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.

Sutter Health Donates $300,000 to Help Fire Relief Efforts in Northern California

Posted on Sep 15, 2015 in Community Benefit, Scroll Images

Funds help support those affected by devastating Valley and Butte fires

James Conforti, president of the Sutter Health’s operations in the Sacramento Valley and Foothills area and Jeff Gerard, president of Sutter Health’s operations in the greater Bay Area, present a check to the American Red Cross to help fire relief efforts.

Sutter Health made a $300,000 donation today to support fire relief efforts across several Northern California communities.

The donations will go to several organizations helping bring food, shelter and other resources to those affected by the massive Valley Fire still raging in Lake County and the Butte Fire still burning in Amador and Calaveras counties.

  • $250,000 to the American Red Cross California Wildfires Fund to help bring food, water and emergency shelter to the families in need.
  • $25,000 to support local mental health services, including grievance counselors, peer support and others to individuals impacted by the fire in Amador and Calaveras counties.
  • $25,000 to additional local agencies supporting fire relief in Lake County.

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Sutter Health Informs Patients of Unauthorized Document Handling by Former Billing Unit Employee

Posted on Sep 11, 2015 in Uncategorized

Sutter Health is notifying 2,582 patients that personal information was included in certain electronic versions of billing documents that a former employee emailed to a personal account without authorization. For all but nine of the affected patients, no Social Security numbers, financial information or driver’s license data were included. This discovery occurred during a thorough review of the former employee’s email activity and computer access. Read More

Sutter Health Welcomes New Chief Marketing & Branding Officer

Posted on Aug 19, 2015 in Uncategorized

Arra G. Yerganian

Arra Yerganian, chief marketing & branding officer.

Arra G. Yerganian joins Sutter Health’s not-for-profit network as its first chief marketing & branding officer.

Recognized by colleagues as an innovator in residence, a marketing visionary and a customer experience evangelist, Yerganian brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the leading Northern California health network serving 3 million patients and their families.

Yerganian will lead Sutter Health’s comprehensive and differentiated brand strategy that reflects the network’s innovative market-driven and value-added solutions, as well as underscore its commitment as Northern California’s first choice for providing personalized high-value healthcare.

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Conservation Efforts Sprout Across the Sutter Health Network

Posted on Jul 31, 2015 in Community Benefit

Compost for gardenSutter Health’s Perspective

As a not-for-profit health care network, Sutter Health strives to make the community healthier—this includes doing our part to create a sustainable environment. From conservation and recycling to green construction, Sutter Health finds and implements eco-friendly practices that nurture our communities and allow us to continue providing the high-quality care and exceptional service our patients expect and deserve.

Industry Background and Trends

Health care facilities by their very nature use a great deal of natural resources. Over the past several years, these facilities have been able to implement changes thanks to a focus on energy efficiency and conservation within the industry. Now, many new hospitals incorporate sustainable design into their very early planning stages. That means designing for energy efficiency, reducing water consumption, improving indoor air quality, making better building material choices and reducing the overall environmental impact of healthcare operations.

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Update: Sutter Donation Makes Life-Changing Difference in Nepal

Posted on Jul 30, 2015 in Community Benefit

In April, a devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, killing more than 9,000 people and leaving millions homeless. To support humanitarian relief efforts there, Sutter Health donated $500,000 to two international disaster aid organizations: International Medical Corps and Red Cross International Disaster Relief Fund. Each organization received $250,000 from the not-for-profit health system.

Recently, both organizations provided more detail on how Sutter Health’s donations helped bring life-saving care—including mobile medical unit support, medicine, food and shelter—to earthquake victims:

International Medical Corps organized emergency response teams that brought medical care to people in the areas hardest hit by the quake:

  • Provided health services for 185,000 people—including 4,547 clinical consultations
  • Supported two central hospitals that provided surgeries and post-operative care
  • Deployed mobile medical units to bring urgently needed medicine and supplies to nearly 100,000 people in hard-to-reach villages
  • Constructed more than 660 latrines and 190 hand-washing stations used by about 16,500 people
  • Gave cash grants for food and shelter to about 25,000 men, women and children who lost everything in the disaster

Red Cross International Disaster Relief Fund organized more than 7,000 volunteers, staff and other team members to support people in the most affected communities. The group continues to meet with Nepal’s government and the Nepal Red Cross to plan for long-term recovery. Specifically, the Red Cross International Disaster Relief Fund:

  • Distributed 105,000 tarps and 27,000 blankets to quake victims
  • Provided essential water and sanitation services—including 600,000 water purification tablets
  • Delivered more than 5,000 non-food relief kits and 79,000 bars of soap

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U.S. News & World Report Names Sutter Health Hospitals Among Best in California

Posted on Jul 21, 2015 in Quality, Scroll Images

Four hospitals within Sutter Health’s not-for-profit network achieved recognition today as among the best hospitals in California for 2015-16 by U.S. News & World Report. The annual rankings rate top hospitals in the state and in major metropolitan regions, as well as top hospitals according to their performance in 16 adult specialties.

Sutter Health hospitals recognized among the top 50 in the state and top 10 in their metro area include:

San Francisco metro area

Sacramento metro area

In addition, California Pacific Medical Center received “high performer” recognitions in three specialties and a top 50 hospital in the nation achievement for gynecology. Only 137 of the nearly 5,000 U.S. hospitals evaluated received a national ranking in at least one specialty. Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, received “high performer” recognitions in four adult specialties.

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