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17 Dec

Friend to Friend – Breast Cancer Awareness

Awareness, understanding, support – Friend to Friend


Mercy Medical Group and KCRA Channel 3 have partnered to bring you “Friend to Friend,” a program designed to provide breast health education and resources, including early warning signs of breast cancer, regular self-exam reminders and the “Doctor’s Diary,” a monthly feature written by Mercy Medical Group’s Joelle Jakobsen, MD.

One in every seven women will be diagnosed with breast cancer sometime in her life. Understand your risk. Learn the early warning signs. Discover support. Friend to Friend.

To learn more, or to sign up for the Friend to Friend monthly e-mail self-exam reminder, visit

3 Dec

Mercy Medical Group is expanding to Folsom and Natomas

Folsom and Natomas medical offices opening soon

Mercy Medical Group strives to bring the highest quality healthcare where it is most convenient for you — close to where you live and work. As the areas surrounding Sacramento continue to grow, we continue to grow to meet those needs.

That is why Mercy Medical Group is building new medical offices in the Natomas and Folsom areas.

September 1, Mercy Medical Group will open their Folsom office at 1700 Prairie City Road. This new state-of-the-art facility will be home to Primary Care Physicians in the areas of Family Practice, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, as well as a specialty physician in the areas of general surgery and podiatry. There will also be on-site Lab and X-ray services to help meet your healthcare needs in the most convenient way possible.

This winter, Mercy Medical Group will open its ninth location at The Offices on Duckhorn Drive — a multi-office complex located on the west side of Interstate 5, south of Del Paso Road. Similar to the new Folsom Medical Office, the Natomas location will be home to Primary Care Physicians, along with a variety of specialty physicians who will rotate to the Natomas site from other Mercy Medical Group locations.

Watch for more details to come about both of these exciting new medical offices.

25 Nov

New Year’s Resolution – Be a Healthy Gourmet

During the month of January, Mercy and Raley’s are partnering to bring you the Healthy Gourmet Sweepstakes. In addition to the chance of winning one of several exciting Healthy Gourmet prizes, we’ll help you keep your New Year’s resolutions by sharing tips for healthy eating and healthy life.

Who says you have to give up great tasting gourmet foods to have a healthy diet? By choosing wisely when it comes to the foods you eat, you can enjoy gourmet meals, while still giving your body the energy it needs and maintaining a healthy weight. In addition, by eating healthy you help your body fight infections and prevent diseases like heart disease, diabetes, stroke, osteoporosis and some cancers.

Here are some healthy living tips:

– Drink plenty of water. Aim for 64 ounces a day.

– Eat at least five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Fruits and veggies are good sources of vitamins, minerals, fiber and other substances needed for good health. Look for dark green and deep yellow vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, romaine, carrots, chilies and peppers.

– Choose healthy snacks, including California Grown fresh fruits and vegetables (available at your neighborhood Raley’s and Bel Air stores).

– Use less sugar. Try fresh or canned California Grown fruits for dessert instead of deserts high in sugar and low in nutrition.

– Choose whole grains. Wheat, rice and oats are important sources of vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates and fiber. Good sources include whole grain bread, rice and pasta.

– Limit fats in your diet to no more than thirty percent of your daily calories. Choose lean meats like California Grown chicken and remove the skin. Broil, bake or grill instead of frying.

– Season foods with herbs and spices instead of adding salt while cooking and at the table.

– Choose low- and non-fat dairy products like California Grown milk, cheese, yogurt and cottage cheese. Limit margarine, butter, and cream.

We want to help you have a healthy new year. Stop into your neighborhood Raley’s and Bel Air stores to register for the Healthy Gourmet Sweepstakes, register online at, or mail a 3×5 card with your name, address and phone number to Infinity Broadcasting, 280 Commerce Circle, Sacramento, CA 95815, Attention: AL. Entries must be received by Sunday, Jan. 29.

Also, plan to join Mercy as we celebrate the Healthy Gourmet at a Raley’s or Bel Air store near you with a live broadcast by Mix96. Our registered dietician will be there to give you more healthy living tips and answer your questions about eating and living well.

Friday, Jan. 13 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Natomas Raley’s

Wednesday, Jan. 18 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Raley’s

Friday, Jan. 20 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Raley’s store at Madison and Hazel

Friday, Jan. 27 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Laguna Bel Air store

Sweepstakes grand prize includes:

– Gourmet dining experience for winner and up to five guests

– Complete fitness assessment and custom nutritional program by Mercy

– A customized healthy eating shopping trip with a Registered Dietician

– Free groceries from Raley’s/Bel Air for a month

– CA Grown gift basket

You may also win lots of other great Healthy Gourmet prizes like a complete fitness assessment and custom nutritional program by Mercy, a customized healthy eating shopping trip with Raley’s and Bel Air Registered Dietician, free groceries for a month and a California Grown Gift Basket.

Good luck, and we at Mercy with you a Happy, Healthy New Year!

19 Nov

Mercy Medical Group welcomes new physicians

Mercy Medical Group, a service of CHW Medical Foundation, is a rapidly growing, multi-specialty group with more than 170 healthcare providers at nine medical office locations, as well as inpatient hospital care at the local Mercy Hospitals.

