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Expectant Mom Suffers Massive Stroke: How a Health Network Saved Her and Her Baby

Posted on Oct 25, 2019 in Affiliates, Carousel, Expanding Access, Innovation, Neuroscience, Pediatric Care, People, Quality, Scroll Images, Sutter Davis Hospital, Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa, Sutter Roseville Medical Center, Women's Services

Just two days from delivering her third child, Vivian Dos Santos suffered an intracerebral hemorrhage – a life-threatening stroke. Watch her amazing story, with details on how an integrated health network saves and blesses lives, by viewing the following video. You may want some tissues handy just in case …

For more on her story, and to view an infographic on Sutter’s integrated system, go to www.sutterhealth.org/newsroom/can-expect-integrated-network.

Tours of New LGBT Center Showcase Increased Access to Health Services

Posted on Oct 5, 2019 in Community Benefit, Scroll Images

David Heitstuman, executive director of the Sacramento LGBT Community Center, make remarks at the open house.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and other local officials kicked off a public showcase Saturday of Sacramento LGBT Community Center’s new home, which received a $500,000 investment from Sutter Health to support increased access for LGBTQ+ people to health and other services.

The Sutter Health investment increases the organization’s physical space, staff and development capacity in order to provide more access to preventative sexual health and mental health support, homeless and at-risk LGBTQ+ youth support services, youth development activities, and cultural competency education over the next three years.

“The noble mission of the Sacramento LGBT Community Center – and the work they do every day to bring it to life – is so vital. We are so very proud to help contribute to their efforts to build a community that is inclusive, supportive, safe and empowered,” said Sutter Health Government Affairs Director Joe Gregorich.

The public was invited Saturday to tour the new center at 2012 K St. in the city neighborhood known as Lavender Heights. The LGBT Community Center recently relocated to this new home from a smaller space in midtown Sacramento. While larger with better facilities, this new Center will be temporary; the Sacramento City Council last month approved a $750,000 grant to help the center purchase a permanent home that will meet the LGBTQ+ community’s current and future needs.

Sutter Health’s transformational funding commitment and other grants allowed the Center to meet urgent space needs by relocating to the current temporary site while simultaneously executing its plan to purchase a permanent home for the Center. The 6,000-square-foot temporary space that the public toured on Saturday will accommodate all current programs and provide a slightly larger Q-Spot youth center. It also offers more confidential and community meeting space, improved connectivity across the Center’s continuum of health services, full accessibility via an elevator and three gender neutral restrooms, and more adequate workspace for staff, which will deliver greater opportunities for collaboration and better client outcomes.

This expanded capacity is especially important for hundreds of LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness who will have access to food, clothing, survival supplies, showers, transportation, life skills development, mental health respite, crisis intervention, counseling, case management, emergency shelter and transitional housing on a pathway to self-reliance. Additional square-footage creates opportunity for more on-site mental health services, community education workshops, social justice advocacy, and community and cultural enrichment activities for thousands of LGBTQ+ community members who visit the Center each year.

“More than 40 years after the organization’s founding, we are elated to have the confidence and support of Sutter Health and the City as catalysts in our campaign to establish a permanent home for the LGBTQ community in Lavender Heights,” said Center Board President Carlos Marquez.

Sutter Funds Study of SacRT’s Free Ride Program for Youth

Posted on Oct 1, 2019 in Community Benefit, Scroll Images, Transformation, Uncategorized

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT) announced at in front of CK McClatchy High School that the public transit agency is waiving fares for youth in the SacRT service area beginning today. The program aims to decrease truancy and eliminate obstacles for young people to get to school, after-school activities, sports, clubs and jobs.

A research brief released in November 2018 that recounts the findings of a travel survey administered to students in three Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) schools found that about 1 in 4 students report missing at least one day of school in the six weeks prior to the survey because of transportation barriers.

“What we’re doing here is filling an important gap,” said Henry Li, SacRT General Manager/CEO. “We’re offering universal access all day, every day during regular service hours for all Sacramento area youth that live in or attend school in our service area. It is another way SacRT works to deliver clean, safe, and accessible transportation to all Sacramento residents.”

A grant from Sutter Health will fund a yearlong study to be conducted by an external evaluator, who will provide insight on the benefits of the fare-free transit initiative for youth.

“We know by conducting Community Health Needs Assessments that lack of access to basic services is among the top health indicators affecting disadvantaged communities,” said Keri Thomas, Vice President of External Affairs for Sutter Health. “Unfortunately for many that includes barriers getting to school and other life enriching activities for young people. This program can make a huge difference in changing that trajectory.”

