Sutter Health Donates $255,000 to Help Feed Those in Need This Holiday Season

Posted on Nov 25, 2014 in Community Benefit

Six-year tally exceeds $1.4 million, aiding countless individuals and families

Sutter Health announced today a quarter-million-dollar-plus donation to 29 food banks across Northern California and Hawaii. The donation by the not-for-profit health system enables local food banks to serve more than 1 million nutritious meals to those in need this winter.

“A nutritious diet plays an important role in improving overall health and wellness and can even help protect against diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and certain types of cancer,” said Pat Fry, president and CEO of Sutter Health. “We’re partnering with our food bank neighbors to help families stay healthy—and well nourished.”

On average, every dollar donated to food banks translates to more than four meals served. Over the past six years, our donations to community food banks total more than $1.4 million, which benefits countless individuals and families.

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Sutter Health Launches New Online Health Tool for Teens

Posted on Nov 24, 2014 in Expanding Access, Transformation

Sutter Health has launched My Health Online for Teens, an innovative electronic health service. More than 125,000 teenage patients have already signed up for the service, which provides teens secure, online access to their health records and their doctors. My Health Online for Teens also provides an easy way for parents to stay connected with the doctor of their teens, as their children learn how to manage their own health care.

My Health Online for Teens lets kids ages 12 to 17 email their doctors, review test results, renew prescriptions, track immunizations and schedule appointments—all from a cell phone or laptop.

“We know that nine out of 10 teens go to the Internet to find health information, and the information isn’t always reliable,” said Albert Chan, M.D., M.S., FAAFP, medical director of Sutter Health’s personal health record system, My Health Online. “We want to provide a trusted resource for parents and kids, as teens navigate adolescence.”

California law requires that some aspects of a teen’s medical care, particularly reproductive and substance abuse services, be kept confidential once the child turns 12. Many health care organizations address this complexity by blocking parent access to their child’s entire health record. “This barrier frustrates many parents. They find the approach makes it more difficult to support the health of their teens,” added Dr. Chan. Read More

Sutter Care at Home Agencies Among Nation’s ‘Elite’

Posted on Nov 18, 2014 in Quality

Eight Sutter Care at Home locations in Northern California received a Top Agency award by the 2014 HomeCare Elite™ – the only performance recognition of its kind in the home health industry.

Now in its ninth year, the HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified home health agencies in the country. The eight Sutter agencies named to the list serve the communities of Concord, Novato, Roseville, Sacramento, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Santa Rosa, and Modesto.

“Home health care plays a key role in helping to transform our nation’s health care industry. Our dedicated team helps patients to recover from or live with illness in the comfort and familiarity of their homes, surrounded by the people and things they love,” said Sutter Care at Home CEO Marcia Reissig, R.N., MS. “I am deeply honored by these HomeCare Elite recognitions because they acknowledge the commitment of our Sutter Care at Home clinicians and staff to deliver exceptional, comprehensive home care.”

OCS HomeCare by National Research Corporation and DecisionHealth sponsor this award, which ranks high-performing home health agencies by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, process measure implementation, patient experience (Home Health CAHPS®), quality improvement, and financial performance. Out of 9,994 agencies considered, only 2,501 earn elite status. Read More

Sutter Health Moves to Implement New Cal/OSHA Requirements for Ebola Personal Protective Equipment

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our employees, physicians, patients and communities.

Sutter Health’s Ebola Virus Response Planning Team has taken significant steps to prepare for the screening, isolation and treatment of Ebola patients—and our efforts continue. We’re constantly monitoring updated guidelines from the CDC and others, and we’re incorporating the newest information into our training, protective equipment and response plans.

Today we are taking immediate steps to comply with the new Cal/OSHA requirements for personal protective equipment (PPE). We are reassessing our total systemwide supply of this new specific PPE, and we will work with national vendors to acquire additional supplies for all of our hospitals and care centers.

13 Sutter Health Hospitals Named Top Performers for Quality Health Care

Posted on Nov 13, 2014 in Quality

For the fourth year, The Joint Commission, the nation’s leading accreditor of health care organizations, recognized hospitals in the Sutter Health network as among the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures®. Sutter Health-affiliated hospitals have earned these quality recognitions each year since the program began in 2011.

