Neurosciences

Sutter Memory Clinic Study Shows IVIG Could Be Key to Alzheimer’s Cure

Posted by on Oct 9, 2015 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO – In a Sutter Institute of Medical Research study published this month in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry, the blood product intravenous immunoglobulin, or IVIG, was found to reduce brain atrophy and cognitive decline in patients in the early, pre-dementia phase of Alzheimer’s disease.

Shawn Kile, M.D., is medical director of the groundbreaking Sutter Memory Clinic and was the principal investigator of the IVIG study.

Shawn Kile, M.D., is co-medical director of the groundbreaking Sutter Memory Clinic and was the principal investigator of the IVIG study.

IVIG, extracted from the plasma of more than 1,000 blood donors, contains antibodies to amyloid, an abnormal brain protein found in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Sutter Institute of Medical Research, in partnership with Sutter Neuroscience Institute and Sutter Neuroradiology, designed the study to investigate if a course of IVIG could have practical, disease-modifying effects on Alzheimer’s disease when administered during the pre-dementia phase. The study showed promising results during the first year after treatment in the form of reduced brain atrophy as well as reduced conversions to Alzheimer’s disease dementia at one year, compared with a placebo group.

“This research shows some evidence that IVIG could prevent brain atrophy and delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease in patients who are in the beginning stages,” said Shawn Kile, M.D., Sutter Neuroscience Institute neurologist, co-medical director of the groundbreaking Sutter Memory Clinic and principal investigator of the IVIG study. “My hope is that our study will lead to additional investigations of this treatment strategy so we can eventually conquer this devastating disease.” Read More

Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento Receives Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

Posted by on May 12, 2015 | 0 comments

Award demonstrates Sutter’s commitment to quality care for stroke patients

SACRAMENTO ― For the third year in a row, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

To receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures. Read More

Sutter Comprehensive Epilepsy Program Designated as Level 4 Center

Posted by on Apr 17, 2015 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO — The Sutter Comprehensive Epilepsy Program at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento has been designated as a Level 4 Center by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers.

This recognition is the highest level a center can receive in the treatment of patients with complex epilepsy. SMCS is one of nine hospitals in California to receive Level 4 designation and one of two Sutter hospitals – California Pacific Medical Center being the other.

Sutter Comprehensive Epilepsy Program has been designated as a Level 4 Center since 2005.

“It takes our entire team – physicians, nurses, EEG technicians, diagnostic imaging team and all those involved in providing the professional expertise necessary in treating complex epilepsy – to make this recognition possible,” said Andrew Pete, regional program manager at Sutter Neuroscience Institute.

CT Scanner First of its Kind in Sacramento Region

Posted by on May 20, 2014 | 0 comments

AUBURN – With National Stroke Awareness Month upon us, it’s only fitting that Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital unveiled its $1.2 million investment in a state-of-the-art 128-slice Computed Tomography (CT) scanner that will help diagnose strokes faster – and do so much more.

 

The equipment, which became a reality through matching grants raised from the community in 2013, is the first of its kind in the Sacramento region. It will be able to capture images more quickly and emits a lower dose of radiation – 40 percent less – than its predecessor. 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

Richard Riemer Named Physician of the Year by State Group

Posted by on Mar 11, 2014 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO – Richard Riemer, D.O., Sutter Neuroscience Institute’s regional medical director of Sutter Spine Care, was named the 2014 Physician of the Year by the Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons of California during its annual award presentation in February.

Richard Riemer, D.O., was named Physician of the Year by the Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons of California.

Richard Riemer, D.O., was named Physician of the Year by the Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons of California.

Dr. Riemer is a Sacramento neurologist who specializes in the evaluation of spine disorders and pain, as well as the evaluation and treatment of patients with a wide array of neurological conditions. He is on the OPSC Board of Directors and has served on multiple OPSC committees, including a two-year stint as chairman of the Legislative Committee.

The award is presented by OPSC to a D.O. – a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine – who best exemplifies the qualities of an outstanding osteopathic physician. Taken into account are such qualities as dedication and devotion to the profession, activity in the osteopathic community, and activity in the community in which the individual lives and works. Read More