Children’s Services

Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento Volunteer Earns Prestigious Community Service Award

Posted on Oct 5, 2018 in Children's Services, People, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento

Zachary Wandell

SACRAMENTO — Innovative thinking and philanthropic giving can lead one person to great things.
Sacramento Allstate agency owner Zachary Wandell, a Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento Child Life Program volunteer, Sutter Medical Center Foundation board member and Sutter Children’s Advisory Board Member, was awarded with the 2018 Allstate Ray Lynch Community Service Award. The recognition is a top national honor commending one agency owner across the country for giving back and supporting people and organizations in their local communities.
“I want to thank the children and their families for this award,” said Zack during the presentation. “I am a stranger walking into a hospital room saying ‘Hi. I’m Zack. I have fun stuff for you.’ And that is uncomfortable because I am a tall male in a female-dominated environment. Some kids cry because they think I’m a doctor, but it’s just fun stuff; and along the way, they share their journey with me and their milestones.”

Allstate highlighted Zack’s great work at Sutter Children’s Center in a video which was shown at the company’s recent leadership conference, while he was surrounded by top-performing peers.
Zack is the founder of Donut Dash 501c3, a nonprofit organization which organizes several Sacramento events that have resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations brought into Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento. Those donations have helped Sutter Children’s Center’s Child Life team expand and add programs which benefit patients and families. Read More

Amazon Puts Big Smiles on Children’s Faces During Tech Camp

Posted on Sep 21, 2018 in Children's Services, 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

Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center of Santa Cruz Earns Two Awards for Excellent Care of Mothers and Newborns

Posted on Aug 8, 2018 in Children's Services, Organizational News, Quality, We're Awesome, Women's Services

SANTA CRUZ, Calif.–Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, part of the Sutter Health network, announced today it has earned a Perinatal Care Certification from The Joint Commission as well as designation as a Baby-Friendly hospital – two recognitions from prestigious industry groups underscoring the hospital’s outstanding care for families and newborn babies. Read More

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

Study: Ibuprofen Safe for Infants Under 6 Months

Posted on Jul 25, 2018 in Children's Services, Research, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Uncategorized

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

Sacramento River Cats Spread Joy at Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento

Posted on Jun 7, 2018 in Children's Services

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – They talked baseball with teenage boys. They threw baseballs in the playroom with siblings of patients. They even held hands with little girls and walked them down the hall.

Jordan receives an autographed baseball from Dinger, the Sacramento River Cats mascot on Thursday.

The Sacramento River Cats made another memorable visit to Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento on Thursday, visiting patients and families throughout the pediatrics unit as part of the summer caravan series. The River Cats stopped in at Sutter Davis Hospital in May to kick off the caravan, visiting patients, employees and guests and patrons who shopped at the hospital’s Davis Farmers Market.

But Thursday was all about the kids.

“We are so grateful to these guys for coming out – on a game day, no less – and spending time with the children and their families,” said Kelly Curry, child life assistant, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. “Their visit means so much to everyone – from our youngest patients to the parents and our staff.” Read More