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Shoulder Pain? A Rotator Cuff Injury Could be the Blame

Posted by on May 14, 2014 | 0 comments

Patrick McGahan, M.D.

Patrick McGahan, M.D.

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, in 2008 nearly two million people in the United States went to their doctors for rotator cuff difficulties. This includes rotator cuff tears, which make it difficult or even impossible to raise your arm over your shoulder.

“There are two types of rotator cuff tears—a partial tear and a full-thickness tear,” says orthopedic surgeon Patrick McGahan, M.D., with Sutter Orthopedic Institute. “The partial tear damages the soft tissue of the rotator cuff tendons, but doesn’t completely sever the tendon. A full-thickness tear, also called a complete tear, splits the rotator cuff tendon soft tissue completely into two.”

There are also two main causes Read More

ASGE Recognizes Sutter Auburn Faith’s Endoscopy Department

Posted by on May 9, 2014 | 0 comments

Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital

Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital

The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), a leading gastrointestinal medical society, has recognized Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital’s Endoscopy Department as part of its program specifically dedicated to promoting quality endoscopy in the U.S. SAFH is one of more than 450 endoscopy units to be granted the recognition since 2009. The ASGE Endoscopy Recognition program honors endoscopy departments that have demonstrated a commitment to patient safety and quality in endoscopy as evidenced by meeting the program’s rigorous criteria, which includes following the ASGE guidelines on privileging, quality assurance, endoscope reprocessing, CDC infection control guidelines and ensuring endoscopy staff excellence.

“We are honored to be recognized by ASGE for our Read More

Oncology Nurse Navigator Assists Breast Cancer Patients at Sutter Auburn Faith

Posted by on May 1, 2014 | 0 comments

Ellen Carlson, RN, Oncology Nurse Manager

Ellen Carlson, RN, Oncology Nurse Manager

Ellen Carlson, RN, has accepted the new position of the Oncology Nurse Navigator at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital. As the Oncology Nurse Navigator, Carlson will offer individualized assistance to breast cancer patients, their families and caregivers. She will assess the patient’s clinical needs, provide education and will assist with managing the complex needs of a cancer diagnosis, collaborating on the patient’s behalf with other clinicians. Once this service is established, Carlson will assist all oncology patients.

Above all, Carlson will be supportive. The hospital Oncology Nurse Navigator position was created at the hospital in order to offer cancer patients a professional hand during a stressful, emotional and difficult time.

“When a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, she is faced with dozens of decisions,” said Carlson. “She’ll have to decide Read More

VHA West Coast Recognizes Sutter Surgical Hospital – North Valley

Posted by on Apr 25, 2014 | 0 comments

Sutter Surgical Hospital - North Valley

Sutter Surgical Hospital – North Valley

VHA West Coast recognized Sutter Surgical Hospital – North Valley, in the West Coast Region Awards for achieving excellence in Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS). This recognition honors the physicians, nurses, administrators and staff at each organization for their work in patient experience measures and for achieving a silver level of performance.

The VHA West Coast Recognition Program annually recognizes achievement of clinical quality and patient experience goals among VHA health care organizations in California, Oregon, Arizona, Washington, and Hawaii. Sutter Surgical Hospital – North Valley is one of five organizations in the region to receive recognition in 2014.

All VHA West Coast acute facilities are eligible for inclusion in the recognition program. Specifically, Sutter Surgical Hospital – North Valley was recognized for Read More

VHA West Coast Recognizes Sutter Auburn Faith for Third Year

Posted by on Apr 25, 2014 | 0 comments

Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital

Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital

For the third consecutive year, VHA West Coast recognized Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital in the West Coast Region Awards for achieving excellence in clinically recognized performance measures. This recognition honors the physicians, nurses, administrators and staff at each organization for their work in achieving a silver level of performance.

The VHA West Coast Recognition Program annually recognizes achievement of clinical quality and patient experience goals among VHA health care organizations in California, Oregon, Arizona, Washington, and Hawaii. Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital is one of five organizations in the region to receive recognition in 2014.

All VHA West Coast acute facilities are eligible for inclusion in the recognition program. Specifically, Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital was recognized for Read More