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Mills-Peninsula Medical Center Receives Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center Certification

Posted on Jul 1, 2019 in Expanding Access, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, Quality, Scroll Images, Uncategorized

BURLINGAME, Calif. – Mills-Peninsula Medical Center (MPMC), part of the Sutter Health not-for-profit network, has received certification as a Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center (TSC) from The Joint Commission, in collaboration with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA).

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Safari-Themed ‘Bring Your Child to Work Day’ Gives Career Exploration A Whole Meaning

Posted on Jun 19, 2019 in Scroll Images, Uncategorized

SACRAMENTO, Calif.–Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento hosted a “Take Your Child to Work Day,” but this is much different than the usual one where the children just sit around and watch Mom or Dad work. More than a dozen stations were set up for children to learn about healthcare and try their hand at specialized skills.

Among the stations:

  • A giant-sized game of “Operation” where kids can test their surgery skills.
  • A machine will “X-ray” the children’s arms in real time.
  • Kids were able to pet and interact with dogs used for therapy throughout the hospital.
  • The hospital’s germ-zapping robot will be displayed to show how it helps to kill germs in patient rooms.

“I love our pediatric services, and I love kids,” said Trisha Klaassen, R.N., SMCS clinical nurse educator who helped construct the oversized “Operation” game. “I wanted to find a good way to teach them about what we do here and how we teach.”

It was presented with a safari theme—featuring exotic animals (not real, of course!) such as lions, zebras, elephants and monkeysadding to the fun and adventure of the day.

The event is really a celebration of Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento teams and the work they do every day. Staff put on the entire event themselves and look forward to it each year.

According to a new list by Forbes magazine, Sutter Health ranked 26th on California’s list and took the top spot for employers headquartered in the Sacramento region.

Sutter Health Statement on Antitrust Litigation

Posted on Jun 6, 2019 in Uncategorized

Sutter Health is vigorously defending itself against what we believe are baseless allegations brought by self-interested plaintiffs whose lawsuit is supported by insurance companies.  It is insurance companies who will benefit from the remedies sought through this litigation, not Northern California patients who would be left with reduced access to quality and affordable healthcare.

The Affordable Care Act explicitly encourages integrated models of care like Sutter Health to foster better quality and value in healthcare. Yet the plaintiffs suing us want to dismantle Sutter’s integrated network in order to expand insurance companies’ market share and give them more power to create contracts that move Northern California patients into a narrow band of doctors and providers, making it easier for insurers to limit patient choice, reduce patient reimbursements and deny patient claims.

Put simply, the plaintiffs in this matter are attempting to usurp government authority and use the Court to achieve the insurance industry’s public policy objectives, making an end-run around the State’s legislators and regulators. Regulating Sutter Health is the responsibility of the California Department of Public Health, which acts in the best interest of the State’s citizens, not out-of-state insurance companies.

 

Sutter Delivers the Best Mother’s Day Gifts: New Babies

Posted on May 12, 2019 in California Pacific Medical Center, Quality, Scroll Images, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Uncategorized, Women's Services

SACRAMENTO and SAN FRANCISCO — While looking down lovingly at her brand-spanking-new little baby boy, Cody, a tired yet glowingly beautiful Leah Strange of Sacramento pondered how grateful she felt to have given birth on Mother’s Day.

Leah Strange gave birth to baby Cody on Mother’s Day at Sutter Medical Center. Looking at his baby girl is Dad Adam Strange.

“He was overdue,” Leah said, “but I had a feeling he was going to wait it out and make it an extra-special day.”

By Sunday afternoon, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento already made it an extra-special day for 11 women by delivering the best Mother’s Day gift ever – 11 new babies. By the end of the day, it was expected that 15 bundles of joy would be born at what is known by the locals as “Sacramento’s baby hospital,” which has delivered a city worth of babies – nearly 400,000 – in its 95-year history. More than 6,000 babies are born there every year.

Ninety miles west, it was the first Mother’s Day at Sutter CPMC Mission Bernal campus, one of the newest hospitals in Northern California, having replaced the venerable St. Luke’s campus. As extra-special treats, Mission Bernal serenaded new moms with a musical duo from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music to go along with their new, spacious rooms and penthouse views of the City by the Bay.

