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Sutter Davis, Sutter Center for Psychiatry Chosen Best Places to Work in Healthcare

Posted by on Aug 27, 2015 | 0 comments

Sutter Facilities Alone as Best Places for California Hospitals, U.S. Psychiatric Facilities

SACRAMENTO and DAVIS, Calif. — Sutter Davis is the only hospital in California and Sutter Center for Psychiatry the lone mental-health facility in the United States to be named Best Places to Work in Healthcare for 2015 by Modern Healthcare. The award 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.

Sutter Center for Psychiatry was again named a Best Place to Work in Healthcare.

Sutter Center for Psychiatry was again named a Best Place to Work in Healthcare.

This is the seventh year in a row that Sutter Davis Hospital was honored in the Modern Healthcare Best Places to Work survey, and it is the fourth time for Sutter Center for Psychiatry to be 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 two Sutter affiliates are the only ones honored in the greater Sacramento region. Read More

Sutter Davis Accepting Applications for Doula Program

Posted by on Aug 27, 2015 | 0 comments

Doulas are a unique part of the birthing experience at Sutter Davis Hospital. Applications for the doula program are being accepted from Aug. 23-Sept. 1.

Doulas are a unique part of the birthing experience at Sutter Davis Hospital. Applications for the doula program are being accepted from Aug. 23-Sept. 1.

DAVIS, Calif. – Sutter Davis Hospital is now accepting applications for the hospital’s Volunteer Doula Program. The online application is open from Aug. 23- Sept. 1.

Doulas provide continuous physical, emotional and informational support to mothers during the childbirth process. The Sutter Davis Hospital Volunteer Doula Program is administered by Birthing Center nurses with many years of experience supporting women in labor.

“We greatly appreciate having prospective volunteer doulas join our labor support team,” said Kim Andersen Johnson, R.N.C., doula co-coordinator, Sutter Davis Hospital. “Evidence shows that women who have doulas attend their birth have fewer medical interventions and verbalize a more rewarding, joyous and memorable birth experience.” Read More

One Last Big Push for the Mother of All Baby Hospitals

Posted by on Aug 9, 2015 | 0 comments

Sutter Memorial Ends Its 77-Year Dynasty with Rash of Deliveries

Iyshiah Lacey holds her son Josiah Jordan, the 348,089th baby born at Sutter Memorial Hospital during its nearly 78 years as "Sacramento's baby hospital."

Iyshiah Lacey holds her son Josiah Jordan, the 348,089th baby born at Sutter Memorial Hospital during its nearly 78 years as “Sacramento’s baby hospital.”

SACRAMENTO – It wasn’t just a bang: Sacramento’s legendary baby hospital went out fittingly with a boom … a baby boom.

Opening in November 1937 as the first air-conditioned hospital in the West, Sutter Memorial Hospital was just heating up when the lights were turned off at the 77-year-old grand dame of birthing centers.

In less than six hours – from 8 p.m. Friday to 1:46 a.m. Saturday – nine babies were born before Labor & Delivery services moved 2 miles west to the new Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center. At that rate, about 36 babies would have been born in 24 hours for the hospital, more than double the average daily deliveries.

Some nurses blamed it on the barometric pressure changes in this summer of weird weather. But we like to think it was one last big push for the mother of all maternity hospitals.

In total, 348,089 babies – about three-quarters of the city of Sacramento’s population – were born at Sutter Memorial Hospital, which was originally named Sutter Maternity Hospital. That total includes 4,870 sets of twins, 174 sets of triplets and 13 sets of quadruplets, including rare identical quads, the Khamsa girls, who became international celebrities overnight in 2002.

On Sunday, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento introduced to world the last baby born at Sutter Memorial Hospital – No. 348,089. Josiah Jordan was born healthy and with a full head of hair at 1:46 a.m. at 6 pounds, 8 ounces and 19 inches long. His mother, Iyshiah Lacey, had a due date of Aug. 18, but her water broke and she rushed over to Sutter Memorial just before midnight. Iyshiah and baby Jordan were transferred to the new Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center about 12 hours after his birth. Read More

Sutter Amador Hospital Partners to Train Potential Rural Physicians

Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 | 0 comments

UC Davis Medical School students toured Sutter Plymouth Health Center, visiting with Dan Fields, M.D., far left, and Sutter Medical Foundation Amador Regional Manager Colleen Riordan, R.N., center, behind desk.

UC Davis Medical School students toured Sutter Plymouth Health Center, visiting with Dan Fields, M.D., far left, and Sutter Medical Foundation Amador Regional Manager Colleen Riordan, R.N., center, behind desk.

