Sutter Health Donates $255,000 to Food Banks for the Holiday Season

Posted on Nov 24, 2015 in Community Benefit

2015 food bank photosSeven-year tally exceeds $1.6 million, aiding those in need

Sutter Health announced today a quarter-million-dollar-plus donation to 27 food banks across Northern California, Oregon and Hawaii. The donation by the not-for-profit health system enables local food banks to serve nutritious meals to those in need this holiday season.

“Our care teams play a special part in creating healthier communities,” said Pat Fry, CEO of Sutter Health. “Partnering with local food banks is another way we give back and help families stay well-nourished.”

Over the past seven years, Sutter Health’s donations to community food banks total more than $1.6 million, which benefits countless individuals and families.

Sutter Health’s Commitment to Communities

As a not-for-profit organization, Sutter Health believes in giving back. In addition to ongoing community commitments, last year, Sutter Health’s investment in care and services for the poor and underserved and benefits for the broader community amounted to $767 million. Learn more about Sutter’s commitment to communities. Read More

Sutter Health First Healthcare System in U.S. to Earn Eagle Award from DRA

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 in Expanding Access

DRA Collage 2Awardees Honored for Outstanding Service to the Disability Community

Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) recognized not-for-profit Sutter Health for its exemplary efforts to improve healthcare access for its patients with mobility, vision, hearing and speech disabilities. Sutter Health is the first healthcare system in the nation to earn the DRA’s prestigious Eagle Award.

“Disability touches many of us at some point in our lives and it influences how we access and make choices about healthcare,” said Carol Bradley, disability and compliance officer at Sutter Health. “Earning this award illustrates how Sutter Health makes accessible patient care a top priority throughout every part of our network.”

Bradley added, “We’ve invested tens of thousands of hours and millions of dollars over the past seven years to improve and enhance access to medical services for patients with disabilities.” Read More

13 Sutter Health Hospitals Named Joint Commission ‘Top Performers’

Posted on Nov 17, 2015 in Quality

The Joint Commission Logo Thirteen hospitals within Sutter Health’s not-for-profit network received a 2014 Top Performers on Key Quality Measures® recognition today from The Joint Commission—the nation’s leading accreditor of health care organizations. 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 providing quality health care, specifically for excellence in evidence-based clinical processes shown to improve care for certain medical conditions. The 13 Sutter Health hospitals recognized this year include:

Greater San Francisco Bay Area

Greater Sacramento and Central Valley Region

Crescent City, CA

  • Sutter Coast Hospital – Recognized for pneumonia, surgical care, VTE, stroke, immunization and perinatal care

Ewa Beach, Hawaii

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Pat Fry Named as a Hospital and Health System ‘CEO to Know’

Posted on Nov 16, 2015 in Uncategorized

Becker's Hospital Reivew's CEOs to Know logoToday, Becker’s Hospital Review released its 2015 list of “130 Nonprofit Hospital and Health System CEOs to Know,” and the publication selected Sutter Health CEO, Pat Fry, among them.

CEO since 2005, Pat Fry, established Sutter Health as one of the nation’s leading healthcare systems during his tenure—and positioned the network well for the future. Fry’s achievements include overseeing the implementation of one of the nation’s most sophisticated and comprehensive electronic health records; creation of the Sutter Medical Network, which unites Sutter’s 5,000 aligned and affiliated physicians around common quality commitments; My Health Online, which provides more than 1 million Northern Californians with anytime online access to their personal health records; and the growing Sutter Health Plus health plan.

Read Fry’s full profile in Becker’s Hospital Review. Read More

Sutter Health Award Honors Health Innovations at Tech Awards Gala

Posted on Nov 12, 2015 in Research

Honorees Create Tech-Based Solutions to Address Global Health Challenges

Sutter Health Award winners Nexleaf Analytics and PrePex will formally receive their healthcare innovation honors tonight at the renowned Tech Awards Gala, taking place at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center.

“It’s inspiring to learn how all the Sutter Health Award finalists dreamed big and defied conventional wisdom to make the world a better place,” said Albert Chan, M.D., Sutter Health vice president and chief of digital patient experience. “On behalf of the more than 50,000 doctors, employees, volunteers and innovators at Sutter Health, we applaud the solutions they developed with a compassionate spirit and through the power of technology at scale.”

The Tech Awards, a signature program of The Tech Museum of Innovation, honors international innovators who apply technology to confront humanity’s most urgent challenges. The Tech Awards honors individuals, non-profit organizations and for-profit companies that use new or existing technology to improve human conditions. Read More

Sutter Health Donates $50,000 to Support Veterans and Active Duty Military

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 in Community Benefit

Travis Fisher House Manager, Charlene Hall; President & CEO at Sutter Health, Pat Fry; Community Benefit Director at Sutter Health, Traci Van; Registered In-House Counsel at Sutter Health, Edward S. Fabi; and Lt. Col. Peter D. Reinhardt

Travis Fisher House Manager, Charlene Hall; CEO at Sutter Health, Pat Fry; Community Benefit Director at Sutter Health, Traci Van; Registered In-House Counsel at Sutter Health, Edward S. Fabi; and Lt. Col. Peter D. Reinhardt

Gifts Provide Resources for Mental Health, Lodging and Wellness Needs

As part of a broader commitment to support military personnel and their families, the not-for-profit Sutter Health network donated a total of $50,000 to Fisher House Foundation, USO and Healing Forces, three military-support organizations dedicated to improving the lives of service men and women in Northern California and Hawaii.

“We deeply appreciate the service and sacrifice of veterans and active military personnel across the country, including more than 1,300 veterans who work on our Sutter Health team,” said Pat Fry, CEO of Sutter Health. “These teammates enrich our organization with diverse skills and experience from their military life, often earned under tough conditions and circumstances. It is our privilege to count them as partners who help us deliver exceptional, personalized care to our patients and families.” Read More

Sutter Health’s AIM Program Featured for Excellence in National Publication

Posted on Nov 10, 2015 in Quality

Sutter Health’s Advanced Illness Management (AIM)® Program recently earned a spot in CAPG’s 2015 Case Studies in Excellence publication. CAPG’s annual report features case studies from among the country’s most innovative healthcare organizations.

The case study titled “Sutter Health’s AIM Program: Making a Difference in the Lives of Patients and their Families,” highlights AIM as a successful example of risk-based coordinated care and an example of how health providers can successfully improve systems to drive better quality and better care experience for patients.

AIM, available in 19 counties across Northern California, provides highly personalized, home-based medical care and emotional support to patients with advanced chronic illness so they can feel empowered to manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life.

For more information, visit Sutter’s Advanced Illness Management website.