Quality

Lucky Landing: Mobile Stroke Unit Treats Traveler at SFO

Posted on Oct 28, 2019 in Expanding Access, Innovation, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, Neuroscience, Quality, Research, Scroll Images, Uncategorized

BURLINGAME, Calif. – It was a 9-1-1 response three years  in the making.

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Stroke Patient on Integrated Health Network: ‘This Is How Medicine Should Work’

Posted on Oct 25, 2019 in California Pacific Medical Center, Innovation, Neuroscience, Novato Community Hospital, Quality, Scroll Images, Uncategorized

When Patricia Mosier had a stroke, she was worried she wouldn’t be able to stay active. However, the integrated network of care from her community hospital in Novato to the more advanced neuroscience services at San Francisco’s California Pacific Medical Center got her back doing the activities that she loves. “This is how medicine should work,” she says about the continuum of care she received from Sutter’s integrated network. See her story in the following video:

For more on Sutter’s integrated network and how it leads to healthier communities, go to www.sutterhealth.org/newsroom/can-expect-integrated-network.

Expectant Mom Suffers Massive Stroke: How a Health Network Saved Her and Her Baby

Posted on Oct 25, 2019 in Affiliates, Carousel, Expanding Access, Innovation, Neuroscience, Pediatric Care, People, Quality, Scroll Images, Sutter Davis Hospital, Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa, Sutter Roseville Medical Center, Women's Services

Just two days from delivering her third child, Vivian Dos Santos suffered an intracerebral hemorrhage – a life-threatening stroke. Watch her amazing story, with details on how an integrated health network saves and blesses lives, by viewing the following video. You may want some tissues handy just in case …

For more on her story, and to view an infographic on Sutter’s integrated system, go to www.sutterhealth.org/newsroom/can-expect-integrated-network.

Diabetes Getting You Down? Class Offers Answers Close to Home

Posted on Oct 22, 2019 in Affiliates, Expanding Access, Quality, Scroll Images, Sutter Delta Medical Center, Wellness

ANTIOCH, Calif. — The farther outside of metropolitan areas people live, the harder it can be for them to access healthcare services, in large part due to the time and money it takes to travel outside of the community for care. Diabetes education is no exception.

Now, people with diabetes can access the most up-to-date and accurate diabetes education without leaving the area. Recently, Sutter Delta Medical Center’s Outpatient Diabetes Center achieved accreditation by the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), joining other affiliated hospitals within the Sutter Health integrated network of care.

Shahla Cano, R.D., a registered dietician, certified diabetes educator and board certified advance diabetes manager says the accreditation is important because, “We want to make sure our patients don’t have to travel for diabetes education. Forty-five to 50 percent of patients here in Eastern Contra Costa County have diabetes—and those are only the ones who know about it. Unfortunately, there are not that many resources available to a population that is so critically impacted.”

Shahla Cano, R.D., CDE, BC-ADM

Sutter Delta’s accreditation by AADE means that the program operates based on evidence-based guidelines, offers approved educational materials, and the educators are accredited.

Cano says that all too often people don’t realize the dire consequences of unmanaged diabetes. More than that, people with Type 2 diabetes can easily fall into a “shame and blame” trap and end up feeling guilty, which impacts their motivation to seek care. She wants to see more people in the community get educated on what she calls the “basics of diabetes management.”

“It’s about the little things: taking the proper medications, taking care of your eyes and feet, and seeing your doctor,” she says.

Effective diabetes management is a team effort. It requires patient participation, effective education and communication with clinicians. Physicians don’t have the time to spend hours with individual patients, which is why Cano says resources like the Outpatient Diabetes Center are critical.

Sutter Delta’s accreditation is important for several reasons according to Cano. “The accreditation is recognized by the physicians. We have to follow certain standards. And it pushes us to follow evidence-based care. What we say to people carries a lot of weight, and if the information you give isn’t evidence-based, it could cause major harm. What I teach my patients is not something I am making up—it is based on years of research.”

