Don’t Let a Fall Trip You Up

Posted on Aug 20, 2019 in Eden Medical Center, Expanding Access, Scroll Images, Wellness

September is Fall Prevention Month

 

CASTRO VALLEY, Calif. — According to the National Council on Aging, falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries among older adults in the U.S. Locally, more than 1,300 people were treated in 2018 for injuries sustained in falls by the trauma department at Eden Medical Center, part of the Sutter Health not-for-profit network of care. And that total does not include less severe fall injuries treated in Eden’s emergency department or at other local hospitals, nor does it include people who fell without injury and did not seek care from a medical provider. Falls are clearly a big problem. How can you or someone you care about avoid injury from a fall?

How to Prevent Falls
Go for a checkup. While falls can happen at any age, 41 percent of the fall injuries treated last year in Eden’s trauma department were suffered by people over 55  years old. As people age, they may experience changes in vision, hearing and blood pressure that can put them at risk for a fall. But contrary to popular belief, falling is not a normal part of aging and should not be accepted as inevitable. All adults, but especially older adults, should have regular checkups with a care providers to monitor changes in their health and review medications.

Make a few minor changes to your daily routine, health and home. Add a little bit of exercise every day to increase muscular strength, flexibility and balance—all proven ways to prevent falls. Reduce the amount of alcohol you drink and eat a healthier diet to improve your health and help prevent falls. Install a grab bar in the bathroom and a nightlight in a dark hallway. If you use a ladder or step-ladder, be sure to follow all the safety precautions and have someone readily available to assist you.

Take a Free Class Designed to Help Reduce Falls
Educating people about falls and fall prevention and helping them make healthy choices to improve their quality of life is the focus of Fall Prevention Month at Eden. The medical center is sponsoring two programs beginning in September, “Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention” and “Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls.” Both programs are offered to the community free of charge and are designed specifically to reduce falls by improving confidence, strength, flexibility and balance.

  • “Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention” begins Monday, Sept. 16 from 8 a.m.-9 a.m., meeting every Monday and Wednesday through Nov. 20. Tai Chi is an ancient practice originating in China using graceful, slow movements that are low impact and suitable for those who are older or might not otherwise exercise.  The movements learned in this 10-week class increase balance and strength and have been shown to reduce the risk of a fall by up to 70 percent.
  • “Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls” begins Friday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m.-noon, continuing each week through Nov. 15. This eight-week workshop combines discussion and exercise to reduce fear of falling and provide practical solutions to preventing falls.

These classes approach fall prevention in different ways but have the same goal of reducing falls. Classes are free, commitment to the full series is required and space is limited. For more information, discuss which class might be right for you, or to register, call Eden Medical Center Trauma Injury Prevention at 510-727-8485.

 

 

New ‘Break’through: Research Provides New Insights Into Benefits of Osteoporosis Medications

Posted on Aug 19, 2019 in California Pacific Medical Center, Innovation, Quality, Research, Scroll Images

SAN FRANCISCO – Drug treatments for osteoporosis have been shown to prevent bone loss and fractures in people with the illness. But few large-scale studies have been conducted to confirm whether these treatments can extend someone’s life.

New research led by investigators at Sutter’s San Francisco Coordinating Center (SFCC) suggests that drug treatments for osteoporosis should only be recommended for the prevention of fracture and not to prolong life expectancy. The findings were published online today in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Solar Power to Provide More Than Half of Yuba City Campus’ Electricity

Posted on Aug 16, 2019 in Innovation, People, Scroll Images, Sutter Medical Foundation, Sutter North Medical Group

Large Project Is Part of Sutter Health’s Commitment to the Environment and Public Health

Sutter, Engie and community leaders flipped the switch on the solar powered project at the Sutter Medical Foundation Plumas Avenue campus that includes Sutter Surgical Hospital North Valley.

YUBA CITY, Calif. – Sutter Medical Foundation’s Yuba City campus “flipped the switch” today on an on-site solar power-generating system that will provide more than half of the electrical power needs for the medical campus. The solar panel installation is part of Sutter Health’s ongoing efforts to provide a cleaner energy source at its hospitals and medical office buildings, demonstrating the Northern California healthcare network’s commitment to environmental stewardship.

Sutter partnered with ENGIE Services U.S. to install solar panels on carports and a ground mount array on adjacent vacant land at SMF Yuba City. The solar powered system will reduce the campus’ carbon footprint while positively impacting Sutter’s core mission to provide excellence in patient care.

As a result of the new solar power installations, SMF Yuba City and Sutter Surgical Hospital North Valley are expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1,880 metric tons annually, the equivalent of removing 400 cars from the road. The 2.7 million kWh of clean energy produced is the equivalent of powering 225 homes for a year. In total, the solar power installations will provide 56 percent of the campus’ electrical power.

“Sutter Health and Sutter Yuba City have been looking for ways to continue our mission of superior health services to the community while at the same time contributing to a healthier environment,” said Stephen H. Lockhart, M.D., Ph.D., Sutter Health Chief Medical Officer and Executive Sponsor of Sutter Health’s environmental stewardship program. “The main reason for bringing this renewable energy source her and to other locations is to reduce our carbon footprint in the communities that we serve.”

