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Sutter Auburn Faith Earns Quality Respiratory Care Recognition

Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 | 0 comments


Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital

Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital

Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital 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

Benjamin Shadle, M.D., Appointed Medical Director for Bariatric Services

Posted by on Feb 5, 2014 | 0 comments


Benjamin Shadle, M.D., FACS

Benjamin Shadle, M.D., FACS

Benjamin Shadle, M.D., FACS, has been appointed Medical Director for Bariatric Services at Sutter Roseville Medical Center.  These services are a component of the Sutter Weight Management Institute (SWMI), which offers both medically supervised weight loss and surgical weight loss programs.

As a bariatric surgeon, Dr. Shadle’s professional interests and areas of research include advanced laparoscopy/bariatric surgery with a special interest in the treatment of diabetes, hyperlipidemia, hypertension and obstructive sleep apnea. 

Dr. Shadle received his medical degree from Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University, Provo, UT. He completed Read More

Tips for Living with Osteoarthritis

Posted by on Jan 29, 2014 | 0 comments

Douglas Dennis, M.D.

Douglas Dennis, M.D.

An estimated 27 million Americans suffer from osteoarthritis. Known as the most common form of arthritis, osteoarthritis is a disease of the joints, linked to old age when the cartilage between the joints breaks down, and creates joint pain and reduced motion of limbs.

“The most common symptom of osteoarthritis is pain in the affected joints,” says Douglas Dennis, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon with Sutter Medical Group, who cares for patients at Sutter Solano Medical Center in Vallejo and Sutter Fairfield Surgery Center. “Because osteoarthritis is a progressive disease, symptoms usually develop slowly and worsen over time.”

Osteoarthritis symptoms vary from patient to patient, with some patients debilitated with excruciating pain while others are relatively pain free. In addition, osteoarthritis is a progressive disease that worsens over time.

Osteoarthritis is diagnosed through a physical exam of the affected joint to see if there is pain or restricted motion and to learn if there are grinding noises. In addition, X-rays are taken to determine if the joint shows deterioration, bone spurs or other abnormalities.

While there’s no known cure for osteoarthritis, medical and surgical treatments help reduce pain and provide more joint flexibility.

Treatment should help control pain and other symptoms as well as improve the ability to more easily perform daily living activities. Early treatment options include lifestyle modifications, medication and physical therapy. However, if early treatments do not ease or stop the pain, patients can turn to:

• Surgery, which can include arthroscopy to remove bone spurs, cysts, or loose fragments in the joint

• Osteotomy to realign the long bones of the arms or legs to take pressure off a joint

• Joint fusion to fasten or fuse the ends of the bones

• Joint replacement, in which an artificial joint replaces the arthritic or deteriorated joint

Learn more about this disorder at a free educational lecture, “Living with Arthritis? It’s Time to Take Charge,” to be held on Thursday, Feb. 13, 6 – 8 p.m., at Sutter Fairfield Surgery Center, featuring Dr. Douglas Dennis, orthopedic surgeon, and Holly Pulket, physical therapist. For more information, or to register, visit, or call (916) 454-6649.

Sutter Roseville Hosts Dr. Alan Wolfelt for Grief Conference

Posted by on Jan 10, 2014 | 0 comments

Sutter Roseville Medical Center and Chapel of The Valley is hosting Dr. Alan Wolfelt, a noted author, educator and grief counselor, at a two-day conference about the many aspects of grief.  Dr. Wolfelt will discuss “Healing Your Grieving Heart: Practical Touchstones for Caring for Yourself,” and “Exploring the Spiritual Dimensions of Death, Grief and Mourning.”

This conference fee is $125 and is open to the community and professional caregivers including chaplains, social workers, counselors, educators, clergy, nurses, Hospice staff and others interested in learning about caring for the bereaved. The conference includes refreshments, meals, parking and Continuing Education Units (full attendance is required for CEU’s).

Dr. Wolfelt will speak on Read More

Sutter Health Dietitian’s 10 Tips to Get Healthy for the New Year

Posted by on Dec 10, 2013 | 0 comments

Vicky Bourdaniotis, RD

Vicky Bourdaniotis, Registered Dietitian, Sutter Options for Success

Vicky Bourdaniotis, registered dietitian with Sutter Options for Success, a 12-week course to create a healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise, shares tips about how to get healthy and stay healthy in the New Year. Read More