The Blood and Transplant Unit at Sutter General Hospital is the latest department to debut their new home through an expansion that took their unit from six to 16 beds.
“It took two years to make this happen; however, it was all worth it,” said Abbie Leshen-Plaza, R.N., nursing director, blood marrow transplant/oncology.
Since 1993, Sutter Cancer Center has provided stem cell transplants to adults with blood-borne cancers, severe anemia and other life-threatening conditions. Accredited by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy and one of only nine California transplant centers for adult patients, our Blood and Marrow Transplant Program holds center-of-excellence status from several major insurers. Equally important, our comprehensive program of care consistently receives outstanding marks in patient satisfaction from the hundreds of patients and families who have benefited from care.
“Each patient has a team of professionals that care for the patient and support the family,” says BMT Program Medical Director Michael Carroll, M.D. “In addition to doctors and nurses who provide direct medical care, we have patient navigators who answer questions and guide patients and families through the transplant process. We also have a dedicated financial coordinator, social worker, clinical dietitian, donor search coordinator and physical therapist as well as access to a host of medical specialists and the Sutter Cancer Center’s chaplains, music therapist, massage therapist and others. It’s a remarkably rich program of care and support.”
Family members also receive education and emotional support throughout the process. To help families stay connected while their loved one is in the hospital for several weeks, the expanded unit includes a family room with television and Internet access, kitchen and a laundry facility to make it easier for patients and families to spend time together.
Construction is progressing on our campus and yesterday we hit another milestone – the opening of the new valet and drive between the Anderson Lucchetti Women’s & Children’s Center and the Buhler Building/Sutter Cancer Center. This valet currently serves patients with appointments at the Buhler Building/Sutter Cancer Center and when our new campus opens in 2015 it will be the new access point for our whole campus.
The new entrance will be on Capitol Avenue between 28th and 29th streets. The entrance is easily accessible to westbound traffic on Capitol Avenue. Vehicles should not turn left into the drive, but instead approach the entrance going toward downtown.
From Interstate 80 East & Highway 50
- Take Interstate 80 to Capital City Freeway (Business 80 Reno)
- Take the N Street exit off of Capital Freeway.
- Go straight from the off-ramp onto 30th Street, which parallels the freeway.Turn left onto Capitol Avenue. Go past 29th Street, and the new valet entrance is on the right side.
From Interstate 80 West
- Take Interstate 80 to Capital City Freeway (Business 80)
- Take J Street exit. Go straight from the off-ramp onto 29th Street, which parallels the freeway.
- Turn right onto Capitol Avenue, and the new valet entrance is on the right side.
The sidewalk on 29th Street next to the Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center, between L Street and Capitol Avenue, has been opened to the public. A stroll next to the new hospital illustrates the beauty of the architecture and landscaping. Look for the sidewalk on the Capitol Avenue side of the Women’s and Children’s Center to open up in the coming weeks. Click on the photo for a larger view.