she can barely move her right arm; wiggle her feet in which the patient cannot move her right toes or leg. The patient is asked to repeat a short sentence in which the patient can say some words, but are not in the right order or garbled. The Nurse alerts the Nurses Station and tells the Doctor that there is a new patient with a probable CVA (Cerebrovascular Accident, or Stroke). 2:21 pm. About that time, the daughter comes around the corner heading to her mother's room and the Doctor asks her "when was the last time you saw your mother when she was talking normally and didn't have the flaccid arm and leg". She told him she went down for a nap about 1 o'clock. Realizing that there is a 3 hour time frame to give a clot buster (hemolytic drug), the patient was still in a good timeframe. 2:23 pm. The Doctor asked the Nurse to order a CT Scan (computerized tomography) of the Head to make sure there was no bleeding in the brain area (if there is bleeding, the patient may have Stroke symptoms from the bleed, and also to clear the patient such that if there is no bleeding identified, the patient may be eligible for a clot busting drug.) The Nurse orders for a CT Scan of the head and other Lab Tests while the Doctor is getting a list of the patient's medications from the daughter. 2:25 pm. The X-ray Tech goes out to the CT Scanner and warms it up for the patient while blood is being drawn. Cardiopulmonary Department has been called to do an EKG to make sure the patient is in a normal heart rhythm. 2:27 pm.

    Friday, September 30, 2016
    The Safeway team of Chris Vieira, Josh Pelfrey and Jason McLaughlin were the big winners September 19 with a score of 58 when Orchard Hospital's Foundation hosted their Fourth Annual Champions Golf Tournament at Butte Creek Country Club.

  120. Orchard Hospital Photography Contest
    Friday, September 30, 2016
    Orchard Hospital Auxiliary will be holding a photography contest for the community and local schools. Each photo that is submitted will be placed on the hospital walls for voting. All are welcome to vote, all you need are pennies. The picture that has received the most pennies will be the Winner. * Pictures need to be submitted by October 7th. Voting will begin October 11th and end on November 1st. Winners will be announced during the Auxiliary Fall Boutique and Bake Sale on November 4th. * Submit your matted- 5X7 Outdoor pictures pertaining to Butte & Sutter Counties. Examples would be Scenic, Flowers, Agriculture, animals, plants/trees and barns to Lyndi Little Wallace in the Hospital's Human Resources building at 145 Spruce Street, Gridley. * Winning photos will be enlarged and placed in the hospital hallway for the year. * Each picture will be numbered for voting, to vote please take your pennies to Administration during the day and Registration during the night. Monday through Friday or at Registration Saturdays and Sundays. Voting hours are 7:30 a.m., - 7 p.m.,

  121. Second Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Pumpkin Contest
    Wednesday, September 28, 2016
    Orchard Hospital will be holding its 2nd annual Breast Cancer Awareness Pumpkin Contest with entry fee $3 per pumpkin. Please no bras or inappropriate pumpkin displays. Pumpkins will be displayed in the hospital rotunda for all to view. To enter please contact Lyndi Little Wallace at 530-846-9028 or email> . Pumpkins must be dropped off at the Hospital's Human Resources Building at 145 Spruce Street, Gridley on Friday, October 7th and will be judged on Wednesday, October 12th . Please pick pumpkins up on Friday, October 14th.

    Friday, September 16, 2016
    The happy winner of the "Back to School Basket," the prize for the Orchard Hospital Auxiliary fundraising event, was Kaitlyn Piazza, daughter of Kirsten and Jason Piazza. The winning ticket was drawn at the local Farmer's Market and contained a variety of school supplies and Fall- themed articles.

    Friday, September 16, 2016
    Gridley Rotary Club Treasurer Johnny Ceballos presented a $300 check to Orchard Hospital Foundation Treasurer and fellow Rotarian Rukhsana Khan to sponsor the Foundation's Fourth Annual Champions Golf Tournament Monday at Butte Creek Country Club.

  124. Check out your knee
    Wednesday, September 14, 2016
    By Jay Croy, RN Orchard Hospital As Joe is giving a small limp as he's coming into work, one of his co-workers ask what was wrong. He answers that he took a bad step over the weekend coming out of the camper and twisted his knee. "Still hurts though, like I can't put whole weight on it". "Better go have it looked at Joe". Pretty soon, Joe finds himself in the doctor's office, where the doctor orders an X-ray of the knee. The results comes back, but it isn't clear if there is damage or not. Doctor says "Joe, I need someone to actually look in your knee. I need to send you to an Orthopedic Surgeon (a bone doctor essentially) and have him do an Arthroscopy of your knee" (make a couple little incisions in his knee and go in with tiny cameras and put an eyeball to the structures of the knee). "That'll tell us if you need any further surgery." Now, your local hospital has an Orthopedic Surgeon that has done many of these Knee Arthroscopies, and your local hospital has all the equipment needed for the procedure. In fact, once the little camera is in the knee, the picture comes up on a big screen and if the patient is awake, they can watch the procedure while its being done. Frequently, Arthroscopies are performed with a Spinal Anesthesia and a little sedation. Medication is put into the spinal column with a needle and causes you to go numb from the waist down for 3-4 hours. Many of the patients are able to watch some of the procedure. Some people like to go all the way to sleep, and the Anesthetist can oblige them with that too. Once the anesthesia is on board, the leg is put up in the air to let much of the blood out, a tourniquet is placed on the thigh to stop the flow of blood back down the leg. After this is done, the doctor can make his little 1 inch incision, and wahlah!; hardly a drop of blood; nearly a bloodless procedure. Fluid is run in and out of the knee to help wash out debris and any blood, and the camera goes in the other hole, so small, that the doctor can go between the bones in the knee to see if there is any injuries. While he is there, he can use little tiny shavers to cut out torn tissues, and an electro-cautery unit to decrease the swelling of tissues. Many times, just getting the torn up tissue out of the spaces in the knee can make all the difference in a person's knee pain. But on the other hand, the doctor may have to come tell you the bad news and show you pictures; "you need a total knee replacement". Yeah; that one comes up too. You see; when the doctor has his eye on it, it is on the TV screen, many times it's easy to see how beat up that old knee has gotten' over the years; cartilage is gone, rubbing bone on bone; it's just how it is. Having troubles with your knees; go see your doctor. Get a referral to an orthopedic surgeon. See what an Arthroscopy of the knee can do for you.

    Wednesday, September 14, 2016
    Physicians at Orchard Hospital's Medical Specialty Center see over 2,000 patients a month and the grand opening last Friday of a larger waiting area was reason to celebrate with coffee and cookies.

  126. Hospital Photography contest-Pennies To Vote
    Monday, September 12, 2016
    Orchard Hospital Auxiliary will be holding a photography contest for the community and local schools. Each photo that is submitted will be placed on the hospital walls for voting. All are welcome to vote, all you need are pennies. The picture that has received the most pennies will be the Winner. "Adding color and scenes from the Butte and Sutter County in our blank hallways can turn a bleak treatment area into an area of brightness and hope for the patients," stated Director of Marketing and Community Outreach Lyndi Little Wallace. * Pictures need to be submitted by September 31st. Voting will begin October4th and winners will be announced during the Auxiliary Fall Boutique and Bake Sale on November 4th. * Submit your matted- 5'7 Outdoor pictures pertaining to Butte & Sutter Counties. Examples would be Scenic, Flowers, Agriculture, animals, plants/trees and barns to Lyndi Little Wallace in the Hospital's Human Resources building at 145 Spruce Street, Gridley. * Winning photos will be enlarged and placed in the hospital hallway for the year. * Each picture will be numbered for voting, to vote please take your pennies to Administration during the day and Registration during the night. Monday through Friday or at Registration Saturdays and Sundays. Voting hours are 7:30 a.m., - 7 p.m.,

    Friday, August 26, 2016
    Retired Police Chief Jack Storne was flanked by family and members of his former department on Tuesday as over 100 people gathered at the Orchard Hospital Healing Garden that was dedicated to he and his late wife Wilma. Orchard Hospital CEO Steve Stark (Front Left) welcomed everyone along with Gridley-Biggs Police Chief Dean Price who raved about his former boss with (back) GBPD Dispatcher Sam Stopplemore, Officer Jim Roberts, Detective Scott Smallwood, Detective Joel Bassett, Sergeant Hameed Khan and Storne's granddaughter Kaitlyn. Both the Storne's have been dedicated to the hospital since moving here in 1992 with Wilma working there as an RN many years and Jack serving on the Hospital Foundation, currently the Chair.

