When Jaszelina was a toddler, her mother noticed that her balance and ability to walk was declining. Only days shy of her second birthday, doctors diagnosed her with a type of spinal cord tumor called an astrocytoma. Jaszelina underwent a complicated and risky surgery to remove the 10-inch tumor from her upper spine. After the surgery, doctors told her mother Shawna that Jaszelina needed specialty spinal rehabilitation care and referred her to the pediatric rehabilitation program at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California.
Haylie came to Shriners Hospitals for Children—Northern California for scoliosis care after initial treatment with a spinal doctor through a local integrated healthcare system. Haylie was in physical pain, out of school and struggling with depression. Doctors told her she would never dance or participate in physically demanding activities again. She was crushed. Dance was her passion.
Every Thursday, Georganne hands over two dozen hand-sewn facemasks to her neighbor Rena, a medical staff credential specialist at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California. Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Georganne has sewn over 1,000 facemasks for patients and their families.
Kara is a former Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California patient with developmental disabilities. Over the course of her lifetime, Kara has been diagnosed with various congenital orthopaedic conditions affecting her limbs and spine. She is a vibrant and determined 28-year-old woman.
In June of 2019, Kara received a special letter from California State Governor Gavin Newsom.
EuroSunday held their 14th annual Rally4Kids event Sunday Dec. 6 outside Shriners Hospital for Children — Northern California. Car clubs from communities around the greater Sacramento region were represented by hundreds of vintage, exotic and rare cars whose owners donated roughly 4,500 toys to patients for the holidays this year.
Bike Party Sacramento brought a pedal-powered parade and a large donation of toys to Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California earlier this week. Bicycle riders dressed themselves and their bikes in festive holiday gear to bring smiles and holiday cheer to patients and their families. Patients looked down on the bikers in their decorated outfits, signs and bright lights while playing Christmas music in the background.
Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California’s surgeon in chief, Diana Farmer, M.D. and principal investigator for the Institute for Pediatric Regenerative Medicine, Aijun Wang, Ph.D., have received approval for a human clinical trial from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to test a groundbreaking spina bifida treatment that combines surgery with stem cells.
Care managers help families navigate their child’s health care journey
October 11-17 is National Case Management Week. At Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California, we recognize and appreciate case managers, who are referred to here as care managers. Their support and advocacy for patients and families extends far beyond the walls of the hospital.
Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California’s Assistant Chief of Orthopaedics Jon Davids, M.D., and orthopaedic surgeon Vedant Kulkarni, M.D., presented at the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Development Medicine (AACPDM) meeting Sep. 23 to 26 – the world’s largest annual scientific meeting dedicated to improving the health and well-being of people with cerebral palsy (CP) and other developmental disabilities.
Hunter is a 10-year-old boy with an infectious laugh and big personality despite his small stature. He loves to ride his bike, climb things and rough-house. He especially loves to wrestle with his dad.
“Hunter loves WWE wrestling,” said Hunter’s mother Amanda. “A lot of pretend wrestling happens at our house. But because of our medical condition, I always have to remind him, ‘You’re breakable, don’t do that!’”
The California Children’s Services (CCS) program, operated by the Integrated Systems of Care Division of the Department of Health Care Services in California, approved Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California as a Colorectal and Urology Special Care Center (SCC). This recognition distinguishes Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California’s Pediatric Colorectal Center as a destination for outstanding pediatric colorectal care in the state of California.
Today’s coronavirus pandemic has transformed summer for many kids and families. Everything from summer camps, to sports leagues, to group outings and activities, have all been postponed or canceled. Families have needed to get creative to find new ways to stay active and reduce their stress levels this summer.
Yoga is a great option for exercising the mind and body. It can be anything from simple seated stretches to complex poses that require lots of flexibility and strength.
Bayley, Bella and Beka are three dynamic sisters who stand-out on the track field and don’t let their physical differences slow them down.
Last spring, the oldest of the three sisters Bayley was getting ready for her event at a community track meet. She noticed some girls from the other team whispering to one another and pointing at her prosthetic legs.
In Sacramento, 16-year old Alyssa was tearing up the skate park. She launched herself into a 12-foot vertical drop, shot straight down the concrete bowl lined with chipped pool tiles and raced full speed to the other side where she spun back around with a look of fierce determination.
