Sutter Health Donates $50,000 to Support Veterans and Active Duty Military

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 in Community Benefit

Travis Fisher House Manager, Charlene Hall; President & CEO at Sutter Health, Pat Fry; Community Benefit Director at Sutter Health, Traci Van; Registered In-House Counsel at Sutter Health, Edward S. Fabi; and Lt. Col. Peter D. Reinhardt

Travis Fisher House Manager, Charlene Hall; CEO at Sutter Health, Pat Fry; Community Benefit Director at Sutter Health, Traci Van; Registered In-House Counsel at Sutter Health, Edward S. Fabi; and Lt. Col. Peter D. Reinhardt

Gifts Provide Resources for Mental Health, Lodging and Wellness Needs

As part of a broader commitment to support military personnel and their families, the not-for-profit Sutter Health network donated a total of $50,000 to Fisher House Foundation, USO and Healing Forces, three military-support organizations dedicated to improving the lives of service men and women in Northern California and Hawaii.

“We deeply appreciate the service and sacrifice of veterans and active military personnel across the country, including more than 1,300 veterans who work on our Sutter Health team,” said Pat Fry, CEO of Sutter Health. “These teammates enrich our organization with diverse skills and experience from their military life, often earned under tough conditions and circumstances. It is our privilege to count them as partners who help us deliver exceptional, personalized care to our patients and families.” Read More

Sutter Health’s AIM Program Featured for Excellence in National Publication

Posted on Nov 10, 2015 in Quality

Sutter Health’s Advanced Illness Management (AIM)® Program recently earned a spot in CAPG’s 2015 Case Studies in Excellence publication. CAPG’s annual report features case studies from among the country’s most innovative healthcare organizations.

The case study titled “Sutter Health’s AIM Program: Making a Difference in the Lives of Patients and their Families,” highlights AIM as a successful example of risk-based coordinated care and an example of how health providers can successfully improve systems to drive better quality and better care experience for patients.

AIM, available in 19 counties across Northern California, provides highly personalized, home-based medical care and emotional support to patients with advanced chronic illness so they can feel empowered to manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life.

For more information, visit Sutter’s Advanced Illness Management website.

Sutter Health Welcomes New Innovation Officer

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 in Transformation

image of Chris WaughChris Waugh joins Sutter Health’s not-for-profit network as its first chief innovation officer.

Waugh will use his extensive experience in what’s known as human-centered design—a practice that relies more on creative approaches to problem solving, and less on conventional methods—to guide Sutter Health’s innovation strategy. Waugh is a passionate proponent of the method, inspiring audiences to channel their inner designer through his Results May Vary podcast and speaking engagements such as his TEDx San Jose’s “Can We Use Design to Make Life More Interesting?

Working with other Sutter Health colleagues, he will refine and expand innovation practices, cultivate new ways to delight patients and families, and improve healthcare delivery processes. Waugh and his team will also serve as the “front door” through which outside innovators can connect and collaborate with Sutter Health in new ways to enhance quality outcomes and the overall patient experience. Read More

Twelve Years as Top Fundraiser for March of Dimes

Posted on Oct 16, 2015 in Community Benefit, Quality

newborn babySutter Health raised $659,437 for the March for Dimes this year, making 2015 Sutter’s 12th year as the top fundraising team in Northern California for the national foundation. The March of Dimes also recognized Sutter Health as its top healthcare fundraising team in the United States for the past five years.

Sutter Health has partnered with the March of Dimes since 1998 to promote safer birth experiences for moms and their babies. Over the past 17 years, the healthcare network raised more than $7.9 million to support life-saving research and programs that help mothers have healthy, full-term pregnancies and babies have a healthy start at life.

Women gave birth to more than 35,000 babies in Sutter-affiliated hospitals in 2014. For a comprehensive online guide to pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and caring for your newborn go to our Sutter Health Babies website.

Sutter Health Debuts Spanish in Online Patient Portal

Posted on Oct 14, 2015 in Expanding Access

Man on computer at homePatients from across Sutter Health’s not-for-profit network now have the option of viewing key sections of My Health Online, as well as valuable health information and instructions, in Spanish. Through My Health Online, Sutter Health’s secure online patient portal, patients have online and mobile access to their personal health record and an expanding number of online services.

Today, more than 1.2 million adult patients connect to Sutter Health via My Health Online, which is more than 64 percent of the adult patient population across the Sutter Health network. At Sutter Health’s Palo Alto Medical Foundation, where My Health Online was first developed, more than 83 percent of the adult patients use this system. These numbers exceed the national average, with less than 30 percent of Americans reporting online access to their medical records, according to a national study conducted by the California HealthCare Foundation. My Health Online is the patient-facing part of Sutter EHR—one of the most sophisticated and comprehensive electronic health records in the country. Read More

Sutter Health and UnitedHealthcare Renew Network Relationship

Posted on Oct 12, 2015 in Expanding Access

Sutter Health and UnitedHealthcare have renewed their network relationship, giving people enrolled in UnitedHealthcare’s employer-sponsored and Medicare Advantage plans access to Sutter Health facilities and physicians through 2017.

The renewed relationship expands the use of performance-based incentives designed to reward Sutter Health physicians for the quality of care delivered while managing medical costs. This includes providing certain Medicare patients with access to Sutter Health’s Advanced Illness Management program, which takes a home-based approach to providing chronically ill patients with physical and emotional support.   Read More

2015 Northern California Wildfires

Posted on Oct 2, 2015 in Community Benefit

Firefighter at Butte FireNearly 150,000 acres burned. More than 1,000 homes destroyed. Thousands evacuated. With the devastating Valley and Butte wildfires now nearly 100 percent contained, the focus shifts to recovery in Amador, Calaveras, Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties.

Visit our special newsroom page to learn more about how our Sutter Health family partnered in extraordinary ways during a time of crisis—supporting our patients, each other and our communities.