Sutter Gould Medical Foundation to Open New Care Center in Turlock

Posted on Aug 14, 2014 in Transformation

Turlock Care Center FINALOn August 18, 2014, Sutter Gould Medical Foundation will open their new care center at 3100 W. Christoffersen Parkway in Turlock, replacing their existing clinic at 1015 E. Main Street.

The new, state of the art facility will offer primary care, specialty care, urgent care, laboratory and radiology services – all in one convenient location with ample parking.

“As the community of Turlock grew, we knew we needed to grow with it by expanding our location and services for the residents of Turlock and the surrounding communities.” said Paul DeChant, CEO of SGMF. “We feel patients will enjoy the convenience and array of services the new location provides.”

Services will not be offered at the E. Main Street location after August 17.  Patients can call 209-632-3901 for information about appointments at the new care center.

About Sutter Gould Medical Foundation

Sutter Gould Medical Foundation is part of Sutter Health, a family of not-for-profit hospitals, physician organizations and other medical services that share resources and expertise to advance health care quality and access. Serving more than 100 communities in Northern California, Sutter Health is a regional leader in cardiac care, cancer treatment, orthopedics, obstetrics, and newborn intensive care, and is a pioneer in advanced patient safety technology.

Longtime Sutter Health CFO Announces Retirement; 30-Year Finance Leader Named as Successor

Posted on Aug 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug. 8, 2014—Sutter Health Chief Financial Officer Bob Reed will retire in January 2015 after 18 years of dedicated service and leadership to the not-for-profit network.

Bob ReedJeff SpragueJeff Sprague, Sutter’s senior vice president, financial operations, will succeed Reed as CFO. Read More

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center Opens Merritt Pavilion

Posted on Aug 1, 2014 in Expanding Access, Transformation

Collage with three images: exterior building, family looking out window and patient roomThis weekend, Sutter Health-affiliated Alta Bates Summit Medical Center will open its new Merritt Pavilion to patients.

The Merritt Pavilion, located in Oakland, includes 238 private patient rooms designed with the healing and comfort of patients and their families in mind. The spacious rooms include large showers, recliners or sofa beds and a flat-panel TV entertainment system that offers on-demand movies, music and health-related programs. Rooms are accessible for our patients with disabilities and equipped with overhead patient lifts for the safety and comfort of patients and staff.

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Lawsuits Dismissed Following 2011 Computer Theft

Posted on Jul 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

The California Third District Court of Appeal today ordered the complete dismissal of 13 coordinated class action lawsuits filed following the October 2011 theft of a Sutter Health password-protected computer containing patient data.

The complaints had alleged violations of the California Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (CMIA or Confidentiality Act). Nearly three years after the theft of the computer from a Sutter Health administrative building, the Court of Appeal ruled (Sutter Health v. Superior Court, No. C072591; July 21, 2014) that the plaintiffs failed to state a cause of action under the Confidentiality Act because “they did not allege that the stolen medical information was actually viewed by an unauthorized person.” In fact, no information from the stolen computer ever surfaced after the building break-in and theft.

The Court of Appeal ruled that Sutter Health did not intend to disclose the medical information to the thief, and that Sutter Health’s actions with respect to the records did not fail to preserve their confidentiality, because loss of possession alone is “not a breach of confidentiality.”

The Court of Appeal noted that the thief may well have “wipe(d) clean” the stolen hard drive without seeing the data and that, under the circumstances, no injury intended to be protected by CMIA was suffered.”

“Sutter Health is pleased that the judicial process resulted in a ruling that will end litigation, which if it had continued would have diverted resources better spent on patient health care,” said Sutter Health spokesperson Bill Gleeson. “Continued litigation would also have increased the likelihood that private patient records would be used in litigation, even though no injury to patient confidentiality ever resulted from the theft.”


Sutter Health Hospitals Honored by U.S. News & World Report

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 in Quality, Scroll Images

Eight Sutter Health hospital campuses received “high performing” rankings for specialty care in the annual U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals survey released today.

For 2014-2015, U.S. News evaluated hospitals in 16 medical care specialties. These Sutter Health campuses ranked as high performers:

San Francisco Bay Area:

Sacramento area:

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Sutter Health Network Physician Organizations Named Among the Best in California

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 in Quality, Scroll Images

California Association of Physician Groups Standards of Excellence logoSix physician organizations in the Sutter Medical Network received “Elite” honors from the California Association of Physician Groups’ (CAPG) Standards of Excellence Survey—the highest recognition awarded by the professional organization.

Winners in the Sutter Health Network include the following:

Elite Status (4 stars / highest recognition)

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Sutter Health’s eICU Celebrates Decade of Quality Service

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 in Quality, Scroll Images

Expands To Support Additional PatientsRosemarie Co, R.N., eICU nurse

From the west shore of Northern California’s Clear Lake to the heart of Merced County sit two rural community hospitals caring for their region’s most critically ill patients. Like many community hospitals across the country, Sutter Lakeside Hospital and Memorial Hospital Los Banos struggled to recruit critical care intensivists. Thanks to a $25 million investment made by Sutter Health a decade ago, patients at Sutter Lakeside Hospital and Memorial Hospital Los Banos receive 24-hour ICU monitoring and critical care support from two small rooms nearly 150 miles away.

Sutter Health’s electronic ICU (eICU) marks its 10th anniversary in 2014. The first of its kind on the West Coast (and only the second eICU in the nation), Sutter’s eICU has supported approximately 150,000 patients across 18 Sutter Health hospitals (23 campuses) by ensuring the sickest patients at both rural and large metropolitan areas have access to a team of physicians and nurses specially trained in the care of critically ill, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Read More