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Sutter Health Issues Grant to Benefit ‘Walking for Health’ Program

Posted by on Aug 24, 2016 | 0 comments

VALLEJO, Calif. – Sutter Health donated $30,000 to the “Walking for Health” program allowing more than 150 Vallejo seniors to be fitted with new shoes and socks on Monday at the Florence Douglas Senior Center.

James Wood, business development manager, Sutter Solano Medical Center, helps a participant try on her new shoes on Monday at the Florence Douglas Senior Center.

James Wood, business development manager, Sutter Solano Medical Center, helps a participant try on her new shoes on Monday at the Florence Douglas Senior Center.

The “Walking for Health” program was organized by the senior center with funds donated from Sutter Health for shoes, socks and program enhancements. In collaboration with Solano County Supervisor Erin Hannigan, Sutter Health and the senior center plan to reach more than 500 Vallejo senior citizens through the initiative.

“It fills us with pride and gives us great joy to be able to partner with incredible community-based organizations like the Florence Douglas Senior Center, to make days like today possible,” said James Wood, manager, business development, Sutter Solano Medical Center.

Officials at the senior center hope to inspire Vallejo senior citizens to walk and exercise through the “Walking for Health” program.

According to the Arthritis Foundation, there are many benefits of walking, including improved circulation, stronger muscles, improved sleep, better joint support, decreased mental decline, lower Alzheimer’s risk and more. Read More

Sutter Amador Hospital Celebrates World Breastfeeding Week

Posted by on Aug 19, 2016 | 0 comments

Jackson, Calif. – Sutter Amador Hospital hosted its 10th annual World Breastfeeding Celebration luncheon in the Outpatient Services Center on August 4. More than 90 mothers who attended the Breastfeeding Success group in the last year were invited.

Dozens of local mothers and their children attended the celebration for World Breastfeeding Week at Sutter Amador Hospital.

Dozens of local mothers and their children attended the celebration for World Breastfeeding Week at Sutter Amador Hospital.

World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year, August 1-7, in more than 170 countries to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the globe. The 2016 theme is Breastfeeding: A Key to Sustainable Development.

“Breastfeeding is a key element in getting us to think about how to value our well-beingA from the start of life, how to respect each other and care for the world we share,” said Jane Snyder, R.N., Family Birth Center, SAH. “Breastfeeding provides nutrition, food security and, thus, poverty reduction. Breastfeeding also increases the survival, health and well-being of people everywhere.” Read More

New Heart Stent to Perform Disappearing Act in Sutter Patient

Posted by on Aug 4, 2016 | 0 comments

Recently approved by FDA, Absorb bioresorbable vascular scaffold opens clogged arteries to restore blood flow, then gradually dissolves in the body

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Retired Sacramento firefighter Edward Basurto, 66, had a stent implanted into a clogged artery Monday, Aug. 1, which will literally disappear in his body within the next few years, leaving the artery open without any sign of the metal scaffolding.

Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento Cardiac Cath Lab Director Thomas Rhodes discusses the Absorb stent with patient Edward Basurto on Aug. 2.

Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento Cardiac Cath Lab Director Thomas Rhodes discusses the Absorb stent with patient Edward Basurto on Aug. 2.

Basurto was the first Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento patient to be implanted with the Abbott Absorb stent under the recent approval by the Food and Drug Administration. For the past four years, Sutter Medical Center was one of the top clinical trial sites in the country to test the unique absorbable stent.

“After four years of implanting Absorb stents within the study protocol, it is exciting to have them approved for all of our patients,” said David Roberts, M.D., medical director of the Sutter Heart & Vascular Institute and Sutter’s principal investigator for the Absorb stent study. “We look forward to using the experience that we have developed over the past few years with the Absorb stents to optimize the care of our patients.” Read More

Three Sutter Health Hospitals Chosen as Best Places to Work

Posted by on Jul 18, 2016 | 0 comments

Sutter Amador Joins Sutter Davis and Sutter Center for Psychiatry on Annual Modern Healthcare List

SACRAMENTO — Sutter Amador Hospital joined Sutter Davis Hospital and Sutter Center for Psychiatry to be named by Modern Healthcare as three of the 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare for 2016. They are the only hospitals in Northern California to receive the award, which honors U.S. workplaces in health care that enable employees to perform at their optimum level to provide patients and customers with the best possible care, products and services.

