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Sutter Medical Foundation Auburn Urgent Care is “Movin’ on up” to increase exam room capacity

Posted by on Oct 23, 2017 | 0 comments

Auburn, CA – Beginning October 25, patients seeking care from Sutter Medical Foundation’s (SMF) Urgent Care Center in Auburn will need to travel a little farther to receive services from its caregivers…..about 10 feet up.

The Urgent Care Center —chosen as the ‘Best of the Best’ in the Auburn Journal’s 2017 reader poll as Best Urgent Care— is making the short move upstairs to a larger, more accommodating space, Suite 201 at SMF’s Medical Office Building at 11795 Education Street.

“We are excited to increase our ability to care for patients in our urgent care setting, going from five exam rooms to eight exam rooms for patient visits,” said Robert Bixler, M.D., Urgent Care Department Chief and Sutter Medical Group (SMG) physician. “Any time we find an opportunity to improve our popular urgent care services, we are going to find a way to make it happen. And in Auburn, that means a move up.”

All of the services urgent care patients have come to expect are included in the move to Suite 201, including Imaging (x-ray, ultrasound and CT scanning). A phlebotomist is on site for blood draws, with full labs available.

“We see all types of cases in our urgent care,” continued Bixler. “We perform laceration repair with sutures, and many other minor procedures, often treating those with sports injuries and on-the-job injuries. From poison oak to food poisoning, the same friendly, efficient staff will be here ready to help our patients.”

The relocation continues a string of enhancements for SMF’s entire urgent care service line. Other recent changes include the December 2016 opening of

a new urgent care in Folsom, and a relocation of the Roseville Urgent Care to a much larger, 20 exam room facility in February.

Urgent care centers offer a faster, convenient and economical alternative to going to the emergency room for non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries. The Auburn Urgent Care hours of operation will remain the same – weekdays 1:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and weekends and holidays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Patients can check approximate wait times at all of the SMF urgent care centers by visiting their web site at Additional Sutter Medical Foundation Urgent Care Centers are located in Sacramento, 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.

Memorial Medical Center receives awards for heart attack and stroke patient care

Posted by on Oct 5, 2017 | 0 comments

MODESTO, CA – Sutter Health’s Memorial Medical Center (MMC) is part of an elite group of hospitals recently recognized by the American Heart Association for awards signifying a commitment to guideline adherence and quality improvement for the STEMI and NSTEMI (heart attack) patient population, and for care of patients suffering strokes.

MMC received both the Mission: Lifeline® STEMI Receiving Center GOLD Quality Achievement Award and the Mission: Lifeline® NSTEMI Bronze Quality Achievement Award for performance based on the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.*

“We are dedicated to improving the quality of care for our patients who suffer a heart attack, and the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that goal through nationally respected clinical guidelines,” said Daryn Kumar, MMC chief executive officer. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care, and I am very proud of our team.”

The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program’s goal is to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, beginning with the 9-1-1 call and continuing through hospital treatment.

“We commend Memorial Medical Center for these achievement awards, which reflect a significant institutional commitment to the highest quality of care for their heart attack patients,” said James G. Jollis, MD, Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Advisory Working Group. “Achieving these awards means the hospital has met specific reporting and achievement measures for the treatment of their patients who suffer heart attacks and we applaud them for their commitment to quality and timely care.” Read More

Sutter Surgical Hospital-North Valley Awarded Certification from The Joint Commission for Hip and Knee Replacement

Posted by on Sep 27, 2017 | 0 comments


September 27, 2017

For more information, please contact Craig Baize, Sutter Health Communications, (209) 572-5908

Yuba City, CA – Sutter Surgical Hospital-North Valley (SSH-NV) today announced it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Joint Replacement for Hip and for Knee. Certification is for Joint Commission-accredited hospitals, critical access hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers seeking to elevate the quality, consistency and safety of their services and patient care.

SSH-NV underwent a rigorous onsite review. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with disease-specific care standards and hip and knee replacement requirements, including orthopedic consultation, and pre-operative, intraoperative and post-surgical orthopedic surgeon follow-up care.

“Achieving Hip and Knee Replacement Certification recognizes Sutter Surgical Hospital-North Valley’s commitment to provide care in a safe and efficient manner for patients,” said Patrick Phelan, executive director, Hospital Business Development, The Joint Commission. “The certification will help them better provide coordinated and comprehensive care to patients undergoing hip or knee replacement.”

