News and announcements for Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region

Sutter Memory Clinic Study Shows IVIG Could Be Key to Alzheimer’s Cure

Posted by on Oct 9, 2015 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO – In a Sutter Institute of Medical Research study published this month in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry, the blood product intravenous immunoglobulin, or IVIG, was found to reduce brain atrophy and cognitive decline in patients in the early, pre-dementia phase of Alzheimer’s disease.

Shawn Kile, M.D., is medical director of the groundbreaking Sutter Memory Clinic and was the principal investigator of the IVIG study.

Shawn Kile, M.D., is co-medical director of the groundbreaking Sutter Memory Clinic and was the principal investigator of the IVIG study.

IVIG, extracted from the plasma of more than 1,000 blood donors, contains antibodies to amyloid, an abnormal brain protein found in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Sutter Institute of Medical Research, in partnership with Sutter Neuroscience Institute and Sutter Neuroradiology, designed the study to investigate if a course of IVIG could have practical, disease-modifying effects on Alzheimer’s disease when administered during the pre-dementia phase. The study showed promising results during the first year after treatment in the form of reduced brain atrophy as well as reduced conversions to Alzheimer’s disease dementia at one year, compared with a placebo group.

“This research shows some evidence that IVIG could prevent brain atrophy and delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease in patients who are in the beginning stages,” said Shawn Kile, M.D., Sutter Neuroscience Institute neurologist, co-medical director of the groundbreaking Sutter Memory Clinic and principal investigator of the IVIG study. “My hope is that our study will lead to additional investigations of this treatment strategy so we can eventually conquer this devastating disease.” Read More

Flu Shot Available at all Sutter Medical Foundation Offices

Posted by on Oct 6, 2015 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO – Sutter Medical Foundation care centers in the greater Sacramento area and Solano County are offering flu shots at each of their offices.

Patients are encouraged to call ahead to make an appointment or make an appointment via My Health Online.

“In order to ensure each patient’s chart is updated, we like for everyone to schedule an appointment to receive their flu shot,” said Leslie Pratt, R.N., director of clinical care, Sutter Medical Foundation. “An appointment also allows our clinicians to interact with our patients and ensure that they don’t have any symptoms of illness prior to receiving the vaccine.”

When calling to make an appointment, please clarify that you are scheduling an appointment to receive the flu vaccine.

Appointments can be made with Sutter Medical Foundation offices by calling 800-478-8837 in Amador, Placer, Sacramento, Solano and Yolo counties or 877-766-3363 in Sutter and Yuba counties.

Yuba-Sutter Health Care Organizations Partner for Pink October

Posted by on Oct 6, 2015 | 0 comments

YUBA CITY, Calif. – Sutter Medical Foundation has partnered with several local health care organizations to offer the area’s uninsured and underinsured women low-cost health screenings in honor of Pink October.

Rideout Health Foundation, Ampla Health, Sutter Medical Foundation, Sutter Buttes Imaging and Yuba City Advance Imaging Center are all hosting events in support of Pink October, benefiting Geweke’s Caring for Women Foundation.

For the small fee of $5, women can receive a full women’s health exam, including Pap test and clinical breast exam. Women age 40 and above can also schedule an appointment for a $30 low-cost mammogram at these events:


Rideout Women’s Health Clinic
1007 Live Oak Blvd., Suite B2
Yuba City, CA 95991
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

 Ampla Health
1000 Sutter Street
Yuba City, CA 95991
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Sutter Medical Foundation
Brownsville Care Center
16911 Willow Glen Rd
Brownsville, CA 95919
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Sutter Medical Foundation
Obstetrics & Gynecology
969 Plumas Street, Suites 103 & 116
Yuba City, CA 95991
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sutter North Medical Group
1590 Poole Blvd.
Yuba City, CA 95991
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Several imaging offices are also taking appointments for low cost mammograms throughout October. Women interested in scheduling their mammogram appointment can visit for specific contact information for each health partner. Health screenings are being offered on a drop-in basis, with no appointment needed.

Community members interested in learning more about the available services and events can visit Volunteer opportunities are also available.

SMF, SNMG Earn Best of Yuba-Sutter Recognitions from Appeal-Democrat

Posted by on Oct 6, 2015 | 0 comments

YUBA CIBest of YSTY, Calif. – Sutter Medical Foundation (SMF) has been recognized by Appeal-Democrat readers in the Best of Yuba-Sutter poll as the local Favorite Medical Facility or Clinic.

