Children’s Services

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

Local Girl Scout pays it forward

Posted on Jun 4, 2018 in Children's Services, Memorial Medical Center

 

Girl Scout Julisa Solorio delivers baby blankets

MODESTO, Calif.Julisa Solorio was born 13 years ago…about 14 weeks earlier than planned. Now, 13 years later, she is repaying an act of kindness shown her mother during a very trying time.

For her Girl Scouts Silver Award project, Julisa organized a group to assist her in sewing 50 handmade baby blankets. She and her mom recently delivered the baby blankets to Memorial Medical Center’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), and Memorial’s staff were more than happy to accept them.

Julisa was born at 26 weeks and weighed 2 pounds, 3.8 ounces. “We were on vacation in Squaw Valley when contractions started,” said Angelica Solorio, Julisa’s mom. Read More

SeaWorld Brings Penguins, Alligators to Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento

Posted on May 9, 2018 in Children's Services, Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — It was a wild day at Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento as penguins walked down the hallways, an alligator sat on the playroom table and hedgehogs, a lemur and possums drew the attention of children, families and employees throughout the morning.

De’Andrae was fascinated with the penguin that SeaWorld brought to visit Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento on Wednesday.

SeaWorld brought its animal ambassadors to the pediatric unit of the hospital on Wednesday while on a stopover to the state capitol.

As part of SeaWorld’s commitment to education and wildlife conservation, the park visited Sacramento with some special animal friends. SeaWorld is dedicated to improving the lives of marine animals and protecting the health of our blue planet. Meeting animals up close provides the connection that makes people care more about wild species and wild places.

“We are thrilled that SeaWorld visited us today,” said Amy Medovoy, child life coordinator, Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento. “It’s pretty exciting for everyone to have the opportunity to visit with these animals and get so much closer to the than you typically can at the zoo.”

The visit was uplifting for everyone – from toddlers to hospital staff. Read More