Jackson – Sutter Amador Hospital provided tours of its facility to 10 UC Davis School of Medicine first-year medical students during orientation on Friday, July 24, for the school’s Rural-PRIME program.

The students also toured Sutter Plymouth Health Center, visiting with Dan Fields, M.D., and Sutter Medical Foundation Amador Regional Manager Colleen Riordan, R.N. Anne Platt, CEO, Sutter Amador Hospital, led the tour of Sutter Amador Hospital. Other presentations were provided by Sutter Medical Group Internist Robert Hartmann, M.D., Sutter Medical Foundation, and Maureen Funk from the Amador County Council of Tourism.

Rural-PRIME (Programs in Medical Education), an innovative UC Davis School of Medicine program, is designed to increase access to health care in rural areas of California. The program produces physician leaders who are trained in and committed to helping California’s medically underserved communities. Read More

Sutter Medical Center Receives AHA Gold Award in Heart Failure

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 | 0 comments

Only Hospital in Sacramento Region to Be Recognized

SACRAMENTO — Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento has received the Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation’s secondary prevention guidelines for patients with heart failure.

As of July 2015, Sutter Medical Center is the only hospital in the Sacramento region to receive recognition for heart failure in AHA’s Get With The Guidelines program.

Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure is a quality improvement program that helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for heart failure patients. Launched in 2005, numerous published studies have demonstrated the program’s success in achieving patient outcome improvements, including reductions in 30-day readmissions.

Sutter Medical Center earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the patient, proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies. These would include ACE inhibitors/ARBs, beta-blockers, diuretics, anticoagulants, and other appropriate therapies. Before patients are discharged, they also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.

“Sutter Medical Center is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our heart failure patients,” said David Roberts, M.D., medical director of the Sutter Heart & Vascular Institute, a regional program that includes Sutter Medical Center. “Implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure program helps us to accomplish this goal by tracking and measuring our success in meeting internationally respected guidelines.”

“We are pleased to recognize Sutter Medical Center for its commitment to heart failure care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., M.P.H., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee and executive director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow Get With The Guidelines quality improvement measures can reduce patients’ length of stays and 30-day readmission rates and also reduce disparity gaps in care.”
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Sutter Solano Cancer Center Hosts First-Ever Survivor Reception

Posted by on Jul 22, 2015 | 0 comments

Rick Siefke, social worker, Sutter Solano Medical Center, speaks about his personal and professional cancer experiences with attendees during the Sutter Solano Cancer Center and American Cancer Society survivor reception on Tuesday.

Rick Siefke, social worker, Sutter Solano Medical Center, speaks about his personal and professional cancer experiences with attendees during the Sutter Solano Cancer Center and American Cancer Society survivor reception on Tuesday.

VALLEJO – Sutter Solano Cancer Center hosted more than 20 cancer survivors, their loved ones and caregivers for a survivor reception Tuesday evening leading up to Vallejo’s Relay for Life event.

The event was held in partnership with the American Cancer Society.

Rick Siefke a social worker at Sutter Solano Medical Center, shared personal and professional experiences with cancer and explained the resources available to the community through the American Cancer Society. Rick is a nine-year cancer survivor, having been diagnosed with Basel cell skin cancer. For 19 years, he has worked with cancer patients and their loved ones both as a volunteer with American Cancer Society and as a professional in the health care industry. Read More

SMCS CEO Named Rising Star Under 40 by Becker’s

Posted by on Jul 20, 2015 | 0 comments

Carrie Owen Plietz, CEO, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, was named a Rising Star Under 40 by Becker's Hospital Review.

Carrie Owen Plietz, CEO, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, was named a Rising Star Under 40 by Becker’s Hospital Review.

SACRAMENTO – Carrie Owen Plietz, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento CEO, has been named by Becker’s Hospital Review to its 2015 Rising Stars: 25 Health Care Leaders Under 40 publication for the second time in the last three years.

Owen Plietz was also named to the list in 2013 and is the only female CEO in Northern California to be named to this year’s list.

Becker’s selects men and women who have achieved great professional heights in the health care industry at a young age, and these “rising stars” are poised for continued growth throughout the rest of their careers.

Owen Plietz joined Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento in 2011 after serving as COO of Mills-Peninsula Health Services. Before Mills-Peninsula, Owen Plietz spent nine years with California Pacific Medical Center.

One of Owen Plietz’s greatest accomplishments this year is the opening of the expanded Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento campus, including the new Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center, which will take place on Aug. 8.