Sutter Health Hospitals Receive High Marks in Patient Safety

Posted on Apr 29, 2015 in Quality

Twelve Sutter Health hospital campuses earned “A” grades today in The Leapfrog Group’s® Spring 2015 Hospital Safety Score℠ for dedication to patient safety. The national employer organization grades hospitals nationwide on their overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors.

“Across our network, we work relentlessly to provide exceptional care quality, safety and service for our patients,” said Stephen Lockhart, M.D., Ph.D., chief medical officer for Sutter Health. “This national ranking demonstrates how, by partnering with one another and other quality and safety experts, we make a difference for communities across Northern California.”

Using 28 measures of publicly available safety data, the Hospital Safety Score assigns A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals based on their ability to prevent errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

Sutter Tracy Community Hospital and Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center, Pacific campus earned additional recognition as “straight A” hospitals for consistently earning “A” grades since the launch of the Hospital Safety scorecard in 2012. Only 182 hospitals across the nation achieved this distinction.

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Sutter Health Donates $500,000 to Help Earthquake Relief Efforts in Nepal

Posted on Apr 29, 2015 in Community Benefit, Scroll Images

Donation Supports American Red Cross and International Medical Corps

Sutter Health today announced a $500,000 donation to help support relief efforts following the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal this past weekend. The American Red Cross International Disaster Relief Fund and International Medical Corps will each receive $250,000 from the not-for-profit health system.

“The widespread damage and suffering caused by this massive earthquake is incomprehensible,” said Pat Fry, president and CEO of Sutter Health. “Our hearts are with the victims, their families and all those affected by this catastrophic disaster. We hope our donation brings comfort and relief to those who need it the most.”

Sutter Health’s donation helps the Red Cross International Disaster Relief Fund provide rescue and relief teams to help meet the emergency needs of those directly affected by the earthquake. Sutter Health’s $250,000 donation will help supply food, water, shelter and emotional health services to thousands in Nepal.

International Medical Corps’ emergency response teams immediately responded in Nepal following the earthquake and are providing lifesaving health care services in the hardest-hit areas. Sutter Health’s $250,000 donation helps operation and deployment of additional mobile medical units to bring health care services and medicine to the affected regions. The funds also support procurement, transportation and distribution of urgently-needed medical supplies and pharmaceuticals.

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Becker’s Hospital Review Talks with Sutter Health CEO

Posted on Apr 23, 2015 in Transformation

Sutter Health’s CEO, Pat Fry, recently talked with Becker’s Hospital Review about the changing landscape in healthcare – especially in California.

Read the article and learn more about how Sutter Health serves as a community health system of the future by embracing new approaches to  care coordination and personalizing the health care experience for patients.

Sutter Health Hospitals to Maintain Quality Patient Care During CNA Strike

Posted on Apr 17, 2015 in Uncategorized

Hospitals Committed to Fair Labor Contracts; Also Doing Their Part to Make Health Care More Affordable for Patients

The California Nurses’ union today formally notified five Sutter Health hospitals of its intent to hold a strike on April 30. Hospitals impacted include: Sutter Roseville Medical Center, Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital and Mills-Peninsula Health Services.

“Providing quality care for patients starts with taking good care of our nurses and all employees, and we are proud of the generous wages and benefits provided by Sutter Health affiliates,” said Stephen Lockhart, M.D., Sutter Health chief medical officer.

According to Dr. Lockhart, a nurse who chooses to work full-time at Sutter Health hospitals with CNA contracts:

  • Earns an average of $140,000 per year (or more than $65 per hour)
  • Receives a generous employer-paid pension
  • Receives up to 40 paid days off annually
  • And has the option of zero-monthly premium health insurance, or extremely low-cost benefits

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Take Time to Talk: Your Wishes Matter

Posted on Apr 16, 2015 in Wellness

Do you know your parents’ wishes if they become seriously ill? Have you talked with your loved ones about what matters most to you? Having your future health care choices known and protected provides peace of mind for you and those you love.

Today, on National Healthcare Decisions Day, plan ahead and take the time to start this important conversation with your family. Completing an advance directive gives your doctors and family guidance on how to care for you if you cannot speak for yourself or make your wishes known to them.

Ask yourself this question and then discuss with friends and family:

Do you want to be kept alive on machines as long as possible, or to be allowed to die as gently as possible?

While questions like this are not easy to answer, speaking with your loved ones ahead of time and preparing an advance directive will help ensure your wishes are honored.

For more information and tools to talk about wishes with your family, friends and health care providers, visit Sutter’s Advance Health Care Directives resources page or visit

Stress and Tax Day: Coping Tips

Posted on Apr 13, 2015 in Wellness

Tax Day calendarDid you know stress can have a big impact on your body? If you find yourself needing help coping with the pressures that may accompany Tax Day, follow our new blog series by Ronesh Sinha, M.D., to find out how stress impacts your body and what you can do to feel better. Some topics the series focuses on include:

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Sutter Health Affiliates Earn Prominent Electronic Health Record Recognition

Posted on Apr 13, 2015 in Scroll Images, Transformation, We're Awesome

Two affiliates within Sutter Health’s not-for profit network received awards honoring their electronic health record. Memorial Medical Center in Modesto, Calif. and Palo Alto Medical Foundation clinics throughout the Bay Area earned prestigious Stage 7 Awards from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), an industry authority in health care information technology.

Sutter Health will receive its awards at the 2015 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition on April 12-16, 2015, in Chicago.

“As we partner to deliver a high-value, personalized experience for patients, our electronic health record enables our care teams to make significant strides in clinical quality, safety, connectivity and efficiency,” said Sutter Health President and CEO Pat Fry. “These Stage 7 designations from HIMSS honor the complex, thoughtful work of our clinical care and information services teams to better support our more than 3 million patients and their families.”

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