Sacramento Media Helps Share Story of Altruistic Kidney Donor from Sutter Health’s CPMC

Posted on Mar 13, 2015 in Uncategorized

Sacramento-area resident Zully Broussard, the altruistic kidney donor from Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center, shared details of her journey with numerous local media outlets on Thursday, March 12. Her gift set into motion a kidney swap that paired six donors and six recipients—the largest procedure conducted in the 44-year history of the Sutter Health CPMC Transplant Center. The Sacramento Bee and KCRA Channel 3 are just a couple of the media outlets that featured stories on her lifesaving generosity.

Kidney Donor from Sutter Health’s CPMC Shares Story, Sparks Inspiration

Posted on Mar 12, 2015 in Quality

Zully Broussard discusses with Sacramento-area media how her altruistic kidney donation helped six people receive lifesaving kidney transplants.She may have donated a kidney, but her efforts are all heart.

Sacramento-area resident Zully Broussard returned home Sunday afternoon following her kidney donor surgery and hospital stay at Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). Broussard was the altruistic kidney donor who, because of her compassion, helped six people in need receive lifesaving kidney transplants. She shared her story today during a special event hosted at Sutter Roseville Medical Center. Read More

Join Sutter Health cancer experts on Twitter for live conversation

Posted on Mar 9, 2015 in Quality

Sutter Health will partner with KQED to present  Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies. This new film produced by Ken Burns will air March 30, 31, and April 1.

Sutter Health network cancer experts will take your cancer-related questions on @SutterHealth using #CancerFilmQA in a live Twitter chat during the show. See below for additional details and we’ll see you on Twitter.

Sutter Health Live Twitter Chat:
Tuesday, March 31 and Wednesday, April 1, 9:00 – 10:00 p.m.

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Sutter Health’s CPMC Performs Unique Six-Way Kidney Donation

Posted on Mar 6, 2015 in Quality

Six-Way Kidney Donation Flow Chart Twelve patients at Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) made history through a unique lifesaving event this week: a six-way kidney donation transplant.

The surgically and logistically complex procedure took two days. It was the largest conducted in the CPMC Transplant Center’s 44-year existence.

Led by five dedicated, collaborative surgeons, the clinical team also included anesthesiologists, physician assistants, nurses and more than 40 other support staff.

The transplant “chain” began thanks to the giving spirit of Zully Broussard, an altruistic organ donor from the Sacramento area. She simply wanted to help and did not have a specific recipient in mind. Her generosity triggered the rare kidney swap, which matched six donors and six recipients. The swap allowed friends and family members, who couldn’t donate to their loved ones, to donate to strangers. In turn, the strangers’ loved ones donated back to the original loved ones—forming the ultimate circle of generosity. Read More

Forbes talks with Sutter Health

Posted on Mar 6, 2015 in Transformation

 Sutter Health’s Chief Strategy Officer, Peter Anderson, recently talked with Forbes magazine about the future of healthcare.

Read the article and learn more about new models of care and technologies, which redefine how and where healthcare teams offer services—all based on consumer needs.

Sutter Health Expands Health Plan to Sonoma County

Posted on Mar 3, 2015 in Expanding Access, Transformation

Sutter Health’s health plan that serves the greater Sacramento and Central Valley areas, Sutter Health Plus, will now offer its competitively priced products in the Sonoma County community. The announcement comes after the Department of Managed Health Care approved the HMO’s expansion plans.

Not-for-profit Sutter Health decided to start its own health plan as a way to partner directly with patients to manage their total health needs, including quality and cost of care. Now, after a full year of operations, Sutter Health Plus is ready to offer Sonoma County the same affordably priced HMO products available elsewhere in its service area.

In Sonoma County, Sutter Health Plus’ network includes the new $284 million state-of-the-art Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital; Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, including locations in Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Sebastopol and Healdsburg; Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods; and Novato Community Hospital in Marin County.

Sutter Health doctors and hospitals continue to contract with most major health plans. Head over to Sutter Health Plus’ newsroom for more details.

Two Sutter Health Medical Centers Named as ‘100 Top Hospitals’ in Nation

Posted on Mar 2, 2015 in Quality, Scroll Images

Truven 100 Top Hospitals_2015Truven Health AnalyticsTM today named Sutter Health hospitals—Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento (SMCS) and Sutter Tracy Community Hospital (STCH)—as two of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals.

 The Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals® study identifies hospitals and leadership teams that provide the highest level of value to their communities, based on a national balanced scorecard. Truven, a leading provider of data-driven analytics and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare, has conducted this study annually since 1993.

“Our hospitals and doctor groups consistently rank among California’s highest performers,” said Stephen Lockhart, M.D., Ph.D., Sutter Health Chief Medical Officer. “Our entire not-for-profit network congratulates these Sutter hospitals for earning these prestigious recognitions.”

This is the fifth time SMCS received this honor, and the first time STCH won the award.

SMCS also earned the Top 100 Hospitals Everest® Award—one of only 17 hospitals in the nation and the only hospital in California to simultaneously set the national benchmark for both “balanced excellence in a single year” and “greatest improvement over five consecutive years.” Read More