Cardiac Services

Sutter Clinician Named National Clinical Nurse Specialist of the Year

Posted by on Mar 21, 2013 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO – The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists named Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento’s Brenda McCulloch, R.N., CNS, MSN, RCIS as its Clinical Nurse Specialist of the Year Award recipient during its annual conference in March.


 The Clinical Nurse Specialist of the Year Award was created to nationally recognize an NACNS member for outstanding professional achievement in all aspects of CNS practice. The award acknowledges a nurse who demonstrates CNS competencies and exemplary practice in patient care, nursing and health-care delivery systems. McCulloch is the 12th recipient of this award.

“Ms. McCulloch’s expertise as a CNS has helped improve the care of thousands of patients and families. Ms. McCulloch is an excellent role model for all of us,” said NACNS 2013 President Carol Manchester, MSN, ACNS, BC-ADM, CDE. “Her work demonstrates the qualities that we look for in the CNS of the Year.” Read More

Sutter Pediatric Heart Patients Treated To Special Valentine’s Dinner & Dance

Posted by on Feb 15, 2013 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO – Emily Stringfellow, is a wide-smiled, gentle mannered girl who loves the color pink, Hello Kitty and The Little Mermaid.  She is a savvy iPod Touch user and loves taking photos and listening to Katy Perry. Although she is only four years old, Emily has gone through more in her short life than most people ever will.

Emily and Nicole hold the event poster.

Emily Stringfellow and Nicole Wilson, P.A., hold up the “Heart Kids Rock” poster during Emily’s recent doctor’s appointment

Emily was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome – a congenital heart defect that can be fatal at birth. Beating the odds, Emily underwent successful open-heart-surgery at one week old and a second surgery at six months old. Two months ago. Emily underwent a Fontan surgery at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento – the third open heart surgery required for her condition.

Emily’s father, Stephen, her primary care taker since her birth, and her grandmother Angela LeBeau, have been by Emily’s side each step of the way. Though it’s been a roller coaster ride, Stephen said Emily has never been better than she is now. Read More

Sutter Medical Center Named One of Nation’s Top Cardiovascular Hospitals

Posted by on Oct 5, 2012 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO – Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento has been named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics and is the only hospital in California honored among teaching hospitals without cardiovascular teaching programs.

“Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento is the leader in the region in cardiac care, especially when it comes to complex heart and vascular procedures and the latest technologies to save and lengthen patients’ lives,” said Carrie Owen Plietz, CEO of Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. “We are very excited to be recognized as one of the premier programs in the nation.”

The study by Truven, formerly the health-care business of Thomson Reuters, examined the performance of more than 1,000 hospitals by analyzing outcomes for patients with heart failure and heart attacks and for those who received coronary bypass surgery and percutaneous coronary interventions such as angioplasties. This year’s winners were announced this week in Modern Healthcare magazine.

“This year’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals have proven that a commitment to deliver excellent care is still attainable in times of economic uncertainty,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and the 100 Top Hospitals® program at Truven Health Analytics. “The hospitals in this study have achieved higher levels of care and efficiency than their peers, demonstrating incredibly strong focus by cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, and cardiovascular service administrators and staff on basic care and outcomes.” Read More