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Sutter Tracy Community Hospital Awarded Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers

Posted by on Dec 15, 2017 | 0 comments

TRACY — Sutter Tracy Community Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations.

Sutter Tracy Community Hospital

“We are pleased to receive advanced certification from The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association,” said David M. Thompson, CEO, Sutter Tracy Community Hospital. “The certification provides us with the opportunity to highlight the exceptional stroke care we provide as well as to continually strive to advance our care even further.”

Sutter Tracy Community Hospital underwent a rigorous onsite review in November. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement. Read More

Memorial Medical Center achieves four-year APEx® accreditation for radiation oncology services – one of only seven facilities in California

Posted by on Nov 1, 2017 | 0 comments

Daryn Kumar, MMC CEO (back row, left) celebrates with the Radiation Oncology team and physicians Dr. Garcia-Young and Dr. Neville (front row, left and right)

MODESTO, CA – Memorial Medical Center, part of Northern California’s Sutter Health network of hospitals, has become the first Sutter Health facility, and seventh facility in all of California, to achieve a four-year accreditation of their radiation oncology services from ASTRO — the premier radiation oncology society in the world.

Memorial achieved the accreditation by demonstrating compliance with the standards of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Accreditation Program for Excellence (APEx®).

“We are very, very happy to receive APEx accreditation,” said Chris Neville, M.D., DABR, a Sutter Gould Medical Foundation radiation oncologist and medical director for Memorial Medical Center’s Radiation Oncology program. “The accreditation is great affirmation of the high quality and safe patient care we provide for patients in our community.”

APEx is an independent radiation oncology practice accreditation program developed by ASTRO based on a comprehensive set of sixteen evidence-based standards of radiation oncology practice. The sixteen standards are focused on five pillars of patient care: 1) the process of care; 2) the radiation oncology team; 3) safety; 4) quality management; and 5) patient-centered care.

“Evaluating our processes in relation to ASTRO’s high standards, including standards for safety and quality, validates our practices and recognizes the efforts of our radiation oncology team to deliver patient-centered radiation oncology care,” added J. Alex Garcia-Young, M.D., DABR, fellow Sutter Gould radiation oncologist.

“ASTRO is proud to recognize Memorial Medical Center for achieving APEx accreditation,” said ASTRO chair David C. Beyer, MD, FASTRO. “Memorial Medical Center has demonstrated a commitment to providing their patients with safe, high-quality radiation therapy services.”

Accreditation through APEx is a rigorous, voluntary, multi-step process that can take up to one year to complete. Each center seeking APEx accreditation must have its policies and procedures evaluated using objective, verifiable expectations for performance in radiation oncology. It must demonstrate its commitment to high standards of safety and quality in the practice of radiation oncology and that it practices patient-centered care by promoting effective communication, coordinating treatment, and engaging patients and their families as partners in care.

APEx has a distinctive program structure that includes both a self-assessment process and a facility visit conducted by a medical physicist and a radiation oncologist, radiation therapist, nurse, dosimetrist, nurse practitioner, physician assistant or practice administrator. APEx integrates Maintenance of Certification (MOC) templates that promote value and efficiency for physicians and final evaluation reports that link standards and performance to quality improvement resources. APEx applicants also have access to a library of quality improvement practice management tools to facilitate a culture of safety. APEx reflects competencies and practices identified and endorsed in the 2012 ASTRO publication Safety is No Accident: A Framework for Quality Radiation Oncology and Care.

ABOUT MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER – Memorial Medical Center 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 Memorial Medical Center.

ABOUT ASTRO – ASTRO is the premier radiation oncology society in the world, with more than 10,000 members who are physicians, nurses, biologists, physicists, radiation therapists, dosimetrists and other health care professionals who specialize in treating patients with radiation therapies. As the leading organization in radiation oncology, the Society is dedicated to improving patient care through professional education and training, support for clinical practice and health policy standards, advancement of science and research, and advocacy.

ASTRO publishes three medical journals, International Journal of Radiation Oncology • Biology • Physics (www.redjournal.org), Practical Radiation Oncology (www.practicalradonc.org) and Advances in Radiation Oncology (www.advancesradonc.org); developed and maintains an extensive patient website, RT Answers (http://www.rtanswers.org); and created the Radiation Oncology Institute (www.roinstitute.org), a nonprofit foundation to support research and education efforts around the world that enhance and confirm the critical role of radiation therapy in improving cancer treatment. To learn more about ASTRO, visit www.astro.org.

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Sutter Medical Foundation “Super”-visor and super friends offer support after fires

Posted by on Oct 24, 2017 | 0 comments

Pictured, clockwise from top left: Marco Guzman, Jr.; West Coast Avengers members Brenton Klose, (Deadpool), Guzman, Jr. (Spiderman), Lindsay Skousen (Black Widow), and Jeff Toft (Captain America); Toft and Guzman, Jr. take a break.

