Sutter’s Fort Hospital Doctors

In a History of the Sacramento Medical Center, dated April, 1976, it is stated that, "On October 6, 1849 1949 , Drs. W. Deal and J. S. Martin opened Sutter’s Fort Hospital – within the fort."  We know that General Sutter had sold the fort to William Bayly in late 1849 1949 and moved to his Hock farm. Another recent article on Sutter’s Fort says that the hospital was in operation during 1849-1850 in the southeast bastion of the fort. The wording “within the fort” must be to distinguish this from a small, separate adobe building used by Sutter as a hospital. In December, 1849, the Sacramento Union newspaper carried the following ad: Sutter’s Fort Hospital Inside the Fort, formerly conducted by Drs. W. Grove Deal and James S. Martin, is now under the superintendence of Drs. James S. Martin and Benjamin R. Carman. The Hospital has undergone necessary repairs for the comfortable accommodation of invalids this winter. Like Dr. James S. Martin, Dr. W. Grove Deal was a practicing physician from Baltimore, MD, but he also was a Methodist preacher on Sundays, went hunting for gold and had other business activities. It is apparent that, by December, the job of running the hospital had fallen to Drs. Martin and Carman. Dr. Martin also had other interests, running for City Council in March of 1850 […]

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Current health care reform not enough, doctors say

The situation with health care is getting worse faster than the federal health overhaul is going to make it better, said a group of doctors lobbying for government-run, universal health coverage, who spoke on the steps of the Capitol Monday. “We’re headed for disaster, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has not helped at all,” said Dr. Paul Hochfeld, a emergency room physician who founded the group, which calls itself the Mad as Hell Doctors. The federal health care reforms adopted earlier this year require states to set up insurance pools to provide affordable coverage to those who do not have it now. It is estimated that the pools will extend coverage to 32 million uninsured people. But, as the costs of medical care and insurance continue to rise, an estimated 14,000 people lose their health care coverage daily. At that rate, an additional 40 million people would be added to the ranks of the uninsured by the time the reforms are fully implemented in 2019, outstripping the effect of the pools by 8 million, the group said. Moreover, it has recently been estimated that between 40,000 and 45,000 people die every year because they lack insurance. That 45,000 figure – yearly – is almost as many as died during the entire Vietnam War, and that situation produced a deafening public outcry. Many […]

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Mad Doctors Push Universal Health Care

Ever since President Barak Obama’s health care overhaul was passed by Congress in March, health care reform has been moved off the front pages, and discussion has died away. But next week it’s coming back, to Sacramento at least. A group of doctors is touring the state, visiting 22 cities and holding informational colloquies to push for a single-payer system that would provide medical coverage for all. They call themselves the Mad as Hell Doctors, and they are calling themselves that in earnest. They say they are mad because the discussion of reform of the health care system has been co-opted by industry: insurance companies, drug companies and for-profit health care systems. The industry has prevented any serious discussion of a government-run program providing coverage for all Americans, like the systems in Canada and Great Britain, they said. “Our public policy is being hijacked by the industry to manipulate public policy so that we have health care policy that is more about profits than about health,” said Dr. Paul Hockfeld, an Oregon-based, emergency room physician who founded the group. The Mad as Hell Doctors Tour of California comes to the steps of the Capitol for a rally and information session at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The group is going to be in Davis on Sunday. The tour’s motto is: “This fall the rubber glove meets the […]

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Second Saturday to Feature Unusual ‘Gallery’: Sutter Capitol Pavilion

SACRAMENTO – Mayor Kevin Johnson insists Sacramento’s popular Second Saturday art walk is alive and well, and this month includes a different kind of gallery to tour: a medical building. “For anyone who thinks Second Saturday is dead, it’s not,” the mayor said during a press conference Tuesday for the grand opening of the Sutter Capitol Pavilion at 2725 Capitol Ave. “Sutter is opening up its new medical facility to the public for Second Saturday in order to showcase its art installation and the local artists who created the pieces.” The public open house is billed as “Art & Medicine” and will feature tours of the artwork installed throughout the medical office building and outpatient services center. Much of the art pieces are commissioned works and limited editions from local and regional artists, several of whom will be on hand to talk about their work. In addition, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento partnered with the Elliott Fouts Gallery in Sacramento for a rotating display of artwork in a hallway facing 28th Street that will also be open for the tour. Among the local artists who will be on hand to show their work are Jerald Silva, Kristen Hoard, Maria Winkler, Deanna Marsh, Nikki Solone and Merle Serlin. There will be hors d’oeuvres from Biba restaurant and Paragary’s Restaurant Group, and wine tasting from Revolution Wine. Third […]

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The science of THC medicine

Regardless of the smoldering controversy cannabis stirs up in Sacramento City Hall, the state Capitol and Washington D.C., the global scientific community has examined the drug with increasing interest recently. Local patients and doctors can’t say enough about the groundbreaking potential of THC as a pharmaceutical. There’s a fairly large medical cannabis community in Sacramento, of patients, caregivers and researchers. Some dispensaries work directly with patients and doctors to bridge the gap between medical knowledge and social support. Sacramento resident Thomas Coy has worked with the Capitol Wellness dispensary since it opened in 2004. He’s a patient, an activist and a 28-year survivor of HIV/AIDS. "Cannabis has helped me tremendously," he said. "I’ve been on medical programs and trials since 1983." Cannabis allows Coy to cope with and overcome many symptoms of the virus. Smoking four joints a day helps prevent seizure, relieve nausea, fight pneumonia and stimulate his appetite. "If it wasn’t for medical marijuana, I’d be dead," Coy said. "Doctors say I’m a living miracle." Despite a condition that many would find disabling, Coy keeps an active lifestyle and leads Cap Wellness support groups. Last week, Coy’s HIV/AIDS group took a camping and whitewater rafting trip. Coy counsels patients both socially and legally, and has worked for many years with the patients’ rights advocacy group Americans for Safe Access. He has testified numerous […]

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Wine, Food, and Community Service

Please join us for the 29th Annual UC Davis Wine Tasting and Auction Benefit for the Student-Run Free Clinics. Several clinics around Sacramento serve the community’s indigent population, providing care to those who might otherwise go without. At the same time, the clinics provide an environment in which medical students not only learn valuable skills, but also develop an appreciation for discrepancies in the healthcare system, Sacramento’s cultural diversity, and the way in which a healthcare provider can affect change in the community.  Every weekend, UC Davis medical and undergraduate students work side-by-side with volunteer physicians at seven free clinics:  Bayanihan Clinic, Clinica Tepati, Imani Clinic, Joan Viteri Memorial Clinic, Paul Hom Clinic, Shifa Clinic, and Willow Project. The clinics are administered by students with the help of many volunteers and with funding from generous donors. The Benefit will feature wine from area wineries and food from local Sacramento restaurants.  Both silent and live auctions offer a wide range of exciting items.  All of the proceeds from this elegant evening of fine wine, gourmet food, and first-class entertainment will help keep the clinics’ doors open.  Please help us continue to serve the community and to create a next generation of physicians who are compassionate social servants. WHEN: Saturday, January 24th, 2009 WHERE: UC Davis School of Medicine                4610 X Street, Sacramento WEBSITE: http://wineandauction.ucdavis.edu  

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