Posts made in November, 2015

Two Major Milestones Reached After Move to New Cardiac Center at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento

Posted by on Nov 20, 2015 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO – Since moving into its new, entirely remodeled new home in August, the Sutter Heart & Vascular Institute at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento hit two 200th milestones and began a new approach to valve replacement that is safer for elderly patients.

Donald Valentine, left, had an implantable ventricular assist device for two years before receiving a heart transplant in 2011. Sutter Heart & Vascular Institute has implanted 200 of the devices since 2008.

Donald Valentine, left, had an implantable ventricular assist device for two years before receiving a heart transplant in 2011. Sutter Heart & Vascular Institute has implanted 200 of the devices since 2008.

Sutter Medical Center has now implanted more than 200 TAVRs – transcatheter aortic valve replacements – which replace a damaged aortic heart valve without open-heart surgery. Sutter heart surgeons and interventional cardiologists work together during the TAVR procedure in the new $7 million Hybrid Surgery Suite in the Ose Adams Medical Pavilion.

Since the move, SMCS became the first center in Sacramento to perform TAVR using conscious sedation rather than general anesthesia, providing inherent benefits to these elderly and frail patients, most of whom are in their 80s and 90s. Only a handful of heart programs around the country have done TAVRs in this fashion.

In addition, Sutter’s heart failure program recently implanted its 200th ventricular assist device. The VAD program started eight years ago and has grown to become the largest such program in Northern California.
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Halloween Scare Gives Paradise Man New Lease on Life with New Heart

Posted by on Nov 13, 2015 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO – Larry Little was in bed on Halloween eve when he got a call: His new heart was ready.

“It was kind of scary,” said Little, 68, of Paradise, who was discharged from the hospital Friday, Nov. 13. “Truly it is. Whatever you think and know, you’re just not ready for that call. They say, ‘Come now.’ There it is, suddenly, in your face. Time to go. You surrender to the process.”

John Chin, M.D., center, medical director of the Sutter Heart Transplant Program, and Robert Kincade, M.D., the program's surgical director, talk about Larry Little's surgery and recovery from his heart transplant on Halloween.

John Chin, M.D., center, medical director of the Sutter Heart Transplant Program, and Robert Kincade, M.D., the program’s surgical director, talk about Larry Little’s surgery and recovery from his heart transplant on Halloween.

But what was a scary night turned into a Halloween treat, as Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento surgeons removed his weak heart and replaced it with a healthy one on Halloween morning, Oct. 31. Now, two weeks later, Little is healthy enough to go home.

Little’s surgery was the first heart transplant to be performed in Sutter’s new home for its cardiac services: the Ose Adams Medical Pavilion. The groundbreaking Sutter Heart & Vascular Institute began in the 1950s in Sutter Memorial Hospital, where many firsts in the Sacramento region were performed: the first open-heart surgery, the first pediatric heart surgery, the first heart valve replacement, etc. … and the first heart transplant in 1989. More than 150 heart transplants were performed since then at Sutter Memorial, which closed in August and all services transferred to the expanded and remodeled Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento campus in midtown.

Larry Little, center, and his Sutter care team give a thumbs' up on Friday, Nov. 13, when Little was discharged from the hospital and went home.

Larry Little, center, and his Sutter care team give a thumbs’ up on Friday, Nov. 13, when Little was discharged from the hospital and went home.

Since moving into its new home, the Sutter Heart & Vascular Institute hasn’t missed a beat. This week, it became the only Northern California hospital to be named by Truven as a 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospital for 2016, which awards those hospitals that are the highest performing in the nation.

Sutter Medical Center Named a Top Cardiac Hospital in Nation

Posted by on Nov 12, 2015 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO — Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, which is the only heart transplant center in the region, was named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals for 2016 by Truven Health Analytics. Sutter Medical Center is the only hospital in Northern California to receive the award, which is based on an objective, quantitative study that identifies the nation’s best providers of cardiovascular care.

Basic RGBSelected from more than 1,000 U.S. hospitals, the Top 50 award winners provide outstanding care and set new standards in excellence for this high-profile service line, Truven says. The annual Truven study is based on publicly available data and a balanced look at patient outcomes, operational efficiencies and financial metrics. The 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study is part of the esteemed 100 Top Hospitals program. Hospitals do not apply, and winners do not pay to market their honor. Sutter Medical Center has also been named a 100 Top Hospital for the past three years.

The 50 Top study provides key industry insights, including the fact that if all cardiovascular providers performed at the level of this year’s winners:
• Nearly 8,000 additional lives could be saved.
• Nearly 3,500 more heart patients could be complication-free.
• More than $1.3 billion could be saved.

That analysis was based only on Medicare patients; if the same standards were applied to all inpatients, the impact would be even greater, Truven said.

Specifically, the 2016 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals had:
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