The Top Performer program recognizes U.S. hospitals for exemplary performance in evidence-based clinical processes shown to improve care for certain medical conditions. The 13 Sutter Health hospitals recognized this year include:

Greater Sacramento and Central Valley Region

Memorial Hospital Los Banos – Recognized for pneumonia care

Memorial Medical Center Modesto – Recognized for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care

Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital – Recognized for pneumonia and surgical care

Sutter Davis Hospital – Recognized for pneumonia and surgical care

Sutter Solano Medical Center – Recognized for heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care

Sutter Tracy Community Hospital – Recognized for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care

Greater San Francisco Bay Area

Eden Medical Center – Recognized for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care

Mills-Peninsula Health Services – Recognized for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care

Novato Community Hospital – Recognized for surgical care

Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center, Santa Cruz – Recognized for surgical care

Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital – Recognized for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care

Crescent City, CA

Sutter Coast Hospital – Recognized for pneumonia and surgical care

Ewa Beach, Hawaii

Kahi Mohala Behavioral Health – Recognized for care for inpatient psychiatric services Read More

Sutter Health Honors Veterans, Active Duty Military by Donating $50,000 to Support Organizations

Posted on Nov 11, 2014 in Community Benefit

Registered In-House Counsel at Sutter Health, Edward S. Fabi; Col. Matthew Wonnacott; Lt. Col. Peter D. Reinhardt; and Community Benefit Director at Sutter Health, Traci Van

Registered In-House Counsel at Sutter Health, Edward S. Fabi; Col. Matthew Wonnacott; Lt. Col. Peter D. Reinhardt; and Community Benefit Director at Sutter Health, Traci Van

As part of a broader commitment to support military personnel and their families, Sutter Health donated a total of $50,000 to Disabled American Veterans Department of California (DAV) and the Fisher House Foundation, two military-support organizations dedicated to improving the lives of service men and women in Northern California.

“Across Sutter Health, we proudly employ 1,297 veterans and reservists. We gratefully benefit from their skills, experience and the many daily contributions they make at work and in our communities,” said Pat Fry, president and CEO of Sutter Health. “Our gratitude extends to the millions of military men and women nationwide who serve our country and make us proud.”

Fry added, “We strongly believe in supporting our veterans by recruiting military members and by partnering with organizations that help veterans and their families.”

About the Donations

Disabled American Veterans Department of California gives support and assistance to veterans and their families. Our $25,000 donation will support expansion of DAV’s transportation services to Northern California veterans.

The Fisher House Foundation provides lodging for the families of military members undergoing hospital treatment for a combat injury, illness or disease. Our $25,000 donation will help four families stay for free for one year at one of the Fisher House facilities in Sacramento, Palo Alto or Hawaii. This donation will also support the purchase of vital supplies such as food and personal care items for families staying in the facilities.

Sutter’s Ongoing Commitment to Veterans
Sutter Health makes it a priority to increase military hires each year. It partners with the Employment Development Department to promote jobs for military members seeking employment. Sutter’s military recruitment efforts also include participation in military career fairs and posting to online military job boards.


Bringing Diabetes Education to Our Communities

Posted on Nov 5, 2014 in Wellness

Whether you live with diabetes or someone you love does, Diabetes Awareness Month is the perfect time to learn more. According to the American Diabetes Association:

  • Nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.
  • Another 86 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.
  • The American Diabetes Association estimates the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $245 billion.

Throughout November we’re hosting a number of unique educational events. Please find details below.

Mills-Peninsula Health Services

Stop Diabetes in its Tracks!

Join us Nov. 5 at our free event to learn about prediabetes and how changing your lifestyle and habits can reduce your risk of developing diabetes.

Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation

Celebrating World Diabetes Day

Join us Nov. 12 for three free events in support of World Diabetes Day. Events include free screenings, an inspirational lecture by Lou Brock, Major League Baseball Hall of Famer and Type 2 diabetic, and a panel discussion of expert advice covering diet and fitness.

California Pacific Medical Center

Keys to a Vibrant Life with Diabetes

To raise awareness about diabetes, California Pacific Medical Center will host an event on Nov. 13. Hear Ironman Jay Hewitt speak, watch a live cooking demo and get health tips from Karen Earle, M.D.

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center

2014 World Diabetes Day Health Education Fair

Join Alta Bates Summit Medical Center’s Diabetes Center and Ethnic Health Institute on Nov. 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Health Education Center. You’ll learn how to reduce the risk of diabetes, participate in free screenings related to diabetes and learn how to live well with diabetes. Additionally, Hall of Fame Major League Baseball player, Lou Brock, will meet with attendees and talk about his experience with managing diabetes. Kitchen on Fire Cooking School will provide a live cooking demo with delicious, health food samplings.