Awards & Recognition

Sutter Delta Offers One of Nation’s Top Nursing Internship Programs

Posted on Jul 30, 2013

Three RNs posing for camera and included in article for Sutter Delta's Nursing Internship ProgramSutter Delta’s Nursing Internship Program recently received national recognition as one of the nation’s leading programs to help transition newly graduated RNs to an acute care hospital setting. Read More

Alta Bates Summit, Eden and Sutter Delta Medical Centers Excel at Keeping Patients Healthy, State Report Finds

Posted on Jun 13, 2013

Young medical practitioner standing in a Sutter East Bay hospital with stethoscope around her neckAlta Bates Summit, Eden and Sutter Delta were recognized among the top Bay Area hospitals for having significantly better rates for keeping patients alive and healthy, according to a recent study by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development published in the Mercury News.

The study found that more than half of Bay Area hospitals had worse-than-average death rates for at least one medical procedure or patient condition in 2010 or 2011.

Researchers examined mortality rates for 12 conditions and procedures at 331 California health care institutions, after taking into account risk factors such as age. From this examination, they identified which hospitals had death rates significantly better or worse than state averages.

According to the study, Alta Bates Summit, Eden and Sutter Delta medical centers had rates significantly better than the state average in the following areas for 2010 or 2011:

Alta Bates: Acute stroke and Intestinal Bleeding

Eden: Brain Surgery and Acute Stroke

Sutter Delta: Heart Failure

Read the full article “Death Rates at Bay Area Hospitals Vary Widely, New Report Reveals,” in the Mercury News.

Sutter Delta’s Advance Wound Care Center Recognized Again for Excellence in Wound Healing

Posted on Apr 16, 2013

Staff from the medical center’s Advanced Wound Care Hyperbaric Medicine Center celebrated another year of national recognition for delivering high quality care in wound care treatments. wound care staff take a group picture

The medical center’s wound care center earned the Robert A. Warriner III, M.D., [i], Center of Excellence Award for achieving a yearly wound healing rate of 94 percent and a 95 percent patient satisfaction rate.

For the second consecutive year, the wound care center also received the Center of Distinction Award for delivering high-quality treatment with a wound healing rate of 91 percent within 30 days or less.

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Sutter Delta Employee’s Act of Kindness Reaches More Than 8,000 People on Facebook

Posted on Feb 7, 2013

Sara Jimno holding letter of thanks and showing employeesSutter Delta’s medical records clerk, Sara Jimno, showed a little act of kindness and watched it reach more than 8,000 people on Facebook.

Sara was dropping her children off at Sutter Elementary School in Antioch as she does every day, but on this day a stranger came up to her car window frustrated and confused asking Sara if she knew directions to  Sutter Delta Medical Center because his wife was in labor and ready to give birth. Read More

The California Association Medical Staff Services (CAMSS) Acknowledges Sutter Delta Medical Center’s Director of Medical Staff, Jennifer Jackson

Posted on Oct 15, 2012

The California Association of Medical Staff Services  (CAMSS) has acknowledged Sutter Delta’s director of medical staff, Jennifer Jackson, for her efforts as one of the organization’s chairs from 2011 through 2012. picture of Jennifer Jackson smiling

Jennifer has been a member of the organization for more than 10 years and has been volunteering in various roles since 2009. She most recently served as the membership committee chair and on the board of directors. Some of her committee’s responsibilities included membership retention, recruitment and database maintenance for members and volunteers.

CAMSS is a nonprofit, statewide organization with a mission to enhance the professional development of medical professionals by providing resources and education to its members. The association works collaboratively with, and is recognized by, various regulatory bodies and primary source verification institutions.

CAMSS continuously fosters and encourages public awareness of the expertise and skills of medical staff services professionals.The association’s membership is represented from a variety of healthcare models, such as hospitals, managed care, physician medical groups and outpatient surgery centers.

It’s October, So Let’s Celebrate Sonography and Sonographers!

Posted on Oct 15, 2012

sonagrapher imaging women's thyroid while she is laying downOctober is Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month. Together, the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMC) and Sutter Delta Medical Center are celebrating this year’s theme “Seeing the Sound,” which recognizes the specialized work and dedication sonographers contribute to quality healthcare.

Sutter Delta Medical Center has seven sonographers on staff, who perform a total of approximately 9,230 sonograms a year.


 What is a sonographer?

A sonographer is a highly skilled professional who uses specialized equipment to create images of structures from inside the human body. Sonographers have extensive patient interaction, which ranges from patients who are in good health to those who are critically ill.

Sonographers at Sutter Delta Medical Center are registered with the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers. They aid radiologists with patient diagnosis and help to identify abnormalities or pathologies within the human body. Sonographers work closely with many specialists on a variety of routine procedures, such as performing ultrasounds on pregnant women to more complex interventional procedures such as paracentesis, thoracentesis, as well as liver and breast biopsies.

New advancement in sonography procedures for pediatric patients

Some of the new sonography procedures we are performing at Sutter Delta Medical Center include:

  • Newborn encephalography (brain studies)
  • Infant hip dislocation
  • Infant abdomen for pyloric stenosis
  • Infant spine exams for spina bifida
Sonographers are seeing an increasing role in cancer and cardiovascular services

Sonographers are also involved in cancer procedures such as prostate biopsy and brachytherapy. The medical center is the only Contra Costa County certified STEMI Center in East County; therefore, sonographers have an increasing role in vascular procedures performed that include thrombus, arteriovenous grafts and shunts for dialysis.