As the Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento midtown expansion project nears completion, final street improvements with the City of Sacramento are underway and are scheduled to continue through May 21. The area of work extends from K Street to Capitol Avenue between 27th and 29th streets. It involves lowering manholes, grinding, repairing, overlaying and paving, sealing and striping.
Depending on the work to be completed, there will be traffic controls in place that include partial to full lane closures, as well as street closures. The overlaying and paving will occur the second week in the evenings and overnight (6 p.m. to 6 a.m.) due to the possibility of street closures. There is noise from grinding and trucks, as well as smells from paving and sealing associated with this work.
Here is the day-to-day schedule of street activities: Read More about Lane Closures Planned as Final Street Improvements Begin
Because the new acute-care facility is a half-block distance from the Capital City Freeway, the sign can be seen by travelers and commuters.
The signage matches the rebranding that the Sutter Health network of hospitals, doctors and medical foundations undertook in the past couple of years, with the new Plus logo and the name of the facility — Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento — underneath the bolder Sutter Health name. Read More about Sutter Health Sign Goes Up on New Women’s and Children’s Center
During his time off, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento Anesthesiologist Hal Humphreys, M.D., likes to soar among the clouds in his Cessna 182. He recently took Senior Media Producer John Milne up to take photos and video. John then matched some of the shots to ones he took before the SMCS expansion construction began. The photos show what Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson called “a model in-fill project.” The existing Sutter buildings on the left are Sutter General Hospital, Sutter Cancer Center (now called the Buhler Specialty Pavilion) and the Old Tavern. On the right side of each set of photos includes the addition of the Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center and the Sutter Capitol Pavilion, along with a series of bridges or spanning structures connecting the entire campus. Click on each photo to see a larger version of it.
A Calstar air ambulance made the first helicopter landing March 24 on the helistop that tops the Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center during an equipment inspection. Check out a video of the landing by clicking here.The helicopter traveled south above the Capital City Freeway and activated the helistop’s perimeter lights before landing. As soon as the copter blades stopped spinning, the pilot gave a thumbs up, signaling all was safe for those waiting inside the Women’s and Children’s Center’s 10th floor – called the vestibule – to come out and greet them.
In April, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento and Calstar are planning four training sessions for nursing, transport and other health-care teams to prepare to receive patients by air when the expanded campus opens Aug. 8. Most of these patients will be preemies and other sick babies who will be flown to Sutter Medical Center’s new, state-of-the-art neonatal intensive care unit inside the Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center. The life-saving NICU serves 26 counties throughout Northern California, southern Oregon and western Nevada.
The Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento Pharmacy moved Feb. 8 into the Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center’s third floor, which will be its new, permanent home on the expanded midtown campus.The SMCS Pharmacy moved from its former space in Sutter General Hospital’s basement and became the first department and second area of the new hospital to get the green light for occupancy. Last year, the entryway and stairs leading to the Radiation Oncology Center, or ROC, located in the basement of the Buhler Specialty Pavilion and the Women’s and Children’s Center was opened for staff and patients.
When the expanded campus opens this summer, the 6,500-square-foot third-floor space will be the center of operations for Pharmacy, with a satellite center in the NICU on the Women’s and Children’s Center seventh floor, along with the current satellite pharmacies on the fourth and fifth floors in Sutter General Hospital, which will be renamed the Ose Adams Medical Pavilion. Read More about Pharmacy First Department in New Sutter Women’s and Children’s Center
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.