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Sutter physician honored

Cardiologist involved in getting Sutter Roseville designated as a regional heart attack center
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George Fehrenbacher has worked to bring life-saving technology and state-of-the-art care for heart attack patients to his hospital. The work has paid off. The cardiologist was recently honored as Physician of the Year at the Sutter Roseville Medical Center Foundation’s annual donor recognition event. The award acknowledges, in part, Fehrenbacher’s involvement in getting Sutter Roseville designated as a regional Heart Attack Center in March. Earlier this year, the foundation provided the opportunity for patients and donors to pay tribute to their physicians by making a contribution in the name of their doctor. This program, called “Make Your Doctor’s Day,” garnered recognition of 210 physicians at Sutter Roseville and more than 600 gifts. Donations were up 15 percent from last year. “We are excited to honor Dr. Fehrenbacher as Physician of the Year,” said foundation Executive Director Patricia Marquez in a press release. “He’s worked so hard to make Sutter Roseville the best place to be for cardiac patients. It is a great way to thank him for all that he’s accomplished for our community.” The foundation supports programs and capital projects at the medical center. According to the press release, this philanthropy provides better facilities and equipment and creates an optimum healing environment for patients. Fehrenbacher was instrumental in Sutter Roseville becoming a Heart Attack Center, allowing emergency medical technicians to bypass other hospitals if a patient in South Placer and neighboring counties has a severe heart attack and needs emergency angioplasty or stenting. Patients are rushed to the hospital where they have the best chance of surviving and experiencing less damage to the heart. Fehrenbacher, a former chief of staff and co-medical director of cardiology at Sutter Roseville, has practiced cardiology for 20 years. His professional interests include interventional cardiology, myocardial infarction and congestive heart failure. ~Sena Christian