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Bringing Needed Medical Care to Remote Areas of Haiti

Posted on Nov 30, 2018 in People, Uncategorized, We're Awesome

Urgent care doctor at Sutter Health PAMF works with medical volunteers to treat diseases linked to poverty, malnutrition and lack of water

For the last several years, David Sofen, M.D., Sutter Health PAMF Santa Cruz, has traveled to Haiti and other developing countries where he and a team of medical professionals have worked as volunteers treating countless numbers of people who have little or no access to health care.

Dr. Sofen, an urgent care doctor and medical director of patient experience for PAMF, recently returned from his sixth trip to rural southeast Haiti, a trip he made with The Flying Doctors/Los Medicos Voladores, a nonprofit that works to improve the health and well-being of geographically diverse people.

This year, the team consisted of Dr. Sofen, a Haitian physician and nurse, dentists from Haiti and the U.S., and interpreters.

Everyone on the team pays their own way, and money that is donated goes to medical care and paying the Haitian team members. The volunteers traveling from the U.S. bring several suitcases full of medical and dental supplies.

“It’s an exhausting trip, but we do good work,” Dr. Sofen said. “I return acutely cognizant of all the wonderful things we take for granted here at home and am always so grateful to have been born in this country.”

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Tiny Pup Brings Joy to Moms on Bed Rest

Posted on Oct 8, 2018 in People

Alice, a tiny and charming therapy dog, regularly cheers up moms on bed rest at CPMC’s California campus.

“Our moms on bed rest can be at the hospital for long periods of time,” says Lori Denault, a child life supervisor and NICU specialist who helps coordinate the pet therapy program at CPMC. “The transformation is amazing when the moms spend time with our pet therapy dogs. Alice and her fellow therapy dogs are so popular, we’ve had to increase their visits.”

The cute pup and her owner Marsha White, a retired nurse, were trained in animal-assisted therapy by the San Francisco SPCA.

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

Posted on Oct 5, 2018 in 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

Sutter Health’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center Supports Oakland’s Unsheltered Residents

Posted on Oct 3, 2018 in Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Community Benefit, People

Dr. Jerry Kozai, Alta Bates Summit CEO, pledges his support to an Oakland initiative to help move homeless people from encampments into temporary shelters.

People that live and work in Oakland know that the number of homeless encampments in the city has been on the rise for several years. Between 2015 and 2017, the number of unsheltered residents in Oakland has increased by 26 percent.

To help work on this crisis, Sutter Health’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center has partnered with the City of Oakland to support the city’s initiative to help move homeless people from encampments into temporary shelters. Over the last 10 months, the city has opened three Tuff Shed Shelter Community Cabin sites that provide shelter to Oakland’s long-term homeless population with social services connecting clients to health services, public benefits and other resources.

“Alta Bates Summit is committed to improving the health and wellness of our community and we are honored to be part of this collaborative partnership with the City of Oakland to help tackle the homeless crisis,” said Dr. Gerald Kozai, CEO, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. “Homelessness is a public health issue and these shelter sites are providing a safe and healthier alternative than living on the streets.” Read More

Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center Awards Scholarship to Aspiring Primary Care Physician

Posted on Sep 18, 2018 in People, Quality, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center, Santa Cruz, We're Awesome

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. –Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center of Santa Cruz recently awarded its twelfth annual Primary Care Physician award to Sarah Herrman, a 2018 graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC).

The scholarship is administered by SMSC and the UC Santa Cruz Foundation to help carry out a mission to provide high-quality primary care to Central Coast Medi-Cal patients. Scholarship recipients receive $10,000 to help support their studies at an accredited medical school provided they commit to returning to the Central Coast to practice in primary care after their education is completed.

“Sarah’s passion for ensuring healthcare for all will make her a strong advocate for her patients,” said Trina White, Chief Administrative Officer for SMSC. “In addition, her outstanding academic background, which combines both traditional biology and research in the rapidly developing field of epigenetics, is well suited for a future where medical care will encompass new understandings of how genes and the environment interact to influence health. SMSC is proud to be able to help support her as she enters medical school.” Read More

Sutter Lakeside Hospital Evacuation Update

Posted on Aug 5, 2018 in People, Uncategorized, We're Awesome

Sutter Lakeside Hospital and Clinics Continue to Be Closed Due to Fire Threat

Sacramento, Calif. — Sutter Lakeside Hospital and Sutter Care at Home offices in Lakeport continue to be closed to patients due to the Mendocino Complex fires.

The hospital and clinics have been under an evacuation order since Saturday, July 28, 2018.

A team of personnel are working onsite at the hospital to make sure it is secure, functional and able to open when it is appropriate. Although some local roads near the hospital may be opening, it is not yet certain when the hospital or the clinics will re-open.

“We are looking forward to once again serving patients with compassion and excellence when the hospital reopens,’’ said Dan Peterson, chief administrative officer at Sutter Lakeside Hospital. “When the hospital is cleared to open, we will notify patients and the communities we support.’’ Read More