News and announcements for Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region

Sutter Gould Medical Foundation remembers and honors Gould physician at dedication event

Posted by on Jul 17, 2017 | 0 comments

Family, friends, donors and coworkers celebrate physician’s commitment and spirit of giving.

Pictured back row, L-R: Hudlin family members Marisa Hudlin, Ryan Hudlin
Brittany Hudlin and Carol Hudlin.
Front row, holding photo of Dr. Hudlin:
Scholarship recipients Kranesh Kumar, Shiromani Charan, Katrina Rivera,
Gilberto Estrada and Jose Aguilar.

Dr. Christopher Hudlin, a general surgeon who joined Gould Medical Group in 2007, passed away in 2016. Last Friday, over 100 Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF) staff, Gould Medical Group physicians, donors and friends joined Dr. Hudlin’s family in honoring him with the dedication of a bench at the Stockton Medical Plaza on Hammer Lane in Stockton.

“Dr. Hudlin was instrumental in the expansion of Gould Medical Group in Stockton,” said Gary Zufelt, Sutter Gould Medical Foundation chief executive officer. “He was very active in medical group and Foundation activities, and was a leader in motivating others to help support worthy causes.”

That involvement included a leading role in fundraising for SGMF projects and philanthropic activity throughout the San Joaquin County region. “He was a key figure in rallying our physicians and staff to support many, many charitable causes,” said Lisa Hume, Director of Philanthropy for the Sutter Health Valley Area (South). “He was particularly fond of the Health Careers Academy high school in Stockton, and supported our efforts to help students interested in pursuing a career in the healthcare field.”

At the conclusion of the dedication ceremony, SGMF’s Katrina Holmes (Regional Director Gould Ambulatory Surgery Centers), a family friend and colleague of Dr. Hudlin, announced the recipients of the first annual scholarship from Health Careers Academy. “Opportunities to contribute to the scholarship in Dr. Hudlin’s name will help continue the vision he had for supporting our future healthcare leaders,” said Holmes.

For more information on how you can contribute to the Dr. Christopher Hudlin Endowment fund, visit   or contact Lisa Hume by calling 209-530-3777 or via email at

Blanketing Patients With Hope

Posted by on Jul 14, 2017 | 0 comments

Karen Budde, center, thanks the SAFH Infusion Center staff for her new blanket.

Auburn – For a patient dealing with cancer, a small gesture can sometimes brighten a whole day. Such was the case for Karen Budde, a Sutter Auburn Faith Infusion Center patient, who was surprised with a free blanket during her treatment this week.

“It meant a lot to me to know that someone was thinking of me and wanted me to have this very thoughtful gift,” said Karen, 75, a Foresthill resident. “It’s so soft and I can use it when I receive my treatments, which are an hour a time, two times a month.”

Gold Rush Subaru of Auburn in partnership with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society donated dozens of blankets to cancer patients at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital and Sutter Roseville Medical Center. The donation is part of the Subaru Loves to Care initiative that is teaming up to spread warmth and hope to those fighting cancer across the country.  

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Sutter Davis Hospital Auxiliary Announces Christmas in July Gift Shop Sale

Posted by on Jul 6, 2017 | 0 comments

DAVIS – Mid-year is the perfect time to stock up on holiday wares and the Sutter Davis Hospital Auxiliary Gift Shop has an offer you can’t turn down.

The gift shop, a gem within the Davis community, will hold a special sale from July 10-21 to give shoppers the opportunity to get a head start on holiday shopping.

The shop has a wide variety of unique gifts for friends and family members of all ages. Whether you are looking for jewelry, handbags or scarves, items for children or garden decorations for that member of your family with a green thumb, the gift shop has a lot to offer. The shop has also expanded its clothing selection with an increased selection of women’s clothing, sleep shirts and ponchos.

The gift shop will offer special extended hours during the sale. Visit Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m.- 5p.m., Tuesday from 7 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the shop go back to the hospital.

