Health News from Sutter Health

Ready ... set ... run and eat donuts!! On Saturday, March 24th the 4th Annual Donut Dash will take place in Land Park. This family friendly (and pet friendly) run benefits the Child Life Program at Sutter Children's Center, Sacramento. 

The event starts with a two mile run/jog/walk through Land Park to Marie's Donuts. Then you get to eat four donuts or six donut holes (or nothing at all). And then run back the two miles to the finish.

The event started in 2009 with 25 numbers and in 2011 the event grew to more than 500 participants.

To learn more or register visit donutdash.org or Donut Dash on Facebook.Learn more about Sutter Children's Center, Sacramento
November 14, 2011
Sutter's Special Start Program

This year Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento introduced a new program to provide pregnant women and their partners support for their baby with a condition that will require special care after delivery. It can be hard for families they learn their baby may have special needs. Our goal is to offer as much education and support to the family as possible and help them understand that they are not alone. Thumbnail image for Sutter_Special_Start.jpg


Called the Sutter Special Start Program, our coordinator offers education about the baby's health condition, coordinates a special team of health care professionals to be available for the baby's delivery and ongoing care and links the family with other parents who share in your same experience. Because Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento believes all families should have access to education and support, all these services are free of charge.


The following conditions are ones that the Special Support Program covers:

·         Cystic Fibrosis

·         Cleft Lip/Palate

·         Neural Tube Defects

·         Congenital Heart Defects

·         Abdominal Wall Defects


For more information, contact Jacqueline Masullo, program coordinator, at masullj@sutterhealth.org or call (916) 453-3468. Learn more about Sutter Women's Services for pregnancy and childbirth.

Friday, September 9, 2011 
Sutter Medical Plaza-1625 Stockton Blvd. 95816 

Guest Speakers: Dr. Foster Cline, Child Psychiatrist and Co-founder of the Love and Logic Institute and Lisa Greene, Co-author of Parenting Children with Health Issues 

Dr. Cline is an internationally renowned child psychiatrist as well as co-author of Parenting Children with Health Issues. He will address handling refusals to take medication, strategies for preventing arguments and avoiding power struggles, promoting responsibility without nagging or lecturing and enabling children to make good self care decisions. Lisa Greene, co-author of Parenting Children with Health Issues is a parent of two children with cystic fibrosis who will speak on her professional and personal experience with this topic. 

Class is open to parents, caregivers and clinicians working with children with chronic health issues. Breakfast, lunch and class materials are included. 

Sponsored by Sutter Health and Electromed 

Register at: comptog@sutterhealth.org Or call (916) 733-1760. Registration fee $20.00

Kids with autism eventually turn until teenagers and adults with autism. And with the recent rise in the number of children diagnosed with autism there is a new need to focus on their transition into adulthood. Sutter Neuroscience Institute is teaming up with the Sierra 


Sacramento Valley Medical Society Alliance to open a new discussion on Autism-The Teen Years. During this informative lecture learn about:

  • Hormone Changes and Drug Efficacies
  • Evolving Relationships and Sexuality
  • Executive Functioning and Behavior
  • Emerging Co-Morbidities and Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Trusts and other Legal Entitlement

Lecture Details

Date:       Thursday, April 7, 2011  

Time:     6:00 - 7:00 P.M. Registration, Appetizers, & Vendors

                 7:00 - 9:00 P.M. Program 

Place:   Sutter Cancer Center,  2800 L Street, Classrooms 1-4, Sacramento, CA 95816

Fee:   Free / $25.00 if Nursing CE desired (cash or check only, pay at the door)

The lecture is free, but RSVP's are mandatoy. To register email MEDALLNC-ASD@yahoo.com. If you have questions, please call 916 453-5801.

Learn more about the Sutter Autism Treatment Center or follow us on Facebook.

February 22, 2011
Sleep Disorders in Children

Sweet dreams...do you say those words to your child every night and hope that itped-sleep-disorders.jpg comes true? If so, you are not alone. Night terrors, bad dreams, snoring and sleep apnea can affect your child's sleep -- as well as the sleep of your entire family.

Learn more about common, yet treatable sleep disorders our free lecture with pediatric neurologist Dr. Amer Khan at the Roseville Galleria on Tuesday, March 15.

Date: Tuesday, March 15

Time: 9 - 10 a.m.

