SACRAMENTO — Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento made history in November 1992 with the surgery of the first person in the nation to be operated on by a robot. Now, 24 years later, Sutter Health is a leader in robotic surgeries, and that first robot, ROBODOC, has been enshrined in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.
ROBODOC is the brainchild of longtime Sutter orthopedic surgeon William Bargar, M.D., and a University of California, Davis veterinarian, Howard “Hap” Paul. With financial help from Sutter Health and IBM, their company started a trend toward more minimally invasive surgeries through the use of robotics that is becoming more commonplace.
ROBODOC was the first innovation that linked two then-burgeoning technologies: robotics and medical imaging. Performing total hip arthroplasty by hand is not always precise, and there is a possibility that the bone may splinter. ROBODOC, a 7-foot-tall articulated arm with a drill on the end, helps prevent these complications through its 3-D image-directed preoperative planning, allowing the computer-guided robot to accurately execute the surgeon’s plan. Better precision means quicker healing and hip replacements that are more stable and potentially last longer. Read More about Sutter’s ROBODOC Inducted into the Smithsonian
YUBA CITY, Calif. – Sutter Surgical Hospital-North Valley was rated as the second-highest in patient satisfaction in California when discharged patients were asked if they would recommend the hospital to family and friends.
Ninety-four percent of Sutter Surgical Hospital patients responded “definitely yes” when asked, “Would you recommend this hospital to your friends and family?” in the national Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS, pronounced H-caps) survey. The latest figures are reported on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Hospital Compare website and were collected between July 2014 and June 2015.
The 94 percent rating is much higher than the California average of 69 percent and the national average of 71 percent. In California, only Patients’ Hospital of Redding received a higher score, 97 percent. Another Sutter Health hospital, Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, ranked third with 92 percent.
The survey question’s results were recently published online in Becker’s Hospital Review in a story titled, “Top 6 California hospitals patients would definitely recommend.” Read More about Sutter Surgical Hospital-North Valley Ranks 2nd in State for Patient Recommendations
According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, in 2008 nearly two million people in the United States went to their doctors for rotator cuff difficulties. This includes rotator cuff tears, which make it difficult or even impossible to raise your arm over your shoulder.
“There are two types of rotator cuff tears—a partial tear and a full-thickness tear,” says orthopedic surgeon Patrick McGahan, M.D., with Sutter Orthopedic Institute. “The partial tear damages the soft tissue of the rotator cuff tendons, but doesn’t completely sever the tendon. A full-thickness tear, also called a complete tear, splits the rotator cuff tendon soft tissue completely into two.”
There are also two main causes Read More about Shoulder Pain? A Rotator Cuff Injury Could be the Blame
More than $300,000 raised to enhance local surgery services
JACKSON, Calif. – Thanks to generous community support, the Sutter Amador Hospital Foundation raised more than $168,000 toward the 2013 Matching Grant exceeding their goal of $150,000. Community members’ investments were doubled thanks to Sutter Health’s matching grant program – bringing the grand total to $318,000. This valuable funding will improve access and strengthen surgical care in Amador County with proceeds designated for orthopedic and general surgical equipment. Read More about Sutter Amador Hospital, Community Exceed 2013 Matching Grant Goal
Sutter Surgical Hospital – North Valley Receives Healthgrades 2014 Joint Replacement Excellence Award™
YUBA CITY, Calif. – Joint replacement care at Sutter Surgical Hospital – North Valley is in the top 10 percent of the nation according to a new report from Healthgrades, the leading online resource that helps consumers search, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals. The report, American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2014: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, evaluates hospital performance at more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 31 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions. Read More about Sutter Surgical Hospital – North Valley Recognized as Top 10% in Nation for Joint Replacement Care
Local orthopedic surgeon, Jeff Bergeson, D.O., will join medical staff in Jinotepe, Nicaragua, when he volunteers his time and medical expertise with Ministry of Mercy, a non-profit, faith based charity that sponsors short term health mission trips to Nicaragua to provide much needed health services to men, women and children in the local villages.
The July 20 medical mission will focus on providing orthopedic services for approximately 25 patients at Hospital Regional Santiago in Jinotepe. Sutter Auburn Faith medical staff Mary Nicosia, RN, Venae Crabtree, RN, Jake Thomas, imaging technician, medical student Keifer Bergeson, nursing students Miranda Reed, high school student Brecken Chorley, and Ministry of Mercy President John Nicosia will join Dr. Bergeson on this mission.
Dr. Bergeson will perform knee and shoulder arthroscopies on patients living in poverty and will train the physicians on how these procedures are performed. By training the hospital’s staff on arthroscopic surgery, many more patients will be able to receive this care once Dr. Bergeson and the Sutter nurses return home.