According to Glenn Medical Center COO, Dr. Amy Micheli, DNP- Hepatitis C is a blood borne disease that affects 3% of the world population. Hepatitis C can be insidious and deadly because most victims don’t know they are infected. For many, the virus sleeps with no obvious symptoms but all the while, the disease is damaging their liver. Roughly 80% of those infected will develop chronic liver inflammation, cirrhosis or liver cancer. The virus is transmitted by exposure to an infected person’s blood by sharing needles or contaminated instruments such a tattoo gun or from medical procedures such as blood transfusion.
Though there is no vaccine to prevent Hepatitis C, the disease is curable. The can be treated with little or no side effects by a pill taken daily for 8-12 weeks.
Glenn Medical Center’s collaboration with U. C. Davis Medical Center places patients and local providers together with Hepatitis C specialists at UCD using GMC’s newly installed teleconferencing capabilities. The ECHO-Plus grant has allowed both UCD Medical Center and University of California, San Francisco Medical Center to reach out to rural healthcare facilities with specialty services.
Glenn Medical Center Family Care Clinic Director Dr. Jared Garrison said the hospital is committed to serving the community and the opportunity to work with doctors at UCD Medical Center to provide effective treatment for residents suffering with Hep C is just one part of that community commitment.
According to the CDC Hepatitis C fact page:
- People can live with it for years—even decades—with no symptoms.
- Meanwhile, Hep C slowly damages their liver. By the time symptoms do appear, liver damage is often advanced.
- Left untreated, Hep C can cause liver damage, liver cancer, and even death.
- Each year, more people die from Hep C than from HIV.
- The CDC recommends that all adults born from 1945 through 1965 should be tested once for Hepatitis C.
Dr. Micheli, Dr. Garrison, mid-levels Nip Boyes and Jim Walker along with Information Technologist James Bryan comprise the GMC Hep C treatment response team. For more information or to make an appointment please call Patient Care Coordinator, Klacey Worthington at 530-934-1989.
For additional information, contact Nip Boyes, MSN-FNP at 530-518-9419.■