Expanding Access

11 Things You Didn’t Know About the U.S.’s Largest Non-Academic Kidney Transplant Center

Posted on Nov 14, 2018 in California Pacific Medical Center, Expanding Access, Quality, Scroll Images

1. The kidney transplant team at Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) transplanted its first kidney in 1969.

2. In March, the program will celebrate its 50th anniversary and move to its new home at the brand new CPMC Van Ness Campus.

3. More than 6,000 people have received life-extending kidney transplants at CPMC. That’s enough to fill 15 jumbo jets!

4. Not for profit Sutter Health’s CPMC is the largest non-academic medical center transplant program in the country. Over 200 kidney transplants are performed at CPMC annually, making it one of the largest kidney transplant centers in the western United States.

5. CPMC is a pioneer in kidney paired donation. In 2011, the program made history as the first California transplant program to perform five paired donor transplants in one day. A paired donor transplant is when someone donates their kidney on behalf of a loved one so the loved one can receive a compatible kidney from someone else.

6. A software developer/kidney transplant patient collaborated with his CPMC surgeon to create a groundbreaking software program, called MatchGrid, which allows people who are willing to donate their kidney to a friend or relative but are found incompatible to be paired with a matching patient.

 

 

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Sutter Health Unveils New Sacramento Senior Health Center

Posted on Oct 30, 2018 in Carousel, Community Benefit, Expanding Access, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Transformation, Uncategorized

New PACE Facility to Triple Capacity, Expand Services for Sacramento County’s Growing Elderly Population

Cutting the ribbon for the new PACE Center are, from left, Sutter Health VP of Strategy & Business Development Phil Chuang; Sutter Valley Area Chief Medical Officer John Mesic, M.D.; City Councilman Jeff Harris; Sutter President of System Enterprises Rishi Sikka, M.D.; U.S. Rep. Doris Matsui; state Sen. Richard Pan, M.D.; and Sutter VP of External Affairs Keri Thomas.

With much fanfare, Sutter Health on Tuesday unveiled its new Sutter SeniorCare PACE Center, a 45,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art medical and day center complex that will replace two older facilities and effectively triple the capacity for Sacramento County elderly residents.

The new complex, which is located off Richards Boulevard and opens in mid-December, will offer:

  • Dedicated space for the care of seniors with Alzheimer’s and other cognitive issues.
  • Eight medical exam rooms, a dedicated procedure room and a dentistry suite.
  • Arts and crafts space where seniors can express their creativity.
  • Large, secure outdoor recreation areas for exercise and gardening.
  • Indoor and outdoor physical and occupational therapy areas.
  • A beauty salon.
  • A library with computer and printer access.
  • And many other services that help area seniors stay active and remain in their own homes.

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Physician’s Longtime Free Flu Clinics Continue in Tracy

Posted on Oct 5, 2018 in Community Benefit, Expanding Access, Uncategorized, Wellness

TRACY, Calif. — One of the longest-running free flu clinic programs in Northern California will continue this year with two opportunities for San Joaquin County residents at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, with the first once slated for Saturday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Free flu vaccinations have been given in Tracy since the early 1960s, when longtime San Joaquin County obstetrician and medical leader Audrey Glover, M.D., saw a need in the community to prevent the spread of the disease during the flu season. Through the years, about 60,000 free flu shots have been administered to local residents.

“The flu was devastating during those early years,” said longtime friend Dan Schack, a Tracy engineer. “Dr. Glover felt there was a need to provide the vaccinations for free.” Read More

Sutter Health partnership provides a safe place for homeless after hospital discharge

Posted on Sep 19, 2018 in Community Benefit, Expanding Access, Uncategorized

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Yolo Community Care Continuum (YCCC), Sutter Health and Dignity Health have announced a partnership for a pilot program that will provide respite care for those experiencing homelessness who need a safe place to rest and recover after being discharged from the hospital.

The Haven House program, located in Woodland, will focus on providing a safe place for homeless individuals to recuperate after hospital discharge and getting them linked to wraparound services and resources. They will be able to stay at Haven House, which offers four respite beds, for up to 29 days. During their stay, YCCC staff will assist guests by working to connect them to services including health insurance enrollment, finding a medical home, substance use and mental health services and placement in permanent housing.

As part of the partnership, Sutter Health and Dignity Health together have contributed $10,000 for tenant improvements to the Haven House, as well as providing $60,000 each for the program’s first year. Read More

Telepsychiatry program debuts at Sutter Health hospitals in the Central Valley

Posted on Aug 3, 2018 in Expanding Access

A workstation on wheels allows Sutter Health caregivers to connect patients in need with an on-call telepsychiatrist.

Increases to 13 the number of Sutter Health hospitals offering service

MODESTO, Calif. — In late July, Sutter Health’s telepsychiatry service launched at the emergency departments and inpatient medical units at Memorial Medical Center in Modesto, Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, and Memorial Hospital Los Banos.

The technology augments psychiatry consultation services and continuing efforts to use a standardized approach throughout Sutter Health’s acute care hospitals.

First launched at seven Sutter Health hospitals in October 2017, telepsychiatry services have continued to roll out to other locations this spring and summer, with two hospitals in April, one in May, and now Sutter’s three South Valley hospitals in July.

“System-wide, the service has completed over 1,283 consults since the initial launch in October,” said Tim Jones, Sutter Health’s telepsychiatry program manager for Mental Health Services. “We anticipate that our telepsychiatry service will be available at all Sutter hospital sites by the end of this year.”

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Memorial Hospital Los Banos Offers Expanded Hours to Community

Posted on Jun 28, 2018 in Expanding Access, Wellness

Memorial Hospital Los Banos Rural Health Clinic will offer expanded hours to the community beginning on July 1.

LOS BANOS, Calif.  Memorial Hospital Los Banos Rural Health Clinic will be expanding its hours beginning on July 1.

The clinic will be open from 8 a.m.-midnight Monday-Saturday at its current location, 1253 West I St., Los Banos, CA 93635.

“Expanding the clinic’s hours will allow us to dedicate resources to walk-in appointments and same day appointments so we can continue to provide outstanding health care to our community,” said Doug Archer, administrator, Memorial Hospital Los Banos. “We are excited about the continued success and growth of the Rural Health Clinic.”

To schedule an appointment, call the clinic at (209) 710-6333. For more information on the clinic, visit the Sutter Health website.