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SACRAMENTO – Several Sutter Health affiliates are forming councils to involve the community and get insight and feedback about their experiences at the hospital.
Advisors with the Patient Family Advisory Councils will collaborate with leadership, care teams, and clinical initiative teams at Sutter affiliates to help in the planning and decision-making process for future patients. Through this partnership, advisors will share their experiences, and perspectives, providing the hospital’s care teams with an insider’s view about the patient and family experience and helping identify opportunities to improve care for all patients and families.
Ideal candidates have received care at one of our Sutter hospitals or care centers within the last five years and are looking for an opportunity to give back to the community in a unique way. Advisors are asked to give 4-6 hours per month to various projects related to being a member of the Patient Family Advisory Council. This includes participating in meetings and process improvement activities throughout the hospital and advising on patient communication materials.
“The feedback a patient can provide us about their experience, or a loved one’s experience, in the hospital is invaluable and a key factor in how we will improve as an overall healthcare system,” said Roberta Mori, director, Patient and Family Engagement, Office of the Patient Experience, Sutter Health. “The Patient Advisory Councils are a great way to incorporate the patient in the culture of our hospitals and care centers and help us continue to improve.”
Those interested in learning more about the Patient Family Advisory Council or signing up to be a volunteer can contact Roberta Mori at MoriR@sutterhealth.org or call (916) 949-4656.
DAVIS – Barbara Smaystryla came to Sutter Medical Foundation’s infusion center on Monday and got a lot more than she intended: She was introduced to the Hapi drum, enjoyed listening to one of Sutter Davis Hospital’s music therapists sing her favorite tune and learned useful breathing exercises.
Tara McConnell, owner of McConnell Music Therapy Services, and Daniel Beseda, a music therapist with the company, helped debut the music therapy program at Sutter Davis Hospital on Monday.
McConnell Music Therapy Services partners with Sutter Health to provide music therapy services in several of its facilities, including Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento and Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento. Daniel spends most of his week working with pediatric and adult patients at the Sacramento campus. Read More about Sutter Davis Hospital Brings Music to Patients’ Ears with Launch of Music Therapy
DAVIS – Sutter Davis Hospital received Modern Healthcare’s inaugural Healthiest Workplace award when the organization held its Best Places to Work gala on Friday, Oct. 7.
Sutter Davis won the award in the Providers/Insurers category and was recognized for promoting wellness within its workforce through access to fitness programs and facilities, the structure of the organization’s benefits plan and a culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance.
Sutter Davis has a six-year partnership with the Davis Farmers Market, which sets up shop in front of the hospital once a week from May-October. Employees also have access to a nearby walking path which features exercise stations. There is also a meditation garden at the hospital. Read More about Sutter Davis Hospital Recognized as Healthiest Workplace by Modern Healthcare
World-renowned Sacramento performance artist David Garibaldi, whose specialty is his stage act in which he rapidly creates paintings of notable rock musicians, unveiled three paintings on Wednesday, Sept. 28, for the newly named Mikuni Infusion Center in the second-floor lobby of the Buhler Specialty Pavilion on the campus of Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento.
The naming of the Infusion Center is in honor of Mikuni Charitable Foundation’s ongoing contributions totaling more than $850,000 to the Sutter Cancer Center’s Breast Cancer Navigator Program in the past 20 years. The paintings were unveiled during a gala sponsored by Sutter Health Philanthropy and attended by Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento donors and other special guests.
Known for his quick painting style, Garibaldi created the three pieces in his studio Wednesday afternoon, and after their unveiling he added extra touches to the periwinkle-colored walls in order to tie the three pieces together. Included in the finishing touches is a hand print of Taro Arai, executive chef and “Chief Dreaming Officer” of Mikuni Restaurant Group. Garibaldi had Taro add his hand print to the bottom left of the larger piece that faces the two bridges connecting the Buhler Pavilion to the Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center and the Ose Adams Medical Pavilion. Read More about Rock Artist Creates ‘Living Walls’ for New Mikuni Infusion Center
FAIRFIELD, Calif. – In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Sutter Imaging in Fairfield is offering free mammograms to uninsured and underinsured women on Saturday, Oct. 8.
It is one of eight Sutter Imaging sites in the greater Sacramento/Solano region that have set aside one Saturday this month to perform the free digital screening mammograms for uninsured and underinsured women who otherwise may not have access to these potentially life-saving screenings.
“Early detection can lead to a longer, healthier life,” said David Totah, Outpatient Diagnostic Imaging Services manager for Sutter Medical Foundation in Solano County. “Unfortunately, some women view mammograms as ‘optional,’ especially those without insurance or who have high copayments. We want to help create better access for them and put them on a path toward wellness.”
JACKSON, Calif. – Sutter Medical Foundation Amador Pediatrics Office, in partnership with First 5 Amador and Amador County Public Health, was recognized with the 2016 California State Association of Counties Challenge Award.
Challenge Awards recognize the innovation and best practices in county government as they find effective, cost-saving ways to provide program and services to their citizens.
The program, Improving Oral Health for Amador’s Children, provided funding for approximately 10 years for oral health education, screenings and fluoride varnish treatment for children in preschools, playgroups and childcare centers. In an effort to reach more children, free screenings and fluoride varnish treatments were provided by volunteer dental hygienists to approximately 100 children at annual children’s fairs as well as in a medical setting such as the Amador Pediatrics office, which launched a pilot in December 2014. Read More about SMF Amador Pediatrics Office Recognized with CSAC Challenge Award
VALLEJO – Employees, managers, administrators and physicians gathered to dedicate Sutter Solano Medical Center’s refurbished chapel on Monday in a formal ceremony.
The 415-square-foot chapel is the concluding piece of an overall hospital enhancement project that began in May 2015.
“The chapel and our spiritual care program are very important elements to our hospital,” said John Boyd, CEO, Sutter Solano Medical Center. “We are excited to offer this beautiful space to our patients, their loved ones and our staff to help them find solace during a difficult time.”
The chapel has been designed to nurture spiritual practices to help the hospital’s visitors and employees cope with the ongoing stress of the hospital environment. The room has been arranged by Sutter Solano’s chaplains to accommodate the diverse spiritual practices of the community. Read More about Sutter Solano Medical Center Dedicates Refurbished Chapel