Affordable student transit programs have been rolled out in numerous cities across the state and nation, including Tempe, Baltimore, Minneapolis, Portland and Stockton. If other communities are any indication, SacRT anticipates promising results with potential of providing nearly 1,000,000 new trips to area youth during the year.

“We’re providing an equitable investment in receiving an education,” said Jay Schenirer, District 5 City Councilmember and SacRT Board Director. “By eliminating transportation barriers, we’re increasing chances for more young people to succeed in school, career and life.”

RydeFreeRT waives youth fares on bus, light rail, and SmaRT Ride microtransit service across SacRT’s service area, which includes the cities of Sacramento, Folsom, Citrus Heights, and Rancho Cordova and parts of Sacramento County. Approximately 220,000 students in grades TK through 12, home-schooled students, and foster and homeless youth are all eligible.

“Free RT is a game changer for many hardworking Sacramento area students and families. The exciting new program will make transportation to and from school, work, and activities, much more reliable and accessible for thousands of students in the region,” said SCUSD Board of Education President Jessie Ryan. “Sacramento City Unified School District is proud to partner to launch a free ride program that will help reduce absenteeism and improve student success in our high poverty district.”

Students enrolled in schools in SacRT’s service area have already been issued their 2019-2020 student ID card, which displays a special sticker for free SacRT ridership. Youth not enrolled in school can receive a RydeFreeRT card at a Sacramento library or at SacRT’s Customer Service and Sales Center located at 1225 R Street (adjacent to the 13th Street Station).

Partners and participating school districts include Sacramento Public Library, Center Unified School District, Elk Grove Unified School District, Folsom Cordova Unified School District, Natomas Unified School District, Robla School District, Sacramento City Unified School District, Sacramento County Office of Education, San Juan Unified School District, Twin Rivers Unified School District, City of Citrus Heights, City of Folsom, and City of Rancho Cordova.

RydeFreeRT is set to run for one year with an extension planned depending on program success and is financially supported by the City of Sacramento, other cities and school districts within SacRT’s service boundaries, and a funding grant from Sutter Health for a ridership study. Parents and students interested in more information about SacRT’s fare-free youth program can visit www.RYDEFreeRT.com.

New Name for River Cats Ballpark a Huge Hit During Unveiling

Posted on Aug 24, 2019 in Scroll Images, Uncategorized

Sutter Health park

A rendering of the signage at the entrance of Sutter Health Park.

In a big win for Sacramento and its Triple-A baseball team, the River Cats revealed that its ballpark will be renamed Sutter Health Park at the conclusion of the 2019 season. With the new name and expanded community partnership, the River Cats and Sutter Health will team up on a variety of community-focused projects to improve the total health and wellness of the Sacramento region.

The surprise announcement was made Friday night during a family festival attended by thousands of River Cats and Sutter Health employees from the Sacramento area, who cheered as the new name was unveiled.

“Sutter Health is excited to expand our nearly 20-year community partnership with the River Cats,” said Sutter Health Chief Operating Officer James Conforti. “Together we call this region home, and we are passionate about supporting our vibrant community. Communities are stronger when there is greater access to sports, athletics and outdoor activities, which are powerful ways to improve individual health and wellness.”

Known as Raley Field since the River Cats’ inaugural season in 2000, the name of the baseball stadium that’s the jewel of West Sacramento is being passed from one historic Sacramento-area institution to another. Raley’s began in the 1930s in the region and is based in West Sacramento. Sutter Health, which is headquartered in the capital city, began in 1923 with a hospital in midtown Sacramento and has become a leading Northern California healthcare provider.

Mayor of West Sacramento

Mayor of West Sacramento Christopher Cabaldon and Mayor of Sacramento Darrell Steinberg take questions from the media at the Sutter Health Park announcement event, Aug. 23, 2019.

“The Sacramento River Cats and Raley’s have made a special imprint in our community. They are a part of our city’s history and will continue to shape our future,” said City of West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon. “We welcome Sutter Health into their new role with the River Cats and all the different ways it will champion greater community health.”

As part of its collaboration, the River Cats and Sutter Health will together expand its support of youth physical and mental health, as well as access to play and the outdoors across the region. Plans include providing field makeovers for youth baseball and softball fields and promotion of youth mental health awareness.

Sutter Health and the River Cats are also committed to having Sutter Health Park serve as a community gathering space that actively promotes health and wellness throughout the year. Plans include health and wellness programming and local events from walks and runs, to health screenings, flu immunization clinics and more. During the season, attendees will see even more cause-related nights and nonprofit community partners featured and supported in their mission and activities.

