Posts made in January, 2013

Ethiopian Girl Gets Life-Saving Surgery at Sutter Children’s Center

Posted by on Jan 26, 2013 | 0 comments

When a happy little girl from a remote village in southern Ethiopia lost her sight in September 2012, her parents took her “three mountains away” to the nearest city, Addis Ababa, where a scan showed that 7-year-old Kalkidan Wondemu Sirbaro had a brain tumor called a craniopharyngioma. A team of Bay Area medical professionals were in Addis Ababa as part of Project Mercy, an Indiana nonprofit that sends aid to Ethiopia, but they couldn’t perform the brain surgery there.

Kalkidan in Ethiopia

Kalkidan with her family in Ethiopia before coming to the United States for life-saving surgery.

However, they did take Kalkidan’s story home with the hope that someone could help. But the help needed to come quickly, as they gave Kalkidan just a few months to live.

News of Kalkidan’s situation reached Sarah Jones, M.D., a family doctor with Sutter Medical Group in Davis, who reached out to Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. The hospital – home to the comprehensive pediatric hospital Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento – agreed to donate its services, and Sutter Neuroscience Institute medical director of adult and pediatric neurosurgery Samuel Ciricillo, M.D., agreed to perform the surgery pro-bono. Within just 30 hours, approvals for the surgery and Kalkidan’s pre- and post-operative care were received from Sutter and doctors. Read More

Recology and Hospital Committed to Environment

Posted by on Jan 11, 2013 | 0 comments

Three Sutter Auburn Faith leaders and one leader from Recology Auburn Placer stand in front of the donated trach compactor.

l-r: Mario Pereira, Mindy Danovaro, Sue Dossa and Mitch Hanna get ready to cut the ribbon on the donated trash compactor.

AUBURN— At first glance, it doesn’t seem like Recology Auburn Placer and Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital have much in common. Yet a deeper look shows that both businesses endeavor to support and enhance the Auburn community. And, both businesses are dedicated to improving the environment.

Recology Auburn Placer pioneered recycling long before recycling became fashionable or mandated by law. Today, Recology continues its innovative approach to “resource recovery” through recycling and sustainable practices in the communities it serves in order to improve the environment. Read More

Sutter Hospitals Receive A’s for Patient Safety from Leapfrog

Posted by on Jan 3, 2013 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO – Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region received straight-A’s today, as all six hospitals in the region were honored with Hospital Safety Scores of “A” by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.

The A scores were awarded in the latest update to the Hospital Safety Score, the A, B, C, D or F scores assigned to U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries accidents and infections. The Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families. Read More