“I’ve seen her do a lot of tricks, and I have to admit, that was the first time I’ve been a little nervous for her,” said Alyssa’s mother Anna.
Bowel management is a subject that most 14 year-old boys can’t have a serious conversation about. But Mathew, a 14 year-old pediatric colorectal patient at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California, has the vocabulary to talk about his colorectal condition with poise and confidence. Mathew has been a Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California Pediatric Colorectal Center patient since he was ten years old, and he willingly shares his story with kids and parents who might benefit from it.
Ayden is a 10-year-old boy who has a long and diverse set of interests. He loves playing drums, skiing, golfing, swim team, playing baseball, football, basketball and almost every other sport. He also loves hanging out with his friends, a close-knit group he’s known since he was little. Today Ayden is slowly getting back into all the activities he loves, following a terrifying accident several months ago.
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As the coronavirus pandemic stretches on, food banks in the Sacramento region are working overtime to meet the growing needs of community members seeking assistance. Food Banks throughout the nation have been learning how to operate in a new “normal” as the demand for food and resources continues to rise. The pandemic has created a large new group of people seeking help for the first time in their lives and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down.
On June 1, 2020 Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California launched its 2020 BikeFit Program. BikeFit is an annual summer program that outfits approximately 20 lucky Shriners patients with customized, adaptive bicycles that meet patients’ specific physical needs. Shriners Hospitals for Children medical and therapy staff refer patients to the BikeFit program throughout the year. Patients are accepted into the program based on their ability to ride an adaptive bike, their families’ ability to store and use the bike, and based on need.
The 4th annual Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California Walk for Love™ was a huge success! This year’s virtual event was a modified, physically-distanced format to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Between June 13 – 20, 318 participants helped raise $22,589.23 for Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California.
One side effect of the global COVID-19 pandemic has been a dramatic reduction in the nation’s blood supply. Blood supplies across the nation are critically-low. Available blood supply is critical for medical care, including burn treatment, complex orthopaedic needs, and other operations that are performed on a regular basis at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California (SHCNC).
The photo known as the “Editorial Without Words” is one of the Shriners’ most recognizable images. It was taken almost by accident, 50 years ago, on June 11, 1970, in Evansville, Indiana. This special moment, captured for all time, eloquently illustrates the relationship between the Shriners fraternity and Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Today Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California teamed up with the Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) to distribute approximately 200 home activity kits to local families.
Shriners staff distributed the kits today at Tahoe Elementary School, a SCUSD school approximately two miles from the Shriners Sacramento campus. The kits were distributed this morning, at the same time SCUSD nutrition services workers distributed curbside free meals to families.
In 24 hours, over 360 donors from the Sacramento region and beyond contributed over $61,000 to Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California on Big Day of Giving 2020. With a 13% increase in donations, this year is significant given the financial hardships for the Sacramento region, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California on Good Day Sacramento for Big Day of Giving!
After twelve years of intense, pediatric burn care and physical therapy, Luis Flores gave a special “Thank You Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California” performance. Luis sang and played the accordion, gifted to him from hospital staff, in the hospital’s Central Activity Pavilion, a playtime sanctuary where kids engage in structured and unstructured play each day. As Californians continue to shelter in place, Shriners Hospitals for Children—Northern California (SHCNC) continues to provide highly specialized care for children with burns
Leaders from Shriners Hospitals for Children and UC Davis Health have entered into talks to consider ways that their partnership can positively impact the care of children in the region. The goal of the talks is to build on the success of the partnership between these two organizations that dates back to the early 1990s, when the Shriners made the decision to build a new, multi-disciplinary hospital in Sacramento.
Patients and families at Shriners Hospitals for Children enjoyed
a dose of holiday magic when dancers from the Sacramento Ballet
performed scenes from the Nutcracker on Monday, Dec. 9. The
ballerinas who performed at the hospital will dance in the annual holiday performance of the Nutcracker Dec. 12 – 22 at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium. The ballerinas are with The Sacramento Ballet
School, where they are completing their training to become professional dancers.
