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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

Physician’s Longtime Free Flu Clinics Continue in Tracy

Posted on Oct 5, 2018 in Community Benefit, Expanding Access, Uncategorized, Wellness

TRACY, Calif. — One of the longest-running free flu clinic programs in Northern California will continue this year with two opportunities for San Joaquin County residents at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, with the first once slated for Saturday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Free flu vaccinations have been given in Tracy since the early 1960s, when longtime San Joaquin County obstetrician and medical leader Audrey Glover, M.D., saw a need in the community to prevent the spread of the disease during the flu season. Through the years, about 60,000 free flu shots have been administered to local residents.

“The flu was devastating during those early years,” said longtime friend Dan Schack, a Tracy engineer. “Dr. Glover felt there was a need to provide the vaccinations for free.” Read More

Former Patients Invited to Celebrate 10th Anniversary of Sutter Rehabilitation Institute

Posted on Sep 25, 2018 in Uncategorized

Sutter Rehabilitation Institute is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a patient reunion Oct. 3.

ROSEVILLE, Calif. — Sutter Rehabilitation Institute, Placer County’s only acute rehab facility, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and is inviting its former patients – more than 9,000 of them –to a patient reunion from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3.

The reunion is the opportunity for the Sutter Rehabilitation Institute care team to see the progress patients have made over the years, and for the former patients to reconnect with other patients and say thank you to the specialized care staff that helped to rehabilitate them so they could return home and to their regular lives.

The reunion will be held in the outdoor therapy area at Sutter Rehabilitation Institute, 6 Medical Plaza Drive, Roseville. Those wishing to attend can RSVP at (916) 878-2597 or email SutterRI@sutterhealth.org. Appetizers will be served, and complimentary valet service will be provided. Read More

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 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