As the communities we serve continue to grow, we strive to meet those needs by increasing access to the primary and specialty care physicians our patients need. We are very pleased to welcome the following new healthcare providers to our medical group and look very forward to the exceptional contributions they will make and the care they will provide.

For additional information about these and other Mercy Medical Group doctors, please click on the Physician & Provider link (above left).

Sinan Alshahwany, MD – Mercy General Hospital, Hospitalist
Dr. Alshahwany joins Mercy Medical Group’s Hospitalist team at Mercy General Hospital after completing an Internal Medicine Residency at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, NJ. He completed his medical education at Baghdad University, College of Medicine in 1990 and has special clinical interests in Endocrine (DM) and Gastroenterology. Dr. Alshahwany speaks Arabic. For Dr. Alshahwany, seeing a smile on his patient’s face is his utmost joy.

Dakane Billow, MD – Mercy San Juan Medical Center, Hospitalist
Dr. Billow joins Mercy Medical Group’s Hospitalist team at Mercy San Juan Medical Center after completing an Internal Medicine Residency at Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch, NJ. He completed his medical education at Gazi University Faculty of Medicine in Ankara, Turkey in 2000 and speaks Turkish, Swahili and Somali. Dr. Billow believes in taking care of his patients in the best way possible, involving them in the decision-making process of their medical care.

Christine Braid, DO – Fair Oaks, Family Practice
Dr. Braid joins Mercy Medical Group’s Fair Oaks Family Practice team from Downey Regional Medical Center where she completed her Family Practice Residency. She completed her medical education at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2003 and is board certified in Family Medicine. She has a special clinical interest in women’s health and preventive medicine and believes that physicians and patients should work as a team to achieve optimum health and well-being.

Lisa Chodak, MD – Timberlake, Obstetrics & Gynecology
Dr. Chodak joins the Timberlake Obstetric and Gynecology team from Women’s Health Resources in Chicago, IL where she’s worked since 2001. She completed her medical education at Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA in 1995, followed by an Obstetric and Gynecology Residency at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI. She is also a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and is a board certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist. Dr. Chodak has a special clinical interest in the area of fertility. Her philosophy of care is recognizing that every person is unique and every patient requires an individualized plan for their medical treatment and health maintenance.

Samuel Hu, MD – Downtown, Orthopedics
Dr. Hu joins the Downtown Orthopedics team after completing an Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship and Orthopaedic Adult Reconstruction Fellowship, both at Johns Hopkins University, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, in Baltimore, MD. He completed his medical education at Medical College of Georgia in 1999, followed by an Orthopaedic Surgery Residency. Dr. Hu speaks Mandarin Chinese and enjoys bowling, running and golf in his free time.

Michelle Kelly, MD – San Juan, Pediatrics
Dr. Kelly joins the San Juan Pediatrics team from Kaiser Permanente where she’s worked since 2003. She completed her medical education at University of California, Davis, School of Medicine in 1991, followed by a Pediatric Residency at UC Davis Medical Center. Dr. Kelly is board certified in Pediatrics and believes in educating patients and their family though all aspects of the child’s health, growth and development.

Roland Mawis, MD – Timberlake, Family Practice
Dr. Mawis joins the Timberlake Family Practice team from Sacramento County Primary Care Clinic where he’s been a physician provider since January. He completed his medical education at Manila Central University in Manila, Philippines in 1983, followed by a Pediatric Residency at Makati Medical Center in Makati City, Philippines, as well as a Family Practice Internship and Residency with the St. Louis University Belleville Family Practice Program. Dr. Mawis is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and speaks Tagolog and some Spanish. His special clinical interests include Diabetes Type 2 and disease prevention. Dr. Mawis’ philosophy of care is “to cure sometimes, to comfort always.” He believes there is never an end to providing care and comfort for his patients.

Ellen Mechling, MFT – Folsom, Behavioral Health
Ellen Mechling joins the Folsom team of providers to offer quality couseling and support for all ages. She believes that emotional issues and physical health problems often go hand in hand. Through careful listening, problem solving and encouragement of growth, she helps her clients face their issues successfully, using a variety of counseling techniques to provide compassionate care for each individual.

Christopher Olson, MD – Folsom, Family Practice
Dr. Olson joins the new Folsom Medical Office Family Practice team from Rhode Island where he’s been in private practice since 2004. He completed his medical education at University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, CT in 2001, followed by an internship and residency at Brown University/Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island in Pawtucket, RI. He is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and has special clinical interests in the areas of preventive medicine/well-being and complementary medicine – especially related to the social/philosophical implications of growing public interest in herbal medicines.

Emily Scott, MD – Laguna, Pediatrics
Dr. Scott joins the Laguna Pediatrics team after recently completing a Pediatric Residency Program at University of California, Davis Medical Center. She completed her medical education at University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, VT in 2003. She has been involved with school-based educational programs and health fairs, and has special clinical interests in adolescent care and caring for children with special needs or disabilities. Dr. Scott believes in listening to children and their parents in order to build a relationship of trust through which she can provide compassionate and comprehensive healthcare for each of her patients.