Posts made in April, 2012

Sutter Davis Named One of Nation’s Top 100 Hospitals 2012

Posted by on Apr 19, 2012 | 0 comments

For the second consecutive year, Sutter Davis Hospital was named one of the nation’s Top 100 Hospitals® by Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. It is the only hospital in the greater Sacramento region to receive the recognition.

The Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals® study evaluates performance in 10 areas: mortality; medical complications; patient safety; average patient stay; expenses; profitability; patient satisfaction; adherence to clinical standards of care; post-discharge mortality; and readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure and pneumonia. The study has been conducted annually since 1993. This is the third time Sutter Davis has been recognized with this honor, also being named a 100 Top Hospital in 2008 and 2011.

“This well-respected and well-deserved recognition is another acknowledgement of our commitment to safer patient care and patient satisfaction,” said Sutter Davis Hospital Chief Executive Officer Janet Wagner. “We’re proud to receive this recognition in consecutive years, because we are always striving to improve our services for our patients and the community in general.”

To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Thomson Reuters researchers evaluated 2,886 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals. They used public information — Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare website. Hospitals do not apply, and winners do not pay to market this honor.

The winning hospitals were announced in the April 16 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.

“This year, the concentration of 100 Top Hospitals award winners has shifted significantly, with Texas, Florida, and California housing the most winners,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president at Thomson Reuters. “A major change in performance geographically is an encouraging indication that the bar for quality care has been raised once again.”

Based on comparisons between the study winners and a peer group of similar high-volume hospitals that were not winners, Thomson Reuters found that if all hospitals performed at the level of this year’s winners:

  • More than 186,000 additional lives could be saved.
  • Approximately 56,000 additional patients could be complication-free.
  • More than $4.3 billion could be saved.
  • The average patient stay would decrease by nearly half a day.

Thomson Reuters based this analysis on the Medicare patients included in this study. If the same standards were applied to all inpatients, the impact would be even greater. More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at www.100tophospitals.com.

Sutter Davis Hospital, part of Sutter Health’s network of care, offers the best of all worlds – a technologically advanced acute-care hospital, a strong offering of outpatient services and community outreach programs. The 48-bed hospital and its programs provide care and support to the residents of Davis, Dixon, Winters, Woodland, West Sacramento, Vacaville and rural communities throughout Yolo and Eastern Solano counties. The 94,000-square-foot hospital opened in 1994 and sits on a 20-acre medical campus. Designed with the future in mind, Sutter Davis Hospital offers the technical flexibility necessary to be on the leading edge of health care. For more on the hospital, visit the website www.sutterdavis.org.

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Arthritis Limits Teen’s Activities

Posted by on Apr 10, 2012 | 0 comments

Photo of Ryan Martinez, Sutter Honoree

Ryan Martinez is the Sutter Honoree in the 2012 Arthritis Foundation Walk

Toby Johnson Junior High student Ryan Martinez began battling juvenile arthritis two years ago as a pre-teen. Prior to the discovery of his arthritis, he was active and enjoyed sports. He was an “All Star” in five different sports—baseball, basketball, football soccer and golf. But when Ryan was 11 years old he started limping after his games and wasn’t able to sleep at night due to pain that flared up in his hips. His parents, Deanna and Mark Martinez, took Ryan to an orthopedic surgeon who specialized in sports medicine. Thinking Ryan had a surgical problem in his hips the orthopedic surgeon ordered an MRI for Ryan to see what was wrong. The MRI results showed severe arthritis in both hips. The diagnosis was a shock to Read More

Hospital Rummage Sale to Benefit March of Dimes

Posted by on Apr 10, 2012 | 0 comments

Roseville resident Elysia Baines knows the importance of maternal care and care for a preemie newborn. In 2009, Baines delivered baby Spencer 11 weeks early; the tiny infant weighed a mere two pounds. As soon as Spencer was delivered in the Family Birth Center at Sutter Roseville Medical Center, a clinical team rushed him to the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit for a 12-week hospital stay.

“There were a lot of ups and downs while Spencer was in the NICU, but the staff was great,” said Baines. “They gave wonderful support not only to Spencer but to our family as well.”

Baines is an ardent supporter of the March of Dimes, which raises awareness about the importance of prenatal care and also raises funds to support research to find the causes of prematurity and, along with other goals, provides information and support to families affect by prematurity. Premature birth is the number one killer of newborns. Every year, more than a half million babies are born too soon in the United States. And, the premature birth rate has risen by 36 percent over the last 25 years.

Baines, who benefitted from March of Dimes support when Spencer was born, is not only participating in the Sacramento March of Dimes 2012 Walk at the California State Capitol on April 28, she is also supporting the Sutter Roseville Medical Center 2nd Annual rummage sale for the March of Dimes Campaign.

The rummage sale will be held on Saturday, April 21, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., in the parking lot on the corner of Secret Ravine and Medical Plaza Drive (adjacent to the hospital). The rummage sale will feature gently used items of all kinds and many bargains. Proceeds from the rummage sale will benefit the March of Dimes Campaign, which in turn benefits families of premature babies.

Now a healthy, happy two and a half year old, Spencer is a preemie success story, much to the delight of his mom. Strengthened by the support she was given when Spencer was in the NICU, she feels it’s her turn to give back and to support March of Dimes activities. “Come and shop at the rummage sale,” she urges. “Find a bargain and support the babies—you’ll be making a difference for a family like ours.”