  128. Be Safe At the Fair
    Wednesday, August 24, 2016
    By Jay Croy RN, Director of Education and Infection Control Orchard Hospital "Yay. Butte County Fair is almost here." "Yay. It is only going to be a hundred degrees in the sun." "Yay. Mommie- I'm having so much fun, I didn't realize I have second degree burns on my tender hands from riding this wonderful ride in the hundred degree weather. The fact is, during the day, it does get hot at the fair. The sun beats down on those rides; the metal gets hot and can burn some of those young fair goers. Make sure to protect those little tykes from that hot metal. You may just want to wait till the sun starts going down; it doesn't have to be gone, just not glaring on the metal on those wild ride where the little ones are going to sit or hold onto. The heat of the day can also dehydrate those little ones, and the elderly alike. There are plenty of places to buy bottled water. Oh sure, bottled water sounds so boring when there is lemon-aid, soda and I'm sure, power drinks somewhere. Sure enough, water is the best thing for you while it's hot. When the sun goes down, okay, enjoy those other drinks like- milk shakes, cola or root beer, and a good old glass of cold iced tea (made with mostly water and no sugar). (I'm sure there will be people looking for those dehydrating adult beverages too during this hot weather). And don't go buying those new shoes for school, and tell the kids to break them in at the fair. Those kids are going to walk everywhere with you parents- into the horse and cow barn, into the Flower Bowl, around the rides, through the Feather Room, over to the food court…Pretty soon, those new shoes will rub blisters on their feet and Achilles' area and you'll be looking for the First Aid Booth to get some band-aids to go on your kid's feet.

    Wednesday, August 24, 2016
    Marty Martin is a popular guest of the Orchard Hospital Hovlid Skilled Nursing especially when he brings his karoake machine for the residents to listen to and enjoy reciting the words from the screen with him. Martin will perform live on Jake's Stage at the Butte County Fair Thursday at 4 and 5:30 p.m.

    Friday, August 19, 2016
    The new reception area of Orchard Hospital's Medical Specialty Center will soon be open with twice the waiting area to accommodate the many patients seen including a children's area.

  131. Hospital Foundation's 4th Annual Champions Classic Golf Tournament
    Wednesday, August 17, 2016
    The Fourth Annual Orchard Hospital Foundation Champions Classic Golf Tournament will be held Monday, September 19 at Butte Creek Country Club. Call Lyndi at 846-9028 to sign up or sponsor. Registration opens at 9 a.m., with breakfast and lunch provided.

  132. Orchard Hospital's Swing Bed Program topic of Rotary meeting
    Wednesday, August 17, 2016
    Many times when a loved one has spent time in a hospital they require extra help before going home on their own. Orchard Hospital's Swing Bed Program provides this transitional service designed to offer different types of therapies in order fo r the patient to reach an optimal level of strength and wellness to safely return to their home or residential facility. Orchard Hospital Utilization Review Manager Julie Thompson told Gridley Rotary members last week that Orchard can provide not only physical therapy for swing bed patients but they also offer infusion services along with occupational, speech, nutritional therapy, tube feeding, wound care, cardiopulmonary and a discharge planner to assist the patient first by discussing a plan of what is needed and what is covered by insurance for the up to 100 day program. The Swing Bed Program helps patients achieve this goal through hospital-based skilled nursing care and rehabilitation. As a Critical Access Hospital, Orchard Hospital is licensed for 24 beds for this program. Swing bed means a patient is on their way to recovery but needs extra care, extra time and possibly physical therapy. This does not mean a patient is moved to another room in another bed. This is merely a status of the patient who will still have 24 hour access to a physician who provides care to the acute care patients and to the Emergency Department providers and staff. This means quick, efficient, individualized care in the event of a condition change or immediate need. With the Swing Bed Program, it is not necessary to transfer a patient to another town for further rehabilitation or therapy.

  133. RehabVisions joins Orchard Hospital
    Wednesday, July 20, 2016
    With the addition of RehabVisions to Orchard Hospital's Physical Therapy Department, comes the full continuum of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Language Pathology services. Chris Collier comes to Gridley from Yuba City with over 20 years experience and appreciates the philosophy of care RehabVisions abides by. Based in 11 states including California, RehabVisions contracts their services throughout the midwest and Orchard Hospital is the first contract in California to be signed. Collier feels that it is a good fit for his company in a smaller hospital in a smaller town. Collier feels that Orchard's Administration understands patient care and clinics and Collier is happy to be pleasantly received by not only the hospital but the community. "It's about taking care of the patients. My orientation with the company stressed that the patient always comes first," Collier stated. Collier enjoys the personal level, direct care he has with his patients when he can listen to their needs and provide care. "I enjoy providing our skills so the patient understands and can continue to take care of themselves. We give them the knowledge to use at home to prevent further injury," Collier stated.

  134. "Don't Let The Heat Get To Them"
    Friday, July 15, 2016
    By Jay Croy, RN Orchard Hospital Summer is officially here, and it looks like we're up to a long hot summer. Already hitting and staying for days at that 100 degree mark. One needs to worry if they have elderly parents living alone. The heat can cause dehydration and heat stroke. "Ethel, would you go in and fetch me a glass of your good ole' ice tea; it's gettin' hot out here on the porch". The fact is, the elderly population already frequently do not drink enough water; they run a little on the dehydrated side, especially in the summer when the heat dries them up like a prune. It is so important that they drink adequate fluids, (and I don't mean moonshine). The average person should drink 6-8 eight ounce glasses of water a day. Far too many times in the summer, we don't change our intake habits and heat stroke and other heat and dehydration ailments may happen. "Hey, Ethel, while you're in there, cut me a piece of that cold watermelon too; that'll help take this swelter down a bit". Drinking enough fluids is the best, but there are other ways to get elderly parents/grandparents to fight dehydration, which is with good moist food, like fruits and vegetables, and of course, watermelon is at the top of the list- water. Other fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes, peaches, and plums, all are good resources of moisture when your loved ones don't drink that much water. "Thanks Ethel. After I eat this here melon, what about we go in and sit in front of the fan; thermometer says its 102 out here on the porch. Probably ought to cool off a little".

    Friday, July 15, 2016
    Vendors such as Barbara Ott of the Master Gardener Program are available for information at the Tuesday night Farmers Market held in front of Orchard Hospital from 5 to 8 p.m.

    Friday, July 08, 2016
    Although the temperature was over 100 for last week's Farmers Market at Orchard Hospital, the breeze under the old oak tree made it possible for visitors to enjoy the nacho to-go-dinner, produce, sno cones, jewelry, purses, the hospital's Auxiliary selling baked items and the Gridley Area Chamber of Commerce (pictured) represented by board member Michael Lunsford.

    Friday, July 01, 2016
    Orchard Hospital Safety Committee Chairman Matt Washburn, (second from right) who primarily serves in Pharmacy Administration and as Informatics Manager gave demonstrations on the correct procedure for CPR to be administered on CPR dolls provided by the hospital's Foundation at last week's Gridley Rotary Club meeting.

    Friday, July 01, 2016
    The weekly Farmers Market is held each Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m., in front of Orchard Hospital with different groups participating each week such as Lighthouse Tabernacle who sells sno-cones.

    Friday, June 24, 2016
    Tuesday's Farmers Market included Ted Hanson's Paint Brushes and Beverages at Orchard Hospital which included guided instruction painting, supplies, canvas, tri tip dinner and a complimentary glass of wine from Purple Line Urban Winery. Farmers Market is each Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m.

  140. Biggs approves Measure C for ballot in November
    Friday, June 17, 2016
    Before Orchard Hospital could proceed with an extension of Measure C for another 10 years the Cities of Biggs and Gridley were required to approve their cities voting on the parcel tax of $70. Biggs City Council approved the measure for the residents of Biggs to vote on at their Tuesday night meeting stating it would be up to the voters whether it is approved or not. The City of Gridley approved the measure on the November ballot at their June 6, 2016 meeting. CEO Steve Stark told Gridley and Biggs City Council members that when Measure C passed in 2006 the $300,000 raised was the amount the Emergency Department was losing per year. The hospital now reports losing $1 million a year. Stark explained that the hospital serves many Medi-Cal patients and only receive $35 for services, $50 if x-rays are done. Stark explained that it takes 33 minutes to save a life, in the 33 minutes it would take to drive from Orchard Hospital to Enloe Medical Center in Chico, a person seriously hurt or having a heart attack or stroke could be saved. "If you are caring for a spouse in a medical emergency, you will thank God that you don't have to drive - or waste those 33 minutes," a brochure provided by Stark stated. In other matters, Council members voted to approve an amendment to Task order No. 29 Wastewater Treatment Plant Phase 2 project in the amount of $57,865 for design services by Bennett Engineering Services.

  141. Learn to paint at Farmers Market
    Friday, June 17, 2016
    Orchard Hospital's Farmers Market will include a special event Tuesday, June 21. Ted Hanson's Paintbrushes and Beverages is just $45 for guided instructional painting, supplies, canvas and a glass of wine. Limited spots are available so call Lyndi Little Wallace at 846-9028 or email to register. Due to expected warmer temperatures, the painting will be done across the street at the Human Resources building at 145 Spruce where air conditioning will be appreciated by those painting. The weekly Farmers Market is every Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m., until the end of August. Dinner for June 21 will be smoked Tri-Tip Sandwiches, chips and a soda with Gridley Rotarians doing the work. Bangor Bakery, always a hit for the Farmers Market, will return with all of their many popular cakes, cookies, pies, breads and cinnamon rolls.

