Sutter Health Physician Organizations Earn Top Honors for Patient Care

Posted on Jun 17, 2016 in Quality, Scroll Images

CAPG star logoSix Sutter Medical Network (SMN) physician organizations that participated in the annual CAPG Standards of Excellence Survey, ™ including all five medical foundations, earned Elite status—the highest honor awarded by CAPG, a trade association for physician organizations. The survey measures medical group infrastructure against multiple criteria, such as patient experience, population health and affordability.

SMN Elite Status winners (5 stars/highest recognition):

Physician organizations voluntarily participate in CAPG’s Standards of Excellence ™ survey. This year, 114 medical groups—covering more than 14 million patients nationwide— took part in the evaluation. The survey ratings, which assess medical group performance in six rigorous categories, help consumers evaluate a physician group’s technical quality, patient experience and affordability. Read More

Sutter Care at Home to Transfer Bay Area Private-Duty Services to San Francisco’s Institute on Aging

Posted on May 31, 2016 in Uncategorized

Not-for-profit Sutter Care at Home today announced its intent to transfer ownership of its private-duty home care services to the non-profit Institute on Aging in San Francisco beginning July 25.

“Given the demand for resources across all of our service lines, it’s been challenging to grow our private-care business line to the necessary scale to best serve patients,” said Marcia Reissig, Sutter Care at Home CEO. “The Institute on Aging has the tools and experience necessary to succeed for patients in the competitive private-duty market. It also shares our commitment to delivering compassionate, personalized care—a key factor in selecting the right partner for this transition.” Read More

Sutter Health and March of Dimes Renew Multi-Year Sponsor Agreement for March for Babies

Posted on May 23, 2016 in Quality

Courtesy March of DimesMarch of Dimes and Sutter Health announced today a multi-year March for Babies® sponsorship renewal through 2018. March for Babies, March of Dimes’ premier fundraiser, supports lifesaving research and educational programs that improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

Sutter Health began supporting March of Dimes 19 years ago and has been the presenting sponsor of Northern California March for Babies since 2003. To-date, Sutter has raised nearly $8.7 million for the March of Dimes and the past four years has been the top healthcare March for Babies fundraising team in the nation.

In this renewal, Sutter Health continues as the signature sponsor of eleven March for Babies events across Northern and Central California in the communities of San Francisco, the East Bay area, the North Bay, Solano County, the greater Sacramento area, Silicon Valley, Pacific Grove, Stockton, Modesto, Fresno and Visalia. This year, 3 million people plan to participate in March for Babies events in 500 communities across the United States.  Read More

Sutter Health’s CPMC Physician Leader Honored with Humanitarian Award

Posted on May 18, 2016 in Research

Kevin Kim, M.D.Kevin Kim, M.D., a physician with Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation and director of clinical research for the Center for Melanoma Research and Treatment at Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), will be honored with a Humanitarian Award from the Melanoma Research Foundation.

“Through his steadfast commitment to research and to his clinical practice, Dr. Kim embodies the dedication that this award represents,” said CPMC CEO Warren Browner, M.D., MPH.  “Patients across California and beyond have benefited from his skills and accomplishments as a physician and scientist.”

Dr. Kim leads CPMC’s efforts to build a database and tumor bank of tissue samples from patients with melanoma. He and colleagues, including Mohammed Kashani-Sabet, M.D., will use these samples to create new diagnostic tests and personalized therapies for all stages of the disease. Read More

Sutter Health Invites Public to Join Unique End-of-Life Conversation

Posted on May 12, 2016 in Transformation

Sutter Health and OpenIDEO challenge logo

Today, Sutter Health announced its involvement with a unique online forum for the public to share ideas on how to further enhance end-of-life care.

Through OpenIDEO’s homepage, an open innovation platform, Sutter Health, a not-for-profit health system, asks the community to join an end-of-life conversation by visiting Sutter Health and OpenIDEO challenge webpage webpage and answering the question “How might we reimagine the end-of-life experience for ourselves and our loved ones?” The platform offers a place to share thoughts, collectively improve ideas, receive feedback and potentially launch a fresh idea. Sutter Health clinical leaders with experience in patient health management, palliative care and digital health helped shape this opportunity to engage the public in conversation. Funding for this project came from Better Health East Bay, one of Sutter Health’s philanthropic foundations; Shoshana Ungerleider, M.D., a California Pacific Medical Center-aligned physician and philanthropist; and other community donors. Read More

Sutter Health Female Leaders Honored in Annual Business Journal Publications

Posted on May 2, 2016 in We're Awesome

The San Francisco Business Times (SFBT) recently released its annual “Most Influential Women in the Bay Area Business 2016,” publication, celebrating female business leaders across many industries. This edition recognized several Sutter Health leaders including, Sarah Krevans, president and CEO of Sutter Health, Elizabeth Vilardo, M.D., CEO of Sutter Health’s Palo Alto Medical Foundation and Julie Petrini, CEO of Sutter Health’s Bay Area Hospitals.

In addition, SFBT saluted distinguished alumni from their Influential Women recognition in their inaugural “Influential Honor Roll” edition of exceptional leaders. Anne Barr, CIO for Sutter Health’s Bay Area, Toni Brayer, M.D., CEO of Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation and Susan Day, M.D., director of ophthalmology, Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center, received recognition.

Sacramento Business Journal also recently honored 17 high-powered women for the invaluable contributions they’ve made to their companies, professions and communities. Keri Thomas, director of community and government relations for Sutter Health’s Valley Area, achieved this honor.

Congratulations to all!

Sutter Health Named Among Top U.S. Health Systems

Posted on Apr 25, 2016 in Quality, Scroll Images

Highest Performing Systems Consistently Deliver Higher Quality More Efficiently

Truven Health Analytics Top 15 Health Systems logo

Truven Health AnalyticsTM today named Sutter Health and Sutter’s Valley Area among the top-performing health systems in the country. In its 15 Top Health Systems® study, Truven recognized Sutter Health and its Valley Area as two of the nation’s top five performers among large health care systems.

Truven gathered data from 338 health systems and nearly 3,000 hospitals. It singled out 15 large, medium and small health systems that achieved superior performance based on a combined score of five measures of care quality, patient satisfaction, cost per episode of illness and operational efficiency.

The Sutter Health Valley Area, which encompasses the greater Sacramento and San Joaquin valley regions, is larger than many health systems in the nation. Accordingly, Truven evaluated the Valley Area’s combined performance and size, as well as the performance of the entire Sutter Health system. Both received top five recognition in Truven’s “large system” category.

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