Quilts on Display in Anticipation of Sutter Cancer Center Auction

Posted by on Jun 30, 2017 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO — A dozen quilts are already hanging in Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento’s Buhler Specialty Pavilion in preparation of the 2017 Quilt Auction that benefits Sutter Cancer Center’s breast cancer treatment programs and services.

Some of the quilts hanging in the lobby of the Buhler Specialty Pavilion, 2800 L St.

During the month of October, the walls of the seven-story Buhler building will be covered with quilts, and with 500 works to be displayed, they will surely spill over to other facilities on the Sutter Medical Center campus. On Nov. 4, a live auction will be held for 50 of the best pieces and the silent auction will end for the other quilts.

The Quilt Auction is held every three years, and more than $650,000 has been raised through the auctioning of 3,000 quilts in the past six auctions.

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Mountains of Clothing Donated for Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento Patients Who Need Clean Clothes

Posted by on Jun 30, 2017 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO – An idea to give Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento Emergency Department patients a warm jacket has now expanded into a Clothes Closet to ensure all patients leave the hospital wearing clean clothing.

Sutter Medical Center Emergency Department Nursing Director Stephanie Johnson, right, spearheaded the drive to stock a Clothes Closet for all patients at the hospital.

“The cold, rainy winter this past year was really tough on our patients,” said Emergency Department Nursing Director Stephanie Johnson, so the E.D. asked staff and the public for coat donations. “We put a rack in the our waiting room with a sign that said, ‘If you need a coat, take a coat.’ We’d fill up the rack, and it seemed it would be empty in 30 seconds.”

In total, more than 1,500 jackets were given out in January and February this year to people who needed coats. “It was a wonderful feeling to everyone who donated,” she said.

Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento staff members fold and pack clothing donated for the new SMCS Clothes Closet. They are, from left, volunteer Lourdes Dizon; Philanthropy Coordinator Mary Anne Zbyczik; Budget & Analysis Director Amy Gutierrez; and Sutter Medical Center Foundation Development Officer Theresa Holden.

As an extension of that coat project, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento and SAFE Credit Union partnered to stock a Clothes Closet that will be accessible to nursing staff throughout the hospital to give every adult patient a proper set of clothing upon discharge.

“We have set up a Clothes Closet where the clothes are hanging up and are organized by size,” Johnson said. “If you’re a nurse or tech and you need clothes for your patient, you just go to the Clothes Closet and grab a matching outfit in the patient’s size. It’s that easy.” Read More

Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital Invites Community Members To Volunteer At Hospital

Posted by on Jun 30, 2017 | 0 comments

Auburn — Looking to make a difference in the Auburn community? Consider volunteering at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital.

The Sutter Auburn Faith Volunteer Team

The hospital is looking for volunteers to join its diverse team. As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to help others in several areas of the hospital, including the hospital gift shop, lobby information desk and many other hospital departments including the emergency department and patient registration area.

“As a community hospital, we rely on the heartfelt efforts of volunteers to help create an atmosphere of healing within and beyond our hospital walls,” said Yvette Martinez, human resources director at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital. “There are several programs and ways for new volunteers to participate in helping Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital fulfill its commitment to providing compassionate and high quality care to the community.” Read More

Sutter Amador Hospital installs new CT Technology

Posted by on Jun 28, 2017 | 0 comments

Sutter Amador Hospital welcomed a new 64-slice CT scanner to the hospital this week thanks to the generous support of the Mervin and Audrey Sheppard Trust. Hospital leaders, foundation members and family and close friends of the Sheppard’s gathered at the new unit for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and small reception to honor the occasion.

Jody Boetzer, senior development officer at SAH and Shirley Bruns, niece of Mervin and Audrey Sheppard.

Robert Hartmann, M.D., who cared for both Mervin and Audrey Sheppard for more than 25 years, spoke kindly of the couple and described how their generosity allows the hospital to provide state-of-the-art care to the community.  Read More