Porges family honored for helping create “Pathway” to good health

Posted on May 24, 2018 in Cardiac, Expanding Access

L-R: Lauren Schmidt, Leia Schmidt, Evan Porges, Norm Porges, Marilyn Porges, and Ronna Porges celebrate the pathway to good health created by their support of the Heart and Vascular Institute.

MODESTO, Calif. – May 24, 2018 –The Porges family, owners of the successful chain of Prime Shine Car Wash locations in the Central Valley, was recently honored during a reception acknowledging their $100,000 donation to Memorial Hospital Foundation for the Sutter Health Heart & Vascular Institute at Memorial Medical Center.

The hall that leads to the Heart and Vascular Institute on the 3rd floor of MMC’s North Tower is now known as the “Porges Family Pathway to Your Good Health.”

“Prime Shine has been a part of the Central Valley for over twenty-seven years, and we couldn’t be more proud that we have the ability to donate to this institute,” said Evan Porges, Prime Shine Car Wash president. “It will provide our community vital heart care, not just today, but for generations to come.”

The institute allows MMC to place a renewed emphasis, not only on providing new treatments for heart disease, but also new ways to prevent this devastating illness — the number one killer in America. Heart disease can strike anyone at any time, without regard for age, ethnicity or gender. Half of men and two-thirds of women who die suddenly of coronary artery disease have had no symptoms and no known risk factors. Read More

Uninsured Patient Receives Knee Replacement Thanks to Sutter Health’s ‘Gift of Surgery’

Posted on May 23, 2018 in Community Benefit, Orthopedic Services, Quality, Uncategorized

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Leticia Sanchez is only 52 years old, but she suffered with painful, disabling arthritis in her right knee for six years and didn’t receive permanent relief from injections and medications. She suffered through her job at a local thrift store and couldn’t walk more than a block at a time. Complicating matters, Leticia also doesn’t have health insurance.

Sutter Health orthopedic surgeon Michael W. Leathers, M.D., meets with patient Leticia Sanchez prior to her total knee replacement. With her is her sister, Azucena Sanchez.

“This surgery is very important to me because it will allow me to continue working,” the Rancho Cordova resident said. “I have to stand all day and it gets very painful.”

On Friday, May 16, Leticia received an answer to her prayers through Sutter Health’s “Gift of Surgery” program. She received a total knee replacement donated by Sutter Surgery Centers, orthopedic surgeon Michael W. Leathers, M.D., and anesthesiologist Jaime Dickerson, M.D., at the Sutter Alhambra Surgery Center in Sacramento. Read More

Sutter Neuroscience Memory Clinic to Host Brain Health Seminar

Posted on May 22, 2018 in Neurosciences, Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, Wellness

DAVIS — The Sutter Neuroscience Memory Clinic team and other Sutter Health care specialists will present information about optimizing brain health.

Human brain illustrated with interconnected small nerves – 3d render

The Promoting Brain Health seminar will include experts in neurology as well as experts on lifestyle topics such as nutrition, exercise, sleep, socialization and cognitive stimulation.       

Date: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 5:30-8 p.m.

Location: University Retirement Center Event Room, 1515 Shasta Dr., Davis

Learn about programs promoting healthy aging as well as how to manage risk factors for dementia. While certain diseases that affect the brain are more common with advancing age, there are steps you can take now to protect your brain health.

Guest speakers include Dr. Kimberley Rose, neuropsychologist, Gasong Yun, neurology nurse practitioner, Lisa Young, physical therapist, Allison Tallyn, registered dietitian, Denise Dempsey, mindfulness instructor, Renee Garner, speech therapist.

There will also be a Q&A session at the conclusion of the program.

Refreshments will be served. The seminar is free, but registration is required. To RSVP, call 916-733-9511 and leave a voicemail clearly stating your name. Once you leave a voicemail, you are registered.

Learn more about the program and download the flyer

Sutter Health invests $2.3 Million to Address Homelessness in the City of Sacramento

Posted on May 21, 2018 in Community Benefit, Expanding Access, Uncategorized

Funds will help keep homeless Triage Center open

 

From a City of Sacramento Press Release

Sacramento, Calif. — Mayor Darrell Steinberg announced Monday that investments from Sutter Health Valley Area and a private donor will allow the city’s Triage Center in North Sacramento to remain open through the end of August. The shelter, run by Volunteers of America, had been winding down operations in anticipation of closing May 31.

Mayor Darrell Steinberg, second from left, thanks Sutter Health Valley Area and SHVA Vice President of External Affairs Keri Thomas, third from left, during a press conference Wednesday.

