SACRAMENTO – Forget football. What Steve Young presented Wednesday is music to the ears of pediatric patients and their parents throughout Northern California.
The NFL Hall of Fame quarterback and his wife, Barb, presented a check for $150,000 to Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento for the construction of a state-of-the-art music therapy facility inside the new Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center on the midtown campus of Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento.
The donation came from the Youngs’ philanthropic organization, Forever Young Foundation, and the music therapy facility will be named Sophie’s Place in honor of a family friend, Sophie Barton, who often performed to pediatric patients in Utah until she died of a heart condition in 2010 at age 17. Sophie’s parents, Anne-Marie and Kent Barton, were also present during the donation ceremony Wednesday.
Sophie’s Place opened last year in Salt Lake City’s Primary Children’s Hospital as the first dedicated music therapy facility in a medical center, and the one inside the Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center will be the second when it opens next year. Two others, including one inside Stanford’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto, are also in the works.
SACRAMENTO — Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento on Wednesday became the first hospital in California to use the next-generation robotic surgery system called the da Vinci Xi, which provides 3-D, high-definition visualization and greater dexterity, precision and control for the surgeon as well as less pain and a quicker recovery for the patient.
Steven C. Patching, M.D., who in 1993 was the first to use laparoscopic, minimally invasive surgery in the Sacramento region, became the first surgeon in California to complete a procedure – a gallbladder removal – using the new da Vinci Xi system.
The da Vinci Xi, which was approved by the FDA in April, has broader capabilities than prior generations of the da Vinci system, with the adaptability to be used across an array of surgeries in urology, gynecology, thoracic, cardiac and general surgery.
The Xi possesses 3D-HD visualization, giving surgeons a highly magnified view, virtually extending their eyes and hands into the patient. The da Vinci Xi system’s new overhead arm architecture provides the surgeon anatomical access from virtually any position, simplifying multi-quadrant surgeries. Smaller, thinner arms coupled with longer instrument shafts permit greater range of motion and more flexibility than ever before. Read More about Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento Pioneers Most-Advanced Surgical Robot in California
SACRAMENTO – Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento and Sutter Roseville Medical Center have ranked as two of the best hospitals for 2014-15 in the Sacramento metropolitan area by U.S. News & World Report. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 25th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging health issues for patients.
“We have a strong culture of caring and clinical excellence,” said Carrie Owen Plietz, CEO of Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. “It is our care teams’ commitment to the patient experience and their clinical expertise that makes recognitions such as this from U.S. News & World Report even possible.”
“This distinction is very meaningful for our patients,” said Pat Brady, CEO of Sutter Roseville Medical Center. “These rankings are based on quality and safety data analysis, and are designed to help patients and families make informed choices about their specialized care needs. We are honored to receive such a significant acknowledgment of our quality.” Read More about U.S. News & World Report Names Two Sutter Hospitals Among Best in Sacramento Metro Area
Physicians, staff and patient families appeared on the show, which aired during CW 31′s morning show, “Good Day,” to talk about the care their loved one received during their time at Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento.
The event, which was sponsored by Pediatrix and Obstetrix Medical Group, raised more than $9,000 from the community. The money will go toward various programs in the Children’s Center. Read More about Caring for Our Kids Event Raises Funds for Children’s Center
SACRAMENTO — The second annual Duck Dash at Raging Waters at Cal Expo in Sacramento will take place Saturday, June 7. More than 3,500 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 go toward the music therapy 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, song lyric analysis and guided relaxation. Read More about Duck Dash to Raise Funds for Music Therapy at Sutter Children’s Center
SACRAMENTO – As the country today ushers in May as National Stroke Awareness Month, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento received the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, the highest-level award for stroke care given by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. The award recognizes Sutter Medical Center’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients based on evidence-based guidelines.
This marks the second consecutive year that Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, which includes Sutter General and Sutter Memorial hospitals, has been recognized with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus award.
“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and the Get With The Guidelines–Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award demonstrates Sutter Medical Center’s commitment to being one of the top hospitals in the country for providing aggressive, proven stroke care,” said Asim Mahmood, M.D., Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region medical director for stroke and vascular neurology. “We have a comprehensive system in place for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to our Emergency Department. This includes always having a stroke team available to conduct patient evaluations and using clot-busting medications when appropriate.” Read More about Sutter Medical Center Receives Highest Award for Stroke Care