Posts made in October, 2016

SMG Radiologist Selected as Technical Expert Panelist for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Posted by on Oct 28, 2016 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO – Sacramento radiologist David J. Seidenwurm, M.D., Sutter Medical Foundation’s medical director for radiology quality and safety, has been selected to participate in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Technical Expert Panel for the Quality Measure Development Plan. He was selected for the panel because of his diverse quality management expertise and for his extensive patient care and healthcare background.

 SeidenwurmAs a technical expert panelist, Dr. Seidenwurm will work with stakeholders and experts to provide methodical input on the development, selection and maintenance of the Quality Measure Development Plan. The plan’s intent is to support the transition from fee-for-service to Medicare. Read More

Sutter Health Looking for Advisors for Patient Family Advisory Councils

Posted by on Oct 21, 2016 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO – Several Sutter Health affiliates are forming councils to involve the community and get insight and feedback about their experiences at the hospital.

Advisors with the Patient Family Advisory Councils will collaborate with leadership, care teams, and clinical initiative teams at Sutter affiliates to help in the planning and decision-making process for future patients. Through this partnership, advisors will share their experiences, and perspectives, providing the hospital’s care teams with an insider’s view about the patient and family experience and helping identify opportunities to improve care for all patients and families.

Ideal candidates have received care at one of our Sutter hospitals or care centers within the last five years and are looking for an opportunity to give back to the community in a unique way. Advisors are asked to give 4-6 hours per month to various projects related to being a member of the Patient Family Advisory Council. This includes participating in meetings and process improvement activities throughout the hospital and advising on patient communication materials.

“The feedback a patient can provide us about their experience, or a loved one’s experience, in the hospital is invaluable and a key factor in how we will improve as an overall healthcare system,” said Roberta Mori, director, Patient and Family Engagement, Office of the Patient Experience, Sutter Health. “The Patient Advisory Councils are a great way to incorporate the patient in the culture of our hospitals and care centers and help us continue to improve.”

Those interested in learning more about the Patient Family Advisory Council or signing up to be a volunteer can contact Roberta Mori at MoriR@sutterhealth.org or call (916) 949-4656.

Sutter Davis Hospital Brings Music to Patients’ Ears with Launch of Music Therapy

Posted by on Oct 17, 2016 | 0 comments

DAVIS – Barbara Smaystryla came to Sutter Medical Foundation’s infusion center on Monday and got a lot more than she intended: She was introduced to the Hapi drum, enjoyed listening to one of Sutter Davis Hospital’s music therapists sing her favorite tune and learned useful breathing exercises.

Barbara Smaystrla, right, learns to play the Hapi drum from Tara McConnell, music therapist, at Sutter Medical Foundation's Infusion Center, on Monday. Sutter Davis Hospital launched its new music therapy program recently.

Barbara Smaystrla, right, learns to play the Hapi drum from Tara McConnell, music therapist, at Sutter Medical Foundation’s Infusion Center, on Monday. Sutter Davis Hospital launched its new music therapy program recently.

Tara McConnell, owner of McConnell Music Therapy Services, and Daniel Beseda, a music therapist with the company, helped debut the music therapy program at Sutter Davis Hospital on Monday.

McConnell Music Therapy Services partners with Sutter Health to provide music therapy services in several of its facilities, including Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento and Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento. Daniel spends most of his week working with pediatric and adult patients at the Sacramento campus. Read More

Sutter Davis Hospital Recognized as Healthiest Workplace by Modern Healthcare

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016 | 0 comments

DAVIS – Sutter Davis Hospital received Modern Healthcare’s inaugural Healthiest Workplace award when the organization held its Best Places to Work gala on Friday, Oct. 7.

Sutter Davis Hospital employees have access to a walking path behind the facility that also features exercise equipment throughout the route.

Sutter Davis Hospital employees have access to a walking path behind the facility that also features exercise equipment throughout the route.

Sutter Davis won the award in the Providers/Insurers category and was recognized for promoting wellness within its workforce through access to fitness programs and facilities, the structure of the organization’s benefits plan and a culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance.

Sutter Davis has a six-year partnership with the Davis Farmers Market, which sets up shop in front of the hospital once a week from May-October. Employees also have access to a nearby walking path which features exercise stations. There is also a meditation garden at the hospital. Read More

Rock Artist Creates ‘Living Walls’ for New Mikuni Infusion Center

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 | 0 comments

World-renowned Sacramento performance artist David Garibaldi, whose specialty is his stage act in which he rapidly creates paintings of notable rock musicians, unveiled three paintings on Wednesday, Sept. 28, for the newly named Mikuni Infusion Center in the second-floor lobby of the Buhler Specialty Pavilion on the campus of Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento.

The naming of the Infusion Center is in honor of Mikuni Charitable Foundation’s ongoing contributions totaling more than $850,000 to the Sutter Cancer Center’s Breast Cancer Navigator Program in the past 20 years. The paintings were unveiled during a gala sponsored by Sutter Health Philanthropy and attended by Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento donors and other special guests.

Known for his quick painting style, Garibaldi created the three pieces in his studio Wednesday afternoon, and after their unveiling he added extra touches to the periwinkle-colored walls in order to tie the three pieces together. Included in the finishing touches is a hand print of Taro Arai, executive chef and “Chief Dreaming Officer” of Mikuni Restaurant Group. Garibaldi had Taro add his hand print to the bottom left of the larger piece that faces the two bridges connecting the Buhler Pavilion to the Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center and the Ose Adams Medical Pavilion. Read More