Sutter Medical Foundation

Research at Sutter Health Brings New Hope to People with Cardiovascular Diseases

Posted on Sep 3, 2019 in Affiliates, Carousel, Innovation, People, Quality, Research, Scroll Images, Sutter Medical Foundation, Sutter North Medical Group, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation

SAN FRANCISCO – New discoveries in cardiovascular diseases can arise in a heartbeat, and few researchers across Sutter Health know this better than David Roberts, MD, FACC, FSCAI, Medical Director of Cardiovascular Services (Valley Region) at Sutter Health. Dr. Roberts’ 25-year career at Sutter parallels the leading-edge advances in cardiovascular diseases care and research aimed at treating patients with illnesses such as hypertension (high blood pressure), heart valve diseases, heart failure, myocardial infarction (heart attack), and coronary artery disease.

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Solar Power to Provide More Than Half of Yuba City Campus’ Electricity

Posted on Aug 16, 2019 in Innovation, People, Scroll Images, Sutter Medical Foundation, Sutter North Medical Group

Large Project Is Part of Sutter Health’s Commitment to the Environment and Public Health

Sutter, Engie and community leaders flipped the switch on the solar powered project at the Sutter Medical Foundation Plumas Avenue campus that includes Sutter Surgical Hospital North Valley.

YUBA CITY, Calif. – Sutter Medical Foundation’s Yuba City campus “flipped the switch” today on an on-site solar power-generating system that will provide more than half of the electrical power needs for the medical campus. The solar panel installation is part of Sutter Health’s ongoing efforts to provide a cleaner energy source at its hospitals and medical office buildings, demonstrating the Northern California healthcare network’s commitment to environmental stewardship.

Sutter partnered with ENGIE Services U.S. to install solar panels on carports and a ground mount array on adjacent vacant land at SMF Yuba City. The solar powered system will reduce the campus’ carbon footprint while positively impacting Sutter’s core mission to provide excellence in patient care.

As a result of the new solar power installations, SMF Yuba City and Sutter Surgical Hospital North Valley are expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1,880 metric tons annually, the equivalent of removing 400 cars from the road. The 2.7 million kWh of clean energy produced is the equivalent of powering 225 homes for a year. In total, the solar power installations will provide 56 percent of the campus’ electrical power.

“Sutter Health and Sutter Yuba City have been looking for ways to continue our mission of superior health services to the community while at the same time contributing to a healthier environment,” said Stephen H. Lockhart, M.D., Ph.D., Sutter Health Chief Medical Officer and Executive Sponsor of Sutter Health’s environmental stewardship program. “The main reason for bringing this renewable energy source her and to other locations is to reduce our carbon footprint in the communities that we serve.”

The Yuba City renewable energy project is one of six Sutter Health locations throughout Northern California that are part of a pilot program in the network’s ongoing efforts to reduce its use of fossil fuels for power generation.

The solar paneling also provides shade for vehicles and visitors, keeping folks cooler on sunny, hot Yuba City days.

“We’re proud to be generating more than half our electricity needs by using this renewable, clean energy source,” said Sandra Adams, Service Area Director, Sutter Medical Foundation. “With our new solar power program, we will use energy generated by the sun—a renewable source—while at the same time reducing harmful emissions. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

The energy savings created from the solar panel installations will be redirected to resources that directly impact patient care and other mission-critical needs on the Yuba City campus, Dr. Lockhart says. Sutter Health has also locked in a favorable rate for 20 years, hedging against the risk of fluctuating energy prices in the future, assisting in Sutter’s mission to provide quality healthcare at affordable prices.

In addition, the new solar carports systems that provide clean energy to Sutter Health’s vital healthcare operations will also provide shaded parking for hospital vehicles, staff vehicles and the general public. This will save in maintenance costs for facility transportation and reduce the use of automobile air conditioning.

Sutter Surgical Hospital North Valley offers award-winning personalized surgical care in the Yuba-Sutter community. It is owned by Sutter Medical Foundation and offers the following surgical specialties: orthopedics, podiatry, general surgery, plastic surgery, ENT, gynecology, spine surgery, pain management and urology. SMF 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. Visit the Sutter Surgical Hospital-North Valley website at www.sshnv.org.

ENGIE Services U.S., a division of ENGIE, the #1 energy services provider in the world, is a national energy infrastructure and building services company that helps education, government, commercial and industrial customers become more efficient, productive and sustainable.

Robot Now Assisting Yuba City Surgeons

Posted on Jul 1, 2019 in Innovation, Quality, Scroll Images, Sutter Medical Foundation, Sutter North Medical Group

Sutter Surgical Hospital North Valley Offers Robotic-Arm Assisted Total Joint Surgeries

 

Harinder Dhanota, D.O., and his fellow surgeons at Sutter Surgical Hospital North Valley are now using a Mako robot to help them in total joint replacements.

