Auburn – Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans, according to the National Council on Aging. To help our community reduce fall risk, Sutter Auburn Faith Rehabilitation Department is now offering a Fall Prevention Tai Chi class.
Tai Chi is a form of martial arts that involves slow, controlled and low-impact movements that can be easy for all ages—especially seniors. Tai Chi is practiced for multiple health benefits including reducing stress, lowering blood pressure and reducing inflammation.
For seniors, tai chi can help prevent falls, improve hand-eye coordination, strengthen muscles and improve flexibility. Christopher Lovelace, a physical therapist and certified tai chi instructor at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, says a tai chi class can help increase balance and strength and instills confidence in mobility. The hospital will begin hosting their first fall prevention tai chi classes for seniors this spring.
“Tai chi has been proven to be an effective fall prevention exercise that can be very valuable to members of the community that feel at risk for a fall,” said Lovelace, a Sutter physical therapist for the past 7 years. “The class will incorporate traditional physical therapy techniques for balance while also providing a supportive community environment.”
The classes will meet twice a week (Monday and Friday from 10 – 11 a.m.) for eight weeks. The cost for 16 classes is $50. To register or for more information, contact the Sutter Auburn Faith Rehabilitation Department at 530-889-6088.
Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital is pleased to announce that James Dunn, M.D., is our new chief of staff starting on Jan. 1.
In his new role, Dr. Dunn will serve as a liaison between the hospital and Board of Trustees identifying strategy and growth plans that will continue to support patients and identify new service opportunities. In partnership with the Medical Executive Committee, he will establish the direction and goals for the medical staff for the next two years.
Dr. Dunn succeeds outgoing Chief of Staff Dr. Tennyson Lee who left his post on Dec. 31 after a 2 year-tenure.
“Dr. Dunn has a great history with Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, having worked in our Gynecology and Urogynecology departments since June 2008,” said Mitch Hanna, CEO of Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital. “His leadership and passionate support for the medical staff and our patients will help us deliver our promise of high quality care.”
Before accepting the role as chief of staff, Dr. Dunn served as the vice chief of staff for the SAFH Medical Executive Committee since 2014. He also served as the chairmen on the Patient Safety and Integrated Quality Committee since 2014 and as the chairmen of the Continuing Medical Education program (CME) since 2011.
Dr. Dunn received his medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in 1995. He completed his residency at USAF Keesler Medical Center in Biloxi, MS and completed his fellowship in Urogynecology from the Greater Baltimore Medical Center.
Auburn, Calif. – Three Loomis Girl Scouts earned their Bronze Award recently by building a bookshelf stocked with books for Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital.
The girls – who were Junior Girl Scouts at the time of completion of their project – donated the books and bookshelf to the ambulatory services unit at the hospital to give children something to do while waiting for a loved one or waiting for their own procedure.
“Our staff is very excited about being able to give each pediatric patient a book,” said Judy Chavez, nurse manager, surgical services, Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital. “We are letting each child pick out the book they want and they can take it home with them.” Read More about Loomis Girl Scouts Donate Bookshelf, Books to Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital
SACRAMENTO – Four Sutter Health affiliates – Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, Sutter Davis Hospital, Sutter Delta Medical Center in Antioch and Sutter Eden Hospital in Castro Valley – received “A” grades in The Leapfrog Group’s October 2015 Safety Scores announced on Wednesday. The national employer organization grades hospitals nationwide on their overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors.
This was Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital’s sixth “A” score and Sutter Davis Hospital’s fifth “A” score since The Leapfrog Group started tracking safety scores in June 2012. Eden Medical Center received an “A” for the fifth straight reporting period. This was Sutter Delta Medical Center’s first “A” score.
“We work very hard to provide a safe environment, exceptional service and quality care at all of our Sutter affiliates,” said James Conforti, president, Sutter Health Valley Area. “The Leapfrog ranking demonstrates how we partner with one another and our quality and safety experts to make a difference for those in our communities.”
Using 28 measures of publicly available safety data, the Hospital Safety Score assigns A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice a year based on their ability to prevent errors, injuries, accidents and infections.
Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital (SAFH) today announced that it has been recognized by Healthgrades for clinical excellence in Treatment of Stroke and Pulmonary Care.
Healthgrades is the leading online resource helping consumers make informed decisions in order to find the right doctor, the right hospital, and the right care. This achievement was released today with other new findings in the Healthgrades 2016 Report to the Nation, which evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 33 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.
The new report highlights the disparity in hospital performance for specific conditions and procedures both nationally and regionally. This variation in care has a significant impact on health outcomes. For example, from 2012 through 2014, if all hospitals as a group, performed similarly to hospitals receiving five stars as a group, on average 222,392 lives could potentially have been saved and 166,086 complications could potentially have been avoided.*
A five-star rating indicates that SAFH’s clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected when treating the condition or performing the procedure being evaluated.
In addition, SAFH was also announced as a five-star recipient for the treatment of the following conditions:
- Heart attacks
- Congestive heart failure
- Hip fracture
“The Healthgrades recognitions highlight the incredible team of health care professionals we have at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital,” said Mitch Hanna, SAFH CEO. “We are lucky to serve a great community and we continue to work to enhance our services to meet the community’s needs. Over the last several years we’ve focused on high quality care and have been recognized as a Joint Commission Accredited Stoke Center.”
About the Awards
For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide, and assessed hospital performance relative to each of 33 common conditions and procedures. Healthgrades recognizes a hospital’s quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5 star (statistically significantly better than expected), 3 star (not statistically different from expected), and 1 star (statistically significantly worse than expected) categories. The complete Healthgrades 2016 Report to the Nation with detailed cohort-specific outcomes data, hospital-specific quality achievements, and detailed study methodology, can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality.
About Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital
Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital (SAFH) is a 72-bed acute-care, not-for-profit hospital providing acute and advanced care in Auburn, California, and its surrounding communities. Offering Emergency Department, Surgical, Stroke Care and outpatient services, SAFH continues to expand programs and services to best meet the needs of its community. SAFH is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. For more information about the not-for-profit Sutter Health family, please visit www.sutterauburnfaith.org.
*Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2012 through 2014 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.
Auburn, Calif. – Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital (SAFH) is now home to a 3D mammography machine. The hospital will have a second 3D mammography unit up and running later this year.
3D mammography, also called tomosynthesis, captures images of each breast at every degree over a 15 degree arc in two planes. This creates hundreds of images of the breast rather than the traditional four images provided by a digital mammogram with a similar radiation dose. Tomosynthesis images allow 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.