The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology conducted the first Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery certification examination in August 2013. Urogynecologists Larry Bowen, M.D., and Wesley Hilger, M.D., are among the first in the nation to be board certified in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery (FPMRS).
The recognition of FPMRS as a subspecialty Board represents many years of collaborative efforts from the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Board of Urology. Both urologists and gynecologists with training in this field can now become Board Certified in FPMRS. Board certified fellowships in FPMRS have been around for many years, but individuals were not granted the privilege of board certification until now.
As urogynecologists Dr. Bowen and Dr. Hilger specialize in the care of women with benign pelvic floor disorders that include urinary incontinence, pelvic prolapse, defecatory dysfunction, fecal incontinence and irritative lower urinary tract disorders such as interstitial cystitis. They also offer minimally invasive surgeries including laparoscopic robotic and vaginal reconstructive procedures.
Both Dr. Bowen and Dr. Hilger initially did residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology and completed fellowship programs in FPMRS. Dr. Bowen completed his fellowship in 1985 when there was only one program in the country at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Hilger graduated from his fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ, in 2006. Board recognition requires advanced surgical training, a practice dedicated to FPMRS and passing a rigorous certification exam.
The thousands of cars that traveled the Capital City Freeway Saturday and Sunday nights saw a lot of purple. That’s because, in honor of World Prematurity Day on Sunday, Sutter General Hospital was bathed in the color purple to symbolize hope for a healthy start for more babies.Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento has been a longtime partner with the March of Dimes in the fight against preterm birth. Preterm babies are born at a higher rate in the United States than in 130 other countries of the world, including many poorer nations, according to a March of Dimes report, “Born Too Soon: The Global Action Report on Preterm Birth.” More than 15 million babies are born premature worldwide and more than 1 million die as a result of their early birth. Babies who survive often have lifelong health problems such as cerebral palsy, vision and hearing loss, and intellectual disabilities. Read More about Sutter General Hospital Lit Purple for World Prematurity Day
SACRAMENTO – Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento was named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals for the second year in a row by Truven Health Analytics, a leading, unbiased provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento is the only hospital in the greater Sacramento region to be honored; the only other Northern California hospital to be listed in the Top 50 is in Mountain View.
The 2014 awards singled out 50 hospitals that achieved superior clinical outcomes, and these outcomes in turn saved money. The 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals spent roughly $2,000 less per bypass surgery and about $1,000 less per heart attack patient admitted. The winners were also quicker to release their patients: a half day better than their peers for heart attack, heart failure and angioplasty cases, and a full day sooner for bypass patients.
If all cardiovascular providers in the U.S. performed at the level of this year’s winners, more than:
• 8,600 additional lives could be saved.
• $1 billion could be saved.
• 3,200 additional bypass and angioplasty patients could be complication-free.
Truven Health Analytics is the same organization that named Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals earlier this year. Read More about Sutter Medical Center Named One of Nation’s Top 50 Cardiac Hospitals
SACRAMENTO – George Vaughn, 45, of Sacramento never had heart trouble. On Sept. 4, that changed quickly … and dramatically.
While taking a shower that morning, Vaughn had a cardiac arrest and fell unconscious, which awoke his wife, Lily. She had CPR training nearly 20 years earlier and remembered enough to keep him alive until first responders arrived.
When he was brought to Sutter Memorial Hospital, Vaughn was in a ventricular fibrillation storm – a constant series of cardiac arrests – and had to be shocked at least three-dozen times in the emergency room.
Various medications were given to halt this lethal arrhythmia, but nothing was working. He was brought into a cath lab that doubles as a surgery room, and a team of about 20 clinicians – including interventional cardiologists and heart surgeons – worked quickly to try to stop the storm. While there, Vaughn received continuous shocks as the storm worsened. It is estimated his heart was shocked more than 200 times.
None of the Sutter clinicians – from nurses and lab techs to cardiologists and heart surgeons, totaling hundreds of years of experience – had ever experienced a patient with a previous healthy heart in this kind of V-Fib storm. Except one. Read More about Man in Lethal Arrhythmia Saved by Wife, Sutter Heart Specialists
Service Changes Will Lead to More Affordable, Accessible Care
SACRAMENTO – Sutter Health’s top priority is to deliver high quality, accessible and affordable care to patients, providing the right care, at the right time and in the right place. The Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region Board of Directors has announced its decision to collaborate with community providers who will provide sub acute and skilled nursing services for Sutter patients.
In Placer County, Sutter Roseville Medical Center is seeing an increased need for more acute care beds. The medical center will convert its 30-bed subacute unit to acute care medical/surgical services, and is working now with several area providers of subacute services to take over the care of this specialized group of patients. In Sacramento County, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento has signed an agreement with Plum Healthcare Group, through its affiliate, to purchase the 100-bed Sutter Oaks Nursing Center Midtown at 2600 L Street. Both transitions will occur by the end of the year. Read More about Sutter Health Collaborates with Community Providers on Long-term Care Services
About 100 stroke survivors and caregivers boarded buses at the Sutter Cancer Center Friday, Sept. 27, that were taking them to the 11th annual Sutter Stroke Camp at the Silver Spur campgrounds in Tuolumne.Founded and organized by the Sutter Neuroscience Institute, the Sutter Stroke Camp was the first of its kind in the United States and has spawned other, similar stroke camps across the nation. The camp begins on Friday evening and ends Monday morning, when the campers catch buses back to Sacramento. Read More about Stroke Survivors Head Off to Camp