Memorial Medical Center

Patrizio Begins Role as Memorial Medical Center Chief Executive Officer

Posted on Jul 30, 2018 in Memorial Medical Center

MODESTO, Calif. — Sutter Health leaders have announced Eugene “Gino” Patrizio as the new chief executive officer of Memorial Medical Center (MMC), a 423-bed Modesto hospital that has long been an integral part of the Sutter Health network. Patrizio began his new role July 30.

“Gino is a dynamic leader with a distinguished healthcare career who has long been an advocate for patient care excellence,” said Grant Davies, President and CEO of Sutter Health’s Valley Area Hospitals. “He is a thoughtful leader who understands the value that our integrated health care delivery system brings to patients in the Northern California communities we serve. We are excited to have him at Memorial.”

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Local Girl Scout pays it forward

Posted on Jun 4, 2018 in Memorial Medical Center

 

Girl Scout Julisa Solorio delivers baby blankets

MODESTO, Calif.Julisa Solorio was born 13 years ago…about 14 weeks earlier than planned. Now, 13 years later, she is repaying an act of kindness shown her mother during a very trying time.

For her Girl Scouts Silver Award project, Julisa organized a group to assist her in sewing 50 handmade baby blankets. She and her mom recently delivered the baby blankets to Memorial Medical Center’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), and Memorial’s staff were more than happy to accept them.

Julisa was born at 26 weeks and weighed 2 pounds, 3.8 ounces. “We were on vacation in Squaw Valley when contractions started,” said Angelica Solorio, Julisa’s mom. Read More

Let the music play! Memorial Medical Center celebrates piano donation

Posted on May 31, 2018 in Community Benefit, Memorial Medical Center

 

MODESTO, Calif. – Music helps in the healing process. Music brings comfort, excitement, emotion and energy to patients, family members and caregivers. Now—thanks to a Memorial Hospital Foundation campaign, and donations by employees, volunteers, clinicians and a local music family—all who enter Memorial Medical Center (MMC) will join in the experience.

At an unveiling event in the North Tower lobby, Memorial Hospital Foundation and MMC leaders, along with employees, clinicians and others, celebrated the arrival of the Yamaha grand piano and enjoyed both live performances and the auto-play capability the piano offers.

“Patients, families and employees will hear the sweet sounds of music, contributing even more to the healing environment at Memorial Medical Center,” said Lisa Hume, Director of Philanthropy for Sutter Health’s South Valley. “We are so happy to be able to offer this enhanced experience, and can’t wait to share it with everyone.”

Memorial Medical Center teams have provided music therapy to cancer patients at the bedside at Memorial Medical Center since 2005.

“This creates a beautiful environment for everyone as they come in and out of our lobby,” said Justine Hancock-Marsh, a board certified music therapist who will help determine the types of music best suited for creating a soothing atmosphere in the lobby. “It helps create a more healing environment for our patients.”

Memorial Medical Center recognized for its work with donor program

Posted on Apr 24, 2018 in Memorial Medical Center

Christine Samuel Loudermilk-Donor Network West, donation program liaison; June Wallace-Donor Network West, community outreach liaison; Ginny Jimenez, RN, MMC Donor Council; Linda Horn, MMC CEO; Betty Lopez, MMC CNE; Kim Patton-Donor Network West, regional director

MODESTO, Calif. – At a “Donate Life Day” event on Memorial Medical Center’s campus in Modesto, staff and leaders were presented with a “Platinum Recognition” proclamation from Donor Network West, acknowledging the incredible work MMC’s team does to promote organ, eye and tissue donations in our community.

“We are very much dedicated to creating awareness about organ donation,” said Ginny Jimenez, RN, a member of MMC’s Donor Council. “It is important that we educate the community, our staff and others about the need for donors to register with the appropriate organ donor registries in their area.”

Donor Network West serves as the federally designated Organ Procurement Organization in Northern/Central California and Northern Nevada and works in close partnership with families, doctors, nurses, and coroners in hospitals to connect donors to recipients.

MMC’s “Donor Day” activities included a display of information at tables in the hospital lobby, including teaching tools to help staff and visitors learn about organ donation options. MMC’s CEO and CNE also conducted a flag-raising ceremony to proudly fly the “Donate Life” flag the entire month of April.

Dodging raindrops, supporters enjoy Memorial Hospital Foundation’s 16th annual golf tournament fundraiser

Posted on Apr 17, 2018 in Community Benefit, Memorial Medical Center

MODESTO, Calif. – Over 100 teams braved the elements at Modesto’s Del Rio Golf and Country Club on Monday, April 16th to assist in the fundraising efforts for Memorial Medical Center’s support services programs.

