Posts made in June, 2016

Heart Failure Patient Given Second Wind in Order to Play Sax

Posted by on Jun 21, 2016 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO — Jazz, blues and gospel keyboardist David Ussery, 64, always wanted to play the saxophone. So for Father’s Day 2015, his wife bought him one. He excitedly tried to play it.

“It brought me to tears,” Ussery says, “because I didn’t have the energy to blow into it.”

The longtime keyboardist who has played for R&B star Rick James and Sacramento blues legends Johnny Heartsman and Robert Nakashima was in heart failure. Not only couldn’t he play the sax, but he struggled to play the piano and had trouble walking from the living room up the stairs to the couple’s master bedroom. He even ran out of breath tying his shoes.

“I couldn’t breathe,” he says. “Life was sucky.”

Father’s Day 2016, however, was a different story. Ussery practiced his newfound talent on the saxophone in preparation for a very special concert he performed Monday, June 20. As a thank-you, he played for the people who saved his life — the clinicians of the Sutter Transplant and Advanced Heart Therapy Services. Read More

Sutter Surgical Hospital-North Valley Ranks 2nd in State for Patient Recommendations

Posted by on Jun 10, 2016 | 0 comments

YUBA CITY, Calif. – Sutter Surgical Hospital-North Valley was rated as the second-highest in patient satisfaction in California when discharged patients were asked if they would recommend the hospital to family and friends.

Surgeon Jeffrey Schwartz, M.D., is one of several caregivers who helped Sutter Surgical Hospital-North Valley receive some of the best patient satisfaction scores in the state.

Surgeon Jeffrey Schwartz, M.D., is one of several caregivers who helped Sutter Surgical Hospital-North Valley receive some of the best patient satisfaction scores in the state.

Ninety-four percent of Sutter Surgical Hospital patients responded “definitely yes” when asked, “Would you recommend this hospital to your friends and family?” in the national Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS, pronounced H-caps) survey. The latest figures are reported on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Hospital Compare website and were collected between July 2014 and June 2015.

The 94 percent rating is much higher than the California average of 69 percent and the national average of 71 percent. In California, only Patients’ Hospital of Redding received a higher score, 97 percent. Another Sutter Health hospital, Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, ranked third with 92 percent.

The survey question’s results were recently published online in Becker’s Hospital Review in a story titled, “Top 6 California hospitals patients would definitely recommend.” Read More