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Sutter Surgery Centers Honored for Excellence in Ambulatory Surgery

Posted on Sep 13, 2019 in Quality, Scroll Images

(Sacramento, Calif.) The California Ambulatory Surgery Association (CASA) recently honored Sutter Alhambra Surgery Center, Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) Surgery Center Palo Alto and PAMF Surgery Center San Carlos with three of four of its Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Excellence Awards. Each year, these awards go to member facilities that actively promote and advocate for ASC excellence.

Pictured, l-r: Terry Glubka, CEO SSCD; Melody States, Executive Director for Foundation ASCs, SSCD; Sandy Keating, Administrator, PAMF Surgery Center San Carlos; Johnny Russell, Director, PAMF Surgery Center Palo Alto; Andrew Kim, SSCD Administrator; Denise Meier, Marketing Specialist; Ernesto Brizuela, Administrator, Sutter Alhambra Surgery Center; Brad Heaton, Executive Director for Joint Venture ASCs, SSCD

“The staff and physicians at these centers provide their patients with quality, compassionate care, each and every day,” says Sutter Surgery Center Division CEO Terry Glubka. “Congratulations to these teams for this well-deserved honor.”

With membership totaling more than 350 ASCs, CASA is a proactive leader in the ambulatory surgery industry, and works to advance communication and education, appropriate legislative and regulatory actions and continue the enhancement of industry excellence to embrace the challenges of the 21st century.

Serving residents throughout California, not-for-profit Sutter Health’s ambulatory surgery centers focus on providing patients a caring, safe and efficient healthcare environment. Click here for more information about Sutter’s ambulatory surgery centers.

Thinking of Vaping? Think Again! Surgeon Warns of Vaping Health Dangers

Posted on Sep 7, 2019 in Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Community Benefit, Quality, Scroll Images

OAKLAND, Calif. — Alta Bates Summit Medical Center director of Cardiovascular Services, Junaid Khan, M.D., is featured in Business Insider, ABC7 and  KTVU Fox 2 stories about the terrible health risks physicians are seeing in patients, especially young people and older people with underlying health conditions such as asthma, who vape. Alta Bates Summit is part of the not-for-profit Sutter Health integrated network of care.

Dr. Khan cites the alarming increase in the pace at which vaping-related illnesses and deaths are now being reported as he warns that vaping has become a public health crisis. He emphasizes that vaping can cause permanent, lifelong lung damage and that vaping is equally bad, if not worse, than smoking.

When Only the Best Will Do: Two Sutter Hospitals Earn Highest Quality Honor for Heart Bypass Surgery

Posted on Sep 5, 2019 in Affiliates, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Quality, Scroll Images, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center and Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento are two of only four in state to earn three-star rating

 

OAKLAND, Calif. –Two members of the not-for-profit Sutter Health network, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland and Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento (SMCS) have earned the distinguished three-star rating from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for patient care and outcomes in isolated coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) procedures—the most commonly performed open-heart surgery. The three-star rating, which denotes the highest category of quality, places Alta Bates Summit and SMCS among the elite programs for heart bypass surgery in the United States and Canada. Only four hospitals in California achieved a three star rating in CABG for 2018.

Junaid Khan, MD

Junaid Khan, MD, director of Cardiovascular Services for Alta Bates Summit Medical Center

This is the second time in three years Alta Bates Summit has achieved the three star rating.

“The three star rating is a testament to the expertise of our surgeons and the commitment of our physicians and staff to provide the highest quality and excellence to our patients,” says Junaid Khan, MD, director of Cardiovascular Services for Alta Bates Summit Medical Center.

The STS star rating system is one of the most sophisticated and highly regarded overall measures of quality in health care, rating the benchmarked outcomes of cardiothoracic surgery programs across the United States and Canada. The star rating is calculated using a combination of quality measures for specific procedures performed by an STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Database participant.

Historically, about 6–10 percent of participants receive the three-star rating for isolated CABG surgery. The latest analysis of data for CABG surgery covers a 1-year period, from January 2018 to December 2018.