The 16th Annual Memorial Hospital Foundation Golf Classic is a popular event in the Modesto community. Business leaders and community members mark their calendars each April to enjoy a day of golf, camaraderie, dining and auction activities, all in support of community health care.

Members of the complementary therapies Art program display their original works, to be auctioned off at the golf tournament. L-R, Zina Hopson, Charlie Lockett and Ida Cremers, with Art group facilitator Galen Martin.

Memorial Hospital Foundation was created in 1975 to accept private gifts from the community to support Memorial Medical Center. Since its founding, the Foundation has received more than $18 million to support healthcare services that meet the needs of the local community. Read More

Memorial Medical Center achieves four-year APEx® accreditation for radiation oncology services – one of only seven facilities in California

Posted on Nov 1, 2017 in Memorial Medical Center

Daryn Kumar, MMC CEO (back row, left) celebrates with the Radiation Oncology team and physicians Dr. Garcia-Young and Dr. Neville (front row, left and right)

MODESTO, CA – Memorial Medical Center, part of Northern California’s Sutter Health network of hospitals, has become the first Sutter Health facility, and seventh facility in all of California, to achieve a four-year accreditation of their radiation oncology services from ASTRO — the premier radiation oncology society in the world.

Memorial achieved the accreditation by demonstrating compliance with the standards of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Accreditation Program for Excellence (APEx®).

“We are very, very happy to receive APEx accreditation,” said Chris Neville, M.D., DABR, a Sutter Gould Medical Foundation radiation oncologist and medical director for Memorial Medical Center’s Radiation Oncology program. “The accreditation is great affirmation of the high quality and safe patient care we provide for patients in our community.”

APEx is an independent radiation oncology practice accreditation program developed by ASTRO based on a comprehensive set of sixteen evidence-based standards of radiation oncology practice. The sixteen standards are focused on five pillars of patient care: 1) the process of care; 2) the radiation oncology team; 3) safety; 4) quality management; and 5) patient-centered care.

“Evaluating our processes in relation to ASTRO’s high standards, including standards for safety and quality, validates our practices and recognizes the efforts of our radiation oncology team to deliver patient-centered radiation oncology care,” added J. Alex Garcia-Young, M.D., DABR, fellow Sutter Gould radiation oncologist.

“ASTRO is proud to recognize Memorial Medical Center for achieving APEx accreditation,” said ASTRO chair David C. Beyer, MD, FASTRO. “Memorial Medical Center has demonstrated a commitment to providing their patients with safe, high-quality radiation therapy services.”

Accreditation through APEx is a rigorous, voluntary, multi-step process that can take up to one year to complete. Each center seeking APEx accreditation must have its policies and procedures evaluated using objective, verifiable expectations for performance in radiation oncology. It must demonstrate its commitment to high standards of safety and quality in the practice of radiation oncology and that it practices patient-centered care by promoting effective communication, coordinating treatment, and engaging patients and their families as partners in care.

APEx has a distinctive program structure that includes both a self-assessment process and a facility visit conducted by a medical physicist and a radiation oncologist, radiation therapist, nurse, dosimetrist, nurse practitioner, physician assistant or practice administrator. APEx integrates Maintenance of Certification (MOC) templates that promote value and efficiency for physicians and final evaluation reports that link standards and performance to quality improvement resources. APEx applicants also have access to a library of quality improvement practice management tools to facilitate a culture of safety. APEx reflects competencies and practices identified and endorsed in the 2012 ASTRO publication Safety is No Accident: A Framework for Quality Radiation Oncology and Care.

ABOUT MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER – Memorial Medical Center 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. Serving more than 100 communities in Northern California, Sutter Health is a regional leader in cardiac care, cancer treatment, orthopedics, obstetrics, and newborn intensive care, and is a pioneer in advanced patient safety technology. Learn more about Memorial Medical Center.

ABOUT ASTRO – ASTRO is the premier radiation oncology society in the world, with more than 10,000 members who are physicians, nurses, biologists, physicists, radiation therapists, dosimetrists and other health care professionals who specialize in treating patients with radiation therapies. As the leading organization in radiation oncology, the Society is dedicated to improving patient care through professional education and training, support for clinical practice and health policy standards, advancement of science and research, and advocacy.

ASTRO publishes three medical journals, International Journal of Radiation Oncology • Biology • Physics (www.redjournal.org), Practical Radiation Oncology (www.practicalradonc.org) and Advances in Radiation Oncology (www.advancesradonc.org); developed and maintains an extensive patient website, RT Answers (http://www.rtanswers.org); and created the Radiation Oncology Institute (www.roinstitute.org), a nonprofit foundation to support research and education efforts around the world that enhance and confirm the critical role of radiation therapy in improving cancer treatment. To learn more about ASTRO, visit www.astro.org.

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