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COMMUNITY HEALTH librarian Alison Clement, right, assists Flint Maranan, LVN, left, during the health library's open house Thursday March 21 in Cameron Park. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins

Prospecting

Health library is a valuable resource

By From page B2 | May 06, 2013

Marshall Community Health Library’s shelves contain an entire health education, from potty training to caring for an elderly parent, heart disease to heart healthy diets.

Want to know more about medication, meditation, mental health and menopause? The health library has those topics covered, too — and so much more.

“It runs the whole lifespan,” said Community Health Librarian Alison Clement as she gestured to the rows and rows of books.

For years the library has helped patients and doctors better communicate; it has provided information to those who received a tough diagnosis and hope to others looking for answers.

The library offers 5,000 resources — books, journals, CDs and DVDs in English and Spanish for children and adults. It shares a catalogue with the El Dorado County Library system and is member of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

“We also do research for people (doctors and patients),” Clement explained. “We dig deeper, using reliable sources and everything is free.”

Recently, the library moved to a new, bright location on Marshall Medical Center’s Cameron Park campus. The move allowed library staff and volunteers to weed out old information, leaving the newest and best books on the shelves.

Guests at the library’s open house last month got a great tour of the new facility and met the friendly skeleton greeter.

Marshall’s Educational Services also recently moved to Cameron Park and joined the library in its open house celebration.

The educational center offers CPR training, heart saver training and certification classes for Marshall employees. The facility’s three classrooms will also house babysitting, mental health and childbirth education classes.

All these resources are designed to bridge the gap between the medical center and the community it serves, according to Community Health Educator Sherry Geurin.

“We want this hospital to have a community feel,” she explained.

Marshall Medical Center has tailored its services to El Dorado County, responding to what the community’s patients need, added Lisbeth Powell, RN, BSN, CCE.

In addition to the health library and educational services changes, the non-profit community healthcare provider recently opened a new emergency room and birthing center in Placerville and consolidated cancer treatment and eduction.

Marshall’s Community Health Library is located at 3581 Palmer Drive, Suite 101, Cameron Park. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

It’s recommended to call ahead before your visiting, 530-626-2778. Educational services is located at 3581 Palmer Drive, Suite 501, in Cameron Park. For class information call 530-626-2990.

Noel Stack

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