Sutter Health has committed $1 million toward funding the Triage Center for the next three months. The family of Helene and David S. Taylor has also made a generous donation.

In addition, Sutter Health is investing another $1.3 million to support the City as it creates longer-term emergency triage shelters to replace the Triage Center when it closes. City and Sutter Health staff members have been exploring strategies employed by other cities, including San Diego and San Francisco, which use large portable structures that can be erected quickly and house hundreds of people. Read More

Network Downtime Updates

Posted on May 15, 2018 in Uncategorized

Update: May 18, 2018

A Message from President and CEO Sarah Krevans to Sutter Health Employees and Physicians

Sarah Krevans, Sutter Health president and CEO, today shared a video message with the not-for-profit network’s employees and physicians in which she addressed the May 15 network downtime and the challenges it presented to those providing patient care. Krevans noted that a multidisciplinary team, including outside independent advisors, will investigate all aspects of the matter. She thanked staff for their efforts to provide high-quality patient care during the outage.

 

Updated statement: 2 a.m., May 16

All Sutter Health information systems are back up and running following an outage caused by an activation of the fire suppression system in one of our data centers. Our technical teams worked throughout the night and today to resolve this issue and fully restore system access. All Sutter Health data remains secure.

As always, our patients are our top priority. While some of our care centers had to delay or reschedule services, downtime procedures were in place, allowing our caregivers and office staff to continue providing quality patient care.

We apologize for any challenges this has caused, and we appreciate the dedicated work of our caregivers and staff in following downtime processes.

Updated statement: 10 p.m., May 15

Our technical teams continue to work on restoring our information systems as quickly as possible, and they are making progress toward restoring all functionality.

We apologize for the challenges this situation caused, and we appreciate the dedicated work of our caregivers and staff in following downtime processes and their ongoing commitment to patient safety and high-quality care.

It’s important to know the following:

  • All Sutter Health data remains secure.
  • Standardized downtime procedures have been activated and are designed to support high-quality, safe patient care.
  • Services will be open tomorrow.
  • The outage was caused when our fire suppression system was activated at one of our data centers, and we are investigating the root cause. There was no property damage in our data center.

Original statement: 10:30 a.m., May 15

Some of our information systems are currently offline. We have implemented our standard downtime procedures and are working to restore our systems.

Our top priority is patient care and safety. Services are open, although some services may need to be delayed or rescheduled. Patients are asked to arrive at their appointments as scheduled unless they have been contacted with specific instructions otherwise.

Information systems are various computer systems we use to run our business, including the patient electronic health record and some phone systems.

 Downtime procedures are processes staff use during routine system maintenance or when computer systems are not available to them.  

SeaWorld Brings Penguins, Alligators to Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento

Posted on May 9, 2018 in Children's Services, Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — It was a wild day at Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento as penguins walked down the hallways, an alligator sat on the playroom table and hedgehogs, a lemur and possums drew the attention of children, families and employees throughout the morning.

De’Andrae was fascinated with the penguin that SeaWorld brought to visit Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento on Wednesday.

SeaWorld brought its animal ambassadors to the pediatric unit of the hospital on Wednesday while on a stopover to the state capitol.

As part of SeaWorld’s commitment to education and wildlife conservation, the park visited Sacramento with some special animal friends. SeaWorld is dedicated to improving the lives of marine animals and protecting the health of our blue planet. Meeting animals up close provides the connection that makes people care more about wild species and wild places.

“We are thrilled that SeaWorld visited us today,” said Amy Medovoy, child life coordinator, Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento. “It’s pretty exciting for everyone to have the opportunity to visit with these animals and get so much closer to the than you typically can at the zoo.”

The visit was uplifting for everyone – from toddlers to hospital staff. Read More

Sutter Health and Vynca Work Together to Clarify Patients’ End-of-Life Care Choices

Posted on May 8, 2018 in Quality

Collaboration provides clinicians throughout the Sutter Health network access to consistent, actionable and comprehensive advance care planning tools

 

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Sutter Health, a leading not-for-profit healthcare network in Northern California, and Vynca, a provider of advance care planning solutions, have collaborated to improve end-of-life care communication between doctors and patients.

Vynca offers a comprehensive software solution to capture, store and access Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) forms—a tool used to ensure patients’ end-of-life wishes are met. Sutter Health uses Vynca’s software throughout its system, which includes hospitals, doctor’s offices and Advanced Illness Management (AIM) providers.

Elizabeth Mahler, M.D., Sutter Health’s vice president for Patient Health Management, said the system provides Sutter Health clinical teams across the care continuum a “single source of truth”—especially important during emergencies. Additionally, EHR integration eliminates redundant data entry, improving accuracy and saving time. Read More