Sutter Medical Foundation

Formerly Conjoined Twins Wow Family’s Longtime Sutter Pediatrician

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 | 0 comments

ROSEVILLE, Calif. – Roseville pediatrician Eswari Prakasam, M.D., was ready to check in the ears of 2-year-old Eva Sandoval, one of the formerly conjoined twins from Antelope.

Former conjoined twin Erika Sandoval, right, smiles while wearing bunny ears as her twin Eva’s real ears are checked by Sutter Medical Foundation pediatrician Eswari Prakasam, M.D.

“What’s in your ears?” she asked Eva. Her mother, Aida Sandoval, added, “Is it Goofy?”

“Nooooo,” Eva said with a huge smile.

It was Eva and twin Erika’s first visit to the Sandoval family’s longtime pediatrician since the two were surgically separated in December. And after the hour-long check-up, Dr. Prakasam gave the twins two big thumbs-up.

“They’re doing great,” Dr. Prakasam said. “They’re healing well and there’s absolutely no concerns of their mental capabilities. In fact, I’d say they’re a little advanced. They know and say stuff that’s more like a 3-year-old than a 2-year-old.” Read More

Sutter Medical Foundation recognized with the AMGA Foundation Star Award

Posted by on Mar 28, 2017 | 0 comments

Sacramento, CA –  Sutter Medical Foundation (SMF) received the 2017 Foundation Star Award from the AMGA Foundation at their annual Donor Appreciation Reception March 24. SMF was one of 21 member organizations recognized this year.

The award is given to members for participation in four or more AMGA Foundation initiatives: applying for the Acclaim Award, participating in one or more Best Practices Learning Collaboratives, taking part in the AMGA national campaigns Measure Up/Pressure Down® or Together 2 Goal®, and donating to the Foundation.

“We are pleased to recognize leading organizations with the distinguished Foundation Star award for their passion for high performance health as well as their commitment to our Foundation,” said Jerry Penso, M.D., M.B.A., president of AMGA Foundation and chief medical and quality officer of AMGA. “Together we are revolutionizing health care by identifying, implementing, and sharing data-driven best practices that provide millions of patients the safest, most efficient, and most effective care possible.”

“We are happy to accept the Foundation Star Award recognizing our efforts,” said Theresa Frei, Sutter Medical Foundation chief executive officer. “At SMF, those initiatives included our participation in Measure Up/Pressure Down®, an AMGA national campaign to improve blood pressure control. Our care team’s focus on obtaining an appropriate blood pressure screening for each of our patients gives our clinicians important data, so they can in turn provide tools to help people lower their blood pressure.”

Sutter Medical Foundation is also currently involved with the AMGA’s Together 2 Goal® campaign, aimed at improving the lives of people living with Type 2 Diabetes. Read More

Sutter Urgent Care in Roseville Moving to Larger Location

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 | 0 comments

ROSEVILLE, Calif. – Beginning Feb. 10, patients seeking care from Sutter Medical Foundation’s Urgent Care Center in Roseville will see some major improvements.

The Urgent Care Center will make a short move across Medical Plaza Drive to a larger, more accommodating location on the Sutter Roseville Medical Center campus. The new location, at 3 Medical Plaza Drive, Suite 140, promises to bring shorter wait times, improved parking and more efficient processes to the very popular urgent care service.

Sutter Urgent Care is moving to larger offices in Building 3 on the Sutter Roseville Medical Center campus.

“We are excited to be moving to our new space,” said Robert Bixler, M.D., Urgent Care Department Chief and Sutter Medical Group (SMG) physician. “One of the most exciting features our new urgent care offers is that our physicians and staff will have 20 exam rooms in which to treat patients, as opposed to the seven rooms in our current location. This should definitely improve our ability to provide care in a smoother, faster manner. I think our patients will be pleased with the process.”

The relocation is part of a combination of changes aimed at increasing access to SMG physicians. Also this month, SMF’s Internal Medicine department makes the move to occupy the space formerly housing urgent care at 2 Medical Plaza Drive, Suite 130 and an additional office at Suite 200.

