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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Google Glass Startup Augmedix Secures $17 Million Strategic Investment from Five Leading Healthcare Systems

Posted on Apr 25, 2016 in Transformation

Major Healthcare Systems, including Sutter Health, Dignity Health, CHI and TriHealth, to Scale Augmedix EHR Charting Service Across Their Organizations with a Mission to Rehumanize the Doctor-Patient Relationship

Albert Chan, M.D., Sutter Health’s vice president, chief of digital patient experience

Albert Chan, M.D., Sutter Health’s vice president, chief of digital patient experience

Augmedix, Inc., today announced that it has closed a $17 million strategic round of funding that includes investments from five leading healthcare systems from across the U.S, including: Sutter Health, Dignity Health, Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), TriHealth Inc. and one more. Together, these organizations have over 100,000 healthcare providers who treat millions of patients nationwide.

Today’s strategic round will enable Augmedix and its investors to scale the Google Glass-powered service across health systems and private clinics nationwide. The service frees doctors from hours of mandated charting and documentation so they can get back to the work they love: taking care of patients. Read More

Oakland A’s Sign Sutter Health as Preferred Healthcare Provider

Posted on Apr 13, 2016 in Scroll Images, Uncategorized

Sutter Health Backstop The Oakland Athletics and Sutter Health today announced a multi-year partnership agreement that names the Northern California network as the team’s preferred healthcare provider. Through this partnership, the team and Sutter Health will promote health and wellness initiatives, including a new youth wellness program.

“We have been impressed with Sutter Health’s world-class care for years through two of our team doctors (team orthopedist Dr. Jon Dickinson and team physician Dr. Allan Pont),” said Michael Crowley, president of the Oakland Athletics. “Now, we proudly join forces in the community as well. Sutter Health exemplifies community commitment, and together, we will develop and expand programs to help A’s fans and Northern California residents stay active and healthy.” Read More