Children’s Services

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

Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento ‘Super-Preemie’ Is March of Dimes’ Ambassador

Posted on Mar 16, 2018 in Children's Services, Quality, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Uncategorized, Women's Services

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – March of Dimes’ 2018 March for Babies ambassador is 3½-year-old Christian Nathaniel Rios Ashley, whose life was saved due to the advanced care of the Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento High-Risk Maternity Unit and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Christian, this year’s March of Dimes’ ambassador, with, from left, big brother Devin Ashley, Christian Ashley, mom Christina Rios-Ashley and godmother Andrea Browning.

After trying for several years, Christian’s parents, Christina and Daniel, were thrilled when they got pregnant. But at 22 weeks into her pregnancy, Christina was quickly hospitalized in the Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento High Risk Maternity Unit for incompetent uterus. The doctors told Christina, “We need to get this baby to 24 weeks,” where the odds of survival were much higher.

Christian was just 1 pound, 4 ounces at birth.

They came close. Christian was born just a couple days’ shy of 24 weeks and weighed only 1 pound, 4 ounces. The doctors prepared both Daniel and Christina for the worst. However, Christian’s parents didn’t give up and knew the Sutter team would do whatever they could to keep their baby alive and growing. Read More

Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento’s NICU Awarded $10,000 Grant from Huggies

Posted on Aug 2, 2017 in Children's Services, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento

Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento volunteers spend time in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit providing hugs to the tiniest patients to help their growth and development and put them on the path to going home sooner.

SACRAMENTO — For the over 500,000 premature babies born in the U.S. each year, human touch can have a powerful impact on healthy growth and development. To ensure that all babies—including those who are most vulnerable— get the hugs they need to thrive, the Huggies No Baby Unhugged program is awarding seven $10,000 grants to hospitals across the country to help support or establish volunteer hugging programs. These programs provide much needed physical human interaction for newborns in neonatal intensive care units (NICU) that can help make their transition from the hospital to the home quicker.

“Huggies believes deeply in the power of hugs. They provide much more than just a heartwarming cuddle – a hug can stabilize heart rates, increase oxygen levels and strengthen baby’s immune system,” said Giusy Buonfantino, president of Kimberly-Clark Baby and Child Care North America. “Huggies’ No Baby Unhugged grant program is proud to help hospitals across the U.S. give premature babies the care they need while in the NICU.”

Hospitals may use the grants in a variety of ways, such as investing in volunteer training and recruitment, hugger chairs and educational materials for volunteers. The seven hospitals receiving grants so far in 2017 include:

  1. Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Lebanon, New Hampshire
  2. Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, Valhalla, New York
  3. Chester County Hospital, West Chester, Pennsylvania
  4. Southern Illinois Healthcare Memorial Hospital, Carbondale, Illinois
  5. Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, California
  6. UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, Oakland, California
  7. UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, San Francisco, California

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