Neurosciences

Sutter Tracy Community Hospital Awarded Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers

Posted by on Dec 15, 2017 | 0 comments

TRACY — Sutter Tracy Community Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations.

Sutter Tracy Community Hospital

“We are pleased to receive advanced certification from The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association,” said David M. Thompson, CEO, Sutter Tracy Community Hospital. “The certification provides us with the opportunity to highlight the exceptional stroke care we provide as well as to continually strive to advance our care even further.”

Sutter Tracy Community Hospital underwent a rigorous onsite review in November. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement. Read More

Golf Strokes Help Stroke Patients at Sutter Rehabilitation Institute

Posted by on Oct 9, 2017 | 0 comments

Georgia Kaiser, left, and Dorothy Woodstrom, right, take chip shots with oversized clubs and tennis balls at Sutter Rehabilitation Institute Monday, Oct. 9, during the “Saving Strokes” event.

ROSEVILLE – Dorothy Woodstrom of Carmichael used to play “all the time with the gals” at Haggin Oaks golf course when she was in her 20s but hadn’t played in years. On Monday, Oct. 9, the 88-year-old got back into the swing of things, but this time as rehabilitation therapy after suffering a stroke.

Another experienced golfer, Phyllis Stewart, hits the target with Joe Storbakken of Haggin Oaks assisting.

Dorothy was one of a handful of stroke survivors who took their shots with tennis balls at targets during a “Saving Strokes Golf Fore Health” event at Sutter Rehabilitation Institute, where she is currently a patient.

“The benefits for those who had strokes include balance, standing, hand-eye coordination,” said Bonnie Jenkins-Close, a Sutter Rehabilitation Institute physical therapist who has been organizing golf therapy for stroke and other rehabbing patients for more than 15 years. “And for those who previously played golf, it shows them what they are capable of doing.” Read More

Memorial Medical Center receives awards for heart attack and stroke patient care

Posted by on Oct 5, 2017 | 0 comments

MODESTO, CA – Sutter Health’s Memorial Medical Center (MMC) is part of an elite group of hospitals recently recognized by the American Heart Association for awards signifying a commitment to guideline adherence and quality improvement for the STEMI and NSTEMI (heart attack) patient population, and for care of patients suffering strokes.

MMC received both the Mission: Lifeline® STEMI Receiving Center GOLD Quality Achievement Award and the Mission: Lifeline® NSTEMI Bronze Quality Achievement Award for performance based on the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.*

“We are dedicated to improving the quality of care for our patients who suffer a heart attack, and the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that goal through nationally respected clinical guidelines,” said Daryn Kumar, MMC chief executive officer. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care, and I am very proud of our team.”

The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program’s goal is to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, beginning with the 9-1-1 call and continuing through hospital treatment.

“We commend Memorial Medical Center for these achievement awards, which reflect a significant institutional commitment to the highest quality of care for their heart attack patients,” said James G. Jollis, MD, Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Advisory Working Group. “Achieving these awards means the hospital has met specific reporting and achievement measures for the treatment of their patients who suffer heart attacks and we applaud them for their commitment to quality and timely care.” 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

Sutter Surgical Hospital-North Valley Ranks 2nd in State for Patient Recommendations

Posted by on Jun 10, 2016 | 0 comments

YUBA CITY, Calif. – Sutter Surgical Hospital-North Valley was rated as the second-highest in patient satisfaction in California when discharged patients were asked if they would recommend the hospital to family and friends.

Surgeon Jeffrey Schwartz, M.D., is one of several caregivers who helped Sutter Surgical Hospital-North Valley receive some of the best patient satisfaction scores in the state.

Surgeon Jeffrey Schwartz, M.D., is one of several caregivers who helped Sutter Surgical Hospital-North Valley receive some of the best patient satisfaction scores in the state.

Ninety-four percent of Sutter Surgical Hospital patients responded “definitely yes” when asked, “Would you recommend this hospital to your friends and family?” in the national Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS, pronounced H-caps) survey. The latest figures are reported on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Hospital Compare website and were collected between July 2014 and June 2015.

The 94 percent rating is much higher than the California average of 69 percent and the national average of 71 percent. In California, only Patients’ Hospital of Redding received a higher score, 97 percent. Another Sutter Health hospital, Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, ranked third with 92 percent.

The survey question’s results were recently published online in Becker’s Hospital Review in a story titled, “Top 6 California hospitals patients would definitely recommend.” Read More

Sutter Medical Center Performs First Frameless Gamma Knife Surgery in U.S.

Posted by on Mar 4, 2016 | 0 comments

New radiosurgery system Gamma Knife Icon enables unprecedented precision in frameless treatment of brain tumors. 

SACRAMENTO — Elekta, a leading supplier of advanced and innovative radiation oncology and neurosurgery systems, announced its Leksell Gamma Knife® Icon™, the most precise stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) system currently available, was used for the first time in the U.S. on March 1 at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento Gamma Knife Center to treat a metastatic brain tumor.

The patient, a 52-year-old male from El Dorado Hills, Calif., had previously undergone successful treatment for primary melanoma and for melanoma metastases to his lung. The patient’s treatment was planned and guided using a frameless approach. The frameless mask solution is one of several new features of Icon and is integrated with a novel high definition motion management.  The system provides accuracy similar to that of frame-based SRS systems while minimizing dose to normal tissue.

“Increasing the precision of frameless cranial SRS is essential for effectively targeting tumor tissue while protecting healthy brain tissue from damage,” said Samuel Ciricillo, M.D., Medical Director of Adult and Pediatric Neurosurgery at Sutter Neuroscience Institute. “The new Gamma Knife system, Icon, now provides the most accurate motion tracking during treatment. Additionally, with Gamma Knife there is a two- to four-fold improvement in sparing normal brain tissue compared to other linear accelerator platforms. These features allow for greater potential to protect patient quality of life both during treatment and after recovery.”
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