Posts by Meg

Bringing Needed Medical Care to Remote Areas of Haiti

Posted on Nov 30, 2018 in People, Uncategorized, We're Awesome

Urgent care doctor at Sutter Health PAMF works with medical volunteers to treat diseases linked to poverty, malnutrition and lack of water

For the last several years, David Sofen, M.D., Sutter Health PAMF Santa Cruz, has traveled to Haiti and other developing countries where he and a team of medical professionals have worked as volunteers treating countless numbers of people who have little or no access to health care.

Dr. Sofen, an urgent care doctor and medical director of patient experience for PAMF, recently returned from his sixth trip to rural southeast Haiti, a trip he made with The Flying Doctors/Los Medicos Voladores, a nonprofit that works to improve the health and well-being of geographically diverse people.

This year, the team consisted of Dr. Sofen, a Haitian physician and nurse, dentists from Haiti and the U.S., and interpreters.

Everyone on the team pays their own way, and money that is donated goes to medical care and paying the Haitian team members. The volunteers traveling from the U.S. bring several suitcases full of medical and dental supplies.

“It’s an exhausting trip, but we do good work,” Dr. Sofen said. “I return acutely cognizant of all the wonderful things we take for granted here at home and am always so grateful to have been born in this country.”

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Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center Awards Scholarship to Aspiring Primary Care Physician

Posted on Sep 18, 2018 in People, Quality, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center, Santa Cruz, We're Awesome

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. –Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center of Santa Cruz recently awarded its twelfth annual Primary Care Physician award to Sarah Herrman, a 2018 graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC).

The scholarship is administered by SMSC and the UC Santa Cruz Foundation to help carry out a mission to provide high-quality primary care to Central Coast Medi-Cal patients. Scholarship recipients receive $10,000 to help support their studies at an accredited medical school provided they commit to returning to the Central Coast to practice in primary care after their education is completed.

“Sarah’s passion for ensuring healthcare for all will make her a strong advocate for her patients,” said Trina White, Chief Administrative Officer for SMSC. “In addition, her outstanding academic background, which combines both traditional biology and research in the rapidly developing field of epigenetics, is well suited for a future where medical care will encompass new understandings of how genes and the environment interact to influence health. SMSC is proud to be able to help support her as she enters medical school.” Read More

Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center of Santa Cruz Earns Two Awards for Excellent Care of Mothers and Newborns

Posted on Aug 8, 2018 in Quality, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center, Santa Cruz, We're Awesome

SANTA CRUZ, Calif.–Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, part of the Sutter Health network, announced today it has earned a Perinatal Care Certification from The Joint Commission as well as designation as a Baby-Friendly hospital – two recognitions from prestigious industry groups underscoring the hospital’s outstanding care for families and newborn babies. Read More

Sutter Lakeside Hospital Evacuation Update

Posted on Aug 5, 2018 in People, Uncategorized, We're Awesome

Sutter Lakeside Hospital and Clinics Continue to Be Closed Due to Fire Threat

Sacramento, Calif. — Sutter Lakeside Hospital and Sutter Care at Home offices in Lakeport continue to be closed to patients due to the Mendocino Complex fires.

The hospital and clinics have been under an evacuation order since Saturday, July 28, 2018.

A team of personnel are working onsite at the hospital to make sure it is secure, functional and able to open when it is appropriate. Although some local roads near the hospital may be opening, it is not yet certain when the hospital or the clinics will re-open.

“We are looking forward to once again serving patients with compassion and excellence when the hospital reopens,’’ said Dan Peterson, chief administrative officer at Sutter Lakeside Hospital. “When the hospital is cleared to open, we will notify patients and the communities we support.’’ Read More

Recommendations on Coping with Poor Air Quality Due to Wildfires

Posted on Aug 5, 2018 in People, Uncategorized, We're Awesome, Wellness

LAKEPORT, Calif.–Sutter Lakeside Hospital continues to be threatened by the Mendocino Complex fire. The fire, which includes the River and Ranch Fires, began Saturday, July 28, and to this date is still raging

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

Air quality has been rated unsafe to unhealthy for sensitive groups who live near the fires, and it is also rated unhealthy for those who live in the Sacramento area. Poor air quality and smoky air also have been reported in the East Bay, including Walnut Creek and the Tri-Valley area.

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