VHA West Coast recognized Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital for achieving excellence in clinically recognized performance measures. Earlier this month, representatives of VHA West Coast presented the official award to Mitch Hanna, CEO, Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, to honor the physicians, nurses, administrators and staff for their work in achieving a bronze level of performance.
The VHA West Coast Recognition Program annually recognizes achievement of clinical quality and patient experience goals among VHA health care organizations in California, Oregon, Arizona, Washington, and Hawaii. Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital is one of 13 organizations in the region to receive recognition in 2013.
VALLEJO, Calif. – Sutter Solano Cancer Center received a full three-year accreditation approval for its cancer program from The Commission on Cancer, a multidisciplinary program of the American College of Surgeons.
“This is a tremendous milestone for our cancer services at Sutter Solano and testament to the hard work and dedication shown by our staff toward creating a solid, reputable program,” said Kim Etcheberry, R.N., cancer services manager. “This designation is a symbol of the quality of care we give our patients.” Read More about Sutter Solano Earns Commission on Cancer Accreditation
Patients can receive care closer to home
JACKSON, Calif. – Sutter Amador Hospital will expand its health and wellness services available to women with the debut of breast magnetic resonance imaging, or breast MRI, made possible through generous donations from community members and groups.
“This service opens more doors for our patients and gives them access to a powerful diagnostic screening technology previously unavailable in Amador County,” said Judy Vermason, diagnostic imaging operations manager at Sutter Amador Hospital. “Keeping care local within our community is a great convenience to our patients.” Read More about Sutter Amador Hospital Gives New Option to Patients with MRI Breast Cancer Screening
Local orthopedic surgeon, Jeff Bergeson, D.O., will join medical staff in Jinotepe, Nicaragua, when he volunteers his time and medical expertise with Ministry of Mercy, a non-profit, faith based charity that sponsors short term health mission trips to Nicaragua to provide much needed health services to men, women and children in the local villages.
The July 20 medical mission will focus on providing orthopedic services for approximately 25 patients at Hospital Regional Santiago in Jinotepe. Sutter Auburn Faith medical staff Mary Nicosia, RN, Venae Crabtree, RN, Jake Thomas, imaging technician, medical student Keifer Bergeson, nursing students Miranda Reed, high school student Brecken Chorley, and Ministry of Mercy President John Nicosia will join Dr. Bergeson on this mission.
Dr. Bergeson will perform knee and shoulder arthroscopies on patients living in poverty and will train the physicians on how these procedures are performed. By training the hospital’s staff on arthroscopic surgery, many more patients will be able to receive this care once Dr. Bergeson and the Sutter nurses return home.
SACRAMENTO – John Boyd, PsyD., who oversees Sutter Center for Psychiatry and is chief administrative officer of Regional Behavioral Health and Continuing Care at Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, was appointed last week by Gov. Jerry Brown to the California Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission.
Boyd is one of 16 commissioners whose mission is to oversee state tax dollars used by counties from the Mental Health Services Act, also called Proposition 63, and to hold public mental health systems in the state accountable.
“Due to budget shortfalls, many California counties had to cut mental health services” Boyd said. “I am pleased to serve our state in helping counties utilize these funds to assist those who need access to mental health services, while at the same time easing the impact this issue is having on emergency departments and medical centers throughout the state.”
This appointment is a reflection of the excellent work that has been done within the Sacramento Sierra Region including Sutter Center for Psychiatry and its staff in caring for the mental health needs of patients throughout the Sacramento region. Many improvements have been initiated by our regional behavioral health team, including SCP in order to meet the increased demand for these services.
Boyd received a Doctor of Psychology degree from the California School of Professional Psychology and earned a master’s degree in health administration from the University of Southern California. He served as a City of Sacramento Planning and Design Commissioner from 2004-2008 and is a fellow at the American College of Healthcare Executives.