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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.

 

Sutter Medical Foundation Sets Date for Swing Into Golf Tournament

Posted by on Jul 16, 2015 | 0 comments

golfYUBA CITY – Sutter Medical Foundation (SMF) is holding its 17th annual benefit golf tournament, Swing into Health, at Peach Tree Golf and Country Club in Marysville on Friday, Aug. 21. Proceeds will support the purchase of a 3D mammography machine for SMF’s Yuba City imaging office.

3D mammography, also called tomosynthesis, produces 3D high-resolution images of the breast using low-dose x-rays. 3D mammography allows 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.

Sponsorships and player entries are available. The tournament costs $150 per player and includes green fees, lunch and dinner. For more information on the tournament, or sponsorship levels, call 916-887-7070 or buncem@sutterhealth.org.

 

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 www.sutterbabies.org 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