  142. Hospital seeking to extend Measure C
    Friday, May 27, 2016
    Ten years ago the people of Biggs, Gridley, Richvale and the surrounding areas passed the formation of a special tax, Measure C with a 77 percent approval to tax themselves $70 per parcel in order for Biggs-Gridley Memorial Hospital to continue to offer 24 hour Emergency Services. This special tax was set to expire after a period of ten years. Since November 2006, many new services have been added along with State-of-The-Art equipment including the 64 Slice CT Scanner, the same technology as all area hospitals use. As Hospital CEO Steve Stark presented the request to put Measure C on the November ballot to the Cities of Gridley and Biggs the common concern for both cities was the name being changed to Orchard Hospital. Stark was not here at that time, but is familiar with the concerns expressed and stated that when Measure C passed in 2006 the $300,000 raised was the amount the Emergency Department was losing per year. The hospital now reports losing $1 million a year. Stark explained that the hospital serves many Medi-Cal patients and only receives $35 for services, $50 if x-rays are done. Stark told Biggs Council members that he has seen a lot of support since coming on board in January 2015. Stark explained that it takes 33 minutes to save a life, in the 33 minutes it would take to drive from Orchard Hospital to Enloe Medical Center in Chico, a person seriously hurt or having a heart attack or stroke could be saved. "If you are caring for a spouse in a medical emergency, you will thank God that you don't have to drive - or waste those 33 minutes," a brochure provided by Stark stated. Other facts given, "Outpatients with chest pain or possible heart attack who received drugs to break up blood clots within 30 minutes of arrival had a 65 percent better chance at recovery," and "Patients given a blood thinning drug to restore blood flow in the brain within 90 minutes of their symptoms were two and a half times more likely to have a good recovery than those not given the drug." In order for the successor tax to appear on the ballot, both the Cities of Gridley and Biggs must approve. Gridley Council members voted 4-1 to give approval with Councilman Owen Stiles abstaining Monday night. In a special meeting called by the City of Biggs Tuesday night, Council members, in particular Mayor Roger Frith had a few concerns but stated they want the hospital to continue and know how important it is to have a hospital. Mayor Frith's concern was that in 2006 people voted approval in order to keep the hospital open. Ten years later, the concern for staying open is not the driving force as the hospital continues to do better, enabling the addition of new services.

    Wednesday, May 18, 2016
    National Hospital Week brought different employee 'thank you's' to Orchard Hospital capping the week off with a BBQ held in the Wilma Storne Memorial Park Friday complete with music provided by DJ Hospital CEO Steve Stark in background.

  144. Farmers Market Tuesday includes Hospital Open House for 64 slice CT
    Friday, May 13, 2016
    By Lisa Van De Hey Publisher/Editor Posted May. 13, 2016 at 7:00 AM Catscan, or CT scans are used to diagnose everything from blood clots, hemorrhages, cysts, tumors and blood disease not to mention infections. An Open House for the CT is being held Tuesday, May 17 in conjunction with the first Farmers Market to be held in front of the hospital from 5 to 8 p.m. With the recent addition of a 64 slice CT Scanner at Orchard Hospital, the same scanner used in all area hospitals, it is possible to now perform screenings for early detection of lung cancer along with virtual colonoscopies for the non-invasive detection of pre-cancerous polyps and colon cancer. “Offering a state-of-the-art 64 slice CT scanner for our patients means faster and safer scans for our patients. This type of advanced equipment is normally only found in larger, urban hospitals. It also allows our physicians to get a clearer and more accurate picture to quickly diagnose and treat an illness,” CEO Steve Stark stated. The speed and coverage of the new 64 slice scanner means quicker results in diagnosing at earlier stages without invasive surgery previously required for a diagnosis. Of course earlier diagnosis means the chance of better outcomes. The Farmers Market will include vendors, baked items, cooking demonstrations, produce and the Hospital Foundation is holding a Nacho Bar Fund Raiser for area high school scholarships for those going into the medical field.

    Friday, May 13, 2016
    Orchard Hospital's annual Teddy Bear Clinic will be held Thursday, May 19 in front of the Medical Specialty Center with agencies such as Cal-Fire, Gridley-Biggs Police, Butte County Sheriff's Department and Butte County EMT on hand to explain what happens when someone is taken to the hospital. Gridley schools along with Manzanita Elementary will arrive at different times throughout the day to have their teddy bears admitted, have x-rays done, stitches or surgery whatever is necessary.

  146. Gridley Elementary Schools hosts Career Day
    Wednesday, May 11, 2016
    By Lisa Van De Hey Publisher/Editor Students of McKinley and Wilson Elementary Schools were invited, along with their parents to a Career Day held May 6 at Wilson School from 6 to 8 p.m. Students were able to visit each of the professional's booths and ask questions, learn about different professions and receive free give-aways. Optometrist Justin Tolman of Three Rivers Optometry had charts for the children to test their eyesight, Orchard Hospital had supplies for the students to make their own first aid kit to take with them along with Trent Dudley who is an RN at the hospital, and Drew Becker of Sunwest Milling explained the many processes of rice with bags on hand. Self-Help Credit Union was also on hand to explain banking. When the students were given their “report cards” to have filled out with stars from each booth, they were encouraged to shake Mayor Frank Hall's hand firmly while looking him in the eye to show the importance of greeting in a professional manner. Mayor Hall seemed to be enjoying this during the entire event. Students and their parents were impressed with Stauboi Robotics and the robot Brian Woods demonstrated. Pastor Ed Lopez of Grace Lutheran Church played the guitar and Shawnee Walters led the children in Zumba dances. The Gridley Herald handed out coloring exercises and US Bank handed out banking trivia. Gridley Recreation was on hand with Teresa Sannar promoting the many upcoming events such as the Kids Fishing Day Saturday in memory of Austin Harr at Gray Lodge from 7 a.m., to noon. The students received a free sno cone and diploma once they filled out their “report cards.” Congratulations to Gridley Elementary Schools PTA on another successful event for the students.

    Wednesday, May 11, 2016
    National Hospital Week at Orchard Hospital began Monday with water bottles handed out to all employees followed by free ice cream sandwiches on Tuesday, a picnic with music on Wednesday, raffles every hour on Thursday and an Employee BBQ in the Wilma Storne Garden Friday.

    Wednesday, May 11, 2016
    Orchard Hospital CEO Steve Stark (far right) visited with the night staff Monday in observance of National Hospital Week and presented them with water bottles bearing the hospital name.

  149. Geriatric unit coming to Orchard Hospital
    Friday, May 06, 2016
    By Lisa Van De Hey Publisher/Editor Posted May. 6, 2016 at 7:00 AM As advances in medicine and technology have allowed Americans to live longer, there is a growing need for specialized services related to the aging process. Orchard Hospital's new Senior Life Solutions will provide cognitive, emotional and behavioral care in a secure outpatient and inpatient setting to address both medical and mental health needs of senior citizens. The unit is expected to open in the fall to provide a much-needed safety net for the Butte County community. This unit will be designed to meet the specific needs of older adults with medical problems combined with mental health issues unique to this population. The Orchard Hospital Foundation has chosen this year's Annual Appeal project for the purchase of a 10 passenger van that will be used to pick up and return patients to their homes. With generous donations from the hospital's supporters, the Foundation has provided operating room gurneys, a surgery table and overhead lights, five general gurneys, a new kitchen stove, two ice machines, two blanket warmers, a Coagu Check machine, a urine analysis tester, $75,000 toward the mammography machine, $50,000 toward the new 64 slice CT scanner, a portable digital x-ray machine, an I-so Stat tester, drapes and flooring in the Hovlid Center, $50,000 toward the new nurse call system, decoration of the Medical Specialty Center, staff development support, recognition opportunities for staff as well as college scholarships for staff relatives going into medical fields. This new program will accept Medicare patients with certain mental health needs and will create an opportunity for three new staff members and a part time psychiatrist. Anyone can be on the Foundation's list for the Annual Appeal. Please call Lyndi Little Wallace at 846-9028 to be added to the mailing list.

  150. Hospital employees make “Wish Bracelets For Gracie” as fund raiser
    Friday, May 06, 2016
    Employees of Orchard Hospital are making wish bracelets as a fund raiser for Gracie Gonzalez as she fights the battle against Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. The Wish Bracelets are secured to a card which reads, “Without wishes there would be no HOPE, So close your eyes and make a wish, then tie this bracelet on your wrist. When it falls off or the threads wear through, This is when your wish comes true!” Bracelets are $2 or by donation and can be purchased at Wilson School's Career Day tonight from 6 to 8 p.m., at Guns & Hoses Softball Game Friday, May 20, 2016 at Vierra Park, at Farmers Market starting May 17 from 5 to 8 p.m., in front of the hospital, at the Gridley-Biggs Ppolice Dept., or at Studio J.

    Friday, April 29, 2016
    Even the night lights at Orchard Hospital are purple in recognition of the Relay For Life “Paint The Town Purple” awareness around town. Relay for Life will be held Saturday, April 30 starting at 8 a.m., for the survivor's breakfast and laps begin at 9 a.m. Come show your support and help Gridley raise money for the American Cancer Society. There are 10 teams competing at the Butte County Fairgrounds.