Cano is proud of the accreditation because it helps Sutter Delta better serve the local community by providing easier access to diabetes education. “Diabetes education is a challenge, but we have to try because one person could make the difference. I want to give it everything I have because it could make a difference in one person’s life.”

Cano has a wealth of information she’s eager to share with members of the community living with diabetes, from diabetes management tips to information about glucose monitoring devices that may be covered by insurance.

The free Living Well with Diabetes Class is held once a month from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Sutter Delta Medical Center Education Center at 3901 Lone Tree Way in Antioch. The class covers:

  • Weight management
  • Stress reduction
  • Blood sugar control
  • Complication reduction

The class also includes a $5 lunch voucher for the hospital’s cafeteria.

Those who would like the schedule or are interested in registered can call the center at (925) 779-3605.

Sutter Research: Advancing Care for Patients with Breast Cancer

Posted on Oct 21, 2019 in Affiliates, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, California Pacific Medical Center, Expanding Access, Innovation, Memorial Medical Center, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Quality, Research, Scroll Images, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Transformation, Women's Services

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Breast cancer research has the potential to improve cancer care for the 3.8 million American women living with the illness. Recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’re highlighting the bold science and game-changing breast cancer research at Sutter. This work can help advance knowledge of how to detect and treat the illness.

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Rare Hospital-Based Treatment Program Helps People Beat Addiction

Posted on Oct 17, 2019 in Affiliates, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Quality, Scroll Images

(OAKLAND, Calif.)Alta Bates Summit Medical Center’s Merritt Peralta Institute (MPI) for chemical dependency treatment has helped more than 15,000 people since its founding in 1979. At 40 years old, MPI is the oldest hospital-based addiction detoxification and treatment program in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Hospital-based treatment means that the MPI staff is able to treat people for drug and/or alcohol addiction who also have underlying medical conditions such as diabetes or cancer.

“There are only six hospital-based inpatient treatment centers like ours in all of California,” says Terry Arnold, MPI program manager. “Having access to a doctor and 24-hour nursing care makes our program unusual. We take a lot of pride in providing comprehensive care to our participants and we look forward to offering these services for many more decades to come.”

MPI is a voluntary treatment program that provides comprehensive treatment for addiction with the caring, ongoing support and medical attention needed to understand the disease of chemical dependency and make the transition to recovery.

“What has set our program apart over the last 40 years is our highly trained staff who have dedicated themselves to care for our participants and their families,” says Arnold.

To meet the diverse needs of MPI clients over the years, the 24-bed program has expanded access to accommodate more participants dealing with addiction to opioids and other pain killers.

“Over the last 15 years, we have seen a large increase in opioid addiction, with 25 percent of our program participants now receiving care for it,” adds Arnold. “I’m proud of how our program has evolved and accommodated to meet the demand.”

Addiction-Free Pain Management

At MPI, opiate-addicted people with chronic physical pain learn alternative techniques to dealing with it, including the use of non-addictive medications and acupuncture, guided imagery, hypnosis and restorative yoga.

MPI is a full-service addiction treatment program which offers:

  • medically-supervised detoxification
  • inpatient and residential rehabilitation
  • day treatment
  • morning and evening intensive outpatient programs
  • comprehensive family program
  • continuing care services to offer the support needed to stay in recovery
  • complementary therapies like yoga, acupuncture and NeuroAdvantage—a drug-free technology used to train the nervous system to activate a relaxation response

Clinical Excellence and Tailored Treatment Plans

MPI is certified by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). To achieve this certification, MPI demonstrates that it conforms to rigorous and internationally-recognized standards.

Each MPI participant works directly with the medical staff and chemical dependency counselors to develop a customized treatment plan tailored to their specific needs and preferences.

Recovery can begin the moment you are ready to stop the cycle of addiction and reclaim your life. To schedule an assessment interview at MPI or for more information, call 510-652-7000.