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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

Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento Volunteer Earns Prestigious Community Service Award

Posted on Oct 5, 2018 in People, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento

Zachary Wandell

SACRAMENTO — Innovative thinking and philanthropic giving can lead one person to great things.
Sacramento Allstate agency owner Zachary Wandell, a Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento Child Life Program volunteer, Sutter Medical Center Foundation board member and Sutter Children’s Advisory Board Member, was awarded with the 2018 Allstate Ray Lynch Community Service Award. The recognition is a top national honor commending one agency owner across the country for giving back and supporting people and organizations in their local communities.
“I want to thank the children and their families for this award,” said Zack during the presentation. “I am a stranger walking into a hospital room saying ‘Hi. I’m Zack. I have fun stuff for you.’ And that is uncomfortable because I am a tall male in a female-dominated environment. Some kids cry because they think I’m a doctor, but it’s just fun stuff; and along the way, they share their journey with me and their milestones.”

Allstate highlighted Zack’s great work at Sutter Children’s Center in a video which was shown at the company’s recent leadership conference, while he was surrounded by top-performing peers.
Zack is the founder of Donut Dash 501c3, a nonprofit organization which organizes several Sacramento events that have resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations brought into Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento. Those donations have helped Sutter Children’s Center’s Child Life team expand and add programs which benefit patients and families. Read More

Sutter Health’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center Supports Oakland’s Unsheltered Residents

Posted on Oct 3, 2018 in Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Community Benefit, People

Dr. Jerry Kozai, Alta Bates Summit CEO, pledges his support to an Oakland initiative to help move homeless people from encampments into temporary shelters.

People that live and work in Oakland know that the number of homeless encampments in the city has been on the rise for several years. Between 2015 and 2017, the number of unsheltered residents in Oakland has increased by 26 percent.

To help work on this crisis, Sutter Health’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center has partnered with the City of Oakland to support the city’s initiative to help move homeless people from encampments into temporary shelters. Over the last 10 months, the city has opened three Tuff Shed Shelter Community Cabin sites that provide shelter to Oakland’s long-term homeless population with social services connecting clients to health services, public benefits and other resources.

“Alta Bates Summit is committed to improving the health and wellness of our community and we are honored to be part of this collaborative partnership with the City of Oakland to help tackle the homeless crisis,” said Dr. Gerald Kozai, CEO, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. “Homelessness is a public health issue and these shelter sites are providing a safe and healthier alternative than living on the streets.” Read More

Sutter Amador Hospital, Sutter Davis Hospital Recognized as Best Places to Work

Posted on Oct 3, 2018 in Affiliates, Sutter Amador Hospital, We're Awesome

SACRAMENTO — Two Sutter Health hospitals were ranked among the nation’s best in Modern Healthcare’s 2018 Best Places to Work in Healthcare survey. The complete list of this year’s winner rankings is available here. Modern Healthcare will publish a special supplement featuring ranked lists of all the winners along with the October 1 issue.

Sutter Amador Hospital was ranked No. 7 in the provider/insurer category while Sutter Davis Hospital was ranked No. 58 and also took home the honor of being No. 1 in the Healthiest Workplace category for the second time.

“I am grateful for our entire hospital community – employees, physicians and volunteers – who are dedicated to delivering quality patient care to our region,” said Anne Platt, CEO of Sutter Amador Hospital. “It is an honor to be recognized. It is because of the collaborative environment in which we work, and each of our teams’ individual contributions to our hospital, that we are among the best places to work in the country.”

This was the 10th consecutive year that Sutter Davis Hospital has been recognized by Modern Healthcare in the Best Places to Work survey. Read More

Amazon Puts Big Smiles on Children’s Faces During Tech Camp

Posted on Sep 21, 2018 in Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Vinnie wore a big smile on his face while running circles around the conference room at the Sacramento Amazon Fulfillment Center on Wednesday. It wasn’t long ago that the blond-haired little boy was lying in a hospital bed being treated for cancer.

Vinnie assists an Amazon employee in sealing a package during Camp Amazon on Wednesday.

Employees at Sacramento’s Amazon Fulfillment Center cheered loudly, clapped enthusiastically and wore smiles on their faces all morning as they greeted Vinnie and four other Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento patients and their families for Camp Amazon.

Camp Amazon is put on in partnership with the American Childhood Cancer Organization (ACCO), giving pediatric oncology patients the opportunity to experience STEM and robotics up close and personal. The event is part of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

There may be no better place to experience robotics than the fulfillment center, a warehouse filled with technology and robots that’s sole purpose is to deliver packages to online shoppers in a timely fashion. Read More