  152. Auxiliary Spring Basket to be raffled off at Ice Cream Social May 12
    Wednesday, April 27, 2016
    The Spring Basket assembled by members of the Orchard Hospital Auxiliary to be awarded at their Ice Cream Social May 12, 2016 contains a long list of items including a bird bath, a clock and a lap quilt. Other items stuffed into this large basket include a $15 Starbucks gift card, an adult coloring book with colored pencils, solar light, two way radio, welcome sign, spa socks, bottle bag, a “Welcome Friends” sign, an “Enjoy The Little Things” sign, a tote bag, a garden pot with Marigold seeds, three ice cream bowls with spoons, note pads, a black straw hat and two hanging dish towels. Tickets are available at the Orchard Hospital Auxiliary Gift Shop and at the Ice Cream Social in front of the hospital Thursday, May 12 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This year, the “CEO Special” will be the length of CEO Steve Stark for just $20, a real bargain. Tickets for the ice cream social are just $3 and available from members, and the night of the event

  153. New surgeon for Orchard Hospital means surgeries offered five days a week
    Friday, April 22, 2016
    Dr. Herbert Gladen, MD., has joined the medical staff at Orchard Hospital's Medical Specialty Center and the surgery team at the hospital. Dr. Gladen most recently worked at Colusa Regional Medical Center and is currently certified in general surgery and previously also in surgical critical care. He attended medical school and completed his general surgery residency training at the Mayo Clinic Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota. He served as Associate Professor of Surgery at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center in Baltimore and served as Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of California at San Francisco, Fresno campus. Specializing (and Board Certified) in General Surgery , Dr. Gladen joins Dr. C.J. Sheih and Dr. George Hayes as Orchard Hospital's surgery team which means the surgery department will be fully staffed and running five days a week now. Dr. Gladen and his wife live in Colusa. It was at his wife's convincing that Dr. Gladen went into the medical field, the profession she is in as an RN. The couple has been together since they were teens and married while he served in the Air Force. Dr. Gladen's main specialties are appendectomies, hernia repairs and gall bladder surgeries and sees patients at the Medical Specialty Center on Mondays 8 a.m., to 5 p.m. Call 846-9080 for an appointment

  154. Community turns out to support Ramirez family
    Wednesday, April 20, 2016
    One of the best things about living in a small town is the way the community rallies together to help one of its own when they’re in need. The Gridley-area community proved that once again on Tuesday as Orchard Hospital held a Nacho Bar Fund Raiser at lunch time to raise money for funeral expenses for Alejandro Ramirez, 20, who died Friday, April 8 when his car crashed through a fence and entered a canal near the Thermalito Diversion Dam. Ramirez’s mother has been an Orchard Hospital employee for more than 15 years, and director of Marketing Lyndi Little Wallace who spearheaded the fund raiser stated funds are still being collected to help the Ramirez family. Checks can be made out to Lisa Ramirez and dropped off at the Orchard Hospital Human Resources office, located at 145 Spruce Street, across from the hospital

  155. New Lab equipment delivered to Orchard Hospital
    Wednesday, April 20, 2016
    Vitros 5600 made by Ortho Diagnostics, was delivered Friday to the Orchard Hospital lab department. The hospital's current machine uses 40,000 gallons of water a year to run, this new replacement is a waterless system that will be saving the hospital and the city. The machine is owned by Ortho and the hospital has a reagent rental agreement, which means that the hospital only pays for supplies that are used. Colleen McGill Lab Manager, commends Jill Wasche Director of Quality and Cardiopulmonary, for all of her contract negotiations and paper work to make sure that Orchard Hospital would have this wonderful new Lab equipment. This vital lab equipment does all the chemistry test and immunodiagnostics chemistry test. That means all of your glucose test, thyroid, pregnancy test, cardiac, vitamin D, PSA, anemia, diabetes testing, and more can all be processed in house. Orchard Hospital Lab Department is opened from Monday-Friday 7 a.m., - 5:30 p.m., or the Medical Specialty Center has a lab draw station and is open from Monday- Friday 7 a.m., -5:30 p.m.

    Friday, April 08, 2016
    Past Candy Coordinator Pat Shuman (right) was thanked for her 15 years as the “Candy Lady” for the Orchard Hospital Auxiliary Gift Shop during a board meeting held Wednesday.

  157. Hospital Auxiliary Holiday Bake Sale and Bazaar
    Friday, November 06, 2015
    The Orchard Hospital Auxiliary will have a Holiday Bake Sale and Bazaar in the conference room of the Medical Specialty Center on Friday, November 6th from 7 a.m., until 5 p.m. A wide variety of homemade gifts will be offered, as well as many homemade cakes, cookies, candies and breads for your enjoyment over the holidays. All profits will go toward improvements to our local hospital or to scholarships offered by the Auxiliary to further the medical training of the employees.

    Friday, October 30, 2015
    Orchard Hospital Auxiliary President Sharon Sannar presented a check of $2,000 to Hospital CEO Steve Stark for the purchase of Isolation Carts and to help with items for the children's section to soon be part of the Medical Specialty Center's new waiting room. The Auxiliary will hold a Bake /sale and Boutique November 6 from 7 a.m., to 5 p.m., at the Medical Specialty Conference Room with tickets available for the Winter Basket drawing.

  159. Hospital hosting Halloween Huanted House Saturday
    Friday, October 30, 2015
    With the budget cutbacks for the City of Gridley, one of the events cancelled was the annual Halloween Carnival hosted by the Gridley Recreation Department. Orchard Hospital has stepped up to the plate and will host a great Haunted House behind the hospital complete with bounce houses, plenty of candy and trick or treating. Hovlid residents will be handing the candy out which will be a great time for them to see all the darling children dressed up as their favorite character, pumpkin, witch, skeleton, you name it! Bring your children for this fun-filled event from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The Gridley-Biggs Police Department is giving community kids their very own trick or treat bag which will include special treats for both parents and kids for Halloween along with some goodies for “Drug Free Awareness Week” which is this week. Bring your children to the police department to collect their goodie bags while supplies last.

  160. Scholarships available from Hospital Auxiliary
    Friday, October 16, 2015
    Scholarships are now being offered by the Orchard Hospital Auxiliary for health career training. Applications will be accepted and considered from residents of Biggs, Live Oak, Gridley and Richvale and employees of Orchard Hospital. These scholarships are for people who wish to further their education in a medical or health career. and will be considered on a first come first served basis. Scholarship grants require that the applicant has completed all pre-requisites and be registered in a full-time medical or health program. Application forms are available at the Auxiliary desk in the lobby at Orchard Hospital and should be filed with the scholarship committee, with an expected completion date.

    Wednesday, October 07, 2015
    United Way and US Bank are teaming up with Orchard Hospital every Friday this month for a lunch from 11 a.m., to 1 p.m., for a fund raiser for Orchard Hospital Foundation. Hospital employees (L to R) Kim, Lyndi, Kelly, Christina, Travis and Brenda were joined by US Bank Manager Rukhsana Khan (second from right).

    Wednesday, October 07, 2015
    Orchard Hospital's Radiology Department, in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month is asking the community to bring their own decorated pumpkin in to enter in their contest. The community is also invited to vote for their favorite decorated pumpkin as they are joined in the contest by Ampla Health, Gridley Medical Center, Dr. George Hayes office, the Medical Specialty Center and other departments of the hospital, ER, OR, Medical Records. Voting begins Wednesday at noon and ends Friday at noon in the Hospital's rotunda. Donald Monroe, the hospital's Radiology Practitioner Assistant shows his support for Breast Cancer Awareness and encourages women getting their mammograms done yearly to detect cancer as soon as possible when it is most treatable.

