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    Mikuni Infusion Center
    Sutter Medical Center Foundation

    Mikuni Infusion

    World-renowned Sacramento performance artist David Garibaldi, whose specialty is his stage act in which he rapidly creates paintings of notable rock musicians, unveiled three paintings on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 for the newly named Mikuni Infusion Center in the second-floor lobby of the Buhler Specialty Pavilion on the campus of Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento.

    The naming of the Infusion Center is in honor of Mikuni Charitable Foundation’s ongoing contributions totaling more than $850,000 to Sutter Cancer Center’s Breast Cancer Navigator Program in the past 20 years. The paintings were unveiled during a gala sponsored by Sutter Medical Center Foundation and attended by Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento donors and other special guests.

    Known for his quick painting style, Garibaldi created the three pieces in his studio Wednesday afternoon, and after their unveiling he added extra touches to the periwinkle-colored walls in order to tie the three pieces together. Included in the finishing touches is a hand print of Taro Arai, executive chef and “Chief Dreaming Officer” of Mikuni Restaurant Group. Garibaldi had Taro add his handprint to the bottom left of the larger piece that faces the two bridges connecting the Buhler Pavilion to the Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center and the Ose Adams Medical Pavilion.

    Garibaldi calls the artwork “Living Walls,” inspired by the memories of those who have survived cancer. The lobby also serves as a waiting area for the infusion center, and Garibaldi says, “While people sit here, I want them to be inspired by this painting. Every time they come here, I want them to be able to find something new and compelling.”

    Mikuni Infusion

    He purposefully made them very colorful pieces, in part to bring cheer to patients and their families, but also because the Arai family is so colorful, he said.

    Sutter Cancer Center’s Breast Cancer Navigator Program has touched the lives of more than 4,600 woman and men diagnosed with breast cancer. They strive to make patients’ journey as smooth as possible by assigning a navigator to act as their personal guide and advocate. The breast cancer navigators are nurses who understand breast cancer diagnosis and care and can provide information that includes:

    • Understanding your diagnosis
    • Exploring treatment options
    • Receiving support beyond medical care
    • Learning about chemotherapy and managing side effects
    • Preparing for radiation therapy
    • Preparing for surgery
    • Recovering at home after surgery
    • Clarifying clinical trial opportunities
    • Managing financial issues related to care
    • Recovering after treatment has ended

    The Breast Cancer Navigator Program is offered at no charge to patients.

    Watch the process unfold!