News and announcements for Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region

3D Mammography Now Available at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital

Posted by on May 26, 2015 | 0 comments

Auburn, Calif. – Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital (SAFH) is now home to a 3D mammography machine. The hospital will have a second 3D mammography unit up and running later this year.

3D mammography, also called tomosynthesis, captures images of each breast at every degree over a 15 degree arc in two planes. This creates hundreds of images of the breast rather than the traditional four images provided by a digital mammogram with a similar radiation dose. Tomosynthesis images allow the radiologist to scan through the breast in 1 millimeter increments, enabling the radiologist to differentiate overlapping breast tissue simulating a mass from a true breast cancer.  This increases breast cancer detection and decreases the need for additional images and biopsies allowing for quicker diagnosis and peace of mind for patients.

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Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento Receives Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

Posted by on May 12, 2015 | 0 comments

Award demonstrates Sutter’s commitment to quality care for stroke patients

SACRAMENTO ― For the third year in a row, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

To receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures. Read More

Photo Album Created for 346,500 Bundles of Joy

Posted by on May 4, 2015 | 0 comments

‘Sacramento’s Baby Hospital’ Being Honored with Online Sutter Baby Album

SACRAMENTO – In honor of Sutter Memorial Hospital’s status as “Sacramento’s baby hospital,” Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento  publicly launched a Sutter Baby Album today, inviting anyone born or who gave birth at Sutter Memorial to upload their baby photo to and share it on their favorite social media sites.

Baby albumSutter Memorial Hospital, which opened in 1937 as Sutter Maternity Hospital in East Sacramento, has been the birthplace of 346,500 babies … about two-thirds of the population of the City of Sacramento. Upon its opening, it was the first air-conditioned hospital in California and the first to incorporate isolation techniques to prevent the spread of infection.

After World War II, the hospital was renamed Sutter Memorial Hospital and, in addition to birthing services, became the home of Sutter Heart & Vascular Services and Sutter Children’s Center, which includes the groundbreaking, lifesaving neonatal intensive care unit, or NICU.

More than 77 years later, the hospital is being vacated in August. Maternity services will travel two miles west to the new Anderson Luccetti Women’s and Children’s Center on Sutter Medical Center’s midtown campus, just off the Capital City Freeway. The new hospital will continue the same quality care that has been Sutter Memorial’s trademark, but in a new family-oriented setting with the latest technology, all-private rooms, and penthouse views of the city from the top patient floor as a reward to mothers who just delivered. Read More

Sutter Surgical Hospital – North Valley Recognized for Excellence by Healthgrades

Posted by on Apr 30, 2015 | 0 comments

Sutter Surgical Hospital-North Valley in Yuba City.

Sutter Surgical Hospital-North Valley in Yuba City.

YUBA CITY – Sutter Surgical Hospital – North Valley announced today that it has achieved the Healthgrades 2015 Outstanding Patient Experience Award. The hospital also placed among the top 10 percent in the nation for its excellent performance in patient safety and received the Healthgrades 2015 Patient Safety Excellence Award.

“We are very proud to be recognized by Healthgrades with this honor. We take pride in the work we do to help patients make a full recovery,” says Shawndra Simpson, interim CEO of Sutter Surgical Hospital – North Valley. “We have built a great culture at Sutter Surgical Hospital and our staff and physicians are highly engaged with their patients. The Sutter Surgical team feels strongly about our responsibilities to our patients and their families, and that responsibility level gives us a solid foundation to deliver high quality care.” Read More

Sutter Comprehensive Epilepsy Program Designated as Level 4 Center

Posted by on Apr 17, 2015 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO — The Sutter Comprehensive Epilepsy Program at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento has been designated as a Level 4 Center by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers.

This recognition is the highest level a center can receive in the treatment of patients with complex epilepsy. SMCS is one of nine hospitals in California to receive Level 4 designation and one of two Sutter hospitals – California Pacific Medical Center being the other.

Sutter Comprehensive Epilepsy Program has been designated as a Level 4 Center since 2005.

“It takes our entire team – physicians, nurses, EEG technicians, diagnostic imaging team and all those involved in providing the professional expertise necessary in treating complex epilepsy – to make this recognition possible,” said Andrew Pete, regional program manager at Sutter Neuroscience Institute.

Sutter Roseville Medical Center Opens New Chapel, Highlights Chico Artist

Posted by on Apr 16, 2015 | 0 comments

ROSEVILLE –Sutter Roseville Medical Center (SRMC) dedicated its new chapel today, highlighting the beautiful space available to patients, visitors and staff that offers a stained glass window created by Chico artist Mick Needham.

: From left to right: Gerald Jones, director of pastoral care, Chaplain David Faudree, Chaplain Lynne Gilbertson and artist Mick Needham stand in front of the new stained glass window.

: From left to right: Gerald Jones, director of pastoral care, Chaplain David Faudree, Chaplain Lynne Gilbertson and artist Mick Needham stand in front of the new stained glass window.

Hospital staff, volunteers, chaplains and the construction team were invited to celebrate the formal opening of the space. The SRMC chapel offers a quiet place for everyone at the hospital to go and gather their thoughts.

“We want our chapel to be a peaceful, quiet place for everyone, no matter their denomination or faith tradition, to come and pray, meditate or simply just sit and reflect,” said Gerald Jones, SRMC director of pastoral care. “We are very excited to have such a beautiful piece of art incorporated into our new space to welcome everyone.”

Needham, a Chico native, operates Needham Studios with his two sons and was selected to create the piece through a national search. Throughout his 45-year career, the studio has produced glass for numerous area churches and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company’s restaurant in Chico, to name a few.

“It’s rewarding to be able to create a dynamic piece that helps provide peace and calm for people who may be having a hard time,” said Needham. “I was simply inspired by the local landscape as I walked with Gerald and discussed the project.”

The window, Mick Needham, reflects the local landscape in Roseville.

The window, Mick Needham, reflects the local landscape in Roseville.

The new chapel was made possible through donations to the Sutter Roseville Medical Center Foundation (SRMCF).

“We are so excited to have this great space that highlights the beautiful area we live in, all while promoting a local artists and providing a quiet and serene place for our patients and family members,” said Patricia Marquez, SRMCF executive director.

SRMC developed a new chapel space to allow for the expansion of its pharmacy, which will enhance patient and physician pharmacy services.

Spring Into Volunteerism with Sutter Davis Hospital Auxiliary

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 | 0 comments

DAVIS – Sutter Davis Hospital Auxiliary is looking for volunteers to join its diverse team.

Prospective volunteers will have the opportunity to help others in several areas of the hospital, including the information desk, patient services, Emergency Department, surgery center, gift shop and blood pressure clinic.

Volunteers are asked to staff two four-hour shifts per month, for a minimum one-year commitment. Prospective volunteers, in good health, receive a background check, two tuberculosis tests and three months of on-the-job training in their preferred area of service. Read More