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SMF, SSHNV Receive Chamber Awards

Posted by on Jan 14, 2016 | 0 comments

YUBA CITY — Sutter Health was honored with the Innovation Award by the Yuba-Sutter Chamber of Commerce at its annual Chamber of Commerce Gala at Colusa Casino Resort.

Sandi Adams, Service Area Director with Sutter Medical Foundation and Dennis Sindelar, Administrator at Sutter Surgical Hospital - North Valley accepts Innovation Award from Yuba-Sutter Chamber of Commerce.

Sandi Adams, Service Area Director with Sutter Medical Foundation and Dennis Sindelar, Administrator at Sutter Surgical Hospital – North Valley accepts Innovation Award from Yuba-Sutter Chamber of Commerce.

Sutter Surgical Hospital – North Valley’s initiative was recognized for providing a personalized healing experience for each patient resulting in the 90th percentile of performance when compared to hospitals across the nation. Sutter Medical Foundation was also honored for its innovation in collaborating with Fit Quest to bring one comprehensive children wellness program to Yuba City and Marysville school districts – reaching more than 3,400 students in the 2015-2016 school year.

The Chamber’s Business Awards honors the achievements and contributions of industry leading projects, initiatives, products and services. Chamber member organizations that demonstrate the core values of business innovation, technological achievement, sustainability and commercial success are invited to participate and be celebrated and recognized via a set of established business and product award categories.

The Innovation category recognizes leadership through the practical application of innovative solutions for new and existing market needs resulting in a commercial, environmental and/or social benefit.

Sutter’s Historic ‘Maternity’ Statue Finds New Home to Be Work of Art

Posted by on Dec 7, 2015 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO — When all women’s services moved to the Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center on Aug. 8, there was “one member of the team missing,” said Aneen Heller, nurse director of the Maternal/Newborn unit at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento.

Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento CEO Carrie Owen Plietz, left, Chief Nurse Executive Sue Sherman and Maternal/Newborn Nurse Director Aneen Heller reveal the statue "Maternity" on the sixth floor.

Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento CEO Carrie Owen Plietz, left, Chief Nurse Executive Sue Sherman and Maternal/Newborn Nurse Director Aneen Heller reveal the statue “Maternity” on the sixth floor.

That team member was the Greco-Roman-style statue of a mother and two children that has presided over the births of 360,000 Sacramentans since first installed in the original Sutter Hospital 90 years ago. The statue needed to go through a state process to meet earthquake standards, so it took a few months before arriving in its new home. Now it has found a perfect spot, just off the sixth-floor elevators on the way to Labor & Delivery and High Risk Maternity.

“This is such a commemorative statue for our staff, for the community and for those who are coming to deliver here,” Aneen said during the statue’s unveiling ceremony held Monday, Dec. 7. Delivering mothers will “walk through here and see our statue, which we call ‘Maternity.’ … She’s an icon here with us, representing maternity and all that it stands for and what we serve for this community.”
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Two Major Milestones Reached After Move to New Cardiac Center at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento

Posted by on Nov 20, 2015 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO – Since moving into its new, entirely remodeled new home in August, the Sutter Heart & Vascular Institute at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento hit two 200th milestones and began a new approach to valve replacement that is safer for elderly patients.

Donald Valentine, left, had an implantable ventricular assist device for two years before receiving a heart transplant in 2011. Sutter Heart & Vascular Institute has implanted 200 of the devices since 2008.

Donald Valentine, left, had an implantable ventricular assist device for two years before receiving a heart transplant in 2011. Sutter Heart & Vascular Institute has implanted 200 of the devices since 2008.

Sutter Medical Center has now implanted more than 200 TAVRs – transcatheter aortic valve replacements – which replace a damaged aortic heart valve without open-heart surgery. Sutter heart surgeons and interventional cardiologists work together during the TAVR procedure in the new $7 million Hybrid Surgery Suite in the Ose Adams Medical Pavilion.

Since the move, SMCS became the first center in Sacramento to perform TAVR using conscious sedation rather than general anesthesia, providing inherent benefits to these elderly and frail patients, most of whom are in their 80s and 90s. Only a handful of heart programs around the country have done TAVRs in this fashion.

In addition, Sutter’s heart failure program recently implanted its 200th ventricular assist device. The VAD program started eight years ago and has grown to become the largest such program in Northern California.
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Halloween Scare Gives Paradise Man New Lease on Life with New Heart

Posted by on Nov 13, 2015 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO – Larry Little was in bed on Halloween eve when he got a call: His new heart was ready.

“It was kind of scary,” said Little, 68, of Paradise, who was discharged from the hospital Friday, Nov. 13. “Truly it is. Whatever you think and know, you’re just not ready for that call. They say, ‘Come now.’ There it is, suddenly, in your face. Time to go. You surrender to the process.”

John Chin, M.D., center, medical director of the Sutter Heart Transplant Program, and Robert Kincade, M.D., the program's surgical director, talk about Larry Little's surgery and recovery from his heart transplant on Halloween.

John Chin, M.D., center, medical director of the Sutter Heart Transplant Program, and Robert Kincade, M.D., the program’s surgical director, talk about Larry Little’s surgery and recovery from his heart transplant on Halloween.

But what was a scary night turned into a Halloween treat, as Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento surgeons removed his weak heart and replaced it with a healthy one on Halloween morning, Oct. 31. Now, two weeks later, Little is healthy enough to go home.

