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Saturday’s Live Auction of Quilted Artworks to Benefit Breast Cancer Services

Posted by on Nov 3, 2017 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO — Fifty exquisite, handmade quilts will be up for the highest bid during the 2017 Breast Cancer Quilt Auction beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Buhler Specialty Pavilion on the Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento campus, 2800 L St. Meanwhile, silent bids for about 450 other fabric works of art hanging on the hospital campus will continue Saturday morning until bidding is closed at 1 p.m.

Each of the quilts is a work of art created specially for the 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.

The quilts, which make unique holiday gifts, 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. 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

Amazon, ACCO Provide Memorable Experiences for Former Sutter Children’s Center Patients

Posted by on Nov 3, 2017 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO — It’s not every day that a child gets to go behind the scenes to see how an Amazon warehouse operates.

Tommy, a former Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento, patient checks out the Amazon fulfillment center during a recent tour.

Two former Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento patients did just that when Amazon partnered with the American Childhood Cancer Organization (ACCO) to provide experiences for 30 pediatric oncology patients around the country.

Tommy, who wants to be an animator, and Leah, a budding chemist who has shown an interest in coding, visited the Amazon warehouse in Tracy where they got a first-hand look at the technology that helps the facility operate. Tommy, 10, met with designers and illustrators who create the company’s videos.

“It was a really neat experience,” said Tommy’s mom, Jennifer. “He had a great time. The designers said they were going to feature him in one of their upcoming videos.”

Through a new collaboration, ACCO and Amazon celebrated children diagnosed with cancer who demonstrate an interest in STEM. In September, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, ACCO and Amazon delivered smiles to 30 children in 30 days, one for every day of the month, through exciting STEM-related immersion experiences across the country.

Leah’s experience included learning about coding and how the robots at Amazon fulfill orders. As an added bonus, Leah, 8, got to meet the San Francisco 49ers cheerleaders.

“She was excited to meet them,” said Leah’s mom, Yuri. “They taught her some new moves and Leah picked them up right away. It was a great day.” Read More

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

Sutter Amador Hospital Recognized for Preventing Patient Falls

Posted by on Nov 2, 2017 | 0 comments

Jackson – Sutter Amador Hospital was recognized by CALNOC, the Collaborative Alliance for Nursing Outcomes, for performance excellence in preventing fall injuries.

“It’s an honor to be recognized for the countless ways we work to keep our patients safe in our care,” said Anne Platt, Sutter Amador Hospital CEO. “The safety of our patients and our staff is a top priority and I am proud of what our team has accomplished.”

In 2016, the hospital had zero falls that resulted in moderate or severe injury. 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

Local Students Display Sign of Support during Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted by on Oct 27, 2017 | 0 comments

Auburn – While developing breast cancer as a teenager is rare, students at Colfax High School in Placer County wanted to do something significant to support those in the community with breast cancer.

Elle Lippold, a junior at Colfax High School, said the students wanted patients to know that they were thinking of them and sending support during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Students from Colfax High School in Placer County.

The students created a 4-foot banner with pink handprints showing students’ “slapping out cancer” that is now displayed outside the Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital Infusion Center. In addition to the sign, the students also donated nearly 50 handmade blankets to be distributed to patients this month. Read More