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Memorial Hospital Los Banos Awarded Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers

Posted on Apr 11, 2019 in Quality, Scroll Images

LOS BANOS, Calif.—Memorial Hospital Los Banos has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations.

“This is a very meaningful milestone for our community and our clinical care teams,” said Tushar Patel, M.D., medical director for stroke at Memorial Hospital Los Banos. “Our community can have confidence and peace of mind in knowing that exceptional stroke care is available here, thanks to the time and hard work invested by our staff.”

Memorial Hospital Los Banos, which is a part of Sutter Health’s not-for-profit, integrated network, underwent a rigorous onsite review last March. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement.

“Memorial Hospital Los Banos has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of stroke patients through its Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers,” said Patrick Phelan, executive director, Hospital Business Development, The Joint Commission. “We commend their teams for becoming a leader in stroke care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for stroke patients in its community.”

“We congratulate Memorial Hospital Los Banos for achieving this designation,” said Nancy Brown, chief executive officer, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. “By adhering to this very specific set of treatment guidelines Memorial Hospital Los Banos has clearly made it a priority to deliver high quality care to all patients affected by stroke.”

Established in 2003, Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers is awarded for a two-year period to Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals. The certification was derived from the Brain Attack Coalition’s “Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers” (JAMA, 2000) and the “Revised and Updated Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers” (Stroke, 2011).

Stroke is the number four cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year. Memorial Hospital Los Banos’ certification comes just in time for May, which is National Stroke Awareness Month.

Why and How Do We Age? New Study Launches at Sutter Health’s San Francisco Coordinating Center on Healthy Aging

Posted on Apr 9, 2019 in Affiliates, Innovation, Research, Scroll Images

SAN FRANCISCO – Until now, research on aging and how to preserve independence as we age has come almost entirely from mice, worms, and flies, or human studies of blood specimens. Researchers at Sutter Health’s San Francisco Coordinating Center (SFCC) are launching a breakthrough study—the Study of Muscle Mobility and Aging (SOMMA)—to understand the biology of human aging and how it influences people’s ability to remain independent. SOMMA is the first study of its kind in the U.S.

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CPMC Advanced Maternity Care with Nations Highest Maternity Age

Posted on Apr 4, 2019 in California Pacific Medical Center, Carousel, Scroll Images, Women's Services

SAN FRANCISCO – Yuan-Da Fan, M.D., chairman of the obstetrics and gynecology department at California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), a part of the Sutter Health not-for-profit network, recently interviewed with Robert Honda of NBC Bay Area public affairs program, Asian Pacific America, to discuss the trend toward older motherhood.

While this is a national trend it is particularly noticeable in the Bay Area. At CPMC the average age of mother delivering babies is the highest in the nation at 34.4 years of age. The oldest mother to deliver a baby at CPMC was 58.

“Across the entire country the maternity age is getting older, especially in San Francisco where we have highly educated and professional women”, said Dr. Fan. “Many women pursuing higher educational degrees and advancement in their careers are delaying motherhood until they achieve these goals.”

While delayed motherhood is increasingly becoming more common, Dr. Fan cautions that it carries additional risk. “Advanced maternal age, mothers over age 35, is associated with higher risk of miscarriage, preterm birth, cesarean delivery, complications during labor, and fetal abnormalities” Dr. Fan added.

Women over age 35 are advised to consult with their OBGYN provider to determine their risks associated with having a baby. Providers look at family background, medical history and other determinants to assess if the risks are great or not.

“We intend to continue providing the safest care to our older and complicated patients while also extending our support for low intervention births,” Dr. Fan stated. “Our goal is to celebrate each and every birth with successful outcomes and happy memories for all of our patients.”

 

Changing the Face of Healthcare

Posted on Apr 2, 2019 in Community Benefit, Scroll Images

Memorial Medical Center CEO Gino Patrizio, Executive Director of Philanthropy for Sutter Health Valley Area Lisa Hume and Director of External Affairs for Sutter Health Valley Area Holly Harper report out about how their collective efforts support the Stanislaus County community.

MODESTO, Calif.–People may think of healthcare in terms of exam rooms and lab coats, stethoscopes and tongue depressors. Today, healthcare’s modern look features kids fitness classes, donations of healthy food items through mobile food banks or linking the homeless to wrap-around services like housing support, mental health services or addiction counseling.