In addition, Sutter North Medical Group physicians, as well as SMF dermatology services, were recognized for their outstanding service and care to patients in the Yuba-Sutter service area.

Awards received from the Appeal-Democrat’s Best of Yuba-Sutter poll include:

  • Favorite Medical Facility or Clinic: Sutter Medical Foundation
  • Best Medical Facility or Clinic: Advanced Dermatology and Laser Center
  • Best Customer Service: Advanced Dermatology and Laser Center
  • Best Cosmetic Specialist: Robert Peppercorn, M.D.
  • Favorite Cosmetic Specialist: Jason Roddick, PA-C
  • Best Physician: Robert Peppercorn, M.D.
  • Favorite Physician: Piyush Kumar, M.D.

SMF and SNMG have received similar awards each year since 2000. The entire list of Appeal-Democrat local favorites is available in the Best of Yuba-Sutter 2015 special publication.

Sutter Solano Medical Center Staff Delivers Baby in Car

Posted by on Oct 2, 2015 | 0 comments

Sutter Solano Medical Center labor and delivery staff members Maria Cid, Shirley Shannon, Theresa Murphy and Linda Beauford assisted with the delivery of a baby in a car outside of the hospital. Not pictured is Barbara Grove-Turek.

Sutter Solano Medical Center labor and delivery staff members Maria Cid, Shirley Shannon, Theresa Murphy and Linda Beauford assisted with the delivery of a baby in a car outside of the hospital. Not pictured is Barbara Grove-Turek.

VALLEJO, Calif. – The labor and delivery staff at Sutter Solano Medical Center came to the rescue of a mother and father who pulled up to the hospital just in the nick of time.

With several labor and delivery nurses and staff members huddled around the family’s car, the staff delivered a healthy baby boy, Manuel, at 2:45 p.m. on Sept. 18 – right there in the car. Read More

Sutter Imaging Offers Free Mammograms to Uninsured Women in Region

Posted by on Oct 1, 2015 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO – In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, nine Sutter Imaging locations in the greater Sacramento region are offering free mammograms to uninsured and underinsured women throughout October.

Each of the nine Sutter Imaging sites that are participating 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 Michael Norton M.D., Sutter Imaging radiologist. “Unfortunately, some women may not have access to regular mammograms, especially those without insurance or minimal coverage. We want to help create better access for these women and put them on a path toward wellness.”

Sutter’s Free Mammography Day began at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital in 2009 and 2010, where about 70 uninsured women were given free mammograms. Inspired by the feedback and success of the program, Sutter Imaging has expanded it to additional locations each year.

When the free mammogram program discovers abnormal results, it connects the women with community agencies that provide follow-up care.

Here are the dates and locations of the free mammogram sessions. An appointment is required, and space is limited. To sign up, contact the Sutter Imaging location you want to attend directly at the number provided.

Oct. 3: Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, 11815 Education St., Suite 1205, Auburn, 530-886-6562.

Oct. 3: Sutter Imaging Folsom II, 1661 Creekside Drive, Folsom, 916-984-2442.

Oct. 3: Sutter Imaging Roseville Parkway, 1640 East Roseville Parkway, Suite 100, Roseville, 916-746-2130.

Oct. 10: Sutter Imaging Davis, 2020 Sutter Place, Suite 102, Davis, 530-747-5030.

Oct. 10: Sutter Imaging Roseville II, 2 Medical Plaza, Suite 105, Roseville, 916-865-1432.

Oct. 17: Sutter Imaging Sacramento, 3161 L Street, Sacramento, 916-262-9534.

Oct. 24: Sutter Imaging Elk Grove, 8170 Laguna Blvd., Suite 112, Elk Grove, 916-691-5922.

Oct. 24: Sutter Imaging Fairfield, 2700 Low Court, Fairfield, 707-432-2523.

Oct. 31: Sutter Imaging Amador, 100 Mission Blvd., Jackson, 209-223-7560.

Comprehensive, fully integrated imaging services are part of the Sutter Health all-inclusive approach to patient care. With top-notch technology and compassionate staff, Sutter Imaging’s goal is to make every experience as easy and as comfortable as possible. For more information about Sutter Imaging centers, call 1-877-515-0053 or visit


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