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Sutter Medical Foundation “Super”-visor and super friends offer support after fires

Posted by on Oct 24, 2017 | 0 comments

Pictured, clockwise from top left: Marco Guzman, Jr.; West Coast Avengers members Brenton Klose, (Deadpool), Guzman, Jr. (Spiderman), Lindsay Skousen (Black Widow), and Jeff Toft (Captain America); Toft and Guzman, Jr. take a break.

October 24, 2017, Fairfield, CA – On any normal day, Marco Guzman, Jr. is a supervisor for Sutter Medical Foundation’s (SMF) Cardiology, Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine services, based in care centers located in Fairfield, CA.

But recently, on a day that by any stretch of the imagination was not normal, Marco the supervisor became “Marco the superfriend” and he, along with a few of his West Coast Avengers teammates, helped bring some joy to people dealing with the devastating wild fires in California’s wine country.

Spiderman, Captain America, Deadpool, Black Widow and others were available for hugs and photos as they made their way to evacuation centers in the affected areas to provide a much-needed distraction for evacuees.

“I felt helpless seeing my community under fire,” said Guzman, who lives near the areas affected by the fires. “Thinking about all the kids and families who had to evacuate their homes saddened me.”

So, Marco connected with fellow members of the West Coast Avengers (WCA), a cosplay group he has been with since 2015. The group attends many events, including visits to hospitals, charity events, and movie premieres, always with the goal to make people smile. The WCA partnered with a cosplay team from Santa Rosa (Hope, Love and Magic), quickly discussed how to help with this very unique tragedy, planned out a visit schedule, and set out to offer whatever comfort they could.

Sharing the idea on their Facebook page, the superheroes soon realized that there were everyday heroes in their community who wanted to help as well.

“Once our community heard about our mission, they all reached out via social media and started to collect new donated toys on our behalf,” said Marco. “We were overwhelmed by the response, and in total, we provided comfort and support to over 400 evacuees and 200 kids. We delivered 600 toys, blankets and items of clothing to those in need.”

Marco and his friends were even asked to take photos with volunteers and first responders. “The fire department, law enforcement, first responders, volunteers, and the community were the true heroes in this situation,” said Marco.  “We were honored to join them to help in our own unique way.”

The group ultimately visited four evacuation centers — one in Napa, two in Santa Rosa, and one in Petaluma. “We met so many appreciative families and it was reassuring to see how our community stepped in to help one another,” said Marco.

Marco has returned to his supervisor position at Sutter Medical Foundation —an everyday hero in his health care role— but for one memorable day, he and his friends made a lasting impression on those who needed help.

About Sutter Medical Foundation

Sutter Medical Foundation 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 Sutter Medical Foundation.

Sutter Medical Foundation Auburn Urgent Care is “Movin’ on up” to increase exam room capacity

Posted by on Oct 23, 2017 | 0 comments

Auburn, CA – Beginning October 25, patients seeking care from Sutter Medical Foundation’s (SMF) Urgent Care Center in Auburn will need to travel a little farther to receive services from its caregivers…..about 10 feet up.

The Urgent Care Center —chosen as the ‘Best of the Best’ in the Auburn Journal’s 2017 reader poll as Best Urgent Care— is making the short move upstairs to a larger, more accommodating space, Suite 201 at SMF’s Medical Office Building at 11795 Education Street.

“We are excited to increase our ability to care for patients in our urgent care setting, going from five exam rooms to eight exam rooms for patient visits,” said Robert Bixler, M.D., Urgent Care Department Chief and Sutter Medical Group (SMG) physician. “Any time we find an opportunity to improve our popular urgent care services, we are going to find a way to make it happen. And in Auburn, that means a move up.”

All of the services urgent care patients have come to expect are included in the move to Suite 201, including Imaging (x-ray, ultrasound and CT scanning). A phlebotomist is on site for blood draws, with full labs available.

