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New Pulmonary Rehab Program Already Showing Inspiring Results

Posted by on Jun 23, 2017 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO — Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento started a new pulmonary rehabilitation program this year to help patients with pulmonary diseases cope with their symptoms and improve the quality of their lives.

Lois Lehmann, center, learns exercises from the pulmonary rehab program staff, including Angie Smith, left.

The new program shares space in the SMCS Cardiac Rehabilitation Center, located in the Galleria at 2929 K St., Suite 100.

“Our patients with COPD and other types of pulmonary disease can’t breathe well, and because of this they do less and less. They’re not enjoying their lives anymore,” said Jamie Kowalsky, an SMCS respiratory therapist who is the coordinator of the new program. “We have been amazed at how this program has already changed lives. It’s very inspiring.” Read More

‘Breathing’ Pig’s Lungs Help Sutter Kids Learn About Healthcare

Posted by on Jun 15, 2017 | 0 comments

It was just one of several intriguing, interactive displays during 2017 Bring Your Child to Work Day

Landen Hughes, the son of PICU nurse Jolynn Hughes, doesn’t know what to think of the “breathing” pig lung display at Bring Your Child to Work Day Wednesday. With him is big brother Kaden.

SACRAMENTO — Forget the pig’s lungs or cow’s heart. Kayla Hussey’s favorite display at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento’s Bring Your Child to Work Day on Wednesday was diapering a life-like infant mannequin.

“My favorite part is definitely the babies, because I’m a ‘little people’ person and the station is so cute. We even got to put Pampers on them,” said the 12-year-old daughter of Ellen Litle, a social worker in SMCS’s Advanced Heart Therapies Program.

When asked if the event helped convince her to pursue a career in healthcare, Kayla said, “I probably won’t go into the medical field, but I’m liking what I’m seeing.”

Mom Min He, who works in the Clinical Lab, smiles as her daughters Wency Li, right, and Wengel Li pet pygmy therapy horse Lilly, whose handler is Pharmacy Coordinator Melanie Welcher, left.

To that, her little sister, 8-year-old Grace, piped in, “Maybe I might go to medical school!”

Kayla and Grace were two of the 130 children of employees at Sutter Health’s flagship medical center who participated in this annual event, which was coordinated by SMCS Human Resources Partner Judy Lesh and committee members Vickie Fontes, Joyce DelaCruz and Annie Lamy. Read More

Sutter Health Sponsors Celebrity Golf Fundraiser to Research Youth Brain Injuries

Posted by on Jun 7, 2017 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO – Northern California’s Sutter Health signed on to be the title sponsor of a celebrity golf tournament raising funds for research on traumatic brain injuries in high school football and other sports.

Toran Maronic at age 5, left, and age 15, the season before suffering a traumatic brain injury during a football scrimmage. Toran was a Division 1 receiver prospect for Bear River High School.

The Game-Changer Celebrity Golf Classic, headlined by many former Oakland Raiders and other NFL and sports greats, will be held June 16 and 17 at Whitney Oaks Golf Club in Rocklin, Calif. The event is presented by three nonprofit organizations focused on high school football brain injuries.

“The cooperation between the three nonprofits – T3 Charities, 21 Strong and Practice Like Pros – has been amazing, and the fantastic response from members of the NFL is heart-warming knowing they are supportive of our cause,” said Jeffrey R. Jenkins, M.D., chief medical executive of Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital. “I am also grateful to all of our sponsors for helping bring this issue to the greater public. Because of this spirit of cooperation, we will be able to make a huge difference in the knowledge about detection, prevention and treatment of traumatic brain injuries among high school athletes.”

The tournament is hosted by the family of 17-year-old Toran Maronic of Bear River High School in Grass Valley, who was a college prospect in football and lacrosse. In June 2016, the wide receiver was brain-injured during a 7-on-7 scrimmage. Specialists believed Toran would never come out of his coma or fully recover, but he did and is now awaiting clearance to pursue playing lacrosse again. He became the first patient enrolled in groundbreaking scientific research on “second-impact syndrome” among high school football players.

Proceeds of the tournament will go to the research project, which is being conducted by Robert C. Cantu, M.D., co-founder of the Concussion Legacy Foundation in Boston. The research is sponsored by Practice Like Pros, which encourages high school football programs to hold practices like the NFL does. According to the group, just 2½ percent of NFL injuries happen during practices, while 58 percent of high school injuries occur at practice.

Former Oakland Raiders Hall of Famer Willie Brown and greats Jim Plunkett, Ted Kwalick, Daryle Lamonica, Phil Villapiano, Rod Martin and Charles Woodson are among the three-dozen sports celebrities participating in the golf tournament. Every player who signs up will be in a five-some captained by one of the celebrities. Entry and sponsorship fees are tax-deductible. Read More

Memorial Hospital Los Banos Partners with Local Church to Provide Showers for Homeless

Posted by on Jun 7, 2017 | 0 comments

Memorial Hospital Los Banos contributed funds to allow Bethel Community Church to purchase a mobile, 2-unit shower station for the homeless community in Los Banos.

LOS BANOS – Memorial Hospital Los Banos partnered with Bethel Community Church to provide a mobile 2-station shower unit that will be parked at the church. MHLB donated more than $26,000 enabling the church to purchase the unit.

The shower was unveiled on Friday during the church’s annual Homeless Connect event, a free one-day event for people who are currently experiencing homelessness. The event brought together public agencies, faith-based and nonprofit organizations, private businesses and community members to talk with individuals about services and resources available to them. Memorial Hospital Los Banos provided health screenings to attendees. Read More

Sacramento Teen Completes Eagle Scout Project at Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento

Posted by on Jun 5, 2017 | 0 comments

Staying in a hospital with a sick child for an extended period of time is not fun for any parent. In addition to the worries parents have about their child, getting a good night’s sleep and eating a good meal are not common.

Stephen Monroy-Hernandez enlisted the help of several of his Boy Scout troop members to help with his Eagle Scout project.

Thanks to a Sacramento Boy Scout, many of these local resources became much more accessible.

Stephen Monroy-Hernandez, a senior at Del Campo High School, completed his Eagle Scout project by creating an app, Food Scout, and having two iPads installed in the family lounges at Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento.

“This is a great resource for our families,” said Debbie Curtis, R.N., Assistant Nurse Manager, Pediatrics, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. “We are grateful for this and very proud of Stephen and his fellow scouts for completing this project and thinking of us.” Read More

Sacramento River Cats Hit a Grand Slam at Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento

Posted by on May 23, 2017 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO — Players from the Sacramento River Cats, the San Francisco Giants Triple-A affiliate, stopped by Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento on Tuesday during the annual River Cats Caravan.

Sacramento River Cats pitchers Dan Slania, left, and Dusten Knight, right, enjoyed a visit with Ricky on Tuesday during the River Cats Caravan.

“We are so grateful for the players to take time out of their morning – on a game day – to visit the children and their families,” said Amy Medovoy, child life coordinator, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. “This visit brightens everyone’s day because the players and Dinger do such a great job with the kids and families. They are wonderful community partners, do such great things in the community, and we are glad they include us.”

The River Cats visited patients in Pediatrics, the pediatric intensive care unit and the pediatric day unit. They stopped to take photos with nurses and Child Life specialists and several babies who were sound asleep in their cribs, but whose families will receive a photo memento for their scrapbooks. Read More