Sutter Care at Home Agencies Among Nation’s ‘Elite’

Posted on Nov 18, 2014 in Quality

Eight Sutter Care at Home locations in Northern California received a Top Agency award by the 2014 HomeCare Elite™ – the only performance recognition of its kind in the home health industry.

Now in its ninth year, the HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified home health agencies in the country. The eight Sutter agencies named to the list serve the communities of Concord, Novato, Roseville, Sacramento, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Santa Rosa, and Modesto.

“Home health care plays a key role in helping to transform our nation’s health care industry. Our dedicated team helps patients to recover from or live with illness in the comfort and familiarity of their homes, surrounded by the people and things they love,” said Sutter Care at Home CEO Marcia Reissig, R.N., MS. “I am deeply honored by these HomeCare Elite recognitions because they acknowledge the commitment of our Sutter Care at Home clinicians and staff to deliver exceptional, comprehensive home care.”

OCS HomeCare by National Research Corporation and DecisionHealth sponsor this award, which ranks high-performing home health agencies by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, process measure implementation, patient experience (Home Health CAHPS®), quality improvement, and financial performance. Out of 9,994 agencies considered, only 2,501 earn elite status. Read More

Sutter Health Moves to Implement New Cal/OSHA Requirements for Ebola Personal Protective Equipment

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our employees, physicians, patients and communities.

Sutter Health’s Ebola Virus Response Planning Team has taken significant steps to prepare for the screening, isolation and treatment of Ebola patients—and our efforts continue. We’re constantly monitoring updated guidelines from the CDC and others, and we’re incorporating the newest information into our training, protective equipment and response plans.

Today we are taking immediate steps to comply with the new Cal/OSHA requirements for personal protective equipment (PPE). We are reassessing our total systemwide supply of this new specific PPE, and we will work with national vendors to acquire additional supplies for all of our hospitals and care centers.

13 Sutter Health Hospitals Named Top Performers for Quality Health Care

Posted on Nov 13, 2014 in Quality

For the fourth year, The Joint Commission, the nation’s leading accreditor of health care organizations, recognized hospitals in the Sutter Health network as among the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures®. Sutter Health-affiliated hospitals have earned these quality recognitions each year since the program began in 2011.

The Top Performer program recognizes U.S. hospitals for exemplary performance in evidence-based clinical processes shown to improve care for certain medical conditions. The 13 Sutter Health hospitals recognized this year include:

Greater Sacramento and Central Valley Region

Memorial Hospital Los Banos – Recognized for pneumonia care

Memorial Medical Center Modesto – Recognized for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care

Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital – Recognized for pneumonia and surgical care

Sutter Davis Hospital – Recognized for pneumonia and surgical care

Sutter Solano Medical Center – Recognized for heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care

Sutter Tracy Community Hospital – Recognized for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care

Greater San Francisco Bay Area

Eden Medical Center – Recognized for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care

Mills-Peninsula Health Services – Recognized for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care

Novato Community Hospital – Recognized for surgical care

Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center, Santa Cruz – Recognized for surgical care

Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital – Recognized for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care

Crescent City, CA

Sutter Coast Hospital – Recognized for pneumonia and surgical care

Ewa Beach, Hawaii

Kahi Mohala Behavioral Health – Recognized for care for inpatient psychiatric services Read More

Sutter Health Honors Veterans, Active Duty Military by Donating $50,000 to Support Organizations

Posted on Nov 11, 2014 in Community Benefit

Registered In-House Counsel at Sutter Health, Edward S. Fabi; Col. Matthew Wonnacott; Lt. Col. Peter D. Reinhardt; and Community Benefit Director at Sutter Health, Traci Van

Registered In-House Counsel at Sutter Health, Edward S. Fabi; Col. Matthew Wonnacott; Lt. Col. Peter D. Reinhardt; and Community Benefit Director at Sutter Health, Traci Van

As part of a broader commitment to support military personnel and their families, Sutter Health donated a total of $50,000 to Disabled American Veterans Department of California (DAV) and the Fisher House Foundation, two military-support organizations dedicated to improving the lives of service men and women in Northern California.

“Across Sutter Health, we proudly employ 1,297 veterans and reservists. We gratefully benefit from their skills, experience and the many daily contributions they make at work and in our communities,” said Pat Fry, president and CEO of Sutter Health. “Our gratitude extends to the millions of military men and women nationwide who serve our country and make us proud.”