  163. Friday Night Fuel introduced to GHS football team
    Thursday, August 27, 2015
    When Gridley High School's new football coach, Larenzo Garth, spoke at a Gridley Rotary Club meeting this summer, members went away very impressed, not only with Garth and his devotion to the game, but about the upcoming season. When Garth talked of the importance of proper nutrition for the players he indicated that he was providing snacks for the team each day out of his own pocket. That prompted members of the Gridley Rotary to step in and take action to help. It was not long before members of Rotary's Community Service Committee met with fellow Rotary member and Gridley Unified School's Superintendent Rick Rubino to plan how Rotary and the community at-large could support the football team with nutritional snacks. The program dubbed "Friday Night Fuel," prompted the need for professional nutrition advice. A meeting was arranged with the Superintendent and the dietitians from Orchard Hospital's Nutrition Department, Registered Dietician Shauna Huston and Registered Dietician and UR Manager Julie Thompson. In that meeting, arrangements were made for the dietitians to present to the football team on August 10 regarding the do's and don'ts of proper nutrition before, during and after a strenuous practice or game. Football players and coaches learned how to fuel their bodies with the proper nutrition and how to properly hydrate before, during and after a game. The next step was for the District to purchase a commercial, three door refrigerator that was, ironically, delivered on the same day, and aptly at the same time the meeting with the players was taking place. The refrigerator was placed in the weight room to be filled with the right snacks and only accessible by the coaches. "We are here to give you the proper information regarding what snacks you should be choosing. This is good nutritional information for any athlete to repair and rebuild muscle. You are all still growing and you need extra nutrition. You will grow until you are about 20 years old,” Thompson stated as she introduced the website which shows the five different food groups including fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins and dairy products such as milk, yogurt and cheese. The Orchard Hospital employees were happy to see that all of the players had bottled water with them rather than unhealthy sodas and soft drinks. "We get energy from the foods we eat and the Rotary Club is getting involved to make sure you have healthy snacks provided," Thompson stated. They went on to explain that a player has about two hours before he needs to replace carbohydrates at practice, which means, if they don’t eat a snack in the middle of practice, they will become slow and sluggish. They stressed the importance of protein for muscle growth and repair - more proteins equals more muscle. They did state that it is possible to eat too much protein which can turn into fat instead of muscle, and that it can be harmful for the kidneys. The nutritionists suggested having a full meal three to four hours before a practice with a medium amount of protein and another small snack of carbohydrates 30 minutes before practice. The players were told to have a small snack 30 minutes after practice with carbohydrates, including healthy snacks such as apples and peanut butter, or a mix of carbohydrates and protein together such as unsalted pretzels and string cheese or whole grain crackers and tuna, an English muffin with cream cheese, or a whole wheat tortilla with low fat cheese. The value of low-fat Greek yogurt with trail mix was also discussed along with the benefits of dried fruit and nuts. The need for hydration was also discussed because it can affect coordination, concentration and endurance. "If you don't eat after a practice you won't replace energy. You are also breaking down muscles in the weight room. If you don't get protein you are wasting your effort in the weight room by stressing the muscle and then not rebuilding it," Huston stated. Gridley High Principal Joey Adame told the players, "We are trying to make sure our kids eat after a practice and not waiting for hours. We will have something available for a snack, so your hard work is not for nothing," Rubino thanked the Orchard Hospital employees and told the players that they should listen to their advice as they are the experts and that nutrition is what they do for a living. "They are giving us their expertise because we don't want you losing ground after working out.” He explained that the refrigerator will be opened by the coaches when it is time for a snack. “It is Rotary's commitment to be the driving force to raise the funds to provide the snacks before and after practice because what we know is when left to your own devices you may not get anything to eat. We know a lot more science now than many years ago and how important the nutritional aspect is,” Thompson stated Rubino asked for a round of applause for Orchard Hospital nutritionists and the Rotary Club for making the program possible that will begin with football and be available for other sports as well. Gridley Rotary Club has started the fund with a donation of $500 and asks other service organizations, parents and sports enthusiasts to help the program feed the athletes. Gridley Rotary is accepting monetary donations for the “Friday Night Fuel” program to ensure that the players get the healthy snacks they need. Checks can be made out to Gridley Unified School District with the memo reading "Friday Night Fuel" and mailed to 429 Magnolia Street, Gridley, CA 95948.

    Wednesday, August 05, 2015
    The Orchard Hospital Auxiliary gift shop was moved last week to a new larger location in the lobby of the hospital. With the new display cases, there will be a larger assortment of gifts available for visitors to the hospital. The members of the auxiliary greatly appreciate the help of the hospital maintenance staff David Enriquez and Mike Newton in making this move, and hope members of the community will stop by and see the many new gifts which will be available for purchase. The prices are very reasonable and all profits will go toward helping our local hospital. Also pictured Auxiliary President Sharon Sannar (right) and Mary Vaughn.

  165. Biggs National Night Out
    Monday, August 03, 2015
    A vast amount of activities are planned for Biggs National Night Out Tuesday, August 4 including: Gridley-Biggs Police, Cal Fire, Butte County Mosquito Abatement District, Biggs Library, Biggs Methodist Church and Orchard Hospital. There will be a give- away with free bicycles and helmets, face painting by Biggs High Cheerleaders along with a cookie walk for the kids and the Methodist Church is giving away backpacks. The City will give out free root beer floats and sell 1/4 # burger meals for $4.

  166. Bryan Pratt joining hospital's Medical Specialty Center
    Friday, July 10, 2015
    The Orchard Hospital Medical Specialty Center is pleased to announce the addition of Bryan Pratt, FNP to their list of providers as of this week. Mr. Pratt and his wife Denise moved to Gridley in 1999 and have enjoyed raising their children here. Mr. Pratt is excited to be on the hospital's team of providers, bringing 16 years of experience himself. The Medical Specialty Center increased their hours last month to seven days a week to keep up with demand. To make an appointment call 846-9080 although walk-ins are welcome. The Medical Specialty Center is open Monday through Friday 7 a.m., to 7 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m., to 5 p.m.

    Wednesday, June 24, 2015
    Ten contestants battled it out for the prize for best chili at Orchard Hospital's Chili Cook-Off held Friday as a fund raiser for the Relay For Life to be held in Gridley July 18 and 19. The fundraiser brought in over $500 for the American Cancer Society. A potato bar was also available for those attending who needed a break from the many wonderful chili entries. Those raising the most money in votes were (L to R) Kirsten Storne-Piazza, third place; Hardeep Mundh, second place and Kim Lewellen, first place.

  168. Champions Classic golf tournament
    Friday, April 17, 2015
    With a new hospital on the horizon, it is time to have new equipment so that the ER is equipped with current diagnostic tools. This third annual golf tournament will again help in the goal of $1,000,000 to purchase two key pieces of equipment that will be used every day to care for patients; a Digital X-Ray Machine and a 64-slice CT scanner. Friend of the Foundation sponsorships vary from $350 to $1,000; Silver sponsors $1,000 to $2,000; Gold sponsors $2,000 to $3,000 and $3,000 and up Platinum sponsors. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m., with breakfast being served and 8:30 a.m., shot gun start followed by a silent auction and lunch served at 1:30 p.m., with awards to follow. There will be a Hole In One contest, where Gridley Country Ford has graciously offered a car to the lucky person to get a hole in one! Other games include: men and women's closest to the pin; men and women's longest drive and a putting contest. Please contact Lyndi Little at 846-9028 or email, for more information. Registration and payment must be received by August 27, 2015.

  169. National Cancer Control Month
    Friday, April 10, 2015
    Each year since 2013, President Barack Obama has proclaimed April as National Cancer Control Month. “For generations, the United States has been committed to combating cancer…The overall rate of cancer deaths are decreasing for both men and women, and most survivors live longer and enjoy a better quality of life than ever before. Still, cancer remains the second most common cause of death in the United States”. “All people can take steps to reduce their chances of developing cancer. Maintaining a healthy weight, protecting your skin from exposure to ultraviolet radiation, and limiting alcohol consumption can help individual’s live healthier lives. Because cigarettes are a major cause of cancer, quitting smoking and reducing exposure to second-hand smoke can also decrease the risk.” “When cancer is found in an early stage, it can be easier to treat and chances of survival often increase…Protection under the Affordable Care Act require most insurance plans to cover recommended preventive services without co pay, including some cancer screenings for qualified individuals.” Many cancer screening tests are in use. Many are available at your local doctor’s office and hospital. Some can even be done at home. Colon Cancer- Colonoscopies and Sigmoidoscopies can identify early colon cancers. Routine screenings are recommended for those persons 50 to 75 years of age. Another screening that can be done in the doctor’s office is look for occult blood (hidden blood) in the stool; a simple rectal exam and testing the stool for blood. Lung Cancer- Low-dose helical computed tomography- a specialized test for finding cancer in the lungs; recommended for heavy smokers age 55-74. A visual test for lung cancer screening is to look for blood in your sputum when you cough secretions up out of your lungs. Breast Cancer- Mammography- This screening test has shown to reduce mortality in women from breast cancer among women ages 40-74. A screening test you can do at home is a BSE (Breast Self Exam). Standing in the shower, simply start at the 12 o’clock position with your fingers and walk your fingers around the breast at all hour positions checking for unusual lumps. You can also stand in front of the mirror and see if each breast is normal in shape. Annual Clinical Breast Exams are also a non-invasive procedure by a medical professional for breast irregularities and have been known to help in early detection. Cervical Cancer- Pap test and HPV (human papillomavirus) testing- These tests reduce the incidence of cervical cancer by early identification of abnormal cells and have reduced the deaths of women from cervical cancer. Generally, testing is done between age 21 and 65, although circumstances may cause earlier testing. Liver Cancer- Ultrasound of the liver and a blood test for Alpha-fetoprotein are tests that are used to try to detect Liver Cancer in those that are high risk for the disease.Testicular Cancer- A male can examine his own genitalia in the shower and feel each testicle for any new irregularities. Prostate Cancer- The digital rectal exam by a Primary Care Provider is an early detection procedure done right in the doctor’s office. A blood that called a PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen) has been utilized in routine testing of males for early detection of Prostate Cancer. However, some expert groups no longer recommend it for routine testing as it has not shown a significant change in cancer deaths. Skin Cancer- People should be aware of changes in their own skin, such as new moles or changes in existing moles and report these to the Primary Care Providers right away. Doctors often recommend routine skin checks of those persons who are at risk for skin cancer; such exams have shown a decrease in the risk of dying from skin cancer. Ovaries and Uterus- Transvaginal Ultrasounds can create pictures of women’s ovaries and uterus, usually used in women at increased risk of ovarian or uterine cancer. Routine screening with this imaging test has not necessarily shown to reduce death from either cancer, but is a good adjunct in diagnosis. Some of these screenings can be done by you at home; some can be done right in the doctor’s office. Check with your Primary Care Provider to see which screenings your insurance will pay for and have them done.

