The Northern California Center for Well-Being, along with the Northern California Medical Associates, today celebrated the 20th anniversary of the HeartWorks Fitness Center, a cardiovascular rehabilitation program.
The Center for Well-Being, which focuses on wellness and preventative care, and NCMA, a practice of cardiologists, have collaborated on the program made possible by ongoing support from Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital and Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa for the past 20 years.
According to the Center for Well-Being, the program is one of only two such rehab programs north of the Golden Gate Bridge that provides a heart-monitored guided exercise program with diet plans developed for individual patients – known as phase II – and a phase III supervised exercise program.
About 6 percent of Sonoma County residents have heart disease, according to county Health and Human Services.
“HeartWorks is a beautiful example of local health care providers coming together with a shared vision for providing state of the art cardiac care,” said Alena Wall, executive director of the Center for Well-Being.
Norman Shore, imaging director for St. Joseph Health System-Sonoma County and director of Memorial’s Heart and Vascular Institute, said HeartWorks has a proven record in helping patients who’ve had a serious cardiac event transition back to a healthier lifestyle. It’s something he himself can testify to.
“I had triple bypass surgery in July of last year, and I was referred to HeartWorks as a patient because there is an extraordinarily high percentage of patients who do well with exercise.”
The program, he added, has helped him get in the best physical shape he’s been in for 25 years. “It’s near and dear to my heart,” he said. “No pun intended.”
Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital has completed a $444,000 renovation of its Family Birthing Center, as the hospital seeks to provide additional services for expectant mothers.
Upgrades to the 14,000-square-foot wing included the remodeling of five pre-existing rooms and the conversion of five double rooms to private rooms for mothers and families of newborns.
The hospital typically has between 80 to 100 deliveries a month, with many mothers coming from beyond Sonoma County fo the hospital's "continuum of care,” said Sharon McKenzie, perinatal nurse educator and manager at Memorial.
“There are supports here that aren’t available elsewhere,” Ms. McKenzie said, including a neonatal intensive care unit and two operating rooms, should the need for surgery arise.
[caption id="attachment_37117" align="alignleft" width="158" caption="Surani Kwan"][/caption]
Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation has appointed Surani Kwan of Santa Rosa as its new executive director of operations for the foundation’s North Division.
Ms. Kwan, who began her new role on July 11, is responsible for overseeing operations as staff at care centers in Sonoma and Lake counties for the foundation, part of the Sutter Health network. Ms. Kwan has worked for Sutter Health for the past 19 years, most recently as patient care director at Sutter Medical Center Santa Rosa.
In her new role at the 240+ physician network, which provides primary and specialty care throughout San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma and Lake counties, she will report to Interim Chief Operations Officer John Ray.