Serving the Community Since 1956

Serving the Community Since 1956

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Why Exercise?

You plan for it...and then there is an excuse why you didn't do it. The dreaded exercise routine. Why is it so hard to fit that 30 minutes per day in? If you need a little motivation, here are 20 reasons it is great to engage in a regular exercise routine:

  1. Improves your mood
  2. Builds self-esteem
  3. Anti-aging effects
  4. Strengthens your bones
  5. Prevents muscle loss
  6. Fights dementia
  7. Reduces stress
  8. Sharpens memory
  9. Boosts creative thinking
  10. Improves oxygen supply to the cells
  11. Lowers high blood pressure
  12. Lowers risk of diabetes
  13. Reduces feelings of depression
  14. Improves concentration
  15. Decreases osteoporosis risk
  16. Improves sleeping patterns
  17. Boosts immune system
  18. Increases energy
  19. Lessens fatigue
  20. Makes you happy!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

What is HIPAA

What is HIPAA?
In technical terms:
In 1996, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act or the HIPAA was endorsed by the U.S. Congress. The HIPAA Privacy Rule, also called the Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information, provided the first nationally-recognizable regulations for the use/disclosure of an individual's health information. Essentially, the Privacy Rule defines how covered entities use individually-identifiable health information or the PHI (Personal Health Information). 'Covered entities' is a term often used in HIPAA-compliant guidelines.



Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Skinny on Fat

The picture you see above is one pound of fat! As much as we want to lose all of our fat - it would not be possible nor would it be healthy. Although excess fat is not healthy, the human body requires a certain amount of fat to function.

The average woman - 5'4" in height and weighing 166 pounds is made up of 46.5 pounds of fat.

There are two categories of fat: Essential Fat and Storage Fat.

Why do you need Essential Fat in your body?
  • Promotes a healthy metabolism
  • Fat molecules transport vitamins and minerals throughout the body
  • Insulates and protects vital organs
  • Surrounds and protects nerve fibers to help transmit nerve impulses
  • Provides energy
  • Supports cell growth

Storage Fat is the other type of body fat. This is the fat you accumulate beneath your skin, in certain specific areas inside your body, and in your muscles. It also includes the deep fat that protects your internal organs from injury. Men and women have similar amounts of storage fat.
It is desirable to have some storage fat due to the protective role it plays in your body. However, most storage fat is considered to be "expendable". Storage fat:

  • increases when you gain weight
  • is what you want to lose when you lose weight. Many Americans have too much storage fat, while some have too little. Too much or too little storage fat is unhealthy.
Other Fat Facts:

Monday, April 27, 2015

It's on the Label

Do you read food labels when you shop?  Do you know what you are looking for? Here's a great overview of what all of that information means.

More on Food Labels

Friday, April 24, 2015

IHF Offering Scholarships

Scholarship Deadlines are May 1

Managers, Employees, High School Seniors, Friends & Family…you could be eligible for a scholarship!

Mayers Intermountain Healthcare Foundation has a variety of scholarship opportunities available. The deadline for applications is May 1, 2015.

Scholarship Guidelines and Requirements: Each year, scholarships are offered to students entering a health- or medical-related field. The funding available will depend on how many contributions are received for that particular fund during the year. Scholarship amounts will be determined by the Scholarship Committee as they review the applications.

Applicants that are high school seniors or graduates of the Big Valley Joint Unified School District or the Fall River Joint Unified School District must have good scholastic standing.

A complete application packet must be submitted which includes: 1) Scholarship application (include signatures on page 2 &3 of application) 2) Personal essay 3) Copy of your transcript: high school or college transcript/class schedule, if already enrolled OR… 4) Copy of conference itinerary for continuing education, certification, or training program 5) Proof of acceptance to an accredited school or program 6) Two (2) letters of recommendation. If you are employed by MMHD, one must be from a supervisor who is familiar with your work.

The Scholarship Committee may request additional information. Scholarship Deadline: Applications for the Fall term must be postmarked or emailed by Friday, May 1, 2015. Late applications will not be accepted. Scholarship winners will be contacted in June 2015.

