SACRAMENTO – Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento is the only Northern California medical center named on Truven Health Analytics’ 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals for 2015, the third year in a row the Sutter hospital has received this honor. It is also the only California hospital to be honored under the category of “Teaching Hospitals Without Cardiovascular Residency Programs.”
Truven Health Analytics, a leading, unbiased provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare, is the same organization that named Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals the past two years.
According to Truven, this year’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study provides key industry insights, including the fact that if all cardiovascular providers performed at the level of this year’s winners:
- Nearly 9,500 additional lives could be saved.
- Nearly 3,000 more bypass and angioplasty patients could be complication-free.
- More than $1.1 billion could be saved.
SACRAMENTO — Longtime Sutter Memorial Hospital obstetrician Jim Affleck, M.D., is very grateful to have delivered little Bobby Kincade 45 years ago. Because last month, Sutter heart surgeon Robert Kincade, M.D., assisted in the implantation of a new valve that should extend Dr. Affleck’s life by many years.
Dr. Affleck delivered nearly 4,000 Sacramento-area babies in his 35-year career as an OB/GYN at Sutter Memorial Hospital, considered by locals as “Sacramento’s baby hospital” where nearly 350,000 babies have been born since 1937. After meeting Dr. Affleck in the Sutter Valve Clinic at Sutter Memorial Hospital, Dr. Kincade called his mom to find out who delivered him. She said it was Dr. Affleck, and Dr. Kincade found his birth certificate to confirm it.
Dr. Kincade is the medical director of the Sutter Transplant and Advanced Therapies Programs, located at Sutter Memorial Hospital, where he was born. Dr. Kincade has been instrumental in bringing many new, groundbreaking heart devices and therapies that save and extend the lives of patients in heart failure, stenosis and other life-threatening diseases.
SACRAMENTO — The public is invited to tour an unusual, free art gallery through Saturday, Oct. 11. Nearly 500 newly made, donated quilts adorn the walls of the Sutter Cancer Center, 2800 L St., Sacramento, and its neighboring facilities as part of the Sutter Breast Cancer Quilt Auction, which is held every three years to raise funds for breast cancer research and treatment programs at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento.
Started in 1999, it is considered the first of its kind in the nation and has led to the creation of similar fund-raising auctions. More than $550,000 has been raised through the auctioning of 2,500 quilts in the past five auctions.
Most of the donated quilts are currently hanging throughout the halls of the seven-story Sutter Cancer Center, also known as the Buhler Specialty Pavilion. Some quilts are also hanging in the bridge that connects the Buhler to Sutter General Hospital, in the Sutter General lobby, and on the first floor hallway of the Sutter Capitol Pavilion, which is located across 28th Street from the Buhler Specialty Pavilion.
Most of the quilts will be won through silent auctions, with 50 of the best or unique being auctioned off live on Oct. 11 in the newly remodeled lobby of the Buhler Specialty Pavilion. Read More about Public Can Tour Sutter Breast Cancer Quilt Auction ‘Gallery’
SACRAMENTO — Sutter Davis Hospital is the only medical center in Northern California and Sutter Center for Psychiatry the only mental-health facility in the nation to be named Best Places to Work in Healthcare for 2014 by Modern Healthcare. The award 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 sixth year in a row that Sutter Davis Hospital was honored in the Modern Healthcare Best Places to Work survey, and it is the third time for Sutter Center for Psychiatry to be on the list.
This year, 100 health-care workplaces around the country – representing providers (including hospitals), suppliers, payers and associations– were honored as Best Places to Work in Healthcare, with seven of them being based in California. The two Sutter affiliates are the only ones honored in the greater Sacramento region.
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