YUBA CITY, Calif. — Sutter Surgical Hospital North Valley surgeons now have access to an advanced treatment option designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis — a disease that affects more than 30 million adults in the United States.

In 2017, the Mako System became the first and only robotic technology that can be used across the joint replacement service line to perform total knee, total hip and partial knee replacements. Sutter Surgical Hospital North Valley is the only hospital in the Yuba-Sutter region — and one of a small number of hospitals in Northern California — to offer this technology.

“We’re proud to be among the first hospitals in Northern California to offer this highly advanced robotic technology,” said Sutter Surgical Hospital North Valley Chief Administrative Officer Dennis Sindelar. “This addition to our orthopedic service line further demonstrates our commitment to providing the community with outstanding healthcare.”

Using a virtual 3-D model, the Mako System allows surgeons to create a patient’s personalized surgical plan pre-operatively before entering the operating room. During surgery, the surgeon can validate that plan and make any necessary adjustments while guiding the robotic-arm to execute that plan.

“With Mako, we can provide each patient with a personalized surgical experience based on their specific diagnosis and anatomy,” said Sutter Medical Foundation orthopedic surgeon Dr. Harinder Dhanota. “It’s exciting to be able to offer this transformative technology across the joint replacement service line to perform total knee, total hip and partial knee replacements.”

Five orthopedic surgeons who practice at Sutter Surgical Hospital have been trained to use the Mako System. The first procedure, a total knee replacement, was performed by Dr. Dhanota on June 25.

For more information, call (530) 749-5746 or email Mako@sutterhealth.org.

Eight Sutter Medical Network Organizations Achieve IHA Top Quality Honors

Posted on May 20, 2019 in Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Quality, Scroll Images, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation, Sutter Gould Medical Foundation, Sutter Medical Foundation, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA) has recognized eight Sutter Medical Network (SMN) organizations for reaching a high level of quality care for Medicare Advantage patients.

The following five SMN organizations achieved 4.5-star ratings for performance across a subset of 12 quality measures during the 2017 reporting year:

  • Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation – Sutter East Bay Medical Group
  • Sutter Gould Medical Foundation – Gould Medical Group
  • Sutter Medical Foundation – Sutter Medical Group
  • Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation – Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods
  • Sutter Palo Alto Medical Foundation – Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group

Three other Sutter Medical Network organizations received 4-star ratings:

  • Brown & Toland Physicians
  • Central Valley Medical Group
  • Sutter Palo Alto Medical Foundation – Mills-Peninsula Division/Mills-Peninsula Medical Group

Nearly 200 physician organizations participate in IHA’s Medicare Advantage Measurement Program. IHA is a statewide, multi-stakeholder leadership group that promotes quality improvement, accountability and affordability in healthcare. IHA collects clinical quality data and provides it to the Office of Patient Advocate (OPA) for the Health Care Quality Report Card. OPA considers physician organizations “very good” for achieving 4.5 and 4-star ratings.

To learn more, visit the OPA website.

SMN consists of the Sutter medical foundations, their exclusively contracted medical groups, and contracted independent practice associations. These organizations agree to work collaboratively with the goal of achieving sustainable high quality outcomes and services at an affordable price.

Dinger a Hit as New Sutter Walk-In Care’s First Patient

Posted on May 1, 2019 in Expanding Access, Quality, Scroll Images, Sutter Medical Foundation

It’s a Whole New Ballgame for Sacramento as New Clinic Brings Healthcare Close to Home

 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Baseball mascots need to be in tip-top shape to bust a move, run the bases and get the crowd excited. So the Sacramento River Cats’ mascot, Dinger, went this week to the most convenient location in Sacramento to get a quick physical: the newest Sutter Walk-In Care. (See Dinger’s visit on “Good Day Sacramento” here.)

Dinger poses with the Sutter Walk-In Care staff: (from left) Araceli Navarro, N.P., Keri Nunez, Kelly Foss, Steffany Vilas, Marcy Nieto, Tyla Healton, N.P.

Designed to make staying healthy easier and more convenient, Sutter Health opened its seventh Walk-In Care clinic in the Sacramento area on Tuesday, April 30. Located in the popular Loehmann’s Plaza at Fair Oaks Boulevard and Fulton Avenue, this Sutter Walk-In Care serves an area that has few options for the treatment of everyday illnesses and other health needs. These include youth physicals for sports and summer camps, pre-employment physicals for adults, as well as measles and other vaccinations.

The Walk-In Care clinic is located at 2537 Fair Oaks Blvd., Sacramento, and is the seventh Sutter Walk-In Care in the Valley area. Other clinics are located in Citrus Heights, El Dorado Hills, Elk Grove, Rancho Cordova and two clinics in Roseville. It will serve residents of Arden-Arcade, East Sacramento and Carmichael.

