SACRAMENTO – The inaugural Duck Dash at Raging Waters at Cal Expo in Sacramento will take place Saturday, June 15. Thousands of rubber ducks will float down an 800-foot-long lazy river, racing to the finish line to win prizes and raise funds for the Child Life Program at Sutter Children’s Center. Community members are encouraged to adopt a duck – or a paddling of ducks – and cheer them on during the 5 p.m. race.
Funds raised by The Duck Dash will be used to start music therapy services in the Child Life Program at Sutter Children’s Center. Music therapists from McConnell Music Therapy Services use a variety of techniques that have been proven to be effective in helping children and adolescents reach a wide range of goals through music. Activities include listening to live music, songwriting, singing, live music creating and imprecision, song lyric analysis and guided relaxation.
Young patients hospitalized for days or weeks at a time can benefit from music therapy to help reduce pain and pain perception, support emotional expression, normalize the hospital environment, increase verbal and nonverbal communication and many other benefits.
The Duck Dash hopes to raise $15,000 for this valuable program. Ducks can be adopted online, two ducks for $12, five ducks for $25, along with other adoption options. Participants don’t have to attend race day for their duck to win, but it’s sure to be a fun event for the whole family. Prizes include a $500 Visa Gift Card, Raging Waters Party Package for up to 12 people ($425 value), unlimited Quick Quack Car Washes for a year ($360 value) and more.
Visit www.TheDuckDash.com website for all the details and to adopt your ducks.
Free parking and entrance to Raging Waters, located at Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd, Sacramento, will be available beginning at 4 p.m. for those who have adopted ducks.
Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento is a comprehensive children’s hospital inside Sutter Memorial Hospital in east Sacramento. It serves 7,000 children a year from 26 California counties and beyond, including Sacramento, Placer, Yolo, El Dorado, Solano, San Joaquin and Amador counties. Among its specialized pediatric services are an 80-bed, Level III neonatal intensive care unit, heart surgery, oncology, neurosurgery, orthopedics and clinics for epilepsy, childhood diabetes, cleft palates, obesity and many other diseases that affect children from birth to 18 years old.
For more information, contact event organizer, Zack Wandell at 916-802-9225
SACRAMENTO – Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, designated an Advanced Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award during a presentation Tuesday. The award recognizes Sutter Medical Center’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted guidelines.
“Recent studies show that patients treated in hospitals participating in the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke program receive a higher quality of care and may experience better outcomes,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., chairman of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee. “Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento is to be commended for implementing nationally recognized standards of care and protocols for treating stroke patients.” Read More about Sutter Medical Center Receives National Award for Stroke Care
Dr. William Bargar, inventor of ROBODOC ®, a precision surgical system for joint replacement, has been named winner of the SARTA MedStart 2013 Claire Pomeroy Award for Innovation in Medical Technology.
The award was presented at the SARTA Med Tech Showcase in Sacramento.
The Claire Pomeroy Awards were instituted by SARTA MedStart in 2010. They recognize Sacramento region inventors whose med tech innovations have had a global impact in transforming medicine and health care. Five nominees were considered for the 2013 award.
Dr, Bargar, an orthopedic surgeon with aeronautical and mechanical engineering degrees, began his private practice in Sacramento at Sutter General Hospital with Read More about Dr. William Bargar Awarded SARTA Med Start Pomerory Award
SACRAMENTO – All six Sutter hospitals in the greater Sacramento area were recognized with an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The A scores were awarded in the latest update to the Hospital Safety ScoreSM, the A, B, C, D or F scores assigned to U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries accidents and infections.
The Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety (April 2013), Hospital Safety Score is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.
“Earning ‘A’s’ on the Hospital Safety Score demonstrates that Sutter hospitals have exhibited excellence in our national database of patient safety measures,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I’d like to congratulate for your achievements and encourage you to continue to put a priority on the safety of your patients.”
The hospitals in the Sacramento Sierra Region, which all received A grades, are:
- Sutter Amador Hospital
- Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital
- Sutter Davis Hospital
- Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, which includes Sutter General Hospital, Sutter Memorial Hospital and Sutter Center for Psychiatry
- Sutter Roseville Medical Center
- Sutter Solano Medical Center Read More about Sutter Hospitals Earn Straight-A’s for Patient Safety
A few media outlets featured stories in recent days about a patient at Sutter Memorial Hospital where Child Protective Services became involved.
We remain committed to respecting our patients’ privacy. However, we have seen much misinformation about our hospital’s standard practices and procedures, so we want to ensure you have accurate information.
At Sutter Memorial Hospital, children with cardiac disease receive care under the direction of board-certified physicians who bring decades of combined experience in the pediatric subspecialties of intensive care, cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery. We are confident our staff meets and exceeds all applicable standards of care in the management of these fragile patients.
Sutter pediatric doctors and staff routinely coordinate and encourage second opinions from appropriate facilities and physicians. We do not deny a patient or family request for a second opinion.
Our nurses and physicians are bound by law to call Child Protective Services if they believe a pediatric patient’s health is in danger.
We understand the stress and anguish parents go through when their child is in the hospital. Our No. 1 concern has always been the health and safety of this child, and we want him to receive the care he needs to live a long and healthy life.
SACRAMENTO — As the Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento expansion construction project continues to make progress toward its 2014 completion, there will be road and lane closures around the SMCS campus every once in a while to facilitate the necessary construction work.
From April 26 to May 1, there will be closures on 29th Street and on Capitol Avenue. Following are details:
29th Street Closure
In order to complete work on the new bridge connecting the South Parking Lot to the Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center, 29th Street between L Street and Capitol Avenue will be closed from 7 p.m. Friday to 7 p.m. Saturday.
Capitol Avenue Lane Closures
To facilitate utility work in the street, Capitol Avenue between 28th and 29th streets will have lane closures from Monday, April 29, through Wednesday, May 1. The barriers will begin mid-block so there will be access to the Biba restaurant valet. Here are details for each day:
- The westbound lane and one eastbound lane will be closed from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, April 29.
- On Tuesday, April 30, and Wednesday, May 1, the westbound lane will be closed from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on both days.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to construct “the medical campus of the future” in midtown Sacramento.