World-renowned Sacramento performance artist David Garibaldi, whose specialty is his stage act in which he rapidly creates paintings of notable rock musicians, unveiled three paintings on Wednesday, Sept. 28, for the newly named Mikuni Infusion Center in the second-floor lobby of the Buhler Specialty Pavilion on the campus of Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento.
The naming of the Infusion Center is in honor of Mikuni Charitable Foundation’s ongoing contributions totaling more than $850,000 to the Sutter Cancer Center’s Breast Cancer Navigator Program in the past 20 years. The paintings were unveiled during a gala sponsored by Sutter Health Philanthropy and attended by Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento donors and other special guests.
Known for his quick painting style, Garibaldi created the three pieces in his studio Wednesday afternoon, and after their unveiling he added extra touches to the periwinkle-colored walls in order to tie the three pieces together. Included in the finishing touches is a hand print of Taro Arai, executive chef and “Chief Dreaming Officer” of Mikuni Restaurant Group. Garibaldi had Taro add his hand print to the bottom left of the larger piece that faces the two bridges connecting the Buhler Pavilion to the Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center and the Ose Adams Medical Pavilion. Read More about Rock Artist Creates ‘Living Walls’ for New Mikuni Infusion Center
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.
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 about New Heart Stent to Perform Disappearing Act in Sutter Patient
Sutter Amador Joins Sutter Davis and Sutter Center for Psychiatry on Annual Modern Healthcare List
SACRAMENTO — Sutter Amador Hospital joined Sutter Davis Hospital and Sutter Center for Psychiatry to be named by Modern Healthcare as three of the 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare for 2016. They are the only hospitals in Northern California to receive the award, which honors U.S. workplaces in health care that enable employees to perform at their optimum level to provide patients and customers with the best possible care, products and services.
This is the eighth year in a row that Sutter Davis Hospital was honored in the Modern Healthcare Best Places to Work survey, and it is the fifth consecutive year for Sutter Center for Psychiatry, which is the only psychiatric facility to be so honored in the nation. It is Sutter Amador’s first time on the list.
A total of 100 health-care workplaces around the country – representing providers (including hospitals), suppliers, payers and associations– were honored as Best Places to Work in Healthcare. The three Sutter affiliates are the only ones honored in the greater Sacramento region. Read More about Three Sutter Health Hospitals Chosen as Best Places to Work
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 about Heart Failure Patient Given Second Wind in Order to Play Sax
Dozens of supporters, donors, patients and families were on hand to witness a momentous occasion as Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento officially opened its music therapy room, Sophie’s Place, at the Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center on Tuesday.
NFL Hall-of-Fame quarterback Steve Young and his wife, Barb, helped cut the ribbon along with several patients from Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento and Sophie’s parents, Anne-Marie and Kent Barton. Guests were then treated to an acoustic concert by Five for Fighting, accompanied by Mark Isham, both in Sophie’s Place and in the lobby of the hospital.
Sophie’s Place came to fruition thanks to a $150,000 donation from Steve and Barb’s philanthropic organization, Forever Young Foundation, in August 2014, as well as contributions from the Donut Dash and other philanthropic partners. The music therapy facility is named in honor of Sophie Barton, who often performed to pediatric patients in Utah until she died of a heart condition at age 17. Read More about Sophie’s Place Opens with a Bang at Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento
Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento’s Community Navigator Program Recognized at National Hospital Charitable Service Awards
SACRAMENTO — Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento’s Community Navigator Program was honored as a finalist at Jackson Healthcare’s National Hospital Charitable Service Awards.
Jackson Healthcare instituted the Hospital Charitable Services Awards in 2010 to identify high-impact community health programs, share their stories and offer these innovative programs as models for other communities to replicate.
SMCS’ Community Navigator is offered in partnership withSacramento Steps Forward and is designed to connect with our homeless population to ensure they have access to primary health care through a medical home, housing, food, medical insurance, community resources, transportation and substance abuse treatment.
This program has been extremely successful in extending the reach of SMCS beyond the walls of the hospital and into the greater community, to ensure that linkages are drawn between the often complex medical and social needs of Sacramento’s chronically homeless population.
“We have found that the best way to better our community is to develop unique partnerships that deliver care at the right time and right place,” said Holly Harper, Sutter Health Community Benefit manager. “The Community Navigator helps us provide important preventive care and resources to our community’s most vulnerable population.”
In 2015, the Community Navigator made contact with more than 120 homeless individuals, with 40 percent being successfully linked to housing and 45 percent to mental health treatment.
Additionally, starting later this month, SMCS will connect a WellSpace Health “street nurse” with the Community Navigator to provide on the spot medical care for primary and preventive needs.