The image of healthcare is changing—thanks to the teamwork between Sutter and various organizations in our Northern California communities.

During a recent gathering in Modesto, Memorial Medical Center CEO Gino Patrizio and Holly Harper, Sutter Health’s Director of External Affairs in the Valley, talked about how the health of our patients hinges on the health and well-being of their community. They hit on some highlights of how efforts inside and outside hospital and clinic walls supported the greater Stanislaus County in 2018:

  • In partnership with Sutter Health, Golden Valley Health Center’s Street Medicine Program delivers care to those who need it most. Last year, the street medicine program.
    • Served 2,083 individuals experiencing homelessness
    • Conducted 582 nurse assessments
    • Scheduled 70 primary care appointments
  • With support from Sutter Health, Second Harvest’s Mobile Fresh for Kids program made a tremendous impact at Shackelford Elementary School in the first half of 2018:
    • Served 651 children and youth
    • Distributed 48,503 pounds of food and 5,859 nutrition education handouts
    • More than half of parents whose children participated reported increased nutritional knowledge and preparation of healthier meals

Overall, Sutter invested more than $56 million to the underserved through charity care, unreimbursed costs of Medi-Cal and other community benefit support in 2018. This included nearly $1.1 million toward community partnerships that improve the quality of life for those in Stanislaus County. Working with 15 community partners, the programs served more than 43,000 adults and youth in neighborhoods throughout Modesto and all of Stanislaus County. Additionally, it provided more than 104,000 services to the community, including primary care appointments, school wellness activities, transportation and more

“With our community partners, we are always looking for innovative ways to expand access to care, helping to link patients to critical health and social services,” said Harper.  “We couldn’t do this without the help of community partners and feel fortunate to have the opportunity to collaborate with such innovative, creative and dedicated individuals, who are all working toward common goals.”

Many of the community investments stem from direct feedback from residents. Every three years, Sutter Health conducts Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA) to determine the unique needs and challenges for each community Sutter supports and serves. Using both qualitative and quantitative data collection and focus groups, the CHNA report helps us identify this region’s communities of concern by zip code and the health needs of highest priority. The 2019 CHNA is now underway across Sutter Health.

For more information about Sutter’s investment into Northern California communities, visit Sutter Health’s Community Benefit page.

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.

CPMC Van Ness Campus Hospital: Real Estate Deal of the Year

Posted on Mar 29, 2019 in California Pacific Medical Center, Scroll Images

SAN FRANCISCO –The San Francisco Business Times honored Sutter’s California Pacific Medical Center Van Ness Campus Hospital with a Real Estate Deal of the Year recognition in their Superlative category. The Superlative recognition is for projects and deals that stood out for their size, significance and complexity. CPMC was one of six in this category. Overall 33 deals, projects and people were recognized this year by the San Francisco Business Times.

The new $2.1 billion, 11-story CPMC Van Ness Campus Hospital opened in March and has 274 acute-care beds that bring together inpatient services from two of its other hospitals. Now, eyes are on how its debut might transform the Van Ness corridor, which, CPMC CEO Dr. Warren Browner pointed out, used to be lined with car dealerships.

“Even though by any measure it is one of the grand avenues of San Francisco, it has never had much of an identity other than City Hall…at one end of it,” Browner said. “What will be really interesting to me as a San Franciscan is to see how this changes the neighborhood — whether it becomes more of a focus for healthcare.”

Writes the San Francisco Business Times in a March 27 article about the deal: “The main impetus for the CPMC campus was new state seismic safety standards that require hospitals to stay standing and functional after an earthquake. To tackle this, the hospital was the first project in the U.S. to open with viscous wall damper technology. The dampers use steel and a thick fluid to act as shock absorbers during an earthquake. Using them allowed the project to ultimately cut costs after testing showed the building wouldn’t need some of the usual seismic systems in addition to the dampers, said Kent Hetherwick, SmithGroup project manager for the CPMC Van Ness Campus hospital.

The zero-lot-line site required all kinds of other innovation on the part of SmithGroup and others working on the project. They used techniques such as 3-D modeling, preassembly and prefabrication to improve their coordination in advance of their actual time on site.

The end result? It’s an ‘incredibly beautiful and functional’ space that came in well under budget and delivered everything that was hoped for it, Browner said.”