News and announcements for Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region

Healing Garden Opens at Sutter Cancer Center, Roseville

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 | 0 comments

ROSEVILLE, Calif. — A peaceful retreat for cancer patients and their families, as well as physicians and Sutter staff, is now available at Sutter Cancer Center, Roseville, located at 8 Medical Plaza Drive.

Sutter Roseville Medical Center Foundation Donor Bob Lamora strolls through the peaceful Sutter Roseville Auxiliary Healing Garden that wraps around the new Sutter Cancer Center in Roseville.

The new Sutter Roseville Auxiliary Healing Garden was made possible by a generous gift from the Sutter Roseville Auxiliary to the Sutter Roseville Medical Center Foundation.

“The Sutter Roseville Auxiliary Healing Garden’s beautiful landscaping, private seating areas and fountain is a comforting, peaceful retreat,” said Becky Thompson, the Sutter Health’s Interim Director of Philanthropy in Placer County.It is a beautiful space for quiet reflection for Sutter Roseville patients, families, physicians and employees. Cancer patients and families in particular will enjoy the close proximity to the Infusion Center, physician offices, and the future Institute for Health and Healing.”

Included in the design of the Sutter Roseville Auxiliary Healing Garden are commemorative bricks placed along the main pathway through the garden. Donors have honored loved ones and clinicians by purchasing bricks and benches inscribed with names. Bricks are still available by going to: Read More

American Legion Ambulance and Sutter Amador Hospital partner to support critically ill patients

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 | 0 comments

 Jackson – The American Legion Ambulance Service (ALA) has become the first in California to complete the Critical Care Emergency Medical Transport Program to improve the quality of care for critically ill patients.

Members from the American Legion Ambulance and Sutter Amador Hospital gather in front of the ALA’s new bariatric ambulance.

The critical care transport program teaches paramedics specialized patient care in areas including cardiac and pediatric care to treat critically ill patients that need to be transferred from one facility to another. A critically ill patient needs a higher level of ambulance transport service that previously required a nurse or medical staff member to ride along. With the new certifications, American Legion Ambulance (ALA) paramedics can transport critical patients directly to a care facility without delays.

“This program is important for Amador County because it allows us to provide a higher level of service and reduce wait times to transport patients that need specialized care,” said Michelle Clark, operations manager of the Amador County ALA who spearheaded the initiative to complete training in critical care transport. “It’s very exciting for us because it a real benefit to the community and is a process that we have worked on for many years.”

The critical transport program requires a board certification and 202 hours of educational and clinical training that ALA paramedics Michelle Clark, Larry Petite, Tim Guzman and Dave Barstow completed from the University of Maryland during their free time, on nights and weekends. They received certification from the International Board of Specialty Care and accreditation through the regional Emergency Medical Services- Mountain Valley Emergency Medical Services Agency. Read More

Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital Offers Fall Prevention Tai Chi Classes

Posted by on Mar 20, 2017 | 0 comments

Auburn – Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans, according to the National Council on Aging. To help our community reduce fall risk, Sutter Auburn Faith Rehabilitation Department is now offering a Fall Prevention Tai Chi class.

Tai Chi is a form of martial arts that involves slow, controlled and low-impact movements that can be easy for all ages—especially seniors. Tai Chi is practiced for multiple health benefits including reducing stress, lowering blood pressure and reducing inflammation.

For seniors, tai chi can help prevent falls, improve hand-eye coordination, strengthen muscles and improve flexibility. Christopher Lovelace, a physical therapist and certified tai chi instructor at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, says a tai chi class can help increase balance and strength and instills confidence in mobility. The hospital will begin hosting their first fall prevention tai chi classes for seniors this spring.

“Tai chi has been proven to be an effective fall prevention exercise that can be very valuable to members of the community that feel at risk for a fall,” said Lovelace, a Sutter physical therapist for the past 7 years. “The class will incorporate traditional physical therapy techniques for balance while also providing a supportive community environment.”

The classes will meet twice a week (Monday and Friday from 10 – 11 a.m.) for eight weeks. The cost for 16 classes is $50. To register or for more information, contact the Sutter Auburn Faith Rehabilitation Department at 530-889-6088.

