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Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento Hosts 31st Annual NICU, MOMs Reunion

Posted by on Oct 10, 2017 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO — Triplets, twins and many others toddled around Fairytale Town in Sacramento on Friday evening as their parents embraced physicians, nurses, Child Life specialists, social workers, administrators and volunteers from Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento.

The children’s center held its 31st annual NICU and 7th annual MOMs center reunions, bringing together staff and families for a couple of smile-filled hours.

The mothers of three sets of triplets who came to the reunion shared tips and tricks on how to best balance their busy lives, exchanged the best Facebook groups to be part of all while trying to keep track of the toddlers running around at their feet.

Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento NICU Child Life Specialist Lisa Norrgard and Linda Rickards-Ito take the lead on organizing the reunion, though it takes a village to put on this successful event.

“This event is our baby,” said Lisa. “We are so excited to see all of our families and see how well their children are doing. Some of these babies are with us for a long time in the NICU and it can be a scary time for the parents. When they come back to the reunion and the parents are smiling and the child is healthy and happy, it’s a great feeling.” Read More

Golf Strokes Help Stroke Patients at Sutter Rehabilitation Institute

Posted by on Oct 9, 2017 | 0 comments

Georgia Kaiser, left, and Dorothy Woodstrom, right, take chip shots with oversized clubs and tennis balls at Sutter Rehabilitation Institute Monday, Oct. 9, during the “Saving Strokes” event.

ROSEVILLE – Dorothy Woodstrom of Carmichael used to play “all the time with the gals” at Haggin Oaks golf course when she was in her 20s but hadn’t played in years. On Monday, Oct. 9, the 88-year-old got back into the swing of things, but this time as rehabilitation therapy after suffering a stroke.

Another experienced golfer, Phyllis Stewart, hits the target with Joe Storbakken of Haggin Oaks assisting.

Dorothy was one of a handful of stroke survivors who took their shots with tennis balls at targets during a “Saving Strokes Golf Fore Health” event at Sutter Rehabilitation Institute, where she is currently a patient.

“The benefits for those who had strokes include balance, standing, hand-eye coordination,” said Bonnie Jenkins-Close, a Sutter Rehabilitation Institute physical therapist who has been organizing golf therapy for stroke and other rehabbing patients for more than 15 years. “And for those who previously played golf, it shows them what they are capable of doing.” Read More

Imagine Dragons Jams with Patients at Sophie’s Place Inside Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento

Posted by on Oct 5, 2017 | 0 comments

Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds, back row center, and Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young, of the Forever Young Foundation, pose with children at Sophie’s Place inside Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento after an interactive music session on Wednesday.

The sound of tiny voices singing the chorus from Imagine Dragons’ hit single “Radioactive” trickled out of Sophie’s Place at Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento on Wednesday afternoon. The band’s lead singer, Dan Reynolds, grinned from ear to ear during his hour-long jam session with patients and their families.

Dan made a stop at the music therapy space ahead of Imagine Dragons’ Evolve World Tour stop Wednesday evening at Sacramento’s Golden 1 Center.

“This was absolutely incredible,” said Amy Medovoy, child life program coordinator, Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento. “Dan was amazing with our children and the group session was just perfect. It was better than we expected. We are so grateful for him to take time out of his busy touring schedule to visit us.”

Children’s Center Music Therapists Daniel Beseda and Becky Parker warmed up the audience with some patient favorites like “Shake it Off,” “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” “Twist and Shout,” and “Shut Up and Dance.” Read More

Memorial Medical Center receives awards for heart attack and stroke patient care

Posted by on Oct 5, 2017 | 0 comments

MODESTO, CA – Sutter Health’s Memorial Medical Center (MMC) is part of an elite group of hospitals recently recognized by the American Heart Association for awards signifying a commitment to guideline adherence and quality improvement for the STEMI and NSTEMI (heart attack) patient population, and for care of patients suffering strokes.

MMC received both the Mission: Lifeline® STEMI Receiving Center GOLD Quality Achievement Award and the Mission: Lifeline® NSTEMI Bronze Quality Achievement Award for performance based on the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.*

“We are dedicated to improving the quality of care for our patients who suffer a heart attack, and the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that goal through nationally respected clinical guidelines,” said Daryn Kumar, MMC chief executive officer. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care, and I am very proud of our team.”

The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program’s goal is to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, beginning with the 9-1-1 call and continuing through hospital treatment.

“We commend Memorial Medical Center for these achievement awards, which reflect a significant institutional commitment to the highest quality of care for their heart attack patients,” said James G. Jollis, MD, Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Advisory Working Group. “Achieving these awards means the hospital has met specific reporting and achievement measures for the treatment of their patients who suffer heart attacks and we applaud them for their commitment to quality and timely care.” Read More

Sutter Facility Blanketed in Quilts for Popular Breast Cancer Auction

Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 | 0 comments

Sacramento Medical Building Turned Into ‘Art Gallery’ for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

A small art quilt depicting the Sacramento River and Tower Bridge is in the center of a display inside the new Women’s and Children’s Center on the Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento campus.

SACRAMENTO — The public can tour an unusual art gallery during October – Breast Cancer Awareness Month – as the walls of the Sutter Cancer Center and other Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento facilities are covered with about 500 fabric artworks for the 2017 Breast Cancer Quilt Auction.

Bids are being accepted now for most of the quilts, and the silent auction and showcase will conclude with the live, public auctioning of the best 50 pieces beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4. The public can tour and bid on the quilts from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. every day until then.

Each of the quilts is a fabric work of art that was created specially for the quilt auction, which supports breast cancer services at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. None of them is just tied; they are all quilted by artisans in the Sacramento region and across the nation.

These colorful, larger quilts are hanging in the lobby of the Buhler Specialty Pavilion on the Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento campus.

The quilts range in size from little over a foot, such as “Spirit,” to giant size, such as the 8-foot tapestry, “Around Town.” Patterns range from traditional block designs to intricate art pieces depicting animals, flowers, landscapes and even city scenes. There are quilts for children with Disney and other kid-friendly themes, and some with a breast cancer theme, including one, “Eenie Meenie,” made from unused bikini tops from a bathing suit manufacturer. A number have Christmas or winter themes, as the quilts make unique holiday gifts. All of them, however, were made with the breast cancer auction in mind, with most of them created in remembrance of a family member or friend who either survived or succumbed to the disease. Read More

Sutter Davis Hospital Welcomes New 3D Mammography Machine

Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 | 0 comments

Beth Ward, mammography/radiation technologist, Sutter Davis Hospital, stands next to the hospital’s new 3D mammography machine.

DAVIS —Sutter Davis Hospital welcomed a new 3D mammography machine on Monday.

The new technology helps provide earlier breast cancer detection with low radiation, the first of its kind in Davis.

Also known as tomosynthesis, 3D mammography improves clinician’s ability to detect the size, shape and location of cancerous tumors within the breast by up to 40 percent.

3D technology creates hundreds of imagines rather than the traditional four images provided by a digital mammogram. Radiologists view breast tissue layer by layer, one millimeter at a time, similar to a CT scan reducing follow-up tests by up to 80 percent.

“The addition of a 3D mammography machine at Sutter Davis Hospital means early breast cancer detection and a decreased need for additional images and biopsies allowing for a quicker diagnosis, less false positives and more peace of mind,” said Jennifer Maher, CEO, Sutter Davis Hospital. “We are thrilled to provide this service to our community.”

Sutter Davis Hospital has made significant enhancements in its diagnostic imaging services this year. In May, the hospital installed a new 128-slice CT scanner.