Little’s surgery was the first heart transplant to be performed in Sutter’s new home for its cardiac services: the Ose Adams Medical Pavilion. The groundbreaking Sutter Heart & Vascular Institute began in the 1950s in Sutter Memorial Hospital, where many firsts in the Sacramento region were performed: the first open-heart surgery, the first pediatric heart surgery, the first heart valve replacement, etc. … and the first heart transplant in 1989. More than 150 heart transplants were performed since then at Sutter Memorial, which closed in August and all services transferred to the expanded and remodeled Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento campus in midtown.

Larry Little, center, and his Sutter care team give a thumbs' up on Friday, Nov. 13, when Little was discharged from the hospital and went home.

Larry Little, center, and his Sutter care team give a thumbs’ up on Friday, Nov. 13, when Little was discharged from the hospital and went home.

Since moving into its new home, the Sutter Heart & Vascular Institute hasn’t missed a beat. This week, it became the only Northern California hospital to be named by Truven as a 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospital for 2016, which awards those hospitals that are the highest performing in the nation.

Sutter Medical Center Named a Top Cardiac Hospital in Nation

Posted by on Nov 12, 2015 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO — Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, which is the only heart transplant center in the region, was named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals for 2016 by Truven Health Analytics. Sutter Medical Center is the only hospital in Northern California to receive the award, which is based on an objective, quantitative study that identifies the nation’s best providers of cardiovascular care.

Basic RGBSelected from more than 1,000 U.S. hospitals, the Top 50 award winners provide outstanding care and set new standards in excellence for this high-profile service line, Truven says. The annual Truven study is based on publicly available data and a balanced look at patient outcomes, operational efficiencies and financial metrics. The 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study is part of the esteemed 100 Top Hospitals program. Hospitals do not apply, and winners do not pay to market their honor. Sutter Medical Center has also been named a 100 Top Hospital for the past three years.

The 50 Top study provides key industry insights, including the fact that if all cardiovascular providers performed at the level of this year’s winners:
• Nearly 8,000 additional lives could be saved.
• Nearly 3,500 more heart patients could be complication-free.
• More than $1.3 billion could be saved.

That analysis was based only on Medicare patients; if the same standards were applied to all inpatients, the impact would be even greater, Truven said.

Specifically, the 2016 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals had:
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Four Sutter Health Hospitals Earn ‘A’ Grades for Patient Safety from The Leapfrog Group

Posted by on Oct 28, 2015 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO – Four Sutter Health affiliates – Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, Sutter Davis Hospital, Sutter Delta Medical Center in Antioch and Sutter Eden Hospital in Castro Valley – received “A” grades in The Leapfrog Group’s October 2015 Safety Scores announced on Wednesday. The national employer organization grades hospitals nationwide on their overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors.

This was Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital’s sixth “A” score and Sutter Davis Hospital’s fifth “A” score since The Leapfrog Group started tracking safety scores in June 2012. Eden Medical Center received an “A” for the fifth straight reporting period. This was Sutter Delta Medical Center’s first “A” score.

“We work very hard to provide a safe environment, exceptional service and quality care at all of our Sutter affiliates,” said James Conforti, president, Sutter Health Valley Area. “The Leapfrog ranking demonstrates how we partner with one another and our quality and safety experts to make a difference for those in our communities.”

Using 28 measures of publicly available safety data, the Hospital Safety Score assigns A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice a year based on their ability to prevent errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

 

Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital Recognized by Healthgrades for Superior Clinical Outcomes

Posted by on Oct 20, 2015 | 0 comments

Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital (SAFH) today announced that it has been recognized by Healthgrades for clinical excellence in Treatment of Stroke and Pulmonary Care.

Healthgrades is the leading online resource helping consumers make informed decisions in order to find the right doctor, the right hospital, and the right care. This achievement was released today with other new findings in the Healthgrades 2016 Report to the Nation, which evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 33 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.

HealthgradesThe new report highlights the disparity in hospital performance for specific conditions and procedures both nationally and regionally. This variation in care has a significant impact on health outcomes. For example, from 2012 through 2014, if all hospitals as a group, performed similarly to hospitals receiving five stars as a group, on average 222,392 lives could potentially have been saved and 166,086 complications could potentially have been avoided.*

A five-star rating indicates that SAFH’s clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected when treating the condition or performing the procedure being evaluated.

In addition, SAFH was also announced as a five-star recipient for the treatment of the following conditions:

  • Heart attacks
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Hip fracture
  • Sepsis

“The Healthgrades recognitions highlight the incredible team of health care professionals we have at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital,” said Mitch Hanna, SAFH CEO. “We are lucky to serve a great community and we continue to work to enhance our services to meet the community’s needs. Over the last several years we’ve focused on high quality care and have been recognized as a Joint Commission Accredited Stoke Center.”

About the Awards
For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide, and assessed hospital performance relative to each of 33 common conditions and procedures. Healthgrades recognizes a hospital’s quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5 star (statistically significantly better than expected), 3 star (not statistically different from expected), and 1 star (statistically significantly worse than expected) categories. The complete Healthgrades 2016 Report to the Nation with detailed cohort-specific outcomes data, hospital-specific quality achievements, and detailed study methodology, can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality.

About Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital
Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital (SAFH) is a 72-bed acute-care, not-for-profit hospital providing acute and advanced care in Auburn, California, and its surrounding communities. Offering Emergency Department, Surgical, Stroke Care and outpatient services, SAFH continues to expand programs and services to best meet the needs of its community. SAFH is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. For more information about the not-for-profit Sutter Health family, please visit www.sutterauburnfaith.org.

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*Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2012 through 2014 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.