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Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento ED Nurse Saves the Day

Posted by on Nov 2, 2017 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO – Anna Ryan, R.N., experienced a pay-it-forward moment and that moment kept moving forward.

Ryan, an Emergency Department nurse at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, helped a fireman provide shoes and a meal to a homeless man on a 100-degree summer day. The man didn’t need medical attention, just a little TLC.

Anna Ryan, R.N., Emergency Department, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento partnered with Goodwill Industries to stock the hospital’s clothes closet with shoes.

SMCS has a clothes closet to offer underprivileged and homeless patients something to wear upon release from the hospital or ED. Sometimes a patient has clothes removed by the staff and they need something to wear when they are discharged.

“It’s a great resource that we provide to the community,” said Ryan. During the winter, SMCS sets up a coat rack in the ED waiting room and anyone can come in and take a coat if they need it – no questions asked. Anna estimates that nearly 500 coats were distributed last year.

On this summer day, the homeless man came into the ED without a pair of shoes. Unfortunately, there were no shoes in the clothes closet to give him.

The fireman offered to “do his good deed for the day” and purchase a pair of shoes for the man. Ryan then brought a sandwich and water for him while he sat in the waiting room.

Soon enough, the homeless man, with proper footwear on his feet, was on his way. Read More

Memorial Medical Center achieves four-year APEx® accreditation for radiation oncology services – one of only seven facilities in California

Posted by on Nov 1, 2017 | 0 comments

Daryn Kumar, MMC CEO (back row, left) celebrates with the Radiation Oncology team and physicians Dr. Garcia-Young and Dr. Neville (front row, left and right)

MODESTO, CA – Memorial Medical Center, part of Northern California’s Sutter Health network of hospitals, has become the first Sutter Health facility, and seventh facility in all of California, to achieve a four-year accreditation of their radiation oncology services from ASTRO — the premier radiation oncology society in the world.

Memorial achieved the accreditation by demonstrating compliance with the standards of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Accreditation Program for Excellence (APEx®).

“We are very, very happy to receive APEx accreditation,” said Chris Neville, M.D., DABR, a Sutter Gould Medical Foundation radiation oncologist and medical director for Memorial Medical Center’s Radiation Oncology program. “The accreditation is great affirmation of the high quality and safe patient care we provide for patients in our community.”

APEx is an independent radiation oncology practice accreditation program developed by ASTRO based on a comprehensive set of sixteen evidence-based standards of radiation oncology practice. The sixteen standards are focused on five pillars of patient care: 1) the process of care; 2) the radiation oncology team; 3) safety; 4) quality management; and 5) patient-centered care.

“Evaluating our processes in relation to ASTRO’s high standards, including standards for safety and quality, validates our practices and recognizes the efforts of our radiation oncology team to deliver patient-centered radiation oncology care,” added J. Alex Garcia-Young, M.D., DABR, fellow Sutter Gould radiation oncologist.

“ASTRO is proud to recognize Memorial Medical Center for achieving APEx accreditation,” said ASTRO chair David C. Beyer, MD, FASTRO. “Memorial Medical Center has demonstrated a commitment to providing their patients with safe, high-quality radiation therapy services.”

Accreditation through APEx is a rigorous, voluntary, multi-step process that can take up to one year to complete. Each center seeking APEx accreditation must have its policies and procedures evaluated using objective, verifiable expectations for performance in radiation oncology. It must demonstrate its commitment to high standards of safety and quality in the practice of radiation oncology and that it practices patient-centered care by promoting effective communication, coordinating treatment, and engaging patients and their families as partners in care.

APEx has a distinctive program structure that includes both a self-assessment process and a facility visit conducted by a medical physicist and a radiation oncologist, radiation therapist, nurse, dosimetrist, nurse practitioner, physician assistant or practice administrator. APEx integrates Maintenance of Certification (MOC) templates that promote value and efficiency for physicians and final evaluation reports that link standards and performance to quality improvement resources. APEx applicants also have access to a library of quality improvement practice management tools to facilitate a culture of safety. APEx reflects competencies and practices identified and endorsed in the 2012 ASTRO publication Safety is No Accident: A Framework for Quality Radiation Oncology and Care.

