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One of Nation’s Top Residency Programs is Magnet for Future Family Doctors

Posted on Apr 12, 2019 in People, Scroll Images, Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency Program Selects 12 Graduates for Class of 2022

SANTA ROSA-Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital (SSRRH) Family Medicine Residency Program announced its 2019 incoming class who will graduate the program in 2022.  Twelve of the nation’s top medical school graduates were selected from 747 applicants for this three-year program. The nationally recognized Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency program is one of 450 family medicine training programs in the United States and has trained hundreds of family physicians since its inception in 1938.

The 12 graduates who will begin the training program in July came from medical schools across the country; Drexel University, University of California Irvine, Texas Tech University, University of California Davis, Michigan State, University of Washington, Western University, Geisel School of Medicine, University of Massachusetts, Wayne State University, University of Maryland, and University of Wisconsin. They each come with an impressive background of academic achievement and community service.

The residency program is a critical strategic healthcare asset in confronting the emerging physician shortage in Sonoma County. The residency has been the largest single source of family physicians to Sonoma County for over 70+ years.  Residency graduates comprise nearly half of family physicians in Sonoma County. They fill private practices, community clinics, and large medical groups such as Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods, The Permanente Medical Group, local community health centers, Sonoma County Health Services and leadership positions throughout the medical community.

The Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency is under the sponsorship of Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital (SSRRH). To provide a broader base of support for the residency and optimize learning experiences for residents, SSRRH engaged Santa Rosa Community Health Centers, Kaiser Permanente, Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital and or St. Josephs Health as affiliate partners in the community.

About the Sutter Health Family Medicine Residency Program

With the initiation of formal training in general practice dating back to 1938, Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital (and formerly Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa) has an established tradition of excellent training of family physicians with the strong support of community physicians and specialists. In 1969, the program became affiliated with what has since become the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.

Dr. Steve Lockhart Honored for Skill and Service

Posted on Apr 11, 2019 in People, Quality, Scroll Images, Uncategorized

Sutter’s Chief Medical Officer Stephen H. Lockhart, M.D., Ph.D., has received a Distinguished Alumni Award from National Medical Fellowships (NMF). The award honors Dr. Lockhart for his commitment to improve healthcare and his passion for humanitarian work.

“Your leadership at Sutter Health, along with your wide-ranging experience as a healthcare administrator, academic achievements and remarkable philanthropic work, particularly your inspiring efforts in Haiti, make you a true role model and someone our young scholars should emulate as professionals,” wrote Esther R. Dyer, M.D., NMF president & CEO, in a letter to Dr. Lockhart.

NMF honors individuals who have made a lasting impact on healthcare and in the communities they serve. NMF is a nonprofit organization that provides scholarships and support for underrepresented minority students pursuing a career in medicine or the health professions.

NMF is the only national association solely dedicated to providing scholarships and support to students across all minority groups underrepresented in healthcare. NMF scholars come from low-income, minority, immigrant, urban and rural communities and demonstrate financial need.

NMF improves access to quality healthcare in medically underserved communities by increasing diversity the healthcare workforce. Learn more at www.nmfonline.org.

 

 

Inspirational Rock Inspires Police Officer to Give Back for Cancer Care

Posted on Mar 29, 2019 in People, Quality, Scroll Images, Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, Sutter Medical Foundation, Uncategorized

Sutter radiation oncologist Sharon Dutton, M.D., holds one of the Auburn Police Department Pink Patches and Lt. Michael Garlock shows off his cherished polished rock that says “Faith.”

AUBURN, Calif. – Lt. Michael Garlock of the Auburn Police Department cherishes the inspirational polished rock he chose when he completed his cancer treatment at the Sutter ROC – or Radiation Oncology Center – in Auburn. To show his gratitude, he established a Pink Patch campaign with the proceeds going to purchase more rocks and provide other services for Auburn-area cancer patients.

Lt. Garlock was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma in January 2018. While receiving his radiation treatments at the Sutter Medical Foundation Radiation Oncology Center on Bell Road in Auburn, he noticed those that completed their treatments got to choose a polished rock with an inspirational word on it.

“I remember thinking, I can’t wait until I get my rock,” he said. “It gave me hope that I can do this, that I can beat this.”

After 15 treatments, he chose the right rock for him, one that said “Faith.” Now in remission, Lt. Garlock assisted in getting the Auburn Police Department to participate in the Pink Patch Project. The Auburn Police Department officers union donated the funds to purchase patches that have a pink outline, and members of the community purchased them for $5 apiece during the month of October.

The donations were to go toward cancer patients, and Lt. Garlock decided the best use of the funds was to go to the Sutter Auburn ROC because he was struck by the compassion of the staff and the personal care  provided at a time when he was feeling most vulnerable.

Lt. Garlock received his radiation care in the Sutter Auburn ROC’s Linear Accelerator Room, where he poses with the ROC staff.

“The staff here has a genuine sincerity and a genuine caring for everyone to heal,” Lt. Garlock said. “I can’t say enough about this place.”

