Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento ‘Super-Preemie’ Is March of Dimes’ Ambassador

Posted on Mar 16, 2018 in Children's Services, Quality, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Uncategorized, Women's Services

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – March of Dimes’ 2018 March for Babies ambassador is 3½-year-old Christian Nathaniel Rios Ashley, whose life was saved due to the advanced care of the Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento High-Risk Maternity Unit and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Christian, this year’s March of Dimes’ ambassador, with, from left, big brother Devin Ashley, Christian Ashley, mom Christina Rios-Ashley and godmother Andrea Browning.

After trying for several years, Christian’s parents, Christina and Daniel, were thrilled when they got pregnant. But at 22 weeks into her pregnancy, Christina was quickly hospitalized in the Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento High Risk Maternity Unit for incompetent uterus. The doctors told Christina, “We need to get this baby to 24 weeks,” where the odds of survival were much higher.

Christian was just 1 pound, 4 ounces at birth.

They came close. Christian was born just a couple days’ shy of 24 weeks and weighed only 1 pound, 4 ounces. The doctors prepared both Daniel and Christina for the worst. However, Christian’s parents didn’t give up and knew the Sutter team would do whatever they could to keep their baby alive and growing. Read More

Sutter Health Announces 2017 Financial Performance

Posted on Mar 9, 2018 in Uncategorized

SACRAMENTO, Calif.,—The Sutter Health network of doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers announced its financial performance for 2017. Income attributable to Sutter Health for 2017 was $893 million, compared to $554 million in 2016. The system’s total 2017 operating revenues remained consistent with 2016 at $12 billion. Sutter Health posted $651 million in investment income and changes in net unrealized gains and losses from investments classified as trading in 2017, compared to $252 million the prior year. Sutter Health’s combined 2017 income from the day-to-day operations of its hospitals, care centers and other services was $326 million, compared to $377 million in 2016.

Community-Based Investments to Improve Access to Healthcare

A stable financial position gives Sutter Health the opportunity to further expand community access to high-quality healthcare. Sutter Health invested $924 million in new facilities and lifesaving technology throughout Northern California in 2017—extending its total investment to nearly $10 billion during the last 10 years. Read More

Sutter Health announces collaboration with Augmedix and Google Cloud at HIMSS18

Posted on Mar 5, 2018 in Transformation

Collaboration is one of several new Sutter Health innovations to improve the doctor-patient experience


Albert Chan, M.D., Sutter Health’s chief of digital patient experience

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Northern California-based, not-for-profit Sutter Health today announced it is working with Augmedix to benefit from the power of Google Cloud. Sutter Health has one of the largest deployments on Augmedix’s documentation platform, which now runs on Google Cloud Platform. The collaboration is one of several new Sutter Health innovations for patients and healthcare providers to help make the healthcare experience more simple, engaging and human.

“We are committed to creating new and meaningful ways to support our patients and clinicians,” said Albert Chan, M.D., chief of digital patient experience at Sutter Health and a family medicine doctor who uses Augmedix and Glass Enterprise Edition with patients during clinic visits. “Glass with Augmedix takes care of many of the administrative visit tasks, which allows doctors to focus on what we care most about—helping our patients.”

Now that Augmedix is powered by Google Cloud Platform, Sutter plans to add a machine learning tool to assist doctors by triaging in-box messages from patients, as appropriate. Future plans include implementing more GCP-enabled AI and machine learning modules to supercharge scribing services so they can support doctors in other ways as they are caring for patients. Read More

Sutter Health Celebrates 200th Heart Transplant in Sacramento

Posted on Mar 2, 2018 in Uncategorized

Robert Kincade, M.D., surgical director of Sutter Heart & Vascular Institute’s Heart Transplant Program, greets patient Larry Rowden of Fresno, who was the program’s 200th transplant. Dr. Kincade performed the transplant.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Larry Rowden, 52, of Fresno, had suffered with congestive heart failure for years and was being kept alive by a portable heart pump called a left ventricular assist device, or LVAD, but this wasn’t a permanent solution. What he needed was a new heart. He was listed for a heart transplant at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, which is the only heart transplant center in Northern California outside of the Bay Area.

On Valentine’s Day, Larry was pondering how great it would be to receive a heart transplant during Valentine’s month. He was given a beeper to alert him when a new heart was available. He called it himself on Valentine’s Day, just to make sure it was working, hoping it would go off soon.

Larry didn’t have to wait long. The pager went off the night of Feb. 15, and on Feb. 16 he received a new heart. He now has a new lease on life, with energy he hasn’t felt in years. Read More

Memorial Hospital Los Banos Welcomes New Technology to Birthing Center

Posted on Feb 23, 2018 in Quality

LOS BANOS — Memorial Hospital Los Banos delivered new technology to its Family Birth Center and everyone from mothers to hospital staff are excited about its arrival.

A local family uses the Monica Novii monitors while awaiting the birth of their baby at Memorial Hospital Los Banos.

Thanks to philanthropic funds generated from the community at MHLB’s annual 2016 gala, the Family Birth Center purchased two Monica Novii wireless fetal monitors. Family Birth Center Manager Misty Mendonca, R.N., was thrilled to finally cross these two items off her wish list.

“There are so many benefits to these monitors – the biggest is that they promote freedom for our laboring mothers,” she said.

Most laboring mothers prefer to walk the hallways of the labor and delivery department while waiting for their little one to arrive. That’s not possible when you are in a bed hooked up to a fetal monitor.

“We want mothers to have choices – to be able to do what’s most comfortable for them while they are in labor,” said Mendonca. Read More

Sutter Davis Hospital Now Accepting Applications for Volunteer Doula Program

Posted on Feb 15, 2018 in Quality, Uncategorized, Wellness

DAVIS, Ca — Sutter Davis Hospital will be accepting its next round of applications for the hospital’s Volunteer Doula Program starting February 15. The application will be open until March 1 to interested applicants.

Doulas provide continuous physical, emotional and informational support to mothers during the childbirth process. The hospital’s Doula Program is a highly sought after opportunity with rigorous requirements. It is administered by Birthing Center nurses who have many years of experience supporting women in labor.

Doulas are a part of the Culture of Caring that is unique to SDH. Studies show that when doulas are present at birth, women have shorter labors, fewer medical interventions, fewer cesareans, healthier babies, and breastfeed longer. Recent evidence also suggests that when a doula provides labor support, women are more satisfied with their experience and the mother-infant interaction is enhanced long after the birth. Read More

Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital Awarded Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers

Posted on Feb 13, 2018 in We're Awesome

SANTA ROSA, Calif. – Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital (SSRRH) announced today that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations.  Read More