Shriners Hospital physical therapist Leslie Torburn, PT, DPT, has been elected to the Board of the California Physical Therapy Association (CPTA). She will serve a three-year term beginning in January 2020. With over 9,000 members, the CPTA is the third-largest physical therapy association in the world. Its mission is to build a community that advances the profession of physical therapy to improve the health of society.
More than 50 nurses and other health care professionals gathered at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California for a Pediatric Wound Care Boot Camp on Wednesday, Dec. 4. The continuing education course was presented by Shriners Hospitals for Children in partnership with the wound care team at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.
Families from Sacramento to Turlock and Vacaville to Placerville can make holiday wishes come true for kids at Shriners Hospital by participating in the FOX40 Holiday Toy Drive. It is easy to do. Between now and Dec. 14, Big O Tires and Sizzler stores throughout the region are inviting families to deliver a new, unwrapped toy to one of their participating locations.
For more than a decade, teachers at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California have participated in national campaign to promote the importance of early literacy. Read for the Record ® is the name of the campaign that encourages people around the world to read the same book to kids on the same day.
Cedric Objero, R.N., was honored for the exceptional care he provides patients and families at Shriners Hospitals for Children as the recipient of the 2019 DAISY Award. The annual award recognizes nurses who go over and above their day-to-day responsibilities to make a positive difference. Objero provides in-patient care to children recovering from surgery as well as life-threatening burns. Nurse manager Robyn Bartlett, R.N., presented Objero with the award at a luncheon attended by his colleagues on October 7.
Two top-notch golfers will walk the links of Granite Bay Golf Club together for the final round of the 2019 Capital Cup charity golf tournament on Sunday, Sept. 29. Joe DeBiasio, a local business executive golfing to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children, chose Michael Valencia as his caddie. Michael, a below-the-knee amputee, was an infant when he had his first appointment at Shriners Hospital.
Patients of Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California pedaled their way to fitness this summer. For eight Friday mornings in a row, 23 patients arrived at the hospital to participate in the BikeFit exercise program. They engaged in activities designed to promote fun and fitness — water games, disco dance and cycling, of course. Each BikeFit participant was fitted with an adaptive cycle, which they were able to take home after successfully completing the program.
Like many kids his age, Jahziel, 15, is familiar with popular musicians and their songs. At home, he and his friends loved to watch music videos and enjoyed pretending they, too, were pop stars playing their guitars. But that playful fun came to halt when Jahziel was transported to Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California with severe burn injuries in March 2019. He spent weeks in the hospital’s intensive care unit, where he met music therapist Ronni Paine.
Elk Grove Subaru Partners with Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on Share the Love Campaign to Help Kids
Christmas came early to kids at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California. Thanks to the generosity of two local organizations, kids were all smiles when Santa arrived at the hospital’s annual Christmas in July party with art kits for kids in his bag of gifts.
Shriners Hospital photographer and Medical Media Manager Julia Serat returned from the 89th Meeting of the BioCommunications Association (BCA) with an honor recognizing her work in advancing visual communications. The Association honored Serat with the distinction of Fellow in the BCA. The fellowship is awarded “for distinguished craftsmanship and meritorious contribution to the advancement of media in the life sciences.” Serat was presented with the honor in June at the BCA’s annual meeting in Pacific Grove, Calif.
An article by David Greenhalgh, M.D., Chief of Burns at the Northern California Shriners Hospital, has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine. “Management of Burns” is the title of the article that appears in the Journal’s June 13, 2019 edition. Published by the Massachusetts Medical Society, the New England Journal of Medicine is one of the oldest and most-prestigious peer-reviewed medical journals.
For the eighth year in a row, Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California is ranked as one of the nation’s elite providers of pediatric orthopaedic care by U.S. News & World Report.
In its annual Best Children’s Hospitals rankings, U.S. News & World Report ranks the Northern California Shriners Hospital as number eight in pediatric orthopaedics in conjunction with the UC Davis Children’s Hospital. The Northern California Shriners Hospital also achieved the ranking of 20th in Urology in conjunction with UC Davis.