On Thursday, March 28, Lt. Garlock donated all the proceeds of the monthlong campaign — $365 — to the Sutter ROC in Auburn to purchase more rocks for patients and for other patient needs.

“Seeing these rocks gave me hope,” Lt. Garlock said. “If that’s what gives other patients hope, then I hope this donation buys a lot of rocks.”

The donation was made by Lt. Garlock to radiation oncologist Sharon Dutton, M.D., radiation therapist Carlos DelPozo, Regional Area Director Nancy Mathai, and the rest of the staff at the Sutter Auburn ROC.

“Our patients come from all over this upper I-80 corridor, many of whom don’t have a lot of services to help them get to treatment, so donations like this are really a blessing in their lives,” said Dr. Dutton. “To have a graduate of our oncology program doing so well and giving back, I think that gives people a lot of hope when they come into our center that they’re also going to get through it.”

These rocks gave Lt. Garlock hope as he went through a monthlong radiation regimen.

Lt. Garlock made the donation just days before heading out on a 10-week FBI training in Virginia. After making the donation, he told the staff that he cherishes his Faith rock and that he’ll keep it forever.

“In fact,” he said, “I think I’ll take it with me to Virginia.”

For those who would like to purchase a patch, the Auburn Police Department hopes to make the Pink Patch campaign an annual one, with patch sales starting again in October.

Toddler Nearly Dies on Airsoft Gun Pellet, Is Saved by Sutter Surgeon

Posted on Mar 13, 2019 in Pediatric Care, People, Quality, Scroll Images, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Sutter Roseville Medical Center

Joy Graf, M.D., reunites with the toddler whose life she saved by extracting a pellet that the child had inhaled.

“She went from near-death to back home in 24 hours.”

That’s how Daniel Falco, M.D., co-medical director of the Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento Children’s Center, sums up the story of Genevieve Sayers, the 18-month-old daughter of of Marissa and Kevin Sayers of Rocklin.

During breakfast on Jan. 29, Evie suddenly stopped breathing, turned purple and stopped responding. Her parents rushed her to the nearby fire station and an ambulance took her to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, where she was stabilized and sent by ambulance to Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento Children’s Center for emergency pediatric surgery. Doctors at the Sutter Children’s Center didn’t expect the child to survive the transport, but the Sutter Critical Care Team kept her alive.

Once at the hospital, she was expected to be put on a heart-and-lung-bypass machine called ECMO, but pediatric surgeon Joy Graf, M.D., was miraculously able to extract the pellet quickly.

Once awakened from sedation, Evie was back to her rambunctious self and left the hospital the next morning. The story illustrates how the Sutter staffs in Roseville and Sacramento worked together to work a miracle.

“I never thought I would appreciate attitude from a child,” mom Marissa Sayers says, “but every screech or flailing arm means that she is still our same little girl. … Everyone hug their kids tight;  your world can change in the blink of an eye.”

See the complete story of the family’s tearful reunion with the doctors and nurses who saved this child’s life on KOVR-CBS-13 and KXTV-ABC-10.

San Mateo Resident Celebrates 104th Birthday and Nearly Four Decades of Volunteer Service to Sutter Health

Posted on Jan 25, 2019 in People, Scroll Images, Sutter Care at Home

Dolores Duckworth celebrates her 104th Birthday with her volunteer family.

Sutter Health volunteer, 104-year-old Dolores Duckworth of San Mateo, has accumulated more than 10,000 hours of volunteer service since 1980.

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Sutter Delta Medical Center Welcomes New CEO

Posted on Jan 23, 2019 in Affiliates, People, Scroll Images, Sutter Delta Medical Center

SACRAMENTO, Calif.  – Sherie C. Hickman is the new chief executive officer of Sutter Delta Medical Center in Antioch. Hickman began her new role on Jan. 2.

Hickman comes to Sutter Delta from Novato Community Hospital, part of the Sutter Health not-for-profit network of care, where she served as administrator for two years.

“Sutter Delta Medical Center has a rich history of serving the healthcare needs of Antioch and the surrounding Delta communities,” says Hickman, “I am energized by the opportunity to work with Sutter Delta staff and physicians to enhance the well-being of the community.”

Hickman brings to this position a background in healthcare leadership that spans the continuum of care: outpatient care, hospital administration, post-acute care services and health plan administration. These roles included chief operating officer at Novant Health/Presbyterian Healthcare System in North Carolina, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan in Walnut Creek and Richmond, and Dignity Health/Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City prior to her administrator position at Sutter’s Novato Community Hospital.

Hickman is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), a member and past president of the California Association of Healthcare Leaders; a member of the Women Healthcare Executives group of Northern California, and of the National Association of Health Services Executives. In 2007, she received the ACHE’s Regents Award for Outstanding Leadership in Healthcare Administration, and in 2018 received the North Bay Business Journal’s Business Woman of the Year award.

Hickman earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Washington, Seattle, and a master’s degree in hospital administration from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. She has completed advanced leadership programs at the University of Southern California, Stanford University and Harvard University Business School.