Janelle McCarthy was born at St. Luke’s, but gave birth to her second daughter, Evelyn, at the new CPMC Mission Bernal hospital campus. With them is Dad Sean McCarthy and their first daughter, Alexandria.

Janelle McCarthy, with her baby, Evelyn, was getting ready to go home, but she and her little family stopped long enough to appreciate the calming classical sounds of the flute-and-guitar duo.

“I am really happy to be at this hospital,” she said. “I was born at St. Luke’s, my first child was born at St. Luke’s, and now my second child was born here at Mission Bernal. They really take care of you here. It’s great.”

In Northern California, more babies are born at Sutter Health hospitals than anywhere else. The CPMC campuses at Mission Bernal and Van Ness deliver half of all babies born in San Francisco, and Mission Bernal is on target for more than 1,000 newborns in its first year. Throughout Northern California, an average of about 85 babies – or almost four kindergarten classes worth – are born at Sutter Health hospitals every single day … and some, like Cody Strange, hold out to be born on Mother’s Day.

“I feel super lucky and fortunate to have the opportunity to carry him and deliver him, and then be healthy and here,” said Leah Strange as she fought back tears. “So, I’m super grateful.”

Charisse Francis and Kalin Green are all smiles with Kalin’s “Mother’s Day gift,” baby Marley-Rose.

Down the hall, though, it sounded more like the Mother’s Day present was for Dad, not Mom.

Charisse Francis of Sacramento looked stunning as she prepared to go home with her third child, a beautiful, little girl named Marley-Rose. Waiting at home are Marley-Rose’s two brothers, who are just 3 and 2 years old.

“I have two boys who really, really love Mom a lot,” said proud papa Kalin Green as he held Marley-Rose. “I understand. I’m a Mama’s boy, and they are too, so I need a Daddy’s girl.” As Charisse laughed, Kalin looked down at his little sweetheart and said, “So this is mine.”

Mills-Peninsula Physician Receives International Achievement Award from American Diabetes Association

Posted on May 1, 2019 in Mills-Peninsula Health Services, People, Quality, Scroll Images, Uncategorized

BURLINGAME, Calif. – Congratulations to David Klonoff, M.D., FACP, FRCP (Edin), Fellow AIMBE, medical director of the Diabetes Research Institute at Mills-Peninsula Medical Center, on being the 2019 recipient of the Outstanding Physician Clinician in Diabetes Award from the American Diabetes Association. This is the highest international award for a diabetes clinician and Dr. Klonoff is the first diabetes physician from Northern California to ever receive this award.

“Being a physician at Mills-Peninsula Medical Center (MPMC) has allowed me to meet many amazing physicians, nurses and educators here, and to work on projects that can benefit patients from San Mateo County, the United States and the entire world,” Dr. Klonoff said. “Development of cutting-edge treatments for diabetes, such as the artificial pancreas, new insulins, software for dosing diabetes medications, cybersecurity standards for wearable diabetes devices and new methods for measuring glucose and Hemoglobin A1c, are what we do at MPMC.  I am very happy to be part of the great MPMC staff and to be recognized for my work as a diabetes clinician at MPMC.”

Dr. Klonoff has been a member of the medical staff at Mills-Peninsula Medical Center, part of Sutter Health, since 1981.

Dr. Klonoff, along with the seven additional recipients of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) 2019 National Scientific and Health Care Achievement Awards, will be honored in a special ceremony during the ADA’s 79th Scientific Sessions. More than 11,000 leading physicians, scientists and healthcare professionals from around the world are expected to convene at the Scientific Sessions, making it the world’s largest scientific meeting focused on diabetes research, prevention and care.

“This year’s National Scientific and Health Care Achievement Award recipients are distinguished global leaders in research, clinical care and academic medicine. Collectively, their incredible contributions and research discoveries have informed on important management strategies that helped us decrease the incidence of many serious complications of diabetes, address co-morbidities and improve quality of life for the millions of people living with diabetes,” said William T. Cefalu, M.D., Chief Scientific, Medical and Mission Officer of the ADA.