More Information

Thursday, April 23, 2015

We Deliver Precious Cargo


Mayers Memorial Hospital supports the birth of your baby in comfortable surroundings with quality and compassionate care.

Together, with your team of birthing trained family doctors, specially trained labor and delivery nurses, postpartum care nurses, and ancillary staff we will create an optimal birth experience tailored to your specific needs. Our goal is to support your special memories delivering evidenced based, best practice utilizing a holistic approach in a safe and serene environment. We strive for healthy moms and healthy babies.

Our Family Centered Unit Includes:

  • Newly remodeled LDR suites
  • Electronic Fetal Monitoring
  • Surgical Suite Access for birth via Cesarean Section
  • Well Baby Nursery
  • Private Post Partum rooms with rooming in for the mom/baby couplet.
  • Labor pools available on requests
  • Trained personnel to assist with breastfeeding
  • Childbirth Preparation Classes
  • Labor Suite tours

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Enter to Win

We are pleased to offer you a new, convenient way to connect with our facility. Using the Relay Health service is a safe, secure, and confidential way to communicate about your non-urgent healthcare needs. It’s as easy to use as e-mail, but incorporates stronger security measures that ensure your privacy. All you need is access to a computer with an Internet connection.

You may have already signed up for the Mountain Valleys Health Center Patient Portal; please note these are separate.  The Mayers Memorial Hospital District Patient Portal can connect you with lab and imaging results, help you manage your hospital records, manage medications and keep track of your individual health information.

We encourage you to take a few minutes to sign up now (there is no fee to register for this service):


Register before April 30, 2015 and be entered to win a Keurig K65 Special Edition Coffee Maker.

To learn more about the Electronic Health Records, visit and click the Patient Portal Link for an informational video. If you have any questions please contact (530)336-5511 Ext. #1136.


Note: To ensure security, our facility must Accept your application before your registration will be complete. Please allow 24 hours following registration for our office to process your registration.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Health Fair was a Success

The annual Mayers Intermountain Healthcare Foundation and Mayers Memorial Hospital District Community Health Fair was a great success!
Take a peek:


Friday, April 17, 2015

Keeping Up on Skills

An essential part of quality in healthcare is keeping up on skills. MMHD employees participate quarterly in skills competencies.

Infection Control

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Learn About Cardiac Rehab at the Upcoming Health Fair

Following a cardiac event, the MMHD Cardiac Rehab department helps patients improve their quality of life by increasing their physical endurance & durability, which also has a positive effect on their mental state. You may come to us on physician's orders or on you own where patients pay just $35.00 per month. A patient's insurance usually pays for 36 visits with a physician's order. Come visit us and be apart of our Cardiac Rehabilitation family.


A program designed for patients who have had any of the following conditions or events:
  • Anioplasty/Stent(s)
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery (CABG)
  • Heart Attack
  • Heart Transplant
  • Stable Angina
  • Valvular Surgery
Visit us and learn more about the Cardiac Department at Saturday's Health Fair

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Specialty Wound Care

Dr. Scott Zittel grew up on a small farm in Folsom. He attended college at Cornell University in New York. He earned a Doctorate Degree in Osteopathic Medicine through Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioscience. His residency was completed at Michigan State, in Lansing Michigan, where he became board certified in emergency medicine in 1999.  He started practicing emergency medicine in Redding at that time, and began specializing in wound care in 2006. Together with his partner Dr. Andrew Knapp, they established Physicians Wound Center in Redding, specializing in advanced wound care techniques and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
Mayers Memorial Hospital District is proud to have Dr. Zittel on staff as the Medical Director of Outpatient Services.

Do you have a wound that won’t heal? We treat all of the following conditions:
¨ Diabetic wounds
¨ Leg ulcers
¨ Bone infections (osteomyelitis)
¨ Radiation tissue damage
¨ Slow healing wounds
¨ Compromised or failed flaps
¨ Wounds caused by poor circulation (arterial insufficiency)
We apply proven wound care practices and advanced clinical approaches including dressings and antibiotics. Access to hyperbaric oxygen therapy is available through our partnership with Dr. Zittel and the Physicians Wound Center.
For more information contact (530)335-5511 Ext. 1138 or visit our website.