Sutter Amador Hospital Foundation Announces Matching Grant Campaign for New 3-D Mammography Equipment

Posted by on Mar 11, 2014 | 0 comments

Lincoln Russin, M.D., and Mel Welsh partner together on Mel's health.Breast Cancer Survivor Stresses Importance of Annual Mammograms

JACKSON, Calif. — Mel Welsh knows firsthand how critical regular screening is in detecting and treating breast cancer successfully. The 60-year-old Pine Grove resident finished treatment for breast cancer last fall after an annual mammogram revealed abnormal results.

“I feel very grateful that we caught the cancer early. If I hadn’t gotten my mammogram every year, it could have been a very different outcome,” says Welsh, a registered nurse with the Sutter Care Coordination Program.

Welsh is enthusiastic about Sutter Amador Hospital Foundation’s $300,000 fundraising campaign to acquire new mammography equipment that will significantly improve diagnostic care for patients in the community. The equipment’s 3-D technology will improve image quality, enabling doctors to identify cancer at an earlier, more treatable stage. In addition, the new technology will reduce patients’ radiation exposure by as much as 30 percent. Read More

Preventing Colon Cancer – Lifting the Fear of Colonoscopy

Posted by on Mar 5, 2014 | 0 comments

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

By Ronald Hsu, M.D., FACG, FASGE, AGAF, FACP

Ronald Hsu, M.D.

Ronald Hsu, M.D.

Most people acknowledge the value of preventive medicine, so they consent to blood tests and undergo screening tests such as mammograms and pap smears (women) or prostate exams (men) to protect their health. There is significant trepidation about colonoscopies, however, despite the fact that this screening tool is unique in that it not only detects cancer, but can also prevent it.
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Sutter Offers Group Medical Appointments for Cancer Patients in Sacramento

Posted by on Feb 24, 2014 | 0 comments

Blueberries in handSACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sutter Center for Integrative Holistic Health is offering a six-week group medical appointment for cancer patients and their loved ones in Sacramento each Tuesday from March 18 – April 22 from 4:30 – 7 p.m.

The special session will feature topics such as healthy nutrition for cancer recovery, appropriate supplements, mind-body interventions and spiritual approaches to assist with healing. This series will also feature a healthy cooking demonstration.

The group medical appointments will take place at the Sutter Oncology Office, 2800 L St., Suite 300. Please call 916-454-7080 to register. The cost is $20 for materials, plus the patient’s office visit co-pay for each visit. Most insurances are accepted and non-Sutter Health patients with insurance are welcome. HMO patients will need a referral from their primary care physician.

The group medical appointment team members include Maxine Barish-Wreden, M.D., ABIHM; John Katonah, M. Div., BCC, Linda Meyers, LCSW; and Marie Gillies, C.A., PSC.

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Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento’s Breast Cancer Program Accredited by the NAPBC

Posted by on Feb 19, 2014 | 0 comments

SH_SCC_1line_clr_tag_rgbSACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento has been granted a three-year, full reaccreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons.

Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance.  Read More

Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital Earns National Accreditation from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons

Posted by on Jan 2, 2014 | 0 comments

Mr. Smith and his wife holding their new baby.Auburn, Calif. —The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has granted three-year accreditation to the cancer program at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital. To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet 34 CoC quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process, and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care.  Read More

Sutter Women’s Imaging Gives Free Mammograms to 74 Uninsured Women

Posted by on Oct 15, 2013 | 0 comments

Breast Cancer Navigator Mary Pare, R.N., CBCN, consults with Alexis Genung during Free Mammography Day.

Breast Cancer Navigator Mary Pare, R.N., CBCN, consults with Alexis Genung during Free Mammography Day.

SACRAMENTO – Sutter Women’s Imaging, Capitol Pavilion, located at 2725 Capitol Ave. on the Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento campus, gave uninsured women the opportunity to receive free digital screening mammograms on Oct. 12 in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Seventy-four women were seen during this free screening session.

Women will receive their results from Sutter within several days after their visit. Sutter will work to connect women who have an abnormal result to local not-for-profit agencies with which Sutter regularly partners so patients may take next steps and receive follow-up care. Read More