Fry added, “We strongly believe in supporting our veterans by recruiting military members and by partnering with organizations that help veterans and their families.”

About the Donations

Disabled American Veterans Department of California gives support and assistance to veterans and their families. Our $25,000 donation will support expansion of DAV’s transportation services to Northern California veterans.

The Fisher House Foundation provides lodging for the families of military members undergoing hospital treatment for a combat injury, illness or disease. Our $25,000 donation will help four families stay for free for one year at one of the Fisher House facilities in Sacramento, Palo Alto or Hawaii. This donation will also support the purchase of vital supplies such as food and personal care items for families staying in the facilities.

Sutter’s Ongoing Commitment to Veterans
Sutter Health makes it a priority to increase military hires each year. It partners with the Employment Development Department to promote jobs for military members seeking employment. Sutter’s military recruitment efforts also include participation in military career fairs and posting to online military job boards.


Bringing Diabetes Education to Our Communities

Posted on Nov 5, 2014 in Wellness

Whether you live with diabetes or someone you love does, Diabetes Awareness Month is the perfect time to learn more. According to the American Diabetes Association:

  • Nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.
  • Another 86 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.
  • The American Diabetes Association estimates the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $245 billion.

Throughout November we’re hosting a number of unique educational events. Please find details below.

Mills-Peninsula Health Services

Stop Diabetes in its Tracks!

Join us Nov. 5 at our free event to learn about prediabetes and how changing your lifestyle and habits can reduce your risk of developing diabetes.

Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation

Celebrating World Diabetes Day

Join us Nov. 12 for three free events in support of World Diabetes Day. Events include free screenings, an inspirational lecture by Lou Brock, Major League Baseball Hall of Famer and Type 2 diabetic, and a panel discussion of expert advice covering diet and fitness.

California Pacific Medical Center

Keys to a Vibrant Life with Diabetes

To raise awareness about diabetes, California Pacific Medical Center will host an event on Nov. 13. Hear Ironman Jay Hewitt speak, watch a live cooking demo and get health tips from Karen Earle, M.D.

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center

2014 World Diabetes Day Health Education Fair

Join Alta Bates Summit Medical Center’s Diabetes Center and Ethnic Health Institute on Nov. 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Health Education Center. You’ll learn how to reduce the risk of diabetes, participate in free screenings related to diabetes and learn how to live well with diabetes. Additionally, Hall of Fame Major League Baseball player, Lou Brock, will meet with attendees and talk about his experience with managing diabetes. Kitchen on Fire Cooking School will provide a live cooking demo with delicious, health food samplings.

Sutter Hospitals Earn Top Grades in Latest Patient Safety Scorecard

Posted on Oct 29, 2014 in Quality

Fourteen Sutter Health hospital campuses earned A grades for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group® in its Fall 2014 Hospital Safety Score℠.

“From our work to more proactively identify, treat and prevent sepsis and other healthcare associated infections, to reducing early elective delivery of infants no sooner than 39 weeks of pregnancy, we’re building and fortifying a culture centered on the quality and safety of care for our patients. It’s not just what we do; it’s who we are as our network of care,” said Gordon Hunt, M.D., MBA, senior vice president and chief medical officer for Sutter Health.

More than 2,500 hospitals nationwide participate in The Leapfrog Group Hospital Safety Score program. The national employer organization grades hospitals on their overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors. The grades are derived from expert analysis of publicly available data using 28 evidence-based, national measures of hospital safety. For more information, visit

Sutter hospital campuses earning A grades include:

Greater San Francisco Bay area

 Greater Sacramento and Central Valley region

These scores are among many honors for the Sutter Health network in 2014. Earlier this year: Read More

Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital Opens

Posted on Oct 27, 2014 in Expanding Access, Transformation

SSRRH exterior imageThis past weekend, Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital (SSRRH) opened its doors to patients. After years of planning, design and public hearings, construction is complete on the new $284 million state-of-the-art hospital.

SSRRH will provide the full range of award-winning care and services currently provided at the Chanate Campus including: intensive care; emergency services; obstetrics, nursery care and level III neonatal intensive care; medical and surgical services; comprehensive cardiac services; and a full range of women’s reproductive health services.

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