Cancer

Sutter Health’s Cynthia Cantril Recognized by Biden Cancer Initiative

Posted on Sep 21, 2018 in Cancer

First-Ever FIERCE Awards Highlight Exemplary Work Supporting Cancer Patients

Dr. Jill Biden, co-chair Biden Cancer Initiative (left), Cynthia Cantril director of Cancer Support Services and Patient Navigation, Sutter Health (center), Vice President Joe Biden (right).

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Cynthia Cantril, R.N., MPH, OCN, CBCN, director of Cancer Support Services and Patient Navigation for not-for-profit Sutter Health’s Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, has been recognized by the Biden Cancer Initiative as one of 10 individuals or organizations nationwide making a transformative impact on the lives of cancer patients.

Today Cantril received a first-ever FIERCE Award at a ceremony held at the Biden Cancer Summit for her work establishing patient navigation systems that help cancer patients and their caregivers find their way through the complicated and confusing maze that is the cancer journey.

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden hosted the summit to promote new solutions and bring together problem solvers epitomizing what it means to be cancer FIERCE. As part of the initiative, more than 350 communities throughout the country organized their own cancer summits focusing on improving the cancer journey for patients, their families and caregivers. Read More

Let the music play! Memorial Medical Center celebrates piano donation

Posted on May 31, 2018 in Cancer, Community Benefit, Memorial Hospital Foundation, Memorial Medical Center

 

MODESTO, Calif. – Music helps in the healing process. Music brings comfort, excitement, emotion and energy to patients, family members and caregivers. Now—thanks to a Memorial Hospital Foundation campaign, and donations by employees, volunteers, clinicians and a local music family—all who enter Memorial Medical Center (MMC) will join in the experience.

At an unveiling event in the North Tower lobby, Memorial Hospital Foundation and MMC leaders, along with employees, clinicians and others, celebrated the arrival of the Yamaha grand piano and enjoyed both live performances and the auto-play capability the piano offers.

“Patients, families and employees will hear the sweet sounds of music, contributing even more to the healing environment at Memorial Medical Center,” said Lisa Hume, Director of Philanthropy for Sutter Health’s South Valley. “We are so happy to be able to offer this enhanced experience, and can’t wait to share it with everyone.”

Memorial Medical Center teams have provided music therapy to cancer patients at the bedside at Memorial Medical Center since 2005.

“This creates a beautiful environment for everyone as they come in and out of our lobby,” said Justine Hancock-Marsh, a board certified music therapist who will help determine the types of music best suited for creating a soothing atmosphere in the lobby. “It helps create a more healing environment for our patients.”

PAMF Pulmonologist Performs First Robotic Bronchoscopy on a Patient in the U.S.

Posted on Apr 30, 2018 in Cancer, Innovation, Quality, Research, We're Awesome

New Procedure Advances Lung Cancer Diagnosis  and Treatment
                          

Ganesh Krishna, M.D.

Mountain View, Calif. – Ganesh Krishna, M.D., director of interventional pulmonology at PAMF, part of the not-for-profit Sutter Health network, successfully performed an innovative robotic bronchoscopy procedure to view the inside of the lungs and obtain a tissue sample from a patient with an abnormal CT scan of the chest.

This procedure, the first of its kind performed in the United States, took place on March 30 at El Camino Hospital, as part of a clinical trial of Auris Health’s Monarch Platform.

“Since the robotic bronchoscope has the ability to travel deeper into the lung and precisely guide a biopsy instrument to even the most difficult nodules, the technology offers the potential to diagnose lung cancer at an earlier stage,” said Dr. Krishna, who is also medical director of the Interventional Pulmonology Program at El Camino Hospital and fellowship director of the Interventional Pulmonary Fellowship Program in collaboration with University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

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Dodging raindrops, supporters enjoy Memorial Hospital Foundation’s 16th annual golf tournament fundraiser

Posted on Apr 17, 2018 in Cancer, Cardiac, Community Benefit

MODESTO, Calif. – Over 100 teams braved the elements at Modesto’s Del Rio Golf and Country Club on Monday, April 16th to assist in the fundraising efforts for Memorial Medical Center’s support services programs.

The 16th Annual Memorial Hospital Foundation Golf Classic is a popular event in the Modesto community. Business leaders and community members mark their calendars each April to enjoy a day of golf, camaraderie, dining and auction activities, all in support of community health care.

Members of the complementary therapies Art program display their original works, to be auctioned off at the golf tournament. L-R, Zina Hopson, Charlie Lockett and Ida Cremers, with Art group facilitator Galen Martin.

