Posts made in April, 2014

VHA West Coast Recognizes Sutter Surgical Hospital – North Valley

Posted by on Apr 25, 2014 | 0 comments

Sutter Surgical Hospital - North Valley

Sutter Surgical Hospital – North Valley

VHA West Coast recognized Sutter Surgical Hospital – North Valley, in the West Coast Region Awards for achieving excellence in Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS). This recognition honors the physicians, nurses, administrators and staff at each organization for their work in patient experience measures and for achieving a silver 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 Surgical Hospital – North Valley is one of five organizations in the region to receive recognition in 2014.

All VHA West Coast acute facilities are eligible for inclusion in the recognition program. Specifically, Sutter Surgical Hospital – North Valley was recognized for Read More

VHA West Coast Recognizes Sutter Auburn Faith for Third Year

Posted by on Apr 25, 2014 | 0 comments

Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital

Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital

For the third consecutive year, VHA West Coast recognized Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital in the West Coast Region Awards for achieving excellence in clinically recognized performance measures. This recognition honors the physicians, nurses, administrators and staff at each organization for their work in achieving a silver 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 five organizations in the region to receive recognition in 2014.

All VHA West Coast acute facilities are eligible for inclusion in the recognition program. Specifically, Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital was recognized for Read More

Sutter Children’s Center Music Video Shows Kids As Rock Stars

Posted by on Apr 22, 2014 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO – Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento employees, physicians and patients danced and lip-synced through the halls of Sutter Memorial Hospital to create a fun, uplifting music video to the popular hit “Dynamite” recently and Sutter officials are hoping the video will be the next big Web sensation.

The video, which will be used to promote the Children’s Center, is now showing on YouTube and Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento’s Facebook page.

http://youtu.be/4UAceiO44J4

“Our ‘Dynamite’ video shows how courageous our youngest patients are at Sutter,” said Kim Brown-Sims, assistant administrator, Women’s and Children’s Services. “We are all inspired by the stories of these children and know that it’s a partnership between the nurses, physicians and families to help them on the road to recovery. They truly are dynamite!” Read More

Sutter Health’s Sacramento Sierra Region Named One of 2014 Truven Health Analytics Top Health Systems

Posted by on Apr 21, 2014 | 0 comments

Truven Health Top 15 LogoSACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sutter Health’s Sacramento Sierra Region today earned recognition as one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems® by Truven Health Analytics. The 15 Top Health Systems study is part of the esteemed 100 Top Hospitals® program at Truven Health Analytics.

“The Truven Health 15 Top Health Systems® study is a real testament to the hard work and compassion of our physicians, nurses, clinical staff and employees,” said Regional President James Conforti. “Recognitions such as this are some of the most meaningful because they signify all the extraordinary work we put into practice that help us enhance the quality and safety of patient care.” Read More

National Health Care Decisions Day is April 16 – Tips to Begin Planning

Posted by on Apr 11, 2014 | 0 comments

?????????It is often difficult to imagine your end of life care—or end of life care for a loved one—in the event you or your loved one becomes incapable of making health care decisions. National Healthcare Decisions Day would like to change that. This April 16 is the 7th annual National Healthcare Decisions Day. On this day we encourage you to make your future healthcare choices known and protected.

Why should you bother with end-of-life planning?

There are several reasons.

First, advance care planning allows you to think about important issues when you don’t have to make immediate decisions or are under intense emotional stress. Another important factor is that it’s good to know your loved ones understand your personal wishes should you suddenly become unable to speak for yourself. And, if you happen to become the decision maker for a loved one who is incapacitated you don’t have to guess what that loved one wants. You’ll be prepared to act based on what you know. This advance care planning will also help avoid serious family conflict if you and your loved ones have different views on end of life care.

How do you get started with advance care planning?

You can begin advance care planning by considering the following questions:

• What represents a good quality of life to you?

• What concerns you the most about death or dying?

• How would you want to spend the last month of your life?

• Some people want to have everything possible done to delay death. Others do not want dying to be prolonged. Where do you fit in with these two requests?

• If you are in a position where you cannot speak for yourself, who do you want to make these decisions for you?

What are the next steps?

Advance care planning is a process. You may want to schedule an appointment with a medical caregiver such as your primary care physician, nurse practitioner or specialist. In addition, you may want to complete a document called an Advance Health Care Directive which allows you to state in writing your individual wishes for end of life care. For more information on the Advance Health Care Directive, click here. To download an Advance Health Care Directive, click here.

Please take the time today to think about your wishes or the wishes of your loved one. Start a conversation using the questions above and take the next step and prepare an Advance Health Care Directive. Advance care planning will not only help you shape the last stage of life, it will also give you peace of mind to know your decisions are in place and will be honored.