Doctors from Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California presented best practices and clinical research findings at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) that took place in Charlotte, NC, May 15-18. The POSNA meeting is a national gathering of professionals who work to advance the care of children with musculoskeletal disorders through education, research and advocacy.
This year, in response to the statewide precautions surrounding large social gatherings or events, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California is hosting our annual Walk for LOVE as a WALK FROM HOME virtual event. Patients, families and the community are invited to participate anywhere they walk or run – and all day, any time. Open to everyone. Registration fees associated with the event help us to provide life-changing care to kids that has been a hallmark of pediatric specialty care in Northern California for almost 100 years.
Vanessa Errecarte is the daughter of a Shriner. But it wasn’t until her own daughter was diagnosed with scoliosis that the Davis mother witnessed first-hand the excellence of her father’s lifelong cause.
“My dad will be the first to say that he never hoped anyone in his family would need care at Shriners, but now that we do, it’s been wonderful to see the amazing place that is a result of the philanthropy undertaken by Shriners,” said Vanessa.
Burn care leaders at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California played an active role in the 51st annual meeting of the American Burn Association that took place in Las Vegas, April 2 – 5.
Members of the Northern California burn team participated in nearly 20 meetings and presentations and captured three awards:
When a family dog severely bit their 3-year-old son’s face, a Vacaville couple’s life was thrown into frantic, gut-wrenching turmoil.
After initial treatment at the UC Davis Medical Center, doctors there reached out to Pirko Maguina, M.D., a plastic surgeon at Shriners Hospital for Children — Northern California. They advised that he was the best surgeon to perform the delicate facial surgery needed to correct the large disfigurement.
It’s not too early to issue a winning appraisal to a real-estate deal that benefits Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California. The hospital has received its first “commission” from REALTORS® Who Shrine, a generous donation program that directs 25 percent of participating real-agents’ commision from every residential sale directly to the hospital in the name of the clients.
A photograph taken by Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California photographer Julia Serat was selected for inclusion in the biennial Children’s Hospitals Photo Exhibit—the result of a national competition administered by the Children’s Hospital Association (CHA).
The winning photo is of formerly conjoined twins, Eva and Erika Sandoval working with physical therapists Kelly Sattler-Petrocchi and Laura van Houtryve.
Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California found out what love is when FOX40 Television hosted the Show Them Love telethon on March 6. Broadcasting live from the hospital lobby, the FOX40 news team conducted interview-after-interview as patients, parents, doctors, staff and volunteers told what makes Shriners Hospitals for Children different from the rest.
Many children view piano lessons as a burden, but two sisters at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California have seized their opportunity to master the difficult instrument despite physical challenges.
Hannah and Katie Bernard were each born with a misshapen leg and missing fingers, but adopted from their native China by a family that knew love and the best medical care could lead to normal, fruitful lives.
Lights! Camera! Action! On Wednesday, March 6, FOX40 television will host the Show Them Love telethon to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California. From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., the hospital lobby will be transformed into the television set for the telethon (#ShowThemLove) organized to support the innovative pediatric specialty care that is the hallmark of Shriners Hospitals for Children.
David G. Greenhalgh, M.D., chief of burns at the Northern California Shriners Hospital and the UC Davis Medical Center, is an international leader in burn care, research and prevention. Here he addresses the importance of burn prevention awareness and education.
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The first week of February marks the kick-off of community prevention education efforts in celebration of national Burn Awareness Week (Feb. 2 – 8). Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California chose the annual observance as a time to roll out its Safety Begins at Home burn prevention program for K – 3rd graders.
Buying a house can mean more than getting the home of your dreams. Homebuyers and sellers can help a child at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California receive life-changing surgery and treatment, thanks to REALTORS® Who Shrine.
A spectacular donation to Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California, has given special meaning to the familiar phrase “if the shoe fits wear it.” Super Heroic, an organization guided by the motto that play is good for the soul is making patients at Shriners Hospital feel like superheroes through its gift of 200 pairs of Super Heroic Shoes.
FOREIGNER, the classic British-American rock band, is donating its hit song I Want to Know What Love Is to Shriners Hospitals for Children. FOREIGNER recently recorded a special version of the song with Kelly Hansen as lead vocalist and created a new music video featuring Shriners Hospitals for Children patients.