  170. Exciting news for Orchard Hospital
    Wednesday, April 08, 2015
    When asked to support our hospital more after local control came back in 2009, the community did just that. Now, six years later, support has been so strong that the Orchard Hospital Board and administration have changed the direction of the future. What was announced as a new ER project by the Hospital's Foundation three years ago is now going to be much bigger and better. It became evident that it made more sense to spend the money on a new hospital rather than just an Emergency Department. The hospital purchased the five acres behind the hospital on Ford Avenue for this purpose several years ago and it was announced last week that a new hospital will be built on this property rather than build a new ER in the present location that is under 2030 earthquake standards and would have to be rebuilt at that time. “Various financial models were presented to the Board, but in the end, the most apparent choice always went back to building a new hospital. Our community and patients deserve the very best we have to offer and our staff deserve technology that is state-of-the-art in every department not just the Emergency Department,” Orchard Hospital CEO Steve Stark stated. Because people are using the hospital more, the profit margin is higher and making it possible to plan a new hospital. While additional financial help is always encouraged by the hospital's foundation, and never turned down, the hospital board and employees appreciate the support that is making this new hospital a future reality. “Over the last few months, the need to build a new hospital has become more and more evident. As we continue to see an increased amount of acute patients, the board decided building a new hospital will allow features only found in larger, city hospitals, such as private rooms and individual bathrooms and showers. We will also design the new hospital to become more efficient to help lower the rising costs of healthcare,” Stark said. "The Foundation's 'Champions' program will continue with the fund raising aspect for the new ER, such as the September 14, 2015 Golf Classic, the only difference is, it will be located in a new state-of-the-art hospital in a few years," Foundation Chair Lisa Van De Hey stated. Orchard Hospital has seen an influx of patients admitted along with other services utilized such as Radiology and Lab. “My personal dream for the hospital is to have people say to their physician, ‘If I need to be in a hospital, can it be that nice little hospital in Gridley?’ I think we’re on our way to achieving that dream,” Hospital Board Chair John Harris stated.

    Friday, March 27, 2015
    The Orchard Hospital Auxiliary held their Spring Luncheon last week with the following being introduced as officers by Auxiliary Liaison Kirsten Storne-Piazza (Far left): (L to R) Stephanie Cunha, Secretary; Cindy Croy and Lis Lewis Co-Treasurers; President Sharon Sannar (second term). Not pictured: Joyce Spence, Parliamentarian.

  172. Diabetic spot - potential for kidney disease
    Wednesday, March 25, 2015
    By Jay Croy, RN, Orchard Hospital Surgery Services Supervisor Posted Mar. 25, 2015 at 7:00 AM Nephropathy is the name of Kidney Disease. Chronic Kidney Disease from mild disease up to and including Kidney Failure can be developed by all Diabetics, especially those who are poorly controlled. When Glucose (sugar) circulates in the blood, it binds to proteins, making the proteins “sticky”. As these sticky molecules pass through the smaller blood vessels of the kidney, they can stick to the vessel walls, causing inflammation, leaking and collapsing. When this happens to the kidneys, the tiny Nephrons (tiny tubes the blood goes through in the kidney) become damaged and the kidneys lose the ability to filter toxins out of the blood. The higher one allows their blood sugar to get, the more glucose in the blood, and the faster kidney disease will begin. And the problem is that Kidney Disease is a silent killer and will creep up on you if you are not watching for it. There is no obvious signs or symptoms until the disease is quite progressed. However, there are some screening tests that can be routinely done to watch for this. If you are a Diabetic and you begin to start running a higher blood pressure, this can be an indicator you may be having some kidney issues. There is a simple urine dipstick test your doctor can order that will show if you are spilling a high amount of proteins or blood you can’t visibly see in your urine. (High protein levels in the urine is called “Hyperprotienuria”). Another separate urine test is for the presence of “Microalbumin”, a type of protein that is not normally found in the kidneys unless there is damage; this urine test can pick up kidney disease earlier than looking for proteins in general. A simple blood test can be done to look at Creatinine levels. A rising Creatinine level indicates the degree of Kidney Failure. What can you do to prevent Kidney disease if you are a Diabetic? First- Control your Blood Sugar. You need to keep you Blood Glucose A1C test at below 7. Check your blood sugar, and check it often. If you are consistently running high; see your Primary Care Provider (PCP).Check your Blood Pressure frequently. It is recommended that Diabetics should stay below 130/80. If you are Diabetic and your Blood Pressure is rising, you need to see your PCP. Have your Blood Creatinine and your Urine Microalbumin checked annually to make sure there levels are staying within normal limits; you must see your PCP for these tests. Kidney disease is no fun. A final few years of life on Dialysis is not what one wants to do. Take care of your Kidneys. Take care of your Diabetes.

  173. Save time and money by having MRI or CT at Orchard Hospital
    Friday, March 20, 2015
    Orchard Hospital's Medical Imaging Department's technologists have a combined 100 years of medical imaging experience according to Radiology Manager Judy Robertson. “We have the results of MRI's and CT's to the providers within 48 hours for a normal request but if we have an emergency order come in from a provider they are done almost immediately,” she said. “Stat” orders from a provider that are truly an emergency can be done within an hour for the patient's convenience. These patients do not have to wait for the next available opening. Results of “Stat” orders are sent within 30 minutes of completion. Often patients will receive an order from their doctor for imaging services to be done out of town which can cost the patient more and takes more time for travel. When this happens, the patient just needs to tell their provider that they wish to stay local for their tests. MRI's and CT's can be performed Monday through Friday from 8 to 5 p.m., with a provider's order and insurance approval. CT's can be performed 24 hours a day through the ER Department when necessary. “We try to go above and beyond for the patients. We try to make sure the patient is as comfortable as possible during the MRI and CT scan,” MRI Technologist Christine Morrow stated. She and Robertson are known to often walk patient's directly to their vehicle after a procedure. The MRI unit used to be located alongside the Medical Specialty Center but it has been moved to the hospital on the east side near the CT. Robertson has 45 years experience and Morrow has 29 years experience. CT/MRI Technologist Don Monroe has three years experience and MRI Technologist Nancy Correa has 29 years. Although X-rays can still be done at the hospital, the Imaging Department can schedule X-rays or they can be performed on a walk-in basis at the Medical Specialty Center where it is less expensive. The results of x-rays are sent to providers within 24 hours. “We are on top of it,” Robertson stated. The Medical Imaging Department has a full array of diagnostic imaging services, including digital x-ray, CT and MRI scanning, general ultrasound, vascular ultrasound, digital mammography, Dexa bone density screening, cardiac echoes, vascular CTAs, vascular MRA and CT/MRA angiography. Call 846-9052 to schedule your next imaging appointment.

    Tuesday, March 17, 2015
    Orchard Hospital Auxiliary President Sharon Sannar (center) presented a $4,500 check to Hospital CEO Steve Stark and Radiology Manager Judy Robertson to pay for a new transfer table. The donation was presented at the Auxiliary Spring Luncheon last week.

  175. Incisional Hernia
    Friday, March 13, 2015
    By Jay Croy, RN, Surgery Services Supervisor at Orchard Hospital “Doctor, I had this abdominal surgery a couple of years ago, and now where my scar is, there’s a bump on the bottom half. It doesn’t usually bother me, but when I cough; wow, it’s like a knife. What is it?” Many people develop an Incisional Hernia after they have had abdominal surgery. It’s a weakening of the tissue/muscle at the incision site where the surgeon cut through the abdominal wall. The outside of our stomachs is skin. Underneath the skin is a layer of tissue (for us Americans, usually a fat pad) and then there is muscles of the abdoman. You know those “six packs” the athletic people are always trying to build, when you look at their belly, it isn’t the skin that is the six pack, it is the muscles underneath. This is where the “hernia” or “herniation of the muscle” occurs. During surgery, to get to your inner organs, surgeons must cut through this abdominal muscle. More often than not, once the surgeon sews the muscle back together, it heals and is usually as stronger than ever. In few cases the muscle weakens at the incision area in the muscle and allows the intestine, stomach or other organ to push through the muscle and push up against the skin. (Woah; that’s gross.) The fact is, sometimes the intestine may squeeze out if the tear in the muscle is big enough. If it is unable to fall back in when you lay on your back, it may get stuck protruding out and cut off the circulation. This is known as an emergency called a “Strangulated Hernia”. If the circulation is cut off too long, the intestine may die. If the intestine dies, the person will become ill very fast and becomes a life threatening situation. Little or big bumps or soft areas can occur at the incision site on your abdoman. If you cough or sneeze, it may get a little bigger during coughing due to the pressure you make in your belly during it. After the coughor sneeze, it goes back to what it was before. You may experience some pain at the sight; that usually means the already injured tissue may be tearing just a little more. If you have one of these abdominal/incisional hernias, just apply a little pressure with your hand right at the sight whenever you cough or sneeze; this helps support the tissue and won’t hurt as much. What you need to do is get this hernia repaired before it gets any bigger. Most often, a surgeon will go through the skin right where your first surgery was, so there usually is not a new scar. Depending on what the physician finds, the physician can repair the muscle without inserting a mesh however the patient may have a reoccurrence. There are multiple different types of meshes that can be implanted. Most of the meshes go right in the incision whole, and are sewn into place the tissue will grow in and around it to make that area stronger than it was. Many of the old style meshes were like a flat piece of cheese-cloth you sewed over the tear. Now, the meshes have become so sophisticated that the surgeon can usually use the style and size that is best for the patient. If you have one of these bulging areas in an old incision, you should go see your Primary Care Provider and get a referral to your local surgeon. Hernia Repair is one of the most frequent surgeries performed at your local hospital. Incisional Hernia Repairs is a same day surgery and most times done with Local Anesthesia (Xylocaine injected into the surrounding tissue) and some sedation from the Anesthetist. Procedures are usually less than an hour long and you can go home within the hour after the procedure. It will be so nice to move around, hack, cough and sneeze without that nagging hernia discomfort anymore. I strongly recommend having your hernia repaired. The only ‘Hernia’ I ever liked was the daughter of Hagar the Horrible in the cartoon strip. Yes, I believe her name was Hernia.