Location: The Dining Terrace, Westfield Roseville Galleria

Cost: Free

RSVPs are mandatory. Please call (916) 781-4018 or visit www.sutterroseville.org/sweetdreams.

A free continental breakfast will be provided.


To learn more about Pediatric Sleep Disorders visit http://www.checksutterfirst.org/children/services/pedprgms/sleep.cfm.

The 3rd Annual Dount Dash to benefit Sutter Children's Center's Child Life Program has been set for Saturday, March 19.

The Donut Dash Run starts at the corner of Freeport Blvd., and Sutterville donut dash.jpgRd. Participants will run, jog or walk two miles through shady Land Park to Marie's Donuts, eat four donuts (or six donut holes or nothing at all) and then two miles back.

All proceeds go to support the Child Life Program at Sutter Memorial Hospital to help pay for art supplies, toys, movies, video games, etc to benefit the children during their hospital stay.

Zack Wandell, a volunteer in the Child Life Program at Sutter Memorial Hospital since September 2004, started the Donut Dash in 2009 and raised $1,500. In 2010 they raised $3,000. This year Zach hopes to raise at least $5,000 by getting more runners and sponsors. If you are looking for a way to support the great work of Sutter's Child Life Program visit the Donut Dash's website, Facebook site or Active.com registration page! 


Learn more about Sutter's Child Life Program.

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Want to access your medical records on the go? Now, when you sign up for Sutter Health's My Health Online (available as the MyChart app on iTunes), you get secure, on-the-go access via the iPhone®, iPad© or iPod touch®!

  • Send secure emails to your doctor
  • View most lab results and upcoming appointments
  • Receive preventive care reminders
  • View your medications, allergies, immunizations and more

You must be a patient of Sutter Medical Foundation and enrolled in MyHealthOnline (formerly MySutterOnline). Learn how to enroll.

This is the season know for family gatherings. Unfortunately, families and friends share more than presents and pie - many spread their germs! Sure, you can protect yourseitriage.jpglf by washing your hands and keeping a good distance from others; but when Aunt Bertha with the cough or your nephew with the runny nose smacks a big kiss on your cheek, it's good to know where to find the closest Sutter Urgent Care or Express Care clinic.

Download our latest free application, iTriage, to your smart phone and you will always know where to go, where ever you are in Sacramento, Northern California, and beyond!

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Though the nation is experiencing its first ever two-year decline in elective prematureprofessionals_medicalresources.jpg births, three Northern California, Sutter Health affiliated hospitals have partnered with the March of Dimes to participate in their pilot toolkit to inform expectant mothers the dangers of electing to deliver their baby prematurely in an effort to alleviate the rate in California.


Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Sutter Roseville Medical Center and Mills-Peninsula Health Services in Burlingame are among nine hospitals statewide helping March of Dimes pilot this new hospital toolkit to ensure that all deliveries are done at the right time.


The toolkit, Elimination of Non-medically Indicated (Elective) Deliveries Before 39 Weeks Gestational Age, provides patients educational materials focused on the adverse consequences of early elective delivery as well as tools for health care providers and hospital staff to develop efficient and successful quality improvement program.


Traditionally, pregnancy has been thought of as a nine-month process. Today, through advances in science, it is now seen that pregnancy should be measured in weeks as 40 weeks is the accepted benchmark for full term pregnancy. The ultimate goal with this program is to eliminate all elective early births prior to 39 weeks, and the toolkit shows the development of the brain at 40 weeks, opposed to the brain at 36 weeks, or nine months, another viable way to help dissuade expectant mothers.


"The last six weeks of pregnancy, the babies brain nearly doubles," said Leslie Kowalewski, associate state director for the March of Dimes in California. "The baby's brain connections for balance and coordination are still developing in that time."


A lot of times these elective early births occur is because mother's grow tired of being pregnant are do not want to deal with the stress of pregnancy any longer.


"If you ask any women why they want to deliver early and they'll tell you that the last few weeks are rough," said Dr. Connie Mitchell of the California Department of Public Health's Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Division. "If she can wait, the mother and the baby will be much better off."


The success of the implementation of this program could not only change birth outcomes, but this could ultimately be a benchmark moment for early delivery rates nation wide.