Memorial Hospital Foundation was created in 1975 to accept private gifts from the community to support Memorial Medical Center. Since its founding, the Foundation has received more than $18 million to support healthcare services that meet the needs of the local community. Read More

Sutter Amador Hospital Opens New Infusion Center

Posted on Mar 23, 2018 in Cancer, Uncategorized

Jackson, Calif. – For people with cancer, care is now one step closer to home. Sutter Amador Hospital has opened a new infusion center to patients on March 23.

The Irene Marie Infusion Center, a new facility located on the second floor of the Outpatient Services Building at Sutter Amador Hospital, now gives cancer patients a local option for treatment for many types of cancer that uses infusion for treatments.

“This monumental new addition to the hospital allows local residents to receive care in the community instead of driving more than an hour for these types of treatments,” said Anne Platt, CEO of Amador Hospital. “The Irene Marie Infusion Center, named in honor of the Spinty Foundation, provides a dedicated space for our patients to receive lifesaving treatments in a comfortable environment. This investment in new services at our hospital shows our continued commitment to our patients, our neighbors and our region.” Read More

Memorial Medical Center achieves four-year APEx® accreditation for radiation oncology services – one of only seven facilities in California

Posted on Nov 1, 2017 in Cancer

Daryn Kumar, MMC CEO (back row, left) celebrates with the Radiation Oncology team and physicians Dr. Garcia-Young and Dr. Neville (front row, left and right)

MODESTO, CA – Memorial Medical Center, part of Northern California’s Sutter Health network of hospitals, has become the first Sutter Health facility, and seventh facility in all of California, to achieve a four-year accreditation of their radiation oncology services from ASTRO — the premier radiation oncology society in the world.

Memorial achieved the accreditation by demonstrating compliance with the standards of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Accreditation Program for Excellence (APEx®).

“We are very, very happy to receive APEx accreditation,” said Chris Neville, M.D., DABR, a Sutter Gould Medical Foundation radiation oncologist and medical director for Memorial Medical Center’s Radiation Oncology program. “The accreditation is great affirmation of the high quality and safe patient care we provide for patients in our community.”

APEx is an independent radiation oncology practice accreditation program developed by ASTRO based on a comprehensive set of sixteen evidence-based standards of radiation oncology practice. The sixteen standards are focused on five pillars of patient care: 1) the process of care; 2) the radiation oncology team; 3) safety; 4) quality management; and 5) patient-centered care.

“Evaluating our processes in relation to ASTRO’s high standards, including standards for safety and quality, validates our practices and recognizes the efforts of our radiation oncology team to deliver patient-centered radiation oncology care,” added J. Alex Garcia-Young, M.D., DABR, fellow Sutter Gould radiation oncologist.

“ASTRO is proud to recognize Memorial Medical Center for achieving APEx accreditation,” said ASTRO chair David C. Beyer, MD, FASTRO. “Memorial Medical Center has demonstrated a commitment to providing their patients with safe, high-quality radiation therapy services.”

Accreditation through APEx is a rigorous, voluntary, multi-step process that can take up to one year to complete. Each center seeking APEx accreditation must have its policies and procedures evaluated using objective, verifiable expectations for performance in radiation oncology. It must demonstrate its commitment to high standards of safety and quality in the practice of radiation oncology and that it practices patient-centered care by promoting effective communication, coordinating treatment, and engaging patients and their families as partners in care.

APEx has a distinctive program structure that includes both a self-assessment process and a facility visit conducted by a medical physicist and a radiation oncologist, radiation therapist, nurse, dosimetrist, nurse practitioner, physician assistant or practice administrator. APEx integrates Maintenance of Certification (MOC) templates that promote value and efficiency for physicians and final evaluation reports that link standards and performance to quality improvement resources. APEx applicants also have access to a library of quality improvement practice management tools to facilitate a culture of safety. APEx reflects competencies and practices identified and endorsed in the 2012 ASTRO publication Safety is No Accident: A Framework for Quality Radiation Oncology and Care.

ABOUT MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER – Memorial Medical Center 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 Memorial Medical Center.

ABOUT ASTRO – ASTRO is the premier radiation oncology society in the world, with more than 10,000 members who are physicians, nurses, biologists, physicists, radiation therapists, dosimetrists and other health care professionals who specialize in treating patients with radiation therapies. As the leading organization in radiation oncology, the Society is dedicated to improving patient care through professional education and training, support for clinical practice and health policy standards, advancement of science and research, and advocacy.

ASTRO publishes three medical journals, International Journal of Radiation Oncology • Biology • Physics (www.redjournal.org), Practical Radiation Oncology (www.practicalradonc.org) and Advances in Radiation Oncology (www.advancesradonc.org); developed and maintains an extensive patient website, RT Answers (http://www.rtanswers.org); and created the Radiation Oncology Institute (www.roinstitute.org), a nonprofit foundation to support research and education efforts around the world that enhance and confirm the critical role of radiation therapy in improving cancer treatment. To learn more about ASTRO, visit www.astro.org.

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