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

Sutter Health Helps At-risk Kids through Operation Backpack

Posted on Jul 25, 2016 in Community Benefit

Operation Backpack 2016This year, Sutter Health employees and physicians collected more than $5,000 and 1,350 backpacks filled with school supplies for Operation Backpack, an effort that helps homeless and at-risk kids in our communities. The annual drive, made possible through Volunteers of America Northern California and Northern Nevada, helps children return to school with the basics they need to start the school year right.

Nearly $8 Million Awarded to Samuel Merritt University

Posted on Jul 15, 2016 in Expanding Access

Largest amount awarded to a university this year

Aims to diversify the healthcare workforce

An agency with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded Sutter Health’s Samuel Merritt University (SMU) $7.8 million in scholarship money for disadvantaged students who will join the University’s mission to diversify healthcare and improve outcomes in underserved communities.

The grant money, distributed by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), is available to SMU students entering or enrolled in the family nurse practitioner, physician assistant, and physical therapy programs. It is the largest amount of scholarship money awarded by HRSA to a single university or college in the U.S. this year.

“The more diverse our healthcare professionals, the healthier our communities,” said SMU President Sharon Diaz. “That begins with diversity on our campuses. We are grateful for HRSA’s recognition of our ongoing effort to make healthcare education accessible to all, and we welcome the students who want to join us in making health outcomes equitable for all.” Read More

Sutter Health Named 2016 Most Wired

Posted on Jul 6, 2016 in Quality, Transformation

Most Wired logo 2016Most Wired Hospitals Use Technology for a Better Patient Experience

Technology is improving the efficiency of care delivery and creating a new dynamic in patient interactions, according to results of the 18th Annual Health Care’s Most Wired® survey, released today by the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Forum.

According to the survey, Most Wired hospitals are using telehealth to fill gaps in care; provide services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; and expand access to medical specialists. This year’s results show:

  • The top three telehealth services offered in hospitals are consultations and office visits, stroke care, and psychiatric examinations and psychotherapy.
  • Stroke care is the most rapid growth area for telehealth services up 38 percent from 2015, as evidence-based studies emphasize the time urgency of stroke care.
  • More than 25 percent of hospitals use internet-enabled monitoring devices for chronic disease management of congestive heart failure, diabetes and heart disease.

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