The Yuba City renewable energy project is one of six Sutter Health locations throughout Northern California that are part of a pilot program in the network’s ongoing efforts to reduce its use of fossil fuels for power generation.

The solar paneling also provides shade for vehicles and visitors, keeping folks cooler on sunny, hot Yuba City days.

“We’re proud to be generating more than half our electricity needs by using this renewable, clean energy source,” said Sandra Adams, Service Area Director, Sutter Medical Foundation. “With our new solar power program, we will use energy generated by the sun—a renewable source—while at the same time reducing harmful emissions. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

The energy savings created from the solar panel installations will be redirected to resources that directly impact patient care and other mission-critical needs on the Yuba City campus, Dr. Lockhart says. Sutter Health has also locked in a favorable rate for 20 years, hedging against the risk of fluctuating energy prices in the future, assisting in Sutter’s mission to provide quality healthcare at affordable prices.

In addition, the new solar carports systems that provide clean energy to Sutter Health’s vital healthcare operations will also provide shaded parking for hospital vehicles, staff vehicles and the general public. This will save in maintenance costs for facility transportation and reduce the use of automobile air conditioning.

Sutter Surgical Hospital North Valley offers award-winning personalized surgical care in the Yuba-Sutter community. It is owned by Sutter Medical Foundation and offers the following surgical specialties: orthopedics, podiatry, general surgery, plastic surgery, ENT, gynecology, spine surgery, pain management and urology. SMF is part of Sutter Health, a family of not-for-profit hospitals, physician organizations and other medical services that share resources and expertise to advance health care quality and access. Visit the Sutter Surgical Hospital-North Valley website at www.sshnv.org.

ENGIE Services U.S., a division of ENGIE, the #1 energy services provider in the world, is a national energy infrastructure and building services company that helps education, government, commercial and industrial customers become more efficient, productive and sustainable.

20 Sutter Hospitals and Medical Foundations Named Leaders in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality

Posted on Aug 16, 2019 in Quality, Scroll Images

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Twenty hospitals and medical foundations within Sutter Health’s integrated, not-for-profit network earned recognition as an “LGBTQ Health Care Equality Leader” by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC), the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization. The designation was awarded in the 12th edition of HRC’s Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), released today.

The HEI recognizes facilities that meet key criteria, including foundational elements of LGBTQ patient-centered care, LGBTQ patient services and support, employee benefits and policies, and LGBTQ patient and community engagement.

“Providing the highest quality care for every patient and creating a supportive work environment where our employees and clinicians can reach their full potential reflects our organization’s mission, vision and values,” says Jill Ragsdale, Sutter Health senior vice president and chief people and culture officer. “We are honored to receive this recognition of our ongoing commitment to meet the needs of our LGBTQ+ patients, employees and communities and to serve them with excellence and compassion.”

The 20 Sutter affiliates earning a spot on the 2019 HEI Index include:

The 20 Sutter Health network affiliates recognized join a select group of healthcare facilities nationwide named as Leaders in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality. A record 680 healthcare facilities actively participated in the HEI 2019 survey. In addition, the HRC Foundation proactively researched key policies at 1,000 non-participating hospitals.

“The healthcare facilities that participate in HRC’s Healthcare Equality Index are making clear that they stand on the side of fairness and are committed to providing inclusive care to their LGBTQ patients. Going beyond inclusive non-discrimination policies, these healthcare facilities are adopting best practices in the areas of LGBTQ patient care and support, employee policies and benefits, and LGBTQ patient and community engagement,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “We commend all of the HEI participants for their commitment to providing inclusive care for all.”

For more information about the HEI, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/hei.

29-Year-Old CPMC Heart Transplant Patient Heads Home

Posted on Aug 15, 2019 in California Pacific Medical Center, Cardiac, Quality, Scroll Images

L-R Dr. Michael Pham (Cardiologist), Mitch Peterson, and Dr. Brett Sheridan (Surgeon)

SAN FRANCISCO – At an event on Aug 14, 29-year-old Oakland resident, Mitch Peterson was recognized as CPMC’s 500th heart transplant recipient and celebrated for his speedy recovery. (News story here.) Staff and friends wished Mitch well as he prepared to head home after spending a month in the hospital. Mitch said that he is looking forward to stepping out the doors of the hospital, taking a deep breath and start enjoying the simple things that are often taken for granted. He is also looking forward to a walk around Oakland’s Lake Merritt, which is near his home, and enjoying the active lifestyle he was accustomed to before his illness.

Mitch had a relatively quick recovery after receiving a new heart at Sutter’s California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) Van Ness Campus hospital just on Aug 2. Mitch’s heart failure had gone undiagnosed and symptoms came on quickly in early July resulting in him seeking care at Sutter Health. (Listen to comments from Mitch before surgery)

Mitch’s Journey

When 29 year old Oakland resident Mitch Peterson began experiencing shortness of breath and fatigue in early July, symptoms that he thought were the flu, he had no idea what was ahead. As his symptoms got worse, Mitch decided to get checked out at the emergency department at Sutter’s Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley. It was at Eden that he learned his condition was much more serious than the flu.

