In recognition of its expertise in serving adults with congenital
heart disease (CHD), Sutter Medical
Center, Sacramento earned accreditation from the Adult
Congenital Heart Association (ACHA), a nationwide organization
focused on connecting patients, family members and healthcare
providers to form a community of support and a network of experts
with knowledge of CHD. It is the third accredited adult
congenital heart disease (ACHD) program
in California and the first in the
greater Sacramento region. (Cision PR Newswire)
Who needs a dog when you can pet a 12-foot Burmese python?
About 50 young patients at the Sutter Medical Center children’s
center in Sacramento got an up-close look at the snake, an adult
alligator, a porcupine, a penguin and other critters Thursday
morning, when “animal ambassadors” from SeaWorld San Diego came
for a visit. (The Sacramento Bee)
It’s a warm summer day in Sacramento and Amanda Buccina, a
registered nurse, has just arrived at Johnston Park to see her
second patient of the day. Brian is a 68-year-old man diagnosed
with leukemia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Although
he worked his entire life, Brian’s health conditions caused him
to lose both his job and ability to pay rent.
Leaders of Sacramento’s Sutter Medical Center will dedicate their
new chapel on Thursday, adding a space that chaplains said they
hope will be valued as a space for renewal and contemplation for
employees, patients and their loved ones. (The Sacramento Bee)
A longtime Arizona health system administrator has been chosen to
lead Sutter Medical Center, the Sacramento region’s
Dave Cheney, who was previously CEO of Banner Boswell Medical
Center in Sun City, Arizona., was chosen to lead Sutter Health’s
500-bed medical center at 2825 Capitol Ave. in midtown
Sacramento, according to Sutter Health spokesman Gary Zavoral.
(Sacramento Business Journal)
Sacramento’s City Council moved to expand shelter access for the
city’s homeless on Tuesday but held off on funding a proposed
triage center that would serve as a one-stop shop for emergency
services for the homeless.
After the council’s homeless subcommittee presented 21 policy and
program options in April, council members seemed most interested
in pursuing such a center, which could provide mental health
counseling, medical assistance and place people in housing.
(The Sacramento Bee)
Sutter Health has installed a 21-ton, $7 million “gamma knife”
that uses radiation to do brain surgery more quickly and simply
than previous generations of the device.
Gamma knives have been used for decades to destroy tumors with
targeted beams of radiation. But officials at the Sutter
Neuroscience Institute, on Sutter’s midtown Sacramento campus,
said their device is the first model of its kind in the
state. (Sacramento Business Journal)
Longtime Sutter Health executive Carrie Owen Plietz is leaving
the Sacramento-based health system for a job in Georgia.
Plietz is CEO of Sutter Health’s flagship hospital in midtown
Sacramento, across the street from Sutter’s Fort. In addition to
running the hospital, she oversaw the construction of the massive
expansion, which was completed in 2015. (Sacramento Business
Sutter Health isn’t taking any chances when its big hospital move
starts on Saturday. It’s reserved 60 rooms for a month at the
Hyatt Regency Sacramento to keep technology experts on hand –
just in case.
Early Saturday, ambulances will begin moving the last patients at
Sutter Memorial Hospital to the new Anderson Lucchetti Women’s
and Children’s Center in midtown.
The electronic health record system will simultaneously go live
at the new hospital and across the street at Sutter General, now
called the Ose Adams Medical Pavilion. (Sacramento Business
For more than a decade, Sutter Health’s midtown expansion has
been the project that keeps on going. And going.
Now, finally, most of the trucks are gone and most of the streets
are open. A shiny new hospital tower is now wedged into a
historic commercial neighborhood.
Getting this far took far longer and cost far more money than
anyone expected. What started as a $225 million, nine-year
project ended up costing $812 million and taking 14 years.
(Sacramento Business Journal)
Sutter Medical Center will welcome the brand new Anderson
Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center to its midtown campus
Saturday with a full day of activities at the hospital and at
nearby Sutter’s Fort.
Marshall Medical Center in Placerville and Sutter Medical Center
Sacramento have been selected by federal health officials to test
bundled payments that pay for an entire episode of care rather
than test by test, treatment by treatment.
Authorized by the Affordable Care Act, the new approach hopes to
improve coordination of care and cut costs for Medicare, the
federal health care program for seniors. (Robertson,
Sacramento Business Journal 2/4/13)
Sutter Medical Center Sacramento is voluntarily closing its
kidney transplant program to focus resources on heart services —
which include the only cardiac transplant program in the
Sacramento region — Sutter officials announced Thursday.
Sutter Medical Center Sacramento is one of 244 hospitals
nationwide — and the only one in the Sacramento region — to be
named a top performer on key quality measures for two years in a
row by The Joint Commission, the leading accrediting agency for
heath care organizations and programs in the U.S.
(Robertson, Sacramento Business Journal 9/20/12)
Mercy San Juan Medical Center and Sutter Medical Center
Sacramento ranked among the top 10 percent of hospitals in the
nation that perform a minimum volume of bariatric surgeries,
according to a report released Tuesday by Healthgrades, a leading
provider of information on doctors and hospitals.
(Robertson, Sacramento Business Journal 8/1/12)
Hospitals and hospital-related spending contribute $11.7 billion
annually to the region, a new report concludes. And some of those
ripple effects travel far — even to the construction industry.
(Robertson, Sacramento Business Journal 4/20/12)
Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento said it has become the second
cardiac care center in the nation and the first in California to
receive full atrial fibrillation certification status from the
Society of Chest Pain Centers.
The Dublin, Ohio-based SCPC is an international nonprofit that
provides accreditations and certifications for clinics and other
Atrial fibrillation is the most common cardiac arrhythmia. Nearly
3 million patients in the United States have atrial fibrillation.
(Glover, Sacramento Bee, 2/9/12)
Carrie Owen Plietz will assume the helm at Sutter Medical Center
Sacramento in September and current chief executive Tom Gagen
will retire in February, Sutter officials announced this week.
Owen Plietz was named chief operating officer at the medical
center — which includes Sutter General Hospital in midtown and
Sutter Memorial in East Sacramento — earlier this year as part of
a planned transition. Gagen will remain with Sutter after Owen
Plietz takes over as CEO to help with the transition. (Robertson,
Sacramento Business Journal 7/15/11)
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