One Million Californians Connected to Sutter Health’s Online Patient Portal

Posted on Apr 17, 2014 in Expanding Access, Transformation

My Health Online Gives Patients Secure Anytime, Anywhere Access to Manage Their Health

Northern California-based Sutter Health now connects more than one million patients to its web-based patient portal My Health Online. This consumer-friendly tool gives patients secure online and mobile access to view their personal health records, email doctors, renew prescriptions and schedule appointments—anytime, anywhere.

You can also view this video on our Sutter Health YouTube channel.

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Taking the Stress out of Tax Day

Posted on Apr 15, 2014 in Wellness

Tax Day StressToday is tax day. From hunting down receipts to filling out complicated forms to wondering if you’ll owe money – tax day can leave you feeling overwhelmed and highly stressed.

Tax stress, like many other deadline-related stresses, can take a toll on your health and can lead to insomnia, anxiety and depression. According to experts in our Sutter Health network, when stress hormones flood the body, your heart rate, blood pressure, cholesterol and blood levels all increase. Read More

“Small Bite, Big Threat”

Posted on Apr 7, 2014 in Wellness

man spraying bug repellant on his armProtect Yourself Against Vector-Borne Diseases

World Health Day is celebrated annually on April 7 to commemorate the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948. The organization uses this day as an opportunity to raise awareness on areas of major importance to global health. This year’s theme focuses on vector-borne diseases.

According to WHO, more than half the world’s population is at risk for diseases such as malaria, dengue, leishmaniasis, Lyme disease, schistosomiasis, and yellow fever, carried by vectors such as mosquitoes, flies or ticks. In fact, vector-borne diseases account for more than 17 percent of all infectious diseases.

While malaria is uncommon in Northern California, you’ve no doubt heard reports that some vectors in our area can transmit diseases such as West Nile fever and Lyme disease. As more of us prepare to head outdoors to enjoy warmer weather, we’ve asked infectious disease specialist David Busch, M.D., for a few tips on how to minimize your risk of getting bit.

 

Mosquitoes and Ticks Use insect repellent containing DEET on exposed skin and use this same product on your pet too.
Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants.
Mosquitoes Remember mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk. You can stay indoors if you want to reduce your risk.
Ticks Examine your skin and your pet’s skin for ticks after returning from wooded areas or areas with high grass or brush.

 

Don’t let mosquitoes and ticks keep you from enjoying the outdoors—just stay informed. Visit California’s West Nile virus website for the latest information on West Nile virus, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website to stay up-to-date on Lyme disease.

Volunteers Make a Difference!

Posted on Apr 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

Pat Fry's head shotA message from Sutter Health President and CEO Pat Fry.

“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time. They just have the heart.” — Elizabeth Andrew

This Sunday, April 6, marks the beginning of National Volunteer Week—a special time to recognize all those who give back to their communities by generously contributing their skills and experience to make a positive difference.

Throughout our Sutter Health care centers, about 5,000 volunteers donate their time and energy to help us create an environment where patients feel respected, valued and understood. From greeting visitors and answering their questions to helping families in emergency rooms, our volunteers share our commitment to giving patients an exceptional, personalized care experience, every time.

In honor of National Volunteer Week, I want to personally thank our volunteers for their daily partnership with us, our patients and their families. They’ve chosen to volunteer within Sutter because they believe in us and the work we do. Let’s show them our appreciation by saying “thank you”—this coming week and every day.

A Look at New Year’s Resolutions

Posted on Apr 1, 2014 in Scroll Images, Wellness

Vegetables on a tableWe all know how hard it is to kick old habits and start new ones. Now that we’re 90 days into 2014, let’s take a moment to revisit your New Year’s resolutions. If you’re struggling to maintain healthy habits, we suggest you dedicate one week to help you get back on track. Check out “7 Days to a Healthier You” on MyLifeStages. Each task takes an hour or less, and within a week you’ll have an honest assessment of your health and a game plan in place to get back on track in 2014.

For additional advice, delve a little deeper into MyLifeStages where you’ll find even more tools to help you meet your health goals.

Sutter Health Announces 2013 Financial Performance

Posted on Mar 6, 2014 in Expanding Access, Uncategorized

You can also view this video on our Sutter Health YouTube channel.

The Sutter Health network of doctors, hospitals and other health care service providers announced its financial performance for 2013. Total income for 2013 was $300 million, compared to $735 million in 2012. The system’s total operating revenues were $9.6 billion for 2013 and 2012. Sutter Health posted $380 million in investment income and changes in net unrealized gains and losses from investments classified as trading in 2013, compared to $242 million in 2012. Sutter Health posted a combined 2013 systemwide loss from the day-to-day operations of its hospitals, care centers and other services of $22 million compared to a gain of $549 million in 2012. Read More

State of Sutter: A Look Back at 2013

Posted on Jan 31, 2014 in We're Awesome

A Look Back at 2013

A look back at some of Sutter Health’s key milestones in 2013.

Quality Achievement – Our network received multiple awards for health care quality in 2013. Sutter Health ranked as among the top 20 health care systems in the nation by Truven Health Analytics. The Integrated Healthcare Association, a renowned industry leadership group in California, recognized six physician organizations in our Sutter Medical Network as leaders in medical care quality. Also, Sutter Davis Hospital, received the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award – the nation’s highest Presidential honor for performance excellence.

Patient Access – After much anticipation, we started Sutter Health Plus, a new not-for-profit health plan that offers a range of products to individuals and employers in the Greater Sacramento and San Joaquin Valley regions. Plan coverage began Jan. 1, 2014.

Affordability – Sutter Health opened its Shared Service Center in Roseville. It serves as a “central hub” to bring together multiple business services departments under one roof, allowing employees to closely collaborate, follow best practices and efficiently use the latest technology. Read More