Twenty Shriners Hospital patients will ride into the New Year on a new cycle, custom-designed to meet their specific needs thanks to the Freedom Program sponsored by Variety, the Children’s Charity. Variety’s Freedom Program gives children with physical challenges the gift of mobility by providing adaptive bicycles, trikes and other equipment that promote independence, mobility and freedom.
The sights and sounds of Christmas filled the play area at Shriners Hospital when the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort hosted a holiday party for patients this week.Rich Hoffman, CEO of Jackson Rancheria, serenaded patients and families with holiday carols while a team of Santa’s elves — Jackson Rancheria employees — helped kids build gingerbread houses.
“Giving back during the holiday season is very important to Jackson Rancheria, and our holiday giving always includes bringing cheer to children in need,” said Hoffman.
Shortly after Giovanni was born at a Southern California hospital, nurses noticed he had a rare abnormality. They fed him and his stomach swelled up and remained distended. Further examination revealed that Giovanni had an anorectal malformation that occurs in roughly 1 in 5,000 births. His colon did not develop in the right location, making it impossible for Giovanni to have a normal bowel movement.
Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California has received a gift for $198,000 to benefit its pediatric hand program. The gift to the hospital was made at the direction of anonymous donors, who have a personalized charitable fund at Placer Community Foundation (PCF).
A longtime Shriners Hospital for Children — Northern California patient whose golf game has soared like an eagle thanks to many hospital visits — and lots of practice — will play in a PGA pro-am tournament later this month in Las Vegas.
John Scott Senz, an 18-year-old senior on the Concord High School golf team, will tee it up with many of the top golfers in the world on October 31 in the annual Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin.
Olympic para-triathlete Mohammad Lahna told how sports transformed his life when he spoke at the Reaching Your Stride Seminar at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California on Saturday, October 13. Patients and their families attended the seminar which focused on the challenges, opportunities and accomplishments of individuals with limb differences.
Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California hosted the inaugural PediOrtho WEST (Western Education & Surgical Techniques) Resident Education Course on October 5 and 6. The seminar brought together young doctors from throughout the West to introduce them to the dynamic field of pediatric orthopaedics.
Sixty teddy bears landed at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California, just in time to celebrate National Teddy Bear Day on Sunday, Sept. 9. The hospital’s child life team was all smiles as they unpacked boxes of the bears donated by Southwest® Airlines and Build-A-Bear, knowing what joy they would bring to kids at the hospital.
Doctors, nurses, firefighters and paramedics from throughout California and the Western United States are invited to the 2018 Regional Burn Conference at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California on Friday, November 2. Presentations and discussions will be facilitated by internationally noted burn surgeons who lead the burn program at the Shriners regional pediatric burn center in Sacramento.
For the 9th year in a row, the orthopaedic team at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California gave kids with hand differences an opportunity to make new friends, gain new confidence, and have a lot of fun at Camp Winning Hands. The overnight summer camp is organized by Shriners Hospital in partnership with UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. It is hosted by The Taylor Family Foundation at Camp Arroyo in Livermore, Calif.
The newest member of the Child Life team at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California is friendly, furry and responsive to the needs of patients and families. His name is Yogo. He is a medium-sized black labradoodle. His official working title is Facility Dog. He works a full time schedule, and he plays an important role in enhancing the family-friendly environment of care.
Parents and sports coaches often ask if an injury is a break or a fracture? Our expert on this topic, Candice O. McDaniel, M.D., a Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon, is going to help answer questions on the types of fractures and the care needed to help your child heal.
Burn survivor and former Shriners Hospital patient Kechi Okwuchi soared to the finals of television’s America’s Got Talent in 2017 and captured millions of hearts along the way. On Friday, Aug. 3, she performed at the Northern California Shriners Hospital, where she inspired patients, families, staff and volunteers to follow their dreams.
Twin sisters Eva and Erika Sandoval are gaining new strength and independence at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California.
Conjoined at birth, the sisters were surgically separated in December 2016 at Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. The operation gave them the opportunity to grow up together as independent individuals.
Now, specialists at Shriners Hospital are helping to guide them on that journey.
This is a story that will make you believe in the Easter Bunny.
