Neurosciences

Stroke Survivors Head Off to Camp

Posted by on Sep 27, 2013 | 0 comments

About 100 stroke survivors and caregivers boarded buses at the Sutter Cancer Center Friday, Sept. 27, that were taking them to the 11th annual Sutter Stroke Camp at the Silver Spur campgrounds in Tuolumne.

A stroke survivor gets on the bus taking him to the Sutter Stroke Camp.

A stroke survivor gets on the bus taking him to the Sutter Stroke Camp.

Founded and organized by the Sutter Neuroscience Institute, the Sutter Stroke Camp was the first of its kind in the United States and has spawned other, similar stroke camps across the nation. The camp begins on Friday evening and ends Monday morning, when the campers catch buses back to Sacramento. Read More

Sutter Medical Center Receives National Award for Stroke Care

Posted by on May 22, 2013 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO – Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, designated an Advanced Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award during a presentation Tuesday. The award recognizes Sutter Medical Center’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted guidelines.

Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento's stroke team poses with the Gold Plus award along with CEO Carrie Owen Plietz, second from right.

Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento’s stroke team poses with the Gold Plus award along with CEO Carrie Owen Plietz, second from right.

“Recent studies show that patients treated in hospitals participating in the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke program receive a higher quality of care and may experience better outcomes,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., chairman of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee. “Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento is to be commended for implementing nationally recognized standards of care and protocols for treating stroke patients.” Read More

Ethiopian Girl Gets Life-Saving Surgery at Sutter Children’s Center

Posted by on Jan 26, 2013 | 0 comments

When a happy little girl from a remote village in southern Ethiopia lost her sight in September 2012, her parents took her “three mountains away” to the nearest city, Addis Ababa, where a scan showed that 7-year-old Kalkidan Wondemu Sirbaro had a brain tumor called a craniopharyngioma. A team of Bay Area medical professionals were in Addis Ababa as part of Project Mercy, an Indiana nonprofit that sends aid to Ethiopia, but they couldn’t perform the brain surgery there.

Kalkidan in Ethiopia

Kalkidan with her family in Ethiopia before coming to the United States for life-saving surgery.

However, they did take Kalkidan’s story home with the hope that someone could help. But the help needed to come quickly, as they gave Kalkidan just a few months to live.

News of Kalkidan’s situation reached Sarah Jones, M.D., a family doctor with Sutter Medical Group in Davis, who reached out to Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. The hospital – home to the comprehensive pediatric hospital Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento – agreed to donate its services, and Sutter Neuroscience Institute medical director of adult and pediatric neurosurgery Samuel Ciricillo, M.D., agreed to perform the surgery pro-bono. Within just 30 hours, approvals for the surgery and Kalkidan’s pre- and post-operative care were received from Sutter and doctors. Read More

Autism and Cord Blood Stem Cells: FDA OKs Clinical Trial

Posted by on Aug 21, 2012 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO – Sutter Neuroscience Institute, a recognized center of excellence in pediatric neuroscience, and CBR (Cord Blood Registry), the world’s largest stem cell bank, launched the first FDA-approved clinical trial to assess the use of a child’s own newborn stem cells to treat select patients with autism. This first-of-its-kind, placebo-controlled study will evaluate the ability of an infusion of cord blood stem cells to help improve language and behavior. The study is in conjunction with the Sutter Institute for Medical Research. Read More

Clinical Trial Begins on Vaccine Made from Patient’s Own Tumor

Posted by on Feb 8, 2012 | 0 comments

Newly-diagnosed brain cancer patients are being sought by Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento for a clinical trial of a vaccine that is made from a patient’s own tumor.

Dr. Nora Wu, along with a team of surgeons and physicians, has begun the DCVax®-L Phase II Clinical Trial at Sutter Medical Center in collaboration with the Sutter Institute for Medical Research. The study looks at the response of patients with Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) to a vaccine made from their own tumor in addition to standard radiation and chemotherapy. Read More