“We see all types of cases in our urgent care,” continued Bixler. “We perform laceration repair with sutures, and many other minor procedures, often treating those with sports injuries and on-the-job injuries. From poison oak to food poisoning, the same friendly, efficient staff will be here ready to help our patients.”

The relocation continues a string of enhancements for SMF’s entire urgent care service line. Other recent changes include the December 2016 opening of

a new urgent care in Folsom, and a relocation of the Roseville Urgent Care to a much larger, 20 exam room facility in February.

Urgent care centers offer a faster, convenient and economical alternative to going to the emergency room for non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries. The Auburn Urgent Care hours of operation will remain the same – weekdays 1:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and weekends and holidays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Patients can check approximate wait times at all of the SMF urgent care centers by visiting their web site at www.suttermedicalfoundation.org/urgentcare. Additional Sutter Medical Foundation Urgent Care Centers are located in Sacramento, Davis, Elk Grove, Fairfield, Folsom, Roseville and Yuba City.

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About Sutter Medical Foundation

Sutter Medical Foundation 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 Sutter Medical Foundation.

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 Health donates thousands of backpacks for local students in need

Posted by on Aug 11, 2017 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO – Thanks to the generous donations of Sutter Health employees, Operation Backpack had a successful year bringing in thousands of backpacks, filled with schools supplies for local students before the start of a new school year.

  Operation Backpack is a yearly campaign organized by the Volunteers of America that delivers backpacks, collected for students from pre-kindergarten through 12 graders, to homeless and at-risk children in our communities. The Sutter Health Valley Area, together, generously donated more than 2,000 backpacks to the campaign to provide students with the supplies they need to help them be successful in school.

“Supporting Operation Backpack was a new opportunity for affiliates in the South Valley Area this year and I was overwhelmed by the display of generosity from our team,” said Debbie Rinaldo, community benefit coordinator at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital. “For us, it’s a simple donation of school supplies, but for underserved youth and their families, it means that Sutter Health cares.”

Sutter Tracy Community Hospital employee donations.

Recognizing that thousands of children return to school without much needed supplies, the Volunteers of America partnered with agencies and school districts to ensure as many children as possible get the tools they need for the start of school.

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Auburn Journal Ranks Sutter Auburn Facilities as ‘Best of the Best’

Posted by on Jul 28, 2017 | 0 comments

Auburn –  Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital and the Auburn Urgent Care Center were both chosen as the ‘Best of the Best’ in the Auburn Journal’s 2017 reader poll.

For the second year in a row, both Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital and Sutter Medical Foundation have received an Auburn Journal Readers’ Choice Award as Best Medical Facility and Best Urgent Care in Auburn, California.

“Since opening four years ago, our team has been dedicated to the residents in our community and the patients in need of urgent care,” said Dr. Robert Bixler, Department Chief of Sutter Urgent Care. “We are grateful to everyone who voted for us, and honored that they trust us with their urgent care needs.”

With more than 50 years in the community, Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital is deeply rooted in this region, providing affordable, patient-centered care.

“As a not-for-profit hospital, our focus is always on improving the care and health of our community, and we are honored to be recognized,” said Mitch Hanna, Sutter Auburn Faith CEO. “Thank you to the Auburn community for voting us the Best of the Best for 2017.”

Quilts on Display in Anticipation of Sutter Cancer Center Auction

Posted by on Jun 30, 2017 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO — A dozen quilts are already hanging in Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento’s Buhler Specialty Pavilion in preparation of the 2017 Quilt Auction that benefits Sutter Cancer Center’s breast cancer treatment programs and services.

Some of the quilts hanging in the lobby of the Buhler Specialty Pavilion, 2800 L St.

During the month of October, the walls of the seven-story Buhler building will be covered with quilts, and with 500 works to be displayed, they will surely spill over to other facilities on the Sutter Medical Center campus. On Nov. 4, a live auction will be held for 50 of the best pieces and the silent auction will end for the other quilts.

The Quilt Auction is held every three years, and more than $650,000 has been raised through the auctioning of 3,000 quilts in the past six auctions.

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