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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 Coast Hospital sponsors Halloween Blood Drive

Posted by on Oct 19, 2017 | 0 comments

Crescent City – Sutter Coast Hospital is excited to sponsor an annual Halloween Blood Drive in partnership with the Northern California Community Blood Bank and local radio station, KCRE.

During October, thoughts drift to candy, costumes and carving pumpkins. But for many patients at area hospitals, the only treat that’s sure to please is a blood donation.

“Our Halloween blood drive last year was one of the largest donation events in the county,” said Rose Corcoran, chief nurse executive at Sutter Coast Hospital. “We hope we can surpass the donations at this event to give life-saving blood to those in need, and we encourage the community to join us in supporting this fun Halloween event that gives back to others.”

According to the blood bank, the entire blood donation process (screening, healthiness test and the donation) takes roughly 45 minutes to an hour and is relatively pain free.

Give a real treat to others this Halloween by donating blood.

Event Details:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 31
  • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Del Norte Fairgrounds, Arts and Crafts Building, Crescent City
  • Healthy individuals who feel well and have not donated in the past eight weeks days are encouraged to attend.
  • Please remember to bring a photo ID to donate.

To schedule an appointment for the Halloween Blood Drive, call 707-464-8900.

Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital Foundation Hosts Annual Ball

Posted by on Oct 17, 2017 | 0 comments

Auburn – The Sutter Auburn Faith Foundation hosts their annual Faith & Fantasy ball, Around the World, on Nov. 11 at the Ridge Golf and Event Center Ballroom.

This year’s event is hosted by Tim and Colleen Sands. Tim and Colleen are longtime supporters of the hospital and they share a passion for helping others and giving back to the community.

“We are so thankful for our hosts and sponsors and look forward to a fun, engaging evening,” said Susan Willson, senior development officer at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital. “Together, we can have a powerful impact on the health of our community through philanthropy.”

The evening will include a cocktail reception, formal portraits, a silent and live auction, dinner and entertainment. The evening will also include a special presentation on the hospital’s initiative to launch a new cardiac rehabilitation program.   Read More

Sutter Amador Hospital Staff Members Recognized as ‘Best of Amador’

Posted by on Oct 17, 2017 | 0 comments

Jackson –  Sutter Amador Hospital staff members and Sutter Family Medicine were both chosen as the ‘Best of Amador” in the Ledger Dispatch’s 2017 reader poll.

“This is a testament to the exceptional care that our team provides to our patients and their families,” said Anne Platt, CEO of Sutter Amador Hospital. “As a not-for-profit hospital, our focus is always on improving the care and health of our community and this recognition of our staff is a wonderful honor.”

  • Best nurse: Joey Ouilhon, R.N.
  • Best nurse practitioner: Marianne LaPointe, FNP
  • Best medical office: Sutter Family Medicine
  • Best doctor: Thomas Bowhay, M.D.
  • Honorable mention: Robert Hartmann, M.D.

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Hospice ‘Volunteer of the Year’ Honored for Decades of Service

Posted by on Oct 16, 2017 | 0 comments

Auburn – Pat Steinhauer is a volunteer unlike any you have ever met. With more than 33 years at the Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital VNA & Hospice, she has all the heart and tenure of one of our employees and she selflessly devotes her time and energy to serve and support our hospice patients and their families.

Pat Steinhauer

Pat was recently recognized by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) as “Volunteer of the Year,” an honor bestowed on only three others in the nation in 2017.

“I am so grateful to the hospital and am honored to receive this award,” said Pat. “As a hospice volunteer, we aren’t in this for the glory, but this feels glorious to me.”

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Sutter Gould Medical Foundation opens new Tracy Care Center

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017 | 0 comments

Clockwise, from top: The new care center; SGMF staff Pauline Chaves, Aziza Hashimi and Debbie Duran show off the Urgent Care; unique way-finding methods are used; spacious surroundings; Maggie Fernandez ready to help patients; a digital physician directory.

TRACY, CA – After years of planning and a construction process that succeeded despite a record rainy season, Sutter Gould Medical Foundation’s (SGMF) new 47,000 square foot office building opened this week, offering Tracy area residents an expanded set of services in a medical plaza atmosphere.

“We are very excited to have our building open. Our wonderful staff, volunteers and physicians are ready to care for their patients,” said Gary Zufelt, chief executive officer for SGMF. “Our vision is to lead the transformation of health care to the highest levels of quality, access, and affordability, and this new building was designed with that vision in mind. It supports expanded access and new services, and it gives us the ability to continue to grow and provide expanded services well into the future.”

Sutter Gould moved all of their providers from locations throughout Tracy to the new site at 445 W. Eaton Avenue, directly across from Sutter Tracy Community Hospital. Physicians and staff provide primary care (Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics) and specialty care including Dermatology, Rheumatology, Orthopedics, Podiatry, OB/GYN, ENT, Neurology, Endoscopy, Pulmonology, and Nephrology.

Additional services include a new offering — an Urgent Care Center — and many services familiar to Sutter patients in their other large clinics in Stockton, Modesto, and Turlock: an Injection/Shot Clinic, Lab/Blood Draw stations and imaging services including X-Ray and ultrasound. 

“Having a full-range of outpatient care right next to Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, helps us provide a complete continuum of care to the community,” said Richard Leal, Director of Foundation Growth & Strategy for Sutter Health. Read More