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Amazon, ACCO Provide Memorable Experiences for Former Sutter Children’s Center Patients

Posted by on Nov 3, 2017 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO — It’s not every day that a child gets to go behind the scenes to see how an Amazon warehouse operates.

Tommy, a former Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento, patient checks out the Amazon fulfillment center during a recent tour.

Two former Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento patients did just that when Amazon partnered with the American Childhood Cancer Organization (ACCO) to provide experiences for 30 pediatric oncology patients around the country.

Tommy, who wants to be an animator, and Leah, a budding chemist who has shown an interest in coding, visited the Amazon warehouse in Tracy where they got a first-hand look at the technology that helps the facility operate. Tommy, 10, met with designers and illustrators who create the company’s videos.

“It was a really neat experience,” said Tommy’s mom, Jennifer. “He had a great time. The designers said they were going to feature him in one of their upcoming videos.”

Through a new collaboration, ACCO and Amazon celebrated children diagnosed with cancer who demonstrate an interest in STEM. In September, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, ACCO and Amazon delivered smiles to 30 children in 30 days, one for every day of the month, through exciting STEM-related immersion experiences across the country.

Leah’s experience included learning about coding and how the robots at Amazon fulfill orders. As an added bonus, Leah, 8, got to meet the San Francisco 49ers cheerleaders.

“She was excited to meet them,” said Leah’s mom, Yuri. “They taught her some new moves and Leah picked them up right away. It was a great day.” Read More

Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento ED Nurse Saves the Day

Posted by on Nov 2, 2017 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO – Anna Ryan, R.N., experienced a pay-it-forward moment and that moment kept moving forward.

Ryan, an Emergency Department nurse at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, helped a fireman provide shoes and a meal to a homeless man on a 100-degree summer day. The man didn’t need medical attention, just a little TLC.

Anna Ryan, R.N., Emergency Department, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento partnered with Goodwill Industries to stock the hospital’s clothes closet with shoes.

SMCS has a clothes closet to offer underprivileged and homeless patients something to wear upon release from the hospital or ED. Sometimes a patient has clothes removed by the staff and they need something to wear when they are discharged.

“It’s a great resource that we provide to the community,” said Ryan. During the winter, SMCS sets up a coat rack in the ED waiting room and anyone can come in and take a coat if they need it – no questions asked. Anna estimates that nearly 500 coats were distributed last year.

On this summer day, the homeless man came into the ED without a pair of shoes. Unfortunately, there were no shoes in the clothes closet to give him.

The fireman offered to “do his good deed for the day” and purchase a pair of shoes for the man. Ryan then brought a sandwich and water for him while he sat in the waiting room.

Soon enough, the homeless man, with proper footwear on his feet, was on his way. Read More

Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento Gives Pediatric Patients a Halloween to Remember

Posted by on Nov 1, 2017 | 0 comments

Spider-Man and Captain America attended to make sure the bad guys stayed away. The Ghostbusters were there to keep all the ghouls at bay.

A host of other superheroes and princesses gathered on Tuesday at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento for its annual Halloween Trick or Treat celebration for pediatric patients and their families in the lobby of the Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center. Even Dinger, the Sacramento RiverCats mascot enjoyed the festivities.

Children strolled through Candyland, played miniature golf, bowling and ring toss in another successful event at the hospital. Pediatric patients and siblings of NICU patients dressed in their costumes and some even wore makeup.

More than 25 departments created booths with games and activities and staff handed out non-food treats. Read More

Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento Hosts 31st Annual NICU, MOMs Reunion

Posted by on Oct 10, 2017 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO — Triplets, twins and many others toddled around Fairytale Town in Sacramento on Friday evening as their parents embraced physicians, nurses, Child Life specialists, social workers, administrators and volunteers from Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento.

The children’s center held its 31st annual NICU and 7th annual MOMs center reunions, bringing together staff and families for a couple of smile-filled hours.

The mothers of three sets of triplets who came to the reunion shared tips and tricks on how to best balance their busy lives, exchanged the best Facebook groups to be part of all while trying to keep track of the toddlers running around at their feet.

Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento NICU Child Life Specialist Lisa Norrgard and Linda Rickards-Ito take the lead on organizing the reunion, though it takes a village to put on this successful event.

“This event is our baby,” said Lisa. “We are so excited to see all of our families and see how well their children are doing. Some of these babies are with us for a long time in the NICU and it can be a scary time for the parents. When they come back to the reunion and the parents are smiling and the child is healthy and happy, it’s a great feeling.” Read More

Imagine Dragons Jams with Patients at Sophie’s Place Inside Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento

Posted by on Oct 5, 2017 | 0 comments

Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds, back row center, and Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young, of the Forever Young Foundation, pose with children at Sophie’s Place inside Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento after an interactive music session on Wednesday.

The sound of tiny voices singing the chorus from Imagine Dragons’ hit single “Radioactive” trickled out of Sophie’s Place at Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento on Wednesday afternoon. The band’s lead singer, Dan Reynolds, grinned from ear to ear during his hour-long jam session with patients and their families.

Dan made a stop at the music therapy space ahead of Imagine Dragons’ Evolve World Tour stop Wednesday evening at Sacramento’s Golden 1 Center.

“This was absolutely incredible,” said Amy Medovoy, child life program coordinator, Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento. “Dan was amazing with our children and the group session was just perfect. It was better than we expected. We are so grateful for him to take time out of his busy touring schedule to visit us.”

Children’s Center Music Therapists Daniel Beseda and Becky Parker warmed up the audience with some patient favorites like “Shake it Off,” “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” “Twist and Shout,” and “Shut Up and Dance.” Read More