Posts made in April, 2013

Road Closures Planned for April 26-May 1 for Hospital Construction

Posted by on Apr 23, 2013 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO — As the Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento expansion construction project continues to make progress toward its 2014 completion, there will be road closures around the SMCS campus every once in a while to facilitate the necessary construction work.

From April 26 to May 1, there will be closures on 29th Street and on Capitol Avenue. Following are details:

29th Street Closure

In order to complete work on the new bridge connecting the South Parking Lot to the Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center, 29th Street between L Street and Capitol Avenue will be closed from 7 p.m. Friday to 7 p.m. Saturday.

Capitol Avenue Lane Closures

To facilitate utility work in the street, Capitol Avenue between 28th and 29th streets will have lane closures from Monday, April 29, through Wednesday, May 1. The barriers will begin mid-block so there will be access to the Biba restaurant valet. Here are details for each day:

  • The westbound lane and one eastbound lane will be closed from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, April 29.
  • On Tuesday, April 30, and Wednesday, May 1, the westbound lane will be closed from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on both days.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to construct “the medical campus of the future” in midtown Sacramento.

Occupational Therapist Helps Patients Live Life to Fullest

Posted by on Apr 22, 2013 | 0 comments


Brandy Cosgrove, Occupational Therapist, Sutter Rehabilitation Institute

The field of occupational therapy had never occurred to Roseville resident Brandy Cosgrove, occupational therapist (OT) at Sutter Rehabilitation Institute. Instead, she pursued studies to become a physical therapist.  She became interested in this line of work as a teenager in high school after a friend’s father had accidentally fallen off a roof and became paralyzed.  Cosgrove saw first-hand how the therapists interacted with the father and the family.

During her studies she job shadowed an OT and fell in love with this profession. She quickly changed from physical therapy to occupational therapy in order to work with patients who had been injured or had suffered a debilitating illness.  While Cosgrove mostly works with patients who have suffered a traumatic brain injury, she also works with stroke patients and other patients who have undergone orthopedic repairs.

Traumatic brain injury comes from an impact to the head from a direct blow or from sudden movement such as severe shaking. Most patients suffered Read More

It’s Time to Have Important Conversations

Posted by on Apr 21, 2013 | 0 comments


Catherine McGregor, RN, MSN, Palliative Care Coordinator

Do you know your parents’ wishes if they become seriously ill? Have you talked with your adult children about your wishes in the event of you becoming gravely ill?  End-of life conversations are among the most difficult yet important conversations you can have with your loved ones.

Catherine McGregor, RN, MSN, Palliative Care Coordinator at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, assists many families in having challenging conversations about how they want to be able to live their life consistent with their goals and values. “Each of us has the ability to guide our healthcare providers and our loved ones about what we want,” said McGregor. “Our Palliative Care team in concert with your physician is dedicated to assisting patients and their families in exploring options for care when faced with difficult decisions about end-of-life care.”

 Completing an Advance Directive gives you the ability to document the types of healthcare you do and do not want, and to name an “agent” to speak for you if you cannot speak for yourself.

For more information and tools to talk about wishes with your family, friends and healthcare providers, please visit

Youth Safety Month – Avoiding Overuse Injuries in Sports

Posted by on Apr 19, 2013 | 0 comments

Thomas Merchant, M.D.

Thomas Merchant, M.D.

April is Youth Sports Safety Month and sports medicine specialist Thomas Merchant, M.D., with Sutter Independent Physicians, wants to spread the word on avoiding sports injuries. Dr. Merchant treats sports injuries on young athletes year round. He says overuse injuries are responsible for nearly half of all sports injuries to middle and high school students.

  A common story might sound like this: A 13-year-old boy participates in baseball games and practices 12 months of the year, plays on travel teams, the local park’s little league team and then throws balls in his own backyard most nights. Then due to the prolonged, Read More

Are You at Risk for Osteoarthritis?

Posted by on Apr 19, 2013 | 0 comments

Paul Sasaura, M.D.

Paul Sasaura, M.D.

Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, creates joint pain and reduced motion. “Osteoarthritis symptoms usually develop slowly and worsen over time,” says Paul Sasaura, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon with Sutter Independent Physicians.  Signs that you may be experiencing osteoarthritis include:

Pain in the joint during or after movement

  • Joint tenderness when light pressure is applied
  • Joint stiffness upon awakening or after being inactive for a period of time
  • Loss of flexibility due to decreased range of motion
  • A grating sensation when moving the joint

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that occurs when the cartilage that cushions the ends of bones deteriorates over time.  Dr. Sasaura says when the cartilage wears away, the bones under the cartilage begin to rub together causing pain, swelling and loss of motion. Read More