Posts made in July, 2015

Sutter Amador Hospital Partners to Train Potential Rural Physicians

Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 | 0 comments

UC Davis Medical School students toured Sutter Plymouth Health Center, visiting with Dan Fields, M.D., far left, and Sutter Medical Foundation Amador Regional Manager Colleen Riordan, R.N., center, behind desk.

UC Davis Medical School students toured Sutter Plymouth Health Center, visiting with Dan Fields, M.D., far left, and Sutter Medical Foundation Amador Regional Manager Colleen Riordan, R.N., center, behind desk.

Jackson – Sutter Amador Hospital provided tours of its facility to 10 UC Davis School of Medicine first-year medical students during orientation on Friday, July 24, for the school’s Rural-PRIME program.

The students also toured Sutter Plymouth Health Center, visiting with Dan Fields, M.D., and Sutter Medical Foundation Amador Regional Manager Colleen Riordan, R.N. Anne Platt, CEO, Sutter Amador Hospital, led the tour of Sutter Amador Hospital. Other presentations were provided by Sutter Medical Group Internist Robert Hartmann, M.D., Sutter Medical Foundation, and Maureen Funk from the Amador County Council of Tourism.

Rural-PRIME (Programs in Medical Education), an innovative UC Davis School of Medicine program, is designed to increase access to health care in rural areas of California. The program produces physician leaders who are trained in and committed to helping California’s medically underserved communities. Read More

Sutter Medical Center Receives AHA Gold Award in Heart Failure

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 | 0 comments

Only Hospital in Sacramento Region to Be Recognized

SACRAMENTO — Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento has received the Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation’s secondary prevention guidelines for patients with heart failure.

As of July 2015, Sutter Medical Center is the only hospital in the Sacramento region to receive recognition for heart failure in AHA’s Get With The Guidelines program.

Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure is a quality improvement program that helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for heart failure patients. Launched in 2005, numerous published studies have demonstrated the program’s success in achieving patient outcome improvements, including reductions in 30-day readmissions.

Sutter Medical Center earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the patient, proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies. These would include ACE inhibitors/ARBs, beta-blockers, diuretics, anticoagulants, and other appropriate therapies. Before patients are discharged, they also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.

“Sutter Medical Center is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our heart failure patients,” said David Roberts, M.D., medical director of the Sutter Heart & Vascular Institute, a regional program that includes Sutter Medical Center. “Implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure program helps us to accomplish this goal by tracking and measuring our success in meeting internationally respected guidelines.”

“We are pleased to recognize Sutter Medical Center for its commitment to heart failure care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., M.P.H., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee and executive director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow Get With The Guidelines quality improvement measures can reduce patients’ length of stays and 30-day readmission rates and also reduce disparity gaps in care.”
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Sutter Solano Cancer Center Hosts First-Ever Survivor Reception

Posted by on Jul 22, 2015 | 0 comments

Rick Siefke, social worker, Sutter Solano Medical Center, speaks about his personal and professional cancer experiences with attendees during the Sutter Solano Cancer Center and American Cancer Society survivor reception on Tuesday.

Rick Siefke, social worker, Sutter Solano Medical Center, speaks about his personal and professional cancer experiences with attendees during the Sutter Solano Cancer Center and American Cancer Society survivor reception on Tuesday.

VALLEJO – Sutter Solano Cancer Center hosted more than 20 cancer survivors, their loved ones and caregivers for a survivor reception Tuesday evening leading up to Vallejo’s Relay for Life event.

The event was held in partnership with the American Cancer Society.

Rick Siefke a social worker at Sutter Solano Medical Center, shared personal and professional experiences with cancer and explained the resources available to the community through the American Cancer Society. Rick is a nine-year cancer survivor, having been diagnosed with Basel cell skin cancer. For 19 years, he has worked with cancer patients and their loved ones both as a volunteer with American Cancer Society and as a professional in the health care industry. Read More

SMCS CEO Named Rising Star Under 40 by Becker’s

Posted by on Jul 20, 2015 | 0 comments

Carrie Owen Plietz, CEO, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, was named a Rising Star Under 40 by Becker's Hospital Review.

Carrie Owen Plietz, CEO, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, was named a Rising Star Under 40 by Becker’s Hospital Review.

SACRAMENTO – Carrie Owen Plietz, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento CEO, has been named by Becker’s Hospital Review to its 2015 Rising Stars: 25 Health Care Leaders Under 40 publication for the second time in the last three years.

Owen Plietz was also named to the list in 2013 and is the only female CEO in Northern California to be named to this year’s list.

Becker’s selects men and women who have achieved great professional heights in the health care industry at a young age, and these “rising stars” are poised for continued growth throughout the rest of their careers.

Owen Plietz joined Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento in 2011 after serving as COO of Mills-Peninsula Health Services. Before Mills-Peninsula, Owen Plietz spent nine years with California Pacific Medical Center.

One of Owen Plietz’s greatest accomplishments this year is the opening of the expanded Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento campus, including the new Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center, which will take place on Aug. 8.

 

Sutter Medical Foundation Sets Date for Swing Into Golf Tournament

Posted by on Jul 16, 2015 | 0 comments

golfYUBA CITY – Sutter Medical Foundation (SMF) is holding its 17th annual benefit golf tournament, Swing into Health, at Peach Tree Golf and Country Club in Marysville on Friday, Aug. 21. Proceeds will support the purchase of a 3D mammography machine for SMF’s Yuba City imaging office.

3D mammography, also called tomosynthesis, produces 3D high-resolution images of the breast using low-dose x-rays. 3D mammography allows the radiologist to scan through the breast in 1 millimeter increments, enabling the radiologist to differentiate overlapping breast tissue simulating a mass from a true breast cancer.  This increases breast cancer detection and decreases the need for additional images and biopsies allowing for quicker diagnosis and peace of mind for patients.

Sponsorships and player entries are available. The tournament costs $150 per player and includes green fees, lunch and dinner. For more information on the tournament, or sponsorship levels, call 916-887-7070 or buncem@sutterhealth.org.