BPTW-LOGOThis is the eighth year in a row that Sutter Davis Hospital was honored in the Modern Healthcare Best Places to Work survey, and it is the fifth consecutive year for Sutter Center for Psychiatry, which is the only psychiatric facility to be so honored in the nation. It is Sutter Amador’s first time on the list.

A total of 100 health-care workplaces around the country – representing providers (including hospitals), suppliers, payers and associations– were honored as Best Places to Work in Healthcare. The three Sutter affiliates are the only ones honored in the greater Sacramento region. Read More

Heart Failure Patient Given Second Wind in Order to Play Sax

Posted by on Jun 21, 2016 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO — Jazz, blues and gospel keyboardist David Ussery, 64, always wanted to play the saxophone. So for Father’s Day 2015, his wife bought him one. He excitedly tried to play it.

“It brought me to tears,” Ussery says, “because I didn’t have the energy to blow into it.”

The longtime keyboardist who has played for R&B star Rick James and Sacramento blues legends Johnny Heartsman and Robert Nakashima was in heart failure. Not only couldn’t he play the sax, but he struggled to play the piano and had trouble walking from the living room up the stairs to the couple’s master bedroom. He even ran out of breath tying his shoes.

“I couldn’t breathe,” he says. “Life was sucky.”

Father’s Day 2016, however, was a different story. Ussery practiced his newfound talent on the saxophone in preparation for a very special concert he performed Monday, June 20. As a thank-you, he played for the people who saved his life — the clinicians of the Sutter Transplant and Advanced Heart Therapy Services. Read More

Sutter Surgical Hospital-North Valley Ranks 2nd in State for Patient Recommendations

Posted by on Jun 10, 2016 | 0 comments

YUBA CITY, Calif. – Sutter Surgical Hospital-North Valley was rated as the second-highest in patient satisfaction in California when discharged patients were asked if they would recommend the hospital to family and friends.

Surgeon Jeffrey Schwartz, M.D., is one of several caregivers who helped Sutter Surgical Hospital-North Valley receive some of the best patient satisfaction scores in the state.

Surgeon Jeffrey Schwartz, M.D., is one of several caregivers who helped Sutter Surgical Hospital-North Valley receive some of the best patient satisfaction scores in the state.

Ninety-four percent of Sutter Surgical Hospital patients responded “definitely yes” when asked, “Would you recommend this hospital to your friends and family?” in the national Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS, pronounced H-caps) survey. The latest figures are reported on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Hospital Compare website and were collected between July 2014 and June 2015.

The 94 percent rating is much higher than the California average of 69 percent and the national average of 71 percent. In California, only Patients’ Hospital of Redding received a higher score, 97 percent. Another Sutter Health hospital, Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, ranked third with 92 percent.

The survey question’s results were recently published online in Becker’s Hospital Review in a story titled, “Top 6 California hospitals patients would definitely recommend.” Read More

New 3D Mammography a Clear Choice for Finding, ID’ing Tumors

Posted by on May 27, 2016 | 0 comments

Technology at Sutter Amador Is on Par with Major Hospitals in Nation

JACKSON, Calif. – Discovering a hidden tumor in dense breast tissue can be like trying to find a speck of gold buried in the river. But, thanks to community philanthropy efforts, Gold Country women now have access to the latest 3D mammography technology that is capable of discovering previously hidden tumors and decreasing the chances of what are termed “false positives.”

From left, Sutter Amador Hospital Mammographer Joanne Shugart, Mammography Supervisor Renee Devaney and Radiologist Phil Granchi, M.D., with the new Hologic Tomosynthesis 3D Mammography unit that debuted this week at the hospital.

From left, Sutter Amador Hospital Mammographer Joanne Shugart, Mammography Supervisor Renee Devaney and Radiologist Phil Granchi, M.D., with the new Hologic Tomosynthesis 3D Mammography unit that debuted this week at the hospital.

The new, top-of-the-line Hologic Tomosynthesis 3D Mammography unit debuted this week at Sutter Amador Hospital, with about 100 patients getting their annual mammograms with images that are much clearer and more comprehensive. It is the first 3D mammography unit in the greater area, giving Sutter Amador mammography technology that’s on par with major hospitals and radiological centers in the nation.

“This new 3D mammography unit is a super-high-tech machine that provides a much more detailed scan, particularly in dense breast tissue,” said Sutter Amador Radiologist Phil Granchi, M.D. “Like a spy satellite that can find something hiding in the jungle, this new technology creates high-definition images in different positions to discover hidden breast cancer.” Read More