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SMCS Nurses On Hand as California Senate Recognizes Neonatal Nurses with Resolution

Posted by on Sep 5, 2017 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO Senator Josh Newman introduced SCR 82 Friday, commemorating September 15 as ‘Neonatal Nurses Day’ in California. The resolution was presented to representatives of Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento and Children’s Hospital Orange County’s neonatal intensive care units.

“All medical care workers are deserving of our respect and gratitude but it takes a special person to become a neonatal care nurse,” said Newman. “This resolution pays tribute to all of the nurses who care for newly born infants at a time of intense vulnerability, as well as their families.”

Every year approximately 40,000 low birth weight infants are born nationally. As a result of the dedicated care they receive from neonatal nurses, the survival of these infants has dramatically improved since the inception of neonatal intensive care units.

The National Association of Neonatal Nurses celebrated the first Neonatal Nurses Day on September 15, 2000 to honor the nurses who care for the most vulnerable patients and their families.

Christi Walsh, R.N., NICU nursing manager, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and Melva Weiss, R.N., were on hand to receive the resolution. Weiss was one of the nurses who cared for Newman’s daughter when she was in Sutter’s NICU a little more than a year ago.

“It was an honor to have this recognition on behalf of the amazing care that our entire nursing staff provides to our families every day,” said Walsh.

Applications Accepted Soon for Sutter Davis Hospital Volunteer Doula Program

Posted by on Aug 9, 2017 | 0 comments

DAVIS – Sutter Davis Hospital will be accepting online applications for the hospital’s Volunteer Doula Program beginning Tuesday, August 15. The applications will be open until September 5.

Doulas provide continuous physical, emotional and informational support to mothers during the childbirth process. The Sutter Davis Hospital Volunteer Doula Program is administered by Birthing Center nurses with many years of experience supporting women in labor.

“Our volunteer doula program is one of the most well-respected programs in the nation. We value what each and every doula brings to our program and our Family Birth Center,” said Jessica Casas, doula co-coordinator, Sutter Davis Hospital. “Evidence shows that women who have doulas attend their birth have fewer medical interventions and verbalize a more rewarding, joyous and memorable birth experience.” Read More

Sutter Tracy Celebrates Diversity with Annual Cultural Day

Posted by on Aug 7, 2017 | 0 comments

Crowds of people – from employees to community members – enjoyed Sutter Tracy Community Hospital’s annual Cultural Day.

TRACY – Sutter Tracy Community Hospital held its annual Cultural Day on Wednesday, August 2, giving employees, physicians and volunteers an opportunity to celebrate the diverse cultures in the community.

“This is an event that been going since 2003,” said Sutter Tracy CEO David M. Thompson. “It’s very popular and gives everyone who attends an opportunity to share their culture with one another.”

Cultural Day committee members set up booths representing various countries and cultures, preparing authentic dishes, displaying artifacts from their country and providing information for attendees. While the event was intended for Sutter Tracy hospital employees, hospital visitors and community members passing by the hospital walked through the festivities.

Community groups such as PowerHouse Dance, Ballet Folklorico de las Rosas, Hula Ikaika Ohan O Kaawai and Native American Folklore and Dance by Tony Fuentes performed throughout the day. Tracy resident Darcy Paris opened the event by singing the national anthem.

“We are very proud of our diversity at Sutter Tracy,” said Dave. “And we want to ensure that our staff has an opportunity to educate and inform one another about their own culture and background. Everyone looks forward to this event and we are happy to put it on year after year.”

Sutter Teen Programs Celebrates Young Parents with Grad Party

Posted by on Aug 2, 2017 | 0 comments

The road to a high school diploma isn’t always easy for teen parents. For those who take advantage of the services, Sutter Teen Programs provides support to ensure the milestone is achieved.

The teen program, part of Sutter Women’s and Children’s Ambulatory Services Department in Sacramento, held a graduation celebration for nine participants to congratulate the grads on a job well done.

“We want these parents to know that we are proud of their accomplishments and all that they overcame to graduate high school,” said Elaine Ellers, manager, Sutter Teen Programs.

The celebration was held at Sutter Medical Plaza, Sacramento, and catered by Chipotle. Participants attended with their families. Read More

Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento’s NICU Awarded $10,000 Grant from Huggies

Posted by on Aug 2, 2017 | 0 comments

Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento volunteers spend time in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit providing hugs to the tiniest patients to help their growth and development and put them on the path to going home sooner.

SACRAMENTO — For the over 500,000 premature babies born in the U.S. each year, human touch can have a powerful impact on healthy growth and development. To ensure that all babies—including those who are most vulnerable— get the hugs they need to thrive, the Huggies No Baby Unhugged program is awarding seven $10,000 grants to hospitals across the country to help support or establish volunteer hugging programs. These programs provide much needed physical human interaction for newborns in neonatal intensive care units (NICU) that can help make their transition from the hospital to the home quicker.

“Huggies believes deeply in the power of hugs. They provide much more than just a heartwarming cuddle – a hug can stabilize heart rates, increase oxygen levels and strengthen baby’s immune system,” said Giusy Buonfantino, president of Kimberly-Clark Baby and Child Care North America. “Huggies’ No Baby Unhugged grant program is proud to help hospitals across the U.S. give premature babies the care they need while in the NICU.”

Hospitals may use the grants in a variety of ways, such as investing in volunteer training and recruitment, hugger chairs and educational materials for volunteers. The seven hospitals receiving grants so far in 2017 include:

  1. Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Lebanon, New Hampshire
  2. Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, Valhalla, New York
  3. Chester County Hospital, West Chester, Pennsylvania
  4. Southern Illinois Healthcare Memorial Hospital, Carbondale, Illinois
  5. Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, California
  6. UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, Oakland, California
  7. UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, San Francisco, California

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