Community Benefit

Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento Donates New Wheelchairs to Sacramento River Cats

Posted by on Dec 22, 2017 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO — The Sacramento River Cats (and their fans) received a wonderful Christmas gift just in time for the holiday.

Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento staff delivered new wheelchairs to Raley Field today for Sacramento River Cats fans.

One of Sutter Health’s largest affiliates, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, donated five wheelchairs to the Sacramento River Cats to help fans with mobility challenges. Wheelchairs will be used to help a fan enter a game from the parking lot or transport a fan throughout the stadium during a game.

Sutter Health is a long-time sponsor of the baseball team and the two local organizations teamed up once again on Friday.

“We are very happy to donate these wheelchairs to the Sacramento River Cats to help fans with mobility challenges,” said Ariel Feigenbaum, strategic partnerships, Sutter Health. “We don’t want mobility challenges to be a reason that someone can’t attend their favorite sporting event. The River Cats are a great partner and we enjoy working with them.”

The wheelchairs were delivered to Raley Field in a Sutter-branded vehicle by members of the Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento staff and received with open arms by the Sacramento River Cats staff.

“We are so grateful to Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento today for making this donation,” said Greg Coletti, vice president, corporate partnerships. “Our fans will enjoy their experience so much more knowing that they have a way to get around the stadium safely.”

Sacramento Mayor Thanks Sutter Staff, Outlines Plan to Help Homeless

Posted by on Jul 28, 2017 | 0 comments

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg thanked Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento staff for its care of the homeless population.

SACRAMENTO – Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg thanked Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento’s leaders for the midtown hospital’s treatment of the homeless and mentally ill, and outlined his goals to markedly reduce the city’s homeless population.

“Society has done you a great disservice,” he said, speaking to Sutter Medical Center’s Hospital Council during its July management meeting. “I don’t think you should have to be the first and last refuge for people with psychiatric disabilities or in psychiatric crisis. We ought to be about helping people before they even have to get to an emergency room.”

He thanked Sutter Health and Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento for their partnerships on many programs aiding the homeless population, including helping Sacramento to become the only city in the state to receive a Whole Person Care grant that will provide $64 million toward homeless programs. Read More

Quilts on Display in Anticipation of Sutter Cancer Center Auction

Posted by on Jun 30, 2017 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO — A dozen quilts are already hanging in Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento’s Buhler Specialty Pavilion in preparation of the 2017 Quilt Auction that benefits Sutter Cancer Center’s breast cancer treatment programs and services.

Some of the quilts hanging in the lobby of the Buhler Specialty Pavilion, 2800 L St.

During the month of October, the walls of the seven-story Buhler building will be covered with quilts, and with 500 works to be displayed, they will surely spill over to other facilities on the Sutter Medical Center campus. On Nov. 4, a live auction will be held for 50 of the best pieces and the silent auction will end for the other quilts.

The Quilt Auction is held every three years, and more than $650,000 has been raised through the auctioning of 3,000 quilts in the past six auctions.

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Mountains of Clothing Donated for Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento Patients Who Need Clean Clothes

Posted by on Jun 30, 2017 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO – An idea to give Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento Emergency Department patients a warm jacket has now expanded into a Clothes Closet to ensure all patients leave the hospital wearing clean clothing.

Sutter Medical Center Emergency Department Nursing Director Stephanie Johnson, right, spearheaded the drive to stock a Clothes Closet for all patients at the hospital.

“The cold, rainy winter this past year was really tough on our patients,” said Emergency Department Nursing Director Stephanie Johnson, so the E.D. asked staff and the public for coat donations. “We put a rack in the our waiting room with a sign that said, ‘If you need a coat, take a coat.’ We’d fill up the rack, and it seemed it would be empty in 30 seconds.”

In total, more than 1,500 jackets were given out in January and February this year to people who needed coats. “It was a wonderful feeling to everyone who donated,” she said.

Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento staff members fold and pack clothing donated for the new SMCS Clothes Closet. They are, from left, volunteer Lourdes Dizon; Philanthropy Coordinator Mary Anne Zbyczik; Budget & Analysis Director Amy Gutierrez; and Sutter Medical Center Foundation Development Officer Theresa Holden.

As an extension of that coat project, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento and SAFE Credit Union partnered to stock a Clothes Closet that will be accessible to nursing staff throughout the hospital to give every adult patient a proper set of clothing upon discharge.

“We have set up a Clothes Closet where the clothes are hanging up and are organized by size,” Johnson said. “If you’re a nurse or tech and you need clothes for your patient, you just go to the Clothes Closet and grab a matching outfit in the patient’s size. It’s that easy.” 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

Memorial Hospital Los Banos Partners with Local Church to Provide Showers for Homeless

Posted by on Jun 7, 2017 | 0 comments

Memorial Hospital Los Banos contributed funds to allow Bethel Community Church to purchase a mobile, 2-unit shower station for the homeless community in Los Banos.

LOS BANOS – Memorial Hospital Los Banos partnered with Bethel Community Church to provide a mobile 2-station shower unit that will be parked at the church. MHLB donated more than $26,000 enabling the church to purchase the unit.

The shower was unveiled on Friday during the church’s annual Homeless Connect event, a free one-day event for people who are currently experiencing homelessness. The event brought together public agencies, faith-based and nonprofit organizations, private businesses and community members to talk with individuals about services and resources available to them. Memorial Hospital Los Banos provided health screenings to attendees. Read More