Cardiac Services

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

Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento Only NorCal Hospital on Top 50 Cardio List

Posted by on Nov 11, 2016 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO – Truven Health Analytics announced this week that Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento made its list2017-Cardio-Sample-Report-page-001 of 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in the United States for the fifth consecutive year. Sutter Medical Center was the only Northern California hospital named a 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospital and the only California hospital in the group of “Top Teaching Hospitals Without Cardiovascular Residency Programs.”

Sutter Heart & Vascular Institute, headquartered at Sutter Medical Center, offers the most comprehensive care for cardiovascular patients in the greater Sacramento region. It saves the lives of hundreds of Northern Californians with its Advanced Heart Therapy Services, including heart transplants, ventricular assist devices, valve replacements such as TAVR, and many other life-saving surgeries and cath lab procedures. Read More

New Heart Stent to Perform Disappearing Act in Sutter Patient

Posted by on Aug 4, 2016 | 0 comments

Recently approved by FDA, Absorb bioresorbable vascular scaffold opens clogged arteries to restore blood flow, then gradually dissolves in the body

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Retired Sacramento firefighter Edward Basurto, 66, had a stent implanted into a clogged artery Monday, Aug. 1, which will literally disappear in his body within the next few years, leaving the artery open without any sign of the metal scaffolding.

Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento Cardiac Cath Lab Director Thomas Rhodes discusses the Absorb stent with patient Edward Basurto on Aug. 2.

Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento Cardiac Cath Lab Director Thomas Rhodes discusses the Absorb stent with patient Edward Basurto on Aug. 2.

Basurto was the first Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento patient to be implanted with the Abbott Absorb stent under the recent approval by the Food and Drug Administration. For the past four years, Sutter Medical Center was one of the top clinical trial sites in the country to test the unique absorbable stent.

“After four years of implanting Absorb stents within the study protocol, it is exciting to have them approved for all of our patients,” said David Roberts, M.D., medical director of the Sutter Heart & Vascular Institute and Sutter’s principal investigator for the Absorb stent study. “We look forward to using the experience that we have developed over the past few years with the Absorb stents to optimize the care of our patients.” Read More

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 Medical Center Receives AHA Gold Award in Heart Failure

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 | 0 comments

Only Hospital in Sacramento Region to Be Recognized

SACRAMENTO — Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento has received the Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation’s secondary prevention guidelines for patients with heart failure.

As of July 2015, Sutter Medical Center is the only hospital in the Sacramento region to receive recognition for heart failure in AHA’s Get With The Guidelines program.

Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure is a quality improvement program that helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for heart failure patients. Launched in 2005, numerous published studies have demonstrated the program’s success in achieving patient outcome improvements, including reductions in 30-day readmissions.

Sutter Medical Center earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the patient, proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies. These would include ACE inhibitors/ARBs, beta-blockers, diuretics, anticoagulants, and other appropriate therapies. Before patients are discharged, they also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.

“Sutter Medical Center is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our heart failure patients,” said David Roberts, M.D., medical director of the Sutter Heart & Vascular Institute, a regional program that includes Sutter Medical Center. “Implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure program helps us to accomplish this goal by tracking and measuring our success in meeting internationally respected guidelines.”

“We are pleased to recognize Sutter Medical Center for its commitment to heart failure care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., M.P.H., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee and executive director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow Get With The Guidelines quality improvement measures can reduce patients’ length of stays and 30-day readmission rates and also reduce disparity gaps in care.”
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Sutter Medical Center Named a ‘100 Top Hospital’ in Nation for Third Straight Year

Posted by on Mar 2, 2015 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO — Truven Health Analytics today named Sutter Health hospitals Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento (SMCS) and Sutter Tracy Community Hospital (STCH) as two of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals.

100Top_2015_PRINT_hiresThe Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals® study identifies hospitals and leadership teams that provide the highest level of value to their communities, based on a national balanced scorecard. Truven, a leading provider of data-driven analytics and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare, has conducted this study annually since 1993.

“Our hospitals and doctor groups consistently rank among California’s highest performers,” said Stephen Lockhart, M.D., Ph.D., Sutter Health Chief Medical Officer. “Our entire not-for-profit network congratulates these Sutter hospitals for earning these prestigious recognitions.”

This is the fifth time and third year in a row that SMCS received this honor, and the first time STCH won the award. Read More