Journal to host Medical Matters Breakfast Seminar

By: Gloria Young,
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Dr. Brichler speaks about ERCP procedure
This will be Dr. Benjamin Brichler’s first time to participate in a health seminar in Auburn.
“I’ve been with Sutter Medical Group for just about a year and a half,” he said Wednesday. “It’s a good opportunity to meet some of the members of the community and provide information and education to patients regarding gastroenterology and what we do up here in Auburn.”
Brichler will give a brief overview of the procedures he and the other colleagues in his medical group perform at Sutter Auburn Faith. That includes an advanced procedure called ERCP — used to treat diseases of the bile duct.   
“Unique in our group is that all three physicians are trained to perform ERCP,” he said.
He’ll also cover indications that warrant colonoscopies and other endoscopies.
“(I’ll discuss) common symptoms that people may want to come and see us to discuss and basic guidelines for colorectal cancer screenings — things people might not know,” he said. “That’s something I really want the community to be aware of.”

Medical Matters Breakfast Seminar
When:  8 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25
Where: The Ridge Golf Club, 2020 Golf Course Road, Auburn
Tickets: $10 per person
For tickets and more information: Call Linda at (530) 852-0278

Getting useful information into the hands of the community goes beyond the printed word and electronic transmission. It’s also about face-to-face discussions where residents can hear from experts and ask questions.

The Auburn Journal’s Medical Matters Breakfast Seminar set for Feb. 25 at The Ridge Golf Club does just that. Scheduled in conjunction with publication of a Medical Matters special section, it features doctors from key sponsor Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital along with other health professionals.

The breakfast is part of the Journal’s effort to supplement special sections with tie-in activities, explained MJ Heltsley, Auburn Journal advertising director and major accounts sales manager.

 “We’re making sure we can have an event at the same time that will either enhance the special section and content or involve the community more intimately,” Heltsley said.

Sitting down over a continental breakfast, participants will hear introductory comments from the special speakers, followed by a panel-format question-and answer session on cancer screenings, rehabilitation, memory loss, hearing, strokes and other medical issues.

“When we approached the medical community, we said we’d like to create some educational and inspirational seminars we can provide to (residents) and do it in a very relaxed setting,” Heltsley said.

The seminar also provides an opportunity to showcase Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital’s resources.

“Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital is committed to providing advanced medical services to our community, including investing in new technology and recruiting new specialists to Auburn,” CEO Mitch Hanna said in an email. “The Medical Matters event is a venue for our residents to learn more about the health care services and physicians they have access to right in their own backyard.”

Speakers include Sutter Orthopedic surgeon Jeffrey Bergeson, Sutter Oncologist Vijay Suhag, Sutter Gastroenterologist Benjamin A. Brichler, stroke nurse Teresa Anne (Tess) Carter, physical therapist Mark Hallbourg, Hospice/Lifeline clinical manager Anne Lyons, Diane Kraker, Sutter Rehabilitation Institute program director Diane Kraker and Janene Bauhofer, audiologist with Placer Speech and Hearing Services/Whisper Hearing in Auburn.

The focus will be on developments in surgery, according to Sara Stratton, Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region marketing manager.

“Sutter Auburn Faith has been improving its surgical suite so we can do minimally invasive surgeries there,” she said. “We now have some less invasive procedures for oncology, cancer detection, general surgery, gynecologic and orthopedic (issues). (Because the procedures are) less invasive to the patient, the patient recovers faster and is out of the hospital sooner.”

Another important aspect is the interaction between doctors and the community.

 “I think people like to come out because they like to see the doctors in person,” Stratton said. “And it is important for our doctors to get the face time with people in the community and hear what is important to them.”

The goal of the Medical Matters session is for people who have health questions, are taking care of aging parents or who have health matters they aren’t sure how to deal with to come away with some answers to their concerns and issues.  

For Heltsley, the seminar highlights the Journal’s role as a forum in the community.

“We’re partnering with the community and we’re hearing about what matters to them,” she said. “We’re talking to our leaders and bringing a live event to them to extend the conversation.”

She estimates the seminar will run through about 10 a.m. When it is over, attendees will have ample time to visit the informational booths at their own pace.

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