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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.

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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

Memorial Medical Center ICU recognized for top performance

Posted by on May 2, 2017 | 0 comments

Sutter Health’s Memorial Medical Center Intensive Care Unit has been recognized by the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) as the Top Overall Performer for the West Coast Region of the United States. This achievement is a result of Memorial’s participation in the SCCM’s ICU Liberation ABCDEF Bundle Improvement Collaborative – a national project aimed at improving outcomes for ICU patients and their families.

“Our MMC Inter-professional team has been working together for 18 months to implement the ABCDEF Bundle of care,” said Terry Lynch,  Clinical Nurse Educator for Memorial’s ICU, “and we have seen the level of care and the outcomes for our patients and families improve steadily over that time. While the patient outcomes are the most important goal, we are honored to know that the Society of Critical Care Medicine recognized our efforts as the best overall for the West Coast Region.”

The collaborative of 67 Hospitals nationally – 23 in the Western Region alone – have been on the cutting edge of ICU care and patient centered management utilizing a bundle of best practices known as the “ABCDEF bundle.” The bundle focuses on improving performance in the following areas:

  • A: Assess, prevent, and manage pain
  • B: Both SAT + SBT (Spontaneous Awakening Trial + Spontaneous Breathing Trial)
  • C: Choice of analgesia and sedation
  • D: Delirium – assess, prevent and manage
  • E: Early Mobility and Exercise
  • F: Family Engagement

“Our ICU team, just like everyone in our medical center, is dedicated to continuous improvement,” said Daryn Kumar, MMC chief executive officer. “We are all extremely proud of the work the team has put into implementing the ABCDEF bundle, and are grateful to them for their commitment to helping our patients and their families.”

Memorial’s ICU performed so well in implementing the bundle that they were awarded the following:

  1. Western Region Top Overall ABCDEF Bundle Compliance/Performance Award
  2. Top A Bundle Performance Award
  3. Top C Bundle Performance Award

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