U.S. News & World Report recognizes Sutter Delta Medical Center as one of the ‘Best Hospitals’

Posted on Jul 16, 2014

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Sutter Delta Goes Live With EMIM Technology

Posted on Jul 14, 2014

Delta EMIM FlyerSutter Health is introducing advanced technology in medical imaging, and Delta was the first in the East Bay Region to move to Enterprise Medical Imaging Management (EMIM) technology.

What is EMIM?

It is a technology that provides a single platform for clinical and diagnostic viewing throughout the Sutter Health System. EMIM should seamlessly link medical images to our EHR, providing universal access to all Sutter Health images associated with a patient’s medical records.

 

How Does EMIM Technology Help Patients and Sutter Delta employees and physicians?

EMIM is intergraded with EPIC, so employees will no longer have to use the PACS system.

This platform should enhance collaboration for patient care in the region and throughout the Sutter Health system, as patients’ studies will be accessible at all Sutter facilities through this technology. This platform should also reduce costs and radiation exposure to our patients because physicians will not have to order repeated studies.

EMIM technology gives physicians access to patients’ images anytime, anywhere, via an easy to use web-based platform from physician offices and mobile devices. A physician can view images using their own computer or mobile device through a  single sign.

If you would like to learn more about EMIM or have any questions, please contact Anna Balsley, medical imaging manager at Balslea@sutterhealth.org or Caryn Mahoney, physician liaison, at Mahonc1@sutterhealth.org

Network of Care Visits Sutter Delta

Posted on Jul 14, 2014

student giving bags to pedatric unitThis month, student interns from the Network of Care, a program that provides nonperishable meals or snacks for families who are keeping vigil over their loved one.

The students presented about 60 snack and meal bags to nurses to the Women’s Health Center, as well as our med surge one and pediatric units.

“When family members are concerned about a loved one, many times they might neglect their own needs,” says Janet Frazier, the program’s executive director. “So the Network of Care provides that nourishing snack or meal to help them sustain their strength and support while they care for their loved one.

The snack and meal bags contain nonperishable food items.  The meal bag is filled with items such as cup of noodles, microwaveable mac and cheese or raviolis, a fruit cup, crackers and a granola bar. The snack bags include items like a fruit cup, crackers and a granola bar.

Janet says the student interns are a big part of the program. The student interns attend one of three special education classes from local schools. They donate their time to pack all the food into bags, and are pack about 60 percent of the bags distributed by The Network of Care annually.

The Network of Care provides snack and meal bags to more than 50 hospitals throughout California and Colorado. In the past 10 years the program has helped provide nourishment to more than150, 000 families.

If a department would like to request snack or meal bags, please contact Janet Frazier at 925 584 4086 or email at janetfraz@yahoo.com

Dori Stevens To Be Sutter Delta’s Next CEO

Posted on Jun 30, 2014

dori steven smiling in a pictureWe would like to send a heart –warming congratulations Dori Stevens, who was recently selected as Sutter Delta’s incoming CEO. Dori is currently the medical center’s chief nursing executive, a position she has held since 2006.

Dori has 27 years in health care experience. She started her career as a cardiac ICU nurse in 1987. Her clinical specialties are cardiac surgery and trauma critical care nursing. She has worked in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors, and joined Sutter Health in 2005 as director of nursing at Sutter Delta, a 145-bed hospital with 900 employees, 50 volunteers and more than 300 medical staff members.

As Delta’s CNE, Dori has successfully led a number of quality and affordability measures. She partnered with the staff to reduce manager turnover, and improve staff and physician satisfaction. With responsibility for the performance of the Emergency Department, Dori’s leadership helped Delta receive the HealthGrades’ Emergency Award for Excellence, which ranked the hospital Emergency Department among the top 5 percent in the nation from 2010 to 2013. She has also been a leader on initiatives to help make health care more affordable.

Prior to joining Sutter Health, Dori spent five years at Desert Regional Medical Center, a 398-bed acute care hospital in Palm Springs, where she was the director of critical care services, There she was responsible for four intensive care units, including trauma. She also worked at St. Francis Medical Center in Honolulu as executive director and transplant institute administrator, and ICU manager at Brotman Medical Center in Culver City, Calif. She holds an undergraduate degree in nursing and a graduate degree in business administration. She is also a 2008 graduate of Sutter Health’s Leadership Academy.

Dori will begin as CEO on February 2, 2015. Until then she will work with Gary to transition into her new role, as well as select a CNE for the medical center. Please join me again in thanking Gary and congratulating Dori on her new role as CEO of Sutter Delta.

Helping Your Kids Stay Safe in the Virtual World

Posted on Jun 6, 2014

“OMG! U c Emily? She’s a G4N GF!” Translated in parent-speak this means, “Oh my God! You see Emily? She’s a good for nothing girlfriend.”

Remember the days when playground bullies only stole milk money? Today, cyberbullies reach way beyond the playground, through cyberspace and deep within personal lives to humiliate their victims in front of an audience of hundreds, thousands or more, instantaneously.

“Cyberbullying is the most common online risk for teens,” says Derek Johnson, D.O., Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation family medicine specialist. “Unlike face-to-face confrontations, cyberbullying is often anonymous, can travel further and faster, ‘goes viral’ through endless replication, and can leave an essentially permanent digital footprint.”
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Learn More About Managing Menopausal Symptoms

Posted on Jun 6, 2014

menopause womenIn 1991, the National Institutes of Health launched the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI), a 15-year study of postmenopausal women that examined the correlation between hormone therapy and heart disease, bone fractures, and breast and colorectal cancers. While the WHI remains one of the largest preventive studies of its kind, it did not focus on hormone therapy for the relief of some of the most common menopausal symptoms: hot flashes and vulvovaginal atrophy (VVA). VVA is a condition in which the low estrogen levels associated with menopause cause thinning of the vaginal walls that can result in dry and inflamed tissue, painful urination, and pain with intercourse.

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Sutter Delta Supports National Wound Care Awareness Week June 2-6

Posted on May 30, 2014

The Advanced Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center at Sutter Delta Medical Center is partnering locally with Healogics, the country’s largest provider in wound care services, to raise awareness in East Contra Costa County about chronic wounds affecting millions of people in the U.S.

457704719During National Wound Care Awareness Week, staff from the medical center’s will dedicate an entire week to work with local providers to educate patients and their loved ones about the dangers of non-healing wounds and advanced therapies available to patients. Program directors across the nation will dedicate the entire week to visiting local physician offices to provide education to help staff identify patients that may benefit from advanced wound care

Chronic wounds affect millions of people in the U.S. and the incidence is rising, fueled by an aging population and increasing rates of diseases and conditions such as diabetes, obesity, and the late effects of radiation therapy. Untreated, chronic wounds can lead to a diminished quality of life and possible amputation of the affected limb.

“There are many patients living with non-healing wounds that are unaware of treatments available in their local communities,” said Ray Rassai, MD, FACS, medical director of Sutter Delta’s Advanced Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center. “Adjunctive therapies for appropriate patients can help heal wounds faster than traditional methods. We want to make advanced wound care available to all patients who would  would benefit, but we must educate the communities we serve about the services we offer.”

People with wounds that have not improved with traditional methods of treatment in four weeks may benefit from a visit to The Advanced Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center at Sutter Delta Medical Center. To schedule an appointment, please call 925.779.2900 http://www.sutterdelta.org/woundcare/woundcare.cfm