Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento

Sutter Health Unveils New Sacramento Senior Health Center

Posted on Oct 30, 2018 in Carousel, Community Benefit, Expanding Access, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Transformation, Uncategorized

New PACE Facility to Triple Capacity, Expand Services for Sacramento County’s Growing Elderly Population

Cutting the ribbon for the new PACE Center are, from left, Sutter Health VP of Strategy & Business Development Phil Chuang; Sutter Valley Area Chief Medical Officer John Mesic, M.D.; City Councilman Jeff Harris; Sutter President of System Enterprises Rishi Sikka, M.D.; U.S. Rep. Doris Matsui; state Sen. Richard Pan, M.D.; and Sutter VP of External Affairs Keri Thomas.

With much fanfare, Sutter Health on Tuesday unveiled its new Sutter SeniorCare PACE Center, a 45,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art medical and day center complex that will replace two older facilities and effectively triple the capacity for Sacramento County elderly residents.

The new complex, which is located off Richards Boulevard and opens in mid-December, will offer:

  • Dedicated space for the care of seniors with Alzheimer’s and other cognitive issues.
  • Eight medical exam rooms, a dedicated procedure room and a dentistry suite.
  • Arts and crafts space where seniors can express their creativity.
  • Large, secure outdoor recreation areas for exercise and gardening.
  • Indoor and outdoor physical and occupational therapy areas.
  • A beauty salon.
  • A library with computer and printer access.
  • And many other services that help area seniors stay active and remain in their own homes.

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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

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

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