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Sutter Delivers on New Year’s, Including West Coast’s First Baby of 2019

Posted on Jan 3, 2019 in Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, California Pacific Medical Center, Scroll Images, Sutter Delta Medical Center, Sutter Lakeside Hospital, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center, Santa Cruz, Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Sutter Roseville Medical Center, Uncategorized, Women's Services

ROSEVILLE — The first baby born in 2019 on the West Coast was delivered just eight seconds after midnight at Sutter Roseville Medical Center. Alan Armenta was born at 8 pounds, 15 ounces to Patricia Romero and Juan Armenta of Elk Grove right at midnight. This is a rare achievement, as the odds are that only about a half-dozen babies would be born during the first minute of any day in the U.S.

Patricia Romero gave birth to Alan at just seconds past midnight on New Year’s Day at Sutter Roseville Medical Center. His proud sister is Allison.

Alan was the first of dozens of babies born on New Year’s Day at Sutter hospitals. Every year, Sutter Health’s birth specialists help deliver more than 40,000 babies across Northern California – and every year, a good handful of those babies arrive in the wee hours of Jan. 1, making them the first babies of the year in their communities.

Delivering little Alan was Sutter Medical Group’s Amy Riley, M.D., who was called just 20 minutes before midnight for the delivery, and baby Alan entered the world very quickly after that.

“You can’t predict it. Sometimes moms push one time, and sometimes moms push for two hours,” Dr. Riley said. “So Patricia pushed one time and out he came, just seconds after midnight.”

At that point, the staff cheered, put on New Year’s party hats and served sparkling cider to the new parents. In addition, the staff gave the family a gift basket – actually an infant bathtub full of goodies for the baby, including blankets, washcloths, bath soap, lotion and other baby care essentials.

While Dad was mostly happy that Mom and Alan were perfectly healthy, Patricia said she was excited to have a New Year’s baby.

“He got lucky,” Patricia said. “We all did.”

Here are a few more of Sutter’s 2019 New Year’s babies: Read More

Angel Eye Allows NICU Families to Bond with Their Baby While Away from the Hospital

Posted on Nov 20, 2018 in Innovation, Scroll Images, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Uncategorized

Candace Wilson speaks about the gift of NICU cameras on Tuesday with her husband, Rich (left).

SACRAMENTO — Exactly three years ago, Nov. 20, 2015, a little girl was born to Candace and Rich Wilson of Grass Valley, Calif. She spent a couple of weeks in neonatal intensive care units before succumbing to her health issues. During her short life, Candace and Rich were able to spend most of their time with her and the specialists. But they saw many families who didn’t have the time off work or the financial wherewithal to be there with their sick babies. They founded a nonprofit in Norah’s memory to help those families, called the Norah Foundation.

One of the cameras is already in use at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento.

The Norah Foundation has already helped many local NICU families with gas and food cards, hotel vouchers and other support, but the Wilsons felt what was really needed is a way for these families to be with their sick babies even when they couldn’t be in the NICU in person. They started a campaign called Always Together to raise money to install NICU cameras at the bedside of babies in Northern California’s largest NICU at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. The first two were unveiled Tuesday, Nov. 20, Norah’s third birthday. Read More

Sutter Health Unveils New Sacramento Senior Health Center

Posted on Oct 30, 2018 in Carousel, Community Benefit, Expanding Access, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Transformation, Uncategorized

New PACE Facility to Triple Capacity, Expand Services for Sacramento County’s Growing Elderly Population

Cutting the ribbon for the new PACE Center are, from left, Sutter Health VP of Strategy & Business Development Phil Chuang; Sutter Valley Area Chief Medical Officer John Mesic, M.D.; City Councilman Jeff Harris; Sutter President of System Enterprises Rishi Sikka, M.D.; U.S. Rep. Doris Matsui; state Sen. Richard Pan, M.D.; and Sutter VP of External Affairs Keri Thomas.

With much fanfare, Sutter Health on Tuesday unveiled its new Sutter SeniorCare PACE Center, a 45,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art medical and day center complex that will replace two older facilities and effectively triple the capacity for Sacramento County elderly residents.

