Leading Neurologist Gives Insight on Stroke Care Innovation

Posted on May 2, 2019 in Affiliates, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, California Pacific Medical Center, Innovation, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, Research, Scroll Images, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Transformation

SAN FRANCISCO – Every second counts in detecting and treating stroke, the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the U.S. Each year, approximately 795,000 people suffer a stroke. New research at Sutter Health is helping bring faster, life-changing care to stroke patients through a clinical trial called BEST-MSU that will test the efficacy of Sutter’s Mobile Stroke Unit (MSU).

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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.

 

Dinger a Hit as New Sutter Walk-In Care’s First Patient

Posted on May 1, 2019 in Expanding Access, Quality, Scroll Images, Sutter Medical Foundation

It’s a Whole New Ballgame for Sacramento as New Clinic Brings Healthcare Close to Home

 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Baseball mascots need to be in tip-top shape to bust a move, run the bases and get the crowd excited. So the Sacramento River Cats’ mascot, Dinger, went this week to the most convenient location in Sacramento to get a quick physical: the newest Sutter Walk-In Care. (See Dinger’s visit on “Good Day Sacramento” here.)

Dinger poses with the Sutter Walk-In Care staff: (from left) Araceli Navarro, N.P., Keri Nunez, Kelly Foss, Steffany Vilas, Marcy Nieto, Tyla Healton, N.P.

Designed to make staying healthy easier and more convenient, Sutter Health opened its seventh Walk-In Care clinic in the Sacramento area on Tuesday, April 30. Located in the popular Loehmann’s Plaza at Fair Oaks Boulevard and Fulton Avenue, this Sutter Walk-In Care serves an area that has few options for the treatment of everyday illnesses and other health needs. These include youth physicals for sports and summer camps, pre-employment physicals for adults, as well as measles and other vaccinations.

The Walk-In Care clinic is located at 2537 Fair Oaks Blvd., Sacramento, and is the seventh Sutter Walk-In Care in the Valley area. Other clinics are located in Citrus Heights, El Dorado Hills, Elk Grove, Rancho Cordova and two clinics in Roseville. It will serve residents of Arden-Arcade, East Sacramento and Carmichael.

“These locations offer easy access to treatment for a whole host of needs, whether it’s treating the flu or an ear infection or wellness services like sports or pre-employment physicals,” said Kelly Foss, Sutter Walk-In Care regional manager. “We hope that by providing more convenient access to care, in places where many people are already running their errands, patients won’t put off getting the care they need to stay healthy.”

Sutter Walk-In Care offers an innovative approach to healthcare:

  • Nurse practitioners or physician assistants provide treatment for common illnesses, health screenings, vaccinations and wellness services such as smoking-cessation support.
  • Each location is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week, with reduced hours on most major holidays. Thanksgiving and Christmas Day are the only days when Sutter Walk-In Care clinics are closed.
  • Patients can call ahead or visit the Walk-In Care website to save their spot, or simply just walk in to the location.
  • Sutter Walk-In Care locations offer a comfortable lobby with outlets to charge laptops or phones, as well as complimentary Wi-Fi, fruit, coffee, tea and fruit-infused water.
  • Sutter Walk-In Care is available to adults and children 18 months and older – patients do not need to be an existing Sutter Health patient.
  • Sutter Walk-In Care accepts most major insurance plans, and patients would be responsible for their standard co-pay or co-insurance. For those who prefer to pay out of pocket or have not yet met their deductible, pricing is clear and simple, with a standard office visit at a flat rate of $129.

Sutter is committed to creating numerous access points to care. For the past several years, Sutter has explored new ways to meet consumers where they are for their care needs. In addition to the Sutter Walk-in Care locations, other convenient options include Sutter urgent care centers or video visits, in addition to traditional office visits with a primary care doctor within Sutter’s network of care.

Sutter Walk-In Care Nurse Practitioner Tyla Healton checks Dinger’s heartbeat during his physical exam.