The emergency department doctor at Eden told Mitch that he had heart complications and that he needed to be transferred to Sutter’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center where an elevated level of cardiac expertise was available to assess the extent of his condition. After spending time at Alta Bates Summit’s Oakland campus, where cardiologists applied medical therapies to stabilize his condition, it was clear that Mitch was suffering heart failure, probably due to damage suffered while undergoing chemotherapy in Wyoming for bone cancer years earlier when he was 13. (It was in Wyoming that he also had a cadaver bone transplant—his first transplant).

The doctors at Alta Bates Summit consulted with cardiologists at Sutter’s California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). Together, they determined that unfortunately, therapies such as medication would not address the heart failure Mitch was experiencing. The specialists told Mitch that his condition was life-threatening and required advanced treatment, possibly even a heart transplant. Mitch soon found himself at CPMC, on the heart donation waiting list and facing heart transplant surgery.

On the afternoon of Friday, August 2, the call came. A heart had become available. Late that evening, Mitch received a heart transplant at CPMC. During the operation, surgeons successfully connected the new donated heart, allowing Mitch to begin recovery and return to the active lifestyle that he once enjoyed.

Mitch has recovered remarkably quickly and will be going home from the hospital on Wednesday, August 14. It was only two days after surgery that he was out of bed on his own and moving around his room, a feat that he was unable to accomplish the week before surgery.

The integrated system of care at Sutter Health allowed for seamless escalation of Mitch’s care to address his congestive heart failure. This seamless coordination of medical and support services from one caregiver to another reduces complications in care, guarantees the continuum of quality and reduces the overall total cost of care. In Mitch’s case, the integrated care offered at Sutter Health was also life-saving.

At Just 29 Years Old, Two-Time Transplant Recipient is Going Home with a New Heart

Posted on Aug 13, 2019 in California Pacific Medical Center, Cardiac, Scroll Images

Sutter’s CPMC celebrates major milestone: Mitch Peterson becomes 500th heart transplant recipient

Mitch Peterson before surgery

SAN FRANCISCO – 29-year-old Oakland resident, Mitch Peterson, is on the fast track to recovery after receiving a new heart at Sutter’s California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) Van Ness Campus hospital just 10 days ago. Mitch’s heart failure had gone undiagnosed and symptoms came on quickly in early July resulting in him seeking care at Sutter Health. (Listen to comments from Mitch)

Mitch’s Journey

When 29 year old Oakland resident Mitch Peterson began experiencing shortness of breath and fatigue in early July, symptoms that he thought were the flu, he had no idea what was ahead. As his symptoms got worse, Mitch decided to get checked out at the emergency department at Sutter’s Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley. It was at Eden that he learned his condition was much more serious than the flu.

The emergency department doctor at Eden told Mitch that he had heart complications and that he needed to be transferred to Sutter’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center where an elevated level of cardiac expertise was available to assess the extent of his condition. After spending time at Alta Bates Summit’s Oakland campus, where cardiologists applied medical therapies to stabilize his condition, it was clear that Mitch was suffering heart failure, probably due to damage suffered while undergoing chemotherapy in Wyoming for bone cancer years earlier when he was 13. (It was in Wyoming that he also had a cadaver bone transplant—his first transplant).

The doctors at Alta Bates Summit consulted with cardiologists at Sutter’s California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). Together, they determined that unfortunately, therapies such as medication would not address the heart failure Mitch was experiencing. The specialists told Mitch that his condition was life-threatening and required advanced treatment, possibly even a heart transplant. Mitch soon found himself at CPMC, on the heart donation waiting list and facing heart transplant surgery.

On the afternoon of Friday, August 2, the call came. A heart had become available. Late that evening, Mitch received a heart transplant at CPMC. During the operation, surgeons successfully connected the new donated heart, allowing Mitch to begin recovery and return to the active lifestyle that he once enjoyed.

Mitch has recovered remarkably quickly and will be going home from the hospital on Wednesday, August 14. It was only two days after surgery that he was out of bed on his own and moving around his room, a feat that he was unable to accomplish the week before surgery.

The integrated system of care at Sutter Health allowed for seamless escalation of Mitch’s care to address his congestive heart failure. This seamless coordination of medical and support services from one caregiver to another reduces complications in care, guarantees the continuum of quality and reduces the overall total cost of care. In Mitch’s case, the integrated care offered at Sutter Health was also life-saving.

Sutter Health Featured in Article on Key Leadership Qualities

Posted on Aug 9, 2019 in Innovation, Scroll Images, Transformation

Chris Waugh, Chief Innovation Officer for Sutter Health

SACRAMENTO, Calif. –OpenIDEO has published a feature article on its blog focused on the “The Three Qualities Leaders Need in an Uncertain Future.” The article showcases Sutter Health’s integrated network, and efforts coordinated by Chief Innovation Officer Chris Waugh to use creative problem-solving to better serve patients and their families.