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.
Now that the Radiation Oncology Center elevators in the Buhler Building/Sutter Cancer Center have been taken out, construction crews are erecting the bridge that will connect the Buhler Building to the Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center. This will be the sixth bridge that links the midtown Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento hospitals together and to the outpatient services and physician offices at Sutter Capitol Pavilion, Buhler Building and Fort Sutter Medical Complex.
On the weekend of Oct. 26 and 27, L Street will be closed in order to deliver the bridge’s steel to the site. The set-up will be similar to when L Street was closed for the construction of the spanning structure, with valet parking for the Buhler Building and Sutter General Hospital flowing in the opposite direction. Traffic will exit through the SGH drop-off lane and turn right on 28th Street.
The sidewalk on the Sutter General Hospital side will remain open throughout the weekend, and all staff and visitors should enter at the main hospital lobby. For those going to the Buhler Building, please cross L Street at 28th Street or walk across the bridge that connects the hospital and Buhler.
The work will be completed by Monday, Oct. 28, and L Street will be back to normal for the workweek.
The new Radiation Oncology Center entrance inside the Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center opened today and decommission and demolition of the current ROC elevators in the Sutter Cancer Center/ Buhler Building will begin at the same time.
The L Street sidewalk from the Buhler Building to 29th Street has opened, allowing patients, staff and visitors to access the ROC from the north entrance to the Women’s and Children’s Center. One elevator will be available for patient use to the ROC’s new lobby.
Also opening at the same time will be the spanning structure’s first level, which connects the second floors of the Women’s and Children’s Center and Sutter General Hospital. This will allow staff to transport patients to and from the ROC to diagnostic imaging and patient rooms in SGH.
Beginning next week, crews will cordon off the ROC elevators and stairs on the first and second floors of the Buhler Building and begin decommissioning them, which includes disconnecting the electrical systems, the fire alarms, etc. Then they will be removed to make room for the bridge that will connect the Buhler Building with the Women’s and Children’s Center over what is currently called Donor Drive.
The work to demolish the elevators, build the bridge and finish Donor Drive will take approximately seven months.
The northbound lane on 28th Street between L and K streets will be closed Monday, June 24, through Wednesday, June 26, in order to install a new air handling unit and its supporting structure on the roof of Sutter General Hospital.
Here are details of the project and what will be affected, along with a map:
- The northbound lane – the lane running alongside Sutter General Hospital – will be closed at L Street to through traffic. The hospital driveway in front of the lobby will still be accessible off of L Street, and, upon exiting, motorists will be able to turn right on 28th Street. The Sutter General Hospital lobby valet service will not be affected.
- The Sutter Shuttle drop-off and pick-up will be relocated on 28th Street alongside Buhler Building/Sutter Cancer Center.
- There will be detour signs to direct traffic. A construction worker (flagger) will be stationed at the corner of 28th and L streets and will only allow vendor delivery vehicles to safely pass through and park in northbound loading areas during the closure.
The new, larger air handling unit is being installed for the blood and marrow transplant unit located on the fourth floor of Sutter General. It will provide the required air flow necessary for the expansion of the BMT unit.