Children’s Services

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

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

Formerly Conjoined Twins Wow Family’s Longtime Sutter Pediatrician

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 | 0 comments

ROSEVILLE, Calif. – Roseville pediatrician Eswari Prakasam, M.D., was ready to check in the ears of 2-year-old Eva Sandoval, one of the formerly conjoined twins from Antelope.

Former conjoined twin Erika Sandoval, right, smiles while wearing bunny ears as her twin Eva’s real ears are checked by Sutter Medical Foundation pediatrician Eswari Prakasam, M.D.

“What’s in your ears?” she asked Eva. Her mother, Aida Sandoval, added, “Is it Goofy?”

“Nooooo,” Eva said with a huge smile.

It was Eva and twin Erika’s first visit to the Sandoval family’s longtime pediatrician since the two were surgically separated in December. And after the hour-long check-up, Dr. Prakasam gave the twins two big thumbs-up.

“They’re doing great,” Dr. Prakasam said. “They’re healing well and there’s absolutely no concerns of their mental capabilities. In fact, I’d say they’re a little advanced. They know and say stuff that’s more like a 3-year-old than a 2-year-old.” Read More

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

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