Tiny Pup Brings Joy to Moms on Bed Rest

Posted on Oct 8, 2018 in People

Alice, a tiny and charming therapy dog, regularly cheers up moms on bed rest at CPMC’s California campus.

“Our moms on bed rest can be at the hospital for long periods of time,” says Lori Denault, a child life supervisor and NICU specialist who helps coordinate the pet therapy program at CPMC. “The transformation is amazing when the moms spend time with our pet therapy dogs. Alice and her fellow therapy dogs are so popular, we’ve had to increase their visits.”

The cute pup and her owner Marsha White, a retired nurse, were trained in animal-assisted therapy by the San Francisco SPCA.

Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento Volunteer Earns Prestigious Community Service Award

Posted on Oct 5, 2018 in Children's Services, People, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento

Zachary Wandell

SACRAMENTO — Innovative thinking and philanthropic giving can lead one person to great things.
Sacramento Allstate agency owner Zachary Wandell, a Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento Child Life Program volunteer, Sutter Medical Center Foundation board member and Sutter Children’s Advisory Board Member, was awarded with the 2018 Allstate Ray Lynch Community Service Award. The recognition is a top national honor commending one agency owner across the country for giving back and supporting people and organizations in their local communities.
“I want to thank the children and their families for this award,” said Zack during the presentation. “I am a stranger walking into a hospital room saying ‘Hi. I’m Zack. I have fun stuff for you.’ And that is uncomfortable because I am a tall male in a female-dominated environment. Some kids cry because they think I’m a doctor, but it’s just fun stuff; and along the way, they share their journey with me and their milestones.”

Allstate highlighted Zack’s great work at Sutter Children’s Center in a video which was shown at the company’s recent leadership conference, while he was surrounded by top-performing peers.
Zack is the founder of Donut Dash 501c3, a nonprofit organization which organizes several Sacramento events that have resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations brought into Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento. Those donations have helped Sutter Children’s Center’s Child Life team expand and add programs which benefit patients and families. Read More

Physician’s Longtime Free Flu Clinics Continue in Tracy

Posted on Oct 5, 2018 in Community Benefit, Expanding Access, Uncategorized, Wellness

TRACY, Calif. — One of the longest-running free flu clinic programs in Northern California will continue this year with two opportunities for San Joaquin County residents at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, with the first once slated for Saturday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Free flu vaccinations have been given in Tracy since the early 1960s, when longtime San Joaquin County obstetrician and medical leader Audrey Glover, M.D., saw a need in the community to prevent the spread of the disease during the flu season. Through the years, about 60,000 free flu shots have been administered to local residents.

“The flu was devastating during those early years,” said longtime friend Dan Schack, a Tracy engineer. “Dr. Glover felt there was a need to provide the vaccinations for free.” Read More

Sutter Health’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center Supports Oakland’s Unsheltered Residents

Posted on Oct 3, 2018 in Community Benefit, People

Dr. Jerry Kozai, Alta Bates Summit CEO, pledges his support to an Oakland initiative to help move homeless people from encampments into temporary shelters.

People that live and work in Oakland know that the number of homeless encampments in the city has been on the rise for several years. Between 2015 and 2017, the number of unsheltered residents in Oakland has increased by 26 percent.

To help work on this crisis, Sutter Health’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center has partnered with the City of Oakland to support the city’s initiative to help move homeless people from encampments into temporary shelters. Over the last 10 months, the city has opened three Tuff Shed Shelter Community Cabin sites that provide shelter to Oakland’s long-term homeless population with social services connecting clients to health services, public benefits and other resources.

“Alta Bates Summit is committed to improving the health and wellness of our community and we are honored to be part of this collaborative partnership with the City of Oakland to help tackle the homeless crisis,” said Dr. Gerald Kozai, CEO, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. “Homelessness is a public health issue and these shelter sites are providing a safe and healthier alternative than living on the streets.” Read More

Sutter Amador Hospital, Sutter Davis Hospital Recognized as Best Places to Work

Posted on Oct 3, 2018 in Affiliates, We're Awesome

SACRAMENTO — Two Sutter Health hospitals were ranked among the nation’s best in Modern Healthcare’s 2018 Best Places to Work in Healthcare survey. The complete list of this year’s winner rankings is available here. Modern Healthcare will publish a special supplement featuring ranked lists of all the winners along with the October 1 issue.

Sutter Amador Hospital was ranked No. 7 in the provider/insurer category while Sutter Davis Hospital was ranked No. 58 and also took home the honor of being No. 1 in the Healthiest Workplace category for the second time.

“I am grateful for our entire hospital community – employees, physicians and volunteers – who are dedicated to delivering quality patient care to our region,” said Anne Platt, CEO of Sutter Amador Hospital. “It is an honor to be recognized. It is because of the collaborative environment in which we work, and each of our teams’ individual contributions to our hospital, that we are among the best places to work in the country.”

This was the 10th consecutive year that Sutter Davis Hospital has been recognized by Modern Healthcare in the Best Places to Work survey. Read More

Former Patients Invited to Celebrate 10th Anniversary of Sutter Rehabilitation Institute

Posted on Sep 25, 2018 in Uncategorized

Sutter Rehabilitation Institute is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a patient reunion Oct. 3.

ROSEVILLE, Calif. — Sutter Rehabilitation Institute, Placer County’s only acute rehab facility, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and is inviting its former patients – more than 9,000 of them –to a patient reunion from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3.

The reunion is the opportunity for the Sutter Rehabilitation Institute care team to see the progress patients have made over the years, and for the former patients to reconnect with other patients and say thank you to the specialized care staff that helped to rehabilitate them so they could return home and to their regular lives.

The reunion will be held in the outdoor therapy area at Sutter Rehabilitation Institute, 6 Medical Plaza Drive, Roseville. Those wishing to attend can RSVP at (916) 878-2597 or email SutterRI@sutterhealth.org. Appetizers will be served, and complimentary valet service will be provided. Read More

ER on Wheels: Groundbreaking Approach to Stroke Care

Posted on Sep 24, 2018 in Innovation, Neurosciences, Scroll Images

BURLINGAME, Calif. –Experts estimate that every minute treatment for stroke is delayed can mean life or death for 2 million brain cells. Strokes are the fifth leading cause of death and the top contributor to long-term disability in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In the Bay Area, not-for-profit Sutter Health’s Mills-Peninsula Medical Center is partnering to pilot a specially-equipped and -staffed ambulance, called a mobile stroke unit (MSU). The goal is to test whether bringing stroke diagnosis and treatment to patients—rather than waiting for them to arrive at the emergency department—improves outcomes.

Mills-Peninsula’s new mobile stroke unit will bring care to patients on scene.

Mills-Peninsula is the first hospital in Northern California to pilot a mobile stroke unit, joining medical centers in New York, Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, Denver and Los Angeles. Read More