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Sutter Gould Stockton Surgery Center Bringing Women’s Health to the Forefront

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Sutter Gould, a not-for-profit network of healthcare organizations, is dedicated to providing high-quality, compassionate care for the residents of Central Valley. Believing that every moment matters when it comes to helping patients live longer, healthier and happier lives, Sutter Gould works to deliver top-rated, affordable healthcare to those who need it the most while keeping patients close to home. 

Hand-in-Hand: Advocating for Women’s Health
Sutter Gould works to support breast care awareness by providing patients access to state-of-the-art technology. The latest technology, the SAVI SCOUT® procedure, is designed to diagnose and treat breast cancer accurately and to minimize stress that a patient encounters during a lumpectomy. Previously, lumpectomy procedures involved inserting a wire into the breast on the day of surgery to pinpoint a mass in the breast. This procedure, while effective, was often a source of discomfort and anxiety for women, and the risk of the wire coming out resulted in re-excisions and less-than-pleasing cosmetic result. However, the SAVI SCOUT procedure is completely wire free. 

The SAVI SCOUT technology is a localization system that uses radar technology for a zero-radiation solution. It is designed to provide surgeons with a target location to identify a mass during a lumpectomy to approximately1mm of accuracy. Instead of a wire, a small reflector the size of a grain of rice is placed in the breast before surgery. This can be done the day before, or up to two weeks prior to the date of surgery. The SAVI SCOUT technology then uses radar to target the affected tissue, which leads to more successful surgeries, but most importantly reduces stress and discomfort for patients.

Reducing Anxiety, Increasing Success
Katrina Holmes, regional director for the Central Valley Ambulatory Surgery Center and a strong advocate for women’s health, was a major proponent of bringing this new technology to Stockton’s Sutter Gould campus. “To be able to provide this technology for women in Central Valley through our Stockton ambulatory surgery center to alleviate some of the emotional burden women undergo during a difficult time is very exciting,” shared Katrina. Another champion for women’s health is Dr. Dean Sloan, who was the first doctor in Stockton to perform the SAVI SCOUT procedure at Sutter Gould’s Ambulatory Surgery Center on August 24, 2018. “This is great news for patients in Stockton who can’t travel to Modesto for this procedure, or who prefer to have it done in an ambulatory surgery center,” said Dr. Sloan. 

With a focus on prevention and early detection, the breast care center at Sutter Gould includes access to 3D mammography, which provides incredibly accurate images with lower doses of radiation. This technology allows surgeons to obtain digital mammography images within seconds, with the capability to store images for quick access when comparing results of mammograms on a year-to-year basis. Shared easily among health care professionals, the digital technology is extremely helpful for viewing dense breast tissue and hard-to-access areas. 

Emphasis on Compassion
In addition to offering the latest technology, the Sutter Gould campus offers breast MRI, genetic counseling and testing, and a breast health nurse navigator is available to patients to guide them through the complex cancer care system. Nurse navigator Camille Abeldt’s role is to help patients through a breast cancer diagnosis and beyond. “I’m a resource, and I’m here for whatever a patient needs before and after surgery. 

“From guidance to scheduling appointments to helping women find a mastectomy bra for post-surgery needs, I am here to help our patients through a difficult time,” confirmed Camille. With her role near and dear to her heart, she developed a breast cancer support group available to Sutter Gould patients to help individuals navigate through their diagnosis. From a diagnosis to long-term survivorship, the Sisters of Strength group meets on the second Thursday of each month from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Stockton Medical Plaza. Attendees can find support, friendship and a place of solace to help cope with a breast cancer diagnosis and recovery. 

“One of the key components of helping women through this disease is being a source of comfort and providing much-needed support,” shared Camille. In addition to her role as a breast health nurse navigator, Camille is the source behind Wine Down Wednesday in partnership with the fundraiser Battle of the Bras, an annual auction that raises funds for breast health awareness. This year, the Battle of the Bras takes place in the Lincoln Center on October 13, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

The community members of San Joaquin County no longer have to travel to receive quality medical care. The Sutter Gould network offers care centers in Stockton, Modesto and additional locations throughout Central Valley. Sutter Gould continues to deliver top-rated, affordable healthcare close to home.

For more information about Sutter Gould and the services provided through the ambulatory surgery center on the Stockton Campus, visit sutterhealth.org.