ABOUT MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER – Memorial Medical Center is part of Sutter Health, a family of not-for-profit hospitals, physician organizations and other medical services that share resources and expertise to advance health care quality and access. Serving more than 100 communities in Northern California, Sutter Health is a regional leader in cardiac care, cancer treatment, orthopedics, obstetrics, and newborn intensive care, and is a pioneer in advanced patient safety technology. Learn more about Memorial Medical Center.

ABOUT ASTRO – ASTRO is the premier radiation oncology society in the world, with more than 10,000 members who are physicians, nurses, biologists, physicists, radiation therapists, dosimetrists and other health care professionals who specialize in treating patients with radiation therapies. As the leading organization in radiation oncology, the Society is dedicated to improving patient care through professional education and training, support for clinical practice and health policy standards, advancement of science and research, and advocacy.

ASTRO publishes three medical journals, International Journal of Radiation Oncology • Biology • Physics (www.redjournal.org), Practical Radiation Oncology (www.practicalradonc.org) and Advances in Radiation Oncology (www.advancesradonc.org); developed and maintains an extensive patient website, RT Answers (http://www.rtanswers.org); and created the Radiation Oncology Institute (www.roinstitute.org), a nonprofit foundation to support research and education efforts around the world that enhance and confirm the critical role of radiation therapy in improving cancer treatment. To learn more about ASTRO, visit www.astro.org.

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Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento Gives Pediatric Patients a Halloween to Remember

Posted by on Nov 1, 2017 | 0 comments

Spider-Man and Captain America attended to make sure the bad guys stayed away. The Ghostbusters were there to keep all the ghouls at bay.

A host of other superheroes and princesses gathered on Tuesday at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento for its annual Halloween Trick or Treat celebration for pediatric patients and their families in the lobby of the Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center. Even Dinger, the Sacramento RiverCats mascot enjoyed the festivities.

Children strolled through Candyland, played miniature golf, bowling and ring toss in another successful event at the hospital. Pediatric patients and siblings of NICU patients dressed in their costumes and some even wore makeup.

More than 25 departments created booths with games and activities and staff handed out non-food treats. Read More

Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento Hosts 31st Annual NICU, MOMs Reunion

Posted by on Oct 10, 2017 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO — Triplets, twins and many others toddled around Fairytale Town in Sacramento on Friday evening as their parents embraced physicians, nurses, Child Life specialists, social workers, administrators and volunteers from Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento.

The children’s center held its 31st annual NICU and 7th annual MOMs center reunions, bringing together staff and families for a couple of smile-filled hours.

The mothers of three sets of triplets who came to the reunion shared tips and tricks on how to best balance their busy lives, exchanged the best Facebook groups to be part of all while trying to keep track of the toddlers running around at their feet.

Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento NICU Child Life Specialist Lisa Norrgard and Linda Rickards-Ito take the lead on organizing the reunion, though it takes a village to put on this successful event.

“This event is our baby,” said Lisa. “We are so excited to see all of our families and see how well their children are doing. Some of these babies are with us for a long time in the NICU and it can be a scary time for the parents. When they come back to the reunion and the parents are smiling and the child is healthy and happy, it’s a great feeling.” 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

Imagine Dragons Jams with Patients at Sophie’s Place Inside Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento

Posted by on Oct 5, 2017 | 0 comments

Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds, back row center, and Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young, of the Forever Young Foundation, pose with children at Sophie’s Place inside Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento after an interactive music session on Wednesday.

The sound of tiny voices singing the chorus from Imagine Dragons’ hit single “Radioactive” trickled out of Sophie’s Place at Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento on Wednesday afternoon. The band’s lead singer, Dan Reynolds, grinned from ear to ear during his hour-long jam session with patients and their families.

Dan made a stop at the music therapy space ahead of Imagine Dragons’ Evolve World Tour stop Wednesday evening at Sacramento’s Golden 1 Center.

“This was absolutely incredible,” said Amy Medovoy, child life program coordinator, Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento. “Dan was amazing with our children and the group session was just perfect. It was better than we expected. We are so grateful for him to take time out of his busy touring schedule to visit us.”

Children’s Center Music Therapists Daniel Beseda and Becky Parker warmed up the audience with some patient favorites like “Shake it Off,” “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” “Twist and Shout,” and “Shut Up and Dance.” Read More