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Sutter Medical Center Receives AHA Gold Award in Heart Failure

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 | 0 comments

Only Hospital in Sacramento Region to Be Recognized

SACRAMENTO — Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento has received the Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation’s secondary prevention guidelines for patients with heart failure.

As of July 2015, Sutter Medical Center is the only hospital in the Sacramento region to receive recognition for heart failure in AHA’s Get With The Guidelines program.

Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure is a quality improvement program that helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for heart failure patients. Launched in 2005, numerous published studies have demonstrated the program’s success in achieving patient outcome improvements, including reductions in 30-day readmissions.

Sutter Medical Center earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the patient, proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies. These would include ACE inhibitors/ARBs, beta-blockers, diuretics, anticoagulants, and other appropriate therapies. Before patients are discharged, they also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.

“Sutter Medical Center is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our heart failure patients,” said David Roberts, M.D., medical director of the Sutter Heart & Vascular Institute, a regional program that includes Sutter Medical Center. “Implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure program helps us to accomplish this goal by tracking and measuring our success in meeting internationally respected guidelines.”

“We are pleased to recognize Sutter Medical Center for its commitment to heart failure care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., M.P.H., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee and executive director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow Get With The Guidelines quality improvement measures can reduce patients’ length of stays and 30-day readmission rates and also reduce disparity gaps in care.”
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Sutter Medical Center Named a ‘100 Top Hospital’ in Nation for Third Straight Year

Posted by on Mar 2, 2015 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO — Truven Health Analytics today named Sutter Health hospitals Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento (SMCS) and Sutter Tracy Community Hospital (STCH) as two of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals.

100Top_2015_PRINT_hiresThe Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals® study identifies hospitals and leadership teams that provide the highest level of value to their communities, based on a national balanced scorecard. Truven, a leading provider of data-driven analytics and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare, has conducted this study annually since 1993.

“Our hospitals and doctor groups consistently rank among California’s highest performers,” said Stephen Lockhart, M.D., Ph.D., Sutter Health Chief Medical Officer. “Our entire not-for-profit network congratulates these Sutter hospitals for earning these prestigious recognitions.”

This is the fifth time and third year in a row that SMCS received this honor, and the first time STCH won the award. Read More

Sutter Medical Center Rated Best Cardiac Hospital in Northern California

Posted by on Dec 12, 2014 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO – Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento is the only Northern California medical center named on Truven Health Analytics’ 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals for 2015, the third year in a row the Sutter hospital has received this honor. It is also the only California hospital to be honored under the category of “Teaching Hospitals Without Cardiovascular Residency Programs.”

50TopCardioTruven Health Analytics, a leading, unbiased provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare, is the same organization that named Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals the past two years.

According to Truven, this year’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study provides key industry insights, including the fact that if all cardiovascular providers performed at the level of this year’s winners:

  • Nearly 9,500 additional lives could be saved.
  • Nearly 3,000 more bypass and angioplasty patients could be complication-free.
  • More than $1.1 billion could be saved.

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Heart Surgeon Extends Life of Obstetrician Who Gave Him Life

Posted by on Nov 15, 2014 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO — Longtime Sutter Memorial Hospital obstetrician Jim Affleck, M.D., is very grateful to have delivered little Bobby Kincade 45 years ago. Because last month, Sutter heart surgeon Robert Kincade, M.D., assisted in the implantation of a new valve that should extend Dr. Affleck’s life by many years.

James Affleck, M.D., right, shows off a model of a TAVR, a new valve implanted in his heart. At left is Robert Kincade, M.D., whom Dr. Affleck delivered 40 years previously. Dr. Kincade was co-surgeon in the operation that extended Dr. Affleck's life.

James Affleck, M.D., right, shows off a model of a TAVR, a new valve implanted in his heart. At left is Robert Kincade, M.D., whom Dr. Affleck delivered 40 years previously. Dr. Kincade was co-surgeon in the operation that extended Dr. Affleck’s life.

Dr. Affleck delivered nearly 4,000 Sacramento-area babies in his 35-year career as an OB/GYN at Sutter Memorial Hospital, considered by locals as “Sacramento’s baby hospital” where nearly 350,000 babies have been born since 1937. After meeting Dr. Affleck in the Sutter Valve Clinic at Sutter Memorial Hospital, Dr. Kincade called his mom to find out who delivered him. She said it was Dr. Affleck, and Dr. Kincade found his birth certificate to confirm it.

Dr. Kincade is the medical director of the Sutter Transplant and Advanced Therapies Programs, located at Sutter Memorial Hospital, where he was born. Dr. Kincade has been instrumental in bringing many new, groundbreaking heart devices and therapies that save and extend the lives of patients in heart failure, stenosis and other life-threatening diseases.

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Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento Pioneers Most-Advanced Surgical Robot in California

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO — Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento on Wednesday became the first hospital in California to use the next-generation robotic surgery system called the da Vinci Xi, which provides 3-D, high-definition visualization and greater dexterity, precision and control for the surgeon as well as less pain and a quicker recovery for the patient.

The new da Vinci Xi replicates surgeon movements with enhanced dexterity.

The new da Vinci Xi replicates surgeon movements with enhanced dexterity.

Steven C. Patching, M.D., who in 1993 was the first to use laparoscopic, minimally invasive surgery in the Sacramento region, became the first surgeon in California to complete a procedure – a gallbladder removal – using the new da Vinci Xi system.

The da Vinci Xi, which was approved by the FDA in April, has broader capabilities than prior generations of the da Vinci system, with the adaptability to be used across an array of surgeries in urology, gynecology, thoracic, cardiac and general surgery.

The Xi possesses 3D-HD visualization, giving surgeons a highly magnified view, virtually extending their eyes and hands into the patient. The da Vinci Xi system’s new overhead arm architecture provides the surgeon anatomical access from virtually any position, simplifying multi-quadrant surgeries. Smaller, thinner arms coupled with longer instrument shafts permit greater range of motion and more flexibility than ever before. Read More

Sutter Medical Center Receives Highest Award for Stroke Care

Posted by on May 1, 2014 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO – As the country today ushers in May as National Stroke Awareness Month, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento received the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, the highest-level award for stroke care given by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. The award recognizes Sutter Medical Center’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients based on evidence-based guidelines.

Gold Plus AwardThis marks the second consecutive year that Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, which includes Sutter General and Sutter Memorial hospitals, has been recognized with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus award.

“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and the Get With The Guidelines–Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award demonstrates Sutter Medical Center’s commitment to being one of the top hospitals in the country for providing aggressive, proven stroke care,” said Asim Mahmood, M.D., Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region medical director for stroke and vascular neurology. “We have a comprehensive system in place for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to our Emergency Department. This includes always having a stroke team available to conduct patient evaluations and using clot-busting medications when appropriate.” Read More