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Sutter Medical Foundation “Super”-visor and super friends offer support after fires

Sutter Medical Foundation “Super”-visor and super friends offer support after fires

On any normal day, Marco Guzman, Jr. is a supervisor for Sutter Medical Foundation’s(SMF) Cardiology, Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine services, based in care centers located in Fairfield, CA.

But recently, on a day that by any stretch of the imagination was not normal, Marco the supervisor became “Marco the superfriend” and he, along with a few of his West Coast Avengers teammates, helped bring some joy to people dealing with the devastating wild fires in California’s wine country.

Sutter Medical Foundation Auburn Urgent Care is “Movin’ on up” to increase exam room capacity

Sutter Medical Foundation Auburn Urgent Care is “Movin’ on up” to increase exam room capacity

Auburn, CA – Patients seeking care from Sutter Medical Foundation’s (SMF) Urgent Care Center in Auburn will need to travel a little farther to receive services from its caregivers…..about 10 feet up.

On October 25, the Urgent Care Center —chosen as the ‘Best of the Best’ in the Auburn Journal’s 2017 reader poll as Best Urgent Care— made a short move upstairs to a larger, more accommodating space, Suite 201 at SMF’s Medical Office Building at 11795 Education Street.

“We are excited to increase our ability to care for patients in our urgent care setting, going from five exam rooms to eight exam rooms for patient visits,” said Robert Bixler, M.D., Urgent Care Department Chief and Sutter Medical Group (SMG) physician. “Any time we find an opportunity to improve our popular urgent care services, we are going to find a way to make it happen. And in Auburn, that means a move up.”

How to choose the right Halloween candy

How to choose the right Halloween candy

By Dr. John Luther

Halloween is arriving soon. It's a fun-filled holiday that children really enjoy, especially after going around their neighborhood trick-or-treating, then arriving home to cherish their large assortment of candy.

But dental practitioners aren’t nearly as enamored with Halloween, because they know the possible ramifications of eating candy. It not only can create damage to the teeth and gums, but also possibly to a child's overall health.

Having healthy teeth and gums has an impact that goes far beyond the mouth. Poor oral hygiene can lead to cavities, periodontal disease and infection, which can impact a patient's heart, lungs, and entire body.

5 tips from Western Dental

1. Choose candy carefully: Try to avoid hard candy, such as lollipops, and other sweets that stay in the mouth for a long time. These candies increase the risk for tooth decay.

Sutter Surgical Hospital-North Valley awarded Gold Seal from The Joint Commission

Sutter Surgical Hospital-North Valley awarded Gold Seal from The Joint Commission

Sutter Surgical Hospital-North Valley (SSH-NV) today announced it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Joint Replacement for Hip and for Knee. Certification is for Joint Commission-accredited hospitals, critical access hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers seeking to elevate the quality, consistency and safety of their services and patient care.

“We are very happy to receive certification from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” said Dennis Sindelar, Chief Administrative Officer for Sutter Surgical Hospital North Valley. “We feel this validates the work we do to provide our patients with safe, quality care as they receive joint replacement services.” Read more.

CASA honors five Sutter Surgery Centers with ASC excellence awards

CASA honors five Sutter Surgery Centers with ASC excellence awards

The California Ambulatory Surgery Association (CASA) recently honored Sutter Surgery centers with five out of seven CASA Awards for Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Excellence:

  • Sutter Alhambra Surgery Center
  • Sutter Stockton Surgery Center
  • Surgery Center Palo Alto
  • Surgery Center San Carlos
  • Surgery Center Fremont

The CASA Award acknowledges CASA member facilities that exemplify best practices in the surgery center industry and actively promote and advocate for ASC excellence.

“The highly skilled clinicians and staff at our outpatient surgery centers do an outstanding job providing patients expert care in a safe environment,” said Sutter Surgery Division CEO Terry Glubka. “Congratulations to these teams for this well-deserved honor.”

Kaiser Permanente Vacaville honored For environmental excellence

Kaiser Permanente Vacaville honored For environmental excellence

Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center has been named a top 25 hospital for environmental excellence by Practice Greenhealth, a national group dedicated to environmental sustainability in healthcare. In all, Kaiser Permanente received 16 Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards. The Environmental Excellence Awards are given each year to honor environmental achievement in the health care sector. Kaiser Permanente has been recognized by Practice Greenhealth for its sustainability work every year since the awards program began in 2002.

Creative Students in Elk Grove Win Anti-Tobacco Billboard Contest

Creative Students in Elk Grove Win Anti-Tobacco Billboard Contest

Billboards around the Sacramento region are spreading a message about the dangers of smoking, and the artists behind the artwork are students. It's part of Kaiser Permanente’s “Don’t Buy the Lie” program now in its 24th year. Students throughout the Sacramento region were invited to design an anti-smoking message and submit the image for a chance at a $1,000 gift card and to have their design appear on dozens of billboards. This year, students in the Elk Grove Unified School district claimed both top prizes. The middle school winner was Kirin Vang from Toby Johnson Middle School. Her poster showed an image of a marionette on strings below two cigarettes. The message was “Don’t Let Your Addiction Control You.” The high school winning submission came from six students at Franklin High School, calling themselves “Team V:” Davion Clarke, Patrick Cunanan, Katrina Do, Tyrese Everett, Leann Kamaya and Darlene Tran. Their poster compared tobacco cigarettes with e-cigarettes.