News and announcements for Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region

Sutter Davis Hospital’s Volunteer Doula Program Earns HAVE Award

Posted by on May 6, 2016 | 0 comments

Sutter Davis Hospital's Doula Program offers support to birthing mothers and their families.

Sutter Davis Hospital’s Doula Program offers support to birthing mothers and their families.

DAVIS – Sutter Davis Hospital’s volunteer doula program was recognized with 2016 American Hospital Association’s Hospital Awards for Volunteer Excellence (HAVE) honor in the Community Services Category.

The goal of Sutter Davis’ Volunteer Doula Program is to provide free doula support to laboring or postpartum patients. The term doula comes from the Greek word meaning “a woman who serves.”  Volunteer doulas are non-clinical members of the care team who provide support in accordance with the medical/midwifery plan of care and patient preference.  The doula’s role includes hands-on physical and psychological support during birth.

“We are honored to receive this award from such a reputable organization as the American Hospital Association,” said Jennifer Maher, CEO, Sutter Davis Hospital. “Our volunteer doula program is just one of the many services that make Sutter Davis Hospital unique. Families come from miles around to experience our birthing center and have one of our outstanding doulas help in the delivery of their baby. It’s rewarding to see that an organization such as the AHA values this program as much as we do.” Read More

Sophie’s Place Opens with a Bang at Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento

Posted by on Apr 14, 2016 | 0 comments

Kent and Anne-Marie Barton and Barb and Steve Young cut the ceremonial ribbon for Sophie's Place on Tuesday, surrounded by patients, donors and supporters of Sutter Children's Center, Sacramento.

Kent and Anne-Marie Barton and Barb and Steve Young cut the ceremonial ribbon for Sophie’s Place on Tuesday, surrounded by patients, donors and supporters of Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento.

Dozens of supporters, donors, patients and families were on hand to witness a momentous occasion as Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento officially opened its music therapy room, Sophie’s Place, at the Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center on Tuesday.

NFL Hall-of-Fame quarterback Steve Young and his wife, Barb, helped cut the ribbon along with several patients from Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento and Sophie’s parents, Anne-Marie and Kent Barton. Guests were then treated to an acoustic concert by Five for Fighting, accompanied by Mark Isham, both in Sophie’s Place and in the lobby of the hospital.

Sophie’s Place came to fruition thanks to a $150,000 donation from Steve and Barb’s philanthropic organization, Forever Young Foundation, in August 2014, as well as contributions from the Donut Dash and other philanthropic partners. The music therapy facility is named in honor of Sophie Barton, who often performed to pediatric patients in Utah until she died of a heart condition at age 17.  Read More

Sutter Health Announces New Innovative Clinic for Walk-In Healthcare

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO — Sutter Health announced the launch of a new service called Sutter Walk-In Care Friday.

Sutter Walk-In Care offers comfortable and convenient  care for everyday illnesses.

Sutter Walk-In Care offers comfortable and convenient care for everyday illnesses.

Sutter Walk-In Care, a service of Sutter Medical Foundation, offers quick, convenient healthcare for everyday illnesses and health needs in a standalone storefront that is easily accessible for local communities. The first location opens at 8 a.m. April 4 in Roseville. Two additional Sutter Walk-In Care locations will open in Elk Grove and El Dorado Hills in late April and mid May, respectively.

“Consumers are actively seeking convenient and affordable solutions for their immediate healthcare needs,” said Don Wreden, M.D., Sutter Health senior vice president, Patient Experience. “As a leading provider in Northern California, Sutter recognizes that patients need high-quality care beyond the standard work week, and that is exactly what Walk-In Care provides these communities.”

Sutter Walk-In Care offers an innovative approach to healthcare:

  • Nurse practitioners or physicians’ assistants provide treatment for everyday illnesses, health screenings and wellness services such as weight loss programs or smoking cessation support.
  • Each location is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.
  • Patients can call ahead or visit our website to save their spot, or simply just walk in to the location.
  • Sutter Walk-In Care locations offer a lobby with modern yet comfy furnishings and fixtures, outlets to charge your computer or phone, as well as a complimentary coffee and tea/fruit-infused water bar.
  • Sutter Walk-In Care is available to all residents 18 months and older—patients do not need to be an existing Sutter Medical Foundation patient.
  • While Sutter Walk-In Care accepts most major insurance plans, patients can also pay with a credit card (health insurance is not required)

“Walk-In Care offers easy access to treatment for things like the flu or an ear infection, and wellness services like sports physicals,” said Kismet Roberts, M.D, medical director, Sutter Walk-In Care. “This service is an extension of our high-quality services and maintains that level of personalized care our patients deserve.”

Sutter Walk-In Care locations include:

  • Roseville: Open April 4 at 4010 Foothills Blvd. (Brickyard Shopping Center)
  • Elk Grove: Open April 28 at 4810 Elk Grove , Suite 180 (Corner of Elk Grove and Franklin Boulevards)
  • El Dorado Hills: Open May 19 at 3919 Park Drive (Village Center)

While Sutter Walk-In Care provides a wide variety of healthcare services, patients with serious problems or illnesses that require more immediate attention, such as severe cuts, broken bones or shortness of breath, may visit one of Sutter Medical Foundation’s six urgent care clinics throughout the greater Sacramento area, or their nearest hospital emergency department.