The new complex, which is located off Richards Boulevard and opens in mid-December, will offer:

  • Dedicated space for the care of seniors with Alzheimer’s and other cognitive issues.
  • Eight medical exam rooms, a dedicated procedure room and a dentistry suite.
  • Arts and crafts space where seniors can express their creativity.
  • Large, secure outdoor recreation areas for exercise and gardening.
  • Indoor and outdoor physical and occupational therapy areas.
  • A beauty salon.
  • A library with computer and printer access.
  • And many other services that help area seniors stay active and remain in their own homes.

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New Valve-in-Valve Replacement Technique Extends Life of Stockton Heart Patient

Posted on Oct 29, 2018 in Cardiac, Quality, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Sutter Medical Foundation

Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento Is First in Central Valley to Use New Life-Saving Procedure

 

The Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento TAVR Valve Team was the first in the greater Sacramento area to perform a BASILICA procedure, which saved a Stockton woman’s life. Pictured are the medical directors of the TAVR program: from left, Michael Ingram, M.D., David Roberts, M.D., and Pei-Hsiu Huang, M.D. Dr. Ingram’s partner, James Longoria, M.D., was the heart surgeon on the first procedure.

SACRAMENTO – Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento became the first hospital in the Central Valley region and the third in the entire state to perform an innovative catheter procedure called BASILICA, which was successfully used Oct. 24 on an 82-year-old Stockton patient whose bioprosthetic aortic valve was failing, effectively saving and extending her life.

By using this new BASILICA procedure followed by a minimally invasive valve replacement called transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), the interventional cardiologists, heart surgeon and specialty heart valve team were able to prevent an often-fatal complication of a valve-in-valve replacement — coronary artery obstruction caused by displacement of the old valve’s leaflets.

“Because of this patient’s anatomy, if we just performed a standard valve-in-valve TAVR for the failed valve without first doing the BASILICA procedure, there would have been a very high risk of blocking a coronary artery, which would result in a large and probably fatal heart attack,” said Sutter Health interventional cardiologist Pei-Hsiu Huang, M.D., who performed the procedure together with cardiovascular surgeon James Longoria, M.D., and interventional cardiologist David Roberts, M.D. “By performing this new BASILICA procedure first, it prevents the valve leaflets from obstructing the coronary arteries when the new valve is implanted.” Read More

Sexual Assault Physician-Expert Receives Inaugural WEAVE Award

Posted on Oct 18, 2018 in Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento

Beth Hassett, CEO of WEAVE (left), presents Dr. Angela Vickers with the Golden Voice Award inside the Sutter BEAR program’s clinic in Sacramento.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sutter Health’s Angela Vickers, M.D., is a nice, sweet, lovely pediatrician who deals with some of the most ghastly, horrifying, ugly things: sexual and physical abuse of children and sexual assault of adults. Her calm, even-keeled, straight-forward manner, though, is a major benefit to the abused and survivors, as well as for law enforcement and the courts, as she collects evidence as a specially trained forensic medical doctor and provides expert testimony in cases. For these reasons and more, Dr. Vickers was chosen by WEAVE as the inaugural honoree for its Golden Voice Award.

“We chose Dr. Vickers because the work that she does really gives voice to victims in the courtroom,” said WEAVE CEO Beth Hassett. “The DNA that she and her team collect tells the whole story for jurors who often are looking at a crime that had no witnesses, and the evidence that’s collected by the BEAR Program and processed in the crime lab becomes that extra witness.”

Dr. Vickers leads the Sutter Health BEAR Program – Bridging Evidence Assessment & Resources – where survivors of sexual assault and childhood sexual and physical abuse undergo forensic medical examinations. Dr. Vickers, the only pediatrician in the greater Sacramento region who is board certified in Child Abuse and Neglect, leads a team devoted to survivor-centered and trauma-informed care and provides voice for victims through collection of forensic evidence and testimony. Her work enables survivors to move past the initial trauma and toward healing while holding offenders accountable through evidence collection. Read More