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Sutter Health Proud Partner of San Francisco’s Doula Program

Posted on Sep 4, 2018 in Uncategorized

New program creates access to doula services for low-income families

 

Mothers delivering at CPMC’s campuses, including the new Mission Bernal hospital, can request a doula to assist with their delivery thanks to the City’s new program started through a fund set up by Sutter Health.

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco’s President of the Board of Supervisors Malia Cohen today announced the launch of the City’s Doula Program that will provide doula services for low-income families. Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) is proud to help fund the program.

The City’s Doula Program is made possible through the San Francisco Foundation’s Community Health Innovation Fund. Not-for-profit Sutter Health set up the fund as part of the development agreement for its two new CPMC hospitals in San Francisco. Mission Bernal Campus hospital opened on Aug. 25, and the Van Ness campus hospital opens in March 2019.

“We work to respect each family’s childbirth choice,” said Shannon Thomas, R.N., site administrator at CPMC Mission Bernal Campus. “CPMC provides access to free doula services for all expecting moms in our community, to ensure this specialized care is available to them during childbirth if they choose it.” Read More

Surgical Breakthrough Allows Discreet Scar for Pediatric Heart Patients

Posted on Aug 3, 2018 in Cardiac, Children's Services, Innovation, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Naruhito Watanabe is believed to be the first surgeon in the United States to repair an atrial septal defect (ASD) via a right mini-thoracotomy, with an incision just below the armpit. This minimally invasive approach reduces the healing time for the young patients and allows them to grow up without having embarrassing chest scars.

An ASD is a hole in the wall between the two upper chambers of the heart, called the atria. Some of these holes may spontaneously close as the infant grows; however, it is one of the more common congenital heart defects requiring surgical repair, with about 40,000 children are born each year with congenital heart defects in the United States alone.

One of Dr. Watanabe’s patients, 3-year-old Taneigha Avila of Sacramento, recently underwent this minimally invasive procedure and now has a repaired ASD with an incision that is barely noticeable. The patient’s recovery was phenomenal and the family has been very pleased with the results.  Read More

Study: Ibuprofen Safe for Infants Under 6 Months

Posted on Jul 25, 2018 in Children's Services, Research, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Uncategorized

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Ibuprofen is as safe for children under 6 months old as it is for those over that age, according to a recently published study on PLOS ONE by Dr. Paul Walsh, the medical director of Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento’s Pediatric Emergency Department.

Dr. Paul Walsh cares for a child in the Pediatric Emergency Department at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not allow ibuprofen to be sold over-the-counter for parents to treat their sick children under the age of 6 months.  This has led to some pediatricians and family physicians to avoid ibuprofen in these infants. While there is significant information on ibuprofen’s safety for children over 6 months old, there was much less research on its use for infants under 6 months. Some community physicians and most hospital-based pediatric emergency departments as well as neonatal and pediatric intensive care units traditionally have used ibuprofen in these younger infants, said Dr. Walsh, the principal investigator of the study.

“While fever of itself is unlikely to be harmful, it can lead to fussiness and feeding refusal. This can lead to dehydration and an ill appearance,” Dr. Walsh said. “In this scenario, if acetaminophen alone isn’t bringing down the fever, an appropriate dose of Ibuprofen should be prescribed to reduce the fever, allow re-establishment of feeding and, in some cases, prevent unnecessary lab testing.” Read More

Brian Alexander Named Sutter Roseville Medical Center CEO

Posted on Jul 13, 2018 in Sutter Roseville Medical Center, Transformation, Uncategorized

ROSEVILLE, Calif. — Sutter Health leaders have announced that Brian Alexander will be the new chief executive officer of Sutter Roseville Medical Center. Alexander began his new role on July 9.

Brian Alexander is the new CEO of Sutter Roseville Medical Center.

“Brian is a Sutter veteran with a strong business development background and deep values for advancing the quality of care for our patients,” said Grant Davies, President and CEO of Sutter Health’s Valley Area Hospitals. “He is an outgoing, bright leader who promotes the value that our integrated delivery system brings to the communities we serve.”

Alexander, 36, replaces Jennifer Maher, who has left Sutter Health after seven years with the organization. Read More

Uninsured Patient Receives Knee Replacement Thanks to Sutter Health’s ‘Gift of Surgery’

Posted on May 23, 2018 in Community Benefit, Orthopedic Services, Quality, Uncategorized

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Leticia Sanchez is only 52 years old, but she suffered with painful, disabling arthritis in her right knee for six years and didn’t receive permanent relief from injections and medications. She suffered through her job at a local thrift store and couldn’t walk more than a block at a time. Complicating matters, Leticia also doesn’t have health insurance.

Sutter Health orthopedic surgeon Michael W. Leathers, M.D., meets with patient Leticia Sanchez prior to her total knee replacement. With her is her sister, Azucena Sanchez.

“This surgery is very important to me because it will allow me to continue working,” the Rancho Cordova resident said. “I have to stand all day and it gets very painful.”

On Friday, May 16, Leticia received an answer to her prayers through Sutter Health’s “Gift of Surgery” program. She received a total knee replacement donated by Sutter Surgery Centers, orthopedic surgeon Michael W. Leathers, M.D., and anesthesiologist Jaime Dickerson, M.D., at the Sutter Alhambra Surgery Center in Sacramento. Read More