Just ask Shriners Hospital volunteer Barbara Koenigsmark, this year’s recipient of the hospital’s highest volunteer honor —the Doug Busath Lifetime Achievement Award.
For the past 15 years, Barbara and her bunny have made hospital rounds twice a month like clockwork. Fondly known as “the bunny lady,” Barbara says her passion for pet therapy began with an Easter gift that was delivered nearly two decades ago.
Portrait of Cellist Inspired by the Healing Power of Music
Julia Serat, a photographer at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California, was recognized for her outstanding work at BIOCOMM 2018, the annual meeting of the BioCommunications Association that took place June 19-22 in Savannah, Georgia. Ms. Serat’s photograph of cellist Eunghee Cho received the Award of Excellence in the Still Media Portraiture category of the BioImages visual media competition.
For the seventh consecutive year, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California ranks among the nation’s elite providers of pediatric orthopaedic care, achieving the status as one of the top 50 hospitals in the U.S. News & World Report 2018-2019 rankings of children’s hospitals in the United States.
Antwon began his freshman year at Kennedy High School in Sacramento with a desire to excel in academics and sports. His fall semester seemed practically perfect. His class schedule included his two favorite subjects — science and math. When classes were over, he laced up his cleats and headed to football practice.
The schedule was right in sync with 15-year-old Antwon’s long-term goals. “I want to finish high school strong, earn a college degree in engineering and become a professional athlete,” he says.
Laura Borodinsky, Ph.D., a principal investigator at the Institute of Pediatric Regenerative Medicine (IPRM) at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California, has found that a drug used to treat epileptic seizures may lead to birth defects if used during pregnancy.
Shriners Hospitals for Children’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the second consecutive time that Shriners Hospitals for Children has earned this top distinction.
Ingrid Parry, a physical therapist at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California, has been honored by the American Burn Association (ABA) as the recipient of the 2018 Barbara Knothe Burn Therapist Achievement Award. The award commemorates the spirit of Barbara Knothe, who dedicated over 20 years of service to burn rehabilitation. It is intended to inspire occupational and physical therapists to be both clinical and research based in their daily practice.
On Saturday, April 28, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California rolled out the red carpet to welcome patients and their guests to its second annual hospital prom. Billed as A Night to Remember, the event began with hair and make-up appointments in the early afternoon followed by limousine rides and a dance in the hospital auditorium. The spectacular event was punctuated by cheers, tears and memories to last a lifetime.
William G. Mackenzie, M.D., a world-renowned pediatric orthopaedic surgeon, will speak at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California on May 1, 2018 as visiting professor for the 2018 R. Kirklin Ashley Lectureship.
The Ashley Lectureship is organized by the Department of Orthopaedics to advance care through clinical excellence and continuing education. The program is offered as a community service and is free of charge to all participants. Registration is not required, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes, a married couple who were both injured during the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 will speak at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California at 2:30 p.m., Monday, April 23, 2018. They will share their experience that ultimately inspired their children’s book Rescue & Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship — a story of love and teamwork between a girl and her service dog. They will be joined by Rescue, Jessica’s service dog and star of her children’s book.
Health care professionals from Shriners Hospitals for Children gave middle school students an eye-opening introduction to allied health careers on January 17. Nearly 70 students from Fern Bacon, California and Sutter Middle Schools packed the Shriners Hospital auditorium for their Journey to Allied Health Careers, a community collaborative organized by Health Workforce Initiative, Health Professions High School, UC Davis Health and Shriners Hospitals for Children.
A desire to take some of the stress out of the surgical experience inspired an innovative approach to care at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California.
That care comes in the form of electric cars that kids between the ages of 2 and 7 years old can drive to surgery. The toy cars are just like those that can be purchased off the shelf at a big box retailer. But when a patient sits behind the wheel they become vehicles of change.
Martin arrived at Shiners Hospitals for Children — Northern California, in the summer of 2017 with a wheelchair and a diagnosis — osteogenesis imperfecta. Commonly referred to as brittle bone disease, osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) is a congenital disorder characterized by defective connective tissue and brittle bones that are prone to fracture. Treatment includes surgery to repair broken bones.