To learn more about Sutter Walk-In Care, please visit or call 1-800-972-5547.


Sutter Davis Hospital Foundation Welcomes New Board Members

Posted by on Mar 30, 2016 | 0 comments

Davis, Calif. – Sutter Davis Hospital Foundation has announced the addition of four new community members to its philanthropic Board of Trustees.

“Our new board members are active members of the community,” said Adam Holland, Senior Development Officer, Sutter Davis Hospital Foundation. “Each of them are passionate about addressing the local needs for residents living in Yolo County. We are thrilled to welcome them to the board as we know that Sutter Davis Hospital will continue to have a great presence in the community because of their efforts.”

The 13-member board brings a wealth of knowledge and community service experience to the foundation and contribute to their communities in a variety of ways. The new board members join the existing board – Davis Campbell, Virginia Joyce, M.D., Richard P. Luna, Jennifer Maher, Natasha Mata, Brett Moore, Kiren Rizvi, Lea Rosenberg, Kurt Shuler, M.D. Read More

Sutter Davis Hospital Named Among ‘150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare’

Posted by on Mar 21, 2016 | 0 comments

DAVIS – Sutter Davis Hospital was named one of 2016’s “150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare” by Becker’s Healthcare for the third year in a row. The hospital, part of the Sutter Health system, was the only hospital in Northern California to earn the recognition. 

GPTW_Logo_2016The list features both U.S. healthcare provider organizations, such as hospitals, health systems, ambulatory surgical centers and home health agencies, as well as other types of health care-specific companies, like consulting firms, health IT vendors, medical societies and more. A version of this list has been published every year since 2011, but this is the third year the list features both providers and nonprovider organizations.

“We are honored to be named a great place to work by Becker’s Healthcare,” said Jennifer Maher, CEO, Sutter Davis Hospital. “Our staff has a great deal of respect for one another and that makes for a great work environment. It’s a pleasure to come to work every day alongside a caring group of people who strive to make those in our community healthy.”   Read More

Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento’s Community Navigator Program Recognized at National Hospital Charitable Service Awards

Posted by on Mar 15, 2016 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO — Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento’s Community Navigator Program was honored as a finalist at Jackson Healthcare’s National Hospital Charitable Service Awards.


Teresa Olivas, a community navigator, works with the homeless to provide access to health care and other services.

Jackson Healthcare instituted the Hospital Charitable Services Awards in 2010 to identify high-impact community health programs, share their stories and offer these innovative programs as models for other communities to replicate.

SMCS’ Community Navigator is offered in partnership withSacramento Steps Forward and is designed to connect with our homeless population to ensure they have access to primary health care through a medical home, housing, food, medical insurance, community resources, transportation and substance abuse treatment.

This program has been extremely successful in extending the reach of SMCS beyond the walls of the hospital and into the greater community, to ensure that linkages are drawn between the often complex medical and social needs of Sacramento’s chronically homeless population.

“We have found that the best way to better our community is to develop unique partnerships that deliver care at the right time and right place,” said Holly Harper, Sutter Health Community Benefit manager. “The Community Navigator helps us provide important preventive care and resources to our community’s most vulnerable population.”

In 2015, the Community Navigator made contact with more than 120 homeless individuals, with 40 percent being successfully linked to housing and 45 percent to mental health treatment.

Additionally, starting later this month, SMCS will connect a WellSpace Health “street nurse” with the Community Navigator to provide on the spot medical care for primary and preventive needs.

Sutter Medical Center Performs First Frameless Gamma Knife Surgery in U.S.

Posted by on Mar 4, 2016 | 0 comments

New radiosurgery system Gamma Knife Icon enables unprecedented precision in frameless treatment of brain tumors. 

SACRAMENTO — Elekta, a leading supplier of advanced and innovative radiation oncology and neurosurgery systems, announced its Leksell Gamma Knife® Icon™, the most precise stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) system currently available, was used for the first time in the U.S. on March 1 at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento Gamma Knife Center to treat a metastatic brain tumor.

The patient, a 52-year-old male from El Dorado Hills, Calif., had previously undergone successful treatment for primary melanoma and for melanoma metastases to his lung. The patient’s treatment was planned and guided using a frameless approach. The frameless mask solution is one of several new features of Icon and is integrated with a novel high definition motion management.  The system provides accuracy similar to that of frame-based SRS systems while minimizing dose to normal tissue.

“Increasing the precision of frameless cranial SRS is essential for effectively targeting tumor tissue while protecting healthy brain tissue from damage,” said Samuel Ciricillo, M.D., Medical Director of Adult and Pediatric Neurosurgery at Sutter Neuroscience Institute. “The new Gamma Knife system, Icon, now provides the most accurate motion tracking during treatment. Additionally, with Gamma Knife there is a two- to four-fold improvement in sparing normal brain tissue compared to other linear accelerator platforms. These features allow for greater potential to protect patient quality of life both during treatment and after recovery.”
Read More