An endocrinologist specializing in the development and use of diabetes technology, Dr. Klonoff is the author of more than 300 publications and has been a principal investigator on more than 110 clinical trials, including the first randomized controlled multicenter trial of an outpatient artificial pancreas product. He chaired the scientific advisory board for developing the first FDA-approved insulin patch pump and participated in development of the first FDA-approved dedicated diabetes telemedicine system, the first FDA-approved inhaled insulin, and the first three FDA-approved incretin drugs for diabetes.

Dr. Klonoff has served as a civilian medical officer for the U.S. Army’s Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) for biosensors and physiologic monitoring, and chaired the CDC’s initiative, “Sticking with Safety,” for safe blood glucose monitoring to avoid transmitting blood-borne viruses. He also led technical and clinical guideline panels about continuous glucose monitoring for CLSI and the Endocrine Society.

In 2010, Dr. Klonoff received the FDA Director’s Special Citation Award, and in 2012, he was elected as a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. That same year, he also received the 2012 Gold Medal Oration and Distinguished Scientist Award from the Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialties Centre and Madras Diabetes Research Foundation of Chennai, India, which is the world’s largest diabetes clinic. In 2000 Dr. Klonoff founded Mills-Peninsula’s Dorothy L. and James E. Frank Diabetes Research Institute to facilitate development of new devices and drugs for people with diabetes.

Dr. Klonoff is the founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology, and founder of the Diabetes Technology Meeting, the Digital Diabetes Congress, and the Hospital Diabetes Meeting. As diabetes technology has become ever more connected, Dr. Klonoff has also become involved in advancing security standards for internet-connected medical devices. He is a member of the Healthcare Sector Coordinating Council Joint Cyber Working Group for Medical Devices/Healthcare, and chaired the groups developing the world’s first consensus medical device cybersecurity standards. He is also a clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Klonoff is a graduate of UC Berkeley, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in his junior year, and UCSF Medical School, where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha in his junior year. His postgraduate training included two years at UCLA Hospital and three years at UCSF Hospitals.

 

Environmental Stewardship: A Year-Round Commitment for Sutter Health

Posted on Apr 30, 2019 in Carousel, Scroll Images, Transformation, Uncategorized

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—In just the last few years, Sutter Health’s Environmental Stewardship committees have made major strides toward minimizing waste, increasing energy efficiency, and creating healthier communities for patients and their families.

Sutter Health Chief Medical Officer Stephen Lockhart, M.D., leads Sutter Health’s Environmental Stewardship program. He says protecting the environment is integral to the not-for-profit integrated network of healthcare organization’s mission.

“Our mission is to care for the communities that we are privileged to serve,” Dr. Lockhart says. “But caring comes in many forms. It’s what I refer to as caring for creation, caring for the environment in which we all live, work and raise our families.”

One of many big Environmental Stewardship initiatives underway for 2019 is the Food Committee’s plan to increase the amount of plant-based food offered in Sutter’s hospital cafeterias.

While the production, transportation and disposing of food—most significantly of meat—accounts for a large percentage of greenhouse gas emissions, plant-based diets and diets low in red meat are associated with significantly less environmental harm.

Kim Buss, M.D., Sutter Health Telephonic Disease Management Program medical director and a member of the Food Committee, says plant-based diets have the added bonus of helping prevent and manage multiple conditions, including heart disease and high blood pressure.

“Improving blood pressure saves lives, and one of the most powerful ways we can improve blood pressure is by changing the food we eat,” Dr. Buss says.

Other big Sutter Environmental Stewardship projects underway for 2019 include:

  • measuring the energy performance of Sutter’s existing buildings, setting targets and working to make existing and new facilities more energy efficient
  • increasing the use of reprocessed surgical supplies, and a sterilization wrap recycling program in hospital operating rooms
  • donating thousands of dollars worth of medical equipment to local charities and international NGOs
  • replacing plastic straws and coffee stirrers with compostable alternatives
  • implementing a new purchasing policy that requires consideration of human health and environmental impact in purchasing decisions