With all of these options, sometimes consumers ask which location is most appropriate.  For example, a Sutter Walk-in care visit could help address seasonal allergy needs, while a Sutter urgent care visit could help someone with asthma who is short of breath. For someone suffering from chest pain, an emergency department visit may be best for a patient.

Additional points of access, like Sutter Walk-In Care clinics, also have the potential to relieve pressure on overcrowded emergency rooms.

“We want to reserve emergency departments for complex and life-threatening illnesses, rather than having people with minor medical problems going there because they have no other option,” Foss said. “At the same time, allowing patients to receive non-urgent care and vaccinations quickly, near where they live or work, should help free up doctor-office visits for those with more serious issues.”

While Sutter Walk-In Care provides a wide variety of healthcare services, patients with serious problems or illnesses that require more immediate attention, such as severe cuts or broken bones, should visit an urgent care clinic, or their nearest hospital emergency department.

Additional Sutter Walk-In Care clinics located in the Sacramento Valley:

  • Citrus Heights: 5406 Sunrise Blvd., Citrus Heights, CA 95610
  • El Dorado Hills: 3919 Park Drive, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
  • Elk Grove: 4810 Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove, CA 95758
  • Rancho Cordova: 4040 Sunrise Blvd., Rancho Cordova, CA 95742
  • Roseville: 4010 Foothills Blvd., Roseville, CA 95747
  • Roseville: 781 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Roseville, CA 95678

And how did Dinger do? Besides being a hit with the staff, Dinger was deemed safe to continue his duties during the River Cats season.

To learn more about Sutter Walk-In Care, please visit www.sutterhealth.org/walk-in or call 1-800-972-5547.

PAMF Physician Honored With Distinguished Alumni Award from UC Santa Cruz

Posted on May 1, 2019 in Carousel, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, People, Scroll Images

SANTA CRUZ, Calf. – Congratulations to David Sofen, M.D., of PAMF Santa Cruz who was recently honored with a Distinguished Alumni Award from the Physical and Biological Sciences Division at University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC).

Dr. Sofen, an urgent care physician, earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from UCSC’s Kresge College in 1979. He was presented with the award at a dinner on Friday, April 26, 2019, along with two others honored at the Distinguished Graduate Alumni Award luncheon in Santa Cruz.

The UCSC division established the awards two years ago to honor graduates who have gone on to extraordinary accomplishments in diverse fields and whose careers are characterized by sustained and exemplary contributions to society through research, practice, education, policy, or service. Dr. Sofen’s acceptance letter noted that he was selected because he has “shown tremendous heart throughout his career, making Santa Cruz a better place to live.”

Dr. Sofen credits a UCSC internship in Guatemala with inspiring his career in medicine. “So here I am an undergraduate, I was catching babies or sewing people up, starting IVs… and then I thought, I like this. I think I’ll go to medical school,” he told a local newspaper.

He joined PAMF Santa Cruz in 1992. In addition to his role an urgent care physician, Dr. Sofen also has  served as medical director of patient experience. He helped developed and teach PAMFCARES, training for staff and clinicians on how to improve the patient experience through communication and empathy.

Dr. Sofen treats a patient in Haiti.

As many of his colleagues and patients know, Dr. Sofen regularly travels overseas and volunteers to provide care to people in remote areas. He has made one trip to Tanzania and he travels to Haiti once or twice a year with the nonprofit group Flying Doctors (Los Medicos Voladores), teaming up with American and Haitian doctors and dentists to provide care at mobile clinics.

Dr. Sofen received his medical degree from University of California at San Francisco and he completed a family medicine residency at Natividad Hospital in Salinas, followed by stints in emergency medicine and in local safety-net clinics from 1986 to 1992.

“David’s history tells the story of a primary care physician committed to the broader mission of health care and serving the underserved,” said Larry DeGhetaldi, M.D. Area CEO, PAMF Santa Cruz. “He embodies clinical excellence and deep compassion for the human experience.”

Dr. DeGhetaldi added: “UC Santa Cruz embeds in its graduates a commitment to service and the social responsibility of the physician/scientist. David exemplifies the fulfillment of that mission and receives this award from UCSC that closes the circle: to send university graduates into the world to do good and honor them when they finish the journey.”

