Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento

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

Study: Ibuprofen Safe for Infants Under 6 Months

Posted on Jul 25, 2018 in Research, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Ibuprofen is as safe for children under 6 months old as it is for those over that age, according to a recently published study on PLOS ONE by Dr. Paul Walsh, the medical director of Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento’s Pediatric Emergency Department.

Dr. Paul Walsh cares for a child in the Pediatric Emergency Department at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not allow ibuprofen to be sold over-the-counter for parents to treat their sick children under the age of 6 months.  This has led to some pediatricians and family physicians to avoid ibuprofen in these infants. While there is significant information on ibuprofen’s safety for children over 6 months old, there was much less research on its use for infants under 6 months. Some community physicians and most hospital-based pediatric emergency departments as well as neonatal and pediatric intensive care units traditionally have used ibuprofen in these younger infants, said Dr. Walsh, the principal investigator of the study.

“While fever of itself is unlikely to be harmful, it can lead to fussiness and feeding refusal. This can lead to dehydration and an ill appearance,” Dr. Walsh said. “In this scenario, if acetaminophen alone isn’t bringing down the fever, an appropriate dose of Ibuprofen should be prescribed to reduce the fever, allow re-establishment of feeding and, in some cases, prevent unnecessary lab testing.” Read More

Sutter Neuroscience Memory Clinic to Host Brain Health Seminar

Posted on May 22, 2018 in Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento

DAVIS — The Sutter Neuroscience Memory Clinic team and other Sutter Health care specialists will present information about optimizing brain health.

Human brain illustrated with interconnected small nerves – 3d render

The Promoting Brain Health seminar will include experts in neurology as well as experts on lifestyle topics such as nutrition, exercise, sleep, socialization and cognitive stimulation.       

Date: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 5:30-8 p.m.

Location: University Retirement Center Event Room, 1515 Shasta Dr., Davis

Learn about programs promoting healthy aging as well as how to manage risk factors for dementia. While certain diseases that affect the brain are more common with advancing age, there are steps you can take now to protect your brain health.

Guest speakers include Dr. Kimberley Rose, neuropsychologist, Gasong Yun, neurology nurse practitioner, Lisa Young, physical therapist, Allison Tallyn, registered dietitian, Denise Dempsey, mindfulness instructor, Renee Garner, speech therapist.

There will also be a Q&A session at the conclusion of the program.

Refreshments will be served. The seminar is free, but registration is required. To RSVP, call 916-733-9511 and leave a voicemail clearly stating your name. Once you leave a voicemail, you are registered.

Learn more about the program and download the flyer

SeaWorld Brings Penguins, Alligators to Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento

Posted on May 9, 2018 in Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — It was a wild day at Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento as penguins walked down the hallways, an alligator sat on the playroom table and hedgehogs, a lemur and possums drew the attention of children, families and employees throughout the morning.

De’Andrae was fascinated with the penguin that SeaWorld brought to visit Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento on Wednesday.

SeaWorld brought its animal ambassadors to the pediatric unit of the hospital on Wednesday while on a stopover to the state capitol.

As part of SeaWorld’s commitment to education and wildlife conservation, the park visited Sacramento with some special animal friends. SeaWorld is dedicated to improving the lives of marine animals and protecting the health of our blue planet. Meeting animals up close provides the connection that makes people care more about wild species and wild places.

“We are thrilled that SeaWorld visited us today,” said Amy Medovoy, child life coordinator, Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento. “It’s pretty exciting for everyone to have the opportunity to visit with these animals and get so much closer to the than you typically can at the zoo.”

The visit was uplifting for everyone – from toddlers to hospital staff. Read More

Sutter ICUs Receive Beacon Awards for Critical-Care Excellence

Posted on May 4, 2018 in Quality, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, We're Awesome

SACRAMENTO – Two intensive-care units at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento received the prestigious Beacon Award for Excellence, given by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) to laud hospital units that employ evidence-based practices to improve patient and family outcomes.

The Beacon Award for Excellence provides gold, silver and bronze levels of recognition to hospital units that exemplify excellence in professional practice, patient care and outcomes. Sutter Medical Center’s Cardiovascular Surgery ICU received the gold award, and the Med ICU the silver. Recognition continues for three years. Read More