Sutter Health Hospitals Honored for High Quality Stroke Care

Posted on Jun 13, 2018 in Cardiac, Quality, Scroll Images

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Seven hospitals within Sutter Health’s not-for-profit network received recognition for providing a high level of stroke care by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association as part of the 2018 “Get With The Guidelines” awards.

Sutter’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center (Summit campus) in Oakland, California Pacific Medical Center, (Pacific campus) in San Francisco, Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, Memorial Medical Center in Modesto, Mills-Peninsula Medical Center in Burlingame, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento and Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital each earned a Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for their commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. Read More

Sutter Health Honors Military, Families and Veterans through Operation Care Package

Posted on Jun 11, 2018 in Community Benefit, Scroll Images

Trevor Zuccala and Kendall Corder, from the Technical Services team, start to unload items donated from Sutter Health employees to Operation Care Package.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – As part of a broader commitment to support military personnel, their families and veterans, Sutter Health teamed up with the Red Cross Gold Country Region to donate supplies to military members, at home and abroad. This year marks the fifth time the not-for-profit health network participated in Operation Care Package. Last Friday, Sutter Health employees delivered three moving-truck-loads of donated supplies to the official Operation Care Package donation site, the Roseville Automall. Read More

Sacramento River Cats Spread Joy at Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento

Posted on Jun 7, 2018 in Children's Services

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – They talked baseball with teenage boys. They threw baseballs in the playroom with siblings of patients. They even held hands with little girls and walked them down the hall.

Jordan receives an autographed baseball from Dinger, the Sacramento River Cats mascot on Thursday.

The Sacramento River Cats made another memorable visit to Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento on Thursday, visiting patients and families throughout the pediatrics unit as part of the summer caravan series. The River Cats stopped in at Sutter Davis Hospital in May to kick off the caravan, visiting patients, employees and guests and patrons who shopped at the hospital’s Davis Farmers Market.

But Thursday was all about the kids.

“We are so grateful to these guys for coming out – on a game day, no less – and spending time with the children and their families,” said Kelly Curry, child life assistant, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. “Their visit means so much to everyone – from our youngest patients to the parents and our staff.” Read More

HMR Program Ranked a No. 1 “Best Fast Weight-Loss Diet” for Third Year

Posted on Jun 6, 2018 in Uncategorized, We're Awesome

PALO ALTO, Calif.– For the third consecutive year, HMR Weight Management Services (HMR) has been ranked as a No. 1 Best Fast Weight-Loss Diet  in an annual 2018 ranking by U.S. News & World Report.

The simple and high-intensity lifestyle intervention program is offered by Sutter Health’s Palo Alto Medical Foundation at two locations, 301 Old San Francisco Road in Sunnyvale, and 795 El Camino Real in Palo Alto. 

The magazine evaluated 40 of the most popular diets and weight-loss programs on a range of levels from heart healthiness to their likelihood of helping people lose weight.

“Successful weight loss is not only about losing pounds quickly, it’s about creating changes around eating and physical activity that you can sustain over the long term,” said Carol Addy, M.D. MMSc, Chief Medical Officer at HMR. “By keeping the plan simple, people can lose weight quickly while building the skills they need for long-term weight management.”

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Local Girl Scout pays it forward

Posted on Jun 4, 2018 in Children's Services, Memorial Medical Center

 

Girl Scout Julisa Solorio delivers baby blankets

MODESTO, Calif.Julisa Solorio was born 13 years ago…about 14 weeks earlier than planned. Now, 13 years later, she is repaying an act of kindness shown her mother during a very trying time.

For her Girl Scouts Silver Award project, Julisa organized a group to assist her in sewing 50 handmade baby blankets. She and her mom recently delivered the baby blankets to Memorial Medical Center’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), and Memorial’s staff were more than happy to accept them.

Julisa was born at 26 weeks and weighed 2 pounds, 3.8 ounces. “We were on vacation in Squaw Valley when contractions started,” said Angelica Solorio, Julisa’s mom. Read More

Let the music play! Memorial Medical Center celebrates piano donation

Posted on May 31, 2018 in Cancer, Community Benefit, Memorial Hospital Foundation, Memorial Medical Center

 

MODESTO, Calif. – Music helps in the healing process. Music brings comfort, excitement, emotion and energy to patients, family members and caregivers. Now—thanks to a Memorial Hospital Foundation campaign, and donations by employees, volunteers, clinicians and a local music family—all who enter Memorial Medical Center (MMC) will join in the experience.

At an unveiling event in the North Tower lobby, Memorial Hospital Foundation and MMC leaders, along with employees, clinicians and others, celebrated the arrival of the Yamaha grand piano and enjoyed both live performances and the auto-play capability the piano offers.

“Patients, families and employees will hear the sweet sounds of music, contributing even more to the healing environment at Memorial Medical Center,” said Lisa Hume, Director of Philanthropy for Sutter Health’s South Valley. “We are so happy to be able to offer this enhanced experience, and can’t wait to share it with everyone.”

Memorial Medical Center teams have provided music therapy to cancer patients at the bedside at Memorial Medical Center since 2005.

“This creates a beautiful environment for everyone as they come in and out of our lobby,” said Justine Hancock-Marsh, a board certified music therapist who will help determine the types of music best suited for creating a soothing atmosphere in the lobby. “It helps create a more healing environment for our patients.”

PAMF Research Institute’s Dr. Harold Luft Receives 2018 Centennial Medal from Harvard University

Posted on May 30, 2018 in Organizational News, Quality, Research, We're Awesome

Dr. Harold Luft, Ph.D., director, PAMF Research Institute

PALO ALTO, Calif.- Harold S. Luft, Ph.D., director of Sutter Health’s Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI), has been awarded the Centennial Medal from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the school’s highest honor recognizing outstanding alumni whose contributions to knowledge, to their disciplines, to their colleagues, and to society have made a fundamental and lasting impact.

Dr. “Hal” Luft, who is also a senior scientist at PAMF’s Research Institute and the Caldwell B. Esselstyn Professor Emeritus of Health Policy and Health Economics at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco, received the honor for his influential work as a health care economist.

Dr. Luft was presented with the award on May 23 at a ceremony at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) in Cambridge, Mass. He earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in Harvard’s Department of Economics, completing his Ph.D. thesis in 1973 on the impact of poverty on health, and health on poverty, in America.

“Harold Luft’s dedication to advancing interdisciplinary, empirical research has improved health care for the benefit of millions of Americans,” said Emma Dench, GSAS interim dean. “We are proud to award him the 2018 Centennial Medal.”

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