Paul Koch, dean of UCSC’s Physical and Biological Sciences Division, said in a statement: “Beyond this tremendous work for our community, David has been a great partner for UC Santa Cruz, making PAMF one of the top internship sites for students in Human Biology and offering guest lectures. Through inspired leadership, teaching, and personal humility, he has applied the ethos of UC Santa Cruz to transform everyday care for Californians.”

The other two graduates to receive Distinguished Alumni Awards include Laura Helmuth, health, science and environment editor at The Washington Post, and Pamela Silver, professor of biochemistry and systems biology at Harvard Medical School.

Sutter Roseville Begins One-Year Countdown on Completion of Expansion

Posted on May 1, 2019 in Expanding Access, Scroll Images, Sutter Roseville Medical Center

ROSEVILLE, Calif. – Throughout its 21-year history at its current location, Sutter Roseville Medical Center has never stopped growing with the community and region it serves. From expanding the Family Birth Center and the Emergency Department to building Sutter Rehabilitation Institute and new medical offices, Sutter Roseville has been in a state of constant evolution to meet the needs of its patients.

Keegan Kirby, clinical manager of the ED, gestures toward the front entrance of the SRMC expansion project. Part of the glass hasn’t been installed yet to allow for heavy equipment and other items to be lifted into place.

This time next year, the next stage in Sutter Roseville Medical Center’s evolution will be complete: a 98,400-square-foot expansion featuring a new three-story building focused on emergency services and critical care. With construction well underway, the amount of detailed planning that went into the project on behalf of physicians, staff, patients and visitors becomes increasingly evident in everything from layout to materials.

“Sutter Roseville Medical Center delivers complex and advanced medical care in an environment that promotes healthier outcomes, and we do it in an area that’s growing and changing very quickly,” said Sutter Roseville CEO Brian Alexander. “That’s a commitment that calls for highly trained physicians and care teams, modern facilities, advanced technology, and dedication to patient- and family-centered care — all of which were huge drivers behind this expansion.”

Directly outside the current Emergency Department, the new building will include: 35 additional emergency treatment beds, increasing the total number of emergency beds to 69, plus seven triage rooms; 36 additional intensive care beds (24 upon construction, plus 12 shelled for the future); three catheterization labs, plus one available for future growth; and four operating and/or procedure rooms shelled for future use.

Sutter Roseville is the premier Level II Trauma Center for the seven-county region, meaning that it features the highly specialized skills and equipment necessary to handle more complicated, critically ill and injured emergency cases as well as the more “routine” emergencies.

The Sutter Roseville Medical Center expansion from the webcam.

When the Emergency Department was expanded in 2005, it was built to treat up to 65,000 patients annually. But Placer County’s explosive growth has Sutter Roseville in reality seeing more than 83,000 emergency and trauma patients each year — a difference of nearly 30 percent.

Of the 10 biggest cities in California, Sacramento is seeing the largest percentage gain in population. Placer County — where Roseville is located — is also one of the fastest growing counties in the state. At the same time, the age of the area’s population is shifting upward, putting pressure on the local healthcare system. Staff and physicians have been creative and effective in deploying stopgap measures, but the expansion represents a more sustainable solution.

During a recent tour of the construction site, Keegan Kirby, clinical manager of Sutter Roseville’s Emergency Department, pointed to the many features that will improve patient care in essence by making it easier for doctors and staff to do their jobs. Some of those features include: patient rooms that are completely identical in layout; medications, supplies and workspaces that are centrally located; and a satellite pharmacy for the most critically ill or injured patients.

“We want a flexible space that allows us to take care of any kind of patient — these are key things to provide that care, so we wanted to make sure they were easily accessible,” Keegan said.

Other components of the expansion include moving the Emergency Department main entrance to the new building to create a larger space for vehicle traffic and patient access. The new lobby will also be expanded to accommodate more patients and families waiting for services, as well as better connection to triage rooms and care services. With natural light and aesthetic choices, the new building and remodeled space will complement Sutter Roseville’s overall healing environment that serves patient and family needs and promotes mind and body health.

