Sutter Health Helps Develop Comprehensive Diabetes Management Platform

Posted on Sep 12, 2016 in Quality, Transformation

Sutter Health is among the first healthcare networks to partner with Onduo—a joint venture between Verily Life Sciences LLC, (formerly Google Life Sciences) and Sanofi—to support and simplify care for those with type 2 diabetes.

“This collaboration with Onduo further advances our work to develop engaging and incredibly personal care options for those with type 2 diabetes—and for their families—so they may live their very best lives,” said Chris Waugh, Sutter Health’s chief innovation officer. “Because our integrated network focuses on Northern California, where we care for one of the most diverse populations in the world, we offer partners like Onduo the unique opportunity to work with us to test treatments and tools in various care settings that can influence the care for people of all races and ethnicities.” Read More

Sutter Health Scholarship Program Helps 235 Students Pursue College Dreams

Posted on Sep 6, 2016 in Uncategorized

college studentCongratulations to the 235 students who earned college scholarships from Sutter Health for the 2016-2017 school year through our Van R. Johnson Sutter Scholars program.

For more than a decade, Sutter Health has proudly supported the continuing education of tomorrow’s leaders by offering these scholarships—named in honor of former longtime Sutter Health CEO Van Johnson— exclusively to college-age children and grandchildren of employees within the Sutter Health network. Sutter has awarded more than 4,600 scholarships, totaling $7.6 million, since 2002. Read More

Sutter Health Experts to Lead CDC Sepsis Webinar

Posted on Sep 2, 2016 in Quality, We're Awesome

Blood smear from sepsis.septicemia can progress to sepsis.The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has tapped Sutter Health sepsis experts Sean Townsend, M.D., and Mary Ann Barnes-Daly, M.S., R.N., D.C., to lead a webinar on recognizing the early warning signs of sepsis. Sepsis, a life-threatening syndrome caused by the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection, is the number one cause of death nationwide for patients who die in the hospital. In the United States, more than 750,000 patients develop sepsis each year, and about 40 percent die from it.

CDC’s invitation to present the webinar acknowledges Sutter Health’s leadership in sepsis education, treatment and prevention, said Dr. Townsend, vice president of quality and safety at Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center and physician lead for Sutter’s Sepsis Initiative.

“Through our Sepsis Initiative, Sutter Health has earned a national reputation leading best practices. Our work is closely tied to CMS’ new core measure for sepsis, known as SEP-1, assessing performance of hospitals across the country,” said Dr. Townsend. Dr. Townsend and other national experts collaborated on the drafting of the core measure for CMS and are responsible for its maintenance.

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Sutter Health CEO Named to ‘100 Most Influential People in Healthcare’ List

Posted on Aug 22, 2016 in Scroll Images, We're Awesome

Sarah KrevansModern Healthcare recently named Sutter Health president and CEO, Sarah Krevans, to its list of the “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare 2016.”

In January 2016, Krevans became president and CEO of the not-for-profit Sutter Health network. Under her leadership, Truven Health Analytics named Sutter Health and Sutter’s Valley Area among America’s top five large health systems earlier this year. Truven Analytics’ independent data show that top performers like Sutter Health save more lives, have fewer complications and spend less per patient episode of care. Read More

Sutter Health Donates $100,000 to California Wildfire Relief

Posted on Aug 17, 2016 in Community Benefit, Scroll Images

Cal fire helicopter

Photo courtesy CalFire

Sutter Health this week donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross Gold Country Region to help bring food, shelter and other resources to families affected by the ongoing California wildfires.

“Our Sutter Lakeside Hospital has been part of Lake County, where the Clayton fire is burning, since 1945 and neighbors help each other in times of need,” said Jeff Gerard, president of Sutter Health’s Bay Area Operating Unit. “I hope our donation brings hope and healing to our community.”

“We are extremely grateful for this generous donation from Sutter Health,” said Gold Country CEO Gary Strong. “Donations to the Red Cross enable us to prepare for, respond to, and help people recover from devastating events.”

As of Aug. 16, the Clayton Fire had burned 4,000 acres, claimed 175 buildings and displaced hundreds of people.

“These circumstances are especially difficult because many families in this area are still rebuilding from the damage caused by the Valley fire last summer,” said Gerard. “I also sincerely thank our team of doctors and employees who stepped up to care for an influx of patients when the fire threatened another area hospital.”

Sutter Health has long partnered the Red Cross and other organizations to help people in need.  Last year, Sutter Health invested $957 million in care and services for the poor and underserved.

For information on how you can help support relief efforts, visit the American Red Cross at www.redcross.org.

 

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

Posted on Aug 2, 2016 in Quality, Scroll Images

Sutter Hospitals ranked by U.S. NewsFour hospitals within Sutter Health’s not-for-profit network achieved recognition today as among the best hospitals in California for 2016-17 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 across 25 specialties, procedures and conditions

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, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, received “high performer” recognition in eight adult procedures/conditions, California Pacific Medical Center received “high performer” in five adult procedures/conditions, and both Sutter Roseville Medical Center and Mills-Peninsula Health Services received “high performer” recognition in four adult procedures/conditions.

“Rankings like these from U.S. News & World Report honor our network’s doctors, nurses, clinicians and employees who dedicate themselves daily to deliver high-quality, compassionate care across Northern California,” said Stephen Lockhart, M.D., Ph.D., chief medical officer for Sutter Health.  “This recognition validates our ongoing commitment to improving quality and patient safety for our patients.”

“U.S. News evaluates nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide,” said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “A hospital that emerged from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of.”

The U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals survey ranked hospitals according to reputation, mortality, patient safety and other areas, including nurse staffing and technology.

For more information and complete rankings, visit U.S. News & World Report.

Sutter Health advances cardiovascular service by offering first-of-its-kind fully dissolving heart stent in Bay Area and Sacramento

Posted on Jul 29, 2016 in Quality, Research

Recently approved by FDA, Absorb bioresorbable vascular scaffold opens clogged arteries to restore blood flow, then gradually dissolves in the body

Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento and Mills-Peninsula Health Services, both affiliates of Sutter Health, will be among the first in the country to offer patients with coronary artery disease a new treatment option, the Abbott Absorb stent, which literally disappears in the body over time.

Sailesh Shah, M.D., an interventional cardiologist at Sutter Medical Center and David Daniels, M.D., an interventional cardiologist at Mills-Peninsula will implant patients with the world’s first FDA-approved dissolving heart stent.

The Absorb bioresorbable vascular scaffold is a major advance in the treatment of coronary artery disease, which affects 15 million people in the United States and remains a leading cause of death worldwide despite decades of therapeutic advances.

While stents are traditionally made of metal, Abbott’s Absorb stent is made of a naturally dissolving material, similar to dissolving sutures. Absorb disappears completely[1] in about three years, after it has done its job of keeping a clogged artery open and promoting healing of the treated artery segment. By contrast, metal stents are permanent implants.

“This is the first real game-changer in coronary stents since 2003, when drug-coated metal stents were developed, helping to reduce risk of renarrowing of the arteries,” Dr. Daniels explained. “With dissolving stents you have the best of both worlds: you have the benefit of using a less invasive procedure than open heart surgery, and then the stent disappears, leaving no metal behind to restrict motion of the blood vessels.” Read More