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National Health Care Decisions Day is April 16 – Tips to Begin Planning

Posted by on Apr 11, 2014 | 0 comments

?????????It is often difficult to imagine your end of life care—or end of life care for a loved one—in the event you or your loved one becomes incapable of making health care decisions. National Healthcare Decisions Day would like to change that. This April 16 is the 7th annual National Healthcare Decisions Day. On this day we encourage you to make your future healthcare choices known and protected.

Why should you bother with end-of-life planning?

There are several reasons.

First, advance care planning allows you to think about important issues when you don’t have to make immediate decisions or are under intense emotional stress. Another important factor is that it’s good to know your loved ones understand your personal wishes should you suddenly become unable to speak for yourself. And, if you happen to become the decision maker for a loved one who is incapacitated you don’t have to guess what that loved one wants. You’ll be prepared to act based on what you know. This advance care planning will also help avoid serious family conflict if you and your loved ones have different views on end of life care.

How do you get started with advance care planning?

You can begin advance care planning by considering the following questions:

• What represents a good quality of life to you?

• What concerns you the most about death or dying?

• How would you want to spend the last month of your life?

• Some people want to have everything possible done to delay death. Others do not want dying to be prolonged. Where do you fit in with these two requests?

• If you are in a position where you cannot speak for yourself, who do you want to make these decisions for you?

What are the next steps?

Advance care planning is a process. You may want to schedule an appointment with a medical caregiver such as your primary care physician, nurse practitioner or specialist. In addition, you may want to complete a document called an Advance Health Care Directive which allows you to state in writing your individual wishes for end of life care. For more information on the Advance Health Care Directive, click here. To download an Advance Health Care Directive, click here.

Please take the time today to think about your wishes or the wishes of your loved one. Start a conversation using the questions above and take the next step and prepare an Advance Health Care Directive. Advance care planning will not only help you shape the last stage of life, it will also give you peace of mind to know your decisions are in place and will be honored.

Sutter Auburn Faith Extends Hours for Women’s Imaging Center

Posted by on Mar 13, 2014 | 0 comments

Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital

Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital

The Women’s Imaging Center, which provides digital mammography and bone density screening at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, is expanding its weekday services to include two Saturdays a month. The Women’s Imaging Center conducted a pilot study in February 2014 to see if Saturday hours would be beneficial to patients. Sixteen women made appointments for the first Saturday of the pilot study confirming that the extended hours will better help women get the screenings they need to safeguard their health.

Beginning Saturday, April 5, the Women’s Imaging Center will be open on the first and third Saturdays of the month, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., providing a convenient access for women in the community. For more information or to schedule a mammogram or bone density screening, please call 530-886-6562.

Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento Earns National Bariatric Accreditation

Posted by on Feb 21, 2014 | 0 comments

Steven Patching, M.D.

Steven Patching, M.D.

The bariatric surgery program at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento has been accredited as a Level 1 facility under the Bariatric Surgery Center Network (BSCN) Accreditation Program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). The accreditation demonstrates the surgery program’s commitment to delivering the highest quality care for its bariatric surgery patients.

To earn the accreditation, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento met the essential criteria to ensure its ability to support a bariatric surgical care program and the institutional performance requirements outlined by the BSCN Accreditation Standards. Accredited bariatric surgery programs provide both the hospital resources necessary for optimal care of morbidly obese patients and the support and resources necessary to address the entire spectrum of care and needs of bariatric patients, both pre-and postoperatively.

“This accreditation validates our commitment to providing Read More

N. Calif. Emergency responders, healthcare professionals participate in FEMA mass casualty training

Posted by on Feb 14, 2014 | 0 comments


Center for Domestic Preparedness training center in Anniston, Alabama

Center for Domestic Preparedness training center in Anniston, Alabama

ANNISTON, Al. – Emergency responders, public health specialists and healthcare professionals from across Northern California, including Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento and Sutter Roseville Medical Center, are better prepared to respond to major natural or manmade disasters following an intensive, week-long training at the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), Feb. 8-14.

 The Northern California students ranged from paramedics to public health specialists. The center offered four separate courses, depending on the responders’ area of expertise. The students trained within their classes the first four days. During that time, they learned advanced response techniques, hazardous material decontamination procedures and emergency operations. On Friday, the 158 students came together to participate in an integrated capstone event or ICE respond to an earthquake Read More

Sutter Roseville Earns Quality Respiratory Care Recognition

Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 | 0 comments


Sutter Roseville Medical Center earned the Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) under a national program aimed at helping patients and families make informed decisions about the quality of the respiratory care services available in hospitals.

 The QRCR program was started by the American Association for Respiratory Care in 2003 to help consumers identify those facilities using qualified respiratory therapists to provide respiratory care. Hospitals earning the QRCR designation ensure patient safety by agreeing to adhere to a strict set of criteria governing their respiratory care services.

 Hospitals that meet the QRCR requirements provide a level of respiratory care consistent Read More