Said Joan Touloukian, Sutter Roseville Medical Center’s master plan project director: “The entire project is designed to increase capacity in an efficient yet patient-centered environment, providing emergency and critical care that is as much about the practical as it is about the personal.”

A webcam has been following the project from the beginning of construction two years ago. Click here to view the current project, click on “Time-Lapse” for a video review of the construction from the start, and check back often to see progress being made.

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

Capital Public Radio Unveils Plans for New State-of-the-Art Headquarters in Downtown Sacramento

Posted on Apr 30, 2019 in Community Benefit, Scroll Images

Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and Sacramento City Councilmember Steve Hansen Announce New Headquarters at 8th and J Streets

 

Sutter Health Provides Lead Investment Making Landmark Project Possible

 

Courtesy of Capital Public Radio

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Capital Public Radio today unveiled its plans to move to a new state-of-the-art headquarters in the heart of downtown Sacramento and announced a significant investment from Northern California-based, not-for-profit integrated healthcare system Sutter Health. This collaboration signifies Sutter Health’s and CapRadio’s deep commitment to improving community health by creating a space that will function as both a journalism hub and a center for community engagement.

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg reveals the Sutter Health Center for Community Engagement during Tuesday’s event.

“We are proud to invest in this landmark project and provide the community with greater access to education, collaboration and community empowerment — important facets of a healthy community,” said Sarah Krevans, president and CEO of Sutter Health. “As an integrated, not-for-profit healthcare system, we have an important mission beyond the walls of our healthcare facilities to improve the overall health and wellbeing of the communities we serve. That’s why we invest in programs including those that provide shelter and resources to those who are homeless, increase access to mental healthcare and enhance our community.”

The new headquarters will be a center for news reporting, healthy civic dialogue and shared community experiences, while also contributing to the vitality and economic health of Sacramento’s downtown area. CapRadio will occupy the 34,000-square-foot facility at Eighth and J streets, allowing the NPR-member station to nearly double its staff to 140 members over time, and adding an estimated $4.8 million in wages per year. Sutter Health’s $2.25 million investment for CapRadio’s new headquarters will include the construction of the Sutter Health Center for Community Engagement, which has the capacity to host up to 220 people and as many 300 events per year, generating a potential economic impact of approximately $1.5 million for surrounding businesses in the area.

“With our move, we will add to the vitality and economic health of downtown Sacramento and we will be able to expand on our mission to inspire listeners to look at the world from multiple perspectives, learn from diverse audiences and engage our communities more broadly,” said Rick Eytcheson, president and general manager of Capital Public Radio. “We applaud Sutter Health’s recognition that our shared responsibility includes nurturing the mind and spirit, as well as the body. Sutter Health’s significant investment is making this move a reality, I couldn’t be more thrilled to work with such a committed community partner.”

CapRadio is licensed to California State University, Sacramento and is housed on the campus. Construction on the new downtown headquarters is slated to begin in late 2019 and is scheduled for completion in mid-2020.

Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and Sacramento City Councilmember Steve Hansen helped celebrate the announcement at an event that featured a performance by the Sacramento Mandarins drumline, a banner drop to reveal a life-sized image of the entry to the Sutter Health Center for Community Engagement, and more than 100 guests.

“I am excited about this investment and not just because it is in my hometown. This investment reaches far beyond Sacramento and will have positive impacts for our democracy and freedom of expression,” said Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis.

“Strong, credible journalism is crucial to our city and region, and I’m thrilled that Sutter Health’s investment will allow CapRadio to expand its coverage and be in the heart of downtown. This new center will also provide members of our diverse community a place to stay informed and achieve greater common understanding,” said Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg.

“This state-of-the-art headquarters will soon be a destination that will add vitality to our city’s heart and support the creative economy of Sacramento’s downtown and our larger region,” said Sacramento City Councilman Steve Hansen. “As a CapRadio member, I’m elated to see the station put roots in our central city, which is at the crossroads of state and local news. Public radio continues to be the cornerstone of an informed public, and this new headquarters will be a beacon of civic engagement for the community.”