Urgent care centers offer a faster, convenient and economical alternative to going to the emergency room for non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries. The hours of operation will remain the same – open 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. seven days a week. Onsite laboratory and imaging services make the urgent care experience even more convenient.

“Most of our patients in need of urgent care services come to the center on a walk-in basis, and we want to make their visit as smooth as possible,” said Jennifer Kubasek, Manager of Urgent Care Services. “From ample parking to more space in the clinic, our new location will help us continue to provide quality health care when urgent services are needed.”

Patients can check approximate wait times at all of the SMF urgent care centers by visiting their web site at www.suttermedicalfoundation.org/urgentcare. Sutter Medical Foundation Urgent Care Centers are located in Sacramento, Auburn, Davis, Elk Grove, Fairfield, Folsom, Roseville and Yuba City.

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About Sutter Medical Foundation

Sutter Medical Foundation is part of Sutter Health, a family of not-for-profit hospitals, physician organizations and other medical services that share resources and expertise to advance health care quality and access. Serving more than 100 communities in Northern California, Sutter Health is a regional leader in cardiac care, cancer treatment, orthopedics, obstetrics, and newborn intensive care, and is a pioneer in advanced patient safety technology. Learn more about Sutter Medical Foundation.

Thriving Pink Donates Funds to Two Sutter Davis Hospital Patients

Posted by on Jan 30, 2017 | 0 comments

DAVIS – Thriving Pink, a Davis-based nonprofit dedicated to helping breast cancer survivors thrive after diagnosis, donated $20,000 to 18 women throughout Yolo and Solano counties to help with medical care and quality of life costs not covered by health insurance.

Anita Glidewell, R.N., Sutter Medical Foundation Infusion Center and Thriving Pink board member, embraces Chasity Baltazar after presenting her with a check and gifts from the Granting Pink program.

Two of those recipients, Chasity Baltazar and Carlotta Gallardo, are Sutter Davis Hospital patients and were presented with checks on Thursday by Thriving Pink board members in an emotional ceremony at the Sutter Medical Foundation infusion center on the SDH campus.

“The nursing staff at Sutter Davis Hospital are heroes for what they do every day for these women,” said Mary Yin Liu, Executive Director, Thriving Pink. “So many women are struggling to make ends meet. This support will make a huge different to ensure they have the best care possible. It’s incredible special for our thriving community to come together like this.”

Both women were extremely appreciative to Thriving Pink for the generous gifts. Read More

SMG Radiologist Selected as Technical Expert Panelist for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Posted by on Oct 28, 2016 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO – Sacramento radiologist David J. Seidenwurm, M.D., Sutter Medical Foundation’s medical director for radiology quality and safety, has been selected to participate in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Technical Expert Panel for the Quality Measure Development Plan. He was selected for the panel because of his diverse quality management expertise and for his extensive patient care and healthcare background.

 SeidenwurmAs a technical expert panelist, Dr. Seidenwurm will work with stakeholders and experts to provide methodical input on the development, selection and maintenance of the Quality Measure Development Plan. The plan’s intent is to support the transition from fee-for-service to Medicare. Read More

Sutter Imaging in Fairfield Offers Free Mammograms to Underinsured Women in Solano County

Posted by on Oct 6, 2016 | 0 comments

FAIRFIELD, Calif. – In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Sutter Imaging in Fairfield is offering free mammograms to uninsured and underinsured women on Saturday, Oct. 8.

It is one of eight Sutter Imaging sites in the greater Sacramento/Solano region that have set aside one Saturday this month to perform the free digital screening mammograms for uninsured and underinsured women who otherwise may not have access to these potentially life-saving screenings.

“Early detection can lead to a longer, healthier life,” said David Totah, Outpatient Diagnostic Imaging Services manager for Sutter Medical Foundation in Solano County. “Unfortunately, some women view mammograms as ‘optional,’ especially those without insurance or who have high copayments. We want to help create better access for them and put them on a path toward wellness.”

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