Posts made in February, 2017

Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento Administers First Spinraza Treatment in Sacramento

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 | 0 comments

Charleston Goeppert, who lives with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), loves participating in activities that well children do – like walking the family dog.

“Cash” became the first patient at Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento to receive the groundbreaking SPINRAZA treatment on Feb. 1 in the hospital’s pediatric day unit.

Cash, as his family affectionately calls him, lives with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a neurological disease characterized by loss of motor neurons in the spinal cord and lower brain stem, resulting in severe and progressive muscular atrophy and weakness. Ultimately, individuals with the most severe type of SMA can become paralyzed and have difficulty performing the basic functions of life, like breathing and swallowing.

During a controlled clinical study, infantile-onset SMA patients treated with SPINRAZA achieved and sustained improvement in motor function compared to untreated study participants. In addition, a greater percentage of patients on SPINRAZA survived compared to untreated patients. In open-label studies, some patients achieved milestones such as ability to sit unassisted, stand or walk when they would otherwise be unexpected to do so and maintained milestones at ages when they would be expected to be lost. Read More

Sutter Medical Center Foundation Welcomes New Board Members

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 | 0 comments

Sacramento, Calif. – Sutter Medical Center Foundation has announced the addition of four new community members to its Board of Trustees.

“Our new board members bring great knowledge of the industry and community as well as enthusiasm to the Sutter Medical Center Foundation board. We are excited to have them as we know that Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento will continue to have a great presence in the community because of their efforts,” said Greg Walaitis, Director, Philanthropy, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. Read More

American Legion Ambulance Services makes donation to Sutter Amador Hospital Emergency Department

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 | 0 comments

Sutter Amador Hospital accepted a generous $228,000 donation from the American Legion Ambulance Service to help support the hospital’s Emergency Department.

Al Lennox, president of the American Legion Post 108 Ambulance Services (ALA) and Alan McNany, vice president of the ALA, presented the check to hospital CEO Anne Platt, physicians and staff of the ED.

“We are extremely thankful for the generous donation from the American Legion,” said Anne. “We value our partnership with the American Legion as we work together to provide compassionate and quality health care to this community. This donation goes a long way in assisting us to provide additional services in our Emergency Department.”

Al Lennox, who is involved in ambulance services for the past 30 years, said the collaboration and care that Sutter Amador provides is essential to Amador County, and is one the organization is proud to support.

As SAH’s ED is the sole community provider for Amador County, the donation will be used to purchase several pieces of equipment, portable cardiac monitors and wheelchairs for ED patients. The funding will also allow the Emergency Department team to complete cardiac stress testes directly in the ED.

The Sutter Amador ED sees approximately 80 patients per day.

Why Is There a Red Dress on Sutter Medical Center? It’s for a Good Cause

Posted by on Feb 3, 2017 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO – Drivers at night time on the Capital City Freeway in February are seeing a red dress illuminated on Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento’s Ose Adams Medical Pavilion in honor of American Heart Month.

A red dress is “floating” on Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento as part of American Heart Month.

Sutter Health in the Valley Area is a major sponsor of the American Heart Association’s Go Red activities that draw attention to heart disease and stroke that take the lives of 1 in 3 women each year.

“This is a cause Sutter Health has supported for many years in the greater Sacramento area, and now we’re starting to make a big push beyond this region into Stockton and Modesto, so we hope it only continues to grow from here,” said Rick Harrell, regional service line executive for Sutter Heart & Vascular Institute and board chair for the Sacramento division of the American Heart Association. “Cardiovascular diseases kill about one woman every 80 seconds, and we want more women to be aware that this is their greatest health threat. We are truly thankful to see our communities embrace the Go Red For Women movement to raise awareness and help women live longer, healthier lives.” Read More

10,000th Baby Born at Sacramento’s Newest ‘Baby Hospital’

Posted by on Feb 3, 2017 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO – Just a month into 2017, and two birth milestones have been reached at Sacramento’s newest “baby hospital.”

This is the baby that started it all: Dominic Brown was the first baby born at the new Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center on Aug. 8, 2015. With him are mom and dad, Jeannette and Travis Brown, and Sutter R.N. Debbie Champney.

The 10,000th mother was delivered on Thursday, Feb. 2, at the Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center on the Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento campus. That followed the news that on Jan. 20, the 10,000th baby was born (counting all babies delivered, including multiples). Both milestones occurred less than 18 months after the new facility opened and birthing services were moved from the grand dame of maternity centers, Sutter Memorial Hospital.

The total number of babies for 2016 – the first full year for the Women’s and Children’s Center – was 6,844, making it the second highest number of births in one year at Sutter Medical Center in its 93-year existence. The record is 6,995 during 1993 at Sutter Memorial Hospital, when the nation was going through a baby boom of sorts. During Sutter Memorial’s last full year, 2014, there were 5,438 babies born.

However, 2016 did set a record – for most babies born in one month. In August 2016, 627 babies were delivered. Read More