App Created to Educate Clinicians, Public about Chest-Wall Deformities

Posted on Mar 30, 2018 in Cardiac, Children's Services, Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Uncategorized

“The Pectus Clinic” app is available for free on all smartphones.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento congenital cardiothoracic surgeon Teimour Nasirov, M.D., is on a mission to educate the public and physicians on chest-wall deformities. He created a free app called “The Pectus Clinic” that describes common chest-wall deformities, their diagnosis, as well as conservative and surgical management. It is available for all smartphones by searching “pectus.”

Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento has one of the few programs in the United States that offer chest-wall deformity surgeries for both children and adults.

Dr. Nasirov said that he wanted to create a simple-to-use application to provide information to clinicians as well as public in general on signs, symptoms, work-up and management of the most common chest-wall deformities. Read More

Memorial Medical Center Opens New Biplane Surgical Suite

Posted on Mar 29, 2018 in Expanding Access, Neurosciences, Organizational News

MODESTO, Calif. – Memorial Medical Center (MMC), part of Sutter Health, recently opened their new biplane neurological suite, allowing neurosurgeons to use advanced equipment and techniques to benefit local Sutter Health patients.

The biplane suite, which includes the use of two rotating cameras to create detailed 3D views of the blood vessels in and leading to the brain, is designed to help neurosurgeons better treat patients with stroke-causing blood clots. The physicians are able to quickly receive more detailed information, helping  lead to a faster recovery for the patient.

“The technology offers a minimally invasive method to locate the clots in the brain and to use imaging to help guide surgeons as they remove the clots,” said Sergio Camarillo, director of patient care services at MMC. Read More

Woodbridge Teen Beating the Odds after Horrific Car Accident

Posted on Mar 27, 2018 in Neurosciences

ROSEVILLE, Calif. – Dominic Jimenez is learning how to walk up the stairs, how to count money and tell time. These are all tasks he completed with ease back in November before the teen was involved in a horrific car accident.

Dominic Jimenez works with Speech Therapist Rebeca Boroica during a therapy session Monday at Sutter Rehabilitation Institute.

The Woodbridge 18-year-old is being discharged on Wednesday after spending seven weeks at Sutter Rehabilitation Institute (SRI) in Roseville. Jimenez has a long road to complete recovery, but with a positive attitude and supportive family and friends by his side, everyone is optimistic.

Jimenez suffered a severe, traumatic brain injury when the car he was riding in spun out of control and crashed into a pole in Lodi on a wet November evening. He was brought to San Joaquin General Hospital where he sat in a coma for three weeks. He underwent a craniectomy and a craniotomy to relieve pressure on his brain as well as a cranioplasty surgery.

The family was told that due to the extent of Dominic’s head injury that he wouldn’t likely survive his initial operation.

“He is truly a miracle,” said Raymond Jimenez, Dominic’s father. Read More

21 Sutter Health Affiliates Earn Recognition as Leaders in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality

Posted on Mar 27, 2018 in Community Benefit, Organizational News, Scroll Images, We're Awesome

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —Twenty-one affiliates within Sutter Health’s not-for-profit network earned recognition as a “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” 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.
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Sutter Amador Hospital Opens New Infusion Center

Posted on Mar 23, 2018 in Cancer, Uncategorized

Jackson, Calif. – For people with cancer, care is now one step closer to home. Sutter Amador Hospital has opened a new infusion center to patients on March 23.

The Irene Marie Infusion Center, a new facility located on the second floor of the Outpatient Services Building at Sutter Amador Hospital, now gives cancer patients a local option for treatment for many types of cancer that uses infusion for treatments.

“This monumental new addition to the hospital allows local residents to receive care in the community instead of driving more than an hour for these types of treatments,” said Anne Platt, CEO of Amador Hospital. “The Irene Marie Infusion Center, named in honor of the Spinty Foundation, provides a dedicated space for our patients to receive lifesaving treatments in a comfortable environment. This investment in new services at our hospital shows our continued commitment to our patients, our neighbors and our region.” Read More

Steve Wigginton Chosen to Lead Sutter Health | Aetna Joint Venture

Posted on Mar 20, 2018 in Sutter Health | Aetna

WALNUT CREEK, Calif., – Following a nationwide executive search, Sutter Health and Aetna have named Steve Wigginton as the new CEO of the Sutter Health | Aetna joint venture. The jointly owned health care company formed by the two organizations in 2017 currently offers employers with employees in Northern California self-insured commercial products with effective dates as early as April 1, 2018.

“Steve is a respected leader with a proven track record of driving culture, growth and innovation in the health care industry,” said Kristen Miranda, Aetna’s market president for California. “Steve has a passion for creating a better health care experience for consumers, and a clear vision of what will make Sutter Health | Aetna successful.

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Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento ‘Super-Preemie’ Is March of Dimes’ Ambassador

Posted on Mar 16, 2018 in Children's Services, Quality, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Uncategorized, Women's Services

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – March of Dimes’ 2018 March for Babies ambassador is 3½-year-old Christian Nathaniel Rios Ashley, whose life was saved due to the advanced care of the Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento High-Risk Maternity Unit and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Christian, this year’s March of Dimes’ ambassador, with, from left, big brother Devin Ashley, Christian Ashley, mom Christina Rios-Ashley and godmother Andrea Browning.

After trying for several years, Christian’s parents, Christina and Daniel, were thrilled when they got pregnant. But at 22 weeks into her pregnancy, Christina was quickly hospitalized in the Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento High Risk Maternity Unit for incompetent uterus. The doctors told Christina, “We need to get this baby to 24 weeks,” where the odds of survival were much higher.

Christian was just 1 pound, 4 ounces at birth.

They came close. Christian was born just a couple days’ shy of 24 weeks and weighed only 1 pound, 4 ounces. The doctors prepared both Daniel and Christina for the worst. However, Christian’s parents didn’t give up and knew the Sutter team would do whatever they could to keep their baby alive and growing. Read More