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Sacramento River Cats Hit a Grand Slam at Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento

Posted by on May 23, 2017 in Children's Services, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO — Players from the Sacramento River Cats, the San Francisco Giants Triple-A affiliate, stopped by Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento on Tuesday during the annual River Cats Caravan.

Sacramento River Cats pitchers Dan Slania, left, and Dusten Knight, right, enjoyed a visit with Ricky on Tuesday during the River Cats Caravan.

“We are so grateful for the players to take time out of their morning – on a game day – to visit the children and their families,” said Amy Medovoy, child life coordinator, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. “This visit brightens everyone’s day because the players and Dinger do such a great job with the kids and families. They are wonderful community partners, do such great things in the community, and we are glad they include us.”

The River Cats visited patients in Pediatrics, the pediatric intensive care unit and the pediatric day unit. They stopped to take photos with nurses and Child Life specialists and several babies who were sound asleep in their cribs, but whose families will receive a photo memento for their scrapbooks.

Sacramento River Cats players Dan Slania, Wynton Bernard, Dusten Knight and mascot Dinger joined children in making paper bag puppets in the playroom while talking baseball and discussing the childrens’ other interests. The players also visited several children bedside, signing autographs and leaving the children with signed baseballs and River Cats hats.

Jaxon gets a fist bump from Sacramento River Cats mascot Dinger during the team’s visit on Tuesday.

Dan Slania, a 6’6” pitcher, caught the attention of several Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento employees, patients and family members. Though large in stature, he wore his heart on his sleeve throughout the entire 2-hour visit – chatting with several patients, asking for childrens’ autographs on a hat or a ball and even holding a newborn for more than 15 minutes.

“I love this stuff,” he said. “I wish we could come back and visit more.”

The caravan previously made a stop at Sutter Davis Hospital during the opening of the Davis Farmers Market this month and will additionally visit Sutter Rehabilitation Institute in Roseville and Sutter SeniorCare.

Posted by on May 23, 2017 in Children's Services, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento | 0 comments