Please visit for more information on this tool kit developed in partnership with March of Dimes, California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (CMQCC), and the California Department of Health, Maternal Child and Adolescent Health Division.


Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento

Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento is the foundation of Sutter Health, Northern California's largest health network with 29 acute care hospitals, more than 5,000 primary care physicians and specialists, home health, occupational health, psychiatric care and more. The downtown Sacramento medical center is made up of several facilities that include Sutter General Hospital, Sutter Memorial Hospital, Sutter Oaks Midtown, and Sutter Center for Psychiatry. Visit the website at www.sutterhealth.org.

Sutter Roseville Medical Center

SRMC is an acute care medical facility and is a level II American College of Surgeons verified Trauma Center serving a seven-county region that includes Placer, Yolo, Nevada, Sutter and Yuba counties, and portions of Sacramento and El Dorado counties. Visit the hospital at www.sutterroseville.org.

Mills-Penninsula Health Services

Mills Health Center in San Mateo provides a wide range of outpatient services, including surgery, rehabilitation and diagnostics. It also is home to Mills-Peninsula's inpatient rehabilitation program. For more information visit www.mills-penninsula.org.







PJ Petersen is a student at California State University, Sacramento and an intern with Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region

When Rosie Carollo was hospitalized at the Sutter Children's Center, Sacramento due to a rare form of epilepsy at juholidaytoydrive.jpgst 6 months old, she was cheered up by the toys, movies and activities in the hospital's Child Life Program.

After her passing in 2004, just shy of her second birthday, her parents, Nicole and George Carollo, were set on keeping Rosie's memory alive by giving back to the Sutter Children's Center located at Sutter Memorial Hospital after they provided such great care for their young daughter.

"When Rosie passed away, we wanted to do something in her memory to repay the wonderful care we got and to help out other children like Rosie in the Child Life Program," said Nicole Carollo.

While walking trough their neighborhood admiring holiday decorations and looking to get a few ideas for their own house, the Carollos noticed bins in front of houses for people to donate food as they too strolled down the street admiring the decorations. It was at this moment that the Carollos had the idea to have a toy drive in Rosie's honor.

After seeing how much joy that toys brought Rosie while she was in the hospital, the family decided the best way to honor Rosie and give back to the hospital was by donating toys to the unit in hopes of creating joy for other children during their time in the program.

The Carollos began their charitable toy drive in 2007 when they were inspired to give back to the Sutter Children's Center after experiencing first-hand the heartache of having a child hospitalized there, but at the same time were overjoyed with the care that the facility gave their young daughter.

This year marks the fourth anniversary of the Rosie Carollo Christmas Lights Toy Drive, which will be held from 5-9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, and is part of the Carollos' elaborate Christmas display at their home at 3961 Fair Oaks Blvd. in the Arden-Arcade area of Sacramento. New, unwrapped toy donations, as well as any cash or check donations, will be collected to give to the brave children at the Children's Center.

In the three previous years, this event has made quite a splash in donations. During the inaugural event in 2007, the Carollos collected 741 items and $236 in cash. In the three years of its existence this special event has collected nearly 2,500 items and approximately $3,676.

This year, the Carollos and the Child Life Program are requesting: non-fabric infant rattles and toys, board games, toy doctor kits, crib-side soothers - such as Fisher Price's aquarium or rain forest - arts and crafts kits, and comfortable slippers for school-aged and teen patients.

"The first year we did it, we had no idea it would become this big," said Nicole. "We just thought it would be a little toy drive."

Four years later, the Carollos look forward to the company of hundreds of Sacramento residents who gather in celebration of little Rosie's life and the life of every child cared for at the Sutter Children's Center.

"This is easily the happiest day of the year for me," said Nicole.

Guests and their families enjoy the elaborate Christmas lights display along with cookies, hot chocolate and even a special visit from Santa Claus. In addition, Sacramento firefighters will be there giving out official fire department stickers and coloring books.

The Carollo family - which now also includes 5-year-old Claire, 2-year-old Grace and 1-year-old Lily - has made it their lifelong goal to spread little Rosie's story and increase the awareness of infantile spasms. In the future they hope to set up a foundation in Rosie's name to raise funds for infantile spasm research.

