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SACRAMENTO — Jazz, blues and gospel keyboardist David Ussery, 64, always wanted to play the saxophone. So for Father’s Day 2015, his wife bought him one. He excitedly tried to play it.
“It brought me to tears,” Ussery says, “because I didn’t have the energy to blow into it.”
The longtime keyboardist who has played for R&B star Rick James and Sacramento blues legends Johnny Heartsman and Robert Nakashima was in heart failure. Not only couldn’t he play the sax, but he struggled to play the piano and had trouble walking from the living room up the stairs to the couple’s master bedroom. He even ran out of breath tying his shoes.
“I couldn’t breathe,” he says. “Life was sucky.”
Father’s Day 2016, however, was a different story. Ussery practiced his newfound talent on the saxophone in preparation for a very special concert he performed Monday, June 20. As a thank-you, he played for the people who saved his life — the clinicians of the Sutter Transplant and Advanced Heart Therapy Services. Read More about Heart Failure Patient Given Second Wind in Order to Play Sax
YUBA CITY, Calif. – Sutter Surgical Hospital-North Valley was rated as the second-highest in patient satisfaction in California when discharged patients were asked if they would recommend the hospital to family and friends.
Ninety-four percent of Sutter Surgical Hospital patients responded “definitely yes” when asked, “Would you recommend this hospital to your friends and family?” in the national Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS, pronounced H-caps) survey. The latest figures are reported on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Hospital Compare website and were collected between July 2014 and June 2015.
The 94 percent rating is much higher than the California average of 69 percent and the national average of 71 percent. In California, only Patients’ Hospital of Redding received a higher score, 97 percent. Another Sutter Health hospital, Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, ranked third with 92 percent.
The survey question’s results were recently published online in Becker’s Hospital Review in a story titled, “Top 6 California hospitals patients would definitely recommend.” Read More about Sutter Surgical Hospital-North Valley Ranks 2nd in State for Patient Recommendations
Technology at Sutter Amador Is on Par with Major Hospitals in Nation
JACKSON, Calif. – Discovering a hidden tumor in dense breast tissue can be like trying to find a speck of gold buried in the river. But, thanks to community philanthropy efforts, Gold Country women now have access to the latest 3D mammography technology that is capable of discovering previously hidden tumors and decreasing the chances of what are termed “false positives.”
The new, top-of-the-line Hologic Tomosynthesis 3D Mammography unit debuted this week at Sutter Amador Hospital, with about 100 patients getting their annual mammograms with images that are much clearer and more comprehensive. It is the first 3D mammography unit in the greater area, giving Sutter Amador mammography technology that’s on par with major hospitals and radiological centers in the nation.
“This new 3D mammography unit is a super-high-tech machine that provides a much more detailed scan, particularly in dense breast tissue,” said Sutter Amador Radiologist Phil Granchi, M.D. “Like a spy satellite that can find something hiding in the jungle, this new technology creates high-definition images in different positions to discover hidden breast cancer.” Read More about New 3D Mammography a Clear Choice for Finding, ID’ing Tumors
DAVIS – Sutter Davis Hospital’s volunteer doula program was recognized with 2016 American Hospital Association’s Hospital Awards for Volunteer Excellence (HAVE) honor in the Community Services Category.
The goal of Sutter Davis’ Volunteer Doula Program is to provide free doula support to laboring or postpartum patients. The term doula comes from the Greek word meaning “a woman who serves.” Volunteer doulas are non-clinical members of the care team who provide support in accordance with the medical/midwifery plan of care and patient preference. The doula’s role includes hands-on physical and psychological support during birth.
“We are honored to receive this award from such a reputable organization as the American Hospital Association,” said Jennifer Maher, CEO, Sutter Davis Hospital. “Our volunteer doula program is just one of the many services that make Sutter Davis Hospital unique. Families come from miles around to experience our birthing center and have one of our outstanding doulas help in the delivery of their baby. It’s rewarding to see that an organization such as the AHA values this program as much as we do.” Read More about Sutter Davis Hospital’s Volunteer Doula Program Earns HAVE Award
Dozens of supporters, donors, patients and families were on hand to witness a momentous occasion as Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento officially opened its music therapy room, Sophie’s Place, at the Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center on Tuesday.
NFL Hall-of-Fame quarterback Steve Young and his wife, Barb, helped cut the ribbon along with several patients from Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento and Sophie’s parents, Anne-Marie and Kent Barton. Guests were then treated to an acoustic concert by Five for Fighting, accompanied by Mark Isham, both in Sophie’s Place and in the lobby of the hospital.
Sophie’s Place came to fruition thanks to a $150,000 donation from Steve and Barb’s philanthropic organization, Forever Young Foundation, in August 2014, as well as contributions from the Donut Dash and other philanthropic partners. The music therapy facility is named in honor of Sophie Barton, who often performed to pediatric patients in Utah until she died of a heart condition at age 17. Read More about Sophie’s Place Opens with a Bang at Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento
SACRAMENTO — Sutter Health announced the launch of a new service called Sutter Walk-In Care Friday.
Sutter Walk-In Care, a service of Sutter Medical Foundation, offers quick, convenient healthcare for everyday illnesses and health needs in a standalone storefront that is easily accessible for local communities. The first location opens at 8 a.m. April 4 in Roseville. Two additional Sutter Walk-In Care locations will open in Elk Grove and El Dorado Hills in late April and mid May, respectively.
“Consumers are actively seeking convenient and affordable solutions for their immediate healthcare needs,” said Don Wreden, M.D., Sutter Health senior vice president, Patient Experience. “As a leading provider in Northern California, Sutter recognizes that patients need high-quality care beyond the standard work week, and that is exactly what Walk-In Care provides these communities.”
Sutter Walk-In Care offers an innovative approach to healthcare:
“Walk-In Care offers easy access to treatment for things like the flu or an ear infection, and wellness services like sports physicals,” said Kismet Roberts, M.D, medical director, Sutter Walk-In Care. “This service is an extension of our high-quality services and maintains that level of personalized care our patients deserve.”
Sutter Walk-In Care locations include:
While Sutter Walk-In Care provides a wide variety of healthcare services, patients with serious problems or illnesses that require more immediate attention, such as severe cuts, broken bones or shortness of breath, may visit one of Sutter Medical Foundation’s six urgent care clinics throughout the greater Sacramento area, or their nearest hospital emergency department.
To learn more about Sutter Walk-In Care, please visit www.SutterHealth.org/walk-in or call 1-800-972-5547.
Davis, Calif. – Sutter Davis Hospital Foundation has announced the addition of four new community members to its philanthropic Board of Trustees.
“Our new board members are active members of the community,” said Adam Holland, Senior Development Officer, Sutter Davis Hospital Foundation. “Each of them are passionate about addressing the local needs for residents living in Yolo County. We are thrilled to welcome them to the board as we know that Sutter Davis Hospital will continue to have a great presence in the community because of their efforts.”
The 13-member board brings a wealth of knowledge and community service experience to the foundation and contribute to their communities in a variety of ways. The new board members join the existing board – Davis Campbell, Virginia Joyce, M.D., Richard P. Luna, Jennifer Maher, Natasha Mata, Brett Moore, Kiren Rizvi, Lea Rosenberg, Kurt Shuler, M.D. Read More about Sutter Davis Hospital Foundation Welcomes New Board Members