Children’s Services

Sutter Teen Programs Celebrates Young Parents with Grad Party

Posted by on Aug 2, 2017 | 0 comments

The road to a high school diploma isn’t always easy for teen parents. For those who take advantage of the services, Sutter Teen Programs provides support to ensure the milestone is achieved.

The teen program, part of Sutter Women’s and Children’s Ambulatory Services Department in Sacramento, held a graduation celebration for nine participants to congratulate the grads on a job well done.

“We want these parents to know that we are proud of their accomplishments and all that they overcame to graduate high school,” said Elaine Ellers, manager, Sutter Teen Programs.

The celebration was held at Sutter Medical Plaza, Sacramento, and catered by Chipotle. Participants attended with their families. Read More

Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento’s NICU Awarded $10,000 Grant from Huggies

Posted by on Aug 2, 2017 | 0 comments

Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento volunteers spend time in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit providing hugs to the tiniest patients to help their growth and development and put them on the path to going home sooner.

SACRAMENTO — For the over 500,000 premature babies born in the U.S. each year, human touch can have a powerful impact on healthy growth and development. To ensure that all babies—including those who are most vulnerable— get the hugs they need to thrive, the Huggies No Baby Unhugged program is awarding seven $10,000 grants to hospitals across the country to help support or establish volunteer hugging programs. These programs provide much needed physical human interaction for newborns in neonatal intensive care units (NICU) that can help make their transition from the hospital to the home quicker.

“Huggies believes deeply in the power of hugs. They provide much more than just a heartwarming cuddle – a hug can stabilize heart rates, increase oxygen levels and strengthen baby’s immune system,” said Giusy Buonfantino, president of Kimberly-Clark Baby and Child Care North America. “Huggies’ No Baby Unhugged grant program is proud to help hospitals across the U.S. give premature babies the care they need while in the NICU.”

Hospitals may use the grants in a variety of ways, such as investing in volunteer training and recruitment, hugger chairs and educational materials for volunteers. The seven hospitals receiving grants so far in 2017 include:

  1. Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Lebanon, New Hampshire
  2. Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, Valhalla, New York
  3. Chester County Hospital, West Chester, Pennsylvania
  4. Southern Illinois Healthcare Memorial Hospital, Carbondale, Illinois
  5. Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, California
  6. UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, Oakland, California
  7. UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, San Francisco, California

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Creativity is Delivered in a Box to Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento Patients

Posted by on Jun 28, 2017 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO — Cindy Costa doesn’t consider herself crafty. In fact, the Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento volunteer turned to Pinterest to learn how to paint and find unique craft projects to bring to the pediatric unit during her shift.

But, she understands the therapeutic impact art can have on a hospitalized child and has seen art bring families closer together.

Cindy Costa, founder, All About Hope, sits with a patient after delivering a Hope Box at Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento.

Cindy is the founder of All About Hope, a Roseville-based non-profit organization dedicated to giving hospitalized children and their families the tools they need to dream beyond the hospital room.

All About Hope delivered its first set of 100 Hope Boxes to Sutter Children’s Center earlier this month. Hope Boxes are filled with art supplies and project ideas that transport children from their current situation and into the incredible world of their imagination – improving their quality of life and promoting hope of recovery. Read More

Sutter Health Sponsors Celebrity Golf Fundraiser to Research Youth Brain Injuries

Posted by on Jun 7, 2017 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO – Northern California’s Sutter Health signed on to be the title sponsor of a celebrity golf tournament raising funds for research on traumatic brain injuries in high school football and other sports.

Toran Maronic at age 5, left, and age 15, the season before suffering a traumatic brain injury during a football scrimmage. Toran was a Division 1 receiver prospect for Bear River High School.

The Game-Changer Celebrity Golf Classic, headlined by many former Oakland Raiders and other NFL and sports greats, will be held June 16 and 17 at Whitney Oaks Golf Club in Rocklin, Calif. The event is presented by three nonprofit organizations focused on high school football brain injuries.

“The cooperation between the three nonprofits – T3 Charities, 21 Strong and Practice Like Pros – has been amazing, and the fantastic response from members of the NFL is heart-warming knowing they are supportive of our cause,” said Jeffrey R. Jenkins, M.D., chief medical executive of Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital. “I am also grateful to all of our sponsors for helping bring this issue to the greater public. Because of this spirit of cooperation, we will be able to make a huge difference in the knowledge about detection, prevention and treatment of traumatic brain injuries among high school athletes.”

The tournament is hosted by the family of 17-year-old Toran Maronic of Bear River High School in Grass Valley, who was a college prospect in football and lacrosse. In June 2016, the wide receiver was brain-injured during a 7-on-7 scrimmage. Specialists believed Toran would never come out of his coma or fully recover, but he did and is now awaiting clearance to pursue playing lacrosse again. He became the first patient enrolled in groundbreaking scientific research on “second-impact syndrome” among high school football players.

Proceeds of the tournament will go to the research project, which is being conducted by Robert C. Cantu, M.D., co-founder of the Concussion Legacy Foundation in Boston. The research is sponsored by Practice Like Pros, which encourages high school football programs to hold practices like the NFL does. According to the group, just 2½ percent of NFL injuries happen during practices, while 58 percent of high school injuries occur at practice.

Former Oakland Raiders Hall of Famer Willie Brown and greats Jim Plunkett, Ted Kwalick, Daryle Lamonica, Phil Villapiano, Rod Martin and Charles Woodson are among the three-dozen sports celebrities participating in the golf tournament. Every player who signs up will be in a five-some captained by one of the celebrities. Entry and sponsorship fees are tax-deductible. Read More

Sacramento Teen Completes Eagle Scout Project at Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento

Posted by on Jun 5, 2017 | 0 comments

Staying in a hospital with a sick child for an extended period of time is not fun for any parent. In addition to the worries parents have about their child, getting a good night’s sleep and eating a good meal are not common.

Stephen Monroy-Hernandez enlisted the help of several of his Boy Scout troop members to help with his Eagle Scout project.

Thanks to a Sacramento Boy Scout, many of these local resources became much more accessible.

Stephen Monroy-Hernandez, a senior at Del Campo High School, completed his Eagle Scout project by creating an app, Food Scout, and having two iPads installed in the family lounges at Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento.

“This is a great resource for our families,” said Debbie Curtis, R.N., Assistant Nurse Manager, Pediatrics, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. “We are grateful for this and very proud of Stephen and his fellow scouts for completing this project and thinking of us.” Read More

Sacramento River Cats Hit a Grand Slam at Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento

Posted by on May 23, 2017 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO — Players from the Sacramento River Cats, the San Francisco Giants Triple-A affiliate, stopped by Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento on Tuesday during the annual River Cats Caravan.

Sacramento River Cats pitchers Dan Slania, left, and Dusten Knight, right, enjoyed a visit with Ricky on Tuesday during the River Cats Caravan.

“We are so grateful for the players to take time out of their morning – on a game day – to visit the children and their families,” said Amy Medovoy, child life coordinator, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. “This visit brightens everyone’s day because the players and Dinger do such a great job with the kids and families. They are wonderful community partners, do such great things in the community, and we are glad they include us.”

The River Cats visited patients in Pediatrics, the pediatric intensive care unit and the pediatric day unit. They stopped to take photos with nurses and Child Life specialists and several babies who were sound asleep in their cribs, but whose families will receive a photo memento for their scrapbooks. Read More