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Completion of new fiber optic loop provides network redundancy and enhances telemedicine capabilities at Sutter Coast Hospital Charter Communications (NASDAQ: CHTR) and Oregon Health Network, an OCHIN, Inc. Organization, today announced completion of a broadband fiber optic...Read More about Charter and Oregon Health Network Create First National Model Advancing Healthcare and Creating Job Opportunities in Rural California and Oregon Communities
Doctor’s offices and hospital emergency rooms nationwide report increasing numbers of patients seeking care for flu-like symptoms. Despite our warmer weather, flu season typically peaks in Northern California between late December and February. Experts in the Sutter Health...Read More about It’s Not Too Late to get a Flu Shot
Sutter Davis Hospital, part of the not-for-profit Sutter Health network, received the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award—the nation’s highest Presidential honor for performance excellence through innovation, improvement and visionary leadership. Sutter Davis...Read More about Sutter Health Hospital Receives Nation’s Highest Award for Performance Excellence
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The Sutter Health network of doctors, hospitals and other health care service providers announced its financial performance for 2013. Total income for 2013 was $300 million, compared to $735 million in 2012. The system’s total operating revenues were $9.6 billion for 2013 and 2012. Sutter Health posted $380 million in investment income and changes in net unrealized gains and losses from investments classified as trading in 2013, compared to $242 million in 2012. Sutter Health posted a combined 2013 systemwide loss from the day-to-day operations of its hospitals, care centers and other services of $22 million compared to a gain of $549 million in 2012. Read More about Sutter Health Announces 2013 Financial Performance
A Look Back at 2013
A look back at some of Sutter Health’s key milestones in 2013.
Quality Achievement – Our network received multiple awards for health care quality in 2013. Sutter Health ranked as among the top 20 health care systems in the nation by Truven Health Analytics. The Integrated Healthcare Association, a renowned industry leadership group in California, recognized six physician organizations in our Sutter Medical Network as leaders in medical care quality. Also, Sutter Davis Hospital, received the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award – the nation’s highest Presidential honor for performance excellence.
Patient Access – After much anticipation, we started Sutter Health Plus, a new not-for-profit health plan that offers a range of products to individuals and employers in the Greater Sacramento and San Joaquin Valley regions. Plan coverage began Jan. 1, 2014.
Affordability – Sutter Health opened its Shared Service Center in Roseville. It serves as a “central hub” to bring together multiple business services departments under one roof, allowing employees to closely collaborate, follow best practices and efficiently use the latest technology. Read More about State of Sutter: A Look Back at 2013
Charter Communications (NASDAQ: CHTR) and Oregon Health Network, an OCHIN, Inc. Organization, today announced completion of a broadband fiber optic network—made possible by the Federal Communications Commission Rural Health Care Pilot Program—that brings advanced capabilities for video telemedicine, broadband Internet speeds and high definition television to customers in southern Oregon and Crescent City, Calif.
The completed fiber optic network is the final segment of an 87-mile route from Grants Pass, Ore. to Crescent City, Calif. consisting of a 720GB circuit with capacity to service thousands of people across multiple cities. It brings high-speed Internet, phone and high definition (HD) television service to numerous households and businesses, makes advanced telemedicine possible and creates opportunities for businesses such as call centers with heavy data applications. It also completes a redundant, fiber optic loop connecting southern Oregon and northern California, establishing a more reliable connection.
Sutter Health is pleased to announce that many of its doctors and hospitals are now accepting health plans available through Covered California, the state’s new health benefit exchange. Consumers may access the not-for-profit Sutter Health network by selecting the following Covered California health plan products:
It’s important to note that not every health plan and product is available in every county in California. Patients should visit the Accepted Health Plans page on our website and check with their health plan to verify details of coverage.
Virtual doctor visits give consumers additional access to affordable, high-quality, convenient care
Northern California-based Sutter Health is among several leading U.S. health care networks investing in MDLIVE, a nationally respected provider of telehealth services for consumers, employers, health plans, hospitals and physician organizations.
Through MDLIVE, consumers with non-emergency medical problems have direct, anytime, anywhere access to doctors. MDLIVE affordably connects consumers with board-certified physicians and therapists nationwide via telephone, email and videoconference. MDLIVE is a covered benefit provided by a growing number of self-funded employers and health plans.
“With this investment, Sutter Health takes another step forward in helping transform health care by providing greater access to innovative, high-quality and affordable alternative care delivery options,” said Sutter Health President and CEO Pat Fry. “Our investment in MDLIVE is a prudent and important part of providing communities we serve with more services through digital engagement with health care providers.”
Doctor’s offices and hospital emergency rooms nationwide report increasing numbers of patients seeking care for flu-like symptoms. Despite our warmer weather, flu season typically peaks in Northern California between late December and February. Experts in the Sutter Health network say vaccination is the best way to prevent catching and spreading influenza.
“Flu season is far from over, and it is critical that everyone receive the vaccination if you have not already received it for this season,” says Jeffrey Silvers, M.D., an infection control specialist at Sutter-affiliated Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley. “It is not too late and the vaccine is still available.” Read More about It’s Not Too Late to get a Flu Shot
Sutter Health-affiliated hospitals welcomed several precious little ones on New Year’s Day. Cheers to all the families who welcomed a baby at the start of the New Year! Meet some of Northern California’s newest residents below.
And, if you or someone you love is expecting, be sure to visit our pregnancy and newborn website.