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Spotting the Signs: Sutter Health Athletic Trainers Address Student Concussions

Posted on Mar 12, 2019 in Affiliates, Community Benefit, Novato Community Hospital, Scroll Images, Uncategorized

Novato, Calif — New research studies on concussions have shown that left untreated, they can cause serious long-term health problems—a frightening prospect for student athletes and their families. In 2014, Novato Community Hospital (NCH) and Novato Unified School District came together to help. They teamed up to improve concussion detection and injury prevention for the district’s more than 1,600 student athletes across 21 different sports. The result was the NCH Athletic Trainer Program.

Designed by the NCH Orthopedics Department and supervised by the department chief, the program takes a holistic approach to safeguard the health and safety of student athletes. Launched in 2015, it funds two full-time certified athletic trainers, one at San Marin High School and one at Novato High School, who work with students on a daily basis, attending all practice sessions and games where high-impact sports are played. “The certified athletic trainers are healthcare professionals that are educated on and experienced in the evaluation and management of athletic injuries, including concussions,” said Jennifer Lehr, director of orthopedic services at NCH.


The trainers identified concussion symptoms in 47 local student athletes in 2017, all of whom needed to see a doctor. “Without this intervention, they may have continued on the field, risking permanent injury,” said Steven Dehart, the certified athletic trainer at San Marin High School.

In addition to in-the-moment concussion assessment, the certified athletic trainers also conduct extremely detailed computer-based pre-injury concussion testing at the start of every school year to establish each student’s unique brain-health baseline. Later in the year, if a concussion occurs during practice or play, the severity of injury can be objectively measured to provide information vital to medical treatment.

Finally, the certified athletic trainers provide student athletes and school coaches with basic sports medicine training, including how to avoid common bone, joint and muscular-skeletal injuries. “We really focus on injury prevention,” Lehr said. “The ultimate goal is to enhance the student-athlete experience and establish good habits now for lifelong health and well-being.”

The Athletic Trainer Program is made possible through the support of the community. The Novato Community Hospital Foundation funds a portion of the program and donors have supported the purchase and licensing of the computer-based pre-injury concussion testing software, as well as a portion of the salaries for the certified athletic trainers. In addition, donations covered the cost of advanced software the radiologists at NCH needed to conduct susceptibility weighted imaging during an MRI, which can more precisely diagnose brain injuries. Novato Community Hospital covers the remainder of program costs through community benefit investments. The Novato Unified School District provides oversight, infrastructure and acts as the first point of contact with parents.

Tiny Twin Fighters Will Win Your Heart

Posted on Mar 8, 2019 in California Pacific Medical Center, Scroll Images, Uncategorized, Women's Services

The road ahead it twists and turns .  . . but I keep, keep on pushing through,” sings John Isaac in the soulful song titled I Get Up. This song is the perfect anthem for Mason and Logan, fraternal twins, who need the specialized care of doctors and nurses at Sutter’s California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) Van Ness Campus. The neonatal intensive care unit, or NICU, is a special section of the hospital dedicated to babies born early or with delicate medical  needs. In the NICU babies gain weight and develop a little more every day until they are healthy enough to go home.

At Sutter we want all of our patients to be at their strongest and the spirit of these two twin fighters matches our mission and echoes these poignant lyrics: “With every step my heart it pounds, yes I’m sure I’ve had my doubts, but I must keep, keep on pushing through. Yeah I get up, and I may fall right back down – but your love lifts me back to solid ground.” Thank you, Mason and Logan, for showing us how to keep on pushing through.


End of an Era: CPMC Celebrates the Last Baby Born at California Campus

Posted on Mar 5, 2019 in California Pacific Medical Center, Scroll Images

SAN FRANCISCO – History has been made. The last baby born at Sutter’s California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) California Campus hospital was welcomed into the world at 2:44 a.m. on Sunday, March 3. Born to Yan Yun Liang and Sam Lin, of San Francisco, baby Abraham is the last in a long line of babies to be delivered at the historic California Campus hospital.

The family arrived at the hospital on Saturday and baby Abraham made his debut just hours before the staff and physicians started to move to the new CPMC Van Ness Campus hospital, which will replace the California Campus.

“We delivered 150,743 babies at the California Campus between 1986 and 2018,” said Terri Slagle, M.D., neonatologist with Sutter’s CPMC. That is only a portion of the little bundles of joy that have been born here as the obstetric services date back to 1875. 

Abraham was delivered by Cindy Grijalva, M.D. and entered the world at a healthy 6 lbs. and 14 oz.




Baby Bragging Rights: First Baby Born on Opening Day of San Francisco’s Newest Hospital is a Boy

Posted on Mar 4, 2019 in California Pacific Medical Center, Quality, Scroll Images, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, Women's Services

SAN FRANCISCO – A sweet baby boy gets bragging rights as the first baby born at Sutter’s California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) Van Ness Campus hospital. The baby boy was born to Monika and Mario Porto at 11:44 a.m. on March 3. Baby Porto was delivered by Teresa Safer, M.D., an OB/GYN at Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation. The little guy weighs 7 lbs., 2 oz. and is 20 inches long. Baby Porto will soon be settling into his San Francisco home where his older sister is eagerly awaiting his arrival!

The family arrived on Sunday, as CPMC was preparing to move patients from the California Campus to the Van Ness Campus. Mom was admitted just as the new Labor and Delivery Department was opening and staff were excited to provide care to the first laboring mom at the newly opened hospital.

“We were hoping we would deliver at the new hospital just because it is closer to home,” said mama Monika. “We had toured both hospitals and of course this one had all the shiny new stuff and nice delivery rooms so we were excited, and we timed it just right – even though it was all up to him.”

CPMC is part of Sutter Health’s not-for-profit network. From physician offices to hospitals to outpatient care centers and home services, Sutter teams proudly support the more than 3 million people in their care—nearly 1 percent of the U.S. population, in one of the most diverse and innovative regions in the world.


Preemie Procession: Our Smallest Patients Make the Big Move

Posted on Mar 3, 2019 in California Pacific Medical Center, Expanding Access, Scroll Images

 SAN FRANCISCO – The hospital halls are teeming with sound, from footsteps and carts, to conversations and overhead announcements. All that noise is just outside, but inside their private room at Sutter’s California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) Van Ness Campus the Wong Dizon family are enjoying quiet time with their daughter, Mayari.

Residents of Daly City, the Wong Dizons had originally planned to deliver at the Van Ness Campus in April, but daughter Mayari came two months early, making her among the last to be born at the California Campus and the first baby to receive care at the Van Ness Campus. “It’s cool to have the California Campus experience and now the Van Ness Campus experience,” said first-time mom Amanda Wong. “This is a beautiful new hospital, and it’s neat that our baby’s first car ride was from one hospital to another.”

The CPMC California Campus has been the birthplace for San Francisco families since 1875 and Mayari was born there in the middle of February 2019. For the past two weeks Mayari remained in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and today she was transferred to the CPMC Van Ness Campus where she will continue to gain weight and grow until she is healthy enough to go home. The team of experienced doctors and nurses also made the move, bringing their skills to the new Van Ness Campus, which replaces the California Campus.

The NICU at Van Ness Campus has 35 individual rooms – allowing parents to have private time with their baby and even spend the night. “We’ve learned so much about the benefits of skin-to-skin contact, particularly with premature babies, and in private rooms this type of bonding becomes much more possible,” said Yuan-Da Fan, M.D., chairman of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at Sutter’s CPMC.