    Friday, February 27, 2015
    Posted Feb. 27, 2015 at 7:00 AM Two streetlights have been added to Spruce Street in front of Orchard Hospital to make it safer for patients and employees crossing the busy street at night thanks to the City of Gridley Electric Department.

  177. Interact Club fulfills “Tracie Bear” project
    Wednesday, February 25, 2015
    By Lisa Van De Hey Publisher/Editor Posted Feb. 25, 2015 at 7:00 AM As a sophomore at Gridley High School young Tracie Brown fought a valiant fight against cancer but sadly succumbed to the disease in 1998 but not before instilling a long-lasting heartfelt cause for young children. “Tracie Bears” is the collection of stuffed animals for small children who may be going through a trying time and the Gridley Interact Club has taken this project on this year with the collection of stuffed animals for children visiting Orchard Hospital. The stuffed animals are given to small patients to ease their minds and try to make the visit a “bearable” one. As one employee explained, nurses have been known to give a stuffed animal an IV so that the child can see first hand what is in store for them. Interact Club is sponsored by the Gridley Rotary Club and has been active in the community the past four years. Members visited Orchard Hospital last week to drop off animals and collection boxes to gather more.

  178. Hospital receives great gifts through Foundation
    Friday, February 20, 2015
    Each year the Orchard Hospital Foundation sends out an Annual Appeal letter to the many people who have supported the hospital throughout the years. This letter states a specific need and through the generosity of those who receive the letters the purchases become a reality whether it be ice machines for Hovlid Skilled Nursing and the nutritional services department, i-Stat point of care testing for laboratory, Coaguchek, blanket warmers, a new stove for the nutritional services department, gurneys for the emergency department, a new orthopedic surgery table for the surgery department and cost saving installation of an in-house training audio-visual system. This year's Annual Appeal letter requests support to purchase a new X-Ray table for the imaging department which will allow four way movements to accommodate trauma patients better and provide a safe, quality patient experience. Another request was to help support the purchase of the Nurse Call System which is a hospital wide nurse call system, essential in delivery of safe, quality care to the patients and residents. The nurse call system allows the patients to communicate from the room to the nurses station, rather than just hitting the button and it allows staff to have various call sounds and colors for lighting to indicate emergent needs, nursing needs as well as patient needs. It also allows the hospital to expand nurse call audio boxes for two way communication in the ER and audio communication in all ancillary departments. Contributions are of course tax deductible and can be made in honor of someone else. For more information contact Lyndi Little at 530-846-9028.

  179. AAUW meets new CEO for Orchard Hospital
    Thursday, February 19, 2015
    AAUW received an update on Orchard Hospital from the new CEO, Steve Stark, and Hospital Board member, Ed Becker, at their February dinner meeting. Members and guests received information on present numbers of patients and employees, finances, facilities and services provided. Records show that more people are using the hospital services with steady increases in visits to the Emergency Room. Steve Stark moved to Gridley from Iowa in December and is pleased to be living in Gridley with his wife and four children. He began working in the health care field in 1998 and was chosen from over 60 resumes received by the Orchard Hospital Board, who spent many hours doing their own research. Gridley is fortunate to have this 25 bed hospital in our community, plus Hovlid Skilled Nursing; providing many services and jobs (177 full time equivalents). Jean Curcuru, AAUW member, reported on a successful Career Trek Saturday that was held February 7th, at Butte College, for 8th grade girls and their parents; and on plans for March interviews of 7th grade girls at five local schools. Five girls will be chosen to be an AAUW recipients of a $900 scholarship to attend a week-long, science and technology camp, at UCDavis this summer. Anyone interested in learning more about AAUW, can call Tracy Howell, President, 530-846-7962.

  180. Hospital Auxiliary look for members
    Wednesday, February 18, 2015
    The Orchard Hospital Auxiliary is searching for volunteers. The Auxiliary does many things to help our local hospital –not only manning the desk in the gift shop, but also visiting patients who may not have family in the area and appreciate friendly visits in their otherwise sometimes lonely lives. Members work on many money- raising projects, and some of those projects could use the help of strong younger bodies and creative younger minds. Membership is not limited to those who are retired; many volunteers work at the hospital only two hours a month and there are some jobs which can be carried out evenings or weekends. Membership is not limited to women; patients sometimes relate more easily to men, who may remind them of sons far away. Over the years the former “Pink Ladies” have been perceived as an “older” group. Those “older ladies” are still “manning the fort”, but the number of members is decreasing and they could use some help from younger members of the community. If you have as few as two hours a month available please consider volunteering your time. The hospital is for all of us and everyone, of whatever age, has something they can contribute. If you would like to help please contact President Sharon Sannar (846-5573) or leave your name at the hospital gift shop.

  181. Swing Bed Program an added bonus at Orchard Hospital
    Friday, February 13, 2015
    To anyone outside the medical field, the term “swing bed” might seem confusing but at Orchard Hospital this is a great service available to those people who might not be quite ready to go home following surgery, illness or injury. A swing bed patient at the hospital will stay in their current hospital bed and room without having to change rooms. The main thing that will change is the hospital stay status. It will change from “acute” to “skilled” rehabilitation. Because every hospital has a limited amount of days a patient can stay, as an acute patient, swing beds extends that time. The patient might require further care to reach an optimal level of strength and wellness to safely return to their home or residential facility. The Swing Bed Program helps patients achieve this goal through hospital-based skilled nursing care and rehabilitation and Orchard Hospital has just had their maximum amount of swing bed patients allowed increased from 10 to 24. The swing bed program is especially beneficial for those who might be living alone and need some extra assistance until they are up and around on their own. Swing bed means a patient is on their way to recovery but needs extra care, extra time and possibly physical therapy. In order to qualify as a Swing Bed patient, you must have had at least a three-night qualifying stay as an acute care patient within the last 30 days (at any hospital) and require a daily skilled need such as rehabilitative therapy or IV antibiotics. Many may not realize that infusion services are available to patients and outpatients of Orchard which means as swing bed patient, antibiotic infusion therapy can be offered for those who might have Osteomyelitis and require weeks of antibiotics, sometimes twice a day. Patients are welcome to stay as a swing bed patient and go home when the two weeks of infusions are up. Outpatients who visit Orchard Hospital daily for infusions may have an infection such as sepsis from a septic knee, frequent pneumonia, cellulitis or need wound care such as with MSRA. The medical staff at Orchard can give any type of IV treatment including hydration which can be done as an outpatient including IV transfusions. Private rooms are available with private bathrooms for swing bed patients. Each treatment plan is tailored to a patient's individual situation. The program is open to anyone who has a recommendation from their doctor for extended care, whether the patient was originally at Orchard Hospital or not. In fact, area hospitals are choosing to send some of their patients to Orchard because unlike skilled nursing facilities, a doctor and Respiratory Therapist are on site 24 hours a day. The hospital's physical therapy unit is vital in the rehabilitation of many of their patients. Enloe Medical Center has sent multiple patients who have had surgery to Orchard to receive rehab because Gridley is their home. Patients may receive a day pass so that they can go to their home and pick up things that they may need . This is very beneficial especially for the family members who won't have to travel to visit their loved one. Rehabilitation Services offered at Orchard Hospital include physical, occupational, speech, and recreational therapy with a full gym available; therapies scheduled as practical to what patients can tolerate; nutritional therapy; tube feeding, infusion therapy; wound care, cardiopulmonary and a discharge planner who will assist you first by discussing your plan of what is needed and what is covered. For example, Medicare A has a 20 day limit for skilled nursing but the 21st day can be used for transition along with locating resources and preparing you for discharge. If a Medicare patient needs to stay past the 21st day, they will receive 80 percent coverage from Medicare and 20 percent will be billed to their secondary insurance. Skilled nursing facilities do not have a pharmacy on the premises and often have to wait for a prescription to be filled and delivered. An in-house Dietician is available five days a week which is also not available in skilled nursing facilities, (except of course the Hovlid Skilled Nursing inside Orchard Hospital). Lab and Radiology Departments at Orchard are covered by a 24 hour on-call physician. Orchard Hospital also offers an Activities Director and a Social worker. The Activities Director visits patients to offer reading materials, puzzles, crafts, games and television. Social Services visits the patients to offer psychological, social and spiritual support. The top priority for the staff of Orchard Hospital is to help patients recover independence and mobility in a safe environment. “As a Critical Access Hospital, our responsibility is to get the patient stable whether that is by transferring to another hospital or getting you home,” Julie Thompson, MS RD, Orchard Hospital's Utilization Manager and Registered Dietician stated. “Anybody who comes in and is treated for acute care will be assessed whether they can be treated here or transferred. We can take care of most needs but not always within the 96 hour time frame for acute care patients,” Thompson stated. “We want to get you well enough to go home,” she stated.

