California Pacific Medical Center

Designed for the Times: New San Francisco Hospital Embraces Mature Moms

Posted on Jan 17, 2019 in California Pacific Medical Center, Carousel, Quality, Scroll Images, Women's Services

The CPMC Women and Children’s Center at the new Van Ness Campus will set the standard for hospital-based childbirth for a growing number of moms in their 30s and beyond.

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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.”

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Special Hospital Unit Prevents Mental and Physical Decline in Elderly Patients

Posted on Nov 29, 2018 in Affiliates, California Pacific Medical Center, Innovation, Quality, Scroll Images, Uncategorized

SAN FRANCISCO“Mom just isn’t the same since she came home from the hospital.”

Wendy Zachary, M.D., a geriatrician with Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, used to hear this complaint often. But since launching the volunteer-powered Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP), her patients are safely going home sooner, are readmitted less frequently and suffer fewer falls.


Dr. Zachary and her team opened an Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) unit at the new CPMC Mission Bernal Campus hospital in August, building upon the success of the HELP program at CPMC’s Davies and Pacific campuses. Mission Bernal’s ACE unit is the first one of its kind for Sutter Health and one of only about 200 nationwide.

Nationally, ACE units have a proven, two-decade success record of helping decrease incidents of hospital complications like delirium, bring down costs, decrease length of hospital stays, improve coordination and mobility and reduce readmissions. This is critical because elderly hospitalized patients are prone to suffering delirium –which, according to Dr. Zachary, has the same risk of mortality as a heart attack.

“We know when geriatric patients are located in the same area of the hospital, such as in an ACE unit, they get better care,” says Dr. Zachary. “This is because the care providers see similar issues over and over, and the more cases you see, the more comfortable you become treating these patients.”

Mission Bernal’s ACE unit offers 19 patient beds, an activity room and a specialized physical therapy room—and staff and volunteers that are specially trained to care for older patients through the HELP program. Read More

11 Things You Didn’t Know About the U.S.’s Largest Non-Academic Kidney Transplant Center

Posted on Nov 14, 2018 in California Pacific Medical Center, Expanding Access, Quality, Scroll Images

1. The kidney transplant team at Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) transplanted its first kidney in 1969.

2. In March, the program will celebrate its 50th anniversary and move to its new home at the brand new CPMC Van Ness Campus.

3. More than 6,000 people have received life-extending kidney transplants at CPMC. That’s enough to fill 15 jumbo jets!

4. Not for profit Sutter Health’s CPMC is the largest non-academic medical center transplant program in the country. Over 200 kidney transplants are performed at CPMC annually, making it one of the largest kidney transplant centers in the western United States.

5. CPMC is a pioneer in kidney paired donation. In 2011, the program made history as the first California transplant program to perform five paired donor transplants in one day. A paired donor transplant is when someone donates their kidney on behalf of a loved one so the loved one can receive a compatible kidney from someone else.

6. A software developer/kidney transplant patient collaborated with his CPMC surgeon to create a groundbreaking software program, called MatchGrid, which allows people who are willing to donate their kidney to a friend or relative but are found incompatible to be paired with a matching patient.



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Tracking Health Data: the Key to Unlocking Prevention of Chronic Disease

Posted on Oct 31, 2018 in California Pacific Medical Center

CPMC Joins Initiative to Improve Care for City Residents


SAN FRANCISCO— Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) is joining a San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) initiative to leverage clinical data from the City’s health systems to better address an array of chronic diseases. Sharing more timely and accurate information about chronic disease in San Francisco will enable the SFDPH to more effectively tackle the greatest burdens of disease in the community.

On World Cities Day, San Francisco Mayor London Breed affirmed her commitment to proven public health policies that prevent deaths and injuries as part of the Partnership for Healthy Cities.

“San Francisco is proud to be a leader in public health, and joining with other cities around the world is a great way to continue to learn, share progress and make improvements,” said Mayor London Breed. “San Francisco’s many efforts – such as addressing food insecurity, reducing new HIV infections, banning flavored tobacco, reducing the consumption of sugary drinks, improving traffic safety, supporting walking and biking, and improving the health of people who are homeless — all add up to making a healthier, safer city for all our residents and visitors. The new Healthy Cities project to share chronic illness data is an innovation that will allow us to make even more progress.”

San Francisco’s proposed partnership between health systems and public health is a powerful one. Chronic illness data from participating health systems such as Sutter Health and UCSF Health, along with the San Francisco Health Network and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, can help the City identify neighborhoods and areas that need extra attention. The data will also help track in real time whether those efforts are effective.

“Sutter Health’s CPMC is proud to partner on this initiative. Sharing valuable health information about the chronic conditions that we treat in our hospitals and clinics every day, as well as the efforts we make to care for our patients who suffer from them, is an important first step toward improving the health of San Franciscans,” said Sutter Health CPMC CEO Warren Browner, M.D.

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Sweet Baby Coos Fill Hallways at Sutter Health’s CPMC Mission Bernal Campus Hospital

Posted on Aug 28, 2018 in California Pacific Medical Center

Families settle into private maternity suites, with amazing views, designed for comfort and healing


The Petersons, Ryan, Kaitlynn and baby Francis, comfortably settle into their private room at the CPMC Mission Bernal Campus Hospital

SAN FRANCISCO—Little 8-pound, 2-ounce Francis Peterson was wheeled over from St. Luke’s hospital on Saturday, Aug. 25, to applause as he and his mom Kaitlynn Peterson became the first patients at the new Sutter Health California Pacific Medical Center Mission Bernal Campus Hospital. Francis was the last baby born at CPMC St. Luke’s Campus, which officially opened its doors in 1871.

Dad Santos Iraheta stands proudly alongside Mom, Alejandra Garrajal, and big brothers, Aiden and Jayden Iraheta, as they snuggle Isabella–the first baby born at the CPMC Mission Bernal Campus Hospital

The next day, at 12:00:24 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 26, baby Isabella arrived to the delight of parents Alejandra Garrajal and Santos Iraheta. At 7 pounds, 1.4 ounces and 20 inches in length—this girl makes history as the first baby born at the hospital.

These babies and families—as well as all others on the maternity unit at the Mission Bernal Campus Hospital— enjoy private rooms, with beautiful views of the city, while receiving specialized attention in a spacious environment from caring clinical teams.

The not-for-profit Sutter Health network officially opened the doors to its CPMC Mission Bernal Campus Hospital Saturday, Aug. 25. This neighborhood-based medical center for all San Franciscans is located at Cesar Chavez and Valencia Street.

The hospital integrates the latest technologies, advanced seismic safety and world-class healthcare into each of its seven floors. Every detail in its maternity, orthopedics, emergency and elder care services are geared toward creating the ideal patient experience.