“These locations offer easy access to treatment for a whole host of needs, whether it’s treating the flu or an ear infection or wellness services like sports or pre-employment physicals,” said Kelly Foss, Sutter Walk-In Care regional manager. “We hope that by providing more convenient access to care, in places where many people are already running their errands, patients won’t put off getting the care they need to stay healthy.”

Sutter Walk-In Care offers an innovative approach to healthcare:

  • Nurse practitioners or physician assistants provide treatment for common illnesses, health screenings, vaccinations and wellness services such as smoking-cessation support.
  • Each location is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week, with reduced hours on most major holidays. Thanksgiving and Christmas Day are the only days when Sutter Walk-In Care clinics are closed.
  • Patients can call ahead or visit the Walk-In Care website to save their spot, or simply just walk in to the location.
  • Sutter Walk-In Care locations offer a comfortable lobby with outlets to charge laptops or phones, as well as complimentary Wi-Fi, fruit, coffee, tea and fruit-infused water.
  • Sutter Walk-In Care is available to adults and children 18 months and older – patients do not need to be an existing Sutter Health patient.
  • Sutter Walk-In Care accepts most major insurance plans, and patients would be responsible for their standard co-pay or co-insurance. For those who prefer to pay out of pocket or have not yet met their deductible, pricing is clear and simple, with a standard office visit at a flat rate of $129.

Sutter is committed to creating numerous access points to care. For the past several years, Sutter has explored new ways to meet consumers where they are for their care needs. In addition to the Sutter Walk-in Care locations, other convenient options include Sutter urgent care centers or video visits, in addition to traditional office visits with a primary care doctor within Sutter’s network of care.

Sutter Walk-In Care Nurse Practitioner Tyla Healton checks Dinger’s heartbeat during his physical exam.

With all of these options, sometimes consumers ask which location is most appropriate.  For example, a Sutter Walk-in care visit could help address seasonal allergy needs, while a Sutter urgent care visit could help someone with asthma who is short of breath. For someone suffering from chest pain, an emergency department visit may be best for a patient.

Additional points of access, like Sutter Walk-In Care clinics, also have the potential to relieve pressure on overcrowded emergency rooms.

“We want to reserve emergency departments for complex and life-threatening illnesses, rather than having people with minor medical problems going there because they have no other option,” Foss said. “At the same time, allowing patients to receive non-urgent care and vaccinations quickly, near where they live or work, should help free up doctor-office visits for those with more serious issues.”

While Sutter Walk-In Care provides a wide variety of healthcare services, patients with serious problems or illnesses that require more immediate attention, such as severe cuts or broken bones, should visit an urgent care clinic, or their nearest hospital emergency department.

Additional Sutter Walk-In Care clinics located in the Sacramento Valley:

  • Citrus Heights: 5406 Sunrise Blvd., Citrus Heights, CA 95610
  • El Dorado Hills: 3919 Park Drive, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
  • Elk Grove: 4810 Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove, CA 95758
  • Rancho Cordova: 4040 Sunrise Blvd., Rancho Cordova, CA 95742
  • Roseville: 4010 Foothills Blvd., Roseville, CA 95747
  • Roseville: 781 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Roseville, CA 95678

And how did Dinger do? Besides being a hit with the staff, Dinger was deemed safe to continue his duties during the River Cats season.

To learn more about Sutter Walk-In Care, please visit www.sutterhealth.org/walk-in or call 1-800-972-5547.

Sutter Outpatient Surgery Centers Win All Five California Women’s Choice Awards

Posted on Apr 24, 2019 in Expanding Access, Quality, Scroll Images, Sutter Medical Foundation, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, Uncategorized, We're Awesome, Women's Services

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The five ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) to earn a 2019 Women’s Choice Award for Best ASC in California are all Sutter Health ASCs:

  • PAMF Surgery Center, San Carlos
  • Sutter Santa Rosa Surgery & Endoscopy Center
  • Stockton Surgery Center
  • Sutter Medical Foundation Surgery & Endoscopy Center (Yuba City)
  • Sutter Elk Grove Surgery Center

“Considering that women make about 80 percent of all healthcare decisions for themselves and their families, this recognition represents a strong and important achievement,” said Sutter Surgery Center Division CEO Terry Glubka. “Congratulations on a job well done!”

About the Women’s Choice Award

The Women’s Choice Award surveys women across the country to gain insight about their most trusted businesses, brands and services. Women’s Choice Award used the most recently publicly available information from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, as well as accreditation information, to select America’s Best Ambulatory Surgical Centers. It also distributed surveys to women to determine which patient satisfaction measures are most important to them.

About Sutter Health’s Ambulatory Surgery Centers

Sutter Health’s network of ASCs provide patients throughout California a safe and convenient option for many procedures, including pain and spine surgery, hernia repair, cataract surgery, and arthroscopic surgery on the knee, shoulder, ankle and wrist. For more information, please visit sutterhealth.org/surgery-center-division.