    Thursday, February 05, 2015
    Photo by Lisa Van De Hey Posted Feb. 5, 2015 at 3:55 PM Orchard Hospital recently received $250 each from area service organizations and Orchard Hospital Foundation Board member Margaret Hughes to pay for Sharps containers for the disposal of needles. A large black container sits outside the hospital (pictured in background) and service organizations were represented by: Orchard Hospital's Medical Specialty Center Director Kirsten Storne-Piazza a member of Gridley Kiwanis and Gridley Quota, (Hughes), Rotary President and Orchard Hospital Board Secretary Clark Redfield who presented checks to Lyndi Little who is in charge of the hospital's and Foundation Marketing and Community Outreach and also a member of Gridley Rotary.

  183. New hospital CEO chosen by community
    Wednesday, January 21, 2015

  184. Longtime hospital employee retires
    Monday, December 29, 2014

  185. U.S. Bank donates to Orchard Hospital
    Thursday, November 20, 2014

  186. Veterans honored at Orchard Hospital
    Thursday, November 20, 2014

  187. Hospital's realistic crash by emergency responders
    Saturday, October 25, 2014
    By Lisa Van De Hey Publisher/Editor Orchard Hospital's "Get To Know Your Hospital," first-time event held Saturday came complete with sirens, fake blood and plenty of excitement as people lined up to watch local emergency responders in a realistic two car crash. The two vehicles who "crashed" in the west parking lot was caused by the two drivers texting while driving and the 15 injured parties included people who had been standing on a sidewalk nearby. One of the drivers died at the scene as local fire and police worked to free the remaining passengers, some with the jaws of life as they destroyed the vehicles further by removing doors and roofs of cars. Students of Gridley High School's Leadership, Volleyball and Cheerleading did an excellent job as the injured, making it very realistic as those who were able called out for help. The Gridley-Biggs Police Department was first on the scene, backed up by California Highway Patrol Officers as several Cal-Fire engines converged with two Enloe ambulances and helicopters for Flightcare. Body boards were used to remove the injured as they were transfered to gurneys and while all of this excitement was being watched outside, inside the staff of Orchard Hospital was in their own disaster training as they prepared for the 13 injured to enter their doors in a communication center. Outside Orchard Hospital had a triage area at the scene complete with doctors and nurses giving extra care. Tours were given throughout the hospital where people were able to visit the dietary department (which was selling cheeseburgers and hot dogs outside), to the different departments throughout the hospital. Tents were set up out on the front lawn with representatives of many different services giving out information such as River Valley Health Care, Covered California, Butte County Mosquito Abatement, Country 103.1, CVS Pharmacy, Orchard Hospital Auxiliary and Foundation. Orchard Hospital had a cardiopulmonary booth, a booth representing the Lab, the Medical Specialty Center, Radiology and Pharmacy. The Fire Department provided an Incident Commander, a Safety Officer, a Medical Group Supervisor, Public Information Officer, Triage Group Leader, Transport Group Leader and a Treatment Group Leader. Orchard Hospital had an External Incident Commander, a Safety Officer, A Medical Group Supervisor, a Public Information Officer, a Triage Group Leader and Treatment Group Leader along with Enloe Medical Center providing the Transport Group Leader. This drill was an excellent experience for all agencies involved and provided a realistic look into what these emergency responders do each day.

  188. Orchard Hospital Launches Patient Portal
    Tuesday, July 01, 2014
    For more information, click on the Patient Portal Tab on the Home Page.

  189. Hospital Hires Interim CEO
    Sunday, June 22, 2014
    By Lisa Van De Hey Posted Jun. 22, 2014 @ 5:00 pm Updated Jun 23, 2014 at 5:08 PM Interim CEO of Orchard Hospital Jim Opdahl wasted no time in getting involved in the community when he arrived at his new job last Wednesday. On Thursday he was meeting foundation members and attending the BBQ held for National Hospital Week after the Teddy Bear Clinic and was arrested the next day spending time in the Unjustice Court Jail for Red Suspenders Day. On Saturday, Opdahl was invited to sit at the announcers booth and get a good look at the parade up close and personal before spending time in the hospital's free give-way booth in Daddow Park. Come Monday morning Opdahl was in his office ready for a busy week and looking forward to what needed his attention. Opdahl and his wife Sandie live in Bismark, North Dakota where he was born and raised. He graduated from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks in 1977 in General Business Administration after going through a nursing program for two years. Opdahl decided nursing wasn't for him, he would rather be an administrator, the title he has held since 1983 in several different capacities. He has served as administrator in long term care facilities, skilled nursing, small critical access hospitals, such as Orchard Hospital and in 1990 formed his own company, Frontier Health Group, specializing in interim hospital administration. Opdahl has commuted throughout North Dakota, working several years in several different hospitals as an interim and he really enjoys this vocation. He has worked every facet of health care and looks forward to challenges. “I like getting a fresh look, seeing the challenges up front,” he explained. He especially likes the title of “interim” because it usually means short term, anywhere from six months to years. Opdahl and his wife enjoy golfing and kayaking. They were married in 1977, the year he graduated from college. Sandie is an RN and they have three sons and one “grand-dog.” The Opdahl's will be moving to Fort Myers, Florida soon but he knows he is going to be spending his time in Gridley from three to six months while the search for a full time CEO is being done. Opdahl has enjoyed his short time here so far and especially is grateful for the warm temperature. “It's great to be able to sit outside and have a meal,” he said. Bismark, North Dakota is rapidly growing and the population of 60,000 is increasing steadily according to Opdahl. After having five months off, Opdahl is ready for work. He met with department managers of the hospital last week and was very impressed with the backgrounds he heard as each one introduced themselves. Page 2 of 2 - “All that background and expertise is priceless. We have more experience in a small facility because everyone has to wear so many hats,” he explained. “As a critical access hospital we can assess and treat patients, stabilize them if they need to be transferred. The new ER department will be a huge asset. The ER doctors are a great asset, board certified and here 24 hours seven days a week,” he stated. In hearing the story how the hospital had been sold to another hospital in 2009 and then got it back by raising a huge amount of money I think is excellent. People can come here and learn a lot from the staff,” he stated. The year to date data for the Medical Specialty Center shows an increase of 17.5 percent over last year at this time and the Emergency Department shows an increase of 11.1 percent. “The growth of the Foundation shows community support which is so important from an economic standpoint. I think the community realizes that,” he stated.

  190. Hospital's "Smokin Hot Grill" a great addition
    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  191. New ER starting with new home for ambulance and EMT's
    Friday, March 07, 2014

  192. "Fitness for Kids" at Orchard Hospital's Medical Specialty Center
    Wednesday, February 26, 2014
    "Fitness For Kids" is an eight week obesity prevention program, offered by Orchard Hospital's Medical Specialty Center for children ages 8 to 18. The program includes weekly group meetings with medical staff, a registered dietician and a physical therapist. The sessions provide education and motivation for kids to inspire healthy behavior. The Orientation for the first class will be Thursday, March 20th from 4pm to 5pm. Subsequent classes will be held on Thursdays from 4pm to 5pm, with the last class on May 15th. The Medical Specialty Center is located at 284 Spruce Street, directly across from the Gridley Library. For more information please contact 846-9090. Office personnel speak both English and Spanish. The first session will be an orientation where the program will be explained to participants and the parent or guardian, and lab tests will be ordered. In subsequent sessions, Julie Thompson, RD and Betty LeBrun, FNP, will guide a group of 20 kids through the eight week program. Sessions will include a blood pressure test, weigh-in, measurements, information about nutirition, exercise, food portions and other healthy practices. Participants will complete activities and assignments throughout the eight weeks, including a fun run/walk to earn points which may then be redeemed for prizes. Those who successfully finish the program will be eligible to win a free gym membership. A parent or guardian is required to attend each session for the duration of the program; the participant's sibling(s) may accompany the parent/guardian. Classes are one hour. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. Private insurance and Medi-Cal are accepted. If your child could benefit from this program and you don't have insurance, call the clinic and discuss your situation with Yolanda Jauregui. "Fitness for Kids" is taking applications now for the March 20th session. If you would like to enroll your child, please call Yolanda Jaurequi at Orchard Hospital Medical Specialty Center at 846-9090 and help give your child a healthy future today.

  193. Gridley United Methodist Church helps kids
    Wednesday, January 29, 2014

  194. Hospital Changes Name!
    Thursday, November 21, 2013
    Biggs-Gridley Memorial Hospital has been officially renamed to be Orchard Hospital. The new name was unanimously approved by the board in May of 2013, and work began on everything to make the shift for this November 2013 announcement.

  195. 2013 Community Health Needs Assessment Report
    Wednesday, November 13, 2013
    The recently published 2013 Community Health Needs Assessment Report is available for your review. You will need Adobe Reader to view and print this report.

  196. Orchard Hospital Earns Accreditation
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012
    For the first time in about 25 years, Orchard Hospital has been accredited by an outside organization, said Wade Sturgeon, the hospital's chief executive officer.

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