Women’s Services

Photo Album Created for 346,500 Bundles of Joy

Posted by on May 4, 2015 | 0 comments

‘Sacramento’s Baby Hospital’ Being Honored with Online Sutter Baby Album

SACRAMENTO – In honor of Sutter Memorial Hospital’s status as “Sacramento’s baby hospital,” Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento  publicly launched a Sutter Baby Album today, inviting anyone born or who gave birth at Sutter Memorial to upload their baby photo to www.sutterbabies.org and share it on their favorite social media sites.

Baby albumSutter Memorial Hospital, which opened in 1937 as Sutter Maternity Hospital in East Sacramento, has been the birthplace of 346,500 babies … about two-thirds of the population of the City of Sacramento. Upon its opening, it was the first air-conditioned hospital in California and the first to incorporate isolation techniques to prevent the spread of infection.

After World War II, the hospital was renamed Sutter Memorial Hospital and, in addition to birthing services, became the home of Sutter Heart & Vascular Services and Sutter Children’s Center, which includes the groundbreaking, lifesaving neonatal intensive care unit, or NICU.

More than 77 years later, the hospital is being vacated in August. Maternity services will travel two miles west to the new Anderson Luccetti Women’s and Children’s Center on Sutter Medical Center’s midtown campus, just off the Capital City Freeway. The new hospital will continue the same quality care that has been Sutter Memorial’s trademark, but in a new family-oriented setting with the latest technology, all-private rooms, and penthouse views of the city from the top patient floor as a reward to mothers who just delivered. Read More

Sutter Davis Hospital Seeks Volunteer Doulas

Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 | 0 comments

DoulaDAVISSutter Davis Hospital will be accepting applications for the hospital’s Volunteer Doula Program from Jan. 25-Feb. 7.

 

Doulas provide continuous physical, emotional and informational support to mothers during the childbirth process. The Sutter Davis Hospital Volunteer Doula Program is administered by Birthing Center R.N.s with many years of experience supporting women in labor.

“We greatly appreciate having prospective volunteer doulas join our labor support team,” said Kim Andersen Johnson, R.N.C., doula co-coordinator, Sutter Davis Hospital. “Evidence shows that women who have doulas attend their birth have fewer medical interventions and verbalize a more rewarding, joyous and memorable birth experience.” Read More

Heart Surgeon Extends Life of Obstetrician Who Gave Him Life

Posted by on Nov 15, 2014 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO — Longtime Sutter Memorial Hospital obstetrician Jim Affleck, M.D., is very grateful to have delivered little Bobby Kincade 45 years ago. Because last month, Sutter heart surgeon Robert Kincade, M.D., assisted in the implantation of a new valve that should extend Dr. Affleck’s life by many years.

James Affleck, M.D., right, shows off a model of a TAVR, a new valve implanted in his heart. At left is Robert Kincade, M.D., whom Dr. Affleck delivered 40 years previously. Dr. Kincade was co-surgeon in the operation that extended Dr. Affleck's life.

James Affleck, M.D., right, shows off a model of a TAVR, a new valve implanted in his heart. At left is Robert Kincade, M.D., whom Dr. Affleck delivered 40 years previously. Dr. Kincade was co-surgeon in the operation that extended Dr. Affleck’s life.

Dr. Affleck delivered nearly 4,000 Sacramento-area babies in his 35-year career as an OB/GYN at Sutter Memorial Hospital, considered by locals as “Sacramento’s baby hospital” where nearly 350,000 babies have been born since 1937. After meeting Dr. Affleck in the Sutter Valve Clinic at Sutter Memorial Hospital, Dr. Kincade called his mom to find out who delivered him. She said it was Dr. Affleck, and Dr. Kincade found his birth certificate to confirm it.

Dr. Kincade is the medical director of the Sutter Transplant and Advanced Therapies Programs, located at Sutter Memorial Hospital, where he was born. Dr. Kincade has been instrumental in bringing many new, groundbreaking heart devices and therapies that save and extend the lives of patients in heart failure, stenosis and other life-threatening diseases.

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Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento Pioneers Most-Advanced Surgical Robot in California

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO — Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento on Wednesday became the first hospital in California to use the next-generation robotic surgery system called the da Vinci Xi, which provides 3-D, high-definition visualization and greater dexterity, precision and control for the surgeon as well as less pain and a quicker recovery for the patient.

The new da Vinci Xi replicates surgeon movements with enhanced dexterity.

The new da Vinci Xi replicates surgeon movements with enhanced dexterity.

Steven C. Patching, M.D., who in 1993 was the first to use laparoscopic, minimally invasive surgery in the Sacramento region, became the first surgeon in California to complete a procedure – a gallbladder removal – using the new da Vinci Xi system.

The da Vinci Xi, which was approved by the FDA in April, has broader capabilities than prior generations of the da Vinci system, with the adaptability to be used across an array of surgeries in urology, gynecology, thoracic, cardiac and general surgery.

The Xi possesses 3D-HD visualization, giving surgeons a highly magnified view, virtually extending their eyes and hands into the patient. The da Vinci Xi system’s new overhead arm architecture provides the surgeon anatomical access from virtually any position, simplifying multi-quadrant surgeries. Smaller, thinner arms coupled with longer instrument shafts permit greater range of motion and more flexibility than ever before. Read More

Sutter Urogynecologists Among First in US to be Accredited in FPMRS

Posted by on Dec 9, 2013 | 0 comments

Larry Bowen, M.D.

Larry Bowen, M.D.

Wesley Hilger, M.D.

Wesley Hilger, M.D.

The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology conducted the first Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery certification examination in August 2013.  Urogynecologists Larry Bowen, M.D., and Wesley Hilger, M.D., are among the first in the nation to be board certified in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery (FPMRS). Read More

Sutter General Hospital Lit Purple for World Prematurity Day

Posted by on Nov 18, 2013 | 0 comments

The thousands of cars that traveled the Capital City Freeway Saturday and Sunday nights saw a lot of purple. That’s because, in honor of World Prematurity Day on Sunday, Sutter General Hospital was bathed in the color purple to symbolize hope for a healthy start for more babies.

Passers-by on Capital City Freeway saw Sutter General Hospital bathed in purple for World Prematurity Day.

Passers-by on Capital City Freeway saw Sutter General Hospital bathed in purple for World Prematurity Day.

Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento has been a longtime partner with the March of Dimes in the fight against preterm birth. Preterm babies are born at a higher rate in the United States than in 130 other countries of the world, including many poorer nations, according to a March of Dimes report, “Born Too Soon: The Global Action Report on Preterm Birth.” More than 15 million babies are born premature worldwide and more than 1 million die as a result of their early birth. Babies who survive often have lifelong health problems such as cerebral palsy, vision and hearing loss, and intellectual disabilities. Read More