If you would like to be a part of this event but cannot make it out on Dec. 12, the family is gladly accepting donations for the entire month of December at their doorstep located at 3961 Fair Oaks Blvd, at the corner of San Ramon Way and Fair Oaks Boulevard. For further information on how you can help, e-mail Nicole Carollo at N_Carollo@yahoo.com.

The Child Life Program is an important part of each child's hospital experience at the Sutter Children's Center. Child Life specialists work with the child, parents and hospital staff to make life as normal as possible and to minimize the emotional trauma to the infant, child or adolescent and his or her family. As a member of the health care team in both outpatient and inpatient settings, Child Life specialists provide essential life experiences for gaining a sense of mastery, for play, for learning, for self-expression, for family involvement and for peer interaction. The program also "employs" three full-time canine therapists as part of its Pet Therapy Program.
The Sutter Children's Center is a comprehensive children's "hospital-within-a-hospital" that offers on-site 24-hour pediatric and neonatal care physicians. It provides a patient- and family-oriented approach of more than 50 board-certified subspecialists and a full medical transport team. The Sutter Children's Center is nationally recognized as a center for excellence by the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions for its outstanding care for children. Additionally, the Sutter Children's Center is approved by California Children's Services and is the only non-university facility in Northern California granted associate membership with the California Children's Hospital Association. For more information, visit http://checksutterfirst.org/children/.


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With spooky costumes and gooey treats, Halloween is a great time for kids of all ages. As the big day approaches, Sutter Children's Center, Sacramento recommend these simple "tricks" for parents who want to keep their little ghouls and goblins from OD'ing on candy this year. There are also several things "groan-ups" can do to make Halloween as safe as possible.

1. Enjoy the Day

Childhood obesity is growing medical crisis but it's OK to let your kids indulge a little bit.

2. Fill 'em up

Serve your kids a healthy dinner (with foods they like) before trick-or-treating, so they won't be as tempted to eat candy before you have a chance to inspect it.

3. Safety First

Halloween night is no different when it comes to safety. Parents should trick-or-treat with young children at all times and all trick-or-treaters should have flashlights. Don't forget a charged mobile phone for emergencies.

4. Spooky but Safe Costumes

Before heading out the door make sure your child's costume is flame resistant and can be seen clearly in the dark. Swords, knives, fairy wands and other accessories should be flexible to prevent any accidental injuries. And because a mask can limit or block eyesight, consider using makeup or a decorative hat as a safe alternative.

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 Sutter Center for Psychiatry is hosting a free community lecture to help families learn the signs and symptoms of anxiety in children and teenagers.

Thursday, October 14, 2010
6-7:30 p.m.


Sutter Center for Psychiatry

7700 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento


To reserve your seat, call (916) 386-3682. Learn more.




Jordan Smith, a teenager from Rescue, is helping others better manage Type 1 diabetes by being an active part of a Sutter Health study. Sutter-affiliated pediatric endocrinologist G. Prakasam, M.D., is Jordan's physician and was interviewed for the story.


Watch the story as reported by KCRA 3.


"Because my first child was induced, I had no idea what early labor felt like," said Sara. "I went to the hospital worried and the labor and delivery team did everything they could to try to stop the contractions. When my nurse finally examined me she gave me a hug and told me that I was 6 cm dilated and my daughter was ready to come out. But she assured me everything would be ok."


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NICU Reunion.JPGDozens of "graduates" of the Sutter Memorial Hospital NICU gathered with families for some fun and to be reunited with doctors and nurses during Saturday's NICU Reunion.

Visit our Facebook page to view photos.

August 24, 2010
Pediatric Sleep Disorders


In recent years, research has shown that many children suffer from sleep disorders. Learn the signs and symptoms of childhood sleep disorders from Amer Khan, M.D., Sutter pediatric neurologist.

August 18, 2010
Youth Sports Physicals
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A sports physical is often required by schools and sports leagues and it can help identify if your child is developmentally ready. Kids are notorious for waiting until the last minute to get their physicals completed, and during this busy season it can sometimes take weeks to be seen by your child's primary care physician for a wellness physical.

Our Sutter Express Care clinics located in select Rite Aid stores are very convenient for this service. Our clinicians can provide the exam and complete the necessary forms the same day with no appointment necessary.

Sutter Express Care is now offering sports physicals at a discounted rate of $50 now through Labor Day. Insurance companies are not billed.

Learn more at sutterexpresscare.com.

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