Sutter Amador Hospital Welcomes New Surgeon, Dr. Koh

Posted by on Mar 16, 2017 | 0 comments

Jackson, Calif. – Sutter Amador Hospital is excited to welcome a new surgeon to accommodate surgical needs in our community.

Glenn Koh, M.D., Board-Certified Surgeon                                                                   

Specialties: Laparoscopic, Breast and Colon Cancer, Endoscopy, and Surgical Critical Care

100 Mission Blvd., Jackson, CA, 209-217-8416

Dr. Koh is a board-certified general surgeon with advanced skills in laparoscopic surgery, breast and colon cancer, endoscopy and surgical critical care. He is experienced in rural health and quality patient outcomes.

Dr. Koh graduated from the National University of Singapore School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Singapore National University Hospital and the Easton Hospital/Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. Dr. Koh spent a significant portion of his training delivering surgical care in an acute, emergent setting.

​Dr. Koh was an attending surgeon at Western Missouri Medical Center, Warrensburg MO where he became familiar with the unique challenges and rewards of a rural surgical practice. He served as president, medical staff and assistant chief of surgery at Kaiser Permanente Modesto. He currently serves as the regional medical director of Surgical Affiliates.

“We have excellent and compassionate primary and specialty physicians in our community, and we are working hard to recruit more,” said Anne Platt, Sutter Amador CEO. “Dr. Koh has been recognized for his compassionate and excellent surgical skills and is a welcome addition to the hospital.”

For a complete list of Sutter Amador affiliated physicians, visit ​


Sutter Solano Medical Center Helps Touro University Launch Mobile Diabetes Education Center

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 | 0 comments

VALLEJO – Touro University California alongside executives from Sutter Solano Medical Center unveiled and officially launched a first-of-its-kind mobile diabetes education center at a press conference on the Touro campus early morning Monday, March 13.

Dozens of community members attended the ribbon-cutting for Touro University California’s Mobile Diabetes Education Center on Monday.

Currently more than 29 million Americans have diabetes with 90 percent of those suffering from Type 2. One-third of people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes suffer complications by the time they are diagnosed. In California, 55 percent of the population is currently diagnosed as having pre-diabetes or diabetes. The result is a state and a nation desperate for prevention and resolution. Early detection allows those at risk to take the necessary steps to lessen the impact of the disease and potentially prevent it from developing.

To address these every-growing numbers and encourage early education and intervention, Touro has established a mobile education center through the private support of donors including Sutter Health. The recreational vehicle, which has been retrofitted into a full mobile healthcare and education facility, will provide a variety of services including screenings, prevention services, education, demonstrations, training and more. Students from Touro, under faculty supervision, will provide all services in the mobile center and gain valuable understanding of how chronic illness impacts a community. Read More

Sutter Coast Hospital Begins Construction On New Infusion Center

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 | 0 comments

Sutter Coast Hospital will soon be home to an infusion center. Construction on the new facility began this month.

“The new addition to our campus will allow our patients to receive care close to home instead of driving two hours or more for treatment,” said Sutter Coast CEO Mitch Hanna. “We are happy to provide this much needed service to our cancer patients in Del Norte County. ”

The new 6,000 square-foot infusion center will be a part of a comprehensive facility on the Sutter Coast campus that allows infusion patients to receive their care in one location. The new  center will feature nine large infusion bays and an oncology clinic with two exam rooms. In addition to administering traditional chemotherapy drugs, the center will also feature newer targeted drugs, blood transfusions, iron infusions, gammaglobulin infusions and immune-therapy infusions. Read More

Sutter Coast Employee Retires After 55 Years At Hospital

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 | 0 comments

After a half-century with Sutter Coast Hospital, Jerry Cutsforth, clinical laboratory scientist, retires from the hospital after more than 55 years of service.

Sutter Coast Hospital staff, friends, patients and physicians gathered to celebrate and honor Jerry and wish him a fond goodbye.

Jerry Cutsforth in 1960.

“I was just 22 when I first moved to Crescent City and started working at Seaside Hospital,” said Cutsforth, now 78 years old. “I had polio as a child and as a result became very interested in science and working in a hospital environment.”

Jerry started his career in the Lab because he enjoyed the hands-on learning and has been there ever since. He said the technological advancements in the field were tremendous in the span of his career, making his job easier and allowing him to be more efficient. Although he still fondly remembers the days when he would count out 100 blood cells on a slide for a blood test. Read More