“We are very happy to receive certification from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” added Dennis Sindelar, Chief Administrative Officer for Sutter Surgical Hospital North Valley. “We feel this validates the work we do to provide our patients with safe, quality care as they receive joint replacement services.”

About The Joint Commission: Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at

About Sutter Surgical Hospital-North Valley: Sutter Surgical Hospital – North Valley offers award-winning personalized surgical care in the Yuba-Sutter community. It is owned by Sutter Medical Foundation (SMF) and offers the following surgical specialties: orthopedics, podiatry, general surgery, plastic surgery, ENT, gynecology, spine surgery, pain management, and urology.

SMF 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.

Visit the Sutter Surgical Hospital-North Valley web site at

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Local family makes generous lead gift to kick off fundraising for Heart and Vascular Institute at Memorial Medical Center

Posted by on Aug 2, 2017 | 0 comments

Modesto, CA – Today, Memorial Hospital Foundation announced the receipt of a generous $100,000 donation from the Bruno family — long-time residents of Modesto — to help kick off a public campaign to raise funds for a Heart and Vascular Institute in the Central Valley.

The Heart and Vascular Institute will be located at Memorial Medical Center (MMC), part of Northern California’s Sutter Health network of hospitals. The Foundation hopes to raise one million dollars from the community to contribute toward the projected three million dollar cost of the project.

The Bruno family, including matriarch Barbara, and sons Mathew and Tony, is excited to help with the project. “We experienced first-hand the benefits of receiving care from our local medical center,” said Tony, currently serving on the Memorial Hospital Foundation board. “When our dad, Matt, was treated at MMC, we very much appreciated the compassionate care he received.”

“This donation is made in honor of Dad, and on behalf of Mom and our entire family,” he continued. “There are so many positives to receiving care locally, and we are extremely happy to help bring this to Memorial.”

“We are so thankful that the Bruno family agrees that there is a need for an institute, and their lead gift has already started the ball rolling in terms of additional giving,” said Lisa Hume, Director of Philanthropy for Sutter Health in the valley area.

In addition to the Bruno family lead gift, the Foundation is pleased to announce that it has received a $100,000 commitment from Tom Eakin, the owner of MTC Distributing, a longtime Modesto business. Tom’s gift is his way of expressing gratitude for the care he received from his medical team, including his physician.

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Sutter Gould Medical Foundation remembers and honors Gould physician at dedication event

Posted by on Jul 17, 2017 | 0 comments

Family, friends, donors and coworkers celebrate physician’s commitment and spirit of giving.

Pictured back row, L-R: Hudlin family members Marisa Hudlin, Ryan Hudlin
Brittany Hudlin and Carol Hudlin.
Front row, holding photo of Dr. Hudlin:
Scholarship recipients Kranesh Kumar, Shiromani Charan, Katrina Rivera,
Gilberto Estrada and Jose Aguilar.

Dr. Christopher Hudlin, a general surgeon who joined Gould Medical Group in 2007, passed away in 2016. Last Friday, over 100 Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF) staff, Gould Medical Group physicians, donors and friends joined Dr. Hudlin’s family in honoring him with the dedication of a bench at the Stockton Medical Plaza on Hammer Lane in Stockton.

“Dr. Hudlin was instrumental in the expansion of Gould Medical Group in Stockton,” said Gary Zufelt, Sutter Gould Medical Foundation chief executive officer. “He was very active in medical group and Foundation activities, and was a leader in motivating others to help support worthy causes.”

That involvement included a leading role in fundraising for SGMF projects and philanthropic activity throughout the San Joaquin County region. “He was a key figure in rallying our physicians and staff to support many, many charitable causes,” said Lisa Hume, Director of Philanthropy for the Sutter Health Valley Area (South). “He was particularly fond of the Health Careers Academy high school in Stockton, and supported our efforts to help students interested in pursuing a career in the healthcare field.”

At the conclusion of the dedication ceremony, SGMF’s Katrina Holmes (Regional Director Gould Ambulatory Surgery Centers), a family friend and colleague of Dr. Hudlin, announced the recipients of the first annual scholarship from Health Careers Academy. “Opportunities to contribute to the scholarship in Dr. Hudlin’s name will help continue the vision he had for supporting our future healthcare leaders,” said Holmes.

For more information on how you can contribute to the Dr. Christopher Hudlin Endowment fund, visit   or contact Lisa Hume by calling 209-530-3777 or via email at