October 24, 2017, Fairfield, CA – On any normal day, Marco Guzman, Jr. is a supervisor for Sutter Medical Foundation’s (SMF) Cardiology, Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine services, based in care centers located in Fairfield, CA.

But recently, on a day that by any stretch of the imagination was not normal, Marco the supervisor became “Marco the superfriend” and he, along with a few of his West Coast Avengers teammates, helped bring some joy to people dealing with the devastating wild fires in California’s wine country.

Spiderman, Captain America, Deadpool, Black Widow and others were available for hugs and photos as they made their way to evacuation centers in the affected areas to provide a much-needed distraction for evacuees.

“I felt helpless seeing my community under fire,” said Guzman, who lives near the areas affected by the fires. “Thinking about all the kids and families who had to evacuate their homes saddened me.”

So, Marco connected with fellow members of the West Coast Avengers (WCA), a cosplay group he has been with since 2015. The group attends many events, including visits to hospitals, charity events, and movie premieres, always with the goal to make people smile. The WCA partnered with a cosplay team from Santa Rosa (Hope, Love and Magic), quickly discussed how to help with this very unique tragedy, planned out a visit schedule, and set out to offer whatever comfort they could.

Sharing the idea on their Facebook page, the superheroes soon realized that there were everyday heroes in their community who wanted to help as well.

“Once our community heard about our mission, they all reached out via social media and started to collect new donated toys on our behalf,” said Marco. “We were overwhelmed by the response, and in total, we provided comfort and support to over 400 evacuees and 200 kids. We delivered 600 toys, blankets and items of clothing to those in need.”

Marco and his friends were even asked to take photos with volunteers and first responders. “The fire department, law enforcement, first responders, volunteers, and the community were the true heroes in this situation,” said Marco.  “We were honored to join them to help in our own unique way.”

The group ultimately visited four evacuation centers — one in Napa, two in Santa Rosa, and one in Petaluma. “We met so many appreciative families and it was reassuring to see how our community stepped in to help one another,” said Marco.

Marco has returned to his supervisor position at Sutter Medical Foundation —an everyday hero in his health care role— but for one memorable day, he and his friends made a lasting impression on those who needed help.

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.

Sutter Gould Medical Foundation opens new Tracy Care Center

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017 | 0 comments

Clockwise, from top: The new care center; SGMF staff Pauline Chaves, Aziza Hashimi and Debbie Duran show off the Urgent Care; unique way-finding methods are used; spacious surroundings; Maggie Fernandez ready to help patients; a digital physician directory.

TRACY, CA – After years of planning and a construction process that succeeded despite a record rainy season, Sutter Gould Medical Foundation’s (SGMF) new 47,000 square foot office building opened this week, offering Tracy area residents an expanded set of services in a medical plaza atmosphere.

“We are very excited to have our building open. Our wonderful staff, volunteers and physicians are ready to care for their patients,” said Gary Zufelt, chief executive officer for SGMF. “Our vision is to lead the transformation of health care to the highest levels of quality, access, and affordability, and this new building was designed with that vision in mind. It supports expanded access and new services, and it gives us the ability to continue to grow and provide expanded services well into the future.”

Sutter Gould moved all of their providers from locations throughout Tracy to the new site at 445 W. Eaton Avenue, directly across from Sutter Tracy Community Hospital. Physicians and staff provide primary care (Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics) and specialty care including Dermatology, Rheumatology, Orthopedics, Podiatry, OB/GYN, ENT, Neurology, Endoscopy, Pulmonology, and Nephrology.

Additional services include a new offering — an Urgent Care Center — and many services familiar to Sutter patients in their other large clinics in Stockton, Modesto, and Turlock: an Injection/Shot Clinic, Lab/Blood Draw stations and imaging services including X-Ray and ultrasound. 

“Having a full-range of outpatient care right next to Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, helps us provide a complete continuum of care to the community,” said Richard Leal, Director of Foundation Growth & Strategy for Sutter Health. Read More

Sutter Coast Hospital Seeks Participants for Patient Advisory Council

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 | 0 comments

Crescent City – At Sutter Coast Hospital, we are committed to providing a consistent, high quality patient experience and is forming a council to involve the community and receive feedback about the experiences of our patients and their families at the hospital.

“We are working to make the voice of the patient and family evident in everything we do,” said Rose Corcoran, chief nurse executive at Sutter Coast Hospital. “We value feedback so we are excited to create a Patient Family Advisor Council to improve and promote patient-centered care.”

Advisors with the Patient Family Advisory Council will collaborate with leadership, care and clinical teams at Sutter Coast Hospital to help in the planning and decision-making process for future patients. They will share their experiences and perspectives during  planning and decision making sessions, providing the hospital with an insider’s view about the patient experience and ensuring that hospital staff continuously improve the care they provide for patients and families. Read More