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.
It’s fun and informative, but it’s no child’s play. Dr. Paul Walsh, medical director of the Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento Pediatric Emergency Department, has begun teaching children’s emergency care to nurses in the new peds emergency room that will open on Aug. 8 in the Ose Adams Medical Pavilion — the new name for Sutter General Hospital.
In one recent session in a Sutter General Hospital Emergency Department bay, nine nurses were gathered around a life-sized mannequin that appropriately squeals, grunts and even screams with each intervention by a nurse or physician as the team assesses the patient’s condition. Monitors engaged, clinical values blurted and equipment directives are all given with authority. Add a crying mother, a distraught father and the elevation of tension that comes with many emergent situations. Read More about Sutter Nurses Prepare for Dedicated Emergency Room for Children
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
Patients, physicians and staff can now walk between Sutter Capitol Pavilion and Sutter Cancer Center/Buhler Building without going outside through our new bridge.
The first renovated intensive care unit at Sutter General Hospital is receiving rave reviews from staff, patients and visitors.
“The ICU is beautiful and we loving having it here,” said Angela Halpern, R.N., of the west wing ICU on the third floor.
While this wing is now open to any ICU patients, when the cardiac service line moves from Sutter Memorial Hospital to the new campus in a couple of years, this ICU will be used specifically for heart surgery patients. Located across the hall from the operating rooms, this new ICU provides quick access to and from surgery for heart-failure patients and others.
The first patients are scheduled for April 27 at the Women’s Imaging Center, which was completed on time and under budget – something that’s really tough to do when working under strict state hospital code requirements and inspections, said Shane Freeno, Sutter Health’s Project Manager of Sutter Capitol Pavilion at 28th Street and Capitol Avenue.
The 4,400-square-foot space on the first floor was originally planned for Physical Therapy and Cardiac Rehab when it was decided that Sutter Medical Foundation would expand its Diagnostic Imaging services at Capitol Pavilion to serve the growing demand of services.
Diane Finch, supervisor of Women’s Imaging for Sutter Medical Foundation, was excited to give a sneak preview of the new center. “I was involved from the first day designing this Women’s Imaging Center,” she said. “I am so proud of what we have accomplished. Everyone says the site has a spa-like feel.”
Throughout the center is special artwork, rich colors, wood-like floors, back-lit nature scenes on the ceilings and walls, and other amenities that give it a more comforting, relaxing environment.