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Kudos & Kindness

To the editor:

On Feb. 25 and 26 the medical community and patients of South Lake Tahoe and Northern Nevada had brought to their doorstep some of the top hepatitis C and liver specialists in the country.

On Feb. 25 the California Hepatitis C Task Force along with the El Dorado County and San Joaquin County Hepatitis C Task Forces sponsored a Patient Update and Inter-County Conference with participants coming from all over California and Nevada. We had two wonderful speakers – Diana Sylvestre, M.D., assistant clinical professor of medicine California and Nevada, and Dr. Jennifer Lai, M.Sc., Pharm.D, HIV/HCV Clinic, Kaiser Permanente, San Rafael. I would like to thank Bill Remak and Ron Stockmann for all their help and organization.



On Saturday the first Sierra Tahoe Hepatitis C Outreach Conference was held. I would like to thank Al Jones, M.D., John Adamski and the South Lake Tahoe HCV Task Force for all the hard work they put into organizing this CME event. I would also like to thank UC Davis for being co-organizers, and Joanne Imperial, M.D., Stanford; Robert Gish, M.D., C.P.M.C.; Lorenzo Rossaro, M.D., UC Davis; Christopher Bowlus, M.D., UC Davis; Kimberly Barnett, RN, MSN, FNP, C.P.M.C.; and Nancy Fitch, RN, MSN, ANP-C, UC Davis for their participation as course faculty.

The main objective of this conference was to enhance the ability of primary care providers to diagnose and manage HCV patients. We believe we had great success in meeting our conference goals with 62 physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacist and other professionals from California, Nevada and Oklahoma in attendance. The information of hepatitis C, co-infection, disease maintenance, side effects and current drug treatments over the two days was outstanding. We would like to thank everyone who took the time to attend. We’re looking forward to next year.



Ken Morgan, patient advocate

Sierra Tahoe Project – HCV Task Force

El Dorado County HCV Task Force & Advisory Council

California HCV Task Forces

Nursing staff are special people

To the editor:

A special thank you to all the staff at Barton Nursing Facility for the extra care and attention that was given to my father, Jim Sexton, and for all the help they provided me and my family during his illness and passing.

The entire staff made him feel like part of a family. They were so kind and went beyond their jobs by bringing love and affection and tending to his every need.

They have a difficult job and are all special people.

Lori DeYoung and family

South Lake Tahoe


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