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Caring Hearts Have No Boundaries: Sutter Health Teams Across Northern California Support Camp Fire Victims

Posted on Nov 15, 2018 in Community Benefit

Gurmail Brar, M.D., Tawnya Hoffman, P.A., Bill Hoffman M.D., and Jessica Williams M.A., have donated time at the evacuation site at the Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds.

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—In its first week of existence, the Camp Fire in Butte County has already surpassed other California fires as the most destructive, deadly fire in California history.

“We in Northern California seem to be constantly confronted with natural disasters — wildfires, floods, and more— that test our mettle and ability to bounce back,” said John Rose, M.D., president and CEO of Sutter North Medical Group. “But there is something that is even more constant than the occurrence of a natural disaster. Time and again, we can count on our Sutter Health teams to provide compassion, kindness and assistance to those affected.”

Within days, Sutter Health announced a donation of $50,000 to the American Red Cross California Wildfires Fund. And in parts of the organization across Northern California, Sutter team members are stepping in to help in other ways. Read More

Sutter Health Donates $50,000 to Help Camp Fire Relief Efforts

Posted on Nov 12, 2018 in Community Benefit

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Sutter Health made a $50,000 donation today to help those impacted by the Camp Fire, which continues to rage in Butte County.

Sutter Health’s donation will go to the American Red Cross California Wildfires Fund. The fund will help bring food, water and emergency shelter to the families affected by the devastation left in the fire’s wake.

“Our Butte County neighbors have suffered such tremendous losses from this devastating fire. We are so grateful for the heroism of the first responders, as well as those from Adventist Health’s Feather River Hospital who safely evacuated patients,” said Sarah Krevans, president and CEO of Sutter Health. “Through an outpouring of community support, we can help provide shelter and supplies to those most in need.” Read More

Coping With Poor Air Quality

Posted on Nov 9, 2018 in Wellness

Wildfires can cause poor air quality, triggering numerous health concerns.

As the fires in Northern California continue, the air quality is poor. When air pollution is bad, it can irritate your eyes, nose and throat, cause shortness of breath, aggravate asthma and other respiratory conditions.

William Isenberg, M.D., vice president for patient safety at Sutter Health’s Office of the Patient Experience, offers the following precautions during this time of smoky or poor air:

• Stay indoors, if possible.
• Use air conditioning, if available—malls are great places for people without their own air conditioning at home.
• Keep hydrated— drinking 8-10, 8 ounces glasses of water per day is recommended.
• Use your maintenance puffers/inhalers if you have asthma, emphysema, or other respiratory diseases
• Carry your rescue puffer/inhaler with you if you leave your home

Rising through the Ranks: One Veteran’s Story

Posted on Nov 9, 2018 in Community Benefit

Military experience helps shape the career of Sutter Health Nurse

 

Stephanie Johnson in 1992 at the beginning of her career with the United States Air Force.

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— In 1992, Stephanie Johnson was just starting her military career as a medical services specialist in the Air Force. Just 22 years old, married and with a young daughter back home in California, Johnson didn’t know what the next four years would hold for her—but her military experience would prove invaluable to her and her career at Sutter Health, which has spanned nearly 20 years.

Johnson’s first year in training for the Air Force was split between California and Texas, before she settled in North Dakota at Grand Forks Air Force Base. While she did not see combat, she cared for soldiers at a family medicine clinic on the base. She fondly recalls a certain colonel, who initially intimidated her but later became a mentor. He encouraged her to consider various angles to different situations, which helped inspire her to redesign a clinic workflow that would keep soldiers from having to travel off base to see a podiatrist. Instead, she switched around schedules so a podiatrist would be more readily available on certain days at her clinic. This saved time, energy and resources all around.

That sense of empowerment and teamwork left a strong impression on Johnson and is something she’s carried with her.

“The military gives you structure and respect for different roles. Nothing is done alone,” she said. Read More

Sutter Nurse Honored for Excellence in Eye Surgery

Posted on Nov 7, 2018 in Quality

Nancy Haskell, R.N., CNOR, CRNO

In October, the American Society of Ophthalmic Registered Nurses (ASORN) awarded Capitol City Surgery Center Director of Nursing Nancy Haskell, R.N., CNOR, CRNO with its Excellence in Ophthalmic Nursing Award. Capitol City Surgery Center is part of the Sutter Surgery Center Division family.

ASORN’s Board of Directors selects one registered nurse from among its membership to receive the award each year at ASORN’s annual convention.

“Nancy exemplifies the ophthalmic nurse who demonstrates clinical competence, innovation, collaboration, delivers compassionate care, and supports the exceptional patient experience,” says ASORN President Debbie Ehlers, MSN, BSN, R.N. Read More