Sutter Health CEO Pat Fry to Retire in January, 2016

Posted on May 19, 2015 in Scroll Images, Uncategorized

Fry’s Decision Follows Career of Exemplary Achievement

Pat FrySarah KrevansAfter a 30-plus-year career with Northern California’s not-for-profit Sutter Health network of doctors and hospitals—including the past 10 years as president and chief executive officer—Pat Fry announced today he will retire on Jan. 4, 2016.

The Sutter Health board of directors named Chief Operating Officer Sarah Krevans to succeed Fry. Read More

Sutter Health Women Leaders Honored

Posted on May 11, 2015 in We're Awesome

Sarah Krevans and Julie Petrini photosThe San Francisco Business Times (SFBT) recently recognized two Sutter Health leaders as “2015 Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business.” Sarah Krevans, chief operating officer and Julie Petrini, Bay Area CEO of hospitals share words of advice, their proudest accomplishments and more  in the most recent edition.

Published annually the SFBT survey honors Bay Area women leaders in business, government and nonprofits. These women direct efforts in a range of fields, including real estate, law, technology, retail, healthcare, finance, insurance and education.

Boehringer Ingelheim and Sutter Health Establish Research Collaboration to Improve Patient Care

Posted on May 11, 2015 in Research

Boehringer Ingelheim, a family-owned biopharmaceutical company, and Sutter Health, a not-for-profit health system in Northern California, today announced the start of a five-year research and health care innovation collaboration, which will explore and test the value of digital health solutions, mobile technologies, and insights from advanced data analytics in the delivery of health care.

The organizations will work on initiatives that bring together Boehringer Ingelheim’s research and development expertise in novel medications to address unmet therapeutic needs with Sutter Health’s research and clinical experience from caring for a diverse population of more than 3 million patients in its network of hospitals and healthcare providers.

The first collaborative initiative will focus on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Chronic lower respiratory diseases, which include COPD, rank third in leading causes of death in the United States. Healthcare providers have told approximately 15 million Americans that they have COPD. Through this initial project, the team hopes to make it easier for doctors and patients to work together to personalize medical care to the patient’s unique needs and preferences.

“Ultimately, we all want to help patients reduce COPD symptoms and live healthier lives,” said Walter ‘Buzz’ Stewart, Ph.D., MPH, chief research officer for Sutter Health. “We believe that innovative technologies can help us develop a deeper understanding of patient needs, values, and care preferences—and create more time during office visits for doctors and patients to partner toward improved health outcomes.”

Specifically, the initial collaboration between the two companies aims to achieve the following:

  • Develop a reliable, electronic (tablet or kiosk-based) data collection system to collect information directly from the patient, during every health encounter
  • Make it easier for healthcare professionals and patients to communicate about treatment options by developing technological means for integrating clinical and patient reported data in an engaging visual display
  • Empower shared decision making through the use of visual displays and other technologies that help connect patients and healthcare professionals and create more personal care

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We Honor Nurses and Hospitals

Posted on May 6, 2015 in Uncategorized

Nurses and Hospital Weeks profile photoIn honor of National Nurses Week (May 6-12) and National Hospital Week (May 10-16), Sutter Health wants to thank nurses, other caregivers, doctors, clinicians and support staff for their dedication and compassionate care.

Today, Sutter Health and its affiliates launched a 10-day social media campaign called “Honoring the Heart of Health Care.” Read More

Sutter Health and AstraZeneca form Research Collaboration to Transform Care for Diabetes and other Cardiometabolic Conditions

Posted on May 5, 2015 in Research

AstraZeneca and not-for-profit Sutter Health today announced the start of a research and innovation collaboration. The organizations will team up over the next three years to design, prototype and pilot innovative approaches to improve the lives of cardiometabolic patients by creating a more personalized, health care experience through physician and patient partnership.

Cardiometabolic care focuses on the treatment and management of diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol and common, co-occurring serious health complications such as heart attack, stroke, limb loss, blindness and even death. Through this collaboration, researchers will explore how to re-engineer the delivery of cardiometabolic care by improving access to and understanding of electronic health record data, testing new care models and experimenting with leading-edge technologies. Read More

Sutter Health Hospitals Receive High Marks in Patient Safety

Posted on Apr 29, 2015 in Quality

Twelve Sutter Health hospital campuses earned “A” grades today in The Leapfrog Group’s® Spring 2015 Hospital Safety Score℠ for dedication to patient safety. The national employer organization grades hospitals nationwide on their overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors.

“Across our network, we work relentlessly to provide exceptional care quality, safety and service for our patients,” said Stephen Lockhart, M.D., Ph.D., chief medical officer for Sutter Health. “This national ranking demonstrates how, by partnering with one another and other quality and safety experts, we make a difference for communities across Northern California.”

Using 28 measures of publicly available safety data, the Hospital Safety Score assigns A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals based on their ability to prevent errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

Sutter Tracy Community Hospital and Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center, Pacific campus earned additional recognition as “straight A” hospitals for consistently earning “A” grades since the launch of the Hospital Safety scorecard in 2012. Only 182 hospitals across the nation achieved this distinction.

Sutter hospital campuses earning A grades include: Read More

Sutter Health Donates $500,000 to Help Earthquake Relief Efforts in Nepal

Posted on Apr 29, 2015 in Community Benefit, Scroll Images

Donation Supports American Red Cross and International Medical Corps

Sutter Health today announced a $500,000 donation to help support relief efforts following the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal this past weekend. The American Red Cross International Disaster Relief Fund and International Medical Corps will each receive $250,000 from the not-for-profit health system.

“The widespread damage and suffering caused by this massive earthquake is incomprehensible,” said Pat Fry, president and CEO of Sutter Health. “Our hearts are with the victims, their families and all those affected by this catastrophic disaster. We hope our donation brings comfort and relief to those who need it the most.”

Sutter Health’s donation helps the Red Cross International Disaster Relief Fund provide rescue and relief teams to help meet the emergency needs of those directly affected by the earthquake. Sutter Health’s $250,000 donation will help supply food, water, shelter and emotional health services to thousands in Nepal.

International Medical Corps’ emergency response teams immediately responded in Nepal following the earthquake and are providing lifesaving health care services in the hardest-hit areas. Sutter Health’s $250,000 donation helps operation and deployment of additional mobile medical units to bring health care services and medicine to the affected regions. The funds also support procurement, transportation and distribution of urgently-needed medical supplies and pharmaceuticals.

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