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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.

Becker’s Hospital Review Recognizes CEO Sarah Krevans

Posted on Dec 21, 2018 in People, Scroll Images, We're Awesome

Sutter Health President and CEO Sarah Krevans

Becker’s Hospital Review has named Sarah Krevans, president and CEO of Sutter Health, to its 2018 list of 143 women hospital and health system leaders to know.

The annual list was announced in December 2018 and includes women hospital and health system executives for institutions across the nation. According to Becker’s Hospital Review, “Whether they lead multi-state health systems or 25-bed critical access hospitals, these leaders face the challenges of running healthcare organizations head-on. Many wear multiple hats within their health system to promote organizational growth and drive innovation.”

The leaders on this year’s list were selected based on Becker’s Hospital Review editorial judgment after evaluation of their management and leadership skills, as well as career accomplishments.

View the 2018 list of 143 women hospital and health system leaders to know.

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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