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

The 2011 Sutter Cancer Center Quilt Auction is going on now at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. More than 700 quilts are currently on display at Sutter's downtown medical complex, including Sutter Cancer Center, Sutter Capitol Pavilion and Sutter General Hospital. 

Silent Auction: Quilts are currently on display for the silent auction which ends November 5.

Online Auction: Visit https://www.biddingforgood.com/auction/AuctionHome.action?documentId=140235075

Live Auction: The Live Auction is the highlight of Auction Day. At 10 AM on November 5, 2011 the auctioneer will open the bidding on 50 exceptional quilts. The bidding is fast-paced and lots of fun. After the Live Auction there will be time to see if you are still the high bidder on your Silent Auction quilts or to bid on additional quilts. The Live Auction is held at Sutter Cancer Center, 2800 L Street, Sacramento.

The Breast Cancer Quilt Auction is a community service project to raise funds for Sutter Cancer Center's breast cancer research and patient treatment programs. In total, more than 1900 quilts and art quilt pieces were donated to the four prior auctions providing over $425,000 for the Cancer Center programs. Learn more at http://www.suttermedicalcenter.org/quiltauction/.

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.

February 1, 2011
Expecting Multiples?

Are you expecting twins, triplets or more in 2011? Sutter Moms of Multiples (MOMs) Center provides comprehensive supportive care to mothers expecting twins, triplets or more, to make their pregnancy a positive and exciting experience. The program assists your Sutter obstetrician by providing a network of support to follow mothers through their entire pregnancy and beyond.

Because multiple gestation pregnancies are often consider high-risk, this program will provide valuable assistance to you, your spouse, and your physician beyond the medical aspects of your pregnancy.  Sutter Moms of Multiples Clinic is designed to improve perinatal outcomes and enhance the pregnancy and birthing experience for mothers.

Sutter works with referring physicians and provides prompt and ongoing reports about the support services their patient is receiving in the program.

The program is now offered free of charge! Learn more at http://www.checksutterfirst.org/women/services/momsofmultiples.cfm

January 14, 2011
Tour our Birthing Centers

More babies are born at Sutter Health facilities in the Sacramento Region than any other health care system. Our high risk pregnancy experts, neonatal intensive care units, personalized birthing experience and alternative labor options are among the reasons families choose Sutter.

Watch a video about our Family Birthing Centers at Sutter Memorial Hospital, Sutter Roseville Medical Center, Sutter Davis Hospital and Sutter Solano Medical Center.

Learn more about our prenatal care and birthing options at www.sutterwomens.org.

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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/.


November 12, 2010
Start Eating Healthy

genthumb.jpg With the holidays right around the corner, it might be beneficial to begin eating healthy today.

In honor of "Start Eating Healthy Day," Reetu Sharma, M.D., cardiologist with the Sutter Heart & Vascular Institute, shares information about tasty, healthy food alternatives to holiday temptations.

View the story as reported by New10.

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Join us at the State Capitol West Steps to see the Capitol Lit Up Blue

Sunday, November 14th

5:30 to 7 p.m.  

Free Blue Light Sticks • Healthy Food Samples • Health Fair • Family Fun Music • Jazzercise • Soul Line Dancing 



Ben Vereen, Tony Award Winner and Movie Star


Jake (Body by Jake) Steinfeld, Chair of the California Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sport


For more information on this event, email sacramentowdd@diabetes.org 

or call 916-924-3232, x7402.

The Birthing Center at Sutter Davis Hospital and the Family Birth Center at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital were honored in the magazine's "Best of Sacramento" edition for having the only in-hospital birthing tubs in the region. The item is listed under the category, "Shopping and Services," and the award is humorously titled, "Best Hot Tubs."

Check out the issue. http://www.sacmag.com/media/Sacramento-Magazine/November-2010/2010-Best-of-Sacramento/

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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.




Join us for an special Second Saturday Open House of Sutter Capitol Pavilion.

Saturday, October 9
3:30 - 6 p.m.
2725 Capitol Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95816

Learn more.

Mary Pare, Breast Cancer Navigator at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, was interviewed live on KCRA's morning show on the importance of self-exams in order to detect breast cancer.Watch the show.

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.

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.

September 7, 2010
Stay Connected to Sutter

Thumbnail image for nightview.jpgFind out the latest with Sutter Medical Center's expansion plan by visiting our blog.

Did you know that Sutter opened a new medical office on August 30 at the corner of 28th and Capitol? Read about our new medical office and more.

iphone.jpgGet the medical information you need, when you need it with iTriage, a free mobile health app brought to you by Sutter Health. Developed by physicians, iTriage combines health resources with GPS and mapping technology to point you towards the care you need.

Check your symptoms and look up conditions Find a doctor, clinic or ER near you.

Learn more or download iTriage for your mobile device.

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.

Sutter Medical Center and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford have partnered to study oral treatments for a progressive disease that damages the bile ducts and liver and has only been cured with a liver transplant.

Read more at sacbee.com

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