A statement from Sutter Memorial Hospital
Several media outlets featured stories in recent days about a patient at Sutter Memorial Hospital, where Child Protective Services became involved.
We remain committed to respecting our patients’ privacy. However, we have seen much misinformation about Sutter Memorial Hospital’s standard practices and procedures, so we want to ensure the public has accurate information.
At Sutter Memorial Hospital, children with cardiac disease receive care under the direction of board-certified physicians who bring decades of combined experience in the pediatric subspecialties of intensive care, cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery. We are confident our staff meets and exceeds all applicable standards of care in the management of these fragile patients.
Sutter pediatric doctors and staff routinely coordinate and encourage second opinions from appropriate facilities and physicians. We do not deny a patient or family request for a second opinion.
Our nurses and physicians are bound by law to call Child Protective Services if they believe a pediatric patient’s health is in danger.
We understand the stress and anguish parents go through when their child is in the hospital. Our No. 1 concern has always been the health and safety of this child, and we want him to receive the care he needs to live a long and healthy life.