“Our region becomes more dynamic as we create stronger connections between community health and well-being, economic development, and sports and entertainment,” said City of Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg. “By teaming up, the Sacramento River Cats and Sutter Health will support new opportunities for our communities – from youth physical and mental health to education and wellness programs – that will have a lasting impact.”

The ballpark, which sits just across the river from downtown Sacramento, has nearly 11,000 seats and, with seating in grass berms beyond the outfield, has a capacity of more than 14,000. It has been consistently voted as one of the top stadiums in minor league baseball.

“We are excited about this new opportunity where we can concentrate on a variety of community-focused projects on and off the field, while also lending the Sutter Health name to the home of the River Cats, a premier venue for fun, affordable and family-friendly entertainment in the Sacramento region,” said River Cats General Manager Chip Maxson.

Solar Power to Provide More Than Half of Yuba City Campus’ Electricity

Posted on Aug 16, 2019 in Innovation, People, Scroll Images, Sutter Medical Foundation, Sutter North Medical Group

Large Project Is Part of Sutter Health’s Commitment to the Environment and Public Health

Sutter, Engie and community leaders flipped the switch on the solar powered project at the Sutter Medical Foundation Plumas Avenue campus that includes Sutter Surgical Hospital North Valley.

YUBA CITY, Calif. – Sutter Medical Foundation’s Yuba City campus “flipped the switch” today on an on-site solar power-generating system that will provide more than half of the electrical power needs for the medical campus. The solar panel installation is part of Sutter Health’s ongoing efforts to provide a cleaner energy source at its hospitals and medical office buildings, demonstrating the Northern California healthcare network’s commitment to environmental stewardship.

Sutter partnered with ENGIE Services U.S. to install solar panels on carports and a ground mount array on adjacent vacant land at SMF Yuba City. The solar powered system will reduce the campus’ carbon footprint while positively impacting Sutter’s core mission to provide excellence in patient care.

As a result of the new solar power installations, SMF Yuba City and Sutter Surgical Hospital North Valley are expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1,880 metric tons annually, the equivalent of removing 400 cars from the road. The 2.7 million kWh of clean energy produced is the equivalent of powering 225 homes for a year. In total, the solar power installations will provide 56 percent of the campus’ electrical power.

“Sutter Health and Sutter Yuba City have been looking for ways to continue our mission of superior health services to the community while at the same time contributing to a healthier environment,” said Stephen H. Lockhart, M.D., Ph.D., Sutter Health Chief Medical Officer and Executive Sponsor of Sutter Health’s environmental stewardship program. “The main reason for bringing this renewable energy source her and to other locations is to reduce our carbon footprint in the communities that we serve.”

The Yuba City renewable energy project is one of six Sutter Health locations throughout Northern California that are part of a pilot program in the network’s ongoing efforts to reduce its use of fossil fuels for power generation.

The solar paneling also provides shade for vehicles and visitors, keeping folks cooler on sunny, hot Yuba City days.

“We’re proud to be generating more than half our electricity needs by using this renewable, clean energy source,” said Sandra Adams, Service Area Director, Sutter Medical Foundation. “With our new solar power program, we will use energy generated by the sun—a renewable source—while at the same time reducing harmful emissions. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

The energy savings created from the solar panel installations will be redirected to resources that directly impact patient care and other mission-critical needs on the Yuba City campus, Dr. Lockhart says. Sutter Health has also locked in a favorable rate for 20 years, hedging against the risk of fluctuating energy prices in the future, assisting in Sutter’s mission to provide quality healthcare at affordable prices.

In addition, the new solar carports systems that provide clean energy to Sutter Health’s vital healthcare operations will also provide shaded parking for hospital vehicles, staff vehicles and the general public. This will save in maintenance costs for facility transportation and reduce the use of automobile air conditioning.

Sutter Surgical Hospital North Valley offers award-winning personalized surgical care in the Yuba-Sutter community. It is owned by Sutter Medical Foundation and offers the following surgical specialties: orthopedics, podiatry, general surgery, plastic surgery, ENT, gynecology, spine surgery, pain management and urology. SMF is part of Sutter Health, a family of not-for-profit hospitals, physician organizations and other medical services that share resources and expertise to advance health care quality and access. Visit the Sutter Surgical Hospital-North Valley website at www.sshnv.org.

ENGIE Services U.S., a division of ENGIE, the #1 energy services provider in the world, is a national energy infrastructure and building services company that helps education, government, commercial and industrial customers become more efficient, productive and sustainable.