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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

Sutter Medical Foundation “Super”-visor and super friends offer support after fires

Posted on Oct 24, 2017 in Sutter Medical Foundation

Pictured, clockwise from top left: Marco Guzman, Jr.; West Coast Avengers members Brenton Klose, (Deadpool), Guzman, Jr. (Spiderman), Lindsay Skousen (Black Widow), and Jeff Toft (Captain America); Toft and Guzman, Jr. take a break.

October 24, 2017, Fairfield, CA – On any normal day, Marco Guzman, Jr. is a supervisor for Sutter Medical Foundation’s (SMF) Cardiology, Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine services, based in care centers located in Fairfield, CA.

But recently, on a day that by any stretch of the imagination was not normal, Marco the supervisor became “Marco the superfriend” and he, along with a few of his West Coast Avengers teammates, helped bring some joy to people dealing with the devastating wild fires in California’s wine country.

Spiderman, Captain America, Deadpool, Black Widow and others were available for hugs and photos as they made their way to evacuation centers in the affected areas to provide a much-needed distraction for evacuees.

“I felt helpless seeing my community under fire,” said Guzman, who lives near the areas affected by the fires. “Thinking about all the kids and families who had to evacuate their homes saddened me.”

So, Marco connected with fellow members of the West Coast Avengers (WCA), a cosplay group he has been with since 2015. The group attends many events, including visits to hospitals, charity events, and movie premieres, always with the goal to make people smile. The WCA partnered with a cosplay team from Santa Rosa (Hope, Love and Magic), quickly discussed how to help with this very unique tragedy, planned out a visit schedule, and set out to offer whatever comfort they could.

Sharing the idea on their Facebook page, the superheroes soon realized that there were everyday heroes in their community who wanted to help as well.

“Once our community heard about our mission, they all reached out via social media and started to collect new donated toys on our behalf,” said Marco. “We were overwhelmed by the response, and in total, we provided comfort and support to over 400 evacuees and 200 kids. We delivered 600 toys, blankets and items of clothing to those in need.”

Marco and his friends were even asked to take photos with volunteers and first responders. “The fire department, law enforcement, first responders, volunteers, and the community were the true heroes in this situation,” said Marco.  “We were honored to join them to help in our own unique way.”

The group ultimately visited four evacuation centers — one in Napa, two in Santa Rosa, and one in Petaluma. “We met so many appreciative families and it was reassuring to see how our community stepped in to help one another,” said Marco.

Marco has returned to his supervisor position at Sutter Medical Foundation —an everyday hero in his health care role— but for one memorable day, he and his friends made a lasting impression on those who needed help.

About Sutter Medical Foundation

Sutter Medical Foundation 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 Sutter Medical Foundation.