Sutter Health Chief Medical Officer Announces Retirement

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

Gordon Hunt, M.D.SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept. 11, 2014—Sutter Health Chief Medical Officer Gordon Hunt, M.D., 67, will retire in April 2015 after 20 years of dedicated service and leadership to the not-for-profit network.

“When I think about a leader who personifies Sutter Health’s promise to partner with patients and each other to provide an unmatched experience, Dr. Gordon Hunt immediately comes to mind,” said Sutter Health President and CEO Pat Fry. “Dr. Hunt has been the compassionate leadership force behind multiple initiatives that demonstrate the highest value our network of care can offer—improved care quality for patients.” Read More

Tuneup Tips for Men of All Ages

Posted on Sep 4, 2014 in Wellness

Three generationsGuys, it’s no secret you shy away from visiting your doctor. A 2011 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report found nearly 26 percent of men in the United States do not have a regular source of health care. You may find it easier to book that appointment if you know what health tests you need. Read More

Celebrating 11 Years as a Top Fundraiser for March of Dimes

Posted on Sep 2, 2014 in Community Benefit

Collage: March of Dimes Walk and Sutter Health employees with CHP's "Chipper"Sutter Health raised $652,537 for the March for Dimes this year, making 2014 Sutter’s 11th year as the top fundraising team in Northern California for the national foundation. The March of Dimes also recognized Sutter Health as its top health care fundraising team in the United States for the past four years.

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Sutter Gould Medical Foundation to Open New Care Center in Turlock

Posted on Aug 14, 2014 in Transformation

Turlock Care Center FINAL

On Aug. 18, 2014, Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF) opens its new care center at 3100 W. Christoffersen Parkway in Turlock, replacing its existing clinic at 1015 E. Main Street.

The new, state-of-the-art-facility offers primary care, specialty care, urgent care, laboratory and radiology services—all in one convenient location with ample parking. Read More

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.”