“Participation in the Database and public reporting demonstrates a commitment to quality improvement in health care delivery and helps provide patients and their families with meaningful information to help them make informed decisions about health care,” said David M. Shahian, MD, chair of the STS Task Force on Quality Measurement.

CABG is a surgical procedure in which one or more blocked coronary arteries are bypassed by a blood vessel graft to restore normal blood flow to the heart in people with coronary artery disease (narrowing of the coronary arteries due to fatty deposits) or angina (pain or discomfort in the chest due to narrowed arteries.) CABG reduces chest pain and risk of death from heart attack. Isolated CABG means that only a CABG surgery is performed on the patient without any other procedure.

Help with Hitting the Books

Posted on Aug 29, 2019 in People, Scroll Images, Uncategorized

Sutter Scholarships Assist Employee’s Kids, Grandkids with Pursuing College Dreams

 

 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sutter Health today announced it awarded college scholarships to 221 students for the 2019-2020 school year through its Van R. Johnson Sutter Scholars program.

Since 2002, Sutter Health has offered scholarships exclusively to the children and grandchildren of employees working within the health system’s not-for-profit network of care. Scholarships awarded total almost $9.1 million to 5,339 students over the last 17 years.

Scholarship recipients attend a community college, four-year university or graduate program and received awards ranging from $1,000 to $3,000. Administered by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, the program’s competitive review process considers multiple factors, including academic achievement, school and community involvement, work experience, educational and career goals and special circumstances.

Don’t Let a Fall Trip You Up

Posted on Aug 20, 2019 in Eden Medical Center, Expanding Access, Scroll Images, Wellness

September is Fall Prevention Month

 

CASTRO VALLEY, Calif. — According to the National Council on Aging, falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries among older adults in the U.S. Locally, more than 1,300 people were treated in 2018 for injuries sustained in falls by the trauma department at Eden Medical Center, part of the Sutter Health not-for-profit network of care. And that total does not include less severe fall injuries treated in Eden’s emergency department or at other local hospitals, nor does it include people who fell without injury and did not seek care from a medical provider. Falls are clearly a big problem. How can you or someone you care about avoid injury from a fall?

How to Prevent Falls
Go for a checkup. While falls can happen at any age, 41 percent of the fall injuries treated last year in Eden’s trauma department were suffered by people over 55  years old. As people age, they may experience changes in vision, hearing and blood pressure that can put them at risk for a fall. But contrary to popular belief, falling is not a normal part of aging and should not be accepted as inevitable. All adults, but especially older adults, should have regular checkups with a care providers to monitor changes in their health and review medications.

Make a few minor changes to your daily routine, health and home. Add a little bit of exercise every day to increase muscular strength, flexibility and balance—all proven ways to prevent falls. Reduce the amount of alcohol you drink and eat a healthier diet to improve your health and help prevent falls. Install a grab bar in the bathroom and a nightlight in a dark hallway. If you use a ladder or step-ladder, be sure to follow all the safety precautions and have someone readily available to assist you.

Take a Free Class Designed to Help Reduce Falls
Educating people about falls and fall prevention and helping them make healthy choices to improve their quality of life is the focus of Fall Prevention Month at Eden. The medical center is sponsoring two programs beginning in September, “Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention” and “Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls.” Both programs are offered to the community free of charge and are designed specifically to reduce falls by improving confidence, strength, flexibility and balance.

  • “Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention” begins Monday, Sept. 16 from 8 a.m.-9 a.m., meeting every Monday and Wednesday through Nov. 20. Tai Chi is an ancient practice originating in China using graceful, slow movements that are low impact and suitable for those who are older or might not otherwise exercise.  The movements learned in this 10-week class increase balance and strength and have been shown to reduce the risk of a fall by up to 70 percent.
  • “Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls” begins Friday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m.-noon, continuing each week through Nov. 15. This eight-week workshop combines discussion and exercise to reduce fear of falling and provide practical solutions to preventing falls.

These classes approach fall prevention in different ways but have the same goal of reducing falls. Classes are free, commitment to the full series is required and space is limited. For more information, discuss which class might be right for you, or to register, call Eden Medical Center Trauma Injury Prevention at 510-727-8485.