Posts made in May, 2014

Duck Dash to Raise Funds for Music Therapy at Sutter Children’s Center

Posted by on May 29, 2014 | 0 comments


Ducks are ready to be adopted via The Duck Dash website,

Ducks are ready to be adopted via The Duck Dash website,

SACRAMENTO — The second annual Duck Dash at Raging Waters at Cal Expo in Sacramento will take place Saturday, June 7. More than 3,500 rubber ducks will float down an 800-foot-long lazy river, racing to the finish line to win prizes and raise funds for the Child Life Program at Sutter Children’s Center. Community members are encouraged to adopt a duck – or a paddling of ducks – and cheer them on during the 5 p.m. race.

Funds raised by The Duck Dash will go toward the music therapy program at Sutter Children’s Center. Music therapists from McConnell Music Therapy Services use a variety of techniques that have been proven to be effective in helping children and adolescents reach a wide range of goals through music. Activities include listening to live music, songwriting, singing, song lyric analysis and guided relaxation. Read More

Carla Kakutani, M.D. of Winters Named 2014 Family Physician of the Year

Posted by on May 23, 2014 | 0 comments

SAN FRANCISCO – The California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP) named Carla Kakutani, M.D. of Winters, associate medical director of Sutter Medical Group, its 2014 Family Physician of the Year. Selected from among CAFP’s 8,700 members, Dr. Kakutani is being honored for 25 years of serving the rural Winters community as a family physician while at the same time leading statewide and national efforts to champion family medicine and improve the health care system.

Dr. Carla Kakutani has served Winters' families for 25 years.

Dr. Carla Kakutani has served Winters’ families for 25 years.

“This prestigious award is given annually to someone who exhibits the finest qualities of family physicians and who goes above and beyond in service to patients and community,” said CAFP President Del Morris, M.D. “Dr. Kakutani’s tireless efforts benefit individual patients, the people of her town and the state of California and the specialty of family medicine.”
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CT Scanner First of its Kind in Sacramento Region

Posted by on May 20, 2014 | 0 comments

AUBURN – With National Stroke Awareness Month upon us, it’s only fitting that Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital unveiled its $1.2 million investment in a state-of-the-art 128-slice Computed Tomography (CT) scanner that will help diagnose strokes faster – and do so much more.


The equipment, which became a reality through matching grants raised from the community in 2013, is the first of its kind in the Sacramento region. It will be able to capture images more quickly and emits a lower dose of radiation – 40 percent less – than its predecessor. Read More

Shoulder Pain? A Rotator Cuff Injury Could be the Blame

Posted by on May 14, 2014 | 0 comments

Patrick McGahan, M.D.

Patrick McGahan, M.D.

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, in 2008 nearly two million people in the United States went to their doctors for rotator cuff difficulties. This includes rotator cuff tears, which make it difficult or even impossible to raise your arm over your shoulder.

“There are two types of rotator cuff tears—a partial tear and a full-thickness tear,” says orthopedic surgeon Patrick McGahan, M.D., with Sutter Orthopedic Institute. “The partial tear damages the soft tissue of the rotator cuff tendons, but doesn’t completely sever the tendon. A full-thickness tear, also called a complete tear, splits the rotator cuff tendon soft tissue completely into two.”

There are also two main causes Read More

Sutter Rehabilitation Institute Earns Three-Year CARF Accreditation

Posted by on May 14, 2014 | 0 comments

Local Facility Achieves Accreditation for Comprehensive Inpatient Rehabilitation, Brain Injury, Stroke

CARF Gold SealRoseville, Calif.  – The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) has awarded the Sutter Rehabilitation Institute a three-year accreditation for its delivery of state-of-the-art intensive rehabilitation for adolescents and adults disabled by illness or injury.  Sutter Rehabilitation Institute has garnered the three-year CARF designation in comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation, with specialty accreditations in stroke and brain injury rehabilitation. Read More