Cardiac

Surgical Breakthrough Allows Discreet Scar for Pediatric Heart Patients

Posted on Aug 3, 2018 in Cardiac, Children's Services, 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

Sutter Health Hospitals Honored for High Quality Stroke Care

Posted on Jun 13, 2018 in Cardiac, Quality, Scroll Images

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Seven hospitals within Sutter Health’s not-for-profit network received recognition for providing a high level of stroke care by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association as part of the 2018 “Get With The Guidelines” awards.

Sutter’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center (Summit campus) in Oakland, California Pacific Medical Center, (Pacific campus) in San Francisco, Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, Memorial Medical Center in Modesto, Mills-Peninsula Medical Center in Burlingame, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento and Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital each earned a Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for their commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. Read More

Porges family honored for helping create “Pathway” to good health

Posted on May 24, 2018 in Cardiac, Expanding Access

L-R: Lauren Schmidt, Leia Schmidt, Evan Porges, Norm Porges, Marilyn Porges, and Ronna Porges celebrate the pathway to good health created by their support of the Heart and Vascular Institute.

MODESTO, Calif. – May 24, 2018 –The Porges family, owners of the successful chain of Prime Shine Car Wash locations in the Central Valley, was recently honored during a reception acknowledging their $100,000 donation to Memorial Hospital Foundation for the Sutter Health Heart & Vascular Institute at Memorial Medical Center.

The hall that leads to the Heart and Vascular Institute on the 3rd floor of MMC’s North Tower is now known as the “Porges Family Pathway to Your Good Health.”

“Prime Shine has been a part of the Central Valley for over twenty-seven years, and we couldn’t be more proud that we have the ability to donate to this institute,” said Evan Porges, Prime Shine Car Wash president. “It will provide our community vital heart care, not just today, but for generations to come.”

The institute allows MMC to place a renewed emphasis, not only on providing new treatments for heart disease, but also new ways to prevent this devastating illness — the number one killer in America. Heart disease can strike anyone at any time, without regard for age, ethnicity or gender. Half of men and two-thirds of women who die suddenly of coronary artery disease have had no symptoms and no known risk factors. Read More

Sutter ICUs Receive Beacon Awards for Critical-Care Excellence

Posted on May 4, 2018 in Cardiac, Quality, Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, 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

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

App Created to Educate Clinicians, Public about Chest-Wall Deformities

Posted on Mar 30, 2018 in Cardiac, Children's Services, Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Uncategorized

“The Pectus Clinic” app is available for free on all smartphones.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento congenital cardiothoracic surgeon Teimour Nasirov, M.D., is on a mission to educate the public and physicians on chest-wall deformities. He created a free app called “The Pectus Clinic” that describes common chest-wall deformities, their diagnosis, as well as conservative and surgical management. It is available for all smartphones by searching “pectus.”

Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento has one of the few programs in the United States that offer chest-wall deformity surgeries for both children and adults.

Dr. Nasirov said that he wanted to create a simple-to-use application to provide information to clinicians as well as public in general on signs, symptoms, work-up and management of the most common chest-wall deformities. Read More