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Sutter Health Physician Organizations Earn Elite Honors

Posted on Jun 23, 2017 in Quality, Scroll Images

Six Sutter Medical Network (SMN) physician organizations that participated in the 2017 Standards of ExcellenceTM (SOE®) member survey, including all five medical foundations, earned Elite status today—the highest honor awarded by CAPG, a trade association for physician organizations. The survey measures criteria such as patient experience, population health and affordability.

SMN Elite Status winners (5 stars/highest recognition):

“Our doctors and Sutter care teams continually focus on thinking ahead, learning and innovating to meet the needs of our patients and make them feel supported,” said Jeff Burnich, M.D., senior vice president of Sutter Health’s Medical and Market Networks. “We’re proud of our efforts to improve quality, safety and accessibility, and to provide meaningful care to those we serve in Northern California.”

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Sutter Health and Aetna to Establish New Health Plan in Northern California

Posted on Jun 13, 2017 in Expanding Access, Transformation

Sutter Health, a not-for-profit health care system in Northern California, and Aetna today announced plans to launch a jointly owned health plan. This new collaboration, the first of its kind in Northern California, will bring together Sutter Health’s network of nationally recognized, high-quality doctors and hospitals with Aetna’s leading health plan expertise, cutting-edge data, analytics and health information technology, and shared care management capabilities.

This joint venture will deliver a differentiated, personalized experience for members and is designed to help lower the cost of care, resulting in competitively priced products. Sutter Health and Aetna anticipate offering self-insured commercial products starting mid-2018 in the greater Sacramento, Central Valley and Bay Area communities, as well as fully insured PPO products to follow in early 2019, pending regulatory approval.

This new company will complement Sutter Health’s and Aetna’s current products by providing more choices to Northern California’s commercially and self-insured populations.

By equally sharing ownership and accountability, Sutter Health and Aetna aim to integrate the continuum of care delivery, from wellness to disease management, care coordination, and access. It will also streamline administrative services for members. Read More

$20 Million Gift Establishes Michael and Judith Gaulke Innovation Hatchery Endowment Fund at Sutter Health

Posted on Jun 8, 2017 in Scroll Images, Transformation

Gift from Longtime Silicon Valley Couple Focuses on Human-Centered Care and Innovation

Michael and Judith Gaulke donated $20 million to establish the Michael and Judith Gaulke Innovation Hatchery Endowment Fund at Sutter Health.

A Silicon Valley couple, who believe strongly in giving back to their community, donated $20 million to establish the Michael and Judith Gaulke Innovation Hatchery Endowment Fund at Sutter Health. The Gaulke gift is the single largest donation in the not-for-profit healthcare network’s history. Sutter’s Innovation Hatchery, part of the network’s deeper commitment to innovation, is an incubator for identifying creative solutions to healthcare challenges, validating their effectiveness in real-world settings and integrating them into patient care as quickly and safely as possible. Read More

Sutter Health Hospitals Honored for High Quality Stroke Care

Posted on May 30, 2017 in Quality

Five hospitals within Sutter Health’s not-for-profit network in Northern California received recognition this month for providing a high level of stroke care by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association as part of the 2017 “Get With The Guidelines” awards.

Sutter Health’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, California Pacific Medical Center, Eden Medical Center, Memorial Medical Center and Mills-Peninsula Medical Center each earned a Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for their commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. Read More

Sutter Health Physician Leader Appointed to National Committee

Posted on May 18, 2017 in Uncategorized

Steven Lane, M.D., Sutter Health’s clinical informatics director of Privacy, Information Security and Interoperability, was recently appointed to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (ONC). ONC is the principal federal agency that coordinates nationwide efforts to use the most advanced health information technology and electronic exchange of health information.

“This appointment is a clear recognition of Dr. Lane’s personal and passionate commitment to health technology, health data exchange, systems interoperability and information security—all in the interest of providing the highest possible quality patient care,” said Sutter Health Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer Jon Manis.

Dr. Lane, a physician at Sutter Health’s Palo Alto Medical Foundation, is recognized nationally for his work in interoperability and health information exchange. He recently hosted the California Health Information Exchange Regional User Group meeting with representatives from more than 15 medical centers and physician groups from four western states. His work with the ONC will support the adoption of health information technology and the promotion of nationwide health information exchange to improve health care.