Health Notes for December 29, 2016

SRMC awarded
CNOR Strong designation

Sonora Regional Medical Center recently was awarded a CNOR Strong designation from the Competency & Credentialing Institute.

The designation is awarded to facilities with at least 50 percent of its operating room nurses CNOR certified. Sonora Regional Medical Center exceeds the requirement with 80 percent certified OR nurses, a press release stated. Facilities must also provide programs to reward and recognize its certified nurses.

The CNOR certification program is for perioperative nurses interested in improving and validating their knowledge and skills and providing the highest quality care to their patients, stated the release. Certification also recognizes a nurse’s commitment to professional development. It is an objective, measurable way of acknowledging the achievement of specialty knowledge beyond basic nursing preparation and RN licensure.

Adult Children of Alcoholics meets

A support group called Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional Families meets twice a week in Sonora.

The group provides support to a diverse group of recovering people that includes adult children of alcoholics, codependents and addicts of various sorts.

The term “adult child” is used to describe adults who grew up in alcoholic or dysfunctional homes and who exhibit identifiable traits that reveal past abuse or neglect, stated a press release. The group includes adults raised in homes without the presence of alcohol or drugs.

The group meets at 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday and Friday at the Alano Club, 19421 Village Drive in East Sonora.

For more information, call (209) 604-8816.

Survivors of suicide
get support

A support group, Survivors of Suicide Loss, meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.

Meetings will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at 18415 Blue Bell East.

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and group leaders said in a press release they “cannot think of a more appropriate time or way to emphasize the need for such awareness than to announce the formation of a new peer-led support group in our community.”

The group is intended to be a safe place for people who have lost a loved one to death by suicide, enabling them to openly and honestly discuss how they lost the loved one, and what the loss has cost them and others.

For more information, contact Kathy or Guy Holmes at (209) 532-1328 or (209) 559-0332.

Local relief
available for seniors

Call a Day is a free service available to seniors in the Mother Lode region.

The program is made up of about 20 women who each day call seniors between 8 and 9 a.m.

“We phone whoever wants to be phoned between 8 and 9 a.m. to see if they’re alright,” said volunteer caller Virginia Wiest.

The calls can also include reminders for medication or doctor appointments.

To sign up for the free service, call Wiest at 586-3327.

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