Sutter Davis Hospital Now Accepting Applications for Volunteer Doula Program

Posted on Feb 15, 2018 in Quality, Uncategorized, Wellness

DAVIS, Ca — Sutter Davis Hospital will be accepting its next round of applications for the hospital’s Volunteer Doula Program starting February 15. The application will be open until March 1 to interested applicants.

Doulas provide continuous physical, emotional and informational support to mothers during the childbirth process. The hospital’s Doula Program is a highly sought after opportunity with rigorous requirements. It is administered by Birthing Center nurses who have many years of experience supporting women in labor.

Doulas are a part of the Culture of Caring that is unique to SDH. Studies show that when doulas are present at birth, women have shorter labors, fewer medical interventions, fewer cesareans, healthier babies, and breastfeed longer. Recent evidence also suggests that when a doula provides labor support, women are more satisfied with their experience and the mother-infant interaction is enhanced long after the birth. Read More

Palo Alto Medical Foundation Opens Pediatric Urgent Care Clinic in Dublin

Posted on Feb 13, 2018 in Expanding Access, Quality, We're Awesome, Wellness

New Pediatric Clinic Offers Same-Day Appointments and Extended Hours

New Pediatric Urgent Care Clinic in Dublin.

Dublin, Calif. –  Sutter Health’s Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) announces the opening of a Pediatric Urgent Care Clinic in Dublin, offering convenient care from pediatricians and medical professionals.

The Pediatric Urgent Care Clinic, located on the first floor of 4050 Dublin Blvd., offers same-day medical attention for minor to moderate illnesses after hours and on all holidays. The clinic is open from 1 to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and holidays.

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Knowing What Level of Health Care Is Needed Is Key to Saving Time, Lowering Costs and Frustration during Flu Season

Posted on Jan 16, 2018 in Wellness

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—This flu season, there are more ways than ever to access health care—including walk-in care, urgent care and the hospital emergency department—but when you don’t feel well, what level of care is best? Thinking about your needs before you bundle up and head out the door can save you time, money and frustration, according to Jeffrey Silvers, M.D., medical director of Infectious Diseases at Sutter Health.

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Sutter Davis Hospital Partners with Milk Bank for First Breast Milk Drive

Posted on Dec 12, 2017 in We're Awesome, Wellness

DAVIS — Breastfeeding mothers walked into Sutter Davis Hospital carrying coolers full of breastmilk. It was their way of giving back, they said, during the holidays.

Pauline Sakamoto, executive director, San Jose Mothers’ Milk Bank, collects breast milk donations from a mother during Thursday’s breast milk drive at Sutter Davis Hospital.

Sutter Davis Hospital and the non-profit San Jose Mothers’ Milk Bank (MMB SJ) hosted a successful first mothers’ milk drive for the community to save infants who need human milk. Mothers and families brought their frozen human milk to the milk drive last Thursday.

Four donors donated more than 400 ounces of breast milk at the drive.

Donating Mothers’ Milk is as important as donating blood for fragile infants, and both Sutter Davis Hospital and MMB SJ believe this milk drive is an opportunity for the community to understand more deeply how their donated milk is a moment for civic pride.

“We are thrilled to partner with San Jose Mothers’ Milk Bank on this breast milk drive and hope that we can make this a regular event for our community,” said Carolyn Campos, manager, Family Birth Center, Sutter Davis Hospital. “We want every baby to have access to mothers’ milk. We believe it is a human right for infants and children to have the best care possible, and we know that human milk, when collected and pasteurized by non-profit milk banks to hospital grade levels, is the future of neonatal and post-partum care.” Read More

Earthquakes and Sutter Health Support New Mothers with Mamava Suite

Posted on Aug 29, 2017 in Uncategorized, Wellness

Sutter Health sponsored the Mamava Suite to help breastfeeding moms.

The San Jose Earthquakes, in partnership with Sutter Health, are supporting new mothers with a Mamava Suite, providing them with a clean and private space to nurse their infants. The suite is located at Avaya Stadium in the East concourse behind section 126.

“We strive to make Avaya Stadium comfortable and inviting for all our guests, and decided to include the Mamava Suite after we received a suggestion from a fan,” said Earthquakes Chief Operating Officer Jared Shawlee. “While we hope that mothers feel comfortable caring for their infants anywhere in Avaya Stadium, the Mamava Suite will be a great amenity for them.”

The self-contained, mobile pod is ADA compatible and comes with comfortable benches, a fold-down table, an electrical outlet for plugging in a pump and a door that can be locked for privacy. It is intended for individual use, but it can fit more than one person, including mothers with other children in tow.

“Breastfeeding is a natural way to provide valuable nutrition and bonding between a mother and her child,” said Dr. Liza Kunz, a maternal fetal medicine specialist at Sutter Health’s Palo Alto Medical Foundation. “It protects a baby’s health by helping decrease such things as respiratory illnesses, ear infections and stomach viruses. We are happy to support a safe and private place for moms to breastfeed while they are enjoying soccer.”

The installation of the suite comes as part of National Breastfeeding Month. Celebrated each August, National Breastfeeding Month raises awareness of the importance and connection between breastfeeding and the health and well-being of babies.

 “We’re thrilled to support breastfeeding mamas at Avaya Stadium,” said Mamava Co-founder and CEO Sascha Mayer. “We believe that all mamas deserve a clean, comfortable and dignified place to use a breast pump or breastfeed distraction-free—anywhere, anytime. Mamava pods provide flexibility for facilities and easy access for moms.”

 The new suite will be available for use at the next Quakes home game on Saturday, Sept. 16 against the Houston Dynamo.

Sutter Health and Quartet Collaborate to Advance Mental Healthcare in Northern California

Posted on Aug 22, 2017 in Expanding Access, Quality, Transformation, Wellness

Platform enables better teamwork between primary care doctors and mental health specialists to improve total patient health and well being

Sutter Health, a leading not-for-profit healthcare system in Northern California, and Quartet, a data-driven health technology company, today announced they will advance the connections between mental and physical healthcare in Sutter Health’s network. This collaboration is designed to improve overall patient health and well being for residents.

Nearly half of the U.S. adult population has a chronic physical disease, and two-thirds of those have an accompanying mental health condition. These patients account for 50 percent of overall healthcare spend. However, patients suffering from chronic conditions such as diabetes or arthritis can have a significantly higher quality of life and learn to better manage their physical symptoms by addressing their mental health needs. Only by treating physical and mental health together, can overall patient well being be improved. Collaborative care, and giving patients better access to mental health services, has been proven to be highly effective both in improving patient outcomes and driving down healthcare costs.

“At Sutter Health, we are taking strong steps to raise awareness and further educate ourselves and the communities we serve about the importance of mental healthcare. Our work ranges from partnering with organizations to broaden access to support services, address workplace mental health, and even expand the use of electronic video evaluations in our own emergency departments,” said John Boyd, Sutter Health CEO, Mental Health Services. “Strengthening our efforts to integrate mental healthcare throughout our system, specifically into our primary care network, and being a champion in community-based care is another critical part of the solution—one that will take innovative companies like Quartet.” Read More