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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 Facility Blanketed in Quilts for Popular Breast Cancer Auction

Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 | 0 comments

Sacramento Medical Building Turned Into ‘Art Gallery’ for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

A small art quilt depicting the Sacramento River and Tower Bridge is in the center of a display inside the new Women’s and Children’s Center on the Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento campus.

SACRAMENTO — The public can tour an unusual art gallery during October – Breast Cancer Awareness Month – as the walls of the Sutter Cancer Center and other Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento facilities are covered with about 500 fabric artworks for the 2017 Breast Cancer Quilt Auction.

Bids are being accepted now for most of the quilts, and the silent auction and showcase will conclude with the live, public auctioning of the best 50 pieces beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4. The public can tour and bid on the quilts from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. every day until then.

Each of the quilts is a fabric work of art that was created specially for the quilt auction, which supports breast cancer services at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. None of them is just tied; they are all quilted by artisans in the Sacramento region and across the nation.

These colorful, larger quilts are hanging in the lobby of the Buhler Specialty Pavilion on the Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento campus.

The quilts range in size from little over a foot, such as “Spirit,” to giant size, such as the 8-foot tapestry, “Around Town.” Patterns range from traditional block designs to intricate art pieces depicting animals, flowers, landscapes and even city scenes. There are quilts for children with Disney and other kid-friendly themes, and some with a breast cancer theme, including one, “Eenie Meenie,” made from unused bikini tops from a bathing suit manufacturer. A number have Christmas or winter themes, as the quilts make unique holiday gifts. All of them, however, were made with the breast cancer auction in mind, with most of them created in remembrance of a family member or friend who either survived or succumbed to the disease. Read More

Sutter Davis Hospital Welcomes New 3D Mammography Machine

Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 | 0 comments

Beth Ward, mammography/radiation technologist, Sutter Davis Hospital, stands next to the hospital’s new 3D mammography machine.

DAVIS —Sutter Davis Hospital welcomed a new 3D mammography machine on Monday.

The new technology helps provide earlier breast cancer detection with low radiation, the first of its kind in Davis.

Also known as tomosynthesis, 3D mammography improves clinician’s ability to detect the size, shape and location of cancerous tumors within the breast by up to 40 percent.

3D technology creates hundreds of imagines rather than the traditional four images provided by a digital mammogram. Radiologists view breast tissue layer by layer, one millimeter at a time, similar to a CT scan reducing follow-up tests by up to 80 percent.

“The addition of a 3D mammography machine at Sutter Davis Hospital means early breast cancer detection and a decreased need for additional images and biopsies allowing for a quicker diagnosis, less false positives and more peace of mind,” said Jennifer Maher, CEO, Sutter Davis Hospital. “We are thrilled to provide this service to our community.”

Sutter Davis Hospital has made significant enhancements in its diagnostic imaging services this year. In May, the hospital installed a new 128-slice CT scanner.

Sutter Davis Hospital Named Most Family-Friendly Workplace by Modern Healthcare

Posted by on Sep 29, 2017 | 0 comments

SDH, Sutter Center for Psychiatry Receive Recognitions for Best Places to Work in Healthcare

DAVIS, Ca. – Sutter Davis Hospital was ranked as No. 32 among healthcare providers and insurers by Modern Healthcare’s 2017 Best Places to Work in Healthcare. The complete list of this year’s winner rankings is available on Modern Healthcare’s website. Modern Healthcare will publish a special supplement featuring ranked lists of all the winners along with the October 2 issue.

Sutter Davis Hospital was also recognized as Most Family-Friendly Workplace, a recognition that hospital leadership takes to heart.

“We are extremely proud to be acknowledged by Modern Healthcare as a Family-Friendly Workplace,” said Jennifer Maher, CEO, Sutter Davis Hospital. “This award was given to us in big part due to our Culture of Caring. We have a staff who buys in to our culture and treats one another with respect. When you care for one another like you care for your patients, you create a wonderful atmosphere that feels like home.” Read More

Woodshop Pioneer Hand-Makes Guitar for Rock-Star Doctor Who Saved His Life

Posted by on Sep 26, 2017 | 0 comments

Woodshop teacher Duane Calkins, who pioneered a class that makes electric guitars, presented David Yee, M.D., MPH, of Sutter Roseville Medical Center with a handmade guitar for saving his life from prostate cancer.

ROSEVILLE, Calif. — Duane Calkins revived middle-school woodshop by teaching students how to make electric guitars. Earlier this year, after the Roseville teacher was diagnosed with prostate cancer, Sutter Roseville Medical Center urologist and cancer surgeon David Yee, M.D., MPH, used another high-tech, souped-up instrument to save Calkins’ life.

Calkins started teaching his Woodshop Rocks class at Buljan Middle School a dozen years ago, and his students have since made more than 5,000 guitars, making his class the largest manufacturer of guitars in Northern California. Not bad for an industrial-arts course that was dying because students weren’t interested in making cutting boards and birdhouses anymore. Calkins has since taught dozens of other woodshop instructors around the nation to teach guitar-building, reviving this nearly lost art.

Late in 2016, though, Calkins’ life hit a sour chord; he was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of prostate cancer. Like a virtuoso, David Yee, M.D., earlier this year used the da Vinci robotic surgical instrument at Sutter Roseville Medical Center to remove his prostate, and Calkins went from having Stage 3 prostate cancer to being cancer-free today.

To say thank you, Calkins hand-made a special, paisley-imprinted guitar that he presented Monday, Sept. 25, to Dr. Yee for saving his life. Dr. Yee brought some of the da Vinci “arms” to explain to Calkins and students how the robot assisted him to create a surgical masterpiece that is minimally invasive and gets patients back to doing what they love much quicker. That meant that, in getting to teach his students to make guitars, Calkins barely missed a beat.

Bunnell, Inc. Donates Ventilator to Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento NICU

Posted by on Sep 22, 2017 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO — Bunnell, Inc. donated the newest version of its high-frequency jet ventilator to Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento’s neonatal intensive care unit on Tuesday.

David Blackney, center in teal scrubs, was surrounded by staff members, physicians and Bunnell, Inc. representatives during a ceremony in which a new high-frequency jet ventilator was donated to SMCS’ NICU in his name.

The gift in-kind donation was made on behalf of a longtime Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento employee who has dedicated his career to educating colleagues, physicians and families about respiratory condition of those who receive care at the hospital.
David Blackney, neopeds coordinator, SMCS, was surprised and overwhelmed by the greeting he received upon attending the ventilator’s unveiling ceremony in the lobby of the Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center.
“I thought I was going to a meeting,” said Blackney, who was escorted to the event by two colleagues. “I can’t even explain how I feel right now about all of this. This is an unbelievable day. For the babies that we care for, this is huge. And for our transport team, they are going to be so excited to go out on their next transport.” Read More