Posts made in October, 2013

Sutter Surgical Hospital – North Valley Recognized as Top 10% in Nation for Joint Replacement Care

Posted by on Oct 31, 2013 | 0 comments

Sutter Surgical Hospital – North Valley Receives Healthgrades 2014 Joint Replacement Excellence Award™

YUBA CITY, Calif. – Joint replacement care at Sutter Surgical Hospital – North Valley is in the top 10 percent of the nation according to a new report from Healthgrades, the leading online resource that helps consumers search, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals. The report, American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2014: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, evaluates hospital performance at more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 31 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions. Read More

Man in Lethal Arrhythmia Saved by Wife, Sutter Heart Specialists

Posted by on Oct 31, 2013 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO – George Vaughn, 45, of Sacramento never had heart trouble. On Sept. 4, that changed quickly … and dramatically.

While taking a shower that morning, Vaughn had a cardiac arrest and fell unconscious, which awoke his wife, Lily. She had CPR training nearly 20 years earlier and remembered enough to keep him alive until first responders arrived.

Lily Tang talks about keeping her husband, George Vaughn, left, alive through CPR while Sutter Heart & Vascular Institute Medical Director David Roberts, M.D., right, and Subramaniam Krishnan, M.D., who performed a procedure that saved George's life, listen during an event when Lily received a American Heart Association Heartsaver Hero Award.

Lily Tang talks about keeping her husband, George Vaughn, left, alive through CPR while Sutter Heart & Vascular Institute Medical Director David Roberts, M.D., right, and Subramaniam Krishnan, M.D., who performed a procedure that saved George’s life, listen during an event when Lily received a American Heart Association Heartsaver Hero Award.

When he was brought to Sutter Memorial Hospital, Vaughn was in a ventricular fibrillation storm – a constant series of cardiac arrests – and had to be shocked at least three-dozen times in the emergency room.

Various medications were given to halt this lethal arrhythmia, but nothing was working. He was brought into a cath lab that doubles as a surgery room, and a team of about 20 clinicians – including interventional cardiologists and heart surgeons – worked quickly to try to stop the storm. While there, Vaughn received continuous shocks as the storm worsened. It is estimated his heart was shocked more than 200 times.

None of the Sutter clinicians – from nurses and lab techs to cardiologists and heart surgeons, totaling hundreds of years of experience – had ever experienced a patient with a previous healthy heart in this kind of V-Fib storm. Except one. Read More

Sutter Diagnostic Imaging Roseville Performs Free Mammograms

Posted by on Oct 28, 2013 | 0 comments

Mammogram technician Christine Douglas explains the mammography process to patient Donna Drayer

Mammogram technician Christine Douglas explains the mammography process to patient Donna Drayer

ROSEVILLE, Calif. – In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Sutter Diagnostic Imaging in Roseville performed more than 100 free digital screening mammograms to uninsured women more than 40 years of age.  In addition to the free mammograms an insurance enrollment specialist from Covered California provided education, outreach and enrollment services, and a volunteer from the federally qualified health center WellSpace Health provided information about other various community resources and services available. Read More

Kicking Cancer to the Curb with Pink Trash Bins

Posted by on Oct 25, 2013 | 0 comments

AUBURN, Calif. – Recology Auburn Placer and Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital have teamed once again, this time to support breast cancer patients in Placer County. Beginning his month Recology Auburn Placer is offering Placer residents a one-year lease for a 64-gallon pink trash bin for $250.  All funds will support Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital’s Breast Cancer Navigator program, which offers individualized assistance to breast cancer patients as well as their families and caregivers.

The breast cancer navigator is an important part of a cancer patient’s journey, says Mindy Danovaro, Executive Director of the Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital Foundation. The navigator works with a patient through all phases of the cancer experience, expertly guiding the patient through the cancer care continuum from diagnosis through survivorship, linking the patient to needed programs and resources. Read More

Physical Therapist Focuses Treatment on Stroke Patients

Posted by on Oct 21, 2013 | 0 comments

Christy Nguyen, Physical Therapist and therapy dog Lavender

Christy Nguyen, physical therapist, and therapy dog Lavender

ROSEVILLE, Calif. – As a teen, Christy Nguyen was drawn to becoming a physical therapist from playing sports in high school and seeing the benefits that physical therapy could provide for sports injuries. Out of high school, she planned to focus on out-patient physical therapy services but once in college she was introduced to a variety of patients including those requiring in-patient services. Nguyen changed her focus to work with patients who suffered from neurological disorders such as strokes, Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis. She now treats patients with neurological disorders on an inpatient basis at Sutter Rehabilitation Institute in Roseville, a CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) accredited facility.

Physical therapists like Nguyen apply research and proven techniques to help people regain motion and function after an illness or injury. Treatment can be provided in a number of settings that include outpatient clinics, home health agencies, nursing homes, and hospitals.  Read More