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SSV Medical Society News - 2020 - Volume 9 - Issue 04

Latest News from Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society

Volume 9, Issue 4
April 2020
The Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society is dedicated to bringing together physicians from all modes of practice to promote the art and science of quality medical care and to enhance the physical and mental health of our entire community.
Dear Colleagues,

Wishing you a safe and happy Doctors Day. We thank you for your service on the frontlines of this crisis, and look forward to celebrating you soon.

John Wiesenfarth, MD
President, Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society

Shields Up

Hospitals are critically low on masks. SSVMS is partnering with Rocklin based company The Hacker Lab to manufacture and distribute  face shields at no cost to physicians on the frontlines. To learn more about the project, visit

Donations are needed to pay for materials. Please help us protect those on the frontlines of this crisis.
PPE and Mask Donations

PPE Donations

SSVMS is accepting donations of PPE for distribution to hospital, clinics and physician practices. Masks (N95, Surgical, and/or cloth) are in most need. PPE can be donated to the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society Office, 5380 Elvas Ave, Sacramento 95819, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2pm-4pm. Contact Dana Brooks for more information

For hospitals, clinics and private practices requesting PPE supplies, including shields, masks and gloves, please fill out our request form:
Fabric Masks

Dr. Margaret Parsons, a Dermatologist in Sacramento, shares tips on making fabric masks for health care providers. Detailed information can be found here.
Tips on Sewing a Medical Mask with Margaret Parsons MD
Tips on Sewing a Medical Mask with Margaret Parsons, MD
PPE Donation Drop Off

Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society Office
5380 Elvas Ave, Suite 101
Sacramento, CA 95819
Tuesdays & Thursdays 2:00pm-4:00pm
Help for Private Practices

Private Practice physicians, we are here for you. Contact SSVMS with any questions or needs. 

Please also report to SSVMS any concerns or issues this pandemic is causing for your practice so we can ensure elected officials at the local, state, and federal level are informed about what is going on in our community. Contact Dana Brooks at

CMA Webinar this week offering valuable information for physicians: 
  • Webinar: Financial Assistance Available to Practices: COVID-19 Emergency, Tuesday, March 31, 12:15pm-1:15pm, Register/More Information
The California Medical Association (CMA) has published a new financial toolkit-Financial Assistance for Medical Practices During the COVID-19 Pandemic-which provides an overview of financial assistance available to medical practices during and after this difficult time, so physicians have the information they need to make the right decisions for their businesses and families. Click here for more information.
Centers for Medicare and & Medicaid Services (CMS) expands accelerated payment program to help physicians with COVID-19 cash flow challenges. 

More information can be found here.

SSVMS COVID-19 Resource Page

Find state and local information, resources and updates for hospitals, clinics and those in private practice.

SSVMS/CMA Events - All SSVMS and CMA events have been cancelled or postponed. 
Physicians Needed During Surge

In preparation for a possible surge, Sutter Health is seeking private practice and community physicians to work in the hospital should it be needed. Training and reimbursement provided. Click here for more information.

Interested physicians should email Dana Brooks, SSVMS's Director of Physician Engagement at with your name, specialty and shifts you prefer. 
Joy of Medicine

Resiliency Consultations

Now Available Remotely
As our physician community bands together during this crisis, your resiliency and well-being matters to SSVMS. 

The adage still stands, "Place the mask over your own mouth and nose before assisting others."

SSVMS's Joy of Medicine program is committed to providing local physicians with access to confidential and cost free sessions with vetted psychologists and life coaches. Physicians practicing in Sacramento, El Dorado, Yolo, and Placer Counties can access up to six (6) sponsored sessions with the provider of their choice. All Joy of Medicine providers are now utilizing telehealth and can be available after hours to address your needs. You can contact one of the providers directly to schedule an appointment at

One (1) Year Headspace

SSVMS wants you to take care of yourself. Even if only for five minutes, taking a brief moment to breathe and calm your mind can go a long way. Physician members may sign up for a one (1) year Headspace subscription, sponsored by SSVMS. 

If you have not activated your Headspace account and need your free registration code (valid through September 2020), email
Private Facebook Page

for Local Physicians

SSVMS has launched a private Facebook group for physicians practicing in the Sacramento region to connect issues and ask questions of their colleagues. Join Now

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Sierra Sacramento Valley Medicine (SSV Medicine)
Share Your Stories
The coronavirus crisis has been one of the biggest tests the health care system has seen in generations.  We are asking our physicians to share your thoughts and experiences for an upcoming issue of Sierra Sacramento Valley Medicine.  What new insight or awakening has this crisis given you into your chosen career?  Write what you have to say and include it in a reply to this email.  Don't feel compelled to make it more than a few sentences or paragraphs.  You can also send a short video and we will transcribe it.  Thank you!
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